My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone
Red Red Wine UB40
Strange Overtones David Byrne and Brian Eno
Patricia Perez Prado
Shop Around Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
I Got My Mind Set On You George Harrison
Jackie Wilson (I'm In Heaven When You Smile) Van Morrison
Ranking Full Stop The (English) Beat
This Old Heart of Mine Terri Terrell
Would I Lie to You? Eurythmics
Bad Romance Lady Gaga
Extra bonus track:
Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd
It's New Year's Eve, so it has to be the right day for this season's Dance Party. I'll admit I edited the list a little and moved things around to make the set a baker's dozen of DYN-O-MITE! The set starts of just playing with you a little, a little slap and tickle, but from Perez Prado on, you've got to get up and the music pushes you on.
It's really hard to top Lady Gaga's hit, but I end with the fantastic first version of Eddie Floyd's masterpiece Knock on Wood. A great piece of trivia about this song is that when Eddie and guitarist Steve Cropper wrote this, they fully expected it to be given to Otis Redding to record. This version was just a demo, but Stax decided to release it "as is" and it went to number one.
A demo and they ripped it up! One of the greatest songs of the rock era.
There's a lesson here for the young people. Always give it your best.
Happy New Year, everybody!