Since I’m the Guest Conductor for M4, I feel like I should play this one.
Remember Saturday Night Live when Nora Dunn and Jan Hooks would play the singing sisters (I forget the name they used, and I don’t feel like looking it up right now) who would end every set with “The Trolley Song”? They were actually pretty good, but Judy Garland… divine.
Anyway, on to this week’s theme, which is “Your Name In Song.” I wrote a post a while ago where I did this as a sort of demo. The rules are to take your name (first, middle, last, first and last, first, middle and last…) and, using each letter, choose a song that starts with that letter.
The first time I did this, I used my first and last name, which is conveniently ten letters. I figured I could use my first and last name again, then I said, “nah, let’s do something different.” My middle name is Connelly, which is eight letters long, so I’m going to use my first initial (J), my middle name, and the first letter of my last name (H) to build the playlist. OK? OK!
Here’s what I came up with:
- The Blue Ridge Rangers, “Jambalaya” John Fogerty’s first project after CCR was The Blue Ridge Rangers, where he played all the instruments and sang. This was the first single from the album and went to #16 in 1973.
- John Fogerty, “Centerfield” Long as we’re talking John Fogerty, this is the title track from his third album and first in ten years. One of the most familiar baseball songs that usually gets played after the home team takes the field at the start of a game and is warming up. It went to #44 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Billboard Hot Rock Tracks chart in 1985.
- Roy Orbison, “Only The Lonely” I used The Motels’ song in the original post, so here’s Roy’s, from 1960. It was his first hit single, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the R&B chart.
- The Association, “Never My Love” The Association’s second hit from 1967, it was their third #1, after “Cherish” and “Windy.” In 1999, BMI said this song had been played 7 million, making it the second-most played song in history. The 5th Dimension recorded a live version of the song that was also a hit.
- The Jackson 5, “Never Can Say Goodbye” Written by Clifton Davis, who went on to star in That’s My Mama and Amen, it was originally intended for The Supremes, but Motown decided the J5 would be a better fit. It rose to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1971.
- Three Dog Night, “Easy To Be Hard” From the musical Hair, this was sung by Chuck Negron on their Suitable for Framing (1969). It went to #4 on the Hot 100 and was the #33 song on Billboard‘s year-end Hot 100 in 1969.
- Swing Out Sister, “La La (Means I Love You)” Originally done by The Delfonics in 1968, when it went to #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell released it as a single from their 1994 album The Living Return, and it went to #37.
- Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “Let It Ride” From 1974, and I remember it was played at one of the two proms I attended that year. (Long story, don’t want to get into it.) It peaked at #23 in the US and #3 in BTO’s native Canada.
- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, “You’re The One That I Want” From the 1978 movie Grease, from which the video was taken. It was one of two songs John Farrar wrote for the movie, specifically for Olivia Newton-John (the other being “Hopelessly Devoted To You”). It went Gold in April of that year and Platinum in July, and was #1 in many countries, including the US.
- Pharrell Williams, “Happy” This came out in 2015 and went to #1 all over the world, going seven times Platinum, meaning it sold 14 million copies. The video is Jewbellish’s from early March 2014, to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim; it takes some scenes from the original video and mixes in some fairly old video of traditionally-dressed Jewish men having fun. (The drum-shaped hats some men are wearing are called shtreimels.) Jewbellish did a remake the following year, which you can see here.
Clicking on that link will reveal the Linky and give you a way to add your link to it.
And with that in mind: do you love music and nurse a secret desire to be a disc jockey? Why don’t you consider joining us each Monday on Monday’s Music Moves Me? You can start today if you want, since you’ve seen an example of what the theme is, or you can start next week, which is a “freebie,” meaning you can come up with your own theme. Marie, known to all of us as XmasDolly, maintains a list of the themes for each week on her site (it’s in the right-hand column, in a box that says “THEMES FOR MONDAY’S MUSIC MOVES ME”). Choose songs that fit the theme from YouTube and either build a playlist or paste the songs individually into your post (details and smartass comments are optional) and when your post shows up, add a link to it to the Linky. Then go visit all the other VJ’s in the list, because that’s the thing to do.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 7, 2018.