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About Sorrow

"Sorrow" is a song first recorded by the McCoys in 1965 and released as the B-side to their cover of "Fever". It became a big hit in the United Kingdom in a version by the Merseys, reaching number 4 on the UK chart on 28 April 1966. A version by David Bowie charted worldwide in 1973. A line from the song – "With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue" – is used in the Beatles song "It's All Too Much" which was featured on their 1969 album Yellow Submarine.

With your long blond hair and your eyes of blue
The only thing I ever got from you
Was sorrow, sorrow
You're acting funny, try to spend my money

David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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10 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Sorrow" by David Bowie is classified under the genre of Pop Rock and Art Rock.
Album Inclusion
The song "Sorrow" is part of David Bowie’s seventh studio album "Pin Ups," released in 1973.
Cover Version
The song "Sorrow" is not an original David Bowie composition; it is a cover. The original version was performed by the McCoys in 1965 and later covered by The Merseys in 1966.
Chart Ranking
Upon release, "Sorrow" became a huge hit in the UK, peaking at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
Music Video
The song had a special promotional film shot for it during the performance of "1980 Floor Show" on "The Midnight Special," an American musical variety series.
Distinctive Feature
The distinctive saxophone line of the song was played by Bobby Keys, the longtime saxophonist for the Rolling Stones.
Critical Reception
While "Sorrow" did well commercially, it received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised Bowie's unique delivery and Keys' saxophone line, while others criticized it for not adding much to the original version.
"Sorrow" was once again reissued in 1983 by RCA Records during the period of Bowie’s "Serious Moonlight" tour.
Live Performances
Despite its success, "Sorrow" was rarely performed live by David Bowie. It was performed during his 1983 tour but not much after that.
In 2016, the song was covered by Polish singer Ania Dabrowska, dedicated to the memory of the late David Bowie.

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