Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: My head is aching from trying to decipher what is being said in some lyrics to a Beatles song. After reading your transcription of “Louie Louie,” I figured if you could unscramble that one you could do anything.

In “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” there is a line that sounds to me like (don't laugh) “Fidgety Igor tied in the back.” I know this makes no sense, so I'm asking you to settle this once and for all.
—Nicky Damato, Lakeland, Fla.

DEAR NICKY: Sorry, but I'm laughing to hard to type. I'll need a moment.

As you suspect, John Lennon did not have Igor bound and gagged in the back room, no matter how fidgety he became. The correct lyrics are “Fifty acorns tied in a sack.”

Now that I think about it, unless you're a squirrel, I'm not sure this makes a heck of a lot more sense than your Igor scenario.

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DEAR JERRY: In the mid-'60s there was a song by the Jelly Beans called “I Wanna Love Him So Bad,” that was quite special to me and my girlfriend then.

She has since passed away, but in remembrance of our love, I continually request this song on local oldies stations. Unfortunately, none of them have it. In fact, no one around here has it. I have been trying for many years without success.

I would like to have my own copy. Can you perhaps tell me what album or CD has this tune.
—North Haven G., North Haven, Conn.

DEAR N.H.G.: At least one of each — a vinyl album and a CD — includes “I Wanna Love Him So Bad” (Red Bird 10003), a Top 10 hit in the summer of '64.

The 1965 LP, “Red Bird Goldies” (Red Bird 20-102), has this tune and their follow-up, “Baby Be Mine.” However, since you really want only “I Wanna Love Him So Bad,” your best bet is probably the recently issued “All-Time Greatest Girl Groups” CD (Varese Sarabande 302 066 110 2).

Besides the Jelly Beans, this 18-track disc has choice hits by the Supremes, Angels, Dixie Cups, Chordettes, Chiffons, Marvelettes, Jaynettes, Cookies, Bobbettes, Shangri-Las, Murmaids, Honey Cone, and Martha and the Vandellas.

IZ ZAT SO? Here is good news for the many who have written over the years wanting a copy of Wink Martindale's million-selling hit, “Deck of Cards.”

Wink recently went to RCA's legendary Studio B in Nashville, and recorded an improved and updated version. The result, included on his new “Winking At Life” CD, is now available online at:

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