5 thoughts on “Five Famous Songs That Led to Sequels From the Same Artist as the First Song

  1. The Major Tom Trilogy reached its apotheosis with 1995’s Hallo Spaceboy, Bowie’s collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, and his biggest hit of the 90’s, which told the final tale of the errant astronaut.

  2. Within the context of the songs, why would anyone want Johnny?
    In real life, obviously Leslie was more interested in Judy and there should have been a third song where they ended up together.

  3. No “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”/”Grandpa’s Gonna Sue the Pants Off of Santa”? I would’ve thought that’d be the most famous example.

  4. I had to let this one percolate for a bit. There are quite a few songs with sequels, and I tried to be sure that I factored them all in before I composed my own list of five. The only one on Mr. Cronin’s list to make mine was “It’s My Party”/”Judy’s Turn to Cry”, by Lesley Gore.

    Here is my list, in descending order of my preference:

    1. “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (1948)/”Thanks, Mister Florist” (1950), by Vaughn Monroe.

    2. “A-Tisket A-Tasket”/”I Found My Yellow Basket” (1938), by Ella Fitzgerald.

    3. “Big, Bad John” (1961)/”The Cajun Queen” (1962), by Jimmy Dean.

    4. “It’s My Party”/”Judy’s Turn to Cry” (1963), by Lesley Gore.

    5. “Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron” (1966)/”The Return of the Red Baron” (1967), by the Royal Guardsmen.

    Honourable mention:
    “King of the Road” (1964), by Roger Miller/”Queen of the House” (1965), by Jody Miller.
    These would’ve been in my list of five, except that “Queen of the House” is not technically a sequel song—it’s an answer song.

    DIShonourable mention:
    “Santa Baby” (1953)/”This Year’s Santa Baby” (1954), by Eartha Kitt.
    I destest the melody of this song, but I appreciate the gall of the lyrics, especially those of the sequel (informing Santa that the stuff he brought her last year is crap, now. and she wants new, better stuff).

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