New Songwriters Make Their Way To The Top Of The Pop Chart
“New Song” is the first single by English musician Howard Jones, released on September 1983. The single temporarily reached number three in the UK Singles Chart, going straight to number two. The single spent twenty weeks at the top of the UK singles chart, and the lyrics were printed on a white A-shaped label, with the credits on the B-sided label. It was also certified platinum in the UK.
The single featured three songs: Angie by The Rolling Stones, Thank God I’m a Country Boy by The Beach Boys, and I’m a Believer by The Beatles. It became a top seller in the UK and also reached the US top ten in the song charts. It was not a big hit in the US, but its presence on the British charts made it an instant hit in the USA. The single featured numerous other popular songs, including Come As You Are by The Beatles, which went to number one in the UK. An extended version of the same song came out as Another Day, which came out later in the year.
The songwriter chose a slightly different format for the single. Instead of using several minutes of silence for the first section (which often appeared on some previous singles), the new song opens with four minutes of repeated lyrics and instrumental. This became the standard for a new single in the UK. While the opening section did hit the top ten, it was not as successful as the subsequent singles.
The band with which the song was recorded, The Specials, took the opportunity to record an album of covers, called New Specials. It was a major hit in the UK, selling more copies than any other single the band had ever made. The band continued to tour throughout the decade, and their popularity only increased with each new single they released.
Another chart-topping single, “Give Me The Reason,” topped the Hot Rock Songs chart. The song was a take on a previous single called Three Blinded Teeth, by the Rolling Stones. The melody and the beat are almost exactly the same, but the words are totally different, and give the whole song a totally new twist. This single also peaked at number one in the United Kingdom. The band, now known as The Specials, went on to make four more chart-topping singles.
One of those songs was another top seller, “She’s Not Lost.” The song was written by David Gray and was released on their third album, Just A Dream. The song was a huge hit in the United States, selling over three hundred and twenty copies within the first week alone. The song was a worldwide success, and remains one of the most popular songs in the English language. Other single songs that have been covered by artists other than The Beatles include “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” by the Rolling Stones, and ” Twist And Shout” by Rod Stewart. It is safe to say that artists ranging from The Beatles to David Gray have influenced thousands of songwriters, recording executives, and fans alike with their unique guitar techniques.