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Seach ends with a '60s music miracle

Question: If you can answer this one, you truly do offer the gift of music miracles. Many music shop clerks and local DJs have been unable to help answer my question.

In the '60s, Buffalo Springfield did a song with the lines: When the dream came, I saw myself that I knew you. I went insane, like a smoke-filled day when the rains came.

Please, please attach a title to these words. I have been trying to buy this since 1983, without success. _ Karen Schain, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dear Karen: First, your memory of the lyrics is close, but a little off the mark. They are:

When the dream came, I held my breath with my eyes closed. I went insane, like a smoke ring day when the wind blows.

This Buffalo Springfield title is On the Way Home (Atco 6615), a late '68 release that barely made the charts.

Though Buffalo Springfield is generally viewed as one of the most important bands of the late '60s, it had just one Top 40 hit: For What It's Worth (1967).

Besides the original 45, which you should find for $4 to $6, you'll also find On the Way Home on Respective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield (Atco 283). This album can be had on either vinyl, compact disc or cassette.

Stay tuned for more musical miracles. . . .

Question: I've tried to convince my son that a hit from the '50s has a title that sounds likeGilley, Gilley, Often Faker, Cats Are Knowing, Growing By the Sea.

Of course he says I'm senile. Does such a song exist? Lunch at our favorite pizza parlor rides on your answer. _ Art Sanders, Huntsville, Ala.

Dear Art: Yikes! Like the pizza you're about to enjoy _ at your son's expense _ you gave this title a real spin. There are no cats or frequent fakers involved.

The correct title is Gilly, Gilly, Ossenfeffer, Katzenellen Bogen By the Sea, a summer '54, Top 20 hit by the Four Lads (Columbia 40236).

You are not the only one this week wondering about Gilly, Gilly. Diane Ryals of Billerica, Mass., also now has confirmation of this tune. I do not know if she has a pizza or a steak at stake.

Also, for Diane, a 45 of Mule Skinner Blues (Soma 1137) books for about $10.

Question: In one of your columns you wrote that Otis Redding's Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous No. 1 hit during the rock era.

I have no documentation on hand, but didn't Johnny Ace's Pledging My Love go to No. 1 right after his death?

Did you overlook this one, or is it not included because music released before 1960 is too early for the rock era? _ Janet James, Chicago

Dear Janet: Most music historians use rock era to indicate releases after Jan. 1, 1955. Certainly there are rock and roll hits issued before 1955, but choosing this date is appropriate.

Though its timing qualifies, Pledging My Love, while a No. 1 R&B hit, reached only No. 17 on the Pop & Rock charts. That is the reason I didn't mention this classic tune.

IZ ZAT SO? Among the impressive Buffalo Springfield alumni are: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.

Stills and Young teamed in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and had solo careers; Messina and Furay were founding members of Poco.

1995, World Features Syndicate Inc.

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