Saturday, November 3, 2007

USA STATES & CITIES SONGS


Songs referring to USA states & some of their main or known cities
(except New York City & New Orleans)

ALABAMA (see: Birmingham, Selma, Tuscaloosa)

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)-
BERTOLD BRECHT & KURT WEILL (1927), DAVID BOWIE (1980)
Birmingham-RANDY NEWMAN (1974 / Tuscaloosa)
Black Betty-LEAD BELLY (1939), RAM JAM (1977 / Birmingham)
Boulder To Birmingham-EMMYLOU HARRIS (1975)
Deacon Blues-STEELY DAN
(1978 / they call Alabama the Crimson Tide)
Eve Of Destruction-BARRY McGUIRE (1965 / Selma, Alabama)
Jacob’s Ladder-HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS (1987 / Birmingham)
Run Baby Run-SHERYL CROW (1993 / And her daddy marched on Birmingham)
Sweet Home Alabama-LYNYRD SKYNYRD (1974 / also: Birmingham)


ALASKA (see: Anchorage)

Anchorage-MICHELLE SHOCKED (1988)
North To Alaska-JOHNNY HORTON (1960)


ARIZONA (see: Phoenix, Tucson, Winslow)

Arizona Sky-CHINA CRISIS (1986 / various)
By The Time I Get To Phoenix-GLEN CAMPBELL (1967),
ISAAC HAYES (1969)
Get Back-BEATLES (1969 / Tucson, Arizona)
Route 66-NAT KING COLE, ROLLING STONES (1964),
DEPECHE MODE (1987)
Take It Easy-EAGLES (1972 / Winslow)
Under African Skies-PAUL SIMON (1986 / Tucson, Arizona)
Vienna Calling-FALCO (1986 / Tucson & also Rio, Tokio, Toronto)
Wild Horses-GINO VANNELLI (1987)


ARKANSAS

What’d I Say-RAY CHARLES (1959), JERRY LEE LEWIS (1961)


CALIFORNIA - THE STATE

Anywhere But Here-K. D. LANG (1999)
California-BELINDA CARLISLE (1996 / see also: LA)
California Dreamin'-MAMAS & PAPAS (1966)
California Girls-BEACH BOYS (1965), DAVID LEE ROTH (1985)
Going Back To Cali-L.L. COOL J (1988)
It Never Rains In Southern California-ALBERT HAMMOND (1972)

CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES
(Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica)

All I Wanna Do-SHERYL CROW (1994 / LA, Santa Monica Blvrd)
All That Jazz-BREATHE (1988 / all that Hollywood jazz)
Beach Baby-FIRST CLASS (1974 / Do you remember back in old LA... see: San Jose)
Beverly Hills-WEEZER (2005)
Do You Know The Way To San Jose-DIONNE WARWICK (1968),
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (1984)
Drinking In LA-BRAN VAN 3000 (1999)
Girls Girls Girls-SAILOR (1976)
Hollywood Swinging-KOOL & THE GANG (1974)
I Get Off On It-TONY JOE WHITE
(1980 / there was a pretty thing in Los Angeles)
Into The Great White Open-TOM PETTY (Hollywood)
Let’s Go Crazy-PRINCE (1984 / Beverly Hills)
Love Power-DIONNE WARWICK & JEFFREY OSBORNE (1987 / L.A.)
Lullaby-SHAWN MULLINS (1998 / Hollywood Hills)
McArthur Park-RICHARD HARRIS (1968), DONNA SUMMER (1978/ M.P. is located on the west side of Wilshire Blvrd between downtown L.A. & Santa Monica)
Me & You & A Dog Named Boo-LOBO (1971)
Midnight Train To Georgia-GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (1973 / L.A.)
On My Way In L.A.-PHIL CARMEN (1985)
Somewhere In My Heart-AZTEC CAMERA (from Westwood to Hollywood)
Spill The Wine-ERIC BURDON & WAR (1970 /
/ I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie)
Under The Bridge-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (1991 / City of Angels)
Vehicle-THE IDES OF MARCH (1970 / Hollywood)

CALIFORNIA - SAN FRANCISCO

And A Bang On The Ear-THE WATERBOYS (1988 / Krista was a rover from Canada she hailed, we crossed swords in San Francisco we both lived to tell the tale)
Babylon Sisters-STEELY DAN (1980 / San Francisco show and tell)
Blame It On The Boogie-JACKSONS (1978 / we spend the night in Frisco)
The Cisco Kid-WAR (1973)
Have A Nice Day-STEREOPHONICS (2001 / San Francisco)
Hey Jack Kerouac-10.000 MANIACS (1987)
I Am Alive-SAPHIR (1985 / In a bar in San Francisco)
I Left My Heart In San Francisco-TONY BENNETT (1962)
Kid Charlemagne-STEELY DAN (1976 / those San Francisco nights)
The Miracle-QUEEN (1989 / Golden Gate)
San Franciscan Nights-ERIC BURDON (1967)
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)-SCOTT McKENZIE (1967)
San Francisco (You’ve Got Me)-VILLAGE PEOPLE (1977)
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay-OTIS REDDING (1968 / Frisco Bay, Georgia)
Put The Blame On Mame-RITA HAYWORTH
(1946 / earthquake in San Francisco - also see: Chicago)

CALIFORNIA - OTHER CITIES
(Pasadena, El Segundo, Monterey, Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Catalina)

Do You Know The Way To San Jose-DIONNE WARWICK (1968), FGTH (1984)
I Got 5 On It-LUNIZ (LP Operation Stackola, 1995 / Oakland)
I Left My Wallet In El Segundo-A TRIBE CALLED QUEST (1990)
Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)-JAN & DEAN (1964)
Me & My Monkey-ROBBIE WILLIAMS (2002 / El Segundo)
Monterey-THE ANIMALS (1967)
Pasadena-TEMPERANCE SEVEN (1961)
Route 66-NAT KING COLE, ROLLING STONES (1964), DEPECHE MODE (1987)
(Barstow, San Bernadino)
Sacramento-MIDDLE OF THE ROAD (1972)
Sausalito Summernight-DIESEL (1981)
26 Miles (Santa Catalina)-FOUR PREPS (1958)


CAROLINA

Carolina In My Mind-JAMES TAYLOR (1968 / see North Carolina)


CONNECTICUT (Woodstock)

Woodstock-JONI MITCHEL (1970), MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT (1971)


FLORIDA (Daytona Beach, Key Largo, Miami)

Daytona Demon-SUSI QUATRO (1973)
Goin’ Back To Miami-BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
Key Largo-BERTIE HIGGINS (1982)
Language Is A Virus-LAURIE ANDERSON
(1986 / I had to sell the car and go to Florida)
Miami-BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND (1986)
Miami-WILL SMITH (1998)
Stool Pigeon-KID CREOLE (1982 /a condo down in Miami)
Tokyo Joe-BERTIE HIGGINS (1983 / from the Orient to Tampa Bay you know is half a world away)
Walk On The Wild Side-LOU REED
(1973 / Holly came from Miami FLA)


GEORGIA (Atlanta, Doraville, Macon)

Atlanta Lady-MARTY BALIN (1981)
Love Shack-B-52s (1989 / Atlanta)
The Devil Went Down To Georgia-THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND (1979)
Doraville-ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION (1974)
Georgia On My Mind-RAY CHARLES (1960)
Guitar Man-ELVIS (1967 & 1981 / Macon)
Midnight Train To Georgia-GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (1976)
Rainy Night In Georgia-RANDY CRAWFORD (1981)
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay-OTIS REDDING (1968 / I left my home in Georgia)


HAWAII
(Honolulu, Pearl Harbour: bombed 7/12/1941, 7:55, Hawaiian time by Japan)

Agadoo-BLACK LACE (1984 / I met a hula mistress somewhere in Waikiki)
California Girls-BEACH BOYS (1965), DAVID LEE ROTH (1985)
(I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls)
Hawaii Five-0-THE VENTURES (1969)
Honolulu Lulu-JAN & DEAN (1963)
Faron Young-PREFAB SPROUT (like stumbling on Pearl Harbour)
Rosa Auf Hawai-COSA ROSA (1983)


IDAHO (Boise)

Modern Times-LATIN QUARTER (1985 / as he tracked him down to Tonsel Town For Boise, Idaho)
Private Idaho-B 52's (1979)
Rain Of Crystal Spires-THE FELT (1986 / A desert town to the west of Idaho)


ILLINOIS (Chicago)

Bad Bad Leroy Brown-JIM CROCE (1973 / Chicago)
Chicago-FRANK SINATRA (1957 )
Chicago-GRAHAM NASH (1971)
Cruel-PREFAB SPROUT (1984 / there’s no Chicago urban blues)
Everybody Needs Somebody-BLUES BROTHERS (1980 / Illinois)
Long Train Runnin’-DOOBIE BROS (1973 / Illinois Central)
Lookin’ Out My Back Door-C.C.R. (1970)
Ma Baker-BONEY M. (1977 / Chicago)
In the Ghetto-ELVIS (1969), NICK CAVE (1984 / Chicago)
The Night Chicago Died-PAPER LACE (1974)
Smooth Operator-SADE (1984 / Chicago - also: Key Largo)
Someday We’ll Know-NEW RADICALS (1998 / Chicago)
Soul Shadows-THE CRUSADERS WITH BILL WITHERS
(1980 / Chicago - also see: San Francisco)
Story Of The Blues-GARY MOORE (1992 / she came from Chicago)
Sweet Home Chicago-BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
You Were The Last High-DANDY WARHOLS, THE (2003 / It was Chicago for a moment, And then it was Paris and London for a few days)


INDIANA (Kokomo)

Dani California-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (2006)
Indiana-FREDDY CANNON (1960)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance-TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (1993)
Somewhere Down The Crazy River-ROBBIE ROBERTSON (1988 / Kokomo)


KANSAS (Wichita)

Pandora's Box-OMD (1991 / Born in Kansas on an ordinary plain > the song refers to silent movie star actress Louise Brooks born in Cherryvale, Kansas)
Seven Nation Army-WHITE STRIPES (2003 / I'm going to Witchita)
Wichita Lineman-GLEN CAMPBELL (1968)
Woman Of The Rings-ERIC BURDON
(1977 / spirit woman from Kansas)


KENTUCKY (Fort Knox: US Gold Bullion Depository)

High Energy-EVELYN THOMAS (1984 / all the gold that’s in Fort Knox)
The Kentuckian Song-THE HILLTOPPERS (1955)
Kentucky Rain-ELVIS (1970)
Kentucky Woman-NEIL DIAMOND (1967), DEEP PURPLE (1968)
Moonshine-ROGER WHITTAKER
(1975 / moonshine flows like water in Kentucky mountain land)


LOUISIANA (Baton Rouge)

Baton Rouge-LOU REED (2000)
Cajun Moon-J.J. CALE (1974)
The Nightfly-DON FAGEN (1982 / Baton Rouge)
Polk Salad Annie-TONY JOE WHITE (1969 / Louisiana)


MAINE (Bangor)

King Of The Road-ROGER MILLER (1965 / Bangor)


MARYLAND (Baltimore)

Baltimore-NINA SIMONE (1978)
From Baltimore to Paris-GO WEST (1987)
Hungry Heart-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1980 / Baltimore)
Moonlight Feels Right-STARBUCK (1976 / Baltimore)


MASSACHUSETTES (Boston)

Hey Nineteen-STEELY DAN (1980 / Boston)
Massachusetts-BEE GEES (1967)
Roadrunner-JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS
(1973 & 1977 / I’m in love with Massachusetts)


MICHIGAN (Detroit: The Motor City)

All Summer Long-KID ROCK (2007 / It was summertime in Northern Michigan)
Detroit City-TOM JONES (1967)
Hello Detroit-SAMMY DAVIS Jr. (1984)
Street Dance-BREAK MACHINE (1983 / Detroit & also New York city, L.A.)
Tribute [Right on]-THE PASADENAS
(1988 / they laid a foundation Lord and made Detroit something new)


MINNESOTA (St. Paul)

Most Of All-B.J. THOMAS
(1971 / I’m at the railroad station in St. Paul... Montreal)


MISSISSIPPI (Tunica, Tupelo)

Tunica Motel-TONY JOE WHITE (1991)
Tupelo-JOHN LEE HOOKER, NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (1985)
U.S. Male-JERRY REED, ELVIS (1968 / Mississippi)


NEBRASKA (Hazard, Omaha)

Hazard-RICHARD MARX (1992)
Turn The Page-BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND (1973 / East Of Omaha)
We’re An American Band-GRAND FUNK RAILROAD (1973 / Omaha)


NEVADA (Las Vegas, Reno)

All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)-R.E.M. (2001)
Do It Again-STEELY DAN (1975 / Vegas)
Eyes Without A Face-BILLY IDOL (1984)
Gatecrashing-LIVING IN A BOX
(1989 / showbiz glamour it ain’t Las Vegas)
King Midas-ARMY OF LOVERS (1996)
Las Vegas-TONY CHRISTIE (1971)
Man From Reno-GORAN BREGOVIC featuring SCOTT WALKER (1993)
Money Money Money-ABBA (1976)
Viva Las Vegas-ELVIS (1964), ZZ TOP (1992)


NEW JERSEY (Hackensack: birthplace of Debbie Boone, Paterson)

Daddy Don’t Live...-STEELY DAN (1975 / Hackensack)
Hurricane-BOB DYLAN (1976 / in Paterson that’s just the way things go)
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s song) -BILLY JOEL
(1977 / who needs a house out in Hackensack)
My Eyes Adored You-FRANKIE VALLI (1975 / walkin' home every day over Barnegat Bridge and Bay)
Palisades Park-FREDDY CANNON (1962)


NEW MEXICO (Albuquerque, Santa Fe)

King Of Rock’n’roll-PREFAB SPROUT (1988 / Albuquerque)
First Day Of Summer-TONY CAREY (1984 / Santa Fe)


OHIO (Cincinnati, Toledo)

Lights Of Cincinatti-SCOTT WALKER (1969)
My City Was Gone-PRETENDERS
(flip on Back on the chain gang / 1982, on LP Learning to crawl)
Ohio-CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG (1970)
Toledo-BURT BACHARACH feat. ELVIS COSTELLO (1999)


OKLAHOMA (Tulsa)

Never Been To Spain-THREE DOG NIGHT (1972)
Press-PAUL MacCARTNEY (1986 / Oklahoma was never like this)
24 Hours From Tulsa-GENE PITNEY (1963)


PENNSYLVANIA
(Allentown, Bethlehem, Bristol, Nazareth, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)

Allentown-BILLY JOEL (1982 / out in Bethlehem they’re killing time)
Bristol Stomp-THE DOVELLS (1961)
I Can Hear Your Heartbeat-CHRIS REA (1983 / Pittsburgh)
Philadelphia Freedom-ELTON JOHN (1975)
Streets Of Philadelphia-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1994)
Summertime-DJ JAZZY JEFF & FRESH PRINCE (1994 / Philly)
The Weight-THE BAND (1968 / Nazareth)


SOUTH CAROLINA

Darlington County-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1984)


TENNESSEE (Chattanooga, Clarksville, Memphis, Nashville, Nutbush)

Alphabet St.-PRINCE (1988 / drive her to Tennessee)
Black Velvet-ALLANAH MYLES (1989 / Memphis)
Chattanooga Choo Choo-FLOYD CRAMER (1962)
Daisy Jane-AMERICA (1975 / flying me back to Memphis)
Elvis Rolls Royce-WAS (NOT WAS) (1990)
Fergus Sings The Blues-DEACON BLUE
(1989 / I still dream of Memphis)
Graceland-PAUL SIMON (1986)
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves-CHER (1971 / Memphis)
Justified & Ancient-KLF feat. TAMMY WYNETTE (1991 / Tennessee)
Last Train To Clarksville-THE MONKEES (1966)
Lullaby-SHAWN MULLINS (1998 / Nashville with a tan)
Memphis Tennessee-DAVE BERRY (1963)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down-JOAN BAEZ (1971)
Nutbush City Limits-IKE & TINA TURNER (1973)
Pride (In The Name Of Love)-U2 (1984 / Memphis sky)
Proud Mary-C. C. R. (1969 / Memphis)
Tennessee-ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (1992)
Under The Milky Way-THE CHURCH (1988 / Memphis)
Walking In Memphis-MARC COHN (1991), CHER (1995)


TEXAS (Alamo - San Antonio, Amarillo, El Paso, Houston)

The Bad Touch-BLOODHOUND GANG (2000 / sex is a Texas drought)
Beethoven (I love to listen to)-EURYTHMICS
(1987 / I was dreaming like a Texan girl)
Breakfast In America-SUPERTRAMP (1979)
Is This The Way To Amarillo-TONY CHRISTIE (1971)
La Grange-ZZ TOP (1973)
The Long Run-EAGLES (1979 / all the debutantes in Houston)
The Mexican-BABE RUTH (1972), JELLYBEAN (1984)
(Ana takes the Alamo)
Take The Money And Run-STEVE MILLER BAND
(1976 / they headed down to, ooh, old El Paso)
Texarkana-REM (1991)
Texas On A Saturday Night-WILLIE NELSON & MEL TILLIS (1985)
Texas Strut-GARY MOORE (1990)
Tush-ZZ TOP (1975 / Dallas, Texas)
Why Me?-PLANET P
(1983 / Houston can you hear me or have I lost my mind)


VERMONT

Moonlight In Vermont-FRANK SINATRA (1958)


VIRGINIA

Virginia Plain-ROXY MUSIC (1972)
Who'll Stop The Rain-CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (1969 / I went down Virginia, seekin shelter from the storm)


WASHINGTON (Seattle)

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle-NIRVANA (1993)
Seattle-P.I.L. (1987)


WEST VIRGINIA (Bluefield)

Rockin' Roll Baby-THE STYLISTICS (1973 / Bluefield - also: Beverly Hills)
Take Me Home, Country Roads-JOHN DENVER (1971 / West Virginia)


WISCONSIN

Around The World-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (2000)



COAST TO COAST
(SONGS REFERRING TO PLACES IN THE ATLANTIC & THE PACIFIC AS WELL)

Couldn’t Get It Right-CLIMAX BLUES BAND (1976),
FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS (1999 / LA, New York City)
Dilemma-NELLY featuring KELLY (2002 / East Coast, West Coast)
Don’t Knock It Til You Try It-HOOTERS (1989 / from Brooklyn Heights to California)
Echoes In The Night-GARY BROOKER (1985 / from Los Angeles to Broadway)
Heart Of Stone-DAVE STEWART
(1994 / I wanna drive East coast to West coast)
I Love L.A.-RANDY NEWMAN (1983 / New York, Chicago)
I‘ve Never Been To Me- CHARLENE
(1977 & 1982 / I’ve been to Georgia & California)
Ladies Night-KOOL & THE GANG (1979 / from New York to Hollywood)
Landing In London-3 DOORS DOWN feat. BOB SEGER
(2005 / well L.A is getting kinda crazy And New York is getting kinda cold)
Miami-WILL SMITH (1998 / and we all know that LA & Philly stay jiggy... also New York)
New York State Of Mind-BILLY JOEL (1975)
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay-OTIS REDDING
(1968 / I left my home in Georgia headed for the Frisco bay)


SONGS REFERRING TO SEVERAL CITIES OF THE USA

Arizona Sky-CHINA CRISIS (1986 / Manhattan, Chicago)
Back In The USA-CHUCK BERRY, LINDA RONSTADT
(1959 / New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge)
Dancing In The Street-MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS (1964)
JAGGER & RICHARDS (1985 / Chicago, New Orleans, New York City)
Face The Face-PETE TOWNSHEND
(1985 / New York, Chicago, London & Glasgow)
Gimme Gimme Good lovin’-CRAZY ELEPHANT (1969 /
Atlanta, Georgia, Gulf stream, Frisco, New York, Texican)
Guitar Man-ELVIS PRESLEY (1967)
The Heart Of Rock & Roll-HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
(1984 / New York, L.A., Hollywood and the Sunset Strip, D.C., San Antone and the Liberty town, Boston and Baton Rouge, Tulsa, Austin, Oklahoma City, Seattle, San Francisco, Cleveland & Detroit)
Living in America-JAMES BROWN (1986 / New Orleans,
Detroit City, Dallas, Pittsburgh, N.Y. City, Kansas City, Atlanta, Chicago & LA)
New York State Of Mind-BILLY JOEL
(1975 / Miami beach, Hollywood, Hudson river line, Chinatown, Riverside)
Route 66-NAT KING COLE,CHUCK BERRY, ROLLING STONES, THEM, DEPECH MODE
[Amarillo (Texas), Gallup (New Mexico), Flagstaff (Arizona), Winona
(Minnesota), Kingman (Arizona), Barstow (California), San Bernadino (California)]
Rock’n Me-STEVE MILLER BAND (1976 /
Phoenix AZ, Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, LA, Northern California)
Surfin' U.S.A.-BEACH BOYS (1963)
Yo’ Jeans-AL JARREAU
(1988 / Newport, Bridgeport, Cincinnati, Brooklyn, Queens, New Orleans, Carolina)


VARIOUS SONGS REFERRING TO THE USA

All The Way From America-JOAN ARMATRADING (1980)
America-TRINI LOPEZ
America-PRINCE (1985)
Born In The U.S.A.-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1984)
For America-RED BOX (1986)
Living In The U.S.A.-STEVE MILLER BAND (1968)


GROUPS NAMED AFTER -PLACES, CITIES OR STATES OF- THE USA

ALABAMA
ALASKA IN WINTER
AMERICA
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS
PATTI AUSTIN
BALTIMORA

BAY CITY ROLLERS
BOSTON

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
CALEXICO
CHAMPAIGN
CHICAGO
JOHN DENVER
DETROIT EMERALDS
DETROIT SPINNERS
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
GEORGIA SATTELITES

BOBBY GOLDSBORO
HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES
HOLLYWOOD BEYOND
WHITNEY HOUSTON

JAMESTOWN
KANSAS
MANHATTAN TRANSFER
MANHATTANS
MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
NASHVILLE TEENS

NEW YORK DOLLS
NIAGARA
O' JAYS
OHIO EXPRESS
OHIO PLAYERS
TONY ORLANDO
PASADENAS
PICNIC AT THE WHITEHOUSE
MIKE RENO (LOVERBOY)
TEXAS
UTAH SAINTS

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
RICK SPRINGFIELD
DEATH IN VEGAS
DINAH WASHINGTON
GROVER WASHINGTON JR.
WHITE PLAINS


ALSO SEE:
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DELAWARE DESTROYERS
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES

GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP


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