Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne



FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2018

DEAR JERRY: Nowhere, on or off the Internet, do I find a listing of Top 100 tunes with the exact same title, but are completely different songs. And because there are so many with just a one word title, skip those and count only ones having two or more words. Also, limit the search to vinyl rock era only (1955-1989). Thank you!
—Evan Sterling, Redondo Beach, Calif.

DEAR EVAN: Like you, I also cannot find this specific info. Yet it does seem to be a worthwhile project, albeit a lengthy one.

The only exception I'll make to the "exact same title" rule is an often meaningless comma, or other non-letter. For example, "Baby, I Love You" is treated the same as "Baby I Love You," and "Hey! Baby same as "Hey Baby."

We'll go alphabetically by song titles, covering "P"-"R" this week ("A"-"O" appear in previous columns):

"Paper Roses" - Lola Dee (1955)
"Paper Roses" - Anita Bryant (1960)

"Part Time Love" - Little Johnny Talylor (1963)
"Part Time Love" - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1975)
"Part Time Love" - Kerry Chater (1977)
"Part Time Love" - Elton John (1978)

"Party Girl" - Bernadette Carroll (1964)
"Party Girl" - Tommy Roe (1964)

"Party Lights" - Claudine Clark (1962)
"Party Lights" - Natalie Cole (1977)

"Peace of Mind" - Teresa Brewer (1960)
"Peace of Mind" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (1967)
"Peace of Mind" - Nancy Wilson (1968)
"Peace of Mind" - Boston (1977)

"Peek-a-Boo" - The Cadillacs (1959)
"Peek-a-Boo" - The New Vaudeville Band (1967)
"Peek-a-Boo" - Siouxsie & the Banshees (1988)

"Peppermint Twist, The" - Danny Peppermint & the Jumping Jacks (1961)
"Peppermint Twist, The" - Joey Dee & the Starliters (1962)

"Pick Up the Pieces" - Carla Thomas (1968)
"Pick Up the Pieces" - AWB (1975)

"Pied Piper, The" - Billy Williams (1957)
"Pied Piper, The" - Crispian St. Peters (1966)

"Pin the Tail on the Donkey" - Paul Peek (1966)
"Pin the Tail on the Donkey" - The Newcomers (1971)

"Place in the Sun, A" - Stevie Wonder (1966)
"Place in the Sun, A" - Pablo Cruise (1977)

"Plain Jane" - Bobby Darin (1959)
"Plain Jane" - Sammy Hagar (1979)

"Plastic Man" - Sonny & Cher (1967)
"Plastic Man" - The Temptations (1973)

"Please Don't Go" - Ral Donner (1961)
"Please Don't Go" - KC & the Sunshine Band (1980)

"Please Tell Me Why" - Jackie Wilson (1961)
"Please Tell Me Why" - The Dave Clark Five (1966)

"Point of No Return" - Adam Wade (1961)
"Point of No Return" - Gene McDaniels (1962)
"Point of No Return" - Nu Shooz (1986)
"Point of No Return" - Exposé (1987)

"Poor Boy" - Elvis Presley (1956)
"Poor Boy" - The Royaltones (1959)
"Poor Boy" - The Royalettes (1965)
"Poor Boy" - Casey Kelly (1972)

"Poor Man's Son" - The Reflections (1965)
"Poor Man's Son" - Survivor (1981)

"Power of Love" - Joe Simon (1972)
"Power of Love" - Huey Lewis & the News (1985)

"Private Number" - Judy Clay & William Bell (1968)
"Private Number" - The Jets (1986)

"Promises, Promises" - Dionne Warwick (1968)
"Promises, Promises" - Naked Eyes (1983)

"Puppy Love" - Paul Anka (1960)
"Puppy Love" - Barbara Lewis (1964)

"Question" - Lloyd Price (1960)
"Question" - The Moody Blues (1970)

"Radioactive" - Gene Simmons (1979)
"Radioactive" - The Firm (1985)

"Rag Doll" - The 4 Seasons (1964)
"Rag Doll" - Sammy Johns (1975)
"Rag Doll" - Aerosmith (1988)

"Rainbow" - Russ Hamilton (1957)
"Rainbow" - Gene Chandler (1963)
"Rainbow" - Marmalade (1970)

"Ready Or Not" - Helen Reddy (1978)
"Ready Or Not" - Lou Gramm (1987)

"Real Love" - The Cretones (1980)
"Real Love" - The Doobie Brothers (1980)
"Real Love" - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers (1985)
"Real Love" - Jody Watley (1989)

"Real Thing, The" - The Brothers Johnson (1981)
"Real Thing, The" - Jellybean With Steven Dante (1987)

"Red Hot" - Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs (1966)
"Red Hot" - Herb Alpert (1983)

"Remember Me" - Rita Pavone (1964)
"Remember Me" - Diana Ross (1971)
"Remember Me" - Willie Nelson (1976)

"Remember the Rain" - Bob Lind (1966)
"Remember the Rain" - 21st Century (1975)

"Remember When" - The Platters (1959)
"Remember When" - Wayne Newton (1965)

"Rhythm of Love" - The Scorpions (1988)
"Rhythm of Love" - Yes (1988)

"Right Away" - The Hawks (1981)
"Right Away" - Kansas (1982)

"Ring of Fire" - Duane Eddy (1961)
"Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash (1963)

"Rock and Roll" - Led Zeppelin (1972)
"Rock and Roll" - Gary Glitter (1972)

"Rock Me Baby" - B.B. King (1964)
"Rock Me Baby" - David Cassidy (1972)

"Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin (1971)
"Rock Steady" - The Whispers (1987)

"Round and Round" - Perry Como (1957)
"Round and Round" - Ratt (1984)
"Round & Round" - New Order (1989)

"Run Run Run" - Ronny Douglas (1961)
"Run Run Run" - The Supremes (1964)
"Run Run Run" - The Gestures (1964)
"Run Run Run" - The Third Rail (1967)
"Run Run Run" - Jo Jo Gunne (1972)

"Run to Me" - The Bee Gees (1972)
"Run to Me" - Savoy Brown (1981)

"Runaway" - Del Shannon (1961)
"Runaway" - Jefferson Starship (1978)
"Runaway" - Bon Jovi (1984)

"Running Back" - Eddie Money (1980)
"Running Back" - Urgent (1985)


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