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Friday, February 10, 2012

Have a great weekend

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I knew this had to be a Brill Building song - it just has that vibe
so I wanted to see who wrote it.

I just read up on Bert Burns, who wrote this, along with "Twist and Shout", "Hang on Sloopy" and "Piece of My Heart" and many more before dying young at 37 in 1967.

Coincidentally, I've been thinking a lot about that era after hearing that yesterday was Carole King's 70th birthday. I still can't believe it. You think anyone who contributed as much as the Brill Building composers would get the right to stay young. Sigh. Meanwhile, Bert Burns didn't even get to be old, but he sure made a difference with these songs.

Remember "So Far Away" by Carole King? It takes on a different meaning when you get nostalgic about this magical time in the music business:

"So far away, doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know you're just time away"

In the case of those Brill Building songs like "Tell Him", the "time away" is a half century. Can you believe that?

I had the great pleasure of seeing Burt Bacharach perform a few years back, with the Oregon Symphony. Even got an autographed photo. He's 83 years old now.

BTW, the lead singer of the Exciters was seriously hot.

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