One of the things I strive for on this blog is originality: I want to pick material (specifically songs) that I don’t think anyone else will. I didn’t do that yesterday, when I (and several others) chose The Marvelettes’ "Please Mr. Postman" as my song to represent the theme of "hold, pause, stop, wait," and I’m a little disappointed in myself. Especially since there were so many other songs that I could have chosen. Here’s a playlist of some of them; I couldn’t think of any that had "pause" in them.
Links are to the lyrics…
- Johnny Nash, "Hold Me Tight": Some early reggae, written by Johnny, from 1968. It reached #1 in Canada and #5 in the US and UK.
- Sam & Dave, "Hold On, I’m Comin’": Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. #1 on the R&B chart and #21 on the Hot 100 in 1966.
- Mel Carter, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me": This was written by Harry Noble and first done by Karen Chandler in 1952. It’s been covered many times since then, including by Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, and Gloria Estefan. Mel reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #21 on the Hot 100 in 1965.
- The Supremes, "Stop! In The Name Of Love": Written by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team and taken to #1 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, #3 in Canada, and #7 in the UK by Diana and the girls in 1965.
- The Hollies, "Bus Stop": Written by Graham Gouldman and reached #5 in the US and UK, #1 in Canada, and #2 in Australia in 1966.
- The Hollies, "Stop! Stop! Stop!": Written by Alan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash and reached #2 in the UK, #7 in the US, and #1 in Canada in 1966.
- Bing Crosby and Mary Martin, "Wait ‘Till The Sun Shines, Nellie": From the 1941 movie Birth Of The Blues. Written by Harry Von Tilzer and Andrew B. Sterling way back in 1905. A few years ago, I learned that they sing this on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on New Year’s Eve and have done so since the Depression.
- Wilson Pickett, "In The Midnight Hour": Written by Pickett and Steve Cropper in 1965 and title track from the album from that year. Reached #1 on the R&B chart but only #21 on the Hot 100, largely because the title seemed suggestive of you-know-what.
- ABBA, "I’ve Been Waiting For You": By Stig Anderson, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus for their eponymous 1974 album, and used as the B side for the single "So Long." It was used in the 2018 film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with all new words by Benny and Bjorn.
I think, from now on, I’m going to wait to do Song Lyric Sunday until everyone else does…