September 5, 2011 5:33 PM

Recorded onto an audio cassette in about 1982 from a radio/cassette player with built-in mic. As a bit of a laugh between recording our more earnest efforts at Irish folkmusic (posted earlier here).The Early Puritans we called ourselves up there in Stockholm. Does it count as a September offering?

Singer James Donovan genuinely liked the song, that we all vaguely remembered, not without shame, from our youth. We indulged him. So five minutes of discussion, one practise run and then onto tape in one go.
Never played it for anyone else since I unearthed the tape from the woodshed some years ago. I suppose I considered it seriously uncool .
It was fun singing it though, Ill admit that.

posted by jan murray (6 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Oh snap this is my jam!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:06 PM on September 6, 2011

Sorry P.A. Can't I hear your version anyway?

Not remembering who sang it way back - I gave it a Google. Turns out it was No. 1 in 1959 when I was 18. By Marty Wilde (in England ) Not only that, its been covered by everyone from Bob Marley and Helen Shapiro to Simon & Garf, And its in Wii game. Just about the coolest song ever it seems. Oh well.
Perhaps we were being ironic, avant le lettre.
posted by jan murray at 7:43 PM on September 6, 2011

if I had a hundred favorites, they'd be yours.
posted by dubold at 3:53 AM on September 8, 2011

Oh man, great version jan murray. Thanks for sharing it.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:11 PM on September 10, 2011

Whoa, missed this!
Seriously awesome, even if you were joking around.
This totally has that vibe of "we're singing a bit silly to show that we're too cool to really like this song, even though we secretly sort of like it."
Incidentally, the version I always knew was Dion and the Belmonts.
posted by chococat at 10:16 PM on November 17, 2011

Used this in this month's podcast!
posted by cortex at 6:59 PM on October 8, 2015

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