I Want to Be a Smash: Top Ten Show Tunes to Make the Pop Charts Since 1964

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26 Apr 2014

5. "Send In The Clowns"



Although Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music opened on Broadway in 1973 and "Send In The Clowns" immediately became a cabaret staple for Bobby Short (and was recorded on Frank Sinatra's 1973 album "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back"), it wasn't until Judy Collins released a single of the song in 1975 that it became a hit, spending 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually winning the 1976 Grammy for "Song Of The Year." The Grammy Award led to a return to the charts, where "Send In The Clowns" this time stayed for 19 weeks, reaching #19. It became one of the most commonly performed ballads in the world and years later Barbra Streisand gave it another spin on the charts, thanks to the success of her "The Broadway Album." Who'd have thunk it? The master artist Stephen Sondheim is also Broadway's biggest hit record man.

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