Monday’s Music Moves Me: (Rare) Earth

You just knew I would come up with a different slant on the theme, didn’t you?

Rare Earth was the only white band ever to produce hits for Motown Records. When Berry Gordy signed them in 1969, it was his intention to start a separate label for white acts. One of the members suggested “Rare Earth Records,” and, surprisingly, it stuck. They were known for their covers of Motown hits and their extended jamming on them (for example, the single for “Get Ready, ” their biggest hit, was just over three minutes, while the album version came in at almost 22 minutes). Just so you know, this is a longish playlist.

  1. Get Ready: Title track to their 1969 album, it was their biggest hit, it reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada in 1970.
  2. I Know I’m Losing You: Their followup single, reached #7 in the US, also in 1970. From 1970’s Ecology (which fits with the actual theme for today).
  3. Born To Wander: Also from Ecology, their third single from 1970, peaking at #17.
  4. I Just Want To Celebrate: From their 1972 release, One World. Their first of four singles in 1971, it reached #7.
  5. Hey Big Brother: After two singles that failed to chart, this reached #19 late in 1971. Also from One World, it was their last Top 20 hit.
  6. Smiling Faces Sometimes: From their 1973 album Ma, a cover of The Undisputed Truth’s 1971 hit.
  7. Tobacco Road: The classic 1960 song by John D. Loudermilk, it was on Get Ready.
  8. Feelin’ Alright: Also on Get Ready, the often-covered song by Dave Mason that was done originally by Traffic in 1968.
  9. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone: I can’t find the album this was on, but it’s a cover of The Temptations’ 1971 hit.
  10. Big John Is My Name: Couldn’t resist this one. From Ma.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 23, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Maneli Jamal

Another Freebie Monday gives me an opportunity to introduce another guitarist I found at first on Instagram, which pointed me to his YouTube page and his Spotify stream. According to his biography on his website, Maneli Jamal has lived in Iran, Belarus, Germany, the US, and Canada, and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. He’s recorded seven albums since 2006, and won numerous awards, which can all be seen on the biography page.

I kept the song samples down to six and included an interview he did with from 2011, where he talks about having taken some time off to deal with tendinitis in his right hand from playing hours at a time and plays a couple of songs.

  1. “Kora” from his Singles album.
  2. “Running Fox Trail” from his as yet unreleased album Waves of Lake Orta, due out later this year.
  3. “A Boy’s Echo” from his 2016 release The Mardom Movement.
  4. “Nine Year Residence” from 2012’s The Lamaj Movement.
  5. “Homespun” also from The Lamaj Movement.
  6. “Movement I: Norym” from 2009’s The Ziur Movement.
  7. The interview with Jeff from Maneli plays “The Ceremony” (which so far hasn’t appeared on an album) and one other song I don’t recognize.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Maneli Jamal!

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Easter Songs

I didn’t think I could find ten Easter songs. Unlike Christmas, there aren’t a whole lot of songs for the holiday. The religious songs I found were primarily about Good Friday. Still, I found a couple of treasures I didn’t know were there, and ended up with eleven. Well, ten, since one is repeated, and I’ll explain why in a minute.

  1. UPA, “Peter Cottontail” You might remember UPA’s take on “Frosty The Snowman”. Well, here’s their similar treatment for this song that’s popular around Easter.
  2. Gene Autry, “Peter Cottontail” On listening to the last song, I realized the lyrics were a bit different from the ones I remember, so I included “The Singing Cowboy’s” version.
  3. Bing Crosby, “Easter Parade” The Irving Berlin classic, which Bing sang in Easter Parade, but also sang in Holiday Inn.
  4. Ray Anthony, “The Bunny Hop” Ray Anthony wrote this and it was a hit in 1950. This particular recording was taken from his TV show in 1953, which was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes, my mother’s brand.
  5. Gene Autry, “Easter Mornin'” Gene recorded a few Easter songs, including this and the next one.
  6. Gene Autry, “The Horse With The Easter Bonnet” A classic bit of silliness, the kind kids like me liked (and still do).
  7. Rosemary Clooney, “My Choc’late Rabbit” As well as being a wonderful singer, Rosemary was mom to several kids with Jose Ferrer, so of course she did a few kids’ records.
  8. Rosemary Clooney, “Eggbert The Easter Egg” Another cute song from George Clooney’s aunt.
  9. Nat King Cole, “Easter Sunday Morning” Some classic Nat King Cole to celebrate the day.
  10. King’s College Choir, “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” The classic Easter hymn, the only one most people know. I wanted to find a Catholic choir singing it, but found this and decided High Church Anglican would do.
  11. Stanford Olsen and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, “The Holy City” Found this and thought it was appropriate. Stanford has a beautiful voice, I think you’ll agree. It’s one of my favorite songs.

And that’s Monay’s Music Moves Me for April 9, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Star” Songs

So Friday I came up with a list of ten songs with “star” in the title, Kip came up with four more, the rest of you came up with five, and I cam up with two more, so here are eleven more “star” songs.

  1. Garry Miles, “Look For A Star” Arlee used this in one of his Battles of the Bands, which I don’t remember, but then, I forget a lot of stuff. Garry Miles is a pseudonym for James “Buzz” Cason, who’s been around the block a while. This went to #16 for him in 1960.
  2. Perry Como, “Catch A Falling Star” This was Perry’s first Gold Record, and it reached #2 in the US and #9 in the UK in 1958. Arlee and Jeanne suggested this.
  3. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, “Stars” Barbara thought of this one, and said it gave her chills whenever she heard it. It only reached #95 on the Hot 100 in 2012, but #27 on the Adult Pop Chart, #15 on the Adult Alternative chart, #13 on the Rock chart, and #14 on the US Rock Digital chart. Kind of makes you wonder about the Hot 100…
  4. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” Marilyn and Billy were members of The Fifth Dimension who got married in 1969 and left to do their own thing in 1975. This song topped the Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1977. Kip suggested this.
  5. Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards), “When You Wish Upon A Star” This was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Disney’s 1940 animated feature Pinocchio. This is as much an icon of The Disney Company as Mickey Mouse. Another Kip suggestion.
  6. Lee Marvin, “I Was Born Under A Wandering Star” From the 1969 film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon. The film was a flop, but the soundtrack was a success. Lee Marvin, not a singer by any stretch of the imagination, insisted on doing all his own songs, and I don’t think anyone could have done this any better. It was a #1 hit in the UK and Ireland for three weeks in 1970. Another Kip choice.
  7. Jimmy Buffett, “Stars Fell On Alabama” The state next door used this on their license plates for a few years. A jazz standard, it was written by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish in 1934. This recording was from an episode of ABC’s short-lived but very funny Fridays in the 1980’s. Kip’s last suggestion (this time).
  8. David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust” From the 1972 concept album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. This was suggested by Mary B.
  9. Bad Company, “Shooting Star” A track from 1975’s Straight Shooter, this was a popular track on AOR stations in the mid-’70’s, but was never released as a single. Suggested by Jeanne.
  10. The United States Marine Corps Band, “The Stars And Stripes Forever” I usually pull out Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops’ version of this, but using the Marine Corps Band’s version of the song seemed most appropriate. As the conductor says at the beginning, this has become the official march of the United States.
  11. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” I’m surprised this wasn’t the first song everyone suggested. Based on a Mozart melody, which is also used for “The Alphabet Song,” appropriate during April. This version has a nice instrumental break in the middle and a cute video.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 2, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Even More Places

We do locations/places a lot for M4, so I thought I might try a different take on the topic… I did songs with non-specific places in the title. I think I’ve done a couple of these before.

  1. The Beach Boys, “In My Room” From their 1963 album Surfer Girl, it was the B side to “Be True To Your School.” It peaked at #23.
  2. The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” Title track from their 1964 album, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 ands #1 on the R&B chart.
  3. The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” The last song reminded me of this one, so I tossed it in. This reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart in 1962.
  4. Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay” Otis recorded this three days before he died in a plane crash in December 1967. It was released the following January and reached #1 on the pop and R&B charts.
  5. Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” Title track from their 1964 album, went to #6 on the charts.
  6. Canned Heat, “Goin’ Up The Country” Canned Heat’s best-known song, from their third album, 1968’s Living The Blues. Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson does the vocal here. They played it at Woodstock, where it became kind of an anthem.
  7. Tower Of Power, “Down To The Nightclub” Tower of Power was a funk/R&B band from the Oakland area that had a couple of national hits (“You’re Still A Young Man”, “So Very Hard To Go”), but they’re probably best known for their horn section, which has backed up a number of other artists.
  8. The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind” I used this before, I know, but I just can’t get enough Ted Nugent. The Dukes were based in Chicago, and Nuge was only 19 (not 16 as originally reported) here.
  9. Ten Years After, “I’m Goin’ Home” This is the shortest version of this I could find. They played this at Woodstock for close to ten minutes, and when Alvin Lee got cranked up, he could go all night.
  10. ABC Western Australia Close of Transmission, 1985 Get it? They’re going off the air for the evening! A very nice rendition of “Advance Australia Fair” (the Australian National Anthem) at the end of this. 

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 26, 2018.

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