Posts Tagged ‘Kenny O’Dell’

Saturday Single No. 727

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

This will be brief because I still am not feeling the greatest. Backlash from the vaccine? I dunno. But the less time I spend thinking today, the better off I – and the world – will be.

So, I looked at the number above and thought about airplanes and asked the RealPlayer to sort for “planes.” Maybe not a good idea. Anything with “planet” in its title came up, as well, like Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves, the soundtracks to the television series The Lonely Planet and a few more. And then, even when I found the right word, I had to winnow out everything by the Jefferson Airplane.

But there were still lots of tracks about planes and airplanes, including six versions of John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and thirteen versions of Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues,” but since that last is about a car, it doesn’t really count.

I looked on.

There are a couple of tracks titled just “Airplane,” one by the Indigo Girls from their 1992 album Rites Of Passage and a single by a group called Peter’s Pipers on the Philips label from 1968. Other titles jump out: “Trains & Boats & Planes” by Dionne Warwick. “Waiting For The Last Plane” by Joy Of Cooking. “The Great Airplane Strike” by Paul Revere & The Raiders. “Springfield Plane” by Kenny O’Dell on the Vegas label.

(I recognize O’Dell’s name. He was a prolific country songwriter and producer with a handful of country hits and a similar handful of hits in the Billboard Hot 100, including “Springfield Plane,” which went to No. 94.)

There are versions of Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” from the Byrds, Richard Shindell and Nanci Griffith.

There are “Paper Planes” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers as well as by M.I.A., and “Plane Crash” by Basil Poledouris from the soundtrack to The Hunt For Red October and then “On A ’plane To Nowhere” by Barracade (with that odd punctuation) and “Outbound Plane” from, again, Nanci Griffith.

And then I see “Next Plane To London” by Rose Garden, a 1967 single I wrote about briefly some years ago, and adjacent to it is another version of the tune, and there’s Kenny O’Dell again, who wrote the song and recorded it for his 1968 album Beautiful People.

Who am I to argue? It’s a Kenny O’Dell day, and his cover of “Next Plane To London” is today’s Saturday Single.