PARAMUS, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Paramus' singer-songwriter Dean Friedman. He turns 61 on Monday, May 23.
Friedman was born and raised in Paramus -- and his notable 1977 song "Ariel" is apparently the only Billboard Top 40 song that mentions Paramus. The video is embedded, above.
He has recorded 10 albums, available in a variety of formats. Friedman's songs have been covered by bands including the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Ariel Pink, and Steve Page, the lead singer of Barenaked Ladies, sang backing vocals on Friedman's 1998 album "Songs For Grownups."
Friedman is still touring, as well, and will be in the UK, Ireland and France in coming months.