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This Cole Porter song was introduced in the 1944 musical revue Seven Lively Arts. Ella Fitzgerald's version is generally considered to be the definitive interpretation, but other notable covers include ones by Ray Charles, John Coltraine, Nina Simone, Carly Simon, Sara Vaughn and Robbie Williams. Simply Red's note-by-note cover of Ella Fitzgerald's version took the song to #11 in the UK in 1987.
Cole Porter incorporated a musical joke in the song's score by including a chord change that goes from minor to major in opposition to the lyric "how strange the change from major to minor."
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They Might Be Giants
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Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.