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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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"Tears of a Clown" - Iron Maiden (2015) About Robin Williams

 

 

 

 

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Glenn Song  &

I Knew You When 

 

Written and recorded by Bob Seger for his long time friend, Glenn Frey.

 

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

 

Written and performed as a tribute to Freddie Mercury by the three remaining members of the band.

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Here is another tribute to Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark. Tesla and Def Leppard toured together.

 

"Song and Emotion" - Tesla

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR9bHkx7afk 

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Rock Me Amadeus - Falco    (The Link is to the American Mix)

 

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Rock Me Amadeus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdSLGhII1zE 

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Sally, Grand Funk Railroad

Written by guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner

about his then love interest, actress

Sally Kellerman

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Rosalinda’s Eyes, Billy Joel

Written for his Mother, Rosalind

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Back In Black - AC/DC

 

A declaration of their return, but also written as a tribute to Bonn Scott.

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Probably both a stretch and a repeat:

 

Oh! Carol:  Neil Sedaka (An ode to his former girlfriend Carole King).   He seems to have left off the “e” in Carole in the title.

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Song for Sam Cooke(Here in America)-Dion

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Knock Me Down - Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Tribute to Hillel Slovak, one of the band's original members.

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Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry

Written for his then girlfriend, who also

appeared in the music video

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White Lightning - Def Leppard

 

Pays tribute to Guitarist Steve Clark

 

The band called him 'White Lightning' because of his quick movements on stage.

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Hello old friend, Eric Clapton

After scouring the internet and coming up

empty, I watched the video of this gem of

a song. In it are George Harrison, Dylan,

Jeff Lynne, Ginger Baker, Cream among

others. Lots of clips of George. My take is

its a tribute to all his friends 🎼💜

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Three Stars:  Tommy Dee  (a tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper)

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Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

 

Tribute to Andy Kaufman, the comedic actor who died in 1984. 

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Looking For An Echo:  Kenny Vance and the Planotones  This is a beautiful song, a nostalgic look at the (mainly) NYC doo-wop era in the 50's. The song mentions and pays tribute to the Moonglows, the Harptones and the Dells.

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XIX - Slipknot

Tribute to Bassist Shawn Crahan.

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Song to Woody:  Bob Dylan  (Dylan's homage to Woody Guthrie).

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Although I've never been a big fan, I remember:

Johnny Bye Bye - Bruce Springsteen

 

Tribute to Elvis Presley

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Speed King - Deep Purple 

 

Pays homage to Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis as the originators of RnR. The working title was called Kneel and Pray!

 

 

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They Killed Him - Kris Kristofferson

 

The song is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Jesus Christ.

 

It has been performed by multiple artists.  One of the best renditions is by Dylan & The Dead:

Dylan & The Dead - They Killed Him Live 1987 

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Life is Real(Song for Lennon)-Queen 

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Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett

Tribute to long time friend Victoria

Reed and the margaritas she made 

for him 🎼💜

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Muddy, Sam, and Otis - Rod Stewart

 

Tribute to Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding.

 

 

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Angel of Harlem, U2

Written as a tribute to Billie Holliday, it also

song name-checks Miles Davis&John

Coltrane and some NY landmarks. In

recent years, the band has dedicated live performances to the memory of

Michael Jackson 🎼💜

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Boulder to Birmingham - Emmylou Harris

 

May her duets with Gram Parsons live on...

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You make loving fun    Fleetwood Mac

Christine McVie wrote this song for the

bands lighting director, with whom she was

having an affair with. Still married to John,

she told him the song was about her dog.

Bet he could figure it out…….🎼💜

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Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2

 

Tribute to MLK

 

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