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This was based on a song called "While The Angelus Was Ringing," which was originally a hit in France for both Les Compagnons De La Chanson and Edith Piaf. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
The Browns were a family group from Arkansas - a brother and 2 sisters.
This was also a #1 Country hit.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."