What 1966 Song Gave The Lovin’ Spoonful Their Name?

Song: Coffee Blues (1966) Artist: Mississippi John Hurt In the song Coffee Blues, the legendary blues artist Mississippi John Hurt, in his usual good-natured way, talks about wanting a spoonful of something. He claims, in the beginning, that it’s Maxwell House coffee (he calls it Maxwell’s House), his favorite coffee that really is good to the last … Read more

Please Come To Boston: Who Did If First?

Song: Please Come to Boston (1974) Artist: Dave Loggins Album: Apprentice (In a Musical Workshop) – (Epic) Having just wrote about Danny’s Song, by Kenny Loggins, I couldn’t help but think of another heartfelt song by his kin. If you’re a country fan, you have probably heard one or another country star sing the lyrics “I’m … Read more

Even Though We Ain’t Got Money – What Song is It?

Song: Danny’s Song (1972) Artist: Loggins & Messina Album: Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In (Columbia) Even though we ain’t got money are perhaps the most recognizable lyrics in the chorus of Danny’s Song, written by Kenny Loggins. Many people do not realize that Kenny Loggins was not always the king of the movie soundtrack. In … Read more

25 or 6 to 4 Meaning: Time of Day or Drugs?

Chicago 25 or 6 to 4

Song: 25 or 6 to 4 (1970) Artist: Chicago Album: Chicago II (Columbia) The Tommy Tutone song Jenny (867-5309) spawned quite a myth, or maybe not a myth, about thousands of people calling the number from the song and overloading the circuit boards, thus causing the number to always be “out of service,” or something like that. But … Read more

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