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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Muddy Waters, "Hunny Bee": A Muddy Waters classic, played by him and his band from the ’70’s.
- 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.
- Jimmie Rodgers, "Hunnycomb": A song by Bob Merill from 1954. Jimmie’s version reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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"…
- 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.