Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty is our guest conductor for March, and she’s looking for songs that have a name in the title. This is, at once, really easy, because there’s a plethora of songs with names in them, and difficult, at least for me, because I always try to pick ones that I don’t think everyone else will. I’ve come up with ten songs that I think fit that bill.
- The Looking Glass, "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" Their follow-up to "Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)" went absolutely nowhere except in Chicago, where it was popular enough for the rest of the country.
- The Four Tops, "Bernadette" I love the passion in lead singer Levi Stubbs’s voice anytime he repeats Bernadette’s name, especially at the end, where he practically shouts her name.
- Edison Lighthouse, "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Came out when I was in eighth grade (1969-1970), when my teacher was Sister Rosemary. As you might imagine, we had different lyrics for it…
- Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Leslie" The flip side of their 1967 single "Ups And Downs," meaning it never got a lot of play. A shame, too, because it’s a pretty funky song.
- Bill Ratekin, "Anissa Jones" The death of Anissa Jones, Buffy on the show Family Affair, is a tragic story of too many drugs and not enough love. I featured this on Song Lyric Sunday last August, and you can read the lyrics there.
- Laura Branigan, "Gloria" Her first big hit from 1982, when things were still a little disco-y. It reached #2 in the US, where it spent 22 weeks in the Top 40 and 36 weeks in the Top 100, and was a #1 hit in Canada and Australia.
- Glen Campbell, "Galveston" No one said it had to be a person’s name. Written by Jimmy Webb as an anti-war song, Campbell’s version didn’t exactly convey that meaning. It was a Top 10 hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, so Webb probably wasn’t that upset.
- Gilbert O’Sullivan, "Clair" Clair Mills was the three-year-old daughter of Gordon Mills, O’Sullivan’s producer-manager, and the model Jo Waring, for whom O’Sullivan would sometimes babysit. It peaked at #2 behind Billy Paul’s "Me and Mrs. Jones" and Carly Simon’s "You’re So Vain."
- The Beatles, "Martha My Dear" Martha was Paul McCartney’s English sheepdog (again, no one said it had to be a person’s name). This was from The Beatles (commonly known as the white album), record 1, side 2, song 1.
- Jean Deckers, "Dominique" Jean Deckers (aka Sister Luc Gabriel, OP) was better known as "The Singing Nun" or "Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile)," a Dominican nun who gained fame when she recorded this as part of her self-titled album. The album could be found in practically every Catholic home when it came out in 1961 (rumor had it that Pope John XXIII gave a plenary indulgence for owning it, although that proved to be false). The song is dedicated to St. Dominic, founder of her order.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 2, 2020.