A Blinding Shade Of Blue

I’ve been put on notice by the Texas Gal: We’re going out to play beginning Friday morning, so be ready to go. That means a couple of things.

First, there will be no Saturday Single here. There have been a few other weeks gone by without a Saturday post here during the last five-and-a-half years, but – without doing some essentially pointless research – I’m going to guess that the number is less than ten. I’ve been told that the reason for the interruption will be worth it, and that’s all I have to go on.

Second, several errands that were scheduled for Friday now have to be taken care of today. So we’re going to do a quick bit of rummaging in the Billboard Hot 100 for September 14, 1974, continuing our slow look at the early portion of that month.

One of the tunes from that chart was unexpectedly familiar as it played on YouTube today: “Honey, Honey” by Sweet Dreams, which was sitting at No. 81 as September reached its midway point in that long ago year. I couldn’t quite figure out how the record was familiar, as it got only as high as No. 68 in the coming weeks and I wasn’t listening to a lot of Top 40 in those days. About all I learned from Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles was that Sweet Dreams was the English duo of Tony Jackson and Polly Brown, and Brown was the lead singer of the English group Pickettywitch.

That was fine, as far as it went, but I know less about Pickettywitch than I do about neurosurgery, so it didn’t help me much. And I headed to the book’s index.

The reason why I knew the song, of course, was Abba, whose version of “Honey, Honey” entered the Hot 100 that week at No. 89. Abba’s version of the tune would eventually go to No. 27, which meant I somehow heard the record often enough during that time for it to be familiar. (The song would almost make the chart again in 2008, as a recording by the cast of Mamma Mia! would bubble under at No. 122.)

All of that was interesting but not all that compelling, and I debated trying to get a post out of it. And then I checked YouTube for Abba’s version of the song. Here, with what must be one of the worst costuming achievements of the 1970s – and that’s saying something – is what I found.

I have no idea where the video came from, and it makes no difference at all. That shade of blue is going to stay in my head for a long time.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. I’ll report back next week, no doubt agreeing that whatever the Texas Gal and I did on Friday and Saturday was worth missing a post here

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3 Responses to “A Blinding Shade Of Blue”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    Have a great weekend with the Texas Gal, my friend — you both deserve it.

    That shade of blue is atrocious.

  2. porky says:

    Polly of course also did the great “Up in a Puff of Smoke” a US radio hit, #16 in ’75. Pop geniuses The Rubinoos did a great version of said song but they always have a way of rooting out great songs and remaking them.

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