‘This Beat’ Went On Longer Than I Thought

Edited and revised.

John Picard, guitar player for the Kings and co-writer – with Kings’ vocalist David Diamond – of “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide,” stopped by today and left a note on yesterday’s post. He said the Kings have put together their own video for the tune, adding that it’s “much more fun” than the video I posted from YouTube yesterday.

The video, he said, is at the group’s YouTube channel thekingsarehere and at the Kings’ own website, The Kings Are Here.

It’s also available right here. (Well, not quite. This video shows the band’s reaction after its video was removed from YouTube. The song video is below.)

He noted as well that “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” made it to “the low 40s” on the Billboard chart, not to No. 56, as I noted. I should explain how my error occurred. I don’t have the Billboard book for the Hot 100. I have separate notepad files for each week’s Hot 100. So when I track a record’s arc, I go from file to file, week by week, and when I saw that “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” had fallen to No. 98 by the end of October 1980, I shrugged and quit looking, assuming that the record then left the charts. I was wrong: The record rebounded and peaked at No. 43 the week of December 13, 1980.

Thanks for the note and the link, John.

Afterwards . . .
Here’s the right one:


2 Responses to “‘This Beat’ Went On Longer Than I Thought”

  1. Jess Pike says:

    Instant Karma was just listening to the song, played that wax many times on my air shifts. Figures the big corporate people are still shafting the artist. They buy out your rights to songs and thats the end you end up paying them to perform your own works just ask CCR.

  2. Paco Malo says:

    Jess Pike makes the observations about artists losing the rights to their own material I had intended to write about so I’ll simply second Jess’ thoughts. I’m glad, whiteray, you highlighted the problem.

    Now about fighting back. Peter Bogdanovich directed an excellent documentary, “Runnin Down A Dream” (2007) covering the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I’ve never seen a better discussion of this crime against art and how Petty fought back.

    My best wishes to The Kings as they do fight back.

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