Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy 2019!

Well, the 2018 Xmas Music Xtravaganza is done and dusted, and all we have to look forward to is

So, let’s ring in the New Year with a few songs! Yes, I know, we have 17 hours from the time this post gets published, but we can celebrate it, anyway.

  1. Barry Manilow, “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” I participate in Song Lyric Sunday each week, and a couple of songs from yesterday’s seemed appropriate. This one was from Felicia Denise’s blog. Bless him, Barry Manilow is still going strong, despite his lack of any hit records, and this song captures the spirit of New Year’s Eve perfectly.
  2. George Harrison, “Ding Dong Ding Dong” Miss Jade posted this yesterday. Not a song I was familiar with, but it’s George Harrison and he wrote it for New Year’s for his Dark Horse album.
  3. Ella Fitzgerald, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” A classic New Year’s Eve song from a classic jazz singer.
  4. ABBA, “Happy New Year” Amid all the merry-making and partying on New Year’s Eve is a sort of wistful feeling, a looking back as you look forward. That’s what’s so wonderful about this song: like Barry Manilow’s song, this one captures the wistfulness and reflective mood.
  5. Charlie Robison, “New Year’s Day” Found this among all the other New Year’s songs and enjoyed it, so I added it to the list.
  6. Charles Brown, “Bringing In A Brand New Year” A little New Year’s blues from Tony Russell “Charles” Brown. This is the 1961 original that features him on the Hammond organ.
  7. Bing Crosby, “Let’s Start The New Year Right” A song by Irving Berlin from the movie Holiday Inn. Bing is joined by his brother Bob and Bob’s orchestra on this one. This is a 1942 recording; you’ll notice that the record is marked “12 Sides.” This was from the days when an album was an actual album, like a photo album, where each page was a record sleeve. The most common number of records in an album was 6, which is 12 sides (i.e. songs), which might be why, when the long-playing records became popular, they had 12 songs on them.
  8. The McGuire Sisters, “Happy New Year” The McGuire Sisters were a popular trio of singing sisters (like the Lennons) who retired from singing abruptly in 1968 after it was revealed that sister Phyllis had been in a long-term relationship with Chicago mob boss Sam “Momo” Giancana. A shame, but what can you do?
  9. Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra, “Auld Lang Syne” Guy died in 1977, but his version of this Robert Burns classic is still played in New York and many other places at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. He recorded it several times; this is the 1947 version.
  10. WBBM Channel 2 – New Year’s Eve: Chicago Style (Part 2, 1979/1980) Just felt to share this bit of nostalgia, the New Year’s 1980 celebation from Chicago. Reporting from the corner of State and Randolph, not far from the iconic Chicago Theater, is longtime WBBM announcer and meteorologist John Coughlin, and on the stage is Mayor Jane Byrne, who had been elected the previous March. There are also scenes from Arnie Morton’s restaurant, with WBBM reporter Bob Wallace (who I used to sell clothes to) reporting on the fact that people go nuts when there’s a camera on them, and the Empire Room at the Palmer House, where reporter Warner Saunders is frustrated that everyone’s resolution is to quit smoking. Ever wanted to tell people who ask “what’s your New Year’s resolution?” that you’re going to start smoking?

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for New Year’s Eve 2018. Happy New Year!

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.

23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy 2019!

  1. Awesome song list, John! I almost posted the ABBA and Ella Fitzgerald one, but was kinda going crazy with so many excellent choices, so I’m glad you posted those along with all the other outstanding ones! πŸ˜‰ Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and have a very Happy New Year! πŸ™‚


  2. Don’t know why but Auld Lang Syne can make me cry. Interesting that the McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” was the #1 song on the day I was born (according to Wiki). Hope your year is magnificent!


  3. John,

    Furtastic playlist! You have several that I considered but resisted. I love the tender opening “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve”. I listened to your set of tunes while I worked in the kitchen. I couldn’t follow the WBBM video from across the room very well but I did come back to read your little snippet. I remember the day when people would announce their resolution for the new year is to quit smoking and it would be hilarious to say the opposite. I never thought about that and wouldn’t it be great fun to spring that on someone just to see the shock. Thanks for sticking with the 4M gang throughout 2018. It’s a privilege to call you friend and I’m thankful for all the friendships I’ve made in Blogosphere. May God blessings be with you and Mary in the coming new year, dear friend!


  4. Happy New Year to you and yours, John – I enjoyed your Chicago memory because I grew up in NYC. We had the Waldorf Astoria, the ball dropping from the Allied Chemical Tower (as it was called back then) and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians – what else could you want? Well, it’s nice seeing what happened elsewhere, especially when your clip played Guy Lombardo’s song, too!! Guy is immortal, isn’t he??


    1. Guy Lombardo is New Year’s Eve, period. It’ll be a sad day if anyone decides to stop playing his Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve. We used to watch New Year’s Eve in New York, because one of the networks always carried it, and it was only 11:00 in Chicago. All the Atlanta stations cover the local celebration, so we don’t see it anymore. Happy New Year!


  5. Great pickins’ John! I guess I was born in the wrong era because I so relate to the older tunes Bing Crosby, Ella, Guy and the McGuire Sisters I can totally rock too! Oh well, what ever trips your trigger as they say… hehehehe! Jane Byrne? WOW! That was good thinkin’ there John. I loved it! Totally watched the whole thing & hubby says, “What the….”? HAHAHAHA Thanks for the tunes John. Fan-tab-u-lous!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!


    1. I’m the same way. I love the old songs and performers. Check out the MusicProf78 YouTube channel. You talk about an extensive collection of music that starts even before 1930… I kind of gave up listening to newer pop music toward the end of the ’90’s, because it’s just not the same.

      Remember ’79, when we had all that snow and it was piled up on the side streets, and Bilandic made the mistake of saying that the streets were plowed? Jane Byrne trounced him. Her term had more than its share of hilarious moments, but you know? She was all right. Reminded me of my Mom: they were about the same age, both were heavy smokers and both tried to sing even though they couldn’t. I was hoping to find a clip of her singing “Auld Lang Syne,” but couldn’t.


    1. You can’t have New Year’s Eve without Guy Lombardo. He died over 40 years ago, but his Auld Lang Syne will live on into eternity. It’s a cultural icon. Happy New Year!


  6. What a great list, John! I like how you shared selections from Song Lyric Sunday there have been a few times that I have thought about doing that as well. Happy New Year!


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