Friday, September 29, 2006

Guy Marks: "Loving You Has Made Me Bananas"

As mentioned earlier, I've been transferring alot of my analogue media into digital form. My childhood best buddy, Michael Nichols, and I used to make a habit out of trading mix tapes. I'm sure anyone who has a remote interest in reading or maintaining music blogs shares that hobby.

Anyway, one of the goofiest songs he ever put on there was a ditty called "Loving You Has Made Me Bananas" by an entertainer/comedian named Guy Marks who cranked out this one-hit-wonder. It appears from the various shout outs on the web that this song is exceedingly difficult to find since all the records it was ever published on are now out of print, so I feel it is my civic duty to upload this tune for the masses. The lyrics are definitely funny and we might as well another one to add to the ear worm bin....the only problem is that the recording I have clearly mentions someone by the name of Dickie Ryan providing vocals. Does anyone have any more information on this?

Listen to:
"Loving You Has Made Me Bananas"

IMDB bio on Guy Marks
Wiki entry for Guy Marks

This song was released in 1968 so I doubt Guy Marks has a Myspace, but there is plenty of information out on his acting and comedic contributuions.


Anonymous Natsthename said...

OH MY. That reminds me of my dad. He used to sing that to me when I was a kid!

Friday, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous CAPSLOCKON said...


When I click on the link to the track, I get:

Error (500)
Fri Sep 29 20:06:04 EDT 2006 There is not enough space on the disk

Friday, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous Shawn said...

It works now... this song is brilliant!!! I wish the recording was better.

Friday, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Nat, your dad really sung to you? That's hiliarious!

I get really annoyed with is so unstable, but I paid for my subscription, so I keep using it.

Shawn, the recording was orginally from an LP to tape and then transferred to mp3 which is why it is so crappy.

Saturday, September 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis is great, I was just telling my son about this recording tonite. I have the 45 somewhere in storage. Do you also have the introduction to the beginning of this song that you can post in sound as well?
Jim M.
And now, from the Monagahela River, One mile high, 2 1/2 blocks from the center of Old New Orleans....

Monday, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Hi Jim, I don't have the full intro since my copy came from a mix tape from a buddy. It just has a little bit about Dicky Robinson providing vocals and that's it. Surely someone out there has the whole recording, but it seems scarce!

Monday, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Boyle said...

Hi Folks - I'll fill in the blanks on this one. Guy Marks - known as the "Comedian's Comedian" to some, the Godfather of Alternative Comedy to others, wrote this parody of old Big Band era stuff in the 1960s, & subsequently found himself circa 1978 enjoying a hit single in Britain, including two appearences on the (then) prestigious "Top Of The Pops" show - no mean feat in those Punk era & "Grease" days! Dickie (as in "Dickie The Duckie", ie. someone who is gay) was just one of his personas on the record, he did indeed sing the whole thing. He was tickled that people would swear blind years later that it really an old Big Band number he had "covered", & that it became of the best known "Big Band" tunes around!

Saturday, November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Boyle said...

...& oh, by the way...

...further to the above... might want to look here :)


Sunday, November 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, coming to you from the Hotel Sheets Ballroom near the center of of downtown Pottstown; one mile high,2 1/2 blocks from thecenter of old New Orleans.....
Ah, there's gaity, music and laughter from the Hotel Sheets nightly.....
Presenting Pete DeAngelis and the Orchestra. Join us now as Pete and his Royal Bandidos play a medley of old favorites, including etc.

This is how I remember the intro! Guy Marks was a hoot. Up until the early 70's, station WWL in New Orleans used to put on a nightly radio show, with Leon Kellner and the Orchestra, featuring the vocal stylings of Miss Patricia Arnell (aka Patty Ann Ragusa.)
It was corny alright, but at least it had the intimacy of live performance, and all the problems of the music's high-wire act.
I miss it.

Monday, November 27, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

And thanks for the transcription to the intro anon.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Oh AWESOME Mike. Thank you so much!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

I'll be sure to post the wmv file in the near future. Wow! THis is the first time i've ever seen it. Thanks again.

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Anonymous emilie said...

Thank you for posting this! My grandfather used to sing it to us, and now my mom's picked up the torch...
I've been looking for it after a particularly batty Thanksgiving kitchen performance...

Friday, December 08, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Thanks for sharing that, Emily. I'm really surprised that this song isn't on any currently in-print albums...this is the post/song that gets the most hits in this blog and for many the song holds happy memories.

Thursday, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a copy of this song on mp3 its good quality i found it on a one hit wonder cd in the bargin bin of my local supermarket. email: and i'll send it to ya.

hope this helps

Tuesday, January 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful to hear this again . Reminds me of my childhood ! Thanks fpr making the effort and downloading it for us

Monday, January 29, 2007  
Anonymous billandmarla said...

Great song. I was looking for this one as well as Hurricane Smith..(Oh Babe What would you say)... Now I have them both. Great for listening in the car with the windows down at a stoplight lol.

Monday, February 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandfather used to sing this to me... it brings back the smell of his pipe and of him...

Saturday, March 03, 2007  
Anonymous cchang said...

That song has happy memories for me too! By the way, I uploaded the video, in the post here:
Guy MArks Video

Tuesday, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Carlamcs said...

What a hoot! I have no idea where/when I originally heard that song, but I did have the 45..back in the day.
I also did some kind of dance to it in our dorm hall. It was wierd, but it was my signature dance.
Video is cool too.

Thursday, September 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stiles just played that song on his show on WNYC, NPR. Maybe on his lite there is a clue as how to find the whole recording? God knows he has EVERY song EVER.

Saturday, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Jane Gun Shih Ying said...

Hi there! I've got a wma file of the complete 2+min version of the song, including the intro speech. It sounds clear too. If anyone's interested, just drop me a message on my blog with your email and I'll send the file over! =)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008  

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