Favourite LISTS

Compiling lists about the greatest possible trivialities, I have always considered a pleasant pastime.Not only during happy hour – heated discussions guaranteed – but also in writing. Some examples. “Who were the 5 best soccer-players ever?” (1. Pele, 2. Maradona, 3. Cruyff, 4. George Best, 5. Ryan Giggs). For the number 5 position I had to do a lot of brainwork.  (Piet Keizer, Zinedine Zidane, Lyam Brady,  etc.). And the 5 greatest actresses in history? (1.Katherine Hepburn, 2. Elizabeth Taylor, 3. Romy Schneider, 4.Sofia Loren, 5. Catherine Deneuve). Or did I, accidentally, nominate the 5 most beautiful women in their heydays?  In any case: enough to talk about. Lists about music, in no time, bang fists on the table. These are some of mine.

Greatest songs (performers):
1. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)

2. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

3. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams, Johnny Cash)

4. Love Hurts (Everly Brothers)

5. Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis)

Most dreadful songs:

1. Cindarella Rockafella (Esther & Abi Ofarim)

2. Second Hand Rose (Barbra Streissand)

3. Music Was My First Love (John Miles)

4. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

5. This Melody (Julien Clerc)

Greatest albums:

1. A Man Must Carry On (Jerry Jeff Walker)

2. Red-Headed Stranger (Willie Nelson)

3. Blonde On Blonde (Bob Dylan)

4. Rock & Roll (John Lennon)

5. The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash)

Favourite (backup) band:

1. Jerry Douglas (dobro)

2. Jan Akkerman (gitaar)

3. Nick Lowe(bass)

4. Jim Keltner(drums)

5. Alison Kraus (fiddle), Flaco Jimenez (accordeon)
Well, top this! You can use the guestbook to respond.

Specs, January 2008.

P.S. ‘Another Evening Of Living Room Music’, my second theatre-concert in Volendam, is scheduled on Friday, April 11th, in The Jozef Theatre (see: agenda).