Here are some great songs about places in America and some information about them. How many can you think of?
Songs are listed in no particular order.
Comin’ Into Los Angeles : Arlo Guthrie: From the man who took us to ” Alice ‘s Restaurant.” Arlo Guthrie wrote this song after some friends he was visiting in London sent him home with some extra “gifts”.
I love L.A. : Randy Newman: Released in 1983 this song celebrates the good and bad about the “City of Angels “.
I Left My Heart in San Francisco : Tony Bennett: Written in 1954 and recorded by Benet in 1962. This song remains one of the most loved songs about one of Americas most loved cities.
Hawaii “78”: Israel Kamakawiwo’ ole: If the old kings of the Hawaiian Islands came back now, what would they think? This song was written by Mickey Loane in 1976 and was originally titled Hawaii “77”. Check out the story on willienelsonpri.com. Watch the “IZ” version on YouTube.com. Maybe one of the best songs in the past 50 years!
New York, New York : Frank Sinatra: Considered a celebration of New York this famous song was recorded by Sinatra in 1979.
Sweet Home Alabama : Lynrd Skynyrd: This popular 1970″s song was written in response to Neil Young’s’ “Southern Man” and ” Alabama “. The song was released in 1974 on the group’s album “Second Helping”.
Streets of Bakersfield : Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam: OK! I admit this song doesn’t make a lot of lists nowadays. But I like it! Written by Homer Joy in 1972 this song has made a significant contribution to country music as we know it. Streets of Bakersfield was recorded by Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens in 1988 and made it to number 1 on US country charts.
Of course, this list is just a sample of some of the music about this great country. Some of these songs are a celebration of these places. Some are just humorous. Some of them are about social injustice, loss and other problems that have plagued this nation. How many, good or bad, can you think of?