The FBI's Most Wanted List Turns 62 Today: Songs About Eight People Who Made It
Today marks the 62nd birthday of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a gimmick cooked up by J. Edgar Hoover and a friendly newspaperman.
Through the years the list has mostly been filled with criminals no one has ever heard of, but there have been some famous names on it.
Some famous enough to get songs written about them. Here are eight:
Everywhere that I go
Ain't the same as before
People I used to know
Just don't know me no more
Man, that's as sad as "(I'm All) Alone in the World" from Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.
From John and Yoko. The Rolling Stones' "Sweet Black Angel" on Exile on Main St. is also about Davis, who went on the run after being charged with providing the guns used in a protest gunfight that saw several people die. She was eventually found and put on trial, where she was acquitted. She went on to run for vice president on the Communist Party USA ticket. Unsuccessfully.
A racist killer gets a tribute from a Finnish white-power band called Mistreat. The chorus:James Earl Ray, James Earl Ray You gave the White race a brand new day James Earl Ray, James Earl Ray It was too bad that you had to pay
Sadistic bastard of deaths comprised
Vicious butcher the face belies
Torture and savagery that logic defies
That's from Coven, who, Wiki tells us, "are recognized as being the band that first introduced the 'Sign of the Horns' to rock and pop culture (as seen on their 1969 debut album release Witchcraft)."
Little Steven in full rasta mode, singing of the cause célèbre of the time, Native American activist Leonard Peltier. In case you're wondering, Steven wants someone out there to get in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger was a Boston boss who was famously on the run untilhis recent capture
. His brother was the president of the Massachusetts state senate.
This version of "Mr. Jimmy" sounds like Ziggy-era David Bowie.
2. Willie Sutton Sutton made the first 10 Most Wanted list for his success as a bank robber. He's probably best known for his answer to being asked why he robbed banks: "Because that's where the money is."
Tom Chapin, lesser-known brother of Harry ("Cat's in the Cradle") Chapin, wrote "Willie (The Ballad of Willie Sutton)" for the above album, but lyrics for it don't seem to be anywhere online. We assume they reference the quote.
Everyone knows the story of D.B. Cooper, the hijacker who still is a mystery. Portland singer Todd Snider tells it in song:Now some people say that he died up there somewhere in the rain and the wind Other people say that he got away but his girlfriend did him in The law men say if he is out there someday they're gonna bring him in As for me, I hope they never see D.B. Cooper again
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