“All Aboard!” This is your guest conductor speaking. My dad worked for the Monon Railroad early in his checkered career, departing from La Salle Street Station in Chicago and traveling to various points in Indiana, true to its name of “The Hoosier Line.” Apparently there was a print ad years ago for the Monon that showed a conductor yelling “All Aboard!” If you looked close enough, you would see his fly was open. If you ever see a copy of it, let me know.
Anyway, today is a freebie day, so I’m going to continue on with the theme we had last week. This week, we’re going to spell out “Monday, Monday.”
- The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday, Monday” Might as well start with the song that gave me the idea. Cass, Denny, John and Michelle took this one to #1 in 1966. It was on their 1966 album If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears.
- Madonna, “Open Your Heart” I chose a version without the weird video. This was on her 1986 album True Blue and reached #1 on the Hot 100 on Valentine’s Day 1987.
- The Human Beinz, “Nobody But Me” A cover of a song by The Isley Brothers, The Human Beinz, the pride of Struthers, Ohio, took this to #8 in 1967, the only time they reached the Top 10.
- Johnny Winter, “Dallas” I had a copy of this on a Columbia Records promotional album, and I’m including it because it was the first time I had ever heard bottleneck guitar. The notes on the song say that Johnny’s guitar is tuned to an open G, probably by taking the first, fifth and sixth strings down a full step, in case you want to play along.
- The Four Tops, “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)” Some classic ’70’s soul by one of the classic ’70’s soul groups. This is actually a cover of a song by Hamilton, Joe Frank, Reynolds (and the entire Eyewitness News Team). It reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box Singles chart in 1973, their best-selling record since they left Motown for ABC Records.
- The Beatles, “Yellow Submarine” I’m glad Vevo is making some Beatles music available. This song was included on their 1966 album Revolver (one of my favorite Beatles albums) and was the flip side to “Eleanor Rigby.” It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on every major British chart and was the basis for the 1968 animated movie of the same name (from which this video was taken).
- Chicago, “Mother” From 1970’s Chicago III, it wasn’t released as a single, but it’s from the band’s early days and still holds up well.
- Roxy Music, “Out Of The Blue” This was on Roxy Music’s 1973 album Country Life and released as a single but failed to chart. By this time Brian Eno had left the band, replaced by Eddie Jobson, who plays an interestingly-shaped electric violin in this.
- Steam, “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” A song that gained fame when Nancy Faust started playing it when the Chicago White Sox knocked an opposing pitcher out of the game (I also remember her playing it when manager Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles was ejected from a game). It is the last multi-week #1 single of the 1960’s on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart through the first part of 1970.
- Randy & The Rainbows, “Denise” Doo-wop was still very much alive in 1963. This song spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #10.
- Eric Carmen, “All By Myself” Eric was the leader of The Raspberries, who had a hit with “Go All The Way” in 1972. The band broke up in 1975 and Eric started his solo career, reaching #2 in 1976 with this rather-melancholy song. That period of the ’70’s was the heyday of rather-melancholy songs…
- Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, “Yeh Yeh” One of the many bands of the British Invasion, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames had a #1 in the UK with this in 1964.
So, anyway, if you’d like to play along with us on Mondays, here’s what you do: check Marie’s (a/k/a Xmas Dolly) page for the theme for the week. Build a YouTube playlist (or just paste the URL’s of the songs you’d like to share into your post). When you’ve published your post, add its address to the Linky that you can find
Then, go visit the other blogs on the Linky! Easy peasy, huh?
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 14, 2018.