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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo.
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A Tale of Three Popular (Sixties) Songs

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Here is a look at three popular songs of the early-mid Sixties. “Sealed with a Kiss” that was originally released by the popular Four Brothers but became a hit for Brian Hyland…

Though we’ve got to say goodbye for the summer
Darling, I promise you this
I’ll send you all my love everyday in a letter

Sealed with a kiss
Yes it’s gonna be a cold, lonely summer
But I’ll fill the emptiness
I’ll send you all my dreams everyday in a letter
Sealed with a kiss

I’ll see you in the sunlight
I’ll hear your voice everywhere
I’ll run to tenderly hold you
But darling you won’t be there
I don’t want to say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the love we’ll miss

Oh, let us make a pledge to meet in September
And seal it with a kiss

-Jason Donovan

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Save your heart for me, which was released by Brian Hyland, but became a hit (number two at the end of 1965) for Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and….

 

Walk along the lake with someone new
Have yourself a summer fling or two
But remember I’m in love with you and
Save your heart for me

When the summer moon is on the rise
And you’re dancin’ under starlit skies
Please don’t let stars get in your eyes, just
Save your heart for me

When you’re all alone, far away from home
Someone’s gonna flirt with you-ou
I won’t think it’s wrong if you play along
Just don’t fall for someone new

When the autumn winds begin to blow
And the summertime is long ago
You’ll be in my arms again I know, so
Save your heart for me
Darlin’, save your heart for me

-Gary Geld, Peter Udell

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and “This Diamond Ring” (chords and lyrics here) recorded first by Sammy Ambrose, but made a number one hit by “Gary and the Playboys” (competing with great songs of the era such as “I Feel Fine” “You’ve Got that Loving Feeling” “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You”  “My Girl” and “Downtown”).

 

Who wants to buy this diamond ring?
She took it off her finger, now it doesn’t mean a thing
This diamond ring doesn’t shine for me anymore
And this diamond ring doesn’t mean what it meant before
So if you’ve got someone whose love is true
Let it shine for you

This stone is genuine like love should be
And if your baby’s truer than my baby was to me
This diamond ring can mean something beautiful
And this diamond ring can mean dreams that are coming true
And then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it

This diamond ring can mean something beautiful
And this diamond ring can mean dreams that are coming true
And then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it
This diamond ring doesn’t shine for me anymore
And this diamond ring doesn’t mean what it meant before
So then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Al Kooper / Bob Brass / Irwin Levine

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What does “This Diamond Ring” remind you of? Beatles’songs? Perhaps the Shadows?

 

 

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I’m reminded of “Sukiyaki” which is a story in itself

 

 

 

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According to David Brackett and his predecessors, we can analyze songs in terms of the

a. norms – mainstream conventions since 1900

b. sub-norms – particular era, say the 60s

c. style – e.g., teenybop, tin pan alley, British, Motown etc.

d. idiolect – style traits

e. works and performances – the particular recording or show

 

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But professors sometimes parse and theorize too much. For example, he writes “The advantage of Stefani’s model over either a purely structuralist emphasis on codes which ignores their reception or a Chomskyian notion of linguistic competence which posits a trans-cultural human “nature” notion of context.“ This is a sentence only academics can understand. If at all.

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After all, if researchers could analyze why certain songs succeed while others fail, wouldn’t computers be really good at composing the best popular songs of ever?

And to what extent does the actual recording influence its success?

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