Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Scotch And Soda"

OK, back to the 50's: This Kingston Trio classic was 1st released in '58 as part of an album only to be re-released as a single in '62. Despite peaking at #81, it remains one of the group's most popular numbers. They happened upon it through Tom Seaver's parents (yes, THAT Tom Seaver!) who heard it during their honeymoon in Phoenix in '32. They had the pianist jot down the lyrics to make it "their song". Years later Trio member David (Dave) Guard heard it while at the Seaver home and the rest is history. Even though it is copyrighted to Guard, it appears to have been written in '32 by saxophonist/bandleader/composer Charlie Barnett. Wonderful cover by Manhattan Transfer in '76.

Yesterday's answer: "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day. Actually, pretty "steamy" story behind the song: " The song begins with a man commiserating his loneliness, when a woman suddenly appears in his bed, and encourages him to make love to her. The rest of the song describes his feelings about her, then he discovers she must leave him, and he is saddened. She tells him to 'go find the right one, love her and then, when you look into her eyes you'll see me again.' "He then explains that was his story, as apparently he has been singing this song to a woman whom he is trying to seduce, and how he wants to look in her eyes to see if she is the reincarnation of the angel he found.
'77 was a great year in my life!

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