1967 German picture sleeve
|Single by The Association|
|from the album Insight Out|
|Released||1 May 1967|
|The Association singles chronology|
"Windy" is a pop music song written by Ruthann Friedman and recorded by the Association. Released in 1967, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of that year. Overseas, it went to #34 in Australia, and #3 in Yugoslavia. Later in 1967 an instrumental version by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery became his biggest Hot 100 hit when it peaked at #44.
"Windy" was the Association's second U.S. #1, following "Cherish" in 1966. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song for 1967. The lead vocals were sung in unison by Russ Giguere and Larry Ramos. Ramos claimed that Ruthann Friedman had written the song about a man, and that the Association changed the lyrics to make it about a woman. Friedman refuted the rumor on her website:
There are many explanations of who Windy actually was in Ruthann's life. She would have you know, she being me, Ruthann Friedman, that none of them are true. Windy was indeed a female and purely a fictitious character who popped into my head one fine day in 1967...
During the recording session the Association members, sure that they were in the middle of recording a hit, called the songwriter, me again, in to sing on the fade at the end. I can be heard singing a blues harmony as the song fades out.
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Gary Lewis and the Playboys released the song in 1968 on their album Gary Lewis Now!
The band Betty covered the song on their 1996 album Limboland.
The song was also performed on Sesame Street by the anything muppet Tony, where he sang about his girlfriend who is played the Beautiful Day Monster. The clip aired in 1970 during the first season, in episode 0074.
A version of the song was used as the theme tune on the nightly Today programme, broadcast on Thames Television from 1968-77. This included the edition of the show featuring the Bill Grundy/Sex Pistols incident, after which the band danced to the song as the end credits rolled. Footage of this--complete with the song--has been included on punk documentaries such as BBC2's Arena: Punk and the Pistols. In reference to this usage, the band Go Kart Mozart recorded a similar instrumental version of the song under the title "Today" for their debut album Instant Wigwam and Igloo Mixture.
In the episode "Drew and Kate Become Friends" of The Drew Carey Show, the song is played on the harp by Nigel Wick, accompanied by Drew and Steve Carey
Malcolm in the Middle - Season 6, Episode 17: Butterflies - the song is played over the intercom in the store Lois and Malcolm work at called the Lucky Aide.
In an episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory listens to the song while driving to Stars Hallow from Yale.
On Season 5, Episode 14 of South Park, entitled "Butters' Very Own Episode," an alternate theme song is played. The theme song, "Everyone Knows It's Butters," closely parodies the music and lyrics of this song.
On March 25, 2009, the US remake of Life on Mars featured this song in the epilogue of Episode 16, titled "Everyone Knows It's Windy", which featured an enigmatic character named Windy.
The song was featured in the opening scene of the Breaking Bad episode "Half Measures", where the lyrics allude to the work of a meth-addicted prostitute named Wendy, shown in a montage that plays during the song.
On November 5, 2017, in Season 29, Episode 5 of The Simpsons, entitled "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me", the end of the episode features a song, "Everyone Knows Hans Moleman," which parodies the music and lyrics of this song.
Well, the song is not about a girl. It's about a guy. It was written by a gal named Ruthann Friedman, and she wrote it about this guy named Windy. He was a San Francisco/Haight-Ashbury type and if you listen to it with that in mind you can see how it's a totally different type of song than if you think of it being about a girl. It's a happy tune, but if you listen to the lyrics you can see how it's about a guy stoned out of his mind. (Laughs) Windy has stormy eyes / that flash at the sound of lies / and Windy has wings to fly / Up above the clouds. I mean the guy's completely gone! Anyways, the guy died from an O.D. It's sad, but then that's what happens.