THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
713-Herbie Hancock-I Thought It Was You.
1978-Number 15 single.
Best Bit-At 5.10. Probably the reason why 12 inch singles were invented, so that we can enjoy the next 3.54 seconds.
Herbie Hancock was born Herbert Jeffrey Hancock on April 12th, 1940, in Chicago,Illinois, United States, he is one of Jazz/Funk, and Electronic music’s most respected artists.His best known compositions, which have now become Jazz standards include ‘Cantaloupe Island’ from 1964, and ‘Watermelon Man,’ from 1962.Between 1962-2010 he has released 41 studio Albums, 12 live Albums, 62 compilations, and five soundtrack Albums.
‘I Thought It Was You’ is taken from Hancock’s 19th studio Album,’Sunlight,’ released in 1978. By that time Hancock was influenced by Disco, and Funk music, and the Album’s release helped promote the genre of Jazz Funk. The song is noted for Hancock’s unusual vocal delivery, as he sings through a ‘Sennheiser VSM-201 vocoder,’ which distorts the voice. Other artists to use a variant of the device include The Alan Parsons Project, Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk. Some notable names who played on this track include Ray Parker Jr. (guitar,) Melvin ‘Wah Wah Watson’ Ragin (1950-2018,) who was a member of The Funk Brothers (guitar,) and Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler (1952-2018) who played drums, Chancler’s most instantly recognised work is probably the intro to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean'(see also best songs 191.)
‘Just glance from behind, happened by chance or design. The perfume she wore, took me back through a door, I had closed long ago.’