It's not everyday that a 71-year old song appears on a top 20 album. It's even more remarkable when the same 71-year old song appears on two albums that crack the top 20 the same week. "Over The Rainbow" is featured on Jeff Beck's Emotion & Commotion, which enters The Billboard 200 at #11, and on the expanded version of the eponymous debut album by Jason Castro, which bows at #18.
Castro's rendition of the Oscar-winning classic is also listed on Hot Digital Songs this week, as is a 1993 recording of the song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. That recording, which couples "Over The Rainbow" with another standard, Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," has sold an impressive 2,288,000 digital copies.
Dozens of artists have recorded "Over The Rainbow" since Judy Garland introduced it in the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz. The list includes Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Tori Amos and Eva Cassidy. And the song remains active. In justRead More »from Week Ending April 18, 2010: The Song That Never Gets Old