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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gene Autry, “Back In The Saddle Again” This was Gene’s signature song, cowritten by him and Ray Whitley and first released in 1939.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.