While attending a ballgame recently, I had a bit of a disagreement with a fellow spectator. Our dispute did not stem from a controversial managerial move or botched umpire call, as one would expect in a baseball game.
The Kinks’ classic hit “Lola” blared over the speakers between innings and I commented to my daughter that she should learn to play the banjo part on that song. A guy sitting right behind me, presumably a musician, told me that the banjo was not used on “Lola.”
I insisted that there was, since I had been listening to that song for over forty years. The fellow agreed that it sounded like a banjo, but the instrument being used was a guitar.
My daughter typed a few words on her phone and within minutes the dispute was resolved. An Internet search for the song proved him wrong, as there was no banjo listed in the credits of Lola.
However, the incident made me think of other classic rock songs that include a banjo. Here are eight of the best known.
take it easy for the eagles
Bernie Leadon would leave the band shortly after this song hit the charts, but his choice gives this timeless classic country appeal.
Aerosmith’s Last Kid
Steven Tyler’s always smiling, but he’s actually messing with this missing-home-from-the-home punch. rocks album.
Old by Neil Young
The five strings that accompany the harmonica and acoustic guitar in this classic by Harvest they are being played by James Taylor.
You told me about the Monkees
Campus it is the first record in which the quartet played their own instruments, one of which was the banjo managed by Peter Tork.
Buffalo Springfield Bluebird
The group’s second album, appropriately named springfield buffalo Againspawned this single with a banjo part by Charlie Chin.
WHO Daily Records
Any band that ever made a hit out of a song dedicated to an accordion, like they did on “Squeeze Box,” also incorporated a banjo into the best track on the song. face dances album.
Honky Cat by Elton John
A song about leaving the city for country life should feature a banjo, which on this hit is chosen by Davey Johnstone.
Butch Walker’s Dublin Crow
The distinctive bluegrass instrument adds an Irish flavor to this hit single. the shovel.