Today's Tickets @ 2 Song: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

Did You Know: "Tears Of A Clown"

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It’s another [lastfm]Smokey Robinson[/lastfm] song on Tickets @ Two, this time a  creation based on the Italian opera Pagliacci, which is about a clown who must make the audience laugh while he weeps behind his makeup because his wife betrayed him. In the last verse, Smokey sings: “Just like Pagliacci did, I try to keep my surface hid.”

[lastfm]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] came up with the idea, giving Smokey a demo of it at a Motown Christmas  party. Robinson thought it sounded like a circus, and added the lyrics.

A variety of instruments including a bassoon to create the circus type sound, the piccolo was played by [lastfm]Jim Horn[/lastfm], who played saxophone or flute on albums by [lastfm]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Beach Boys[/lastfm], [lastfm]U2[/lastfm] and many others.

Caller seven when you hear it on the radio between two & three wins OC Performing Arts Center tickets for “Three Phantoms.” 800-232-KRTH (5784), hope to be talking with you then.

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