Monday, May 2, 2011

Songs About Milwaukee

Would there be songs about Milwaukee if we didn't brew beer? I think so. Aside from Jewel's Milwaukee song, which ones are truly known far and wide? If you are from this town, you may remember the channel 12 song called Hello Milwaukee. If you can't get it out of your head, you are not alone. I played this video a while back, and the tune stuck like glue. You should thank Frank Gari for that one. Gari wrote that little number, and some of the most famous news show themes that you have ever heard.

The more famous song is really not about our city, but our beer. Jerry Lee Lewis did one of the better versions of this tune. Glenn Sutton wrote the song while working at Columbia Records. It was created in just one night, but helped to get Jerry Lee Lewis onto the country music charts. I think that the key to writing a song about Milwaukee, is to avoid using that word as the rhyming word. After all, what rhymes with Milwaukee?

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