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The Music in the Novels

Michael Connelly often gets asked about the music that he mentions in his books. So here is the complete list of artists, songs, and CDs mentioned in Michael’s novels. Enjoy! (Listen to some of the music via Spotify.)

Complete List By Artist

Abbey Lincoln

Art Pepper:
“High Jingo”
“Straight Life” (Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section CD)
“The Shadow of Your Smile”
“You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”
“Patricia,” “Straight Life,” and “Over The Rainbow,” (Unreleased Art CD)

Beach Boys:
“Help Me, Rhonda”

Biggie Smalls

Bill Evans and the Bill Evans Trio

Billy Strayhorn:
“Blood Count”
“Lush Life”
“Rain Check”

Bob Dylan:
“All Along the Watchtower”

Bob Seger:
“Night Moves”

Boz Scaggs:
“For All We Know”

Branford Marsalis

Bruce Springsteen:
“Darkness on the Edge of Town”

Cab Calloway:
“Everybody That Comes To My Place Has To Eat”

Charlie Parker

Chet Baker:
“Cool Burnin’”
“My Funny Valentine”
“Night Bird”

The Clash:
“I Fought The Law”

Clifford Brown:
“Willow Weep For Me” (Clifford Brown With Strings CD)

Cole Porter

Danny Grissett:
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” Form CD

Death Cab For Cutie

The Doors:
“The Changeling,”
“Riders On The Storm,”
“The End”

Dr. Dre

Duke Ellington:
“Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”

Eddie Money:
“Two Tickets to Paradise”

Eric Clapton:
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
“Judgement Day” (Clapton CD)

Frank Morgan:
“All Blues”
“Lullaby” (Mood Indigo CD)

Frank Sinatra:
“Summer Wind”
“That’s Life”

Gary Smulyan:
Hidden Treasures CD

George Cables
“Helen’s Song”

Gioacchino Rossini:
“William Tell Overture”

Grace Kelly

Guns N’ Roses

Howlin’ Wolf:
“I Ain’t Superstitious”
“Wang Dang Doodle”

Jack Sheldon

Jim Morrison

Jimi Hendrix:
“Fire”
“Purple Haze”

John Coltrane:
“Song of the Underground Railroad”
“Soul Eyes”
“Spiritual”

John Fogerty:
“Bad Moon Rising”

Lee Konitz

Louis Armstrong:
“What a Wonderful World”

Louis Jordan:
“Knock Me A Kiss”

Lucinda Williams:
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road CD
World Without Tears CD

Ludacris

Marvin Gaye:
“Sexual Healing”

Maurice Ravel
“Boléro”

Michael Formanek:
The Rub and Spare Change CD

Miles Davis:
“All Blues” (Kind of Blue CD)
“Freddie Freeloader” (Kind of Blue CD)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
“Scheherazade”

Paul Chambers

Pearl Jam

Percy Sledge:
“When a Man Loves a Woman”

Philly Joe Jones

Red Garland

Rod Stewart:
“Twisting The Night Away”

Rolling Stones:
“Midnight Rambler”

Ron Carter
“Seven Steps to Heaven,” (Dear Miles CD)

Roseanne Cash

Ry Cooder:
“It’s Just Work For Me” (Chávez Ravine CD)
“Teardrops Will Fall”
“Poor Man’s Shangri-La”

Samuel Barber:
“Adagio for Strings”

Seamus Blake

Snoop Dog

Sonny and Cher
“I’ve Got You Babe”

Sonny Rollins:
Falling In Love With Jazz CD

Thelonious Monk:
“Evidence” (Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane – At Carnegie Hall CD)

Three Six Mafia

Tom Harrell

Tom Waits:
Blue Valentine CD

Tomasz Stanko:
“Soul of Things”

Tupac Shakur:
“God Bless The Dead”
“Life Goes On”
“So Many Tears”
“To Live & Die in L.A.”

Van Morrison:
“Wild Night”

Warren Zevon:
“Lawyers, Guns and Money”

Wayne Shorter:
“502 Blues”

Complete List By Book

From The Black Echo
Branford Marsalis
Frank Morgan
John Coltrane, “Soul Eyes”
Sonny Rollins, Falling In Love With Jazz CD
Wayne Shorter, “502 Blues”
Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”

From The Black Ice
Frank Morgan, “Lullaby,” Mood Indigo CD
John Coltrane, “Song of the Underground Railroad”
John Coltrane, “Spiritual”
Percy Sledge, “When a Man Loves a Woman”

From The Concrete Blonde
Cab Calloway, “Everybody That Comes To My Place Has To Eat”
Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind”
Billy Strayhorn, “Lush Life”
Billy Strayhorn, “Blood Count”
Billy Strayhorn, “Rain Check”

From The Last Coyote
Clifford Brown, “Willow Weep For Me,” Clifford Brown With Strings CD
Duke Ellington, “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”
Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
Abbey Lincoln
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Scheherazade”
Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing”
Tom Waits, Blue Valentine CD

From Trunk Music
Beach Boys, “Help Me, Rhonda”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Scheherazade”
Eddie Money, “Two Tickets to Paradise”
Warren Zevon, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”

From Blood Work
Howlin’ Wolf, “I Ain’t Superstitious”
Howlin’ Wolf, “Wang Dang Doodle”
Louis Jordan, “Knock Me A Kiss”
Rolling Stones, “Midnight Rambler”
Jimi Hendrix, “Fire”
Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

From Angels Flight
Samuel Barber, “Adagio for Strings”
Frank Morgan, “Lullaby”

From Void Moon
Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road CD
Roseanne Cash
Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind”
Frank Sinatra, “That’s Life”

From A Darkness More Than Night
Art Pepper, “Straight Life,”  Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section CD
Red Garland
Paul Chambers
Philly Joe Jones
Miles Davis
Bob Seger, “Night Moves”
Rod Stewart, “Twisting The Night Away”
Bruce Springsteen, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
Van Morrison, “Wild Night”
John Fogerty, “Bad Moon Rising”

From City Of Bones
Bill Evans
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue CD
John Coltrane
Clifford Brown
Bill Evans Trio

From Chasing The Dime
Guns N’ Roses

From Lost Light
Art Pepper, “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”
Jack Sheldon
Cole Porter
Lee Konitz
Art Pepper, “High Jingo”
Art Pepper, “The Shadow of Your Smile”
Frank Morgan, “Lullaby,” Mood Indigo CD
George Cables
John Coltrane, “Soul Eyes”
Chet Baker, “Cool Burnin’”
Chet Baker, “My Funny Valentine”
Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
Billy Strayhorn, “Lush Life”

From The Narrows
Lucinda Williams, World Without Tears CD
Frank Morgan, “Lullaby”

From The Closers
Boz Scaggs, “For All We Know”
Miles Davis, “Freddie Freeloader,” Kind of Blue CD

From The Lincoln Lawyer
Three Six Mafia
Tupac Shakur, “God Bless The Dead”
Tupac Shakur, “Life Goes On”
Tupac Shakur, “To Live & Die in L.A.”
Tupac Shakur, “So Many Tears”
Ludacris
Dr. Dre
Biggie Smalls
Snoop Dog
Pearl Jam

From Echo Park
Ry Cooder, “It’s Just Work For Me,” Chávez Ravine CD
Thelonius Monk, “Evidence,” Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane – At Carnegie Hall CD
Miles Davis, “All Blues,” Kind of Blue CD
The Clash, “I Fought The Law”

From The Overlook
George Cables
Frank Morgan, “All Blues”
Ron Carter
Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
Art Pepper
Chet Baker

From The Brass Verdict
Gioacchino Rossini, “William Tell Overture”
Frank Morgan
Art Pepper
Charlie Parker
Eric Clapton
Ron Carter

From The Scarecrow
Jim Morrison
The Doors, “The Changeling”
Death Cab For Cutie
The Doors, “Riders On The Storm”
The Doors, “The End”
Eric Clapton, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

From Nine Dragons
Ron Carter, “Seven Steps to Heaven,” Dear Miles CD
Tomasz Stanko, “Soul of Things”
Art Pepper

From The Reversal
Death Cab for Cutie
“Scheherazade”

From The Fifth Witness
Ry Cooder, “Teardrops Will Fall”
Ry Cooder, “Poor Man’s Shangri-La”
Maurice Ravel, “Boléro”
Sonny and Cher, “I’ve Got You Babe”
Eric Clapton,Judgement Day,” Clapton CD

From The Drop
Frank Morgan
Art Pepper
Chet Baker, “Night Bird”

From The Black Box
“Mood Indigo”
Frank Morgan
George Cables, “Helen’s Song”
Art Pepper, “Patricia,”  “Straight Life,” and “Over The Rainbow,” Unreleased Art CD
Ron Carter
Thelonious Monk
Danny Grissett, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” Form CD
Tom Harrell
Seamus Blake
Grace Kelly
Gary Smulyan, Hidden Treasures CD
Michael Formanek, The Rub and Spare Change CD