51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 31: Will Young – Friday’s Child

After all the chocolate we consumed last week while watching that man dance around his desk, I thought this week we’d all need to do some exercise. No, I’m not taking you back to the gym, but to the swimming pool. As I can’t swim (and water terrifies me), I’ve got my rubber water-wings ready. Time to change into our bathing costumes, while I take us in Hugh’s music time machine to the year 2003.

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Yes, I admit it. I can’t swim! I took lessons at school and could not coordinate my arms and legs to move in the water at the same time. I also refused to let my breath out, so my Father’s dream of me becoming an Olympic swimmer was soon dashed! Oh, and there was the movie Jaws. I’ll never go in the water again! Anyway, it seems that our featured singer has no problems with the water. Over to you, Will…

If you don’t know it, British born, Will Young was the first winner of the UK reality TV show, Pop Idol. It won’t be long before the UK descends into its autumn and winter scheduling of popular TV reality shows and I, for one, can not wait. Will did very well out of winning Pop Idol, becoming an award winning singer who went on to sell millions of albums around the globe. 16 years on, since he won Pop Idol, and he’s still singing and appearing on TV in the UK, most recently as a judge on the not so popular BBC’s summer’s reality show, Pitch Battle.

‘Friday’s Child’ was Will’s seventh single and did very well peaking at number 4 in the UK charts. However, it wasn’t his best selling single, but I took an instant liking to it because I was born on a Friday. There is also a much longer extended version of the song which, as far as I am concerned, is one of the most enjoyable audio sounds to have ever entered my ears. At just under nine minutes long, it’s sheer delight.

The video for the short version of the song does have some strange clips in it, but I’m at a loss as to what to think about the ending. I can’t decide if it’s sad or funny? I don’t think even Will knows. Maybe you can decide for us?

Do you have a favourite song sang by somebody who was in a TV reality show? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, and Marie who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. I love how you introduce us to so many songs/artists that I have missed somehow. Not sure what rock I was living under! Thanks for spotlighting Will Young for us!

  2. Oh! I have always liked Will and this song, but today the words made me cry : At the hands of Mr. Right
    Who cares about no other
    I see a mother who lets her children use her up
    I know a father to sacrifices his wayward son
    I wonder
    What you give that someone else is needing nothing
    Next to nothing

    I am such a mess at the moment but we all have a cross to carry and moaning does not help so onwards and up wards.

    Talking of pop idol I liked Darius, Simon Cowl hated him but he is still about producing.

    Have a good weekend Hugs 💝💜💗💝💜

    1. Sorry my featured song produced a few tears, Willow. I do love the sound of Will’s voice, even when he talks. It’s so gentle and soothing. I think he’s one of the UK’s most underrated singers.

      I like Darius as well, although not heard much about him recently.

      Take good care of yourself. I hope your weekend will be full of laughter and smiles.
      Take care.

  3. Fun song! I get a kick out of these post, because I learn about singers I’ve never heard of! Sorry to hear that you don’t swim and are fearful of the water. I teach adult swimming lessons and bet I could get you back in that water. Do me a favor and wear a lifejacket rather than the “water wings of death”, LOL!

    1. If we were nearer, I just might be tempted to have those lessons, Terri. As for a life jacket – yes, I agree. However, it’s unlikely I’ll be going in the water. It still terrifies me. Not just being in it, but the thought of what’s in it. I blame watching the movie Jaws. Steven Spielberg has a lot to answer for. 😀

      1. I lived in San Diego when Jaws came out and I was a regular beach-goer. I swear you could hear crickets at the beaches that summer, but it didn’t stop us from going. They say we have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting attacked by a great white 🙂

  4. Hmmm, that is an interesting ending. I do feel that it is sad- after all his accomplishments he is alone and yet, if he truly loves swimming, maybe he’s happiest. One of my kids is a swimmer- entered high school not being able to dive and was swimming varsity and team captain by graduation. 🙂

    1. Snap, Geoff! I thought there was something that connected us. Now we all know it’s Friday. 😀 As for crying at parties, only when there was no jelly and ice cream. 😀
      And thank you for the lovely compliments. I’m sure Will be just as pleased as I am. 😀

  5. Well, once again, I’ve not heard that song before, or of Will, but I loved it! It amazes me how many songs from across the pond don’t make it over here. UK has some brilliant talent. Thanks for sharing Hugh. And I’m no Olympic swimmer either if it makes you feel better. 🙂 ❤

    1. It does, Debby, but I’m betting you can swim – yes? 😀

      Will Young is a very underrated singer. I’ve been to one of his concerts and it was a wonderful evening of music. I’ll never tire of his singing or of hearing his voice.

      1. Not the greatest but can tread water if I had to try and save my life, lol. We weren’t taught to swim as kids, whatever we know is self taught – like many things, lol 🙂 xx

  6. The ending depicts the 15 minutes of fame or the public question, “What have you done for me lately.” Neither sad not happy. Just a comment on the human condition. Super choice, Hugh

  7. I’ve never actually seen that video! But always loved the song. He has a great singing voice, and is such a genuine nice guy. I actually remember watching him in Pop Idol. Thanks for the blast down memory lane. 😊 Hope all is good with you, Hugh. Xxx

    1. You’re welcome, Ali. Will has done so well since winning Pop Idle (does that make me sound like a teacher?🤔) I’ve enjoyed all the music he’s given us since he won. The longer version of Friday’s Child is one that I constantly play. I never get fed up with listening to it.
      Hugs to you.

  8. Hugh, I can’t swim either… But I was born on Wednesday, not Friday. Always wished it had been Friday. I never liked the “Wednesday’s child is full of woe” thing. 😉 Hugs on the wing!

    1. Reading some of the other comments, I think the ending is all about how we all have that 15 minutes of fame, Barbara. I’m not sure I’ve had mine yet. Then again, maybe I have and I’ve already forgotten about it. 😀

  9. Like him…never heard of him before today. I chuckled at the end 🙂 .. just because it seems so true of how things are but I do have a rather warped sense of humor 🙂 . Poor you not being able to swim! Maybe you were trying too hard to be perfect? Maybe at least focus on floating so you are safer near water 🙂 (Don’t be bringing out the worried Momma Bear in me Hugh!). 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

    1. I can’t even float, Elizabeth. The water seems to want to always suck me under it. I’ll go in up to my ankles, but that’s it. 😀 I’m more of a ‘sit in the shade’ person. Having fair skin doesn’t help, but I prefer to cool down with a beer. 🍺
      Glad you enjoyed Will’s music. In my opinion, he’s very underrated. I think he should sing the next ‘James Bond’ movie song.
      Have a great Thursday.

      1. Consider yourself lucky that your blogshere mother hen (me😊), doesn’t live there as I’d come scoop you up and go to a pool until you could float. Water safety would worry me too much so I’d drag your cute little Hugh self there and I’d make ya learn as I’ve taught plenty to float. Yes, I’m super fair skinned too so I hear ya there – I’ll get water blisters if I’m in the sun too long – urrr! I agree and liked Will too! Have a beautiful week Hugh!

        1. lol, point taken, Elizabeth. Now I’m off to buy a snorkel. I hope you can fight sharks.🦈 I’ve never watched Jaws since that first time I saw it. And don’t get started on Jellyfish. 😀

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