Seasons in the sun Terry Jacks
Song Title: Seasons in the sun
Artist: Terry Jacks
Date of release: December 1973
Description: ” Seasons in the sun ” is by Terry Jacks ( Terrence Ross “Terry” Jacks ), the Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. The song was written by Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen for the English lyrics.
In 1961 Jacques Brel originally wrote and performed the song ” Le Moribond ” (The Dying Man) entirely in French, the English translation came in 1964 by Rod McKuen.
Rod McKuen was one of the most successful poets in the United States during the 1960’s, the Academy Award nominated poet was instrumental in popularizing the works of Jacques Brel including ” Seasons in the sun “. Due to Rod’s works he has amassed sales of 100 million recordings worldwide and some 60 Million books.
The Kingston Trio recorded the English translated version of the song first but it was not a major hit this time round, however it was this version that gained Terry’s attention.
The original version by Jacques Brel is a ballad that mocks those that crossed him during his lifetime, upon his dying last moments he says sarcastic farewells to his adulterous wife, her lover and others.
Previous English translated versions stayed true to the original, Terry opted to take the song down a more sentimental route, so without being credited he changed and reworked the lyrics.
Released in Canada by Goldfish Records ( owned by Terry ) and elsewhere by Bell Records in 1973, the single was taken from the Album of the same name.
This version of the song was originally recorded in 1973 by Terry and his then wife, Susan Jacks in Vancouver. After an unsuccessful session with the Beach Boys, it was abandoned and Terry decided to go it alone with the song.
” Seasons in the sun ” became a huge Worldwide hit for Terry, in the United States the song was released in December 1973, after a month it entered the Billboard Hot 100 and in March 1974 began a three-week stint at the top of the chart, the song spent a total of 21 weeks on the chart there.
Outside of the United states, Terry reached number one on the RPM Magazine chart in Canada where it held the top for 4 weeks.
In the United Kingdom ” Seasons in the sun ” entered the UK chart on the 23rd of March 1974 and was number one for 4 weeks, the song spent 7 weeks in the top ten and a total of 12 weeks on the UK chart.
Although ” Seasons in the sun ” has sold in excess of 14 Million copies Worldwide and turned Terry Jacks into one of Canada’s best-selling artists, modern criticism has knocked the song.
This version of the song is held as an example of bad music, it has been labelled as one of the worst pop songs ever recorded.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria 1, Switzerland 1, Germany 1, The Netherlands 7, Belgium 2, Norway 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/TerryJacks