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"Late in the Evening" is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his fifth studio album, One-Trick Pony (1980), released on Warner Bros. Records.

"Late in the Evening"
Late in the Evening.jpg
Single by Paul Simon
from the album One-Trick Pony
B-side"How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns"
ReleasedJuly 1980 (1980-07)
Format
Genre
Length4:02
Label
Songwriter(s)Paul Simon
Producer(s)
Paul Simon singles chronology
"Stranded in a Limousine"
(1978)
"Late in the Evening"
(1980)
"One-Trick Pony"
(1981)

His first single release for Warner, "Late in the Evening" was released in July 1980 and became a hit on several charts worldwide. In the U.S., the song hit number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song was a top 20 hit in the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand. Drummer Steve Gadd devised the distinctive drum part by using two pairs of drumsticks - one in each hand - in order to give the impression of two drummers playing together, as he has demonstrated in drum clinics.[1]

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Chart performanceEdit

"Late in the Evening" performed on singles charts in several territories worldwide. In the U.S., the single premiered on the Billboard Hot 100 at position 46 on August 9, 1980,[2] rising over the following weeks to a peak of number six on September 27, 1980. It spent sixteen weeks on the chart in total.[3] It had also peaked at number seven on the magazine's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart two weeks earlier, where it also spent sixteen weeks.[4] In Canada, it first premiered on the magazine's RPM's all-genre singles chart, the RPM 100, on August 23 at number 87,[5] eventually peaking at number 19 on October 25.[6] It debuted on the magazine's "Adult Oriented Playlist" chart on September 6, 1980 at number 39,[7] later peaking at number two on October 25.[8]

In the United Kingdom, the song premiered on the UK Singles Chart on August 31, 1980 at number 74,[9] and rose over two weeks to a peak of number 58 on September 14, 1980.[10] It performed better in the Netherlands, peaking at number 11,[11] in Belgium at number 15,[12] and in New Zealand at number 19.[13] Nearby in Australia, the song fared better than its UK performance, peaking at position 34.[14]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[14] 34
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 15
Canada (RPM)[6] 19
Canada Adult Oriented Playlist (RPM)[8] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 58
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (Billboard)[4] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 6

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDefyvUi6OI
  2. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. August 9, 1980. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Paul Simon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Paul Simon – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "RPM: 100 Singles" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. 33 (22). August 23, 1980. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "RPM100 Singles" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. 34 (2). October 25, 1980. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "RPM: Adult Oriented Playlist" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. 33 (24). September 6, 1980. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "RPM100 Singles" (PDF). RPM. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. 34 (2). October 25, 1980. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Archive Chart: 1980-08-31". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Paul Simon – Late in the Evening" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Paul Simon – Late in the Evening" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Charts.nz – Paul Simon – Late in the Evening". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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