Susan (song)

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"Susan"
Susan - Buckinghams.jpg
Single by The Buckinghams
from the album Portraits
B-side"Foreign Policy"
Released1967
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenreSunshine pop, Psychedelic pop
Length2:48
2:17 (radio edit)
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)Gary Beisbier
James William Guercio
Jim Holvay[1]
Producer(s)James William Guercio
The Buckinghams singles chronology
"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)"
(1967)
"Susan"
(1967)
"Back in Love Again"
(1968)
"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)"
(1967)
"Susan"
(1967)
"Back in Love Again"
(1968)

"Susan" is a song by The Buckinghams, which they released as a single in 1967, and on their album Portraits in 1968.[2] The song spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 11,[3] while reaching No. 7 on Canada's RPM 100,[4] No. 2 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade,[5] No. 2 in the Philippines,[6] and No. 18 on New Zealand's NZ Listener chart.[7]

The song contains a short excerpt of Charles Ives' composition, Central Park in the Dark, which contrasts sharply with the sunshine pop flavor of the majority of the song.[8] The section containing this excerpt was added by producer James William Guercio,[8] and the group disliked this addition after they heard it.[9] This section was edited out by many radio stations that played the song.[9][10]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan - By: The Buckinghams, MusicVF.com. Accessed September 22, 2015
  2. ^ "Portraits – The Buckinghams". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Hot 100 - The Buckinghams Susan Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "RPM 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 8, Ed. 19 January 27, 1968. Accessed September 23, 2015
  5. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade – Week of February 5, 1968, Chart No. 574". CHUM. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  6. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, May 25, 1968. p. 51. Accessed September 23, 2015
  7. ^ NZ Listener charts: 23-Feb-1968, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed October 28, 2015
  8. ^ a b Courrier, Kevin (2002). Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of Zappa, ECW Press, p. 75.
  9. ^ a b Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song: A Conversation with Carl Giammarese, Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. Accessed September 22, 2015
  10. ^ "WGLI Makes Biggies Sit Down and Listen", Billboard, February 3, 1968. p. 26. Accessed October 28, 2015
  11. ^ NZ Listener chart summary, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed August 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100", Cash Box, February 3, 1968. p. 4. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "100 Top Pops", Record World, February 3, 1968. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Chart Hits of 1968", Cash Box, December 28, 1968. p. 14. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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