Girls Name Songs Stories
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Here are some Girls Name Songs Stories previously posted on the home page as "Featured Songs". We hope you find these stories interesting and add to your appreciation of some of the over 2,000 songs with a girl's name in the title or lyrics.
Check out the top 50 baby girl names on our home page, with links to related songs. Also our list of best love songs with a girl's or woman's name in the title, our top 40 love songs! Feedback and suggestions appreciated.
Featured Song *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.
Featured Song *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!
Featured Song *Buddy Holly made some of his first professional recordings in Nashville in 1956 under contract with Decca Records. One of those songs was Rock Around With Ollie Vee. The song was written by his friend and lead guitarist Sonny Curtis. The song tells a story of rockin’ good times with Ollie Vee, a name Sonny borrowed from a woman who lived and worked on his father’s farm. From those 1956 Nashville recordings, Decca released some singles in 1957 including Rock Around With Ollie Vee, the “B-side” of That’ll Be The Day, one of Buddy Holly’s biggest hits. Those recordings were also used on an album in 1958 called That’ll Be The Day, the last album released before Buddy Holly’s untimely death in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. Rock Around With Ollie Vee has also been covered by Stray Cats, Shakin’ Stevens, and others.
Featured Song Story *Maybe you remember the instrumental song, Angela, although you might not have known the name. It was written by Bob James in 1978, and it was the theme song for the TV show, Taxi. The song was named after a character in the third episode, season one. The producers liked it and replaced their original theme song choice, Touchdown, also written by Bob James and the name of his album featuring both songs. The theme song change was made before the first episode aired, so “Angela” is the only theme you heard.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and so are songs. They are the artistic medium for creative genius expressed in music instead of oil and canvas. Songs take us back to memories of people, places, and circumstances thought lost but now revived by the magic of music.
Our list includes many excellent instrumental songs. Don’t think they are any less meaningful without lyrics. These songs evoke images and arouse feelings that can be just as strong as those from lyrical songs. The instrumentals on our list include Jessica by Allman Brothers Band, and how about another great guitar presentation in 1973 from Buckingham Nicks: Stephanie. The visual memory is invoked when the song was used in a movie or show like Tracy's Theme in the 1959 TV production, The Philadelphia Story. The song was written by Robert Mersey under the pseudonym Spencer Ross. Known for the haunting saxaphone melody Tracy's Theme, was a big hit in 1959 and 1960.
Featured Song Story *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).
Featured Song Story *Oscar Winner! The first time an Academy Award was presented for Best Original Song was in 1934. Then in 1937 the award went to Harry Owens for his song, Sweet Leilani, featured in the movie Waikiki Wedding staring Bing Crosby. The song was sung by Bing and it became one of the biggest hits of 1937. Leilani is a popular Hawaiian name and Harry wrote the song in honor of his new baby daughter. The song was also featured in the 1938 movie, Cocoanut Grove. Other girls name songs that have won the Oscar include Mona Lisa, written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, and Gigi, written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Lerner.
Featured Song Story *The song Tammy was recorded by Debby Reynolds in 1957. It earned her a Gold Record and was the number one best-selling single by a female vocalist that year. It was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and sung by the character of Tammy played by Debbie Reynolds in the 1957 movie Tammy and the Bachelor, starring Debbie Reynolds and Leslie Nielsen. The song was number one on Billboard’s pop charts for five weeks and remained a top 40 hit song for 23 weeks and was even nominated for a “Best Song” Academy Award in 1957. This beautiful song is sung in a mix of first and third person as the movie character Tammy sings to herself and about herself saying “Tammy’s in love” and first person lyrics “My Heart beats so joyfully.” Debby Reynolds, born Mary Frances Reynolds, died December 28, 2016, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.
Featured Song Story *Sheila was a big hit song for 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. Tommy’s Aunt Sheila was visiting the family that weekend and 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.
Featured Song Story *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.
Featured Song Story *Joanne is a new song by Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Germanotta), released on the album Joanne in honor of her aunt who died of Lupus at the tender age of 19. In this release, Lady Gaga takes a more personal introspective approach. ”This record was about me trying to understand my father, and his grief," she explains in a statement. "It's also a record about me trying to understand myself and wondering where I'm going next in life. Because truly, the thing that I'm searching for the most is to feel connected to humanity, to feel connected as a person. So Joanne is like, you know, Lady Gaga if you erase all the fame." Lady Gaga exploded into the commercial market with her 2008 critically acclaimed debut album The Fame.
Featured Song Story *Sylvia's Mother, as sung by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, was written by Shel Silverstein, based on a failed relationship he really had. It depicts a young man fruitlessly trying to get in touch with his girlfriend before she leaves town as her mother stops him from talking to her on the phone. This is one my favorite songs I classify as Meddling Moms. The mother of his sweetheart sabotages the relationship leaving our heart-broken suitor alone and frustrated. Other good examples are Living Next Door To Alice, by Smokie in 1976, although it appears as though the song writer never actually had a love relationship with Alice, and the Burl Ives 1962 clasic Mary Ann Regrets.
Featured Song Story *Candle In The Wind was a big hit for Elton John in 1973 as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson. Written by Elton and his friend Bernie Taupin, the song was intended to pay respect to the many great people who lost their lives young. And so in 1997, to pay respect to Princess Diana at the time of her passing and to reflect the great sorrow of a nation, and the world, Elton John re-wrote the song to pay homage specifically to Diana, Princess of Wales. The song became the best selling single ever in the UK and USA markets and even worldwide! Although her name is not actually in the song, it is for her, and released as Candle In The Wind, 1997, Goodbye England's Rose
Featured Song Story *I Love Lucy, the theme song for the hit comedy TV series was first written as an instrumental by Harold Adamson. He later added the lyrics sung by Desi Arnaz in the episode "Lucy's Last Birthday". There are many TV shows featuring a female lead, such as Gidget, Hazel, Jeannie, and Maude. But the most well known is Lucy! Staring in her own show, Lucile Ball became the iconic female lead for TV sit-com comedy. The original show ran from 1951 to 1957 and continued in various forms until 1960 and it can probably be seen today as it lives on in reruns.
Featured Song Story *Her name is Dixie and her story is told in song by Danielle Bradbery in her recent country hit single, The Heart of Dixie. It’s an adult woman’s story told by the sixteen year old Texas sweetheart, Danielle Bradbery who won the hearts of many of us on the TV singing challenge series, The Voice.
Featured Song Story *You should not be surprised to learn that some of the girls name songs on the list are songs written about the writer's or artist's own mother. John Lennon wrote the song Julia about his mum. Singer-composer and guitar player, Damon Johnson, of Brother Crane, wrote Voice of Eujena about his mother. And Philomena was written for his mother by Phil Lynott, founder, front man, and primary song writer of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. The song speaks of a son’s love and his wish to let her know how he feels. Lynott also wrote a song dedicated to his Grandmother, Sarah, for whom he named his daughter. He also wrote a different song, called Sarah (v3) (or My Sarah), for his daughter! Legendary Phil Lynott passed away at the age of 36 in 1986.
Featured Song Story *Young Stars: Michael Jackson began his professional singing career at age six when he joined his brothers’ group, The Jackson Brothers. When Michael began singing lead vocals the band changed their name to The Jackson 5.
At that same time period, Donny Osmond began singing with his brothers professionally. Donny made his public debut on the Andy Williams show at age five and began his trip to stardom with his brothers, The Osmonds.
Hi Hi Hazel was a regional hit in 1966, sung by Gary & The Hornets. Back in 1966 Gary & The Hornets band members ranged from 6 to 13 years old! They were from Franklin, Ohio and were popular in the Dayton and Cincinnati area in 1966 and 1967.
The number of young singing stars is far too many to include in this short post, but I cannot end without mentioning that Paul Anka was just sixteen when he wrote and recorded his hit, Diana, in 1957.
Featured Song Story *Tracy charted at number five and was the title song on the 1969 album, Tracy, by the Cuff Links. The lead singer was Ron Dante, the bubble-gum music king who also sang lead for The Detergents and The Archies as well as numerous commercial jingles and other anonymous studio gigs. The Cuff Links (Ron Dante) followed Tracy with a not-so-successful girls name song, When Julie Comes Around. These songs were the work of songwriter-producer team, Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. With The Archies, Dante performed the 1969 hit, Sugar Sugar. That song was the number one best selling record in 1969. Ron, who was born Carmine Granito, is a talented singer, songwriter, and producer. When performing with “The Archies” he sang all the parts, including the female parts by singing falsetto! Dante went on to be a successful producer for Barry Manilow and often sang backup on Barry’s recordings. He sang backup with Barry Manilow on the 1974 hit single, Mandy. Ron Dante continues to be active in the music industry and in 2006 released the CD, California Weekend.
Featured Song Story *And Aubrey was her name. David Gates wrote the hit song Aubrey in 1972 and released it on Bread's album Guitar Man. It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard charts. This is a beautiful melancholy song about a love that was never fully realized. The song is about loving a girl and wishing to spend a lifetime with her but for some reason she disappeared. We are never really told why in the song, but just that the relationship was short-lived and now she is gone and he misses her so. I have not seen any official explanation but some have theorized that she died. One person said that they heard it was written by David about a neighbor whom he never really got to know. After she died suddenly, he felt remorse and wished he had gotten to know her. Another person pointed to the recent split with his wife. But no matter what the motivation, the song Aubrey is one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching songs written about an unrealized love.
Featured Song Story *Richard Wayne Penniman, also known as Little Richard, recorded eight Girls Name Songs in 1956 and 1957. His best known and one of his biggest hits ever was Lucille, recorded in 1957 and written by himself and Albert Collins. Another one from Little Richard was on the flip side of his hit Bama Lama Bama Loo and it was called Annie's Back
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