Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just love the sound of the morning buzz, there are many songs that have coffee in their titles. From Bob Dylan’s “One Cup of Coffee” to the classic “Java Jive,” there’s a coffee-related tune for every taste.
Otis Redding’s “40 Cups of Coffee”
Otis Redding was a great vocalist who died too young in a plane crash in 1958, but his legacy lives on through his music. Songs like Stand by Me and Try a Little Tenderness have become iconic. The soulful sound of “40 Cups of Coffee” reflects the style of the songwriter and his vocalist, Ella Mae Morse.
Otis Redding’s “Java Jive”
“Java Jive” is a 1940s soul song performed by American jazz vocalist Otis Redding. It was written by Redding and co-written by Eddie Thomas, Jerry Butler, and Jay Walker. The song is about love. Redding sings about being in love and not needing cream to make his coffee.
Sinatra’s “The Coffee Song”
“The Coffee Song” was one of Frank Sinatra’s early recordings and was never his biggest hit. It was recorded when he was struggling before his success at the Capitol label. Although it is not his most popular recording, “The Coffee Song” is still an enjoyable track. The tune captures the spirit of the postwar era.
It is a great throwback to a simpler time and is a good choice for cocktail parties. Other artists who have recorded the song include Sam Cooke, Rosemary Clooney and the Muppets. Although this is the most famous version of the song, there are other classic coffee songs. Tennessee Earnest Ford recorded the song “Forty Cups of Coffee.” And The Jayhawks released a version titled “Five Cups of Coffee.” There is also a Mel Torme cover version, “Lonesome Cup of Coffee.”
Frank Sinatra recorded the song “The Coffee Song” in 1946. It was one of the first songs to chart on the Billboard charts. Its popularity was high due to the fact that Americans were drinking a lot of coffee in the 1940s. During this time, most coffee in the United States was imported from Brazil. Because of the price controls and rationing, Brazil was able to produce a surplus of coffee.