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This song is about child prostitution. Gilder had moved from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and was amazed at how many young girls he saw working as prostitutes on Hollywood Boulevard. (thanks, Jeanette - Hawthorne, CA)
This was Gilder's only hit. He was previously in a group called Sweeney Todd.
This took 21 weeks to get to #1 in the US, a record at the time. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons
What Made Big Star Shine
The last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show