The Book of Love (song)
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|"The Book of Love"|
|Single by The Monotones|
|Genre||Rock & roll
"The Book of Love" (also titled "(Who Wrote) The Book of Love") is a rock and roll song, originally by The Monotones. It was written by three members of the group, Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick, and it peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lead singer Charles Patrick heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line "wonder where the yellow went". From there he got the idea for the line, "I wonder, wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love", working it up into a song with Davis and Malone. The "boom" part of the song was a result of a kid kicking a ball against the garage while they were rehearsing. It sounded good, so they added it to the song.
In September 1957, the Monotones recorded "The Book of Love", which was released on the Mascot label in December that year. The small record company could not cope with its popularity, and it was reissued on Chess Records' subsidiary Argo label in February 1958. It attained a Billboard ranking of #5 for pop songs and #3 for R&B in 1958. It also reached #5 in Australia. In the UK, the hit version was a cover by The Mudlarks.
In 1985, the song was covered on The Four Seasons (band) album, Streetfighter.
In popular culture 
- The song is referenced in the lyrics to Don McLean's "American Pie" and in the lyrics of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll".
- The song has been featured in multiple films including American Graffiti (1973), Christine (1983), Stand by Me (1986), Le Nouveau monde (1995) and in the video game Mafia 2.
- The song is also covered in the commercial for Wonder Ball.
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It was also used for the final episode of scrubs. Played while JD was watching his future as if it were a film.