...in 2021

28th December 2021

Rather Be, written by Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson, James Napier and Nicole Marshall, appeared on Clean Bandit’s 2014 debut album, New Eyes. Check it out on the Clean Bandit page!

The Closest Thing to Crazy was written by Mike Batt and was Katie Melua’s debut single, released from her 2003 debut album, Call Off the Search. Check it out on Katie Melua page!

This is the last post for 2021. See you on the other side!

22nd December 2021

I’m Looking Through You was written by Macca but credited, as usual to Lennon/McCartney, It was released on The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. Check it out on the Lennon & McCartney page!

Lazy Sunday, written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Laine, appeared on The Small Faces’ 1970 album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

16th December 2021

Extraordinary, written by Jack Patterson, Jimmy Naples, Grace Chatto and Gustave Rudman, appeared on Clean Bandit’s 2014 debut album, New Eyes. Check it out on the Clean Bandit page!

I Feel Free, written by Pete Brown and Jack Bruce, was a hit single for Cream in 1966. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

11th December 2021

Jolie Madame, written by Kevin Ayers in 1971, wasn’t released on that year’s album Shooting at the Moon, but would turn up later on Odd Ditties. It would also appear as a bonus track on the 2003 re-issue of Shooting at the Moon. Check it out on the Kevin Ayers page!

4th December 2021

Happier Than Ever, written by Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell was the title track of  Eilish’s second album. Check it out on the Billie Eilish page.

Black Night, written by Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, was released as a single for Deep Purple in 1970. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

28th November 2021

Symphony, from Clean Bandit’s second studio album What Is Love, was written by Jack Patterson, Steve Mac, Ammar Malik and Ina Wroldsen. It featured Swedish singer Zara Larsson, and was a #1 for the band and for Zara (her first).

When The Levee Breaks was written by Memphis Minnie (Lizzie Douglas) and released as a 78rpm single in 1929 by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. It has since been covered by very many blues artists but more recently by Led Zeppelin in 1971.

Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

22th November 2021

Billie Bossa Nova, written by Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell appeared on Eilish’s second album Happier Than Ever. Check it out on the Billie Eilish page.

Strange Kind of Woman, written by Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, was released as a single for Deep Purple in 1971. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

15th November 2021

Rip This Joint, credited to  Jagger/Richards was the second track on The Rolling Stones‘ 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page.

Sweet Caroline, was a 1969 song, written by Neil Diamond. Not only would it become one of his signature songs, it would go on to be adopted by fans at various sporting events. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

9th November 2021

Let Love In, written by Johnny Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg and Glen Ballard was a song performed by The Goo Goo Dolls. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Have You Ever Seen the Rain, written by John Fogerty and released on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1971 album, Pendulum. Check it out on the John Fogerty page.

4th November 2021

Is This It was the lead track from The Strokes’ 2001 debut album of the same name. It was written by Julian Casablancas.

Nothing Else Matters, credited to Hetfield/Ulrich, was written by James Hetfield for Metallica . It was released as a single in 1992. It appeared that year on the band’s self-titled album. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

27th October 2021

Bootleg, Graveyard Train and Keep on Chooglin’, written by John Fogerty, appeared on the 1969 album Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Check them out on the John Fogerty page.

Your Power, written by Billie Eilish O’Connell and big bro’ Finneas O’Connell was the third single released from Eilish’s second album Happier Than Ever. Check it out on the Billie Eilish page.20th October 2021

Rockin’ All Over the World, written by John Fogerty, was released on his eponymous 1975 album. Check it out on the John Fogerty page.

Florentine Pogen, written by Frank Zappa, originally appeared on the 1975 album One Size Fits All by The Mothers of Invention. It would be the last album to bear their name. Check it out on the Frank Zappa page!

14th October 2021

Midnight at the Oasis, written by David Nichtern, was a 1974 hit single for Maria Muldaur. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

No Surrender, written by Bruce Springsteen, appeared on his 1984 album Born in the U.S.A. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

8th October 2021

Up Around The Bend and Who’ll Stop The Rain, were both written by John Fogerty and released on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory. Check them out on the John Fogerty page.

Karma Chameleon was a UK and U.S. #1 single in 1983 for Culture Club and would appear that year on their album Colour by Numbers. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

2nd October 2021

Down on the Corner and Fortunate Son, were both written by John Fogerty, and released on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album, Willie and the Poor Boys. Check them out on the John Fogerty page.

Summer in the City, written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone, appeared on the 1966 album Hums of The Lovin’ Spoon by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

25th September 2021

Just My Imagination, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong from the 1971 Album, Sky’s the Limit by The Temptations. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Notorious, written by John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon, appeared on the 1986 album of the same name by Duran Duran. Check it out on the Duran Duran page!

18th September 2021

Wish You Were Here was the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album. Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour. Check it out in Odd Ditties (U-0)!

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was written by Scottish, political folk-singer Ewan McColl for his girlfriend Pat Seeger, in 1962. It was covered by Roberta Flack in 1969, and is one of her signature songs. Check it out in Odd Ditties (E-H)!

11th September 2021

Inca Roads, Sofa No. 2 and Andy were written by Frank Zappa and appeared on the 1975 album One Size Fits All by The Mothers of Invention. Check them out on the Frank Zappa page!

A Case of You and This Flight Tonight, were written by Joni Mitchell, and appeared on her 1971 album Blue. Check them out on the Joni Mitchell page.!

3rd September 2021

A View to a Kill was Duran Duran’s thirteenth single and was written and recorded as the theme for the 1985 James Bond film of the same name. It was one of the band’s biggest hits. Check it out on the Duran Duran page!

Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues, written by Jim Croce, was released on his 1972 album Life and Times. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

28th August 2021

Ordinary World, written by Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, It was released on the 1993 album Duran Duran (The Wedding Album). Check it out on the Duran Duran page!

Bad Bad Leroy Brown, written by Jim Croce, was released on his 1972 album Life and Times. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

22nd August 2021

I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song is a 1974 song written by Jim Croce. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Blue and All I Want, were both written by Joni Mitchell, and appeared on her iconic 1971 album Blue. Check them out on the Joni Mitchell page.

Hungry Like The Wolf and The Chauffeur, both credited to all band members, appeared on Duran Duran’s 1982 album Rio. Check them out on the Duran Duran page

15th August 2021

Can’t Change Me was written by Chris Cornell and appeared on his 1999 debut solo album, Euphoria Morning.

Drift Away was written by Mentor Williams. It was performed by Dobie Gray and appeared on the 1973 album Drift Away. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

9th August 2021

Girls on Film, and Planet Earth, both written by all band members, were both released on Duran Duran’s self-titled debut album. Check them out on the Duran Duran page.

Green River, written by John Fogerty, appeared on the 1969 album of the same name by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

3rd August 2021

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress is a song written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway and performed by the British band The Hollies, originally appearing on their 1972 album Distant Light. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

It Must Be Love was written by Labi Siffre and was released as a single in 1971. You can also find a transcription for ukulele in Odd Ditties.

28th July 2021

Magic Bus, was a 1968 single written by Pete Townshend. Check it out on the Pete Townshend page!

Born to Die, was written by Elizabeth Grant and Justin Parker, and was released on the 2011 album of the same name by Lana del Ray. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

23rd July 2021

My Future, Lost Cause and Therefore I Am were all written by Billie O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell and were released as singles from Eilish’s second album Happier Than Ever, which is scheduled for release 30 July 2021. Check them out on the Billie Eilish page.

17th July 2021

The Comedians was written by Elvis Costello, and released on the 1984 album Goodbye Cruel World by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Check it out on the Elvis Costello page!

Learning How to Love You, is a John Hiatt song from his 1987 album, Bring the Family. Check it out on the John Hiatt page.

11th July 2021

Turn Me On, I’m a Radio, written by Joni Mitchell, 1972 album For The Roses. Check it out on the Joni Mitchell page!

Give a Little Bit, is a song by English band Supertramp that was written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. It was released on the band’s 1977 album Even in the Quietest Moments. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

5th July 2021

Mustang Sally. recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. It gained greater popularity when Wilson Pickett covered it the following year on a single, a version that was also released on the 1966 album, The Wicked Pickett. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

The Obvious Child, written by Paul Simon, was released on Simon’s 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints. Check it out on the Paul Simon page!

See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You, were both written by Pete Townshend and would appear in The Who’s 1970 rock opera Tommy, Check them out on the Pete Townshend page

29th June 2021

Wristband, written by Paul Simon, appeared on his 2016 album Stranger to Stranger. Check it out on the Paul Simon page

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Time of the Preacher and The Red Headed Stranger were all written by Willie Nelson and appeared on his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. Check them out on the Willie Nelson page!

23rd June 2021

Chelsea Morning, written by Joni Mitchell, appeared on her 1967 album Clouds, Check it out on the Joni Mitchell page.

Take Me to the River, written by Al Green and Mabon "Teenie" Hodges. It would appear on Green’s 1974 album, Al Green Explores Your Mind. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

17th June 2021

All Down the Line and Loving Cup, credited to Jagger/Richards, featured on the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

Give Judy My Notice, written by Ben Folds was released on the 2005 album Songs for Silverman. Check it out on the Ben Folds page!

11th June 2021

Calypso, was written by John Denver and appeared on the 1975 album Windsong. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Learning How to Love You was written by American songwriter John Hiatt and was released on his 1987 album, Bring the Family. Check it out on the John Hiatt page!

6th June 2021

Sweet Lorraine, It’s Alright, In It For Love and Waiting for the Waiter, were all written by Mona Wagner and Lisa Wagner, and were released on the 2017 album, Orange. Check them out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

I Got The Blues was written by Jagger/Richards and appeared on The Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

1st June 2021

Fly Me to the Moon, written by Bart Howard, and first performed by Kaye Ballard, (1954). It would go on to be recorded Frank Sinatra and woulde be released on his 1964 album It Might As Well Be Swing. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

The Guns of Brixton was written by Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and was the only Clash song to be written and sung him. It was released on The Clash’s 1979 album London’s Calling. Check it out on the Joe Strummer & Mick Jones page!

27th May 2021

(She’s) Sexy + 17 is a 1983 song, released by EMI America as the lead single from Rant and Rave with the Stray Cats. The song was the band’s highest charting single, reaching #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It reached #29 on the UK Singles Chart. Check it out on the Stray Cats page!

Once Upon A Time, Still A Friend of Mine and Close to You, written by Mona Wagner & Lisa Wagner, 2017 album, Orange. Check them out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

22nd May 2021

Moonlight Mile, credited to Jagger/Richards was actually composed by Mick Jagger and Mick Taylor. It would close out the Stones’ 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. Check them both out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

June, The Wide, Wide Land, written by Mona Wagner & Lisa Wagner, 2012 album, When We’re Together. Check it out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

15th May 2021

That’s Life, No More Worries Company, Club 27 and Count on Me, were all written by Mona Wagner & Lisa Wagner, and were released on the 2017 album, Orange by The MonaLisa Twins. Check them out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

11th May 2021

Please Mr Postman, a 1961 hit single for The Marvelettes, was written by Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins and William Garrett, although the credits seem to change each time the song is covered. It would also appear on their 1961 album of the same name.Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Let’s Spend The Night Together, written by Jagger/Richards, appeared on the Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Check it on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

3rd May 2021

Sweet Lorraine, It’s Alright, In It For Love and Waiting for the Waiter, were written by Mona Wagner & Lisa Wagner, They would appear on the 2017 album, Orange. Check them out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

Please Mr Postman, a 1961 hit single for The Marvelettes, was written by Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins and William Garrett, although the credits seem to change each time the song is covered. It would also appear on their 1961 album of the same name.

27th April 2021

Till There Was You is a show tune, written in 1950 by Meredith Willson, originally titled Till I Met You. It was re-titled and used in his musical play The Music Man in 1957. It was covered by The Beatles and recorded in for their 1963 album With the Beatles (in the UK), and their 1964 album Meet The Beatles (in the U.S.) Check it out on the John Lennon & Paul McCartney page.

I Wanna Kiss You, Won’t You Listen Now and All About Falling In Love, were written by Mona Wagner & Lisa Wagner, and would appear on their 2012 album, When We’re Together. Check it out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

24th April 2021

Nothing Is In Vain and  When We’re Together were written by Mona Wagner and Lisa Wagner, and would appear on the MonaLisa Twins’  2012 album, When We’re Together. Check it out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

For What It’s Worth, was a 1966 song written by Stephen Stills for his band Buffalo Springfield. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

17th April 2021

Tainted Love, written by Ed Cobb was first recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965. It would be covered an re-worked by British synth-pop duo Soft Cell. Since, it has bee covered by numerous artists. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

I Don’t Know Birds That Well, written by Mona Wagner and Lisa Wagner, would appear on the 2012 debut album, When We’re Together by the MonaLisa Twins. Check it out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

11th April 2021

Oh, Mother, written by Jill Hennessy, appeared on her 2009 album Ghost in My Head. Jill is a multi-lingual Canadian musician, singer-songwriter and actress.

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus for Nina Simone in 1964, was a 1965 hit for The Animals. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

5th April 2021

The Guns of Brixton, was written by Clash bassist Paul Simonon - the first song written by him for the band. It would appear on The Clash’s 1979 album, London Calling.

2nd April 2021

From the MonaLisa Twins’ 2012 debut album, When We’re Together, is some great rock’n’roll - This Boy Is Mine and One More Time, and the gentle Dreams. all written by Mona Wagner and Lisa Wagner. Check them out on the MonaLisa Twins page!

All In A Life’s Work, written by Steve Harley, appeared on his 1996 album Poetic Justice. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

29th March 2021

I Can’t Explain, written by Pete Townshend, was The Who’s 1965 debut single under that name. It would also be released on The Who’s 1971 compilation album Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy.

Never Going Back Again was written by Lindsey Buckingham about his break-up with Stevie Nicks. It was released on Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours, and was also the B-side to the single Don’t Stop from the same album. Check it out on the Fleetwood Mac page.

23rd March 2021

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, was released on the 1967 album The Four Seasons Present Frankie Valli: Solo. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

I Can See For Miles, written by Pete Townshend, was a 1967 single by The Who. It would also appear on the band’s 1967 album The Who Sell Out. Check it out on the Pete Townshend page!

18th March 2021

Don’t Bring Me Down was written by husband and wife songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was released as a 1966 single by The Animals and would be released on the compilation album The Best of The Animals. Check it out on the Goffin & King page.

My Generation is a song by The Who, written by Pete Townshend, which became a hit and was one of their most recognizable songs. Check it out on the Pete Townshend page

12th March 2021

Shot By Both Sides, written by Howard Devoto & Pete Shelly and recorded by Devoto’s band Magazine. It was released on their 1978 album Real Life.

Close to Me, written by Robert Smith and released on The Cure’s 1995 album The Cure’s 1985 album The Head on the Door

Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

8th March 2021

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt.1 was a 2002 song written by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and David Fridmann and performed by their band The Flaming Lips. It would feature on their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), was written by Sonny Bono in 1966 for his then wife Cher. Nancy Sinatra recorded one of the best-known covers of the song for her 1966 album How Does That Grab You? My transcription is of her cover. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

2nd March 2021

Wild Horses is a  Jagger/Richards song from The Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

Sondre Lerche recorded an acoustic cover of  the Pete Townshend song Let My Love Open The Door for the soundtrack of the 2008 film Dan in Real Life. Check it out on the Sondre Lerche page.

22nd February 2021

Rain on Me, written by Stefani Germanotta, Ariana Grande, Alexander Ridha, Martin Bresso, Matthew Burns, Nija Charles, Mike Tucker and Rami Yacoub, was performed by Gaga and Grande. Released on Lady Gaga’s 2020 album Chromatica, as the second single from the album, it debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot100 – Gaga’s fifth #1 and Grande’s fourth.

Gloomy Sunday, originally composed by Hungarian Reszo Seress, was first published in 1933. Hungarian poet László Jávor subsequently wrote the song with his own lyrics. The first English language version was released by Billie Holiday.

Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

16th February 2021

Learning the Game, written by Buddy Holly, was a 1958 recording that was posthumously released as a single in 1960. Check it out on the Buddy Holly page!

Someone You Loved, written by Lewis Capaldi, Samuel Romans, Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher and Benjamin Kohn, was originally released on Capaldi’s 2018 EP Breach. It would also feature on his 2018 debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Feelin’ Good, written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for a 1964 London theatre production, has been covered by very many artists including John Coltrane, George Michael, Joe Bonamassa, Muse, Nina Simone, John Legend, Angelina Jordan, amongst others. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

11th February 2021

Pictures of Lily was written by Pete Townshend and released by The Who as a 1967 single. It would later feature on The Who’s 1971 compilation album Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. Check it out on the Pete Townshend page!

I Put a Spell on You, written by “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins and Herb Slotkin, was released by “Screamin’” as a 1956 single. It was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one The 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. It would also feature on the album At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Under My Thumb is a Jagger/Richards song that was released as a single, and would also feature on the Rolling Stones’ 1966 album Aftermath. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

6th February 2021

You Don’t Know Me, written by Ben Folds and Regina Spektor was released on the 2008 album Way to Normal. Check it out on the Ben Folds Page!

Stop Breaking Down was written by Robert Johnson (as Stop Breaking Down Blues), and was covered by the Rolling Stones on their 1972 album, Exile on Main Street. Mick Jagger played electric rhythm guitar on the track as Keith Richards was too wasted to play. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

31st January 2021

From Stray Cats’ 1983 eponymous debut album are Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut, written by Brian Selzer; and Runaway Boys, written by Brian Selzer and Jim McDonnell. Check them out on the Stray Cats page!

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking is a Jagger/Richards, song featured on the 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Check it on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

24th January 2021

Dear Theodosia, written by Lin Manuel Miranda, appeared on the soundtrack of the Broadway show  Hamilton, It was performed for an NSO fund-raiser by Ben Folds and Regina Spektor. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Cologne, Hiroshima and Bitch Went Nuts, were written by Ben Folds and released on the 2008 album Way to Normal. Check them out on the Ben Folds page!

18th January 2021

The Sweetest Taboo, written by Helen Adu and Martin Ditcham, is from Sade’s 1985 album, Promise. Check it out on the Sade page!

Three Steps To Heaven, written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart was released a 1960 single by Cochran. It has become a classic and has been covered by scores of artists since. Check it out on the Eddie Cochran page.

12th January 2021

Landed, Late, Trusted, Sentimental Guy and You to Thank were all written by Ben Folds and released on the 2005 album Songs For Silverman. Check them out on the Ben Folds Page!

6th January 2021

We Didn’t Start The Fire, written by Billy Joel, featured on his 1989 album Storm Front. Check it out on the Billy Joel page!

Paradise was written by Helen Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman. By Your Side was written by Helen Adu and Paul Mitcham. They were both released on Sade’s 1988 album, Stronger Than Pride. Check them out on the Sade page!

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