But first: Who are the Music Moves Me bloggers? We ride on a weekly train of music and this is who we are:
The Head of this Train (Engineer) is XmasDolly. Her co-conductors are: ♥Callie of JAmerican Spice♥, (who right now is doing on and off visits) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ Also, ♥Cathy from Curious as a Cathy♥ And, finally, last but not least - little ol' me. And, for the next few months, we will also have guest conductors.
So let's rock!
Today would have been my mother's 100th birthday. Happy birthday in heaven, Mom.
My theme choice is "Crossover" Songs done by a group/singer known primarily for one type of music, but in another type. Example: country singer has a rock hit, or vice-versa.
When I started to dig, I found many artists who had crossed over with one hit, but even more who had changed genres midstream altogether, for example beginning as rockers and moving over to country- so many that I was surprised. Then there was Katy Perry, who started as a Christian artist, and Elvis who topped the charts in rock, country and gospel. After all if you love music, why stop with one genre?
For my selections, here goes:
My first song is in honor of my mother. She loved various artists, including rock's Everly Brothers. One of the 78 records she owned was a song called Wake Up, Little Susie.
Little did I ever realize it was a crossover hit by two rockers, reaching #1 on country music charts.
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, cross over from Latin to "let's get up and dance" music.
Country's Johnny Cash had a big rock crossover hit with "A Boy Named Sue".
Actually, there has been a lot of country-rock crossover. Here's another one - Roger Miller's King of the Road.
My spouse, who generally is not a fan of country music, adores this song - The Devil Went Down to Georgia, by the Charlie Daniels Band - adored it so much that he bought the album.
As for me, an office worker for years, I also get into "Nine to Five" by Dolly Parton.
Elvis. I'm choosing my favorite Elvis song here - Suspicious Minds, because - well, because I love it.
Last but not least, perhaps not a true crossover, I can't help but post "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, which has to have set some kind of record for number of genres it covered - maybe not country, but probably everything else.
What music pleases you today, on what would have been my mother's 100th birthday?