Neon Rainbow

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"Neon Rainbow"
Single by The Box Tops
from the album The Letter/Neon Rainbow
B-side "Everything I Am"
Released October 1967 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record
Recorded American Sound Studio
Genre Pop rock
Label Mala
Mala 580
Writer(s) Wayne Carson Thompson
Producer(s) Dan Penn
The Box Tops singles chronology
"The Letter"
(1967)
"Neon Rainbow"
(1967)
"Cry Like a Baby"
(1968)

"Neon Rainbow" is a song written by Wayne Carson Thompson and made famous by Memphis blue-eyed soul band The Box Tops.[1]

About[edit]

The track is featured on The Letter/Neon Rainbow. The song starts with the lyrics "The city lights, the pretty lights, They can warm the coldest nights" and as they suggest, the song is about neon signs that come on at night and make even the city's coldest nights seem warm. The lyrics continue "But in the daytime everything changes, Nothing remains the same. No one smiles anymore, And no one will open his door. Until the night time comes. And then the..." suggesting that the city's inhabitants stay inside during the day and come out only at night.[2][dead link]

Petula Clark recorded the song for her 1970 album "Memphis" and Rita Pavone made an Italian version with the title Il mondo nelle mani (The world in the hands).

Afterlife of song[edit]

From September 2009, Neon Rainbow was featured in the TalkTalk TV advertising campaign, and is their hold music.

Chart performance[edit]

Cashbox US Hot 100 Australia[3] Canada UK[4]
#24 #24 #30 #17 failed to chart[5][6]

Billboard Hot 100[7] (9 weeks): Reached #24

Cashbox[8] (10 weeks): 57, 43, 34, 27, 26, 24, 28, 44, 56, 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Box Tops
  2. ^ http://www.onewest.net/~roxtar/box_tops.html
  3. ^ Australian-charts.com
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 74. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  6. ^ "The Box Tops". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1997). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 64. ISBN 0-89820-122-5. 
  8. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 58. 

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