Ten Popular Songs About Legends Of The Old West

The title track of the Desperado album by the Eagles was never released as a single, even though it appeared in the Top 500 songs of all time published by Rolling Stone magazine. Adding to its immortality was the fact that the song was a focus on an episode of Seinfeld, a show about different kinds of singles.

It makes an ideal song for Western shows or films, as its imagery depicts cowboy themes like riding, playing cards, and sleeping outdoors. The Desperado album cover even shows the group’s members donning attire that one might associate with those who work on the range.

Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the two composers of the hit, have admitted that the song was not based on any of the legends of the Old West. Still, there are plenty of songs which do mention famous people associated with that theme, and here are ten.

John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan

This title track to the follow up of Blonde On Blonde reveres an outlaw akin to Robin Hood, who takes from the wealthy while offering financial assistance to poor sharecroppers.

Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie

Dylan was probably inspired by this song from his folk idol, for the title character performed similar deeds to those of Harding.

Frank and Jesse James by Warren Zevon

These two legendary brothers are the subjects of a song that appeared on Zevon’s self-titled album, released a few years before he hit the Top Ten with “Werewolves Of London” and Excitable Boy.

Ballad of Billy the Kid by Billy Joel

Piano Man is the album most associated with the pop legend, and this is just one of the classic tunes which it spawned.

Bronco Bill’s Lament by Don McLean

This track from his self-titled follow up to American Pie serves as a sort of musical companion to the classic E.E. Cummings poem “Buffalo Bill’s Defunct,” which discusses the degrading transformation from an actual cowboy to one who merely acts as one.

Pancho and Lefty by Townes Van Zandt

The folk songwriter exults the West hero from Mexico, Pancho Villa.

I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) by Elton John

The man in the sub title is the James Gang member who shot and killed Jesse, thus serving as the epitome of the betrayal of a so-called friend.

Roy Rogers by Elton John

Reginald Dwight identified the singer before he adopted his now famous pseudonym, and the subject of this song from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road had the birth name of Len Slye.

Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott? by the Statler Brothers

Several of the Hollywood Old West stars are named in this country classic, including Lash LaRue, Gene Autrey and Tex Ritter.

Annie Get Your Gun by Squeeze

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook managed to pay homage to the most famous female in the Old West, the Ohio girl nicknamed Annie Oakley.

A Ranking Of Paul McCartney’s Nine Number One Singles

Paul McCartney throughout his career has been the quintessential artist in that the best songs from his albums have never been the biggest hits. He has dozens of great songs since the disbandment of The Beatles in 1970, while also managing to record nine hits that reached the number one spot.

Sir Paul’s dilemma, as well as that of many songwriters since, has been summed up by Rudyard Kipling. That literary legend famously professed in a famous poem about the East and West that the twain shall never meet, and the same can be said for great songs opposed to hit songs.

Technically, great songs and hits do meet when it comes to albums, and McCartney’s discography serves as the perfect example. Consider the smash album Band On the Run, which contained popular hits like the title track and “Helen Wheels.” Both of those tunes received constant airplay in 1974, but the best song on that album is the little-known “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Four.”

A few years later came the London Town record, which actually had three songs better than its number one single “With a Little Luck.” The acoustic country-rock gem “Deliver Your Children,” the satirical “Famous Groupies” and the catchy “CafĂ© on the Left Bank” are all superior to the hit from that 1978 album.

From Venus and Mars McCartney nailed another number one, but again it was not the standout track. That honor belonged to “Medicine Jar” with its eerie echo effect against an intoxicating electric guitar riff.

Still, McCartney’s number one singles are good enough to warrant some admiration, so here is a ranking of those songs from the best to the merely good.

Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey from McCartney

Only a few moths removed from his work with The Beatles, this multi-layered single hit the top spot on September 4, 1971.

With a Little Luck from London Town

A catchy refrain and gorgeous orchestration propelled this tune to number one in 1978.

Listen What the Man Said from Venus and Mars

It was on July 19, 1975 when this love ballad reached the highest possible destination for a song.

Silly Love Songs from Wings At the Speed of Sound

John Lennon had famously criticized McCartney for his occasional simplistic love ditties, so this particular tune was Sir Paul’s response to his former songwriting partner. On May 22, 1976, the supposedly silly song hit number one.

Title Track from Band on the Run

The fact that it made the top spot (June 8, 1974) despite running well over the three minute mark is a testament to just how catchy it was.

Coming Up from McCartney II

His foray into disco and techno music is evident on this hit, which topped the charts on June 28, 1980.

My Love from Red Rose Speedway

As he had done with “Yesterday” years earlier, McCartney showcased his ability to create a slow-paced ballad with this track that surpassed all others on June 2, 1973.

Say Say Say from Pipes of Peace

Michael Jackson joined him for this contagious hit, whose climb to the top on December 10, 1983 was greatly aided by a creative video set in the Old West.

Ebony and Ivory from Tug of War

Stevie Wonder co-wrote and sang with him on this declaration for racial harmony, which hit number one on May 15, 1982.

Why Use Vintage Audio Equipment

If you are a music lover, then chances are high that you have been aware of the influx of vintage audio equipment for some time. In fact, you may even own vintage audio equipment and become giddy at the thought of spending time in a vinyl store or stumbling across an estate sale where records are being sold.

For many lovers of vintage audio, there is nothing more incredible than discovering that much sought after album that makes your collection that much closer to perfect. For, no matter your style in music – punk, grunge, classic country, jazz, show tunes or any other genre imaginable, you can count on there being a version suitable to your chosen form of vintage audio players.

But for those people who are perfectly happy with the progress in music and options such as mp3s, digital files and even CDs, they draw of old school audio players is nearly foreign. So, what is that makes listening to music on record players and old school stereo units so appealing? Is there really that big of a difference or improvement? After all, isn’t progress preferred?

Surprisingly, the old school music approach, has become a thriving industry as many people have discovered the sound of vintage audio. Here are some of the reasons why the old is rapidly becoming the new.

1. The Chase – Many modern “audio-holics” love the hunt for that perfect vinyl! There’s just something exciting about finally locating that record to complete a specific artist’s collection.

2. The Sound – Sure, there is the crackling of the vinyl, but the sound quality is clear and rich. In fact, you often can keep the volume turned lower and still get prime sound from your vintage player due to the quality of the tubes and amps used.

3. The Quality – The old stereo equipment is made significantly better than modern day audio equipment; hence the reason it is still around today! Today’s equipment contains a great deal of plastic and cheaper products as compared to vintage audio equipment with its real wood, careful details, glass knobs, and metals such as copper, chrome, brass and others.