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Afternoon Song – Hanky Panky

April 14, 2016

“As far as I was concerned it was a terrible song. In my mind it wasn’t written to be a song, just a B-side.”

That’s Jeff Barry talking about “Hanky Panky”, a doo-wop “girl group” song he and Ellie Greenwich threw together in about 20 minutes at the end of a Brill Building recording session in 1963.

Three years later Tommy James and the Shondells—with who-knows-how-much-help from Mo Levy and his Mob associates—turned it into a loose, sloppy, exuberant garage-rock #1 hit.  (As you can see from the video, it would take a few more years for their bodies to catch up with where the music wanted to take them.)



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