For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)
I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.
Well, now I’m getting around to it!
It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.
My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,” is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.
Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )
Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!
But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.
I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.
This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!
I’d like to go back in time a bit.
Back to a time just after The Beatles broke up.
The overwhelming opinion amongst Beatle fans, was that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison would be able to handle the transition and continue to put out quality music.
It was presumed that Ringo Starr probably wouldn’t have much of a solo career because he wasn’t part of The Beatles writing process.
That theory went by the wayside when Ringo released a couple of solid singles.
McCartney had released two quality post Beatle albums and a few mediocre singles at this time.
Surprising everybody but his fans, Harrison promptly set the bar for his former bandmates with the multi-album set “All Things Must Pass!”
Lennon had a spotty post Beatles resume’ of quality singles, but his albums weren’t quite as accessible as his earlier work.
The masses were waiting for that special album that would match or exceed how brilliant he was with The Beatles.
That changed with “Imagine.”
The single knocked the breath out of me the first time I heard the single!
It often still does.
My first listen to my vinyl copy of “Imagine” was just as breathtaking!
“Imagine” moved on to “Crippled Inside,”–another amazing song!
But the music went to another level with Track #3.
The other worldly haunting piano intro played by Nicky Hopkins, along with the beautiful string arrangement provided by “The Flux Fiddlers,” let me know that it would be possible to make music on a par as The Beatles, post breakup!
In fact, the “Jealous Guy” intro sounds so light and airy, that it seems like the groove can’t possibly contain it and it will float away up to the ionosphere!
That’s what did it to me!
I knew from that point on, that amazing music by my heroes would continue to be made, and would affect not only my life, but millions of others!
An unassuming little song–not even a single!, would do all of that!
Interestingly enough, a quick look at the credits had a couple little surprises:
Joey Molland and Tom Evans from Badfinger played acoustic guitar.
Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues played tambourine (?)!
Happy Birthday, John! We will always miss you!
One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon!!!
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