#935- “Stay With Me”- Lorraine Ellison- 1966- Warner Bros.  Billboard #64.  Another song I had never heard. Not bad but overemotional singing and a little over doing it on the orchestra background. I wouldn’t even consider it for my 1001.

#934- “Precious Words”- The Wallace Brothers- 1964- Sims  Did Not Make Pop Chart- gospel -country sounding obscure single. I’d never heard it before. Pretty good listen. I wouldn’t put it on my 1001.

#933-“Beg Me”- Chuck Jackson -1964- Wand  Billboard #45. On a streak here of songs that weren’t hits that I have never heard. I have heard of Chuck Jackson though. As Marsh point out this song makes The Eagles “Take It Easy”-seem like an outpost of feminism. A good song- not under consideration for my 1001.

#932- “Dead Skunk”- Loudon Wainwright III  1973- Columbia- Billboard #16. Marsh writes about how awful so much of the early 70’s music was and how he found this novelty in that time of darkness refreshing to hear. It would make a list of the greatest novelty songs ever. Fun. One of those songs you don’t hear that often but when you do you can’t help but smile but not a 1001 Greatest Singles/Song possibility.

#931- “That’s What Love Is Made Of’- The Miracles 1964: Tamla : Billboard #3.  An early Smokey Robinson and The Miracles hit. Robinson wasn’t only one of the great Motown singers and performers but one of their greatest songwriters. Dylan once said that Robinson was “America’s greatest living poet”, Beatle George Harrison would write a song called “Pure Smokey.’ I am a big fan and this is a fine song but not one of my favorite Smokey/Miracles songs. At least a half dozen of his songs would make my list- I don’t think this would.

#930-  “Ghost Town”- The Specials 1981-  Chrysalis  Did Not Make Pop Chart. A great ska song, this got little airplay in the US but was #1 in the United Kingdom. A political song that addresses urban decay, unemployment and violence in the inner cities- at a time when these things were happening in England. A great song. I have heard it a number of times- have the album. It would probably be in my 1001 greatest songs list.

#929-“Don’t Make Me Over”- Dionne Warwick 1962- Scepter  Billboard #21. Warwick was the greatest artist who worked with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This is not their best work together but pretty close. Under consideration for my 1001 songs- a couple Warwick -working with Bacharach/David sounds must make it.

#928-“One Has My Name”- Jerry Lee Lewis -1969- Smash- Did Not Make Pop Chart-The last man standing. Probably too mean to die.  This was a country hit for “The Killer” after he turned country after all the hoopla over his marrying his 12 year old cousin. Great country song but I wouldn’t have it on my list. There are some Lewis songs that would make my list- and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” would have to be a candidate for the greatest rock and roll single ever. The Killer is one guy I wouldn’t want to mess with even in his advanced age and poor health. Never mess with a crazy person!

#927. “Mama Used To Say’- Junior- 1982- Mercury- Billboard #30. A very appealing single from the early 80’s. I remember it well. As much as I like it I wouldn’t put in my 1001 Greatest Singles though. I thought it was a bigger hit- and it was Junior’s only hit.

#926-“Life’s Been Good”- Joe Walsh- 1978- Asylum-  Billboard #12. When this song came out- on Joe’s “But Seriously Folks..” album I went out and got the album as soon as I heard this song on the radio. It didn’t matter that a few hours later I would be leaving with the my family to go to the beach for ten days. I had to have it. I came home and copied it onto a cassette tape so I could take it with me to listen to {Remember this was 1978 and there were no cassettes or cd’s -it was albums} I love this song- have never gotten tired of it. I am not a fan of The Eagles- Ringo’s brother in law is the only one I can stomach- the only one with a sense of humor.  This would be much higher on my list than it was on Dave Marsh’s.


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