Australian singles chart:
Rock and Roll Heaven entered the Kent Music Report on 24 June 1974 and peaked at #25.
The song is on Give It to the People which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 21 October 1974 and peaked at #83.
Rock and Roll Heaven was written by Alan O’Day and Johnny Stevenson and is a paean to several deceased singers such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, and has been rewritten a number of times to include other singers. The song was first recorded by the band Climax in 1973 but it failed to chart. It was then successfully covered by The Righteous Brothers (Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield).
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Heaven
This talks about numerous music stars who died too young. First verse: “Jimi gave us rainbows” is Jimi Hendrix. “Janis took a piece of our hearts” is Janis Joplin. “Otis took us all to the dock of the bay” is Otis Redding. “Remember Jim that way” is Jim Morrison. Second verse: “Jimmy touched us with that song” is Jim Croce. “Bobby gave us ‘Mack the Knife'” is Bobby Darin.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-righteous-brothers/rock-and-roll-heaven
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