Monday’s Music Moves Me: Hunny!

Today is Winnie The Pooh Day here on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and we’ve been told to read up on the yellow bear and let his story inspire us. Well, I’ll be honest: I’ve never read Winnie The Pooh, nor seen more than a glimpse (enough that I know Sterling Holloway does the voice of Winnie and Paul Winchell does the voice of Tigger) of the movies, so I’m somewhat at a loss. Seeing as how I have neither the time nor inclination to read any of the books or see any of the cartoons, I’ll have to fall back on what I do know, and that is that Pooh likes honey, or "hunny" as it’s spelled on most of the pictures I’ve seen. So, here are ten songs with "honey" in the title, which I’ll spell "hunny" to fit the theme.

  1. Glen Campbell, "Hunny, Come Back": From 1970, a song by Jimmy Webb. It appeared on Glen’s album Try A Little Kindness, and was released as the second single. It reached #2 on the US Country chart and #1 on the Canadian Country chart.
  2. Van Morrison, "Tupelo Hunny": Title track from his 1971 album, released as the second single from the album in December. It failed to make the Top 40 (#47) in the US and only reached #35 in Canada, but I heard it a lot on AOR stations.
  3. Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, "Money Hunny": Maybe that should be "Munny Hunny." It was written by Jesse Stone and released in 1953 by Clyde, who was backed for the first time by The Drifters. It spent 23 weeks on the R&B chart and peaked at #1.
  4. Muddy Waters, "Hunny Bee": A Muddy Waters classic, played by him and his band from the ’70’s.
  5. The Four Tops, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Hunny Bunch)": A Holland-Dozier-Holland song from 1965 that became The Four Tops’ first #1 hit.
  6. Jimmie Rodgers, "Hunnycomb": A song by Bob Merill from 1954. Jimmie’s version reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
  7. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "A Taste Of Hunny": A song written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlowe that became a standard in the ’60’s, covered by, among other acts, The Beatles. Herb’s version won four Grammy awards in 1966, including Record of the year. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart and reached #7 on the Hot 100.
  8. Carl Perkins, "Hunny Don’t": A song covered by The Beatles on the Beatles For Sale album. George’s solo on that cover shows his admiration for Carl. Carl’s version was the B side to "Blue Suede Shoes." Carl’s brother Jay heard the chord progression and wondered why Carl chose to go from E to C7 instead of from E to A, but it’s one of the more unique things about the song.
  9. The Beatles, "Hunny Pie": Written and sung by Paul on the white album on side 4, or record 2 side 2 if you prefer. One of Paul’s "silly love songs"…
  10. Bobby Goldsboro, "Hunny": I put it at the end in case you wanted to skip it, but I kind of like it. Written by Bobby Russell and originally done by Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio, Bobby Goldsboro’s version spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and it was a #1 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland and #2 in the UK. By the way, Bobby turns 80 today.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 18, 2021.

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32 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Hunny!

  1. I read a couple of the books but so many of the cartoons and loved Tigger. Winnie the Pooh was always one I found a bit stupid to be honest. I do know that he is Canadian as a soldier caught the bear cub(can’t recall how) and even brought the cub overseas during the First World War. He gave the bear the London zoo and wrote books with the boy based on his son. Personally I love honey..have 8t every morning. I would have to add, Honey, Honey by ABBA.

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  2. Way ta go John. Great way to look at it and all the tunes you found with Hunny! hahahaha Yep, Great job! Sure do miss everyone. Dave’s getting along and healing slowly and with me running around when I’m not use to it either is sure making me do that 2 steps forward and 3 steps back or however that goes. Bummer! Somebody move this gray cloud that’s over my head, and I can’t even think lately so I can figure out my blog with so much on my mind. Okay sorry didn’t mean to tell you my probs. Great job John… I knew if I came over here I’d get my spirits’ lifted!

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  3. John,

    You and Alana were in tune this week with your take on the theme. 🙂 I enjoyed listening to your entire set while busy doing other things. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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  4. My Nana used to sing me “Christopher Robin is saying his prayers” when she tucked me into bed. Sung by Vera Lynn. (In case you aren’t familiar, Christopher Robin was a boy who was best friends with Winnie the Pooh).

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  5. You’ve never read Winnie The Pooh!!! I cannot. Get thyself a copy and dig in. Pooh Bear is a great philosopher with friends who are timeless. Honestly, you think you know someone…

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  6. This made me think about a song my Nana used to sing when she tucked me into bed when I was little. Sung by Vera Lynn, “Christopher Robin (is saying his prayers)”: YouTube link

    (Christopher Robin is a boy who is friends with Winnie the Pooh if the link is confusing!)

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  7. Great tunes and Pooh does like huney. I can really recommend the original book beautiful and truly about friendship and a lonely boy growing up.
    Two relevant songs here

    Have a good day John 💜💜

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