I admit, Day Twelve seemed a bit tedious to me. However, once I looked at the songs, I realized I recognized most of them.
1. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
A song most will recognize from films, if not from the radio. It’s such a great song; you’ll want to snap your fingers and sing along.
2. It Ain’t Necessarily So – Diahann Carroll & The Andre Previn Trio
The last song featured for the 1950s section. It’s described as “folk opera” and it slowly comes into play. I actually found myself really enjoying it, especially because of its overall tone. Add in the scatting, and you’ve hit gold!
3. Wondrous Place – Billy Fury
There’s something very provocative about this wonderfully minimalistic track, with bluesy, dramatic vocals, and pure character. Definitely on my list for the tracks I’ve enjoyed so far.
4. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
One of my favorites. I admit I love singing along to this in the car. If you haven’t heard this song, you desperately need to. I love the original, as well as the Michael Buble cover.
5. Chaje Shukarije – Esma Redzepova
There is something so incredibly powerful and beautiful about the vocals on this track. I can’t help but be a bit fascinated.
6. Oh Carolina – Folkes Brothers
I love the pure-Jamaican vibe of this song. It’s got a wonderful style to it, and lots of flair.
7. The Click Song (Qongqothwane) – Miriam Makeba
There is a wonderful, jazzy feel. It is a stand-alone track that is difficult to ignore.
8. Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
The beginning of the girl-group era. This song has a great melody to it, and is genuinely catchy. I also love its subtlety and its risqué meaning. Seriously. Read the lyrics.
9. Love Hurts – The Everly Brothers
Another song destroyed by American commercials. I just can’t listen to this song with a smile on my face. I’m sorry, Everly Brothers. You’re cool and all, but commercials that play on a loop are not!
10. September Song – Ella Fitzgerald
Bow down to Ella Fitzgerald. She really was perfection. Each line is sang with such genteel and grace, I admit to a case of goosebumps, especially as she croons, “When you reach September…” There is something heart wrenchingly perfect about this slow-paced love song.
Day Twelve was exciting. I was glad to finally reach the 1960s. I’m looking forward to more Motown and, partially, looking forward to hearing songs from the British Invasion.