Say It Isn't So" is a song by American duo Daryl Hall & John Oates written by Daryl Hall. It was released by RCA Records in October 1983 as the first of two new singles from their compilation album , released that same year (see Rock 'n Soul Part 1 1983 in music). The song was remixed as a "special extended dance mix" by John "Jellybean" Benitez, which topped magazine's Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song peaked at #2 on the [2 ] Billboard Hot 100, (ironically behind " Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson).
Composition and recording [ edit ]
"Say It Isn't So" was written by Daryl Hall during the duo's supporting tour for
. It was the first of two songs recorded during the sessions for H 2O Rock 'n Soul Part 1. The sessions took place in September 1983 at Electric Lady studio a in New York City. The song was produced by Daryl Hall and John Oates, with recording by Bob Clearmountain, who co-produced the recordings. The backing musicians on the song were bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, saxophonist Charles DeChant, guitarist G. E. Smith, drummer Mickey Curry, and percussionist Jimmy Brawlower. The song's arrangement was developed in the studio with backing vocals inspired by the Flamingos' version of " I Only Have Eyes for You" and a problem with a break in the song solved by Jimmy Brawlower. [1 ]
Single track listings [ edit ]
7" 45 RPM [ edit ]
12" 33⅓ RPM [ edit ]
"Say It Isn't So"
(Special Extended Dance Mix) Hall
"Say It Isn't So"
(Dub version) Hall
"Kiss on My List"
Music videos [ edit ]
There were two versions of the video. The first version was once aired on
MTV as part of the duo's special titled The Greatest & The Latest. The second version, which was on heavy rotation during the channel's heyday, was filmed on location in New York City and shows the World Trade Center Twin Towers at the close of the video (approximately 5:03 of the 5:08 video length).
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