50 years ago,Melanie Safka — who climbed to fame merely as "Melanie" — released the irresistibly catchy "Brand new Key," i beg your pardon topped the charts approximately the world. In a conversation v Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters combination International, Melanie told the unlikely beginning story the the song, just how she felt around it defining her career, and the shooting of confidence it gave to Elton John.

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Bart Herbison: “Brand new Key,” among my favorite songs ever! Melanie, you space going to have to forgive me if ns fanboy due to the fact that I praise you! …People may not realize that as soon as ‘Brand brand-new Key’ come out, it was the topic of a lot of supposition and also a lot of innuendo, but I hear you wrote it due to the fact that you were hungry.

Melanie: It comes out in a lot of songs. I was top top a fast and a vegetarian previously. Ns wasn’t law well together a vegetarian. I kept getting ill and colds and also so I checked out a fasting guru, young name Jenson. He was in Escondido, California and I to be in brand-new Jersey. Ns flew out and I had actually a big concert at Carnegie Hall and also I can not be sick. Ns was acquiring a cold. The said, “Come out and also we will put you top top a fast.” So ns did and also was ~ above a rapid for 27 work on nothing yet distilled water, and it had to it is in distilled water so you no get any kind of extra minerals or anything. I was seeing God, and I didn’t really desire to protect against the fast. There are so plenty of different opinions that fasting and so many different monster diet things. Anyways, i was in search of my perfect diet and solution and also again, I had been a vegetarian and wasn’t doing well. ~ above the 27th day, he said, “Melanie, ns think the time to prevent the fast.” i said, “No! ns am beginning to get visions!”

BH: I bet you were! (Laughing) 

Melanie: I had an suffer with a mountain lion due to the fact that we to be in Escondido in the hills and also I had this actual moment when ns was looking at a mountain lion and thinking, ‘Wow! isn’t he beautiful?

BH: That’s probably why he didn’t assault you, since you didn’t act afraid.

Melanie: Probably. Ns was just so not afraid. I was cleansed. I went back after Dr. Jenson said that mine perfect diet would occur to me. He said that ns eat meat due to the fact that my blood form was O. Ns was like, “What!? Meat? No!” (He said, “At least, maybe once a week, due to the fact that it will help ground you.”

I quit the quick gradually by eating partly cooked grated carrot and also zucchini. I did this for a couple of days and then i was top top my method to a flea market...I came ago with a large bag full of crazy stuff and I to be hungry! us were passing something and I smelled this aroma. Dr. Jenson stated it would take place to me, the I would certainly know. Ns looked over and it was a McDonalds. This to be the truth!

BH: by the way, McDonalds was pretty brand-new then.

Melanie: It was an extremely new. Just that scent of rancid grease, ns don’t recognize what the was, however we pulled in and I obtained one that those combos and no sooner than had actually I finished the critical bite of burger, the I created “Brand brand-new Key.” It just came into my head. I had one that those small practice guitars in the van through me and when my husband, who was a record producer, heard me singing, the said, “What’s that?” and I said, “Oh, part silly song. I’m simply playing around.” that said, “No, no--do that component again!” and I did, and also he said, “Melanie, that’s a hit!” and also I said, “A hit? No! If that’s a hit, i am doomed to it is in cute for the rest of my life.” and that is specifically what happened!

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Melanie: thank you therefore much. And it’s the 50th anniversary of the song. Wow!

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