Nice clip Mark and thanks. I still feel that Richard sometimes gets a little overwhelmed or surprised when it comes to accepting appreciation from his fans along with praise for his personal achievements. It's almost as if he doesn't feel deserving of the respect he's shown or truly does not realize the positive impact the Carpenters music has had on so many people around the world.
Maybe it's because of all of the negative criticism Karen and Richard received from the so called music hipsters during the early part of their career who were indulged in their self righteous views of what was cool and trending. I will be so elated if the Carpenters finally receive a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's or even an induction into the R&R HOF while Richard is still around to enjoy it.
He is a class act with a kind soul and I wish him and his family the very best!
It’s one of my favorite songs of all time. The Phil Spector, Righteous Brothers wall of sound. In true R.C. fashion, he tinkered with it. Hard to pick out the melody the first time through. You’re welcome.
I was surprised a number of years ago to discover that The Walker Brothers hadn't been as popular in their original home country, (USA), as they'd been in some other places. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" is one of those iconic songs that you imagine has been around forever and that seems to have been designed as a pillar for all pop / rock to be crafted upon ever after.
Noel Engel, (aka Scott Walker), had a quartet of solo albums in the late 1960s called Scott Walker 1, 2, 3 and 4 which have been described as baroque pop, experimental, surreal or avant-garde. I have three of them and they are certainly a bit different; interesting releases.
Scott Walker had a string of Top 3 albums in the UK which did not even chart in the US. He had a number of other Top 30 UK albums, besides. With the Walker Brothers, he also had a number of Top 10 albums in the UK, a couple of those going Top 3. The Walker Brothers had seven Top 20 hit singles in the UK, two of those going to Number One.
When I bought the Scott Walker albums years ago, I looked up the Walker Brothers' US chart history, knowing that, surely, 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' was a smash there and that they must have had countless other big hits. I was amazed to find that even 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' hadn't gone Top 10 there. They only ever had two moderate hit singles in their home country, (peaking at Numbers 16 and 13), and none of their albums, or Scott's solo albums, appear to have entered the US Top 100.
It's interesting how some artists are never embraced in their homeland but become huge in other countries.
But 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore?' What a song!