December 1971 – a song popular in this month – Brand New Key by Melanie
This simple song about a young girl who gets a brand new pair of roller skates was written by Melanie in 15 minutes.
Interesting facts about Brand New Key & Melanie
She intended it to be a lighthearted novelty to perform in between her more intense material. However it proved to be her most successful song.
Melanie’s search for enlightenment inspired her to go on a 27 day fast, during which she drank nothing but distilled water. Coming off the fast, she was eating transitional food when she felt the urge to get a McDonald’s hamburger. On the way back to her house, she started to write the song.
In 1976 the English West Country comic folk band The Wurzels took their rewritten version, “Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)” to the top of the UK charts.
Olivia Newton-John recorded a dance version of this song for the 2011 movie soundtrack A Few Best Men. She also had a supporting role in the film as Barbara, the mother of the bride.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com