Make Your Own Kind of Music (song)

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"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
New World Coming - Mama Cass Elliot.jpg
Single cover
Single by Mama Cass Elliot
from the album Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama
B-side "Lady Love"
Released September 1969
Genre Pop
Length 2:25
Label Dunhill
Songwriter(s) Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) Steve Barri
Mama Cass Elliot singles chronology
"It's Getting Better"
(1969)
"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
(1969)
"New World Coming"
(1970)

"It's Getting Better"
(1969)
"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
(1969)
"New World Coming"
(1970)

"Make Your Own Kind of Music" is a pop song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, first recorded in 1968 by the New York City-based trio the Will-O-Bees (Janet Blossom, Steven Porter, and Robert Merchanthouse), who regularly performed Mann/Weil compositions. After Cass Elliot had a hit in the summer of 1969 with Mann/Weil's "It's Getting Better", she recorded "Make Your Own Kind of Music" as the follow-up single, and her album Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama was re-released as "Make Your Own Kind Of Music/It's Getting Better," the title cut having been added to the original track listing. However, Elliot's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" single only reached No. 36. The similar chart impact of the follow-up single, another Mann/Weil composition entitled "New World Coming," which reached No. 42, signaled Elliot's challenges in maintaining a profile as a current hitmaker, as the 1960s turned into the 1970s. The Cass Elliot track is in the key of E major.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Australia KMR 72
Canada RPM Top Singles[1] 20
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[2] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 36
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 6
US Cash Box Top 100[4] 25

Remixes[edit]

A remixed version of the Cass Elliot track was featured in the 1997 Dance compilation Dance Across The Universe (Part 1), which was released by Universal Records,[5] along with a separate club-only promo which featured four different mixes (one of them dubbed "The Mama Cass Mix").[6]

Paloma Faith version[edit]

"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
Single by Paloma Faith
from the album The Architect
Released 19 March 2018
Format Digital download, streaming
Genre Pop
Length 2:43
Label RCA, Epic
Songwriter(s) Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Paloma Faith singles chronology
"Lullaby"
(2018)
"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
(2018)
"Warrior"
(2018)

"Lullaby"
(2018)
"Make Your Own Kind Of Music"
(2018)
"Warrior"
(2018)
Music video
"Make Your Own Kind Of Music" on YouTube

In March 2018, Paloma Faith released a cover of the song, which was also featured in a TV commercial for Škoda, promoting the Karoq crossover vehicle.[7] It made it to No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart.[8] It was later confirmed in April 2018 that the song would be included on the digital track listing of her fourth studio album The Architect as one of the album's singles. It was included in the tracklist of the album on sites like Spotify and Apple Music on 20 April 2018.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 28
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[12] 4

Other versions[edit]

In 1972, Barbra Streisand released "Make Your Own Kind of Music" as a single in a medley with "Sing", which became an Easy Listening hit (No. 28) but only reached No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] Streisand also recorded parts of the song as a medley with The World is a Concerto for Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments.

A happy hardcore cover of the track was released in 1997 by DJ Daydream.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Item". Bac-lac.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  4. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 11/29/69". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "Various - Dance Across The Universe Volume 1 (CD)". Discogs.com. 1997-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Mama Cass - Make Your Own Kind Of Music (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Paloma Faith features in Škoda TV commercial". Sounds-familiar.info. 26 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "make your own kind of music - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Architect by Paloma Faith on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 14 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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