A song for Sonny Liston-By Mark Knopfler What did you think?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Kamikaze, May 5, 2021.

  1. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Being happy means having less. Full Member

    1,898
    2,060
    Oct 12, 2020
    I think it's one of the best boxing songs around personally.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="
    This content is protected
    " title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  2. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

    320
    464
    Jan 5, 2021
    It is a great song and it gives some notable informations about Sonny Liston's life for the listener.
    There are following lines: "He had a left like Henry's hammer"
    and "A right like Betty Bamalam". I checked it, and Henry's hammer is probably based on John Henry (an American folk hero), but I don't know about Betty Bamalam.
    Mark Knopfler has also written the song: "Brothers in Arms" for his band Dire Straits, which belongs to my favourite songs.
    I also like the song about Joe Louis (Sonny's idol). It's also more of a good mood song.
     
  3. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    13,299
    7,635
    Jun 26, 2009
    Great stuff. Knopfler is an artist.

    Of course Bob Dylan wrote and recorded Hurricane about Rubin Carter.

    A bit more obscure was Warren Zevon’s rocker Boom Boom Mancini (which also references Bobby Chacon, haha):

     
  4. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

    6,519
    8,443
    Jul 16, 2019
    You know for the longest time I thought that the July 1966 hit Sunny by Bobby Hebb was about Sonny Liston, but found out it was made in honor of President Kennedy.
     
    Saintpat likes this.
  5. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    13,299
    7,635
    Jun 26, 2009
    I interrupt this thread to open discussion to the idea of a Mark Knopfler vs. Frank Bruno thread.
     
  6. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Being happy means having less. Full Member

    1,898
    2,060
    Oct 12, 2020
    Only if ESB Ron Lyle fights the winner.
     
    Richard M Murrieta and Saintpat like this.
  7. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    15,854
    7,053
    Mar 17, 2010
    Love it.

    I also like Joe Louis was a Fighting Man, and Stand By Me by Muhammad Ali
     
  8. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,667
    4,435
    Aug 16, 2018
    Great song by one of my favorite guitarist about one of my favorite fighters.
     
  9. ipswich express

    ipswich express Boxing Junkie Full Member

    12,003
    278
    Aug 22, 2004
    More likely refers to Henry Cooper's wicked left hook, which was given the same nickname.
     
    The Fighting Yoda likes this.
  10. ipswich express

    ipswich express Boxing Junkie Full Member

    12,003
    278
    Aug 22, 2004



    Great couple of tunes by a superb London Irish band, The Biblecode Sunday's. The first, about Billy Conn.
     
  11. ipswich express

    ipswich express Boxing Junkie Full Member

    12,003
    278
    Aug 22, 2004
    And the second "The Cinderella Man" about the Bergen Bulldog, Jimmy Braddock. Enjoy!