Never forget!

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 21 2015

Category: Uncategorized

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There’s a couple of interesting factoids from this day in music history.

On this date in 2001, the fundraising telethon, “America: A Tribute To Heroes”, was held in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.  It was shown on all 4 US broadcast channels and over 30 cable channels simultaneously.  The telethon raised nearly $200 million for victims and their families, with those pledges coming in between September 21-24.  George Clooney helped to organize celebrities to perform and man the phone banks.  The televised event won a Peabody Award.

The musicians who performed played in studios in New York, Los Angeles, and London.  Some of the artists who performed were Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, U2, Tom Petty, and, of course Paul Simon.  My songs of the day will be from the playlist that night.

Another fact from this date is that this is Leonard Cohens birthday.  He was born in Westmount, Quebec, and is 81 years old.  He’s quite the dude, and has been active in the music biz for over 40 years.  Known for his songwriting, he has written about such hot-button issues such as religion, politics, sexuality, and isolation.  He’s also an accomplished poet, painter, and novelist.  He’s a self-proclaimed “Sabbath-observing Jew” but has practiced Buddhism since the 1970’s.  He’s certainly a legend, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Today is also the anniversary of the release of “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi.  I’ve written a bunch about him lately so I won’t bore ya’ with more about him.  Lets just say he rocked and this is obviously one of his best standards.

So, in honor of all that, my songs of the day are some of my favorites from the telethon, from Mr Cohen, and, of course, a Jimi tribute.

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

“I’m Your Man” by Leonard Cohen

“My City Of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen

“Love’s In Need Of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder

“I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

“New York State Of Mind” by Billy Joel

“Redemption Song” by Wyclef Jean (Bob Marley)

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel)

“All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix

Note:

All the performance from the “Tribute To Heroes” telethon should be available on YouTube.

3 comments on “Never forget!”

  1. Love your blog post, makes me remember days and people long forgot about….thanks….kat

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  2. The standout performance for me that night was Alicia Keys. That was the first time I had heard her and was floored by how awesome she was.

    Have you heard kd lang’s version of Hallelujah done recorded at Olympics in Canada? It’s so spot on I get sorta teary when I hear it 😳

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