Monday, August 12, 2013

Songs By Los Angeles-Born Artists

Okay, so I heard this Beck song on the radio the other week, and I wanted to post the music video of it, but couldn't figure out how to incorporate it into a music post. (I'd already included a song by Beck in my "Mononymous Male Singers" post a few weeks back.) So I looked him up on Wikipedia and found out he was born in Los Angeles, and quickly decided that there was my angle. I would do a post of songs by artists born in the city of Los Angeles. It's a lame idea, I'll admit, but it did the trick. So here you have it, a song by Beck and 14 other people who were born in Los Angeles.  Enjoy!  ~  JH

1)  Beck  ~  "Where It's At"  (He's got two turntables and a microphone...)

2)  Belinda Carlisle  ~  "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"  (Actually, it isn't...but that doesn't mean the song's not good)

3)  Natalie Cole  ~  "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"  (I like her dad [Nat "King" Cole] a lot – I didn't know Natalie came out with this song)

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4)  David Crosby  ~  "Delta"  (Who needs Stills, Nash, or Young?)

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5)  Zooey Deschanel  ~  "Don't Look Back"  (Technically, the song is by She & Him, but the "She" is Zooey)

6)  Leif Garrett  ~  "When I Think Of You"  (Apparently, this fella was quite the heartthrob in his day...whatever)

7)  Josh Groban  ~  "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)"  (Is there any song this guy can't sing well?)

8)  Etta James  ~  "Something's Got A Hold On Me"  (She was a sassy somebody in her youth...and in her old age, actually)

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9)  Katharine McPhee  ~  "Say Goodbye"  (It's so hard to say goodbye, though...)

10)  Liza Minnelli  ~  "New York, New York"  (A native Angeleno singing a song about New York...makes perfect sense)

11)  Keb' Mo' ft. Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne  ~  "Just Like You"  (One of the most important songs I've heard in quite a while)

12)  Randy Newman  ~  "You've Got A Friend In Me"  (Anyone who's ever seen Toy Story once – or a thousand times – will recognize Newman's distinctive singing voice...and this song, too)

13)  Elliott Yamin  ~  "Wait For You"  (Good song – I'd sort of forgotten about this one, but I like it)

14)  Gwyneth Paltrow  ~  "Country Strong"  (Country strong, but Los Angeles-bred)

15)  Emily Osment  ~  "You Are The Only One"  (Pretty generic teen-pop-crap by the sister of that creepy kid from The Sixth Sense movie)

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