Thursday Inspiration #108 Tossin’ and Turnin’

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word pillow, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’’, or by going with any other Bobby Lewis song, or another song from the 1960 era.  ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’’ was written by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene, and recorded by Bobby Lewis in 1960.  It reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B chart and this song has become a standard on oldies compilations.  It was named the #1 single on the Billboard chart for 1961, after spending seven consecutive weeks at the top and it has the distinction of being one of only six songs from the 1960s that spent seven consecutive weeks at the top.  Only two records, ‘Theme From A Summer Place’ by Percy Faith (1960) and ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles (1968) spent more weeks in the top spot during that decade (both nine weeks).  This song was featured in American Graffiti and it is on the soundtrack for National Lampoon’s Animal House.  In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked the song as the 27th biggest song of all time that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the chart.  It remains one of the most requested radio tracks of all time.

Ritchie Adams was a songwriter and the former lead singer of The Fireflies and Malou Rene was the wife of Beltone’s A&R director and bandleader Joe Rene.  The song had an unusual instrumental break, played by King Curtis on the mouth piece of his sax.  Rene’s orchestra featuring Haywood Henry on baritone sax, Paul Griffin on piano, Ritchie Adams and Eric Gale playing guitars, Bob Bushnell, bass guitar, Sticks Evans on drums, Bobby singing lead vocal with backing vocals supplied by girl group The Swanettes.  Lewis was living in Newark, New Jersey, since 1980, but he died last year on April 28, 2020, at the age of 95, after contracting pneumonia.  Many people experience difficulty sleeping at some point in their lives, which could be caused by aging, too much stimulation before bedtime (such as watching television, playing video games, or exercising), consuming too much caffeine, noise disturbances, an uncomfortable bedroom, or a feeling of excitement, but in this song, the singer can’t get his mind off his girl.

I kicked the blankets on the floor
Turned my pillow upside down

14 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #108 Tossin’ and Turnin’

  1. ….on a different note 🙂

    Baby, baby, can’t you see what you’re doing to me?
    I couldn’t sleep a wink last night just a-thinking of you
    Baby things weren’t right I kept on tossin’ and turnin’
    Turnin’ and tossin’ tossin’ and turnin’ all night
    I threw the blankets on the floor, turned my pillow upside down
    Then I thought of you some more
    And I kept on tossin’ and turnin’ turnin’ and tossin’
    Tossin’ and turnin’ all night
    Jumped out of bed, turned on the light
    Pulled down the shade went to the kitchen for a bite
    Pulled up the shade, turned off the light
    I jumped back into bed it was the middle of the night
    The clock downstairs was striking four, couldn’t get you off my mind
    Heard the milkman at the door but I was tossin’ and turnin’

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Dwayne P. Wiggins.
    Tossing and Turning lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  2. Oops! These are The Ivy League lyrics:

    I can’t sleep at night
    Tossing and turning.
    I turn on the light
    Then while it’s burning
    I think of all the
    Things that we do,
    And all the reasons,
    Why I love you.

    Tossing and turning,
    I’m tossing and turning,
    All night.

    In my memory
    There is confusion
    Was it you and me,
    Or an illusion.
    Was I really holding you tight?
    Did I really kiss you goodnight?
    Tossing and turning,
    I’m tossing and turning,
    All night.

    Whatcha gonna do at night?

    Nobody to hold you tight,
    Are you lonely?

    Don’t you know that I get lonely, too?
    And I’m blaming you!
    When we meet again
    Maybe tomorrow
    You will smile and then
    Goodbye tomorrow

    We’ll be lovers
    Just as before;
    I guess I’ll never
    Sleep anymore.

    Tossing and turning,
    I’m tossing and turning,
    All night.

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      1. I think you are like this… I do like the song but the information bout the songs make them that much better. Same with Beatle songs.

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