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Songs About Singers and Musicians
People in Songs
"Many songwriters tip their hat at a fellow musician in their songs. Some of these references are direct, and others are more oblique. Most of the references are from the sixties and seventies."
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In their song "Roll over Beethoven", to whom did the Beatles suggest we "give the news"?
Which sixties band paid tribute to soul singer Otis Redding in a song which ran "Poor Otis, dead and gone, left me here to sing his song, pretty little girl with the red dress on, poor Otis, dead and gone"?
The Momas and The Popas
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Jim Morrison and the Doors
Country and Western singers are great at acknowledging one another. Which country singer wrote a song that includes this verse?
"You don't have to call me Waylon Jennings/ And you don't have to call me Charlie Pride/ And you don't have to call me Merle Haggard, anymore/ Even though you're on my fighting side".
Hank Williams Jr.
When Paul Simon sang "I'm going to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee/I'm going to Graceland/Poorboys and families/And we are going to Graceland", which singer's home was he going to visit?
Van Morrison sings a tribute to a famous rhythm and blues singer, "____________said". Who is the singer?
Country singer Hank Williams has inspired a lot of singers who pay tribute to him in song. Which songwriter and singer wrote these verses: "I said to Hank Williams:'How lonely does it get?'/Hank William hasn't answered yet/But I hear him coughing all night long/A hundred floors above me/In the tower of song".
In 1984, The Commodores recorded a song called "Nightshift". The first verse is as follows:
"__________he was a friend of mine/And he could sing a song/His heart in every line'__________sang of joy and /And I can still heart him say/And take to me so you can say/ What's going on/"
Nat King Cole
Which band sang a song about blues singer, Bessie Smith, that begins "Bessie was more than just a friend of mine/Now many a year has passed me by/I still recall the best thing I ever had/.
The Travelling Wilburys
Country singer Loretta Lynn wrote a song about another singer, who was both her mentor and her friend. Which country singer did Loretta "remember"?
Of course, the ultimate song about singers is Don McLean's "American Pie".
What event was McLean referring to when he sings about "the day the music died"?
The death of Elvis Presley
The deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper
The shooting of John Lennon
The death of Jim Morrison
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