"Waiting in Vain" is a song written by reggae musician Bob Marley and recorded by Bob Marley & The Wailers, for his 1977 album Exodus. Released as a single, it hit number twenty-seven in the UK Singles Chart.
The single was one of only a few of Marley's Island singles to feature a non-album B-Side, this being the song "Roots", an outtake from the Rastaman Vibration sessions. This later appeared on the compilation Rebel Music and on Exodus (Deluxe Edition). The 1981 reissue of Waiting In Vain featured a megamix called Marley Mix Up Medley instead.
"Waiting in Vain" was recorded by Annie Lennox for her album Medusa in 1995 – 18 years after Marley recorded it. It was released as the album's third single in 1995 and reached number thirty-one on the UK singles chart. Lennox's version was used in the 2001 film Serendipity and the 2002 film Changing Lanes.
The year is 1977…
The world population was around 4,220,816,737
The month is January:
- The world's first all-in-one home computer (keyboard/screen/tape storage), the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.
- The Australian state of Queensland abolishes the inheritance tax. (Jan. 01)
- Apple Computer is incorporated. (Jan. 03)
- Record company EMI drops the controversial United Kingdom punk rock group the Sex Pistols.(Jan. 06)
- Three bombs explode in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group. (Jan. 08) and
- Legendary rock band Toto is founded by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. (Jan. 09)
Movies released that month:
- Bobby Deerfield
- The Gauntlet
- Kingdom of the Spiders
- Slap Shot
- Which Way is Up? and
- Freaky Friday