Song 16:365 is the title song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber short one-woman musical Tell Me on a Sunday which tells the story of an English woman who moves to the US in search of love. The original idea for Tell Me on a Sunday came from Tim Rice who intended to develop it as a TV show. However after they began working on it, it became clear that Tim Rice was writing it specifically for Elaine Paige with whom he was having an affair. Lloyd Webber felt this would suggest that he approved of the married father of two’s affair and so he decided to choose a new lyricist, opting instead for Don Black.
As with most of Lloyd Webber’s shows, Tell Me on a Sunday was first performed at the Sydmonton Festival in 1979 featuring Marti Webb. An album was recorded and a performance filmed by the BBC and broadcast in February 1980. The album quickly reached #2 in the charts. In 1982 Tell Me on a Sunday was combined with a ballet choreographed to Lloyd Webber’s Variations, a classical piece based on the Caprice in A Minor No. 24 by Paganini. Together the two-act show was called Song and Dance and debuted in the West End in 1982.