Story Songs: Love is in the Air
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here are a few love songs that I have enjoyed through the years.
The Bee Gees’s last Top 10 hit in the U.S. was “One” in 1989, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard chart. The song was written by the Gibbs brothers, one of the greatest songwriting teams in history.
James Taylor’s “Only One” didn’t crack the Billboard Top 100 in 1985 but it was No. 6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The JT-penned song was on his “That’s Why I’m Here” album.
The late, great Jim Croce’s “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” was No. 9 (No. 1 in AC) in 1974, a year after his death in an airplane accident. I’ve often wondered why he’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Elton John’s “Your Song,” written by John and Bernie Taupin, was his first big hit at No. 8 in 1971. I first heard the tune in the movie “Friends” and became a big fan of his music.
One of the greatest Beach Boys’ songs is “God Only Knows,” written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher. It is on the masterpiece “Pet Sounds” album, released in 1966 with Carl Wilson doing the lead vocals. Although charting at only No. 39 (with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”), Rolling Stone magazine rated it No. 11 on its greatest rock songs of all time.
From the doo-wop era comes “I Only Have Eyes for You,” a No. 11 cover by The Flamingos in 1959. The song was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the movie Dames in 1934. It was a No. 18 song for Art Garfunkel in 1975.