While Bing Crosby certainly knew how to get off on parenthetical songs, many others also did the same (that would figure, no?) And let us use James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (Funk and everything else) as our "transitional" artist as we begin our drive towards the latter half of the 20th century when suddenly the world appeared in color.
"Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food Mama)"-- Andrew Sisters: When I left the Andrew Sisters off my "Five Best Sister Acts," the venomous emails I received from their small but hardy fanbase made me feel like I'd really touched a nerve. From the amount of bile, you'd think I was collecting people's taxes. Ease up on a guy, will you? These girls liked the parentheses (and used them every chance they got). There's even another tune called, get this, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)." That damn thing even rhymes. How you gonna compete with that? (You can't.)
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