Michael Jackson walked into an oasis where a Bedouin was drinking with his camel and he asks the Bedouin if he can buy the camel to finish his trip across the desert. The Bedouin told Michael that he could have the camel if he could tell him how a camel hides out in the desert. Michael said that the camel uses camouflage. Michael said that he could make a crocodile smile and a kookaburra laugh and he asked the Bedouin, “What do you call a camel with no humps?” The Bedouin gave up and Michael said, “Humphrey.” Michael said, “When I bring the camel back, where should I park it?”, and the Bedouin replied, “Put it back in the Camelot.”
This song written by David Nichtern an American songwriter and television composer, soundtrack artist and Buddhist teacher in 1973. It was recorded by the singer Maria Muldaur for her self-titled album and it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1974. This song was the only commercial success for either Nichtern or Muldaur. The album peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the RIAA on May 13, 1974. Billboard ranked ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ at #13 for 1974. It was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975. In Canada, the song reached #2 in the RPM magazine singles charts and #45 in the year-end chart.
The song gained fame and some notoriety at that time because of Muldaur’s…
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