On Saturday we celebrated
the birthday of John Ettline,
the King of all Dell Rats.
Today, let's all say
happy birthday to a
blogger's best friend,
Tales From a Loser sent in
her list of favorite songs
from the years 1966 and 1967, the time period during which Belle was residing in Southern California. Her list was instructive because it paralleled the two years that I spent as a regular at the Shady Dell. It revealed the difference between the type of music to which Belle was exposed on the west coast and the type that I came to know and love at the Dell in Central Pennsylvania. While my buddies and I were steeped in soul and R&B at the Dell, Belle and her friends were influenced to a greater extent by pop, rock, folk-rock, psychedelic and British invasion sounds.
Now Belle's back with another hit list...the
10 Greatest Songs of All Time!
Belle's is an exciting, eclectic lineup that
spans 6 decades! Let's find out which songs
Belle considers to be the All Time Greatest!
1."Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - Platters
2."Hallelujah" - k.d. lang (Original studio recording
made in August 2004. This is k.d. lang's live performance of
Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the Canadian Songwriters Hall
of Fame induction of Leonard Cohen in 2006.)
3."What A Wonderful World"
- Louis Armstrong (July 1968)
4.Ruby - Ray Charles (January 1961)
5."All the Way" - Frank Sinatra
6."My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from
Titanic)" - Celine Dion (November 1997)
7. "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys
8."Your Song" - Elton John (December 1970)
9."Oh, Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison
10. "Let It Be" - The Beatles (May 1970)
Belle, this is a sensational list of songs...one that includes some of the most romantic love ballads of the 20th century. If you don't mind I would like to
offer a few follow-up comments.
Know how every time you hear the Righteous Brothers sing "Unchained Melody" you automatically think of Demi Moore kneading a blob of clay with husband Patrick Swayze in the hit movie Ghost?
Strange as it seems, every time I listen to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" I immediately get a chill down my spine. The tender ballad by the Platters is irrevocably linked in my mind to the campy 1986 sci-fi/horror flick Night of the Creeps. The song is used at the beginning of the movie (3 minutes into this clip) to set the stage on sorority row in 1959.
Detective Cameron (Tom Atkins):
I got good news and bad news, girls.
The good news is...
your dates are here.
What's the bad news?
Detective Cameron: They're dead.
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong was recorded in the summer of 1967 and released as a single in the summer of 1968. The record went nowhere, finishing at #116 on the Bubbling Under chart.
Twenty years later in 1988 the song gained popularity and climbed the chart to #32 after it was featured in the hit Robin Williams movie Good Morning, Vietnam.
My parents owned Frank Sinatra's Capitol 45 that had "Chicago" backed with "All the Way." "All the Way" became my heavy favorite and I played it to death on my tiny tinny turntable.
Thank you, Belle, for delighting us with this outstanding song survey and once again
happy birthday to my
favorite Belle rat!
If you have a Top Tunes list I'd love to see it. It would be fascinating to discover which songs meant the most to you in your youth or which ones resonate now in the present. Why not do what Belle and others have done? Make a list, submit it in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.
It can be a list of your favorite songs, the most exciting songs, best songs from a particular time period similar to
my mid 60's Dell survey...anything you like!
Have a Shady day!