The Five Americans

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Five Americans was a 1960s American band, most famous for the song "Western Union", which reached No. 5 in the U.S. Billboard chart and was their only single to chart in the Top 20. At first one might think that, in Casey Kasem's "Book of Records" category of most repetitive word or phrase in a Hot 100 top 10 hit, "Western Union" would hold the record (in this case, the two 40-fold and one 50-plus-fold repetition of the imitative word "dit"). But the lyrics contain three many-fold repetitions of "dit, da dit, da dit" instead. In a March, 1967 interview that appeared in Michael Oberman's Top Tunes column in the Evening Star newspaper (Washington, DC), Norman Ezell, guitarist for the group explained how they came up with "Western Union Man". "Mike Rabon, our lead guitar player, was just fooling around with his guitar when he came up with a unique sound," Norman said. It sort of reminded us of a telegraph key. "That's when we decided to write 'Western Union Man.'"

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