Dear Sun Spots: I have a wide variety of magnetic car ribbons for sale. All proceeds go back to the troops of the 133rd Engineer Battalion. I am also in the process of having T-shirts made for all of them.

My son, Greg Vaillancourt, is in Iraq. Anyway, I just would like to make it known that I do sell the ribbons to show my support for all of our soldiers there.

Please contact me at (207) 784-7697, if you are interested in purchasing some ribbons. – Diane Vaillancourt Tarr, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: This is a question about a song title, since you seem to be good at finding out such things: Recently, I heard a nice tune on WLAM but they never identify the performer or the title when the song is finished, which is somewhat irritating if you can’t recall who or what it is.

This song sounds like it was adapted from a classical number and is sung by a girl who has a voice like a wood thrush. I do not know the title or the performer and I only caught most of the lyrics which include:

“…way beyond the hill the five colors of the rainbow… like magic from above, makes it safe for us just to fall in love. Now I belong to you from this day until forever, love me tenderly and I’ll give to you every part of me.”

We would appreciate if you or a Sun Spots reader could enlighten us on this brain buster. – Gerry Beaudette, Lewiston.

Answer: According to Dick Gleason at radio station CNN 1240, “A Lover’s Concerto” is a wonderful little song. He says the song was released by The Toys in 1965. Appropriating a classical minuet by Bach, “A Lover’s Concerto” was an astonishing blend of classical structure and contemporary soul rhythm and production. Written and composed by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzert, it shot up the charts, reaching No. 2, which it held for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Toys was made up of singers, June Monteiro, Barbara Parritt and Barbara Harris. The Toys’ “A Lover’s Concerto” appeared in the film “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” The Toys performed “A Lover’s Concerto” on NBC-TV’s “Hullabaloo” on Oct. 25, 1965. The Toys also appeared on ABC-TV’s “Shindig,” toured with Gene Pitney and played countless dates with major artists. According to www.geocities.com, the March 1967 issue of Teen’s Top 10 (released Nov. 10, 1966) declared: “With four hits in a row, these chicks are the toughest competition the Supremes have.” Intimidated, the Supremes included “A Lover’s Concerto” on the “I Hear A Symphony” LP.

How gentle is the rain

That falls softly on the meadow

Birds high up in the trees

Serenade the flowers with their melodies

Oh, see there beyond the hill

The bright colors of the rainbow

Some magic from above

Made this day for us just to fall in love

Now I belong to you

From this day until forever

Just love me tenderly

And I’ll give to you every part of me

Oh, don’t ever make me cry

Through long lonely nights without love

Be always true to me

Keep this day in your heart eternally

Someday we shall return

To this place upon the meadow

We’ll walk out in the rain

Hear the birds above singing once again

You’ll hold me in your arms

And say once again you love me

And if your love is true

Everything will be just as wonderful

You’ll hold me in your arms

And say once again you love me

And if your love is true

Everything will be just as wonderful

Just hold me in your arms

And say once again you love me

And if your love is true

Everything will be just as wonderful

You’ll hold me in your arms

And say once again you love me

And if your love is true

Everything will be just as wonderful

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