Friday, October 31, 2008
They're Coming to Take Me Away
Napoleon XIV aka Jerry Samuels, a sound engineer, released They’re Coming to take me Away in 1966.
It reached number 1 in a week, but quickly fell as radio stations were forced to pull it due to protests from mental illness advocacy groups.
The B side of the single was called aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT and it played the song in reverse.
Samuels who is now 70 years of age, still writes songs and runs an entertainment booking agency, primarily for retirement homes.
When it came out you couldn’t stop singing it over and over in your head. I sang it to my kids when they were young and now to my grandkids when their parents aren't around and I’ll probably still be singing it when I’m finally sent to a home.
Or maybe just the B side.