Rolls Royce presents The Music Legends Playlist

Two outstanding biographical music films, recently refreshed our memories of the great artists who defined the music industry in the second half of the twentieth century ...

Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman were the inspiration that led us to look back fifty to sixty years and pay tribute to legendary music stars: Freddie Mercury, Elton John, John Lennon, Elvis Prisley, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Chaby Checker - icons of popular and rock music, which provoked established conventions, while today they are crucial to the world of music as we know it.

Their works continue to attract millions of people around the world, providing them with inspiration and support in both happy and challenging times. They brought glory to their names, genres and their first Rolls Royce model, which we admire playfully with the Spirit of Ecstasy feature in the spotlight.

Keep Your Spirits Up playlists bring together the well-known and lesser-known personal choice of the Rolls Royce brand, which they say is extremely subjective. Wherever you are in the world, Rolls Royce encourages you to keep your spirits up while adhering to social distance and taking care of yourself.

John Lennon

The iconic musician who, along with The Beatles, placed the UK on a music map of the whole world ...

In 1965, Lennon bought his Rolls Royce Phantom V, which would soon reach worldwide fame. After the band split in the 1970s, Lennon launched his first album, which fans accepted with a dose of caution, which is considered his best work today. In 1971, the famous musician released the song Imagine and performed in duet with Elton John during his last concert in 1974, when they played several of The Beatles' greatest hits together.

What songs should you listen to:

  • The Beatles 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', 1963
  • The Beatles 'All My Loving', 1964
  • The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, 1964
  • The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows', 1966
  • The Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 1967
  • The Beatles 'All You Need Is Love', 1967
  • The Beatles 'Come Together', 1969
  • The Beatles 'Across the Universe', 1969
  • John Lennon 'Isolation', 1970
  • John Lennon 'Imagine', 1971
  • John Lennon '# 9 Dream', 1974

Sir Elton John

Musician, artist, philanthropist, icon ...

This is definitely a true description of a famous musician who has received numerous awards throughout his career and left an indelible mark on the history of the music world. Just a few months ago, Sir Elton John received his second Academy Award for Rocketman, a brilliant music-biography film, where a double of his Rolls Royce Phantom VI received its five minutes of fame.

What songs should you listen to:

  • 'Your Song', 1970
  • 'Rocket Man', 1972
  • 'Candle in the Wind', 1977
  • 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)', 1973
  •  'Daniel', 1973
  • 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', 1974
  • 'The One', 1993

Freddie Mercury

The music legend who brought another "Queen" to the UK ...

It is hard to count how many Queen's records have sold. It is also impossible to measure their impact on the world of music. From Bohemian Rhapsody, through Crazy Little Thing Called Love and the worldwide hit We Are The Champions, Queen has left a deep mark that no one will ever be able to overcome. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie, which recently premiered, gave us a chance to peek into the life of this band, which also featured a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, which Freddie bought used.

What songs should you listen to:

  • Queen 'Keep Yourself Alive', 1973
  • Queen 'Killer Queen', 1974
  • Queen 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 1975
  • Queen 'We Are The Champions', 1977
  • Queen 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 1979
  • Queen, 'Another One Bites The Dust', 1980
  • Queen, 'I Want To Break Free', 1984

Rod Stewart

A legend of pop and rock music, the idol of millions of people, who used his charm and ability to sell over 120 million records and gain knighthood status ...

At the very zenith of his career, virtuoso Rod Stewart became famous as a railroad modeler, as it turned out that hidden from the rest of the world; in the privacy of his wardrobe, hotel, studio, and the back seat of his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III he enjoyed making models of miniature cities with railroads. Throughout the 1970s, Stuart filled his audience with positive energy, giving them the strength to move on and see the positive side of every situation. His contemporary work is equally impressive, giving us a new perspective on love that is viewed not as nostalgia but as a pleasant, indestructible curse.

What songs should you listen to:

  • Faces feat. Rod Stewart - 'Stay with Me', 1971
  • 'Maggie May', 1971
  • 'Sailing', 1975
  • 'Yes Ya Think I'm Sexy?', 1978
  • 'Young Turks', 1981
  • 'All for Love' (Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting), 1993
  • 'She Makes Me Happy', 2013

Tom Jones

Handsome Welshman whose powerful voice traveled from tiny Pontipride to London and then conquered the whole world ...

Sir Thomas Jones Woodward was born into a Welsh mining family in 1940 during the war. As the singer himself says, he would also become a miner if he did not have tuberculosis as a child. Yet, as it turns out, that twist of fate brought him good luck, as he became one of the most respected singers in the world. Today, he sounds better than ever, still surprising his fans with new songs and performances.

What songs should you listen to:

  • 'It's Not Unusual', 1965
  • 'Thunderball', 1965
  • 'Delilah', 1967
  • She's a Lady, 1971
  • 'Sex Bomb', 1999
  • Tom Jones and the Cardiagans 'Burning Down the House', 1999
  • 'Burning Hell', 2010

Elvis Presley

The invincible, unconquerable and unforgettable king of rock and roll ...

Whenever you mention the name Elvis, everybody knows which person is being talked about. The famous singer has created a real revolution in the music world, with the help of his performances and moving the racial boundaries of the whole world. At the time of his greatest popularity, it was unthinkable to see a white man singing hits from the American South and television broadcasting his performances with rhythmic movements. In the 1960s, Elvis purchased his Rolls Royce Silver Could II, now located at the Presley Museum in Las Vegas. After his death, the fame he had gained in life had virtually doubled and swept the entire world in one go.

What songs do you need to hear:

  • Elvis Presley 'That's All Right', 1954
  • Elvis Presley 'Jailhouse Rock', 1957
  • Elvis Presley 'Fever', 1960
  • Elvis Presley '(You're The) Devil in Disguise', 1963
  • Elvis Presley 'A Little Less Conversation', 1968
  • Elvis Presley 'Suspicious Minds', 1969
  • Elvis Presley 'Love Me Tender' (Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden [Live]), 1972

Charles Aznavour

The voice of France that has won many countries around the world ...

Edit Piaf played a significant and defining role in the career of Charles Aznavour. "I gave her my youth, my madness, she adored me in entirely," he once said of her. Piaf is the person who discovered the then twenty-two-year-old Aznavour in one of the Parisian bars and invited him to join her on her post-war tour. Aznavour had a very close and complicated friendship with the legendary Chansoner, and in the 1960s he gained worldwide fame, which is why in 1967 he awarded himself with Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I model, which he later sold to another icon, namely Brigitte Bardot.

What songs do you need to hear:

  • 'Je suis Amoureux', 1948
  • 'Tu t'laisses aller', 1960
  • 'For Me, Formidable', 1963
  • 'Le Temps', 1964
  • 'La Bohème', 1965
  • 'Une vie d'amour', 1980

Chubby Checker

The perfect antidepressant for Autumn Monotony...

South Carolina-born Ernest Evans founded his first music group when he was just eight years old, fifteen years before rock'n’roll. In 1959, when the twist conquered the entire world, Evans began using his pseudonym, Chubby Checker, and released his first record, The Class, and everything else is history. In 1964, he married Miss World, Catharina Lodders, and after a wedding in church, the couple drove away with his shiny Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III model. In 2008, his song Knock Down the Walls was on the top of many charts, and in 2012, he gathered thousands of people to dance twist together as he performed his masterpiece and set a new Guinness Book record.

What songs do you need to hear:

  • 'The Class', 1959
  • 'The Twist', 1960
  • 'Let's Twist Again', 1961
  • 'Knock Down the Walls', 2008
  • 'Pony Time', 1960

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