Monday, June 20, 2005

Customer service is our bread and butter

Service-oriented as we are here at SSTOL, we were delighted to receive this e-mail from reader Nina:
I got to your site Googling for the "singer" who did "I like peanut butter; I like toast 'n' jam." I couldn't find him ANYWHERE but the attempt was totally rewarding, because I adore your blog... Thank you for randomly pounding the keyboard. However — do you know that silly singer's name?
Well, of course we do, Nina. We know darn near everything.

The song you're thinking of is entitled "Bread and Butter" (a lot of people confuse it with "Peanut Butter," a very different song recorded by The Marathons). It was recorded by The Newbeats in 1964. That famous screeching falsetto belonged to a vocalist named Larry Henley.

Henley's other claim to fame is that he was the lyricist responsible for Bette Midler's Grammy-winning hit, "Wind Beneath My Wings." (He didn't write "Bread and Butter." You can blame the songwriting duo of Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow for that one.)

Once again, the existence of this blog is justified.

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Lynda offered these pearls of wisdom...

You are a total hoot! That's why I love coming here :-)

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Melissa offered these pearls of wisdom...


My name is Melissa. I'm 23 years old and I'm from a small town in South Carolina. I was doing some research to see if I could find a list of songs written by my uncle, Larry Parks, one of the writer's of "Bread and Butter." Personally, I love the song, then again it was written by my uncle so I'm a bit partial. In high school and even in middle school I would brag that my uncle wrote the song, but no one believed me. So a few years ago (2003, my senior year in high school), Uncle Larry gave me a copy of the original sheet music and wrote a note on there. Needless to say, I still have it in a box, neatly put away for my kids, but after Christmas break, I was showing that thing off like I had found the Holy Grail itself! But if you know any of the other songs that my uncle is as you put it "responsible" for I would love to have a list

Thank you

11:55 PM  

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