Ten Bubblegum Songs: Beach Baby (#3)
By Four Walls
November 19, 2017 8:04pm CST
Well, poo, I had to work today. If that's not bad enough, here's another bubblegum song for you. Fear not, the top two are really good songs, and in fact we may have a "debate" as to whether or not they constitute "bubblegum." Meanwhile, here's today's song. #3: Beach Baby - First Class Yeah, I LIKE this song. My affection for this one is probably related to two things: one, it was a hit just as I started to listen to rock and roll (well, as opposed to nothing but country and western); and two, I was living in Daytona Beach, about three blocks away from the ocean, at the time. Now for some fun trivia, courtesy of your friends at Wiki "If you give $3 we could keep this site going for years, but we'll ask you again in three months" Pedia: the lead singer on this song, Tony Burrows, is more or less the king of one-hit wonders. He also sang lead on "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)," "My Baby Loves Lovin'," and "Gimme Dat Ding." Plus, he also sang lead on the Brotherhood of Man's song "United We Stand" (they were a two hit wonder). You'd think after that kind of track record no band that wanted any prolonged success would get near this guy! Oh, well, those are all pretty good songs, and this one is one that I have very fond memories of. Beach Baby Written by John Carter and Gillian Shakespeare Recorded by First Class Released as a single, 1974 We took the car and drove to San Jose:
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• Bournemouth, England
Tony Burrows was banned for a time by Top of the Pops after appearing as a singer with three different groups on the same episode! I hated this song when I was 13 but like it now. They released follow-up singles and albums but with less success. I had no idea that this was a big hit in America.
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• United States
That's a very "American"-sounding song, referencing Los Angeles, San Jose, "the clean-cut all American male," etc. I think people in the US were probably surprised to learn these guys weren't Americans. One day TOTP will have to have Ace, Squeeze, Mike + the Mechanices, and Paul Carrack on so Carrack can beat Burrows' record!
• United States
Trust me, it's better than having "Gimme Dat Ding" there.