Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday, Marie!

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It’s Marie’s (a/k/a X-Mas Dolly’s) birthday! Well, it was yesterday, anyway. Happy birthday! Now, she said in her instructions that one of her favorite songs is "Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You" by Frankie Valli, so I took that suggestion to my gift consultant (i.e. Spotify), and she came up with a playlist for the occasion. Hope you like it!

  1. The Temptations, "My Girl": Smokey Robinson wrote it, The Temptations recorded it and released it a week before Christmas 1964, and it became their first #1 record. It’s their signature song.

  2. Leo Sayer, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing": From his 1976 album Endless Flight, a song by Sayer and Vini Poncia. It reached #1 in 1977 and #13 for the year 1977.

  3. Dionne Warwick, "What The World Needs Now (Is Love)": First recorded by Jackie DeShannon in April 1965, Dionne covered it because Bacharach and David wrote it. Jackie’s went to #7, Dionne’s eighty places lower. Whoever does it, it’s a beautiful song.

  4. Paul Anka, "Put Your Head On My Shoulder": Written and recorded by Paul in August 1959, it reached #2 behind Bobby Darin’s "Mack The Knife."

  5. Frankie Valli, "You’re The Song (That I Can’t Stop Singing)": From his 1976 solo album Valli, a song by Ken Gold and Tony Rivers.

  6. The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup": Released in 1968, a song by Mike d’Abo and Tony Macaulay. It was the first song to feature Colin Young on vocals. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles.

  7. Johnny Mathis, "Misty": The classic by Errol Garner with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Mathis’s version sold well over 2 million copies and was certified Gold, but only reached #12 on the Hot 100 in 1959. It was on his album Heavenly.

  8. Sam Cooke, "Nothing Can Change This Love": A song written by Cooke, it reached #2 on the R&B chart and #12 on the Hot 100.

  9. Herb Alpert, "This Guy’s In Love With You": Another Bacharach/David composition, Herb released this in 1968 and it reached #1 on the Hot 100.

  10. The Carpenters, "Yesterday Once More": Written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and recorded in 1973 for their album Now & Then. On the album, it segues into a medley of oldies. Released as a single, it reached #2, behind Jim Croce’s "Bad Bad Leroy Brown."

Again, happy birthday, Marie! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 7, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday, Marie!

  1. What a way to celebrate a birthday. That was an interesting playlist Spotify came up with. I knew seven of these songs. The Frankie Valli song – I never would have thought it was him. The Sam Cooke song – instant love.What a voice he had. Liked the choices. So nice to hear “This Guy’s In Love with You” again, especially.


  2. John,

    I like your idea on how you came up with a cool playlist for Marie’s birthday/dance party! Spotify came up with a Frankie Valli song from the 70s that could’ve gone on my playlist, “You’re the Song (I Can’t Stop Singing)” I’m not sure that I remember. I did a quick Internet search of the song to see if it jogged some memories but learned that Frankie’s version is a cover. Leo Sawyer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” was quite popular DH’s high school senior year. I always liked Paul Anka. “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” is a nice oldie. You did a fantastic job or rather your “gift consultant’. 🙂 Thanks for joining the 4M crew this week. Have a boogietastic day!


    1. I knew that, even if Marie’s favorite song is “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” I didn’t want to do all Frankie Valli and/or The Four Seasons songs. I think my gift consultant did a good job of picking a few songs that were like it. A little variety never hurts…

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      1. Well, personally I like the way your gift consultant thinks! Great job my friend! I agree with Cathy, I never heard that song either, but I’m glad you brought it to my attention. So I’ve been telling everyone. They had Frankie Valli on this talk show & he said that there’s a movie coming out about him & I don’t know if you heard of the Jonas Brothers, but Nic Jonas that plays on “The Voice” he’s going to play Frankie Vali, and he’s quite pleased about it & I can’t wait to see it when it comes out. So glad I saw that. Anyway some really great tunes here my friend. Thank you so much!


  3. Happy Birthday to Marie. Love the song choices. Whenever I hear Karen Carpenter, I think she sounds so sad somehow. There is a searching for something in her voice.


    1. She had that gorgeous contralto voice, and I think the anorexia probably contributed to that “searching” vibe you got from her.


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