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Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun

September 15, 2009 | 1974, Male, Number 1, Top 40


This was originally posted in August of 2008 with a video of a 1973 performance by Terry Jacks. That video has been removed and I can’t find a 70s version of the song only this one from the mid 2000s.

Seasons in the Sun, the story of a dying man, bidding farewell to friends and family, was written in 1961 in French by the Belgian poet-composer Jacques Brel (Le moribond) with the English translation done by Rod McKuen. McKuen’s version was recorded by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio in 1964. Even though it didn’t sell well, Canadian Terry Jacks liked the song.

While working with the Beach Boys, he had them record the song. The group refused to release the track. Jacks decided to record the song himself. After getting permission he changed the words to the last verse and made other minor changes in the song.

The song was released in Canada in 1973 and became at the time the best selling single in Canadian history. it was released in the US and reached the Number one spot on March 2, 1974 remaining there for three weeks.


Added Bonus a fan video using the Beach Boys version

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