BACKSTORY: “Mama Told Me Not To Come” and One Other
Two 1970's Rock questions answered this time around...thank you!
Q: I was told that the Three Dog Night song MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME was a sexual double entendre'. It makes sense but is it true?
A: It would be 'cute' if that was true but it's not the case...it really was about writer Randy Newman's experience at a bad party when he was young – this is according to Newman himself, so who ya gonna believe – the actual songwriter or some goofy friend? MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME was the very first #1 hit on Casey Kasem's “American Top 40” radio program and was #1 for two weeks in the summer of 1970.
Q: We're debating when the song CHEVY VAN came out. And who did it?
A: CHEVY VAN was a #5 song in 1975 by Sammy Johns, who passed away on January 4, 2013 at 66 years old. The song (about a guy traveling in his van and picks up a girl who quickly seduces him) became a monster hit thanks to the loose, liberal sexual lifestyles of the “swinging” 1970's. It also helped the sales of vans.....which wound up being modified into personal "love wagons on wheels" for many young men AND women.