Good friend and
original Dell rat
is back with a
new & different
type of song list,
The 15 Greatest
Let's check out
Jerre's super solo
1. "Human" – Tommy Hunt (October 1961)
2. "It’s A Heartache" – Bonnie Tyler (1977)
3. "You Don’t Bring Me Flowers"
– Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand
4. "Midnight Blue" – Melissa Manchester
5. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
– Kris Kristofferson (1970)
6. "MacAarther Park" – Richard Harris
7. "Heartbeat" – Buddy Holly (January '59)
8. "Angel Baby" – Rosie
(Rosie & the Originals, February 1961)
9. "Warm and Tender Love" – Percy Sledge
10. "Just The Way You Are" – Billy Joel
11. "Crying" – Roy Orbison (October 1961)
12. "You Are So Beautiful" – Joe Cocker
13. "If Not For You" – Olivia Newton John
14. "Lady Willpower" – Gary Puckett
(Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, July 1968)
15. "Both Sides Now" – Neil Diamond (1969)
Super song list, Jerre!
Several of these got me stoked.
"Human" is #1 on your list of the Shady Dell's Greatest Hits and Tommy Hunt's prayer within a song ranks in the top 30 on my list.
"Warm and Tender Love" reminds me of another great
southern style R&B song by Percy Sledge, his cautionary "Take Time to Know Her."
Until you flogged my memory I had forgotten how many fine recordings were made by raspy voiced, wildly gesticulating English blues rocker Joe Cocker. Along with your Pick to Click "You Are So Beautiful" Cocker had a string of hits extending back to the late 60s.
Joe Cocker was arguably the English king of covers. He covered the Beatles with a version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" which became the theme song of the
hit TV series The Wonder Years.
Who needs a Mini Cooper when you've got a Winnie Cooper, right Kev?
Joe Cocker cracked the top 30 with another Beatles cover
"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." Cocker waxed
a killer cover of Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright" and performed the song on Saturday Night Live with comic John Belushi by his side doing a spot on impression of the English icon.
Cocker released a worthy cover of the Box Tops' hit "The Letter" which went top 10 in the spring of 1970 and "Cry Me a River" which just missed the top 10 that fall. In June of 1971 Cocker just missed the top 20 with another great single "High Time We Went."
With their gimmicky garb (Union Army Civil War style uniforms), Gary Puckett & the Union Gap might have seemed at first glance like a knock off of Paul Revere & the Raiders, another Columbia Records band with Pacific Northwest origins.
The difference between the two groups becomes clear the moment you start listening to the Union Gap's melodic soft rock recordings that feature Gary Puckett's velvet vocals. It's interesting to note that "Young Girl" became the group's biggest hit and a million seller in the spring of 1968 in spite
of its controversial Lolita lyrics. Only a year earlier Mick Jagger had been forbidden to sing the words "let's spend the night together" on The Ed Sullivan Show because Ed and the nervous network censors worried that Jagger would lead innocent American youth into temptation and sin. Could it be that our society became that much more permissive following the Summer of Love?
My Pick to Click in this song set is "MacArthur Park" sung by Irish actor Richard Harris. What a unique and brilliant piece of work - drama laden, wistful, sad and melancholy with inspired oddball lyrics by Jimmy Webb that somehow work perfectly for Harris, a man who could barely sing. "MacArthur Park" is, IMHO, the greatest one-hit-wonder recording of all time!
Thanks again, Jerre Slaybaugh,
for sending in your latest list!
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 Jerre 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!