Napoleon XIV

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Napoleon XIV
Birth nameJerry Samuels
Born(1938-05-03) May 3, 1938 (age 75)
OriginNew York, United States
GenresComedy, novelty
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1966
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
 
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Napoleon XIV
Birth nameJerry Samuels
Born(1938-05-03) May 3, 1938 (age 75)
OriginNew York, United States
GenresComedy, novelty
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1966
LabelsWarner Bros. Records

Napoleon XIV was an artist name of the American singer, songwriter and record producer Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York), who achieved one-hit wonder status with the Top 5 hit novelty song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" in 1966. Samuels also wrote "The Shelter of Your Arms", a top 20 hit for Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1964.

Biography[edit]

In 1966, Samuels concocted "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" while working at Associated Recording Studios in New York. The public found out his true identity when Cousin Brucie of WABC outed him. The record quickly climbed the charts, reaching the Top Ten nationally in just its third week on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at #3 and sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1]

The success of the single inspired a Warner Bros. album of the same name in 1966 (reissued by Rhino in 1985), most of which continued with the mental illness theme (for example: "Bats In My Belfry" and "Split Level Head" which features different vocal parts in each stereo speaker). A second single of two recordings from that album was relatively unnoticed.

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

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums[edit]

Side 1[edit]

Side 2[edit]

NOTE: The backwards version of the album title track does not appear on either the original or reissue albums, although the backwards title is listed on the front cover.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 208–209. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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