So Friday I came up with a list of ten songs with “star” in the title, Kip came up with four more, the rest of you came up with five, and I cam up with two more, so here are eleven more “star” songs.
- Garry Miles, “Look For A Star” Arlee used this in one of his Battles of the Bands, which I don’t remember, but then, I forget a lot of stuff. Garry Miles is a pseudonym for James “Buzz” Cason, who’s been around the block a while. This went to #16 for him in 1960.
- Perry Como, “Catch A Falling Star” This was Perry’s first Gold Record, and it reached #2 in the US and #9 in the UK in 1958. Arlee and Jeanne suggested this.
- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, “Stars” Barbara thought of this one, and said it gave her chills whenever she heard it. It only reached #95 on the Hot 100 in 2012, but #27 on the Adult Pop Chart, #15 on the Adult Alternative chart, #13 on the Rock chart, and #14 on the US Rock Digital chart. Kind of makes you wonder about the Hot 100…
- Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” Marilyn and Billy were members of The Fifth Dimension who got married in 1969 and left to do their own thing in 1975. This song topped the Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1977. Kip suggested this.
- Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards), “When You Wish Upon A Star” This was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Disney’s 1940 animated feature Pinocchio. This is as much an icon of The Disney Company as Mickey Mouse. Another Kip suggestion.
- Lee Marvin, “I Was Born Under A Wandering Star” From the 1969 film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon. The film was a flop, but the soundtrack was a success. Lee Marvin, not a singer by any stretch of the imagination, insisted on doing all his own songs, and I don’t think anyone could have done this any better. It was a #1 hit in the UK and Ireland for three weeks in 1970. Another Kip choice.
- Jimmy Buffett, “Stars Fell On Alabama” The state next door used this on their license plates for a few years. A jazz standard, it was written by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish in 1934. This recording was from an episode of ABC’s short-lived but very funny Fridays in the 1980’s. Kip’s last suggestion (this time).
- David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust” From the 1972 concept album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. This was suggested by Mary B.
- Bad Company, “Shooting Star” A track from 1975’s Straight Shooter, this was a popular track on AOR stations in the mid-’70’s, but was never released as a single. Suggested by Jeanne.
- The United States Marine Corps Band, “The Stars And Stripes Forever” I usually pull out Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops’ version of this, but using the Marine Corps Band’s version of the song seemed most appropriate. As the conductor says at the beginning, this has become the official march of the United States.
- “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” I’m surprised this wasn’t the first song everyone suggested. Based on a Mozart melody, which is also used for “The Alphabet Song,” appropriate during April. This version has a nice instrumental break in the middle and a cute video.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 2, 2018.