Dear all, please bring these song charts with you to Richard’s Memorial, which is set for May 1st at Seafarer’s Park, at noon. This will be a time of sharing stories and memories, with full military honors AND full ukulele honors, too. We will play for approximately an hour. Richard’s daughters requested that we do some of his favorite songs, especially Chocolate Jesus! Well, that one we can learn later on. . . the ones selected are old favorites, and most of us know ’em well! Guests from other uke communities will be with us too, so share your stand and music with others who were impacted by Richard’s love of music and uke!
These are in order of presentation, not alphabetical. They are up-to-date, downloaded into FUN’s Music Archives from Richard’s A-List:
1.Music, Music, Music — Richard was the Music Man!
2.Hey, Good Lookin‘ and . . .
3.Everyday –These last two songs were favorites of Richard and good buddy David Smock.
4.Blue Moon Medley–Did this medley appear frequently in the weekly jams?? Yes, it did!
5.Locomotion–Richard had this song in the jams all the time too, a runner-up to BMoon Medley!
6.I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing–again, Mr. Mitlyng was teaching music long before the jams at the Senior Center, with his students at Mt. Erie Elementary. Someday you former students of Richard’s will be joining the senior center uke jams and singing the same songs you did with him!
7.Sandwiches–here’s one you former elementary school students of Richard‘s can sing along with!
8.Under The Boardwalk–often appearing on the playlist in the sunny months of the year.
9.Rocky Top–A mixture of song forms, from this bluegrass number, (very) early Rock & Roll, Pop, movie themes, calypso, folk, and standards: Richard served up a mixed plate week after week for all to learn and enjoy!
10.Rockin’ Robin–Richard’s successful attempt at singing falsetto: “Tweedily Deedily Deet”!
11.Back In Seattle— Richard borrowed this from his Seattle buddies, SUPA, the Seattle Ukulele Players Association.
12.That’s Amore–Listen to Richard singing with BUG, Bellingham Ukulele Group, whose version was included in the audio file.
13.Never On A Sunday–but always on a Thursday, the SUE Jams kept doctors offices and beauty salons empty on Thursdays as all made their way to their favorite Thursday activity at the Senior Center!
14.Crawdad–This version was created for Richard by Lil’ Rev, a big name in Ukulele and a dear friend of Richard’s from Wisconsin.
16.Side By Side
17.Da Do Ron Ron
18.Detour–These last 4 songs appeared on the playlist a LOT in earlier jams!
19.Sweet Pea–a 2006 song by Amos Lee, was a rare addition to the playlist: it was not from “way back” in popular song history. Most of Richard’s choices seldom leaked even into the 1950’s and 60’s. He loved that song!
20. On The Sunny Side of the Street–balanced out some of Richard’s darker choices, like:
21. You’ve Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley
22.Keep On The Sunny Side/This Little Light Of Mine— Richard would belt this out big time, and would expect the same from the rest of us!
23.You Are My Sunshine–this song closed many of Richard’s playlists. A sweet song from a sweet man. We’ll miss you, Mr. Mitlyng.