HANDYMAN BOOKS MUSIC

WALK TALL LIKE A MAN – 2 OF CLUBS  1967

THE HANDYMAN’S HISTORY SOUNDTRACK

Oh, geez, as Ed would say. I outdid myself with music for my latest Ed Stephens story, THE HANDYMAN’S HISTORY. Well, in my defense, the book DOES include a lot of flashbacks, and what better way to put a reader in the right time and place than with an evocative song? So…here are the records, most of which can be found in the Ed Stephens Collection, you will encounter in THE HANDYMAN’S HISTORY:

1985

  • Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen
  • Like A Virgin – Madonna
  • The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
  • Loverboy – Billy Ocean
  • Private Dancer – Tina Turner
  • I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  • Solid – Ashford & Simpson
  • Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart
  • Obsession – Animotion

THE OLDIES – 1965-1978

COME RIDE, COME RIDE – THE MERRY-GO-ROUND 1968
  • Come Ride, Come Ride – The Merry-Go-Round
  • Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
  • Talk Talk – The Music Machine
  • (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet – The Blues Magoos
  • Poor Side Of Town – Johnny Rivers
  • Cherish – The Association
  • Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
  • Gitarzan – Ray Stevens
  • Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
  • House Of The Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
  • Who’ll Stop The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne
  • Roundabout – Yes
  • Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics
  • Daniel – Elton John
  • Walk Tall Like A Man – 2 Of Clubs
  • Black Is Black – Los Bravos
  • You Keep Me Hangin’ on – The Supremes
  • Life Is a Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion
  • Cats In the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  • Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
  • Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You – Sugarloaf
  • Lonely People – America
  • Express – B.T. Express
  • California Soul – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Love Hangover – Diana Ross
  • Could It Be Magic – Donna Summer
  • You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees
  • Lost Without Your Love – Bread
  • Disco Inferno – The Trammps
  • Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

Popular music has played a HUGE role in my life. Frankly, I don’t think I could write a story without some sort of soundtrack running underneath the words. If you ever have questions about the music in my stories, please ask! I love talking about my second favorite thing…after writing. Oh! And by the way, I’ll also share obscure records here that I think should be discovered, like the one below. Click on the audio link below, listen, and tell me what you think.

I LOVE both sides of this record. (Flip is Loving You Makes Everything Alright).
I DON’T WANT TO LIVE THIS WAY – THE MARSHMELLOW HIGHWAY – 1968