Gold (John Stewart song)

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"Gold"
Gold - John Stewart.jpg
Single by John Stewart
B-side"Comin' Out of Nowhere"
ReleasedMay 1979 (U.S.)
Format7" 45 RPM
GenreBlues rock
LabelRSO Records
Songwriter(s)John Stewart
Producer(s)John Stewart
John Stewart singles chronology
"Armstrong"
(1969)
"Gold"
(1979)
"Midnight Wind"
(1979)
Alternative cover
Gold - J. Stewart.jpg

"Gold" is a song written and recorded by John Stewart in 1979. It was the lead single and biggest hit among three Top 40 singles released from his LP, Bombs Away Dream Babies. The song was Stewart's first US Top 40 hit, as well as his first chart single in a decade (since "Armstrong" peaked at #74 in 1969). Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac is featured on backing vocals.[1][2]

"Gold" became a top-five hit in the United States, Canada and Australia.[3][4] It made lesser showings in the UK and New Zealand.

Background[edit]

Stewart wrote the song some time after he left the folk group Kingston Trio.[5] The song is from the album Bombs Away Dream Babies, in which Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham contributed. (Although the guitar solo in "Gold" is similar in style to Buckingham's, it was actually played by Stewart.)[6] The song has a smooth funk/pop rhythm.[7]

The song takes a light-hearted but cynical view of the recording industry; in time, Stewart would feel the same way about the song itself. He would eventually stop performing "Gold" in concert, calling it "vapid" and "empty" and meaning nothing to him, having done it for the money and to please his record company.[8]

Chart history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7 Times Stevie Nicks Sang Backup in the '70s". Rhino. May 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock and Roll: Gold Rush. Algora Publishing. p. 374. ISBN 978-0-87586-207-1.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1979-09-15. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ LB Bowen (March 23, 2017). "Backstory: Solid Gold. John Stewart, Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham". OnStage Magazine.
  6. ^ "Lindsey Buckingham". Musician Magazine (33). June 1981.
  7. ^ Matthew Greenwald. "John Stewart: Gold". AllMusic.
  8. ^ interview from John Stewart Memorial concert, which took place May 3, 2008 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1979-09-15. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – John Stewart – Gold". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "John Stewart: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "John Stewart Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "John Stewart Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  15. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 11, 1979
  16. ^ Australian-charts.com
  17. ^ "1979 Top 200 Singles". RPM. Vol. 32 no. 13. Library and Archives Canada. December 22, 1979. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  19. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1979

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