It’s Valentine’s Day!
I saw an interview with Ellie Greenwich once where she said that, as soon as she wrote this song (with Jeff Barry and Phil Spector), she knew it would hit Number 1. And it did.
These Brill Building songs from the early 60s seemed to find the absolute essence of the popular song. The words and melodies couldn’t have been simpler, or more memorable. Five years later we had yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye.
Chip Taylor, my drinking buddy from Parnells, was part of that Brill Building crowd. Back in the day he wrote Angel of the Morning and Wild Thing (the latter took him 20 minutes). He is the brother of Jon Voight and therefore the uncle of Angelina Jolie. He still performs although he favors country rather than soft rock these days. Oddly he is more popular in Sweden and Japan than he is here.