Robin’s assignment for this week, it being Thanksgiving week and all, is to spell out "GRATEFUL" in song titles. Well, that’s eight letters, meaning eight songs, but ten is an official playlist (because I said so, so there), so I spelled out the phrase "I’M GRATEFUL" in song names. (The things I do to keep me happy…)
M: B. W. Stevenson, "My Maria": Yes, Brooks & Dunn did this, but I prefer the original by B. W. Stevenson, who co-wrote the song with Daniel Moore. His original reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1973.
G: Canned Heat, "Going Up The Country": Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson" adapted Henry Thomas’s "Bull Doze Blues" from 1928 and created this song. It reached #11 on the Hot 100in 1969, Canned Heat’s best-performing single.
R: Wes Montgomery, "Road Song": Title track from Wes’s last album, released in 1968, shortly before he died of a heart attack. Wes and his wife had seven kids and he was working as a welder during the day to keep food on the table…
A: Mark Lindsay, "Arizona": A song written by Kenny Young, Mark recorded this while still lead singer for Paul Revere & The Raiders. It readched #10 in 1970.
T: Eagles, "Take It Easy": Written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, it was The Eagles’ first single when it was released in May 1972. It reached #12 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts that year.
E: The Beatles, "Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby": From Beatles For Sale in the UK (Beatles ’65 in the US), this is George covering a song by one of his guitar idols, Carl Perkins, who had a hit with it in 1956.
F: Ray Price, "For The Good Times": Written by Kris Kristofferson, Ray recorded this as the title track from his 1970 album. It reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart and #10 on the Hot 100. This is real country…
U: Natalie & Nat "King" Cole, "Unforgettable": Written by Irving Gordon and arranged and orchestrated by Nelson Riddle, this was the title track from Nat’s 1952 album. In 1991, his daughter Natalie recorded it as a virtual duet with her father, and it reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
L: Count Basie Orchestra, "Li’l Darlin’": Composed by Neal Hefti, who did many of the Count’s arrangements, and recorded for his 1958 album The Atomic Mr. Basie. It was an exercise in how to swing at a slow tempo.
I’m grateful for you all! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 23, 2020.