Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Oh, Carol!" by Neil Sedaka.

OK, back to the 50's: Neil Sedaka co-wrote this classic with Howard Greenfield about his then high school girlfriend. They attended Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn along with Neil Diamond. It peaked at #9 in '59. One of the first "product songs" - he analyzed contemporary hits and used elements from them specifically to create a commercial success. Noted for his spoken recitation of the 1st verse the 2nd time around. The then-girlfriend recorded a jocular response in '63. Song? "Inspiration girlfriend"?

Yesterday's answer: "Money (That's What I Want)". This is John Lee Hooker's song way before '59 - coincidence???: "The best thing in life is free, But you can give it to the birds an' bees I need some money, Need some money. Oh yeah, what I want"

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