Monday’s Music Moves Me: Early Favorites

This is a little long (16 songs), but then, you’ve come to expect that from me, haven’t you? I put together a list of some favorites of mine from my early, impressionable years. These are all instrumentals and all things I remember hearing in the ’60’s or ’70’s.

  1. Stan Getz/João Gilberto, "The Girl From Ipanema": I played this about a week ago for João Gilberto’s birthday. From the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim (the song’s composer) on piano and Astrud Gilberto on English vocals. This was the song that started the bossa nova craze. My introduction to this was on a commercial for Tab, I believe…

  2. Dave Brubeck, "Take Five": Another favorite around here. WGN-TV used this as the theme for its late movie, and I heard it first when I stayed up way past my bedtime one Saturday night when my parents were out.

  3. Vince Guaraldi Trio, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind": We watched A Charlie Brown Christmas the first time it aired in 1965, and I immediately noticed the music, which was played by Vince Guaraldi. There was a show that followed that talked about the making of the cartoon, and it showed Guaraldi playing this song. I forgot about this until Joe Walsh played it on The James Gang’s 1970 album Rides Again. I like Guaraldi’s better.

  4. Dukes of Dixieland, "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay": Dad had an album by The Dukes of Dixieland that I’d listen to once in a while (the one pictured in the video). My Aunt Cash used to sing this on occasion, which is why I remember it.

  5. Artie Shaw, "Begin The Beguine": Back in the ’60’s, sometimes a magazine would have a record made of very thin plastic attached to one of the pages. You’d take it out of the magazine and play it on your turntable. A friend of mine got one from Time-Life Records that advertised a series of "Swing Era" albums that were remasters of the classic songs. One of songs was Artie Shaw’s "Begin The Beguine," the Cole Porter song from 1935 that was written for his show Jubilee. Based on the sample on the record, I knew I liked it.

  6. Ramsey Lewis Trio, "The ‘In’ Crowd": Yes, another song we’ve done recently. This was a Top 40 hit in the days when Top 40 hits didn’t have to be rock.

  7. David Rose, "The Stripper": Noxzema had a series of commercials that featured the very beautiful and sultry Gunilla Knutson encouraging men to "take it off, take it all off," by which she meant their beards, using Noxzema shaving cream. They would then show a man shaving, accompanied by this song. My aunt Bitsy pointed out that there couldn’t have been a blade in the razor, not the way he was shaving, or he’d cut his face to shreds.

  8. June Christy, "Something Cool": We got our first stereo from my Dad’s brother Ed, and he must have left this on the turntable, because it sat in our record collection for years after in nothing more than a paper inner sleeve. It was on Capitol Records, just like my Beatles albums, so I assumed that it was just as good. Well, it wasn’t what I expected, but… I kinda liked it. The older I get, the more I like it.

  9. Henry Mancini, "Experiment In Terror": WGN’s Saturday night horror movie screamfest, called "Creature Features" (which I think might still be running), used this as its theme music. It’s from a 1962 movie called Experiment In Terror which starred Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, and Ross Martin. I don’t know if they ever ran that movie on Creature Features…

  10. Bent Fabric, "Alley Cat": I played this recently, I think. We had the album at home, with an adorable kitty on the cover.

  11. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "Tijuana Taxi": I went through a TJB period when I was in sixth grade. A friend of mine (sadly, no longer with us) was a big fan, and lent me his copy of Whipped Cream & Other Delights, the one with the woman dressed in a wedding gown made of whipped cream (it was actually shaving cream, though I’m not sure whether it was Noxzema) on the cover. This is from that album.

  12. The T-Bones, "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)": This was the music from an Alka-Seltzer commercial that caught on as a hit.

  13. Bert Kaempfert, "A Swingin’ Safari": One of my favorite game shows that started in the ’60’s, The Match Game, which was a whole lot different than the version from the ’70’s. This was used as its theme music.

  14. WDR Big Band, "Mannix": The TV series Mannix debuted in 1967, and while I didn’t learn to like the show right away, I though the theme music, written by Lalo Schifrin, was the coolest. It’s a jazz waltz.

  15. Lalo Schifrin, "Mission: Impossible": Another TV theme by Mr. Schifrin, this time for the long-lived series of the same name.

  16. Dick Hyman Trio, "Moritat": Another one you’ve heard often here. Radio station WFMF (later WLOO) in Chicago used this as its interval music at the top and bottom of the hour. My stepfather (who we called "Tex"; long story) loved this song, which was also called "Mack The Knife": as my brother (his son) said, this was the music his Dad loved. When we had Kuala the Dog from Hell, Tex would whistle this before he’d take the dog for a walk, and Kuala would go crazy. Tex also would tell Mom he was going to take the D-O-G for a W-L-A-K, which is both a dyslexic spelling of "walk" and the name of another radio station he and Mom listened to.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 14, 2021.

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21 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Early Favorites

  1. “Experiment in Terror” is one I had never heard of but as soon as I heard it I thought “this needed to be a James Bond theme!” I was a big fan of the 1960’s Match Game (not so much the 70’s version) so hearing this again was a trip back in time, as was “Tijuana Taxi” and the instrumental version of what I know as “Mack the Knife”, the Alka Seltzer song, and “The Stripper” One of our radio DJs (Dan Ingram on WABC) had an interesting relationship with this song..was this ever a trip in nostalgia.


    1. There was a certain dignity about the original Match Game that went right out the window with the ’70’s version.

      I’m surprised they never asked Henry Mancini to write a Bond theme. That would have been awesome…


  2. The Girl From Ipanema I loved that tune when Herb Albert played it too! Have you heard that version? Probably… but this one is really good too! I haven’t heard “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” in a long time, and it always reminds me of Peanuts because the little boy that plays piano there plays that song too! hahahaha and the Dukes of Dixieland, “Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay” reminds me of the New Orleans parade Mardi Gra doesn’t it??? hahahaha Good one John! Got me bouncing and that’s a good one! Oh my “Begin The Beguine” I use to play that on the piano with my mother. Oh my, we had so much fun playing that. I haven’t thought of that in years. Thank you so much John for bringing back a wonderful memory for me. You have so many great tunes here, but I need to take a moment now. John you’re duh best! HUGS!


  3. John,

    Air brain! I tell you what, I was over earlier this evening listening to your music while leaving you a comment and working on a sketch. Oh before I forget #8 on your playlist has to be played on YT which I did hop over to hear this selection. Anyway, I was telling you that I not only expect but look forward to your long playlists, the more music the better in my opinion. I love using your non-stop tunes for background music while I do other things. Hence the reason I accidentally closed off my browser with the unfinished comment. Normally, I leave one telling you what I’m doing before publishing the comment while I continue enjoying your songs as I busy myself visiting others, working on posts, doodling, or house chores. Anyway, I enjoyed all 16 tunes – nice, easy listening songs to start the week off. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!


  4. I have to get the first 2 for sure on cd plus Begin the Beguine. Unfortunately, right after the stripper song, the tunes became unavailable…ughhh.


    1. I checked all of them to be sure that they’d play in Canada, and checked them again when I saw this, and all of them should play. What’s the message you get?


      1. It says “Video unavailable…watch this on youtube”. I can go there but I like it when I can see all of them here


          1. Yeah! It works:) I enjoyed listening to the others and loved Mannix! So many great ones here. I have to laugh at the 60s album covers because nothing says music than a girl in whipped cream.

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    1. It’s hard to forget. Both it and “Mission: Impossible” are written in 5/4 time. Dizzy Gillespie said the way you count it is “Who parked the car? I did.”

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