Neil Sedaka

Calendar Girl

Composed by Howard Greenfield / Neil Sedaka

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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?

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits 1962 BMG International 2:40
Solitaire 1972 Pazzazz 1:45
No Image 1977 Polydor
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1960 1987
Various Artists
2:41
All Time Greatest Hits 1988 RCA 2:38
Oh! Carol & Other Big Hits 1989 RCA Camden Classics / Pair 2:37
Greatest Hits [Germany 1990] 1990 RCA
Oh! Carol & Other Hits 1990 Dst 2:38
Neil Sedaka's Diary 1991 Pair
No Image 1992 BMG Video
The Brill Building Sound 1993
Various Artists
Era Records 2:38
Tuneweaver 1995 Castle Select
Whole Lotta Rock: 1960-1961 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:40
The Best of Neil Sedaka [Arista] 1999 Arista 2:41
Sings the Hits 1999 RCA 2:40
Singer and His Songs 2000 Music Club International Records 2:40
The Very Best of Neil Sedaka [RCA] 2001 RCA 2:39
Simply the Best of the 60's [2001 Boxset] 2001
Various Artists
BMG 2:38
Legendary 2002 BMG International 2:39
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage 2:37
Capital Gold: Rock & Roll Legends 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Singers and Songwriters: 1960-1964 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Anthology: 40 Years of Hits and More 2004 BMG International
No Image 2004 Dynamic
Best of Neil Sedaka: Stairway to Heaven 2004 Camden
The Show Goes On: The Very Best of Neil Sedaka 2006 Universal International 2:40
Collections 2006 Legacy / Sony BMG 2:37
The Show Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2006 Eagle Vision
Laughter in the Rain [Pazzazz] 2007 Pazzazz 1:45
The Definitive Collection 2007 Razor & Tie 2:40
Simply the Best of the 60s [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:36
Earth Angel [Somerset] 2008
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:37
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 2:39
Little Devil and His Other Hits/Many Sides of Neil Sedaka 2010 Wounded Bird 2:39
Oh Carol and All the Early Classics 2011 Jasmine / Jasmine Records 2:39
Sweethearts & Stolen Summer Kisses 2011
Various Artists
Performance 2:37
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Twistin' the Night Away 2011
Various Artists
Go Entertain
Rock 'n' Roll Era: Rock 'n' Roll Legends 2011
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
1961 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1: Jan-April 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:39
1961 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 [Fantasic Voyage] 2012
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:42
The Hits of the 60s [DST] 2012
Various Artists
Dst / Music & Melody 2:39
Here Comes Summer [One Day] 2012
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:37
The  Show Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2012 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 2:37
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:37
No Image 2012 Forever Classic Hits 2:38
The Essential Collection 2013 Metro
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:37
The Drugstore's Rockin' 2013 Bear Family Records 2:39
Those Were the Days: Summer Holiday 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:39
Pure... Rock 'n' Roll 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:36
American Heartbeat 1960 2013
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:38
Songs for Mum [Music Digital] 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:40
The Party Mix: Swinging '60s 2014
Various Artists
Crimson 2:36
Hits Around the World 2014 Sepia Records 2:41
The Real... Neil Sedaka 2014 RCA Victor
The Complete Singles and EPs: As & Bs, 1956-62 2014 Acrobat Music 2:37
'60s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson
101 Sixties Party Hits
Various Artists
EMI 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:36
American Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:39
Boppin'-Hits and Rarities: 32 Cuts Bar Records 2:38
No Image Music Products 2:38
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
De Pre Historie: 1961, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:40
Dreamboats & Petticoats: Dream Lovers
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:37
Dreamboats & Petticoats: The Best of the Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:35
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:39
Hit Maker DM Digital 2:38
Hot Hundred: Holiday Hits
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:52
Memories & Moondreams
Various Artists
One Day Music
Milkshakes & Heartaches: Teen Idols
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image Fourmatt 2:40
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:36
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 2: 1959-1962
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:37
School Days [Traditions Alive]
Various Artists
One Day Music / Traditions Alive 2:38
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Sweethearts & Stolen Kisses: Love Me Tender
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Documents
The  Sockhop Collection: Be My Baby
Various Artists
StarVista 2:37
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