Don’s Top 10: The All-Time Top 10 “Time” Tunes
It's "time" to turn back the clocks, with this exclusive survey to remind you. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep! Hang in there with the extra hour of work, third shifters.
(1969) The Zombies had broken up just two weeks after recording this in 1967 & were shocked when radio plucked it from obscurity as a "secret weapon" record, and watched it become a smash hit and one of the most enduring songs of the era.
(1970) There are two versions of the song. The original 1969 recording was done for The Guess Who's album "Canned Wheat". But it is the 1970 re-recording (as featured on the "American Woman" album) that was released as a single and is the better-known version. This one is slightly faster in tempo and has the two verses transposed.
(1983) The music video has been released in two versions. The only difference was a scene where the group is watching TV, along with vocalist Helen Terry. In one version, a Christmas tree is shown. In the other, the tree is removed. This was because of the date of release for certain markets. The "Christmas" version (which is on the 2005 DVD "Greatest Hits"), was for European countries and the "regular version" was for the other markets, where the song was released in spring 1983.
(1966) The Outsiders were a great Cleveland garage rock band. Lead singer Sonny Geraci also sang lead for the 1972 Climax ballad "Precious And Few".
(1989) "If I Could Turn Back Time" was written by Dane Warren, who produced the song along with Guy Roche. While the soft rock track was not specifically written for Cher, the singer initially disliked the song upon hearing a demo and turned it down. Speaking of its recording, Warren elaborated in 1991: "I got on my knees and pleaded. I told her I wasn't going to leave the room until she said yes, and finally, just to get rid of me, she did".
(1964) The version most of know of this classic ends cold, but that was not the original. That one has an organ intro and it fades out. The Stones put the LP version on their "Hot Rocks" compilation in the early 70s, and so radio started playing that version.
(1970) The song was co-written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson and produced by Willie Henderson. Daniels and Thompson wrote "Turn Back the Hands of Time" based on the relationship problems that Daniels was having at the time. Daniels had co-written Davis's 1968 hit ""Can I Change My Mind" and the recording session for "Turn Back the Hands of Time" included some of the same musicians from "Can I Change My Mind"
(1974) This 1972 album track became an unexpectred hit after it was featured in the ABC TV-movie "She Lives". It peaked at #1 three months after Croce's death in a plane crash.
(1984) This 2nd single from "She's So Unusual" was as different as you could get stylistically from "Girls Just want To Have Fun". It went to #1 and is an all-time classic.
(1987) Written by New Jersey's own Frankie Previte (Franke And The Knockouts), this won the Academy Award for Best Song.