Jukebox Heroes

How the Brill Building cranked out hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s … and why that era’s “Mugmates” wasn’t one of them.

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Episode Notes

Our latest New York Icons segment is about midtown Manhattan’s Brill Building era, when songwriters like Carole King, Ellie Greenwich, and Cynthia Weil churned out hit after hit for artists like the Shirelles, the Crystals, and Little Eva. And producer Evan Chung investigates the strange story of a song from that era about a craze that was most definitely not a craze, “Mugmates.”

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