By the next spring, I had become something of a pop connoisseur, though my taste was eclectic and more than a little uneven (the first 45 rpm single I bought for myself was “Johnny Angel,” sung by Donna Reed Show regular Shelley Fabares–not quite a signal of good taste).
Among other things, I loved oldies and novelty songs. “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)” by Lonnie Donegan was an early favorite in the latter category.
“Witch Doctor,” a somewhat older release performed by Ross Bagdasarian under the name David Seville, was another.
One of my favorites, though, was something called “Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo.”
I never could remember whose song it was, but lines from it would pop into my head from time to time–still do: “Walked down t’the doctor t’get my string put on. He made a mistake, put the string on wrong.” Brilliant stuff. Stays with you.
Dr. Feelgood was also known as Piano Red. The song was a regional hit–one of the reasons I generally get funny looks when I ask others if they remember it.