The Friday 5×2: Randomness, More Or Less

I have these sort of magpie tendencies where I collect things I think I might want in the future or that are shiny or whatever, put them away, and never look at them again. Then, one day I find my little stash and start going through it, and don’t quite remember why I saved it, but finding it makes me happy. There were especially difficult times in my life when I would collect YouTube videos and save them in a folder on my hard drive, then forget I had them. Well, I turned up a trove of them today, and saw that many were song videos. I chose ten of them and built a playlist, for your listening enjoyment. There’s no rhyme nor reason to the choices, no theme to tie all of them together, just songs I liked enough to want to save.

  1. Vincent Bell, “Airport Love Theme” I’ve never seen the movie Airport, but I’ve read the book by Arthur Hailey and heard the music by Vincent Bell, who invented the “guitar under water” sound. (Or, at least, perfected the technique…) He sold quite a few records with this one back in 1970.
  2. The Intruders, “Cowboys To Girls” Often I’ll go out to YouTube with the idea that I’m going to look for a song that I think I remember but can’t say for sure if it was real. This is one of them. The Intruders took this Gamble and Huff song to #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the Hot 100 in 1968. I guess it was real.
  3. Jerry Reed, “Eastbound and Down” From the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit, the second highest-grossing movie that year after Star Wars, which should tell you something. Jerry Reed wrote this song under his real name (Jerry Hubbard) and plays the hot guitar solo in the middle. It reached #2 on both the US and Canadian Country charts, but only rose as far as #103 on the Billboard “Bubbling Under” chart.
  4. Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, “Yeh Yeh” I talked about Georgie back when I was covering the British Invasion artists on Two for Tuesday. It was #1 for 2 weeks in the UK in 1965.
  5. Nilsson, “Everybody’s Talkin'” From the soundtrack of the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy, which received an X rating back then, not so much for what happened, but for what the censors believed happened in the film. Under further review, it received an R rating, and given some of the R-rated movies today, even that might be a little restrictive. The song reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and earned Nilsson a Grammy in 1970.
  6. Hedgehoppers Anonymous, “It’s Good News Week” Originally known as The Trendsetters, the band adopted the name The Hedgehoppers in 1964 and added “Anonymous” when Jonathan King took over as producer. The song reached #5 in the UK but only #48 in the US, which surprises me, because I remember hearing this all the time.
  7. Keith, “98.6” Keith took this to #7 in the US and earned a gold record for his efforts. “98.6” refers to human body temperature in degrees Fahrenheit; in those countries that have gone metric, the name of the song is “37.5”…
  8. The Kinks, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” I enjoy the music of The Kinks for the satire inherent in their songs. For all the fun that this record poked at the whole Carnaby Street scene rampant in England in those days, it did surprisingly well, reaching the top 5 in the UK, topping the chart in The Netherlands and New Zealand. It only got to #36 in the US. Guess we didn’t get the joke, although I’m willing to bet the censors kept it off the air.
  9. Maria Muldaur, “Midnight At The Oasis” I was seventeen when this song came out, so this song had a profound effect on me. ‘Nuff said. The guitar solo in the middle of the song is played by Amos Garrett, who was a member of Paul Butterfield’s Better Days with Maria’s ex-husband Geoff. It reached #6 in the US and #2 in Canada and resulted in a lot of intimate evenings.
  10. Ray Stevens, “Misty” You wouldn’t think that a country version of this song would sound that good, but Ray Stevens took this to #14 and made it sound perfectly normal.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for January 26, 2018.

15 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Randomness, More Or Less

  1. Everybody’s Talkin was one of Harry Nilsson’s best. I had a WCFL sound 10 survey with Keith on the cover around the time 98.6 was popular. I think I have it on a Big 10 hits LP, released before Lew Witz’ dad managed the station.

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  2. So many memories! Midnight at the Oasis…. warm, exotic and sultry. Seems I recall singing it with the jukebox at age 20. Glad I didn’t get in more trouble than I did.

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    1. Evidently, she has said that people still come up to her and tell her they lost their virginity to that song. She said she added that to her album more as an afterthought, and it’s turned out to be her one hit after all these years. You know exactly what she’s proposing, and yet she’s not right coming out and saying it. In that regard, the song is a masterpiece.

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  3. Georgie Fame was among the first pop artists that caught my attention when I was in junior high and becoming intrigued with the British Invasion of musicians. “Yeh, Yeh” is a wonderful piece of music.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. “Yeh Yeh” has that jazz quality to it that few of the other British Invasion bands had. I’ve not heard much more than that one and “The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde” from him, so he might be worth digging into. Hey, only 50 years late…

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    1. I’ve read the book and heard a lot of good things about the movie, but it never seems to be on. There are a couple of movie channels I get over the air, and they would be the sort to run that movie, so maybe I should just keep an eye on the listings. You can really tell in the book that Hailey based it on O’Hare, but I guess the movie was filmed at the Minneapolis airport, where I’ve been many times in the past.

      Glad you liked the songs!

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  4. Oh my goodness, I love Midnight at the Oasis, only her version, and I’m so glad you shared it. I fell in love with that song when I worked at a shop in my youth. (Long before internet, hm?) Had to go home and sing it to my parents, lol! It’s a swanky tune.
    Love Eastbound and Down, too.
    Misty’s good, too. Classic.

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    1. It’s a very swanky tune, and I love the way the music kind of swirls and sways around her. She sounds almost innocent when she sings it, you know? Your parents must have just about had a stroke when they heard you singing it…

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