Monday’s Music Moves Me: Leader Songs

I swear, this is what Pixabay gave me for “leader.” Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

I don’t know why, this prompt gave me trouble. So I did the best I could, with some odd choices (though they made perfectly good sense to me). Here are the ten songs I ccame up with.

  1. Jimmy Reed, "Big Boss Man": A song by Luther Dixon and Al Smith that was recorded by Jimmy in 1961. Backing Jimmy are Mamma Reed (Jimmy’s wife) on vocals, Lee Baker and Lefty Bates on guitars, Willie Dixon on bass, and Earl Phillips on drums. It reached #13 on the R&B chart and #78 on the Hot 100.
  2. Ernie K-Doe, "Mother-In-Law": I’m lucky in that my mother-in-law wasn’t bossy, but there are some who are. The latter kind get songs written about them. Also from 1961, written by Allen Toussaint, who also played piano. Ernie had a #1 on both the Hot 100 ane the R&B chart with it.
  3. The Coasters, "Yakety Yak": From 1958, a song by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller about parents, who can really be bossy (no offense). It reached #1 and stayed there for 7 weeks on the R&B chart and spent a week at #1 on the Hot 100.
  4. B. B. King, "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss": A song written by B. B. and released as a single in 1968. It reached #10 on the R&B chart and #39 on the Hot 100.
  5. Luke Kelly & The Dubliners, "Kelly The Boy From Killanne": A heroic song about John Kelly of Killanne who commanded the rebels from County Wexford during the Irish Uprising of 1798 and who was hanged as a result.
  6. Tannahill Weavers, "The Atholl Highlanders/Johnny Cope": John Cope was the commander of British forces at Prestonpans against the Scottish rebels during the Jacobite uprising in 1745. In the face of the Scots, the British troops turned tail and ran, and were easily defeated. Cope faced a court martial and was exonerated, the blame placed on the troops. The song remains to tell what a lousy leader he was.
  7. "Who’s The Boss? Theme Song": Theme song from the 1984-92 sitcom that starred Judith Light, Tony Danza et al.
  8. Chicago, "Harry Truman": From 1975’s Chicago VIII, not one of Chicago’s better albums, this tribute to President Harry Truman, who would probably go medieval on everyone in government if he were to come back…
  9. Dion, "Abraham, Martin & John": Dion’s 1968 tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. The song reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada, if that tells you anything…
  10. James Brown, "Funky President (People It’s Bad)": Recorded toward the end of the Watergate debacle, James calls on Gerald Ford to be the "funky president" we needed at the time.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 15. 2021.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Leader Songs

  1. Oh heck, I enjoyed your playlist a lot. You did good. Any playlist with bagpipes…but I digress. It’s been years since I heard the Harry Truman song. We need a few good leaders who will take responsibility. And maybe a good mother in law or two.


  2. John,

    You can’t prove it by me you had trouble with your playlist. I think you did a fabulous job! It’s great having you on the 4M dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!


  3. You picked some good songs and I haven’t heard of any but Yakety-Yak. I love the Mother in Law song…funny. And the second last one about the great presidents and MLK who was a great leader. Never knew Chicago loved Truman so. There are 2 songs that popped into my head right away, well 3…the song by Irving Berlin from the First World War..”Johnnie Get your Gun, go and kill the hun”… “Stout Hearted Men sung
    by Nelson Eddy and the song with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Singing invigorating all the kids to join them while they jump over fences and walk through lawns etc…I tried to find the song but can’t remember which one it was in..I think Babes in Arms.


    1. It wasn’t so much Chicago as Robert Lamm, who had just read “Plain Speaking” (the book by Merle Miller that was basically interviews with Truman) and thought it’d make a good song. I can’t speak for the rest of them there (though I’d assume they all read the book)…


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