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.