Monday’s Music Moves Me: Animal Songs!

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Guest conductor Robin said "Let’s do songs about animals!" Why not? Here are ten.

  1. (Peter Green’s) Fleetwood Mac, "Albatross": Written by Peter Green and issued as a single in 1968, it was inspired by Santo & Johnny’s "Sleep Walk." It reached #1 in the UK and #4 on the Billboard "Bubbling Under" chart (i.e. it was #104). It got a lot of play on FM stations in the early days of FM rock.

  2. Al Wilson, "The Snake": A song by civil rights activist Oscar Brown, who recorded it in 1963. Al Wilson reached #27 on the Hot 100 and #32 on the R&B chart in 1968.

  3. Chicago, "Jenny": From Chicago VI, a song by Terry Kath to his dog.

  4. Henry Mancini, "The Pink Panther Theme": Written by Mancini for the 1963 film and used in all of them since (at least the ones starring Peter Sellers). In 1978, for Revenge of the Pink Panther it was given a disco beat. Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1963 but lost to the Sherman brothers for their score of Mary Poppins.

  5. Henry Mancini, "Baby Elephant Walk": Saw this when I was playing the last one and couldn’t resist it. Mancini wrote it in 1961 for the 1962 movie Hatari!, and it won him a Grammy in 1963 for Best Instrumental Arrangement. It does have lyrics, written by Hal David, which are rarely used.

  6. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "The Lonely Bull": Written by Sol Lake, it was the title track for Alpert’s 1962 album. It reached #6 on the Hot 100 in 1962.

  7. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "Spanish Flea": Again, saw this and couldn’t resist. Written by Julius Wechter with lyrics by Cissy Wechter, it appeared on Herb & The TJB’s 1965 album Going Places and reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

  8. Bent Fabric, "Alley Cat": Title track from Bent’s 1962 album, he wrote it under the pseudonym Frank Björn. It reached #7 in the US and #4 in Canada.

  9. Bent Fabric, "The Happy Puppy": And again, couldn’t resist this one. Title track for Bent’s second album in 1962.

  10. Barnes & Barnes, "Fish Heads": A novelty song recorded by Barnes & Barnes in 1978. It was the most-requested song on Dr. Demento’s radio show. Bill Mumy, who many of you remember from the 1965-1968 TV series Lost In Space, is one of the Barneses.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 19, 2021.

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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Animal Songs!

  1. Hi John – what a fun post … I’d have never have thought of these. I’ll need to be back to listen to them all – cheers Hilary


  2. I have had Ding-A-Ling in my head for over an hour and now I will have Fishheads replacing it. You are messing with my brain. Aside from Fishheads, I enjoyed all your songs including Hatari with the adorable baby elephants. Born Free came into my head right away. I bet many adults wanted to kill whoever made that Fishheads song.


  3. John,

    You did a fabulous job on your animal song picks, some of which I’ve never heard before now like “The Happy Puppy”. What a sweet melody! This one puts me in a good mood. 🙂 Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!


    1. Glad you liked it. “Fish Heads” is just one of those songs that is so weird, it’s good. Have you ever heard the whole “Alley Cat” album? It’s really quite good. I think someone posted it to YouTube.

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  4. Albatross – an instrumental from Fleetwood Mac’s old days – new to me! I knew “The Snake” but not the backstory of who wrote it – it’s such a wonderful song. But best of all (other than Fish Heads, which I knew, I think, from Dr. Demento) were all those 60’s instrumentals like the Baby Elephant Walk, the Lonely Bull, Spanish Flea. And what 1960’s event would have been complete without this song. There was a dance…and I can’t quite remember it but I remember dancing it a number of times. I wasn’t familiar with The Happy Puppy, though. Anyway, what a nice trip down my childhood’s memory lane.

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