As I said last week, I had to force myself to stop at ten last week because I wanted to leave a few "name" songs for everyone else. Even then, there were a lot of songs that got missed, so here are 12 of them, and I forced myself to stop there.
- The Kentucky Headhunters, "Dumas Walker" When I first heard this one, I could swear they were calling him "Doofus Walker." The second single from the band’s 1989 album Pickin’ On Nashville, it reached #15 on the Country chart in 1990.
- The Beatles, "Julia" The Beatles have several representatives on today’s list, and I could have put a bunch more. John Lennon learned to fingerpick in India from Donovan, and learned really well. Paul is still jealous.
- Michael Martin Murphey, "Wildfire" Wildfire is the name of the horse in this one. From Michael’s 1975 album Blue Sky – Night Thunder, it was the lead single and reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #3 on the Hot 100, and #1 in Canada on both the Pop and AC charts.
- The Association, "Windy" From their third album, 1967’s Insight Out, it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and was certified Gold.
- Little Richard, "Long Tall Sally" The Beatles covered this one, and I could have used their cover, then I thought to use the original. This video is from the 1956 film Don’t Knock The Rock, which also featured Bill Haley & The Comets. It reached #2 on the R&B chart, while Pat Boone’s cover reached #12 on the Pop chart.
- Danny O’Keefe, "Good Time Charley’s Got The Blues" O’Keefe recorded this in 1967, and re-recorded it in 1971. Recording a slower a third time in 1972, he reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Steely Dan, "Josie" In addition to having three Beatles songs (including two from the white album) on today’s list, I (sort of) have three from Steely Dan (including two from their 1977 album Aja) on today’s playlist. This was the third single from Aja, and it just fell shy of the Top 20, reaching #26.
- The Beatles, "Dear Prudence" The second song from the 1968 white album we feature today, it’s the second song on the album, right after "Back In The USSR." You can hear the sound of a jet engine at the start of the track, a remnant of the previous song.
- Donald Fagen, "Ruby Baby" Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen recorded his first solo album in 1982, shortly after the band went their separate ways. He covered this Lieber & Stoller tune done by Dion in 1962.
- Simon & Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson" From their 1968 album Bookends, it was included in the soundtrack for the 1967 film The Graduate (but you knew that). It was a #1 hit in the US and Canada and ended the year at #9.
- Steely Dan, "Peg" The second song from Aja, it was released as a single and reached #11 in 1977.
- The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby" From 1966’s Revolver, it was the A side of a single with "Yellow Submarine" on the B side. It reached #1 in Canada and the UK, but only reached #11 in the US.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 9, 2020.