(circa 2008 from our blog) Today we return with a very popular feature of the WTIT
Blog. We simply call it A DJ's Take. Not only have you requested its return on a
regular basis, but also we receive more traffic from "new readers" for this feature than
all others combined. Today we return with a Top 10 list. Now this is very subjective,
but let's qualify it by saying it is our list of the Top 10 Love Songs of the Boomer
generation. This way your kids don't start trashing us because of a current hit that
isn't on our iPod. And my dad Bierne won't complain "What a Wonderful World" by
Louis Armstrong isn't on it either. Fair enough? It better be. Also, for those who know
us, we did not even consider a Beatles' song. (If the Top 10 were all Beatles, you'd
say WTF?) So here they are an imperfect list from the perfect Tape Radio station,
WTIT! Song titles are in bold. Let's cue up A DJs Take!
10. My Cherie Amore In French the words mean “My Little Dear” but was originally
titled Oh My Marcia. Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy co-wrote the song with Stevie.
Marcia was a woman that fascinated Stevie in school. However, it was Moy who talked
him into the more generic title.
9. Be My Baby The song was written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.
It was a hit for the Ronettes which featured Phil Spector’s wife Ronnie. It was one of
Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 songs of all time, in fact it made the top 25. It was
with this song that Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” became widely known. Brian Wilson
once said it was his favorite song of all time.
8. Love Me Tender The music for the song came from a civil war ballad titled Aura
Lee and was in public domain by the 1950’s. The words were written by Ken Darby
but were credited to his wife and Elvis for some legal issue. Elvis performed it on Ed
Sullivan before it’s release which led to over a million pre-orders for the single. So, by
the time it was released it was a gold record already.
7. Your Song When I was in college my roommate woke me at 8 AM on a Saturday to
tell me the next “superstar” was at our college radio station and I should come meet
him. I asked “What’s his name?” My roommate said “Elton John”. I replied, “Wake me
again when he’s famous” and I went back to sleep. My bad. The song was suppose to
be the b side of Take Me to the Pilot, but American DJs liked the b side more, and the
rest is history.
6. Just The Way You Are This song is from Billy Joel’s album from 1977 The
Stranger. It was written about his first wife. After they divorced Joel would change the
lyrics at times to reflect his changed feelings while performing live. He never really
liked the song, even in the beginning. So he decided to leave it off the album. Phobe
Snow and Linda Ronstadt were recording in the same studio and urged him to
5. She This song was written by Charles Aznavour and Hebert Kretzmer. Charles had
the first success with his song which reached number one in England. It never took off
in the rest of Europe or the U.S. When the film Notting Hill was produced the orignal
version was going to be used, but the director didn’t quite like it. Elvis Costello was
brought in to do a cover version for the 1999 film and that’s our choice and how we
know the song.
4. Three Times a Lady The song was written and sung by Lionel Richie while with
the Commodores. It was their first number one hit and was on the album Natural High
in 1978. It was Motown Records only top 10 song that year. The reference, by the
way to “Three Times a Lady” was because Richie’s girlfriend was a very large woman.
3. Colour My World The song was written by Chicago’s trumpet player Jimmy
Pankow and song by Chicago’s original lead singer Terry Kath. Kath died from a self
inflicted gunshot wound in 1978. It is still not know if this was an accident or a suicide.
Chicago stopped playing the song for quite a few years after that tragedy.
2. Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers wrote the song while he still worked in a factory
that made toilet seats. It became his breakout hit in 1971. The part of the song where
repeats “I know” about a hundred times was so he could write additional lyrics. But
since he still had his day job, when the record company wanted him not to put his new
lyrics in he agreed.
1. Unchained Melody The song was written by lyricist Hy Zaret (who passed away
last year at 99!) and composer Alex North for a 1955 film named Unchained. It was a
hit by two people that year, Al Hibber with a vocal version and Les Baxter with an
instrument. It was covered by folks like Leena Horn and Elvis. However, we will always
love the Phil Spector produced Righteous Brothers’ version recorded ten years late in
1965. And of course, it was a hit again some twenty-five years after that with its
inclusion in the film "Ghost".