Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Morning Military Mashup

Yesterday was Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day elsewhere.  Quick, can you think of a rock star or musician who served in the military?  I could only come up with Jimi Hendrix, who was with the 101st Airborne Division in the early 60s, and Glenn Miller, whose plane went down over the English Channel during WW2, so I did some research and stumbled across a website called Milpages.  You can find their Top Ten list of musicians who've served here and I really can't add anything so the rest of this post is just a spam of my favorites.  Ready?

Grover Washington Jr. played sax in the US Army Band during the 60s.  In the early 80s he recorded what I think is the most romantic song ever, "Just the Two of Us," with the fabulous Bill Withers on vocals.

John Coltrane also played for the military but he did his stint in the Navy Band in 1945.  "Naima" appeared on 1960's Giant Steps. 

Elvis was drafted and served in Germany during the 50s.  Remember the "Elvis Train" episode of Happy Days?  Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber both tried to score but were unsuccessful.  Their lack of leather probably had something to do with it.

 Before this gets really long I'm going to end with some Hendrix.  Have a great day however you're spending it and thank a Veteran for your freedom.


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