Decided to go to the YouTube home page and take ten songs from there. And here’s what I got.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Monkees, "Sweet Young Thing" A song by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, and Michael Nesmith that appeared on their 1966 eponymous debut album.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.