Author Murdock Irving Elmore III, best known for writing The Book of Love, the tome that was turned into The Monotones’ 1958 rock classic by the same name, died yesterday.
He was 99.
Mr. Elmore who also wrote The Book of Hate, The Book of Misgivings and The Book of Sullen Ambivalence, had mixed feelings about the song.
“The royalties were great for a while,” he told friends. “But I couldn’t understand some of the lyrics, and it didn’t tell the whole story.”
As he told SPINews last year, “My book was about much more than ‘In chapter four you break up but you give her just one more chance'. And they ignored the best parts like raging hormones and rec-room petting.”
Mr. Elmore added, "I got so frustrated at, 'I wonder, wonder, who wrote the book of love' because nobody knew the answer. I kept telling everyone it was me!"
Most people take their final bows on life’s big stage without proper fanfare so the Sardonika Policy Institute is urging that along with wills and cemetery spots, all actual living persons should spell out what they want at their funeral.
Below is part of the SPI Full Funeral Check Sheet. Pick one or more from each:
THEME: Family, Religious (Revival, Irish Wake, Animal Sacrifice), Sports (Beer Pong, Ping Pong, Putting Contest), Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Masquerade Party, Disney
MUSIC: Rock, Rap, Disco, OomPah, Ska, Emo, John Philip Sousa, Elevator, Zither, Country, Show Tunes