Songs In The Key Of “D”! Classic Rock! Iconic Bands! Eagles! Doors! Diamond Dogs!

Celebrating Music With The Letter “D”!

OK, you know the drill – these are either songs OR Artists beginning with the letter “D” – so many to have fun with, let’s begin with a song that captures everything you love about The Eagles:

“Desperado” by The Eagles

One of the most iconic bands in the world, this song was one of their most poignant ballads. Here they are singing it live in London in 2013:

While a classic now, the song and album bombed when they were released…it was a concept album about the links between rock’n’roll Artists and wild west outlaws – here is that story:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/05/04/the-eagles-desperado-disaster-brilliant-music-shocking-album-snub-beautiful-tequila-sunrise/

Time now to “touch yourself”:

Divinyls “I Touch Myself”

This band didn’t have a lot of hits, but this was a great one – here is the music video:

So many groups have a tough time creating a body of hit music – but here’s a band that did it TWICE!


The Doobie Brothers “Another Park, Another Sunday”

“The Doobie Brothers” are a band with massive hits in the 70’s like “China Grove”, “Listen To The Music” and “Black Water”, but I have always loved this ballad…here is a great live performance from earlier this year!

In the 80’s, they had huge hits like “What A Fool Believes” and “Minute By Minute” – but when original lead singer Tom Johnston left the band, Michael McDonald replaced him – and what a different sound…click here to read about the “tale of two Doobies”:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/05/24/black-water-what-a-fool-believes-a-tale-of-two-doobie-brothers/

I enjoy both versions of the band, and the original member with Tom Johnston are still recording and performing live…now onto a great British band that had two chart-topping albums in the UK:

Doves “Catch The Sun”

Doves are now inactive, and were composed of twin brothers Jez Williams (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jimi Goodwin (bass, vocals, guitar).

Here is the song that I loved:

Their “best of” album is a great way to get to know them. Read more about great british bands like Doves by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/09/21/the-new-british-invasion-keane-athlete-doves-elbow-kasabian-long-live-rock/

Next up, a band that captured a time in music when the “doors of perception” were expanding:

The Doors “Hello, I Love You”

Jim Morrison will always be one of music’s most mysterious and captivating singers.

There are so many classic Doors songs I could have used: the epic “Light My Fire” or “The End”, or even the majestic “LA Woman” – but I chose this catchy pop song that showed they had an eye on the top of the charts as well.

Here is a great vintage “live” performance by the band on a street!

Another Artist with an eye on the top of the charts was David Bowie – a true musical chameleon who managed to write hit songs in so many genres…

“Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie:

This early 70’s concept album imagined a post-apocalyptic world, with bleak lyrics and a very catchy tune:

“The Halloween Jack is a real cool cat
And he lives on top of Manhattan Chase
The elevator’s broke, so he slides down a rope
Onto the street below, oh Tarzie, go man go!”

Here is a great live version:

That’s an original print taken for the cover album…he was quite the entertainer, and music fans still mourn his death – he made incredible music, perhaps never more so than when he dropped in on Queen and the result was the majestic “Under Pressure”:

See the story of the incredible recording session here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/01/16/david-bowie-meets-queen-the-brilliant-wine-fuelled-madness-of-under-pressure/

Finally, a criminally under-appreciated Artist who gave us this terrific power pop rocker:

“Determination” by Todd Rundgren

Yes, Todd joins the “D” list with this power pop classic –

“Girl, the last time I saw you
You were crying my name
When I put you on the spot
Will you still feel the same?

Show me some determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don’t you break down on me”

Listen to him belt it out live:

The song is from his masterpiece “Hermit Of Mink Hollow” – and it’s a great example of his prowess with power pop…see why here:


https://johnrieber.com/2015/09/02/todd-rundgrens-power-pop-the-finger-snapping-story-of-a-pop-music-sound/

If you are hungry for more great music, how about the “A” list?

Yes, Aerosmith is classic rock with a big “A” – one of several great songs or bands with that letter – here are more:

https://johnrieber.com/2017/11/09/music-from-the-a-list-a-new-ongoing-celebration-of-music-one-letter-at-a-time/

And if you love to surf, then you’ll love the music from the “B” list:

Timeless classics from The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bowie of course – all right here:

https://johnrieber.com/2017/11/12/dance-to-the-beat-of-this-great-b-music-the-musical-alphabet-continues/

Finally, here is a great song starting with a “C” from a “C” band as well!

See more great songs with a “C” right here:


https://johnrieber.com/2017/11/16/sing-along-to-these-timeless-c-songs-cars-paul-mccartney-the-clash-and-cheeseburgers-of-course/

Let me know what you think of these “D” songs!



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6 replies

  1. I would say D is also for divine and diverse list of D songs and artists. For me it would have to be Under Pressure that wins by a whisker for the simple reason that I worked for Queen and then got to know Bowie as a client when I moved to work for William Morris. Those memories never leave and whenever I hear that song I am transported to many places including Montreux.

  2. How ever do you narrow it down? You could post every day for month just on the letter D. I always dug that Divinyls tune. I like a pop tune built on a raw bass-guitar-drums combo.

  3. Doors and David’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ would have been my choices, too. Additional Ds for me would be “Don’t Fear the Reaper” BOC, “Daisy Jane” by America makes me cry for some strange reason, the chords, the tender melody get to me. One of my all-time favorite bands is Dave Matthews Band, so pick a song, any song from their collection.

  4. Some excellent picks, John. You got Todd in there as well as Bowie, AND the Doobies.
    I am going retro with my pick, and it is not one I featured on my blog for ‘D’.
    Leon Russell/Joe Cocker, and ‘Delta Lady’. I don’t mind which version, they’re both great.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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