Since it’s Stacy’s sister’s birthday tomorrow (Happy Birthday!), she thought it would be a good idea to do songs about brothers and sisters. I wasn’t really sure where to go with this, so I just picked songs with “brother” and/or “sister” in the title. Hope you like ’em!
|1||It’s Too Late, Brother
|Probably not what Stacy was thinking, but still a great song by the king of the blues harmonica. Released as a single in 1956, but didn’t chart.|
|2||Me And Baby Brother
|Interesting to read the comments on some of these. A lot of people dedicated this song to a younger brother who is sadly no longer with us. Reached #15 on the Hot 100 and #18 on the R&B chart in 1973, from their album Deliver The Word.|
|This story of interracial love was a big hit in the US for Stories in 1973, but the original, by Hot Chocolate, was released earlier that year in the UK, where it reached #7. This version features British bluesman Alexis Korner on one of the speaking parts and Cozy Powell (“Topsy (parts 1 and 2)”) on drums.|
|4||Brothers In Arms
|Title track from their 1984 album, it was written in 1982, the year of the Falklands War. In 2007, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of that war, they re-released the song for the benefit of the veterans of that war that were suffering from PTSD. Reached #16 in the UK, #10 in Ireland, #5 in New Zealand, and #1 in Poland.|
|5||We Are Family
|In honor of the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, who used this as their theme song. From Sister Sledge’s 1979 album of the same name, the song reached #2 in the US and #1 in Canada.|
|6||Sister Mary Elephant
Cheech & Chong
|Couldn’t resist this classic comedy bit by Cheech and Chong. People ask me if Catholic school was like this; I tell them “not always.” From their 1972 album Big Bambu, it was released as a single in late 1973 and eventually reached #24 in 1974.|
|An album track from their 1975 album Crisis? What Crisis? It wasn’t released as a single.|
|8||I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
|A song that was written by Armand J. Piron and published in 1922, Muggsy Spanier was a cornet player and bandleader from Chicago and was a pioneer of Chicago-style jazz, which was part Dixieland, part swing.|
|9||Brother, Brother, Brother
|Title track from their 1972 album, but not released as a single. Brothers singing about brothers…|
|10||Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
|Written by Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney, the melody is based on a Russian-Jewish lullaby. Both Bing and Rudy Vallee had hits with this song in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression.|
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 17, 2020.