Shades of Gray (song)
"Shades of Gray" is a song that was written in 1965 by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and was recorded by The Monkees for their 1967 album Headquarters, the first of which that saw group play all its own instruments (except a French horn and cello, both of which were featured in this song). Lead vocals were shared by Davy Jones and Peter Tork.
The song had been recorded previously by a folk-rock trio, the Will-O-Bees, and released in 1966 on the Date Records label (Date 45 #1543). Though the Will-O-Bees' version was accorded "Chart Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100" status in Billboard Magazine's issue of December 31, 1966, the record is little known today.
Sons of Champlin recorded the song at about the same time, but the Headquarters version was released first. The album Fat City, released in 1999 by Big Beat UK, finally featured the Sons of Champlin version of the song, named "Shades of Grey" (whereas the original Monkees release was titled "Shades of Gray").
Another version was recorded in 1970 by P.K. Limited (Screen Gems/Columbia Music songwriters Dan Peyton and Marty Kaniger); it was featured in the film Getting Straight.
In popular culture
- "Show 44 - Revolt of the Fat Angel: Some samples of the Los Angeles sound. [Part 4]". UNT Digital Library.
- "Shades of Gray" video. YouTube. Retrieved on December 17, 2016.
- "Chart Spotlight – Predicted to reach the HOT 100". Billboard. December 31, 1966.
- "The Sons of Champlin - Fat City - Amazon.com Music".
- "Security Check Required".
- "Various - Through The Looking Glass: Indie Pop Plays The Monkees". Discogs.
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