Although he had a couple of hits and was well regarded as a songwriter, today’s original artist is certainly not a household name. His first group, Sparks of Rhythm, initially recorded today’s song without him. He then reworked the song with his co-writer, and recorded it himself.

The reworked song became a hit for the original artist in 1960, was also a hit in 1964 and today’s Shadow artist hit with it in 1977.

Our Shadow artist turns 71 today! He is a very popular singer/songwriter whose first huge commercial hit in 1970, sounded like it was about a plane crash but was actually about the suicide of a friend and the artist’s struggle with drug addiction.


The 5 O’Clock Shadow is presented by Flying Dog Brewery