1900 Yesterday

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"1900 Yesterday"
Single by Liz Damon's Orient Express
from the album Liz Damon's Orient Express
B-side "You're Falling In Love"
Released 1970
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:35
Label Makaha
Songwriter(s) John Cameron & Lee Simmons[1]
Producer(s) George J.D. Chun

"1900 Yesterday" is a song released in 1970 by Liz Damon's Orient Express. It was originally released on the Hawaii based Makaha label, before White Whale acquired the worldwide distribution rights in December 1970;[2] in 1971, the song was released on the album Liz Damon's Orient Express.[3]

The song spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 33,[4] while reaching No. 4 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[5][6] No. 29 on the Cash Box Top 100,[7] No. 15 on Canada's RPM 100,[8] and No. 16 on RPM's "MOR Playlist".[9]

The song was ranked No. 21 on Billboard's year-end ranking of 1971's "Top Easy Listening Singles".[10]

The lines that precede the song's title -- "Like smoke from a cigarette/Dreams that you soon forget" -- appear in the 1966 song "Fading Away,"[11] written by by Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, and Bobby Rogers of the Motown act The Miracles, and first recorded by the Temptations for their 1966 album Gettin' Ready.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 33
US Billboard Easy Listening 4
US Cash Box Top 100 29
US Record World The Singles Chart[12] 31
US Record World Top Non-Rock[13] 5
Canada - RPM 100 15
Canada - RPM MOR Playlist 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1900 Yesterday - By: Liz Damon's Orient Express, MusicVF.com. Accessed September 23, 2015
  2. ^ "White Whale Gets Express Product", Billboard, December 12, 1970. p. 3. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Liz Damon's Orient Express – Liz Damon's Orient Express / Liz Damon". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ Hot 100 - Liz Damon's Orient Express 1900 Yesterday Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Adult Contemporary - Liz Damon's Orient Express 1900 Yesterday Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, February 13, 1971. p. 29. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100, Cash Box, February 20, 1971. p. 4. Accessed July 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "RPM 100 Singles", RPM Weekly, Volume 14, Ed. 26, February 13, 1971. Accessed September 23, 2015
  9. ^ "RPM MOR Playlist", RPM Weekly, Volume 14, Ed. 22, January 16, 1971. Accessed September 23, 2015
  10. ^ "Top Easy Listening Singles", Billboard, December 25, 1971. TA-38. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.metrolyrics.com/fading-away-lyrics-temptations.html
  12. ^ "The Singles Chart", Record World, February 13, 1970. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "Top Non-Rock", Record World, February 13, 1970. p. 20. Retrieved March 22, 2018.