Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 10 Raving About The Raven

The Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe Used in Music

Annabel Lee Stevie Nicks

Virginia Clemm Katzenjammer

 When the Beatles compiled images of their heroes for the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, one of the most recognizable faces was that of Poe, in the center of the top row. In the same year, John Lennon wrote his famous nonsensical work "I Am the Walrus", which contained the lines, "Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna/Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe." If you are more curious, like I am here are the other celebrities that appeared on the album cover.

In 1976, the British rock group the Alan Parsons Project released a full album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, based on Poe's stories and poems. "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" 

Blues Traveler featured the lyrics, "Once upon a midnight dreary", (from "The Raven") in their 1994 hit "Run-Around".

 The tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies was released in 1997, with musicians and actors, The Black Cat, Diamanda Galas.

 The American folk and protest singer Phil Ochs set Poe's poem "The Bells" to music on his debut album, All the News That's Fit to Sing, in 1964.

Christopher Walken The Raven

Iggy Poe Tell Tale Heart

Smithereens William Wilson

Bob Dylan's 1965 song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" makes reference to "Rue Morgue Avenue".

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