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by Tony Orlando and Dawn


For me, this is a surefire reminder of my early college days. Having escaped the restrictive prison known as "secondary school" just as this record was being released in July 1970, its upbeat and sunny mood matched mine perfectly (as did the above average temperatures that summer). So when I started college in September, my mind took this song (and many others) there with me.

An interesting interview-based snippet from "Songfacts" for you below, regarding my choice today:


This was written by New York songwriters Toni Wine and Irwin Levine, who were signed by Don Kirshner as teenagers and wrote for his 'Screen Gems' publishing company, which became 'EMI'. In the song, "Candida" is the name of a girl. In a "Songfacts" interview, Toni Wine said: "I came up with the name 'Candida'. We knew we wanted a Spanish girl's name. Rosita had been taken. Juanita was a hit. Maria had happened.

"We knew we wanted to write a Latin-flavoured song, because of the areas that we grew up in, a lot of 'Latin' and 'R&B' music was being combined, and I grew up in Spanish Harlem. Loved the music, just loved that whole feel. We needed a three-syllable word, and all those girls were gone. So Candida had been a name that I had toyed with, and there she became a reality.

"We just immersed ourselves into that feel, that vibe, that time period, and just flowed with it. They were all beautiful images that we thought would be interesting, as well as it was a musical lilt, the way it was phrased. We just rolled with those lyrics and music, and it worked for us."

[ Never mind that "candida" is also a popular (!!) fungal infection known to millions of women the world over!! ]


It achieved a No. 3 slot in the US Billboard Hot 100 in October 1970 and spent a total of 18 weeks in the hundred. However, proving to be more of a slow burner in the UK, it didn't reach its peak of No. 9 in that singles chart until February 1971.
1970 - Bell Records - United States - From the album of the same name.
Posted: 5th July 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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