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Five Songs Written About Dead Celebrities [VIDEO]

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A great way people can deal with a loss is by writing their feelings down in a journal.

Or if you are one of the lucky ones, you can write a song, record it and (hopefully) get it on the radio.

As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday (1/20), it reminded me about songs that are played on the radio about celebrities who are no longer with us.

Here are five songs that deal with the death of a celebrity, hopefully to help them and the world heal.


Trivia Question:

Which Artist on this list wrote another song about the death of a celebrity?


Bonus Question:

One of the subjects is Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you know another song about him and President’s Kennedy and Lincoln?


U2- Pride (In The Name Of Love)

(written about Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Elton John – Candle In The Wind

(written about Marilyn Monroe. Re-recorded after Princess Diana’s Death)

Don McLean – American Pie

(Written about: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper)

R.E.M. – Man on The Moon

(written about Andy Kaufman)

Alanna Myles – Black Velvet

(written about Elvis Presley)


Honorable mentions:

Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis (Written about Elvis Presley)

Neil Young – My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) (Written about Johnny Rotten)


Trivia Answer:

Elton John has another song about a famous celebrity who passed with ‘Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)’ Written for John Lennon.

Bonus answer:

Dion – Abraham, Martin and John  (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy).





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