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.