THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
908-Guy Marks-Loving You Has Made Me Bananas.
1978-Number 25 single.
Best Bit-At 0.58.The greatest compliment I can pay to this song, is to say it is just as good as the ‘Big Band’ songs from the 1930’s, and 1940’s, that it is ‘taking the mickey’ out of.
If you didn’t know that this song was a ‘spoof,’ and was actually written in 1968, then you could be forgiven for thinking it was a ’78’ vinyl pressing, from some 40 years earlier.
Guy Marks was born Mario Scarpa, 31st October, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.,he died, 28th November, 1987.
During his career he was a very successful impersonator, comedian,actor,and singer, appearing alongside all the big American stars of the day, including many appearances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, and ‘The Joey Bishop Show’, where he was a regular.As part of his night club act, Marks would do a routine where he would mimic a local radio broadcaster from the 1930’s era, and then go in to a routine where he would parody the singer of a big band. In 1968 Marks released an Album called ‘Loving You Has Made Me Bananas,’ from where this song, when re-issued in 1978 in the UK became a hit.To promote the song, Guy Marks appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops,’ providing a refreshing change of someone actually singing live, and not miming.
‘Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes, you closed your cover before striking, father had the shipfitter blues, and loving you has made me bananas.