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The best song inspired by classic movies and stars is The Kinks Celluloid Heros.

 

One thing I really love about the song is that it mentions actors like Mickey Rooney and George Sanders.    Of course the icons like Garbo,  Monroe and Davis are mentioned but it was great that Ray mentions some of the non iconic actors.

 

Also,  what he says about each of them shows an understanding of the actors.   

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The best song inspired by classic movies and stars is The Kinks Celuloid Heros.

 

One thing I really love about the song is that it mentions actors like Mickey Rooney and George Sanders.    Of course the icons like Garbo,  Monroe and Davis are mentioned but it was great that Ray mentions some of the non iconic actors.

 

Also,  what he says about each of them shows an understanding of the actors.   

Interesting. Is it available on iTunes?

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Interesting. Is it available on iTunes?

 

I don't know.   But here are the lyrics:

 

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star

And everybody's in movies, it doesn't matter who you are

There are stars in every city

In every house and on every street

And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard

Their names are written in concrete

 

Don't step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the Boulevard

She looks so weak and fragile that's why she tried to be so hard

But they turned her into a princess

And they sat her on a throne

But she turned her back on stardom

Because she wanted to be alone

 

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard

Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of

People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame

Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

 

Rudolph Valentino looks very much alive

And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by

Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi

'Cause he's liable to turn and bite

But stand close by Bette Davis

Because hers was such a lonely life

 

If you covered him with garbage

George Sanders would still have style

And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney

He would still turn round and smile

But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn

Cause she's not very tough

She should have been made of iron or steel

But she was only made of flesh and blood

 

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard

Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of

People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame

Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

 

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star

And everybody's in show biz, it doesn't matter who you are

And those who are successful

Be always on your guard

Success walks hand in hand with failure

Along Hollywood Boulevard

 

I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show

A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes

Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain

And celluloid heroes never really die

 

You can see all the stars as you walk along...

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard

Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of

People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame

Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

 

La la la la....

 

Oh, celluloid heroes never feel any pain

Oh, celluloid heroes never really die

I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show

A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes

Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain

And celluloid heroes never really die

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I like this part of the 1990 song/video VOGUE by Madonna.

 

!Greta Garbo, and Monroe

Dietrich and DiMaggio

Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean

On the cover of a magazine

 

Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean

Picture of a beauty queen

Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire

Ginger Rogers, dance on air

 

They had style, they had grace

Rita Hayworth gave good face

Lauren, Katharine, Lana too

Bette Davis, we love you

 

Ladies with an attitude

Fellows that were in the mood

Don't just stand there, let's get to it

Strike a pose, there's nothing to it

 

Vogue!

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Surely one of the most well-known songs inspired by (and in this case, actually ABOUT) a movie star would be the Taupin/John composition 'Candle in the Wind'.

 

Poor Marilyn - even this lovely gift would be taken from her and re-gifted to "princess die" instead.

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and Rough Trade's 'High School Confidential' lyrics:

 

teenage Brando's stalk her in the halls

they tease her with cat calls (stella!)

she's a combination Anita Ekberg/Mamie Van Doren

The Jam's "That's Entertainment" (circa 1981) was no doubt inspired by MGM's mid-70s compilation film of the same title.

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There was a 1984 country music tribute to Dirty Harry called Make My Day. It was sung by T. G. Sheppard and featured Clint Eastwood reciting some of Harry's trademark movie lines ("Feel lucky, punk?", "Go ahead, punk, make my day," etc.)

 

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"Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" was Peter Allen's tribute to Judy Garland. Early in his career he performed with her as her opening act. Some of the audience at Judy's night club shows behaved disrespectfully toward the woman he considered a legend (and who became his mother-in-law when he married Liza Minnelli). He wrote the song as a rebuke to those people who didn't realize that the lady on stage, damaged and broken as she may have seemed, was a legend who deserved respect.

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Taco (Ockerse)'s 1983 big hit song and reworking of Irving Berlin's lyrics to "Puttin' On The Ritz", includes the phrase...

 

"Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper
Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper..Super duper"

 

(...nope, Berlin didn't write it that way back in '29)

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