Musical Hurricane Preparedness Kit, Part 2: Hello Edouard (and Edward, and Ed, and Eddie...)
Good morning. Rocks Off hopes you're nice and hunkered down (preferably with a partner), with lots of supplies to get you through the next few hours/days. Be sure to check our sister blog Hair Balls for news-type information and up-to-the-minute, you know, updates as Edouard pays his little visit. But this is is a music blog, so how about some music? Provided you've still got Internet access, we thought we'd help you kill some time by digging up videos from famous Eds throughout music history. First up, what better way to start than the one, the only, Iron Maiden mascot Eddie?
Iron Maiden, "The Trooper"
Switching gears just a bit, if you've ever graduated from anything, you ought to know this march by Maiden's fellow Brit, the late Sir Edward Elgar...
Sir Edward Elgar, "Pomp and Circumstance No. 1"
Oh, that's not all...
Some American musical royalty was named Edward, too. For example, that was Duke Ellington's given name...
Duke Ellington & Orchestra, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Switching over to blues - though very much still on the jazz side of things - there's late alto saxophonist and Houston native Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, still one of the great nicknames in music history...
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, "Mr. Cleanhead"
Surely you've heard of this guy...
Van Halen, "You Really Got Me"
...but did you know Marvin Gaye's bedroom classic "Let's Get It On" was co-written by one Ed Townshend?
Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On"
Pause and think for a moment where rockabilly, the Who and punk rock would be without one Eddie Cochran...
Eddie Cochran, "Summertime Blues"
... or where the '80s would have been without Eddy Grant...
Eddy Grant, "Electric Avenue"
...or, for that matter, Eddie Murphy...
Eddie Murphy (with Rick James), "Party All the Time"
Since we're already in the '80s, Eddie and the Cruisers wasn't even a real band, but what the hell? I always loved this song.
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band (aka Eddie & the Cruisers), "On the Dark Side"
Stay tuned for Eddies Arnold, Rabbitt, Kowalcyk, Vedder and more... - Chris Gray
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