Friday, April 14, 2017

The Friday Five: “Lady” Songs

Happy Good Friday, everyone, although it’s probably not the best thing to say given the solemn occasion. I was going to do songs with “good” in the title, but in honor of the A to Z Challenge and since today’s letter is L, here are five songs with “lady” in the title.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, “Lady Willpower” One of their five #1 hits, here they are, mouthing the lyrics and pretending to play on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968.

Styx, “Lady” Off their second album, appropriately named Styx II (probably by the same guy who named Chicago’s albums). This was a hit in their hometown Chicago area but failed to chart anywhere else.

The Beatles, “Lady Madonna” Of course, whoever owns the rights to The Beatles’ records has managed to sweep all of the original recordings off of YouTube, but here’s the next best thing: Paul McCartney, the author (with some help from John Lennon) on the BBC show Later performing it live in 2007. The original was a single which reached #1 in the UK and #4 in the US.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Oh Lady Be Good” A 1924 song by the Gershwin brothers for their musical Lady, Be Good! Ella first recorded it in 1947; this is from the 1959 album, Ella Fizgerald Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook, acompanied by Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra.

Myron Floren with The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, “Lady of Spain” I don’t know if the song is associated with the accordion because Myron did it, or if Myron did it because it’s associated with the accordion. Whatever the case, here it is, from a 1951 episode of The Lawrence Welk Show. An-a one, an-a two, an-a…

What songs with “lady” in the title can you think of? I realize I probably have a “reader’s choice” post for one of my previous Friday Fives, and I’ll get to it eventually.

That’s The Friday Five for April 14, 2017.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

1 comment:

  1. I don't recognize the titles, but I do recognize some of the songs!