Saturday, July 9, 2011

Saturday (barely) morning tunes: The lights are much brighter there

A friend invited me to one the comedy clubs downtown (Ding! Ding! Ding!) tonight, so here's a song about that.

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"Downtown" hit #1 on the American charts in early 1965, making Petula Clark the first woman to top the charts in the rock and roll era, and the second to do so ever. "Downtown" was eventually bumped from #1 by -- ready? -- the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."

Footnote: The song has been covered several times, most notably by Dolly Parton (who, as she'd be the first to admit, "Dolly-ized" it), but also by The Osmonds, Marianne Faithful, the B-52s, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, and it was the basis of one of Allan Sherman's better parody songs.

Meanwhile, if anyone's interested, I'll be looking for the rhythms of the gentle bossa nova.

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