Tuesday, October 18, 1977

Rush “Closer to the Heart” released

Closer to the Heart


Writer(s): Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neal Peart, Peter Talbot (see lyrics here)

Released: October 18, 1977

First Charted: October 29, 1977

Peak: 69 US, 73 CB, 90 HR, 2 CL, 21 AR, 36 UK, 44 CN, 2 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 19.6 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

The Canadian rock trio Rush built a loyal following in a career spanning half a century through its reputation as a live act and consistently well-received studio albums. Every single one of their studio albums achieved gold status and eleven reached the top 10. Their first few albums didn’t do that well chart wise; their first to reach the top 40 on the Billboard album chart was their fifth album, 1977’s A Farewell to Kings.

Rush didn’t fare as well when it came to charting singles. The band technically was a one-hit wonder in that they only landed one top-40 hit – 1982’s “New World Man.” They only had seven other songs reach the Hot 100. The first was a live medley of “Fly by Night” and “In the End” from 1976’s All the World’s a Stage which eeked its way to #88.

Their second entry was “Closer to the Heart” from the Kings album. It got to #76 the next year. A live version released in 1981 in support of the Exit…Stage Left album fared a little better, reaching #69. It also got to #21 on the album rock chart which Billboard magazine had just created that year.

Lead singer Geddy Lee called it “as close as we ever came to a pop song” WK and guitarist Alex Lifeson says it is the ultimate Rush song. SF Cash Box referred to it as a “strong song” that is “very like a Led Zeppelin number in terms of structure, timbres, and the role of the lead vocalist.” WK The song “is about people who run governments, and how they should be responsible for initiating harmony among themselves, just as blue collar workers do.” SF


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