Saturday Single No. 420

It’s a lazy morning here. I’m usually an early riser, even on Saturdays (the cats frequently help out with that), but this morning, after ushering two felines downstairs about six o’clock – a time that’s close to their normal breakfast hour – I went back upstairs, pulling the door to the stairs shut behind me.

The alarm clock was set to rouse me about ninety minutes later, but I turned it off, deciding that the tasks on today’s list could be delayed until the afternoon, if not later. And as I drifted back to sleep, I briefly thought of a Saturday song. It was still in my head when I woke about 9:30, so after tending to the cats and brewing some coffee, I looked to see if I’d ever written about it.

I haven’t, really. I’ve mentioned it a few times in passing, and I shared it once in a Baker’s Dozen (back in the old mp3 days) without writing anything about it. The record was the last of three Top 40 singles for the Sandpipers, a soft-pop vocal trio from the late 1960s and early 1970s whose work I tend to like a lot. (Given my affection for easy listening tunes from that era, that should not be surprising.) It entered the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969 and hung around the bottom of the chart for a while. Then it dropped out of the chart for eight weeks before coming back and eventually peaking in June 1970 at No. 17 on the pop chart and at No. 8 on the magazine’s adult contemporary chart. (Its renaissance, one might guess, was a result of the song’s being nominated for an Academy Award for its presence in the movie The Sterile Cuckoo.)

In the days to come, Odd and Pop and I might dig into the rest of the Sandpipers’ catalog, or we might look at covers of the tune that eased its sleepy way into my head this morning. Today, however, all we need is “Come Saturday Morning” by the Sandpipers for our Saturday Single.


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