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Who the first sang the song “One Way Ticket“? To birthday of Frank Farian

Today (it - “Blue Hoarfrost“) music lovers sorted history of the song “One Way Ticket“ that is told, on shelves. And once around this composition the set of rumors and idle talks crowded.

For example, one attributed execution of this composition to BONEY M group. The second were correct that it is not BONEY M, but ERUPTION. The third agreed with the second, but at the same time claimed that for the first time the song was sung by our SINGING GUITARS in 1968 - i.e. in 10 years prior to the disco - the ERUPTION version...

Actually it turned out that song history still ancient - a minimum for nine years.

The American producer and a songrayter Jack Keller on couple with the fellow countryman Hank Hunter wrote “One Way Ticket“. It is necessary to tell that the sense of a song was quite sad. Not without reason the original name was a little longer - “One Way Ticket to the Blues“ (“The one way ticket to melancholy“). And lines “I go to the lonely city and I will stay in hotel of the broken hearts“ were obvious sending to such hits of 1960 - x as “Lonesome Town“ Ricky of Nelson and “Heartbreak Hotel“ of Elvis Presley.

The rhythm according to the name reminded knock of wheels of the train, the repeating refrain “to One Way Ticket! One Way Ticket!“ then was not trace and, and in general everything sounded quite melancholically.

The song the young performer Neil Sedaka - the truth took in hand, placed it on the second party of a single. The first was allocated under composition “for Oh! Carol“ which, according to Sedaka, had bigger potential. The singer was not mistaken. The single of 1959 removed “Oh! Carol“ in the American TOP - 10 also laid the foundation to series of other hits of Sedaka. Only Japan fell in love with the second party more, and “One Way Ticket“ occupied 1 there - e the place. Not without reason the song is mentioned by the famous Japanese writer Kobo Abe in the novel of 1962.

Kobo Abe “Woman in sand“:

“Got a one way ticket to the blues, woo, woo (I bought the one way ticket on heaven, a vua, a vua...) Actually the person to whom put off the one way ticket will not begin to sing for anything so.... The one way ticket is the life which broke up to parts without communication between yesterday and today`s, between today`s and tomorrow`s. And only the person who clamped the return ticket in a fist can sing slightly sad song about the one way ticket. For this reason he in constant alarm - is afraid that he will lose the ticket for a trip back or it will be stolen; he takes shares, insures life, dvulichnichat with labor union and the administration. He closes ears not to hear the heart-rending calls for help reaching from ditches and cesspools, shouts of those who got one way tickets. Not to think, he on all power turns on the TV and at the top of the voice sings the blues about the one way ticket. Also it is possible to be sure that each prisoner will sing the blues about the return ticket“.
Long time about the one way ticket nobody remembered

the song, and rare covers did not make success. So far in 1968 “One Way Ticket“ did not decide to rewrite the Soviet VIA the SINGING GUITARS.

Musically and on manner of performance their version differed from the original a little - the same lyricism, slowness and characteristic “vzvizg“ at the end of phrases. And here the text decided to write completely Russian. On light that was born efforts of the poet Albert Azizov “Blue Hoarfrost“ which with Sedaka`s version was made related by only melancholic color scale (Blue - in English means both “blue“, and “melancholy“). By the way, officially the cover was called “the Blue Song“, and into “Blue Hoarfrost“ it was already renamed by the people.

Blue, blue

hoarfrost Laid down on wires,

In the sky is dark - blue

the Blue star...

O - about - about! Only in the sky,

the Sky it is dark - blue...


Of course, alterations in the spirit of a simple folksy humour soon appeared:

Blue, blue

hoarfrost Laid down on wires.

Current struck -

Got out eyes...


With information was in those days hardly therefore long enough on the Soviet plates the authorship of music was attributed not to Keller and Hunter, but Neil Sedake.

Vladimir Vasilyev, the participant of the SINGING GUITARS:

“At first it was sung by Zhenya Bronevitsky with Sasha Fyodorov. Then it was sung by this tremendous recognizable voice by Valery Stupachenko. And at first it was... well, in any way... As they say, on three cottons. And in a year, through two this song became a smash hit“.


was Sent by years. Disco music became fashionable. Many European producers understood that whoever wrote this music, black musicians - so at the same time more organically, and have to represent it on public more exotically.

Best of all the German producer Frank Farian understood it. The well-known group BONEY M formed in 1975 by black natives from the Caribbean islands became its first project. Farian tried to repeat the successful scheme two years later when he took ERUPTION group (“Eruption“) under guardianship.

It is necessary to tell that this collective existed since 1969, but by nothing to listeners it was remembered. It was worth undertaking ERUPTION to Farian as the group immediately found success. The single of 1977 “I Can’t Stand The Rain“ became a hit not only in continental Europe, but also in Britain (5 - e the place), and even in the USA (18 - e the place). Moreover - the song was heard in the Soviet broadcasts “International Panorama“ and “Melodies and Rhythms of a Foreign Platform“.

Well, and in 1978 Farian took almost forgotten “One Way Ticket to the Blues“, blew off from it dust and packed into the fashionable disco - rhythms. He reduced the name, thought up the lingering voice introduction, and later inserted a clockwork rhythmical refrain - “Uan Uey Tiket! Uan Uey Tiket!“, before being absent. Well, and the vocalist of ERUPTION - Preshis Wilson - all this is remarkable sang.

Updated “One Way Ticket“ thundered across all Europe, and in Britain occupied 9 - e the place. However, in the homeland - in the USA - the song was not noticed.

But it was noticed in the Soviet Union. VIA HI, the SONG took the disco - arrangement from ERUPTION, and the text borrowed from well familiar version of the SINGING GUITARS. Only for some reason in the new version lowered the third couplet - whether, having counted it excessive, whether having considered clumsy (a rhyme, really, still that!) :

Let hoarfrost is not eternal,

Let will descend snow,

Over the river of blue

we Will meet then.


as a result revival of a song in the West and in the USSR happened almost at the same time. The version HI, the SONG was written down in 1979. It left in the run-up to the Moscow Olympic Games on a plate “We love the disco“ and then sounded in a teleconcert. This time “Blue Hoarfrost“ women - at the same time executed the whole trio: Lyudmila Semikina, Galina Shevelyova and Svetlana Booth.

As for ERUPTION group, in 1979 she wrote down one more the hit “Runaway“, known at us (the truth, already without Preshis Wilson, begun solo career) then she gradually “withered“.

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