Monday’s Music Moves Me, Valentines’ Day Edition

First, Cathy will appreciate this…

That’s from a site called Dean Morris Cards, and it might be the only card from the site that I would dare to post.

Here’s a medley of songs that I find romantic, anyway.

  1. The Beatles, “Till There Was You” Possibly my favorite Beatles song sung by Paul McCartney, with a magnificent guitar solo served up by George Harrison. It’s from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, of course, and the first inkling any of our parents had that maybe these long-haired rowdies from Liverpool were pretty good.
  2. Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind” John Hartford says he was inspired to write this after seeing the movie Dr. Zhivago. It won four Grammys in 1968, two by Hartford and two by Glen Campbell, whose cover you hear here. It’s the title track from Glen’s 1967 album.
  3. Anne Murray, “A Love Song” A song written by Kenny Loggins and Dona Lyn George. Anne had such luck with Loggins’s “Danny’s Song” that she covered this one to follow up. She took it to #1 on all the Canadian charts and on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, #5 on the Country chart, and #12 on the Hot 100.
  4. Loggins & Messina, “Danny’s Song” Speaking of L&M and “Danny’s Song,” here’s Kenny Loggins doing his own song. A song of great personal meaning. I used to sing it to Mary when we were courtin’.
  5. Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You” Dolly wrote this one for Porter Wagoner when she was ready to go solo. Whitney Houston had the big hit with it, but there’s something special about Dolly’s original.
  6. Ruby & The Romantics, “Our Day Will Come” I’ve always liked the organ in this one, and Ruby’s voice is fantastic. This went to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1963.
  7. John Lennon, “Woman” Personal feelings about John Lennon aside, this is a beautiful song. He said it was a grown-up version of “Girl,” from the 1965 Rubber Soul album. It was the first song released after he was murdered, and it went to #1 in the UK, #2 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the Cash Box survey.
  8. Carpenters, “We’ve Only Just Begun” If you got married in the Seventies, there’s a better-than-average chance this was played for your first dance. I know it was for us.
  9. Jackie DeShannon, “What The World Needs Now Is Love” A Bacharach-David song that was originally offered to Dionne Warwick, who turned it down. Bacharach didn’t want to play this for Jackie DeShannon, but she heard it and loved it. It rose to #7 in the US and #1 in Canada. It’s a timely message for this day and age, too.
  10. Roger Whitaker, “The Last Farewell” I don’t care what you think, I think this is a romantic song. Roger Whitaker ran a radio show in England where he invited listeners to send him poems. He would then choose one and set it to music. A silversmith from Birmingham, Ron A. Webster, sent him the poem, and Roger set it to music and recorded it. While it has never done that well on the surveys, it’s sold over 40 million copies and been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley. Those of us who grew up in the Chicago area can’t hear the opening flourish without hearing Bob Bell say “WGN-TV, Channel 9, Chicago,” as the station used it for their station ID’s in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 12, 2018, formerly known as Lincoln’s Birthday.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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