Monday’s Music Moves Me: Hello, My Name Is…


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.

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

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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Hello, My Name Is…

  1. Bernadette….ahhhh. I played some of these for my husband: Leslie was so different, and so good. On the other hand the Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne didn’t sound familiar to either of us (I grew up in NYC and husband grew up about 40 miles from NYC) so isn’t it interesting that Chicago grabbed hold of it. Glen Campbell – Galveston is a close 2nd place favorite of mine to Wichita Linesman (could wish you picked that but oh well). And last, but not least – Dominique, one of those songs from my childhood I loved and then promptly forgot all about. Nice set! ,


    1. I know some but not all and I am glad to listen to Anissa Jones again. I’m glad you featured her here. I love Dominique and I asked mom to play it often when I was just a little kid. I must have been 5 years old so…1969. When I heard that the nun committed suicide I was greatly saddened because I found this song so upbeat and sweet. I have no idea what she is singing about. Of course, I thought of Chiquitita and Fernando from ABBA and Gloria from The Doors. Maria from West Side Story and the Wind called Mariah.


      1. “Dominique” is a song about St. Dominic, who founded the Dominican order of priests and other religious. The English lyrics are here, though I remember there was a lyric sheet with the album that translated them a little more gracefully. The Wikipedia article on her is an interesting read.


    2. Interesting that The Lookiung Glass came from your part of the country (Massachusetts, actually) but that it was the Chicago listeners that made it a hit.

      Glen Campbell was a hit machine. He made so many great records. Great singer and an absolute beast of a guitarist. Alice Cooper, who was a close friend of his (believe it or not), said that guitar players would ask him to introduce them to Glen, just to learn from him.


  2. Oh my goodness, my son would’ve been named Brandy had he been a girl. haha Anyway, I didn’t know they had a follow up song… so similar to Brandy, but I like it. Good job. Bernadette, all I think of is high school. Ahhh those were the days. Great song. Wow, I haven’t heard these songs like in forever, but love them all. I’m gonna be here all morning… hahaha Love this one too & the old dances too, dang! I never heard the song Anissa Jones, but she was a cutie pie wasn’t she. Gloria was everywhere great tune!!! Galveston was one of those songs they just wore out didn’t they? Clair is one of those sway back and forth songs, cute!!! And I thought I heard all the Beatles songs. This one is new to me. hahaha Martha! Dominique I thought I’d never hear that one again. Another one they wore out, as cute as it is. Too cute! Way ta go, John. GREAT JOB! woo hoo!!!!


    1. “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne” was a hit in Chicago and nowhere else. I’m surprised you hadn’t heard it before.

      Glad you liked the set!


  3. John,

    I know Looking Glass’ “Brandy” and often wondered if they did anything else that might be good. I enjoyed their new-to-me, “Jimmy Loves Mary Ann”. Lara Branigan sorta fell off the charts after the 80s. I vaguely recall someone using this song in the past I decided to see what happened to her and that’s when I learned of her death in 2004. ‘Gloria’ was very popular in the 80s. Incidentally, ‘Galveston’ number 7 on your playlist won’t play unless you go to YT. Thanks for sharing your name song picks with us on the 4M dance floor, my friend. I hope you have a great week!


    1. Sorry about “Galveston.” The one I usually use didn’t have the live guitar solo that I really wanted to feature. Glen was a master soloist.

      About the only place “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne” did well was in Chicago. Go figure.


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