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Music on Mondays (11-20-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1969

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 22 songs from 1969 on it, 4 by The Beatles, all from Abbey Road. Original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube so I cannot provide any links to such videos. I leave it to you to search out Beatles videos or simply put on your own music and start singing! Here are the 4 from 1969:

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  4. Here Comes The Sun

Following are the other 18 songs from 1969 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Johnny Cash’s only Top 10 hit

And When I Die by Blood, Sweat & Tears
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band
#30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cotton Fields by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A non-charting single released in 1982

Day Is Done by Peter, Paul & Mary
#21 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Dear Diary by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Honky Tonky Women by The Rolling Stones
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Kept Johnny Cash from having a #1 hit

I Can Hear Music by The Beach Boys
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
One of my favorite songs by The Beach Boys

In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager & Evans
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song from 1969

Laughing by The Guess Who
#10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Lazy Day by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Mama Cass Elliot
#36 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Marrakesh Express by Crosby Stills & Nash
#28 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Pinball Wizard by The Who
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Other than chess and 42, I have never been much of a games person.
I did, however, play a lot of pinball at the Dixie Chicken during my college days at Texas A&M University, 1973-1977.

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
And they weren’t even a real group!

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song by Neil Diamond

These Eyes by The Guess Who
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Their first Top 10 hit in the United States.

Undun by The Guess Who
#22 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

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Music on Mondays — Only love can make it rain

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On this date in 1979, eleven fans of The Who were killed prior to the concert at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum. Riverfront still had general admission festival seating, a practice that had been banned in most other cities. I’m a big fan of The Who, ranking them just behind The Beatles as my favorite rock groups.

When I went to see Paul McCartney & Wings at The Summit in Houston in 1976 (the Wings Over America tour), general admission festival seating was in use. I was a junior at Texas A&M University at the time, so I took the bus from College Station to Houston on the Thursday before the Saturday night concert. I camped out in front of The Summit from Thursday night through Saturday night; my aunt from Tomball, Texas, stopped by to bring me food.

As the concert time neared, the crowd got larger and larger, and those of us in front were smashed up against the doors and windows. I swore then that I was never going to go to another concert, or I’d be rich enough to have reserved seats. When the fans at The Who concert were killed, I thought to myself that the same thing could easily have happened at The Summit.

For today’s Music on Mondays, here are my three favorite songs by The Who: “Love, Reign O’er Me” from the album Quadrophenia, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from the album Who’s Next? and “Pinball Wizard” from the album Tommy.

LIKE if love has reigned o’er you, you have been fooled, or you’ve played pinball!

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