Departments — 04 October 2019
Readers’ call: What should giant guitar play?

By Greg Carannante

City & Shore Magazine

We asked you to tell us what song the Hard Rock’s Giant Guitar Hotel should be playing when it opens this month, and you responded with a 50-plus-song playlist that truly lives up to the name of the place.

We thank our readers and social media followers who sent in dozens of song ideas. We could have heard almost any of them coming from the new hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

However, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven received the most first-place votes — just beating out Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode, Prince’s Purple Rain and the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Stairway is no surprise winner, considering that our imagining is for the song to be played by a 450-foot guitar and considering that the song topped Guitar World magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos in Rock and Roll History.” From the untitled 1971 album known as Led Zeppelin IV, the song is also considered one of the greatest, most popular and most played rockers of all time.

The winning entry, drawn at random from among the entrants who named the song as their top choice, was submitted by Dawn Palughi of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. She wins two free passes to the party of the year, the Men of Style bash honoring Broward County’s leading men, Dec. 5 at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, sponsored by City & Shore magazine.

Here is a playlist of the entries, in alphabetical order and each followed by the names/handles of the entrants. Because we received so many entries, space limitations prevent us from listing them all. Also, though many people submitted multiple song ideas, we were only able to list everyone’s first choice.

 

A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles

Nikki @nikdan30

 

Anastasia, Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

Manny @_esdlr

 

Born to Boogie, Hank Williams Jr.

Jennifer Yazejian

 

Cease to Exist, Charles Manson

carmen petaccio @CarCarPetach

 

Celebration, Kool & the Gang

Michael Colonna, Boca Raton

 

Cocaine, Eric Clapton

Chris McDonald @saratogahorse

 

Come Together, the Beatles

Joe Signorelli, Fort Lauderdale

Daniel Mendel, Winter Springs

Deb Mendel, Cooper City

 

Desperado, the Eagles

Daisy and Ray Lopez,

Pembroke Pines

 

Devil With a Blue Dress On, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels

Mark Vasko @mark_vasko

 

Do It Again, Steely Dan

Richard DeVivo @RichDeVivo

 

Dream On, Aerosmith

Marilyn Franz, Miramar

Jeff Doan @topscorer1

 

For Those About to Rock, AC/DC

Tracy J. Schuldiner

 

Free Fallin’, Tom Petty

Donna McWilliams, Boca Raton

 

Get Lucky, Daft Punk

Glenda Diaz, Cooper City

 

Ghost Riders in the Sky, The Outlaws, Johnny Cash

Lawrence Jay Davis, Davie

 

Gitarzan, Ray Stevens

Maxine Kaplan Delray Beach

 

Guitar, Prince

Michael Sierociuk

 

Hell Awaits, Slayer

Pork Chop Kings @ChopKings

 

Here Comes the Sun, the Beatles

Gary Fish, Miramar

 

Higher Love, Steve Winwood

Raquel Dunn, Boca Raton

 

Hotel California, the Eagles

Bee, Boca Raton

 

It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, the Rolling Stones

Betty Greeson, Coral Springs

Stephen Picardi

 

Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry

Kathy Hawxhurst, Boca Raton

C of CJ’s @CJsCafeLasOlas

Laura Myers, Boca Raton

Gail Cohen, Hollywood

 

Juke Box Hero, Foreigner

Wendy Pool, Coral Springs

 

Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the Rolling Stones

Anne Nebenzahl

 

Layla, Derek and the Dominos

Hal Dunn, Boca Raton

 

Lonely Tonight, Blake Shelton

Emptynestliving1

 

Long Live Rock, The Who

Joe Loish

 

Luck Be A Lady, Frank Sinatra

Edward Shankman, Plantation

 

Old Time Rock and Roll, Bob Seger

Florida Bride @FloridaBrideMag

 

Oye Como Va, Santana

Beth L. Raiola, Davie

 

Purple Haze, the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Darin Darst @jdarindarst

Ellen Anderson, Coconut Creek

 

Purple Rain, Prince

Hobnail Boot Cobbler Inc. @theschmooz

Bill @NoleFan66

Rosemary Taylor-Searles

Jeannie Murphy, Davie

 

Right Now, Van Halen

Gregg Forgea, Coconut Creek

 

Rock and Roll, Led Zeppelin

Frank Cirillo @FrankCirillo

Diane High

 

Rock and Roll All Nite, Kiss

Debra Finney @Debrainla

Marty Vitelli, Coral Springs

 

Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets

Debbie Horvath, Cooper City

 

Rock On, David Essex

Betty Bailey, Fort Lauderdale

 

Rock With You, Michael Jackson

JoAnn Fine, Hollywood

 

Rumble, Link Wray

Diane Roberts, Miramar

 

Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden

Russell305 @russm305

 

Sleep Walk, Santo & Johnny

Steve Lipthay

 

Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple

James DiLenge @ratpack5161

 

Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin

Dawn Palughi, Lauderdale-by-the=Sea

Mark Vasko @mark_svasko

Jeff Bushek, Coral Springs

Herbert Glasser, Boynton Beach

Maris Dunn, Boca Raton

 

Start Me Up, the Rolling Stones

Roxanne Rossiter, Hollywood

 

The Great Gig in the Sky, Pink Floyd

Sharon Oorbeek, Cooper City

 

The Star-Spangled Banner, Jimi Hendrix

Mary C. Geldi, Tamarac

 

They Call Me Guitar Hurricane, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Suzanne E. Higgins, Lauderdale

 

Two Tickets to Paradise, Eddie Money (RIP)

Tami Livnat Ruddy

Michael Knapp, Miramar

 

Walk This Way, Aerosmith

Miriam Castillo

 

Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin

Kevin Marzilli, Weston

 

We Built This City, Starship

Gentry Chambers, Fort Lauderdale

miami $30k-millionaire, @30kmillionMIA

 

We Are the Champions, Queen

Joseph Bianco, Boca Raton

 

We Will Rock You, Queen

Jessica Atkinson, Sunrise

Rebecca de la Zerda

Sandy Pitt, Hillsboro Beach

 

While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the Beatles

Clif Post @ClifPost

Charles West

Susan Kerns, Cooper City

Diane Roberts, Miramar

 

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