Midnight Blue Louise Tucker
Song Title: Midnight Blue
Artist: Louise Tucker ft Charlie Skarbek
Date of release: 1982
Description: ” Midnight Blue ” is by Louise Tucker, the English mezzo-soprano opera singer from Bristol, England. Louise trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama in London.
She has performed with many opera companies during her career, including the Dublin Grand Opera,Kent Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Orleans Opera and the Holland Park Festival . In addition to performing, Louise works as a teacher for young singers. As a soloist, Louise has performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures and has won acclaim for romantic oratorios like Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.
Working with producers Charlie Skarbek and Tim Smit, Louise had success in the early 80s when she recorded two Albums, Midnight Blue and After the Storm, both of which were notable for combining synthpop with her classically-trained operatic voice.
” Midnight Blue ” was written by Charles Skarbek and Timothy Bartel Smit. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven is also credited. Charles Skarbek is a singer, record producer, composer and lyricist. He has worked with many artists from both the classical and pop music genres. Charles is best known for setting the lyrics to music from the central section of Jupiter, the fourth movement from Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets, which became the well known song ” World in Union “. He also adds his vocals to this song.
Timothy Bartel Smit ( Sir Timothy Bartel Smit KBE ) is is a Dutch-born British businessman, who is better known for his work on the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project than his music writing and producing. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Durham University and went on to work as an archaeologist before entering the music business where he worked as both a song-writer and producer. His work earned seven Platinum and Gold discs.
” Midnight Blue ” was released in 1982 by record labels Arista in the United States and Ariola Records in Europe ( both Sony Music Entertainment ). The song was taken as the title track from Louise Tucker’s debut Album of the same name. The Album, released in 1982, reached Number One in many countries including France and Canada. The Album and title single have sold 7 Million copies Worldwide. The Album was re-released in 1990 on CD.
It was a chance meeting in 1982 when Louise accompanied Tim Smit’s sister-in-law who was babysitting for him. the meeting led to Louise recording a demo for the song.
The song is built around Ludwig van Beethoven’s ” Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “, more commonly known as ” Sonata Pathétique “. The Sonata was written in 1798 when Ludwig was 27 years old. It was published a year later in 1799. The work was dedicated his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky and to this day remains one of his most popular compositions.
” Midnight Blue ” was a commercial success for Louise Tucker. In the United States the song reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1983 and spent 13 weeks on the chart there. It also reached a peak of number 10 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
In the United kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 2nd of April 1983 and reached a peak of number 59. It spent 6 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 46
UK Highest Chart Position: 59
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 51, Netherlands 13, Belgium 6, Sweden 6, Denmark 1,Australia 27, France 1, Canada 7
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