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February 23: Our Day Will Come

February 23, 2016

220px-Ruby_&_the_Romantics“Our Day Will Come,” sung by Ruby and the Romantics, entered the Billboard chart of hit songs on this date in 1963, where it would climb to #1. The song was co-written by Bob Hilliard (Goldsmith) and Mort Garson. Hilliard was a Tin Pan Alley lyricist who also worked with Burt Bacharach, Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, and many others; he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 (Hilliard died at 53). Garson, Canadian-born, was one of the first composers to use the Moog synthesizer in his music, which spanned “from easy listening to occult-influenced space-age electronic pop,” according to AllMusic. “Our Day Will Come” was recorded first with mid-tempo arrangement and then in a bossa nova style with a Hammond organ; it was the second version that was released, which you can hear below. Amy Winehouse covered the song for her debut album in 2002 -- look further down to hear that.

“No one can tell me that I’m too young to know/I love you so/And you love me.” —“Our Day Will Come”