Way Back 2022

July 22, 2022 - Stevie, Dean, Ricky and the Rolling Stones at the Movies, Lavette and Anka Vids, Lloyd Price Ballpark Tune

"Fingertips," Little Stevie Wonder's number one hit from 1963, enters the horror realm through its use in director Jordan Peele's latest creepy-scary film Nope, currently pulling in big box office numbers. French comedy My Donkey, My Lover and I has some fun with a song from the 1960 John Wayne epic The Alamo: "My Rifle, My Pony and Me," sung by costars Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. And Minions: The Rise of Gru gets into a Stones zone with "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

The so-called interpolations of classic songs in current recordings are getting trickier and trickier to identify. A current example is "The Last Goodbye" by Odesza, which heavily samples Betty Lavette's 1965 soul classic "Let Me Down Easy" and is being heard on a commercial for MacBook Air. Another is Doja Cat's video for "Streets," which opens with Paul Anka's 1959 hit "Put Your Head on My Shoulder."

Finally, Major League Baseball's All-Star game broadcast from Dodger Stadium included a nice slice of Lloyd Price's 1959 million-seller "Personality," for no apparent reason than...it sounds great!

Fingertips Put Your Head on My Shoulder Mr. Personality's 15 Hits