Friday Five: Songs About Jenny

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 17th, 2010

Nearly everybody knows a Jenny. She might be a Jen, perhaps even a Jennifer, but the popular name is in nearly everyone’s speed dial. If you don’t have it? You can thank Tommy Tutone. Thanks to him, you can simply dial up 867-5309 to talk to one.

You’ve got a famous dancer in Jennifer Beals, a famous haircut from Jennifer Aniston, a famous blonde in Jenny McCarthy, a famous tennis player in Jennifer Capriati, hard throwers like Jennie Finch–and even a handful of country singers with a few hits of their own in Jennifer Nettles, Jenny Whitely, Jennifer Day and Jennifer Hanson. Heck, that’s not even counting the Wailin’ Jennys.

That being said, I’m still partial to my very own Jenny at home.

  • Family. Love. Harmony. EP5. “Jenny” – The Harters

    Michael, Leslie and Scott Harter are a country music sibling act; this harmony driven tale about stealing away the local sheriff’s daughter and taking her off to Las Vegas was their first single. I guess what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Otherwise, you’ll get shot when you get home.

  • 4. “Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake Done” – Joel Walker Sweeney

    This historic song dates way back to the first half of the 18th century and is largely credited to blackface minstrel performer Joe Sweeney. It was popularized through campfire songs during the Civil War and is still played in bluegrass form today. This video appropriately shows a reenactment of troops playing the tune in full uniform regalia.

  • Farewell Andromeda3. “Zachary and Jennifer” – John Denver

    Henry John Deutschendorf, otherwise known to the world as John Denver, released this sweet dedication to children on 1973’s Farewell Andromeda. He’d go on to adopt a young boy and name him Zachary a year later but never did have a child named Jennifer. Ironically, Zachary would marry a Jennifer–bringing this song full circle over two decades after it was written.

  • Cry2. “Cotton Jenny” – Lynn Anderson

    This song title has been covered by Lynn Anderson, Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray–and again by Anne Murray & Olivia Newton John on her Duets album. Here’s the Anderson version.

  • All Aboard!1. “Jenny Dreamed of Trains” – John Denver

    Vince Gill first released this song on the acclaimed High Lonesome Sound, but the audio below honors the version by John Denver–off of his very last studio album, All Aboard.

  1. Paul W Dennis
    September 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

    “Poor Jenny” – the Everly Brothers
    “Jenny Lou” – Sonny James

  2. Adam
    September 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I really like “Jenny” from Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Mission California album.

  3. Barry Mazor
    September 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Probably not the place to mention Little Richard’s “Jenny, Jenny, Jenny,” but..why not? He’s recorded country and lives near Nashville these days.

  4. Ken Morton, Jr.
    September 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Barry, if memory serves me correctly, I think Carl Perkins also covered that song so that gives it good country street cred.

  5. Barry Mazor
    September 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Yep, Carl Perkins. Which reminds me: “Poor Jenny”. Everly Brothers. Also recorded by Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Having gone this far we could mention “Pirate Jenny,” from Brecht & Weill, the famous close harmony country duo..

  6. Bob
    September 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Good call by Paul on “Poor Jenny” by the Everly Brothers. I have the Cadence 45. It has “Take a Message to Mary” on the other side, both songs written by the Bryants.

  7. Dave D.
    September 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    My fave: “Keep Your Hat On, Jenny” by Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez.

  8. Brady Vercher
    September 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I figured Becky Schlegel’s “Jenny” would have been mentioned by now.

    Jason Allen did a song called “Jenny Lee” on Twilight Zone from a couple years back.

    Willie and Asleep at the Wheel covered “Sweet Jennie Lee” last year.

    On a tribute to E.C. Ball last year, the Handsome Family recorded “Jenny Jenkins.” Of course, there’s the original as well.

    Or if you want to go instrumental, check out Fiddlin’ Red Herron’s “Rock Jenny Rock.”

  9. numberonecountryfan
    September 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Conway Twitty recorded a song called Jennifer Johnson And Me.

  10. JL
    September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    How about “Jenny Come Back” by Helen Darling?

  11. Jon
    September 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    There’s a fine song called “The Last Time,” but also known as “The Last Time You’ll See Jenny, that was recorded by the McPeak Brothers, the Osborne Brothers and the Rarely Herd that’s worth checking out.

  12. Michael A.
    September 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I think it was Jenny “with a baby in her arms” in the newly lable-less Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town”.

  13. Ben Foster
    September 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I was flabbergasted that “Jenny Come Back” wasn’t on this list. It’s a bit of a 90s relic, but it’s probably one of my favorite Jenny songs.

  14. Leeann Ward
    September 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I like “Jenny Dreamed of Trains,” but I prefer Vince’s version or even The Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s, though I’m a John Denver fan in general. That is the song that I automatically thought of when I read the theme for this week though.:)

  15. Rick
    September 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I have a compilation CD of a lot of Everly Brothers singles and it actually contains two different versions of “Poor Jenny”. I wonder if that song was released to radio stations twice as the two separate versions? Hmmm….

    Ken, I would guess you are about the only 9513 contributor who remembers Jennifer “The Fun Of Your Love” Day, or has maybe even heard of her before. Why that little gal didn’t make a dent on the Top 40 charts still makes me scratch my head as she could really sing. I guess radio’s female pop vocalist dance card was full at the time.

  16. Ron
    September 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Re: Jennifer Johnson and Me, very good mention.

    However it is a Robert Earl Keen song. I really like his version. One of my favorites of his.

  17. Ken Morton Jr
    September 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Ken, I would guess you are about the only 9513 contributor who remembers Jennifer “The Fun Of Your Love” Day

    She’s still making music, albeit under the name Jennifer Morrison and she now has a distinctively alternative pop sound and appearance:

  18. Paul W Dennis
    September 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Wrong, Rick – I’ve got a copy of Jennifer Day’s CD – haven’t listened to it in several years

  19. Joey
    September 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    “Jenny” by The Harters has been one of my favorite songs of 2010 — it’s a shame that it didn’t get more radio airplay. I love their harmony, and it’s a catchy tune with a great story behind it!

  20. Steve Harvey
    September 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

    “Pirate Jenny,” from Brecht & Weill, the famous close harmony country duo..
    An Alison Krauss version of that could be… interesting, to say the least.

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