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Today I thought I would share this pretty famous song by The Mamas & the Papas – “California Dreaming'”. This is a hippy dippy song, released in December 1965. Actually, before I looked up when it was released, I would have guessed it was 1967, as it seems to fit perfectly with that year/summer of love. But not, it was the end of 1965, so ahead of its time in many ways.

The Mamas & the Papas were made up of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips (husband and wife), and Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. “California Dreaming'” was written in 1963 by the husband and wife songwriting team when they were living in New York. “California Dreamin'” was only a moderate hit when it was released;  reaching number 4 in the USA but only number 27 in the UK. However, it has since gone on to become one of the best known songs of the mid-1960s.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winter’s day

Stepped into a church I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray
You know the preacher, like the cold, he knows I’m gonna stay
California dreaming on such a winter’s day

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
If I didn’t tell her I could leave today
California dreaming on such a winter’s day
On such a winter’s day, on such a winter’s day

The song is number 89 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs. Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!

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At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs is “What’d I say” by Ray Charles. This song was released in 1959 and marked Charles’ cross-over from Rhythm ‘n’ Blues to main-stream pop. The beginnings of the song were actually written live on stage by Charles as be improvised with his band during a concert in 1958.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles.



The song was criticised for its “sexual content”, but in an interview in 1978 Charles said that the “moaning” was nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s how we all got started! 😉


Hey mama, don’t you treat me wrong
Come and love your daddy all night long
All right now, hey hey, all right
See the girl with the diamond ring
She knows how to shake that thing
All right now now now, hey hey, hey hey
Tell your mama, tell your pa
I’m gonna send you back to Arkansas
Oh yes, ma’m, you don’t do right, don’t do right
Aw, play it boy
When you see me in misery
Come on baby, see about me
Now yeah, all right, all right, aw play it, boy
When you see me in misery
Come on baby, see about me
Now yeah, hey hey, all right
See the girl with the red dress on
She can do the Birdland all night long

Yeah yeah, what’d I say, all right
Well, tell me what’d I say, yeah
Tell me what’d I say right now
Tell me what’d I say
Tell me what’d I say right now
Tell me what’d I say
Tell me what’d I say yeah

And I wanna know
Baby I wanna know right now
And-a I wanna know
And I wanna know right now yeah
And-a I wanna know
Said I wanna know yeah

[Spoken:] Hey, don’t quit now! (c’mon honey)
Naw, I got, I uh-uh-uh, I’m changing (stop! stop! we’ll do it again)
Wait a minute, wait a minute, oh hold it! Hold it! Hold it!
Hey (hey) ho (ho) hey (hey) ho (ho) hey (hey) ho (ho) hey
Oh one more time (just one more time)
Say it one more time right now (just one more time)
Say it one more time now (just one more time)
Say it one more time yeah (just one more time)
Say it one more time (just one more time)
Say it one more time yeah (just one more time)

Hey (hey) ho (ho) hey (hey) ho (ho) hey (hey) ho (ho) hey
Ah! Make me feel so good (make me feel so good)
Make me feel so good now yeah (make me feel so good)
Woah! Baby (make me feel so good)
Make me feel so good yeah (make me feel so good)
Make me feel so good (make me feel so good)
Make me feel so good yeah (make me feel so good)
Huh (huh) ho (ho) huh (huh) ho (ho) huh (huh) ho (ho) huh
Awh it’s all right (baby it’s all right)
Said that it’s all right right now (baby it’s all right)
Said that it’s all right (baby it’s all right)
Said that it’s all right yeah (baby it’s all right)
Said that it’s all right (baby it’s all right)
Said that it’s all right (baby it’s all right)

Woah! Shake that thing now (baby shake that thing)
Baby shake that thing now now (baby shake that thing)
Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing)
Baby shake that thing right now (baby shake that thing)
Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing)
Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing)
Woah! I feel all right now yeah (make me feel all right)
Said I feel all right now (make me feel all right)
Woooah! (make me feel all right)
Tell you I feel all right (make me feel all right)
Said I feel all right (make me feel all right)
Baby I feel all right (make me feel all right)


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





Which is your favourite Ray Charles song?

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As I’ve now finished counting down the 500 greatest albums according to Rolling Stone Magazine (see, for example, number 1 here), I thought I would next take a look at their 500 greatest songs. I am not going to count down the entire 500! Just the top 30, but for those of you interested the top 100 from 100 to 31 are


  • 100 – Gnarls Barkley – ”Crazy” (2006)
  • 99 – Credence Clearwater Revival – ”Fortunate Son” (1969)
  • 98 – Al Green – ”Love and Happiness” (1972)
  • 97 – Chuck Berry – ”Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
  • 96 – Jerry Lee Lewis – ”Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
  • 95 – Carl Perkins – ”Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  • 94 – Little Richard – ”Good Golly, Miss Molly” (1958)
  • 93 – U2 – ”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
  • 92 – Ramones – ”Blitzkrieg Bop” (1976)
  • 91 – Elvis Presley – ”Suspicious Minds” (1969)
  • 90 – The Five Satins – ”In the Still of the Night” (1956)
  • 89 – The Mamas and the Papas – ”California Dreamin” (1965)
  • 88 – The Temptations – ”My Girl” (1965)
  • 87 – Johnny Cash – ”Ring of Fire” (1963)
  • 86 – Bruce Springsteen – ”Thunder Road” (1975)
  • 85 – Patsy Cline – “Crazy” (1961)
  • 84 – The Police – ”Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  • 83 – The Beatles – ”Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)“ (1965)
  • 82 – Fats Domino – ”Blueberry Hill” (1956)
  • 81 – Marvin Gaye – ”I Heard it Through the Grapevine” (1968)
  • 80 – The Kinks – ”You Really Got Me” (1964)
  • 79 – The Byrds – ”Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
  • 78 – James Brown – ”I Got You (I Feel Good)“ (1965)
  • 77 – Elvis Presley – ”Mystery Train” (1955)
  • 76 – The Beatles – ”Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
  • 75 – Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
  • 74 – Eddie Cochran – “Summertime Blues” (1958)
  • 73 – Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” (1972)
  • 72 – The Beach Boys – “California Girls” (1965)
  • 71 – James Brown – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (1966)
  • 70 – Dionne Warwick – “Walk On By” (1964)
  • 69 – Roy Orbison – “Cryin'” (1961)
  • 68 – Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
  • 67 – Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
  • 66 – Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Redemption Song” (1980)
  • 65 – Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love” (1968)
  • 64 – The Beatles – “She Loves You” (1963)
  • 63 – Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
  • 62 – Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley” (1955)
  • 61 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” (1957)
  • 60 – Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
  • 59 – Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are-A-Changin'” (1964)
  • 58 – Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)
  • 57 – Procol Harum – “Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
  • 56 – The Sex Pistols – “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1977)
  • 55 – Little Richard – “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
  • 54 – The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie” (1963)
  • 53 – Percy Sledge – “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
  • 52 – Prince – “When Doves Cry” (1984)
  • 51 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – “The Message” (1982)
  • 50 – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
  • 49 – The Eagles – “Hotel California” (1976)
  • 48 – Simon and Garfunkel – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  • 47 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
  • 46 – David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)
  • 45 – Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
  • 44 – Ray Charles – “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
  • 43 – Little Richard – “Tutti-Frutti” (1955)
  • 42 – The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” (1968)
  • 41 – The Band – “The Weight” (1968)
  • 40 – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
  • 39 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets – “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
  • 38 – The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter” (1969)
  • 37 – Bob Marley – “No Woman, No Cry” (1975)
  • 36 – U2 – “One” (1991)
  • 35 – The Doors – “Light My Fire” (1967)
  • 34 – The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (1964)
  • 33 – Ike and Tina Turner – “River Deep – Mountain High” (1966)
  • 32 – The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
  • 31 – Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)



There are some great songs in this list from 100 to 31, and I will blog about some of them over the coming months.

But, to start our countdown from 30 to 1, at number 30 in their list is ‘I Walk the Line’ by Johnny Cash. I didn’t really know much about Johnny Cash or his music until I saw the great 2005 movie about him, which is called ‘Walk the Line’ and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. If you like this song, I recommend watching the movie.



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At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.



This song was written by Cash, was released in May 1956 and it reached number 17 in the US Billboard charts, and number 1 in their country music charts.


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

You’ve got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can’t hide
For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





Which is your favourite Johnny Cash song?

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