Brother Dave Lovato’s Faux Pas: Hot Chocolate
A couple additional Faux Pas from the past – first – this one I recalled at my daughter’s suggestion (Belinda) comes from way back when I was working in Montbello in East Denver at the long-since defunct Cutler Hammer Denver. Dave was probably in his early 1940’s at the time and I overhead him singing the tune by Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing” which surprised me in itself because Dave was pretty square. At any rate the line “I believe in Miracles, were you from, You Sexy Thing”. This very logically became “I believe in Milk Balls, since you came along, You Sexy Thing”.
Now I have thought about this and it does make some sense. The group – named Hot Chocolate – would obviously be interested in or involved in producing chocolate covered milk balls. And when you take a look at a milk ball – it does seem somewhat a miracle….
Hot Chocolate emerged in the U.K. and were signed by onto The Beatles’ Apple Record Label in 1969. They soon departed that label – and over time landed three block buster hits first with “Emma” (#8 U.S. – #3 U.K. – 1974), “You Sexy Thing” (#3 U.S. – #2 U.K. – 1975) and “Every 1’s a Winner” (#6 U.S. – #12 U.K. – 1978). They charted Hot 100 U.S. 8 times but had a impressive 38 pop hits in the U.K.
Sharon Crennen’s Faux Pas – Creedence Clearwater Revival
This one is priceless and again totally understandable. Sheron from Denver’s world-famous Crennen & Company Inc., recalls how the line from “Bad Moon Rising” where John Fogerty speaks of hurricanes, lightning strikes, earth quakes and all measures of death and destruction is “Don’t go ’round tonight, it’s bound to take your life, there’s a Bad Moon on the Rise” – just naturally becomes “Don’t go ’round tonight, it’s bound to take your life, there’s a Bathroom on the right”.
Sometimes life just gets so overwhelming and frightening that a bathroom on the right is just the right tonic. My cube mate in Vietnam – by the way – referred to Fogerty’s group as “Clarence and His Clear Water Revival”. “Bad Moon” reached #2 in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K. in 1969. The group had 16 Hot 100 Hits (with 9 going into the Top Ten).