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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Roy Ayers, “Searchin'” Vibraphonist Roy Ayers recorded this in 1976 with his band Ubiquity. Don’t know much more than that.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.