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Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« on: October 18, 2020, 09:37:49 AM »
'Louise' by the Human League just came on my iPod.
Gave me an idea for a pop quiz round.
There must be LOADS of hit songs that are just someone's first name.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2020, 09:46:31 AM »
Yes there are quite a few.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2020, 09:51:10 AM »
Roxanne
Laura
Sherry

All hits.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2020, 10:03:09 AM »
Toto-Rosanna.

Fun Fact: This particular Rosanna was also the subject of the Peter Gabriel song "Come talk to me" AND "In your eyes". Turns out Rosanna Arquette really had an effect on Steve Porcaro and Ol' Gabriel.


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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2020, 10:07:33 AM »
Alison by Elvis Costello
Lola by The Kinks
Timothy by The Buoys

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2020, 10:16:11 AM »
Eleanor Rigby. That is all.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 10:28:47 AM »
Eleanor Rigby. That is all.

Pretty sure that Rigby is a surname.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2020, 10:36:49 AM »
Frankie - Sister Sledge
Denis - Blondie
Susanna - The Art Company
Cherish - Kool & The Gang

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2020, 10:40:21 AM »
Terry by Twinkle.
Disco 2000 by Pulp Gloria by Laura Brannigan
Joanna by Kool and the Gang

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2020, 10:45:59 AM »
Stan - Eminem
Faith - George Michael
Honey - Mariah Carey
Valerie - Mark Ronson
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Jolene - Dolly Parton

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2020, 10:49:09 AM »
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Lisa Jesusandmarychain

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 10:49:39 AM »
Another category you could have would be songs written for other famous people by these singer/ band types. So, you could have the aforementioned song by them fellers who'd had a grand old time with Rosanna Arquette and thought she was smashing , and also " I Love You, Suzanne" written for Suzanne Vega by a besotted Lou Reed.

Erm...might be a bit limited , that category. If it's any help, I've started a band ( Lisa and the Likely Lads), and one of our songs is called " You've Got Killer Good Looks, Jodie! " ( # When it comes to acting, you do a dead good job/ ignore all those eejits who say you look like Pob#), although, admittedly, we ourselves are not very famous yet.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2020, 11:02:24 AM »
Gloria - Laura Branigan

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2020, 11:03:25 AM »
Gloria - Laura Branigan

Are you referring  to the remix, then?

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2020, 11:04:43 AM »
Are you referring  to the remix, then?

I suppose so? I just know that was a hit single.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2020, 11:08:26 AM »
I suppose so? I just know that was a hit single.

I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED IT, YOU NIT!
Although you could have countered with " Yep, I call it " The Correct Spelling Of Her Surname" Remix"".

bgmnts

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2020, 11:09:26 AM »
I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED IT, YOU NIT!
Although you could have countered with " Yep, I call it " The Correct Spelling Of Her Surname" Remix"".

So you did. Apologies!!


Was Daniel by Elton John a hit?

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2020, 11:14:43 AM »
Eloise (Barry Ryan, or The Damned)
Ben (Michael Jackson)

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2020, 11:16:32 AM »
Mandy - Mannilow
Angie - Stones

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2020, 11:22:43 AM »
Norman Bates by Landscape. Number 40 in 1981 with a bullet!

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2020, 11:24:39 AM »
Alice - Sisters Of Mercy
Christine - Siouxsie & The Banshees
Laura - Fields Of The Nephilim
Ann - The Stooges
Candy - Iggy Pop
Connie - Bongwater
Agatha - Pond
Mildred Pierce - Sonic Youth
Polly - Nirvana
Desiree - Left Banke

edit - many of these were not hit singles.

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2020, 11:25:13 AM »
Norman Bates by Landscape. Number 40 in 1981 with a bullet!

Surname, y'see.
Also, " with a knife", Shirley?

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2020, 11:26:08 AM »
Toto-Rosanna.

Fun Fact: This particular Rosanna was also the subject of the Peter Gabriel song "Come talk to me" AND "In your eyes". Turns out Rosanna Arquette really had an effect on Steve Porcaro and Ol' Gabriel.
She must have had an effect on Pocaro's bandmate David Paich too, as he wrote the song.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2020, 11:26:52 AM »
Good stuff y'all!*
Could do with more 90s/00s ones.

*apologies for saying 'y'all'

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2020, 11:27:50 AM »
billie jean
chris - christine & the queens
julienne - duett

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2020, 11:28:42 AM »
She must have had an affect on Pocaro's bandmate David Paich too, as he wrote the song.

I'm sure Porcaro had some influence there though, I mean he was involved everything in the 80's. He wrote Human Nature after all.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2020, 11:29:30 AM »
Kayleigh - Marillion

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2020, 11:38:51 AM »
I'm sure Porcaro had some influence there though, I mean he was involved everything in the 80's. He wrote Human Nature after all.

He contributed the synth solo but he was always outside of the Toto hit making machine. Human Nature was one of 3 songs from that era that he wrote, a scrap of a demo written because of frustration of having no influence from within the band.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2020, 11:39:53 AM »
With "Maggie May" is May the surname or part of the first name? She could be, say, Maggie May Anderson.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2020, 11:47:26 AM »
Could do with more 90s/00s ones.

Paris - The Chainsmokers
Lucky - Britney Spears *pushing it a bit here*

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