Willie Nelson Tune Lands On List Of Most Unusual Funeral Songs

Brody Vercher | July 3rd, 2008

  • Centennial Park, the largest provider of cemetery, crematorium, and memorial services in South Australia just released its top ten lists for the most popular and most unusual funeral songs and Willie Nelson rests at No. 8 on the “Most Unusual” list for the Percy Mayfield penned tune, “Hit the Road Jack” (although I can’t seem to find the Willie version anywhere).

    In discussing the unusual song list, Centennial Park CEO Bryan Elliot notes that the recent trend in funeral music is to choose musical selections that are less traditional and more personal in order to tailor the service to match the individuality of the recently deceased. For those wondering how guests and family members accept the appearance of a classic rock song at a somber ceremony, Elliot states that, “Some of the more unusual songs we hear actually work very well within the service, because they represent the person’s character.”

    I wonder if we’d see more country music make the list if an American-based funeral provider followed Centennial’s cue.

  • The current cover story for Nashville Scene dives into Ringo Starr‘s 1970 country music album Beaucoups of Blues, describing in detail the recording sessions and events leading up to the album; Starr’s second solo effort. Charlie Daniels played guitar for the session and credits the album for helping legitimize country music in the rock world.
  • The fans at Country Fest 2008 in Cadott, Wis. were wooed by Blake Shelton with a special poem commemorating his festival experience.
  • On the verge of breaking into the top ten for the first time, Miranda Lambert is enjoying her steady rise as a country star.

    “I really was trying to build a strong foundation for myself. This is all I want to do. I really didn’t care if I had one of those shoot-up-to-No. 1 singles,” she says. “It really gives me a place to grow to and also validates me as an artist.

    “I feel like I can breathe a little bit now. People are finally saying, ‘OK, we understand what you do, and we accept it and we lift it up.’ I think it just gives me the freedom to be who I am.”

    She’s currently writing material for her next album, which she plans to have ready for an early 2009 release.

  • Country Universe wants to know what country albums from the past 25 years you consider essential.
  • Todd Snider refers to himself as a peace queer, which coincidentally is the title of his next album. He explains what it’s all about:

    “In six sentences, the record goes like this: Here’s the kid being told everything’s going to be great. Here’s the reality of that. Here’s that kid when he comes home a sad and banged-up and angry ‘winner.’ Here’s the breakdown of why I think that’s happening. Here’s the guy in our culture that I think is causing that to happen, and it’s not a president. And then here’s what I think is going to happen to that guy. And then we roll credits.”

  • Ninebullets.net scored a studio cut from Chris Knight‘s upcoming Heart of Stone album, along with a few demo cuts from tracks that will be on the same album. Good stuff.

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  1. [...] Links for 7.4.08: Top funeral songs, Bozo’s demise, SpiralFrog’s leap… Posted in daily links, entertainment, links, music by Josh Kimball on July 3rd, 2008 *Read: The Top 10 Most Popular Funeral Songs and the Top 10 Most Unusual Funeral Songs. Unusuals include: “Highway to Hell” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” [the 9513] [...]
  1. Kelly
    July 3, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I love Todd Snider…does that make me a Todd Queer, or just Queer, either way, i’ll take it??

  2. Brad
    July 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Can’t wait for the new Chris Knight album, along with the Bruce Robison album coming out next month.

  3. Kelly
    July 3, 2008 at 11:11 am

    …along with the new Micky and the Motorcars new album also!!

  4. Hollerin' Ben
    July 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I live under the illusion that one day I will write a long article that places Todd Snider firmly in the country music songwriting tradition and exalts him as an archetype for the next generation of country songwriters to aspire to.

  5. Kelly
    July 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    “Watch what you say to someone with nothing, it’s almost like having it all”

    -Todd Snider “Looking for a Job”

    Ben, that would be a high aspiration indeed.

  6. Sam G.
    July 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Didn’t know there was going to be so many promising releases coming up in the next few months. Time to stock up on Ramen noodles to I can afford to buy them all.

    The list of unusual funeral songs is great, and kudos to whoever picks “Highway to Hell” as a song choice. My funeral’s soundtrack will definitely have Shaver’s “Live Forever” and Steve Goodman’s “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” in it.

  7. Mike Wimmer
    July 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    New Todd Snider and Chris Knight music…..I cannot wait.

  8. Rick
    July 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for posting the link to that wonderful article about Ringo Starr’s Nashville album, which I must admit I never heard of prior to today. I really liked The Beatles albums I purchased as a kid back in the 1960’s and when they broke up I didn’t pay attention to any of the former members as I figured their solo efforts could in no way measure up. If I ever come across a cheap used copy of Ringo’s CD I might just purchase it out of curiosity…..

  9. Dylan Gramm
    July 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    BOB is a great record, one of Starkey’s best solo efforts (along with RINGO and CHOOSE LOVE). The ex-Beatles’ solo catalogues are a mixed bag, but have some real killers in there: ALL THINGS MUST PASS, BAND ON THE RUN, WALLS AND BRIDGES, MEMORY ALMOST FULL, IMAGINE, PLASTIC ONO BAND, 33 1/3.

  10. Patrick
    November 21, 2009 at 9:00 am

    on http://www.yourlastmusic.com you can decide which music will be played at your funeral

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