We do locations/places a lot for M4, so I thought I might try a different take on the topic… I did songs with non-specific places in the title. I think I’ve done a couple of these before.
- The Beach Boys, “In My Room” From their 1963 album Surfer Girl, it was the B side to “Be True To Your School.” It peaked at #23.
- The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” Title track from their 1964 album, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 ands #1 on the R&B chart.
- The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” The last song reminded me of this one, so I tossed it in. This reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart in 1962.
- Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay” Otis recorded this three days before he died in a plane crash in December 1967. It was released the following January and reached #1 on the pop and R&B charts.
- Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” Title track from their 1964 album, went to #6 on the charts.
- Canned Heat, “Goin’ Up The Country” Canned Heat’s best-known song, from their third album, 1968’s Living The Blues. Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson does the vocal here. They played it at Woodstock, where it became kind of an anthem.
- Tower Of Power, “Down To The Nightclub” Tower of Power was a funk/R&B band from the Oakland area that had a couple of national hits (“You’re Still A Young Man”, “So Very Hard To Go”), but they’re probably best known for their horn section, which has backed up a number of other artists.
- The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind” I used this before, I know, but I just can’t get enough Ted Nugent. The Dukes were based in Chicago, and Nuge was only 19 (not 16 as originally reported) here.
- Ten Years After, “I’m Goin’ Home” This is the shortest version of this I could find. They played this at Woodstock for close to ten minutes, and when Alvin Lee got cranked up, he could go all night.
- ABC Western Australia Close of Transmission, 1985 Get it? They’re going off the air for the evening! A very nice rendition of “Advance Australia Fair” (the Australian National Anthem) at the end of this.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 26, 2018.