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April 15, 2021

World Rock Hits

Many artists have songs that have not become very popular in their homeland. But they became very popular in other countries. I suggest you read about these songs and listen to them here

The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

In the late '60s, this megahit became a real bone of contention among the Liverpool Four. On the wave of the popularity of Jamaican music, McCartney was burning with the desire to write his own ska song.

The other members of the legendary quartet did not share his enthusiasm, and Lennon hated the song, called it crap and broke the record. But Paul stuck to his line, and the song was not only recorded, but also released as a single.

It was never released in the States or Britain, being considered too frivolous and not fitting the band's serious ambitions. The composition easily won the leading positions in the world charts, and with it the derision of British journalists. In 1976 in the US it was released as a single, and made it into the top 50 of the Bllboard.

Already in the XXI century the song was several times "awarded" in the lists of the worst songs of The Beatles according to the American and British music magazines.

Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On

This song, written back in 1972, was a fairly ordinary piece and didn't have the passion that Cocker's version of it would endow in the future. In 1986, Joe re-recorded it for the soundtrack to the movie 9 1/2 Weeks. By then, the English veteran was not experiencing his best years.

At home, the peak of his popularity had long passed: he had shot in the late '60s and early '70s and quickly reoriented himself to the American market, where he was in demand for the next decade. By the mid-80s, Joe had become a rare guest in the American charts as well.

Neither on the Cocker album, nor on the soundtrack to You Can Leave Your Hat On, was the song the lead single. In the native England it was not noticed at all and hardly ever aired, in the States it was a success, but very modest, but in continental Europe the song became a real hit.

Especially exciting for the fans was the video clip with exciting scenes from the movie. The song quickly conquered the charts in Germany, Austria and France and settled in the playlists of strip clubs forever.
Posted by      Ted Novack at 12:31 AM AEST
Tags: music, rock


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