I started out with one idea, which went nowhere, then thought of doing the “Wheel of Fortune” thing, and found myself changing my mind on so many songs that I decided to go in that direction. Here are ten totally unrelated songs that I just felt like playing.
- Bruce Blackman, “Doing Nothing”: Bruce was the lead singer for and co-founder of the band Starbuck, best known for the song “Moonlight Feels Right.” Bruce has been solo for a while and does some really great stuff. His first solo album was Moonlight Feels Right 2014, where he reprises that hit and presents us with music that puts the yacht into yacht rock. This is a song from that album.
- Steely Dan, “Do It Again”: From Steely Dan’s first album, Can’t Buy A Thrill, this was the first song to chart, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and warping my 16-year-old brain to something more than The Beatles.
- Gerry Rafferty, “Right Down The Line”: The sometimes-forgotten follow-up to “Baker Street,” this is the second single from his 1978 album City To City. It reached #12 on the Hot 100 but #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and as I had just graduated from college and to the Adult Contemporary chart, this became part of the fabric of my life. (I know, “whatever…”)
- Al Stewart, “Time Passages”: Title track from Al’s 1978 album, which came out two years after Al’s Year Of The Cat, the title track of which was Al’s biggest hit. This was co-written by smooth jazz guitarist Peter White, which I didn’t know until this evening. This reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Maria Muldaur, “Midnight At The Oasis”: A sassy, sensuous song of desert delight, this features a guitar solo by Amos Garrett that had me saying, “yeah, I wanna play like that.” It reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1974, and was the #13 song for that year.
- Tommy James & The Shondells, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”: Tommy and crew are from Niles, Michigan, and were always popular in the Chicago market. This came out in June 1969 and reached #2 nationally and #1 on the WLS Silber Dollar Survey.
- The Rascals, “Groovin'”: Written by band members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, this debuted in April 1967 and was the title track to their yet-to-be released third album. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1967, and an instrumental by Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra became the theme song for WGN’s Sunday Matinee, which featured “Sherlock Holmes” and “Charlie Chan” movies during the baseball offseason.
- The Association, “Everything That Touches You”: I was going to use The Association’s “Along Comes Mary,” then I saw this and liked it better. From their 1968 album Birthday, this reached #10 on the Hot 100.
- Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints”: Title track from their 1967 album. This reached #1 on the Hot 100 and is probably the only song they’re known for, although they had a second song, 1968’s “Tomorrow,” reach #23, so they’re not really a one-hit wonder.
- The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me”: Released in 1966, this song reached #5 on the Hot 100 in April of that year. The Outsiders were a garage rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, who had three other songs reach the Top 40 that year, but none after that.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 10, 2020.