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



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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