MMMM: The Best To You Each Morning!

September is Better Breakfast Month, so, in my role as Guest Conductor of this musical choo-choo, I asked everyone to spell out “breakfast” using song titles. Here’s my effort: I’ve tested this list so I’m sure it’ll play in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia without having to go to YouTube to do it. If you have a different result, this is the link to the playlist on YouTube.

  • “Born To Wander,” Rare Earth
  • “Ram On,” Paul McCartney
  • “Everything Is Beautiful,” Ray Stevens
  • “Any Time At All,” The Beatles
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies commercial featuring Snap, Crackle, and Pop as a jazz trio
  • “Free,” Leonid & Friends
  • “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” The Monkees
  • “Stop! Stop! Stop!” The Hollies
  • “There’s A Kind Of Hush,” Herman’s Hermits

At this point, I’m supposed to add in the Linky, but WordPress doesn’t allow me. So, if you’ve come up with your own playlist and would like to join in, either click here, or see the Linky on Cathy’s, Alana’s, or Stacy’s page (the links are below).

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 19, 2022.

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

MMMM: J-Tel Presents “Radio Days 3”! 20 Original Hits, 20 Original Stars!

I never bought any of those K-Tel albums that they would advertise on TV all the time. My friend Ben over at the Oddity Archive on YouTube features them from time to time. In a feat of engineering magic, K-Tel would cram 20 songs on an LP that might hold 14 comfortably and sell them for “7.99 for LP’s, 9.99 for cassette or 8-track.” Anyway, I started with “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” and just let YouTube suggest the rest. In case it won’t play for you here, try the playlist on YouTube.

  1. Bobby Vee, “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”
  2. Jimmy Clanton, “Venus In Blue Jeans”
  3. Gene Pitney, “Only Love Can Break A Heart”
  4. Terry Stafford, “Suspicion”
  5. The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You”
  6. The Happenings, “See You In September”
  7. Brian Hyland, “Sealed With A Kiss”
  8. The Searchers, “Love Potion Number 9”
  9. The Cascades, “Rhythm Of The Rain”
  10. The Walker Brothers, “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”
  11. Tommy James & The Shondells, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”
  12. Johnny Rivers, “The Poor Side Of Town”
  13. Gerry & The Pacemakers, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”
  14. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl”
  15. Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, “Too Late To Turn Back Now”
  16. Jay & The Americans, “Come A Little Bit Closer”
  17. The Buckinghams, “Don’t You Care”
  18. The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things”
  19. The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool”
  20. The Four Tops, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 12, 2022.

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

MMMM: Back To School

It’s a new month, it’s a new season, it’s a new guest conductor on Monday’s Music Moves Me! And your new conductor is none other than me!

Happy Labor Day (or Labour Day, depending on where you live). Traditionally, the first day of school was Wednesday after Labor Day, though more and more schools are opting to start well in advance of the holiday. I thought it would be good to take our annual trip into the world of back-to-school music. I’ve got sixteen (16) songs in the playlist, most of which are pretty closely tied to back-to-school. Some of the others have videos set in school, and still others are there because this list told me it was okay to add them. What. Ever. This playlist should work as embedded, but if you have to go to YouTube to play any of these, it’s right here.

  1. Chuck Berry, “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)”
  2. Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, “Wee Wee Baby”
  3. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”
  4. The Coasters, “Charlie Brown”
  5. Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
  6. Otis Rush, “Homework”
  7. Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room”
  8. The Ramones, “Rock & Roll High School”
  9. Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time”
  10. The Kinks, “Education”
  11. The Three Stooges, “Swingin’ The Alphabet””
  12. Adele, “When We Were Young”
  13. Mariah Carey, “Someday”
  14. The Arbors, “Graduation Day”
  15. The Runaways, “School Days”
  16. Peter Lawford and June Allyson, “The French Lesson”

At this point, I should embed the Linky that allows you to add your name to the list of people who are participating in MMMM. Alas, WordPress won’t allow me to do that, so clicking this link should get you there. The Linky can be seen on the pages of Cathy, Stacy, and Alana, whose links are all in the footer.

One final note: I have a Battle of the Bands raging over here, and anyone who wants to stop in there and cast a ballot for one of the contestants is most welcome to do so, and I would be most grateful.

Anyway, that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 5, 2022.

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

MMMM: Transistor Radio Days

Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay

Patrick, this month’s host, tells us that last Saturday, August 20, is National Radio Day. I got my first radio when I was 7 years old, meaning I’ve been listening to it for going on 60 years now. I remember the tinny sound I got out of those small speakers, whether it was a transistor radio like the one above or a table model that plugged in like my first radio. Didn’t matter, I loved it.

I put myself in a nostalgic frame of mind, and before I knew it I had an 18-song playlist, which you can find here, although I have tested this playlist with my VPN for the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, which covers most of y’all’s countries (I can’t test for India, for some reason). These are all songs from the ’60’s. I had so much fun, I might do another…

  1. Stevie Wonder, “For Once In My Life”
  2. Ramsey Lewis Trio, “The In Crowd”
  3. Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat”
  4. The McCoys, “Hang On Sloopy”
  5. Aretha Franklin, “Chain Of Fools”
  6. The Beatles, “Paperback Writer”
  7. Paul Mauriat, “Love Is Blue”
  8. The Association, “Windy”
  9. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, “Just Dropped In”
  10. Napoleon XIV, “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!”
  11. Dickie Goodman, “Batman & His Grandmother”
  12. Oliver, “Good Morning Starshine”
  13. Hedgehoppers Anonymous, “It’s Good News Week”
  14. The Hombres, “Let It All Hang Out”
  15. Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”
  16. Roger Miller, “King Of The Road”
  17. The Statler Brothers, “Flowers On The Wall”
  18. John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 22, 2022.

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

MMMM: Still Alive!

Last week was one of loss, I’m sad to say: we lost Lamont Dozier, one-third of the Motown production and songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, and chanteuses Olivia Newton-John and Judith Durham of the Australian folk group The Seekers. I had intended on doing a tribute to the deceased today, but I saw where several other participants had already done them that I thought it would be nice to recognize the musicians that were still alive, specifically those that have reached their nineties. We did Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926) about two weeks ago; here are a dozen more that were born in the 1920’s and are still alive (though most are retired or semi-retired) today; I’ve listed their dates of birth after their names. Again, if you try to play this and run into problems, here is the playlist on YouTube.

  1. Mervin Shiner (2/20/21), “Peter Cottontail”
  2. Ray Anthony (1/20/22), “Peter Gunn”
  3. Faye Adams (5/22/23), “Shake A Hand”
  4. Jane Morgan (5/3/24), “Fascination”
  5. Dick Van Dyke (12/13/25), “Step In Time”
  6. Harry Belafonte (3/1/27), “Jamaica Farewell”
  7. Doc Severinsen (7/7/27), “Last Tango In Paris”
  8. Ed Ames (7/9/27), “Try To Remember”
  9. Cleo Laine (10/28/27) and John Dankworth, “Crazy Rhythm”
  10. Burt Bacharach (5/12/28), “What The World Needs Now Is Love”
  11. Nino Tempo and April Stevens (4/29/29), “Deep Purple”
  12. Leroy Van Dyke (10/4/29), “Auctioneer”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 15, 2022.

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