Listen to Nancy Wilson’s ‘How Glad I Am’ from A Murder at the End of the World Ep 4 as Bill listens to Darby’s music

The fourth episode of A Murder at the End of the World is out on FX and Hulu this week, and back with some quite unusual songs on its soundtrack.

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Songs like American R&B, soul singer Nancy Wilson’s ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘, which shows up on A Murder at the End of the World, Episode 4, “Family Secrets” as Darby is chugging booze from the motel refrigerator, and Bill is listening to music on her iPod.

Music he then comments about “You have good taste”, to which Darby replies “It’s my Mom’s iPod”.

The song itself, while somewhat dated, has still actually done a very good job standing the test of time, considering Wilson first released ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘ almost 60 years ago.

Dated so much, in fact, it actually sounds damn cool — something the music supervisor of A Murder at the End of the World figured out when they decided to feature it on the thriller’s latest episode.

Nancy Wilson’s ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘ was recorded to be a hit song

When asked about recording ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘, Nancy Wilson commented she always intended it to be a hit song, and went into the studio to record it that way.

She praised the music and the way it was arranged, though, for why it became a Top 20 hit, and not her own superb voice.

The song itself was released in mid-1964, and climbed to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and an even higher #2 on the Billboard Pop-Standard Singles chart (now the Adult Contemporary chart).

The following year,  Wilson’s ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘ was given a Grammy Award in an odd category — Best Rhythm and Blues Recording — when, in reality, it was not an R&B song but a pop song.

Not that she was upset about the Grammy Award.

(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘ went on to become Nancy Wilson’s most recognized and most successful song, and is still one of the singer’s most well-known releases now more than five years after her death at the age of 81 in 2018.

Listen to Nancy Wilson’s ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am‘ as heard on this week’s episode of A Murder at the End of the World, in the video and via Wilson’s 1964 album How Glad I Am.

Doesn’t that just sound so damned cool??!!

 

Michelle Topham