Music is a form of entertainment and also a work of art, and is often up for individual interpretation. When we hear a song, we often think those lyrics are made up or fantasy, but sometimes real people are mentioned in our favorite songs. This week, a legend in the music business was interviewed; she was named through song, and yes, she is a real person.
Contact Music reports that Connie Hamzy, a groupie known for her many alleged dalliances with rock stars, appeared on Howard Stern’s radio program Wednesday, Dec. 8. Hamzy was mentioned by name in the Grand Funk Railroad song “We’re an American Band,” making her a hot online search topic. Hamzy is linked to various rock stars, including Willie Nelson, Gene Simmons, Peter Frampton and Keith Moon. Hamzy, who is now 56, appeared on Stern’s radio show to also reveal her former infatuation with Alex Van Halen, which is what made that sexual experience the best.
My favorite song that actually mentions someone who exists is “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John. In the song, John mentions Norma Jean, who is actually Marilyn Monroe in real life before she changed her name. A lot of people might not know that Monroe was Jean, but that is what makes this song even more appealing to me; the fact it is a hidden treasure.
I enjoy this real-life reference because Monroe was a very talented actress and she died too young to reflect on the mark she left on the entertainment business. When John sings “Candle in the Wind,” it is like he is paying homage to Monroe and her life as an actress, which to me is very touching. This song is very meaningful because the candle in the wind represents a short but meaningful life, according to Song Facts. The fact that Monroe died young but was able to impact so many through her acting and movies fits that description perfectly.
There are not a lot of songs that make me have chills like this song does, and I think that is because I know it is about a real person and a life taken too soon. I am not someone who listens to John very much, but I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this song because of how well he pays tribute to the life of Marilyn Monroe. I was not born yet when Monroe was a big actress, but have seen most of her movies and indeed believe she was an inspiration for many people. “Candle in the Wind” is essentially a goodbye song to Monroe and it is a great way to deal with the grieving process of losing someone so talented and special.
I really cannot explain why I love this song like I do, but when I hear him say “Norma Jean” and know he is talking about Monroe, it just sends chills down my spine. Monroe was very much in the spotlight, but there is so much we do not know about her, and that mystery into her life also makes this one of the most touching songs ever.
Contact Music Staff, “Connie Hamzy Speaks About Rock Star Relationships On Howard Stern”, Contact Music
Song Facts Staff, “Candle In The Wind by Elton John”, Song Facts