Star Spangled: Classic Rock Songs With Red, White Or Blue In The Title

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The Beatles – “Blue Jay Way”

The trippy song was written by lead guitarist George Harrison and included on the band’s 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour. The song is named after a street high in the Hollywood Hills where George Harrison rented a house around the time of the album recording/release.

 

The Rolling Stones – “Little Red Rooster”

The blues standard is credited to songwriter Willie Dixon, but a variety of musicians have recorded/reinterpreted it. The Stones released their own version of the song as a single in 1964 (and then again on their 1965 album The Rolling Stones, Now!) complete with the signature Stones swagger.

 

Queen – “White Queen (As It Began)”

Written by guitarist Brian May, the song was included on 1974’s Queen II and was inspired by the love that May had for a girl who was a fellow student. May has said that he came up with the idea for the song while reading Robert Graves’ The White Goddess.

 

Styx – “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”

Composed by guitarist/songwriter Tommy Shaw, it was the first single released for the band’s 1978 album, Pieces of Eight. It was apparently written after Shaw heard the sound of his motorboat engine failing to start up, and he thought the sound would make a good song riff.

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Red House”

The slow twelve-bar blues song was originally released on 1967’s Are You Experienced. It was one of the earliest songs recorded by the Experience and became a staple of Hendrix’s live shows where he would usually improvise parts.

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