Long before hitmakers like Kelis sampled Mozart and Mike Skinner borrowed from Bartok, a '60s girl group called The Toys layered exquisite teen harmonies over Bach finger exercises and launched a pop-music revolution. Led by Barbara Harris, The Toys brought sonatas to sock hops around the country when their million-selling single, "A Lover's Concerto," nearly topped the pop charts in 1965. Songwriters Sandy Linzer and Danny Randell adapted a minuet that Bach wrote in 1722 for his wife Anna Magdalena for the song, and their classical-music formula continued to reap benefits for The Toys. Their next single, "Attack," featured an intro borrowed... More >>>
Barbara Harris and The Toys bring back the classics.