In a weird election year, this presidential hit from the '80s is still one of a kind
It's President's Day and some of us are working and some have the day off. To celebrate the holiday, let's tip our hat to the most famous president of the '60s - John F. Kennedy with the overseas hit (Glad I'm Not) A Kennedy.
In the '80s, the polarizing President Ronald Reagan was frequently mentioned in song (mostly criticized) while George H. Bush was a non-factor in pop music. Even though his presidential stint was over twenty years earlier, the '80s music scene fondly remembered JFK with name drops in songs like Life In A Northern Town (Dream Academy), We Didn't Start The Fire (Billy Joel) and was the main subject of dozens of lesser known songs like Lou Reed's The Day Kennedy Died. While not a song that got much play in America, Shona Laing had a number one song in her native New Zealand in 1986 with (Glad I'm Not) A Kennedy.
Despite the curious title, (Glad I'm Not) A Kennedy is a tribute to the Kennedy family and all the scrutiny and expectations that wife Jackie, kids Caroline and John and those related had to live with following the assassination of JFK. The video for (Glad I'm Not) A Kennedy features some interesting home video footage of the Kennedy family, JFK speech excerpts along with Laing singing to a surprising peppy beat .
In 2013, Laing was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.