At first glance, there’s nothing too remarkable about “Street Corner Serenade.” The single has a pretty standard song structure—two rounds of verse & chorus, bridge/sax solo modulating into a keyboard riff before heading into a final verse & chorus. And there’s not a lot of substance in the lyrics:
Verse 1: I sang on the corner with my friends when I was younger;
Verse 2: Let me tell you who was in the group;
Verse 3: I sure miss it!
But yet—it’s such a happy piece of music, from its big intro on through to the final “do-do-do-doot, whoah-whoa.” It’s one that I really liked when it was on the show (and that’s about the only place I heard it back then). I don’t know if any of the members of Wet Willie did any doo-wop street singing in their formative years—they might be a little young for that—but it feels like they’re nostalgic about something(and I’m certainly all about the nostalgia).
This is the second of three times Wet Willie would visit The 40 (lead singer Jimmy Hall also had one solo hit on the show in the fall of 80). “Street Corner Serenade” is one spot shy of its #30 peak this week. Like a number of the bands from the era, they still get together and play shows from time to time.