“I love my little calendar girl”… Neil Sedaka

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“Calendar Girl” is a song by Neil Sedaka. The music was composed by Sedaka and the lyrics by Howard Greenfield. Recorded in 1960 and released in December of that year, it was a Top-5 hit single for Sedaka, peaking at #4 on the US charts, #3 in Australia, and #1 on the Canadian and Japanese charts.

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Howard Greenfield got the inspiration for the song title from an old movie listing in TV Guide. Record producer Joe Viglione, writing for AllMusic, describes the song as a G-rated calendar of pin-ups such as Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, using verbal rather than visual imagery.

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Each month gives a different reason for the singer’s affection for the titular character, and September—”I light the candles at your sweet sixteen”—was a lyrical motif that Howard Greenfield frequently used at the time, including “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” released later the same year.

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Other months in the song reference Valentine’s Day in February, the Easter Bunny in April, a junior prom in May and June.

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Instrumentation on the song was provided by Stan Applebaum and His Orchestra, with Gary Chester on drums. Recording of the song required 26 takes over a three-hour period.

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The song was released to a 45 rpm single backed with a country-and-western song, “The Same Old Fool”. Both songs were also released on a Compact 33 Single, a short-lived format that RCA Victor promoted in the early 1960s.

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