The Friday 5×2: “Hello” “Again” (with Manic Monday)

Great news! Sandi, over at Flip Flops Every Day, has a Manic Monday prompt this week!

Glad you’re back, Sandi! Now, here are the rules for Manic Monday:

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it by next Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read! I just got back to blogging, so this is a few days late!

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It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it! It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules! (except using the title of the song part)

Sandi’s prompt this week is “Hello Again” by The Cars. Since I do a playlist on Fridays, I thought that would be a good way to handle the prompt this week. Here’s what I did: I came up with ten songs, five that had “hello” in the title and five that had “again” in the title.

  1. Todd Rundgren, “Hello It’s Me” I remember hearing this on Wolfman Jack’s syndicated radio show and instantly liking it. It’s actually an older song, from 1968, and I understand it was the first song Todd composed. It was his only Top Ten hit, reaching #5 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
  2. Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Alone Again (Naturally) I’ve used this song in a number of playlists and I don’t care. It combines a nice tune with morose lyrics, and people liked that in 1972, when it spent six non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and was #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the year.
  3. The Beatles, “Hello Goodbye” Most Beatles songs are credited to Lennon-McCartney, but after a while you can tell which of them wrote it. In this case, Paul wrote it and it was the first song released by The Fab Four after manager Brian Epstein died. It was a non-album track with “I Am The Walrus” as the flip side, but Capitol Records, who did stuff like this all the time, included it on the Magical Mystery Tour album. It was a #1 in the US (Billboard and Cash Box), the UK, Canada, Australia… pretty much everywhere in 1967-68.
  4. Gene Autry, “Back In The Saddle Again” This was Gene’s signature song, cowritten by him and Ray Whitley and first released in 1939.
  5. Lionel Richie, “Hello” You knew this was coming, right? Richie recorded this for his second solo album, 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, and it was the third song released from that album in 1984. It hit #1 on the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the RPM (Canada) Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.
  6. Dolly Parton, “Here You Come Again” Title track from her 1977 album, it was her first crossover hit, reaching #3 on the Hot 100, #7 on the RPM Singles chart, #1 on RPM‘s Country and Easy Listening charts, #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #2 on its Easy Listening charts.
  7. The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” Off of 1968’s Waiting For The Sun, it was released as a single that year and reached #1 in the US and Canada and #15 in the UK.
  8. The Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again?” A song by Gamble and Huff, it was one of the most-successful “Philly Soul” songs, reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #2 on the Hot 100, and #4 on the R&B charts in the US, and spent two weeks atop the UK Singles chart. The group sang this at Prince Charles’s 30th birthday party, so he must have been a fan.
  9. Louis Armstrong, “Hello, Dolly! One of Satchmo’s signature tunes, he released his record in 1964 and it ended The Beatles’ streak of three #1 singles in a row. It was #3 for the year, behind “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” and won the Grammy in 1965 for Song of the Year. It was the highlight of the 1969 movie of the musical that starred Barbra Streisand. I thought it was, anyway.
  10. Dionne Warwick, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” From the 1968 musical Promises, Promises, the team of Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Dionne Warwick took this to #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, #6 on the Billboard and Cash Box singles charts, and #3 on the Canadian singles chart. I was tempted to use Bobbie Gentry’s version, which spent 19 weeks on the UK singles chart, including one week at #1, but decided against it for some reason.

And that’s your Friday 5×2, as well as my entry in this week’s Manic Monday, for October 20, 2017.

29 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: “Hello” “Again” (with Manic Monday)

  1. Great selection, John! Here are a couple with “again” – Back in My Arms again – Supremes, Christmas Time is Here Again – The Beatles.


  2. Nice choices! I love how you had the two that TeleportingWeena chose, too 🙂
    I’d add some modern, non-John kinda stuff, but this was a great list!


  3. For the “again” song I immediately thought of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”.

    First “hello’ song that came to my mind was “Hello Hooray” which I first heard on Judy Collins’ Who Knows Where the Time Goes. Also done by Alice Cooper.

    Here’s Judy’s version:

    Tossing It Out


  4. I was born in 1971. Your #1, Hello it’s me” – I recall hearing that song on the radio in the mid 70s all the time. And I grew up listening to classic Rock. In Southern California, we had stations like KLOS (hard rock / classic Rock), Arrow/JackFM – the 93.1 radio station that changed names throughout time, but typically focused just on classic rock. This song mainly was found on KEARTH more oldies but goodies station – playing Beatles and bubble gum rock…and soft music. That was the station my dad listened to.

    My mom was a huge Doors fan and that song, I actually liked. Although I love so many genres of music and can appreciate almost all songs… I just didn’t really like the Doors.

    Gene Autry – the original cowboy? It’s funny, the only reason why I know who that is, my husband and I met each other through work. I went to work for him (through a placement agency) and the company was located off Gene Autry Way. Which is the street that leads into the Angels of Anaheim stadium. So, I chuckled. Because it has meaning for me.

    That Lionel Richie song, I LOVED. When I was kid, it was one of my favorites. I think I was in 6th grade?
    And I loved that Dolly Parton song! My dad and aunts, all like country. The old country that I couldn’t stand except 1 Loretta Lynn song and then there was Dolly! I never liked the old stuff. (preferring Merle Haggard Jr. over Sr.) I would love to go to Dolly World some day! She’s so stinking cute.


    1. I’ve been to Dollywood, and it’s a trip well worth taking. If you get tired of it, there are tons of outlet stores in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Dollywood was fantastic for the local economy. She bridges the “old” and “new” country.

      Gene Autry originally owned the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels (of Anaheim).


      1. I know – we laugh – none of us know what to call the Angels anymore. I think the latest is Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (because they wanted tourists to go and they thought adding Los Angeles to the name – was a good marketing idea – lame!) It’s offensive to all us in Orange County. (well, we moved now) At one time, Disney owned it (and the stupid Rally monkey was introduced – ugh) I still roll my eyes “If you clap, he will come” and they play the house of pain song. Get up Get up, get down…jump, jump….everybody jump. And the rally monkey (an actually monkey wearing Angel attire – is jumping up and down on the jumbotron) I got kids, and I still think it is so lame. My husband always laughs at me as I say “stupid monkey” under my breath


        1. Believe it or not, they’re back to just Los Angeles Angels. Which is how they started in 1961. Guess that’s why their uniforms just say “ANGELS.”

          I’ll see your Rally Monkey and raise you a Tomahawk Chop. And “The Wave”–I hope the person who started that spends eternity amid the Unquenchable Flames. The monkey would be cute once, maybe twice, then it just gets annoying.

          Have you ever seen film of baseball fans at ballgames before 1960? Suits, ties, fedoras for the men, dresses, stockings and heels for the women. They looked like civilized adults. Even the kids. We stayed home and listened to the games on the radio until we were deemed old enough to act properly at ballgames.

          Sorry, I’m all over the place here.

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          1. Like all sports, everything is too dang expensive to take “families” to any more. It used to be the inexpensive thing to do – go to a ball game. Have some peanuts and a malt. We don’t go unless work gives us tickets or just the boys go. I don’t ever want to pay for 4 tickets.


            1. Sports, the movies, concerts, plays… all entertainment is overpriced, I think. Books, in comparison, are cheap, especially the ones at the library. Radio and over-the-air TV broadcasts are cheap. Streaming services aren’t free, but in comparison they’re inexpensive. I’d rather listen to a ballgame on the radio than go to the stadium to see it. Actually, even better is MLB Gameday Audio: $20 a year and I can get radio feeds for all 2,430 regular-season games, plus postseason and spring training. It’s great: no reception issues, I can choose which feed to listen to, and they archive the games so you can listen later. Who’d be without?The downside is it’s just the audio feed, but I grew up listening to ballgames on the radio, and I can see video highlights on Yahoo! or, even while the game is in progress. Can’t beat it if you’re a baseball fan…


  5. As much of a Beatles fan that I am, I’m not a fan of “Hello Goodbye”. It’s one of my least favorite songs by them. I have no idea why I dislike it so much.

    I used to love “Alone Again (Naturally)” when I was an angsty seventh/eighth grader. I still enjoy it.


    1. I thought “I Am The Walrus” was better. John wrote that one. Typically, John’s songs have better lyrics while Paul’s have better music. I like George’s the best, though.


  6. Great way to showcase the theme for Manic Monday. I love that Beatles song and love me some Satchmo. Happy Friday! I have to say, I was surprised that you had no idea who Gord Downie was. The Canadian News has said that The Tragically Hip was not really known in the States and I thought that was not the case but I was wrong! You should check out some of the songs and this man was such a good man who gave his final tour last year knowing he was terminally ill with brain cancer. So I say that Gord is saying Hello to all the angels in his silver suit:)


    1. Like you said, the Tragically Hip aren’t well known here, and the bulk of their catalog was recorded after I gave up on pop music. I will look into them…


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