My Sunday Song #69 is “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. The song was released as a single in 2005 from her 2004 debut album ‘Eyes to the Telescope’. It was a sensational debut song and reached as high as #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made it to #1 Adult Pop Songs chart.
The acoustic guitar and drum beat had you tapping your feet and bobbing your head instantly. When you add in that gritty voice, you had an instant classic. KT’s song was a little blues, a little soul and a little rock, but a had a lot of character. I never knew what the song meant and it didn’t really matter. It was catchy and had a certain charm to it. I would catch myself singing it all the time when it was released and it was one of the best songs of 2005 for sure.
KT Tunstall discussed the meaning of the song at Contactmusic.com. She said the following:
“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies & hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path, and a choice has to be made. It’s about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that’s always willing to carry you off.
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My Sunday Song #45 is the great Johnny Cash Song “A Boy Named Sue”. The song was first recorded during the live concert ‘At San Quentin’ and is one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs. It tells such an amazing story about a boy seeking revenge against his deadbeat dad who left him and his mom and who named him Sue.
The song was Johnny’s biggest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #2. It was also his only Top 10 song which is amazing. Why didn’t he make it to #1, well a little known band named the Rolling Stones held that position with “Honky Tonk Woman”.
“A Boy Named Sue” is a song only Johnny Cash could sing and pull off. I don’t think the song would have been as successful with any other singer…at least to me it wouldn’t have been. The grittiness of Cash’s voice and the way he sort of spoke it instead of singing it was absolutely perfect. It gave a life and a charm to the song all its own.
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I was exploring the internet the other night when I came across a website that showed the Top 200 artists of the 80’s based on # of weeks on the Hot 100 chart and the # of hits they had on the chart. I found the list to be extremely interesting and at times surprising at what did or didn’t make the list. The website was www.rateyourmusic.com or you can check out the list at this link.
When you go through the list, there will be no surprise at the artist at the top of the list. It is everyone you would think it would be such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Hall & Oates, and Billy Joel (I won’t give you their ranking). But what I found most interesting was that throughout the list I saw Genesis and most of its members or former members.
Genesis was huge in the 80’s and so was Phil Collins which is no surprise. Mike Rutherford had a side project during the 80’s called Mike & the Mechanics that also had numerous hits during the 80’s. And let’s not forget a former member of Genesis, Peter Gabriel. His resurgence in the 80’s was also quite significant. Tony Banks was the only member of the band I didn’t see having a hit on the Hot 100 list outside of Genesis.
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