1. Califonia Girls – The Beach Boys (#72)
2. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown (#71)
3. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick (#70)
4. Sunshine Of Your Love – Brian Tarquin (orig. Cream, #65)
5. She Loves You – The Beatles (#64)
6. For What It’s Worth – Black 47 (orig. Buffalo Springfield, #63)
7. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (#60)
8. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Billy Joel (orig. Bob Dylan, #59)
9. Billie Jean – Big Daddy (orig. Michael Jackson, #58)
10. Whiter Shade of Pale – Annie Lennox (orig. Procol Harem, #57)
Song I should have but don’t, part 1: “Crying”, Roy Orbison (#69). Roy Orbison singing for the lonely, hey that’s me and I want you only…Wrong song, I know, but those lyrics always come to me when I think of Roy Orbison.
Song I don’t have but should, part 2: “Bo Diddley”, Bo Diddley (#62). I do have a song called “The Story of Bo Diddley”, by Bo Diddley from an album of the same name, for what that’s worth.
Billy Joel’s version of “The Times They Are A-Changin'” is from the live album he did in Leningrad. I don’t love a lot of the renditions of his songs on that album – I’ve seen him live several times and I’ve always thought he sounded better than that – but it did include two rare covers by him, this and “Back In The USSR”. He also did a cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” twenty-some years ago when he toured with Elton John, but offhand I don’t know of an official recording of that. With the inclusion on this list of “Whiter Shade Of Pale”, here’s one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies, “The Commitments”:
We could use more priests like that Father Molloy. And for those of you who also loved that movie but have not yet watched the awesome Orphan Black TV show yet, I give you three words: Maria Doyle Kennedy. You’re welcome.