The Friday Five (x 3): Days Of The Week

Got an email from my brother Pat this morning (I’m writing this Thursday):

Had a revelation while in this heavy work travel period that you should do a Friday Five with song titles including days of the week! Inspired by my shuffle that just played Another Park, Another Sunday by the Doobie Brothers. Perhaps you’ve done before, but, if not, happy searching….give me credit for that song though πŸ˜‰

I’m glad he wrote, because in all the pre-A to Z Challenge confusion I realized I hadn’t written a post for today. So this was a good break, and when I got started with the songs I couldn’t stop, at least until I had fifteen, including Pat’s. There are so many, I built a playlist, which runs close to an hour. Hey, when I get going, sometimes I have trouble stopping…

  1. Another Park, Another Sunday – The Doobie Brothers Pat’s original idea, from 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. This was the first single from the album, and while it only reached #32, it was played a lot on FM radio. Most people probably bought the album.
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas And The Papas Written by John Phillips in 1966, it was their only #1 hit.
  3. Saturday In the Park – Chicago From Chicago V, the song reached #3 nationally and spent several weeks at #1 in Chicago. It made the album a million-seller.
  4. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure The second single from their 1992 album Wish, it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Modern Rock Tracks list.
  5. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats This song by Bob Geldof only reached #73 on the Hot 100 and #84 on the Cash Box survey, but spent four weeks at the top of the UK charts in 1979.
  6. Stormy Monday Blues – Junior Wells With Buddy Guy A classic blues number, this is the first version I heard and still my favorite.
  7. Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke From 1963, it reached #10 on the Hot 100 and spent a week at #1 on the R&B chart. Cat Stevens’s version from 1974 reached #6 on the Hot 100.
  8. Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers I always liked this one; it was the title track from their 1970 album and reached #17 on the Hot 100. A different version was in the movie The Sterile Cuckoo.
  9. Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this one, and The Monkees recorded it in 1967. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 that year.
  10. Manic Monday – The Bangles This one was written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher” and was on The Bangles’ second studio album, 1986’s Different Light. It reached #2 on the Hot 100.
  11. Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters Karen and Richard released this in 1971 and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box survey, as well as being their fourth #1 on the Easy Listening chart. Like I said, they were a hit machine in the early Seventies.
  12. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones This was a double-sided single with “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and reached #1 in 1967, as well as providing a name for a chain of restaurants.
  13. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John It’s Sir Elton’s birthday tomorrow. This was the first single off of 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and only reached #12 on the Hot 100, but it’s one of his better-known songs and I remember it being on the radio all the time.
  14. Black Friday – Steely Dan The first single off of 1975’s Katy Lied, it rose to #37.
  15. Sunday Will Nver Be The Same – Spanky and Our Gang From their eponymous 1967 album, this rose to #9 and was their first charting single.

Anyway, thank you, Pat! And believe me, there are plenty more songs with days of the week in the title. If you come up with one or more of them, leave me a comment, and we’ll see if we can get it on the air. That’s The Friday Five (x 3) for March 24, 2017.

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Author: John Holton

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19 thoughts on “The Friday Five (x 3): Days Of The Week”

  1. First one that came to mind on this Friday was “Friday on my Mind” by the Easybeats. My high school friend, Marvin, used to be obsessed with this song and used to bring it up a lot.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Hey, what about Wednesday and Thursday? πŸ™‚

    “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM”, Simon and Garfunkel, from the album of the same title
    “Thursday”, Jim Croce, from the “I Got A Name” album

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  3. Glad that I could help suggest a topic! No doubt this one isn’t a difficult one, but it’s fun to see all the different selections that you and others are suggesting. I have two more: Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 and Last Friday Night by Katy Perry. The latter song is a bit too campy for my tastes, but the video is mildly entertaining (modeled after an ’80s movie) including cameos by Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, and Kenny G.

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      1. Katy Perry is a bit after my time as well! I only know about it as the song was played nonstop on the top 40 radio a few years ago and had to look it up which is how I found the video. Also, Katy Perry is not Steve Perry’s daughter (and as far as I know, there is no relation.)

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  4. I am glad people are filling in the other days of the week. I am not good at thinking of these things, but I know Manic Monday (which also mentions Sunday) is my morning news show’s theme song on Mondays. They have people come sing it in Baltimore and at the end of the year there is a challenge when one group is declared the best.

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    1. There are plenty of songs about Friday thru Monday, but Tuesday thru Thursday, not so much. And God knows I tried, and finally came up with “Ruby Tuesday.”

      That sounds like a heck of a good promotion, have people come to the studio and sing “Manic Monday.” When you say “my morning news show,” are you one of the actual on-air people?

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      1. Oh, no. It’s mine just because I have been watching it for decades. My husband and I actually talk about the people on the show as if they were our close friends.
        They don’t actually go to the studio to sing, they sing in some park/type area. I think it’s Fells Point, but I wouldn’t get money on being correct.πŸ˜‰

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  5. I can remember the low feeling of breaking up while listening to Another Park Another Sunday. (Can’t remember who I broke up with when the song was popular – couldn’t have been too bad.)

    I must have played and sung Saturday in the Park 100-plus times onstage across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. It was a great tune then, and it still is.

    I played and sang the Allman’s arrangement of Stormy Monday a few less times, mostly in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, again with that Farfisa Combo Compact organ through a Leslie to get it to sound like a B3. Thankfully, Wednesday’s no longer worse.

    Ruby Tuesday was one of the first tunes I figured out by ear at the piano.

    I was in one of those local rock groups down the street trying hard to learn their song – a few years after Pleasant Valley Sunday came out.

    Saturday Night’s Alright was one of my favorite Elton John tunes. My freshman dorm resident advisor Bill Kuhn called the U of I college radio station on his girlfriend’s birthday, and requested some nice Elton John for her. The DJ announced he was playing some nice EJ for Bill’s girlfriend, and proceeded to spin The Bitch is Back. I don’t know what the girlfriend thought about that…

    Steely Dan seems to open regularly with Black Friday on tours the last few years. It sounds much better live than on vinyl, with the great touring bands they’ve had lately. I never played it live, but I loved doing Black Cow and Bodhisattva. Playing live was one of the biggest thrills I ever had.

    Thanks for a great selection of musical memories, John.

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  6. Tuesday’s Gone with the Wind…
    Easy like Sunday mornin…. yeaaaah…
    Sunday, Bloody Sunday!

    Yours is a great list! I could listen to most of those every day. πŸ˜€

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