The Friday 5×2: My Name In Song

I suggested this to Cathy Kennedy as a possibility for Monday’s Music Moves Me, but right now it doesn’t look like they’re going to need it for a while, so I’ll go ahead and use it. Trust me, there are plenty more songs for a future challenge. The challenge was to spell out my name using songs that start with each letter. I put the letters in red in the list, so you could tell…

  1. Shelley Fabares, “Johnny Angel” A song that was recorded twice before Ms. Fabares (by Laurie Loman and Georgia Lee) and went nowhere. Shelley’s version went to #1 in 1962.
  2. Three Dog Night, “One” Harry Nilsson wrote it and Chuck Negron had the lead vocal. The record went to #5 in the US and #4 in Canada.
  3. The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” A traditional folk song, Eric Burdon & Co.’s rock version was a #1 hit in the US, the UK and France in 1964, and is considered by many to be the first “folk-rock” hit.
  4. The Jackson 5, “Never Can Say Goodbye” This great song was written by Clifton Davis, who starred in the TV shows That’s My Mama and Amen and who’s an evangelist and pastor in real life. It went to #1 in 1972 and is one of their most-successful songs. Disco covers were recorded by Gloria Gaynor (1974) and The Communards (1982), and Isaac Hayes covered it in 1971, when it went to #5 on the R&B chart and #22 on the Hot 100.
  5. Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” Keyboardist Rod Argent formed Argent in 1969 when the Zombies broke up, and they had a hit in 1972 with this, reaching #5 in both the US and the UK.
  6. The Beatles, “O-Bla-Di, O-Bla-Da” This is an alternate version to the one on the White Album. Patti LuPone covered the song for the theme music to her 1989-1993 TV series Life Goes On, which also starred Bill Smitrovich, Chris Burke, and Kellie Martin.
  7. The Hollies, “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” One of the few Hollies songs that doesn’t feature their trademark harmony, this was released in April 1972 and went to #2 on the Hot 100 and was certified gold. Billboard named it the #24 song of 1972.
  8. The Grass Roots, “Temptation Eyes” Was released as a single in 1971, and it spent 18 weeks on the charts, three weeks longer than their biggest hit, “Midnight Confessions.” It peaked at #15 and was the #29 song for the year.
  9. The Motels, “Only The Lonely” I considered Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely,” but as I was searching for it this popped up, and I was like “heeeeeey.” This peaked at #9 in 1982.
  10. The Box Tops, “Neon Rainbow” I remember I really liked this song, and a friend of mine used it to show me how to figure out the chords to a song. It was written by Wayne Carson Thompson (who also wrote “The Letter” and “Soul Deep” for The Box Tops) and peaked at #24, spending a total of nine weeks on the charts.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for March 16, 2018.

20 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: My Name In Song

  1. Hey John,
    I think that is a GREAT idea for a theme on Monday’s Music Moves Me! And fun too! You put together a fabulous playlist with your name! I love a lot of those songs. When I have some time I’m going to do it with my name. That’s 14 songs, 21 if I include my middle name. What fun! How did you come up with that?? Very ingenious!

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. Oh, I love what you did here. At first, I thought you meant to find your actual name in a song and good luck with mine:) I love House of the Rising Sun and I love anything Roy Orbison. I am thinking about my name..B for Blue Skies. I for In Your Eyes, R for Relax, G for Ghost Ridrs in the Sky, I for In the Ghetto and T for Take a Chance on Me.


    1. There, see? You got the hang of it.

      There are hundreds of songs that mention “Johnny.” There’s an idea for Monday: songs with men’s names in the title except for forms of “John.”


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