Monday, Aug. 26, is National Dog Appreciation Day, but we love dogs so much, we're playing our favorite pooch-related songs all week. Men can claim them all they want, but dogs are everyone's best friend.
SONG OF THE monDAY
Blue was written by Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey and recorded by the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. It was released in 1964 as the B-side for the song The Times They Are A-Changin’. The live version of Blue is the fourth track on the 1964 album, Peter, Paul & Mary In Concert.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Atomic Dog is a 1982 George Clinton song from the album, Computer Games. It was the P-Funk All-Star's last number one on the R&B charts. In 2007, courts found Atomic Dog guilty of copyright infringement for its use of Public Announcement's lyrics "Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea" from the song, D.O.G in Me.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
SONG OF THE thursDAY
Hound Dog was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1952. Though Elvis made the song famous in 1956, Big Mama's version is credited with helping spur the mix of R&B into rock music. It was her only hit, but it marked the success of race-mixing in music a year before Brown v. Board of Education mandated the desegregation of public schools.
SONG OF THE friDAY
The More Boys I Meet is from Carrie Underwood's 2007 album, Carnival Ride. It's the eleventh track on the album but was never released as a single. We think the humorous take on dating would have been a No. 1, smash hit among women listeners, if it had gotten some airplay in that male-dominated world of country radio. Though, at Vinyl, we think the more people we meet, the more we love our dog.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Credited to Lennon-McCartney, Paul McCartney wrote Martha My Dear about for his Old English Sheepdog, Martha. It was recorded by the Beatles in 1968 for their double album, The Beatles (White Album).
SONG OF THE sunDAY
I Wanna Have Dog Breath is by Howard Hanger and recorded as Howard Hanger Jazz Fantasy for the 1997 children's album, Dog Breath & Other Mind Boggling Hits for Kids. Other great jams include, Apples and Bananas, Read a Book, and I've Got an Elephant Up My Nose.