Happy Birthday, Sweet Disruptive Caroline!

Happy Birthday, Caroline!

Easter Sunday, 50 years ago, today, the Bo Diddley beat of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” kept rhythm for one of Rolling Stones’ first hits, which made its way to youthful listeners in England by way of empty airwaves atop the choppy North Sea.

The revolutionary broadcast was made from a radio studio that had been built into the upper deck of an ex-ferry that was anchored off the coast of Essex. Broadcasting, by sea, music that was prohibited by land, the “pirate” radio-station ship was named for President Kennedy’s young daughter, whose idealized image — a photograph of her playing in the White House utterly unconcerned about the official business that had come to a halt around her — mirrored pop-music entrepreneur Ronan O’Rahilly’s desire to circumvent existing legislative restrictions.

Co-announcers Chris Moore and the ultra-hip Simon Dee (think Austin Powers) introduced the mutiny — all-day music — and a social movement was underway.

carolineTo celebrate, I hope you’ll enjoy the groovy cookies available in the Brown House and in Drengaelen.

Come and get ’em!

Happy Friday!

 

Not Fade Away

I wanna tell you how it’s gonna be
You’re gonna give your love to me

I’m gonna love you night and day
Love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
And my love is bigger than a Cadillac
I’ll try to show it if you drive me back
Your love for me has got to be real

Before you’d have noticed how I feel
Love real not fade away
Well love real not fade away
Yeah

I wanna tell you how it’s gonna be
You’re gonna give your love to me
Love that lasts more than one day
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Not fade away
Not fade away

P.S. I don’t know, of course, whether this story is myth or fact. When Caroline was coloring in the Oval Office, I was likely spilling baby formula on the geometry tests my dad was grading.

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