Thursday, 24 November 2011

Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond (1972)

Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue

"Song Sung Blue" was a 1972 song written and recorded by the legendary Neil Diamond. The song was released off his album, Moods and later appeared on many of Diamond's live and compilation albums.

It was his second No1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, after 1970's "Cracklin' Rose". The song spent twelve weeks in the Top 40. In addition, "Song Sung Blue" spent seven weeks at No1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, the song made the pop chart in the United Kingdom, reaching No14 on the UK Singles Chart. The song has become one of Diamond's standards, and he often performs this song during concerts.

"Song Sung Blue" was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1973 Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Both awards that year were won by Roberta Flack's rendition of Ewan McColl's song, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

Diamond described "Song Sung Blue" in the liner notes to his 1996 compilation album, In My Lifetime, as a "very basic message, unadorned. I didn't even write a bridge to it. I never expected anyone to react to "Song Sung Blue" the way they did. I just like it, the message and the way a few words said so many things."

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