LISTENING PROJECT: THE HEART OF ROCK & SOUL: DAVE MARSH’S 1001 GREATEST SINGLES EVER MADE #985 to #976

 

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Today I listened to #985 to #976 from Dave Marsh’s The Heart of Rock & Soul- The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made book.

  • #985- “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” -William Bell 1969- Stax Billboard #45. Memphis native William Bell is one of those unsung heroes of Rock and Soul. He was a co- author on a number of well known songs- the most famous being “Born Under A Bad Sign” made famous by both Cream and Albert King. Booker T. Jones produced and co-wrote this song with Bell. I had never heard it before- good tune. Would it make my 1001? Probably not.
  • #984-“Lady Marmalade”- Labelle Epic 1975 Billboard #1. Lady Marmalade hit #1 for Labelle and years later for Christina Agularia. A well played song on pop radio since it came out. Wouldn’t make my 1001 but if it comes on the radio I wouldn’t change the channel.
  • #983- “Bring It Up”- James Brown- King 1967 Billboard #29. James Brown was one of the most successful solo artists of the 1960’s- The Hardest Working Man in show business. A lot seems to be happening in the less than 3 minutes of this song. A good James Brown single. I had heard it before. Doesn’t make my 1001.
  • #982- “Every 1’s A Winner”- Hot Chocolate Infinity 1978 Billboard #6. Hot Chocolate was much much bigger in their native United Kingdom than they were in the U.S. In the U.S they are known for two songs- “You Sexy Thing” and “Every 1’s A Winner”- frontman Errol Brown wrote “Brother Louie” which was a #1 hit by Stories in the US. Brown was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth. This was one of the better hit singles in 1978- much better than a lot of the disco that was ruling the American airwaves at the time. Probably not in my 1001 though.
  • #881. “Feel A Whole Lot Better” -The Byrds 1965 Columbia- Did Not Make Pop Charts. I was surprised to see this didn’t make the charts- it was a B-side to the run of the mill ¬†version of “All I Really Want To Do” a-side. One of my favorite Byrd’s song- it would be on my 1001 Top Singles list.
  • 880-” I Don’t Love You Anymore”- Teddy Pendergrass 1977 Philadelphia International Billboard #41. From the first album after Pendergrass left Hank Melvin and The Blue Notes. He doesn’t sound like he is all that unhappy about not loving you anymore. I’d never heard this song before today. Nice song not on my 1001.
  • #979- “Misty Blue” -Dorothy Moore 1976 Malaco Billboard #3. This song has an interesting story-it was written in the late 1960’s by Bob Montgomery for country superstar Eddy Arnold. Who was Bob Montgomery? He was Buddy Holly’s high school singing partner. Moore had the better version and it is hard to believe this was originally a country song. I’d heard it on the radio back in the day but not recently. Does it make my 1001? No.
  • #978-“Come Softly To Me”- The Fleetwoods 1959 Dolphin Billboard #1. A song sung a cappella. Easy listening, pleasant song. I’ve heard it a number of times. Not in my 1001.
  • #977-“Seven Day Weekend”- Gary “U.S’ Bonds-LeGrand 1962 Billboard #27. Bonds had a handful of hits in the early 1960’s-this was one of them. A couple decades later Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven resurrected his career with a big comeback album. This song was written by the legendary songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman a couple fellows who knew about seven day weekends. I had heard this song before, not in my 1001 but I like it.
  • #976. “Mind Over Matter” – Nolan Strong and the Diablos 1958 Did Not Make Pop Chart. Nolan Strong and The Diablos were from Detroit. This was only a regional hit. Marsh compares the guitar playing to Keith Richards guitar style in the December’s Children era- and I can’t argue with that. Interesting song, I like it- had never heard it before today. Will listen to it again. Probably not in my 1001 though.
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