Hang on Sloopy, which is actually…I’m not joking here…. the official rock song of the state of Ohio, was number 1 on the charts in October of 1965. Back then most of us were kids and most of us assumed the group, the McCoy’s, were singing Hang on Snoopy, that annoying dog from the cartoon. (See Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron). They were actually singing about a jazz performer named Dorothy Sloop AKA Sloppy. The song entered the charts on August 14, 1965, and went on to hit number one on October 2 of that same year. It was originally titled My Girl Sloopy…which makes more sense to me… and first recorded by The Vibrations in 1964 on Atlantic Records. It reached the top thirty and then died. Other groups who recorded the song include The Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Ventures, The Supremes, The Kingsmen and the The Yardbirds. The McCoys (Originally known as Rick and the Raiders, they changed their name so not to be confused with Paul Revere and the Raiders) included a guitarist named Richard Zehringer, then 16 years old, who later changed his name to Rick Derringer and had a hit with something or other in the 1970s, I don’t know because I don’t listen to music past 1969. Derringers brother was also in the group. Other group member Bobby Peterson died at age 47 in 1993 and Randy Jo Hobbs died of drug-related heart failure on 5 August 1993. He was reported to be broke and living in a hotel when he died.
Happy Jack by The Who was written by Pete Townshend and based on retarded adults who played with children along the beach when Townsend was young. The song was first dubbed A Quick One but the record company forced it to be changed to Happy Jack because it feared that the original title was a reference to sex. At the tail end of the song, you can hear Townshend yelling the phrase I saw you! to Who drummer Keith Moon. Apparently, Moon had been banished from the studio and was trying to sneak back in.
Happy Together by The Turtles is an interesting tune in that the song is about unrequited love. The singer wants his mate to imagine how the world could be so very fine, proposing what would happen If I should call you up. The line in the fadeout “How is the weather?” refers to the real level of their relationship being nothing more but passing acquaintances with small talk.
Harper Valley P.T.A. by Jeannie C. Riley came about when the country singer Margie Singleton asked Tom T. Hall to write her a song similar to Ode To Billie Joe, which she had covered the previous year. After driving past a school called Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Bellevue, Tennessee, he noted the name and wrote Harper Valley P.T.A. about a fictional confrontation between a young widow Stella Johnson and a local PTA group who objected to her manner of dress, social drinking, and friendliness with town's men folk. Jeannie C. Riley, who was working as a secretary in Nashville for Jerry Chesnut, got to hear the song and recorded it herself and it became a massive hit for her. Tom T. Hall said “I chose the story to make a statement but I changed the names to protect the innocent. There were 10 kids in our family. We'd get up in the morning and my mother and father would get bored with us running around and we'd go terrorize the neighbors up and down this little road we lived on. After we had done our chores, of course. I was just hanging around downtown when I was about nine years old and heard the story and got to know this lady. I was fascinated by her grit. To see this very insignificant, socially disenfranchised lady - a single mother - who was willing to march down to the local aristocracy and read them the riot act so to speak, was fascinating.”
Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds was written by Graham Gouldman who also wrote for The Hollies, Cher, The Shadows, and Herman's Hermits. Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty said in our 2010 interview: 'Heart Full of Soul,' which was very moody, gave us the ability to play the riff in sort of an Eastern way, give it an Oriental touch. Another very good song.
Hello I Love You by The Doors (Drummer John Densmore above in 1968) was written by Jim Morrison in 1965 after seeing a beautiful woman walking on the beach. He wrote the song in one night but it wasn’t recorded until 3 years later. The Doors were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, the title of which was a reference to a William Blake quotation: "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
He's So Fine by The Chiffons (Carole King played piano on this.) was written by a songwriter named Ronald Mack, who died of cancer shortly after it was released. This was produced by The Tokens, who didn't get a recording contract after they hit #1 with The Lion Sleeps Tonight, but did get a production contract. This was the first record under their contract. This was rejected by twelve record companies, including all the majors, before the bosses at Laurie Records said yes. George Harrison lost a lawsuit in 1976 when a judge said he subconsciously plagiarized this on My Sweet Lord, his first single as a solo artist. He was ordered to pay Bright Tunes Music, who owned the copyright, $587,000.
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by the Hollies in 1969. The title came from the motto for Boys Town, a for troubled boys community formed in 1917 in Omaha, Nebraska by a Catholic priest named Father Edward Flanagan. In 1941, Father Flanagan was looking at a magazine called The Messenger when he came across a drawing of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, with the caption, He ain't heavy Mister, and he’s my brother. Father Flanagan thought the image and phrase captured the spirit of Boys Town and it became its official motto. The song was written by veteran songwriters Bobby Scott (A Taste of Honey) and Bobby Russell (Little Green Apples). Russel, was married to Vicki Lawrence and wrote her #1 hit The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. Both Scott and Russell have since died. Hollies guitarist Tony Hicks said “In the 1960s when we were short of songs I used to root around publishers in Denmark Street. One afternoon, I'd been there ages and wanted to get going but this bloke said: 'Well there's one more song. It's probably not for you.' He played me the demo by the writers Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. It sounded like a 45rpm record played at 33rpm, the singer was slurring, like he was drunk. But it had something about it. There were frowns when I took it to the band but we speeded it up and added an orchestra. The only things left recognizable were the lyrics. There'd been this old film called Boys Town about a children's home in America, and the statue outside showed a child being carried aloft and the motto He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. Bob Russell had been dying of cancer while writing. We never got, or asked for, royalties. Elton John - who was still called Reg - played piano on it and got paid 12 pounds. It was a worldwide hit twice.” Singer Joe Cocker was offered this song before The Hollies but turned it down
Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys was the first Beach Boys single where their guitarist Al Jardine sang lead. Brian Wilson said “We did two versions of 'Help Me Rhonda.' We did one with the ukulele and we did one with guitars. We chose to use the guitar version. I heard myself singing lead on it originally and then I turned it over to Al. I produced the Beach Boys so I decided who would sing lead. I just had a sixth sense about who should sing what songs. Some of the songs I wrote specifically for Mike, Al and Carl to sing.” Daryl Dragon, The Captain from The Captain & Tennille, played organ on the tune.
Here Comes The Night by Them who were from Belfast, Ireland but still considered part of the British Invasion. Van Morrison was the groups lead singer. The writer was Bert Berns (a.k.a. Bert Russell) whose life was tragically cut short in 1967 at the age of 38 by a fatal heart attack. Among his writing credits are Twist And Shout (Isley Brothers, The Beatles), Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys), Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin, Janis Joplin), and Tell Him (the Exciters). His production credits include Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl and Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters.
Honey by Bobby Goldsboro was written by Bobby Russell, who got the idea for the song when he noticed how much a tree in his front yard had grown in 4 years. Russell was a Nashville songwriter who was briefly married to actress/singer Vicki Lawrence, and wrote her 1973 hit The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. He also wrote Little Green Apples for W.C. Smith. Russell died of a heart attack in 1992.
Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel was released on the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station in the town of Widnes, in the north-west of England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train.
Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis (Above) with back up by a group that would become The Dells, was released in 1963 and immediately went nowhere at all. The song sat on the shelf for a year and was about to be relegated to the Adult easy listening graveyard when it took off and landed on the number three spot.
The Tremeloes were founded in England in Dagenham, Essex, in 1958. (Brian Poole and the Tremoloes) The group has never disbanded. On New Year’s Day, 1962, The Decca Record label, looking for a Beat group, auditioned the Tremeloes and The Beatles. Decca chose the Tremeloes. Strangely enough they didn’t chart well until the switched to CBS Records and had a hit with Here Comes My Baby
Hey Paula landed on the number one spot on the charts in 1962. The thing I hate more than this song is when I find myself singing this song. It was penned and performed by Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, who were students together at Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. They have yet to apologize for writing the song much less singing it. The couple cooed their way through the song on a local radio show, got a great response and a record deal….you know, only in America. Anyway, this was the first of a flood of Boy/girl songs of the mid-'60s a category that included I Got You Babe
Holly Holy by Neil Diamond came out in 1969. Like everyone else, I sang along and like everyone I had no idea what I was singing about. In an interview Diamond said What I tried to do was create a religious experience between a man and a woman, as opposed to a man and a god. I don’t know what that means and I’ll bet you that if you asked him, Neil Diamond doesn’t know what that means either.
How Can I Be Sure by The Young Rascals peaked at #4 in 1957. And came out of an experience with transcendental meditation that the Rascals were involved in. The French singer Nicoletta sold two million copies of the song.
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye was inspired by the trademark line of Jackie Gleason, How sweet it is! as it was said on The Jackie Gleason Show.
Hey Joe by famous by Jimmy Hendrix, was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts although Scottish folk singer Len Partridge has claimed that he helped write the song with Roberts when they both performed in clubs in Edinburgh in 1956. Other sources claim that Roberts assigned the rights to the song to his friend Valenti while Valenti was in jail, in order to give him some income upon release.
He's a Rebel was written by singer by Gene Pitney and produced by Phil Spector for The Crystals. Pitney had originally written. Their follow-up single was "Then He Kissed Me".
Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a song by Donovan. It was written and recorded in early 1968. The song was written for Donovan's old friend and guitar mentor Mac MacLeod. MacLeod was in a Danish band at the time called Hurdy Gurdy. Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch; 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. His hits included "Catch the Wind" and "Colors" in 1965 and "Sunshine Superman" Donovan left the music industry in 1969.
I'm into Something Good was composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Herman's Hermits. The song had been recorded by a group called The Cookies in 1964 and reached number 38 on the US pop singles chart and then disappeared. Herman's Hermits took it to number one in the UK Singles Chart on September 14, 1964 where it stayed for two weeks. It reached number 13 in the US.
I Call Your Name by The Mamas & The Papas was mostly written by John Lennon, although it was credited to the team of Lennon/McCartney. Lennon wrote the song before the Beatles were a group. Lennon originally gave the song to the Dakotas, another Liverpool act whom Beatles producer George Martin was working with but Lennon didn’t like their version his music. He performed it himself with the Beatles and released it in 1964. This cover by The Mamas & The Papas gave the song an upbeat honky-tonk sound which Lennon liked.
I Saw Her Again by The Mamas & The Papas was written by John Phillips, the groups songwriter about the affair between his wife, Michelle Phillips (a Mamas And Papas member), and Denny Doherty (also a Mamas And Papas member).
The Ray Charles hit, I Can't Stop Loving You was written and originally recorded by a Country singer named Don Gibson in 1958. His version was released as the B-side of his #7 hit Oh Lonesome Me, which he wrote the same day. Kitty Wells, a country singer, recorded that same year and also had a hit with the song. (And was on the carts at the same time as Gibson's version.) Ray Charles was known as a Gospel and R&B singer, but decided to record an album of Country and Western songs. He released it on an album, not released as a single, but a lot of DJs played it from the album and it started getting popular. ABC Records edited the tune down to two minutes (From four minutes on the album) and the song hit #1 on the US Pop, R&B and Easy Listening charts.
I Wish It Would Rain, a Temptations song was written by Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene when he learned that his wife was cheating on him. He also the wrote the songs follow up I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You). Penzabene committed suicide barely a week after the single's release.
I Will Follow Him is a song recorded by Little Peggy March (above, She was 4 ft. 9 inches tall) from a tune translated from French called Chariot (The song was recorded in 1961 by Franck Pourcel as an instrumental.) which had been recorded already by Petula Clark which was a number one hit in France, #8 in Belgium, #4 in Italy #6 in Germany. Her English version, in the UK and in the USA went nowhere but it went there quickly. The English version by March hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 27, 1963, making 15-year-old March the youngest female artist to have a U.S. chart-topping single. Her version also made it to #1 on the soul singles chart. March was a minor and the Coogan Law prevented her parents from managing her money. The responsibility was placed on her manager, Russell Smith. It was discovered in 1966 that he had squandered the fortune away.
I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline was released: 1961 and was written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, this was arguably the first pure Country single to cross over to the Pop charts. Cline was reluctant to record this ballad, which had been turned down by Brenda Lee, until producer Owen Bradley coaxed her into it.
I Get Around by The Beach Boys was the group’s first #1 in their own country (Surfin' Safari went to #1 in Sweden 2 years earlier). It is considered one of the best ever single releases along with Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles and Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog by Elvis Presley. It was rated fifth biggest seller of 1964 by both Billboard and Cash Box - indicating close to 2 million US units sold - though it was another 18 years before Capitol submitted it to the RIAA for auditing (the only other Beach Boys single the label did this for was Good Vibrations).
I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher was written when Sonny Bono was an up-and-coming record producer and he got Cher a job with Phil Spector as a session singer. They started dating and moved in to their manager's house. Bono would write songs on a piano in the garage. He came up with this tune and wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard. Cher didn't like it at first, but Sonny changed the key in the bridge to fit her voice and she loved it. Ahmet Ertegun was their boss at Atco Records. He didn't think much of this song, so he put it on the B-side of It's Gonna Rain. Los Angeles radio station KHJ started playing I Got You Babe after Bono brought them a copy and it became a huge hit.
I Hear a Symphony by The Supremes was the follow-up to their previous hit Nothing But Heartaches, which failed to make the Top 10.
I Fall to Pieces was a hot for the wonderful Patsy Cline in 1961. The song was turned down by Brenda Lee, who found it too country and Roy Drusky who said it was not a man's song. Cline, overheard Drusky's remarks asked if she could record it. By August 1961, I Fall to Pieces peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Chart and reached number twelve on the Billboard Pop Chart.
In the Ghetto was a 1969 hit for Elvis Presley. The song was written by Mac Davis, who said “It's a simple matter of growing up with a little boy whose father worked with my father. He lived in a part of town that was a dirt-street ghetto. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and it was a ghetto in every sense of the word, but we didn't use that word back then. I was trying to come up with a song called 'The Vicious Circle,' how a child is born, he has no father, and the same thing happens. The word 'Ghetto' became popular in the late '60s to describe the poor parts of town. A friend of mine, Freddy Weller, who used to play guitar for Paul Revere And The Raiders, showed me lick on the guitar one day. I went home and fiddled around with it, I wrote the song and called him up at 4 in the morning and sang it to him. He knew I'd written a hit with his lick, but that's the way it goes.” If Elvis turned this down, the song would have gone to Rosie Grier, a minister and former football player.
Petula Clark’s I Know a Place came out in 1965 and was said to be about the Cavern Club or The 100 Club in London. Clark sang the line a cellar full of noise which was the title of the biography of the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Clark stuck the line in as a nod to Epstein who was Gay which motivated John Lennon to refer to the book as “A Celler full of boys”
Lesley Gore AKA The Teen Queen, was 16 when she recorded It's My Party, which was released in 1963 and went straight to number 1. The song is the story of a relationship challenged girl dating a boy named Johnny who leaves a party with a girl named Judy. But not to worry, in her follow up song, the unnamed girl declares that now Judy's Turn to Cry so take that Judy.
The 1964 song It's All Over Now by the Rolling Stones was originally recorded by The Valentinos but was widely overlooked by white audiences. The overbearing disc jockey Murray the K gave The Stones a copy of The Valentinos' version and the Stones recorded it during their first US tour at Chess Studios in Chicago, where Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters also recorded. During these sessions, they also recorded Time Is On My Side. Keith Richards said “We cut that in Chess Studios the first time in Chicago. The year before we were playing bars in England, you know. And then we're walking into Chess Studios which was where all of these records that had been made that were so important to us. Now and again in life you get this feeling that you've died and gone to heaven. Luckily, neither was true. American studios at that time were so much more together than in England. I mean, they had some good stuff in England but they didn't have knowledge of how to record it. We were lucky. There were a couple of guys like Glyn Johns in England who had a rough idea of recording. But the way you'd get a sound in an American studio in those days was the difference between day and night, compared to working in England or Europe. I mean these cats, in America, they'd done it already. So to work in Chess was our first taste of American record.
In 1965 Frank Sinatra released It Was a Very Good Year which topped out on the charts at number 65. The song was written by New Yorker Ervin Drake in 1961 (Drake published his first song at age 12) for The Kingston Trio, (above) who recorded it but with an annoying whistling interlude. Sinatra dropped the whistling, thank God, and added lush instrumentation and dramatic vocals and won himself a Grammy in 1966 for Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
I'm Sorry was a 1960 hit for Brenda Lee (Above) who was only 15 years old at the time. The label, Decca Records, held it from release for several months out of concern that a 15-year-old girl was not mature enough to sing about unrequited love. They were wrong. She went on to have 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis. Lee, who was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in a charity ward, also record the American standard Rock’n around the Christmas Tree
It Ain't Me Babe by The Turtles was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan, who released the song on his 1964 album Another Side Of Bob Dylan. This was the first hit for The Turtles, who had several more hits in the '60s, including the #1 Happy Together. Howard Kaylan of The Turtles said “I found Dylan's 'It Ain't Me Babe' on an album and, being blissfully unaware that anyone else had ever recorded it, thought that it would make a great rock song. So I literally 'lifted' the Zombies' approach to pop - a soft Colin Blunstone-like minor verse bursting into a four-four major chorus a-la 'She's Not There.'
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland. It hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 two months on August 8, 1960. The song's co-writer Paul Vance once described the song as a money machine.
The song I Want Candy, became a hit in mid-1965 and was credited to a group called The Strangeloves. The backstory on the group was made up by the writer/producer team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer who had a previous hit with My Boyfriend's Back by The Angels. Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer……a great name for a law firm by the way……were all from New York but spread a story that they were three brothers named Giles, Miles and Niles Strange who had grown up on an Australian sheep farm and that they had made a fortune with the invention of a new form of sheep crossbreeding. The result was, not surprisingly, no one cared. The song was good, people liked it and the tune and its driving Bo Diddley beat went to number 11 on the charts. Their other song The Happy Organ Shake failed to chart, although I can’t imagine why. Gottehrer went on to produce Blondie and Goldstein helped to form Eric Burdon and War. As for Feldman….I don’t really know what happened to Feldman. The Angels were a girl group, best-known for their 1963 million selling #1 hit single, "My Boyfriend's Back". The original lineup of sisters, Barbara and Phyllis Allbut, and lead singer Linda Jansen (born Linda Jankowski) had their first hit with "Til" released by Gerry Granahan's Caprice label in 1961. The song was followed up with a less-successful single, "Cry Baby Cry." Jansen left the group in 1962 and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates (Denise Ferri and Arleen Lanzotti). In 1963, the trio signed to Mercury Records' subsidiary label Smash Records and began working with the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer songwriting team, who wrote "My Boyfriend's Back". The Angels' performance was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles' consideration, but the music publishers chose instead to release it as it stood. The song was a major hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but no follow-up of comparable success was released. "My Boyfriend's Back" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The inspiration for the song was when co-writer Bob Feldman overheard a conversation between a high school girl and the boy she was rebuffing
It's My Party was a hit for Lesley Gore in 1963. This song hit #1 on the pop charts. Lesley Gore recalled that "It's My Party" was among some two hundred demos producer Quincy Jones brought to review with her in the den of her family home in February 1963. On hearing "It's My Party" Gore told Jones: "That's not half bad. I like it. Good melody. Let's put it on the maybe pile." The song proved to be the only demo Gore and Jones found agreeable.
It Was a Very Good Year was composed in 1961 for The Kingston Trio and subsequently made famous by Frank Sinatra who won a Grammy with it for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1966
I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am (also "I'm Henery the VIII, I Am" or "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"; spelled "Henery" owing to the Cockney pronunciation normally used to sing it) is a 1910 British music hall song and was a signature song of English music hall star Harry Champion. It became the fastest-selling song in history to that point when it was revived in 1965 by Herman's Hermits, becoming the group's second number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In later versions "Willie" is changed to "William" because the former is a slang term for the penis in Britain.
In My Room is a song by The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 and peaked at number six in the U.S. Brian Wilson wrote "I had a room, and I thought of it as my kingdom. And I wrote that song, very definitely, that you're not afraid when you're in your room. It's absolutely true. I also enjoyed producing 'In My Room'. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song 'Ivory Tower' to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded 'In My Room', there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse...and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis' death."
I Can See for Miles remains The Who's biggest hit single in the US and their only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song may have inspired The Beatles' "Helter Skelter". Paul McCartney recalls writing "Helter Skelter" after reading a review of The Who Sell Out in which the critic claimed that "I Can See for Miles" was the "heaviest" song he'd ever heard. McCartney had not heard the song, but wrote "Helter Skelter" in an attempt to make an even "heavier" song than the one praised in the review. The Who were an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass) and Keith Moon (drums). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
I Second That Emotion is a 1967 hit single released originally by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Motown label. Robinson got the idea for the song from his friend and Motown colleague Al Cleveland, who mispronounced the phrase "I second that motion" as "I second that emotion" while the pair were Christmas shopping in late 1966.
Is That All There Is? was a hit for Peggy Lee in November of 1969. The orchestral arrangement on the song were composed by Randy Newman, who also conducted the orchestra. The song was inspired by the 1896 story Disillusionment (Enttäuschung) by Thomas Mann.
I Ain't Marching Anymore is an anti-war song by Phil Ochs, a U.S. protest singer. Ochs wrote "I Ain't Marching Anymore" as American involvement in the Vietnam War was beginning to grow. Ochs said of the song that it "borders between pacifism and treason, combining the best qualities of both." He also wrote "the fact that you won't be hearing this song on the radio is more than enough justification for the writing of it."
It Ain't Me Babe is the title of a 1964 song by Bob Dylan. The song's opening line ("Go away from my window...") is allegedly influenced by musicologist/folk-singer John Jacob Niles' composition "Go 'Way from My Window."
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a song by Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. The lyrics are simple, and heard only at the beginning and the end. A commonly related story says that the song's title was originally "In the Garden of Eden" but at one point in the course of rehearsing and recording, singer Doug Ingle became intoxicated and slurred the words, creating the mondegreen that stuck as the title.
Itchycoo Park by the “mod” band The Small Faces in August, 1967. The song was first thought of, and largely written, by Ronnie Lane, who had been reading a leaflet on the virtues of Oxford which mentioned its dreaming spires. A number of sources claim the song's name is derived from the nickname of Little Ilford Park, on Church Road in the London suburb of Manor Park, where Small Faces' singer and song-writer Steve Marriott grew up. The "itchycoo" nickname is, in turn, attributed to the stinging nettles which grew there. Other sources cite nearby Wanstead Flats (Manor Park end) as the inspiration