Song of the Day, January 13: I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me by Nik Kershaw

KershawSunToday’s song is the first single by a mainstay of the 80s charts in the U.K. Nicholas Kershaw taught himself guitar while in school and played in a couple of bands on the side while working in a local unemployment office. He decided to pursue music full time in 1982, eventually landing a deal with MCA. He released I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, which scraped into the British charts at #47 but broke big in the rest of Europe. His first album, Human Racing, included the song as well as his breakthrough second single, Wouldn’t It Be Good. That single showed off his crisp vocals and synth-pop smarts, making it to #4 at home and becoming his biggest U.S. hit [#46, 1984]. MCA re-released the first single and it became his biggest hit at home, going all the way to #2. Kershaw had two more hit albums and a string of Top 20 singles at home and continued success around the world. He continues to play and record, focusing on a more acoustic sound that shows off his guitar talents.

I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me is a wonderful pop song of determination and human spirit. Buoyant, catchy, and enthusiastic, its almost naïve optimism is a charming delight. Kershaw is in fine voice as he refuses to be the victim of geopolitical forces, intent on being part of the solution rather than giving in to the problem. It’s a fun song and one of his finest moments.

Enjoy this 80s classic today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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