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Thursday, January 11, 2007 |
( 1/11/2007 05:43:00 AM ) Bill S.
"AND I'M IN HEAVEN EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU-HOO-HOO-HOO" –A small gentlemen's disagreement with Mr. Mark Evanier, who in a recent posting on the passing of Scooby Doo designer Iwao Takamoto notes that Randy & the Rainbows' "Denise" (from whence may've come the cartoon dawg's name) was a "medium-sized hit" for the group. Actually, in 1963, "Denise" was the last Top Ten Billboard hit for a group in the doo-wop era – which puts it a skosh above "medium-sized" in my estimation. (And just to be even more pointlessly factoid, the song later made it into the U.K. Top Ten when Blondie dropped the "e" from the title and released their version of the song as a single in '78.) Whether it really was the true source for Scoob's name remains an unknowable mystery.