NOTE: By the time I learned that the theme for today had changed, this was already written and scheduled. Tomorow’s Song of the Day will be an Irish song. Sorry for the confusion!
Today Athena the Cat Goddess want us to choose songs with animals in the title. So here are a dozen songs with animals in the title that I don’t think anyone else will choose.
- Fats Domino, "Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey" Fats covers this song from The Beatles’ white album.
- Theo Bikel, "Piggies" Another song from the white album, given the royal treatment by Theo.
- The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Wild Horses" A beautiful song by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, covered beautifully by the FBB.
- Buffalo Springfield, "Bluebird" From their second album, it starts out almost psychedelic, but ends with a lovely banjo.
- Paul McCartney & Wings, "Bluebird" When I went looking for the last song, I saw this as well and remembered how pretty it was. From Band On The Run.
- Rufus Thomas, "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog" Singer/dancer/disk jockey/composer Rufus got with Steve Cropper and came up with a song that’s easy to dance to.
- The Hollies, "Too Much Monkey Business" Normally known for their spot-on harmonies, The Hollies show they can rock & roll with the best of them with this cover of a Chuck Berry tune.
- Ray Stevens, "The Preacher and The Bear" Wikipedia tells us that this was originally a "coon song," one that presents a not-too-pleasant stereotype of Black people, which came as a great shock to me. It’s been covered frequently, and I knew that Jerry Reed and The Big Bopper had done it, but never knew that Ray Stevens also had a cover.
- Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "The Lonely Bull" Title track from Herb and the TJB’s first album. This is popular among surf bands as well.
- Big Mama Thornton, "Little Red Rooster" Written by Willie Dixon and originally done by Howlin’ Wolf, Big Mama puts her own mark on it.
- Big Mama Thornton, "Hound Dog" Had to do this one as well. Elvis got the song from her. That’s Buddy Guy playing the guitar here.
- Gabriella Quevedo, "Blackbird" Paul McCartney wrote it and put it on the white album, and pretty much every fingerstyle player has covered it. Funny thing was, Paul didn’t know how to play fingerstyle, but he did all right. Gabriella Quevedo has a channel on YouTube where she does a lot of fingerstyle covers.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 16, 2020.