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    What is the Greatest Rock & 'Roll Song, 1955-1985 ?

    So many hundreds of possibilities .This is my pick . Don McLean, American Pie,1972 . The day the music died. February 3,1959. The death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.D.Richardson in a Clear Lake,Iowa plane crash.



    With lyrics.



    February 3,1959. Clear Lake,Iowa.

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    Too many to choose from, JD, but your choice is not unreasonable.

    Nit pick department: I clearly remember hearing "American Pie" many times in '71.

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    You are absolutely correct,Lew. American Pie was released in November,1971 and reached #1 for 4 weeks in 1972,hence my brain lock!

    See its history here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pie_%28song%29

    You have a very good memory!
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    Everyne we meet.....

    I'll let you guys guess my favorite
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    Must be this Goldie.

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    Hello, Stranger

    Met an old friend I had not seen since 1990 last week. Both of us being Golden Oldie fans, this great song from May,1963, came to our minds. Eventually went to #3 on Billboard.

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    If I Fell

    Woke up humming this great 1964 Beatles song from, A Hard Days Night.



    50 years ago. "We were soldiers and we were young."
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    Baltimore,Maryland,1959. My 17 year old girl friend and I thought we were in love. This great ditty by the late,great, Bobby Darin didn't hurt our romance any.We'd get out and roll up the floor! "I want.....a girl....... to call...... my own, I want a Dream Lover, so I don't have to dream alone."

    Every time I hear it, I think of Brenda and where she may be today.
    As Frank sang, "They can't take that away from me."

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    The Wonder of You

    1959. Sometimes, when I'm feeling a bit down, I put on this wonderful ballad by Ray Peterson (1939-2005), whose most famous songs were, Good Night, My Love and Tell Laura I Love Her.

    But this one is my favorite. Rest in peace, Ray.. You made us feel good.

    "You give me hope and consolation. You give me strength to carry on."

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    "Yesterday" by the Beatles. Oh, and almost anything by the Moody Blues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstitutionCowboy View Post
    "Yesterday" by the Beatles. Oh, and almost anything by the Moody Blues.

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    Perhaps the the greatest rock song ever. Nights In White Satin.
    1967. The Moody Blues. From, Days of Future Passed..



    "Letters I've written , never meaning to send. You know I love you, and I will to the end".

    Has a better line ever been written in popular music? I don't think so.
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    Lesley Gore 1946-2015 It's My Party 1963

    My fellow New Jersey girl. At 16 in 1963 ,you had the song of a life time. A catch phrase to this day. To you, Lesley. Rest in peace.

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    Take It To the Limit

    From 1975, this great Eagles driver brings back the great memories of the wild 1970's.

    "A man's got to know his limitations."

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    No complaints about any of the nominations so far. But I think we would be remiss not to include Jumpin Jack Flash, one of the best of a number of worthy songs by the "greatest rock and roll band in the world.."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmeisel View Post
    No complaints about any of the nominations so far. But I think we would be remiss not to include Jumpin Jack Flash, one of the best of a number of worthy songs by the "greatest rock and roll band in the world.."
    It is certainly worth consideration, although Satisfaction will always be #1 to me. It's good to have you back, Paul. I hope all is well.

    From 1968:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Dollar View Post
    It is certainly worth consideration, although Satisfaction will always be #1 to me. It's good to have you back, Paul. I hope all is well.

    From 1968:
    Aren't you a little old to be a Stones fan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie B View Post
    Aren't you a little old to be a Stones fan?
    Jamie, great to see you back! Satisfaction hit the charts in June, 1965.

    I was 23 and a U.S.Army Tanker at Fort Stewart , Georgia. That's old!?
    Still, I can't no,no,no know!

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    I Only Have Eyes For You

    A great one from 1959. Performed by the wonderful Flamingos.

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    How about "My Prayer" by the Platters?

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    My Prayer has quite a history as we see here from Wiki:

    "My Prayer" is a 1939 popular song with music by salon violinist Georges Boulanger and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. It was originally written by Boulanger with the title "Avant de Mourir" in 1926. The lyrics for this version were added by Kennedy in 1939.

    Glenn Miller recorded the song that year for a #2 hit and The Ink Spots' version featuring Bill Kenny reached #3 as well that year.[1] It has been recorded many times since, but the biggest hit version was a revival in 1956 by The Platters.[2] This version reached #1 on the charts and was featured in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as the 1985 film Mischief.

    Billboard ranked this version as the No. 4 song for 1956.[3] The Ink Spots' version of the song was featured in the 1992 movie, Malcolm X. The song also became a tango in the Italian version by Norma Bruni and Cinico Angelini's orchestra (1940), "Sė, voglio vivere ancor!
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    The Ink Spots 1939 version is my favorite but the Platters did a great job as well in 1956. Here is that version:

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    My Prayer 1939 The Ink Spots

    With the great tenor Bill Kenny on the lead vocal, this is my favorite Ink Spots song. Reached #3 on Billboard in 1939.

    The all time greatest vocal group ,IMO. Click here to read about Bill Kenny and his amazing voice.

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