Kathleen, American Irish girl

Do you enjoy old Irish folk songs? How about "I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen”? A song covered by Slim Whitman in 1957, Elvis Presley in 1973, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, and even featured in a Star Trek episode when an inebriated Lieutenant Kevin Riley attempted to sing this beautiful "Irish ballad”. But guess what? It’s not an old Irish folk song! Surprisingly, I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, was written in Plainfield, Indiana by an American composer, Thomas P. Westendorf in 1875, and first introduced to the public by a group of singers performing at the town hall in Plainfield, Indiana. The sheet music was first published in 1876 in Cincinnati, Ohio and it soon became one of the most popular songs in America!

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Belle

Some songs are written about mythical female characters from legends and stories. The songs are about a goddess, the heroine, or some other interesting character. When these stories become theatrical productions, songs help bring the characters to life, goading our emotions into caring for the characters. They may not have been real actual people, but we care about them as if they were. This is true even with animated movies. An excellent example of this is the song “Belle” about the lead character in the 1991 Disney production of Beauty and the Beast. The animated movie was also adapted and produced as a very successful Broadway musical in 1994 and most recently, now in 2017 released as a full length live-action movie. The beautiful song, Belle was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and sung by Paige O'Hara (Belle).

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Jolene, the other woman

The 1973 Dolly Parton hit song, Jolene is a good example of a song about the “other” woman. According to interviews and as stated on some live performances, Dolly says she wrote the song about an attractive bank clerk who was a little too flirtatious with Dolly’s husband, Carl Dean. The woman’s name was not Jolene, Dolly took that name from a young fan who wanted an autograph; she thought the name was pretty and ideal for the song. Jolene was not only one of her most successful songs, but also her song most covered by other performers. Jack White took the song and changed the perspective so he could sing about Jolene as his girlfriend who was cheating on him with one of his buddies; it’s been a very popular part of concerts by The White Stripes. With Jolene portrayed as a cheating girlfriend, Jack White makes it a very emotional performance! Other cover versions include one by Dolly with Pentatonix and one by Mindy Smith (said to be one of Dolly’s favorites). Songs on our list about the “other” woman also include I'm Not Lisa (My Name is Julie) by Jessi Colter and two songs from the man’s perspective, Margie’s At The Lincoln Park Inn, by Bobby Bare, and (Lying Here With) Linda On My Mind, by Conway Twitty.

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A Girl Named January

The song, January, was written by David Paton, lead singer and co-founder of the Scottish pop-rock band Pilot. In an interview, David Paton explained the origin of his 1975 hit song. He described how one evening as his wife was reading a book featuring a lead female character named January, she said to David, “January is a nice name for a girl, don’t you think?” He started thinking about it along with a melody and soon wrote the song about a girl named January. The song was the biggest hit for Pilot, reaching number one on the UK Singles chart for three weeks and charted at number one in Australia as well. January only dipped into the top 40 list in the USA where Pilot was better known for their other hit pop song, Magic which charted at number 5 in the USA.

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A Girl Named Noel

A Girl Named Noel is a song performed by Jim Nabors, comedian, singer, and actor best known for his comedic rolls. He is remembered most for his portrayal of the lovable, good-natured country-boy character, Gomer Pyle, co-staring on “The Andy Griffith Show” on TV in the 1960’s. His character was spun-off for the TV comedy show “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” where he really capitalized on his memorable exclamation phrase, “Well goooooaaallly!” Born in Alabama, James Thurston Nabors, (June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) is remembered mostly for his comedy but also for his rich baritone singing voice. A Girl Named Noel is a unique and memorable song written by L. Laurie & A. Tucker and sung by Jim Nabors on his 1972 album, Merry Christmas.

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Tommy Roe's Sheila

The song, Sheila was a big hit song for singer-songwriter, Tommy Roe in 1962 but it didn’t start out with that name. At the young age of 14, Tommy had a school-boy crush on a girl named Frieda and wrote a poem about her. That poem later morphed into a song but when he auditioned with the song about sweet little Frieda, the record producer said that the name just didn’t sound right. Then when Tommy’s Aunt Sheila was visiting the family for a weekend, that’s when the name Sheila struck him as perfect for the song. With that change, the song Sheila became a chart-topper and launched his career. Tommy Roe has other girls name songs on our list including Heather Honey and Sweet Pea.

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Fate and Fortune

Please Don't Ask About Barbara, written by Bill Buchanan and Jack Keller and performed by Bobby Vee, reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. As fate would have it, the song was handicapped by Dick Clark’s divorce with his first wife, Barbara! Dick Clark never gave the song air time on American Bandstand so it never achieved its hit potential. Fate played an important part in Bobby Vee’s career which would not exist if not for the devastating accident in 1959 when Bobby's career began amid tragedy. On February 3, 1959, The Day The Music Died, the three headliners of the traveling 'Winter Dance Party', Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in an airplane accident and the producers looked for a local band to fill in. Thus, 15-year old Bobby Vee (born Robert Thomas Velline) got his one-in-a-million chance to be a rock ‘n roll star. His performance was a success and launched a career with top-10 hits such as Take Good Care Of My Baby, Devil Or Angel, Rubber Ball, Run To Him, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, and Come Back When You Grow Up.

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