Music: Bakery Specials

In moments of cynicism, Songwriter Bob Merrill has a special theory to explain why the U.S. public buys hit records. "For every one who takes the record home to play," he says, "two buy it for the pleasure of breaking it to bits." If there was any truth in the hypothesis, a great many U.S. citizens were smashing up Bob Merrill's own records last week. One lightweight little number, If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd 've Baked a Cake, has topped the hit parade three weeks in a row, with record sales passing the 1,000,000 mark.

Tunesmith Merrill, 28, the son...

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