What Song Goes “In 1814 We Took a Little Trip”

Spectacular Johnny Horton album cover

Song: The Battle of New Orleans (1958) Artist: Johnny Horton Album: The Spectacular Johnny Horton (Columbia) The Battle of New Orleans was a huge country/folk hit in 1959 for Texas-born Johnny Horton, sometimes known as the “singing fisherman.” After an already successful singing career, he had been signed to Columbia in the late 1950s and in 1957 … Read more

I’m Special, So Special: What Song Is It?

Song: Brass in Pocket (1980) Artist: Pretenders Album: The Pretenders (Real Records/Sire) Brass in Pocket may be the most well-known Pretenders song, but since, like so much of the Pretender’s music, it has lived on so long, many people who hear it may have never heard of the Pretenders. Since the words “Brass in Pocket” are … Read more

What Song Was the Scorpions’ First Major U.S. Hit?

Scorpions band portrait

Song: No One Like You Album: Blackout (1982) Label: Mercury Although the album Blackout was not the Scorpions’ first album to break in America, it offered up their first major hit: No One Like You. Scorpions had already had album success with 1979’s Lovedrive (1979), which featured guitar work from both original guitarist Michael Schenker, Rudolph … Read more