The Ledge #490: Songs About Actors

The idea for this show actually came about earlier this summer when I noticed that over the last few months I had acquired a number of songs about various movie stars. Over the next few days, with the help of a bunch of Facebook friends, I put together more than enough tracks that fit this theme. Tonight's supersized show is the results of hours and hours of research, and consists of songs about not only classic Hollywood royalty such as Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, and Clark Gable but relatively recent stars like Keira Knightley, Winona Ryder, Timothy Chalamet, and Emma Stone. It's a show that jumps from acoustic-based singer/songwriters to classic rockers to some outrageous punk rock.

BTW, it should also be noted that the intro voice of the Ledge, Max, is now a high school student who has an opportunity to spend a few days in New York City with his school's performing arts department. Please consider helping him out by donating at his Gofundme page. (

I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. Paul Westerberg, Silent Film Star

2. Billy Bragg & Wilco, Ingrid Bergman

3. Dan Bern, Marilyn

4. Scott The Hoople, Myrna Loy

5. Jilted John, Keira Knightley (Eat Your Dinner) (Live)

6. Joe Henry, Orson Welles

7. Cash Rivers and The Sinners, Winona on the Rider

8. Drive-By Truckers, Steve Mcqueen

9. Rolling Stones, Claudine

10. Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi's Dead

11. 3-D INVISIBLES, I Wanna Dig Up Bela Lugosi 

12. Peter Murphy, Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem

13. Julian Cope, Robert Mitchum

14. Billy Idol, Rita Hayworth

15. The Cult, Edie (Ciao Baby)

16. Blue Öyster Cult, Joan Crawford

17. The Jim Carroll Band, It’s Too Late

18. Redd Kross, Linda Blair

19. The Mountain Goats, Linda Blair Was Born Innocent

20. 2nd Grade, Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider

21. LATTE+, I Wanna Be Like Steve McQueen

22. Nirvana, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle

23. Fang, The Money Will Roll Right In

24. Sonic Youth, Mildred Pierce

25. Yo La Tengo, Tom Courtenay

26. Matthew Sweet, Winona

27. Kurt Baker, Emma Stone

28. Michael Faherty, Clark Gable

29. Brenyama, Rick Moranis

30. Kneeling In Piss, Timothee Chalamet Where Are You Going

31. Helen Love, Sandra Dee

32. Guy Morgan And The FT Crew, Martha Plimpton

33. Local H, Farrah

34. The Twilight Sad, Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting Live

35. Waveless, BOGART and BACALL

36. The Clash, The Right Profile

37. Hoodoo Gurus, Gene Hackman

38. Nick Lowe, Marie Provost

39. The Times, I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape

40. Kinks, Celluloid Heroes


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