Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Randomness

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I think Mary B is calling this YouTube Roulette. Basically, I start with a song, then choose the next from the choices YouTube gives me. Here are a dozen chosen more or less at random.

  1. Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing” From their eponymous 1978 album, this was their first single and it readched the Top 10 in the UK (#8) and the US and Canada (#4). It was more than just beginner’s luck.

  2. Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” Never understood this song until I read an article that said Robert Lamm wrote this when he was awake at 25 (or 26) to 4 AM, writing songs. It was from their 1969 eponymous secomd album (the first had been The Chicago Transit Authority from 1968), and was also a Top 10 hit in the US (#4), Canada (#2), and the UK (#8).

  3. Steely Dan, “Deacon Blues” From their 1977 album Aja, this was released in 1978 and peaked at #19.

  4. Blood Sweat & Tears, “And When I Die” Written by Laura Nyro when she was 17, she sold it to Peter, Paul & Mary for $5000, and they recorded it for their sixth studio album, The Peter, Paul & Mary Album. Laura herself recorded this on her 1967 début album More Than A New Discovery. BS&T’s version is the best known; recorded in 1968 for their eponymous second album, and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100. Steve Katz (late of The Blues Project) plays the harmonica here.

  5. The Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” Written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, this was first recorded in 1969 by Kelly Gordon. The Hollies had a big hit with this later that year, and Neil Diamond had a minor hit with it the following year. It reached #7 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #11 in Canada.

  6. Albert Hammond, “It Never Rains In Southern California” Title track for Albert’s 1972 album. It reached #5 in the US and #2 in Canada. I’ve been in Southern California when it was raining. Man, it pours…

  7. Little River Band, “Reminiscing” Haven’t played this in some time. I couldn’t sleep until I heard this when I worked nights. It reached #3 in the US, their highest-charting single here.

  8. Robbie Dupree, “Steal Away” From his 1980 eponymous début album, this is his most-successfl single, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It reached #14 on the RPM Hot Singles chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Some great yacht rock here…

  9. Pablo Cruise, “Love Will Find A Way” This was released a year after “Whatcha Gonna Do?” in 1978, and did almost as well, reaching #6 on the Hot 100. It was all over the radio that summer.

  10. England Dan and John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” From their 1976 album, this was written by Parker McGee and reached #2 on the Hot 100 (behind Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music, White Boy”), and #1 on the Easy Listening chart. “England” Dan Seals (brother of Seals & Crofts’s Jim Seals) re-recorded this in 1995 as an acoustic country song.

  11. Stephen Bishop, “On And On” From Stephen’s 1976 début album Careless, it peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart. In Canada, it peaked at #2 on the RPM Hot Singles chart and #3 on the Easy Listening chart. Despite failing to reach the Top 10 in the US, it was the #30 song for 1976.

  12. Robert John, “Sad Eyes” Robert recorded this on his eponymous début album in 1979, and released this in April of that year. It reached the Hot 100 in May and readched the top of the chart in October. It was one of the few non-disco songs to reach #1 that year.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 1, 2020.

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25 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Randomness

  1. YouTube Roulette can be fun! Great song list – many were ‘new’ to me, so I enjoyed listening to them all! 🙂 Thanks for the dance, John!


  2. Oh, do these songs bring back memories. I’m listening and singing along. So little joy some days recently. Husband I owned some of these albums (Pablo Cruise, Steely Dan, BS&T). I had forgotten that Laura Nyro had written “And When I Die” when she was only 17 – that song has such maturity and power to it. Thank you for this playlist. It wasn’t random; it was meant to be.


  3. Hey John, I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to play this tune… Sultans of Swing! My husband is the only guitarist around here that can play this tune to a “T”! Everyone is always requesting this song when Dave plays. It’s very hard to play is what I’m told. When you hang around a bunch of musicians you kinda get the word. Thanks so much & Chicago is such a rockin’ tunes for sure. Steely Dan is our travelin’ music when we get in the car. Blood Sweat & Tears, “And When I Die” was my party days for sure. hahaha The Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” was on the radio when my first daughter was born. I remember being on the bus and I had one of those baby carriers where you could carry them in the front or on your back & this woman was just so upset saying us young kids just didn’t care & that we ruin ourselves before we could even have another baby & I thought of this song & told the lady… she wasn’t heavy that she was my daughter! The everyone on the bus clapped & that shut her up. hahaha Never forgot that & I haven’t heard this tune in so long. Thanks John.. fun memories! Little River Band, “Reminiscing”! Yep, isn’t that what we’re goin? ~hehe~ Pablo Cruise, “Love Will Find A Way” at one time or another we’ve all danced to this tune for sure! ~hahha~ Many great tunes here John… it was a great time of my life too! Thanks for the memories… have a great night!~


    1. You wonder where some people get off sticking their noses in where they don’t belong. According to most child care experts, you and I should never have made it past 10 years old, because our parents did everything “wrong.”


  4. Great setlist! YouTube did not let you down at all. It seems lately mine keeps taking a twist in the middle of the set. All good music, but still a bit weird.


  5. John,

    I’m taking things easy this morning listening to your fabulous playlist while I grocery shop online. Things are truly crazy in our world. First with Covid 19 and now the riots, both of which I’m convinced are tools implemented by the far left to destroy our country. Mewsic is always a pleasant distraction from reality. Thanks for helping me to tune the world out for a space time, my friend. Stay safe and be well!


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