Music on Mondays (4-21-14)–For the birds

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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If you have followed me for any length of time, you probably know that I have a huge collection of digital music files ranging the gamut from classical to pop to heavy metal, symphonic metal, rock ‘n’ roll, novelty, country, blues, jazz….  I don’t have any hip hop or rap because too often their lyrics are just plain gross, crass, or otherwise not appropriate for my virgin ears. Readers who might be wondering what my favorite music or groups are can see a list here: My top rock/pop/metal groups of all time.

I’m strange in that I listen to my music in chronological order. By listening to an average of 15 “CDs” each day, it takes me about ten months to listen to all my music. I just finished 2014 last Friday, and I’ve already been through the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and half of the ’60s this past weekend.Zoey the Cool Cat and five mourning doves

I noticed as I was going through that early music that quite a bit of it has titles involving birds.

Birds….

Hmmmm.

Zoey the Cool Cat and I like birds, so I thought birds would be a good topic for today’s Music on Mondays post.

1948
“A Little Bird Told Me”
Evelyn Knight & The Stardusters

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1959
“Poisoning Pigeons In The Park”
Tom Lehrer

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1960
“Wings Of A Dove”
Ferlin Husky

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1962
“Let’s Turkey Trot”
Jan & Dean

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1963
“Surfin’ Bird”
The Trashmen

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1964
“Feed The Birds”
Julie Andrews

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1964
“Sparrow”
Simon & Garfunkel

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1964
“Little Red Rooster”
The Rolling Stones

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That takes us through 1964. Since this was so much fun, I think I’ll do it again somewhere down the line. Off the top of my head this morning I can think of “Blackbird” by The Beatles (1968), “Silverbird” by Mark Lindsay (1970), “Hummingbird” by Seals & Crofts (1972), “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974), “Bird Noises” by Midnight Oil (1980), “Free As A Bird” by Supertramp (1987), and “Free As A Bird” by John Lennon/The Beatles (1977/1995).

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11 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (4-21-14)–For the birds

  1. Karen B

    I LOVE that song, “A little bird told me”. I live in England so have never heard it before. In previous posts of yours I really enjoyed listening to the Beatles tracks again. I recall hearing that music as a child and thinking that I had never hear anything like their music before. The Beatles changed the direction of musical history- amazing!
    Thank you so much for following my blog and I am so sorry it has taken so long for me to visit you. Life gets hectic when you are a gardener at this time of year!- Karen.

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      1. Karen B

        Thank you, if only we all had more time. There is so much on your blog that I can connect with, yet only so many hpurs in the day. It always feels so disrepectful not to be able to do more…..Karen.

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  2. Gerard Villanueva

    I listened to “Surfin’ Bird” about 5 or 6 times in a row when you posted it, I couldn’t stop laughing or smiling. Great song, a true rocker of a novelty. Blows the gimmicky “Disco Duck” out of the water. (Puns really not intentional).

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