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The top 25 song of the Century and a Rock n Roll History Lesson!

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1974

John Lennon and Harry Nilsson were thrown out of the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles for heckling the Smothers Brothers. Nilsson, a good friend of Tom Smothers, thought he was helping the act because Tom had struggled through weak material at an earlier date.

 2007

 Levon Helm, the former drummer for The Band, filed a lawsuit against a Manhattan advertising firm over the use of the group’s song, “The Weight” in a television commercial for cell phones. Helm received a royalty payment for the use of the song, but didn’t feel he was adequately compensated.

2012

 Mike Hossack, drummer for The Doobie Brothers on their hits “Blackwater”, “Listen to the Music” and “China Grove, died of cancer at the age of 65

 2001

 In a poll conducted by the Recording Industry Association of America, music fans voted Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow” as the Song Of The Century. The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” came in at #16

 

Here is the list of the top 40 Songs of the Century! (voted on in 2001)

1. “Over the Rainbow”  Judy Garland (1939)
2. “White Christmas” Bing Crosby (1942)
3. “This Land Is Your Land” Woody Guthrie (1940)
4. “Respect” Aretha Franklin (1967)
5. “American Pie” Don McLean (1971)
6. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” The Andrews Sisters (1941)
7. West Side Story Original Cast Album
8. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Billy Murray/Haydn Quartet (1908)
9. “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin’” The Righteous Brothers (1964)
10. “The Entertainer” Scott Joplin (1902)

11. “In the Mood” Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
12. “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” Bill Haley & The Comets (1954)
13. “When the Saints Go Marching In” Louis Armstrong (1939)
14. “You Are My Sunshine” Jimmie Davis (1940)
15. “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin (1959)
16. “ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones (1965)
17. “Take the ‘A’ Train” Duke Ellington Orchestra (1941)
18. “Blueberry Hill” Fats Domino (1956)
19. “God Bless America” Kate Smith (1939)
20. “Stars and Stripes Forever” Sousa’s Band (1901)

21. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Marvin Gaye (1968)
22. “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding (1968)
23. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett (1962)
24. “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys (1966)
25. “Stand By Me” Ben E. King (1961)
26. “Stormy Weather” Lena Horne (1943)
27. “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck Berry (1958)
28. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” The Beatles (1963)
29. “Midnight Train to Georgia” Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
30. “Imagine” John Lennon (1971)

31. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Gene Autry (1949)
32. “The Twist” Chubby Checker (1960)
33. “Happy Trails” Roy Rogers & Dale Evans (1948)
34. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” Hank Williams (1953)
35. “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” Fisk Jubilee Singers (1909)
36. The Sound of Music Original Cast Album
37. “’Round Midnight” Thelonius Monk (1944)
38. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” Tina Turner (1984)
39. “Over There” The American Quartet (1917)
40. “Star Dust” Hoagy Carmichael (1927)

 

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