Monday’s Music Moves Me: Monday, Monday

“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.”

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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…
  12. 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

HERE

Then, go visit the other blogs on the Linky! Easy peasy, huh?

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 14, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Monday, Monday

  1. John,

    Another cool idea! Mary kept with your theme from last week, as well, except she added an interesting twist. Your playlist consisted of a few songs I did not know like John Winters “Dallas”, Roxy Music “Out of the Blues”, Randy & the Rainbows “Denise”, and Georgie Fame & the Flames “Yeh Yeh” which I appreciated the introduction. I’m always in for a treat when I hop over to dance with you. Have a pawsome weekend and it’s great fun having you as this month’s honorary co-host!

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    1. I like Mary’s twist on the theme; it adds a degree of complexity. Of course, Michele was able to find bands and solo artists for each letter of the alphabet a couple of years ago for A to Z…

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  2. Okay.. I am LOVING this twist on your theme from last week! What a fantastic idea. You’ve had some really good ones lately that I may need to borrow from in the future (not too soon – I’ll put some distance between them) Great job on being conductor this month!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  3. Way ta go John Boy!!! ~hehehe~ So, tell me which of the Johns do you get called the most??? John… Johnny… John Boy… etc., but more important which one don’t you like to be called??? Love, love, love…. Mamas & the Papas and I truly played the whole song listening to it now in fact again! I love to listen to the songs while I’m typing my comment and just fill the house with music. Let me share this with you… (I may put it in my Post next Monday if I remember too. I have a very bad memory… ~sigh~) my neighbor yelled up at my window this morning and she said, “HI MARIE! I SEE IT’S MONDAY TODAY!”, & I said yes it is. Why do you say it that way?” She said, “because I always here great music coming from your window & I know the ones you like & the ones you don’t like so much”. I said, “Really, how?” “Because you play the entire songs you like and the ones you don’t it’s only a few seconds or a half a minute”. bwahahahaha Oh well, ya found me out! HAVE A GREAT DAY, JOHN! My first “Honorary Conductor”!!! And a great one you are~!!!

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    1. I prefer John. My family calls me Johnny, because I was named for my grandfather and they had to distinguish us. No one that has called me John Boy has lived to tell the tale… XD…

      Glad you liked the set. I should have been a DJ, I think, though now there’s no future in it…

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  4. Another great and interesting selection of songs, which some I am not familiar with. Sometimes, if I listen to them on YouTube, I’ll remember the song. Yeh, I like the theme too – cool idea. “California Dreamin” was my fav by the Mamas and the Papas and the “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” song has become a favorite at football games, etc.

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  5. My parents were big Mama and Papas fans and I remember listening to their vinyl album when I was a kid. I love Monday, Monday – it brings a smile to my face because of the memories (I love how music can do that).

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  6. I love so many Mamas and Papas songs, including Monday, Monday (but California Dreamin’ is my fav). It was so nice to hear Denise again after all these years – coming from the Bronx, where doo-wop was king (and rap originated, but that’s another story) I do like my doo-wop. There were a couple here that were not favorites but I won’t complain – I am in awe of your Music Mixes! Now I have to get to work on your next Guest Conductor order…I mean, suggestion.

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    1. Randy & The Rainbows were from Queens, but that’s beside the point… 😉 New York in general was kind of the epicenter of doo-wop, with most of the better groups coming out of one of the five boroughs or even out of New Jersey.

      The Mamas & The Papas had some incredible harmonies going. “Dedicated To The One I Love” is just sublime.

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