The Friday 5×2: Body Parts!

Seeing as how my knees have been the focus of my life recently, I started thinking of songs that had the names of body parts in their titles. And there are many, many of them, more than a few with “heart” or “eyes” in them. Here are ten of them, and I just know you’ll come up with many more. I know Kip can probably think of a bunch. Here are my ten.

  1. Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” This reached #6 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Canadian RPM survey, and #8 on the Cash Box survey in 1965.
  2. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” From their 1969 album Wheatfield Soul, written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Cash Box survey, and #7 in Canada on the RPM survey in 1969, and was their breakthrough hit.
  3. Blondie, “Heart of Glass” From their third studio album, 1978’s Parallel Lines. It was released in 1979 and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and internationally.
  4. ZZ Top, Legs” From their 1983 album Eliminator, it was released as a single in 1984 and reached #8, and was a staple on MTV, back in the days when the “M” stood for “music.”
  5. Linda Ronstadt, “Heart Like A Wheel” Title track from Ms. Ronstadt’s 1974 album, the last one she recorded for Capitol. Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Anna McGarrigle, who also released it with sister Kate.
  6. Allan Sherman, “Skin” Allan was my favorite recording artists until The Beatles came out. This is a parody of the song “Heart” from Damn Yankees, and was on his 1964 album Allan In Wonderland. Allan is responsible for introducing me to a lot of music, as you’ll see later.
  7. The Supremes, “Back In My Arms Again” Written and produced by the legendary songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and Holland, it was released in 1965 and spent two weeks at the top of the Hot 100 that summer.
  8. The Who, “Behind Blue Eyes” From the band’s 1971 album Who’s Next, it was the second single from the album and reached #34 on the Hot 100 and #24 on the Cash Box survey. One of Mark’s favorites.
  9. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek” Written by Irving Berlin for the 1935 Fred & Ginger movie Top Hat, here sung by one of the least-likely duos I can think of. You know what? It worked.
  10. Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” I mentioned that Allan Sherman introduced me to a lot of great music, in an odd sort of way. Another song on Allan In Wonderland was “Green Stamps”, a parody of this song from 1929, originally “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” by Adolfo Utrera and Nilo Menéndez. Eddie Rivera and Eddie Woods wrote the English lyrics in 1931, but it didn’t become a hit until Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly recorded it with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1941.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for September 15, 2017.

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The Friday 5×2: Top Ten From WJJD, 9/8/58

It’s survey time again! We’re reaching all the way back to 1958 and pulling up the Top Ten from WJJD, at one time the rock & roll station in Chicago.

#10: Roger Williams, “Near You” This song peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #12 on Cash Box that year. One of two instrumentals on today’s chart.
#9: The Olympics, “Western Movies” Some great doo-wop from The Olympics, it was their first single and reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
#8: Perez Prado, “Patricia” This was the last song to reach #1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts maintained by Billboard. On August 4, 1958, they were combined into a single chart, the Hot 100. As you can see, it was still going strong in Chicago a month later.
#7: Jimmy Clanton, “Just A Dream” Jimmy was known as the “swamp pop R&B teenage idol.” Nationally, this reacxhed #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
#6: Bobby Day, “Over And Over” This was the flip side to “Rockin’ Robin,” and didn’t do quite as well, although it reached #1 on the R&B chart. It was later covered by the Dave Clark 5, who took it to #1.
#5: Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” Their first hit single, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
#4: The Everly Brothers, “Devoted To You” Don and Phil recorded a lot of songs by Felice and Boudleau Bryant, including this one, the flip side to “Bird Dog.” On its own, it reached #10 nationally, #2 on the R&B chart, and #7 on the Country chart.
#3: The Elegants, “Little Star” This was the only million-selling song for the boys from South Beach, Staten Island. It spent a week at #1 and 19 weeks on the Hot 100.
#2: Tommy Edwards, “It’s All In The Game” Was #1 in the nation the day my brother Kip was born. Just a beautiful song, you know?
#1: Domenico Modugno, “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” Won the Sanremo Music Festival and later placed third in the Eurovision Song Contest. It spent five nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 (“Little Star” managed to sneak in ahead of it one week).

Thanks again to my friends at Oldiesloon and to the kind folks who posted all of this, especially Bob Moke, A/K/A MusicProf78. That’s The Friday 5×2 for September 8, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: Your “Dance Moves” Songs

Monday’s topic was “songs with dance moves in the title,” and I came up with a list of ten. You came up with more, although not quite ten, and I did some minor changes to some of the ones you came up with. Here’s this week’s list.

  1. The Beatles, “Twist & Shout” Several of you asked why I didn’t include this one. Honestly, I didn’t bother looking, because I was afraid I’d run into the problem I always run into, that Beatles songs posted to YouTube get taken down faster than you can say “BMG.” I could have used The Isley Brothers’ version, then I found this on The Fab Four’s “official” channel. From their first album, 1963’s Please Please Me in the UK, Introducing… The Beatles! in the US.
  2. Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” Birgit suggested this and the next two. This is the video I remember of this song. It was released in 1981 and reached #9 in both the US and UK.
  3. Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” The followup single to “Rock This Town,” also from 1981. It reached #3 in the US and #11 in the UK.
  4. Louis Prima, “Jump, Jive & Wail” Birgit suggested The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s cover, but I figured that was too much Setzer, so I went with wild man Louis Prima here. The dark-haired woman standing in the background looking upset is his wife, Keely Smith. Theirs was not a happy relationship.
  5. Booker T. & The MG’s, “You Can’t Sit Down” A song that’s been covered by many, both instrumntal and vocal, which means you might see it in a future Battle of the Bands. Eugenia suggested this and the next.
  6. The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” Eugenia suggested The Dovells’ version of “You Can’t Sit Down,” then I found this and decided to use it instead. Great doo-wop!
  7. Robert Lindsay, “The Lambeth Walk” The song is from the musical Me and My Girl, written in the late Thirties by Noel Gay (music) and Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose (lyrics). It had its first run in the West End in 1937 and was made into a movie called The Lambeth Walk a couple of years later, when the world was preparing for war (there are numerous videos out there of Nazi soldiers marching aound to this song). “Bristol Stomp” made me think of this.
  8. The Diamonds, “The Stroll” This was a popular dance in the late Fifties. It originated on American Bandstand, though this video is from Iowa (no idea where; the person who uploaded it said it was from Idaho).
  9. Bill Haley & The Comets, “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie” Had to put a song with some boogie in it. The film clip is from 1945’s Yolanda And The Thief, and Fred Astaire’s dance partner is Louise Bremer.
  10. Denver Airport Swing Dance Flash Mob Just looked like too much fun to pass on.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for September 1, 2017. Have a good Labo(u)r Day weekend, if you’re headed out, if not, I’ll be here all weekend…

The Friday 5×2: Top Ten Hits From 1954

You’re probably wondering “how the H-E-double hockey sticks did John come up with this one?”

Normally, when I do one of these survey posts, I either look at Oldiesloon or The Blogger’s Best Friend to find the survey and then run out to YouTube and build the playlist. This time, I went to Pinterest, where I find a lot of surveys from different cities, and saw there were several that shared the Top 10 from 1954. It was as though Pinterest was speaking to me. Then I remembered that my parents were married in 1954, and that settled it.

All of the songs in today’s playlist come courtesy of YouTube user MusicProf78, who has loaded a fantastic amount of music from 1929 through 1964 out there. His work will come in handy with my next series on Two For Tuesday. If you like this kind of music, why not subscribe to his channel?

#10: Archie Bleyer, “Hernando’s Hideaway” The song was written by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler for the Broadway musical The Pajama Game. Bleyer’s was the most successful recording of the song, reaching #2 on the Billboard chart in 1954. I’d like to think it’s because of the maracas…
#9: Doris Day, “Secret Love” The song is from the 1953 film Calamity Jane, where it was introduced by the lovely Miss Day. It was written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. The song was released in October 1953, reached the Top 20 in January 1954, and reached #1 in February. The song was nominated for and won an Academy Award that year.
#8: The Four Aces, “Three Coins In The Fountain” Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for the 1954 film of the same name starring Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, and Louis Jourdan. Frank Sinatra’s recording reached #1 in the UK, while The Four Aces’ record reached #1 in the US. They were backed by the Jack Pleis Orchestra.
#7: The Four Knights, “I Get So Lonely (Oh Baby Mine)” Written in 1953 by Pat Ballard, The Four Knights’ record was the most successful, reaching #3 in the US and #4 in the UK.
#6: Eddie Fisher, “O My Papa” A German Song (“O, Mein Papa”) written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der Schwarze Hecht (The Black Pike). Eddie’s recording, backed by the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra, reached #1 in the US and made the Top 10 in the UK, while trumpeter Eddie Calvert’s reached #1 in the UK and the Top 10 in the US. Calvert’s was the first #1 recorded at Abbey Road Studios, while Fisher married Debbie Reynolds the following year.
#5: Jo Stafford, “Make Love To Me” This song was written by Bill Norvas, Alan Copeland, and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings (Leon Rappalo, Ben Pollack, George Brunies, Mel Stitzel, and Walter Melrose). It was based on the 1923 song “Tin Roof Blues” by the aforementioned New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Miss Stafford’s version was released in late 1953 and the #1 spot on the chart alternated between it and Doris Day’s “Secret Love,” above.
#4: The Crew-Cuts, “Sh-Boom” Sometimes called “Life Could Be A Dream,” this was written by James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edwards of the R&B group The Chords, who also recorded it and saw it reach #1 in 1954. The Crew-Cuts were a Canadian quartet, and judging by their picture on Wikipedia, none of them actually had a crew cut.
#3: Rosemary Clooney, “Hey There” The second song from The Pajama Game to make 1954’s Top 10, which should tell you something. It was introduced by John Raitt (Bonnie’s dad) in the show. Sammy Davis Jr. had a recording around the same time that reached #16, but Miss Clooney’s was the one to reach #1. Son Miguel was born early in 1955, in case you were wondering…
#2: Perry Como, “Wanted” Written by Jack Fulton and Lois Steele, Perry recorded this in late 1953, accompanied by Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra (again), and it reached #1 in April and spent eight weeks there.
#1: Kitty Kallen, “Little Things Mean A Lot” Written in 1953 by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz, Miss Kallen had a #1 in the US (on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts) for nine weeks starting in June 1954, and also reached #1 in the UK.

Hope you enjoyed this flashback to 1954. That’s The Friday 5×2 for August 25, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: Top Ten from WCFL On This Day In 1973

I had a tooth pulled on Wednesday, and while I’m in no pain (apart from the pain of having to eat on the other side of my mouth), I hadn’t given much thought to what I would do today. So I’m falling back on my old faithful, checking with my friends at Oldiesloon and doing a top ten from a survey that came out on this day in the past. This week, I’m looking at WCFL, “Super CFL” as they were called at the time, on this day in 1973. Across the river and down Wacker Drive, WLS also issued a survey on August 18. I’ll tell you what was in their top ten, so you can see the differences.

  • #10: Charlie Daniels, “Uneasy Rider” There are those who consider this a novelty song, but this was the first chart single for Charlie Daniels. WLS had this one at #8; their #10 was Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.”
  • #9: Electric Light Orchestra, “Roll Over Beethoven” You’ll actually hear the album track here, because ELO is great and this cover of Chuck Berry’s tune is one of their best. It was at #16 on WLS (moving up from #25 the week before); their #9 was Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On, which had shot up from #19 the week before.
  • #8: Carpenters, “Yesterday Once More” A song that exemplifies Karen and Richard’s sound in the early Seventies. This stood at #13 at WLS, down from #10 the week before.
  • #7: Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Get Down” Gil wrote a song to get his dog to sit still and not jump all over him. How successful it was in getting the dog to stop, I don’t know, but the song was one of his minor hits. It was #6 at The Big 89, and Chicago’s “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” was at #7.
  • #6: Wings, “Live And Let Die” Theme song from the film that was Roger Moore’s debut as 007. Roger was too old to play James Bond by this time, but it did all right at the box office and the reviews were okayish. The song was at #4 on the Silver Dollar Survey.
  • #5: Diana Ross, “Touch Me In The Morning” Title track from Diana’s 1973 album that was her second #1 nationwide as a solo artist and 14th overall. Was at #3 at WLS, while Seals & Crofts’s “Diamond Girl” occupied the #5 spot.
  • #4: Chicago, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” Last song on their sixth album and featured on their first TV special, Chicago In The Rockies.
  • #3: Seals & Crofts, “Diamond Girl” Title track from their 1973 album, and it was a slight excursion into jazz for these folk-rockers.
  • #2: Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After” The love theme from 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure, which had won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. Carol Lynley lip-synced it in the movie (Renee Armand did the actual singing), and Maureen McGovern covered it the following year. It was also the #2 song at WLS this week in 1973.
  • #1: Stories, “Brother Louie” This was #1 at both WLS and WCFL this week. It was done originally by the British R&B band Hot Chocolate earlier that year.

So there you have it, the top ten from the Big 10 Survey for this date in 1973. That’s the Friday 5×2 for August 18, 2017.