Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne



FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3, 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 "S" this week ("A"-"R" appear in previous columns):

"Sad Eyes" - Brooklyn Dreams (1977)
"Sad Eyes" - Robert John (1979)

"Sad Girl" - The Intruders (1969)
"Sad Girl" - Carl Graves (1977)

"Sail Away" - Sam Neely (1977)
"Sail Away" - The Temptations (1984)

"Satin Sheets" - Jeanne Pruett (1973)
"Satin Sheets" - The Bellamy Brothers (1976)

"Saturday Night" - The New Christy Minstrels (1963)
"Saturday Night" - The Bay City Rollers (1976)

"Save Me" - Merrilee Rush (1977)
"Save Me" - Dave Mason (1980)

"Say It Again" - Santana (1985)
"Say It Again" - Jermaine Stewart (1988)

"Say It Isn't So" - Teddi King (1957)
"Say It Isn't So" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (1983)

"Say You Love Me" - The Impressions (1969)
"Say You Love Me" - Fleetwood Mac (1976)
"Say You Love Me" - D.J. Rogers (1976)

"Second Time Around, The" - Frank Sinatra (1961)
"Second Time Around, The" - Shalamar (1980)

"See Saw" - The Moonglows (1956)
"See Saw" - Don Covay (1965)

"Separate Ways" - Sarah Vaughan (1959)
"Separate Ways" - Elvis Presley (1973)

"Set Me Free" - The Kinks (1965)
"Set Me Free" - Utopia (1980)

"Seventeen" - Boyd Bennett (1955)
"Seventeen" - Winger (1989)

"Shake It Up" - The Cars (1982)
"Shake It Up" - Bad Company (1989)

"Sharing You" - Bobby Vee (1962)
"Sharing You" - Mitty Collier (1966)

"She's a Lady" - John Sebastian (1969)
"She's a Lady" - Tom Jones (1971)

"She's Mine" - Conway Twitty (1960)
"She's Mine" - Steve Perry (1984)

"She's My Girl" - Bobby Shafto (1964)
"She's My Girl" - The Turtles (1967)

"Shine On" - L.T.D. (1981)
"Shine On" - George Duke (1982)

"Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
"Shining Star" - The Manhattans (1980)

"Show Me" - Joe Tex (1967)
"Show Me" - The Pretenders (1984)
"Show Me" - The Cover Girls (1987)

"Show Me the Way" - Peter Frampton (1976)
"Show Me the Way" - Regina Belle (1987)

"Shy Girl" - The Cascades (1963)
"Shy Girl" - Stacy Q (1987)

"Sign of the Times" - Petula Clark (1966)
"Sign of the Times" - The Belle Stars (1983)
"Sign O' the Times" - Prince (1987)

"Since You've Been Gone" - Clyde McPhatter (1959)
"Since You've Been Gone" - Cherie & Marie Curry (1979)
"Since You've Been Gone" - The Outfield (1987)

"Sinner Man" - Les Baxter (1956)
"Sinner Man" - Trini Lopez (1965)
"Sinner Man" - Sarah Dash (1979)

"Slip Away" - Clarence Carter (1968)
"Slip Away" - Ian Lloyd (1979)
"Slip Away" - Pablo Cruise (1981)

"Slippin' Away" - Jean Shepard (1973)
"Slipping Away" - Dave Edmunds (1983)

"Small World" - Johnny Mathis (1959)
"Small World" - Huey Lewis & the News (1988)

"Smooth Operator" - Sarah Vaughan (1959)
"Smooth Operator" - Slade (1985)

"So Close" - Brook Benton (1959)
"So Close" - Jake Holmes (1970)
"So Close" - Diana Ross (1983)

"So Far Away" - Hank Jacobs (1964)
"So Far Away" - Carole King (1971
"So Far Away" - Dire Straits (1986)

"So in Love" (a.k.a., "So Much in Love") - The Tymes (1963)
"So in Love" - Curtis Mayfield (1975)
"So in Love" - Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark (1985)

"So Much Love" - Steve Alaimo (1966)
"So Much Love" - Faith, Hope & Charity (1970)

"So Wrong" - Patsy Cline (1962)
"So Wrong" - Patrick Simmons (1983)

"Some Kind of Wonderful" - The Drifters (1961)
"Some Kind of Wonderful" - The Soul Brothers Six (1967)

"Some People" - Belouis Some (1985)
"Some People" - Paul Young (1986)

"Somebody Like You" - .38 Special (1986)
"Somebody Like You" - Robbie Nevil (1989)

"Somebody Loves You" - The Delfonics (1969)
"Somebody Loves You" - The Whispers (1973)

"Somebody to Love" - Bobby Darin (1960)
"Somebody to Love" - Jefferson Airplane (1967)
"Somebody to Love" - Queen (1977)

"Someone Like You" - Michael Stanley Band (1984)
"Someone Like You" - Daryl Hall (1987)

"Something About You" - The Four Tops (1965)
"Something About You" - Level 42 (1986)

"Son-In-Law" - Louise Brown (1961)
"Son-In-Law" - The Blossoms (1961)

"Sooner Or Later" - Johnny Mathis (1963)
"Sooner Or Later" - The Grass Roots (1971)
"Sooner Or Later" - The Impressions (1975)

"Spring Rain" - Pat Boone (1960)
"Spring Rain" - Silvetti (1977)

"Stairway to Heaven" - Neil Sedaka (1960)
"Stairway to Heaven" - Far Corporation (1986)

"Stand Back" - Stevie Nicks (1983)
"Stand Back" - The Fabulous Thunderbirds (1987)

"Stand Up" - David Lee Roth (1988)
"Stand Up" - Underworld (1989)

"Star Love" - The Playmates (1959)
"Star Love" - Cheryl Lynn (1979)

"Stay Awhile" - Dusty Springfield (1964)
"Stay Awhile" - The Bells (1971)

"Stay the Night" - The Faragher Brothers (1979)
"Stay the Night" - Chicago (1984)
"Stay the Night" - Benjamin Orr (1987)

"Stay With Me" - Frank Sinatra (1964)
"Stay With Me" - Lorraine Ellison (1966)
"Stay With Me" - Faces (1972)

"Steal Away" - Jimmy Hughes (1964)
"Steal Away" - Robbie Dupree (1980)

"Step By Step" - The Crests (1960)
"Step By Step" - Joe Simon (1973)
"Step By Step" - Eddie Rabbitt (1981)

"Steppin' Out" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (1967)
"Steppin' Out" - Neil Sedaka (1976)
"Steppin' Out" - Kool & the Gang (1982)
"Steppin' Out" - Joe Jackson (1982)

"Stir It Up" - Johnny Nash (1973)
"Stir It Up" - Patti LaBelle (1985)

"Stop and Think It Over" - Dale & Grace (1964)
"Stop and Think It Over" - Perry Como (1967)

"Story of My Love, The" - Conway Twitty (1959)
"Story of My Love, The" - Paul Anka (1961)

"Straight From the Heart" The Allman Brothers Band (1981)
"Straight From the Heart" Bryan Adams (1983)

"Stranger in Town" - Del Shannon (1965)
"Stranger in Town" - Toto (1984)

"Stuck on You" - Elvis Presley (1960)
"Stuck on You" - Lionel Richie (1984)

"Such a Night" - Elvis Presley (1964)
"Such a Night" - Dr. John (1973)

"Sugar Daddy" - The Jackson 5 (1972)
"Sugar Daddy" - The Thompson Twins (1989)

"Summer Nights" - Marianne Faithful (1965)
"Summer Nights" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
"Summer Nights" - Survivor (1982)

"Summertime, Summertime" - The Jamies (1958)
"Summertime, Summertime" - Nocera (1987)

"Sunshine Girl" - Eddie Fisher (1957)
"Sunshine Girl" - The Parade (1967)

"Sweet Baby" - Donnie Elbert (1972)
"Sweet Baby" - Stanley Clarke & George Duke (1981)

"Sweet Dreams" - Don Gibson (1960)
"Sweet Dreams" - Air Supply (1982)

"Sweet Love" - The Commodores (1976)
"Sweet Love" - Anita Baker (1986)

"Sweet Sixteen" - B.B. King (1972)
"Sweet Sixteen" - Billy Idol (1987)

"Sweetest One" - The Crests (1957)
"Sweetest One" - The Metros (1967)


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