Monday's Music Moves Me: Totally Random

Decided to go to the YouTube home page and take ten songs from there. And here’s what I got.

  1. Dionne Warwick, "Alfie" From the 1966 film of the same name, starring Michael Caine. Cher sang it over the closing credits in the movie, but as I said time and again this weekend, Bacharach/David and Dionne Warwick are a winning combination.
  2. Mary Hopkin, "Goodbye" One of the first singers to sign to Apple Records, Mary is a Welsh folk singer who was a protege of Paul McCartney’s. Paul wrote this and Mary took it to #2 in the UK, #13 on the Hot 100, and #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1969.
  3. The Monkees, "Sweet Young Thing" A song by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, and Michael Nesmith that appeared on their 1966 eponymous debut album.
  4. Jake Faun, "Sugarfoot Rag" I just started following Jake on YouTube. He is a session guitarist, composer, and guitar teacher. He’s also very fast and very clean. Some of his solos combine country with jazz, like this one.
  5. The Beatles, "If I Fell" From my favorite movie of all time, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night. What else is there to say?
  6. O. C. Smith, "Honey I Miss You" O. C. Smith’s music has been described as "dinner club soul." He had a few hits in the ’60’s, most notably "Little Green Apples." Here he covers Bobby Goldsboro’s song.
  7. The Guess Who, "Clap For The Wolfman" From The Guess Who’s 1974 album Road Food, this track featured Wolfman Jack throwing in some of his craziness, which here is on tape. When The Guess Who appeared on The Midnight Special in 1974, co-hosted by the Wolfman, he did his part live.
  8. The Chordettes, "Lollipop" and "Mr. Sandman" The Chordettes were four ladies from Sheboygan, Wisconsin who sang mostly a capella, since they started as a barbershop quartet. These are their two biggest hits, which they performed on Dick Clark’s Saturday night show probably in 1958.
  9. Ruby Jay, "Vivid Dream" I can’t say enough good things about Ruby Jay: she’s a talented actress (this season she appeared in the lead role on Hulu’s Holly Hobbie and in a supporting role in CBS’s The Unicorn with Walton Goggins), singer, dancer and composer. This is her latest single that was released this past Friday.
  10. Leonid & Friends, "Make Me Smile" and "Brand New Love Affair" The ultimate tribute band to the group Chicago, this band from Russia now sounds more like Chicago than Chicago does. This was taped at one of their shows, in Gilbert, Arizona last November.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 23, 2020.

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21 thoughts on “Monday's Music Moves Me: Totally Random

  1. John,

    I apologize for the late visit. It’s been a busy week. DH is working from home as of Tuesday. With making a place for his temporary office space and other appointments life is hectic but healthy for me on this side. Mewsic is such a great escape any time but in these days of trouble, it’s especially nice to get lost in the tunes. Thanks for spinning some excellent songs on your turntable to get 4Mers movin’ and a groovin’. Stay safe and well, my friend. Sending prayers to you and Mary. xx


  2. What a nice variety of songs. I am glad you included Leonid and Friends, although, I must admit, I liked the studio versions better. They will improve with concert experience, though. The Chordettes – to think, where do we hear such harmony now? You also made a dreary day bright with “If I Fell”. They looked so innocent looking….and young…


    1. Leonid & Friends sound better in concert than Chicago does, believe it or not.

      There are a few current singing groups that could give The Chordettes a run for their money: Pentatonix and Boys2Men are a couple of them. Neither of them look as good in strapless dresses, though… ๐Ÿ˜

      When “A Hard Day’s Night” came out in ’64, Ringo was 24, John 23, Paul 22, and George 21. Kids. Yet they had the musical maturity of players twice their age. They were and still are musical geniuses.


  3. Dude, you’ve got some great old songs here & personally I love the older songs moreso than the newer ones. I can understand those and they make me wanna move. Like I totally love Alfie and her voice is amazing. If I fell by the Beatles is such a pretty song. Lollipop was a fun song it’s been years since I heard that one. I was a little girl when that one came out for sure. Your last two I don’t seem to remember. You always do such a great job, John. Thanks for all the info and a great time! May you & yours stay healthy & make it through these tough times. hugs


  4. Such an original approach to look at the YT page. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like ‘lollipop’ and now it’s stuck in my head. Such a fun song to brighten the mood!


  5. Hi John – I love the Alfie one … and I really should see the film again … take care and look after you both – cheers Hilary


    1. Wolfman Jack was all over the place in the early ’70’s. He had a syndicated radio show, he was the permanent host on “The Midnight Special,” and he (and his voice) were a big part of “American Graffiti.” He was a natural for this…


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