Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the most adorable song ever – “Oh! Carol”, courtesy Neil Sedaka. It’s astonishingly cute (Especially the Youtube video), and super fun to hear too, Truth is, I would have never gotten to hear the song if it weren’t for my Dad and his antics. So one fine day, here we were; browsing through Youtube to compile a playlist of Paul Anka‘s greatest hits. We were on “Puppy Love“, when Dad accidentally clicked one of the ‘Suggested Videos’ on the right side of the page – And VIOLA! As if fate would have it, we were on the “Oh! Carol” page. My dad laughed out loud when he saw the name of the song and he said, “Son, you’re about to hear on of the most addictive and awesome music from the oldie era. You up for it?” Now HOW could I have said no? So, here I am! And that’s not all, I’m going to spread the virus to you too! This is one virus you’ll sure love to have! Let’s go!
History: “Oh Carol” or “Oh! Carol” (The official name) is a song written by Neil Sedaka (1958). The song was intended for his ‘then’ girlfriend Carol Klein (Who, unfortunately went on to become Carol King). The song was co-written by Howard Greenfield. The song managed to grab a spot at Number 9 on the American charts in 1959. It also went on to grab the king spot – Number 1, on Italy’s Music charts. There is only one version of the song – The Studio Single, having a duration of 2 Minutes and 19 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]
Awesome fact: Carol Klein gave an awesome to Neil’s “Oh! Carol” titled…No guesses here, “Oh! Neil” Check out the video here. It’s great!
Review: The song starts off with a girl singing to the ever-so-catchy rhythm in the background. That background music is now officially my ringtone – No, really! It’s very peppy, and instantly livens the atmosphere. According to my guess, the music consists of the Maracas and a subtle rhythmic guitar. But what really steals the show is Neil Sedaka’s voice, starting at 00:15. No, it’s not rough, and it certainly isn’t over-the-roof. It’s soft, subtle and cheery. Imagine yourself talking to another person, telling him/her that you have just won an unthinkable amount in a lottery. And while you have that smile on your face; that, my friends, is EXACTLY what the vocals sound like. The lyrics of the song maybe sad, but the song overshadows it; resulting in a cheerful one. The show sealer – The chorus, which starts at 00:41 and ends at 01:11. It’s so damn cheerful! Really, just go listen to it. The song then goes into the interlude, where the girl’s singing can be distinctively made out; but this time, with Neil Sedaka pouring in a thought or two. The lyrics, though very simple, are very touching. The vocal interlude goes something like this:
“Oh Carol, I am but a fool,
Darling I love you;
Though you treat me cruel.
You hurt me,
And you make me cry;
But if you leave me,
I will surely die.”
And then everything comes to a halt, only to resume with the chorus again, and slowly fade off from there itself.
Rating: It may be a 50’s song, but it scores 10 on my scoreboard! 10/10 to this golden oldie!
Special mention guys. Go check out the Youtube video. It’s just as epic as the song is. Link, as usual, is below.
Lyrics for “Oh! Carol” : http://artists.letssingit.com/neil-sedaka-lyrics-oh-carol-5mzhhpf
Download link for “Oh! Carol” : http://www.kalomiranetwork.com/keanu/neil%20sedaka%20-%20oh%20carol.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)
Youtube link for “Oh! Carol” (Must Watch!) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux49UBie-w8