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Saturday Top 5: Bob Marley

Though Bob Marley’s reliance on a misguided religion ended up costing his own life, he did have some very big ideas and he also seemed to have a big heart.  He was responsible for bringing Jamaica’s music to the world, and his influence on so many pop and rock groups are so understated.  He also followed the Biblical command to “be fruitful and multiply” considering that he had a minimum of 13 known children (he claimed one of the girls as his own daughter though he was not the biological father).  These are my favorite Bob Marley songs for their musical and aesthetic value.

Honorable Mention:

I Shot the Sheriff – Clapton did a great remake of this song which was just as good as the original version, IMO.  But this was a cool tune.

#5. Three Little Birds – This great song was featured in the movie “I Am Legend“, which was perfect because it is a song of hope in the middle of a bleak end of world scenario.  I am sure part of the reason for the song was that Three Little Birds was included in a posthumous greatest hits album “Legend“.

#4. Turn Your Lights Down Low – It was remade into a hit single by Lauryn Hill (probably her biggest hit) with Bob Marley’s vocals from the original on it.  I love the original best.  It definitely has an Eric Clapton feel to it, and it was not really a reggae song, but more of a pop/rock song.

#3. One Love – This has to be the most recognizable and popular song Bob Marley wrote and performed, thanks now in part to the Jamaica tourism commercials.  I love the message of peace and unity and salvation in this song.

#2. No Woman, No Cry – I know the grammar is not correct, but that’s not so bad because the tune is so good.  A couple of the things I really like about this song is the Hammond B-3 which underlies the song from start to finish, and the choral sound of the audience and back up vocals singing along.

#1. Iron, Lion, Zion – Released over 10 years after his death, 18 years after it was recorded, this song is just cool.  I like the driving rhythm and the emotional aspect of the melody and chord progression.

OK, so here is the part where you tell me that I’m right and I say thanks, or you say I should have included all these other songs, and then comes the part where I tell you that you are wrong.

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Saturday Top 5: Songs named after a woman

Many Rock songs are written to or about girls. Many times, the artist is recalling someone they loved, or someone they want be with. This week’s top 5 is all about songs named after a woman.  They are not necessarily the best songs that are named after a woman, but songs that are notorious for the name of the song.

Honorable Mention:

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

Jessica – Allman Brothers

Rosanna – Toto

Roxanne – The Police

#5 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson. If Billie Jean was about a little boy, then we may be more suspicious about the lyrics. But who knows? Poor Michael can’t catch a break here, can he? We know that Billie Jean is not your lover.

#4 Layla – Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominoes). This song is about Clapton’s love for George Harrison’s wife Pattie. Eventually, Pattie left George for Clapton, and Clapton and George Harrison remained very close friends even after the event. George actually played at Eric and Pattie’s wedding reception. That is totally wild, and not in a good way. I guess all you need is love. LOL

#3 My Sharona – The Knack. I don’t know any Sharona’s, and I don’t even think I have ever met a Sharona. But if I did, I would have to sing this song to her. This one always gets people’s feet tapping. The word is that the success of this song ruined the band that wrote it. It was actually a punk band, and success for punk artists in the late 70’s and early 80’s made them “sell outs”. People were actually wearing shirts that said “Nuke the Knack”. Also, this tune pinned them in a corner, and it’s success was never approached again. This is also a great Karaoke tune!

#2 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass. This classic tune is always on the tip of everyone’s tongue when a girl named Brandy comes in the room. Ask any girl named Brandy if anyone has ever sung this song to them, and they will certainly answer in the affirmative.

#1 Michelle – The Beatles. Without a doubt, this song is the best tune named for a woman. Who was Michelle? Paul apparently would try to act French (why?) to impress the girls. He wrote an instrumental, and both Paul and John collaborated on the lyrics of Paul’s catchy tune.
Have any others? I know some more great tunes, but I didn’t include them because they were not quite there!

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