Calendar Girl (song)

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"Calendar Girl"
Single by Neil Sedaka
B-side "The Same Old Fool"
Released 1960
Recorded 1960[1]
Genre Pop
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Neil Sedaka
Howard Greenfield
Neil Sedaka singles chronology
"Run Samson Run
(1960)
"Calendar Girl"
(1961)
"Little Devil"
(1961)

"Calendar Girl" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It was a hit single for Sedaka in 1961.

Background[edit]

In the lyrics, the singer recites the months and explains how events throughout the year give him reasons to celebrate the love he has for his girlfriend.[2] The events primarily relate to Western and American holidays.

Howard Greenfield got the inspiration for the song title from an old movie listing in TV Guide. Recording of the song required 26 takes over a three-hour period.

A contemporary Scopitone promotional clip for the song was filmed in color. It consists of Neil Sedaka playing the piano and dancing alongside a number of models, on a mock stage made to resemble calendar themes.

This was one of several Sedaka recordings that employed the services of drummer Gary Chester.[3]

Reception[edit]

"Calendar Girl" reached #4 on the US Billboard chart in 1961.[4] This made it one of Sedaka's more commercially successful singles alongside "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen" "Oh! Carol", and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do".

His version reached number one on Japan's "Utamatic" song chart in the fall of 1961.

Covers[edit]

Petula Clark recorded a French-language cover of this song.

In 1978, Purina Cat Chow also did a commercial using a track called "Calendar Cat", which sounds like Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl".

In 1991 la banda de música pop mexicana OV7 (then "La onda vaselina"") recorded a version in Spanish were entitled "Calendario de Amor".

Personnel[edit]

The personnel on the original recording include Al Caiola, Buck Pizzarelli, Art Ryerson and Bill Suyker on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, Ernie Hayes on piano, Jerome Richardson on sax, and David "Panama" Francis on drums.

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