Tuesday, 1 June 2021

we’d like to help you learn to help yourself

Among many other events of great pith and moment that share this anniversary, our faithful chronicler informs that on this day in 1968, the Simon and Garfunkel song Mrs. Robinson lands on the top spot of the Billboard 100, adding that originally the draft version of the number was addressed Here’s to you, Mrs. Roosevelt. Approached by the production staff of The Graduate, the duo was willing to adapt the idea to the movie script, with the dee de dee dee de dee dee dee that stuck as stand-in for lyrics not yet written and the coo-coo-ca-choo in deference to the Beatles with the version as we know it established shortly thereafter. The director, Mike Nichols, liked the scat—non-lexical vocables, so they stayed in.