” Sunglasses ” is by Tracey Ullman ( Trace Ullman ), the actress, comedian, singer and dancer. Tracey is also a screenwriter, producer, director, author and businesswoman who holds dual British and American citizenship.
The song was written by John D. Loudermilk who was an American singer and songwriter. Although John had his recording career in the 1950s and 1960s, he is better known as a successful songwriter.
He wrote the songs ” Indian Reservation “, a Number One hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1971, the Nashville Teens 1964 Top Twenty hit ” Tobacco Road ” and ” This Little Bird “, which was a UK number six hit for Marianne Faithfull in 1965.
Tracey Ullman’s cover of ” Sunglasses ” was released in 1984 by record label Stiff Records ( SPZ Group ) and features on Tracey’s second album, You Caught Me Out. It was released throughout Europe but was never released in the United States. The album peaked at number ninety-two on the UK Albums Chart, thirteen on the Swedish Albums Chart and Eleven on the Norwegian Albums Chart.
The cover was produced by Peter Collins, the English record producer, arranger, and audio engineer. Peter has worked with a variety of artists including Gary Moore, Bon Jovi, Air Supply, Alice Cooper, Nik Kershaw, The Cardigans, Rosetta Stone and Josh Joplin.
The song was initially released by Skeeter Davis ( Mary Frances Penick ) in 1965 on the RCA Victor record label. Skeeter was an American country music singer who released successful crossover songs which included the 1962 ” The End of The World “.
She was one of the first women to achieve major stardom as a solo vocalist in the country music. Skeeter is acknowledged by many to have been a significant influence on country stars Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.
The New York Times music critic Robert Palmer hailed her as an ” extraordinary country/pop singer “. In 1966, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance – Female for her version of ” Sunglasses “.
The accompanying video features Adrian Edmondson ( Adrian Charles ‘ Ade ‘ Edmondson ), English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. Adrian is better known for his roles in the television series The Young Ones which ran from 1982 to 1984 and Bottom 1991 to 1995). Both series he wrote together with his long-time collaborator, Rik Mayall.
” Sunglasses ” was a commercial success for Tracey. The single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 28th of July 1984 and reached a peak of number eighteen. It spent two weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart. The song was also a hit in Austria, Sweden and Ireland.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 18
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria 6, Sweden 13, Ireland 18, Flanders 25, Netherlands 29, Holland 32, Germany 52
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