The Friday Five: Your “Lady” Songs

So, last week I asked for songs with “lady” in the title, and you came back with fourteen of them. Here they are, in no particular order, along with credit where it’s due.

  1. The Commodores, “Lady” Janet suggested this, as did Maryann. From their 1981 album In The Pocket, it reached #8 on the Hot 100, #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on the R&B chart.
  2. Kenny Rogers, “Lady” Janet, Jeanne, and Mamasick suggested this. Written by Lionel Ritchie, it went to #1 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Country charts in 1980.
  3. Aerosmith, “Dude Looks Like A Lady” Kip came up with this, as did Jeanne. From the album Permanent Vacation, it reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Rock chart in 1987.
  4. LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade” Kip added this. This has been covered a number of times, but the original and probably best of them was LaBelle’s. It went to #1 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Hot R&B chart, and #7 on the Dance chart in 1974-75.
  5. Beyoncé, “Single Ladies” I’m not sure if this is the one Kip was talking about, but it’s the one I found. From her 2008 I Am Sasha Fierce album, The song reached #1 in the US.
  6. Jim Croce, “Mississippi Lady” Ed Thierbach thought of this. This was Jim’s last single, from 1976, though it didn’t make an album until 1980’s Down The Highway. It got as high as #110.
  7. Tom Jones, “She’s A Lady” Calen thought of this one. The title track from his 1971 album, it was a #2 in the US and #1 in Canada.
  8. Chris DeBurgh, “Lady In Red” Maryann made a few suggestions here, including this. This was DeBurgh’s breakout single and went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It’s also considered one of the most annoying songs of all time.
  9. Bob Dylan, “Lay Lady Lay” Another from Maryann, as well as Jeanne. From 1969’s Nashville Skyline, it peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 that year. It was originally written for the movie Midnight Cowboy, but it wasn’t finished in time.
  10. Lionel Ritchie, “Three Times A Lady” Technically another Commodores song, but it’s mostly Lionel. Maryann and Mary B thought of this. It was released in 1978 and ended up being the only Top Ten song on the Hot 100 that year. It’s from their album Natural High.
  11. Ella Fitzgerald, “The Lady Is A Tramp” Maryann and Dan came up with this. From the Rodgers and Hart musical Babes In Arms, it appeared on her 1956 The Rodgers and Hart Songbook album.
  12. Frank Sinatra, “Luck Be A Lady” Dan, Pat, and Mary B gave us this one. From the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, based on a couple of short stories by Damon Runyon, one of my stepfather’s favorite authors.
  13. Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” Jeanne thought of this one, too. Mark (lecycliste in the comments) and I used to play this one a lot, and it’s a great song. It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
  14. Joe Cocker, “Delta Lady” Mary B suggested this. I actually remembered this one and posted the Leon Russell version in the comments of the original list, so I’m featuring this one here. This is from Joe’s 1970 album Mad Dogs And Englishmen, a live album taken from the tour of that name.

Thanks to all who contributed. That’s The Friday Five for April 21, 2017.

The Friday Five: “Lady” Songs

Happy Good Friday, everyone, although it’s probably not the best thing to say given the solemn occasion. I was going to do songs with “good” in the title, but in honor of the A to Z Challenge and since today’s letter is L, here are five songs with “lady” in the title.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, “Lady Willpower” One of their five #1 hits, here they are, mouthing the lyrics and pretending to play on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968.

Styx, “Lady” Off their second album, appropriately named Styx II (probably by the same guy who named Chicago’s albums). This was a hit in their hometown Chicago area but failed to chart anywhere else.

The Beatles, “Lady Madonna” Of course, whoever owns the rights to The Beatles’ records has managed to sweep all of the original recordings off of YouTube, but here’s the next best thing: Paul McCartney, the author (with some help from John Lennon) on the BBC show Later performing it live in 2007. The original was a single which reached #1 in the UK and #4 in the US.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Oh Lady Be Good” A 1924 song by the Gershwin brothers for their musical Lady, Be Good! Ella first recorded it in 1947; this is from the 1959 album, Ella Fizgerald Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook, acompanied by Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra.

Myron Floren with The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, “Lady of Spain” I don’t know if the song is associated with the accordion because Myron did it, or if Myron did it because it’s associated with the accordion. Whatever the case, here it is, from a 1951 episode of The Lawrence Welk Show. An-a one, an-a two, an-a…

What songs with “lady” in the title can you think of? I realize I probably have a “reader’s choice” post for one of my previous Friday Fives, and I’ll get to it eventually.

That’s The Friday Five for April 14, 2017.

The Friday Five (Or So): Your Day Of The Week Songs

Okay, so back on March 24, I did a Friday Fifteen (as it turned out) of songs that had days of the week in the title. I asked you to come up with more, and you answered with eight more. I might just combine this with the playlist I did then, but that’s for another day. In the meantime, here’s what you came up with.

The Moody Blues, “Tuesday Afternoon” Dan came up with this. It’s from their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed, on which it’s the first part of “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)” It reached #24 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the RPM Hot Singles chart in Canada in 1968.

The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” Arlee added this, which I forgot about. It reached #16 in the US in 1966.

Simon & Garfunkel, “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM” Ed suggested this one. It’s the title track from their 1964 debut album, which was re-released in 1966 because “Sounds of Silence” did so well on the singles chart that year.

Jim Croce, “Thursday” Ed also suggested this, from Croce’s 1973 album I Got A Name. That was to be his last studio album, released posthumously.

U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” Pat and Joey came up with this one. It’s from their 1983 War album, and reached #7 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart that year.

Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night” Pat also shared this one, about which he says, “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.” How could I bypass it after that?

Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s Gone” Joey also came up with this. It’s from their 1973 debut album, (Pronounced leh-nerd skin-erd). It’s been covered a bunch of times, including by Metallica, which might have been the version she was thinking of. I’m going with the original; it’s nice to hear a song by Skynyrd that isn’t “Free Bird” or “Sweet Home Alabama,” both of which were played ad nauseum by the local rock station until they gave up the Zeppelin and Skynyrd and started playing The Backstreet Boys (or their modern counterparts)…

The Commodores, “Easy (Like Sunday Morning)” Joey came up with this as well, and although the song is named “Easy,” I tossed it in here, anyway, because it’s a great song. Released in 1977, it rose to #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

Thanks to all for your suggestions. If you have more, let me know. That’s your Friday Five for April 7, 2017.

The Friday Five: More “Man” Songs

I have a slight backlog on my Friday Fives. I have two weeks’ worth of your song suggestions to do, one for days of the week from last Friday and one from the Stream of Consciousness Saturday from the week before, songs with “man” in the title. So, I’ll do the “man” songs today and days of the week songs next Friday. Sound like a plan?

Rush, “Working Man” My brother Pat was kind of stumped by this one, he told me, but he came up with this gem from Rush’s 1974 eponymous debut album. Wikipedia tells us this was the song that landed them their record contract.

Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man” Jeanne was a superstar this week, coming up with three contributions to the list. I can’t believe I didn’t come up with this the first time through — this is a favorite of mine and I could even play it back in my guitar-playing days. Obviously, this was done live at The Hollywood Bowl for the program of the same name, and yes, that was Judy Garland doing the introduction. It rose to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1966.

Gene Pitney, “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” From the 1962 movie of the same name, this went to #4 for Gene on the Hot 100 that year. Jeanne also suggested this one.

Iron Maiden, “Man On The Edge” Jeanne’s third recommendation comes to us from the world of heavy metal (assuming this was the song she was talking about). This is from 1995, from their X Factor album, and the blogger’s best friend tells us it was inspired by the movie Falling Down, which might be my favorite Michael Douglas movie. Evidently, the song reached #1 in Finland.

Muddy Waters, “I’m A Man (Mannish Boy)” This was on the original list, but I thought having two songs named “I’m A Man” was a little much. You might remember that, due to technical difficulties, an early version of the song list got out, and this was on it. Lauralynn commented and said, “hey, where’s ‘I’m A Man (Mannish Boy)’?” Here’s a live version, from what I estimate was the late Sixties, based on who’s playing with him.

And while I’m on the subject, “Mannish Boy” was a followup to Muddy’s earlier hit, Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man.”

As always, thanks to all the contributors. Next week, more day of the week songs. That’s The Friday Five for March 31, 2017.

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 😉

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.