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Name That Tune

June 23, 2022

As a songwriter with over five decades of experience, I would like to think that I know a thing or two about songs. Even as a youth of 14, I studied the “B-sides” of all the hit singles and got a pretty good handle on who was who.

Flash forward. In my kitchen here in Italy a couple of years ago, a friend casually mentions to me that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was written by Paul Anka. “No damn way!” I protest. “I’m a songwriter and I knew Paul Anka!” Well, apparently I don’t know what I think I know. Yes, he wrote the song.

But why is it that I can recall that a group named The Thirteenth Floor Elevators recorded “You’re Going To Miss Me” and that “How is Julie?” is my favorite Lettermen cut? Is time making me tone deaf or has the music shuffle mechanism in my head gotten stuck? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately but I still have no answers.

So, for the fun of it, let me pose this question to my readers: How many of you know who wrote “Cotton Candy Dreams”, “Sand Castles” and “Three A.M.?”

I did….

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  1. You’re a truly talented individual, Allen. Happy to associate with you,

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  2. jackielagata permalink

    Don’t know much about music, singing is definitely not my forte!! I just love listening to it, far over watching TV. I have a small speaker I carry around with me, I blast it when I’m doing yard work. Love reading your posts Allen!

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  3. Is 3 AM Rob Thomas?

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  4. Never even heard of these three you mention.


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