This is a Yiddish folk song written by the songwriters Aaron Zeitlin, Sholom Secunda, Arthur Kevess and Teddi Schwartz in 1940. It is also known as "Dona Dona" but it is not about a girl, but a calf on the way to market about to be slaughtered. Some see this as a metaphor for Jews in the Holocaust.
This song was made popular by Joan Baez, who sang it on her debut album in 1960. Donovan also recorded this song on his debut album in 1965.
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Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."