A Musical A-Z: H

I find these fairly easy to get through, so manage to do a couple at a time. Thanks to everyone who has joined in, all your comments are much appreciated, and make this a fun thing to do. Don’t forget, any song, album, artist, or band, as long as it begins with ‘H’.

I have featured this song from Daryl Hall before, but here it is again, as I like it so much. This was from a solo album, so will have to cover his work as Hall and Oates too. (But let’s face it, Hall and Oates was really only Daryl Hall, and some other guy with a moustache…)
In A Philly Mood

I didn’t feature Blondie when I covered ‘B’. That was because I knew that some of their songs would be mentioned later. The lovely Debbie Harry was at her peak back then, (Double ‘H’!) good to look at, and equally good to listen to. Here’s a favourite from the time.
Hanging On The Telephone

Ella Henderson was in a singing talent contest on TV here, in 2012. That usually signals the kiss of death for a musical career, at least in the UK. However, her powerful voice attracted the attention of a recording company, and she went on to achieve chart success with her debut album, as well as getting a large following, together with the respect of critics. She is still only 21.

As a well-known Motown fan, it was obvious that the Marvelettes were going to feature, probably more than once. They were my favourite Motown girl group at the time, and I still play their songs all the time. Leaving out ‘The’ as usual, this one qualifies for ‘H’.
The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game

Jackie Wilson is a legend in Soul music. He has been the inspiration for many, and also copied by some. He was so influential that Van Morrison even wrote a song about him, ‘Jackie Wilson Said’. (And yes, that may well feature later) He is probably best known for ‘Reet Petite’, the rock and roll song that launched his career. But here’s one from my youth, a dance-floor classic.
Higher and Higher

Heaven 17 is a British band that was big in the 1980s. They produced some huge chart hits, some songs with a political edge, and achieved a lot of success, before fading out of the picture. They continue to perform to this day, trading on the older fan base that still follows them. This was a big hit, in 1983.

I have left almost all of the ‘obvious’ choices for you to add, as you play along. I come to my pick for today, my top choice for ‘H’. Londoner Thomas Dolby may not be known to many of you. His short-lived pop career in the 1980s was followed by many other projects, and he is currently a Professor of The Arts at Johns Hopkins University, in America. Back then, he combined his very different music with some ground-breaking theatrical pop videos, and grabbed the attention of the record buyers with both. I have always loved this song, and bought the 12-inch extended version at the time. And the video is great too, even in this ‘unblocked’ version. Play it loud.

38 thoughts on “A Musical A-Z: H

  1. Pete, I currently have 18 songs on my Blondie channel’s playlist (YouTube). “Hanging On the Telephone” was one of the first ones I included. I’m a big fan of “Fade Away and Radiate,” one of my more recent discoveries.

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  2. Don’t know if I missed it somewhere above but I will enter ‘Hey Jude’ into the mix.. I still listen when that comes on! I should also add Jimi Hendrix since I am from Seattle and it seems right he would make this list; he did know how to play a guitar!

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    1. Good call with Jimi, Susanne. Thanks for both suggestions.
      I knew the two EMTs who got the call to Hendrix, when he died in London. It was in 1970, nine years before I joined the ambulance service. They were still working at the same place, when I was posted there.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I’m really glad you posted the Daryl Hall video. I know he’s respected, but whenever Hall&Oates comes on the radio, I change the station, except for “Italian Girls,” I don’t care for that slick overprocessed sound, and Oates’ greasy mullet & mustache, and sparkly sleeveless tops always made him look like an ad for a budget porn flick. But “Philly Mood” is excellent. And definitely Debbie Harry & Blondie!
    Here’s a double H: The Head and The Heart, from Seattle, good folk-rock. Two from Ireland: Hozier – really good soul and R&B, and Hothouse Flowers. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The Housemartins (they were a cool band… and reminds me to include the Hull City A.F.C. Anthem). Harry Nilsson was a great songwriter. Hot Club de France (Django Reinhardt) – jazz that’s contagious and fun. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – – kind of cheesy, but in some bizarre way, perfect pop music, and he was a great trumpet player.

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    1. I almost included the Housemartins for a double ‘H’, ‘Happy Hour’.
      Their later incarnation, The Beautiful South, are also a favourite of mine. Pleased you agree about John Oates. I could never see the point of him. many thanks for all the other suggestions too, Robert.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I’m going to have to check most of these videos out Pete, as I’m only familiar with Darryl Hall, Debby Harry, and Higher and Higher. My artists would include: Harry Connick Jr., Harry Belafonte, Hinder, Heart, Hewey Lewis & the News, and Hozier. Songs would include:
    Highway To Hell
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – U2
    Hair – Cast of Hair
    Hall of Fame – The Script
    Halftime – Amy Winehouse
    Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morrisette
    Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
    Harper Valley P.T.A – Jeannie C. Riley
    Hate On Me – Jill Scott
    Haunted – Evanescence
    Hurricane – 30 Seconds To Mars
    Have A Nice Day – Bon Jovi
    He Was My Brother – Simon & Garfunkel,
    Head Games – Foreigner
    Head Over Heels – The Go-Gos
    Heal The Pain – George Michael
    Heart of Glass – Blondie
    Help Me Rhonda – Beach Boys
    Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana
    Heartache Tonight – Eagles
    Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
    Hello – Lionel Ritchie
    Hello – Adele
    Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
    Help!/Here Comes the Sun – Beatles

    And there’s a ton more, but I’ve got to call it quits now.

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  5. Pete, great list once again. I would add Haircut One Hundred – led by Nick Heyward – with their great song “Love Plus One” – and since I am from Seattle, I’d add the hard-rocking Wilson sisters AKA Heart – let’s do “Rockin’ Heaven Down” today – and since you mentioned Daryl Hall, your readers might like to know that, after the massive success of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall recorded his first solo album – which the record label promptly locked in a vault! If you want to know how it finally got released, here is the story –



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    1. Haircut One Hundred almost got in. These posts would be getting very long if I put in everyone I liked.
      Thanks for all your others too, John, and for the insider info on Daryl.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. I’m going with the first one that popped into my head, the oldie – “Happy Days Are Here Again.” I remember it being Rip Taylor’s theme song, but no clue who sang it and made it famous.

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  7. Only artist I can think of without coffee is Harry Konick, Jr…………songs is a bit different…..”House of the Risin Sun” Animals…..”Honky Tonk Women” by the Stones……”Hotel California” by the Eagles…..”Help Me by Joni Mitchell…….NOW think for coffee….have a good day my friend…..chuq

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  8. Here are my choices:
    Highway to Hell- AC DC
    Happy- Pharrell
    Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen
    Hunter Gets Captured by the Game- Marvelletes
    Hot Stuff- Donna Summer
    Halo- Beyonce
    There are plenty more but those are the ones that came to mind first.

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    1. That song by Pharrell Williams is a modern pop classic.
      I might be the only person in the world who really hates the song ‘Hallelujah’ though! 🙂
      Thanks for your contributions mate.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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