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A ‘Glee’-ful greeting: Hello! Hello again! And again!

When Fox Network’s popular — and much-hyped — “Glee” returned for its pseudo-“second season” last week, it had its predominantly young fans at “Hello,” featuring three classic “greeting” songs and racking up big ratings in the process.

This week, it topped those numbers with its Madonna tribute show, and all signs point to even higher stratospheric ratings  in the weeks ahead.

Good for them, and it was nice of them to welcome back “Gleeks” with versions of Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” the Beatles’  “Hello Goodbye” and the Doors’ “Hello, I Love You.”

But just because they stopped at three doesn’t mean I will …  

They had a lot of other “Hello” songs to consider using, and here are some of them. Feel free to add more nominees in the Comment section below.

We’ll start with a double helping of “Hello”:

• Sopwith Camel’s spacey but infectiously upbeat “Hello Hello”

• And then try a double dose of a great song — Barbara Lewis’ “Hello Stranger” and Yvonne Elliman’s follow-up version.

• A double take of different songs with the same title: Neil Diamond’s “Hello Again” (also featured in the show) and the Cars’ decidedly dissimilar number.

“Hello” songs show up in all sorts of places, such as:

• Broadway (and the subsequent movie version): Barbra Streisand and Louis Armstrong teaming up onscreen on “Hello, Dolly” and Satchmo’s No. 1 hit version

• Ditto Broadway’s “The King and I,” with this film version of “Hello Young Lovers”

And in a bunch of dicey situations:

• Little Peggy March’s “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love”

• Rick Nelson’s come-on song, “Hello Mary Lou”

• Elvis’ under-appreciated “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello”

• Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me”

• Allan Sherman’s summer-camp misadventures, “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)”

And in country music, too:

• Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’ ”

• Kenny Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello”

• Faron Young’s troubling “conversation” with inanimate objects: “Hello Walls”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Fiona Quick on 04/23/2010 - 09:32 am.

    The Cars: Hello Again
    Ace of Base: Hallo, Hallo
    Culture Club: Hello Goodbye
    REM: Pop Song 89
    Falco: Vienna Calling
    Golden Smog: Making Waves
    Owl City: Hello Seattle

  2. Submitted by Kristin L on 04/23/2010 - 10:36 am.

    Hello by Prince for the win. Though seriously, Prince would be perfect for Glee.

  3. Submitted by Pat Borzi on 04/23/2010 - 10:59 am.

    “Hello, I Must Be Going,” by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, sung with panache by Groucho as Captain Spaulding in the 1930 Marx Brothers classic, Animal Crackers.

  4. Submitted by bruce brothers on 04/23/2010 - 01:16 pm.

    good list. two more good ones: ‘if you see her, say hello’ by bobby dylan, and ‘you had me at hello,’ by john barry from ‘out of africa.

  5. Submitted by Hannah on 04/23/2010 - 02:53 pm.

    Halo, everybody! Halo!
    Halo is the shampoo that glorifies your hair.
    So Halo, everybody! Halo!

  6. Submitted by Don Effenberger on 04/23/2010 - 03:13 pm.

    Great additions, folks. I feel particularly bad anytime I miss a Marx Brothers classic like that one.

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