Eight Songs For James Dean's 80th Birthday

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Had he lived, the original angsty hero, James Dean, would have been 80 years old today. Dean died in a violent September 1955 car crash, ending his film career after only three major roles. It only took three movies for the young man to become a brooding, enigmatic legend.

Dean died just as rock and roll was forming into the beast that would swallow up the world whole by the '60s. His look - the leather jacket, the jeans, the white T-shirt - is shorthand for Old Hollywood cool. His sneer and deep-seated turmoil helped light the fire of countless songs and icons of rock.

We never got to find out what the future held for Dean, dying so young. No doubt the reportedly bisexual actor would have taken to the next decade with a full vigor. We would have seen drug busts, countless Oscars, motorcycles, Studio 54, Jack Nicholson buddy pictures, lifetime achievement awards, and maybe even a gawdawful sitcom or two.

Here's to Jimmy, one of the founders of the rock and roll, devil-may-care attitude...

The Eagles, "James Dean"

You were the lowdown rebel if there ever was Even if you had no cause James Dean, you said it all so clean

And I know my life would look all right

If I could see it on the silver screen


The Statler Brothers, "Do You Remember These?"

"James Dean, he was keen, Sunday movies were taboo..."


Lou Reed, "Walk On the Wild Side"

Jackie is just speeding away

Thought she was James Dean for a day

Then I guess she had to crash


Don McClean, "American Pie"

When the jester sang for the king and queen

In a coat he borrowed from James Dean...

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11 comments
clocksallaround.com
clocksallaround.com

The outdoor scenes for the movie were made in the high desert of far West Texas near Big Bend National Park.

WFH Market
WFH Market

Thanks to share with us a great collection,Awesome songs...

Amy Laurent
Amy Laurent

The picture of James Dean in the first paragraph is from the movie GIANT which was posthumously released by Warner Bros. in 1956.

Astro parts
Astro parts

Its really sad that Dean died very young in a violent September 1955 car crash, ending his film career after only three major roles.He was a great hero...a great legend..i salute him..

Guest
Guest

what about that harley david son of a bitch song?

Appraiser Now
Appraiser Now

James Dean's song are my favourite and I always prefer to listen his songs only when I free,thanks to share his great moments with us...

Greta Harris
Greta Harris

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Gatehouse Academy Review
Gatehouse Academy Review

too bad you left us so soon because I would have loved to see more of your talent. you were a very nice guy

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

The picture of James Dean in the first paragraph is from the movie GIANT which was posthumously released by Warner Bros. in 1956.

And the outdoor scenes for the movie were made in the high desert of far West Texas near Big Bend National Park.

Marfa, Texas to be exact.

Marfa is now an artists colony of sorts with a film festival in May and worth a visit.

They sure remember and talk about James Dean in Marfa, Texas!

There is always a connection back to Texas somehow or somewhere!

SeanP
SeanP

A lot of scenes from "No Country for Old Men" were filmed in Marfa as well. Beautiful country.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

bye bye miss american pie ...love that!

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