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Tom Montgomery
04-25-2015, 12:19 AM
I'll start with...

Ode to Billie Joe by Bobby Gentrie.

Classic American southern gothic. Truly haunting. Disturbing. And never played on the radio these days.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaRacIzZSPo

I've always reckoned the narrator talked Billie Joe MacAllister into throwing his hand gun off the Tallahatchie bridge.

There have been plenty of other speculations.

Gerarddm
04-25-2015, 01:09 AM
That was Glen Campbell's favorite song that he did.

Laura Nyro's version of It's Gonna Take a Miracle​ with Patti LaBelle et al.

skuthorp
04-25-2015, 06:16 AM
Strange Fruit, Billie Holliday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

Willin'
04-25-2015, 06:50 AM
Jane Monheit- Waters of March


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXJU6r_pU_k

Jim Mahan
04-25-2015, 08:17 AM
Jugband Music, Lovin Spoonful

John Smith
04-25-2015, 08:28 AM
I don't recall Glen doing "Ode to Billie Joe". I don't even recall it on the album he did with Gentre. Course, I could have missed it

While many songs find no air play today, if they sold a lot of records, I'm not sure they're underrated.

ccmanuals
04-25-2015, 10:08 AM
A haunting and beautiful song.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1mfwY7gsQ

Cuyahoga Chuck
04-25-2015, 10:22 AM
There were only a couple of songs, to my knowledge, with the power to encapsulate the essence of long and painful periods of US history. One was "Brother Can You Spare a Dime". The Other was "Strange Fruit".

L.W. Baxter
04-25-2015, 11:19 AM
Here's a song that, by all rights, should have charted. But it never went anywhere. If an established star covered it, it would go all the way, in my opinion:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkCkN379gcw

ron ll
04-25-2015, 11:41 AM
Not sure I would put "Ode to Billie Joe" in the forgotten and underrated category. When that song was popular they played it so much that I got to the point of not EVER wanting to hear it again. Not sure I'm past that point yet.

Gerarddm
04-25-2015, 11:46 AM
There should be a counterbalancing thread about songs that were at first listening good, then got pounded to death and now are repulsive. The two songs that are queens of that category are Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, and Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard.

Paul Pless
04-25-2015, 11:51 AM
Dude, Celine Dion, did you really just go there? wtf???

ishmael
04-25-2015, 12:35 PM
"Canadian Railroad Trilogy" Gordon Lightfoot. I heard him interviewed on the radio the other day. He's in his eighties and apparently still plays out some. He came across as a genuinely nice man.

John Smith
04-25-2015, 01:33 PM
Isn't all of this a bit subjective?

One man's great song is another man's waste of time, no?

Are we looking for just a good piece of music that's been kind of forgotten, or are we looking for a song with a message, such as "Blowing in the Wind" or "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?"

Flying Orca
04-25-2015, 01:35 PM
There should be a counterbalancing thread about songs that were at first listening good, then got pounded to death and now are repulsive. The two songs that are queens of that category are Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, and Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard.

I'm sorry, but I didn't find anything appealing about either of them - I loathed them both from the instant I heard them. Of course, I detest that particular vocal style, and the lyrics are completely insipid, so no wonder.

Flying Orca
04-25-2015, 01:38 PM
How about "Beeswing"?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HApy-Xoix-g

John Smith
04-25-2015, 01:43 PM
I thought this was great. Most never heard it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydy_-ZnrOqA

Flying Orca
04-25-2015, 01:46 PM
This album spawned a good few hits, but I always thought this song, which leads off the second side of the LP, was criminally overlooked:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fisVinXypCk

johnw
04-25-2015, 02:01 PM
Cow Cow Boogie.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xovmaG9S0sQ&feature=player_detailpage

Willin'
04-25-2015, 02:12 PM
"Canadian Railroad Trilogy" Gordon Lightfoot. I heard him interviewed on the radio the other day. He's in his eighties and apparently still plays out some. He came across as a genuinely nice man.

Hey Ish! Welcome back! How ya been?

John Meachen
04-25-2015, 03:22 PM
Written by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart.Also not widely known.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC8IbPObd1o