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I saw Matt Dillon in black and white, there ain't no colour in memories
He rode his brother's Harley across the TV while I was laughing at Dom DeLuise...


--After The Fire by Roger Daltrey
Written by Pete Townshend. I only mention it because I like to think that Pete especially wrote this for song for his old bandmate and friend. I hope that it's true. I love this song, if sung by Roger or by Pete.
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“Style” by Taylor Swift. “You got that James Dean daydream look in your eyes”

“The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down”. “Virgil quick come see, there goes Robert E. Lee”
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Listening to Buck Owens;
Doo, doo, doo,
Lookin' out my back door.

CCR, I assume written by John Fogarty
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Kathleen Edwards - “I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory”

You’re cool cred like Fogerty
I’m Elvis Presley in the 70’s

You’re the Great One
I’m Marty McSorley
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Several from The Kinks' "Mr. Churchill Says"

Well Mr. Montgomery says
And Mr. Mountbatten says
We gotta fight the bloody battle to the very end
As Vera Lynn would say
We'll meet again someday
But all the sacrifices we must make before the end
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songfacts.com has a page about this topic: https://www.songfacts.com/category/s...-in-the-lyrics as well as songs that mention other bands, places, etc. Sorry if I spoiled anyone's fun.

These are the ones I knew about before checking the site:

Garden Party - Rick (Don't call me Ricky!) Nelson contained thinly veiled references to celebrities

Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air - Yoko Ono and John Lennon
'n' over in the corner, much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in dylan's shoes wearing his disguise - Bob Dylan

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped johnny b. goode - Chuck Berry

I said hello to "mary lou", she belongs to me - I'm sure this is reference to someone, not just his song
When i sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave


Creeque Alley - The Mamas and the Papas. Singers and bands of the time mentioned

John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy - Papa John Philips and pretty sure Joni MItchell

McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher - The Byrds Roger McGuinn and can't remember who McGuire is and where he's from\\

Sebastian and Zal formed the Spoonful - Loving Spoonful - John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky

Mugwumps, high jumps, low slumps, big bumps -The Mugwumps


Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Frank Zappa and the Mothers [of Invention]

Funky Claude was running in and out - Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival

But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside - Rolling Stones


We're An American Band

Up all night with Freddie King

Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act - Connie Hamzy, superstar groupie best known for her 1995 tell all book: Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of "Sweet Connie" from Little Rock


Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard

Now Muscle Shoals has got the swampers - Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. A few members are fairly well know in the industry, but the had a number of player changes over the years

In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo hoo ooo - Indirect references to Governor George Wallace and President Richard Nixon
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

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David Bowie apparently feels tragic just like Marlon Brando when he looks at his China Girl.
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Garden Party - Rick (Don't call me Ricky!) Nelson contained thinly veiled references to celebrities

Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air - Yoko Ono and John Lennon
'n' over in the corner, much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in dylan's shoes wearing his disguise - Bob Dylan

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped johnny b. goode - Chuck Berry

I said hello to "mary lou", she belongs to me - I'm sure this is reference to someone, not just his song
When i sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave
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Are you sure it wasn't about George Harrison? I remember having read sometime ago that it was a reference to George, who of course at the time of the concert this song was about had a big thing going with Dylan.
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Are you sure it wasn't about George Harrison? I remember having read sometime ago that it was a reference to George, who of course at the time of the concert this song was about had a big thing going with Dylan.
The Wiki article states it's Harrison:

"One more reference in the lyrics pertains to a particularly mysterious and legendary audience member: "Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes, wearing his disguise". The Mr. Hughes in question was ex-Beatle George Harrison, who was a next-door neighbor and good friend of Nelson's. Harrison used "Hughes" as his traveling alias, and "hid in Dylan's shoes" most likely refers to an album of Bob Dylan covers that Harrison was planning but never recorded. "Wearing his disguise" also suggests that Harrison traveled incognito."
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden...k_Nelson_song)

But I've also read, just recently, but can't find the page again, that this was a reference to Dylan going electric to try to gain a larger audience. However, since there are far more cites that it was Harrison, I'll accept that as a correction to my post. TY!
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McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher - The Byrds Roger McGuinn and can't remember who McGuire is and where he's from\\
Likely Barry McGuire, best known for his song "Eve of Destruction."
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:33 PM
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More Bob Dylan

"From a Buick 6":
She walks like Bo Diddley and she don't need no crutch

"Outlaw Blues":
Ain't gonna hang no picture, ain't gonna hang no frame
Well I might look like Robert Ford, but I feel just like Jesse James

"As I Went Out One Morning":
Just then Tom Paine himself came running from across the field

"Black Diamond Bay":
I was sitting home alone one night
In L.A. watching old Cronkite
On the seven o'clock news

"Black Diamond Bay"
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Cowboy Junkies - Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning (John Coltrane)

Lunchtime. I start to dial your number
then I remember so I reach for something to smoke
and anyways I'd rather listen to Coltrane
than go through all that shit again


Paul Simon - Take Me To the Mardi Gras (Jelly Roll Morton)

Take your burdens to the Mardi Gras
Let the music wash your soul
You can mingle in the street
You can jingle to the beat
Of Jelly Roll


Paul Simon - That Was Your Mother (Clifton Chenier)

Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
State of Louisiana
Wondering what a city boy could do
To get her in a conversation
Drink a little red wine
Dance to the music of Clifton Chenier
The King of the Bayou


Tom Petty - Runnin' Down a Dream (Del Shannon)


It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'
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Coincidentally, I'm listening to Pink Floyd today.

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
I wouldn't call that "in passing". The song is specifically about her. It's called "Vera". Three of the four lines either mention her by name or use a pronoun that refers to her.
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It is actually Brenda Lee.
Yep. My error.
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“It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me”, Billy Joel

How about a pair of pink sidewinders
And a bright orange pair of pants?
Well, you could really be a Beau Brummel, baby
If you just give it half a chance
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R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60's Rock) by John Mellencamp

There was Frankie Lyman-Bobby Fuller-Mitch Ryder
(They were Rockin')
Jackie Wilson-Shangra-las-Young Rascals
(They were Rockin')
Spotlight on Martha Reeves
Let's don't forget James Brown
Rockin' in the U.S.A.
Rockin' in the U.S.A.
Hey!
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Since R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. was already mentioned, here are a few more from John Mellencamp.

Ain't Even Done with the Night - You got your hands in my back pockets, and Sam Cooke's singing on the radio

Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) - This loud Cuban band is crucifying John Lennon

Eden Is Burning - Diane and Jack went to the movies, they went to see Richard Pryor

Peaceful World - Racism lives in the U.S. today, better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
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Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' debut LP "Rattlesnakes"
is full of such name-checks...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...zLdV3DaVgTJ314

... because it's an aspiring intellectual's wry commentary on all the other aspiring intellectuals around him.

"Four Flights Up"
"You can drive them back to town in a beat-up Grace Kelly car/
Looking like a friend of Truman Capote, looking exactly like you are"

"Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?"
"Looking like a born again/Living like a heretic/
Listening to Arthur Lee records"
"Read Norman Mailer/Or get a new tailor."

"Rattlesnakes"
"She looks like Eve Marie Saint/In 'On the Waterfront'"
"As she reads Simone de Beauvoir/In her American circumstance."

"Perfect Skin"
"At the age of ten/She looked like Greta Garbo/
And I loved her then/but how was she to know"
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"Let 'Em In" - Wings

Sister Suzy (Linda McCartney)
Martin Luther (John Lennon)
Phil and Don (Everly)
Uncle Ernie (Either Keith Moon or Ringo - I've heard it both ways)
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Country music fan weighing in:

"I Feel Lucky" Mary Chapin Carpenter
"Dwight Yoakam's in the corner trying to catch my eye
Lyle Lovett's right beside me with his hand upon my thigh"

"Here I Am" Lyle Lovett
"If Ford is to Chevrolet
What Dodge is to Chrysler
What Corn Flakes are to Post Toasties
What the clear blue sky is to the deep blue sea
What Hank Williams is to Neil Armstrong
Can you doubt we were made for each other?"

"If I Had a Boat" Lyle Lovett
"If I were Roy Rogers
I'd sure enough be single
I couldn't bring myself to marrying an old Dale
Well, it'd just be me and Trigger
We'd go riding through them movies
Then we'd buy a boat and on the sea we'd sail

Alan Jackson "Gone Country"
"Some of these folks don't sound much different than Dylan."

Alan Jackson "Don't Rock the Jukebox"
"Don't rock the jukebox, I wanna hear George Jones
My heart ain't ready for the Rolling Stones"

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"You Get What You Give" New Radicals

"Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we'll kick your asses!"

Told THEM, huh?

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Horatio Hellpop's post reminded me of one:

Dixie Chicks, "Long Time Gone"

Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard
They've got money but they don't have Cash
They got Junior but they don't have Hank
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A snippet from Detention's Dead Rock n'Rollers"


Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin

And Keith Moon and Elvis Presley

Are dead, dead, dead

Pulled the plug on themselves

Dead rock n rollers they were outta-conrtollers

Played the drug game but they couldn't maintain

And now they're dead, dead, dead

Offed themselves for the big buzz

Jimmy Morrison and Sid Vicious

And John Belushi and John Bonham

Were weak, weak, weak

Couldn't take it at the peak

Dead rock n rollers they were outta-controllers

I guess they felt lame so they snuffed their brains

And now they're dead, dead, dead

Why couldn't it be Barry Manilow?

I mean I was never crazy about John Lennon

But at least he didn't drown to death in his own puke

And what about you, Jim Carroll?

All your friends have

What are you waiting for?

Do it!



Some fine lads from Wisconsin known as Killdozer, and this is a section from their tribute to Irwin Allen in
Man vs Nature

On the television, a ship was sinking
It seemed so real, but it was just a movie
Made by Irwin Allen (my, what a relief)
And on this ship was Ernest Borgnine
Brave in the face of certain death
He played a cop on a pleasure cruise
Along with his wife, an ex-prostitute
Shelley Winters, she was on the ship
She was good, too- but she died
As did Gene Hackman, a preacher
Who gave his life so that others could live
He died shouting "how many more lives?!"
On the screen, the city crumbled
So realistic, but but yet another film
By the master of realism, mr. Irwin Allen
No less a man than Lorne Green, and mr. George Kennedy
Risked their lives to save the lives of strangers
Their selflessness was moving
Chuck Heston was in the movie too- but he was just a ham
On the tv, a building in flames
It was "Towering Inferno" by Irwin Allen
O.J. Simpson led the cast
In a man-against-nature fight-for-survival



Monty Python tip their hats to Kant, Heidegger, Hume, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Schlegel, Nietzcshe, Mill, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, and Socrates in Bruce's Song


There's the stupid git Sir Walter Raleigh in The Beatles' "I'm So Tired" and Chairman Mao in "Revolution"; Edgar Allen Poe and Semolina Pilchard in "I Am the Walrus"*.

*The Egg Man is Eric Burdon, who apparently had a thing for covering groupies in raw eggs.
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Tom Paxton's "I Lost My Heat on a 747":

There in the middle of a spicy movie
Starring Natalie Wood.
We made our vows together.
Cutting our steaks the best we could.
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More Bob Dylan
"Desolation Row":

Einstein disguised as Robin Hood...
Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot fighting in the captain's tower...

"Only a Pawn in Their Game":
A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood

"Billy"
They say Pat Garret's got your number

"Jokerman"
Michelangelo himself could've carved out your features

"High Water (for Charley Patton)":
Big Joe Turner lookin' east and west...
Well, George Lewis* told the Englishman, the Italian, and the Jew...
They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5...

*There're lots of George Lewises; which one is this? I'm guessing the New Orleans clarinetist. Or maybe the actor who played Don Alejandro de la Vega on Zorro.
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I remember bein' buck-toothed and skinny Writin' fan letters to Sky's niece Penny Oh I wish I had a


Pencil Thin Mustache by Jimmy Buffett

"I wish I had a pencil thin mustache
The 'Boston Blackie' kind
A two-toned Ricky Ricardo jacket
And an autographed picture of Andy Devine
I remember bein' buck-toothed and skinny
Writin' fan letters to Sky's niece Penny
Oh I wish I had a pencil thin mustache
Then I could solve some mysteries too"
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Kim Carnes in Bette Davis Eyes:
She got Greta Garbo's standoff sighs, she's got Bette Davis eyes

Jona Louie, Stop the Cavalry:
Hey, Mr. Churchill comes over here
To say we're doing splendidly
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Sweet Home Alabama:
I hope Neil Young will remember,
Southern Man don't need him around anyhow.
That's not in passing, given the story behind the song.




La puerta de Alcalá, Ana Belén:

...una mañana llegó
Carlos III, con aire insigne
se quitó el sombrero...


...one morning Carlos III arrived
and with a grand gesture
doffed his hat...

La puerta de Alcalá, the Alcalá gate, is the monument which marks what used to be the road between Madrid and Alcalá de Henares. Replacing an older gate, it was built by Carlos III to celebrate his arrival to Madrid to be crowned king of Spain (well, of Castille and Navarre, his daddy having been legally unable to unify both into a single realm ); he'd previously been king of Two Sicilies. A 16th-century foundation*, Madrid never had walls but only gates marking the main roads.


* There's people who claim there was all sorts of townships there before Felipe II chose a tiny village as the placement point for his new capital. Proof is thin on the ground, being polite.
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Neil Sedaka, Betty Grable:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AQNKUZkMPo
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That Don't Impress Me Much - Shania Twain
So, you're Brad Pitt
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:29 AM
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Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" mentions Picasso and Bob Dylan:

If I knew Picasso
I would buy myself a gray guitar and play


I wanna be Bob Dylan
Mr Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
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Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole
Not in New York


- Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
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Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song:

'I asked Hank Williams "how lonely does it get?"
Hank Williams hasn't answered, yet.'

And speaking of Leonard Cohen...

Skyhooks, Ego is Not a Dirty Word:

'Some people keep their egos in a bottom drawer
A fridge full of Leonard Cohen'

(They also mention Jesus and Nixon in an earlier verse.)
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Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song:

'I asked Hank Williams "how lonely does it get?"
Hank Williams hasn't answered, yet.'

And speaking of Leonard Cohen...

Skyhooks, Ego is Not a Dirty Word:

'Some people keep their egos in a bottom drawer
A fridge full of Leonard Cohen'

(They also mention Jesus and Nixon in an earlier verse.)
Also Nirvana, Pennyroyal Tea:

Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally

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Elvis is mentioned in Man on the Moon (R.E.M.)

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby?
Hey, baby, are we losing touch?
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Tom Paxton's Phil talks about the newspaper reporters who called him after Phil Och's committed suicide "They asked about Dylan, about McDougall Sreet and Third."
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Not in New York


- Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
If THAT counts as "in passing" then we can talk about The Damned having a go at Television's Richard Lloyd, Fred Smith, and Billy Ficca in Idiot Box.
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Marc Cohn "Perfect Love"

Well, they worked one summer together at the '64 World's Fair.
They met Robert Kennedy there.

Collin Raye "My Kind of Girl"

I said how 'bout some music, you said, you got any Merle? [Haggard]

You quoted William Faulkner and Martin Luther King
You said your favorite movie star would always be James Dean

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Elvis is mentioned in Man on the Moon (R.E.M.)

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby?
Hey, baby, are we losing touch?
Andy Kaufman is also mentioned.
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More Bob Dylan
"Desolation Row":

Einstein disguised as Robin Hood...
Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot fighting in the captain's tower...

"Only a Pawn in Their Game":
A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood

"Billy"
They say Pat Garret's got your number

"Jokerman"
Michelangelo himself could've carved out your features

"High Water (for Charley Patton)":
Big Joe Turner lookin' east and west...
Well, George Lewis* told the Englishman, the Italian, and the Jew...
They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5...

*There're lots of George Lewises; which one is this? I'm guessing the New Orleans clarinetist. Or maybe the actor who played Don Alejandro de la Vega on Zorro.
We could go on and on with this:

Tombstone Blues

The sweet pretty things are in bed now, of course
The city fathers, they're trying to endorse
The reincarnation of Paul Revere's horse
But the town has no need to be nervous

The ghost of Belle Starr, she hands down her wits
To Jezebel the nun, she violently knits
A bald wig for Jack the Ripper, who sits
At the head of the Chamber of Commerce


[...]

Well, John the Baptist, after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero, the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, "Tell me, great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?"


[...]

The geometry of innocence, flesh on the bone
Causes Galileo's math book to get thrown


[...]

Then send out for some pillars and Cecil B. DeMille

[...]

Where Ma Rainey and Beethoven once unwrapped their bedroll
Tuba players now rehearse around the flagpole
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Bonzo Dog Band, "11 Mustachioed Daughters"
(Spoken) "I don't remember so good, but I think John Wayne was in it."

Statler Brothers, "Counting Flowers on the Wall"
"Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo."
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Wrapped Around Your Finger, The Police

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I know what you're up to just the same
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Is Mephistopheles a real person?
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Many many examples from The Hold Steady. Here are a few from 1st 3 albums

Swish - "There was this chick she looked like Patty Smyth.
She seemed seemed shaky but nice." "She said my name is Steve Perry but people call me Circuit City.
I'm so well connected. my UPC is dialed into the system.
She said my name's Neal Schon but some people call me Nina Simone.
Some people call me Andre Cymone."

Most people are DJs - "With some guy who looks like Rocco Siffredi.
And I've heard he's been dead once already."

Knuckles - "I've been trying to get people to call me Freddy Knuckles.
People keep calling me Right Said Fred." "I've been trying to get people to call me Freddie Mercury.
People keep calling me drop dead Fred." "I've been trying to get people to call me Johnny Rotten
People keep calling me Freddy Fresh."

Stevie Nix - "She said you remind me of Rod Stewart when he was young
You've got passion and you think that you're sexy
And all the punks think that you're dumb"

Stuck between stations - "The Devil and John Berryman, they took a walk together
And they ended up on Washington talking to the river"

Chill out tent - "He quoted her some poetry, he's Tennyson in denim and sheepskin.
He looked a lot like Izzy Stradlin."
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"The Day Before You Came" - ABBA

I must have read awhile, the latest one by Marilyn French or something in that style

Synthpop band Blancmange covered the track two years after ABBA and changed Marilyn French to Barbara Cartland
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Alexa was playing 80s music last night and since I am now listening for famous people in songs...
There is a song I don't think I have heard before called The Message by Grandmaster Flash that mentions Sugar Ray (the boxer) and Pretty Boy Floyd.
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"Let 'Em In" - Wings

Sister Suzy (Linda McCartney)
Martin Luther (John Lennon)
Phil and Don (Everly)
Uncle Ernie (Either Keith Moon or Ringo - I've heard it both ways)
And of course, the Martin Luther (16th century religious figure and founder of Lutherism) reference stands on it's own.

Another McCartney even puts a character in the title: Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey

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Admiral Halsey notified me
He had to have a berth or he couldn't get to sea
Another song with the person in the title: James Dean by the Eagles:

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James Dean, James Dean
I know just what you mean
James Dean, you said it all so clean
And I know my life would look allright
If I could see it on the silver screen
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Ohio (Come Back to Texas) by Bowling for Soup mentions Drew Carey, Troy Atkinson, Willie Nelson and the Bush twins.
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Stephen Bishop's On and On:


Put on Sinatra and start to cry
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...Another McCartney even puts a character in the title: Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey

Another song with the person in the title: James Dean by the Eagles:

The OP specifically asks for mentions of famous people in passing. In both of these examples the famous person is in the gol-danged title.


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