Sunday, March 28, 2010

March 29

Happy Birthday to Terry Jacks, one-hit wonder with 1973's "Seasons in the Sun". An adaptation of a Jacques Brel song, "Seasons" was originally arranged for the Beach Boys, but when the band declined to record it, record producer Jacks and his (soon-to-be-ex) wife decided to record and release the song on his own label. The song became an international sensation, topping the charts in the US, Canada, and the UK.
The song is about a dying man offering farewells to friends and family (the French version is more sardonic). When you consider that he was dealing with the dissolution of his marriage and musical partnership, you wonder if those feelings informed his performance.

And you also have to wonder if his sideburns inspired the creators of Wolverine and Sabretooth.

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