I’d like to thank Cathy for being our guest conductor this past month. For today, she’s looking for songs about neighbors or sons. Here are a half dozen of each.
- Robert Cray, "Right Next Door (Because of Me)": We start with a less than happy song about hearing the neighbors argue over the wife’s stepping out from the guy she’s stepping out with, the guy next door. From his album Strong Persuader.
- Rolling Stones, "Neighbours": An album cut from 1981’s Tattoo You, which was recorded over several sessions starting in 1972. This was one of the newer tracks.
- The Chi-Lites, "We Are Neighbors": From their 1971 release (For God’s Sake) Give The Power To The People. It was released as a single that year and reached #17 on the R&B chart.
- ZZ Top, "Neighbor, Neighbor": A cut from their 1971 debut album, called appropriately ZZ Top’s First Album. Almost 50 years old, and it sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
- Status Quo, "Neighbour, Neighbour": These guys have been around since 1962 and are still active. They adopted the name Status Quo in 1969 after being called The Scorpions, The Spectres, Traffic Jam, and The Status Quo. They had a hit single with "Pictures of Matchstick Men" that reached #12 in the US. From their 1968 debut album Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo.
- Dean Martin, "Love Thy Neighbor": From his 1978 release Once In A While. Not much more to say about it…
- Johnny Rivers, "Seventh Son": A little blues from Johnny, here covering Willie Dixon’s song from the ’50’s. It reached #7 in the US and #1 in Canada in 1965.
- O. C. Smith, "The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp": The story of a woman with 14 kids and no husband making a living, as told by one of the 14. O. C. was on the British charts for 15 weeks in 1968, including three weeks at #2. Didn’t fare as well in the US, no doubt because radio station GM’s were afraid of their audiences’ reactions, but it still reached #40 on the Hot 100.
- Dusty Springfield, "Son of a Preacher Man": From Dusty’s 1968 album Dusty In Memphis, this reached #10 in the US and #9 in the UK, the last Top 40 hit she’d have for the next 20 years.
- Jimmy Buffett, "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor": Title track from his 1978 release. It was a fan favorite, although Buffett didn’t include it in his set lists frequently until 2005. No idea why…
- Genesis, "No Son Of Mine": The first single from 1991′ We Can’t Dance, it was a Top 10 hit in most of the world, ikncluding #1 in Canada. In the US, it reached #12 on the Hot 100, #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
- Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue": From Johnny’s 1968 At San Quentin, this would have made it to #1 in 1969 if not for the Rolling Stones and "Honky Tonk Women." There’s some mild profanity toward the end that on most stations was BLEEPed out with a 1000 Hz tone (this was 1969, after all), the same one they used for Emergency Broadcast System tests and activations. First time I heard it, I almost fainted.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 28, 2020.