Songs without words

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 25 13:48:16 UTC 2010

At 6:50 AM +0100 4/25/10, Robin Hamilton wrote:
>(I am old, admittedly not quite as old as Wilson, but dredging through the
>tattered remnants of my memory, I can barely recall a time when a *purely
>instrumental* recording achieved popular success in the UK.  That would be
>in the early sixties, with the Shadows, issued on a 45 rpm vinyl disk.  Yes,
>children, there was a time ...  And at that, the Shadows only made it into
>the Top 10 since they were Cliff Richards' backing group.)
The first such hit song without words I recall making it to the top
of the [cispondial] pops was Percy Faith's "Theme from A Summer
Place", back in the early 60s.


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