On this day in music history: March 23, 1963 - “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby & The Romantics hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bill Hilliard and Mort Garson, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocal quintet fronted by lead singer Ruby Nash. Hilliard and Garson submit their song to Kapp Records with the hopes of either Jack Jones or Julie London recording it. Label A&R man/producer Allen Stanton chooses Ruby & The Romantics, a R&B vocal group from Akron, OH to record it as their first release. Recorded in December of 1962, the track features legendary guitarists Kenny Burrell, and Vinnie Bell (inventor of the Coral Electric Sitar), Al Gorgoni (The Monkees, Carole King, The Four Seasons), bassist Russ Savaukus (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison), and drummer Gary Chester (The Shirelles, The Drifters, Dionne Warwick). Two versions of the song are cut, one with a straight pop arrangement and one with a bossa nova arrangement. The latter is chosen for release and is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on February 9, 1963, it streaks to the top of the chart just six weeks later. “Our Day Will Come” is covered a number of times after Ruby & The Romantics success with the song, also being recorded by Frankie Valli, Cher, Fontella Bass, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Nancy Wilson, The Supremes, Isaac Hayes and Amy Winehouse.
Honestly, I love them so so so so much. I think the thing I love about them is how well they developed, both as individuals and as a couple, over the course of the series. Like in the beginning, there wasn’t a lot of focus on romance between them (though it was beginning to be implied once Sango recovered from “THAT ONE EXPERIENCE” after Miroku groped her), and there was instead camaraderie. I love how well they work as a team, and for the longest time they were friends with little hints here or there that prodded shippers to ship them (from the groping to the jealousy - both pretty stereotypical anime characteristics, but that’s kind of what I love about them).
I JUST LOVE THE WAY THEY DEVELOP OVER TIME. EVEN THE FILLERS LIKE “ONLY YOU, SANGO” WRECKED ME. OR THEIR TIME IN MT. HAKUREI. OR THE VILLAGE OF WOMEN. LIKE. THAT. WAS. MY. FAVORITE. THING. EVER. I. WANTED. TO. SOB.
This is supposed to be an “honest brutal truth” thing but it ended up being a ramble instead. Long story short, I think they both developed as individuals and as a pairing over a long period of time, and I think Rumiko Takahashi did it very well. They have some of the stereotypical anime character characteristics when it comes to a relationship, but it’s difficult to find pairings without (even Royai had a little jealousy going in the manga!).
I LOVE THEM. FANTASTIC PAIRING. 10/10 WOULD SHIP FOREVER AND AGAIN.