Special Sub-Topic: Dancing with Engelbert
|In this song, Engelbert tells us about someone. Who is it?
"I met a girl who told me she's a dancer.
A prettier girl I'd never seen before.
I went to the theatre to see her.
What a shock when I opened up the door."
"My Wife the Dancer". "My Wife the Dancer," by Eddie Dutch and Erwin Wenzlaff, first appeared on the 1970 album "We made It Happen" and is a perennial favorite with Engelbert's fans.
"The Stripper" is a rollicking instrumental number by British composer and bandleader David Rose. It was first revealed to the world in 1962.
"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" is a 1973 hit by Tony Orlando and Dawn. It peaked at Number Three on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number One on the Adult Contemporary chart as well as reaching Number Twelve in the UK and Number Two in Australia. The song was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown.
The ABBA song "Dancing Queen" came out in 1976. It was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. It reached Number one on thirteen Pop music charts around the world.
|What is going on in this song?
No words could ever portray
So let your body talk
And peak the language of love
Come let the music play
Forget the world outside"|
"We Dance The Night Away". "We Dance the Night Away" was written by Peter Bischof-Fallenstein, Herman Weindorf and Engelbert Humperdinck. It is from the "Hello Out There" album, 1992
"I Could Have Danced All Night" comes from the 1956 Lerner & Lowe musical "My Fair Lady." "Dance the Night Away," by Raul Malo, is a song Engelbert first recorded in 1967. "I Dance Through my Dreams" is by Leslie Mandoki and Laszlo Bencker. It is from Mandoki's 1994 album "People".
|What activity does Engelbert propose in this song?
"Got no money
no place to go
But we can dance to the radio
'Cause you can't go wrong with a favorite song
and Michael Jackson in stereo"|
"Radio Dancing". "Radio Dancing" is from "In Love" (1988). It was written by Jack White and Barry Mason.
"Let's Dance" was the theme song of American clarinetist and Swing bandleader Benny Goodman. It is an adaptation of Carl Maria von Weber's "Invitation to the Dance."
"Come Dance with Me" is the title song of a 1959 album by Frank Sinatra. It was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
"Moondance" was a 1970 song by Northern Irish singer Van Morrison. The American pianist and song stylist Michael Feinstein included a big band style arrangement of "Moondance" on his 1993 album "Forever."
|Where is Engelbert in this song?
"I hear the music getting stronger""
I know I can't hold on much longer
I feel the rhythm talking to my soul, wo-o-o
But there is rain and there is thunder
Should we run inside for cover?
I feel the storm will carry us away wo-o-o
But I believe
This is a special night just meant for you and me
Can't you see
What you do to me, what you do to me?"|
"Dancing in the Rain". "Dancing in the Rain" was written by Rick Astley. It appears on the album "It's All in the Game," which was issued in 2001.
"Dancing on the Ceiling" is by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, who wrote it in 1930. It has been recorded by, among others, the Supremes. "Dancing in the Dark" is a 1931 song by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, one of the most famous recordings of which was made in 1941 by Artie Shaw and his orchestra. To the best of my knowledge, Engelbert has not recorded either of these songs. "Dancing up a Storm" is a title I made up.
|What is Engelbert doing in this song?
"This is our last dance together
A song I will never forget
You gave me a lifetime of loving
Not a moment with you I regret
But I'm so afraid of tomorrow
For I've got to face it alone
I'm losing my reason for living
I'll be just another man on my own."|
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes". "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is from the album "Step into My Life", 1989. It was written by Dieter Bohlen and Barry Mason.
"Change Partners" and "I Won't Dance" were written by Irving Berlin. As far as I know, there is no song called "Dancing with You in My Dreams." It's a good title though.
|What is Engelbert's request in this song?
The music is just starting
Can't you see
I want to be your partner
Night is falling
And I am calling
"Dance with Me". "Dance with Me," by John Joseph Hall and Johanna D. Hall, appears on the "Let There Be Love" album, 2005.
"Shall We Dance" is from the 1951 Rogers & Hammerstein stage musical and 1956 film "The King and I."
"I Only Want to Be with You" was a hit for Dusty Springfield in 1963-4. Written by Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde, it was Dusty's first solo single. It reached Number Four in the UK, Number Twelve in the US, Number Six in Australia and Number Twenty-one in Canada. Dusty performed the song on the first ever edition of the British television show "Top of the Pops" on January First, 1964.
I fudged the title to make it fit better with the subject of the quiz. But though dancing is not mentioned in the real title of the song, it is mentioned in the lyrics:
"You stopped and smiled at me and asked if I'd care to dance.
I fell into your open arms, and I didn't stand a chance."
"Dance with Me Tonight" is a song by the fictional '80s duo Pop in the 2007 movie "Music and Lyrics" starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.
|Most songs about being left by a lover are terribly sad. Not this one. What are Engelbert's plans for the evening in this upbeat, Latin-flavored number?
"If you should see her, please let her know I am well,
As you can tell.
And if she should tell you she wants me back, tell her no,
I've gotta go."|
"Dance the Night Away". "Dance the Night Away" is by Raul Malo. Engelbert first recorded it in 1967. He rerecorded it for the 2001 release "It's All in the Game."
"Dancing in the Street" was a 1965 hit for Martha and the Vandellas. "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" was written by Leo Sayer and Vini Poncia and was a 1976 Number One for Sayer. "Dancin'" was written by Chris Isaak and appears on his 1996 album "Baja Sessions."
|What does Engelbert suggest in this song?
"Barefoot in the moonlight dancing, while the city sleeps
Shadows chase our silhouettes down the empty streets
The world is spinning backwards, so darling hang on tight
If this is wrong, then __________"|
Blame it on the night. "Blame it on the Night" appears on the 2001 album "It's All in the Game." It was written by Kent Agee, Louise Dorsey and Burton Collins.
"Don't Blame Me" was written in 1933 by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. "Blame It on My Youth" was written by Edward Heyman and Oscar Levant. It has been recorded by Nat "King" Cole and Michael Feinstein, among others. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann was a Number Seven Billboard Hot 100 hit for Eydie Gormé in 1963.
|According to a 1967 song:
"Through the eyes of love you'll see a thousand stars
When you dance, dance, dance to my __________"|
Ten Guitars. "Ten Guitars" was written by Gordon Mills. It appeared as the B side of the single "Release Me" and on the "Release Me" album (1967).
The Lemon Pipers released "Green Tambourine" in 1967. It reached Number One for one week at the beginning of February, 1968 and is considered the first bubblegum chart topper.
"Dueling Banjos" was written by Arthur Smith in 1955. The 1973 record by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell reached Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number One on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Released as a single in 1973, "Piano Man" by Billy Joel peaked at Number Twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. It is his signature song, which he has recorded several times.
|What dance does Engelbert sing about in this sadly romantic song?
"I wonder should I go or should I stay?
The band had only one more song to play.
And then I saw you out the corner of my eye,
A little girl alone and so shy."|
"The Last Waltz". "The Last Waltz," by Barry Mason and Les Reed, was Engelbert's second Number One record. It remains one of his most beloved songs.
"The Tennessee Waltz" is a Country and Pop standard written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1946.
"Till I Waltz Again with You" was written by Sid Prosen in 1952. Teresa Brewer's record spent twenty-two weeks on the Billboard chart, including seven weeks at Number One.
"The Rock and Roll Waltz" is a novelty song with music by Shorty Allen and lyrics by Roy Alfred. It was written in 1955. Kay Star recorded it that same year and her record reached Number One on the Billboard chart in 1956, where it remained for six weeks.
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