That’s A Cover? explores cover songs that you may have thought were originals.
Scene: mid-’70s, elementary school cafeteria, group of six girls at one table.
Girl 1, excitedly : Oh my God, did you see The Smothers Brothers last night (fyi-’70s variety show)???
Entire table gasps in joyful recognition…all except one girl aka me.
Girl 2: Barry Manilow is gorgeous!
Girl 3: Oh my God, I was kissing the TV!
All at table agree, he is gorgeous…except one girl who remains silent (me again).
Rapturous Barry conversation continues until lunch ends. I am befuddled and say nothing.
Oh, I’d seen the show, but I thought Barry was schmaltzy and goofy, the antithesis of a rock star. Paul McCartney was so much cooler. What were they seeing that I wasn’t?