Monday’s Music Moves Me: Pink

Some time ago, I was working on a series where I was finding songs with specific color in them. I don’t think I ever did “pink,” so here are ten songs with that color in the title. Most of these I knew, but a few I had to find. Enjoy!

  1. Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers, “Pink Champagne” Joe Liggins was a blues and R&B pianist who led his band The Honeydrippers in the 1940’s and 1950’s. His biggest hit was “The Honeydripper,” recorded in 1945. This reached #1 for 13 weeks on the R&B chart (then called the “race records” chart) and #30 on the Pop chart in 1950.
  2. Perez Prado, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” Cuban bandleader Prado recorded this in 1955 for the movie Underwater, and it reached #1 for ten weeks that year.
  3. Carl Perkins, “Pink Cadillac” The master rockabilly guitarist covers Bruce Springsteen’s song and does it better than “The Boss” did, in my opinion.
  4. Jerry Wallace, “Touch of Pink” Wallace is best known for “Primrose Lane,” which he took to #8 in 1959. This is the Jerry’s record just before that one, which barely cracked the Hot 100, coming in at #92.
  5. Mitchell Torok, “Pink Chiffon” Country singer/songwriter Torok had his greatest chart success with “Caribbean,” which reached #1 on the Country chart in 1953. This only reached #60 on the Pop chart in 1960. I thought it was good, anyway…
  6. Dodie Stevens, “Pink Shoelaces” Dodie was one day short of 13 when ths debuted on the Pop chart at #96. It eventually reached #3. Cute, isn’t she?
  7. Henry Mancini, “The Pink Panther Theme” I figure that if I didn’t include this one, everybody’d ask “Why didn’t you include The Pink Panther theme?” During my first A to Z Challenge back in 2012, I talked about Mancini and his working relationship with director Blake Edwards, and this was maybe the most famous collaboration between the two.
  8. Marty Robbins, “A White Sportcoat (And A Pink Carnation)” In the early days of rock & roll, Country stars regularly crossed over onto the Pop chart. This was a big hit for him, reaching #1 on the Country chart and #2 on the Pop chart, and #1 in Australia in 1957.
  9. Karl Sapp, “White Lightning or Pink Champagne” Allmusic tells me Karl has three albums out and that this can be found on the second album, 2007’s *Words and Music.” That’s as far as it goes. Good song, though.
  10. The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty In Pink” Molly Ringwald evidently told director John Hughes that this was her favorite song, and the built the movie around it. Or maybe not. Anyway, this was on their second album, 1981’s Talk Talk Talk, and it reached #43 in the UK.

And that’s Mondy’s Music Moves Me for April 6, 2020.

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Pink

  1. Thanks for joining us and love all your pickins for sure. Pink Cadillac, and wow I haven’t heard that version of Pink Shoelaces in years! WOW! Well, most of these tunes were in my brother’s era. He was six yrs. older than I, but they were blasted in our house so I got to know them all. ~hehehe~ Have a good day my friend and Stay Healthy & STAY HOME!!!!

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    1. I’m staying home as much as possible. Mary takes me out in the car once in a while, but I stay there until we get home. Everything’s closed, anyway….

      Glad you enjoyed the set!

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  2. I also thought you were going to use songs sung by Pink. So, this had a favorite song I haven’t heard in ages – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom white. I hope to see some of each in the next one to two weeks. Springtime! Pink Shoelaces was another good one from my childhood. (I only knew four of these songs, total.)

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      1. We are on the same page John. Hank Williams Sr is another one I really like and Merle Haggard.
        Williams Sr was a genius song writer to me.

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  3. John,

    Every time I hear Henry Mancini’s ‘Pink Panther Theme’ mewsic I want to watch the movie series with Peter Sellers. That’s such a fun set of flicks! Thanks for putting a smile on my face with this song and the rest of your playlist. Stay indoors safe and well, my friend. It’s great to find you on the 4M dance floor today!

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    1. Peter Sellers was a comedic genius, pure and simple. Herbert Lom as Inspector Dreyfus added a lot to them. The attempted reboot with Steve Martin had some pretty funny moments, but in all it was a weak attempt. Sellers and Lom were in the original The Ladykillers with Alec Guinness. If you ever get a chance to see that, it’s hilarious. And again, they tried reviving it with Tom Hanks and it went over like a lead balloon.

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  4. Wouldn’t you know, the last song is the one I couldn’t play! Of course, the Pink Panther theme would need to be on this list. I would love to see dancers dance to this theme but I picture Bob Fosse in style. You are right, I like the Carl Perkins version better. I wonder if others felt that way and maybe it may show up on a BOTB. I thought of the song, “Think Pink” sung by Kay Thompson from Funny Face.

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