LAS VEGAS -- Senator Barack Obama, a leading candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, admitted today that his mother named him while playing the "Name Game."
According to confidential sources at Wikipedia, "The Name Game," or "The Banana Song," is a children's sing-along rhyming game that creates variations of a person's name. "The Name Game," written by singer Shirley Ellis with songwriter Lincoln Chase, was released in late 1964. In 1965 the record went as high as Number Three on the Billboard Hot 100, and Number Four on the magazine's R&B charts.
Music industry insiders say "The Name Game" has been recorded by dozens of recording artists in the years since, notably Laura Branigan, whose version produced by Jeff Lorber, appearing on her 1987 album Touch, features a classroom of third-grade schoolchildren singing along to the timeless tongue-twisting game. The Brazilian singer Xuxa recorded a song using the same play and same sample in the song "Jogo da Rima," who hit the Number One position on charts.
Singer Ellis in a revealing interview with Melody Maker magazine once confided that the song was based on a game she played as a child.
Musicologist Deieter Krank at the University of North Carolina says that stuides have shown that children can often be seen chanting this rhyme (using the name Jack as an example, the song follows this pattern):
Jack, Jack, bo-back,
Professor Krank formulates that a verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and (X-1) as the name without the first consonant sound, as follows:
(X), (X), bo-b(X-1)
And if the name starts with a b, f, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. (For example: "Billy" becomes "Billy Billy bo-illy"; "Fred" becomes "banana fana fo-red"; "Marsha" becomes "fee fi mo-arsha".)
Playing the game with certain names, which the Obama campaign refused to release, is said to result in profanity.
Operatives deep within the Clinton campaign denied leaking this information to the press. Hillary Clinton refused comment.