Pop Songs by The California Cogs

The California Cogs band plays a variety of music, focusing on big hits spanning 1950s to 1980s. 
                    We also do an energetic Holiday Music Show.

Below are many of the songs we play, including cocktail standards, rock, country, blues, jazz, soul and pop. 
    (In parenthesis is a performer who had a hit record of the song.)
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Act Naturally (The Beatles, Buck Owens)
  • All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)
  • Blue Bayou (Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison)
  • Brown-Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Bye Bye Love (Everly Brothers)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • Celebration (Kool & The Gang)
  • (They Long To Be) Close To You (Carpenters)
  • Crazy (Patsy Cline)
  • Different Drum (Linda Ronstadt)
  • Fever (Peggy Lee)
  • Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
  • Fooled Around And Fell In Love (Elvin Bishop Group)
  • The Girl From Ipanema (Astrud Gilberto with Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  • Hang On Sloopy (McCoys)
  • Hanky Panky (Tommy James & Shondells)
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night (Sammi Smith)
  • Hey Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
  • Honey Don't (The Beatles)
  • House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)
  • In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
  • It’s So Easy (Linda Ronstadt, Buddy Holly)
  • Jambalaya (Hank Williams, Gerry & The Pacemakers)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  • Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison, jazz blues standard)
  • La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
  • Little Sister (Elvis Presley, Dwight Yoakam)
  • Loco-Motion (Grand Funk, Little Eva)
  • Louie Louie (Kingsmen)
  • Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
  • Maybelline (Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry)
  • Memphis (Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry)
  • Moondance (Van Morrison)
  • More (Kai Winding, jazz standard)
  • Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
  • Night Train (James Brown, Jimmy Forrest, jazz standard)
  • Okie From Muskogee (Merle Haggard)
  • Ooo Baby Baby (Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt)
  • Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • (Remember) Walking In Sand (Shangri-las)
  • Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)
  • Satin Doll (Duke Ellington) 
  • Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
  • Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips, Honeydrippers)
  • Shake, Rattle And Roll (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  • Slowdown (The Beatles, Larry Williams)
  • Spanish Eyes (Bert Kaempfert, movie theme) 
  • Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
  • Stormy Monday Blues (Bobby Bland, jazz blues standard)
  • Surf Medley: Pipeline, Walk Don't Run, Apache, Hawaii Five-O (Chantays, Ventures, Jorgen Ingmann, Ventures)
  • Summertime (Gershwin standard)
  • Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page)
  • Tequila (The Champs)
  • That’ll Be The Day (Buddy Holly & The Crickets)
  • The Thrill Is Gone (B. B. King)
  • Twist And Shout (The Beatles)
  • Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)
  • You're So Vain (Carly Simon)
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams)
  • Walk Don't Run (Ventures)
  • Watch What Happens  (Sergio Mendes, movie theme) 
  • When Will I Be Loved (Linda Ronstadt, Everly Brothers)
  • Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
  • You Can't Do That (The Beatles)

Hear Us Play
To give you an idea how we perform, below are song samples from various shows.

Please keep in mind these low-fi recordings are not the true sound of the full live band. You'll hear audience noises, and at a street party you'll hear cars drive by.

Blue Bayou


Girl From Ipanema

Save The Last Dance For Me

Watch What Happens

Songs and recordings on this page are updated from time to time.