Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Mike McKay
Listen for the replay to win your free pair of tickets to see Styx at the Pan Am Center on January 15.
The 101 number one song of the day took the roundabout way to the top of the charts. It was part of an album released in 1967. It didn’t get to number one until more than three years later.
Stevie Wonder wrote the original version with Henry Cosby but both were unhappy with the lyrics they wrote for it so they asked William Robinson if he could come up with a new set of lyrics. He did and it was included as one of the tracks on an album entitled “Make it Happen.” Later, in 1970 British Motown executive John Marshall was looking for a single to be released in England and came across this cut you’re about to hear. To everyone’s amazement it went to number one. It was decided then to release it in the states and it became the first number one hit for a group that had been together since 1954. It was there December 12, 1970 for William Robinson who was better known to the world as “Smokey” (The Tears of a Clown)