Sunday, February 19, 2012

40 Years Ago Today: "Joy" Brightens The US Pop Charts

[Get Some Joy ]

Behold the genius that is Tom Parker. The chap who told Johann Sebastian Bach "No! No! No! You've written it too slow!" Well, maybe his genius is realizing that Jigsaw's 1971 version of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" needed a harpsichord and a lighter attitude to really impress the Yanks. (Jigsaw would finally see some chart action in 1975 with their Top Ten hit "Sky High") After making its debut on February 19, 1972, the instrumental rose to #6 on the US pop charts. You can almost hear producer Miki Dallon yelling "More harpsichord!"

The 1971 Jigsaw version :

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