Thursday, July 19, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Plain White T's

Artist:Plain White T's
Song:Hey There Delilah
Album:All That We Needed

The power pop group Plain White T's were around for a decade before becoming an overnight sensation with the 2007 chart topper Hey There Delilah. A couple other songs have charted but I don't expect them to have a hit that big again. The band is from the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, IL. Lead singer and main songwriter Tom Higgenson and bassist Ken Fletcher were in the band Father's Daughter. When the band split up, the two decided to start Plain White T's with drummer Dave Tirio and lead guitarist Steve Mast. They started playing gigs around Chicago. Higgenson was seriously injured in a 1999 car crash. He worked on his songwriting during his recovery. In 2000, they released the CD Come On Over independently. It got the attention of producer Loren Israel and he got them a deal with indie label Fearless Records. Israel is known for developing and producing new talent. The album Stop was released in 2002 and All That We Needed was released in 2005. Fletcher left in 2002 and Mast left in 2005. Mike Retondo replaced Fletcher and Tim G. Lopez replaced Mast. Tirio was moved to rhythm guitar and De'Mar Hamilton was the new drummer. In 2006, Plain White T's toured with Motion City Soundtrack. This led to a contract with Hollywood Records. While waiting for the next album, Hollywood released a sampler EP and a video for Hey There Delilah. It caught on and topped the Billboard Hot 100. The CD Every Second Counts was released in 2006. After Hey There Delilah was a hit, it was added as a bonus track to Every Second Counts. Both CDs are available as budget releases. Hey There Delilah got them two Grammy nominations. They have released two CDs since then. Neither were as successful as Every Second Counts. According to their website, they don't seem to be touring right now. So maybe Plain White T's is working on a new album. Well, at least they had one big hit. Here's the video for Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's.

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