Their Taking You Away Napoleon XIV

Their Taking You Away Napoleon XIV

Their Taking You Away Napoleon XIV

I remember the time that I played “Their Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! once full weekend, while having acid. I didn’t know why I was listen to that that song, but I had to drink the battery acid, to get rid of the taste of broccoli My Mom tried to feed me, and she wouldn’t let me leave my room until I do. It was My dad who punished me for drinking his car battery, by feeding me Brussels spouts, which is worst. I named this blog Their Taking You Away Napoleon XIV, so they won’t take me away haha lol. 

Jerry Samuels (birthed Jerrold Samuels on May 3, 1938), recognized by the stage name Napoleon XIV, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He accomplished one-hit wonder status with the Top 5 hit novelty song They‘re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! in 1966.


Birth Name

Jerrold Samuels

Known As

Jerry Samuels

Also Referred To As

Napoleon XIV

Birthed

May 3, 1938 ( age 81).
New York City, USA.

Genres

Comedy, Novelty.

Instruments

Vocals.

Years Active

1956 Present

Labels

Warner Bros.

Records. Under the name Scott David (his son‘s name), he co-wrote As If I Didn’t Know with Larry Kusik, a top 10 hit for Adam Wade in 1961. Samuels also wrote The Shelter of Your Arms, a top 20 hit for Sammy Davis Jr. in 1964.



Biography

Samuels started his recording career in 1956 when he cut the single Puppy Love/ The Chosen Few for the Vik Records sub label of RCA Victor Records. In 1966, Samuels concocted They‘re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! while working at Associated Recording Studios in New York. The public learnt his true identity when Cousin Brucie of WABC outed him. The record quickly climbed up the charts, reaching the Top Ten nationally in just its third week on the Billboard Hot 100It peaked at No. 3 as well as sold over one million copies, and also was awarded a gold disc. In the Cash Box Top 100 the record even climbed to No. 1 for one week in its second week on the charts.

The success of the single motivated a Warner Bros. album of the same name in 1966 (reissued by Rhino in 1985)a lot of which continued with themental disease theme (for instance: Bats In My Belfry and Split Level Head which includes various vocal parts in each stereo speaker). A second single of two recordings from that album was relatively unnoticed. His manager was Leonard Stogel.

Currently, Samuels works as a singer and also agent that books various performers. He works the Delaware Valley area.




Discography


Singles

1966 They‘re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!/ ! aaaH-aH, yawAeM ekaT oT gnimoC er yehT Warner Bros. (5831).
1966 I‘m in Love with My Little Red Tricycle/ Doin The Napoleon Warner Bros.(5853).
1973 They‘re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!/ ! aaH-aH, yawAeM ekaT oT gnimoC er yehT Warner Bros. (WB 7726) (re-issue of WB 5831).
1990 They‘re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa! (1966 recording)/They‘re Coming To Get Me Again,Ha-Haaa! (Recorded in 1988) Collectables (3859).


Albums

1966 They‘re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! Warner Bros. LP W 1661/WS 1661.

Side 1

I‘m in Love with My Little Red Tricycle.
Photogenic, Schizophrenic You.
Marching Off To Bedlam.
Doin The Napoleon.
Let‘s Cuddle Up in My Security Blanket.
They‘re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!.


Side 2

Bats in My Belfry.
Dr. Psyche, The Cut-Rate Head-Shrinker.
I Live in a Split Level Head.
The Nuts on My Family Tree.
The Place Where The Nuts Hunt The Squirrels.
I‘m Happy They Took You Away, Ha-Haaa! (by Josephine XV).


1985 Reissue

Reissue of above on Rhino LP 816.

KEEP IN MIND: The in reverse version of the album title track does not appear on either the original or reissue albums, although the in reverse title is listed on the front cover.


1996 The  Second Coming Rhino/ WEA/Rhino R2 72402.

Ode To A Farmer Boy (New Recording 1995).
The Explorer (previously unreleased, recorded in 1968 for second unissued album, For God‘s Sake, Stop The Feces).
They‘re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!.
I‘m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle.
Photogenic, Schizophrenic You.
Marching Off To Bedlam.
Doin The Napoleon.
The Place Where The Nuts Hunt The Squirrels.
Let‘s Cuddle Up In My Security Blanket.
Goofin On The Job (Recorded in 1968).
Bats In My Belfry.
Dr. Psyche, The Cut-Rate Head-Shrinker.
I Live In A Split Level Head.
I‘m Happy They Took You Away, Ha-Haaa! Josephine XV.
The Nuts On My Family Tree.
I Owe A Lot To Iowa Pot (New Recording 1995).
Can You Dig It? (Recorded in 1968).
The Song I Wrote For Robert Goulet (New recording 1995).
They‘re Coming To Get Me Again, Ha-Haaa!.
It May Appear Ridiculous (New recording 1995).
! aaaH-aH, yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er yehT (unlisted bonus track).

 

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