Monday, March 21, 2011


Songs for Every Day of the Week: Day 2

Believe it or not, I could only find ONE song with Monday in the title! However, I'm sure you probably could have guessed which one it is even before having seen this post.

Written by Papa John Phillips, the classic pop song "Monday, Monday" became the only #1 hit single for The Mamas and the Papas in May of 1966 (however, they did have eleven Top 40 hits), which gained them international success. Later in March of '67, this motley-looking, yet stellar-sounding, vocal group won a Grammy Award for 'Best Pop Performance by a Group with Vocal' for this song, which showcased their sunny, tight-knit harmony blend with the new beat sound of Phillips' writing. This song also includes a false ending with a pause towards of the end, resulting with the song finishing up a half note from the refrain. Gotta love the sound of Denny Doherty's honey-toned lead vocal!


An enduring classic, "Monday, Monday" has been covered by numerous other artists from the same decade including Petula Clark, The Beau Brummels, The Cowsills, The 5th Dimension, Marianne Faithfull, and Neil Diamond. So why not post the cover version by the popular 1960's instrumental pop group Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. In 1962, American trumpet player/arranger Herb Alpert formed his Latin jazz/instrumental/easy listening ensemble, The Tijuana Brass (TJB), going on to release dozens of hit singles and albums throughout the decade. Although their music seemed commonplace among grocery stores and elevators, the group eventually set the record for placing five albums simultaneously on the Billboard charts (a record so far unbroken). From 1968, "Monday, Monday" comes from the group's tenth album The Beat of the Brass, released right after a TV special by the same title.


If I've overlooked a "Monday" song from the 1960's, tell me know!

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