Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Names

More interesting than most of what’s on these days.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The Association, "Windy" From their third album, 1967’s Insight Out, it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and was certified Gold.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Steely Dan, "Peg" The second song from Aja, it was released as a single and reached #11 in 1977.
  12. 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.

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Names

  1. A nice selection. Wasn’t familiar with the cover of Ruby, Ruby (just Dion and the Belmont’s original). I liked it! Windy was just the song for today – this afternoon it was 61 degrees and so chilly due to all the wind. My favorite, though, was Dear Prudence. Just spoke to me for some reason today.

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    1. Most, if not all, of the music on the white album was written in India, when they were there studying under the Maharishi. John said “Dear Prudence” was written for Mia Farrow, who was also there. Later on the album is the song “Sexy Sadie,” which was originally “Maharishi,” because evidently the holy man liked to make unwelcome advances…

      Donald Fagen doesn’t impress me as being an artist who does a lot of covers. My guess is that he was screwing around in the studio and came up with that. It’s an excellent cover.

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  2. John,

    Nearly all of your songs on your playlist I know with the exception of your first track and #9 “Ruby Baby”. Great song picks for the continuation of last week’s theme. 🙂 Have a boogietastic week, my friend.

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    1. You might remember the original “Ruby Baby” by Dion & The Belmonts….

      I didn’t recognize Donald Fagen’s cover the firsty time I heard it, either.

      As for “Dumas Walker,” I went through a period in the early ’90’s when I listened to a lot of country, and that song was very popular in Atlanta. Like I said, I thought they were saying Doofus Walker…

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    2. Some more great songs and I like the horse one. I will add Tammy sung by Debbie Reynolds and there is a song called Bertha, Bertha Butt. My brother had a 45 of this song when we were still kids and I used to play it because I thought it was so funny.

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