Song Lyric Sunday | “Three Times a Lady” – Commodores

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  girl(s).”

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Staying with the adult form of the theme so I can post this great classic from 1978!

Three Times a Lady, from the Commodores‘ sixth album Natural High, topped the Billboard Hot 100, R&B Singles chart and Adult Contemporary chart. It also topped the U.K. Singles chart for 5 weeks.

The song was written by Lionel Richie after being inspired by a comment his father said to his mother.

FUN FACTS

    • This was a breakthrough song for the Commodores and for Lionel Richie as a songwriter. It crossed over to pop, easy listening and even country formats.
    • The Commodores were more of a funk band before their massive success with sentimental love songs like Three Times a Lady.
    •  In the UK, this was #1 for five weeks. It was the biggest UK hit for Motown Records.
    • This was the first #1 hit Lionel Richie wrote, but far from his last: he wrote songs that were #1 US hits in each of the next seven years, giving him the record for most consecutive #1s by a songwriter who was never a Beatle (Paul McCartney wrote songs that went to #1 1964-1971).

The video is a live performance from The Midnight Special.

Enjoy!

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Three Times a Lady

by the Commodores
Songwriter: Lionel Richie
Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in my mind
And now that we’ve come to the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

You shared my dreams
My joys
My pains
You made my life worth living for
And if I had to live my life over again, dear
I’d spend each and every moment with you

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

When we are together
The moments I cherish
With every beat of my heart
To touch you
To hold you
To feel you
To need you
There’s nothing to keep us apart

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

Song Lyric Sunday | “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – Deniece Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  boys.”

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Let’s Hear It for the Boy was the second song released from the soundtrack of 1984’s Footloose and became a #1 song for artist Deniece Williams.

In the film, the song was used in a scene where Kevin Bacon tries to teach Christopher Penn how to dance, and Penn is having a hard time.

Fun Fact: When Williams recorded Let’s Hear It for the Boy the first time, Dean Pitchford thought it sounded too girlish, so she flew from Los Angeles to New York to quickly do another take under deadline pressure. She ended up doing the proper take late that night after a long flight, but it was worth it. When she saw the film, she thought the scene where they used her song was incredible.

George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the duo Boy Meets Girl sang backup,  and also wrote Whitney Houston’s songs How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).

Enjoy!

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Let’s Hear It for the Boy

by Deniece Williams

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

No theme was posted for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday and I pray all is well with Helen as she hasn’t been feeling well. Sending love and prayers out to her.

Which leads me to go my own way this week and use the prompt of send/sending.”

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Recorded by American singer Sam Cooke and released as a single in 1957, You Send Me was Cooke’s debut single and  a massive commercial success, becoming a number one hit on both Billboard‘s Rhythm & Blues Records chart and the Billboard Hot 100.

It was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2010, the song ranked #115 in Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In addition to the original version by Sam Cooke, You Send Me has received numerous covers over the years, the most important being the versions of Teresa Brewer (1957), Aretha Franklin (1968), Ponderosa Twins Plus One (1971) and The Manhattans (1985).

Fun Fact: Most sources credit Sam Cooke as the song’s writer, but some sources say the song was written by Charles “LC” Cooke, Sam’s older brother and member of The Singing Children, the Cooke family gospel group.

Not the best video–this performance is from American Bandstand sixty years ago–but his vocals are spot on!

Enjoy!

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You Send Me

by Sam Cooke

Song Lyric Sunday | “The Last Song” – Elton John

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “last.” 

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With yesterday being World AIDS Day and the current biopic of Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, holding its own with movie theater audiences, this selection was pretty easy.

Elton John’s The Last Song was written shortly after Mercury died of AIDS. At the time, AIDS was becoming a pandemic and little was known about the disease or how to treat it. Sufferers were shunned and feared. This song narrates the story of an estranged father coming to terms with his son’s disease and homosexuality, while the son is coming to terms with dying.

This beautiful song was on John’s 1992 The One album, and all proceeds from the single went to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The song is used during the closing montage of the 1993 HBO docudrama And The Band Played On…

Enjoy!

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The Last Song

by Elton John

Song Lyric Sunday | “Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was In” – Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “first.” 

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While the neither the title of the lyrics contain this week’s theme, the featured group’s name does! 😀 😀

Just Dropped In … by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals) peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. It was Rogers’ first top ten hit. The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late 1960s, stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of the First Edition’s catalog,  and got the group their first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Enjoy!

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Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition

Song Lyric Sunday | “Stop, Look, Listen” – The Stylistics

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “listen.” 

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Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) is a soul song written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed that was originally recorded by the Philadelphia soul group the Stylistics.

An R&B ballad, it was the first track from their 1971 debut self-titled album (and first major hit) and was released as a single in 1971 and reached #39 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, it also climbed to #6 in the Billboard R&B chart.

Motown stars Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross released their version of the same song on their duet album in 1974 as a UK-only single and that version also is part of the 2001 film, Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Enjoy!

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Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)

by The Stylistics

Song Lyric Sunday | “I Want to Take You Higher” – Sly & the Family Stone

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “take/taking.” 

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Unlike most of the other tracks on their 1969 album, Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone’s I Want to Take You Higher is not a message song; instead, it is simply dedicated to music and the feeling one gets from music and is a highlight of the psychedelic era in tune, instrumentation, and lyrics.

Released three months prior to the legendary music concert, Woodstock, I Want to Take You Higher was just one of the group’s stellar performances during the four-day event in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969.

The crazy video is a live performance from the Mike Douglas Show in 1974.

Enjoy!

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I Wan to Take You Higher

by Sly and the Family Stone

Song Lyric Sunday | “Give You My Heart” – Babyface & Toni Braxton

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “give/giving.” 

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Recorded by R&B singers Babyface and Toni Braxton, Give you My Heart was part of the soundtrack for the 1992 film, Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry. The collaboration was released as a single the same year, reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (behind another song from the Boomerang soundtrack, Boyz II Men’s End of the Road).

The song can be found on two of Braxton’s greatest-hits albums, 2003’s Ultimate Toni Braxton and 2007’s The Essential Toni Braxton, and as a B-side on some editions of her 1993 single Another Sad Love Song.

The upscale R&B Remix version is played during the end credits of Boomerang.

Enjoy!

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Give You My Heart

by Babyface & Toni Braxton

Song Lyric Sunday | “The Love I Lost” – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “lost.” 

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As long as I’m in the Way-back Machine, may as well stop by the 70s! 😀

The Love I Lost  by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes was originally written as a ballad by Philly soul songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The song was transformed into a disco song and released from the Black & Blue album in September 1973. Selling more than a million copies, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent 2 weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.  It also reached number 21 in the United Kingdom on the BBC Top 50 singles chart in early 1974.

This isn’t the greatest video… because video wasn’t a thing 45 years ago, but it is an original recording and the tall guy in the center is a very young Teddy Pendergrass before his Love TKO/Close the Door days.

Enjoy!

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The Love I Lost

by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth Wind & Fire

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “hide/hiding/hidden.” 

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I FINALLY get to use a song by the Kings of old school music from the 70s and 80s – Earth Wind & Fire!
Written by Skip Scarborough as You Can’t Hide Love, it was the debut single of Creative Source in 1973. Earth, Wind & Fire included it on their live album Gratitude in1975. Can’t Hide Love was released as a single in 1976 and reached #11 on the US Soul and #39 on US Pop Singles charts. Their version was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Fun Fact: The nominees for the 1977 Best Arrangement for Voices were:
  • Starland Vocal BandAfternoon Delight Lyrics
  • QuireAin’t Misbehavin’
  • Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics
  • Earth Wind & FireCan’t Hide Love Lyrics
  • Singers Unlimited I Get Along Without You Very Well

Even though Earth Wind & Fire and Queen would reign at or near the top of music charts around the world and both groups had released ground-breaking hits by 1977, it was the Starland Vocal Band who walked off with the award for Afternoon Delight. 😀

I was surprised… and bummed to find there is no decent video of Can’t Hide Love available so I went with the Vevo original recording.

Enjoy!

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Can’t Hide Love

by Earth Wind & Fire