The Doobies Had the Art of Hit-Making Down Pat
No matter how you plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you should follow two basic rules. The first of course is that you wear something green, else you risk the pinch that is nowadays probably considered physical abuse.
The second rule, which is far more important, is to enjoy some good music. It can be of the Irish variety, if you so choose, but I would recommend decorating your playlist with artists whose names have some form of the name Pat.
Here are seventeen, in recognition of the day of the month St. Pat always falls on, music artists with some form of that name either as first or last. Excluded is the band Patches, which is where Leo Sayer got his start before embarking on a very successful solo career.
Along with Tom Johnston and later Michael McDonald, Simmons is the musician most associated with the Doobie Brothers on great hits like “Black Water,” “Long Train Running” and “What a Fool Believes.”
“Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces” are just a three of the standards associated with the country legend, until her untimely death in a 1963 plane crash.
When co-founder Michael Pinder left the Moody Blues, they found Moraz to be a suitable replacement and went on to record the number one album Lost Distance Voyager.
Clara Ann Fowler adopted her professional name, which became as widely known as “Tennessee Waltz.”
As bassist for Okkervil River, Pestorius backed Wil Sheff tunes like “Famous Trachaeotomies,” “Singer Songwriter” and “Plus Ones.”
Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da served as a catchy chorus for Labelle, whose extravagant style helped “Lady Marmalade” reach the Top Ten in old Moulin Rouge as well as everywhere else in 1974.
Train's front man is responsible for the band's biggest hits, “Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia” and “Hey Soul Sister.”
She was one of the pioneers in the new folk revival of the late Eighties and early Nineties, which also brought similar talented songwriters such as John Gorka and Todd Snider.
Music fans who do not know him and the indie band The Minor Leagues are missing out on some of the best material produced in the 2000's, catchy but clever tunes like “Social Club,” “The Pestilence Is Coming” and “The Love That Never Was.”
Among all of the punk-new wave acts from the late Seventies and early Eighties, Smith became Queen when “Because the Night” entered the Top Ten.
“Goodbye To You” was a great big hello from Smyth and her band Scandal, who followed it with “The Warrior.”
The co-founder of Nine Inch Nails was not the most famous member of his family, for his brother is Oscar-Winning actor actor Robert Patrick.
Only Elvis Presley himself had more hit songs during the Fifties than did Pat Boone, who like Presley also starred as an actor as well.
“Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” each reflected a side of the rock songstress, the former a sympathy for young people and the former an aggressive love song.
Along with brother Lolly, Vegas founded the band Redbone, who became famous for hits like “Come and Get Your Love” and “The Witch Queen of New Orleans.”
Strongly influenced by jazz great Wes Montgomery, Metheny himself went on to inspire or collaborate with artists from Joni Mitchell to Bruce Hornsby to David Bowie.
Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks and Kelly Clarkson are just a few of the artists who have covered compositions by Griffin, whose distinction was as a folk pianist.