Sad Songs (Say So Much)

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"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
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Single by Elton John
from the album Breaking Hearts
B-side "A Simple Man"
Released May 1984
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12")
Recorded December 1983
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:07 (7")
4:47 (12")
Label Geffen (U.S.)
Rocket (UK)
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Too Low for Zero"
(1984)
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
(1984)
"Passengers"
(1984)

"Too Low for Zero"
(1984)
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
(1984)
"Passengers"
(1984)

"Sad Songs (Say So Much)" is a song by Elton John and is the closing track on the 1984 album Breaking Hearts. It reached #7 on the UK chart and #5 on the U.S. chart. The lyrics describe how it sometimes helps for someone who is feeling sad, or who has lost a partner, to listen to old radio blues classics. In the years since its issue, radio airplay has been modest compared with some of John's other 80s singles.

The music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy and shot on a street in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, featured John without his familiar trademark glasses in some scenes. The single sleeve likewise featured John with no glasses.

John performed the song on One Night Only: The Greatest Hits Live at Madison Square Garden with Canadian rock star Bryan Adams. In 2013, John was joined by Rod Stewart in a special performance of the song at the London Palladium after being presented with first Brits Icon award in recognition of his "lasting impact" on UK culture.[1]

The song and the music video were both utilized in an early 1980s TV advertisement for Sasson Designer Jeans, altering the lyrics to "Sasson says so much."[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Elfgton John wins first Brits Icon award". BBC News. 2 Sep 2013. Retrieved 23 Sep 2013. 
  2. ^ "Elton John in Video For Sasson Apparel". The New York Times. 14 Aug 1984. Retrieved 25 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=40275
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Elton John – Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "100 Singles". RPM. Vol. 40 no. 25. 25 August 1984. p. 6. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Adult Contemporary". RPM. Vol. 41 no. 1. 8 September 1984. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chartverfolgung / JOHN, ELTON / Single" (in German).  Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sad Songs (Say So Much)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Elton John – Sad Songs (Say So Much)". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ ""Sad Songs (Say So Much)" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Elton John – Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Hitparade.ch".  Singles Top 75. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Elton John Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 123. 
  15. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending July 28, 1984". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2018. . Cash Box magazine.
  16. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  17. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=40275
  18. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1984 – Volume 41, No. 17, January 05 1985". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 9 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 1984 - UK Music Charts". uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  20. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1984.htm
  21. ^ "Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles,". Cash Box. December 31, 1984. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 

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