Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Puppy Love" by Paul Anka.

OK, more 50's/60's: Paul Anka wrote this '59 teen classic about Annette Funicello, whom he dated during a tour. It peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 2 weeks in '60 and at #3 in the UK. Their romance was a media high spot; he referred to her as "glamorous...the kind of girl you want to marry". He also wrote "Talk to Me, Baby" for her. She, in turn, wrote and recorded "Tall Paul" for him - the first time a female artist reached the Top 10 with a rock-and-roll single. She married Paul's manager after the tour (!). Anka had 4 Top 10 hits in less than a year between '59 and '60 with "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", "It's Time to Cry" and this one. Donny Osmond's '72 cover went to #3 in the US and topped the charts in the UK.

Yesterday's answer: "You Can't Judge A Book By The (Its) Cover" by Bo Diddley. Thought about it yesterday while listening to an NPR feature on e-books. They called them "the great concealers". With e-books you have privacy - you don't have to hide your trashy romance novel (Favio!) inside Dostoevsky while reading in public.

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