"Let's Live for Today" is a song written by David "Shel" Shapiro and Italian lyricist Mogol, with additional English lyrics provided by Michael Julien. One accurate version. The Stax legend on how he cooked up "Green Onions," the first time he and Otis Redding saw hippies, and if he'll ever play a digital organ. [2], The song that would become "Let's Live for Today" was originally written by English musician David "Shel" Shapiro and Mogol in 1966, with Italian lyrics and the Italian title of "Piangi Con Me" (translated as "Cry with Me"). Sloan and Steve Barri, were enthusiastic: Sloan was intrigued by its backing chorus' similarities to that of the Drifters song "I Count the Tears," and Barri arranged to have the song translated. [3], Unlike much of the group's later material, Let's Live for Today contains no horn or string arrangements. A new group was brought in for this album which included Creed Bratton, Rick Coonce, Warren Entner and Rob Grill. https://www.discogs.com/The-Grass-Roots-Lets-Live-For-Today/release/9325520, https://www.discogs.com/The-Grassroots-Lets-Live-For-Today/release/6845737, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Let%27s_Live_for_Today_(album)&oldid=913525507, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 September 2019, at 16:19. [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002], "flavour of new zealand - search listener", "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Let%27s_Live_for_Today_(song)&oldid=983057815, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 00:31. [6] Since its initial release, the Grass Roots' rendition of the song has become a staple of oldies radio programming in America and is today widely regarded by critics as a 1960s classic. In 1967, this Grassroots line-up (the best line-up of all of their many configurations) recorded the album "Let's Live for Today," and later that year the album "Feelings." "Anaconda" was originally recorded by Missy Elliott in 2012, but the rapper decided to shelf the track so it was re-recorded by Minaj two years later. The other A and B side singles released were "Depressed Feeling" (Non-LP B-Side of "Let's Live for Today"), "Things I Should Have Said" b/w "Tip of My Tongue", and "Wake Up, Wake Up" b/w "No Exit". Pepper" (what wasn't after the summer of love?) [2] However, the song's publisher in Britain, Dick James Music, was unhappy with these lyrics and decided that they should be changed. [1][3] The lead vocal on the Grass Roots' recording was sung by the band's bassist Rob Grill[1] and the distinctive "1-2-3-4" count-in before the chorus was sung by guitarist Warren Entner. [5] However, the Canadian issue of the album does in fact use this different track listing.[6]. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal 2 On 1. [1], Along with the Rokes, the Living Daylights, and the Grass Roots, the song has also been recorded by a number of other bands, including Tempest, the Lords of the New Church, the Slickee Boys, the dB's, and Dreamhouse. [10] A cover version by the Atomics appears in a 2017 TV commercial for H&M. Not surprisingly, Vietnam veterans almost universally profess a deep and abiding love of the song. After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box.". Maybe. Sloan also released solo albums through Dunhill Records, but they never got much attention. "London Calling" by The Clash was written amid widespread fears that the Thames River was going to flood the city. [4] As well as being popular with domestic American audiences, "Let's Live for Today" also found favor with young American men serving overseas in the Vietnam War, as music critic Bruce Eder of the Allmusic website has noted: "Where the single really struck a resonant chord was among men serving in Vietnam; the song's serious emotional content seemed to overlay perfectly with the sense of uncertainty afflicting most of those in combat; parts of the lyric could have echoed sentiments in any number of letters home, words said on last dates, and thoughts directed to deeply missed wives and girlfriends. By 1966, they were writing their own material, including "Piangi Con Me," co-authored by Shapiro, which was released in Italy. The song quickly became popular with the record buying public, selling over two million copies in the U.S.[1] and finally peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 during June 1967. [10] A cover version by the Atomics appears in a 2017 TV commercial for H&M. [3] The Grass Roots' version climbed to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, eventually selling over two million copies and being awarded a gold disc.