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LOVE HAPPY: OLDIES BUT GOODIES

Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day by watching the 1949 Marx Brothers musical comedy Love Happy, produced by silent film star, Mary Pickford.  There’s no doubt in my mind that the Marx Brothers put the “mad” in “madcap” and their shenanigans had all of us rolling on the floor.   If you’ve never seen this film, check it out – look for guest appearances by Raymond Burr, Bruce Gordon (his debut) and at that time, the “unknown” Marilyn Monroe!

And then enter the vault of Love Happy Oldies.  Do you remember these fun, robust, feel-good love songs that put a spring in your step and had you singing along?

Many of the songs were so catchy that you not only wanted to sing along, but also had you jumping around to the contagious beat — songs like (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet, The Shoop Shoop Song (it’s in his kiss) and A Little Bit Me,  A Little Bit You.

In the 60’s the Doors made their statement: Hello I Love You.  In the 80’s Prince made his own purple statements in Kiss.  Also in the 60’s, Chris Montez had a sweet and endearing way of requesting Call Me.  In the 80’s we found Blondie with a totally different Call Me.  Unlike Chris Montez’s song, this was more demanding and to the point, as only Blondie could be!

So let’s celebrate happy, fun love songs – add these Billboard hits to your favorite listening device or visit them on UTube:

Party Doll – Buddy Knox (’57)   Steve Lawrence (’57)

Come On and Get Me – Fabian (’59)

Poetry in Motion – Johnny Tillotson (’60)

Tell Him – The Exciters (’62)

You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnette (’60)    Ringo (’74)

Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Curtis Lee (’61)

Next Door to An Angel – Neil Sedaka (’62)

Easier Said Than Done – Essex (’63)

He’s So Fine – Chiffons (’63)

The Shoop Shoop Song (it’s in his kiss) – Betty Everett (’64)  and by Cher (’90) for soundtrack of the film Mermaid

(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet – Reflections (’64)

I Only Want to Be With You – Dusty Springfield (’64)    Bay City Rollers (’76)

With This Ring – Platters (’65)

Call Me – Chris Montez (’66)

Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond (’66)

She’s Just My Style – Gary Lewis and the Playboys (’66)

My Love – Petula Clark (’66)

Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (’67)

Everlasting Love – Robert Knight (’67)

Gimme A Little Sign – Brenton Wood (’67)

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You – Monkees (’67)

The Look of Love – Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66  (’68)

Hello I Love You – Doors (’68)

Heaven Knows – Grassroots (’69)

Wait A Million Years – Grassroots (’69)

(They long to be) Close to You – Carpenters (’70)

Beginnings – Chicago (’71)

Treat Her Like a Lady – Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (’71)

Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest (’73)

Top of The World – Carpenters (’73)

Laughter in The Rain – Neil Sedaka (’74)

Miracle – Barry Manilow (’75)

Chevy Van – Sammy Johns (’75)

Swearin’ To God – Franki Valli (’75)

Heard It in a Love Song – Marshall Tucker Band (’77)

So Into You – Atlanta Rhythm Section (’77)

I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit (’80)

Call Me – Blondie (’80)

100 Ways – James Ingram/Quincy Jones (’82)

She’s A Beauty – The Tubes (’83)

Affair of the Heart – Rick Springfield (’83)

Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm (’87)

Kiss – Prince (’87)

Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt  (’91)

Pump up your happy, feel-good love songs or watch some old Marx Brothers comedies and spoil yourself with gourmet chocolate and other sweet treats on sale for Valentine’s Day!  And don’t forget to take advantage of all the other terrific sale items and restaurant specials.  It doesn’t matter if you’re alone or with that special someone, take advantage of Valentine’s Day – ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!

 

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