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.
- 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.
- James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James” Title track from his 1970 album.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.