Today I’ll be presenting, for your listening pleasure, ten of the many songs that were suggested by you based on the “Destinations” theme. I got about fifty from you, and every time I feature songs with destinations people come up with more. As Kip said, I could be doing this all year…
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dani California” Biker Chick recommended this one. It’s from their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium. It was released as a single in April 2006, debuted at #24 on the Hot 100, peaking at #6, the RHCP’s third Top Ten single.
- Bridie Gallagher, “Green Glens of Antrim” Uncle Jack suggested I do a list of just locations in Ireland, and gave this song as an example. I’ll do a list of other songs with destinations in Ireland, because there are lots of them.
- Toto, “Africa” This was suggested by Janet. From their 1982 album Toto IV. It was released as a single in September of that year, and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in February 1983. Ed Thierbach suggested this cover by Perpetuum Jazzile, and having heard it, I recommend it, too.
- R. Dean Taylor, “Indiana Wants Me” Canadian singer-songwriter Taylor wrote and recorded this one in August 1970, and it was a Top Ten hit in both the US and UK, reaching #1 on the Cash Box survey. Arlee suggested this one.
- The Feeling, “Blue Piccadilly” Annalisa came up with a few recommendations that I never heard of, mostly because, as everyone knows, I stopped following pop music sometime in the Nineties. This was on their first album, 2006’s Twelve Stops and Home.
- Dougie MacLean, “Caledonia” Not the same song as the 1945 jump blues one recorded by Louis Jordan and The Tympani Five (that was “Caldonia”), but a 1977 composition in honor of Scotland (Caledonia was the name given to it by the Romans). The Blogger’s Best Friend says it’s “the most popular of all MacLean’s recordings and something of an anthem for Scotland.” Thanks to Ed for suggesting this.
- Dionne Warwick, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” Janie suggested this, and it combines the elements for an instant hit: music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and vocals by Dionne Warwick. It was the followup single to 1968’s “Theme From Valley of the Dolls”/”I Say A Little Prayer” and reached #10 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box chart, #23 on the R&B chart, and #4 on the Easy Listening chart, and won her a Grammy in 1969.
- Glenn Miller, “Pennsylvania 6-5000” Calen said this was her favorite, and I think she speaks for a lot of folks. I like it a lot, too. The number is that of the Hotel Pennsylvania, home of the Cafe Rouge, where the Miller band and others played frequently.
- Jeanette MacDonald, “San Francisco” Birgit, our resident movie buff, suggested this. It was the theme song for the 1936 movie of the same name, starring Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Miss MacDonald, and was later popularized by Judy Garland.
- Bruce Springsteen, “The Streets of Philadelphia” J Lenni Dorner, my fellow A to Z Challenge co-host, recommended this. Springsteen wrote it for the 1993 movie Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. As a single, it reahed #9 on the Hot 100 and was a Top Ten hit internationally.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 10, 2017. More songs on Friday.