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June 10, 2013

Harpers Bizarre - The Biggest Night of Her Life (1967)

When a Santa Cruz, California band known as The Tikis signed up with Autumn Records, they released two moderately successful singles. In early 1967, their record producer, Lenny Waronker, decided to have the band record a track written by Paul Simon. The track, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” which had already been released by Simon & Garfunkel, was put together with a new arrangement by Leon Russell and recorded by the band. When it came time for the song to be released, they chose to change their band name and settled on a pun which referenced Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the name seen above. The song reached number thirteen and became the band’s signature song. They quickly released a full-length album and continued to release new, less successful material over the next few years. Once, on Halloween in 1969, the band was taking a flight back home to San Francisco when the plane was hijacked. Luckily, no one was hurt and the band was released safely (along with everyone else) in Denver, Colorado. After four full-length albums and ten singles, the band couldn’t match the same success of “Feelin’ Groovy” and decided to split up at the end of 1969.

Released on the band’s second album, Anything Goes, this song was written by an ex-member of the band when it was known as The Tikis: Randy Newman. Newman, along with Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson, had been working with the band as arrangers and/or session musicians. The Anything Goes album was released in December 1967.

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Harpers Bizarre - The Biggest Night of Her Life (1967)

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Lyrics:

Susie’s goin’ out tonight
To a sixteenth birthday party
Her shoes are pink, her dress is white
And she’s a beautiful sight to see
And you can bet it will be
The biggest night of her life

Susie’s got a boy she likes
And his name is Tom Van Fleet
And Susie’s parents think he’s nice
‘cause his hair is always neat
And tonight’s gonna be
The biggest night of his life

Two kids out dancin’
Having fun ‘til the sun comes up
In a high school sweater and a paper hat
What could be wrong with that?

Susie’s goin’ out tonight
To a promise she must keep
She thought about it all last night
And she was too excited to sleep
And you can bet it will be
The biggest night of her life

Susie’s goin’ out tonight
To a sixteenth birthday party
Her shoes are pink, her dress is white
And she’s a beautiful sight to see
And tonight’s gonna be
The biggest night of her life

You can bet it will be
The biggest night of her life

(You bet it will be)
The biggest night of her life

(You bet it will be)
The biggest night of her life

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