Did You Know: “The Tide Is High” By Blondie

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Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

It’s a # 1 hit on ‘Tickets @2′ Blondie’s “The Tide Is High.”

Although made popular by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blondie[/lastfm] (and later remade by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Atomic Kitten[/lastfm]), the song was written by Jamaican DJ Duke Reid in the 1930s. It was put on a piano roll for a player piano and then arranged later by John Holt for the Paragons in the ’60s. After they disbanded, Holt did an updated version.

Blondie experimented with many different sounds. Being a Punk/New Wave band, this song was their first venture into Reggae, they played around with Rap on “Rapture” and with Disco on “Heart Of Glass.”

Blondie wanted to give it a Jamaican feel, so they hired 3 percussion players and created a new string and horn arrangement to give the song an authentic sound.

We’ll be looking for caller # 12 when we play it between two and three for tickets to the Pacific Symphony’s “Elvis-Lives” at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) Hope to talk with you then.

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