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Cool Songs for Mother’s Day

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In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, here’s a bunch of cool songs to enjoy!

“Mother” by Danzig

Elvis “That’s All Right Mama”

Aerosmith “Mama Kin”

Lena Zavaroni “Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me”

Waylan Jennings “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”

Sonny & Cher “Mama Was a Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer and Papa Used to Write All Her Songs”

Pink Floyd “Mother”

Rolling Stones “Mother’s Little Helper”

Cher “Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies)”

Abba “Mama Mia”

Three Dog Night “Mama Told Me Not to Come”

Rolling Stones “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadows”

Kate Bush “Mother Stands for Comfort”

Amanda Palmer “Look Mummy, No Hands”

Heart “Mother Earth Blues”

Ozzy Osbourne “Mama I’m Coming Home”

The Shirelles “Mamma Said”

The Runaways “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”

Paul Simon “Mother and Child Reunion”

John Lennon “Mother”

Jack White “Mother Nature’s Son”

Aerosmith “Mother Popcorn”

Sisters of Mercy “Dominion Mother Russia”

 

It’s the Season of the Witch

The BEST witch ever — Margaret Hamilton in “Wizard of Oz”

Today’s theme for Halloween songs is “witches.” ENJOY!

Babes in Toyland (featuring Lydia Lunch) Witchy Woman

Donovan Season of the Witch

Frank Sinatra Witchcraft

Ella Fitzgerald Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Marianne Faithfull Witches’ Song

Robert Smith (The Cure)  Witchcraft

Aerosmith Bitch’s Brew

Klaus Nomi DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD

Kip Tyler She’s My Witch

The Sonics THE WITCH

Cramps Big Black Witchcraft Rock

Johnny Cash The White Which of Rose Hall

Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon

“He’s Good Bad, But He Ain’t Evil”

THE SHANGRI-LAS

One of my favorite outdoor summer concerts was seeing the Shangri-Las at City Hall in NYC, June, 19, 2004.

There was only one remaining member, Mary Weiss, and her daughter and it was still a dynamic show.

Even though the Shangri-Las were before my time, I was no stranger to their music because every band I loved covered their hits. Aerosmith recorded “(Remember) Walking in the Sand” for their “Night in the Ruts” album; I had a bootleg Blondie album of them doing “Out in the Streets”; and Johnny Thunders not only performed their hit “Great Big Kiss” every time I saw him live, he sometimes wore a Shangri-Las t-shirt. “Great Big Kiss” is featured on Thunders’s best solo album, “So Alone” and the lyrics are slightly changed to suit his bad boy image, as opposed to the Shangri-Las bad girl image.

Johnny Thunders also covered their hit “He Cried” w/Patti Palladin.

But I think the Shangri-Las are most known for their hit, “Leader of the Pack.”

The girls formed their group while still in high school in the 1960s.

On that hot summer day when I saw them at City Hall, they did all their hits, plus some Ronettes songs, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby.” They also did “Locomotion” and other oldies.

The short set was only 40 minutes, but then they went over to J&R Music to sign autographs. The line was pretty short, so I bought a CD and met Mary Weiss and the other ladies for the fun of it.

Shangri-La member Mary Ann Ganser died on March 14, 1970. Reports of cause of death varied: encephalitis, a seizure disorder or barbituartes.

Shangri-La member Marge Ganser died of breast cancer July 28, 1996.

Many artists continue to pay tribute to the Shangri-Las covering their songs.

Long Live the Shangri-Las!

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