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Darin wrote this song for the mother of actress Sandra Dee. Darin met Dee in 1960 when they were shooting a movie together in Portofino, Italy, called Come September. Darin was smitten, and decided it was best to get in her mother's good graces. Every day of the 4 week shoot, he sent Dee's mother 18 yellow roses - this was portrayed in the movie Beyond The Sea with Darin saying, "You always make sure the mama dog likes you before you go near her puppy." Darin and Sandra Dee eloped later that year, and were married until 1967. (thanks, Vinnie - Secaucus, NJ)
Musicians on this track included Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco on guitar, and Hal Blaine on drums. They were part of the elite group of Los Angeles session musicians who played on songs by Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Beach Boys, and many others.
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