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"Love Is Strange" was a 1957 Top 40 hit for Mickey & Sylvia. The song features a sinuous guitar riff and provocative verbal byplay between Mickey and Sylvia as well as a Latin American beat and a strong melodic hook. The role of the lead guitar, the bright recording technique, and the lush melody had an influence that can be clearly heard in many more modern rock songs, notably "Day Tripper" and other guitar-driven Beatles songs. If recorded today, it might be called power pop. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Mickey & Sylvia is an R&B duet composed of Mickey Guitar Baker and Sylvia Van der Pool Robinson. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music, includes the music of many countries and comes in many varieties, from the simple, rural conjunto music of northern Mexico to the sophisticated habanera of Cuba, from the symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos to the simple and moving Andean flute. ... The Beatles were a British rock music group from Liverpool, England held in very high regard for both their artistic achievements and their considerable commercial success, and have amassed an enormous worldwide fanbase that continues to exist to this day. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ...

In addition to its musical quality, the song is remarkable as an instance of convergence. Although only a one-hit wonder, the recording was touched by, or touched, a large number of important people and musical trends, even down to a dispute over authorship. In the absence of a more specific context, convergence denotes the approach toward a definite value, as time goes on; or to a definite point, a common view or opinion, or toward a fixed or equilibrium state. ... In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist who is generally known for only one hit single. ...

Mickey was Mickey Baker, guitarist on dozens of rock and roll hits and many recordings, considered the "go to" session guitar player of the 1950s and early 1960s. Sylvia was Sylvia Vanderpool, formerly billed as Little Sylvia Vanderpool, who became in the 1980s the impresario behind Sugar Hill Records and a major force in the emergence of rap music. The song was written by Bo Diddley, (but credited to his then wife, Ethel Smith), and Jody Williams, who had developed the distinctive lead guitar riff. Williams had recorded the riff earlier on a song called "Billy's Blues" for Billy Stewart. Eventually the song, much more than just a riff, ended up being credited to Smith, Baker and Vanderpool. Buddy Holly recorded a version of the song and also adopted the riff and melody for his own "Words of Love". Mickey Guitar Baker is an American Rock & Roll guitar player. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Sylvia Robinson (born Sylvia Vanderpool, 6 March 1936 in New York) is a singer, musician and producer. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Sugar Hill Records is the name given to two different record labels. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ... This article is about the Nobel prize winner. ... Billy Stewart (born on 24 March 1937, in Washington, DC; died on 17 January 1970) was an African-American musical artist. ... Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936–February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of Rock and Roll. ...

In 1967, the duo Peaches and Herb had Top 40 success with their own cover version of the song. The song was also featured prominently in the landmark 1972 adult film Deep Throat. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peaches & Herb are a musical group most popular during the 1970s. ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ...

The song was also used in a famous scene in the 1973 film Badlands, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. In the scene it is featured in, the two main characters are seen dancing to the song, which is playing on their portable radio. Later, a reference to the scene would be included in the Kevin Smith film Dogma (it is known that this was a reference to this particular scene because later in Dogma, one character calls another "Red", a nickname in Badlands) in which the song is playing on a radio in a diner. Smith uses the song again in Episode 3 of Clerks: The Animated Series Badlands is a 1973 film directed by Terrence Malick from his own script. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an American actor. ... Sissy Spacek in The River (1984) Mary Elizabeth Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an Academy Award winning American actress and singer. ... Kevin Smith as Silent Bob Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, and the creator of View Askew Productions. ... Dogma is a 1999 comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, and Alanis Morissette. ...

In the 1987 cult classic, Dirty Dancing, this song is lip-synced and danced to by the main characters played by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in one of the most famous scenes. It is reported that Swayze and Grey were simply messing around before the real scene was shot and were practising Mickey and Sylvia's lyrics, but it was so well-done that the director kept it as the real scene. Dirty Dancing is a 1987 musical and romance film directed by Emile Ardolino. ... Patrick Wayne Swayze, (born 18 August 1952), is a dancer, actor, singer and songwriter, memorable for his roles in the films Dirty Dancing (where he wrote and composed the hit song Shes like the Wind) (1987), Road House (1989), Ghost (1990), Black Dog (1998), and Donnie Darko (2001). ... Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960 in New York City) is a Jewish-American actress. ...

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