Make Your Own Kind of Music (song)

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"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
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 Records
Writer(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)

"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, the title cut having been added to the original track listing. However Elliot's Make Your Own Kind of Music single only just reached the Top 40 at #36 The similar chart impact of the follow-up single, another Mann/Weil composition entitled New World Coming, which reached #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]

  • The Cash Box Top 100 Singles peak for Make Your Own Kind of Music and New World Coming was respectively #25 and #30.
  • Billboard's Easy Listening chart peak for Make Your Own Kind of Music and New World Coming was respectively #6 and #4.

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,[1] along with a separate club-only promo which featured four different mixes (one of them dubbed "The Mama Cass Mix").[2]

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 (#28) but only reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100. Streisand also recorded parts of the song as a medley with The World is a Concerto for Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments.

Others who have performed the song include: Bobby Sherman, Paul Westerberg, and Ste McCabe. Mary Roos recorded a German-language version entitled Sing nochmal disses lied in 1970. It can also be found in the movie Beautiful Thing.

Sparky & Foe released a popular happy hardcore version of the song, featuring vocals by Charm.[3]

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