THE CARPENTERS . . . THE BEATLES . . . ELVIS . . . GLEN CAMPBELL.
JOHNNY CASH . . . THE FUGITIVE . . . DAVID JANSSEN . . . & KAYT!
For Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs From the Past: Week 4– I am sharing Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. I encountered this song through The Carpenters but as I researched the history of the song, I was surprised to find it connected to a little bit of mystery and the Beatles.
It was originally released by a group called Klaatu in 1976. The following year the Carpenters released a cover of the song.
The song, written by Klaatu, was based on a book- The Flying Saucer Reader, an anthology of writings about UFO’s, including World Contact Day. According to Wikipedia- “World Contact Day was first declared in March 1953 by an organization called the International Flying Saucer Bureau, as a day on which all IFSB members would attempt to send a telepathic message into space.” You can read more about the song’s origins here.
Here is the Carpenters version of…
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