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"Ballad Of An Easy Rider" - A Playlist For Dennis Hopper

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I had the honor of meeting Dennis Hopper a few times in my life. The most thrilling was spending a long morning with Mr. Hopper at his home studio in Venice, California interviewing him for an ABC documentary about the life of Elvis Presley. As a young man, Dennis had given Elvis some early acting pointers and he told me about sharing some stories with the King about James Dean, with whom Elvis was long fascinated. Dennis then told me the single greatest Elvis story I ever heard. We don't have time for it all here. Suffice to say, the anecdote ended with a relatively innocent Dennis Hopper asking Presley, "Elvis, how do you have sex with all those women?" Elvis answered, rather gallantly, I thought, "It's easy Dennis, they're all different."

Dennis Hopper struck me as a remarkable and fascinating man to be around. He may never have been seen as a King like Elvis, but as an actor and an artist, he was a real prince, and an inspiring comeback story.

May Dennis Hopper long be remembered, and may he finally rest in peace.

BALLAD OF EASY RIDER - The Byrds
BORN TO BE WILD - Steppenwolf
SOMETHING IN THE AIR - Thunderclap Newman
BLUE VELVET - Bobby Vinton
LOVE & MARRIAGE - Frank Sinatra
PAINTER'S SONG - Norah Jones
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE - Leonard Rosenman
JAMES DEAN - Eagles
THE WEIGHT - The Band
YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO KANSAS - John Stewart
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH - Ike & Tina Turner
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE - Kris Kristofferson
WASN'T BORN TO FOLLOW - The Byrds
HUMAN HIGHWAY - Neil Young
THE END - The Doors

Please add your own songs for this American original.