RCA Victor 45 rpm # 7829 may have been Neil Sedaka's sixth hit record in two years, but it was his first to break the Top 5, and is truly the one that put him on the map and helped turn him into a big star. The two minute and thirty-two second tune was almost as long as "Stairway To Heaven", these essays that were Neil's first chart hts following a strict formula of around 2:15 to 2:40 in length, getting the idea and the melody in and out of the listener's head with precision that would make a Berry Gordy proud. The fourth biggest of the artist's 21 Top 40 records, "Calendar Girl" is a G rated version of the popular Betty Grable / Marilyn Monroe paper journeys through the year with Sedaka using verbal imagery rather than photographs to describe his feelings for the alleged object of his affection "each and every day of the year". In September he lights "the candles at your Sweet Sixteen" perhaps subconsciously referencing a hit he would have a year later, or at least emphasizing the age group of the audience they were reaching. The title comes right in as an immediate hook with Stan Applebaum and his orchestra adding the backing vocals that contrast nicely with the bells and piano solo, the saxophone kept way down in the mix as more of a bass instrument. Come Thanksgiving time in November the singer, of course,is being grateful for his companion, up to the inevitable "you're the present 'neath my Christmas tree" on a seasonal song that works for every season. One might expect more covers of this pop classic but they are few and far between. Petula Clark performed it, interestingly enough, on her La Beat En Francais" album where she interprets popular tunes in the French language. And maybe with the female gender of the title, that singer was appealing to the open mindedness of that nation, you'll have to ask her that. Beach Boy Mike Love also tracked it for an early 1980's solo album, and no one seems to mind that while songwriters Sedaka and Greenfield marched the young lovers down the aisle in March, the February Valentine and April Easter Bunny only got parental permission in May to go to the Junior prom in June. Since they were already married, what was the point of asking dad and mom?