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Thread #102273   Message #2650359
Posted By: GUEST,Ken Brock
06-Jun-09 - 11:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a Dime
I have always assumed that Paul Simon's "Al" is a reference/ tribute to the one in "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" as much as the line "His name was Speedo but his Christian name was Mr. Earl" (in "Was A Sunny Day") is a tribute to the DooWop of groups like the Cadillacs.