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Doris Day - Secret Love
Doris Day - Secret Love


Doris Day - Secret Love Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 1953

Secret Love Lyrics


Once I had a Secret Love
That lived within the heart of me
All too soon my secret love
Became impatient to be free

So I told a friendly star
The way that dreamers often do
Just how wonderful you are
And why I'm so in love with you

Now I shout it from the highest hills
Even told the golden daffodils
At last my heart's an open door
And my secret love's no secret anymore

Now I shout it from the highest hills
Even told the golden daffodils
At last my heart's an open door
And my secret love's no secret anymore

Writer/s: PEACOCK, ALICE /
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Secret Love
  • This was used in the film Calamity Jane, in which Doris Day played the title lead opposite the late Howard Keel. It won the 1953 Academy Award winner for Best Song. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
  • Doris Day recorded this in less than 15 minutes. The liner notes from her A Day at the Movies compilation tell how she rode her bicycle to the studio, did one take (that was with the full live orchestra in those days) and the musical director was "grinning from ear to ear." (thanks, Dill - Alexandria, VA)

  • Glenn Miller - When the Swallows Come Back to Capistran
    Glenn Miller - When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano


    Glenn Miller - When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1939

    When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano Lyrics


    When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
    That's the day you promised to come back to me
    When you whispered, "Farewell" in Capistrano
    T'was the day the swallows flew out to the sea

    All the mission bells will ring
    The chapel choir will sing
    The happiness you'll bring
    Will live in my memory

    When the swallows come back to Capistrano
    That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me!

    Writer/s: RENE, LEON T.
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO. INC.
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    When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
  • This song was written by Leon René, who also composed the Jazz standard "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" and "Rockin' Robin," which was a hit for both Bobby Day and Michael Jackson.

    René was based in Los Angeles, and about 50 miles away from San Juan Capistrano, where a flock of swallows famously returns to a mission church every March, departing in October. René built the return of the swallows into the storyline of the song, as his heartbroken singer prays for the return of his love, who had promised that she would come back with the swallows, but never did.
  • Leon René came up with the idea for this song when he was in bed one morning recovering from tuberculosis. His wife had not brought him his morning meal, so he quipped, "Maybe when the swallows come back to Capistrano, I'll get my breakfast."

    He thought this could make a good line for a song, and started composing his story. When his wife brought him his breakfast, she told him that she liked the idea, and Leon completed the song.
  • After Leon René wrote this song, he had a hard time getting a publisher to take it. Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., which was one of the major publishing houses, asked him to change the title to "When the Swallows Come Back to Alabama," since they figured nobody would know where Capistrano was. René refused to change it, and eventually the publishing arm at Warner Brothers took the song, giving René a much-needed $500 advance.

    The investment paid off for Warner Brothers, as the song was recorded by many big names and sold very well as sheet music. In addition to Glenn Miller, the song was also recorded by the Ink Spots, Pat Boone and Elvis Presley.

  • The Supremes - The Happenin
    The Supremes - The Happening


    The Supremes - The Happening Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1967

    The Happening Lyrics


    Hey! Life, look at me, I can see the reality
    'Cause when you shook me, took me outta my world, I woke up
    Suddenly I just woke up to The Happening
    When you find that you left the future behind
    'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of
    Then you better beware of

    The happening
    One day you're up, when you turn around
    You find your world is tumbling down
    It happened to me and it can happen to you

    I was sure, I felt secure until love took a detour
    Yeah! Riding high on top of the world, it happened
    Suddenly it just happened
    I saw my dreams torn apart
    When love walked away from my heart
    And when you lose a precious love you need to guide you
    Something happens inside you

    The happening
    Now I see life for what it is
    It's not of dreams, it's not of bliss
    It happened to me and it can happen to you
    And then it happened
    Oo, and then it happened
    Oo, and then it happened
    Oo, and then it happened

    Is it real? Is it fake?
    Is this game of life a mistake?
    'Cause when I lost the love I thought was mine for certain
    Suddenly it starts hurtin'
    I saw the light too late when that fickle finger of fate
    Yeah! It came and broke my pretty balloon
    I woke up, suddenly I just woke up, so sure
    I felt secure until love took a detour
    'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of
    Then you better beware of
    The happening

    Writer/s: De Vol, Frank / Holland, Brian / Dozier, Lamont Herbert / Holland, Edward, Jr. James
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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    The Happening
  • This song was from the 1967 movie of the same name which starred Anthony Quinn, George Maharis, Michael Parks, Robert Walker Jr., and Faye Dunaway.
  • The songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland co-wrote this with Frank DeVol. DeVol was the musical director for the film of the same name.
  • Until 1970, this song was the last hit to be released under the name "The Supremes."
  • An instrumental version by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass reached US #32 in 1967.
  • The demo version of this song appears on the 4-CD (and limited edition 5-CD) box set The Supremes, released in 2000. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)

  • Roy Orbison - (Oh) Pretty Woma
    Roy Orbison - (Oh) Pretty Woman


    Roy Orbison - (Oh) Pretty Woman Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1964

    (Oh) Pretty Woman Lyrics


    Pretty woman, walkin' down the street
    Pretty woman the kind I like to meet
    Pretty woman I don't believe you, you're not the truth
    No one could look as good as you, mercy

    Pretty woman won't you pardon me
    Pretty woman I couldn't help but see
    Pretty woman that you look lovely as can be
    Are you lonely just like me

    Pretty woman stop awhile
    Pretty woman talk awhile
    Pretty woman give your smile to me
    Pretty woman yeah, yeah, yeah
    Pretty woman look my way
    Pretty woman say you'll stay with me
    'Cause I need you, I'll treat you right
    Come with me baby, be mine tonight

    Pretty woman don't walk on by
    Pretty woman don't make me cry
    Pretty woman don't walk away, hey, okay
    If that's the way it must be, okay
    I guess I'll go on home, it's late
    There'll be tomorrow night, but wait
    What do I see?
    Is she walkin' back to me?
    Yeah, she's walkin' back to me
    Oh, oh, pretty woman

    Writer/s: DEES, BILL / ORBISON, ROY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Barbara Orbison Music Company, Orbi-Lee Music, R-Key Darkus, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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    (Oh) Pretty Woman
  • Roy Orbison was writing with his songwriting partner Bill Dees at his house when he told Dees to get started writing by playing anything that came to mind. Orbison's wife Claudette came in and said she was going to go into town to buy something. Orbison asked if she needed any money, and Dees cracked, "Pretty woman never needs any money." Inspired, Orbison started singing, "Pretty woman walking down the street." Bill Dees recalls in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "He sang it while I was banging my hand down on the table and by the time she returned we had the song. I love the song. From the moment that the rhythm started, I could hear the heels clicking on the pavement, click, click, the pretty woman walking down the street, in a yellow skirt and red shoes. We wrote Oh Pretty Woman on a Friday, the next Friday we recorded it, and the next Friday it was out. It was the fastest thing I ever saw. Actually, the yeah, yeah, yeah in Oh Pretty Woman probably came from The Beatles."

    In the same book Bill Dees recounts how the distinctive growling cry of "Mercy" came about: "I can't do that growl like Roy, but the "Mercy" is mine. I used to say that all the time when I saw a pretty woman or had some good food. Still do."
  • Orbison and his wife Claudette had recently reconciled after some tough times, but as this song was climbing the charts, Roy found out she had been cheating on him and filed for divorce. In 1966, they remarried, but two months later Claudette was killed when the motorcycle she was riding was hit by a truck. Orbison faced tragedy again when his two oldest sons died in a fire at his home in 1968. He was on tour at the time.
  • This was Orbison's last big hit. His career faded fast, but was revived in the '80s when prominent musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and George Harrison cited him as an influence and invited him to join various projects. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and joined The Traveling Wilburys with Dylan, Tom Petty, Harrison and Jeff Lynne. As he was enjoying this career revival, he died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988 at age 52.
  • With his dark sunglasses and plaintive voice, Orbison gave the impression that he was always longing and sometimes miserable, which was not the case. Speaking with the NME in 1980, he explained what's going on in this song: "There's a ballad in the mid-section of it there: he's very sure of getting the girl when he first sees her, and then he's not so sure, and then he gets desperate, and then he says forget it, and then she comes back. It's quite complicated, but it's probably in the presentation, or if I'm really singing like I know I can and I'm doing the job that I should be doing, then it could be that the voice quality in parts has a melancholy something."
  • This was used in the 1990 movie of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It also featured in the films Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Au Pair (1999).
  • In 1989, the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew recorded a parody of this song, using the alternate title "Pretty Woman" for their album Clean As They Wanna Be. The Crew sampled the distinctive bassline, but the romantic lyrics were replaced by talk about a hairy woman and her bald-headed friend and their appeal to the singer. Orbison's publisher, Acuff-Rose Music, sued 2 Live Crew on the basis that the fair use doctrine did not permit reuse of their copyrighted material for profit. The case, Campbell vs. Acuff-Rose Music, went all the way to the US Supreme Court. In 1994, the Court ruled that 2 Live Crew's parody did not violate federal copyright laws. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France and Graham - Perth, Australia)
  • In 1964, Orbison was the only American artist to have a #1 UK hit, and he did it twice - with "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and "It's Over." (thanks, David - Akron, OH)

  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Danc
    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance


    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1993

    Mary Jane's Last Dance Lyrics


    She grew up in an Indiana town
    Had a good lookin' momma who never was around
    But she grew up tall and she grew up right
    With them Indiana boys on an Indiana night

    Well she moved down here at the age of eighteen
    She blew the boys away, it was more than they'd seen
    I was introduced and we both started groovin'
    She said, "I dig you baby but I got to keep movin'...on, keep movin' on"

    Last dance with Mary Jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin' in and I'm
    Tired of this town again

    Well I don't know what I've been told
    You never slow down, you never grow old
    I'm tired of screwing up, I'm tired of goin' down
    I'm tired of myself, I'm tired of this town
    Oh my my, oh hell yes
    Honey put on that party dress
    Buy me a drink, sing me a song,
    Take me as I come 'cause I can't stay long

    Last dance with Mary Jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin' in and I'm
    Tired of this town again

    There's pigeons down in Market Square
    She's standin' in her underwear
    Lookin' down from a hotel room
    Nightfall will be comin' soon
    Oh my my, oh hell yes
    You've got to put on that party dress
    It was too cold to cry when I woke up alone
    I hit the last number, I walked to the road

    Last dance with Mary Jane
    One more time to kill the pain
    I feel summer creepin' in and I'm
    Tired of this town again

    Writer/s: PETTY, TOM
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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    Mary Jane's Last Dance
  • Mike Campbell is The Heartbreakers' guitarist. He told us how this came together: "That song took on a few shapes. It was written in my garage. I didn't write it, but we were jamming in the garage and Tom was playing one of my guitars. It was called 'Indiana Girl,' the first chorus was 'Hey, Indiana Girl, go out and find the world.' We liked the song and Rick Rubin suggested we cut it. It had actually been around for a while, just the basic riff and that chorus. We cut the song and Tom was singing the chorus, and he decided he just couldn't get behind singing about 'Hey, Indiana Girl,' so we went back and about a week later he came in and said 'I've got a better idea,' so he changed the chorus to 'Last dance with Mary Jane.' In the verse there is still the thing about an Indiana girl on an Indiana night, just when it gets to the chorus he had the presence of mind to give it a deeper meaning."
  • Petty has not said what this is about, but there are two common interpretations. It could be about Petty's divorce from his wife Jane, which happened a year before this was recorded. Another possibility is that it is about marijuana, as "Mary Jane" is slang for pot and the lyrics refer to killing the pain, which the drug is known for. Campbell offered this explanation: "My take on it is it can be whatever you want it to be. A lot of people think it's a drug reference, and if that's what you want to think, it very well could be, but it could also just be a goodbye love song."
  • Petty made some strange videos, and this was no exception. Tom played a mortician who takes home a corpse played by Kim Basinger. When he gets her home, he puts her in a wedding dress and dances with her. Then he puts her in a pickup truck and throws her into the ocean, and she opens her eyes as she sinks. It won Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Basinger was not the first choice for the video. Petty wanted Sharon Stone, but she didn't answer his request.
  • Petty played the guitar solo at the end after Campbell persuaded him to do it. Mike is known as an outstanding guitarist, but he thought Tom had a good sound going, so he told him to play a fuzzy sort of guitar solo. Says Mike, "He actually played a nice little bit at the end of that."
  • Campbell: "An interesting thing about that record, the same day we did the last overdubs, that guitar and a few little bits, we did a rough mix here at my house, just did it by hand. Then we went to 3 or 4 different studios over the next couple of weeks and tried to do a proper mix, and we could never beat that rough mix, so that was the mix we put out. It's an interesting track, it's very inaccurate, it's kind of greasy and loose. That day we just gelled and every time we mixed it we could clean up the sound and make it more posh, but it just didn't have the juice that one mix had." (Read more in our interview with Mike Campbell.)
  • In 2006, The Red Hot Chili Peppers released "Dani California," which sounded very similar to this and was also produced by Rick Rubin. Petty showed no interest in suing the band, as they felt it was not malicious. The first eight bars of both songs sound similar, but the chords are different. In this song, the chords are "Am, G, D, Am" and in "Dani California," the chords are "Am, G, Dm, Am." Both of these chord progressions are very common in rock music. (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM)
  • Petty told Mojo magazine January 2010 that Mary Jane is the same character as the female in "American Girl," "with a few hard knocks."

  • Bobby Darin - Eighteen Yellow Rose
    Bobby Darin - Eighteen Yellow Roses


    Bobby Darin - Eighteen Yellow Roses Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1963

    Eighteen Yellow Roses Lyrics


    Eighteen Yellow Roses came today
    Eighteen yellow roses in a pretty bouquet
    When the boy came to the door
    I didn't know what to say
    But eighteen yellow roses came today
    I opened up the card to see what it said
    I couldn't believe my eyes when I had read
    Though you belong to another I love you anyway
    Yes, eighteen yellow roses came today

    I never doubted your love for a minute
    I always thought that you would be true
    But now this box and the flowers in it
    I guess there's nothin' left for me to do
    But ask to meet the boy that's done this thing
    And find out if he's got plans to buy you a ring
    'Cause eighteen yellow roses will wilt and die one day
    But a father's love will never fade away
    Will never fade away

    Writer/s: BOBBY DARIN
    Publisher: TRIO MUSIC COMPANY, INC. , ALLEY MUSIC CORP.
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    Eighteen Yellow Roses
  • Darin wrote this song for the mother of actress Sandra Dee. Darin met Dee in 1960 when they were shooting a movie together in Portofino, Italy, called Come September. Darin was smitten, and decided it was best to get in her mother's good graces. Every day of the 4 week shoot, he sent Dee's mother 18 yellow roses - this was portrayed in the movie Beyond The Sea with Darin saying, "You always make sure the mama dog likes you before you go near her puppy." Darin and Sandra Dee eloped later that year, and were married until 1967. (thanks, Vinnie - Secaucus, NJ)
  • Musicians on this track included Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco on guitar, and Hal Blaine on drums. They were part of the elite group of Los Angeles session musicians who played on songs by Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Beach Boys, and many others.

  • Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - The Love I Los
    Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - The Love I Lost


    Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - The Love I Lost Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1973

    The Love I Lost Lyrics


    [Chorus]
    The Love I Lost
    Was a sweet love
    The love I lost
    Was complete love
    The love I lost
    I will never no no never
    Love again ooh

    I can remember planning
    Building my whole world around you
    And I can remember hoping
    That you and I could make it on through
    But something went wrong
    We loved each other
    We just couldn't get along
    Take a good look at me
    I'm in misery, can't you see

    The love I lost (the love, the love I lost)
    Was a sweet love (yes it was)
    The love I lost (the love, the love I lost)
    Was complete love
    The love I lost
    I will never no no never
    Love again

    I can't remember nothing, no no no
    But the good times we used to share (my love)
    I'm so sad and lonely
    Without you my life is so dead
    I'm sorry to say
    You go your way and I'll go my way
    It hurts deep inside
    The day we said goodbye, but

    [Chorus]
    The love I lost (the love, the love I lost)
    Was a sweet love (yes it was)
    The love I lost
    Was complete love
    The love I lost
    I will never (never) no no never
    (Never) love again (I'll never love again)

    I will never (never) no no never
    (Never) love again ooh ooh ooh ooh
    I will never (never) no no never
    (Never) love again

    Never (never) no no never [Repeat until fade]

    Writer/s: GAMBLE, KENNY / HUFF, LEON
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
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    The Love I Lost
  • This was originally a slow, painful ballad. It was sped up as an experiment, and a major hit ensued. Co-writer Kenny Gamble recalled to Mojo magazine March 2012: "It was a ballad when we wrote it. We got in the studio and said, This is dragging, it's too slow. We told Karl (Chambers, drummer) to put that 'tsh-up, tsh-up,' that sock cymbal in there and that was the beginning of that whole Philly disco sound."
  • Karl Chambers was used solely on the sock cymbal. Philadelphia-based drummer Earl Young played the full kit. He is best known as the founder and leader of The Trammps, who had a hit record with "Disco Inferno."
  • American R&B/pop singer Sybil had a #3 hit in the UK with her 1993 cover of this song. It was billed as West End featuring Sybil.

  • Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Walt
    Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz


    Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1967

    The Last Waltz Lyrics


    I wondered should I go or should I stay,
    The band had only one more song to play.
    And then I saw you out the corner of my eye,
    A little girl, alone and so shy.

    I had The Last Waltz with you,
    Two lonely people together.
    I fell in love with you,
    The last waltz should last forever.

    But the love we had was going strong,
    Through the good and bad we get along.
    And then the flame of love died in your eye,
    My heart was broke in two when you said goodbye.

    I had the last waltz with you,
    Two lonely people together.
    I fell in love with you,
    The last waltz should last forever.

    It's all over now, nothing left to say,
    Just my tears and the orchestra playing.

    La la la la la la la la la,
    La la la la la la la la la.

    I had the last waltz with you,
    Two lonely people together.
    I fell in love with you,
    The last waltz should last forever.

    La la la la la la la la la.

    Writer/s: REED, LES / MASON, BARRY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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    The Last Waltz
  • This was one of Engelbert Humperdinck's biggest hits, spending five weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart and also reaching the Top 40 of the Hot 100. It was the standard closing anthem at discos and dance halls for many years.
  • The song was penned by Les Reed and Barry Mason, who were one of the leading British songwriting partnerships of the 1960s penning hits for the likes of Tom Jones ("Delilah") and The Fortunes ("Here It Comes Again").

    Les Reed recalled the story of the song in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "When I was a little kid, my father was in the army and my mother and her sisters used to go to a dance every Friday evening at the local YMCA. We could hear the band just across the allotment and I used to wait for the last waltz which was 'I'm Taking You Home Tonight', and as all the men were in the army, the women were dancing together and I knew that when the last waltz came, I would be getting my supper within ten minutes. Mum would just walk across the allotment and get our supper. This would be about half past nine or ten and it was during the war."

    "I relayed this story to Barry Mason," Reed continued, "and he said, 'Why don't we write a last waltz'. I was very influenced by Burt Bacharach, so I gave Barry a tape of a melody with a Bacharach type feel to it. When he came back, it was nothing like the story I related to him, but in retrospect he was right to do something more universal. Simplicity came through. It has now taken the place of the last waltz that I used to listen to, in whatever country."
  • French chanteuse Mireille Mathieu recorded a French-language version, "La Derniere Valse," with lyrics translated by Hubert Ithier. Her cover spent three weeks at #1 in the French pop charts, and also was a hit in Britain, reaching #26.

    Petula Clark also recorded the "La Derniere Valse" version, reaching #2 in the French charts in 1968 but not charting in the UK.

  • Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshin
    Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshine


    Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshine Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
    Released: 1962

    You Are My Sunshine Lyrics


    The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
    I dreamed I held you in my arms
    When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
    So I hung my head and I cried.

    [Chorus]
    You Are My Sunshine, my only sunshine
    You make me happy when skies are gray
    You'll never know dear, how much I miss you
    Please don't take my sunshine away

    I'll always love you and make you happy,
    If you will only say the same.
    But if you leave me to love another,
    You'll regret it all some day:

    [Chorus]

    You told me once, dear, you really loved me
    And no one else could come between.
    But not you've left me and love another;
    You have shattered all my dreams:

    [Chorus]

    Writer/s: DAVIS, JIMMIE
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
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    You Are My Sunshine
  • This was written by Jimmie Davis and his guitar player Charles Mitchell, who first recorded it in 1940, a year after both the Pine Ridge Boys and the The Rice Brothers Gang introduced it (some historians claim Paul Rice actually wrote the tune and sold it to Davis). Davis was a prolific songwriter who became Governor of Louisiana a few years after.
  • Bing Crosby was the first to have a hit with this song. His version went to #20 in the US in 1941.
  • This was sung on the "It Was a GOOD Life" episode of The Twilight Zone by a neighbor of a supernatural little boy -- before the boy changes the neighbor into a jack-in-the-box and buries him in a cornfield.
  • The B-side was Hank Williams' signature song, "Your Cheatin' Heart." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3)
  • The acclaimed 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack includes a version from bluegrass performer Norman Blake.

  • Jimmy Dean - Big Bad Joh
    Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John


    Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1961

    Big Bad John Lyrics


    (Big John, big John)
    Every mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive
    He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
    Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
    And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip to big John
    (Big John, big John) Big Bad John (big John)

    Nobody seemed to know where John called home
    He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
    He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
    And if you spoke at all, you just said hi to Big John

    Somebody said he came from New Orleans
    Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
    And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand
    Sent a Louisiana fellow to the promised land, big John
    (Big John, big John) big bad John (big John)

    Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
    When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
    Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
    And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last, 'cept John

    Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell
    Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
    Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan
    And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, big John
    (Big John, big John) big bad John (big John)

    And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
    Then a miner yelled out, there's a light up above
    And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave
    Now there's only one left down there to save, big John

    With jacks and timbers they started back down
    Then came that rumble way down in the ground
    And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine
    Everybody knew it was the end of the line for big John
    (Big John, big John) big bad John (big John)

    Now they never reopened that worthless pit
    They just placed a marble stand in front of it
    These few words are written on that stand
    At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man, big John
    (Big John, big John) big bad John (big John)

    (Big John, big John) big bad John (big John)

    Writer/s: TWITTY, CONWAY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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    Big Bad John Song Chart
  • Jimmy Dean wrote this about fellow actor John Mentoe ("Destry Rides Again"), who was 6' 5" tall. According to Dean's roommate (at the time), the song was intended to be a joke.
  • Floyd Cramer ("Last Date") was hired to play the piano on the recording, but wound up hitting a chunk of steel with a hammer instead. It was Floyd's idea to make the switch.
  • In the US, this was a monster hit with tremendous crossover appeal. Not only did it top the Hot 100 for five weeks, it was also #1 on the Country chart for two weeks, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for 10 weeks. The next song to reach the top spot on all three charts was "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell in 1975.
  • Jimmy Dean went on to become famous for his line of sausage products. He also had his own TV series in the '50s and '60s.
  • The original ending of "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man" was deemed too controversial. (thanks, John - Bowie, MD)
  • Dean wrote this on a flight from New York to Nashville when he realized he needed another song for his recording session. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
  • This was the 100th #1 song of the Rock Era, defined by Billboard as beginning in July 1955, when "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets topped the US singles chart.

  • Bill Haley - Rock Around The Cloc
    Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock


    Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1955

    Rock Around The Clock Lyrics


    One, two, three o´clock, four o´clock, rock
    Five, six, seven o´clock, eight o´clock, rock
    Nine, ten, eleven o´clock, twelve o´clock, rock
    We´re gonna Rock Around The Clock tonight

    Put your glad rags on and join me, hon
    We´ll have some fun when the clock strikes one
    We´re gonna rock around the clock tonight
    We´re gonna rock, rock, rock, ´til broad daylight
    We´re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

    When the clock strikes two, three and four
    If the band slows down we´ll yell for more
    We´re gonna rock around the clock tonight
    We´re gonna rock, rock, rock, ´til broad daylight
    We´re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

    When the chimes ring five, six and seven
    We´ll be right in seventh heaven
    We´re gonna rock around the clock tonight
    We´re gonna rock, rock, rock, ´til broad daylight
    We´re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

    When it´s eight, nine, ten, eleven too
    I´ll be goin´ strong and so will you
    We´re gonna rock around the clock tonight
    We´re gonna rock, rock, rock, ´til broad daylight
    We´re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

    When the clock strikes twelve, we´ll cool off then
    Start a rockin´ round the clock again
    We´re gonna rock around the clock tonight
    We´re gonna rock, rock, rock, ´til broad daylight
    We´re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

    Writer/s: MYERS, JAMES / FREEDMAN, MAX
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, ROBERT W. CINQUE, ESQ.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

    Rock Around The Clock Song Chart
  • There is some dispute over what was the first rock song ever recorded (The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says it's Rocket 88, which Haley covered in 1951), but this is indisputably the first rock song to top the charts, and generally considered the beginning of the "Rock Era," at least for chart purposes.

    At the time, Billboard magazine compiled charts in three different categories: Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played By Disc Jockeys, and Most Played in Juke Boxes - many songs like "Rock Around The Clock" topped all three and were a consensus #1. Elvis had his first chart-topper in 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel," and rock music made steady gains from there, but to give you some idea of what the charts looked like before Haley hit the pinnacle, the 1955 #1s that hit before Haley were by Joan Weber, The Fontane Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, Bill Hays, Perez Prado, Georgia Gibbs and Les Baxter.
  • This was written in 1953 by a Philadelphia songwriter named named Max Freedman (who was nearly 60 years old), and by James Myers, who was a local musician and song publisher, who published it under the name "Jimmy De-Knight." In addition to owning half the composer credit on the song, Myers had 100% of the publishing. Haley wanted to record the song, but Dave Miller, who owned his label Essex Records, refused because of a dispute over the publishing. Myers then placed the song with a veteran Country act called Sonny Dae and His Nights, and their version was released in 1953 to little acclaim. In 1954, Myers helped Haley leave Essex records and sign with Decca; as part of their agreement, one side of every single Haley recorded had to be a song from Myers' catalog, and the first one they picked was "Rock Around The Clock," which was originally released as the B-side of a Dickie Thompson song called "Thirteen Women," which was about a nuclear bomb that leaves just one man and 13 women alive.

    "Rock Around The Clock" first appeared on the charts on June 3, 1953, selling 75,000 copies and convincing Decca to pick up Haley's option. Haley then recorded a successful cover of the Big Joe Turner song "Shake, Rattle And Roll," and on March 25, 1955, "Rock Around The Clock" was featured in the movie Blackboard Jungle, which gave it a surge in popularity and prompted Decca to re-release the single. This time, the song surged to the top of the charts, entering the Top 40 on May 14, 1955 and hitting #1 on July 9, where it stayed for eight weeks.
  • Haley first recorded this song on April 12, 1954 at his first session for Decca Records. Haley went to New York to cut his first Decca session. Musicians were: Billy Williamson on steel guitar, Johnny Grande on piano, Joey d'Ambrosio on tenor sax, Danny Cedrone on lead guitar and Marshall Lytle on bass. A session drummer, named Billy Gussack played on this recording. Haley recorded the song a few other times, but this recording was the original single.
  • The term "Rock 'n' Roll" was a relatively new way of describing music when this came out. A lot of early "Rock" was based on the blues, and was far too racy for most white listeners. Many white singers made careers out of sanitizing R&B records for pop appeal, but Haley added a country/swing element to his covers that kept a lot of the edge. When Elvis came along, he did the same thing, transforming R&B songs like "Hound Dog" without sucking the life out of them.
  • Many listerners had never heard of "rock and roll" when this was released, so the record company had a hard time describing the song. The label on the single called it a "Novelty Foxtrot."
  • Haley's guitarist Danny Cedrone played pretty much the same solo on "Rock Around The Clock" that he did on Haley's 1952 cover of the Jimmy Preston "Rock The Joint," which was a big break for Haley, selling over 150,000 copies, and established the swinging blues style he would use on his famous hit.
  • This was the original opening theme song for the TV show Happy Days . The song was re-released in 1974 to capitalize on its new popularity, and charted at #39 in the US. In 1976 theme was changed to "Happy Days."
  • In the UK, this was the biggest-selling single of the '50s.
  • Elton John took a swipe at this in his song "Crocodile Rock." Elton thought this was kind of overrated, so he put a line in about how they were doing the Crocodile Rock while the other kids were "Rocking 'round the clock."
  • Haley was never able to duplicate the massive success of "Rock Around The Clock," but he did have a few more hits in the '50s, including "See You Later Alligator" and "The Saints Rock 'N Roll." Haley is a key figure in the evolution of rock music, helping transform the sound out of Country music, but he couldn't sustain his early success. Elvis stole his thunder, and Haley recorded many substandard songs because wanted to cut tracks owned by his publishing company. He remained somewhat popular overseas, but lawsuits and financial problems took their toll on the singer, and he died in 1981 at age 55. Bill Haley and His Comets were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • According to Rolling Stone in their "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" issue, Comets guitarist Danny Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on this track, which became a classic rock solo. Unfortunately, he died in a fall months after he recorded it. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • There is a different snare drum pattern on each verse. (thanks, Greg - Barking, England)
  • In 1956, Bill Haley and the Comets starred as themselves in a low-budget movie called Rock Around The Clock, where they performed nine songs. The film was far from scandalous, but was targeted to teenagers and caused a stir among theater owners who feared bad behavior. Possibly spurred on by these reports, there were incidents of dancing in aisles and other breaches in etiquette that helped fuel the perception among many adults that rock music would lead to mayhem in America's youth.

  • The Drifters - On Broadwa
    The Drifters - On Broadway


    The Drifters - On Broadway Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1963

    On Broadway Lyrics


    They say the neon lights are bright
    On Broadway (on Broadway)
    They say there's always magic in the air (on Broadway)
    But when you're walkin' down that street
    And you ain't got enough to eat
    The glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere
    They say the girls are somethin' else
    On Broadway (on Broadway)
    But lookin' at them just gives me the blues (on Broadway)
    How ya gonna make some time
    When all you got is one thin dime
    And one thin dime won't even shine your shoes (on Broadway)
    They say that I won't last too long on Broadway (on Broadway)
    I'll catch a Greyhound bus for home they all say (on Broadway)
    But they're wrong, I know they are
    I can play this here guitar
    And I won't quit till I'm a star
    On Broadway (on Broadway)
    But they're wrong, I know they are
    I can play this here guitar
    And I won't quit till I'm a star on Broadway (on Broadway)
    On Broadway (on Broadway)
    I'm gonna make it, yeah (on Broadway)
    I'll be a big, big man (on Broadway)
    I'll have my name in lights (on Broadway)
    Everybody gonna know me (on Broadway)
    All up and down Broadway (on Broadway)
    All up and down Broadway (on Broadway)
    All up and down Broadway

    Writer/s: STOLLER, MIKE / LEIBER, JERRY / MANN, BARRY / WEIL, CYNTHIA
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

    On Broadway Song Chart
  • "On Broadway" was a collaboration between the familiar songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and the also-successful team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. As such, it represents an especially distilled example of the "Brill Building sound." However, as Leiber and Stoller, and even such music scholars as Al Kooper and Ken Emerson, are hasty to remind us, the "Brill Building sound" actually came from 1650 Broadway as much as it did from 1619 Broadway (the address of the actual Brill Building). Weil and Mann worked out of 1650; Leiber and Stoller at 1619.
  • Pay attention to the instrumentals and vocals here. The Drifters were a cross-over from doo-wop to R&B, with the vocals striking a balance here. The music has a hint of soul with a large production number, and that intrusive guitar kicking in towards the end gives a nod to rockabilly. At this time, Motown was just firing up with its new soul sound, and Mike Stoller reports in Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography , "Some say Sam Cooke invented soul music in the fifties, and some say Ray Charles. Some say soul didn't come about until later, in the sixties, with the advent of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. Others have told us that our productions for the Drifters began it all. Who can say?"

    It's no surprise, then, that Berry Gordy came to see Jerry Leiber at his Brill Building office right before this song came out. Explaining that he wanted to make R&B more appealing to whites by softening the sound, he played some demo tapes for Leiber. Gordy then offered him a partnership. But Leiber turned him down, telling him, "You don't need me. You have everything you need. Just go back to Detroit and do it."
  • Phil Spector was an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller at the time, and he played the guitar solo on this. Spector learned many of his production techniques watching Leiber and Stoller produce The Drifters.
  • This was one of the last Drifters songs featuring lead singer Rudy Lewis, who replaced Ben E. King in 1961. Lewis died of a heart attack in 1964.
  • George Benson's cover version was a #7 US hit in 1978.
  • Gary Numan did a synthesizer-driven cover in 1979. Other artists to cover the song include Neil Young, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin and Sly & the Family Stone.
  • This song was used in TV commercials for Radio Free Europe in the early '60s. (thanks, Jim - Boston, MA)

  • Tony Orlando & Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tre
    Tony Orlando & Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree


    Tony Orlando & Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1973

    Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree Lyrics


    Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree Song Chart
  • This was written by Irwin Levine and Larry Brown. It is based on the true story of a convict returning from jail.
  • Levine and Brown got the story from a 1971 article in The New York Post, and changed some of the details. It was really a white handkerchief around the tree, but they made it a yellow ribbon because it made for a better song.
  • A song of the same name was used in the 1949 John Wayne movie She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. This is probably where Levine and Brown got the idea for the yellow ribbon.
  • The yellow ribbon became a National symbol in 1980 when Americans put them on trees to remember the hostages being held in Iran. Ten years later, a group called Visual AIDS convinced people attending the Tony Awards to wear small red ribbons as a symbol of AIDS awareness. Soon, many causes produced ribbons with different colors to raise money and awareness. In 2004, the trend extended to rubber bracelets when cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong worked with Nike to promote yellow bracelets labeled "Livestrong" that raised money for cancer research.
  • Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson took the name "Dawn" from the daughter of their record company promotions man, Steve Wax. The song was a #1 hit in Australia in mid 1973, spending 26 weeks on the charts. (thanks, Graham - Windsor, Australia)

  • Bruce Springsteen - Murder Incorporate
    Bruce Springsteen - Murder Incorporated


    Bruce Springsteen - Murder Incorporated Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1995

    Murder Incorporated Lyrics


    Murder Incorporated Song Chart
  • Recorded in 1982 at the Born In The USA sessions, this was remixed by Bob Clearmountain in 1994 and finally released the next year on Greatest Hits.
  • At one time this was going to be the title track to Springsteen's 1984 album. He decided on Born In The USA instead.
  • The lyrics are about how murder has been incorporated into society to the point where violence is accepted.
  • Springsteen performed this in concert years before it was released.
  • The title was taken from a 1960 movie starring Peter Falk. Springsteen also got the title for his song "Badlands" from a movie.
  • The video was directed by Jonathan Demme. Springsteen wrote "Streets Of Philadelphia" for Demme's movie, Philadelphia, a year earlier.
  • The E-Street Band performed together for the first time in 7 years at the shoot for this video. They played it 6 times during the shoot at Tramps in New York.

  • Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garde
    Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden


    Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 1995

    Secret Garden Lyrics


    Secret Garden Song Chart
  • Springsteen wrote this for his 1992 album Human Touch, but decided not to use it on that album. He didn't record it until 1995 and released it on Greatest Hits.
  • In the liner notes of Greatest Hits, Springsteen wrote: "Men and women... and the big man sweeter than ever." The big man is sax player Clarence Clemons.
  • This became a radio hit when a disc jockey mixed in bits of dialogue ("You had me at hello") from the film Jerry McGuire, starring Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger. The song was featured in the movie.

  • Lenny Kravitz Songs - Again
    Lenny Kravitz - Again


    Lenny Kravitz - Again Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Greatest Hits
    Released: 2000

    Again Lyrics


    I been searching for you
    I heard a cry within my soul
    I never had a yearning quite like this before
    Now that you are walking right through my door

    All of my life
    Where have you been
    I wonder if I'll ever see you Again
    And if that day comes
    I know we could win
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    A sacred gift of heaven
    For better worse, wherever
    And I would never let somebody break you down
    Until you cried, never

    All of my life
    Where have you been
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    And if that day comes
    I know we could win
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    At every time I've always known
    That you where there, upon your throne
    A lonely queen without her king
    I longed for you, my love forever

    All of my life
    Where have you been
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    And if that day comes
    I know we could win
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    All of my life
    Where have you been
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    And if that day comes
    I know we could win
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    All of my life
    Where have you been
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    And if that day comes
    I know we could win
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again
    I wonder if I'll ever see you again

    Writer/s: LENNY ALBERT KRAVITZ
    Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

    Again Song Chart
  • This was the only new song on Kravitz' Greatest Hits album. It helped the album sell over 3 million copies and become the best selling album of his career.
  • Kravitz shows his butt in the video, which features actress Gina Gershon and model Theresa Lourenco.
  • This was intended for an album of original songs, but Kravitz felt it didn't fit the tone of the album and allowed it to be released with his Greatest Hits.
  • This won the 2000 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Kravitz won the same award in 1998 and 1999 for "Fly Away" and "American Woman." Kravitz made it four in a row when he won the next year for "Dig In."

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