Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Song of the Day: 'Sunglasses' by Skeeter Davis

Because I opened up the Skeeter Davis can of worms yesterday, let's round out the week with songs of hers, some of which I first learned as covers. (Ditto for some Dusty Springfield and Doris Day songs.) First up is "Sunglasses," a No. 30 hit on the country charts in 1965 that crossed over into the lower ranks of the Billboard Hot 200. I fell in love with it when Tracey Ullman recorded it for her sophomore album, "You Caught Me Out," which I had to buy as an import because it wasn't released in the U.S. despite the enormous success of "They Don't Know" off her "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" debut.

P.S. A friend told me about her life story and it's a doozy. Be sure to read about the death of her partner in the Davis Sisters!

In 1966, Davis was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female for her rendition.

Tracey's "Sunglasses" peaked at No. 18 on the U.K. singles chart in 1984.

On a related note: This related ditty from the sublime "Singin' in the Summer Sun" LP really spoke to me for some reason!

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