In a recent blog, titled Technology: 2 Steps Forward & 3 Steps Back I mentioned the song. Being unable to contact Rick Evans, or to find any current information on him personally, I decided to use a cut of the song from You tube, which included video footage of backup vocalist Denny Zager claiming personal credit and ownership of the song. Rick Evans contacted me via the blog comment section, and via email, he has answered several of my questions about the song. Yes, I feel excited and I am going to share this glimpse of the songwriter, his philosophy, his world view, and his imagination.
"In the Year 2525" (Exordium & Terminus)
Rick, I certainly am glad you contacted me concerning your song, which is one of the best songs ever written, in my opinion!
Rick Evans/ Songwriter of hit single: “In the Year 2525”
I had been disappointed to see that I could not locate you online to list you in the blog. But, you located me!
I'm a lover of solitude which is why I live where I now do, Santa Fe, NM. It's the elevation (7,300 ft. above sea level), the light, the sky, and the solitude. It's also an artsy, small high desert city — many creative types here. I suddenly lost my passion for creating music about two decades ago, so the guitars are in the closet. I don't participate in social internet sites, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. or do interviews and such anymore — ruins the privacy & solitude format.
I was aware of the issue that arose with Denny Zager, and his disappointment at not being quite the success that you have been, so I had been surprised myself to see him using those words, "MY hit song" on the YouTube video. I also noticed the complaints here and there online, which he had made about not "getting a check every other month or so" from you for his performance on that song. Of course, all the online sites mentioning Zager's resentment of your success have concurred with the fact that you are the writer, and the owner of the song, and are entitled to all
the rewards of your creativity. I know this is not uncommon in any business; and when one
person does well, his peers often feel "entitled" to the same accolades. You would think those
who considered themselves friends would be happy for your success. Sadly, it doesn't always
seem that way.
That is absolutely correct. You nailed it. Zager isn't the only one who thought they were owed something for the success of the song. I was warned of this by a N.Y. attorney I consulted with as the success of the song started to ramp up. He said, "Rick, if this song takes off, as it looks like it might, the parasites and maggots will start dropping out of the walls and ceilings to try and collect on the monetary rewards which will come, as if they had much of anything to do with it. Don't give in. You keep what you deserve. You're on solid legal ground." I did.
I am glad to have the opportunity to allow you to clarify your feelings on this very important issue of property.
His wording in the video implies that Zager played a major part in the creation of the song, when in fact he contributed next to nothing with just the harmony on the first four words of each verse. In fact, he didn't even need to be there. I could have done the harmony part on each verse in one take on another track. He hated it [the song.] I knew that. Well, you and I love it…
This song will most likely remain a historical piece of music for at least another 512 years.
Yes, and even much longer than that. Alpha Centauri is the closest star to our sun at 4.22 light years away. Light and radio transmissions travel at 186,000 miles per second. So "2525" began its voyage in 1969, that's been 44 years ago, thus it's made it to 44 light years out, well past Alpha Centauri. Its journey will last forever.
The song helped shaped my life, and my search for meaning.
Mine too. It's a great thing to see the fruits of your creativity accepted to such a degree worldwide.
I would enjoy hearing about your inspiration for those words.
I'm really not sure. When I would write, on guitar, I'd just start fiddling with some kind of "groove", chords & melody, then wait for an emotion to arrive, and finally open my right hem
(brain) to let whatever flows into it from wherever it comes, and just go with it .
Who is Rick Evans, and what makes him think and feel so deeply?
I think as Lady Gaga has said in the title of one of her hit songs, "Born This Way." 'I was born
What is your world view?
I'd say it's about the same as that of Stephen Hawking: "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."
Mr. Evans, you have been an inspiration to me, and that alone is "enough." But, thanks for contacting me, and for your time reading my blog and answering my questions. I am honored to make your acquaintance. God bless you!
Thanks again for the wonderful compliments, and I hope some of these comments and other attachments are appreciated also. You're welcome to use any of it in your blogs and such.
“It was written by one of the members of the pair who had a tough time convincing the other to record it. But when they played in various gigs, their fans would often request it. That led to investing $500 to book some studio time in Odessa, TX. They distributed the song themselves to radio stations and it became a local hit. RCA records got wind of it and signed them to a contract. The record entered Billboard’s Hot 100 on June 21, 1969 and in three weeks it was the number one song in America. While it was still on the charts, the one who did not write the song decided it was not the type of song he wanted to be remembered for and he quit the business altogether. But not before solidifying his position as a one hit wonder. It arrived at number one July 12, 1969 for Zager and Evans. (In the Year 2525) —-Rick Evans wrote it and Denny Zager hated it.”
---Excerpt as directly quoted from 101 Gold's top 100 feature site