Monday’s Music Moves Me: Long Story

This is going to take a minute to explain.

One of the blogs I follow is PopRockBopTilUDrop. Craig, who runs the blog is really into popular music from the ’50’s and ’60’s, making us kindred souls. One of the things he does frequently is to go through old issues of Hit Parader magazine and post the trade ads that announce the new records. One of the first posts of his I read was this one, looking at trade ads from 1967 and 1969. I hadn’t heard most of the songs, so, when I had a few spare minutes, I created a playlist of the songs that were advertised. All the songs are pretty good, but many never made the Top 40 and thus never got played on the radio. From that list of 41, I used Random.org to choose ten of them. And that’s what today’s playlist is all about. (You’ll note I linked to the full playlist as well.)

  1. Bert Kaempfert, “Strangers In The Night” Bert was a German composer and orchestra leader who composed the music for “Strangers in the Night,” which as you probably know was a huge hit for Frank Sinatra.
  2. Carol Channing, “Do It Again!” My cousins used to say that my mother looked like Carol Channing, which is just crazy, because Mom looked like Lucille Ball. Carol and Julie Andrews were co-stars in the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  3. Ramsey Lewis, “One Two Three” Ramsey was very popular among jazz audiences and frequently ended up in the Top 40, probably best-known for his recording of “The In Crowd” in 1964.
  4. Keith, “Tell Me To My Face” Keith had a hit with “98.6” in 1967, which peaked at #7. This was the followup, which did nowhere near as well.
  5. Iron Butterfly, “Soul Experience” Of course, we all remember “In A Gadda Da Vida” from 1968, that made it to #30. This was the followup to that, which only made it to #75. They’re still going, bless their hearts.
  6. Anthony Armstrong Jones, “It’s Only Lonely Me” Not to be confused with the Earl of Snowdon who was married to Princess Margaret in the ’60’s and ’70’s, Jones was a country singer who found chart success in 1970 with “Take A Letter, Maria,” which reached #8 in 1970. This one didn’t do so well.
  7. Jimmy Hughes, “Why Not Tonight” Hughes, an American R&B singer, had a hit in 1964 with “Steal Away” (not the song done later by Robbie Dupree), which reached #17. This only hit #90 on the pop chart in 1967, but reached #5 on the R&B chart.
  8. The Illusion, “Did You See Her Eyes” The Illusion were a psychedelic rock band from Long Island, NY. This song reached #32 in 1969.
  9. Julie Andrews, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Julie was the star of Thoroughly Modern Millie and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Movie Musical or Comedy in 1968. This song was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
  10. Gene Pitney, “Animal Crackers In Cellophane Boxes” Gene had his last Top 20 hit the year before. This didn’t even make the Hot 100, coming in at #106, and reaching #87 in Australia in 1967.

This was fun, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the music. If you liked this, leave me a comment and let me know, and I’ll do this again. Be sure and follow the link to Craig’s blog and, if you like what you see, subscribe. He posts a couple of times a week. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 17, 2018.

ETA: Craig contacted me after this was published and straightened me out on his name and gender, so I’ve fixed the references above, with my apologies. Really, though, follow his blog or subscribe to the RSS feed. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

24 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Long Story

  1. I really like Thoroughly Modern Millie which is quite fun to watch. I am always amazed that Carol Channing became quite the star with her raspy voice but she is an amazing entertainer. Julie Andrews is great in this movie but I love Beatrice Lillie. I got a kick out of One Two Three with the basic beats. The next one is ok but nothing special except I was expecting to see a cobra come out of a basket. Iron Butterfly’s song was quite boring to be honest. I couldn’t go forward anymore because the next song wouldn’t play for me.

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    1. Carol Channing appeared on “Laugh-In” quite frequently, I think even more than Sammy Davis Jr. She’s a very funny lady, and to paraphrase the kid in “Sling Blade, “She talks funny, but I like it!”

      Iron Butterfly’s music was pretty boring, to be honest. I had the “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album and actually listened to the “A” side (the “B” side was all 17 minutes of the title track). Nothing particularly special about it.

      Did you get a message on that song that didn’t play?

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  2. What a thoroughly interesting playlist. Ramsey Lewis’, “The In Crowd” may have been his biggest hit, but it got me interested in jazz at the time and lead me to purchase Dave Brubeck and even Miles Davis music. Have a blessed week.

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    1. Ramsey is still active in the Chicago area. While the city had a smooth jazz station, he was the morning DJ. A very interesting guy who’s been around a long time and created a lot of music. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Nice comments and great list! Actually (as the Blogger behind “PopBopRockTilUDrop” I will have to admit to being male. My wife pointed out to me that my URL is “Kimsloans” which is probably responsible for your reference to my gender. Fact is that “Kim” was the acronym for Denver’s radio station giant in the 1950’s-70’s “950 KIMN” and “sloans” is a reference to the large lake located just across the street from where KIMN once stood “Sloans Lake”. Thanks again and I will continue to follow your enjoyable Blog!

    All the best

    Craig at PopBopRockTilUDrop

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  4. I wasn’t around in the 50s or 60s, but was still surprised that I had heard only a whopping NONE of these before (but I have heard of the band Iron Butterfly, so there’s that)! I’ll have to check Craig’s blog out, because magazines just aren’t made like that anymore. When I was little, I loved reading music magazines that were obviously geared toward teenagers and beyond. I liked Creem because of the published song lyrics, but also read my fair share of Rockline (before it, like Creem, became defunct), Hit Parader, Circus, Metal Edge….I guess the list could go on and on.

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    1. I liked Crawdaddy, myself. It was kind of like Rolling Stone, but a little less corporate. Circus was a little too into glam-rock (it was the early ’70’s) for my tastes, but I still enjoyed it. All that’s gone now. Rolling Stone is still there, but doesn’t seem to have the music reviews like it used to.

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  5. John,

    I enjoyed your mix of old songs, most are introductions. Lucille Ball was a beautiful woman, especially in her younger years but she remained a purrty lady later in life, too. I always liked her bright (from the box) red hair. Actresses from the 40s and 50s were not only gorgeous but glamorous, two things many actresses now lack. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M gang this week, dear friend. Have a tunetastic week!

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    1. In her early days, Lucy was a blonde. Don’t know if that’s her natural color or out of a box as well.

      Hollywood itself used to be a very glamorous place, I think because there was an unwritten standard that everyone was held to. If you didn’t meet the standard, you didn’t work, and you were fodder for the likes of Hedda Hopper and other gossip columnists. That got blown to smithereens in the ’60’s. We know now that it was a facade and that there was lots of monkey business behind the scenes…

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  6. I was interested to see The Illusion on this list. Their album If It’s So is among my favorites of the early seventies. I still have my LP vinyl copy–the music sounds as good as ever.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Well, to be honest (and you know what it means when someone says “to be honest”) – none of these songs called to me. Even though the hits some of these others have had did call to me. Some songs don’t chart high for a reason. That’s the lesson here. Class dismissed!

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