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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”

 

DOUBLE BIRTHDAY: Happy Birthday to Elvis and Bowie!

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Today we celebrate the birth dates of two legends, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. And I have a story to share about both!

In 1979, two years after the death of Elvis Presley, my Mother took me, my Grandmother and sister Kim to Graceland. At the time fans weren’t permitted to go into the house, but we all stood at the gates and even got to meet Elvis’s uncle, Vester Presley and have our photos taken with him.  I was 15 at the time and it was a gorgeous day outside. In the area we ate at a place that had a jukebox with nothing but Elvis music.

Elvis was always a bit hit in every home I lived in; first with my family; then living on my own I always threw on an Elvis record; and now with my husband, we love Elvis so much we often go see Elvis impersonators. Of all we’ve ever seen, I’d have to say my favorites were: Shawn Kush, Tony Grova and Mike Moat. And there are yet so many more to see!

I know a lot of people think the early Elvis is cooler, but I prefer the Las Vegas Elvis 🙂

Here are some of my favorite songs by the King:

Sylvia

True Love Travels on a Gravel Road

Early Morning Rain

My Boy

I’ll Remember You

The Wonder of You

Let it Be Me

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Elvis Presley

THANK YOU, Elvis, for all the beautiful music

and the sweet memories you made in my life,

and the life of my loved ones!

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And now, David Bowie!

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The first time I heard of David Bowie I was probably 12 years old. I always saw his pictures in rock magazines and thought he was strange with the bizarre bright red mullet he had. Then he grew on me and I started to love his music.

I had the honor of seeing David Bowie, 10th row at Madison Square Garden in 1984 for his Serious Moonlight Tour. I was one of the lucky fans who got a moon balloon. I still have the balloon in a suitcase filled of rock memorabilia, which includes set lists and guitar picks from musicians I saw over the years.

One night I went to see Iggy Pop at the Ritz. I was going upstairs and all of a sudden a bouncer screamed out, “EVERYONE MOVE TO THE LEFT!!!!!!!” I moved to the left and thought someone was hurt. But no, the bouncer was just making way for the legendary David Bowie to pass. I was close enough to see his two different colored eyes.

Like Elvis, I have so many favorite Bowie songs that it’s hard to choose just one, but let’s just say Starman is pretty “up there!”

Starman

Heroes

Little Drummer Boy, with Bing Crosby

1984

Fame

Ashes to Ashes

And when he still went under the name, Davie Jones (but later changed it not to be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees)

Liza Jane

Thank you, David Bowie for adding a sublime soundtrack to my late teens and early 20s!

My Favorite Love Songs

 

In honor of my first year anniversary with my husband, I’ve selected some of my favorite love songs of all time that remind me of us. (There are so many to choose from, but these were the ones that popped into my head!)

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, DENNIS!

ELVIS – LET IT BE ME

HIM – BEAUTIFUL

Beatles – Something

Paul McCartney & Wings – My Love

ELVIS – The Wonder of You

ELVIS – Can’t Help Falling in Love

Sonny & Cher – All I Ever Need is You

Tom Jones – TILL

Me and the beautiful person I married!

Devil’s Gonna Get You

 

Gearing up for Halloween, here’s some devilishly cool songs!

Bessie Smith: Devil’s Gonna Get You

B52s: DEVIL IN MY CAR

Alice Cooper: DEVIL’S FOOD

Bebe Buell: DEVIL YOU KNOW

CRAMPS: DEVIL BEHIND THAT BUSH

Elvis Presley: DEVIL IN DISGUISE

Marty Robbins: DEVIL WOMAN

Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil

 

 

My Favorite Elvis Story

Elvis and Hank Snow

Once again, it’s that time of year when millions of Elvis fans celebrate the death of the legendary artist.

Anyone who was alive on August 16, 1977, remembers where they were.

I was 13 and in Florida with my beloved Grandmother. It was a shock to hear that Elvis Presley died at the age of 42.

Two years later I took the trip with my Grandmother and other family members, to Graceland. (This was before they allowed people into the house, but I got to meet Elvis’s uncle Vester Presley!)

Almost everyone you meet has an Elvis story. And here is my favorite:

Back in 1995, I was 31-years-old and working as assistant to Ken Knabb, vice president of Outlaw Biker Enterprises, in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Ken was probably in his late 60s or early 70s at the time. And he was the only person I ever met who saw both Elvis AND Marilyn Monroe.

His Elvis story was legendary.

Ken was a huge Hank Snow fan. One time he went to see Hank Snow and heard dozens of girls screaming. He didn’t know what the screaming was all about until Elvis Presley hit the stage.

Ken actually got to see Elvis as a warm-up act to Hank Snow! Imagine that?

So, today, I want to pay a little tribute to both artists.

Here’s the King doing “A Fool Such as I”:

A Fool Such as I

And here is Hank Snow’s version:

A Fool Such as I

Both versions give me goosebumps. What do you think?

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