Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Names That Are So Awesome They Became Song Titles Twice (or More!)

For the third time, I'm perusing rock & roll history, looking at names that moonlighted as song titles. This time, though, I'm focusing strictly on names that were so popular they ended up as song titles twice or more. I previously pointed out Roxanne, who popped up as the title of The Police's first U.S. Top 40 single in 1978 and as the repeated titular refrain of UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne" six years later (and as a string of answer songs, some of which were performed by Roxanne Shante), and Lucille, who appeared in the title of songs by Kenny RogersPrefab Sprout, among others, among other names (click here and here to see). Here are five more.

"Amanda" Don Williams/Waylon Jennings/Boston It's not generally the first name one thinks of when one thinks of female names. She seems to be more popular in Hollywood -- Amanda Bynes, Amanda Seyfried, Amanda Peet, Amanda Plummer, Amanda Blake, Melrose Place's Amanda Woodward and Dr. Bellows' wife on I Dream of Jeannie -- than in everyday life. But she's climbed the music charts several times, most notably via Boston's 1986 No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Waylon Jenning's 1979 country No. 1, which was previously recorded in 1973 by Don Williams.

"Caroline" Fleetwood Mac and Concrete Blonde There's also a "Caroline" by the British rock band Status Quo and one by Jefferson Starship (from 1974's Dragonfly), a band which, like Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks (though "Caroline" was a Lindsey Buckingham-written-and-sung Tango in the Night track), really loved to name-drop ladies. The Nicks-penned "Sara" (not to be confused with the 1985 chart-topper by the Jefferson Starship sequel, Starship) was a Top 10 single in 1979, the same year Jefferson Starship peaked at No. 14 with "Jane."

"Maria" Marty Robbins/Blondie Possibly the most popular woman of song titles, though I doubt they're all named for the same one. Women called Maria have provided the titles to songs from both West Side Story and The Sound of Music as well as tracks by former teen heartthrob Ricky Martin and current one Justin Bieber. That Maria sure gets around!

"Mickey's Monkey" The Miracles/"Mickey" Toni Basil OK, I'm cheating here. The Miracles' 1963 Top 10 was actually about the dance ("The Monkey"), not the guy, but who would have expected the name of the most beloved Disney character to pop up again as the title of a one-hit wonder's chart-topper 19 years later?

"Patches" Dickey Lee/Jerry Reed A unisex name so unusual it could only exist in songs, both tearjerkers in which main characters not always named Patches die by the end of the final verse.

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