Monday’s Music Moves Me, Valentines’ Day Edition

First, Cathy will appreciate this…

That’s from a site called Dean Morris Cards, and it might be the only card from the site that I would dare to post.

Here’s a medley of songs that I find romantic, anyway.

  1. The Beatles, “Till There Was You” Possibly my favorite Beatles song sung by Paul McCartney, with a magnificent guitar solo served up by George Harrison. It’s from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, of course, and the first inkling any of our parents had that maybe these long-haired rowdies from Liverpool were pretty good.
  2. Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind” John Hartford says he was inspired to write this after seeing the movie Dr. Zhivago. It won four Grammys in 1968, two by Hartford and two by Glen Campbell, whose cover you hear here. It’s the title track from Glen’s 1967 album.
  3. Anne Murray, “A Love Song” A song written by Kenny Loggins and Dona Lyn George. Anne had such luck with Loggins’s “Danny’s Song” that she covered this one to follow up. She took it to #1 on all the Canadian charts and on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, #5 on the Country chart, and #12 on the Hot 100.
  4. Loggins & Messina, “Danny’s Song” Speaking of L&M and “Danny’s Song,” here’s Kenny Loggins doing his own song. A song of great personal meaning. I used to sing it to Mary when we were courtin’.
  5. Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You” Dolly wrote this one for Porter Wagoner when she was ready to go solo. Whitney Houston had the big hit with it, but there’s something special about Dolly’s original.
  6. Ruby & The Romantics, “Our Day Will Come” I’ve always liked the organ in this one, and Ruby’s voice is fantastic. This went to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1963.
  7. John Lennon, “Woman” Personal feelings about John Lennon aside, this is a beautiful song. He said it was a grown-up version of “Girl,” from the 1965 Rubber Soul album. It was the first song released after he was murdered, and it went to #1 in the UK, #2 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the Cash Box survey.
  8. Carpenters, “We’ve Only Just Begun” If you got married in the Seventies, there’s a better-than-average chance this was played for your first dance. I know it was for us.
  9. Jackie DeShannon, “What The World Needs Now Is Love” A Bacharach-David song that was originally offered to Dionne Warwick, who turned it down. Bacharach didn’t want to play this for Jackie DeShannon, but she heard it and loved it. It rose to #7 in the US and #1 in Canada. It’s a timely message for this day and age, too.
  10. Roger Whitaker, “The Last Farewell” I don’t care what you think, I think this is a romantic song. Roger Whitaker ran a radio show in England where he invited listeners to send him poems. He would then choose one and set it to music. A silversmith from Birmingham, Ron A. Webster, sent him the poem, and Roger set it to music and recorded it. While it has never done that well on the surveys, it’s sold over 40 million copies and been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley. Those of us who grew up in the Chicago area can’t hear the opening flourish without hearing Bob Bell say “WGN-TV, Channel 9, Chicago,” as the station used it for their station ID’s in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 12, 2018, formerly known as Lincoln’s Birthday.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Author: John Holton

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37 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me, Valentines’ Day Edition”

  1. John,

    I understand why you picked this e-card image, all others are a bit too much for most readers. 😊 Your ‘love songs’ playlist evoked some sweet memories of my own. The Carpenters “Close To You” was one I liked singing to DH during our dating years. There was so much good mewsic in the 60s & 70s. I never thought of “The Last Farewell” as a romantic song but I do get it is a love song about ones homeland or at least that’s what I get from the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song. Have a good week and thanks for sharing your wonderful playlist!

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  2. Good list, John. I heard an old song the other day that probably doesn’t fit with what you’re doing here, but I thought: that’s nice. It was Barbra Streisand singing Happy Days Are Here Again.

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    1. I think I used the song in one of my Battles of the Bands, but I don’t think I’ve used hers. She and Judy Garland did it, I think. Maybe I should put them up against each other…

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  3. You always have such good selections. I’m thinking “I should have picked Danny’s Song! I should have picked “We’ve Only Just Begun”! What was I thinking?” As for “The Last Farewell”, well, I’m not from Chicago and I still have to think about that one. And I must admit, hearing any Carpenters song saddens me, but it is also so appropriate for a day celebrating love.

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    1. I know what you’re saying about the Carpenters. Karen was unique, a beautiful voice and better-than-average drummer, and who knows how far she would have gone had it not been for her self-destructive tendencies. It was really horrifying, the things she did to herself.

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  4. Oh my gosh, your list is fantastic!!! So many I remember from high-school and dances, great memeories! Thanks John. Fantastic job and so much fabulous info! You’re duh best my friend! YOU ROCK!

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  5. Great selection of love songs. “The Last Farewell” isn’t familiar to me so I’m heading over to YouTube. Another favorite love song of mine is “Unchained Melodies” by the Righteous Brothers.

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    1. It was hard to find many of Roger’s albums in the record stores (now, it’s hard enough to find a record store), but they were advertised on TV and sold a lot of copies there. He was more popular in Canada and the UK. Shame, too, he had a great voice.

      “Unchained Melody”… I was in Hawai’i in the early 90’s, when it became popular again thanks to “Ghost,” and everywhere I went there was karaoke, and everyone’s favorite song was “Unchained Melody.” I learned that’s a really easy song to do badly. Better to leave it to the Righteous Brothers.

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  6. John! EXCELLENT playlist here! Wow, these are some great songs that really take me back. There was only one that I wasn’t familiar with (the last one: I love the story of it though: what a neat feature the show host did, asking listeners to send in poems and then setting them to music. Great way to engage with the listeners!)
    I liked that you included the lesser known versions of two great classics: Dolly Parton and Kenny Loggins doing their own songs was a nice treat.
    I love Jackie Deshannon singing “What the World Needs Now” — timely message for sure!
    I haven’t heard Anne Murray in so long. I’m going to go listen to a few of her songs on YouTube right now.
    And the Carpenters: oh, their songs evoke so many emotions: the lyrics themselves, their own personal tragic life stories… I really enjoy listening to their music but sometimes a layer of sadness hangs over me when I do. What a huge loss when Karen died…and she didn’t have to! The industry is responsible for causing her anorexia, in my opinion. Have you ever read her biography?

    Wonderful selection of songs here. I so enjoyed!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I’m surprised that Roger Whitaker hasn’t found more success. He has an excellent voice and the songs he does are perfectly suited to it. He’s worked steadily and is still going (he’s in his 80’s now) and had lots of success in Europe and Canada, but very little here. His appeal is more to our parents’ generation, I think.

      Whenever I think of Karen Carpenter, my heart breaks just a little. We had no idea that the reason she appeared so gaunt was the anorexia, and the way she abused ipecac was just horrifying. I’ve never read her biography; it looks like there are several of them. Which one are you familiar with?

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      1. Hey John,
        I checked out the various Karen Carpenter biographies and you’re right, there are quite a few. And I honestly can’t remember which one it was that I read; however, I did read it several years ago and the earliest one I saw is from 1994 so it may be that one: The Carpenters: The Untold Story : an Authorized Biography by Ray Coleman. The description did mention that it gives some inside scoop into the music industry. The thing that I read that made me so mad was that when Karen and Richard had their television show, the producers kept hounding Karen that she was too fat and didn’t look good on camera and threatening that if she didn’t lose the weight they’d cancel the program. And she was never good enough and it drove her deeper and deeper into that wretched disease.
        Wish I could be more helpful in determining which one it was.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the selections. Lara’s Theme was one of those songs that almost took on a life of its own outside the context of the movie. In contrast, you don’t really think of “As Time Goes By” outside the context of Casablanca, although the show of the same name that starred Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench was pretty enjoyable. And Louis Armstrong is a much better trumpet player than singer, but he’s surprisingly good. His sessions with Ella Fitzgerald were pure magic.

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