Song of the Day: Melanie, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain”

Today is the feast of St. Blaise, who, legend has it, saved the life of a child who was choking on a fish bone by holding a pair of candles around the kid’s throat and saying a prayer, dislodging the bone and saving the kid’s life. In his honor, I give you Melanie Safka’s (who went by the mononym Melanie at the time) 1970 hit, "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)." It was her breakthrough hit in the US, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Cash Box chart and finishing the year at #23. She’s joined by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

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