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Song Stories

“Sherry”

The Four Seasons | 1962

The Four Seasons' plea to "Sherry" to come out tonight rocketed to Number One when it gave the group their first hit in 1962, highlighted by Frankie Valli's stratospherically high and shrill falsetto vocals. Four Seasons keyboardist Bob Gaudio wrote it in just 15 minutes as he was leaving for a rehearsal. "I drove down to rehearsal humming it, trying to keep it in my mind," he remembered. "I had no intention of keeping the lyrics. To my surprise, everybody liked the lyrics, so we didn't change anything."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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