Sunday, April 7, 2013

Peaked at 15: Darling Be Home Soon

Well, it’s officially the second week of the month and for this April’s second week special I decided to pick songs that peaked at “15.” Why? In the US April 15th is the ominous date when taxes must be filed, so 15 seemed like a good number for the present month. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Darling Be Home Soon” was penned by John Sebastian for inclusion in the 1966 film “You’re a Big Boy Now.”

Sebastian wrote all of the music on the soundtrack album which also includes “Darling Be Home Soon.” In 1967, Kama Sutra Records released the tune as a single. You guessed it – it peaked on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #15. In addition, it was one of four songs that Sebastian performed as a solo act at Woodstock in 1969.

I love the orchestration on this recording; however, I wished Sebastian’s vocals were across both tracks and not just in the left channel. Besides all of that, how many songs can you name that use the words “dawdled” or “tottled?” Not many I am certain.

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