At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

September 3, 2014 3:11 PM

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At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

By the late '50s, Carl had racked up a decade of hits along with a certain amount of unwelcome notoriety. One day, Mom answered the front doorbell to find a rank stranger with her daughter in tow. The stranger asked if they could come in and watch Carl write a song. Without missing a downbeat, Mom said, "He does most of his writing on the john."

She was protecting a man who sought anonymity almost as avidly as he sought hits. When book agents began calling to ask him to write his autobiography, Carl invariably declined. He was horrified at the prospect of sharing personal information with the public. And by then his golf game interested him...

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