A Canadian Progressive Rock band called Klaatu first recorded this song back in 1976. The band had named themselves after the alien visitor from the classic science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still.
“The idea for this track was suggested by an actual event that is described in The Flying Saucer Reader, a book by Jay David published in 1967. In March 1953 an organization known as the “International Flying Saucer Bureau” sent a bulletin to all its members urging them to participate in an experiment termed ‘World Contact Day‘ whereby, at a predetermined date and time, they would attempt to collectively send out a telepathic message to visitors from outer space. The message began with the words…’Calling occupants of interplanetary craft!'” (John Woloschuk, member of Klaatu)
Our “Song of The Day” is the version by The Carpenters recorded in 1977. The crew on the sessions consisted of 160 musicians. The song appeared in the top ten charts in both the US & Canada. The full length version of the song is longer than 7:00 minutes. Even cut down to just over 4:00 for radio, that is a very long runtime for a charting single.
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NOTE: The image on the top of this page is a still from the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951.