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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hermen's Hermit - There's a kind of hush (all over the world)

Video of the Hermen's Hermits singing the song There's a kind of hush (all over the world)

There's a Kind of Hush" is a popular song written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens.

The best-known version of the song is by Herman's Hermits, who took it to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, eclipsing a cover version which had been released by Gary and the Hornets that had garnered regional success in the United States. It was the group's last Top 10 single.

The Carpenters version

Nine years later, the song was a worldwide smash for The Carpenters, who extended the title to include almost the entire first line of the lyric: "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)". However, Richard Carpenter explained in the liner notes to the Carpenters' 2004 best-of compilation, Gold, that although he and Karen Carpenter loved the song, he was not particularly pleased with how their remake turned out:
" of Karen's and my favorite songs from the '60s. In hindsight, however, even though our version was a hit, I wish we'd never recorded it. Here are three reasons why: (1) The original was, and is, perfectly fine. (2) Our foray into the oldies should have ended with the medley featured on side 2 of [the duo's hit LP] Now & Then, 1973. (3) The use of a synthesizer in some of our recordings has not worn well with me, on this track, or just about any other track on which I used it."
The Carpenters took "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)" to #12 on the Hot 100 chart in 1976 (see 1976 in music). The single also became their thirteenth #1 on the adult contemporary chart.

Source: Wikipedia

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