The theme for this week’s M4 was chosen by Patrick Weseman: “Back To School Songs!” Songs that are about teachers, students, and school! See, up until a few years ago, school started the Wednesday after Labor Day in the US, and it probably still does in some places. Here, school started the first Monday of August, so by now the kids are ready for a break. This is a day off for them, although they probably had homework over the weekend.
The Drop-Outs’ March – Allan Sherman From Allan’s 1964 album, Allan In Wonderland, when dropping out of school was associated with delinquency, I guess.
School Days – Chuck Berry One of Chuck’s best-known songs, fom 1957. He had an all-star band behind him: Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf’s longtime guitarist) on guitar, Willie Dixon (one of Chicago Blues’ most prolific songwriters) on bass, and Fred Below (from The Four Aces) on drums. It went to #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room – Brownsville Station The pride of Ann Arbor, Michigan, they went to #3 with this in 1973, when I was in high school and smokin’ in the boy’s room myself.
Maggie May – Rod Stewart Off Rod the Mod’s 1971 release, Every Picture Tells A Story, it went to #1 in most of the free world and sold a lot of 12-string guitars.
Charlie Brown – The Coasters Singers of some of the more hilarious songs to hit the charts, The Coasters released this in February 1959. It went to #2 in the US and #6 in the UK.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for Labor Day, 2016. Let me know which ones I missed.