I still have all of the destination songs you suggested, and at some point will create one big ol’ playlist and include all of them, along with who recommended them. These, however, were songs that I thought of based on things you told me, or ones that I thought of while I was putting the playlist together. As many of you mentioned, there is a veritable plethora of songs with destinations in the title, and I just kept coming up with more. Anyway, here we go…
- Glen Campbell, “Galveston” Kip gave us “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” last week, and that made me think of a couple of other early Glen Campbell hits with destinations in the title, one of which was this. Glen had a hit with this Jimmy Webb tune in 1969, when it reached #1 on the Country chart and #4 on the Hot 100. CMT ranks it #8 in its 100 Greatest Songs In Country Music. It’s the official anthem of Galveston Island and the city of Galveston, Texas.
- Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans” Johnny had a few songs with destinations in the title, but this might be his most popular. It was the #1 song for 1959 according to Billboard magazine, it’s #28 on that magazine’s list of Top 100 Songs of the First 50 Years of the Hot 100, and The Western Writers of America chose it as one of the 100 best Western songs of all time.
- Drew Carey, “Moon Over Parma” A shortened version of this was the theme song for The Drew Carey Show for its first season. It was written by Robert McGuire and celebrates the town of Parma, Ohio, suburb of Cleveland. The Blogger’s Best Friend has all the lyrics, so you can sing along.
- Scott McKenzie, “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” The anthem for the Summer of LoveTM, when a lot of kids were on their way to San Francisco for the free love and drugs it offered. Written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, it was the only hit for McKenzie, topping the charts in July 1967.
- The Bee Gees, “(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts” I chose this before reading that it was a response to the song above. It became almost as big a worldwide hit as did “San Francisco,” and reached #11 on the Hot 100 in 1967.
- Waylon, Jennings, “Luckenbach, Texas” This was a hit for Waylon in 1977, reaching #1 on the Country chart and #25 on the Hot 100.
- Barry Manilow, “Weekend In New England” The oft-maligned Mr. Manilow recorded this on his 1976 album This One’s For You. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts that year.
- Horst Jankowski, “A Walk In The Black Forest” Classically-trained Jankowski recorded this as “Eine Schwartzwaldfahrt” in Germany in 1965. Here in the US it reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #12 on the Hot 100.
- Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter, “Canadian Sunset” Tomorrow is Canada Day, after all. Jazz pianist Eddie Heywood wrote this, with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. Heywood and orchestra leader Winterhalter’s instrumental version reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart (!) in 1956, while Andy Williams’ vocal version reached #7 on the Hot 100 later that year.
- The Dubliners, “The Rocky Road To Dublin” This is a 19th-Century song written by D. K. Gavan, “The Galway Poet,” for the performer Harry Clifton. The Wikipedia article goes into some detail about the music which all you music theory fans will find interesting. I know I did, anyway.
And that’s the Friday Five (times two) for June 30, 2017.