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In our last battle, we sent two members of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, head-to-head using Jimmy Webb’s beautiful “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” popularized by the late Glen Campbell in 1967. Here are the results.
Dean Martin: 11
Congratulations to Dean Martin and a pat on the back for Frank Sinatra.
Many of you said that Glen Campbell owned this song, that no one did it better than he did, and I agree: his version of the song is iconic. Interesting, though, that Glen’s was not the first recording of the song; Johnny Rivers recorded it first, in 1965. Here’s his version of the song. Being a Johnny Rivers fan, I have to say, while not as good as Glen’s, his version is pretty good. It’s from his 1966 album Changes.
My next battle will be on September 15, after which I’ll probably go back to the twice-weekly Battles. See you then!
I’ve written about Three Dog Night a lot here. They were the subject of a whole series here, them and the songwriters that wrote their biggest hits, last summer. They had eight top ten songs, including three #1’s, and spent a total of 47 weeks in the top ten, tying them with Elton John for #2 on the list.
Two of their three hits were featured in my earlier post; the third was “Joy To The World,” which spent eleven weeks in the top ten and reached #1 in April 1971.
“Shambala” was released in 1973. It entered the top ten on June 30 and spent six weeks there, peaking at #3 on July 28.
Three Dog Night, your Two for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
I didn’t think we’d have enough suggestions, but this week you came up with ten song suggestions, one band suggestion, and I came up with a song for that band and one additional song that was suggested by an artist you named, so we have twelve big songs here for this week. Albums didn’t have that many songs in the old days, so you got a lot of music here.
- ABBA, “Chiquitita” Not sure if Chiquitita is a man’s name, but I’ll take Birgit’s word for it.
- Elton John, “Daniel” Dan said it was probably self-serving, but it was a classic by Sir Elton.
- Elton John, “Levon” Dan’s suggestion brought this one to mind. As I pointed out a while back, “Levon” is “Novel” spelled backward, but really, it’s a great song. I did “Bennie and the Jets” last week for Two for Tuesday, but that’s another one.
- Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue” Uncle Jack came up with this, and I thought it was perfect. The first time I heard it, hearing the 1000 Hz tone that blotted out the (for 1968) mild profanity made me just about jump out of my skin. Now the term “son of a bitch” (Shel Silverstein’s original words) is no big deal. Maybe it should be, I don’t know.
- Dion, “Abraham, Martin, and John” Janet thought of the next three. This came out in 1968, shortly after Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were assassinated, and I still get a lump in my throat when I hear it. Particularly now.
- Toni Basil, “Mickey” Janet also thought of this, and yes, it’s annoying, but it really sold a lot of records, reaching #1 worldwide in 1982. The song was written as “Kitty” by the Australian songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, sort of the Scott Aitken Waterman of the Seventies, and Ms. Basil changed it so she could sing it.
- Genesis, “Jesus He Knows Me” From the band’s 1991 album We Can’t Dance, it’s a satirical piece that was inspired by the financial hijinks of televangelists such as Jim Bakker, Robert Tilton, and Jimmy Swaggart. This is the uncensored version, so careful playing it at work or when the kiddies are listening.
- The Beatles, “Hey Jude” Joey suggested this, and though it was probably my least favorite Beatles song (though it’s okay up until the nah-nah-nahs) it was probably their biggest hit, certainly one of their last. The flip side was the rocker “Revolution.”
- Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Louie, Louie” Joey mentioned Paul Revere in ther comment, and I couldn’t find a song named that anywhere, so I improvised, assuming she meant Paul Revere the musician. It’s not clear whether The Kingsmen or Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded “Louie, Louie” first, but both bands recorded it in the same studio in Oregon.
- Herman’s Hermits, “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” Suggested by Mary B, this evidently was an old English music hall song, written by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston in 1910 and originally popularized by Harry Champion. When Herman and the boys recorded it in 1965, it became the fastest-selling record in history.
- Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John” Another of those songs I heard a lot when I was a kid, also suggested by Mary. Jimmy’s probably better known for pork sausage now, but he was a hell of a singer in his day.
- Murray McLauchlan, “Me and Joey” Arlee gave us this one. Murray was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada when he was five, living in a suburb of Toronto. He plays guitar, piano, and harmonica, and was the second singer-songwriter on True North Records, the first being Bruce Cockburn.
And that about wraps it up. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 21, 2017.
This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by National Beer. You can tell by the taste!
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Busy week last week: I picked up my compression garment on Monday, which fits well, is easier to put on than the old ones, provides more pressure to prevent a recurrence of my lymphedema issues, and that I just like better. It’s a little too short, so they ordered me an extender to cover the top of the calf (just below the knee). I had my tooth pulled and the first part of the implant installed, and I haven’t needed the heavy-duty pain medication, which makes me happy. Prescription-strength naproxen (Aleve) has been more than sufficient. I now have a gaping hole where #20 used to be and an appointment for a week from tomorrow for Dr. Silverstein to check how things are going.
Tomorrow, of course, is the big eclipse everyone’s been looking forward to. I remember the one back in 1963 and all the terrifying ads about the danger of looking at the eclipse and being struck totally blind. MeTV had an article on their site this week about the Peanuts cartoons that led up to the ’63 event, and Kim Komando has a bunch of articles on her site.
Anyway, here’s the summary from last week…
The theme was “songs with men’s names in the title.” I have several suggestions from you and will feature them in tomorrow’s M4. I’m thinking of calling it 4000, since M is 1000 in Roman numerals (i.e. MMMM=4000).
The song title for Manic Monday was “In The Mood.” My essay started out with the sketch from The Carol Burnett Show where Carol, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway did the song by clucking like chickens, which everyone seemed to enjoy, then launched into an essay where I explained that I might not be in the mood to write every day, but I show up anyway and usually find that puts me in the mood. That might be the biggest advantage to daily blogging.
I’m closing in on the end of my High School Days theme, and Tuesday’s twofer featured Elton John, who tied for second place in total number of weeks in the Top Ten during the early Seventies. The band he tied with will be featured this Tuesday.
If you haven’t voted in my most recent Battle, which Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin go head-to-head covering Glen Campbell’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” time grows short. Be sure and cast your vote by midnight tomorrow.
The one-liner was from Scott Adams’s recent book again this week, and there’s a Kent cigarette commercial at the end, from the days before the FTC thought that taking cigarette ads off the air would keep kids from smoking. As someone who started smoking in high school (I’ve quit since then), I can tell you it didn’t.
Kat asked us to tell stories about our old neighborhood, and my essay was about Devon Avenue that included stops at the soda fountain, at the gay bath house (I didn’t take you inside, because of the vicious German Shepherd at the back door), and the dry cleaners operated by the parents of the first girl to steal my heart. Kip asked about other businesses along the way, and as I told him, the post could easily be several thousand words, and he’ll just have to wait for the book.
As I had been more focused on my tooth issues, I hadn’t given much thought to the 5×2, so I fell back on a survey post, this from WCFL on August 18, 1973. I compared their top ten to that of WLS to show you that, even though they were both surveys of the same city, they were different, occasionally quite a bit so.
I congratulated J-Dub on her badge being chosen as the new face of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, replacing mine, which now occupies my sidebar. Saturday’s theme word was “pant,” and the topics were Pantone’s new Prince color, the Panties of Righteousness, and heraldry.
I’m waiting on tomorrow’s song prompt for Manic Monday and the prompts for Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, but you can probably guess there won’t be any surprises this week as far as the regular features are concerned. I may throw in a few extras, so stay tuned.
- Janie Junebug
- Deborah Drucker
- Dan Antion
- McGuffy’s Reader
- Arlee Bird
- Christy R
- lecycliste (Mark)
- Ally Bean
- Frank Hubeny
- Mike Spain
- Uncle Jack Connelly
- Debbie D.
- Mary B.
- Martha Reynolds
- Cathy Kennedy
- Elen Grey
- Alana Mautone
- Joyce Lansky
- Lux G.
- Hailey and Zaphod and Their Lady
That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!