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Food Song of the Month: Newbeats “Bread and Butter”

The classic song “Bread and Butter” by the Newbeats always puts a smile on my face. In seeing the video, do you expect that voice from lead singer Larry Henley? This, the Shreveport trio’s best known song, was released in 1964 reaching #2 on the billboard charts in the U.S.

I like bread and butter,
I like toast and jam,
That’s what my baby feeds me,
I’m her loving man.

She don’t cook mashed potatoes,
She don’t cook T-bone steaks,
Don’t feed me peanut butter,
She knows that I can’t take.

We learn he likes bread with butter and toast with jam. That’s understandable. Strangely though he doesn’t appreciate mashed potatoes? Is it a digestion issue?

Got home early one morning,
Much to my surprise,
She was eating chicken and dumplings
With some other guy.

No more bread and butter,
No more toast and jam,
I found my baby eating
With some other man.

Unfortunately, his lack of interest in other foods such as chicken and dumplings results in losing his lady. The moral of the story is expand your palette or else!

The Newbeats continued until 1974 before finally breaking up. Interestingly, Larry Henley also wrote the Grammy winning song “Wind Beneath My Wings” made famous by Bette Milder in 1982. The other members of the band, Dean and Marc Mathis, brothers, continued to pursue music as well.

What are some of your favorite food songs?


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