Love songs have been around for centuries. I believe the first one was sung by Adam when he awakened from his nap and laid eyes on Eve. For decades, my life was filled with music, either performing or playing. I have warm memories of specific songs or compositions that filled my life for so many years. I do not listen to music much today and I find that rather strange. I have never ‘listened’ to music while driving, I find that it detracts. Now that I do not drive, I find it easier and a joy. I have a collection of vocalists, but my list is short. I seem to be attracted to folks of lesser notoriety. I hardly ever miss a Gaither television program or the “Old Time Country Family Reunion”. I suppose you would say I miss “The Old Songs”. (My Brother-in-Law and Judy are to be thanked for pointing me to RFD channel, donchaknow) I love the Time-Warner collections of the Golden Years. I played so many of those as a disc jockey, and they linger. I thought of “The Book of Love”. I copied this from Wikipedia:
“The Book of Love” (also titled “(Who Wrote) The Book of Love“) is a rock and roll song, originally by The Monotones. It was written by three members of the group, Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick, and it peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 100.
Lead singer Charles Patrick heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line “wonder where the yellow went”. From there he got the idea for the line, “I wonder, wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love”, working it up into a song with Davis and Malone. The “boom” part of the song was a result of a kid kicking a ball against the garage while they were rehearsing. It sounded good, so they added it to the song.
In September 1957, the Monotones recorded “The Book of Love”, which was released on the Mascot label in December that year. The small record company could not cope with its popularity, and it was reissued on Chess Records‘ subsidiary Argo label in February 1958. It attained a Billboard ranking of #5 for pop songs and #3 for R&B in 1958. It also reached #5 in Australia. In the UK, the hit version was a cover by The Mudlarks.”
For those who ‘wonder’, I have the answer. It was written the moment Innocent Blood was shed for you and for me, on a cross, many years ago. That’s a bunch of Love for a bunch of unworthy folks. Amen?