Last time, we talked about why some songs don’t have an ending and just fade out into silence. Who’s idea was that?
The answer is “we don’t know for sure.” We do know why it caught on, though. Some arrangers didn’t have an ending for a song, so it was just easier to fade it out.
Sometimes songs were too long in an era when radio stations demanded that nothing exceed three minutes. Sometimes it was because the producer wanted to emphasize the hook of the song over and over again to leave the listener with something memorable. Some people liked the fade because it left the impression that the song never ended. Or maybe it caught on just because it sounded good.
Whatever the case, the fade-out ending to a recording has been with us since at least the 1950s.