Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Dogs

As of ten minutes to three Eastern time on Sunday afternoon, X-Mas Dolly’s blog still says this week is a freebie, and I’m going with that. If that isn’t right, tough bananas.

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We’re in the “dog days of summer,” the month when it’s hot, and humid, and stormy, where you can take a thousand showers and still feel hot and sticky. As Wikipedia tells us, this is around the same time Sirius, the “dog star,” rises in the morning, around sunrise. Thus the name. So, in honor of the dog days, five songs about dogs. Kind of.

Martha My Dear – The Beatles A song by Paul McCartney from the group’s white album (side 2, track 1) that was dedicated to his English sheepdog, Martha. It was credited to John and Paul, although John had nothing to do with it (and he probably gave his songwriting partner grief over it).

Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan Someone asked in the comments if this is a song about a dog or a girlfriend, and someone answered “probably.” Whatever, it was mighty popular in the Seventies.

Hound Dog (and Down Home Shakedown) – Big Mama Thornton Yes, Elvis did it, but he got it from Big Mama Thornton, who shows how we do it on the South Side. The first two and a half minutes are “Hound Dog,” the rest of this is an incredible harp (i.e. harmonica) performance by Big Mama, John Lee Hooker, Walter “Shakey” Horton (also known as Big Walter), Doctor Ross, and I didn’t quite catch the last name J. B. Lenoir. And yes, that’s Buddy Guy playing the guitar, and the great blues session man Freddie Below on drums.

Black Dog – Led Zeppelin A song that was so popular here, “96 Rock” (WKLS in Atlanta, now “Power 96” that plays a lot of boy-band music, if anyone cares to listen to FM radio any more) played it at least once a day, as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” It is a great song by the band The Yardbirds became.

Me and You and A Dog Named Boo – Lobo Lobo is Roland Kent LaVoie, and this was his first single, from 1971. It reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts that year.

And that’s it for Monday’s Music Moves Me. What are your favorite “dog” songs?

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Stacy, Cathy, and Naila Moon, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Dogs”

  1. Never knew “Martha My Dear” was about a dog.

    The song that immediately came to mind was from a little known album I found in the cut-out bin in the early 70’s–an album that got a lot of play in my house and one that I still own. “Bugler” was written by Larry Murray and appeared on that old favorite album of mine. Looking for it on YouTube I discovered that The Byrds also recorded it. Here is the original by the songwriter:

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Remember ‘Shannon’ by Henry Gross (BIG hit he couldn’t ever duplicate? It was about the passing of Carl Wilson’s Irish setter.

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  3. I Love Me and You and a Dog Named Boo! Such a great song! I didn’t know about Big Mama Thornton doing Hound Dog first and I really enjoyed listening to her. Great stuff here…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  4. There was a song my hootenanny pals and I used to sing in the ’60s that we called “The Hound Dog Song.” Not sure who wrote it, and never heard anyone sing it but us, but it was a hoot. (Thus making it a natural for a bunch of hootenanny-type folk singers.) The first verse went: “Every time I go to town, the boys keep kicking my dawg around. Makes no difference if he is a hound; they’ve gotta quit kicking my dawg around.”

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  5. John, right off the top of my head I can’t think of any dog songs. Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, WOW! I haven’t heard that one since the 70s. What a flashback with that one! I really like that little ditty. I also remember Get Down, but I had no idea it was about a dog. lol Groove theme for freebie week. Love the picks! Thanks for sharing with the 4M crew and for stepping out on the dance floor with us.

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    1. That’s why I do so much music: a lot of great songs don’t get heard anymore, and a lot more were album cuts that didn’t get the airplay then and don’t get it now. I want people to hear those songs, for the first time, or the first time in a while. Arlee comes up with some real obscure stuff, too.

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  6. I haven’t heard so many of these in ages… way ta go my friend. Me & you & a dog named boo I haven’t heard that one since high school. Great job.. have a rockin’ week! Thanks for playin’ along with us. You’re duh best! hugs

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    1. That seems to be the winner this week, and originally it wasn’t on the list. I had forgotten about it, too, and was going to use the Rolling Stones’ “Bitch” instead. I’m glad I changed it out. It’s funny, it’s one of those songs I couldn’t stand when it came out, but it’s kind of grown on me…

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  7. I believe I told you that my hubby was in a band, and his best friend Mike is now in the same band so that’s really cool because he is also our CPA. He also has another customer, and that is Buddy Guy. Totally Cool. I sent him a copy of this video which I know he’ll appreciate. Thanks for playing along..

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