Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Die Twice

*THIS IS ANOTHER SEGMENT IN OUR YEAR-LONG LOOK AT MUSIC FROM 1969, 50 YEARS AGO*

I found the following interesting.

On this day in 1969 a one-hit wonder was still in the top 40. The Canadian band’s recording of “When I Die” was written by vocalist/keyboard player/bandleader William “Smitty” Smith and tenor sax/harmonica player/vocalist Steve Kennedy.

One reviewer called it “a smooth, soulful, slick, beautiful pop classic.”

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“Motherlode” broke up a few months into 1970. In the band’s home land of Canada “When I Die” went to #1, but only #18 in America. On this date 50 years ago the song was already dying, plummeting to #32.

That same week another record with a very similar title was zooming up the chart, rocketing past “Motherlode.”

“And When I Die” jumped from #50 to #29 and would eventually peak at  #2. The pioneering jazz-rock band’s lead singer, David Clayton-Thomas, like “Motherlode” also hailed from Canada. The song was written by Laura Nyro who died of ovarian cancer in 1997 at the age of 49.

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