The Show Must Go On (Leo Sayer song)
|"The Show Must Go On"|
German vinyl single
|Single by Leo Sayer|
|from the album Silverbird|
2:53 (7" version)
|"The Show Must Go On"|
Dutch vinyl single
|Single by Three Dog Night|
|from the album Hard Labor|
|B-side||"On The Way Back Home"|
|Released||March 16, 1974|
|Length||4:23 (album version)|
3:37 (single version)
"The Show Must Go On" is a song co-written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney and first recorded by Sayer. It was released in the United Kingdom in 1973, becoming Sayer's first hit record (reaching its chart peak of #2 in early 1974 in the UK). The song reached #3 on the Irish Singles Chart in January 1974, and was included on Sayer's debut album Silverbird.
The song was covered by Three Dog Night, whose version was released in 1974, becoming a hit in the United States, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sung by vocalist Chuck Negron. The record reached #1 on the Cashbox pop chart, #2 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts, and became their seventh and final Gold Record.
It uses a circus theme as a metaphor for dealing with the difficulties and wrong choices of life. Early in Sayer's career, he performed it dressed and made up as a pierrot clown. The opening motif quotes Julius Fučík's "Entrance of the Gladiators" which is commonly associated with circus clowns.
- Leo Sayer - vocals
- Russ Ballard - keyboard
- David Courtney - piano
- Robert Henrit - drums
- Dave Wintour - bass
Leo Sayer version
Three Dog Night version
Three Dog Night's cover of "The Show Must Go On" became their last Top 10 hit in the U.S., where it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Cash Box Top 100, as well as in Canada, where it reached number two. It also reached #11 in the Netherlands and #12 in Germany.
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