Monday’s Music Moves Me: Flowers and Gardens

Happy Memorial Day! Today, Cynthia, our guest conductor for this month (and she’s done a fine job, hasn’t she? Give her a hand!) asked for songs about flowers and gardens. Sounds like a winner to me!

  1. Skylark, “Wildflower” Skylark was a Canadian band that included David Foster as one of its members. This is their lone US hit, from 1972, this reached #9 (#5 on the Adult Contemporary chart) in the US and #10 (#1 on the AC chart) in Canada.

  2. Billy Strayhorn, “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing” There’s a very nice instrumental version of this by Vince Guaraldi with Eddie Duran on guitar, but I went with the original. Billy Strayhorn also wrote “Take the ‘A’ Train” for Duke Ellington.

  3. Groucho Marx, “Show Me A Rose” Groucho recorded this on his 1951 LP Hooray for Captain Spaulding and Other Songs by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar. I remember it from the 1972 album An Evening With Groucho, where he was accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch, but I couldn’t find that one.

  4. Jimmie Rodgers, “English Country Garden” An old classic. You might remember they would play this the first time the Douglas house was shown on My Three Sons. My favorite version (and if I could have found it, I would have included it) was by a pair of performers I had seen at several Renaissance Faires who billed themselves as “Smee and Blog, The Singing Executioners”.

  5. Kathy Mattea, “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses” An utterly beautiful song written by Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson and recorded by Kathy on her 1987 album Untasted Honey. It reached #1 on the country charts in the US and Canada in 1988, and it deserved to.

  6. Andy Williams, “Days of Wine and Roses” A classic song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, from the 1962 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Andy’s version reached #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #26 on the Hot 100 in 1963; Mancini’s version from the same year reached #10 on the Easy Listening chart and #33 on the Hot 100. Again, Vince Guaraldi did a great instrumental accompanied by Bola Sete on guitar.

  7. Roy Williamson, “Flower of Scotland” The late Roy Williamson was a member of The Corries. This has become the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. Most of the better versions I found were sung at the start of football (i.e. soccer) matches and the singer was typically drowned out by all the hooligans in the stands…

  8. Lynn Anderson, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” A song by Joe South, originally released by Billy Joe Royal (a couple of local boys, to me, anyway), Lynn Anderson’s is probably the best known. It went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box country charts, and was an international Top 10 hit as well.

  9. The Beatles, “Octopus’s Garden” From 1969’s Abbey Road, a song written and sung by Ringo.

  10. Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, “Garden Party” A song about a disastrous engagement at an oldies concert in Madison Square Garden. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #44 on the Country chart in 1972.

  11. George Formby, “In A Little Wigan Garden” From the 1935 film No Limit that starred George with Florence Desmond. In the movie, he sings this in blackface, so I didn’t choose that.

  12. Nick Lucas, “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” I chose this one instead of Tiny Tim’s version because I had never heard it before and because Lucas is the person responsible for the design of the standard guitar pick (sometimes called the “Fender 351”) that nearly every guitarist uses.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 25, 2020.

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30 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Flowers and Gardens

  1. You never disappoint, do you? My favorite out of all of these wasn’t one of your posted songs, but your bonus Liberace/Nick Lucas duo of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”. And then them saying they were almost neighbors and went to the same church. Many of our group chose “Garden Party” and I never knew what the song really was about. Had a fun time here today in your musical garden.


    1. Had I found that one first, I would have used it. Liberace and Nick Lucas are a couple of old-time entertainers, aren’t they? Happy you enjoyed the list!


  2. Hi John – interesting songs you’ve selected and loved the interaction with Willowdot … fun – especially being of that era and English as ever was … cheers and happy memories – Hilary


  3. John,

    It so happens I came across Lucas singing “Tip Toe Through the Tulips” a few years ago but I had no idea he designed the guitar pick. Cool! Lucas has that 40s era sound. You either love or hate it and depending on my mood I can go one way or the other. Tiny Tim’s vocals drive me up the wall and not in a good way, either. Your playlist is an excellent comprehensive selection of song choices for this week’s theme. It’s great having you on the dance floor. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


  4. You managed to get quite a bit up here for this week’s theme! I hadn’t heard these before. Songbird’s inclusion of “Scarlet Begonias” reminded me that I should have used Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia”, and your inclusion of “Days of Wine and Roses” reminded me that I should have used My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult’s “Days of Swine and Roses”. I’m going to have so much ready for the next time this or a similar theme comes up!



  5. Hi Johnny, does anyone ever call you that? I just wondered. First of all I have to tell you I was going to pick a different song to be my first. Do you remember “Come tip toe threw the tulips in the garden won’t you follow me. Come tip toe through the tulips with me”! It was by none other by Tiny Tim, but I forgot to post it. Bummer! hahaha, but you have Nick Lucas singing it too! Cute! I didn’t know it was sung by someone else too! Learn something new every day. hahaha So you’re first song is an old favorite of mine. I use to sing this song to my first baby when she was born. It’s so beautiful. Thank you for thinking of it. I haven’t heard that in so long. I didn’t know Groucho Marx actually recorded a song. I thought he was just a movie comedian actor. I send that one over to my hubby. He loves Groucho. Ahhh Andy Williams, such a romantic voice he had. Well, there’s one we had in common. I never promised you a Rose Garden such a cute song. Rick Nelson I just watched a biography video of him the other day. I never knew he was on drugs. He really had the performing bug didn’t he? Such a shame. He was a good person though. Well, my friend have a wonderful Memorial Day! We’re here alone and I think we’ll throw a couple of burgers on the barbie and some chips and watch a movie. You & your sweetie have a great day! hugs


    1. My mother’s brother and sisters call me Johnny, and occasionally one of my brothers does. I don’t especially like it…

      Groucho did a ton of singing in the Marx Brothers movies, and fancied himself quite the singer. He loved Gilbert & Sullivan and played Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner in a TV presentation of The Mikado in 1960. There’s an album called An Evening With Groucho Marx where he sings (accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch) and tells stories and jokes. It came out in ’72, and a friend of mine played the grooves off of it. By the time I listened to it (with him) he was doing the whole thing along with the record…

      Liberace did an instrumental version of “Tiptoe Through The Tulips,” and there’s a video of him doing a duet with Nick Lucas…

      There have been others, but those (plus Tiny Tim’s) are the best known ones.

      We’ve had a quit day here. I go for my annual checkup tomorrow, and I’ll be happy when it’s over…


  6. Here is some psychedelia from one of my favorite groups of that era:

    “Garden of Earthly Delights” from the group United States of America

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  7. Not bad! We only chose 1.5 of the same songs. I hadn’t heard Nick Lucas before, but it was a nice diversion.


    1. To be honest, I had never heard him, either. I just knew he designed the pick most of us use (the shape, anyway; they’re made from dozens of different materials).


  8. What an interesting list. I hadn’t heard that Skylark song in ages. I love Andy Williams, saw him at Westbury Music Fair a few times in the 90’s before he started his residency in Branson. Can’t go wrong with the Beatles. And thanks for the Nick Lucas clip …I never “got” Tiny Tim.


    1. “Wildflower” was one of those songs that would have me switching between WLS and WCFL in the old days, but the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve grown fond of it (and songs like it). I really have to be in the right mood for Tiny Tim. He was a great entertainer, but in small doses…


    1. Hey, if you ever get a notion to, why not join us on Mondays? I’m serious. You don’t have to go to the extents that I do; some of us just post one or two songs. Every other week (like next Monday) is a “freebie” week, when you can share whatever you want; the themes for the other weeks are posted on Cathy Kennedy’s blog (look in the right-hand column). Give it some thought…

      The Move never caught on in the US, though I know they were huge just about everywhere else. I never realized that they were the precursor to ELO. The things you learn in this job…


      1. Yes it’s amazing isn’t it. Thank you for the invite to the challenge, I shall have s look 😀. A little point about Flowers in the rain was the first record every played by Tony Blackburn on the then new radio station Radio One 💜


            1. I know about Radio Caroline and Radio Veronica (the Dutch equivalent, off the coast of Hilversum). George Harrison talked about both of them in an interview I read years ago. I also worked with a guy who grew up in London who gave me a taste of what hearing The Beatles sung by the BBC Orchestra was like…


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