Favorite Song Titles with Women's Names

Favorite Naming Songs

My favorite song title is an old song containing a female character's name and is is

"Minnie The Moocher", performed by Cab Calloway. Other performers have recorded it, including Bobby Darrin.

Not all Minnies need to be moochers, of course - take famous singer Minnie Riperton with the 6-octave range, for instance.

She also recorded a song titled "Minnie's Lament."

Cab Calloway

I have a copy of the original black-and-white film of the same name and starring Cab Calloway. It is interesting to watch that film and compare it to today's movies. The Calloway orchestra and the zoot-suited orchestra leader are fun to watch and hear.

Mr. Calloway also performed the song "Minnie the Moocher" with his orchestra on TV variety shows and in the movie The Blues Brothers. He would have liked to have done the song in an updated disco version for that film, but John Landis wouldn't hear of it at the time. Audiences seemed to like the original version in the film.

Others song titles I have found among my records and tapes and those of friends include the following list. Some of these titles are pretty old songs, dating back to 1948, and less well-known today. Others are traditional songs from the 19th century, even further back in time.

Minnie the Moocher

Cab and Minnie

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Early Cab Calloway pics
Early Cab Calloway pics
Early Cab Calloway pics | Source

From the Lyrics

  • She had a dream about the King of Sweden,
  • He gave her things that she was needin'
  • He gave her a home built of gold and steel,
  • A diamond car with a platinum wheel!


  • Hidee hidee hidee hidee hidee hidee hi
  • Hodee hodee hodee hodee hodee oh
  • Skeedle a booka diki biki skeedly beeka gookity woop
  • A booriki booriki booriki Hoy (scat singing)

Alice in Central Park as well as Wonderland.
Alice in Central Park as well as Wonderland.

Alice In Wonderland -- Neil Sedaka

Alice's Restaurant Massacre (18 minutes)

Black Betty

Dear Abby - The Hearts

Alice In Wonderland -- Neil Sedaka

Abilene - George Hamilton IV

America the Beautiful -- For our country and for America Ferrera from the TV show Ugly Betty

Anastasia - Pat Boone

Andi - Kansas

Poke Salad Annie - Jerry Reed

Ariel - Rainbow

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina - Patty Lupone

Beautiful Ohio - state song, traditional. -- "Ohio" means Big River.

Alice's Restaurant Massacre - Arlo Guthrie

Aida - Sarah McLaughlin

Amelia - Joni Mitchell

Ave Maria - a Latin Hymn

Angie Baby - Helen Reddy

Barbara Allen - American Folksong

"In Scarlet town where I was born,

There was a fair maid dwellin'

Made every youth cry Well-a-day,

Her name was Barb'ra Allen."

Ballad Of Ole Betsy - The Beach Boys

Electric Barbarella - Duran Duran -- about a motor cycle

Bernadette - Four Tops

Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

Black Betty - Ram Jam

Bonnie Blue Gal - Mitch Miller

Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

"Brandy, you're a fine girl

What a good wife you would be

But Brandy, my lover, my lady

Is the sea..."

Bridget the Midget - Ray Stevens

Candida - Tony Orlando and Dawn

Chandra's Coriander - Ian Gillan

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte - Patti Page

Charmaine - Mantovani (1951)

Clare De Lune - Debussy

Lawdy Miss Clawdy [probably "Claudine"] - Gary Stites

Who Killed Delores? - City Boy

Bernadette - Four Tops

Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy, Tanya Tucker

"Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on,

Could it be a faded Rose from days gone by?"

Dottie - Danny & The Juniors

Fannie Mae - Buster Brown

Gaye - Clifford T Ward

Sweet Lady Genevieve - The Kinks

Gloria - The Mills Brothers (1948)

Sister Isabelle - Del Shannon

I Dream of Jeannie - Stephen Foster

(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - Sha Na Na

Justine - Don & Dewie

Lara's Theme - Dr. Zhivago

Laticia - The Spectres

Laura - What's He Got That I Ain't Got? - Brook Benton

Lulu's Song - Vaya Con Dios

Boulevard De La Madelaine - The Moody Blues

Margarita - The Traveling Wilburys

Margie - Fats Domino

Oche Chyërnia (Dark Eyes) - Russian traditional ballad. -- "Dark Eyes" is a nickname sometimes used as a given female name in some republics.

Margarita - The Traveling Wilburys

Lady Marmalade 1975

Peg O' My Heart - Harmonicats

Diana - Paul Anka

Dominique - The Singing Nun

Hello, Dolly (show tune)

Sweet Eloise - Glenn Miller

Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys

Francene - ZZ Top

Frances - When Frances Dances With Me - Ada Jones & Billy Murray

Georgie Girl - The Seekers

Gidget - Bobby Darren

Gigi - Vic Damon

Gina - Johnny Mathis

Ginnie Bell - Paul Dino

Glendora - Perry Como

Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac

Hooray For Hazel - Tommy Roe

Heather Honey - Tommy roe

Henrietta - Jimmy Dee

Karen's Theme - The Carpenters

Liza - (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) - Al Jolson

Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughn

Louise - Maurice Chevalier

"Every little Breeze seems to whisper ‘Louise'"

Marlena - Four Seasons

Mary, did you know - Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

"Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

That your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered

Will soon deliver you"

Mary's a Grand Old Name - Frank Fontaine

Nadia's Theme - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr

Nadine (is It You?) - Chuck Berry

Nancy (With The laughing face) - Frank Sinatra

Natalia - Joan Baez

Nikita - Elton John

Pamela Throws A Party - Joe Reisman

Patricia - Perry Como

Paula - Don't Wanna Think About Paula - Dickie Lee

Paula, Hey Paula - Paul and Paula

Peg O' My Heart - Buddy Clark or the Harmonicats

Second Hand Rose - Barbra Streisand

Sacha - Hank B. Marvin

Stephanie Knows Who - The Move

Sylvia - Stevie Wonder

If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie, performed by Eddie Cantor

If you knew Susie like I know Susie - Eddie Cantor (1948)

"...Oh, oh, oh what a girl!"

My Gal Sal - Byron Harlan;

Also sung by Jackie Gleason as "Joe the Bartender" on the Jackie Gleason Show of the 1960s.

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (1957)

Teresa - Eddie Cochran

Tracy's Theme - Spencer Ross

Trudi - Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group

Tara's Theme (My Own True Love) - Leroy Holmes

Tessie (Stop Teasing Me) - Ray Miller

Venus - Frankie Avalon

Lulu Belle (I can't read the recording artist's name)

Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle

Sherry - Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons

Wendy - The Beach Boys

Windy -- The Association

Still My Favorite

How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway
How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway

Number 10 on this playlist is all about Minnie, but the CD album has songs about men as well.

 

How Big Can You Get? Playlist

1. Come on with the "Come On"

2. Calloway Boogie

3. The Call of the Jitterbug

4. Hey Now, Hey Now

5. The Jumpin' Jive

6. How Big Can You Get?

7. The Old Man of the Mountain

8. The Ghost of Smokey Joe

9. Reefer Man

10. Minnie the Moocher

11. Tarzan of Harlem

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Comments 19 comments

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Guru-C 9 years ago

These titles bring back a lot of memories!


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Fun, isn't it?? I'd forgotten about many of these.


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Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Wow, that is some list. Thank you. Did you make this list from memory?


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Hi Paul,

I did remember over 3/4 of this list on my own. As I typed a sheet of songs and writers or performers, I began recalling the band leaders from the Johnny Carson show and songs on the Skitch Henderson show - even Lawrence Welk when my parents watched him on TV -   and the songs they sang with female names in them. Then I remembered band leaders from the Big Band Era, Spike Jones, and my father's list of favorite songs (I'd thought I'd forgotten it). Next, I looked in my collection of tapes and found more. Then, talking on the phone with a friend, we remembered a few more. So, it was fun. I had to look up a couple performers on the Internet to be sure of them, though - I had misspelled their names.

Thanks for your comment! 

Patty  


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

I forgot "Waltzing Matilda" the Australian folk song I learned in the 4th grade.


pat 8 years ago

im looking for the song sentimental ole you



Stephanie Barker 6 years ago

My Maria, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Help me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Proud Mary, Take a letter Maria, Sarah, Peggy Sue, Susie Q, Hang on Sloopy. Just a few more. Sorry I don't remember the artists.


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Walkster 6 years ago from Lavergne,tn

Good songs, i know the majority of them!


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georgees01 6 years ago from Amazon Kindle

Great Songs and Games


Liz 6 years ago

My personal favorite is "Aurora" by Foo Fighters. I plan on naming my future daughter that name.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

it's a beautiful name - thanks!


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kereeves3 5 years ago from Salem, OR

I love this list! I've always dreamed of naming a daughter after a famous song, simply because I always wished to be named after a famous song. Something like "Julia" by the Beatles or "Amanda" by Boston.

I will say though that the Sarah McLachlan song is called "Adia," not "Aida." and her named is spelled as above. Great hub!


Stormy Barton 5 years ago

Patty, you forgot "Stormy"!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Oh No! Thanks, Stormy!


Ferdie 4 years ago

Here are a few more

"Sister Sue" by Jobriath, "Jessica" by The Allman Brothers Band, "Romeo and Jane" by Tonio K., "Susan" by The Buckinghams, "Joanne" by Michael Nesmith, "For Diana" by Dirk Hamilton, "Just Like Marilyn" by Jimmy Webb, "Lee's Traveling Song" by Wendy Waldman, "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen, "Martha" by Tom Waits


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

That's very interesting!


Layla 2 years ago

Layla by Eric Clapton


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for that!

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