Traces

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"Traces" is a 1968 song by the American rock band Classics IV. Released as a single in January 1969, the cut served as the title track off their Traces album. It was written by Buddy Buie, J. R. Cobb, and Emory Gordy Jr. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, (Dizzy by Tommy Roe was at No. 1), as well as No. 2 on the Easy Listening music charts, making it the highest charting single by the Classics IV, charting even higher than "Spooky", "Stormy", and "Everyday With You Girl". The song is noted for its use of an oboe, heard in the introduction, as well as a string section. Jane Morgan covered "Traces" on her 1969 LP of the same name, as well as releasing it as a single that same year. Soul singer Billy Paul covered the song on his 1970 album Ebony Woman. Harry James recorded a version on his 1976 album The King James Version (Sheffield Lab LAB 3). "Traces" received the honor of being listed in BMI's Top 100 Songs of the Century at No. 32. The Lettermen recorded the song as a part of a medley, which also featured the song "Memories" (1969). 


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1991
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Faded photographs, covered now with lines and creases
Tickets torn in half, memories in bits and pieces
Traces of love, long ago, that didn't work out right
Traces of love.

Ribbons from her hair, souvenirs of days together
The ring she used to wear, pages from an old love letter
Traces of love, long ago, that didn't work out right
Traces of love, with me tonight.

I close my eyes and say a prayer
That in her heart, she'll find, a trace of love still there,
Somewhere, oh.

Traces of hope, in the night, that she'll come back and dry
These, traces of tears, from my eyes.
Oh oh oh oh

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Classics IV

The Classics IV were a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965, given credit for beginning the "soft southern rock" sound. The band and its lead singer Dennis Yost are principally known for the hits "Spooky", "Stormy", and "Traces", released in 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards. more »

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Written by: BUDDY BUIE, EMORY GORDY, EMORY LEE GORDY, J COBB, J R COBB

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