Two things of note. First, this will be my final “time” post. But not for lack of material. Perform a search of songs about time and you’ll have oodles of selections. But I’d like to explore other topics. So, as Bugs Bunny says, “this is it…”
Second, I’m returning unapologetically to the 60’s/70’s period for these songs. Just because…
The Last Time The Rolling Stones
They’ve already been mentioned in an earlier “time” post (Time Is On My Side) but I couldn’t finish this topic without a nod to The Stones (for providing this post’s title).
The 1965 single reached top 10 in Canada and the U.S. and became the band’s third #1 in the UK. It also served as the forerunner of the band’s signature hit, Satisfaction, which achieved international #1 status.
Although The Last Time is credited to Jagger/Richards, the song’s refrain is very similar to This May Be the Last Time, a 1958 song by the Staple Singers. Richards acknowledged this in 2003, saying: “…we came up with ‘The Last Time’, which was basically re-adapting a traditional gospel song that had been sung by the Staple Singers…”
Old Time Rock and Roll Bob Seger
The 70’s yielded its own anthems and this one has survived and thrived during the intervening decades. Bob Seger already had a number of hits to his credit when the song was released as a single in 1979. Although it only reached top 40 status during its original incarnation, its appearance in the 1983 movie Risky Business (featuring a young Tom Cruise) galvanized its status as a classic rock anthem.
This ongoing popularity may also explain the following live performance of the song by Seger and rocker Bruce Springsteen in 2011…
Time and Place Eternity’s Children
So, if you want obscurity, here’s one for you. Eternity’s Children, a little-known Mississippi band (except to fans of Sunshine Pop), had one minor hit with Mrs. Bluebird (#69) in 1967. If, however, you are a fan of that genre, their catalogue is worth a search on YouTube or elsewhere. Time and Place predates Bluebird and was the B-side of a single released by a local label (Apollo) circa 1966.
Another Time, Another Place The Association
In 1966, on the heels of its success with And Then Along Comes…The Association the band released its sophomore album, Renaissance. Unlike its predecessor Renaissance had no Cherish or Along Comes Mary (major hits from the first album), but several tracks did make the Billboard Hot 100 and the album itself peaked at #34 in Billboard 200 album charts in 1967.
The band had several accomplished songwriters and Jules Alexander is one of my favourites. Another Time, Another Place is his quirky closer to the album.
So that’s all the time I have… for now. Four timely posts and four songs for this final installment. A certain symmetry…