Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it way back to “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” as performed by Manfred Mann.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 10, 1964

TRIVIA: Do Wah Diddy Diddy was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as Do-Wah-Diddy, by the American vocal group The Exciters.

It was soon covered by British R&B, Beat and pop band Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann’s version, which was more commercially successful, was recorded on 11 June 1964, released on 10 July, and spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in August, and two weeks at the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s a recording of the original version of the song by The Exciters.

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Love Shack

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to “Love Shack” by the B-52’s.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 20, 1989

TRIVIA: The song’s inspiration was “a cabin around Athens, Georgia”, complete with tin roof, where the band conceived “Rock Lobster”, a single from their first album; it is often said to have been located off “the Atlanta Highway”, as the first verse implies. B-52’s singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, and the cabin existed until 2004, when it burned down.

“Tin roof…rusted,” wailed by lead singer Cindy Wilson, was originally an outtake added to the track, and is perhaps the song’s most memorable line. Fred Schneider also provides some memorable lines, including his notable boast of having “a Chrysler as big as a whale” and “seats about twenty”. It has come to mean many things to different listeners.

The music video was directed by Adam Bernstein and shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York. It is also the first time drag queen RuPaul had ever appeared in any type of media before her own turn as a singer and model only a few years later.

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Blame It On The Rain

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With news that Toronto Island could be closed to visitors until July due to high water levels from all the rain we’ve been getting, I’m tuning it back to “Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 13, 1989

TRIVIA: The song became Milli Vanilli’s third number one single on the Hot 100 after “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” and “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”. “Blame It On The Rain” was their final single to top the chart before their infamous scandal took off.

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Sunday Morning

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite No Doubt songs, “Sunday Morning”. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 27, 1997 (single)

TRIVIA: Lyrically, the song is about Gwen Stefani’s relationship with fellow bandmate Tony Kanal, and their breakup that followed.

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It’s Gonna Be Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! And happy MAY!! In honour of it being May, I’m tuning it back to the song that inspired one of the biggest memes, “It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2000

TRIVIA: Following the release of the video, dolls like those portrayed by the band were created, with strings attached as a reference to the group’s smash hit video “Bye Bye Bye”.

Throughout the song, Justin Timberlake pronounces the word “me” such that it sounds more like “May.” This oddity has led to an internet craze in which memes of Timberlake’s face above the inscription “It’s Gonna Be May!” are shared on the internet by numerous users every 30 April (including President Barack Obama). When asked about why he pronounced “me” in that manner, he replied producer Martin had asked him to sing the word in that way, as he probably wanted Timberlake to sound like he was from Tennessee.

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