Three Times Five Songs About Roses

It’s a Friday Five Triple Play!




I’m not getting to this until almost four PM, so I hope you’ll find it entertaining.

I had a hard time coming up with this week’s collection of songs until I remembered that this Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday. As I explained during the A to Z Challenge in 2014, this is one of two days in the Roman Catholic Church calendar where the priest wears a pink, or rose-colored, chasuble. And I had my theme:

Songs with “rose” in the title!

And there are a TON of songs with “rose” in the title. By the time I finished, I had a playlist of fifteen songs, with no end in sight. I figured I had better stop or I’d be here all night. So, here’s your playlist:

  1. Rose Room – Quintette du Hot Club de France: I have to start with this one from Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the rest of the band. This was written by Art Hickman and Harry Williams in 1917, when they were playing in the Rose Room of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. This recording was done in the late 1930’s.
  2. The Yellow Rose of Texas: This is a traditional folk song that was popular with the Texas Brigades of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. When General John Hood took over the Army of Tennessee in 1864, he made this a marching song. Not sure who’s doing this one.
  3. Ramblin’ Rose – Nat King Cole: The song was written by Noel and Joe Sherman and recorded in 1962. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #7 on the R&B chart and was nominated for a Grammy as Song of the Year.
  4. Days of Wine and Roses – Vince Guaraldi Trio with Bola Sete: Written for the 1962 movie of the same name by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Andy Williams recorded it in 1963, and his record reached #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #26 on the Hot 100. Mancini’s version went as high as #10 on the Easy Listening chart and #33 on the Hot 100. I prefer this version, from the 1963 album Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete, and Friends.
  5. My Wild Irish Rose – Some Other Time Quartet: Written by Chauncey Olcott, this is evidently popular with barbershop quartets, such as this one.
  6. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison: The song was on Poison’s second album, Open Up and Say… Aah!. It was released as a single in October 1988 and reached #1 in December 1988 (exactly 27 years ago next Friday). VH-1 named it one of their top 100 songs of the 1980’s.
  7. Paper Roses – Marie Osmond: It’s hard to believe she was only 14 when she recorded this. It reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Hot Adult Contemporary Singles charts and #5 on the Hot 100 in 1973. This clip was from a Bob Hope Special late that year, and she and Bob match wits at the end. I’ll leave it to you to decide who came out on top.
  8. (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson: Written by Joe South and recorded in 1970, it reached #1 on the Country Singles chart, #3 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart, and did well in much of the rest of the world.
  9. Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses – Kathy Mattea: Written by Paul and Gene Nelson, it’s the story of a man named Charlie who is retiring after thirty years as a trucker. Ms. Mattea took this to #1 on the US and Canadian Country charts in 1988.
  10. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming and The Blessed Son of God – Baylor University Chorus: From the 2003 DVD “Christmas at Baylor.” I’m not sure which choral group this is, as I’m sure Baylor has many, but it was too beautiful not to include. And it’s Christmastime.
  11. Red Roses for a Blue Lady – Ray Conniff Singers: Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett wrote this in 1948; the best-selling version was by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra, recorded in late 1948. Vic Dana, Andy Williams, Bert Kaempfert, and Wayne Newton had hits with it, and it’s been covered many times, including by The Ray Conniff Singers.
  12. Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton: This was Bobby’s first hit, from 1962.
  13. Sally Go Round The Roses – The Pentangle: Done originally by The Jaynetts in 1963, it’s been covered many times. It was made popular in the UK by Pentangle, who recorded it in 1969 for their album Basket of Light. In the US, it was the B side of “Light Flight” in 1970. This is the version I’m most familiar with.
  14. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf: This was written in 1945, popularized in 1946, and released as a single in 1947 by Ms. Piaf, and has been recorded many times, none quite as good as the original.
  15. For The Roses – Joni Mitchell: The title track from her 1972 album, which had the misfortune of being the album between two of Ms. Mitchell’s best-sellers, Blue and Court and Spark. Joni’s another artist I’ve liked more as I’ve gotten older.

And that is your Friday Five (times three) for December 11, 2015. Happy birthday, Jim!

8 thoughts on “Three Times Five Songs About Roses

  1. Yeah Rose of Cimmaron here, too. Emmylou Harris, Roses in the Snow. Eddy Arnold, Big Bouquet of Roses.


  2. There’s also “A Rose for Emily” from one of my favorite albums Odyssey and Oracle by the Zombies.

    Also from my favorite Bruce Cockburn album Humans there is “Rose Above the Sky”.

    Right now I’ve got “Rose of Cimarron” by Poco running in my head.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote


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