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 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.