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Short People Randy Newman (Warner Brothers, 1977)
Though Short people became a huge hit; peaking at #2 (for three weeks) on the Hot 100 (kept out of the top spot by Player’s Baby Come Back then the Bee Gees’ Stayin Alive), Newman now tries to distance himself and its success. Newman wrote the song about prejudice from a biased narrator. Unfortunately, many people still believe the point of view to be
Newman’s own. Short People was certified Gold. In 1978, a state of Maryland delegate Isaiah Dixon attempted to introduce legislation to make it illegal to play Short People on the radio. Assistant Attorney General Francis B. Burch informed Dixon that such a law would violate the First Amendment.