When doing some research into that whole backstory for Rock and Roll thing, one of the songs I touched on in my research was “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” by Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five.
This was a song that was released in 1946 and hit it huge. It was one of the top (what we now call) R&B Songs of 1947 and one of the most played jukebox songs of its time.
My introduction to the song was on the Muppets, though. You might remember it too:
That aired in 1980 (it was the Loretta Swit episode) which puts it somewhere around 34 years after the song was initially popular that I was introduced to it (and, yes, drove my parents nuts by singing it).
Which then made me think. Let’s say that the Muppet show came out with a song that was popular 34 years ago. What’d be a good choice of song for them to use?
So I checked the R&B charts and saw what was #1 somewhere around this date and thought “okay, so this song will be about as far from us right now as Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens was to the people watching the Muppet Show that night.”
Here you go:
So… what are you listening to?