So, today, Michelle wants songs with numbers in the title. I’ve already done a couple of numbers posts (here and here), so I cannibalized those, leaving several songs out and adding a few I thought you’d enjoy.
- Stacey Q, “Two Of Hearts” From 1986, this was the lovely Miss Q’s biggest hit, reaching #3 in the US and #1 in Canada.
- The Four Aces, “Three Coins In The Fountain” Theme song from the 1954 movie, it was written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1955. The Four Aces took it to #1 in 1954.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Sixteen Tons” The song was originally performed by Merle Travis in 1947, but Ernie took it to #1 on both the Country and Pop charts in 1955. Not bad for such a downer of a song, but that voice…
- From The Music Man, “76 Trombones” The final scene from the 1962 film adaptation of the Meredith Wilson-Franklin Lacey musical.
- Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola, “Swing 42” Django Reinhardt wrote an annual song called “Swing (the year),” and this is the one from 1942. Tommy and Frank give an impromptu performance backstage while waiting to go on.
- Tommy Tutone, “867-5309/Jenny” I did not know this: Tommy Tutone is the name of the band, whose lead singer is Tommy Heath. The original name of the band was Tommy and the Tu-Tones. This was their one big hit, reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1982.
- Ry Cooder, “One Meat Ball” In 1855, George Martin Lane write “The Lone Fish Ball” while a student at Harvard, and it became a favorite of undergraduates there. It was modernized in 1944 by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer as “One Meat Ball”, and Ry Cooder recorded it for his 1970 eponymous debut album.
- Traffic, “40,000 Headmen” From Traffic’s first live album, 1971’s Welcome To The Canteen. I first heard the overblown version done by Blood Sweat & Tears off their third album, and I like this one better.
- Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra, “Route 66 (TV Theme)” CBS, who originally carried the 1960-1964 series Route 66, didn’t want to pay royalties to license Bobby Troup’s 1946 song originally done by Nat King Cole, so they commissioned Nelson Riddle to write a theme song. The piano riff that dominates the song was Riddle’s tribute to the original.
- Warren Barker Orchestra, “77 Sunset Strip (TV Theme)” The series ran from 1958 to 1964 and starred Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith and Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and the only thing I remember is the song…
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 16, 2018.