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Thursday, May 20, 2010

§ I Am Music and I Pick the Songs: When I Need You

{Song #66 « Song #67 » Song #68}

§ ≡ One of an ongoing series of posts in which I pick, in my not-so-humble opinion, the best songs of the second millennium. Feel free to offer constructive dissenting opinions; preferably set to music.

Song #67 is When I Need You sung by Leo Sayer. "When I Need You" is a popular song written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager. Produced by Richard Perry, Leo Sayer's version made number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1977 after three of his earlier singles had stalled at number 2. A massive hit worldwide, it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a single week in May 1977.

I was quite taken by this heartfelt song of longing. The melody, as always, was the selling point for me, though the lyrics are clearly from the stand point of a long-distance trucker, who is hardly what one would normally visualize as a paragon for romance (no slight intended). Moreover, I have always felt, from the time I first heard this song, that its natural title is "Only a Heartbeat Away". In any case, it is a melodic favorite of mine.

Leo Sayer - When I Need You

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