Sing Me a Classic Song Sunday highlights two songs with similar themes. This month’s comparison is Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi and Turn the Page by Bob Seeger. Both songs illustrate the darker side of the rock star life of living on the road as the band travels from performance to performance.
Wanted Dead or Alive is on the 1986 album Slippery When Wet. The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and was released as a single in 1987. Jon Bon Jovi told a crowd at a performance that Bob Seeger’s song Turn the Page was the inspiration for Wanted Dead or Alive.*
Turn the Page is on the 1973 album Back in ’72. It was also included in the 1976 Live Bullet album, which has become the standard version for radio play.** The saxophone riff in this song gives me chills.
Until next time,
Writing through history one romance upon a time