Monday’s Music Moves Me: Animals!

Mary over at Jingle Jangle Jungle is this month’s guest conductor, and set today’s theme as “animals.” So, here’s my menagerie…

  1. Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like An Eagle” Title track from his 1976 album that went to #3 in the US, #4 in Canada, and #11 in the UK. The song went to #2 in the US and Canada that year.
  2. Lauryn Hill and Tanya Blount, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” Just a beautiful Gospel tune.
  3. Captain & Tennille, “Muskrat Love” The guys from America wrote it, but somehow it sounds better when Toni Tennille sings it. Released in 1976 from their album Song Of Joy, it went to #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The results were almost opposite in Canada, where it went to #1 on the RPM Singles chart and #3 on the AC chart.
  4. Bill Monroe, “Mule Skinner Blues” The creator of Bluegrass music in fine voice here.
  5. Al Stewart, “Year Of The Cat” Always liked this song. Title track from his 1976 album, it rose to #1 that year.
  6. Big Mama Thornton, “Hound Dog” Elvis did it, of course, but Big Mama did it first. You’ll notice that Buddy Guy, who recently turned 86 and is still going strong, is playing guitar here.
  7. Heart, “Barracuda” Heart isn’t generally one of my favorite bands, but I love this song. From their 1977 album Little Queen, it reached #11 in the US and #2 in Canada, where they got their start.
  8. Canned Heat, “Bullfrog Blues” From their eponymous 1967 debut album, one of my personal favorites because of all the straight-ahead blues on it.
  9. Gordon Lightfoot, “Hangdog Hotel Room” From his 1978 album Endless Wire, he re-recorded it for 1988’s Gord’s Gold, Vol. 2.
  10. Fleetwood Mac, “Albatross” Any excuse to play this one. From back in FM’s Peter Green days, off the 1969 album The Pious Bird Of Good Omen.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 13, 2018.

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


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23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Animals!

    1. I always try to pick songs that no one else will. Sometimes that’s a little difficult, so I’m happy when I hear people say there were a bunch that they hadn’t thought of or that they had never heard. Glad I couldf introduce you to some new ones!

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  1. Love the original “Hound Dog.” I was surprised only one person mentioned Pink Floyd’s Animals CD. I remember watching them launch the pig balloon in Central Park during lunch hour.

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  2. Muskrat Love is popular today and I canโ€™t believe it was such a hit because what an odd title for a song. The year of the cat is a good song. I love The Lion Sleeps Tonight. I would add one of my dadโ€™s favourites..How Much is that doggie in the window? Stray Cat Strut but the Stray Cats. There is also the Bing Crosby hit from Going My Way..When you wish upon a Star, selling Moonbeams home in a jar…. Dos Eartha Kitt ever sing anything sultry involving a cat because it just seems like that would be a given??

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    1. “Swingin’ On A Star” (or is it “High Hopes”?) is a good song. Frank Sinatra did it as well.

      For all the purring and growling Eartha Kitt did in her songs, I don’t know that she ever did one with cats in it. When I get time, I’ll dig through Discogs and see what turns up…

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  3. I’ve noticed many of my comments are not coming in due to my lack of passwords being accepted. I’m trying this one one more time and hope it goes through. Although it’s very late & my time for sitting is gone I wanted to say.. love your choices here and you did a great job of rockin’ the house. Big hugs…. have a rockin’ day!

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  4. John,

    What boogietastic tunes! Well, you used “Muskrat Love”, too. I wasn’t sure by yesterday’s comment if you actually did. I think you might be the only other than me to include it in our mewsic sets. Am I right or did you see elsewhere? Oh wait, Birgit says it’s ‘popular’. So, no doubt I’m remembering wrong. Do you ever have times when everything just slips your mind? That’s me. I’m not sleeping so well lately which no doubt is causing some brain fog. Anyhow, I’m not sure that I knew that Big Mama Thornton did ‘Hound Dog’ before Elvis but I know this is my first time hearing it. WOW, the original is pAwesome! It’s possible I like it better than the King’s cover. I know that’s almost like blasphemy, right? I had to smile at the song title ‘Bullfrog Blues’. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a new one for me. I think I know Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ but it sure didn’t sound familiar. However, I really enjoyed listening to it, it’s quite different from their other stuff. Thanks for sure such fabulous song selections this week. Have a blessed week, my friend!

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    1. Hey, Elvis probably liked Big Mama’s version better, too. I’m certain he learned it from her.

      “Albatross” is an early Fleetwood Mac song, from the band’s Peter Green days. Peter started Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (thus the name) and was with them until 1971 or 1972 (“Albatross” is from 1970).

      Glad you enjoyed this!

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  5. Hi John,
    You sure chose some jumpin’ animal songs here! I LOVE Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog”. I didn’t realize that was Buddy Guy there! Very cool. 86, huh? Wowsa. He’s very popular here and has played Austin a bunch of times.
    The Mule Skinner song has some good fiddle going on. Bill Monroe is new to me. Father of Bluegrass, huh? I’ll have to check out more of his works.
    Canned Heat’s “Bullfrog Blues” is a jumpin’! That’s one I could listen to over and over…
    And I love Gordon Lightfoot but didn’t know this one. It’s wonderful! A perfect follow to Bullfrog. Great energy.
    I don’t know a lot of early Fleetwood Mac. Nice song, Albatross.

    Hey, miss you in the BOTBs. Are you coming back in Sept or going to wait until the summer is truly over?

    Enjoy the rest of your week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. That clip of Big Mama Thornton came from a German TV show in the mid ’60’s. At the end there’s a fantastic harmonica jam with Big Mama, John Lee Hooker, and a few players I remember from my days in Chicago. It includes the credits, and that’s where I saw it was Buddy Guy. Here’s the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxoGvBQtjpM

      I had intended on doing a BotB yesterday, but I had a feeling I knew who would win, probably by a shutout, so I think I’ll wait until next month. I’ll still be around to vote in everyone else’s, maybe later today or tomorrow.

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  6. Somehow, I got signed out of my Twitter account, so I hope this comment comes through. You always amaze me. It was through you that I learned about the “original” Fleetwood Mac and that Albatross is so bluesy. And, Year of the Cat is an all time fav of mine, which I did not use because I had just used it for another post. Muskrat Love? Yes. Great set, John!

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