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 (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: Your “Jump” Songs

So, last week, at Pat’s suggestion, we did five songs with “jump” in the title and I asked for any more that you could come up with. You managed to come up with six of them, including two by Dan. Here they are…

The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” One of the two Dan suggested, and I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself. It came out in 1968 and rose to #5 in Canada, #3 on the Billboard chart and #1 on the Cash Box chart. For the year, it was #36 in Canada, #50 on Billboard, and #26 on Cash Box.

David Bowie, “Jump They Say” The other Dan suggestion. It was on Bowie’s 1993 album Black Tie White Noise album, and talks about his half-brother’s suicide. Kind of dreary, but it reached #26 in Canada and #9 in the UK, as well as #6 on the Dance/Club Play chart in the US.

Al Cooper, “Jumpin’ At The Savoy” Arlee came up with this one, and thought he might have it confused with Count Basie’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” I checked just to be sure, because I always get this one confused with “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”

Kriss Kross, “Jump” Pat suggested this, because it was “all over the radio” when it was released. It was their biggest hit, released in 1992 and reaching #1 in the US, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland, and was certified double platinum in the US and platinum in Australia. They were from Atlanta, so they were big news here. Chris Kelly, half of the duo, was found dead in his home on May 1, 2013.

The Pointer Sisters, “Jump (For My Love)” Joey came up with this and thought of another by Rihanna, but didn’t like that one. This was a #1 single for them in 1984.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, “Jump Jive An’ Wail” Jeanne came up with this goodie from guitarist extraordinaire Brian Setzer and his big band.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! That’s The Friday Five for March 10, 2017.

The Friday Five: More “Pain” songs

Last week I was complaining of terrible pain in my knee, which just managed to get worse no matter what I did. This morning (it’s Wednesday as I write this), I did something drastic: I put on a new pair of shoes. And presto!, the pain was gone. There’s some residual pain, as well as the pain that occurs naturally when you’re close to 61 and very overweight, but the really bad stuff is gone. I had bought the new pair in 2015, not long after I had bought the previous pair, meaning I had worn the old shoes daily for over a year, and they were no longer giving any support. So, off to Hitchcock Shoes to get another pair (or two) of 10-1/2 6E’s to wear when this pair goes. I’ve been buying my shoes there for years, because I’ve got big ol’ feet, and they sell New Balance and Dunham shoes, which fit really well and give me the support that the old ones stopped giving.

Anyway, I asked if you could think of any more songs with “pain” in the title. I managed to stump several of you, including Arlee, which is a TV first, as Mom used to say, and probably puts me in line for an award or something. Pat said all he could think of was the band House of Pain, who did the song “Jump Around,” and suggested doing “jump” next, so I will, and hold onto his suggestion fo another week.

We managed to come up with six songs between us that had “pain” in the title, and here they are:

Suicide is Painless (theme from M*A*S*H) – Johnny Mandel Thought of this one myself. Note: Suicide is NOT painless for the people left behind. From the movie and TV show.

Pain In My Heart – Otis Redding Dan said, “I thought The Rolling Stones had a pain song.” He went on to say that he found a cover of an Otis Redding song they had done of this one. This was the title track of his 1963 album, and as a single it rose to #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) – The Rolling Stones After finding the last song based on what Dan told me, I found this other song, from The Stones’ 1983 album Undercover of the Night.

Love This Pain – Lady Antebellum Janet suggested this one. This is from their second studio album, 2010’s Need You Now. It wasn’t released as a single.

Painkiller – Judas Priest Jeanne Owens suggested this one, the title track from their 1990 album. It was released as a single, but no idea if it charted.

Feel No Pain – Sade Over on Twitter, user RelaxingSoundscape (who has a musical app that currently just runs on Android) saw that Alice Cooper’s “Pain” was removed (I’ll replace it soon) and suggesteed this instead, from Sade’s 1992 album Love Deluxe. It peaked at #59 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 1993.

And that’s your Friday Five for February 24, 2017.