Having listened to that tune ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I always though it sounded kinda "funny", but in those days who ever paid attention to whether or not a song was in tune, or had any other technical problems. All we ever cared about, was how fast we could learn the lyrics and what position it currently was on the charts. Nowadays having a "matured ear" (well, since Mike brought it to our attention
) I can't help but wonder "IF" that way-off key was intentional or not ? It does
in fact have quite a haunting echo sound to it, sort of a "drifting notes across a fog covered moor"
style in order to set the mood maybe ? The reason I even dare to suggest this, with Mike having such a great ear for the technical aspects
of the music world, is that on that same page that Mike sent us to, was a much later version (Lead Singer Gary Troxel had only half his hair remaining !), and the horn STILL sounded out of tune. You would think that by now decades later, the current producer would have made a correction wouldn't you ? Have a listen, and see what you think. Albeit a slightly improved version, the melancholy, echoe-y, haunting coronet is STILL
Come to think of it, I was going to mention that Gary sounded more off key than the coronet, but then I read that he had suffered a partial stroke, so instead, I will say that it is so nice to see someone with disabilities still trying, and NOT giving up on what you love to do !