Morningtown Ride

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"Morningtown Ride"
Single by The Seekers
from the album Hide and Seekers
B-side "When the Stars Begin to Fall"
Released 1966
Format 7-inch single
Genre lullaby
Length 2:36
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Malvina Reynolds
Producer(s) Tom Springfield

"Morningtown Ride" is a lullaby, written and performed by Malvina Reynolds in 1957, and covered by a number of artists. It tells the comforting story of the journey through nighttime made by all the "little travellers" (children), on board a train, with the Sandman as guard.[1]

The Seekers version[edit]

The song was performed by The Seekers with Bobby Richards and his Orchestra on the 1964 album Hide and Seekers (W&G Records WG-B-2362).[2] It was subsequently re-recorded and released as a single in 1966 (Columbia DB 8060),[3] produced by Tom Springfield.[4]

The song spent 15 weeks on the UK's Record Retailer chart, reaching No. 2 on 28 December 1966.[3] In the United States, the song spent 7 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 44,[5] while reaching No. 13 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[6][7] The song also reached No. 2 on the Irish Singles Chart,[8] No. 4 in Malaysia,[9] and No. 9 in South Africa.[10]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lullabies for Sleepy Eyes", Susie Tallman & Rock Me Baby Records. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. ^ The Seekers - Hide and Seekers at Discogs
  3. ^ a b "SEEKERS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100", Billboard, March 25, 1967. Accessed September 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Seekers - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  6. ^ "The Seekers - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, April 15, 1967. p. 20. Accessed September 29, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Song Title Search Results for "Morningtown Ride", The Irish Charts. Accessed September 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, February 18, 1967. p. 60. Accessed September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, January 28, 1967. p. 70. Accessed September 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Through Children's Eyes - The Limeliters". AllMusic. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Arbetskläder och Arbetsskor på nätet | Arbetsklädshuset AKH". Akh.se. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Malvina Reynolds: Discography / Recordings". People.wku.edu. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  14. ^ "RPM 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 20, No. 1, August 18, 1973. Accessed October 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Adult Contemporary Playlist", RPM Weekly, Volume 19, No. 11, April 28, 1973. Accessed October 8, 2016.
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  17. ^ AllMusic Wiggly Wiggly World Overview
  18. ^ "Erkki Liikanen - Laula Vain / Matka Aamun Kaupunkiin (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  19. ^ "The Sapphires (2012)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  20. ^ Stan Butcher - Morningtown Ride on YouTube