1967 German picture sleeve
|Single by The Association|
|from the album Insight Out|
|The Association singles chronology|
|Single by Wes Montgomery|
|from the album A Day in the Life|
|B-side||"Watch What Happens"|
|Wes Montgomery singles chronology|
"Windy" is a pop music song written by Ruthann Friedman and recorded by The Association. Released in 1967, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of that year. Later in 1967, an instrumental version by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery became his biggest Hot 100 hit when it peaked at #44. "Windy" was The Association's second U.S. number-one, following "Cherish" in 1966.
According to rumor, the original lyrics by Ruthann Friedman were about a man and The Association changed them to be about a woman.
"There are many explanations of who Windy actually was in Ruthann's life. She would have you know, she being me, Ruthann Friedman, that none of them are true. Windy was indeed a female and purely a fictitious character who popped into my head one fine day in 1967...
During the recording session the Association members, sure that they were in the middle of recording a hit, called the song writer, me again, in to sing on the fade at the end. I can be heard singing a blues harmony as the song fades out..."
Session musician Hal Blaine was brought in to play drums.Other musicians on the record included Mike Deasy and Al Casey on guitar, Joe Osborne on bass, Gary Coleman on precussion, Vince DeRosa Richard Perisi on french horn and Gene Cipriano and Bud Shank on Woodwind.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys released the song in 1968 on their album, Gary Lewis Now!
The band Betty covered the song on their 1996 album Limboland.
In popular culture
A version of the song was used as the theme tune on the nightly Today program broadcast on Thames Television from 1968 to 1977. This included the edition of the show featuring the Bill Grundy/Sex Pistols incident, after which the band danced to the song as the end credits rolled. Footage of this—complete with the song—has been included on punk documentaries such as BBC2's Arena: Punk and the Pistols.
On March 25, 2009, Life on Mars featured this song in the epilogue of Episode 16, titled "Everyone Knows It's Windy." The episode involved the enigmatic nature of a character named Windy.
On November 29, 2000, The Drew Carey Show (S6, E8 "Drew and Kate Become Friends") featured the character of Mr. Wick playing 'Windy' on the harp while singing, joined by Steve & Drew Carey.
On January 13, 2014, "Windy" was featured on the TV series "Mike & Molly" (S4, E8 "What Molly Hath Wrought") during Molly's visit to step-father Vince's warehouse.
A melody very similar to Windy is heard in a Charlie Chan movie of the 1930s being whistled by an actor while looking at a mirror.
- "Show 37 - The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 3] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 1969. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Ruthann Friedman lyrics". Ruthannfriedman.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "Windy". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Arena: Punk and the Pistols tx:BBC2 20 August 1995 2135h-2310h
- Scot Cannon
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