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10/30/09 – Halloween 3 – Death By Teenage!

Posted: October 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Pop, Rock n' Roll | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments »

Death By Teenage!Death By Teenage – Teen Tragedy Songs From The 50s and 60s!

Death By Teenage was a feature that I used to run every Halloween night on my old XM Radio Show, “The Night Prowl”. Each year, I examined this sub-genre of rock n’ roll chart phenomenon. Most of these songs were huge records and the writers and artists just kept pumping them out. It wasn’t enough that many of these songs featured love tortured teens dying in car crashes, no no, they soon added plane crashes, train crashes, shark encounters and even lightning strikes. All of these teens share one comonality, they all suffered “DEATH BY TEENAGE!”

So let’s listen to some of the greatest, melodramatic teenage tragedy songs ever recorded. You’ll here 2 by Ray Peterson and Dickey Lee. Songs by The Shangri-Las, Cathy Carroll and Johnny Cymbal will also be featured.

Then, vote below for your all-time favorite teenage tragedy tune. Vote for “Other”, if yours is not listed and tell us why you voted in the “comments” section.

Get ready to cry until you laugh…it’s “Death By Teenage!”

Which Teenage Tragedy Song Do You DIG The Most?

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12 Comments on “10/30/09 – Halloween 3 – Death By Teenage!”

  1. 1 Sierra said at 4:49 pm on October 30th, 2009:

    For once I think I was familiar with every song you played this time, though I always love the obscure ones you come up with too. I voted for Mark Dinning; always loved that sad song. It sure was great to hear CCK reading; loved hearing her voice once before on the NPS Christmas show back in 06. Why not do a show together some time, if you’re both willing? I’d love to hear that. Happy Halloween! What would I get for a treat if I showed up at your place tomorrow night?

  2. 2 Virginia said at 5:55 pm on October 30th, 2009:

    I vote for Leah, Roy Orbison in my opinion has the best voice of the bunch. Quite a few of the songs were new to me, once again a very good show Matt. Thank you again

  3. 3 dave said at 6:49 pm on October 30th, 2009:

    i was really torn all that death and sorrow and tragedy
    it would have been teen angel hands down for me but there was no tragedy in the hand so my vote went to ebony eyes one of my all time favorites by the everly brothers

  4. 4 Kenn said at 9:43 pm on October 30th, 2009:

    What Virginia said… Roy Orbison and Leah. The parody really cracked me up though.

  5. 5 timevac3 said at 10:35 pm on October 30th, 2009:

    Wow…awesome show! It was a toss up for me between Jody Reynolds and my choice
    “Leah”. Roy crafted a truely unique piece that rests in my list of all time favorites.
    Honorable mention also goes to Jimmy Cross. That song makes me laugh every time I hear it.
    A tip o’ the ol fedora Matt, well done!

  6. 6 dave said at 6:11 am on October 31st, 2009:

    all that sorrow and tragedy must have clouded my mind as i meant to say it would have been hands down for jody reynolds and endless sleep but in the end there was no tragedy obviously there was great tragedy in teen angel

  7. 7 CCK said at 10:51 am on October 31st, 2009:

    I voted for “I Want My Baby Back” because I love the tie-in with “Leader of the Pack” and it’s just so funny! I do enjoy the over-the-top macabre stuff though, rather than the melodrama…

  8. 8 Name (required) said at 1:25 pm on October 31st, 2009:

    I especially like the Everley brothers as they seem especially able to communicate whatever emotions they are singing about, be it happy or sad. I especially like their sad songs, as I guess I’m a sucker for sad songs. You’re doing a great job, keep up the good work.

  9. 9 bevnut said at 11:23 pm on October 31st, 2009:

    Patches has always been one of my favorites.

    Great job CCK!

    Just a great, well thought out show in all aspects!

  10. 10 The Shadow said at 5:57 pm on November 2nd, 2009:

    Yo Furry leader
    That was a great Death by Teenage, special.
    I enjoyed every one of the tunes, and also loved CCK’s reading. The only thing was, most of the songs were too common. What I call, good times and 8 oldies, but none the less a fantastic show. It is cool to have all these songs grouped together, to really set the mood.
    As far as the cat fight goes, even though Patches is one of my all time favorite songs, I had to vote for Johnny Cymbal’s The Water Was Red. For me, I like the rare tunes, and that one’s really rare. Besides, since you played it for me, I figured I’d vote for that one. It was a hard choice though; Thanks for playing it. JImmy Love was also right up there.
    Looking forward to next week’s cat fight. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
    KEEP ON PROWLIN!!!! You’re the best.

  11. 11 Christopher James(The English Gentleman) said at 11:09 pm on November 5th, 2009:

    Tremendous Show as usual Matt Laurie-Dickey Lee Lyrics are a good description of a saturday night with a dance;then to discover you have been with an angel;Wow! what a feeling.

  12. 12 crystal said at 2:16 pm on November 19th, 2009:

    Does anyone remember a song called, I think…Tears of Sorrow? It has been driving me crazy!

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