Michele, our guest conductor this month, chose “body parts” as the theme for today. I had this incredible feeling of déja vu when I was putting this playlist together, and I figured out why: I’ve done body parts before. In fact, several days later, my readers came up with a list of their own, and I presented it as my regularly-scheduled M4. I could leave it at that, but here’s a playlist that I put together for this week that contains some of the same songs and a couple of new ones.
- Ocean, “Put Your Hand In The Hand” Some early ’70’s “Jesus rock” that was becoming popular at the time (another example would be “Jesus is Just Alright,” which was done by several artists). It peaked at #2 in the US, held out of the #1 spot by “Joy To The World,” which sounds like it might also be “Jesus rock.”
- Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” An oft-covered song by Tony Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, this original version was released in 1964 and reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the RPM list in Canada.
- Johnny Otis, “Willie and the Hand Jive” Johnny, né Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, had quite a resumé in the music business: “singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario,” according to The Blogger’s Best Friend™. This was released in 1958 and peaked at #9. Johnny is the father of blues guitarist Shuggie Otis.
- Jimmy Reed, “Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth” One of the great Chicago bluesmen, this record was released in 1962 and only rose to #93 nationally and didn’t make a dent on R&B chart, strangely enough.
- Elton John & Kiki Dee, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” This was a #1 single for Elton and Kiki in 1976. I always liked her; it’s a shame she didn’t go further.
- Allan Sherman, “Skin” The great song parodist, who practically vanished when The Beatles became popular, originally recorded this on his 1964 album Allan In Wonderland. He was my favorite recording artist until The Beatles…
- Blondie, “Heart of Glass” New Wave chanteuse Deborah Harry and Blondie released this in 1979 and it reached #1 in the US and was a Top 10 hit in most of the rest of the world.
- ZZ Top, “Legs” I considered using “Tush” here, but I like this video better. They’ve been together for 50 years now, the same three guys. That’s some kind of a miracle.
- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek” Written by Irving Berlin in 1935 for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers vehicle Top Hat, it’s become a standard. You wouldn’t think so, but they sound really good together. It was on Ella And Louis’s 1956 Ella and Louis album.
- Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” Originally “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” and written by Adolfo Utrera and Nilo Menéndez in 1929, the English lyrics were written by Eddies Rivera and Woods in 1931. This was the first hit recording, from 1941, and it was popular through World War II. Allan Sherman recorded a parody of this called “Green Stamps” on Allan In Wonderland.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 13, 2019.