You’re Moving Out Today – Carole Bayer Sager – 1977

You're moving out today coverMany people think of Carole Bayer Sager as a one hit wonder. Well, You’re Moving Out Today, may be the only single she ever charted with as a singer, but as a songwriter…

carole bayer sager twice in one day.

I often see Carole Bayer Sager’s name in the songwriter space on all manner of CD’s. And each time I do I wrack my brains to think of the title of the hit record she had back in the 70s. Then, not only did my mate Wozza mention Carole in his blog, goo goo gargoob but,  on the very same day, I heard the song on the radio.

give it a listen, it’ll come flooding back

If you were listening to music in the 70s, you’ll remember this song. Sung in a high pitched (think Minnie Mouse) voice, it rose to #6 on the UK charts. If you’re struggling to recall it, listen to the video below – I can guarantee it’ll come flooding back.

I mean, with words like these, who could forget it:

So, pack up your rubber duck,

I’d like to wish you luck.

Pack up your fork and spoon

Please leave my Lorna Doones

Your map of Mozambique

Your water bed that leaks

I like You’re Moving Out Today because so many aspects of it are representative of the typical 70s pop song. For instance; it has a very catchy music line, crazy lyrics, and is about a relationship breaking up in less than amicable circumstances… what more is there?!

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There’s not a lot to say about You’re Moving Out Today except:

  • Carole Bayer SagerIt was written by Carole, Bette Midler (who also recorded a version), and Bruce Roberts.
  • It climbed to #6 on the UK charts and #1 on the Australian charts.
  • It was from Carole’s self-titled album which went platinum in Australia, Japan and the UK (but not in the US).
  • A simply ghastly version was recorded by Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) who acted it out as she sang(!). If you’re unlucky enough, you can find that version on YouTube also.
  • It includes the wonderful lyric: “So, pack up your rubber duck, I’d like to wish you luck.”
  • It also has a guy do a sort of trumpet solo with his mouth in the middle – quite weird when you think about it – perhaps the world’s first beatboxing attempt?
  • You’re Moving Out Today lyrics.

what’s more interesting is…

Carole Bayer Sager.

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  • Carole is a prolific song writer. She wrote her first hit as a teenager – A Groovy Kind of Love – recorded by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.
  • Carole was married for a time to Burt Bacharach with whom she wrote a number of her hit records.
  • Carole has also worked with many well known recording artists including; Neil Diamond, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Melissa Manchester, Sheena Easton, Neil Sedaka, Albert Hammond, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Donald Fagen, Babyface, Clint Eastwood (for the movie True Crime). Celine Dion with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, LeAnn Rimes, Anita Baker, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Cross, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Patti Labelle,
  • Carole has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, A Grammy Award nine times, and a Golden Globe Award seven times.
  • She’s won; one Academy Award, one Grammy, and two Golden Globes.
  • Carole’s Academy Award was for the theme from the movie Arthur – Arthur’s Theme (The Best that You can Do). It was co-written by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, and Christopher Cross.
  • Carole’s Sager Grammy Award was for the 1987 Song of the Year That’s What Friends Are For. Originally recorded by Rod Stewart, this song was re-recorded in 1986 by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Sir Elton John. It became a #1 hit and raised millions of dollars for research into the cause and treatment of AIDS.
  • Carole was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Carole’s personal life contains many interesting features, one of which is that, before Burt Bacharach, she was in a relationship with Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific writer of songs and music for movie scores. Perhaps his best known being the tune The Entertainer, from the movie, The Sting.
  • In recent years Carole has made a name for herself as an artist.
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