Ten Popular Songs From The Stage

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My brother Kip, once again, came up with this idea after Tuesday’s tribute to Lerner and Loewe: Top 40 Hits That Came From The Stage. He gave a couple of examples, which I’ve included, and I was able to add the rest. A couple of shows (Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair) provide about half this list. Anyway, here we go:

HAIR

James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt McDermott wrote this “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” in 1967, and it won the Grammy for Best Score For An Original Cast Show Album.

Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The Fifth Dimension Reached #1 in the US in 1969, and it won Record of the Year in 1970.


Good Morning Starshine – Oliver Reached #3 in the US.


Easy To Be Hard – Three Dog Night Reached #4.


Hair – The Cowsills Climbed to #2 on the Hot 100.


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber released this in 1970, although the song “Superstar” came out in late 1969. The album was Billboard‘s #1 album for 1971.

Superstar – Murray Head On the US charts three times, eventually reaching #14 in late May and early June 1971.


I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Yvonne Elliman Elliman’s version reached #28, while Helen Reddy’s reached #13.


THE FANTASTICKS

Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (not the singer).

Try To Remember – Jerry Orbach The original version


A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for this gem.

Send In The Clowns – Judy Collins Judy’s version reached #36 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1975.


CHESS

Tim Rice wrote this with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (from ABBA). Did well in the UK, not so well in the US.

One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head Reached #3 on the Hot 100 in 1984-1985.


GODSPELL

By Stephen Schwartz with book by John-Michael Tebelak. The recording was done from the Cherry Lane Theater Production.

Day By Day – Robin Lamont Reached #13 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in Summer, 1972.


And that’s the Thursday Ten for September 10, 2015. Thanks, Kip!

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Author: John Holton

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8 thoughts on “Ten Popular Songs From The Stage”

    1. I had the same two-cassette set, and didn’t think it was all that good, apart from “One Night In Bangkok.” Maybe I need to give it another listen; of course, the cassettes are long gone, as well as a way to play them… maybe I can find it on YouTube…

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      1. I found the complete album at Chess album.

        I recall listening to this album a lot when I was on the road and enjoying it a lot. I’m listening to it now on YouTube and so far it’s as good as I remember.

        What I think appealed to be was the heavy leaning on classical music in certain parts. The story is weak but an interesting concept. Musically though I do like it.

        Arlee Bird
        A to Z Challenge Co-host
        Tossing It Out

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