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Chip Mergott: Music Minute

“Darlin’ Be Home Soon”



Steely Dan had it happen. Paul Simon had it happen and got physically ill.

I’ve had it happen. And John Sebastian, after he had recorded one of his most heartfelt vocals (for “Darlin’ Be Home Soon,” a vocal he described as “the one”) returned to the Manhattan studio the next day to hear the producer say that an engineer had erased it.

The vocal we hear today is the aforementioned leader of The Lovin’ Spoonful singing the song a half an hour after he received the bad news.

He says he can still hear the remorse in his voice after all these years. Can you?

The Mergott Music Minute is heard daily on WDVR FM 89.7.

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