Back in 1979, there were a couple of pop singers who'd had a very successful career, but they no longer were getting the airplay on AM pop radio that they had in their hey-day. They felt that there was almost an intentional boycott of them, not being considered remotely hip enough for the radio, and that if their names were attached to a new record, that would automatically mean it would get nowhere.
They tried something. They recorded a new single, "Hallelujah" (which had been a Eurovision pop song winner), but didn't release it with their real names. Instead, the song was put out under the name 'Parker & Penny.' They didn't disguise their voices, once you know who it is, you can clearly hear it. But it was nonetheless kept a secret.
It not only got on the radio, but also started to do pretty well, moving up the charts and hitting #46. Then word finally got out who actually had recorded the song. And airplay dried up.
Whether there is pure coincidence in all this, that the song would have gotten on the air under their real names, and whether it simply reached its peak at #46, who knows? But the circumstantial evidence does seem to support their belief.
Here's the song. I'll let you see if you can figure out who the singers are, and then will post the answer buried down at the bottom after a couple of barricades. If you want to know while listening, just scroll down.
And here's a graphic of the 45. In part it's to show you the thing -- but mainly it's to put a little more of a buffer so that you can't accidentally see the answer.
Okay, and here's the answer.
The singers, who recorded "Hallelujah" as 'Parker & Penny' were -- Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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