Monday’s Music Moves Me: Toys!

Next week is the start of the "XMAS MUSIC XTRAVAGANZA!"

My badge from last year’s Xmas Music Xtravaganza. Guess I should make a new one for this year, huh?

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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…
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Toys!

  1. HEY JOHN, I HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR BEING SO LATE, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE I’M HAVIN’ PROBS WITH MY COMPUTER AGAIN! SHEESH, IF IT’S NOT ONE THING IT’S ANOTHER. WANTED TO WISH YOU & YOURS A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING. TOTALLY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR SONGS (CAPS BUTTON STUCK) 😦 OH WELL, LOVE YOUR TUNES MAN, THEY’RE AWESOME.

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  2. Great choices, you found a lot of songs. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for the loss of KaTwo.

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  3. John,

    Excellent playlist! I haven’t heard ‘Skip A Rope’ probably since I was very little. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and joining the 4M gang on the dance floor this week. I hope you and Mary have a lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving and ask for God’s blessings to be with you both. I will think of my dear friends like you especially on Thursday as I thank God for everything He’s given me. Have a boogietastic week!

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  4. Thanks for the introduction to all these songs – The Chipmunks one was the only one I’d ever heard!

    Kim

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  5. A nice mix of songs I knew and songs I didn’t, and some surprises, like where Alfred Hitchcock’s theme came from (no, I didn’t know). I got to hear Red Rubber Ball a couple of times now, and I love that song just because it was co written by Paul Simon. Actually, I thought he had written the song – so now I know better!

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  6. Little Toy Trains makes me cry because I can remember my kids singing it when they were in kindergarten and as we drove the long way from California to Oregon to visit the grandparents one Christmas. We heard the Rafi version which I prefer to Ms. Mouskouri’s. Nice list.

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    1. Their creator was Ross Bagdasarian, which is one of my favorite names to say. Kids today have never had the fun of recording something at 1.5 ips and playing it back at 3 ips, the secret to the Chipmunk voices (although I’m sure you can do the same with a computer). Glad you liked the picks!

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  7. These are great choices and I can’t think of any. You would think one could just the entire ballet from the Nutcracker ballet along with music Box Dancer.

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