5 songs to sing along with your best friend

We all love singing. Under the shower, cooking lunch or during a more classical karaoke session at the pub, we let our vocal chords free to arrange (more or less) beautiful melodies for ourselves or our baffled friends. This is pretty much known.

What probably not everyone knows is that great singers, throughout the years have composed and sung songs inspired directly by their doggie-pals. Here is a list of songs about them.

 

1. Martha My Dear – The Beatles

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Paul McCartney and Martha

Inspired by McCartney’s Old English Sheepdog, the piano song is long-believed to be about his at-the-time love interest Jane Asher, who broke off their engagement a few months before the song was released.

Strangely enough, in 1997 McCartney himself  confirmed that “Martha” the dog had been the inspiration behind the song “Martha My Dear“.

Right after buying his house on Cavendish Avenue, Paul McCartney bought his first pet, an Old English sheepdog puppy that he named Martha.  She was born June 16, 1966.

His loyal partner for 15 years, Martha died in 1981  at McCartney’s farm house in Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.  She is survived by her offspring, one of which was featured on McCartney’s 1993 album “Paul Is Live” album cover.  Her name is Arrow.

2. Seamus – Pink Floyd

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Steve Marriott and Seamus

The song is named after the Colliedog belonging to Humble Pie leader Steve Marriott, who performed howling ‘vocals’ on the album version of the track.

According to Nick Mason’s book Inside Out, this song was recorded while David Gilmour was watching over the dog. Seamus would bark and howl every time he heard music, or if someone played the guitar.

Curious fact: the Colliedog can also be heard barking in the background along with the vocalist’s other dogs on the Small Faces single, “The Universal.”

 

3. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men

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There are no particular dogs this song is referring to, but for its huge popularity and the fact that – well – it’s about dogs, it is worth mentioning here.

Released as a single on 26 July 2000, it was originally written by Anslem Douglas (titled “Doggie”). He brought the song to the attention of his friend Steve Greenberg, who then had the Baha Men cover the song.

The song became the band’s first hit in the United Kingdom and the United State on the year of its release.

4. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley

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Elvis live on The Steve Allen Show, singing to a Basset Hound

This song, co-written by Jerry Leiber, is one of the most famous songs in music history, you will agree.

Already a blues hit for Big Mama Thornton in 1953, the song was rewritten by Elvis, becoming amazingly popular.

Not based on any particular dog, it is fairly entertaining to know that Elvis once performed the song on The Steve Allen Show to a Basset Hound named Sherlock.

5. Old King – Neil Young

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Neil Young and Elvis (the dog)

In September 1992, Neil Young was performing at the Greek Theatre, in LA.

In that occasion, before playing Old King, he said:

“This a song about my dog. His name is Elvis. Elvis is riding on Jimi Hendrix’s bus now. He traveled with me for many years. Well, I changed his name to ‘King’ in the song to avoid any confusion.”

Young was on his way out to Eureka, California to play a gig when, during a stroll in the city, he let Elvis have a bit of off-the-leash time.

Unfortunately, the dog ran away on that occasion, and was never found after.

Neil would never forget him, and this song is a perpetual memento of his best friend.

 

Is there any other song you’d put in the list? Let us know in the comments!

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