Musical coincidences # 63

December 21, 2010

Today’s musical coincidence was prompted yet again by my friend Stonefish’s blog (Hi, Stonionio!).

The Stonester had recently posted a rather maudlin affair called “Katy Jane” by a Sixties* Australian pop dude, Ronnie Charles, and a part of it caught my ear – to be precise, this part:

Ronnie Charles – “Katy Jane” (1969) (excerpt)


“Where have I heard that rhythm before?” I asked myself. “Why, right here…” I answered myself:

Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968) (excerpt)


That bit was just one of the many bits in the multi-bit collaboration between Richard Harris and the song’s composer Jimmy Webb. (Or, as it says on the picture sleeve of the single: “Richard Harris sings it. Jimmy Webb wrote, arranged, and produced it.”)

Aargh. Now I have that rhythm stuck in my head.

Doo-doo, doo, DOO, doo, DOO, doo, DOO, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo etc.

Quick, play the full versions so I can get that rhythm out of my head:

Ronnie Charles – “Katy Jane” (1969)


Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968)


(*I meant that the song was recorded in the 1960’s, not that Ronnie Charles was in his sixties when he recorded it.)