STRATEGY THIRTY - FIVEThe Famous Person as Plot Device
Dotting the lyrical landscape with allusions to famous people adds both charm and memorability to a song: rich as Rockefeller (“Sunny Side of the Street”); Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? (“Mrs. Robinson”); The nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire. (“You're the Top”). Each, of course, symbolizes an archetype.
Taking the allusion to the ultimate results in a lyric designed around a famous person who, for some particular reason, has captured a writer's interest. If the lyric resounds with a universally understood message, it may also capture the public's interest.
|Songs Featuring the Famous|
|American Pie (Buddy Holly)||Joe Hill|
|Elvis and Marilyn (Presley and Monroe)||Black ...|