Saturday, December 17, 2016

10 Songs Celebrating Mom on Mother's Day

Compassionate, caring, and always there in times of trouble and happiness. That’s the trademark of a mom. Mothers come in all sizes, shapes, personalities, and abilities. They may be attentive, nurturing, busy, over-protective, or struggling to overcome challenges, but they will always be our mommas. Here is a list of songs that salute “Mom” on her special day. (Click on titles to hear the songs).

“I’ll Always Love My Mama”The Intruders (1973)

Here’s a blast from the past. One of my favorite songs about mom is by a group that created and defined the “Philly Soul Sound.” Formed in 1960, they were picked up by the famous songwriting/producing team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1965. They joined other groups developed by Gamble and Huff such as The O’Jays and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, forming the “Philly groove.”

“Mother and Child Reunion” Paul Simon (1972)

Singer, songwriter Paul Simon is a 13-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This song was released on the Columbia label two years after his split from long-time music partner Art Garfunkel. Simon is well-known for his music to raise awareness of the anti-apartheid movement and has toured and recorded with South African musicians. I like this tune, as you can hear the reggae, African and World music beat, mixed with folk rock. Jammin.’

Pink Floyd (1979)

1960’s and 70’s psychedelic and progressive rock band out of London has a Mother’s Day song that depicts a woman possessing love, but also has faults. It’s pretty real, but they keep the melody sweet. Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, and are one of the most successful groups of all time.

“Mama Said”
The Shirelles (1961)

This Passaic, New Jersey girl group, started in 1958, was the first all female group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Mama Told Me Not to Come”
Three Dog Night (1970)

You know this group from their hit tune, “Joy To The World.” Danny Hutton, (from Buncrana, Ireland), Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Jimmy Greenspoon hit it off from the jump, recording 14 gold albums. “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was written by Randy Newman, who wrote, “I Love LA,” (1983). The song was first recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals. This funk, pop, rock band eventually disbanded, worn out from touring and the road.

“Dear Mama” 2Pac (Tupac Shakur) (1995)

Tupac sings a song about reality, again, portraying Mom in a more stark, realistic version of life, but the melody is sweet and he keeps it real with his lyrics that flow and draw you. The New York City hip hop, R&B, and rap artist has sold over 75 million albums in the U.S. and internationally. Rolling Stones Magazine proclaimed him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

“Mama Liked the Roses”
Elvis Presley (1969)

The Tupelo, Mississippi native carved a place for himself in the music world as a rock n’ roll, pop, country, blues, and gospel artist. A music legend, they call him simply, “The King.”

“Mama” Spice Girls (1997)

Released on the Virgin record label, “Mama” is a song idea from Melanie B. to pay homage to all the moms of the girl group. Along with side A, “What Do You Think You Are,” it went certified platinum, (BPI).

“I Love My Momma”Snoop Dog (1999)

He’s the front-runner of the West Coast hip hoppers and rappers. Snoop Dog is a Grammy-nominated rapper, hip hop artist, producer, and actor. The Long Beach, California native is a protege of Dr. Dre. “I Love My Momma” is track number 21 on his album, “No Limit Top Dogg.”

“Thank You, Mom”Good Charlotte (2000)

Benji and Joel Madden, punk rockers from Maryland wrote another fave of mine, “Thank You, Mom.” This song appears as a hidden track on their self-titled 2000 release.

May everyone celebrating Mother’s Day enjoy the day in song and celebration!


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