Monday’s Music Moves Me: Body Parts!

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.

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. Johnny Otis, “Willie and the Hand Jive” Johnny, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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…
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.

30 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Body Parts!

  1. Another great list. I remember “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in frequent rotation on the radio stations when I moved to Alaska in 1976. Thanks for the memories.


  2. John,

    I’m not sure if I recall hearing Ocean’s cover of ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’. It’s Anne Murray’s original that I remember. Great song! Your playlist includes all ‘body parts’ like mine. Your mix of really old oldies and new oldies is purrfect for today’s theme! Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M gang today, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!


  3. Happy to see you included , “Green Eyes.” This was a big favorite with guys my age back in the day.


  4. We haven’t heard “Put Your Hand …” in many many years despite the fact that we have the 45. I didn’t know it was a cover until I real Cathy’s comment. Great music as usual.


  5. Hi John,
    I can always count on you to present some cool and new-to-me music. I loved hearing those golden oldies at the end (Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and the wrapping it up with some snazzy Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.
    I also got a kick out of Johnny Otis’ “Willie and the Hand Jive”.
    My absolute favorite here today is a real treat: Allan Sherman and his masterpiece “Skin”! So funny! His intro to his brilliant ‘protest song’ made me laugh. I wasn’t expecting that. Of course I never heard of him but if he has other cool stuff like this, I’d like to check him out.

    Thanks for playing along even though you did a body parts post some time ago. I may have missed it.
    Are you back to doing BOTB now or still hiausing like I’ve been doing? I guess that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow, trying to figure out what songs to battle.

    Have a great week John.

    Michele at Angels Bark


    1. I have a BotB coming tomorrow (Wednesday). I’ve been back for a while, but skipped the April 15 because A to Z was starting to bury me.

      Allan Sherman has a bunch of albums out, most of which were released before 1964. He was my favorite recording artist before the British Invasion. There’s all kinds of his music on Youtube (, so knock yourself out. Whenever we do the back-to-school thing, his “Dropouts March” is always one of the songs.


  6. These are great and many I know but some …not:). In honour of the great Doris Day I would say “ If I Give my Heart to You”. Of course, I must add ABBA with “Angeleyes” and “Slipping Through my Fingers”. I also have to mention Chris De Burgh’s song “April in her Eyes”.


  7. Although I really like some of these songs (especially the Elton John/Kikee Dee duo) I couldn”t believe you picked Allan Sherman! Oh, what childhood memories. My best friend’s parents had several of his albums. I don’t remember the Skin song but it is hysterical. What a tragic end, yes, the British Invasion did him in.


    1. When I was seven, Allan Sherman was my favorite. “Skin” is from his “Allan In Wonderland” album, which I think was my favorite. I had one other, “My Son The Celebrity.” Now all the music is on Spotify, so I can listen whenever I want…


  8. Love your list, as usual, John! Hard to believe that ZZ Top has been together for 50 years!! Whoa! I love their songs – an old friend of mine owned a limo service, and always drove them around when they were in the Pacific Northwest. Them and Alabama. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂


    1. They essentially paid for the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. We went when it just opened in 1991. It was in the attic of the Carnegie Library there and already had a pretty big collection. ZZ Top are very dedicated to keeping the blues alive, especially with so many of the old players having passed on. I think Buddy Guy might be the last one who’s still around…


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