Original post from July 2009:
Found this one looking for something else, then discovered it’s not in my iTunes collection, which is sacrilege! This song was part of the musical version of “The War of The Worlds” in the late 70s. It is Justin Hayward, lead singer of the Moody Blues, and it is a plaintive, beautiful piece of music written by Jeff Wayne, Paul Vigrass & Gary Osborne. It charted for 13 weeks in the winter of 1978 and peaked at #47. Vigrass & Osborne had released this as the flip side to their one US charting hit “Men of Learning” in 1972, another of my all-time favorite songs.
Re-post February 2015:
“Forever Autumn” is a song written by Jeff Wayne, Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass. The original melody was written by Wayne in 1969 as a jingle for a Lego commercial. Vigrass and Osborne, the performers of the original jingle, added lyrics to the song and recorded it for inclusion on their 1972 album Queues. Their interpretation was also released as a single and gained moderate commercial success in Japan, selling more than 100,000 copies and becoming a top-20 hit on that country’s record chart.The best-known version is the recording by Justin Hayward from the album Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds(Wikipedia).
Posted this back in July of 2009, it’s a plaintiff, beautiful piece of music. Vigrass & Osborne released this as the “B” side of “Men Of Learning”, that ended up as my #1 song of 1972. More on that in another post.
Here’s the original radio jingle: