LISTENING PROJECT: THE HEART OF ROCK AND SOUL: DAVE MARSH’S 1001 GREATEST SINGLES EVER MADE #819 TO #810

 

#819- “Jamie” Eddie Holland  1962 Motown Billboard #30. Eddie Holland is better known as part of the great Motown songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Eddie was the lyricist. Eddie was a recording artist early on in Motown before he went to accounting school and came to realize that songwriting was where it was at- as far as outlasting the performers and getting the royalty checks. This is a nice record but I wouldn’t put it in my 1001. I had heard it a few times before. Nice hearing a Motown song that hasn’t been played to death.

#818- “Leavin’ Here”-Eddie Holland- 1964- Motown Billboard #76. This record failed to make the chart but it should have been a big hit I think. It was later covered by Motorhead,  The Who, Pearl Jam, recently by the Irish group The Strypes and by others. Again I enjoyed hearing a Motown song that hasn’t been beaten to death. I’d consider this song for my 1001 greatest list.

#817-“Good Thing”- Paul Revere And The Raiders 1966 Columbia Billboard #4. Decent song, as Marsh states it is the closest this group came to making a soul record. I had heard it before but it wouldn’t make my 1001 list. Produced by Terry Melcher- Doris Day’s boy.

#816.”Welcome To The Boomtown”- David and David. 1986  A&M Billboard #37. I heard this song and went out and bought the album I liked this song so much. David and David only made one album and it was a good one. I read in 2016 that they were working on another – I’ve yet to see it. David Ricketts would go on to write a couple songs with Sheryl Crow for her debut album. This is a gritty song- that tells the truth about Los Angeles- none of this Beach Boy “Fun Fun Fun” stuff. It would be on my 1001 greatest singles list. Too bad David and  David broke up.

#815-“Can’t Give Her Up-“- Skipworth and Turner 1986 Warner Bros. Did Not Make Pop Chart. A dance record. When I was playing this {I had never heard it before} Mrs. Postcard yelled from the other room “What is this crap? Yeah I have to agree I don’t care for it either.

#814- “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”- McFadden and Whitehead. 1979, Philadelphia International- Billboard #13. Even back in 1979 when this came out- and I had my stance against hating disco- I had to admit I loved this record. Whenever I hear it it reminds me of my 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates official song was “We Are Family” but I also associated this song with the Pirates- there was no doubt in my mind that season was going to end in a World Series Championship- and it did- and they haven’t been back to a World Series since. This song was written as an anthem- not with my Pirates but an anthem of black pride. Great song and it is on my 1001 list when I make that  list.

#813-“It’s All In The Game”- Van Morrison 1979 Mercury Did Not Make Chart. From Van The Man’s fantastic “Into The Music” album- my second favorite Van album behind “Astral Weeks.” The music to this song was written in 1912 by Charles Dawes who would later become Vice President for Calvin Coolidge. Words were added in the early 1950’s and this song has had many covers since. Cliff Richard and The Four Tops had hits with it. Van Morrison does his usual great job with it. A number of Van songs would make my 1001 and as much as I like his version it would probably fall short in making my list.

#812- “Church Of The Poison Mind”- Culture Club 1983- Epic/Virgin Billboard #10. The Culture Club had a string of hits in the early 80’s- Their first six singles make the top ten, Karma Chameleon hit #1. This would be one of my favorite Culture Club songs [my favorite would be “Time”}  this record sounds like an old 70’s soul song. Also love those horns. I don’t know if it would make my 1001 or any Culture Club record would but I did enjoy all those hits, every one of them.

#811-“Nobody Know’s What’s Goin’ On [In My Mind But Me]- The Chiffons- 1965- Laurie Billboard #49. I don’t think I’d ever heard this before because if I had heard it only once I am sure I would have remembered it. The title is repeated over and over and over. I kind of like the song- but I wouldn’t put it on my 1001.

#810. “Donna The Prima Donna”- Dion 1963 Columbia Billboard #6. I am not a Dion expert but Marsh says that when Dion went from Laurie Records to Columbia his career went into a tailspin- on Columbia they had him repeating the same sounds as before. This was an exception though. Any song that rhymes “five and ten cent store” with Zsa Zsa Gabor- can’t be all that bad. A likeable song, I’d heard it before- but not close to making my 1001.

 

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