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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #43

by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

We know people who are born into a family of artists or writers. Others are born into military and service families with generations of protectors of the everyday person.  What seems to be more common than not is being in a family that struggles to make ends meet. We know people who “have” and people who “have not.”

It seems generational poverty is a difficult place to escape. Even Elvis Aaron Presley, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th Century, had very humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Our “King of Rock and Roll” was born to a father who was not a consistent provider as the family depended on neighbors for assistance.

For Elvis song writing was shaped early on in his lean years. Elvis was inspired by Mississispi Slim (Carvel Lee Ausborn) and his musical stylings. Slim was a hillbilly/ country music singer who hosted a radio show in Tupelo. Elvis got to know Slim who gave Elvis his first big break.

Stardom often fades. From 1956 through 1965, Elvis music career seemed to peak. But in 1968 Elvis was introduced to this song by Mac Davis which called attention to a young man with no hope, no money, and no way to un-break his mother’s heart.

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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #44

by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

Prince is an American musician and songwriter and performer and the only person in the world who changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol (the love symbol). What nerve. What an inspiration. What creativity! What was he thinking?

People like this can drive us nuts. Sometimes it is out of envy. Other times, could it be that we compare our lives to theirs?  While Prince was largely successful in the music industry, he was in a lot of pain in his personal life.

In 1984 Albert Magnoli, the director of the highly successful Purple Rain film, had asked Prince to write an additional song for a scene. The song was to be rooted in parental problems and a love affair.

The original dance track reached the  #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. Fans felt the pain of the lyrics throughout its upbeat tempo. Continued career success launched Prince into the #27 position on the Rolling Stone Magazine List of 100 Greatest Artists. But, according to news reports he was nursing an opioid addiction. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

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