Your Boyfriend Got A What Now?
:: Java Jones ::
:: Roll Over Beethoven ::
:: The Things That I Feel ::
:: I Only Want To Be With You ::
:: Navy Blue ::
:: I Had A Dream That I Was A Beatle ::
:: My Boyfriend Got A Beatle Haircut ::
:: My Bonnie ::
:: Our Day Will Come ::
:: Ronnie ::
:: That Winter Weekend ::
:: That's Me - I'm The Brother ::
I was 7 when I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and that was it. I discovered my music. 7 is a very impressionable age. JFK was just murdered a couple of months prior, so it was all very heavy, ok?
Therefore, I am still incredulous when it comes to stuff like this. Released in 1964, well after Capitol Records had several bonafide hits on their hands courtesy these impetuous British bastards, the urge to discount their influence was so great, I'm sure it seemed a no-brainer to release this novelty record ("My Boyfriend Got A Beatle Haircut") in order to cash in on this "temporary" phenomenon. But to be fair, how could they have known? The record business today is much the same as it was then. Will there ever be another phenom like it? To me, there have been quite a few worthy bands since, but they didn't catch on with the mainstream to that degree, so probably not. And that's... ok.
Of course, I don't know shit about Donna Lynn other than the "facts" the liner notes provide: She was in a Broadway show with Maureen O'Hara called "Christine", and was then, for some reason chosen to be the face, voice and name behind these novelty songs. All by the age of 14.
"Java Jones" is a rendition of Allen Toussaint's composition, "Java", which as you remember was a huge hit for Al Hirt. This vocalized version takes a few liberties, to say the least. Nothing to do with The Beatles (thank goodness because, the only thing better than having that dream, would be to be a Beatle for real), and even more fucked up. There are lots of straight covers of contemporary hits like "I Only Want To Be With You" and "Our Day Will Come". All well done in a way, but the originals by the team of Jack Wolf and "Bugs" Bower are the big standouts (plus "Ronnie", co-written by Donna Lynn herself). Oh well, screw it. Here's the whole album.