My Favorite “G” Songs! Beatles! James Bond! Grand Funk’s “American Band!”

Paul McCartney Tosses Off A “G” Gem!

Just a guy at a piano, but what came from the mind of Paul McCartney was genius and a great way to begin my look at songs that begin with “G”!

These Guys Messing About In The Studio!

Yes, take four Beatles and a collection of songs, and what do you get? Another of their masterpieces, including this great song from Paul!


“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles

This is one of Paul’s great slices of upbeat pop, from the “Revolver” album – it was also a huge hit for Earth, Wind & Fire.

Here is a terrific live performance by Paul at The White House for then-President Obama!

The Beatles released the greatest music of all time, and the “Revolver” album is an amazing collection of great pop hits, ballads and experimentation…see more about the 50th anniversary of this masterpiece here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/08/06/the-beatles-revolutionary-revolver-50-years-ago-maccas-greatest-writing-john-lennons-near-death-yellow-submarine/

Next up is a band that hasn’t been given as much credit as they deserve – perhaps because they posed like this for an album cover:

Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Band”

They had a pretty good collection of rock hits, but this song is the classic – life on the road for “an american band”:

“We’re coming to your town
We’ll help you party down
We’re An American Band”

Here’s a great live performance from 1974:

One of my favorite Artists, Todd Rundgren, produced this album – click here for a closer look, and also see how The Simpsons celebrated the music of Grand Funk Railroad as well!

https://johnrieber.com/2014/05/28/keep-it-shinin-on-todd-rundgren-makes-grand-funk-railroad-a-classic-simpsons-american-band/

The biggest selling duo in music history is getting the acclaim they deserve now as well:

“Go Solo” – Daryl Hall and John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates have so many mega-hits, like “She’s Gone”, “Kiss On My List” and “Sara Smile”, but in the early 80’s, this song turned up as an album cut on their big hit “H2O” – here is the video:

Here is a look at some other album tracks from their great body of work – fun music videos as well!

https://johnrieber.com/2017/08/24/daryl-hall-john-oates-5-great-album-openers-hit-singles-and-hated-albums-too/

Next up, a look at some of the greatest James Bond 007 theme songs, like this one:

“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey

The third film in the 007 series started off with a big, bold and brassy theme song that cemented James Bond as the coolest guy in the world…and Bassey as one of our greatest vocalists…here she is performing the song live:

“Goldfinger” is considered one of the greatest Bond films, and themes as well, but what is the best? Well, here is my list of the “best” and “worst” Bond songs of all:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/11/05/rock-on-007-the-best-and-worst-james-bond-theme-songs/

Next up, a band that lost its lead vocalist, and then became one of the biggest selling groups…welcome to the world of Genesis:

Genesis – “Turn It On Again”

At the dawn of the 80’s, a new Genesis, now with lead vocals by Drummer Phil Collins, arrived with a song that begins with a catchy guitar riff and explodes into the sound that would make them one of the best-selling groups of the decade…here is the music video:

A great new documentary brought the entire band back together, including original lead singer Peter Gabriel, for a candid look at the band…see more here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/11/02/genesis-phil-collins-peter-gabriel-great-music-biography-the-sum-of-their-parts/

Finally, another band refined its sound in the 80’s:

“Gaucho” by Steely Dan

After the phenomenal success of “Aja” at the end of the 70’s, Steely Dan cemented their new blues/jazz funk on their next album from 1980, and the title track is a great example of their sound.

Here’s a video from youtube by “Steely Ben”, showing lyrics and images over the audio of the song:

Fans of the band were stunned to lose Walter Becker – here is a look at the band he founded with Donald Fagen:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/03/16/icy-cool-steely-dan-classic-70s-music-lawsuits-over-dirty-work/

Let me know what great “G” songs or bands I missed!



Categories: 70's Cinema, 70's Music, Academy Awards, Action Films, Art, Awards, Books / Media, British Cinema, Classic Rock, Cult Movies, Hollywood, London, Los Angeles, Memoirs, Movies, Music, Obscure Music, Talent/Celebrities, The Beatles, The President Of The United States, Todd Rundgren, TV Show, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 replies

  1. OK, I knew you would go with The Beatles of course. But you ‘saved it’ with the wonderful ‘Gaucho’.
    On my own A-Z, I chose George Gershwin for ”G’, so here it comes again.
    ‘Rhapsody In Blue’, a timeless wonder.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Pete, that is indeed a timeless choice, just like Paul’s brilliant tune fromt eh 60’s – and don’t forget – Genesis and Grand Funk have stood the test of time in their own unique ways as well!

  2. You can never go wrong with the Beatles! And how about this beauty from the Beach Boys, “God Only Knows .. (what I’d be without you) “

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Fatty McCupcakes

Rants, Ramblings, and Regrets

Byrnewithme

Travel, Coffee & Lifestyle Blog

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Reviews, Trailers, Top5's, Star Focus

Hugh's Views & News

A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else!

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

lazy day project

slow down or you’ll miss the best part

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

Singular Sarah

Humor, Attempted. Clumsiness, Guaranteed.

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

A Little Life Rounded

A blog about making and being inspired by theatre

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

fancypaper

Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

The Bloomin Brilliant Blog

the little things you love

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

The Phil Factor

Where Sarcasm Gets Drunk and Let's Its Hair Down

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

Esme Salon

Share, Care & Inspire

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Live, Love & Voyage

Living How I Know Best

First Night History

How can we improve our future if we don't understand the past?

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

Gin & Lemonade

...with a twist

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

a mindful traveler

explore, live, love...

Half Baked In Paradise

Searching, settling, sauteeing and spritzing

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

alexvorkovwriter

Flaming Goats Heads of Terror

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

Susartandfood's Blog

A taste of humor about life, art and food

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

lloydmarken

Do Yourself a Favour

You hear that?!?

An electronic record of learning of things

Tangled Up In Music

Music Reviews (and other things)

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013...

anotherdayinparadise

Travels in Paradise

%d bloggers like this: