Monday’s Music Moves Me: Billboard Year-End #1’s,1960-1969

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I’ve done the Eighties and the Seventies, so how about the Sixties? Here are the #1’s on the Billboard year-end Hot 100 for each year in the ’60’s.

1960: Percy Faith, “Theme from A Summer Place“: Written by Max Steiner, with lyrics by Mack Discant, the original was recorded by Hugo Winterhalter. Faith, however, recorded the most popuar version of the song in 2960 and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1961.

1961: Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ and Turnin'”: Bobby’s record was a #1 hit for seven weeks during the summer of 1961 and earned a Gold record.

1962: Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore”: As well known for his appearance in a bowler hat and striped waistcoat as well as for his low, breathy tone on the clarinet, Bilk spent over 50 weeks on the British Pop chart in 1962. He was the second British act to top the Billboard Hot 100 since it began.

1963: The Beach Boys, “Surfin’ USA”: Title track for their first album of 1963, it was a rewrite of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” It peaked at only #3 on the Hot 100 during the year, but due to a miscount, it was named the #1 song of the year. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs’ “Sugar Shack” actually topped the year-end chart.

1964: The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”: 1964 brought Beatlemania and the first wave of the British Invasion, so it’s not hard to guess that The Fab Four would top the year-end chart that year.

1965: Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully”: One of those songs that shouldn’t have done as well as it did: it was released on the XL label out of Memphis. But you never can tell…

1966: The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin'”: Written by John & Michelle Phillips, it was originally recorded by Barry McGuie with The Mamas & The Papas as backup. Their recording of the song was seen as the hrald of the counterculture era. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it at #89 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1967: Lulu, “To Sir With Love”: Theme song from the movie that starred Sidney Poitier. Lulu also acted in the film.

1968: The Beatles, “Hey Jude”: Three minutes of song, four minutes of “Na na na nanana na, nananana, hey Jude.”

1969: The Archies, “Sugar Sugar”: The voices behind the animated band. I remember being nonplussed at the popularity of this song, but then, the following year, Ernie from Sesame Street charted with “Rubber Ducky.”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 25, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Hunny!

Today is Winnie The Pooh Day here on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and we’ve been told to read up on the yellow bear and let his story inspire us. Well, I’ll be honest: I’ve never read Winnie The Pooh, nor seen more than a glimpse (enough that I know Sterling Holloway does the voice of Winnie and Paul Winchell does the voice of Tigger) of the movies, so I’m somewhat at a loss. Seeing as how I have neither the time nor inclination to read any of the books or see any of the cartoons, I’ll have to fall back on what I do know, and that is that Pooh likes honey, or "hunny" as it’s spelled on most of the pictures I’ve seen. So, here are ten songs with "honey" in the title, which I’ll spell "hunny" to fit the theme.

  1. Glen Campbell, "Hunny, Come Back": From 1970, a song by Jimmy Webb. It appeared on Glen’s album Try A Little Kindness, and was released as the second single. It reached #2 on the US Country chart and #1 on the Canadian Country chart.
  2. Van Morrison, "Tupelo Hunny": Title track from his 1971 album, released as the second single from the album in December. It failed to make the Top 40 (#47) in the US and only reached #35 in Canada, but I heard it a lot on AOR stations.
  3. Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, "Money Hunny": Maybe that should be "Munny Hunny." It was written by Jesse Stone and released in 1953 by Clyde, who was backed for the first time by The Drifters. It spent 23 weeks on the R&B chart and peaked at #1.
  4. Muddy Waters, "Hunny Bee": A Muddy Waters classic, played by him and his band from the ’70’s.
  5. The Four Tops, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Hunny Bunch)": A Holland-Dozier-Holland song from 1965 that became The Four Tops’ first #1 hit.
  6. Jimmie Rodgers, "Hunnycomb": A song by Bob Merill from 1954. Jimmie’s version reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
  7. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "A Taste Of Hunny": A song written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlowe that became a standard in the ’60’s, covered by, among other acts, The Beatles. Herb’s version won four Grammy awards in 1966, including Record of the year. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart and reached #7 on the Hot 100.
  8. Carl Perkins, "Hunny Don’t": A song covered by The Beatles on the Beatles For Sale album. George’s solo on that cover shows his admiration for Carl. Carl’s version was the B side to "Blue Suede Shoes." Carl’s brother Jay heard the chord progression and wondered why Carl chose to go from E to C7 instead of from E to A, but it’s one of the more unique things about the song.
  9. The Beatles, "Hunny Pie": Written and sung by Paul on the white album on side 4, or record 2 side 2 if you prefer. One of Paul’s "silly love songs"…
  10. Bobby Goldsboro, "Hunny": I put it at the end in case you wanted to skip it, but I kind of like it. Written by Bobby Russell and originally done by Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio, Bobby Goldsboro’s version spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and it was a #1 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland and #2 in the UK. By the way, Bobby turns 80 today.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 18, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Billboard Year-End #1’s, 1980-1989

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Another freebie Monday, and I have a simple one: the #1 songs on the Billboard year-end Hot 100 for each year in the ’80’s.

1980: Blondie, "Call Me": From the movie American Gigolo, which was a big box-office hit that year, as I recall.

1981: Kim Carnes, "Bette Davis Eyes": I tried to use the Vevo videos as much as possible, because they generally work everywhere, but for some reason I couldn’t add the official one for this song. Anyway, the comedian Bruce Baum did a parody version of this called "Marty Feldman Eyes."

1982: Olivia Newton-John, "Physical": Title track from her 1981 album, this entered the chart in late 1981 and spent an incredible ten weeks at #1 in 1982.

1983: The Police, "Every Breath You Take": If you listen very carefully, you realize he’s singing it from the standpoint of a stalker. A friend of ours was fooled and thought it was about Jesus…

1984: Prince & The Revolution, "When Doves Cry": From his Purple Rain album, this song reached #1 and stayed there for five weeks, giving it enough time to be the #1 song of the year.

1985: Wham!, "Careless Whisper": From their 1984 album Make It Big, it was the second single released from the album. It was a huge hit for them, selling 6 million records worldwide, 2 million of those in the US alone. In the US, it was credited to "Wham! featuring George Michael."

1986: Dionne & Friends, "That’s What Friends Are For": This song was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the 1982 film Night Shift. Dionne Warwick gathered three of her friends (Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder) and recorded it as a charity single to fund AIDS research, and made quite a bit for the cause…

1987: The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian": This was The Bangles’ first #1 hit and the third single released from their 1986 album Different Light. It set off a whole new dance craze…

1988: George Michael, "Faith": Title track from his first solo album from 1987. It was the second single off the album and was only released in mid-October, so in roughly two months enough copies were sold to make this the #1 single of the year.

1989: Chicago, "Look Away": The #1 band from the 1970’s had the last #1 hit from the ’80’s. It was written by Diane Warren and sung by Bill Champlin for their 19th album, for which I bet you can figure out the name. It was released in September 1988, reached #1 in December for two weeks, was certified Gold in January and managed to still be the #1 song for 1989.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 11, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Twenty-One!

We are finally leaving The Year Which Will Not Be Named behind us and forging on into 2021. I’m assuming that since all of last month had a theme, today is a freebie day. I’m going to treat it like one, because for the life of me I can’t find the list of themes since Marie has moved her blog and I haven’t been able to find it on the blogs of our other co-hosts (Cathy, Stacy, and/or Alana). (There’s a reason I did that: would someone please get back to me and let me know?)

I decided to start the new year off with a musical acrostic based on "Twenty-One."

"Tomorrow Never Knows," The Beatles: From the Revolver album, it’s the last track. A song by John Lennon, who got the inspiration for it from the many LSD trips he had taken and from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

"Whenever I Call You Friend," Kenny Lggins & Stevie Nicks: The song was written by Loggins and Melissa Manchester. Stevie Nicks received credit for her performance on the album, 1978’s Nightwatch, but not on the single, effectively making this Kenny’s first major solo hit. It went to #5 in the US and #3 in Canada.

"Early A. M. Attitude," Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour: From their joint 1985 project Harlequin, written by Grusin. This is a tremendous album, by the way, particularly if you like Latin-tinged jazz.

"(The) Nearness Of You," Jo Stafford: A real jazz standard from 1939 by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington. It was popularized by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly doing the vocal.

"Tradition," Topol: From the 1971 movie Fiddler On The Roof and most likely from the 1964 play that ran for ten years on Broadway. Chaim Topol, who went only by his last name (no, he had nothing to do with the smoker’s tooth polish), played Tevye, the hero of the play.

"You Send Me," Sam Cooke: This song was written by Sam, who released it in 1957. It became his first major hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B chart in the US. Rolling Stone ranks it at #115 on its list of 500 Best Songs Of All Time, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame considers it one of the 500 most important rock & roll recordings of all time.

"Ophelia," The Band: written by Robbie Robertson and included on their 1975 album Northern Lights – Southern Cross, it was the first single from the album, but failed to chart. Nonetheless, it was popular on FM stations.

"Never Gonna Give You Up," Rick Astley: It was great fun in the ’00’s sending someone a link and telling them it was anything but this song, and have them click on it and have this video pop up, a practice known at the time as "Rick-rolling." It was a worldwide #1 hit, and deservedly so: Astley had a great voice and had the looks to match. Would have been nice if the two young ladies on stage with him were given some actual dance moves, but we can’t have everything…

"Evil The Weasel," Acoustic Alchemy: From their second album, 1988’s Natural Elements, a song written by producer John Parsons.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 4, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: New Year’s 2021!

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The best thing that we can say about 2020 is that it’ll be over in less than four days. I have a feeling that rather than yelling "Happy New Year!" when 2021 arrives, many of us will be yelling "F— off, 2020!"

I started this year’s New Year’s playlit with songs I’ve done countless times in the past, then found a whole bunch of mew ones that I think will put us in a much better mood as 2021 rolls around. Hope you like it!

  1. Pentatonix, "New Year’s Day": This song is a few years old (I used it my first year of doing MMMM) but it’s a hopeful one about leaving the old year behind us and concerning ourselves with what’s to come. Good things, I hope.
  2. George Harrison, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong": The story goes that George sat down to write a song for New Year’s. As with everything George does, this is excellent.
  3. Charles Brown, "Bringing In A Brand New Year": Charles is ready to party in the New Year.
  4. The McGuire Sisters, "Happy New Year": Christine, Phyllis, and Dorothy hoping that the snow is whiter and the sun is brighter, something we can all get behind.
  5. Bing Crosby, "Let’s Start The New Year Right": From 1942’s Holiday Inn (hope I got that right…)
  6. Kondattam Music, "Happy New Year Song 2021": This is a production company out of India, and while the song isn’t terribly melodic, the colors are beautiful and the sentiment expressed is a good one.
  7. Johnny Otis Orchestra, "Happy New Year, Baby": A nice coincidence that today is (or would be) Johnny’s birthday. This is a classic from the "Godfather of Rhythm & Blues."
  8. Lightnin’ Hopkins, "Happy New Year": A little country blues from one of its greatest practitioners.
  9. Lonnie Johnson, "New Year’s Blues": Lonnie was a really talented musician who could play jazz guitar and violin (one of the first to play it in a jazz setting) and was a talented songwriter and singer who was a little chagrined that people only saw him as a blues guy…
  10. Connie Francis, "Happy New Year Baby": Miss Concetta certainly has it right: this is a year we won’t forget, much as we’d like to.

Happy New Year! That’s the last Monday’s Music Moves Me for 2020.

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