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The Day the Music Died (and a question)

Cat woman

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For those that love Don McClean’s American Pie, this documentary on Paramount+ is very good.

Stephen Colbert does the Colbert Questionaire with some of his guests and one of the questions is “If you had just one song to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer is American Pie.

What’s yours?


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I loved that documentary bc that song (and album) have always meant a lot to me.
As for the Colbert Questionert, I think that's a trick question. Among my first thoughts are:
Vincent- DonMclean
It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go- Nanci Griffith
Girl of 100 Lists- GoGos
Ooh La La- The Faces
Family Tradition- Hank Williams, Jr.
Beer Barrel Polka- Andrews Sisters

See the problem with it being just ONE song? LOL


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just made a list of my top 100 songs for fun

:D I guess my number one is Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.


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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)-Looking Glass
Carefree Highway-Gordon Lightfoot
I Got a Name-Jim Croce
Carolina in My Mind-James Taylor
A Song for You-Karen Carpenter
Fields of Gold-Eva Cassidy
Your Song-Elton John

There, I narrowed it down to seven.


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Desperado, Eagles

Just mentioning it made me go listen.

Amiga, at first, I thought you were joking! Are you a Seinfeld fan? There's an episode where Elaine's boyfriend is obsessed with that song and makes her be quiet during it.


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I like music way way too much to only choose one song to listen to forever. Plus, I’d probably end up sick of it pretty quickly.

My Alexa is always on and playing music, first thing I do when I wake up is have her start my playlist.


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Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
Don't Cry Daddy by Elvis Presley

There are a few others that I like but I can't think of titles.


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So many songs… so many genres! A few I absolutely love and listen to very often are:

Smooth by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas
Into the Night by BB King
Troubadour by George Strait


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Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

And after reading your responses, I'm off to add new songs to my Mom playlist!


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Well, my answer would probably change on a daily basis but today it's "Rooster" by Alice in Chains.

Desperado, Eagles
This is a good choice, in my book. I never get tired of Don Henley's voice and it r
really shines on this song.

Or maybe Hallelujah as sung by kd lang.
Hallelujah might very well be my choice on some days, but I would choose the Jeff Buckley version.

Fields of Gold-Eva Cassidy
Ooh, this is a good choice, too. I love Eva Cassidy and her cover of this song is better than the original. (And I love Sting.)


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Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra.....would be my number 1.

I love this topic. I could also listen to any one of these:

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers "You gotta know when to hold 'em"
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon

As a side note....I remember reading somewhere that DJ's loved playing American Pie on the radio because it was such a long song that it gave them plenty of time to go use the bathroom.

Cat woman

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It is 8 1/2 minutes long and apparently that was a bit of a concern to the producers because no song that long had ever been played on the radio before.


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The Day the Music Died

For part of 1974. I did a backpack through Europe trek. I worked in a little hostel in Leysin, Switzerland for three months. The day Nixon resigned, the manager behind the bar put on Don McClean and cranked it up. When I hear it on the oldies station, I'm right back watching Nixon's parting speech. I'll never forget that day.

So hard to pick just one song!
Loan Me a Dime by Boz Scaggs
Buzzin' Fly by Tim Buckley
Layla by Eric Clapton
Tulsa Queen by Emmy Lou Harris


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Anything by Annie Lennox and The Eurythmics or Kate Bush

Running Up That Hill—-Kate Bush
Sweet Dreams are Made of This—Eurythmics


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Thanks to this thread, I watched The Day the Music Died last night, and really enjoyed it.

Love the song, and also "Vincent" by Don McLean.