LISTENING PROJECT: THE HEART OF ROCK AND SOUL: DAVE MARSH’S 1001 GREATEST SINGLES EVER- #769- #760

#769 “A Love So Fine”- The Chiffons 1963 Laurie Billboard #40 The Chiffons were one of the early 1960’s girl groups that had a lot of chart success. They had a #1 in “He’s So Fine”- which years later George Harrison was sued for plagiarism in “My Sweet Lord”-another #1. This is a pretty good record. In the following ten songs- two would probably make my 1001 songs- the Elvis song and the Righteous Brothers.

#768-Devil Or Angel”- The Clovers 1956 Atlantic Did Not Make Pop Chart I had heard this song- it wasn’t a hit for The Clovers but it was for Bobby Vee. This version is superior. The Clovers only had two Hot 100 hits- the biggest being Love Potion #9 which made it to 23 in 1959. Good record.

#767-‘I’m Stone In Love With You”- The Stylistics 1972 Avco Billboard #10  The Stylistics put ten songs into the Top 40 from the early to mid 1970’s- they seemed to fade when Disco took over. Their biggest hit peaked at #2- “You Make Me Feel Brand New” The first time I heard this song I thought it was a woman singing but of course it wasn’t it was the falsetto singing of Russell Thompkins Jr. This may be my favorite song of theirs.

#766-Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”- Elvis Presley 1961 RCA Billboard #2 From the soundtrack of Blue Hawaii. It became one of Elvis’s signature songs and he would end many of his concerts singing this. I saw U2 close a concert with this song once. Elvis sang it better than Bono Vox. I’d have to put this in my 1001 Greatest Singles list. Elvis sure could sing.

#765- “Always Together”- The Dells 1968 Cadet Billboard #18 I don’t think I had ever heard this before. A gospel influenced song. Marsh really loves it- to me it sounds alright. The Dells would chart 8 hits into the Pop Top 40 but had much better success on the R&B charts placing 47 hits on that chart during their career.

#764-“Just Once In My Life”- The Righteous Brothers 1965 Philies Billboard #1. Produced by Phil Spector, written by Goffin, King and Cynathia Weill. I have The Righteous Brothers greatest hits- I enjoy listening to their stuff- “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin;” also produced by Spector would be in my Top 25. This song would have a place in my 1001.

#763-“Something About You”- The Four Tops 1965 Motown Billboard #19. This is a nice single but there are a lot of other Four Tops singles I prefer to this one. I’d heard it many times before- it just never grabbed me like some of their other songs did.. Written of course by- Holland-Dozier-Holland.

#762-“The Love I Lost”- Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes 1972 Philadelphia International Billboard #3 In the early 80’s I read somewhere about Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes- and went out and bought the greatest hits album- which this song was on- and enjoyed it. Teddy Pendergrass by that time had left for a solo career. This would be my favorite song on that greatest hits album.

#761- Rock The Bells”- LL Cool J 1985  Def Jam Did Not Make Pop Chart . From LL Cool J’s fine first album “Radio” I prefer “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”- to this one- and so does Dave Marsh , it appears later on his list but a song that disses Michael, Bruce, Madonna and Prince can’t be bad.

#760-” Big Boss Man”- Jimmy Reed 1961 Vee-Jay Billboard #78 This song as Dave Marsh writes does sound as if it came from an alternative universe. I hadn’t heard this one- I’d heard the Charlie Rich version. Great blues tune.

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