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Mom trashed offer for Monkees record

Question: I remember a lemonade carton in 1967 or 1968 with an offer for a record by the Monkees.

My mom said "no," and the carton went out with the next day's garbage.

Have you ever known of such a record? Do you know the songs it contained? This has been bugging me for years. Bruce Medici, via the Net

Answer: I can't say about an offer on a lemonade carton, but Colgems, the Monkees' label, did make a series of 5{-inch cardboard discs available through cereal boxes in 1967. Could it be you had both a cereal box and a lemonade carton on the table at the same time and are confusing the two?

The cardboard records are a bit of an enigma, since each of the four lists four Monkees' titles, but plays only one track. I have two in file that serve as examples: One lists I'm a Believer; Pleasant Valley Sunday; I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone; and Mary, Mary, yet plays only I'm a Believer.

The other promises The Monkees (Theme); Teardrop City; Papa Gene's Blues; and (The Day) We Fell in Love, yet delivers just The Monkees (Theme). This track, which was the group's TV-show theme, is also known as Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees.

Since any of these can now sell for $20 to $40, it's too bad the offer ended in the trash.

Betty Johnson "dreamed' and kept making hits

Question: My sister and I are going crazy trying to figure out who sang a song with the lyrics: "I dreamt that at my coronation I shocked every foreign nation giving up my throne to marry you."

Please save our family sanity. Royce in L.A.

Answer: Your mystery tune is I Dreamed, a Top 10 hit from late 1956, by Betty Johnson (Bally 1020).

For the 16 months from early 1956 through mid-'57, it is hard to find a time when Betty Johnson did not have a popular song out _ all of them excellent.

Besides I Dreamed, some of her other well-known tunes from this period are: I'll Wait; Clay Idol; Little White Lies; and 1492, about Christopher Columbus. Then, of course, there is The Little Blue Man, Betty's 1958 novelty hit that has spawned as many questions to this column over 12 years as any other single song or topic.

The short, happy career

of the Paris sisters

Question: As a huge fan of girl groups, I have a question about the Paris Sisters. Would you please list all their hits and years? Mike Fullmer, Tucson, Ariz.

Answer: Gladly, and it will not take much space. Their first hit, Be My Boy, came in 1961, though they began recording seven years earlier. Later in 1961 the girls issued what would betheir best seller, the Top 5 hit I Love How You Love Me. They followed that with He Knows I Love Him Too Much and Let Me Be the One, both from 1962.

The last hit for Priscilla, Sherrell and Albeth Paris was their remake of Bobby Darin's Dream Lover, a summer '64 issue.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368, e-mail: jojerryosborne.com, or visit his Web site: http://www. jerryosborne.com. All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

1999, World Features Syndicate Inc.

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