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Wayne’s Music 14/15 September 2013.  The numbers songs.

‘39’             Queen – written by guitarist and vocalist Brian May who once considered a career as an astrophysicist. 

‘When I’m 64’                The Beatles – Paul McCartney wrote this song when he was 15 – the band was still known as The Quarrymen

’65 Love Affair’              the late Paul Davis – a hit song in 82 and despite its popularity, Davis did not like the song – regarding it as “bubblegum” and a “sell-out”. 

‘Seven Year Ache’                   Rosanne Cash

‘1-2-3’                  Len Barry a one time member of the Dovells had a huge solo hit in 1965. 

‘#9 Dream”           John Lennon from his album Walls And Bridges in 1974 – 

‘101’                     Alicia Keys with one of her three collaborations with Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sande released on last year’s album “Girl On Fire”. 

‘Free Four’           Pink Floyd in the very early days – singing about how quickly our lives pass by. 

‘10538 Overture’             ELO – this is the first song released – when Jeff Lynne wrote it he was still in The Move. 

‘Four Strong Winds’       Neil Young – with Nicolette Larsen the backup singer  - possibly the most famous version of Canadian singer Ian Tyson’s song. 

‘22’             Taylor Swift sings about how it feels to be 22.

‘Highway 61 Revisited’             Bob Dylan sings about the highway that begins where he came from – Duluth. 

‘Dinner At Eight’             here’s the song that Rufus Wainwright wrote about his father, Loudon Wainwright the third, after an argument they had over dinner.


Wayne’s Music Sunday 15 September 2013.  The songs about numbers. PART ONE

‘4 Broken Hearts             Norah Jones from last year’s album “Little Broken Hearts” … a song that she wrote after her break-up with long-term musician boyfriend Lee Alexander.

‘Box #10’                       Jim Croce with one of the songs he wrote when he was dirt poor.  When he released it on his album You Don't Mess Around With Jim, his career took off, but his bank account didn't.

’25 or 6 to 4’                            Chicago 2 in 1970 – Robert Lamm’s song about “the time” soon became a showcase song for Chicago’s horn section – although there’s a mean guitar break in there too …

‘At Seventeen’                Janis Ian - had been on the road for two years by the time she was 17. Although her childhood was not typical, she knew what it felt like to feel out of place at a young a


'42’             Cold Play – Chris Martin’s favourite number … and this song was to be the first single from the “Viva La Vida” album until the band opted for “Violet Hill”.

‘3 Words’                      Cheryl Cole  sings with Will. I. Am from The Black Eyed peas …

‘Eighteen Yellow Roses’           Bobby Darin - wrote this song for the mother of actress Sandra Dee.

’29 Palms’                      Robert Plant singing about the small town in the Mojave desert – 29 Palms – inspired by the Canadian singer Alannah Myles  with whom he was touring when he wrote the song,. 

‘A Pirate Looks At 40’             Jimmy Buffett doing what he does best, singing about the life he knows and loves, the Carribean beach lifestyle. 

’24 Hours’                      Tom Jones – the Welshman reflects on his life through this song.

‘4 June 1989’                  Mary Chapin Carpenter with her song titled after the date of the Chinese Tiananmen Square massacre – inspired by an article in The New York Times on the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen about a 17 year old soldier who was ordered to infiltrated the protesters in “imposters clothes”.

’99 Miles From L.A.’                Johnny Mathis – with a great song from 1975 written by Albert Hammond and Hal David.

‘50 Ways to leave Your Lover’           Paul Simon  with the song he wrote after the divorce from his first wife Peggy Harper  - Steve Gadd provides the hook and colour to the song with his military style drumming, and backing vocalists are Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson and Phoebe Snow.

‘99’             Toto  - the song was inspired by George Lucas's film "THX1138". The film depicted a "utopian" society in which people were all numbers, not names, and a government-enforced program of sedation controls the populace.

‘American Skin (41 shots)’                Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street band with his award-winning song about Amadou Diallo who was killed in his New York Doorway when the police shot at him 41 times after mistakenly thinking he was going for his gun, when he was actually reaching for his wallet.

‘Care of Cell 44’             The Zombies -the first single from the Odessey And Oracle album in the UK but it wasn't a hit, which surprised vocalist Colin Bluntstone.