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Throwback Thursday: ‘I’m Gonna Be by The Proclaimers (500 Miles)’ (1993)

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“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers was released in America in 1993 due to the song being featured in the movie Benny & Joon.

However, the song was originally released in 1988. It was on The Proclaimers album, Sunshine on Leith.

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The song did very well when released in North America, it reached the top five on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 charts.

The Proclaimers are made up of Scottish twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid.

According to Wikipedia, Craig Reid takes most of the writing credit for “I’m Gonna Be.” He said, “I can remember sitting at the piano and the chords just came to me. I reckon I wrote the whole thing in 45 minutes. I knew that it was a good song, maybe even a single, but I had no idea how popular it would become.” Charlie Reid has said that the band’s earnings from the song are about five times the rest of their catalogue combined.

 

 

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