Next week is the start of the "XMAS MUSIC XTRAVAGANZA!"
So, when doing this last prompt from CK’s month as Guest Conductor for MMMM, which is to use songs about toys, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t use any songs I’ll probably use next month. I was mostly successful, too…
- Raymond Scott, "The Toy Trumpet" The first song I thought of for the theme. It’s one of those light orchestral pieces that pops up around this time of the year. Shirley Temple did a vocal version in the 1937 movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, where she shows off her tap-dancing skills with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, but I like the instrumental.
- Nana Mouskouri, "Little Toy Trains" This is a song that’s been done by Glen Campbell and Roger Miller, but Nana makes it sound like a lullaby.
- Alvin & The Chipmunks, "The Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don’t Delay)" Thought of this because Alvin puts up such a fuss about getting a hula hoop, which, considering when it came out, wasn’t that unusual of a request.
- James and Bobby Purify, "I’m Your Puppet" Sweet soul music that reached #6 on the Hot 100 in 1966. James and Bobby were cousins, by the way.
- The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball" This was the first record all the kids in the neighborhood bought. The song reached #2 in the US (kept out of the top spot by The Beatles’ "Paperback Writer") and #1 in Canada. It was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, who also did a version.
- Sandie Shaw, "Puppet On A String" The lovely Ms. Shaw won the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest with this song. It reached #1 in the UK and much of Western Europe.
- Charles Gounod, "Funeral March of a Marionette" Almost everyone will recognize this as the source for the theme music from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and no one will blame you if you say "Good evening" at the end.
- Kitty Kallen, "My Coloring Book" Kitty’s last Top 10 record, this came out in late 1962 and reached #7 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and #18 on the Hot 100. Kind of a downer…
- Henson Cargill, "Skip A Rope" This 1967 song was Henson Cargill’s sole #1 single on the country chart, and it crossed over to the pop chart, reaching #25. It features The Jordanaires, who backed Elvis Presley on many of his hits, on backup vocals.
- The Chad Mitchell Trio, "The Marvelous Toy" Written by Tom Paxton and covered by many, including Peter, Paul and Mary.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 25, 2019.