Okay, it’s not officially the end of the year, but next Monday we start this year’s Xmas Music Xtravaganza, so this is the last freebie of the year. So, I’ve put together an acrostic: the first letters all spell out "END OF THE YEAR."
"Electric Avenue," Eddy Grant: Electric Avenue is a street in the Brixton area of London, the first market street lit by electric lights. Eddy Grant wrote the song in 1983 in rememberance of the 1981 Brixton riots. The song reached #2 in the US and the UK.
"Nowhere To Run," Martha & The Vandellas: A Holland-Dozier-Holland creation, it’s one of their signature songs. It reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart, as well as #26 in the UK in 1965.
"Daphne," Django Reinhardt: Django with La Quintette du Hot Club de France, recorded in 1947.
"One Fine Day," Carole King: Carole and her husband at the time, Gerry Goffin, wrote this for The Chiffons, who had a Top 5 hit with it in 1963. Carole recorded it herself in 1980 and reached #12. Is it just me, or does Carole remind you of Gilda Radner?
"Fancy," Bobbie Gentry: Title track from Ms. Gentry’s 1969 album. Bobbie only reached #26 on the Country chart in the US, but reached #1 on the Canadian Country chart. Reba McEntire’s 1990 cover got to #8 on the US and Canadian Country chart.
"Tenderly," Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: A standard by Walter Gross and Jack Lawrence from 1946. No one does the standards like Ella.
"Harbor Lights," Roy Fox & His Orchestra: A 1937 standard by Hugh Williams and Jimmy Kennedy. Fox is the first person who recorded it.
"Englishman In New York," Sting: From Sting’s …Nothing Like The Sun album, a song in honor of Quentin Crisp, who had moved from London to The Bowery in New York that year.
"You Belong To Me," Patsy Cline: A ballad from the early 1950’s by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King, and Redd Stewart that had been done by Patti Page, Jo Stafford, and Dean Martin. From Patsy’s 1962 album Sentimentally Yours.
"Easy Livin’," Uriah Heep: Only reached #39 on the Hot 100, which surprises me, because this was all over the radio in 1972.
"All I Wanna Do," Sheryl Crow: From her 1993 début album Tuesday Night Music Club, this was released in 1994 and was her breakout single, reaching #2 on the Hot 100, won two Grammys in 1995 for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Song of the year.
"Red Hot," Marcia Ball: Marcia Ball is a blues pianist and singer from Texas who really deserves a lot more attention than she’s gotten over the years. "Red Hot" is from her 1989 album Gatorhythms.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 30, 2020.