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Atomic Love: Little Caesar and the Red Callender Sextette [1953]

Without the atomic references spelling out the metaphor for love made plain by its title, this casual jazz vocal number wouldn't rise above the ordinary. But because the song's narrator is describing his symptoms of 'love' in such a way that the listener is more inclined to suspect he is suffering from radiation sickness, the tune is quite unique.

Harry 'Little' Caesar was born into a family of steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1928. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and formed a gospel group during his hitch in the Army between 1948 and 1950. Harry migrated from gospel to R&B and from Youngstown to Oakland, California, where he began working with the Peter Rabbit Trio and Que Martyn. His career out of music, which started in the late 1950s, was, if anything, more interesting than his career in music. He was a truck driver and actor in B-movies and TV series, including 'Baretta, Hill Street Blues,' 'Mannix,' and 'Hart To Hart.' He died on June 14, 1994.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Atomic Love: Little Caesar and the Red Callender Sextette [1953]

Boooom!
Something exploded down inside
And rushed tears up in my eyes
Oh yes, I have that funny feeling
I guess it's my atomic love for you
Crash!
Something shattered in my mind
And sent cold chills right down my spine
Oh yes, I have that funny feeling
I guess it's my atomic love for you

I can't realize,
But I will apologize
For all that I've done wrong
There's no need of pretending
Our love will have no ending
I'll dream ‘til every day is done

Flash!
I see sparks before my eyes
Or is it stars up in the skies
Oh yes, I have that funny feeling
I guess it's my atomic love for you


Flash!
I see sparks before my eyes
Or is it stars up in the skies
Oh yes, I have that funny feeling
I guess it's my atomic love for you
It's my atomic love for you

Little Caesar and the Red Callender Sextette [1953]
Atomic Love
(Jacques)
Hollywood 239

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