Peel and Keel

BBC: Final send-off for John Peel
Everyone at the funeral of John Robert Parker Ravenscroft knew it was coming. John Peel - as he was known to millions - had often spoken of Teenage Kicks, by The Undertones, as being the song he wanted played at his funeral. As the opening bars resonated around the 500-year-old St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Suffolk, it was an emotional end for the family, friends and admirers of the legendary DJ.

A fitting send-off.

For some years now, Jen and I have maintained a tongue-in-cheek list of songs we would like played at our funerals. These incluse:

  • Come On Baby, Light My Fire (The Doors)
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (The Platters)
  • Knock On Wood (Otis Redding)
  • Living in a Box (Living in a Box)
  • Going Underground (The Jam)
  • Down Down (Status Quo)
  • Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  • You and Me in Paradise (Phil Collins)—over my dead body!
  • Good and Gone (The Screaming Blue Messiahs)
  • Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go (The Pogues)
  • Living in the Past (Jethro Tull)
  • The Only Way is Up (Yazz)
  • I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
  • There She Goes (The La's)

…I could go on, but you get the general idea.

I wonder what song was played at the recently departed Howard Keel's private funeral this week. Oh What a Beautiful Mourning, perhaps?


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