Monday’s Music Moves Me: Looking And Searching

Yesterday’s “Song Lyric Sunday” prompt was “search.” There are a lot of good songs about searching, or looking, and soon I said “this would make a great theme for Monday.” Here are ten songs about some kind of a quest.

  1. Del Shannon, “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun)” Del’s popularity was waning by 1962, and when he released this song in late 1964 he hadn’t had a Top 10 hit in a few years. This was his last, reaching #9 in the US and Australia and #3 in the UK.
  2. J. Geils Band, “Lookin’ For A Love” Written by J. W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels and originally done by The Valentinos, which featured Bobby Womack as one of its singers, the J. Geils Band released this as a single from their 1971 album The Morning After in November 1971. It only reached #39 nationwide, but did well in some markets, including Chicago. This is the version from their 1972 album Live Full House album.
  3. Pat Farrell & The Believers, “Gotta Find Her” I found this as I was looking for the next song, and liked it well enough to include it. I had to go the The Wayback Machine to find out about the band: they were from Pennsylvania and originally named The Triumphs. This is one of two singles they released, sometime between 1966 and 1968.
  4. The Coasters, “Searchin'” A lot of times, I’ll remember a song but not its name or who did it. all I could remember about this one was the “gotta find her”s at the beginning. Turning to Youtube and putting in those lyrics gave me the previous song as well as this one. The Coasters did a lot of songs by Lieber & Stoller, and this is one of them. It was released in 1957 and went to #3.
  5. Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, “Searching For My Baby” A band that got its start at Fort Benning here in Georgia. They recorded this in 1965, and when Marshall and Leonard Chess heard it, they brought the band on board and released it on the Checker label. It reached #27 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
  6. Roy Ayers, “Searchin'” Vibraphonist Roy Ayers recorded this in 1976 with his band Ubiquity. Don’t know much more than that.
  7. Johnny Lee, “Lookin’ For Love” Written by Wanda Mallette, Bob Morrison, and Patti Ryan and recorded by Johnny Lee for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, it was not liked by the critics. To the record-buying public, it was a different story: it reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart and #5 on the Hot 100 and was certified Gold. What do the critics know, right?
  8. Elvis Presley, “Kentucky Rain” My favorite Elvis Presley song and one of my favorites overall. Written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, Elvis is backed by, among many others, Ronnie Milsap on piano. Reached #5 on the Hot 100.
  9. Little Walter, “Boom! Boom! Out Go The Lights” Little Walter and Muddy Waters defined the Chicago Blues sound in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. He had an extensive solo career that ended with his death at age 37 in 1968. This was recorded as a single in 1957 and included on his anthology album Boss Blues Harmonica.
  10. Jodi Watley, “Looking For A New Love” From Chicago and the godchild of Jackie Wilson, she got her start on Soul Train when she was 14. Five years later, she was hailed as one of “The New Generation” by Ebony magazine in 1977. She recorded this for her eponymous debut solo album in 1987 and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Crossovers, Hot Black Singles, and Hot Dance Singles charts.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 1, 2018.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Looking And Searching

  1. John,

    What a fabulous idea to use yesterday’s Song Lyric Sunday theme for “freebie” week on the dance floor. Why didn’t I think of that? Your list of tunes is a mix of familiar and new mewsic. “Lookin’ For a New Love” really puts the beat in seat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stepping onto the dance floor with the 4M gang this morning, my friend. Have a pAwesome week!

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    1. Jodi Watley got her start on “Soul Train,” a show I watched a lot in high school, and I never saw her on that. Or maybe I did and never associated the name with her.

      Little Walter was a fantastic harmonica player. Some of his instrumentals sound like he was influenced by Charlie Parker.

      And who can say no to Elvis, especially on “Kentucky Rain”?

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  2. Hi John “I’ll Follow the Sun” … was a favourite … but I’d happily listen to the others … great selection – cheers Hilary

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  3. Awesome playlist John! Several new-to-me songs and some that brought a smile to my face, reminding me of specific times in the past. I really like Del Shannon and his whole sound. Was good to listen to his “searchin'” song. J.Geils is always a good listen. Pat Farrell & the Believers and Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces (cool name) are new-to-me and I really liked them.
    It was neat to discover that Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love” is from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Someone just featured the Urban Cowboy movie in a blog post that I saw yesterday. Ironic that you have something from that soundtrack here.
    Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” sounds familiar but I can’t be positive I’ve heard it before now. Good song and the video is perfect for it.
    It’s always fun to hear the originals of covers that I thought were originals, as in “Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights”: I thought that was a Pat Travers original. But that was back when I was way ignorant about music…
    Jody Watley’s “Lookin’ for a New Love” is the main one that brought me to a smile and a nod back in time: that song was popular around the time I was getting my modeling portfolio shot (’87/’88). I was a nervous wreck and put together a cassette of songs that got me in a dancing flirty mood so I could feel comfortable being photographed (which I’m not naturally; I run from cameras now! But back then, well, everything was better back then…) ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m on my second time listening to that one. Thanks so much for including it!

    Kentucky Rain is another one that I’ll be listening to over and over. Ahh, Elvis…

    Great freebie Monday!
    Have a good week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. “Kentucky Rain” really didn’t do all that well, which surprises me, because it’s a fantastic song.

      So you were a model, but didn’t like having your picture taken? Interesting… I bet it’s not all that uncommon.

      ’87-’88 was when we moved to Atlanta and bought the house. There are times when I wonder what the hell we were thinking…

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      1. From where did you move John?
        Is that how long youโ€™ve been in your house? I hope I live long enough to pay my mortgage off! Haha
        Re: modeling was short-lived โ€” I did a stint of full-figure modeling (runway/fashion show) in DC. Just about as soon as I was getting started, I moved to Austin and that shot that whole deal. It was fun for a hot minute but at least I got a cool portfolio out of the deal that I can look back and remember how good I used to look โ€”- waaah…
        Gettinโ€™ old sucks!

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        1. Chicago. Gee, I thought everyone knew that.

          We paid off the mortgage a couple of years ago. It was a good investment, I think: now we don’t have to worry about it. Just have to pay the insurance and property taxes (and we get a huge break on the latter next year because we’ll both be over 62) and the usual utility bills and repairs.

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          1. Wait, I thought you were in Chicago now. I know you are all about Chicago but I thought that’s where you were! I was thinking you were in Chicago and wondered from where you came so now I have to find out: where are you NOW???

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              1. Oh Atlanta! You have a bunch of celebs out there. There’s that Crisley guy (from Crisley Knows Best) and then you have the Real Housewives of Atlanta… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Great selection for the prompt. I remember Searchin by The Coasters and The Beatles – 1952 and The Hollies – 1963

    The Coasters
    Yeah
    I’ve been searchin’ (gonna find her)
    A-a searchin’ (gonna find her)
    Oh, yeah, searchin’ every which a-way yeah, yeah (gonna find her)
    Oh, yeah, searchin’ (gonna find her)
    I’m searchin’ (gonna find her)
    Searchin’ every which a-way yeah, yeah (gonna find her)
    But I’m like that Northwest Mountie (gonna find her)
    You know I’ll bring her in someday (gonna find her)
    (Gonna find her)

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  5. Thanks for introducing me to so much new music this week! I was only familiar with Elvis, Jody Watley, and Johnny Lee. I was nine years old when “Lookin’ For Love” came out, and I was too young to see Urban Cowboy at the time, but I knew it was from that soundtrack and I just I listened to relentlessly that summer. Still one of my favorite soundtracks to this day!

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  6. If I need to search for some good music, I always know where to find it (your blog). I had no idea the Boom Boom Out go the Lights I knew was a cover. I was still living in New York City when the J. Geils song came out but I am quite familiar with it.

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    1. I had no idea that anyone had covered “Boom Boom” until people started telling me that. I only knew Little Walter’s version.

      I had the J. Geils Band’s “Live – Full House” and played the grooves off of it. They could play some incredible blues.

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