Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs With Men’s Names In The Title

So, the theme today is “songs with men’s names in them,” which I took to mean “songs with men’s names in the title.” Here are ten; note that I don’t typically repeat artists in one of these lists, but I had a few that I wanted to play here.

  1. Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck’s most popular song, and everyone’s avorite but mine, mostly because it’s played so often. Neveertheless, a great song.
  2. James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James” Title track from his 1970 album.
  3. Paul McCartney, “Teddy Boy” From Paul’s eponymous first solo album in 1970. I remember hearing the theory that it was about John Lennon, except that The Beatles did the song in their early days and never recorded it.
  4. Paul and Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” From Paul’s second album, Ram, which he recorded with his wife Linda. Released in August 1971, it reached #1 and was his first gold record, as well as the first of a string of hits in the Seventies and Eighties.
  5. The Looking Glass, “Jimmy Loves Mary Anne” Yes, I just used this one a couple of weeks ago, and no, I don’t care. It’s a great song and was very popular in Chicago in 1973, even though it only reached #33 on the Hot 100.
  6. The Andrews Sisters, “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!” This is an old song, written by Abe Olman with lyrics by Ed Rose in 1917. The Andrews Sisters recorded it in 1939 and had a hit with it, and I used to hear it all the time when I was a kid.
  7. Paul Simon, “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” The second song off of Paul’s eponymous second solo album, from 1972. It followed on the heels of “Mother And Child Reunion,” and only reached #33 on the Hot 100, but #7 on the Cash Box singles chart and #9 on the Easy Listening chart.
  8. Paul Simon (with Chevy Chase), “You Can Call Me Al” I included this because I think the video is hilarious. It was the first single from 1986’s Graceland. Released in 1986, it only reached #44, but after the album won a Grammy, it re-entered the chart and rose to #23. It’s Simon’s most successful solo single.
  9. Jim Croce, “Rapid Roy The Stock Car Boy” Jim’s done a couple of songs with men’s names in the title, and this is my favorite. It’s from 1972’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim and wasn’t released as a single. It should have been.
  10. Michael Jackson, “Ben” This was the theme song from the 1972 horror movie. It was sung by Lee Montgomery (who played Danny Garrison, the central (human) character in the movie) at the beginning and by Michael Jackson as the credits rolled at the end. The song won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Original Song in 1973, but lost out to “The Morning After.” The song was originally written for Donny Osmond…

I’m sure you have a bunch of other songs with men’s names in the title, so leave them in the comments and I’ll feature them next week. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 14, 2017.

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24 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs With Men’s Names In The Title

  1. “OK, what key are we playing it in tonight?”

    That was always the question when I played Johnny B. Goode onstage. My first memory of a song on the radio was Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go, a song I like much better. But Johnny B. Goode had great audience appeal. Chuck’s lyrics always told great stories.

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    1. I heard The Beatles’ cover of “Roll Over Beethoven,” and that became my favorite Chuck Berry song. That and “Memphis, Tennessee.” You’re right, Chuck told amazing stories.

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  2. While it is not really one of my favorites, “Abraham, Martin and John”, the super annoying “Hey Mickey” and “Jesus He Knows Me” by Phil Collins. We saw James Taylor recently and he did “Sweet Baby James.” Found out it was written for his nephew.

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  3. The list could go on forever… but how about Herman’s Hermits ‘Henry the VIII’ and Jimmy Dean’s ‘Big Bad John’ …

    This has been a fun topic/theme. Thanks for playing!

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  4. Everyone’s been coming up with a lot of song choices on this prompt. Here’s one by Murray Mclauchlan that I doubt anyone will come up with–“Me and Joey”

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  5. Way ta go! What a great idea to list your tunes when you got so many in your head & great minds think alike cuz I had good ol’ Chuck too! Love it my friend!!! Thanks for the boogie woogie you brought down the house! Have a rockin’ week!

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  6. Isn’t it odd how particular songs or artists tend to connect to a certain place or experience? We live in an old house that had a tiny kitchen. I repainted and faux-finished what is now our pantry while listening to James Taylor. I can”t even walk through without one of his songs popping into my head!

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  7. You picked some good ones, John, including a lot that I didn’t know about or haven’t heard in a while. “You Can Call Me Al”, especially, I must not have thought about in over 30 years. Would have been nice to hear “Roll over Beethoven” but that’s a last name.

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  8. John,

    You brought some different (and new-to-me) male name tunes to the dance party. Excellent! This has been a fun theme and everyone playing sure brought their A game to the party loaded with some fabulous dance mewsic. I like the vid with Paul Simon and Chevy Chase. That’s always fun to watch. You probably aren’t going to believe this but you introduced 5 new ones to me including Sweet Baby James (James Taylor), Teddy Boy (Paul McCartney), Jimmy Loves Mary Anne (The Looking Glass), Oh Johnny Oh Johnny (The Andrew Sisters), and Rapid Boy (Jim Croce). I always liked The Looking Glass but the only song I remember is Brandy. Now, I need to play some of their tunes that are probably lost to me. Have a tunetastic week and thanks for the dance!

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    1. The Looking Glass only had three singles, one either side of “Brandy,” their first being “Golden Rainbow” that did respectably well on the Adult Contemporary chart, and “Jimmy” that was a big hit in Chicago, for some reason. They had a couple of albums, their 1972 eponymous album and 1973’s “Subway Serenade” before going their separate ways. The lineups for both are on Wikipedia.

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  9. Hey John, I’m finally getting over here to check out last Monday’s 4M posts. Great playlist here! Hey, I never heard Jim Croce’s Rapid Roy. That’s a fun song! Thanks for the introduction.
    When I saw your song titles I didn’t recognize Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al but as soon as the first notes played, I knew it immediately. Never saw that video with Chevy Chase. That was fun too.
    I remember that creepy movie Ben — it was so odd, this nice melodic song playing at the end of that very disturbing movie. That was so long ago… I think I saw it not too many years ago when it aired on some weird TV channel.
    I also wasn’t familiar with Paul McCartney’s Teddy Boy.
    Loved Looking Glass’ Jimmy Loves Mary Ann. It was new to me when you used it a few weeks ago and I’m glad you used it again! Good song!

    I’ll be making the BOTB rounds to vote on the Aug 15th post, probably tomorrow. I’m way behind on things. In fact I’m skipping this monday’s 4M post. But I’ll be around for the next one.
    Have a good weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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