Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, January 7, 1960, music and lyrics for a new campaign song for Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts were released titled "If Anybody Can Kennedy Can."
The new song, by Vince Rago, was also known by the title "Kennedy Can Can."
The lyrics include the following words...
"Yeah Man, Yes Mam
If anybody can
If anybody can
And he will."
The song was copyrighted in 1959 by Vince Rago Publishing Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Vince Rago owned and managed the company from 1961 to 1968. His label offered soul, doo-wop, pop, rock, psychedelic artists from the Delaware Valley.
According to www.hangnailphillips.com, Mr. Rago "nurtured the musical careers of dozens of area singer-songwriters."
According to www.garagehangover.com, Vince Rago was a tough businessman. Representing Richie Records in negotiating with a band to promote a new record titled "All Souled Out," Mr. Rago "demanded upfront money" and when he didn't get it, the record was not released.
Vinney Rago, Jr. stated that the "old masters from his father's company were either lost or tossed out."
Senator Kennedy met with Episcopalian and Methodist ministers from the state of Delaware at 7 o'clock on the morning of January 7th, and later attended President Dwight D. Eisenhower's State of the Union Address at the National Capitol here in Washington.
"JFK Campaign Calendar," by Michelle Morrissette, www.forum.assassinationofjfk.net/