Yesterday, while recording the Spring Preview show with my All Songs Considered cohorts, we began discussing what songs were at the top of the charts on our respective birth dates. I had never heard of my song. It's Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently." Please take a moment to listen to this sweet track from 1974:
After proclaiming my ignorance of the song to my friends, I was bombarded with the following information:
"Great '70s jam."
"Neil Diamond impersonator."
"Despite the sexual innuendo of the title and verse, it has been called the 'ultimate bubblegum teen-pop radio entry' of its time."
"His 'Baby How'd We Ever Get This Way?' is even better."
If Andy Kim's hit song says anything about me, it's that I've been a contrarian since birth. Most readers of this blog know that I hate my rock gentle. And now that I think about it, nor have I ever rocked anyone gently.
You are welcome to participate in this silly game as well by going to the site This Day In Music. Dissatisfied with the #1 on the U.S. charts? Try the Australian or U.K. charts instead! For instance, here is what was happening over in the U.K. on my birth date. Hmmm, I think I prefer Andy Kim.
Please share your own birth date songs in the comments section and what, if anything, your song says about you.