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2012-11-26 04:45:59 PM
I knew that.  Probably because it was...
 
D) trivial and worthless knowledge to retain.
 
2012-11-26 04:49:09 PM
Shel also wrote poems for Playboy. Put that at the end of your sidewalk and smoke it.
 
2012-11-26 04:58:28 PM
No shiat. Thanks Buzzfeed for figuring out something everyone else knew for years. YOU GET AN AWARD YAY!
 
2012-11-26 05:09:19 PM
Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "
 
2012-11-26 05:15:12 PM
I've known that for years.
 
2012-11-26 05:16:33 PM

RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "



Wow.  I thought you were just joking.  Glad I actually looked it up.  Newman's version is pretty good too... you can find it on YouTube.
 
2012-11-26 05:21:28 PM
Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.
 
2012-11-26 05:23:44 PM
Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's band leader, wrote "Its raining men"
 
2012-11-26 05:44:19 PM
I already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it.

Duh
 
2012-11-26 05:56:23 PM
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Seriously. I've known this for ages.

/in before the Pocket Ninja Rule takes effect.
 
2012-11-26 06:02:17 PM
Always been as Shel Silverstien fan. Also wrote The Cover of the Rolling Stone, and I'm Checkin' Out. But I think his best was the ABZ book:


  25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-26 06:19:23 PM
The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.
 
2012-11-26 06:37:24 PM
I already knew this.

Pocket Ninja Rule(s)
 
2012-11-26 06:58:48 PM
I also knew this before today.
 
2012-11-26 07:01:28 PM
I didn't know this. And now, I may very well forget it.
 
2012-11-26 07:01:32 PM
Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboy
 
2012-11-26 07:01:56 PM

Dafodude: The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.


What the hell is a "radio"?
 
2012-11-26 07:02:25 PM
Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".
 
2012-11-26 07:02:47 PM

Counter_Intelligent: Shel also wrote poems for Playboy. Put that at the end of your sidewalk and smoke it.


Dad didn't buy that I was reading it for the poetry.
When I was 15 and he caught me with penthouse and I told him it was for school, and I was reading the Henry Kissinger interview (from the 70s, not the one in litigation now) he took it, read it, and quizzed me. Good thing I already had.
 
2012-11-26 07:03:57 PM
This has been another thread of "What Pocket Ninja Said."

Also, Alan Arkin - Banana Boat Song, Paul Anka - Tonight Show Theme.

/Did not know the Randy Newman one.
 
2012-11-26 07:04:12 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-26 07:04:20 PM
Time's up you know-nothing gits!
 
2012-11-26 07:04:26 PM
Needs a "No shiat" tag.
 
2012-11-26 07:05:06 PM
There was an album that came out a couple years ago that was a Shel
Silverstein tribute. There's some good stuff on that album.
 
2012-11-26 07:05:46 PM
The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...
 
2012-11-26 07:05:50 PM
I didn't know that! Thanks, subby, for the cool link.

Man. Shel Silverstein. That's cool.
 
2012-11-26 07:06:29 PM
And the target demographic of Buzzfeed is...

/GET OFF MY LAWN
 
2012-11-26 07:06:31 PM
Shel also wrote many of the songs for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, including their best known "The Cover of the Rolling Stone."
 
2012-11-26 07:07:06 PM
Oye vay, that's mashugana. Pass the gefillte.
 
2012-11-26 07:07:20 PM
According to that new how Johnny Cash song by Song Buzz Feed doesn't have the story quite right.

Apparently the night before Johnny recorded Live at San Quentin he had a party at his house and at the end of the night he and a few of his guests, namely, Kris Kristoferson, A young fella named Bob Dylan, and Shel Silverstein (goddamn I want a time machine now) we sitting around a room trading licks and showing off ne stuff they'd recently written for Johnny (Who was a de facto patron of singer songwriters at the time) At the end of the night Shel hands Johnny a poem he wrote and asks him to look at it, Johnny reads it and tucks it into a pocket and promises to get back to him with a critique. The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers
 
2012-11-26 07:08:27 PM
/In before everyone claims they knew.... Oh, wait.
 
2012-11-26 07:09:57 PM
Barry Manilow did not write "I write the songs", which drives me nuts.
 
2012-11-26 07:11:50 PM
He wrote the sequel, too (SFW-ish).
 
2012-11-26 07:13:47 PM

PsychoPhil: The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...


Chaplin's years in silent pictures made it difficult for him to express himself in words. Hence the lack of lyrics.
 
2012-11-26 07:14:23 PM
Ahh yes, the annual greenlighting of this thread....
 
2012-11-26 07:15:03 PM
Yea I knew it so what. What I really want to know is where my copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends and LIght in the Attic went. Anybody in my mid 30ish age bracket NOT read those books?
 
2012-11-26 07:15:24 PM
FTFH: "A Boy Named Sue," immortalized by Johnny Cash, was written by... C) Shel Silverstein

In other news water is wet, the Pope is Catholic and bears used the Great Outdoors for a rest room.
 
2012-11-26 07:16:33 PM
Jesus, Buzzfeed articles are lame. Yet they're posted here numerous times on a weekly basis.
 
2012-11-26 07:17:10 PM

cretinbob: Ahh yes, the annual greenlighting of this thread....


You shouldn't talk that way about a website that pays to be on Fark. I mean they have to pay right? It really is a horrible site.
 
2012-11-26 07:19:36 PM
Hurrah for Uncle Shel!

I have a copy of The ABZ Book.

I had to check that Paul Schaffer really wrote "It's Raining Men!" He did, sort of. His co-writer was Paul Jabara, a Lebanese-American. That means that "It's Raining Men! is a Lebanese-American-Jewish-Canadian co-production. How many of those can you name off the top of your head without consulting Wikipedia. I can name zero. God bless. Jabara has a cousin who is a classical guitarist.

Says Wiki:

Paul Jabara (January 31, 1948 - September 29, 1992) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese[1] ancestry. He wrote Donna Summer's "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Barbra Streisand's song "The Main Event/Fight" from The Main Event (1979). He cowrote the Weather Girls hit, "It's Raining Men" with Paul Shaffer. Jabara's cousin and close friend Jad Azkoul is also a Lebanese-American musician specialising in classical guitar.
 
2012-11-26 07:20:46 PM

devilskware: cretinbob: Ahh yes, the annual greenlighting of this thread....

You shouldn't talk that way about a website that pays to be on Fark. I mean they have to pay right? It really is a horrible site.


That reminds me, I need to go see how the sponsored WoW:Care Bears edition sale thread is going.
 
2012-11-26 07:20:46 PM

Magorn: According to that new how Johnny Cash song by Song Buzz Feed doesn't have the story quite right.

Apparently the night before Johnny recorded Live at San Quentin he had a party at his house and at the end of the night he and a few of his guests, namely, Kris Kristoferson, A young fella named Bob Dylan, and Shel Silverstein (goddamn I want a time machine now) we sitting around a room trading licks and showing off ne stuff they'd recently written for Johnny (Who was a de facto patron of singer songwriters at the time) At the end of the night Shel hands Johnny a poem he wrote and asks him to look at it, Johnny reads it and tucks it into a pocket and promises to get back to him with a critique. The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers


This isn't correct.
Go read the only Shel Silverstein biography - don't remember the title but there *is* only one - and this is never mentioned. Shel wrote tons of songs and this eventually found it's way to Cash - it was NOT none the night before as poem that Johnny did as a 'cold reading'.
 
2012-11-26 07:21:39 PM
Dammit, I know Wikipedia isn't held in high esteem by the academic community but...does no one bother to check for this sort of thing anymore??

Here's everything you ever wanted to know about it, complete with citations.
 
2012-11-26 07:21:55 PM
One of The Monkees mom invented White Out.
There, I've added a bit of useless trivia to this thread, bummed since I didn't make PN's top twenty cutoff.
Back to drinking and turkey sandwiches.
 
2012-11-26 07:22:28 PM
Not only did i already know that, i didn't know that it was even possible to know that song and NOT know that.
 
2012-11-26 07:23:58 PM
Wow. Johnny Cash performed someone else's work.

One of my favourite RL trolls regards his American recordings. Hurt, Personal Jesus and the like. Whenever the original comes on, say, "yeah, but it's not as good as the Johnny Cash original".

/In other news, WTF is a "Shel Silverstein"?
//Is it related to a "Justin Bieber"?
 
2012-11-26 07:24:32 PM
Steve Allen was an accomplished composer who wrote over 10,000 songs. He began his recording career in 1953 by signing with Decca Records's Brunswick Records sublabel. In one famous stunt, he made a bet with singer-songwriter Frankie Laine that he could write 50 songs a day for a week. Composing on public display in the window of a Hollywood music store, Allen met the quota, winning $1,000 from Laine. One of the songs, Let's Go to Church Next Sunday, was recorded by both Perry Como and Margaret Whiting. Allen's best-known songs are "This Could Be the Start of Something" and "The Gravy Waltz," the latter having won a Grammy award in 1963 for Best Jazz Composition. He also wrote lyrics for the standards "Picnic" and "South Rampart Street Parade." Allen composed the score to the Paul Mantee imitation James Bond film A Man Called Dagger (1967), with the score orchestrated by Ronald Stein.
Steve Allen wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Sophie", which was based on the early career of "The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas", entertainer Sophie Tucker. The book for the show was by Philip Pruneau; Libi Staiger and Art Lund were featured in the leading roles. "Sophie" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre after tryouts in three cities on April 15, 1963, to mostly unfavorable critical notices; it closed five days later on April 20, after 8 performances. As Ken Mandelbaum noted in his 1991 book "Not Since Carrie" - "The show received consistently negative reviews in Columbus, Detroit (and) Philadelphia... the score went unrecorded (by the cast), although several months later Judy Garland sang three songs from 'Sophie' on her CBS television series... Tucker was around when the show about her was done; she even invested in it when it was floundering on the road and sat through the opening in a box seat. Steve Allen's only other produced musical was the 1969 London flop "Belle Starr", which starred Betty Grable." A "compiled" recording of "Sophie" was later released with vocals by Steve Allen, Libi Staiger, Judy Garland and others. The CD release is currently out-of-print and rare.
 
2012-11-26 07:24:37 PM
And Townes Van Zandt wrote Poncho and Lefty and If I Needed You
 
2012-11-26 07:25:20 PM
Shel is one of my favorite poets - ever. (...and R. Frost)

Oh, and that dude "anon" whoever he is, is a badass poet.
 
2012-11-26 07:25:34 PM

Terraceten: Barry Manilow did not write "I write the songs", which drives me nuts.


Give em a break, he was too busy opening up for the Village People. If you see what I am getting at there, and I think you do . . . nttiawwt
 
2012-11-26 07:27:34 PM
Otis Blackwell wrote the Elcis Presly hit. "all shook up"
Blackwell wrote the song at the offices of Shalimar Music in 1956 after Al Stanton, one of Shalimar's owners, shaking a bottle of Pepsi at the time, suggested he write a song based around the phrase "all shook up.

I'm Casey Cason, and we'll be back after these word from our sponsors.
 
2012-11-26 07:27:53 PM

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


In the laid back California town
of sunny San Rafael
Lived a dude named Pocket Ninja
You probably knew him well

He's been Farking for eighteen
of his twenty-one years
and the legend is widely told
how he could derp it faster
than any dude could troll
 
2012-11-26 07:30:33 PM

vudukungfu: I'm Casey Cason, and we'll be back after these word from our sponsors.


And Casey Kasem was a Lebanese guy who was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo
 
2012-11-26 07:30:54 PM

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


Pfft, I knew THAT. Ahh crap 50+ posts.
 
2012-11-26 07:32:02 PM
FACT: Hitler wrote "Have yourself a merry little christmas."
 
2012-11-26 07:36:42 PM
To Shel
 
2012-11-26 07:37:29 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


And Hoyt wrote "Joy to the World."
 
2012-11-26 07:37:44 PM
Ok, Pocket Ninja rule has faded so I can say: Who the hell is Shel Silverstein and I care? And where can I get this:

catch[y] doomsday theory ... David Icke's chart-topping hit, "Them Crazy Lizard-People."

Does Joseba Andoni Etxeberria Lizardi know?
www.miathletic.com
 
2012-11-26 07:38:43 PM
Damn you, Shel Silverstein!
 
2012-11-26 07:38:51 PM
I use to work with a GUY named Shirly Rose. No, I do not know what his parents had against him.
 
2012-11-26 07:40:44 PM
EVEN TRENT REZNOR KNEW THAT BUT HE TOTALLY DIDN'T CARE CAUSE TRENT TOTALLY COVERED HURT. i LIKE THE ORIGINAL, REZNOR'S COVER SUCKS.
 
2012-11-26 07:41:19 PM
To give credit where due
 
2012-11-26 07:44:26 PM
I can honestly say that was the ONLY song on that list that I know of.
 
2012-11-26 07:44:51 PM

marius2: EVEN TRENT REZNOR KNEW THAT BUT HE TOTALLY DIDN'T CARE CAUSE TRENT TOTALLY COVERED HURT. i LIKE THE ORIGINAL, REZNOR'S COVER SUCKS.


You know... you could have gotten a few bites if you would have toned it down a little.
 
2012-11-26 07:44:58 PM

Disgruntled Goat: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt wrote "Joy to the World."


Joy to the World was written by 3 Dog Night you jackasses.Sheesh.
 
2012-11-26 07:45:21 PM
Yeah, I knew that. Never heard of any of the others, authors or singers.
 
2012-11-26 07:45:54 PM
FUNFACT!
 
Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!
 
 
 
 
i253.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-26 07:49:39 PM

Shadow Blasko: marius2: EVEN TRENT REZNOR KNEW THAT BUT HE TOTALLY DIDN'T CARE CAUSE TRENT TOTALLY COVERED HURT. i LIKE THE ORIGINAL, REZNOR'S COVER SUCKS.

You know... you could have gotten a few bites if you would have toned it down a little.


I know. I think I was actually terrified of someone actually believing I believed that. I wanted to give them hope.
 
2012-11-26 07:52:09 PM
To deglamorize
 
2012-11-26 07:52:18 PM
Silverstein also wrote "The Unicorn Song" performed by the Irish Rovers

Linky
 
2012-11-26 07:52:26 PM

Scott_Free: Always been as Shel Silverstien fan. Also wrote The Cover of the Rolling Stone, and I'm Checkin' Out. But I think his best was the ABZ book:


 


I knew he'd written cover of the rolling stone, and had always assumed he was a member of Dr Hook...

Mikey wrote Do The Bartman? Wow... I did not know that...
 
2012-11-26 07:52:46 PM

Rip Dashrock: One of The Monkees mom invented White Out.
There, I've added a bit of useless trivia to this thread, bummed since I didn't make PN's top twenty cutoff.
Back to drinking and turkey sandwiches.


And that Monkee, Mike Nesmith, went on to invent MTV. And you thought he was the cool one. Mike Nesmith gave us Snooki.

But like Shel Silverstein and Cash, everyone already knew that.
 
2012-11-26 07:53:16 PM
Glad to see the Alan Arkin reference in there.

How about this: how many US Vice-Presidents have written a number-one (on Billboard) song? How many Nobel Laureates?
 
2012-11-26 07:53:40 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: sub


You're welcome. I wasn't very impressed with the article but I'm a HUGE Shel Silverstein fan. In his own words:

Years From Now

Although I cannot see your face
As you flip these poems awhile,
Somewhere from some far-off place
I hear you laughing-and I smile.
 
2012-11-26 07:54:58 PM

reddfrogg: Silverstein also wrote "The Unicorn Song" performed by the Irish Rovers

Linky


Rick Romero reporting from FARK.
Apparently, acid, or Ell Ess Dee, was highly popular in the late 20th century.
 
2012-11-26 07:55:14 PM
To write
 
2012-11-26 07:55:24 PM
Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP
 
2012-11-26 07:55:51 PM

Gough: Glad to see the Alan Arkin reference in there.

How about this: how many US Vice-Presidents have written a number-one (on Billboard) song? How many Nobel Laureates?


No point will be awarded for "Bomb Iran"
 
2012-11-26 07:56:08 PM
Boy Named Sue is the only real song on this list. The rest? media clowns
 
2012-11-26 07:56:31 PM

Indubitably: To write


Therefore, to scream.
 
2012-11-26 07:57:18 PM
"Where The Sidewalk Ends": buy it now, you ignorant twats. ;)
 
2012-11-26 07:57:19 PM
Did Shel write, "Don't give a dose to the one you love most?" Dr. Hook's musical PSA.
 
2012-11-26 07:57:54 PM

vudukungfu: Indubitably: To write

Therefore, to scream.


...into the cosmos, you?
 
2012-11-26 07:59:27 PM

Indubitably: vudukungfu: Indubitably: To write

Therefore, to scream.

...into the cosmos, you?


May be tonight, may be tomorrow, but I will be hit, as will you, so take cover, for the cosmos is coming...
 
2012-11-26 08:00:15 PM

Rumplebluntskin: Boy Named Sue is the only real song on this list. The rest? media clowns


Really? You show your ignorance. He is true greatness. Get some culture i your life before you post. zi would assume you are a Justin Bieber fan.
 
2012-11-26 08:00:39 PM

Indubitably: To write


And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowsills tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies Don't take you're love to town, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drop inn here,
And hang a pearl in every cowsill's ear
 
2012-11-26 08:02:32 PM

vudukungfu: Indubitably: To write

And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowsills tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies Don't take you're love to town, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drop inn here,
And hang a pearl in every cowsill's ear


I serve Indubitably.
 
2012-11-26 08:05:01 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: FACT: Hitler wrote "Have yourself a merry little christmas."Wonderful Christmas Time".

FTFM
 
2012-11-26 08:06:23 PM
also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man
 
2012-11-26 08:07:45 PM
Fred Rogers wrote Going Back to Cali.
 
2012-11-26 08:09:03 PM
DID YOU KNOW?

All of Bob Dylan's songs were written by this guy Robert Zimmerman!

Greatest living songwriter my ass! The guy is an outright thief
 
2012-11-26 08:09:30 PM
Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

>> He also wrote 'Joy to the World'.
 
2012-11-26 08:10:04 PM

Indubitably: I serve Indubitably.


Emerson's the man, baby. Emerson's the man.
 
2012-11-26 08:11:27 PM

vudukungfu: Indubitably: I serve Indubitably.

Emerson's the man, baby. Emerson's the man.


I know; Ralph Waldo Emerson is a god among men in his time...
 
2012-11-26 08:14:04 PM
Amelia Earhart wrote I'm Lost Without You which was covered by Blink 182. Little known fact.
 
2012-11-26 08:14:18 PM
"Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson was written by Neil Young.
 
2012-11-26 08:14:30 PM

Indubitably: vudukungfu: Indubitably: I serve Indubitably.

Emerson's the man, baby. Emerson's the man.

I know; Ralph Waldo Emerson is a god among men in his time...


...and ours.

P.S. I apologize for my out-of-sync-stink. I write as it flows, as a shaman would, and my words flow like poetry sometimes in this cyberspace we embrace, sometimes not. Words.
 
2012-11-26 08:15:39 PM
Yeah, I kinda wondered if this was meant as news for Shel's fans, or Cash's fans. Either way they already knew.
Here a fun one; Cash, in the 70's would not change or wash his farking clothing for weeks at a time. When using public transport people would demand to be moved far away from him and his hangers-on (who similarly were opposed to basic hygiene. (True? No idea. But was told this from my uncle who worked concerts for Cash AND years later by a gf's mom, who apparently was a drug-addled groupie who was convinced he just pee'd himself to piss other people off - and since that amuses me, I Believe.)
 
2012-11-26 08:16:58 PM
I knew that...

RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "


I did not know this...he just moved up a notch in my book
 
2012-11-26 08:17:24 PM

Indubitably: I know


new england transcendentalist poets are lost upon the new idiocracy.
I've been reading the great fap-writer guy de maupassant's works just to sleep at night, even.

Gotta have your pulp fiction, too.
 
2012-11-26 08:19:08 PM

Old Man Winter: Yeah, I kinda wondered if this was meant as news for Shel's fans, or Cash's fans. Either way they already knew.
Here a fun one; Cash, in the 70's would not change or wash his farking clothing for weeks at a time. When using public transport people would demand to be moved far away from him and his hangers-on (who similarly were opposed to basic hygiene. (True? No idea. But was told this from my uncle who worked concerts for Cash AND years later by a gf's mom, who apparently was a drug-addled groupie who was convinced he just pee'd himself to piss other people off - and since that amuses me, I Believe.)


Wrong connection, puppet.

I am not, nor have ever been a sexual predator of any kind, not even pedophile. I am an honest man.
 
2012-11-26 08:19:10 PM

brap: FUNFACT!
 
Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!
 
 
 
 
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I heard on NPR a while ago that Strange Fruit was written by a Communist Jewish Teacher from NY. He later went on to adopt and raise the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. And now you know...the rest of the story.
 
2012-11-26 08:19:47 PM

vudukungfu: Indubitably: I know

new england transcendentalist poets are lost upon the new idiocracy.
I've been reading the great fap-writer guy de maupassant's works just to sleep at night, even.

Gotta have your pulp fiction, too.


*bow*
 
2012-11-26 08:20:01 PM
And Will Smith didn't write the beats for gettin' jiggy wit it
 
2012-11-26 08:21:05 PM

dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP


He also did Snowblind Friend and the No-No Song made famous by Ringo. He was also the voice of the "Head For the Mountains" Busch beer commercials for years.
/Buuuuuusch....
 
2012-11-26 08:22:08 PM

brap: FUNFACT!
 
Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!
 
 
 
 
[i253.photobucket.com image 400x391]


Bruce Villanch did write My Humps. It's a fact!
 
2012-11-26 08:22:09 PM

Indubitably: "Where The Sidewalk Ends": buy it now, you ignorant twats. ;)


Its one of the first things we bought for our son, now 22 months.
 
2012-11-26 08:22:11 PM
I didn't know that. I grew up with "Where the Sidewalk Ends" always close by.
 
2012-11-26 08:22:53 PM

marius2: Shadow Blasko: marius2: EVEN TRENT REZNOR KNEW THAT BUT HE TOTALLY DIDN'T CARE CAUSE TRENT TOTALLY COVERED HURT. i LIKE THE ORIGINAL, REZNOR'S COVER SUCKS.

You know... you could have gotten a few bites if you would have toned it down a little.

I know. I think I was actually terrified of someone actually believing I believed that. I wanted to give them hope.


Sadly I know someone who said something along those lines. They were so adamant that they had heard the cash version even back when they were a kid. It's one of those times you just turn around and walk away.
 
2012-11-26 08:23:34 PM

Mad Mark: dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP

He also did Snowblind Friend and the No-No Song made famous by Ringo. He was also the voice of the "Head For the Mountains" Busch beer commercials for years.
/Buuuuuusch....


and never been spain and green back dollar. and bought his kid a gremlin. hoyt was a man among men...or just a silly fat guy with a substance abuse problem.
 
2012-11-26 08:26:03 PM

downstairs: RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "


Wow.  I thought you were just joking.  Glad I actually looked it up.  Newman's version is pretty good too... you can find it on YouTube.


I can totally hear him singing it in my mind, and it works perfectly...
 
2012-11-26 08:27:23 PM
Thank you, Google:

DON'T GIVE A DOSE TO THE ONE YOU LOVE MOST
(Written by Shel Silvertsein)
Shel Silverstein


Don't give a dose to the one you love most.
Give her some marmalade...give her some toast.
You can give her the willies or give her the blues.
But the dose that you give her will get back to youse.

I once had a lady as sweet as a song.
She was my darlin', and she was my dear.
But she had a dose, and she passed it along.
Now she's gone, but the dose is still there...

skip a few lines...

So if you've got an itchin'...if you've got a drip,
Don't sit there wishin' for it to go 'way.
If there's a thing on the tip of your thing or your lip,
Run down to the clinic today, and say...

"I won't give a dose to the one I love most.
I'll give her some marmalade...give her some toast."
Give her the willies or give her the blues,
But the dose that you give her will get back to you.
 
2012-11-26 08:27:35 PM
My Dad told me the Hoyt writing Pusher thing years ago, as we had the Steppenwolf album on vinyl (and I still do....Mom n Dad's records are heirlooms to me) but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open.
 
2012-11-26 08:27:45 PM
I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?
 
2012-11-26 08:28:53 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?

To hate

 
2012-11-26 08:29:48 PM
In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree
 
2012-11-26 08:29:50 PM

StarDoc: Shel also wrote many of the songs for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, including their best known "The Cover of the Rolling Stone."


and "Silvia's Mother."
 
2012-11-26 08:32:00 PM
I wish that I could erase the knowledge that Nasir Jones, one of hip hop's best wordsmiths, penned the lyrics to one of the worst rap songs ever. :(
 
2012-11-26 08:33:03 PM
FUNFACT!

Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!


Bruce Villanch is actually the subject of Strange Fruit. He's hung.
 
2012-11-26 08:33:50 PM

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


No. I'm just an old guitar rhythm player of no particular note who remembers lyrics and lyricists and respects the craft of a well turned phrase in both song and story. It benefits me nothing to appreciate who turned the phrase or when it was done. Suffice it to say that I appreciate that it was done by a better man/woman than I and I hope that whatever few lyrics I have managed to contribute have furthered the human condition.

/One of the few moments of lyrical joy
//Lorena, Lorena
///Baby, won't you lay your Ginsu down?
 
2012-11-26 08:34:07 PM
Thought this was common knowledge.

Lawn. Off.
 
2012-11-26 08:34:49 PM

timharrod: In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree


That book still can make me cry...

Wanna see a large, hirsute male cry?

Make me read that book to a grieving child...
 
2012-11-26 08:36:29 PM

MayoBoy:
And Casey Kasem was a Lebanese guy who was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo


And William Conrad "Cannon" "Jake and the Fat Man" was the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator.

Incredible NSFW live session recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUDzuGECfdQ
 
2012-11-26 08:37:19 PM

23FPB23: but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open


Don't forget WKRP
 
2012-11-26 08:37:28 PM
Mel Torme and his partner wrong "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) on hot day in July.
 
2012-11-26 08:38:13 PM
Gene Autry wrote "Here's Comes Santa Claus" and should have been shot for it.
 
2012-11-26 08:39:06 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton also wrote "The Pusher."

That alone gets him as many 'points' as is necessary.
 
2012-11-26 08:39:37 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.
 
2012-11-26 08:40:50 PM
Many people aren't aware that Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes of the TV show Branded.
 
2012-11-26 08:41:45 PM
yes, the giving tree is about the only thing that makes me cry. what of it?

hey, here's shel narrating the movie

get your kleenexes, cry babies

:(
 
2012-11-26 08:42:18 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


To inspire this guy's wardrobe:

i162.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-26 08:44:34 PM
knew that. Also, Lionel Messi was named after Lionel Richie.
 
2012-11-26 08:47:20 PM
Johnny Cash's real name is actually Jerome Herschel Monoscowitz, and he had to "unlearn" his Long Island accent when he moved to Nashville to become a country star.
 
2012-11-26 08:48:13 PM

dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP


Beat me to it, person who gets off from work before me.
 
2012-11-26 08:48:54 PM

23FPB23: My Dad told me the Hoyt writing Pusher thing years ago, as we had the Steppenwolf album on vinyl (and I still do....Mom n Dad's records are heirlooms to me) but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-26 08:52:08 PM

Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man


John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.
 
2012-11-26 08:52:19 PM

netringer: MayoBoy:
And Casey Kasem was a Lebanese guy who was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo

And William Conrad "Cannon" "Jake and the Fat Man" was the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator.

Incredible NSFW live session recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUDzuGECfdQ


Conrad was also Matt Dillon on Gusmoke for 9 years.

Casey Kasem's NSFW outtakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK75u5EDdEc
 
2012-11-26 08:53:52 PM
Blair's retarded cousin from Facts of Life wrote the theme song to Charles in Charge.
 
2012-11-26 08:54:07 PM

Midnight Rambler: "Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson was written by Neil Young.


Nicolette Larson was the sexiest woman EVAR!
 
2012-11-26 08:54:58 PM

Derwood: DID YOU KNOW?

All of Bob Dylan's songs were written by this guy Robert Zimmerman!

Greatest living songwriter my ass! The guy is an outright thief


No wonder he shot Trayvon Martin. He obviously can't trust people whose last name is a first name after that!
 
2012-11-26 08:55:25 PM

brap: I knew that.  Probably because it was...
 
D) trivial and worthless knowledge to retain.


While I've known this for years, it is neither trivial nor worthless. It is actually an interesting story, and says a lot about both Johnny Cash and Shelby Silverstein. Hell, he even wrote it specifically with Cash in mind.
 
2012-11-26 08:55:40 PM

Magorn: The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers


And that very first performance exists on film and it is a treat to see the fun Mr. Cash had with that song.

He wanted to record it with a slightly different version but the producer made him stay with the same version he did in San Quentin.
 
2012-11-26 08:56:04 PM

timharrod: In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree


THIS.

Uncle Shelby also wrote Father of A Boy named Sue, which is an awesome followup to 'A Boy Named Sue'.
 
2012-11-26 08:57:45 PM

CptnSpldng: dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP

Beat me to it, person who gets off from work before me.

To work a timeline

 
2012-11-26 08:57:51 PM

CptnSpldng: Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man

John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.


angel from montgomery...your flag decal won't get you into heaven....etc. etc.
 
2012-11-26 09:00:53 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: Blair's retarded cousin from Facts of Life wrote the theme song to Charles in Charge.


Elliot's retarded brother from Just Shoot Me! invented the tofutti break.
 
2012-11-26 09:02:40 PM

CptnSpldng: Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man

John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.


Damnit I Will go on.
/Sam Stone
//Paradise

excuse me while I go off to visit You Tube
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-11-26 09:02:49 PM
Shel's book, "The Giving Tree" is the first hardcover book I gave to my daughter.
She is 7 now, and I know our divorce hurts her at times. It took a few shots of whiskey for me to not cry bawl uncontrollably before reading it to her.
I love that book. I wish there were more like it.

CSB time:
I have known a man named Suh (pronounced Sue) for years.
He moved here from Korea.
He is 6'3".
He can give me a hell of a time sparring (Tae Kwon Do) and hits too damned hard. And his reach gives me the fits.
If you wise off to him I wish you luck and hope you have a good list of doctors to call. You will be sore for years.
Master Lee used to laugh at us both when we sparred because he knew how bad we would be hurting later (bastard!).
END-CSB
 
2012-11-26 09:04:16 PM
Carole King wrote everything.....
 
2012-11-26 09:04:27 PM
A little more "Sue" trivia. The first time Johnny played the song in public was at the Folsom Prison concert. Silverstein had only given him the piece a few days before he left for California.
 
2012-11-26 09:06:45 PM

vernonFL: I've known that for years.


Anyone with a pulse has known that, subby sucks.

Especially since most of the other songs are pop shiat and the only saving grace is that its not a slide show.
 
2012-11-26 09:06:47 PM

Dafodude: The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.


I learned "Blinded by the Light" through a VH1 songwriters special with Springsteen I saw years ago. I enjoyed his original version but he definitely didn't write it hit-worthy.
 
2012-11-26 09:08:30 PM
I didn't know that. But, as an aside, me and the wife was out to lunch with my mother and 21 year old daughter and the resturant's sound system was playing johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" and my daughter was singing along.

There is hope for this generation after all
 
2012-11-26 09:08:53 PM

Lupine Chemist: Dafodude: The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.

I learned "Blinded by the Light" through a VH1 songwriters special with Springsteen I saw years ago. I enjoyed his original version but he definitely didn't write it hit-worthy.


manfred mann made it art talking about new douches, a previously taboo subject in song writing

/doesn't feel very fresh
 
2012-11-26 09:09:03 PM
Bruce Springsteen wrote "because the night" that 10,000 maniacs made famous. And Billy Joel wrote Garth Brooks "Shameless"

And JJ Cale wrote roughly 32% of great rock songs.

/google his "After Midnight", fantastic
 
2012-11-26 09:09:10 PM

RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "


Paul Newman wrote "Momma Said Knock You Out" which was made immortal by LL Cool J
 
2012-11-26 09:12:01 PM

CruJones: Bruce Springsteen wrote "because the night" that 10,000 maniacs made famous. And Billy Joel wrote Garth Brooks "Shameless"

And JJ Cale wrote roughly 32% of great rock songs.

/google his "After Midnight", fantastic


Patti Smith says hi.
 
2012-11-26 09:13:31 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


I had an old roommate who would get drunk in the kitchen and listen to his 5 cds' on the BOSE.
Frank Sinatra,Dean Martin,Sammy Davis jr. And Barry Manilow...on a loop.would pass out at the
table..I finally hid that f*ckin' CD under the fork and knive tray in the drawer.

/I hate Barry Manilow,although i'm sure he would be a cool dude to hang out with.

//probably not.
 
2012-11-26 09:16:11 PM

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


You are the world's greatest farker.
 
2012-11-26 09:19:38 PM

gja: Shel's book, "The Giving Tree" is the first hardcover book I gave to my daughter.
She is 7 now, and I know our divorce hurts her at times. It took a few shots of whiskey for me to not cry bawl uncontrollably before reading it to her.
I love that book. I wish there were more like it.

CSB time:
I have known a man named Suh (pronounced Sue) for years.
He moved here from Korea.
He is 6'3".
He can give me a hell of a time sparring (Tae Kwon Do) and hits too damned hard. And his reach gives me the fits.
If you wise off to him I wish you luck and hope you have a good list of doctors to call. You will be sore for years.
Master Lee used to laugh at us both when we sparred because he knew how bad we would be hurting later (bastard!).
END-CSB


I'm working on a project that has me talking to lots of engineers named Xu. It's become so common to me that calling a guy named Sue/Suh/Xu seems normal now.
 
2012-11-26 09:21:41 PM
Try being terse for once in your life.   Dostoyevsky wrote THE IDIOT!  MORAN!
 
2012-11-26 09:22:45 PM
No shiat Sherlock
 
2012-11-26 09:23:06 PM

Hyggelig lurker: Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.

You are the world's greatest farker.

To Pocket

 
2012-11-26 09:25:07 PM

yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.


And I'm sure all you older Farkers know what '3 Dog Night' refers to.
 
2012-11-26 09:29:39 PM
That Robert Zimmerman guy wrote the classic Olivia Newton John song "If Not For You" too. For laffs check out the Bob Dylan cover of it:
 
2012-11-26 09:39:57 PM
He also wrote "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan",made semi-kinda-well-known by Marianne Faithfull.
 
2012-11-26 09:40:24 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


New Year's Eve, 1978. My roommate (and still best friend) and I bought a Manilow poster at Spencer Gift. Everyone took turns throwing darts at it that night. Good times.
 
2012-11-26 09:45:53 PM

Magorn: According to that new how Johnny Cash song by Song Buzz Feed doesn't have the story quite right.

Apparently the night before Johnny recorded Live at San Quentin he had a party at his house and at the end of the night he and a few of his guests, namely, Kris Kristoferson, A young fella named Bob Dylan, and Shel Silverstein (goddamn I want a time machine now) we sitting around a room trading licks and showing off ne stuff they'd recently written for Johnny (Who was a de facto patron of singer songwriters at the time) At the end of the night Shel hands Johnny a poem he wrote and asks him to look at it, Johnny reads it and tucks it into a pocket and promises to get back to him with a critique. The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers


Also why you are considered a dope, even by your peers.
 
2012-11-26 09:47:12 PM

PsychoPhil: The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...


Charlie Chaplin won an Oscar for best music, original score in 1973.
 
2012-11-26 09:47:12 PM

PsychoPhil: The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...


Well yeah. I've seen Chaplin movies. They hadn't invented talking or singing yet. Duh.
 
2012-11-26 09:56:28 PM
I remember reading about this guy who actually wrote all of Pantera's stuff but they stole it from him.
 
2012-11-26 10:01:58 PM
Everyone knows that all big country hits were originally sung by some back-woods picker and were shamelessly stolen by Nashville stars.

/it's true
 
2012-11-26 10:02:08 PM
I actually did not know this and find it interesting, so to hell with all yall haters.
 
2012-11-26 10:03:52 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton's Cousin is former Ok;ahoma Governor and Former Oklahoma Senator David Boren who is currently the President of the University of Oklahoma.
 
2012-11-26 10:04:18 PM

yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.


Laura Nyro wrote Eli's Coming.

//hide yo heart, girl
 
2012-11-26 10:08:27 PM

AbbeySomeone: Disgruntled Goat: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt wrote "Joy to the World."

Joy to the World was written by 3 Dog Night you jackasses.Sheesh.


Hoyt wrote a lot of 3 Dog Night's songs.
 
2012-11-26 10:10:50 PM

sirrerun: yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.

Laura Nyro wrote Eli's Coming.


Long as we're playing this game: Randy Newman's uncle wrote a better-known and more-heard piece of music than anything Randy wrote or performed - The 20th-Century Fox Fanfare.
 
2012-11-26 10:19:46 PM
Shel also wrote "I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor" that Johnny also covered.

Didn't know until recently that he'd written so much other stuff for other musicians.
 
2012-11-26 10:20:31 PM

moto-geek: I didn't know this. And now, I may very well forget it.


I didn't know it.

Nor do I care.
 
2012-11-26 10:21:19 PM

DoctorCal: Many people aren't aware that Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes of the TV show Branded.


Bulk of the series.
 
2012-11-26 10:21:27 PM
Aerosmith's "Big Ten-Inch Record" was written and originally recorded by dirty blues artist Bull-Moose Jackson. Bull-Moose also sang bass back-up on Sarah Vaughan'shiat "Broken Hearted Melody".

The Bee Gees wrote "To Love Somebody" for Otis Redding. He died before he could record it. They also wrote "If I can't Have You" for ABBA. The ABBA guys declined, as they preferred to write their own material. But Yvonne Elliman'shiat version is even arranged like an ABBA song.

Getting back to Shel, he also co-wrote David Mamet's Things Change, one of Don Ameche's best films.
 
2012-11-26 10:22:26 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton wrote "Snowblind Friend."
 
2012-11-26 10:30:47 PM
Willy Nelson wrote "Crazy" and Kris Kristofferson wrote "Me and Bobby McGee"
 
2012-11-26 10:30:48 PM
Mike Nesmith of the Monkees wrote Linda Ronstadt's first hit single (as lead singer of the Stone Poneys), Different Drum (pops).
 
2012-11-26 10:31:27 PM
Willie Nelson
 
2012-11-26 10:32:27 PM
I must have missed it because I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet ...
i48.tinypic.com

I'm not a country music fan but this is a great album. All songs written by Shel Silverstein and sung by
Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed.

The songs were Silverstein's take on getting older and most are hysterically funny.
 
2012-11-26 10:33:17 PM

Gyrfalcon: moto-geek: I didn't know this. And now, I may very well forget it.

I didn't know it.

Nor do I care.


Sorry you can't find any cool threads to post in.
 
2012-11-26 10:35:49 PM
One of my favorites (quoted from memory) from "Don't Bump the Glump!"
"See the 210-ton Ghelli?"
"He'd love for you to scratch his belly."
 
2012-11-26 10:36:26 PM

dopekitty74: Scott_Free: Always been as Shel Silverstien fan. Also wrote The Cover of the Rolling Stone, and I'm Checkin' Out. But I think his best was the ABZ book:


 

I knew he'd written cover of the rolling stone, and had always assumed he was a member of Dr Hook...

Mikey wrote Do The Bartman? Wow... I did not know that...


Apparently neither did anyone else at the time. He didn't take credit for it because of his record contract. Supposedly he also did the background vocals.

When MJ was on a Simpsons episode, they listed him in the credits as John Jay Smith. I assume it was for the same reason, that he didn't want to break his contract.
 
2012-11-26 10:39:38 PM
A couple of my favorites:
"Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out"
"The Great Smoke-Off"
 
2012-11-26 10:53:58 PM
matter of fact when I first heard that Shel was writing children's books I spit my joint across the room and dropped my beer. Musta coughed for days on that one.
 
2012-11-26 10:55:29 PM
This almost as crazy as that time Diddy wrote that song with Bjork.
 
2012-11-26 11:00:05 PM
"When the Levee Breaks" one of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits, was written by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie way back in 1929.
 
2012-11-26 11:10:14 PM

Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man


Steve Goodman was 23 years old when he released his first album which included both You Never Even Call Me By My Name and City of New Orleans.

And John Prine was 24 when he released first album that included Paradise and Angle From Montgomery.

They both penned their masterpieces at such a young age.
 
2012-11-26 11:20:20 PM
Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!
 
2012-11-26 11:24:34 PM

poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!


Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.
 
2012-11-26 11:30:59 PM
In those days the Music Business was more Jewish than a synagogue. "No Gentiles need apply". The only gentiles were the performers. I don't know why a book hasn't been written about that.
 
2012-11-26 11:40:42 PM
Shel wrote a hell of a lot of cool shiat. Not only "Cover of the Rolling Stone", he wrote "Freakers Ball" and "Get My Rocks Off". These were all covered by "Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show" on their album "Sloppy Seconds".

And a song about a joint rolling and smoking competition, "The Great Smoke Off". And many, many more, including some quirky country stuff like A Boy Named Sue.

I think some of you got stoned and missed it.
 
2012-11-26 11:47:09 PM
I was lucky enough to see Johnny Cash perform. Pisses off my ratrod car club friends. Also, john Lennon Co wrote "fame" by David Bowie.
 
2012-11-27 12:28:57 AM

CruJones: poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!

Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.


Mike Curb former Lt. Governor of the State of California wrote and sang the theme for Kelly's Heros
 
2012-11-27 12:43:00 AM
Yeah, but Johnny Cash wrote "Where the Sidewalk Ends." That's the ticket.
 
2012-11-27 01:03:39 AM
www.executedtoday.com

Confederate partisan Marcellus Jerome Clarke, who some thought to be the "Sue Mundy" character created by Louisville Journal editor George Prentice to protest the military rule of Federal general Stephen Burbridge in Kentucky during 1864.
 
2012-11-27 01:14:35 AM

borg: CruJones: poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!

Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.

Mike Curb former Lt. Governor of the State of California wrote and sang the theme for Kelly's Heros


Hank was backed by the Mike Curb Congregation
 
2012-11-27 01:22:57 AM
It's a little known fact that for $5 a month, you can access TotalFark.
 
2012-11-27 01:25:16 AM
Warren Zevon wrote Poor Poor Pitiful Me, sung by Linda Rondstadt. Warren's is the better version, though.

And don't kick Manilow. Got to see him live on my honeymoon. He may be more plastic than a barbie doll, but damn if he still can't belt out a song. The "duet" of Mandy is insanely good
 
2012-11-27 01:26:00 AM
Link
/yeah right subby and what's next? You gonna tell me Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang was written by Ian Fleming?
 
2012-11-27 01:36:50 AM

CruJones: borg: CruJones: poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!

Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.

Mike Curb former Lt. Governor of the State of California wrote and sang the theme for Kelly's Heros

Hank was backed by the Mike Curb Congregation


Williams didn't sing "Burning Bridges" he did sing another song in the film that was also written by Curb "All for the Love of Sunshine"
 
2012-11-27 02:25:58 AM
Charles Dawes, who served as vice-president under Calvin Coolidge, was also a composer. His composition "Melody in A Major" was the tune for "It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards. He was the first politician (not Mike Curb or Sonny Bono) to have a #1 hit song.
 
2012-11-27 03:16:24 AM

prince of peas: I must have missed it because I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet ...
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I'm not a country music fan but this is a great album. All songs written by Shel Silverstein and sung by
Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed.

The songs were Silverstein's take on getting older and most are hysterically funny.


Mel Tillis "Sawmill" was purportedly written about my grandfather (who bought a sawmill and set up shop in Alaska) by his Marine buddy Jack Whatley (listed as Horace, but he always went by Jack...)

Can't press for details on account of no one involved still being living, but that's what I heard from my grandparents back when.
 
2012-11-27 05:18:40 AM
I knew it! I knew it! I farking knew it!
 
2012-11-27 06:01:50 AM

LittleSmitty: I didn't know that. But, as an aside, me and the wife was out to lunch with my mother and 21 year old daughter and the resturant's sound system was playing johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" and my daughter was singing along.

There is hope for this generation after all


Unless she was familiar with it because of Wall of Voodoo's cover. Which was used in "Night Dreams"...a porn movie from the 80's.
 
2012-11-27 06:15:26 AM

Rip Dashrock: One of The Monkees mom invented White Out.
There, I've added a bit of useless trivia to this thread, bummed since I didn't make PN's top twenty cutoff.
Back to drinking and turkey sandwiches.


And Michael Nesmith is credited with starting MTV. His mom made White-out.
 
2012-11-27 06:52:52 AM
"Well, dog my cats!" says Baba Fats. "Another burned out soul, Who's lookin' for an alchemist to turn his trip to gold. It isn't in a dealer's stash, or on a druggist's shelf... Son, if you would find the perfect high, find it in yourself."

From my favouritist poem of all time. Found in a Penthouse mag around the age of Nigel Lovelace
 
2012-11-27 10:37:23 AM
Try being terse for once in your life. Dostoyevsky wrote THE IDIOT! MORAN!

"The Idiot" is a Stan Rogers tune, eh ?!
 
2012-11-27 11:32:37 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Twistable-Turnable-Man-Musical-Silverstein/dp/B0 03FW50ZK
 
2012-11-27 12:07:21 PM

Scott_Free: Always been as Shel Silverstien fan. Also wrote The Cover of the Rolling Stone, and I'm Checkin' Out. But I think his best was the ABZ book:


Also, Sylvia's Mother was about Shel stalking some girl he had dated and her mom stepped in, telling him to stay the hell away from her daughter.
 
2012-11-27 01:33:32 PM

Lionel Mandrake: 23FPB23: My Dad told me the Hoyt writing Pusher thing years ago, as we had the Steppenwolf album on vinyl (and I still do....Mom n Dad's records are heirlooms to me) but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open.


upload.wikimedia.org

Thanks for the help, Group Captain!
 
2012-11-27 02:05:36 PM

Indubitably: "Where The Sidewalk Ends": buy it now, you ignorant twats. ;)


Why would I buy a George Strait song when I own the TAPE???? Huh??? Huh???
 
2012-11-27 09:51:12 PM
Bobby Bare's entire Lullabies, Legends, and Lies double album was written by Shel Silverstein. One of the greatest collections of stories every put together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YsQj3N478I (copy/paste to hear Bare sing the title cut)
 
2012-11-28 03:18:24 PM

Vegaz73: Rip Dashrock: One of The Monkees mom invented White Out.
There, I've added a bit of useless trivia to this thread, bummed since I didn't make PN's top twenty cutoff.
Back to drinking and turkey sandwiches.

And Michael Nesmith is credited with starting MTV. His mom made White-out.


Thank you.

Nesmith's mother invented liquid paper when she was a secretary. She sold the formula, made a hell of a lot of money, and Papa Nez inherited it, which is why he has the fark you money to not do every Monkees reunion tour.

As for MTV... Well, Nez's video "Elephant Parts" led to "PopClips" for Nickelodeon, and when Nez wouldn't sell the PopClips brand/idea to Warner to expand into a full network, they just created MTV.
 
2012-11-29 02:59:16 AM
Count me in on one of the 10,000

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