Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again [1972]
Shirley Brown: Woman to Woman [1974]

In 1972, Barbara was the 58th most popular name for baby girls. In 1974, it had dropped to 77. In our own time, Barbara seems to have fallen out favor, charting in at 561st, snugly between Jaida and Janet. However, when the Barbaras from these two songs were born, let's say in 1949 and 1951, you were looking at the 4th and 5th most popular name. Digression - the only Barbara I know personally is Italian.

I love the narrative introductions to these songs, and in the Shirley Brown song, love the idea of the philandering free loader as desirable mate.

4 comments:

Mike said...

You may love the idea, but how do you feel about it in practice?

ib said...

Nice selections, sheridan.

Just realised i unconsciously neglected to feature one single female vocalist over the last week - not counting the Dionne Warwick way back last Monday.

Now you mention it, i knew at least three or four "Barbara"s in the 70s through the 80s; these days it's a conspicuous zero.

Nice production too.

babs said...

Dear Mr. Sheridan Dupre IX:

Great tunes.

Babs.

Sheridan Dupre IX said...

Thanks, IB and Babs. Both of these come from a Stax Records compilation. I also love the introductory dialogue.

Mike - you're right, of course - in practice I'm much more conflicted.