1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG’- ROY CLARK

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1969 Song of the Day- “Yesterday When I Was Young”- Roy Clark. Yesterday I did an entry on the retirement of baseball great Mickey Mantle who had retired 50 years ago. Thinking about The Mick made me think about this song. Mantle once said it was his favorite song and he had asked Clark to sing it at his funeral- a request that Clark honored. Mantle related to the song because it reminded him of his life- how he wasted so much time in his life. The song was originally written by the French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour as “Hier Encore” [ or Only Yesterday}  Roy Clark covered it in 1969 and had a crossover hit with it- as “Yesterday When I Was Young.” {Note- both Aznavour and Clark died last fall- Aznavour in October and Clark in November.} the single peaked at #9 on the country singles chart and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. It was Clark’s only Top 40 pop hit. I’ve always liked this song- even though it is an incredibly sad song. I have always thought it was a pity that Roy Clark is best remembered as a co-host on the cornpone show Hee-Haw- he was a very talented musician as a guitarist, banjo and fiddle player. As a youth he lived for a year in my hometown.

 

8 responses to “1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG’- ROY CLARK

    • I would think most younger people wouldn’t get it– it does seem even sadder as one gets older. I was talking to a friend yesterday and I don’t know how we got onto it but he was talking of regrets – and how he felt he had wasted his youth.. I told him that I think a lot of people look back and think the same thing.

    • It may seem like it was wasted, but I think we all go through a stage of doing dumb stuff and hurting and being hurt and not optimizing opportunities because we are “programmed” to do it with our genes. I remember a conversation I had with some friends in a bar one night when we were about 40 where I said, think about it, if we knew what we know now back then we wouldn’t have done a lot of things we needed to do to get to the now — especially the FUN stupid impulsive crazy stuff. Speaking as a 60 year old, those things are the memories I laugh about and cherish in many cases, including the bad stuff.

    • I liked Roy- I didn’t like him on Hee-Haw- I understand why Buck and Roy did it $$$$$ but as a musician he was great. If I had seen him on the Odd Couple I forget it.. will look for it.

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