Monday’s Music Moves Me: Body Parts!

Michele, our guest conductor this month, chose “body parts” as the theme for today. I had this incredible feeling of déja vu when I was putting this playlist together, and I figured out why: I’ve done body parts before. In fact, several days later, my readers came up with a list of their own, and I presented it as my regularly-scheduled M4. I could leave it at that, but here’s a playlist that I put together for this week that contains some of the same songs and a couple of new ones.

  1. Ocean, “Put Your Hand In The Hand” Some early ’70’s “Jesus rock” that was becoming popular at the time (another example would be “Jesus is Just Alright,” which was done by several artists). It peaked at #2 in the US, held out of the #1 spot by “Joy To The World,” which sounds like it might also be “Jesus rock.”
  2. Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” An oft-covered song by Tony Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, this original version was released in 1964 and reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the RPM list in Canada.
  3. Johnny Otis, “Willie and the Hand Jive” Johnny, Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, had quite a resumé in the music business: “singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario,” according to The Blogger’s Best Friend™. This was released in 1958 and peaked at #9. Johnny is the father of blues guitarist Shuggie Otis.
  4. Jimmy Reed, “Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth” One of the great Chicago bluesmen, this record was released in 1962 and only rose to #93 nationally and didn’t make a dent on R&B chart, strangely enough.
  5. Elton John & Kiki Dee, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” This was a #1 single for Elton and Kiki in 1976. I always liked her; it’s a shame she didn’t go further.
  6. Allan Sherman, “Skin” The great song parodist, who practically vanished when The Beatles became popular, originally recorded this on his 1964 album Allan In Wonderland. He was my favorite recording artist until The Beatles…
  7. Blondie, “Heart of Glass” New Wave chanteuse Deborah Harry and Blondie released this in 1979 and it reached #1 in the US and was a Top 10 hit in most of the rest of the world.
  8. ZZ Top, “Legs” I considered using “Tush” here, but I like this video better. They’ve been together for 50 years now, the same three guys. That’s some kind of a miracle.
  9. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek” Written by Irving Berlin in 1935 for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers vehicle Top Hat, it’s become a standard. You wouldn’t think so, but they sound really good together. It was on Ella And Louis’s 1956 Ella and Louis album.
  10. Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” Originally “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” and written by Adolfo Utrera and Nilo Menéndez in 1929, the English lyrics were written by Eddies Rivera and Woods in 1931. This was the first hit recording, from 1941, and it was popular through World War II. Allan Sherman recorded a parody of this called “Green Stamps” on Allan In Wonderland.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 13, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Body Parts” Songs

Last Friday (today as I write this), I gave you ten songs that mentioned body parts in the title and asked for more suggestions. This was not an easy topic, as Kip pointed out, and as of 4 PM Eastern Time on Friday you only came up with eight, so I added two of my favorites at the end. If I get any more suggestions over the weekend, I’ll be sure to add them.

Monday Morning: I had a couple of additions to this list come in after I finished it, and wanted to add them. So we’re up to twelve.

  1. Al Martino, “Spanish Eyes” Birgit came up with this suggestion. There are lots of versions of this one, but Al’s is my favorite, the title track from his 1966 album. As a single, it reached #15 on the Hot 100, #16 on the Cash Box chart, #1 on the UK’s Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on the UK Pop chart.
  2. Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back” Birgit goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with this one, which most people know as “I Like Big Butts.” Released in 1992 on his Mack Daddy album, the song was the #2 top-selling record (after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”) of the year, despite being banned from MTV and radio stations everywhere for its rather blatantly sexist lyrics.
  3. Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls” Arlee said that if I planned on playing the last one, I might as well play this one. From Queen’s 1978 Jazz album, it was the B side to “Bicycle Race.” It charted pretty well for a B side: #24 on the Hot 100, #18 on the Cash Box survey, #17 on Canada’s RPM Singles chart, and #11 in the UK.
  4. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Janet suggested this one, and I thought it was a Fleetwood Mac song until I went to find it. It was the first single from Stevie’s first solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna. Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote this originally for The Heartbreakers, and it’s the only song on the album not written or co-written by Nicks. It peaked at #3 in the US for six consecutive weeks, but only reached #50 in the UK.
  5. Pat Benatar, “Heartbreaker” Kip gave us this and the next three. This was the lovely Ms. Benatar’s first Top 40 single, reaching #23 in the US, #16 in Canada. It was from 1979’s In The Heat of The Night, her debut album.
  6. Original Cast, “Hair” I think Kip was worried I’d pull the version by The Cowsills out again, because he specifically said “Original Cast.” The show debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968; hard to imagine it’s fifty years old…
  7. Foreigner, “Hot Blooded” From their second album, 1978’s Double Vision, the song reached #3 in the US and Canada and #42 in the UK that year.
  8. Chu Chu TV, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” There are about eight bazillion versions of this kid’s song out there, and I must have chosen the strangest one to highlight here. Enjoy!
  9. Spinal Tap, “Big Bottom” I picked the next two, and with this one got into the backside game. Featured in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap which starred Saturday Night Live’s Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as everyone’s favorite heavy metal band. I trust that everyone has seen the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s hilarious.
  10. Cheech & Chong, “Earache, My Eye!” “Turn That Thing Down” by Alice Bowie (Cheech) is the song that the kid (Chong) plays when he gets up that has his father (Cheech again) so upset. A life study of parent-teen relationships in the Seventies, it’s from the duo’s 1974 Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album, and reached #9 in July of that year.
  11. Journey, “Open Arms” Jeanne Owens recommended this one. From their 1981 album Escape, it’s their biggest Hot 100 hit, reaching #2 and staying there for six weeks, behind The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock & Roll,” in 1982.
  12. Rex Harison, “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” Uncle Jack came up with this one, from the Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Rex Harrison, who played Professor Henry Higgins in the West End and Broadway musicals and in the 1964 film, doesn’t sing it so much as speak it, but it’s just as effective. Maybe more so.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 18, 2017.

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The Friday 5×2: Body Parts!

Seeing as how my knees have been the focus of my life recently, I started thinking of songs that had the names of body parts in their titles. And there are many, many of them, more than a few with “heart” or “eyes” in them. Here are ten of them, and I just know you’ll come up with many more. I know Kip can probably think of a bunch. Here are my ten.

  1. Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” This reached #6 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Canadian RPM survey, and #8 on the Cash Box survey in 1965.
  2. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” From their 1969 album Wheatfield Soul, written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Cash Box survey, and #7 in Canada on the RPM survey in 1969, and was their breakthrough hit.
  3. Blondie, “Heart of Glass” From their third studio album, 1978’s Parallel Lines. It was released in 1979 and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and internationally.
  4. ZZ Top, Legs” From their 1983 album Eliminator, it was released as a single in 1984 and reached #8, and was a staple on MTV, back in the days when the “M” stood for “music.”
  5. Linda Ronstadt, “Heart Like A Wheel” Title track from Ms. Ronstadt’s 1974 album, the last one she recorded for Capitol. Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Anna McGarrigle, who also released it with sister Kate.
  6. Allan Sherman, “Skin” Allan was my favorite recording artists until The Beatles came out. This is a parody of the song “Heart” from Damn Yankees, and was on his 1964 album Allan In Wonderland. Allan is responsible for introducing me to a lot of music, as you’ll see later.
  7. The Supremes, “Back In My Arms Again” Written and produced by the legendary songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and Holland, it was released in 1965 and spent two weeks at the top of the Hot 100 that summer.
  8. The Who, “Behind Blue Eyes” From the band’s 1971 album Who’s Next, it was the second single from the album and reached #34 on the Hot 100 and #24 on the Cash Box survey. One of Mark’s favorites.
  9. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek” Written by Irving Berlin for the 1935 Fred & Ginger movie Top Hat, here sung by one of the least-likely duos I can think of. You know what? It worked.
  10. Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” I mentioned that Allan Sherman introduced me to a lot of great music, in an odd sort of way. Another song on Allan In Wonderland was “Green Stamps”, a parody of this song from 1929, originally “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” by Adolfo Utrera and Nilo Menéndez. Eddie Rivera and Eddie Woods wrote the English lyrics in 1931, but it didn’t become a hit until Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly recorded it with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1941.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for September 15, 2017.