Sunday, September 17, 2006

After all your words of steel

OK, I must warn you in advance that this page features a truly scary photo of ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry, but I found it fascinating that he gave his ex-girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford, all the royalties to "Oh, Sherrie" even after they'd broken up.

I mean, I happen to love that goopy 80s song, although many people hate it, but you've got to admit it's probably made her a small fortune by now. It's also practically ruined the lives of everyone I know named Sherrie/Sherry/Shari, but that's bound to happen when a super-famous song shares your name.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What mystifies me is how that video ended up on a VH1 list of All-Time Cheesiest Videos, when it was actually meant to counter cheesy videos.

CJupiter said...
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Sars said...

As a victim of Starship's "Sara," I don't have much sympathy.

Gael said...

Heh, oh, you've got it BAD. "Sara...SMILE." Thanks tons, Hall 'n' Oates.

cd said...

I just choked on my water. Holy Bulge, Perry! That might be the greatest music video of the 80s.

Thankfully, there are no songs with "Coleen" in the title.

Joe R. said...

Hey, Joe. Where am I going with that gun in my hand?

Anonymous said...

Every time I hear "Rosanna," I wonder what the heck Rosanna Arquette must feel when she hears it. Which must be often, right?

Sarah in Ottawa said...

Ooo...we named Sarah (or Sara) got such a shaft. Starship, Hall and Oates...even Fleetwood Mac's "Sara". Although Ben Folds's "Zak and Sara" is catchy.

Mags said...

I've threatened a lot of people for calling me Maggie May. Why couldn't my mother go with her instincts since she's admitted that the song was on the con list when she was picking names?

It's not even a flattering song. I honestly could not hate Rod Stewart more if I tried.

Anonymous said...

Got you all beat, having to suffer
through taunts of "Delta Dawn" and
of course "Where's Tony Orlando?".

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have a name...and it gets mentioned in a song...and whenever I hear this song I want to scream. And there are persons on this planet that think it's rather cute to have this song sung to me instead of just calling me by my name. Thanks a lot....I do feel for the Sherries and the Saras (not upset about being sung the Sara Lee cake- theme?) and the Roseannes and my dear friend, Barbara Anne...we deal with this problem and regret that our parents picked our names without hearing those songs first. gee wheez.

Anonymous said...

Think of all the songs about Candy. I hear all of them: New Edition, Cameo, Bow Wow Wow, Sammy Davis Jr (Candyman), etc. But I do like the Iggy Pop song. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

I've got ya all beat-- try hearing julie, julie, julie do ya love me? for 35+ years!!!

Anonymous said...

First of all, Sherrie does not have a small fortune from the "Oh Sherrie" song rights - after she split everything with the songwriters and producers, it ended up being about one penny per record purchase. She was my friend when I was living in her town. And, she still keeps in contact with Steve.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE TO ASK YOU, THE FRIEND OF SHERRIE SWAFFORD. HOW OLD IS SHE IN THE VIDEO? SHE LOOKS VERY YOUNG ALSO SHE IS A VERY PRETTY AND CUTE GIRL. I SEE HER AS BEING A REALLY NICE PERSON. IT IS GREAT THEY STILL KEEP IN CINTACT WITH EACH OTHER.

Anonymous said...

I love Steve Perry he is an awesome singer. My husband teases me all the time with polythene Pam.