Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Best Song. Ever. – Arguably

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t, need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine

And the answer is; Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.  Released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album Something Else by the Kinks it hit #2 in the UK and top 10 throughout most of the rest of the world. It was composed and produced by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
It tells the story of 2 lovers – Terry and Julie (thought to be Terrance Stamp and Julie Christie) be watched by the narrator/singer as they cross the river Thames

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander, I stay at home at night
But I don’t, feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine.

What makes it the best song. Ever. I have no idea. It’s simple. It’s beautifully sung and written. It’s perfect song. A London FM radio poll in 2004 named this the “Greatest Song About London”. It holds spot #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Musicians Paul Weller and Damon Albarn cite the song as their favourite of all time and music journalist Robert Christgau has called the song “the most beautiful song in the English language”.

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t, need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset, they are in paradise

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Terry and Julie

Terry and Julie

Waterloo Station

Waterloo Station

Waterloo Main Entrance

Waterloo Main Entrance

Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset

The Lord’s Music – Nice Hair

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The Holland Trio

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I’m Going Home … to Watch the Flowers Bloom

Benny and Nola

Benny and Nola

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The Harmonettes*  (*Bold type choice and color)

The Christ Messengers

The Christ Messengers

Sue Cole

Sue Cole w/ Teresa and Darla

Jo and Jan

Jo and Jan

The McCance Sisters

The McCance Sisters

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The Calvary-aires

Beverly

Beverly Messagee – Sweet Jesus (Indeed!)

The Revivelaires Trio

The Revivelaires Trio

The Unseen Hand

The Unseen Hand – Sharla and Tommy McNeely

Bryants

The Bryants w/ Gospel Sax

The Faith Tones

The Faith Tones

The Singing Richey Family

The Singing Richey Family

Mattie McFarrin

Mattie McFarrin

 

Happy Mothers Day – Don’t Forget

David Bowie and his mum; Peggy

David Bowie and his mum; Peggy

Eric with Patricia Molly Clapton

Eric with Patricia Molly Clapton

Elton John and Sheila Eileen Dwight and dad, Stanely

Elton John and Sheila Eileen Dwight and dad, Stanley

Frank and Rose Marie Colimore Zappa and dad Francis

Frank and Rose Marie Colimore Zappa and dad Francis

Elvis w/ Gladys and Vernon Presley

Elvis w/ Gladys and Vernon Presley

Grace Slick w/ Virginia Barnett & China Kantner (upside down)

Grace Slick w/ Virginia Barnett & China Kantner (upside down)

The Jacksons - Michael, Katherine and Joseph

The Jacksons – Michael, Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Jermaine, Joseph (dad) & Katherine

Mick (bearded) w/ Eva Ensley Mary and Basil Fanshawe Jagger

Mick (bearded) w/ brother Chris, Eva Ensley Mary and Basil Fanshawe Jagger

Gene Simmons and Flóra Klein

Gene Simmons and Flóra Klein

Joe and Madge Cocker

Joe and Madge Cocker

Kieth and Doris Dupree Richards

Kieth and Doris Dupree Richards

Donovan and Winifred Lietch

Donovan w/ Winifred and Donald Lietch

Stevie and Barbara Nicks

Stevie and Barbara Nicks