I was happy that Jim Adams’ prompt today gave me an excuse to post the hilarious “Wedding Bell Blues” video I found recently on YouTube. This has always been a favorite song of mine because of the clever lyrics. It was originally written and recorded by Laura Nyro in 1966, and the best known version is from the 5th Dimension. It’s a humorous take on the age-old trope of a woman lamenting the fact that her boyfriend hasn’t yet proposed to her.
In 1969, the 5th Dimension recorded their album Age of Aquarius, and WBB was released as the third single. It jumped to No. 1 on the US pop chart and appeared on the R&B singles chart as well. It hit No. 5 in Canada and placed in the top 20 in the UK. Band members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were actually engaged at the time, so it’s doubly amusing that she sings the lead vocals “to him.” (Wedding BILL Blues?) Enjoy the vid!
Image from Pixabay.
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