Or maybe “attribute.” Or maybe a musical tribute to your attribute?
I’m a know fan of oldies. No, not people, SONGS. Maybe that’s because I am an oldie. Not song, person.
This is getting out of hand. What I intend to try is to ascribe a 60s or 70’s song (title or lyrics) to significant people in my life, and to my blogroll friends.
1. To Carol, my wonderful wife, and the MOST important person in my life: The Four Tops, “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got.” (Should be self-explanatory.)
2. To my older daughter, Christina (who I gave away in marriage in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas): Dixie Cups, “Chapel of Love.”
("Because we're, goin’ to the chapel, and we're,
Gonna get mar-ar-ar-ied...”)
3. To Christina’s husband, Johnny Conch (his stage name): Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care of my Baby.”
4. To Elizabeth, my younger daughter: The Turtles, “Happy Together.” (Double reference: she loves anything to do with turtles—always has—and she and her hubby will always be Happy Together.)
5. To her husband Tom: Elvis Presley, “Stuck on You.”
6. To my sister in Maryland: Judy Rodman, “Girls Ride Horses Too.” (I know, that was an 80s country song. But it fits.
7. To Robin, (you understand, right Robin?): Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man.”
8. To Nicole (in reference to PQAL): The Temptations, “My Girl.”
9. To Tina: Jorgen Ingeman, “Apache” (a guitar instrumental).
10. To Brenda: The Beatles, “Paperback Writer.”
11. To Hamel, Lulu, “To Sir, With Love.” (If you haven’t seen the movie, find it and rent it.)
12. To Bill, Barry Sadler, “The Green Berets” (I know, the Green Berets are wimps to a real Marine, but it seemed to fit.)
13. To Peg, The Serendipity Singers, “Don’t Let the Rain Come Down.” (Washington State, natch).
14. To Joe Cool, Barry Manilow, “I Write the Songs.”
15. To Michele, The Beatles, “Michelle.” (Different spelling, but hey...)
16. To Monica, The Shirelles, “Soldier Boy.”
17. To Abi, Dion, “The Wanderer.”
18, To Candace, Mary Wells, “My Guy.” (Reference to Tomcat.)
19. To Jennifer, Jewel Aikens, “The Birds and the Bees.” (Let me tell ya ‘bout ‘em...)
20. To Viki, The Four Tops, “I can’t Help Myself.” (I get that feeling about her when I read her posts.)
21. To Karyn, Tommy James and the Shondells, “Hanky Panky.” Or maybe, The Trogs, “Wild Thing.” Or maybe, The Rebels, “Wild Weekend.” (After Freaky Friday?)
22. To Michelle, (The African Goddess), Paul Anka, “Diana.” (That song came out when I was really into the Greek and Roman mythology. I always related Diana to the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. So when I think “goddess,” I think “Diana.”)
23. To Tisha, Jeannie C. Riley, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (A southern gal’s tale of the South.)
24. And finally, to yours truly? Well, I’d have start with Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl,” since it inspired my name. Next would be The Association and “Cherish” since it won over my wife, the love of my life (you GOTTA read my book!). Lots more, like The Capitols and “Cool Jerk.” (The "cool" part is questionable.)
That’s enough for today. If any of you would like to propose your own defining 60s or 70s song, let me know.