A crowd was gathering at Woodstock. It was not to see a concert, nor was it even in New York.
The town of Woodstock, Illinois was in the news because of an error at a Shell station. The pumps were selling gas for a penny a gallon, quite a bargain in an age where the average price hovers near four dollars a gallon.
To those lucky enough to fill their tanks for fifty cents, congratulations. The rest of us who missed out will have to console ourselves by listening to these songs, each of which contains the word penny in its title.
“Halfpenny two penny” by Styx: James Young only lyrical contribution to Paradise Theater, this rocking denouncement of capitalism endures as the last good Styx song before the regrettable Kilroy Was Here.
“Penny Lane” by The Beatles: Paul McCartney’s flip-side to John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” remains one of the band’s sweetest hits.
“Penny (Perfect for You)” by Plain White T’s: Just a year before striking gold with “Hey There Delilah,” the pop-rockers placed this ballad on their sophomore album Stop.
“Penny Arcade” by Roy Orbison: Though not as popular as “Pretty Woman” or “Crying,” this minor hit showcases the rock legend’s twangy tenor and catchy guitar riffs.
“Penny Candy” by Jim Reeves: The country legend’s baritone makes any song sweet, just like this wistful tune.
“A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Tavares: The R & B group garnered reached its peak on Saturday Night Fever, but recorded several quality hits both before and subsequent to that historic soundtrack.
“Penny on the Train Track” by Ben Kweller: This standout is from the singer-songwriter’s excellent third album, which also featured the wonderfully autobiographical “Thirteen.”
“Pretty Penny” by Stone Temple Pilots: Vocalist Scott Weiland still claims that this mellow track from Purple is one of his favorite songs with the band.
“Indian Head Penny” by Guy Clark: This clever track from the folk singer’s Cold Dog Soup traces the life of a penny from the 1909 mint to a 1951 Chevrolet.
“Bad Penny” by Rory Gallagher: This classic kicks off side two of the rocker’s Top Priority album.
Sources: USA Today, 2/19/14