This being a freebie day, and also the first Monday in November, I thought I’d do a music acrostic to spell out “November” in song titles.
The Association, “Never My Love” The only thing that kept this song out of the #1 spot on the Hot 100 was The Box Tops’ “The Letter”; it did reach #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 singles and RPM (Canada)’s Top Singles charts in 1967. This was their follow-up to “Windy.”
The Chiffons, “One Fine Day” A song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King that was originally intended for their babysitter, Little Eva (of “Loco-Motion” fame), but they couldn’t come up with a suitable arrangement, so they passed it on to The Tokens (of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame), who had earlier produced “He’s So Fine” for The Chiffons. They thought another record with “fine” in the title was a good idea, so they had The Chiffons do this as well. They kept Carole King’s piano intro from the original demo and worked their arrangement around it. It became a Top 5 hit for The Chiffons in 1963.
Frankie Avalon, “Venus” This was Frankie’s first #1 hit, spending five weeks there in 1959. He re-recorded it in 1976 as a disco tune and it reached #46 that year. He stated later that he preferred the original. As do all of us, I’m sure.
Mocedades, “Eres Tú” Mocedades was a group from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain, formed by sisters Amaya, Izaskun, and Estibaliz Uranga. They represented Spain in the 1973 Eurovision song contest with this song, which was runner-up to the entry from Luxembourg (Anne-Marie David’s “Tu te reconnaîtras”). It became an international hit the following year, reaching #9 in the US and ending the year at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Gene Pitney, “Mecca” Pitney released this as a single in March 1963 and it rose to #12 on the Hot 100, while rising to #2 in Canada.
Miss Toni Fisher, “(The) Big Hurt” Notable for the phase-shifting effect (that “swooshing” sound) added during production, Miss Toni Fisher took this to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1959. DJ Dick Biondi of WKBW in Buffalo, New York (later a disc jockey at WLS and WCFL in Chicago) introduced this as “Toni Fisher’s weird one.”
Classics IV, “Everyday With You, Girl” Southern soft-rock pioneers Dennis Yost and Classics IV had a number of classic hits in the ’60’s, including “Spooky,” “Stormy,” and “Traces,” for which this was a follow-up, in 1969. It reached #19 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the AC chart.
Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” Blues Image was a one-hit wonder, having a #4 hit in the US and Canada in late 1970 and never able to duplicate that success. Co-author Mike Pinera said he came up with the first line of the song, “Seventy-three men sailed up, from the San Francisco Bay,” by noting there were 73 key on his Fender-Rhodes piano, and the rest came easily after that.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 4, 2019.