The real reason young men bought guitars and spent hours playing rock and roll, is the desire to be rich and famous, and get the girl. Girl’s names have been in the song titles of our popular songs since the beginning of time. Here are more great songs that use a women’s name in the song title.
Most people don’t know that the popular 70s band, the Pure Prairie League, was formed in Columbus, OH, and had their first success in Cincinnati. “Amie” was the band’s first big hit by Pure Prairie League. The band briefly broke up in 1973 as the lead singer Craig Fuller was arrested for draft evasion, making the band wait six months for his sentence to be served.
“Rosanna” by Toto was a catchy song released in 1982, written by keyboardist David Paich. The song earned the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1983, selling millions of copies as a single from the album “Toto IV.” Yes, the song is inspired by actress Rosanna Arquette, dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time. The video was a huge success (remember this is the height of the MTV era) and featured Patrick Swayze as one of the dancers.
More Classic Rock One Hit Wonders
Posted on May 27, 2016, 1:10 am
Earlier this week we began sharing a list of the best classic rock one hit wonder songs of all time. Here’s part two of that list…
Iron Butterfly’s “In a gadda da vida” released in 1968 and the confusion about the meaning of the song helped the popularity of the song. The band hailed from San Diego, loving their 15 minutes of fame. All but two of the original members have died.
“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Joel Greenbaum was years ahead of its time. The song also had a film life as it has appeared in ‘Remember the Titans’, ‘Apollo 13’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Norman lives in Santa Rosa, CA, bed ridden due to a car accident in 2015. He was the passenger of a car that caused the accident, killing the motorcyclist.
“All Right Now” by Paul Rogers and Free is clean, hot and powerful. The late guitarist Paul Kossoff gave the rock world one of the coolest opening riffs ever recorded. Paul Rogers made his money with Bad Company.
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Eric Clapton’s VH1 Special
Posted on May 26, 2016, 1:10 am
If you’re an Eric Clapton fan be sure to watch or set your DVR for the VH1 special ‘I Still Do: An Intimate Discussion about Rock, the Blues and Shepherd’s Pie,’ airing May 20th. The new album ‘I Still Do’ is produced by the same producer who crafted ‘Slowhand,’ the triple platinum album in the late 70s.
Eric’s life reads like a British novel, having his biological father leave his family at an early age, being raised by his maternal grandmother, and later discovering that his sister was actually his mother.
Eric playfully discusses his love of the blues and the general misconception fans have of the blues genre. Again, be sure to catch the VHI special, I Still Do: An Intimate Discussion about Rock, the Blues and Shepherd’s Pie, airing May 20th.
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Ron Howard Tries His Hand At a Beatles Documentary
Posted on May 26, 2016, 1:10 am
Movie producer Ron Howard is clearly one of the best of class, given his delivering such classic movies like ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind.’ Ron’s latest project will be of great interest to you, as he tackles the greatest musical group ever assembled in a special documentary – The Beatles.
The working title is ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week,’ receiving complete cooperation from the living Beatles and significant others of the lads that are no longer here. The documentary begins in Liverpool, through the exciting years of fame and fortune, ending with the final concert in San Francisco. This documentary will be your all access pass, complete with never seen before footage, interviews, in depth analysis, and significant musical exploration.
‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week’ will premiere exclusively on Hulu and then in theaters this Fall.
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Famous Female Titled Classics
Posted on May 25, 2016, 1:11 am
It’s no secret that boys start garage bands to get the girl. In rock and roll, women’s names have often been in the titles of great songs. Here are a few…
“Maybelline” by Chuck Berry was released in 1955 and is considered a rip off from the Bob Wills country song “Ida Red.” The song is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and has been credited with being a significant influence in rock and roll.
“Alice’s’ Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie is based on an odd yet true story. Arlo was arrested for loitering on Thanksgiving Day in Massachusetts. As luck would have it, the arrest kept him from being drafted, so as a musician against the Vietnam War in 1965, Arlo turned his experience into an anti-war anthem sing along.
Described as a power love ballad song “Amanda” by Boston released in 1986, the song was first single from Boston who hadn’t put out an album in over six years. The song hot Gold in Canada with mid-chart success in the US, never charting in the UK.