CONNIE - Of course. I'll never forget, it was a hot, hot
day and they came to my house, and Neil looked around my house and nudged
Howie with his elbow. And I said, "What were you expecting, Paris?"
There were no
Finally I said, "Look, fellas. I hate to tell you this and don't get me wrong, your music is beautiful, but it's too educated. The kids don't dig this kinda stuff anymore. You guys are putting me to sleep. Don't you have something a little more lively?" So Howie says, "Neil, play her the song we just gave to the Shepherd Sisters." Horrified, Neil says, "What, are you crazy, Howie, she's a classy singer, she'll be insulted!" So Howie says, "Neil, listen. What have we got to lose, she hates everything we wrote, doesn't she? Play it already!"
So Neil played a few lines of Stupid Cupid and I started jumping up and down and I said, "That's it! You guys got my next record!" Stupid Cupid, what a smash, it was even a hit title! There was no way it could miss even if the song was bad. There are such things as hit titles and this was one.
DISC - The same could be said for V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n
CONNIE - Yes, but when V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n was brought to
me, they only had "V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n in the summer sun." That's
all they wrote. I wrote the rest of the words and didn't even take
DISC - Some songs, like movies, just have great titles, like Jaws.
CONNIE - "Exactly. Howie, Neil, Bobby and myself were all very young, but very creative. I told them, "Look at these songs." and I made a list of nearly every song on the Hit Parade since the beginning of time. I had a book that dated back to 1940 with the Top 100 songs of every year. Even now, look at the songs that became hits because they're names of places."
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