Jeff Weigl Beats Working Friday @ 4pm
Lady Madonna by The Beatles
Paul McCartney said of this song was me sitting down at the piano trying to write a bluesy boogie-woogie thing.
I got my left hand doing an ascending boogie-woogie, then a descending right hand.
I always liked the juxtaposition of a line going down meeting a line going up.
It reminded me of Fats Domino for some reason, so I started singing a Fats Domino impression.
Here Comes My Baby by The Tremeloes
The song was written in London in 1966 by Cat Stevens.
It was almost released as Cat's first single, but "I Love My Dog" was thought to be stronger.
After "I Love My Dog's" success, "Here Comes My Baby" was shelved for several months.
The Tremeloes picked it up and it became their breakthrough hit in America.
The song's success helped establish Cat Stevens as a songwriter and he included it on his first album Matthew and Son.
Bus Stop by The Hollies
The song was written by Graham Gouldman, who went on to form the band 10cc.
He was 19 when he wrote Bus Stop, but he had already written three songs for the Yardbirds, For Your Love, Heart Full of Soul and Evil Hearted You.
When Goldman played the song for the Hollies, they knew they had a winner.
Graham Nash said they recorded the song in just an hour and 15 minutes.
I played 4 songs that have a theme running through them in the Canoe Connection.
This week the four songs were:
Respect by Aretha Franklin
Lola by The Kinks
Method of Modern Love by Daryl Hall & John Oates
M-O-N-E-Y by Lyle Lovett
The connection was that each of the song titles are spelled out by the singer.
This week’s Double Take was the song On The Road Again.
I played a version by Canned Heat and Willie Nelson.
Fans of Beats Workin’ voted for Willie Nelson over Canned Heat.
When The Marvelettes auditioned for Motown, the label didn't have their full songwriting machinery in place, so they asked the girls to bring in material. William Garrett, a songwriter friend of group member Georgia Dobbins, offered the song Please Mr. Postman to The Marvelettes. He wrote it as a blues song, but Dobbins completely rewrote it and taught it to lead singer Gladys Horton. Motown producers Robert Bateman and Brian Holland also worked on the song with The Marvelettes and crafted it into a hit.
Marvin Gaye played drums on this song. He was 22 at the time and trying to break into the business.