Friday Five – Memorial Day

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, was originally intended to commemorate the U.S. men and women who died in military service to their country; although it has evolved into more of a remembrance for anyone who has passed away, not just servicemen. So in honor of this Memorial Day weekend, I have chosen five songs written to memorialize their fellow musicians.

In Memory of John Lennon:

Empty Garden by Elton John

In Memory of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper:

Three Stars by Eddie Cochran

In Memory of Stevie Ray Vaughn:

Six Strings Down by Jimmie Vaughan

In Memory of Johnny Ace:

The Late Great Johnny Ace by Paul Simon

In Memory of Elvis Presley:

Elvis Presley Blues by Gillian Welch

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One thought on “Friday Five – Memorial Day

  1. curse you and art and your stinkin’ music-encyclopedic minds! i really can’t compete.

    ok, lemme try
    in memory of Marilyn Monroe, “Candle in the Wind”- Elton John
    in memory of Princess (Lady) Di, “Candle in the Wind” – Elton John
    (yes, like stevie wonder, his songs after the 70’s sucked)
    speaking of stevie wonder:
    in memory of MLK (and the need to commemorate his birthday), “Happy Birthday to Ya”, Stevie Wonder
    and, “In the Name of Love”, U2

    … those were, sadly, too easy.

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