Thursday, November 06, 2008

Genius: In Dreams / I Go to Pieces

Genius’d Song: In Dreams
Artist: Roy Orbison
Album: In Dreams

Selection: I Go to Pieces
Artist: Peter & Gordon
Album: The Ultimate Peter & Gordon

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
In Dreams - Roy Orbison
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
The Great Pretender - The Platters
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
In My Room - Beach Boys
Just A Little - The Beau Brummels
Bus Stop - The Hollies
She's Not There - The Zombies
Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley
Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Lets Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Go All The Way - Rasberries
Little Darlin' - The Diamonds
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
I Honestly Love You (Dishonest Vision Mix) - Olivia Newton-John
Needles & Pins - The Searchers
Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell
Till I Kissed You - Everly Brothers
I Go To Pieces - Peter & Gordon
Walk Like A Man - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
Crying - Roy Orbison

In Dreams

"In Dreams" is a song composed and sung by American rock and roll performer Roy Orbison. An operatic ballad of lost love, it was released as a single on Monument Records in February 1963. It became the title track on the album In Dreams, released in July 1963. It also appears on his posthumous 1989 album A Black & White Night Live, the soundtrack from the 1988 HBO television special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.

The popular single hit #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 and was his first single to officially cross to their Easy Listening survey (#3).
The song's opening line refers to "A candy-colored clown they call the Sandman". The Sandman is a character in Hans Christian Andersen's children stories who brings sleep and dreams by sprinkling magic sand onto the sleeping.
If the structure of a standard pop song is ABABCAB (verse-chorus, verse-chorus, bridge, verse-chorus), then the structure of "In Dreams" is ABCDE; the lyrics "A candy-colored clown," "I close my eyes," "In dreams I walk with you," "But just before the dawn," and "It's too bad that all these things" all introduce sections of new musical material that are never repeated.

In 1988, songwriters Will Jennings and Richard Kerr wrote a response to "In Dreams" called "In The Real World," which Orbison recorded for his album Mystery Girl (which was released posthumously in 1989).

In popular culture
• Perhaps the most famous use of "In Dreams" in media was prominently in David Lynch's landmark cult thriller Blue Velvet (1986). The sadistic villain of the film Frank Booth, played by Dennis Hopper, seems to be obsessed with the tune (along with the Bobby Vinton song "Blue Velvet").
• The song also appeared in, and provided the title for, Neil Jordan's 1999 psychological thriller In Dreams.
• In 2004, Rolling Stone named "In Dreams" as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
• M. Ward's "Today's Undertaking" from his 2006 album, Post-War is heavily inspired by "In Dreams."

Peter and Gordon

Peter and Gordon were a British Invasion-era performing duo, formed by Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, that rocketed to fame in 1964 with "A World Without Love". Peter Asher's sister (the actress Jane Asher) was dating Paul McCartney (of The Beatles), and so Peter and Gordon recorded several songs written by McCartney, with or without John Lennon. Those hits included "Nobody I Know", "I Don't Want To See You Again" and "Woman". The writing credit for "Woman" is given to "Bernard Webb," which was in fact an alias for Paul McCartney. McCartney used the pseudonym to see if he could have a hit song even without his famous name attached to it. The song reached number 14 in the US and number 28 on the British charts. Peter and Gordon also recorded the John Lennon penned Lennon/McCartney song, "If I Fell". The Beatles connection doesn't end there. The Meredith Willson song, "Till There Was You", recorded by the Beatles and sung by Paul McCartney, was later recorded by Peter and Gordon.

Other hits for the group included "I Go to Pieces" (U.S. #7), which was written by Del Shannon and given to the duo after the two acts toured together, and remakes of "True Love Ways" by Buddy Holly and "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, retitled "To Know You Is To Love You." Peter and Gordon had their last hits in 1967 with "Lady Godiva" (U.S. #6), "Knight In Rusty Armour" and "Sunday for Tea".
Asher became head of A&R for Apple Records. Asher has continued his career as a recording executive in California and has managed and produced Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Cher, Diana Ross and more.

In August 2005, Peter and Gordon reunited onstage for the first time in over 30 years, as part of two tribute concerts for Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five in New York City. This was followed by more complete concerts at The Festival for Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest) conventions beginning the following year. Paul McCartney heard about the reunion shows, and sent a message to them congratulating them for deciding to reunite. They have since performed at the Chicago, New Jersey and most recently two shows at the Festival for Beatles Fans convention in Las Vegas July 1 and 2 where according to a report by Journalist Peter Palmiere for Beatlefan magazine, the pair was the performing highlight of the convention. Peter and Gordon both told Palmiere at the Las Vegas Festival for Beatles Fans that they were to perform at the 2006 Adopt-A-Minefield show with Paul McCartney until it was cancelled by Paul himself due to his impending divorce from Heather Mills. On August 21, 2008, they performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California.

A World Without Love

I Go to Pieces

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