David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards, Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin
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Monday morning, a song for misfits.
At the time, 1975, the song was a highly unlikely candidate for a pop hit. It may have been the first pop song for young women of high school age that wasn’t for the cheerleaders. It might be hard to recall now, in the age of Glee, but songs examining the inner lives of high school students who saw themselves as social outcasts were not, at the time, the common fare. Millions of young women saw themselves in the lyrics of the song, and suddenly the singer/songwriter, Janis Ian, who at age 14 had had a qualified (and often censored) hit with her song of interracial love, “Society’s Child,” was overnight an international star.
The clip above seems so raw, true, and natural that you might think it was just an amateur effort turned lucky. But Ian by that time had already had seven albums of music released and was an accomplished songwriter. It was the one time, though, she said, that she had penned a song and told her manager that she had just written a hit.
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Phil Ochs in 1966, 54 years ahead of his time.
A few notes on the jokes in his intro:
Senator Carl Hayden was the oldest senator in the Senate at the time at 89 years old at the time of the recording; and George Murphy was a former song and dance man who had been elected Senator from California in 1965, predating Ronald Reagan who became California governor a year later.
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Tony Yazbeck singing, and dancing on location, the Comden-Green-Bernstein standard from On The Town.
Aside from Yazbeck’s winning performance, if you’re a New Yorker, you’ll have fun identifying the locations.
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By 1961, Dion had ditched the Belmonts, for the somewhat longer-in-the-tooth Del-Satins. Fans may remember that it was in Dion’s number one hit song for that year that Mr. DiMucci delivered to us the explosive, shocking, world-shaking news headline that Runaround Sue, “Goes out with other guys!”
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Monday morning, you look out the window at the empty streets and think of times when the Night Fever meant something else…
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Tracy Chapman was an unlikely singer/songwriter to chart in the top 10 in 1988, but there was something so pure, authentic, and truthful in her singing that this song resonated with many and, improbably, became a hit.
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Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren sing the Everly Brothers classic. With Toni nailing the electric guitar parts and the harmonies, this is one I listen to several times in a row.
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“Pencils come from Pennsylvania…”
Blossom Dearie states some State facts that won’t get you on Jeopardy. From the song, “Rhode Island Is Famous For You.”
The clever lyrics are by Howard Dietz who also wrote “That’s Entertainment.”
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Monday morning, Dionne Warwick contemplates chucking it all and heading home.
It’s hard to choose from all the great Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Dionne Warwick collaborations, but I always appreciated Hal David’s storyline in this one—I can’t think of any other pop song with a similar theme.
When Steve Stills sung this paean to his about-to-be-ex, Judy Collins, it was one of the most audacious and brilliant love songs from a 60s folk rock band. This cover, by Josh Turner on six string guitar, Tanner Walter on 12 string guitar and Myles Pinder on the high parts, is frighteningly good.
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Monday morning, as winter starts to creep up, “St. Thomas” with Sonny Rollins as the place to be is okay with me .
Tenor Sax : Sonny Rollins
Piano : Kenny Drew
Bass : Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Drums : Albert “Tootie” Heath
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