Friday, May 6, 2011

"Baby Talk" by Jan and Dean.

OK, back to the 50's: Originally known as The Barons, this iconic West L.A. surf duo started out by harmonizing in the locker room after high-school football practice. Their second Top Ten hit (after #8 "Jennie Lee" in '58) was a collaboration with friends Herb Alpert and Lou Adler which peaked at #10 in '59. Written by Melvin Schwartz and 1st recorded by The Laurels in '58. They performed it during their first appearance on "American Bandstand". THE first song that incorporated all the elements of the nascent surf music genre - close harmonies, interweaving of major and minor chords and falsetto doo-wop runs. Later covered by young Simon and Garfunkel, then known as Tom and Jerry. Duo? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Try A Little Tenderness". From David Buskin: "I guess the lyric was in keeping with the times, but its patronizing tone is kind of a stone age relic now."
LOL! Never thought about it but you're absolutely right - NON-P.C.!

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