Western Slope Uncorked is just over a month away and the vineyards around western Colorado are full of grapes. I started thinking about classic songs with wine in the title and here my favorite five.
This song was written and released by Neil Diamond in 1968; in 1984 and 1988 UB40 also released reggae version of their own. Red Red Wine is a tribute to how red wine makes people feel good. The lyrics, "Red, red wine you make me feel so grand. You make me feel like a million dollars when you're just in my hand," pretty much says it all.
This Tommy James and the Shondells song was a top 10 hit for the group in 1969 was a combination protest song and call for peace and love using sweet cherry wine as the analogy for the way to celebrate what is good and right.
This 1970 top 5 hit by Eric Burdon & War is about a strange intoxicating dream the singer has about being the star Hollywood movie. The dream is filled with all kinds of ethereal images of various women. One of the women whispers in his ear, "Spill the wine, take that girl."
The Days of Wine and Roses
The Henry Mancini classic is also the title of the 1962 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. While the song only reached #33 on the Billboard charts, it's a true classic thanks to the movie's manipulative love story and spiral into alcoholism of the leading characters.
Most people think this 1970 number one is about a woman, when in fact 'Cracklin' Rosie' is a euphemism for a sparkling wine. The lyric "Cracklin' Rose you're a store bought woman" refers to buying and drinking wine as a substitute, although short-lived, for the company of a real woman.