Monday’s Music Moves Me: Friends

I think about this a lot. Source: Instagram, @thebsblr

Saw this about a week ago and realized just how true it was. It’s from the 1993 movie The Sandlot, and if you’re going to see one baseball movie in your life, this is it.

Anyway, this month’s guest conductor, Alana pointed out that today is National Friendship Day, and wanted songs about friends and friendships. Here are my ten…

  1. Bette Midler, "Friends": From her debut album, 1973’s The Divine Miss M, a song written by Buzzy Linhart and Mark "Moogy" Kingman. Originally done by Linhart, Bette, who was one of his best friends, asked if she could sing it, and the next thing you know, it was her theme song. Reached #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1973.

  2. Lobo, "Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend": From 1972’s Of A Simple Man, a song about being friendzoned. It peaked at #8 in the US and #4 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the third of four consecutive singles to reach #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

  3. Caitlin Hannan, "Best Of Friends": This was from the 1979 stage play, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, based on the 1975 book of the same name by John Powers about growing up Catholic in the 1950’s. Powers was from Chicago and his books are published by Loyola University Press. Anyway, Mary and I went to see the play and this song comes midway through the second act. I’m not sure where this was staged, but it’s still a beautiful song. You might want to skip the first half of the video, because the song starts right about there.

  4. Randy Newman, "You’ve Got A Friend In Me": From the 1995 movie Toy Story, it was written and sung by Randy Newman.

  5. WAR, "Why Can’t We Be Friends?": Title track from their 1975 album, it reached #6 in the US and Canada.

  6. The Youngbloods, "Get Together": Seemed to fit the theme. Originally issued as a single in 1967, it barely reached the Hot 100. It was used in a commercial in 1969, and interest suddenly spiked. It reached #5 in the US and #6 in Canada.

  7. Joe Cocker, "With A Little Help From My Friends": Originally done by The Beatles on their 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Joe Cocker made it the title song for his 1968 album. It made the Top 40 in the US and Canada, but was a Top Ten hit in Europe. Brian May plays guitar in this live version.

  8. Queen, "You’re My Best Friend": Speaking of Brian May, this was written by bass player John Deacon and appeared on Queen’s 1975 album A Night At The Opera. As a single it reached #16 in the US and #7 in the UK, and was certified Platinum.

  9. Andrew Gold, "Thank You For Being A Friend": It’s Andrew’s birthday today. This song reached #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #7 in Canada, but it’s better known as the theme for The Golden Girls.

  10. Friend And Lover, "Reach Out Of The Darkness": Friend and Lover were the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Cathy Post. Jim moved to Chicago from Houston, Texas to be a part of the city’s burgeoning folk scene and met Cathy, and the rest is history. This song reached #10 on the Hot 100 in 1968.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 2, 2021.

20 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Friends

  1. Happy birthday, Andrew Gold. Nice selection and I even knew many of these. Fun fact about me and “Reach Out of the Darkness”. I always thought the title was “Reach Out in the Darkness” because I am positive that is what they sing. I even owned the 45 of this (I think) Guess I need to read the labels.. Learn something new every day!

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  2. So many great songs to listen to even though the one with the talking at the first half was not one of my favs πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed the last one because I just don’t hear it that often.

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    1. I was looking for a better version of that song (with no talking and easier-to-understand lyrics), but couldn’t find one. It’s really a good song.

      I don’t know how I remembered that last one. We heard it a lot because they were from Chicago.

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  3. The Divine Miss M was one of my favorite albums. I bet I could still sing most the lyrics from the songs. I loved Bette and her shtick and her attitude. Still do for that matter. Thanks for the Monday smile.

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    1. I know Johnny Carson was very fond of her, and she of him. I remember her first time on his show, when she wasn’t quite as crazy. Not that there’s anything wrong with crazy. Do you remember her TV show a few years back? I really enjoyed that…

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  4. Hi, John! I love Golden Girls so much! I’ve been watching it when I try to fall asleep at night and I’m currently on the 4th time through the series… I really need to find something different to watch, but I love it so very much. I wish the two spin off series from it were available to watch even though they were supposedly very bad.

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    1. When I was in the hospital after my stroke, “Golden Girls” and “The Nanny” kept me sane. I’ve seen the entire series of “Hogan’s Heroes” at last six times and probably more, so I know what that’s like.

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  5. Hey John,

    Great playlist! I’ve been listening to this morning while doing return visits from last week. I just noticed that Bill Withers “Lean On Me” doesn’t show on your song list lineup. Withers was born in West Virginia the same year my daddy was born. He was inspired to write this song from his humble beginnings when things weren’t always so good. It’s nice having you on the dance floor this week, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. I had “Lean On Me” on the list but thought of another song I wanted more. Besides, I was sure someone else would choose it. I read an article about Bill Withers, that he was in prison for a time making toilet seats, and that’s when he came up with a lot of his songs.

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