Freebie day, and I couldn’t get the phrase “Tom, Dick & Harry” out of my mind. I took it as a sign. Here are four songs each from men named Tom, Dick and Harry.
|What’s New, Pussycat?
|The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1965 movie of the same name. Tom took this to #3 in the US, his second Top 40 single, while it reached #11 in the UK.|
|Life Is A Highway
|Rascal Flatts weren’t the first people to do this. From Tom’s 1991 album Mad Mad World, this topped the Canadian charts and was a #6 hit on the Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts in the US.|
|Lewis & Clark
Tommy Emmanuel CGP
|Chet Atkins bestowed the honorary title Certified Guitar Player on this Australian guitarist, and every time he plays he shows us why. From his 2006 album The Mystery.|
Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim
|A pioneer in bossa nova music, Tom Jobim has written many of the big hits of the genre, and many of his songs have become standards. “Wave” is the title track from his 1967 album.|
|Originally a folk song from the Eastern Mediterranean, Dick Dale’s cover of the song has become a surf rock classic. He plays the song on one string after having seen his father and uncles, all of whom were Lebanese-American musicians, play it that way on the oud. It regained popularity in the 1990’s when Quentin Tarantino used it in the movie Pulp Fiction, and again when it was used in an episode of Mad Men.|
|Chim Chim Cher-ee
Dick Van Dyke
|As fine an actor and song-and-dance man as Dick Van Dyke is, the movie Mary Poppins proved that he couldn’t do a Cockney accent. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, who wrote lots of music for Walt Disney Studios, and earned the 1964 Best Original Song Academy Award. The Sherman Brothers also earned the Oscar and the Grammy for the score of the movie.|
Dick Hyman Trio
|You will recognize this immediately as “Mack The Knife.” It was written by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht for The Threepenny Opera in the 1920’s. Radio station WFMF (later WLOO) in Chicago played the Dick Hyman recording at the top of every hour.|
|“Jessica” was written by Dickey Betts and made its first appearance on the Allman Brothers Band’s fourth studio album, 1973’s Brothers & Sisters. This is video from a 1984 performance.|
|This is an Italian song by Alberto Pestalozza, who wrote it in 1898 with lyrics by Carlo Tiochet. Harry James liked the song so much that he made it his orchestra’s theme song in 1939, from when this was recorded.|
|This song, from Chapin’s 1973 album Short Stories, inspired Hugh Wilson to create the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. As a single, this reached #36 on the Hot 100, while it reached #14 in Canada and #9 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.|
|Another song my aunts used to drive me crazy by singing. From Harry’s 1956 album Calypso.|
|Jump Into The Fire
|From Nilsson’s 1971 album Nilsson Schmillson, it was released as the second single (after “Without You”) in 1972. A real rocker, a departure from Nilsson’s previous releases, it reached #27 on the Hot 100.|
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 24, 2020.