Wednesday, October 10, 2007

But In A Lonely Room I Cry (Today's One Cup Answer)


WEDNESDAY'S ONE CUP OF JAVA CHALLENGE: On this date in music history, 1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles released the only song that would get them to the top of the US pop charts while Smokey was still with the group. Your One Cup question this morning: name this first #1 song for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the only one they’d have with Smokey in the group; a song that lyrically references one of the most performed operas in North America.

ANSWER: Tears of a Clown. Includes the lyrcis: Just like Pagliacci did / I try to keep my surface hid / Smiling in the crowd I try / But in a lonely room I cry / The tears of a clown
BONUS BLOG TRIVIA: The post-Smokey Miracles had a second #1 hit in 1976 with "Love Machine - Part I." This was later a big hit as a tune for Thelma Houston.

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