If you think, “I wish I had them back,” you’re right.
Think what this fella wishes he could have back.
Between the years 1964-1969, I owned three cars and if I still had them today, the combined worth of the three I have been told would probably be somewhere between one-hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. I owned a 1959 Corvette (right out of college), a 1964 Mustang and a 1969 Dodge Charger.
In 1955, a fella named Richard Berry wrote a song. He actually wrote the lyrics to the song on some toilet paper. No, I don’t know the location of where the song was written. Anyway, it laid around for a while and he did nothing further with it. Barry fell on hard times, so he sold the song for seven-hundred and fifty dollars. Six years later an unknown rock-n’-roll group, The Kingsmen, was shuffling through a bin of old records in a used record store and found a recorded copy of this song. They took the song, went into a fifty dollar recording session at a small recording studio and recorded the song.
Today, I was in an old record store here in Nashville, part of my regular haunts, and found a copy of the album in which the song first appeared. I purchased the album for fifty cents. Since 1961, when the group first cut that song, it has sold over three-hundred and fifty million copies. It has been recorded by over four hundred different artists. Its’ popularity resurfaced a few years back when it appeared in the movie, “Animal House.” Can you imagine the money that song would have made for the writer, Richard Berry? What he sold it for and what it’s worth today, wow!
Yes, I would like to have all three of those cars back. My son used to ask me, “Dad, why did you get rid of them, especially the ‘59 Corvette?” I told him, “I kept the girl and sold the car. Your mom and I wanted to get married and we had no money.”
Oh the song, it was called “Louie, Louie.” It sold for seven-hundred and fifty dollars and is now worth millions. It was first recorded by a group called The Kingsmen.
I bet we all have something that “we once had and wish we had back,” whatever that might be.
Hum, that might cover a lot of areas.
October 27, 2010