If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how my brain works: prompt words make me think of song titles. Those become my stream-of-consciousness. This is one such example. Today’s word, or words, is “break” or “brake.” Here are a few songs with “break” in the title…
Break Up To Make Up – The Stylistics Seventies Soul… it doesn’t get much better. This reached #5 on both the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1972.
Breakout – Swing Out Sister From their first album, 1987’s It’s Better To Travel, this was their first single; it reached #4 in the UK and #6 in the US.
Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedaka I ran a Battle of the Bands where I put this up against his more soulful Seventies version, and this prevailed.
19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones This was their first single in 1966, and reached #2 in the US. It was the Stones’ fifth UK #1.
Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy The title track from their 1976 album, which also included “The Boys Are Back In Town.”
Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley The list originally stopped at the five songs above, then I remembered this one and knew that I’d be inundated with “How could you forget ‘Heartbreak Hotel’???” Elvis’s first big hit, it reached #1 on the Pop, R&B, and Country charts in 1956. It’s considered one of the greatest rock & Roll songs of all time.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Earl Scruggs and Friends Here’s the list of the players: Earl Scruggs, banjo – Glen Duncan, fiddle – Randy Scruggs, acoustic guitar – Steve Martin, 2nd banjo solo (did you have any idea he could play like that?) – Vince Gill, 1st electric guitar solo – Marty Stuart, mandolin – Gary Scruggs, harmonica – Albert Lee, 2nd electric guitar solo – Paul Shaffer, piano – Jerry Douglas, dobro – Leon Russell, organ – Glenn Worf, bass – Harry Stinson, drums. Wow!
And a bonus, because it technically doesn’t fit the theme, but it’s a form of “break” and I like the song, okay?
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? – The Bee Gees Their first #1 in the US, from 1971.
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