Monday’s Music Moves Me: Clothes

Our guest conductor for one more session, Cathy, tells us today is "National Scarf Day – Songs that express your fashion style or songs about being wrapped up in something physically or emotionally." Well, I did both, and neither. Here are ten songs that more or less fit the theme.

  1. The Chieftains with Mick Jagger, "Long Black Veil": A 1959 country ballad by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, originally done by Lefty Frizzell. The Chieftains used this as the title song for their 1995 album, where they worked with popular musicians and which is one of their best-selling albums.

  2. Ella Fitzgerald, "Shiny Stockings": A standard written by Frank Foster of The Count Basie Orchestra. Video is from a 1964 appearance in Japan.

  3. Marty Robbins, "A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation": A 1957 song written and sung by Marty. It went to #1 on the Country chart and #2 on the Billboard Pop chart.

  4. Bobby Vinton, "Blue Velvet": A song written in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris, originally done by Tony Bennett in 1951. Bobby’s 1963 cover reached #1.

  5. Eric Clapton, "Bell Bottom Blues": Written by Slowhand and originally done by Derek & The Dominos on their album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.

  6. The Kinks, "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion": Written by Ray Davies and released as a single in 1966. It reached #4 in the UK and #36 in the US.

  7. The Beatles, "Baby’s In Black": From Beatles For Sale in the UK and Beatles ’65 in the US.

  8. The Hoosier Hot Shots, "When You Wore A Tulip": The Hoosier Hot Shots were a band who entertained on stage, screen, radio, and records from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The song was written by Percy Wenrich and Jack Mahoney and was performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the 1942 film For Me And My Gal.

  9. Neil Diamond, "Forever In Blue Jeans": Neil wrote this with Richard Bennett and recorded it for his 1979 album You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. It reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #20 on the Hot 100, as well as #10 in Canada.

  10. Bob Rivers, "Walkin’ Round In Women’s Underwear": I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play this Christmas song (actually has nothing to do with Christmas). The comments are hilarious.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 27, 2021.

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

16 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Clothes

  1. Mick did such a great job on the Chieftains cover that he should have immediately inducted into the group. A hidden gem (well, hidden to me, anyway; I had never heard it) was the Kink’s Dedicated Follower of Fashion. That song was like a mini throwback machine. Been a long time since I heard Blue Velvet and Baby’s in Black. As for “Walkin’ Round in Women’s Underwear” – I love Bob Rivers and this may be one of his best.

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    1. I’m surprised you never heard “Dedicated Follower of Fashion.”

      If you don’t already have it, pick up the album “The Long Black Veil.” Sinead O’Connor does a couple of songs on it. I never realized what an incredible voice she has. Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” with the Chieftains sounds better than the original. That alone is worth the price of the album.

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  2. There’s video of The Three Stooges singing “When You Wore A Tulip” on YouTube that I didn’t use because it was on Ed Wynn’s show and he was being goofy. They could sing really well, though. The old-timers could do everything.

    Cathy had trouble playing “Shiny Stockings” as well. Did you get any kind of error message with that?

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  3. I could only listen to the first song. Ella and the Stockings song, I had to go to youtube to listen and just typed in each of your others on the list to have a listen. I love the fact that you turn a complete 190 and have that song, “When You Wore a Tulip.” I enjoyed all the songs but the fashions must go bye bye. Actually, there were 2 songs that popped into my head involving fashion but not the way you expect. Both are with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The first is in “Top Hat, when he and she dance to “Cheek To Cheek.” Ginger Rogers designed the gown she wore which included a lot of feathers. Meticulous Fred got extremely angry because the feathers were flying everywhere including onto his black Top Hat and tails. Ginger would not give in so the dress(thankfully) stayed but the costume dept. had to sew each feather in place.

    The second Astaire/Rogers dress mishap was in the film, “Follow The Fleet.” They dance to the brilliant “Let’s Face The Music And Dance.” The gown was heavily beaded and weighed a ton. It had bell sleeves so when Rogers twirled her heavily beaded sleeve, slapped Fred right in the face making him see stars. It almost knocked him out but, despite 26 takes, they kept the first one in, sleeve slap and all. Poor Ginger had no idea.

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  4. John,

    I really enjoyed “Long Black Veil” by the Chieftians & Mick. Thanks for the introduction! “Shiny Stockings” doesn’t work but I went over to YT to listen to it. Another new one for my ears. I’m going to enjoy the rest of your playlist while I do something but I read through the song titles and got a tickle out of your last one which I know, “Walkin’ Round in Women’s Underwear” by Bob Rivers. 😀 Thanks for sharing such a terrific music set for my background listening pleasure. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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    1. Mick did a good job on that song, and the whole band sings on “the Rocky Road To Dublin” at the end of the album. That whole album is fantastic. Sadly, I don’t have it anymore, but I can at least listen to it on Spotify or YouTube.

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