Thursday, March 11, 2010

One Note Man

I've been listening repeatedly to "One Note Man," a song off the Youngbloods' first album (1967).  I love this song but can't pick out all the lyrics, and also can't find them –– so I thought I'd put the question on this blog.

In the course of looking, I found out that perhaps the Youngbloods' best known song, "Get Together," was once placed on a list of "lyrically questionable songs" by the media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications. After 9/11 Clear Channel sent a list of 166 such songs to over 12,000 radio stations.  The list includes: "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.

For more information, as well as a pretty good time, click on “Clear Channel's list of questionable songs.”  Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to see the entire song-list.

Note: "Get Together" was written by Chet Powers.  Using the stage name Dino Valenti, Powers was a founding member of Quicksilver Messenger Service in the 60s.  "Get Together" was first recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1964 and thereafter by a number of groups, including the Jefferson Airplane and the We Five.

  10-31-2012 Addendum:  Paul Arnoldi wrote "One Note Man," a
  credit-oversight on my part.  The song first appeared on Arnoldi's
  1966 vinyl album, A One Note Man, and its lyrics are more clearly
  articulated than those in the Youngbloods' cover.  See Paul Arnoldi's
  Comments below for more information, and click on song #2 in the
  blue playlist to hear Arnoldi's version.


7 comments :

louise said...

Cork and I are new to being followers, we are leaders as you know but I am now a fan

TheM said...

Hey Kit,
It's not the great american novel but it IS about time....Love this. A-

Laurie said...

Hi, Kit,

I couldn't find the lyrics for "One Note Man" either, and I checked all my usual suspects. If there's a "fake book" out there with the song int, you might find the lyrics there.

Love the blog, by the way.

Lolly

Anonymous said...

Hi. I wrote ONE NOTE MAN, and will email lyrics to you, or a CD, titled ARNOLDI, that I produced is available through cdbaby.com..or from me. thanks very much for your interest,
Paul Arnoldi
paulleearnoldi@gmail.com

arnoldi said...

hello again, I forgot to say that you can hear a more legible recording of ONE NOTE MAN at paularnoldi.com. The lyrics hard to understand, after the instrumental, (youngbloods recording) are " gallon or a dram, gallon or a dram, blessing or a damn". I like there rendition of it also!
so long, Paul Arnoldi

Kit said...

Thank you very much, Paul. You've solved a lyrics-question I've been confused about for over 40 years. [I'm sorry to only now be responding; I was editing old posts and came across your comments.]

arnoldi said...

THANKS ! WHEN THE YOUNGBLOODS , MY FRIENDS , LEARNED MY SONG 'A ONE NOTE' , RECORDED THEY SANG ALL THE ACTUAL WORDS ! SO LOTS GOT THE HAD?
OH, WELL. DO YOU ALL PROPER LYRICS/
THANKS, PAUL

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