The Great Songs–The Roches’ “Hammond Song”

May 30th, 2012 in Music

The Roches are three sisters, Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy, from New York that have been loved for their heavenly harmonies and quirky songwriting.  They have been talented enough to draw the attention of Paul Simon (he recruited them to sing on There Goes a Rhymin’ Simon) and Robert Fripp (he produced and played on several of their albums), amongst others.  They have a radiant discography that frippered out in the ’90s (though they put out a well-received album in 2007).

Their finest song is Hammond Song, off of their eponymous 1979 debut album, which we played to death.  The video below captures the sisters in all their harmonious glory, belting the song.  Hammond is a Louisiana town that the two older sisters, Maggie and Terre, spent six months in after singing on Paul Simon’s There Goes a Rhymin’ Simon. They went to Hammond together, though one was evidently following a suitor.  Despite the concerns expressed in the song, the sisters ended up back in New York. Together.  Check it out.

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