Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CATS & DOGS chapter II

Classic Rock & Pop Songs about Dogs and Cats
A small selection

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? by Patti Page
"How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" is a popular novelty song published as having been written by Bob Merrill in 1952 and very loosely based on the folk tune, Carnival of Venice. The best-known version of the song was the original, recorded by Patti Page on December 18, 1952 and released in January 1953 by Mercury

Year Of The Cat, by Al Stewart
"Year of the Cat" is the seventh studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1976 and engineered by Alan Parsons; it is considered his masterpiece, its sales helped by the hit single "Year of the Cat", "one of those 'mysterious woman' songs," co-written by Peter Wood. The other single from the album was "On the Border". Stewart wrote "Lord Grenville" about the Elizabethan sailor and explorer Sir Richard Grenville (1542–1591).

Cat Scratch Fever, by Ted Nugent
"Cat Scratch Fever" (1977) is the third studio album by American guitarist Ted Nugent and his band, as well as the name of the album's title song. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All, had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the lead singer on this album.

Black Dog, by Led Zeppelin
"Black Dog" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, the opening track on their fourth album (1971). It was released as a single in the U.S.A and in Australia with "Misty Mountain Hop" as the B-side, reaching #15 on Billboard and #11 in Australia.
In 2010, the song was ranked #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Music sociologist Deena Weinstein calls "Black Dog" "one of the most instantly recognisable Led Zeppelin tracks".

Cat's In The Cradle, by Harry Chapin
"Cat's in the Cradle" is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974 and also peaked at number six on the Easy Listening chart. As Chapin's only #1 hit song, it became the best known of his work and a staple for folk rock music.

The Love Cats, by The Cure
"The Love Cats" is a 1983 single by The Cure. It was the band's first Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number seven, and also hit number six in Australia. It later appeared on the compilation album Japanese Whispers. The original UK-only single appears to list the title as "The Lovecats", as do various compilations.

I love my dog. by Cat Stevens
"I Love My Dog" is a song written by Cat Stevens, and it was his first single (b/w "Portobello Road"), showing up on his debut album, Matthew and Son. Stevens later acknowledged that the song has been inspired by Yusef Lateef's "The Plum Blossom" (from Eastern Sounds) with which it shares a melody.

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