Thursday, September 2, 2010

"At Seventeen"

OK, more 70's: This '75 Janis Ian composition about alienation while growing up was her most successful recording and her 1st hit since "Society's Child" in '66. Based on an article she read in the NYT about a disillusioned debutante. The light samba rhythm came to her 1st but it took 3 mo. to pen down the lyrics. She 1st played it on the Tonight Show. #1 Adult Contemporary and #3 Pop Singles. Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in '76. She played it on the 1st episode of SNL in '75. Received the Grammy Hall Of Fame Award in '08, Ian's 2nd after "Society's Child".

Yesterday's answer: "Back On The Chain Gang" by The Pretenders. Ooh, aah, ooh, aah! Love 'em both. Sam Cooke was WAY ahead of his time!

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