I put up a list of the movies that influenced my life. The music I grew up with also has had a big influence on the way I see life, so I am sharing it here with you. Maybe these songs will open doors for you as they did for me.

My life really did have a musical soundtrack that stretches from the late 1950s until the late 1970s. As I say in my book, I was not that into The Beatles; there are a few Beatles songs that are on this list, but not many. Most were one hit wonders. There were hundreds of songs that were great, but these are the stand-outs that bring me back to a time and place that was magical. As I said with the movies on my list, I will take parts of them with me always; it is the same with these songs. They are the songs I will take to heaven with me.

They are in alphabetical order, not in order of what I like best. You may not like them all, but try to get the feeling they give; they paint a picture in sound.

Beach Boys - I Get Around
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - Bad to Me
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - Little Children
Bob & Earl - Harlem Shuffle
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions
Chad and Jeremy - A Summer Song
Clarence Carter - Patches
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
David Bowie - Panic in Detroit
David Bowie - Starman
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Dick & DeeDee - The Mountain High
Dick & DeeDee - Thou Shalt Not Steal
Dionne Warwick - Anyone Who Had a Heart
Eric Clapton - Broken Hearted
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Candy Girl
Friend and Lover - Reach Out of the Darkness
Gene Pitney - Only Love Can Break a Heart
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - The Lonely Bull
Impossible Dream
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine
Jackie DeShannon - What the World Needs Now is Love
Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
Jimmy Gilmer - Sugar Shack
Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
John Lennon - Instant Karma
Kuy Sakamoto - Sukiyaki Song
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Love - Alone Again Or
Love - My Little Red Book
Paul McCartney - Hope of Deliverance
Paul McCartney - Peace in the Neighborhood
Percy Faith - Theme From a Summer Place
Randy & The Rainbows - Denise
Sam and Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Steely Dan - King of the World
Steve Lawrence - Go Away Little Girl
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Cold Shot
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Crossfire
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Pride and Joy
Stone Temple Pilots - Big Bang Baby
The Beatles - From Me to You
The Beatles - Thank You Girl
The Beau Brummels - Laugh Laugh
The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving
The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself
The Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
The Guess Who - Shakin' All Over
The Highwaymen - Michael (Row the Boat Ashore)
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Leaves - Hey Joe
The Murmaids - Popsicles and Icicles
The Outlaws - Green Grass and High Tides
The Pretenders - My City Was Gone
The Righteous Brothers - Little Latin Lupe Lu
The Rolling Stones - Little T & A
The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man
The Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
The Temptations - My Girl
Toadies - Possum Kingdom
Andy Williams - Can't Get Used to Losing You
Van Morrison - Gloria