Tonight’s show is inspired by the songs my Mammy used to love singing and/or dancing too. She would have been 73 today, so this is a musical birthday party for her.
For a party you need food and drink, and some dishes from the southern states of the USA are mentioned in the first song, and it seems appropriate for a country & western fan. Drinks are provided by a Scot’s singer from my home village of Cleland, and I grew up listening to his music.
JO STAFFORD with JAMBALAYA
SYDNEY DEVINE with TINY BUBBLES
My Mammy went to the special Saturday pictures for kids at the cinema and loved Cowboys and Indians films. Probably this is where that love of the country sound came from, but she also was at an impressionable age when the early rock n’ roll music came on the scene. These next few songs highlight these early influences well I think.
GUY MITCHELL with SHE WEARS RED FEATHERS followed by a birthday jingle
JOHNNY PRESTON with RUNNING BEAR
THE SEEKERS with LOUISIANNA MAN
JOHNNY HORTON with BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
The year my Mammy & Daddy got married this song was in the charts, and over the years I heard it quite frequently. Only recently did I pin down who the artist was and what the song was called.
CLARENCE “FROGMAN” HENRY with BUT I DO
The next two songs were firm favourites.
DON WILLIAMS with YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND
PATSY CLINE with CRAZY
A couple of songs highlight the inner faith my Mammy held, and another provides a novel party game that everyone can join in.
DOCTOR & THE MEDICS with SPIRIT IN THE SKY
SHIRLEY ELLIS with THE CLAPPING SONG
FOSTER & ALLEN with A PLACE IN THE CHOIR
Occasionally parents surprise you and my Mam was no different when she head-bopped to this rap song during a visit to us in the mid nineties. She had the hand movements as well, but perhaps not the attitude and definitely not the bling ha ha.
INNER CIRCLE with BAD BOYS
A good little boy who I knew all about from a very early age was called Bimbo.
JIM REEVES with BIMBO
A party for my Mam would not be complete without an appearance from her favourite artist and another birthday jingle.
DANIEL O’ DONNELL with STAND BESIDE ME
To finish off the evening (after the requests) I wound down the celebrations with a terrific duet from the King & Queen of Country.
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON with ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
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