History Maker

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"History Maker"
Song by Delirious? from the album King of Fools
Recorded 1997
Genre Rock
Length 6:33
Label Furious? Records
Writer Martin Smith
Producer Andy Piercy
Delirious?
King of Fools track listing
"King of Fools"
(10)
"History Maker"
(11)
"What A Friend I've Found"
(12)

"History Maker" is the eleventh track on English Christian rock band Delirious?'s album King of Fools.[1] It has become one of the band's best-known songs, and represents King of Fools in almost every one of their live setlists, along with the single "Deeper". "History Maker" was originally recorded as a guitar-driven six-minute rock epic, filled out by strings and synthesisers and featuring two 16-bar guitar solos. The lyrics of the song are on the power of prayer and becoming a "history maker"; i.e., someone who changes the course of history. "History Maker" became the theme song for Teen Mania's 97-98 Acquire the Fire tour, as well as Extreme Dream's YC 2000 in Alberta, Canada.

The song is greatly extended live, generally featuring the "Holy is the Lord" bridge of "God's Romance" and an extemporaneous speech by Martin Smith. The guitar solo is also occasionally extended (up to 40 bars), and the chorus of the song "Obsession" is often included after the "God's Romance" section. Martin Smith often announces this song with the sentence "This song is for all the history makers" at live concerts.

Single Release[edit]

"History Makers"
Single by Delirious?
from the album History Makers
Released 28 March 2010
Format Download
Genre Worship
Rock
Christian rock
Label Furious? Records
Writer(s) Martin Smith
Delirious? singles chronology
"Love Will Find A Way"
(2008)
"History Makers"
(2010)
N/A

In February 2010, a campaign began on social networking site Facebook to get 'History Maker' into the UK charts for Easter.[2][3][4] In response to the increasing support for the campaign, the decision was made to release the track as a single under the title 'History Makers'.[5] The song was released for download on 28 March 2010.[5] Two versions have been made available, the original studio version (featured on the album King of Fools and the 2009 compilation album History Makers), and a new live version taken from the band's upcoming final live album: 'Farewell Show'.[6][7]

All profits generated from the single will go towards the charity CompassionArt a charity set up by Martin Smith the lead singer of the band which creates freedom from poverty.[6][8][9]

It entered the midweek chart at number 6 on 31 March 2010[10] and reached number 4 on 4/4/10.[11] but only spent a week in the Top 40 after dropping to No.61 the next week.[12] It was number 1 in the Indie singles chart.[13]

Track listing[edit]

1. History Makers (Studio Version)
2. History Makers (Live Version)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Scotland Singles Chart 4
UK Singles Chart 4

Song appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Wood. "delirious.org.uk - King of Fools". Discography. delirious.org.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Are Delirious? set to top the UK charts this Easter?" (Press release). Invade The Airwaves. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ Invade The Airwaves (2010). "Invade The Airwaves". Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Facebook | Christian music topping the UK Charts!". Facebook. February 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Fans Demand Delirious? Single" (Press release). Kingsway Communications Ltd. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  6. ^ a b "News - Delirious? Track 'History Maker' To Be Released As Single After Facebook Campaign". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ Invade The Airwaves (2010). "Invade The Airwaves | Buy The Single". Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Paul Smith (26 March 2010). "CompassionArt | Press Releases". CompassionArt News. CompassionArt. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Invade The Airwaves (2010). "Invade The Airwaves | Campaign FAQ". Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  10. ^ BBC Radio 1 (31 March 2010). "BBC - Radio 1 - The Official Chart Update with Greg James - The Official UK Singles Chart Update". The Official UK Singles Chart Update. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. ^ BBC Radio 1 (4 April 2010). "BBC - Radio 1 - The Official Chart with Reggie Yates - The Official Top 40 Singles Chart". The Official UK Singles Chart Update. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Delirious? - History Makers". Chart Stats. 2010-04-17. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  13. ^ BBC Radio 1 (4 April 2010). "BBC - Radio 1 - The Official Chart with Reggie Yates - The Official Top 30 Indie Singles Chart". The Official UK Singles Chart Update. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2010.