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Daryl Braith­waite has fi­nally been able to thank the US singer-song­writer who penned his great­est solo hit, The Horses.

Braith­waite says he has been try­ing for years to get in touch with Rickie Lee Jones, who cowrote The Horses with Wal­ter Becker, and re­leased it her­self in 1989.

The Aussie singer cov­ered the song and made it his own in 1990. It now de­fines Braith­waite more so than his days fronting Aus­tralian rock band Sher­bet in the 1970s.

The 66-year-old says Jones was pleased to hear the song has en­deared it­self to Aus­tralians.

“I only fi­nally got through to her two weeks ago and she was ec­static that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate her song be­cause she wrote it many years ago,” Braith­waite says.

“I’ve been try­ing to tell her for years that peo­ple really love it down here in Aus­tralia.”

Braith­waite still finds the suc­cess of the pop­u­lar track sur­pris­ing, and he says he’s not able to pin down why it re­mains loved by Aus­tralians.

He says he still en­joys per­form­ing it as much as his newer ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing songs like Not Too Late from his last al­bum, 2013’s For­ever The Tourist.

Braith­waite says he was glad to see Not Too Late join his long list of clas­sics.

“I lis­ten to it and the re­ac­tion I get from peo­ple, even from my band mem­bers play­ing it, is what makes me en­thu­si­as­tic,” he says.

A new al­bum is not cur­rently in the works as Braith­waite says he’s con­scious of to­day’s mu­si­cal in­take.

“I don’t think I’ll ever pro­duce a full al­bum again, I think in this day and age it’s ask­ing too much,” he says.

“Peo­ple some­times don’t want to lis­ten to that much, I might do a four-track record­ing in­stead.”

Daryl Braith­waite plays Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, tomorrow night

Daryl Braith­waite will be at Tweed Heads.

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