Goodnight everyone, and have a tension-free weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Vince Lombardi

This Monday is Labor Day when we celebrate the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day also marks the end of summer for many Americans with parties, parades and athletic events.

Who founded Labor Day? There’s some debate on that.

Was it Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor? He’s quoted as saying a special day should be set aside dedicated to those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Or was it Matthew Maguire, a machinist, who made the suggestion in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York?

The answer is unclear but I presume most folks don’t really care. They just love a 3-day weekend!

This week it’s music about jobs and working. Don’t worry. It’ll be fun.

Now you can’t have a blog about work songs without “The Work Song.”

Next…Jack Jones (who sang the theme to the “Love Boat”) won a Grammy Award for his 1963 recording of “Wives and Lovers.”

Great song. Great arrangement.

Doesn’t bother me but the lyrics would send feminists today into orbit.

Hey! Little Girl
Comb your hair, fix your makeup
Soon he will open the door
Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger
You needn’t try anymore

For wives should always be lovers too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you
I’m warning you…

Day after day
There are girls at the office
And men will always be men
Don’t send him off with your hair still in curlers
You may not see him again

For wives should always be lovers too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you
He’s almost here…

Hey! Little girl
Better wear something pretty
Something you’d wear to go to the city and
Dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music
Time to get ready for love
Time to get ready
Time to get ready for love

In August of 2013 the Huffington Post was in a full blown tizzy with this headline:

Jack Jones’ ‘Wives & Lovers’ Could Be One Of The Most Offensive Songs, Ever

The article read in part:

It’s a serious little ditty that tells you — in no unclear terms — that if you have the audacity to wear curlers around your husband, don’t be surprised if that husband leaves you.

Good grief. They are nauseating.

Love this! Here’s Jones on one of Bob Hope’s Christmas shows for the troops in 1965.

Frank Sinatra said, “Jack is one of the major singers of our time.” Mel Torme called him “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.” The New York Times wrote, “he is arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer.”

At age 83 Jones still occasionally performs in concert.

Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive had a big hit in 1974 called “Takin’ Care of Business.”

You get up every morning from your alarm clock’s warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There’s a whistle up above and people pushin’, people shovin’
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train’s on time, you can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed, look at me I’m self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day

And I’ll be taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I’ve been taking care of business (it’s all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime, work out

Like most of BTO’s songs it was heavy rock. Not customary for the band was this soft rock, jazzy tune that also has a Labor Day feel to it.

“Lookin’ Out for #1” didn’t do very well on the Billboard pop chart, peaking at #65 on May 15, 1976 and spending just six weeks in the Hot 100.  On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, however, it was a Top 20 hit, peaking at #15 on May 29, 1976. So the song got lots of exposure on soft rock radio stations.

Seems we can always connect Elvis into these Friday night mega music blogs. This single in 1967 was a top 40 hit.

“Big Boss Man” was a bonus track on the above album. It never appeared in the movie.

However it was a part of a big medley in Elvis’ remarkable TV special one year later.

I just started reading Mark Levin’s highly-acclaimed book “American Marxism.” Here’s an interesting quote from Levin:

Labor alone does not determine the value of a product or service. Obviously it contributes to it. However, consumers play the major role. They create demand. And depending on the demand, business and labor provide the supply. In other words, capitalism caters to desires and needs of “the masses.” Also, profit does not create worker exploitation, as Marx insisted. On the contrary. It makes possible increased worker pay, benefits, security, and job opportunities.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with music from a 1961 Broadway musical made into a 1967 movie that hit Broadway again in 2011. It’s the story of J. Pierpont Finch, a young, bright former window cleaner who rises to the top of his company by following the advice of a book about ruthless advancement in business. Robert Morse played the role in the ’67 film. The NY Times in its review wrote, “He has got the essence of how a young fellow, armed with nothing but giant economy-size nerve and a set of rules of office conduct based largely on fraud and flattery, moves from lowest boy in the mail-room to chairman of the board of this Madison Avenue corporation in what appears to be a matter of days.”

This clip is from the 2011 Tony Awards featuring Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in those wizardry movies, and Finch on Broadway. Robert Morse does the introduction.

Daniel Radcliffe Just Revealed His Favorite "Harry Potter" Movie

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