We have a theme today! It’s “songs with weather conditions (the word) in it.” Of course, I modified it slightly to be “weather conditions in the title,” as is my wont. (Or so they say.) There are millions of songs either with weather conditions in the title or in the lyrics, and I picked the first five that came to mind. Feel free to add whatever songs you can think of in the comments.
Windy and Warm – Tommy Emmanuel We begin with a fingerstyle classic by John D. Loudermilk. Pretty much every fingerstyle player can play it: Doc Watson and Chet Atkins are two of the more famous ones. Here is Tommy Emmanuel’s version.
Sunny – Bobby Hebb Bobby wrote and recorded this song between two tragedies, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the murder of his brother, who they called “Sunny.” BMI said it was #25 in its “Top 100 Songs of the Century” and it’s been covered many times, but Bobby’s original is still my favorite.
Stormy – Classics IV Dennis Yost and Classics IV did a number of hits during the Sixties, including this one, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 in 1968, after “Spooky” and before “Traces.” Members of the band went on to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
A Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton One of my favorite all-time songs. Sometimes you hear a song for the first time and think, “Yeah…” This one was one of them for me. Brook reached #1 on the Soul chart in March 1970, #4 on the Hot 100, andf #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was written by Tony Joe White, who had a hit with “Polk Salad Annie” in 1969. He said it was inspired by all the rainy nights he spent in Marietta, Georgia. We’re about to have a few rainy nights in Marietta this week, at least that’s what Accuweather keeps telling me…
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows – Lesley Gore I saw Lesley in concert in 1992, and she was dynamite. This song was on her 1963 album Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts, but not released as a single until 1965, when it was part of the soundtrack for the movie Ski Party. Quincy Jones produced it, and it was Marvin Hamlisch’s first hit as a composer.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 8, 2016.