Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP 101 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY THE
WHAT IS LIFE
This was a song first heard on Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' album before being issued as a single the following year. He penned the song and co-produced it with Phil Spector. The disc went Top 10 in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain, a cover by Olivia Newton-John in 1972 reached the Top 20.
The most beautiful of Orbison's recordings is the sad track "In Dreams". This operatic rock ballad is about a man living a blissful life with the woman he loves. Alas, the lyrics then reveal that this all a dream and that his beloved has left him. Orbison wrote the song which serves as the title track on his 1963 LP. "In Dreams" reached #1 in Australia and made the Top 10 in America, Britain and Canada.
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
This was the 2nd single lifted off the band's 1979 album 'Damn The Torpedoes'. Petty co-wrote "Refugee" with Mike Campbell. The former co-produced the cut with Jimmy Iovine. In 1980, the single reached #15 in America. It went Top 3 in Canada and New Zealand.
MY SWEET LORD
As the world came to grips with the prospect of life without The Beatles, Harrison's solo career was off to a flying start with the release of this classic rock staple. "My Sweet Lord". lifted off his 'All Things Must Pass' LP, marked his solo debut. It proved to be a massive success, topping the charts in America, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Dylan does not hold back as he recounts the injustice inflicted upon boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Dylan co-wrote the unique track with Jacques Levy. It was included on his 'Desire' album. The single peaked at #33 and reached #7 in Australia. More importantly, it raised awareness of the discrimination experienced by African-Americans in America. This was years before Rodney King and the 'Black Lives Matter' protests. Sadly, while Carter was released years later, inequality and racism still affects African Americans to this day.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing and in celebration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the 101 songs that matter most from the members of The Traveling Wilburys. As well as Harrison and Dylan, the group consisted of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The latter is mostly represented on the Top 101 as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra. Also included are songs that Harrison penned for The Beatles to record.
Each update will be added to the Traveling Wilburys playlist on Spotify.