Clay Aiken – A Standing Ovation

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

~Henri Matisse

What were you doing in 1968? If you were around at that time, you probably heard one of the biggest pop music hits of the year. Written by Mike d’Abo and Tony Macaulay, the song was released by The Foundations.

Do you know what song I am talking about? Well, Clay Aiken sang it on American Idol and then blamed Ben Cohn for the “high” range of the song on his PBS Special….yes! It is Build Me Up Buttercup.

“Buttercup” reached the number 2 spot on the UK charts and the number 3 spot on the Billboard 100. It was on the Billboard chart for 11 weeks.

Younger music fans were probably introduced to Build Me Up Buttercup when it was included in the 1998 film, There’s Something About Mary. The actors of the film actually made a video of the song. All the main actors mimed the words in the character of their role in the movie.

For some reason The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play “Buttercup” during the seventh-inning stretch. Of course, it is played after Take Me Out To The Ballgame. The crowd sings along and seems to enjoy the song.

On April 29, 2003, Clay Aiken sang Build Me Up Buttercup on American Idol. It was the Top 5 show and the first time each contestant sang two songs on the same night. Neil Sedaka was the celebrity judge for the evening.

Clay’s rendition of the song was a fan favorite so it was included on Clay’s PBS Special, titled Tried & True, Live! The talented Ben Cohn wrote the arrangement of the song that made Clay work the upper range of his voice. Clay received a standing ovation for the performance at the live concert.

The talented SueReu put together another fabulous video, combining many different Clay performances of “Buttercup”.

 Any time we get a SueReu video we know we are in for a treat. ENJOY!!

Did you smile???

Lets hope we hear something (anything) about Clay and his new adventures – SOON!!!

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Standing Ovation

  1. I loved this song when Clay performed it on Idol, but Ben Cohn's version was superb with Clay using his high octaves on PBS. Thank you very much, enjoyed the video and pepping up my Monday morning.

  2. Thank you for another Clay vid that’s new to me! And I was around in ’68 but don’t remember that song at all… first time I heard it was Clay on AI.

    My fave part of that show was judging, when Simon the bitter Brit was trying so hard to find something negative to say. Clay’s performance was stellar and audience loved it, so he tried putting the song down instead. Said it was dumb and “What’s this ‘build me up, buttercup’? What’s ‘buttercup’ mean, anyway?” Clay said, “I don’t… a pet name, maybe,” then, “It’s a British song, Simon!” That brought the house down! 😀 😀 😀

  3. I absolutely love the Buttercup song that Clay did on AI. It is a great song for him. Of course Buttercup is a pet name. What else could it be.

    I sure wish we knew what the heck is going on with Clay right now. I hope he and his family are okay. I’m getting so worried. Thanks for the post.

    ❤️ UNCONDITIONAL love for you Clay. God bless America.

  4. I drove up to Cleveland to see Clay sing Buttercup in concert. I met some women there who were driving down to Cincinnati to see the next concert. Those were the 'good old days' when we could count on seeing Clay in concert almost every summer in multiple venues.

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