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My Favorite Golden Oldies-- Part One

  • Sep 22, 2010
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I'm really not much of a music fan so I have no idea what prompted my to undertake making a list of my favortie favorite records in the first place. And as usual the list got out of hand and turned into 6 lists. Since I have no concept of dates ( I originally tried to organize the lists by the decade in which the record was released) that turned into a big mess too as I moved them from one list to anther. What a pain. But still it was kind of fun in a completely masochistic way to compile this list and remember songs like "Iko Iko", a title that frequently eludes me.
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La Bamba
It's impossible to hear this song and not sing it for the rest of the day.
4
Bye Bye Love
Another way I tried to arrange this list was by artist. All the Every Brothers song should be in one place--it was hard to limit myself to just 2 or 3 songs in many cases.
9
Iko Iko
Here's that troublesome title I can never think of. The song has it's roots in Mardi gras.
10
Blue Suede Shoes
I prefer the Carl Perkins version to Elvis.
11
Great Balls of Fire
The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis, gets 3 songs on my list.
16
It's Only Make Believe
Oh yes. You caught me. There's a Conway Twitty song on my list. In the early days country singers and rockabilly WERE rockers.
17
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
I love Jimmie Rodgers--I'd take his voice in a New york minute.
20
Singing the Blues
I could put a number of Guy Mitchell songs on the list but if I did that then I'd have to do the same thing for everybody else.
21
I Put a Spell On You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins! Creedence Clearwater Revival does a nice cover version of this song too.
22
Hound Dog
Elvis never sounds whiter than when you hear Big Mama thorton sing this song the way it's supposed to be done. Uh huh! That's right!
29
Summertime Blues
Another rocker with a tragic story. Eddie Cochran died young and never had a chance to follow this up.
32
Chances Are
And you can't have any kind of oldies list with including johnny Mathis who sang the greatest make-out songs of all time. I'd take his voice too.
35
Neil Sedaka re-recorded this song in the 70s as a slow torch song and it sounds great that way too.

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October 14, 2010
Love this list! I also really like the Nina Simone version of I Got A Spell On You. Fun memory of the day: I sang Breaking Up Is Hard To Do with 2 girlfriends when I auditioned for my first play in junior high. And now, I have Iko Iko stuck in my head, thanks ;p
October 16, 2010
That's the way it is with some songs--once they're in there they just don't go away!
 
September 23, 2010
Some good stuff here... but where's Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday?
 
September 23, 2010
nice one. I knew you had something very different in mind when I saw you adding those topics, Karen...I feel another one coming too =)
September 23, 2010
Five of 'em to be exact.
 
September 22, 2010
Quite a list you have assembled here featuring tunes from a variety of genres.  I especially love "I Fought The Law" and "Going Out Of My Head".  As you probably know Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car just months after this tune was released.  It has never been determined for sure whether it was murder or suicide.  On the other hand Little Anthony and the Imperials were still performing last time I checked.  LIttle Anthony can still bring it all these years later and I would love to see him perform.
September 23, 2010
I was sad to hear about Bobby Fuller at the time. I really liked that song and used to sing it in the car all the time--and I'd pay to see Little Anthony any day of the week!
 
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