Best Single of Each Artist, vol. 7: Oldies Edition

Here’s your list:

1. Merle Haggard
2. The Supremes
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. The Temptations
5. Earth, Wind, and Fire
6. Stevie Wonder
7. Ray Charles
8. Linda Ronstadt
9. Dolly Parton
10. Patsy Cline

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23 thoughts on “Best Single of Each Artist, vol. 7: Oldies Edition

  1. 1. Merle Haggard – Mama Tried

    2. The Supremes – Love Child

    3. Jimi Hendrix – Fire

    4. The Temptations – Can’t Get Next to You

    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – September

    6. Stevie Wonder – Superstition

    7. Ray Charles – Georgia on My Mind

    8. Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou

    9. Dolly Parton – Jolene

    10. Patsy Cline – I Fall to Pieces

  2. Seconded on all counts, except maybe your pick for The Supremes. But hey, 9 out of 10 is so good, I shouldn’t quibble with the 10th.

  3. Yeah, Love Child is no good. And for the Temps I would have gone with Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

  4. Since I should be working, I’m going to generally agree. But for Stevie Wonder, as much as I love Superstition (I heard a bluegrass band cover it last week), Sir Duke is clearly one of the best songs in the history of music.

  5. 1. Merle Haggard: “Mama Tried,” and not just because it’s the only Hag song I know–that opening guitar riff just sounds like lonesome fugitive heaven to me.
    2. The Supremes: “You Can’t Hurry Love,” one of my favorite songs of all time.

    3. Jimi Hendrix: Counting the Jimi Hendrix Experience, “All Along the Watchtower,” possibly the greatest rock song in human history.

    4. The Temptations: “My Girl” I guess but i’m not a big Temptations fan.
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire: either “Shining Star” or “September.”

    6. Stevie Wonder: “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” [Blessings be upon] you, it’s awesome. [Sorry, K. Family show]

    (I don;t know Ray Charles or Linda Ronstadt well enough to do them justice)
    9. Dolly Parton: “Jolene.”
    10. Patsy Cline

  6. 1. Merle Haggard – Don’t know any.
    2. The Supremes – Right now I have to go with “You Keep Me Hanging On” but any other day it’d probably be “Where Did Our Love Go”

    http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x1kzf2The Supremes -You keep me hanging on by LostPirate77

    3. Jimi Hendrix – Watchtower
    4. The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – September
    6. Stevie Wonder – Living For The City

    7. Ray Charles – Georgia
    8. Linda Ronstadt – Love Has No Pride
    I was obsessed with this song a year or two ago and played it on repeat for days, maybe weeks. 2:50 “I’ll fall down on my knees” – perfect song for her voice.

    9. Dolly Parton – Jolene
    10. Patsy Cline – Crazy
    Written by Willie Nelson, but Patsy slays it.

    Sad part about that video clip–she died when she was 30.

  7. (Ouch, this one is going to be hard.)

    1. Merle Haggard – no idea
    2. The Supremes – Stop! In the name of love

    3. Jimi Hendrix – Hey, Joe (I guess)

    4. The Temptations – Papa was a rolling stone *
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – Boogie Wonderland

    6. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    7. Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack (curious to see what other people put here)

    8. Linda Ronstadt – When will I be loved

    9. Dolly Parton – He’s Alive

    (at the 4 minute mark, when the choir joins in, makes me tear up) **
    10. Patsy Cline – Crazy? I fall to pieces? Not familiar with any others.

    * I was surprised about the Temptations.I thought I’d know more of their hits.

    ** runner up, on the other side of things, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

  8. This should be labeled the R&B and C&W edition, not oldies.

    1. Merle Haggard – pass
    2. The Supremes – My World is Empty Without You

    3. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary

    4. The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – pass (just don’t like ‘em)
    6. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    7. Ray Charles – What’d I Say
    8. Linda Ronstadt – You Can Close Your Eyes

    9. Dolly Parton – After the Gold Rush (with Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt) if collaborations are permitted, Jolene otherwise.

    10. Patsy Cline – pass

  9. I don’t do country (exception: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson), so there are a couple of holes:

    1. Merle Haggard
    2. The Supremes – The Happening

    3. Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made of Sand

    4. The Temptations – I Can’t Get Next to You
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – September
    6. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke (today, but it could be different tomorrow)
    7. Ray Charles – Georgia on My Mind
    8. Linda Ronstadt – You’re No Good

    9. Dolly Parton
    10. Patsy Cline

  10. HP,

    Did you mean to imply that the version of Fire that was posted is your favorite? That was a very odd rendition. Hendrix seems completely disinterested and just wants to get it over with. This was somewhat apparent just listening to it, but when you watch him it is almost shocking.

    For comparison:

  11. I agree with Susan on Patsy Cline.

    What’s with all th love for Jolene? doesn’t anyone know any other Dolly Parton songs? I like her version of I Will Always Love You better than Jolene. I’m surprised that hasn’t been mentioned.

  12. For Dolly Parton, title track to Little Sparrow – bluegrass bit she released something like 8 years ago.

    Those songs with Dolly, Emmylou Harrison and Linda Ronstadt are classic. They do a version of Feels Like Home – a Randy Newman song written for Bonnie Raitt – that I really like. Linda Ronstadt, especially, has a world class voice.

    I love the idea of Merle Haggard, but am not real well acquainted.

  13. Merle Haggard – nothing comes to mind
    The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go
    Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
    The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    (Loved the Was (Not Was) version, too)
    Earth, Wind, and Fire – September
    Stevie Wonder – I Wish
    Ray Charles – Night Time is the Right Time
    Linda Ronstadt – Lush Life
    Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You
    (HATED the Whitney Houston cover!)
    Patsy Cline – Crazy

  14. 1. Merle Haggard – Mama Tried
    2. The Supremes – Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
    3. Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
    4. The Temptations – (I Know) I’m Losing You
    5. Earth, Wind, and Fire – Shining Star
    6. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
    7. Ray Charles – Let’s Go Get Stoned
    8. Linda Ronstadt – pass
    9. Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors
    10. Patsy Cline – She’s Got You

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