BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #496: ‘THE TIDE IS HIGH’ BLONDIE- JANUARY 31, 1981

Billboard #1 Hits: #496: ‘ The Tide Is High’- Blondie. January 31, 1981. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘The Tide Is High’- Blondie
  • Record Company- Chrysalis
  • Genre: Reggae
  • Written by John Holt
  • Time: 3:54
  • B-side:’Suzy and Jeffrey’
  • Album- Autoamerican
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada and New Zealand

I don’t know if I didn’t know- or it I had forgotten- that “The Tide Is High’ was a remake. The original was written by John Holt and performed in 1967 by the Jamaican reggae group The Paragons. Blondie’s version done also as reggae -added strings and horns. It was Blondie’s 3rd #1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100- following ‘Heart Of Glass’ and “Call Me.’

2 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #496: ‘THE TIDE IS HIGH’ BLONDIE- JANUARY 31, 1981

  1. It’s funny, I didn’t realize either Blondie’s version actually was a cover. Now that I’m listening to the original, it kind of sounds funny to me. Undoubtedly, that’s because I’m so much used to Blondie’s take.

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