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Songs That Pay Tribute To Someone

What songs come to mind that pay tribute to someone? There must be a lot of them out there.

 

I’ll start with this one . . ,

 

Under A Raging Moon - Roger Daltrey 

 

for Keith Moon

 

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Song For Sam Cooke-Dion

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Tiny Dancer, Sir Elton, 1972

The song was intended to capture 

the spirit of California, but Bernie later

stated that it is about Maxine,

his wife at the time 🎼💜

 

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We’ll Burn The Sky - Scorpions

 

for Jimi Hendrix

 

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Old Friend - Waylon Jennings

 

Buddy Holly

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It’s Johnny’s Birthday, George Harrison, 1970

A tribute to John for his 30th Birthday 🎼💜

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Never Without You - Ringo Starr  😢

 

For George  

 

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Raise your glass, Pink, 2010

Pink stated this song is a “celebration 

for people who feel left out from the 

popular crowd.” She also said it was a

thank you to her fans who supported her

over the years 🎼💜

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Hurricane-Bob Dylan for Rubin “Hurricane “ Carter

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Fire and Rain…. James Taylor, 1968

 

“Just yesterday mornin', they let me know you were gone
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you”

 

This song has 3 verses
One is about a friend who committed suicide
another about Taylor’s addiction to heroin
the third refers to a mental hospital and his band (The Flying Machine)

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Legend of a mind, Moody Blues, 1969

Tribute to Timothy Leary (And LSD) 🎼💜

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Dear Prudence-The Beatles for Prudence Farrow(Mia Farrow’s sister)

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No One But You (Only The Good Die Young) - Queen

 

For Freddie Mercury 

 

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The downeaster Alexa, Billy Joel, 1989

His first daughter is Alexa Ray. He also

named his boat after her 🎼💜

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Missing You - Written by Lionel Richie, performed by Diana Ross.

 

Tribute to Marvin Gaye.

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I’m the greatest, Sir Ringo, 1973

Although this song was recorded by

Ringo, it was written by John Lennon

as a wry take on his rise to fame. So

it was a tribute to himself. He later

tailored the lyrics for Ringo to sing. 
All three Beatles (minus Paul) appear

on the track. It was the only time that

happened since the Beatles broke up

and Johns death in 1980 🎼💜😢

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Someone saved my life tonight, Elton John

Trapped to be married to a woman he didn’t

love, Elton attempted suicide in 1968. A friend

convinced him to end the relationship thus

the ”Someone” in the title and also is the

“Sugarbear” But the true “someone” who

saved his life was Taupin, who saved him

from killing himself.

My most favorite song of his forever 🎼💜

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I have always wondered about that song. Thanks for telling the amazing story behind it. 

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Julia-The Beatles John’s Mother.

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Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg


He wrote it as a tribute to his father who was a band director.

 

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“My Fathers Eyes” 1998 Eric Clapton
inspired by the fact that Clapton never met his father.

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Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker

The song was written about a down and out street performer, Mr. Bojangles, when Jerry Jeff Walker and Mr. Bojangles spent some time in the drunk tank in New Orleans around 1966. It was a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971 and Sammy Davis Jr in 1972. It has been covered by many others. It is a classic..

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond for Syd Barrett-Pink Floyd. 

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All I Want Is You - U2

 

Bono wrote this song for his wife, Ali.

 

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To Live is to Die - Metallica

Tribute to Bassist Cliff Burton

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Roll on John-Bob Dylan for John Lennon. 

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Boy From Tupelo - Emmylou Harris

 

Written for Elvis - A lot of songs have been written in tribute to The King of Rock & Roll. I especially like this one written by Emmylou Harris.

Today marks the 87th anniversary of his birthday.

HBD Elvis, you are greatly missed.  💛

 

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So Long Marianne - Leonard Cohen

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Layla, Derek&the Dominos, 1971

Everyone probably knows this song,

which Clapton wrote about his unrequited

love for Patti Boyd, who was married to

George Harrison at the time. It also was

inspired by a book Clapton read called

The story of Layla and Majnun, by a 12th

century Arabian poet, was a love story of

a young man who fell in love with a girl,

went crazy so he couldn’t marry her. This

book moved Clapton as it must of mirrored 

his real life situation

 

 

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Forever Young - Bob Dylan

 

Written as a lullaby for his eldest son, Jesse

 

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