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    • Edger on August 5, 2010 at 19:55

  1. however, I suppose the song from March, 1973, by Tony Orlando & Dawn would qualify.  The song ocpied the #1 slot of the Billboard Top 40 charts for four consecutive weeks.

  2. Waylon Jennings, comes the song, “Silver Ribbons”, part country song, part travelogue. Jennings hadn’t yet adopted the more grizzled look that surfaced a decade later, a change perhaps brought about by his lifestyle.  

    Perhaps the guilt over offering his plane seat to a flu-stricken Big Bopper on February 3, 1959, an ill-fated flight flown by a 21-year-old pilot who had already logged 17 hours earlier that day. The immortal Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens also went down in the same crash.  

    Perhaps even worse for Jennings was the exchange that took place just prior to the flight, as later related by Jennings, during which Holly joked to Jennings, “I hope your ol’ bus freezes up!”, to which he replied, “Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes!” This serves as yet another stark reminder that even innocent words can potentially haunt us for the rest of our lives.

  3. most seem to be remixes, and I couldn’t seem to find one that I even remotely liked.  If curious, you can look around on one of the popular video websites for several versions. Similarly, there is apparently a song(?) by Lady Gaga entitled, “Ribbons”, which you may like if you are into rap music.

    Otherwise, the only other songs I could find around this theme were pretty obscure, but here are three…

    This is a somewhat dated “Ribbons Down My Back” by Eileen Brennan, from the musical “Hello, Dolly” (1964), which won the Tony Award for Best Musical.  

    Abd here is a bluegrass-oriented version of “Ribbons and Bows”, by the Evil City String Band…

    Boney M. performed “Ribbons of Blue” in 1979…

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