You Can Call Me Al

If you’ll be my bodyguard, I can be your long lost pal. I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al.

In 1986, there were a lot of things you could call people but topping the list had to be “Al”, after Paul Simon hit the airwaves with a little song about a man having a mid-life crisis. As the story goes, Paul was at a party with then-wife Peggy Harper, and the host mistakenly referred to them as “Al” and “Betty.” Little did Paul know that the incident could bank him some extra cash!

The song debuted in October of ’86 and caught on fairly quickly. However, in order to increase sales, it was re-released in March of ’87. Well, it worked… and the song made its way up the US charts. It never cracked the top 20, but hey, it had a lot of competition. (In case you weren’t aware, the 80s were a big decade for music.)

The original video featured Simon’s performance from a recent SNL gig, but he wasn’t happy with it, and he asked Lorne Michaels for help coming up with something different. Voila! What transpired is the version with Chevy Chase lip-synching the entire song while a bored Simon looks on. The video may have been a bit odd for the times, but, really, what else would you expect from a song that hit its prime in the middle of the best decade ever? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

We ♥ You Can Call Me Al.

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~ by weheart80s on April 7, 2010.

One Response to “You Can Call Me Al”

  1. i am currently writing a best music of the 80’s blog

    http://wallernotweller.wordpress.com/1983-top-40-best-singles-2/1983-best-singles-40-31/

    it starts here. paul simon had an amazing 80’s

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