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Napoleon XIV
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    (1938- )
    Birth name is Jerry Samuels
    Recorded 'They're Coming To Take Me Away, HaHaaa!'
    He's known primarily for a bizarre song about a man going mad after his dog runs away.
    He tried to follow up his hit with songs with similar themes of insanity, such as 'I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle,' but ultimately failed.
    'They're Coming To Take Me Away, HaHaaa!' was banned by many radio stations for making fun of mental illnesses.
    The b-side to that song was 'aaah-aH, yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT,' which was the A-side run backwards.
    His second album was called 'For God's Sake, Stop The Feces!' (never actually got released).
    President Lyndon Johnson was appalled by the song and requested radio stations not play it.
    He took the name Napoleon to capitalize on the joke that 'crazy people' dressed up as Napoleon.
    His big hit, for all its strangeness, managed to be the fastest selling single to date in 1966.
    Never being photographed in costume, Samuels prefers to let the public make up their own idea of what Napoleon XIV looks like.
    He returned in the '90s with the compilation album 'The Second Coming' which contains songs from his unreleased second album.
    In the '90s, he became a popular entertainer at nursing homes and senior facilities in Philadelphia and Delaware Valley.

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