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Episode 19: D.L. Byron's "Shadows of the Night"

In 1980, songwriter D.L. Byron was asked to pen the theme song for a New York cult film whose double album soundtrack represented a Who’s Who of the punk and new wave music world.  Byron responded by writing a song called, "Shadows of the Night."  But upon hearing it, the movie’s producers turned it down.

So Byron submitted “Shadows” for inclusion on his second album on Arista records.  But the record company president, who had built a reputation on his ability to spot a hit, deemed the song too uncommercial for release.

Undeterred, Byron began pitching the song to other artists.  Thanks to his perseverance, “Shadows of the Night” would soon become a multi-platinum success in both Germany and the U.S. -- and the biggest-selling song of his career.

Eventually, D.L. Byron would utilize the same determination that aided him in his music career to overcome challenges in his personal life.  Now, “Shadows of the Night” is an autobiographical book that tells both stories.

  Album Artist Producer Song
Get
Nervous

(1982)

Pat
Benatar
Neil
Giraldo
Shadows of the Night
Pat Benatar's version #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Shadows
of the
Night
(Single)

(2008)

D.L.
Byron
(See Right) Shadows of the Night (Nouvelle Version)
Recorded live at CBs 313 Gallery (formerly CBGB's Record Canteen).

Shadows of the Night (Demo Original)
Produced by Jimmy Iovine, with Dino Danelli on drums.

Shadows of the Night (Version Acoustique)
Recorded in D.L.'s own studio.

Shadows
of the
Night

(2019)

D.L.
Byron

(Author)

N/A Shadows of the Night: How One Man Survived the Trauma of Adoption, the Snares of the Music Business, and Found His Birthmother and Seven Sisters

You can purchase D.L.'s music CDs directly from his website.

(Title / Artist / Album)

Shadows of the Night (Demo Original) / D.L. Byron / Shadows of the Night - Single

Shadows of the Night / Helen Schneider / Schneider With The Kick

Shadows of the Night / Pat Benatar / Get Nervous

Shadows of the Night (Nouvelle Version) / D.L. Byron / Shadows of the Night - Single

Shadows of the Night (Version Acoustique) / D.L. Byron / Shadows of the Night - Single

 

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