21 December 2014



Show 215

To celebrate the birth of the most famous Jew of all time…all tracks by Jewish musicians.

Tell it to my heart by Taylor Dayne.  One of several pseudonyms used by the Jewish Leslie Wunderman, another one was Les Lee, under which she released I’m the one you want in 1985.  Her first song to crack the top ten was this dance-pop hit in 1987.

Forever in Bluejeans by Neil Diamond. 1979 single for Betty who loves the guy.

Hard Rock Café by Carole King. 1977 single from Simple Things, her 8th studio album.

Buckets of Rain by Bette Midler & Bob Dylan. 1978 single I found on the Best of Bette.  They’re both Jewish…

Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen.  From the 1987 Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

Evergreen by Barbra Streisand.  Request.

Easy Street by David Lee Roth. The third single release from his debut solo EP, Crazy from the Heat.  Both came out in 1985.

Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler.  Request.  The original live version from SNL 1994.

Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon.  Request.

My Side of the Bed by Susanna Hoffs. 1991 solo release, her debut I think.

Rise by Herb Alpert. From Alpert’s solo album Rise, released as a single in 1979. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October of that year and remained in the top position for two weeks. Herb Alpert thus became the first (and only) artist to reach the top of the Hot 100 with a vocal performance (“This Guy’s in Love with You”, 1968) as well as an instrumental performance.


*The Happy Girls by Helen Reddy.  1977 single from her 10th studio album, Ear Candy.  She converted to Judaism for husband no. 2.

*Will you miss me when you’re sober by Deborah Conway.  1991 String of Pearls.  I had never heard of Conway before I moved here and my partner convinced me to rock up to a free concert she was doing with her partner Willie at the Queen Vic women’s ctre…practically nobody else was there so I was pretty sure my partner was messing with me.  Then I saw the 2 of them play during the Commonwealth Games here in Melb in 2006 and there were thousands of screaming fans…so forgive me everybody.  I believe now.

*Sweet Love by Renee Geyer.  From her 1975 album Ready to Deal.

*Theme from Rush by George Dreyfus.  This is Dreyfus’s most notable track, the theme from Rush, an Aussie television series from the 1970s. First released in 1974, the show ran till 76 and this version was recorded in 75.

*I Gotcha by Jimmy Barnes.   Though raised totally Protestant and Scottish, has some Jewish ancestry on his mum’s side…yep, grasping a bit! From his album Soul Deep, his fifth.

*As Long as we Beat NZ by Andrew Denton & Elle McFeast.   Request. 1992 Olympics

*Hopelessly Devoted to You by Olivia Newton-John.  Request.  Her mother’s father was a German Jew who converted to Lutheranism.  Won a Nobel Prize, too…

Gumboots by Paul Simon. B-side to You can Call me Al from 1986 – but I really dislike that so here’s the other side. His highest solo charting track here in Australia where it hit no. 2.

Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel. 1977 single from The Stranger, his 5th studio album.

How can we be Lovers by Michael Bolton. 1990 single from Soul Provider, his 6th studio album, released in 1989.

You Never Done it Like That by Neil Sedaka. 1977 non-album single release in Australia only. In the US it was a big hit for The Capt and Tenille.

Copacabana by Barry Manilow.  1978 single, probably his best. This is the 1993 remix…still good.

Knocked out by Paula Abdul.  Despite the very Muslim sounding name, she’s all Jewish. Abdul’s father was born into the Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Brazil.  Her mother grew up in one of the two Jewish families in her little Manitoba town. This is her 1988 debut.