Monday’ Music Moves Me: Your “J” Songs, And A Couple More Of Mine

As is the custom here at The Sound Of One Hand Typing, after a post like last week’s (ten songs that start with the letter J), I ask if there are any you can come up with. I didn’t think there were ten suggestions, and there weren’t. There were eleven. Not being content to just stop there, I came up with four more to round it out to fifteen songs. Enjoy!

  1. Frankie Laine, “Jealousy” Birgit came up with the first three, starting with this one, a big hit for Frankie Laine in 1951. There are a lot of songs named “Jealousy,” so I hope I got the right one.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Jailhouse Rock” Birgit came up with this, which was seconded by Joey. Theme song from the 1957 movie starting Elvis, this was the #1 song in the country the day my brother Jim was born.
  3. John Mellencamp, “Jack & Diane” Birgit and Joey both came up with this, and I kind of figured Joey would have, John Mellencamp being from the southern Indiana town of Seymour and all. From John’s 1982 release American Fool, this spent four weeks at #1 and is John’s most successful single to date.
  4. Barry Manilow, “Jump Shout Boogie” Ed Thierbach tells us this song is “not your typical maudlin Manilow.” And it’s a pretty swingin’ tune. From Barry’s 1976 album This One’s For You.
  5. Foreigner, “Jukebox Hero” Janet and Joey both like this one. So does everyone else. This was the third single from the 1982’s 4, and reached #26.
  6. The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Mary B brings us this one and the next two. From 1968, and called “supernatural Delta blues by way of Swinging London” by Rolling Stone magazine, it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box Top Singles chart.
  7. Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got A Gun” The second single from 1989’s Pump, it peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Mainstream Singles chart.
  8. Carrie Underwood, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” The first single from 2005’s Some Hearts, it spent six week at #1 on the Country chart and reached #4 on the Top Christian Singles chart and made the Top 20 on the Hot 100.
  9. John Lennon, “Just Like Starting Over” Joey came up with this and the next two. From Double Fantasy it was released in October 1980 in the US and UK and subsequently reached #1 after Lennon’s murder.
  10. The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” This was the third single from The Cure’s 1987 release, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and reached #40 on the Hot 100, making it the band’s first hit in the US.
  11. House of Pain, “Jump Around” This reached #3 in 1992 and is ranked at #24 on VH-1’s “Greatest Songs of the 90’s.”
  12. Frankie Laine, “Jezebel” The last four choices are mine. I read that Frankie Laine had two big his in 1951 when I added “Jealousy” to the list. This is the other one, and I just had to add it.
  13. Count Basie, “Jumpin’ At The Woodside” One of my perennial favorites, this was the song Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine used to dance to on The Gong Show.
  14. Oliver, “Jean” Theme song from the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which starred Dame Maggie Smith in the title role. She would go on to play Professor McGonigal in the “Harry Potter” movies. Oliver, who earlier in 1969 had a hit with “Good Moning, Starshine,” which reached #3, saw this one reach #1 on the adult contemporary chart and #2 on the Hot 100.
  15. Chet Atkins, “Jitterbug Waltz” Finally, some classic fingerstyle guitar from Chet Atkins, Certified Guitar Player. Fats Waller wrote this in 1942, and it’s one of the first songs to employ the Hammond organ, which became immensely popular in jazz afterwards.

I’ll stop there, even though I’m thinking of a few more. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 7, 2017.

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Author: John Holton

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16 thoughts on “Monday’ Music Moves Me: Your “J” Songs, And A Couple More Of Mine”

  1. Yes! That is the song I was thinking about and I thought it came out in the 30’s πŸ™‚ I like how many more songs cam up….great to listen to.

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    1. The Blogger’s Best Friend says it was written in 1925 by a Danish composer named Gade as “Jalousie (Tango Tzigane)” (“Jealousy (Gypsy Tango)”). Harry James did a version in the Forties. Before that, I dunno…

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  2. Nice set of “J’s” there John. I just recently started listening to the Cure. I love the way your playlists are all over the place, country, rock, oldies…that’s how my iTunes are. When I put it on shuffle I never know what song is gonna pop up next. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great selection! I have always liked ‘Just Like Heaven’. I can’t believe that I didn’t think of that one. Am glad that we have ‘Freebie Weeks’ to take care of our overflow of songs.

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  4. John,

    What a wonderful “J” song playlist! You have some excellent tunes. I probably would’ve thought of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. Have you seen the movie with Whoopie Goldberg? In her early career or early to me (the 80s – 90s) she starred in some good comedies and if you can get past her swearing then this is a flick that will split your sides. The song that spoke to my heart especially on your list is “Jesus Take The Wheel”. Whenever we surrender our all to Him to lead us is the only way we’re going to get where He wants us to go. There are two paths in life resistance and submission and it’s only through the later that we discover while the road is bumpy God is in control and we can rest in His care to take care of the situation. Thanks for sharing such a fine “freebie” mash-up with the Monday’s Music Moves Me, gang! Have a good week, my friend!

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