On December 15, 2021 American singer Wanda Young died at the age of 78. She was a member of the all-female singing group the Marvelettes. They gave Motown their first No 1 Pop single on December 11, 1961 with “Please Mr. Postman.” The Beatles later covered the song on their second studio album With The Beatles, and the Carpenters’ remake of the song in 1975 also hit No. 1.

On December 16, 1972 Billy Paul started a tree week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Me and Mrs Jones.”

These seemingly disparate songs and facts provide the theme for this week’s blog, songs featuring Mr. or Mrs. in the title.

The playlist starts off with a few Mrs. songs, which in general are hard to come by, with the aforementioned “Me and Mrs. Jones” and the Simon & Garfunkel classic from The Graduate “Mrs. Robinson.”  The playlist then segues appropriately for December onto a few Christmas themed songs, including “Mrs. Santa Clause,” “Mister Santa,” and You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

There are several Mr. greats including ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” Styx “Mr. Roboto,” The Killers “Mr. Brightside,” Counting Crows “Mr. Jones,” Ozzy’s “Mr. Crowley,” a favorite of mine Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” my man Otis’ “Mr. Pitiful,” featured in the movie Stand By Me “Mr. Lee,” one of my polish grandmother’s favorite crooners, Bobby Vinton, with “Mr. Lonely,” and all three versions of “Mr. Postman”. The playlist closes with “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister. While the band doesn’t have any Mr. songs, I had to include at least one selection from the band featuring double Mr. in their name!

Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodore Geisel, a graduate of my alma mater Dartmouth way back in 1925, wrote The Grinch as a commentary on the over-commercialism of Christmas. Here is the title song “Mr. Grinch” premiering in 1966.

I love this video of Traffic with “Dear Mr. Fantasy” in Santa Monica, CA in 1972, as it demonstrates the musical genius of Steve Winwood. A prodigy playing with the Spencer Davis Group at 15 years old, perhaps known as one of the greatest blues and rock keyboardists of the 60s and 70s showing his musicianship playing some pretty mean guitar. Also strikingly obvious is the appearance that not just the music is psychedelically influenced 🤣

Going back almost a decade prior, here is Bob Dylan performing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

And this video is such a great reminiscence of Stand By Me with “Mr. Lee” providing the soundtrack to the movie montage.

And here the Chordettes with “Mr. Sandman” all the way back in 1958.

And the great but each different versions of “Please Mr. Postman” with the original by the Marvelettes in 1961.

Then the Beatles in 1963.

And finally The Carpenters, having fun at Disneyland circa 1975.

Alas, all 3 lead singers on this song have since passed, as has the following performer, Olivia Newton John with the playlist title song “Please Mr. Please”

The playlist closes with “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister. While not a Mr. song, I couldn’t pass up including a selection from a double Mr. band!

I hope you enjoy the playlist.

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!