51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 37: Justin Haywood – Forever Autumn

I’ve never been asked to sing. In fact, when I was in the school choir, I was asked if I’d rather play the xylophone! I had no hesitation in accepting the offer, particularly since singing seemed to give me a sore throat. While we prepare for takeoff in Hugh’s music time machine, perhaps I should entertain you with a song? I seem to have left my xylophone at home. Never mind, because we’re about to land in the year 1978.

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Now, I know that you’re all begging to know which song I was going to sing to you. Well, let’s sit back and listen to this week’s featured artist. He’s far better at singing the song than I am. Over to you, Justin…

Would you believe me if I told you that the original melody for Forever Autumn was originally written as a jingle for a Lego commercial? It’s true, and it did so well that the performers added the lyrics and released the song as a single in Japan. It sold over 100,000 copies and became a top 20 hit.

That’s not why I’ve chosen the song, though. For me, not only is Forever Autumn a song from one of my all-time favourite albums (Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds), it would also be the song I would choose to sing if I were given the chance to record any song and release it into the singles charts. Autumn is also my favourite season, so that’s another good reason why I chose it. Given that the autumn equinox also takes place in the northern hemisphere this Friday (22nd September 2017), it seems fitting that I’m featuring the song this week.

Justin’s version of Forever Autumn became a top five hit in the UK but, unfortunately, failed to make it into the top 20 anywhere else. 🤔

Here’s the version that features the voice of Richard Burton, from Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds Album.

If you were offered a recording contract, what favourite song would you record and release into the singles charts? 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, Kat, Marie and Barbara 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. A very good choice. So pleased to have introduced you to Justin Hayward and ‘Forever Autumn’. That’s one of the main reasons for this weekly feature so we can all introduce our favourite songs to one another.
      Thanks for joining in.

  1. I’m so behind on reading my favorite bloggers. I’ve never heard this song before but instantly liked it. I like the version of Richard Burton’s introduction and commentary. However, I like the pictures in the first one. HUGS

  2. Well there you go Hugh, a song I’ve heard before! LOL. I do like that song, and autumn is also my favorite time of year. I can picture you singing this song! 🙂 x

  3. It’s hard to imagine this song as a legos commercial. It’s a pretty song and I’m sure your singing voice isn’t as bad as you make it out to be! 🙂

    1. The song never did very well anywhere, apart from the UK, Terri, so I don’t think it’s very well known. But, I love it.
      Is ‘Weekend Coffee Share’ still on? I’ve not seen much about it for many months. It was once a really popular feature amongst bloggers.

    1. I was thinking about what song I would record.. gee whiz, when I was a professional singer, we did so many different genres (depending on the gigs) that I would be hard pressed to choose. We ended every show in the piano bar, with Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

  4. Such a beautiful song, and makes me miss the Moody Blues, that unmistakable voice of Justin H. The second video with Burton…ominous, but so well done. I was not familiar with Jeff Wayne. Thanks for sharing this one, Hugh.

    1. Richard Burton’s voice features, as the narrator, throughout the album, Van. I love Jeff Wayne’s music from the album, but Richard’s voice adds another dimension. The War Of The Worlds (1953 version) is also one of my old-time favourite movies.

  5. That version of War of the Worlds is fabulous, not least because of Richard Burton’s wonderful voice. I have it on my phone and listen to it every so often. Forever Autumn is a beautiful song. Thanks, Hugh 🙂

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