Dell Rat Jerre's back
with another memory
flogging play list.
Jerre urges us all to
doo-wop till we drop,
but when we're in the
mood for something
different he suggests
that we give these
records a spin. Let's
find out which ones
Jerre considers to be
1. "Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad"
– Meat Loaf (1977)
2. "The Voice" – Moody Blues (1981)
3. "Imagine" – John Lennon (Nov. 1971)
4. "First of May" – Bee Gees (April 1969)
5. "My Girl" - Temptations (Feb. 1965)
6. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
– Simon & Garfunkel (March 1970)
7. "Cowboy" – Three Dog Night (May 1970)
8. "Everything I Own" – Bread (1972)
9. "Saturday In The Park" - Chicago
10. "Blessed Is The Rain" – Brooklyn Bridge
11. "My Best Friend" – Jefferson Airplane
12. "I’d Lie For You and That’s The Truth"
– Meat Loaf (December 1995)
13. "Unchained Melody" – Righteous Bros.
14. "You’re My Best Friend" – Queen
15. "I Know You're Out There Somewhere"
– Moody Blues (1988)
You served up a couple more heaping helpings of Meat Loaf. The All Music Guide sums it up by asserting that Meat Loaf always sang "like his life depended on it."
I was delighted to see "First of May" on your list. 9 out of
10 people who ever even heard of the Bee Gees probably remember them best for their late 70s Saturday Night Fever disco hits. I much prefer their 60s output which includes "New York Mining Disaster 1941," "I Can't See Nobody,"
"To Love Somebody,""Holiday," "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You," "Words," "(The Lights Went Out in) Massachusetts," "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and
"I Started a Joke" along with your Pick to Click "First of May." Unlike other English acts, the Brothers Gibb didn't exactly take America by storm during the 1960s. The Bee Gees didn't have any number one hits on the domestic chart, none in the top 5 and only two in the top 10. Yet, they produced some of the finest soft rock recordings of the decade.
I'm going play six degrees and connect Chicago with former Abba member Agnetha Faltskog. Vocalist Peter Cetera, an original member of Chicago before he began a solo career, produced I Stand Alone, one of three outstanding English language albums recorded by the Swedish songbird during the 1980s. I own all three of those albums on CD and highly recommend them. I guarantee that it's the best music you're not listening to! If you ever tire of Abba I predict that you'll still be enjoying the fresh, exciting sound of Aggie Faltskog.
We heard from Johnny Maestro in one of your previous lists. In Music Mike's clip featured here today we found a good example of the dreaded split play phenomenon. "Blessed is the Rain" and "Welcome Me Love" were two top 10 hits just waiting to happen; but released back-to-back on the same 45, both songs failed to reach the top 40. Johnny Maestro and his Brooklyn Bridge were too good for their own good!
Your list taught me something new about The Jefferson Airplane. I had always assumed that "Somebody to Love"
was the first single released from Surrealistic Pillow. Thanks to you I now know that "My Best Friend" came first, released two months earlier backed with "How Do You Feel," another track from the album. "My Best Friend" struggled on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart for 5 weeks and disappeared after reaching #103.