1001 songs


I’ve been enjoying reading Toby Cresswell’s tome, 1001 Songs, which comprises short, informative essays on…1001 songs.  The selected tunes range from the 1920s to last week (or so it seems), most being from the 1960s to present day.

This book makes a great gift for any rock and pop music lover, as there is such a wealth of knowledge and opinion to scan through.  It’s perfect for ‘dipping into’ – both to learn more about the songs you know, and also those you don’t – but might want to investigate.

I love some of the trivia in it.  My favourite: how Gladys Knight and The Pips’ famous song ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ was actually inspired by Farrah Fawcett.  Who would have guessed that?  Turns out the songwriter called Lee Majors one evening for some reason, and initially chatted to Lee’s then girlfriend, Farrah – who mentioned that she was currently packing her bags in order to catch the midnight plane to Houston.  And so, ‘Midnight Plane to Houston’ was born – but Gladys Knight, who loved the tune, wisely suggested the change of vehicle and destination.


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