Friday, April 18, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
Whimsical Town - Pristine Cartera Turkus
April 18, 1964

Brian Epstein had negotiated a one-hour 
television special starring The Beatles, 
to be made by London-based ITV 
company Rediffusion. To be titled 
Around The Beatles, the show was 
filmed on 28 April 1964, but rehearsals 
and recording began on this day.

Mystery Fire Razes School At Notasulga (Georgia)
A mysterious pre-dawn fire destroyed the 
recently desegregated Macon County High School
 at Notasulga. State fire marshals 
were called in to investigate the blaze. 
Local officials refused to speculate 
on whether the fire was the work of arsonists.

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Karla Gerard

  • Rama Lama Ding Dong
  • Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow   
  • Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

How would you describe these songs? Would you use the word "silly" or would you use "whimsical"? Would another word describe them better?

Silly or whimsical, they're part of our musical history. We might not have understood the reason for the made up words, other than the fun of it, but we liked them. We listened to them, purchased them and put them on the charts. 

1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
2. given to whims; capricious
3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic
: unusual in a playful or amusing way : not serious
: having or showing a lack of thought, understanding, or good judgment : foolish or stupid
: not practical or sensible
: not serious, meaningful, or important
 1. weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish.
2. absurd; ridiculous; nonsensical.

Whimsical Town - Cynthia Snyder
Rama Lama Ding Dong
Recorded in 1957 and released in 1958. 
Did not become popular until 1961.
A disc jockey in New York City began to play it.
 Eventually became popular throughout the US,
 peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
On July 2, 2013, British newspaper The Sun 
used the headline "Ramadan A Ding Dong" 
after Channel 4 broadcast a controversial 
Muslim call to prayer. 
The Edsels - 1957

Clowns - Yuri Matsik
Novelty nonsensical doo-wop song 
by The Rivingtons. 
Peaked at number 48 
on the Billboard Hot 100, 
and number 35 on the Cashbox charts.
The Beach Boys covered the song
  for their first live album in 1964.
The Rivingtons - 1962

Colorful Marilyn Monroe - Alessandra Pautasso

Who Put The Bomp 
(In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
 An ironic, lightly self-mocking song
about the lyrics songwriters use in songs.
Debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 on August 7, 1961,
and remained for twelve weeks, peaking at # 7
Barry Mann - 1961

Why, sometimes I've believed 
as many as six impossible 
things before breakfast.
  Lewis Carroll

Breezy Biking - Carolee Clark

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