50 year ago,Melanie Safka — who climbed to fame just as "Melanie" — exit the irresistibly attractive "Brand brand-new Key," i beg your pardon topped the charts about the world. In a conversation through Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters association International, Melanie said the unlikely beginning story of the song, how she felt about it specifying her career, and the shot of confidence it gave to Elton John.

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Bart Herbison: “Brand new Key,” among my favourite songs ever! Melanie, you are going to need to forgive me if ns fanboy since I prayer you! …People may not establish that as soon as ‘Brand brand-new Key’ came out, it to be the subject of a lot of supposition and also a the majority of innuendo, but I hear you composed it due to the fact that you were hungry.


Melanie: It comes out in a many songs. I was ~ above a fast and a vegetarian previously. I wasn’t law well together a vegetarian. Ns kept acquiring ill and also colds and also so I checked out a fasting guru, young name Jenson. He was in Escondido, California and also I was in brand-new Jersey. Ns flew out and I had actually a large concert at Carnegie Hall and I couldn’t be sick. I was acquiring a cold. That said, “Come out and we will placed you on a fast.” So i did and also was on a rapid for 27 job on nothing however distilled water, and also it had to it is in distilled water for this reason you didn’t get any extra minerals or anything. I was see God, and also I didn’t really want to protect against the fast. There are so many different opinions of fasting and so many different monster diet things. Anyways, ns was looking for my perfect diet and solution and also again, I had actually been a vegetarian and wasn’t law well. ~ above the 27th day, the said, “Melanie, i think that time to prevent the fast.” ns said, “No! ns am starting to obtain visions!”

BH: I bet you were! (Laughing) 

Melanie: I had an experience with a hill lion since we were in Escondido in the hills and also I had actually this actual moment when ns was looking at a hill lion and also thinking, ‘Wow! isn’t he beautiful?


BH: That’s more than likely why that didn’t attack you, because you didn’t act afraid.

Melanie: Probably. Ns was simply so no afraid. I was cleansed. Ns went ago after Dr. Jenson said that my perfect diet would occur to me. He suggested that ns eat meat because my blood type was O. I was like, “What!? Meat? No!” (He said, “At least, maybe as soon as a week, since it will help ground you.”


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

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

Melanie: It was an extremely new. Just that scent of rancid grease, i don’t understand what the was, however we traction in and also I obtained one of those combos and no sooner than had I finished the last bite the burger, that I composed “Brand new Key.” It simply came right into my head. I had one that those little practice guitars in the van with me and also when my husband, who was a document producer, heard me singing, he said, “What’s that?” and I said, “Oh, some silly song. I’m simply playing around.” he said, “No, no--do that part again!” and I did, and he said, “Melanie, it is a hit!” and I said, “A hit? No! If it is a hit, ns am doomed to it is in cute for the remainder of mine life.” and that is specifically what happened!

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Melanie: give thanks to you so much. And also it’s the 50th anniversary of the song. Wow!

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