Euphonium In a Top 40 Song?
by, 09-24-2007 at 07:00 PM (1019 Views)
Has a euphonium ever played a major part in a pop song that made the top 40? Yes, but it was a long time ago, in the early 1960's. The song was by the Grammy Award winning singer/writer Jackie DeShannon and was called "What the World Needs Now (Is Love, Sweet Love)." This original hit (by Burt Bacharach) starts with a euphonium solo playing a brief intro to the melody. The euphonium is also heard later in the song doing some simple countermelodies. I have researched this a bit and tried to find the name of the euphonium player, but I have not succeeded yet.
This song was a number one hit on the Billboard charts. It was used later in the movies Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and My Best Friend's Wedding, among others.
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