“The Hindenburg Disaster” is an upbeat, retro-sounding, very catchy song — complete with a kazoo solo — about one of the worst things ever to happen in New Jersey: the crash of the Hindenburg airship in Lakehust, in 1937. Thirty-five of the 97 people on board died.
“Come on children, have you heard/Of the greatest ship, the Hindenburg?/It carried folks of wealth and fame/But it crashed in Jersey in a ball of flame,” sings Andy Bean of the duo Two Man Gentlemen Band, in this song.
This is the only song, I believe, ever written about the Hindenburg, though the airship is famously shown on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled 1969 debut album — even though it’s not, technically, a zeppelin (or, for that matter, a blimp).
Check out the song below.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday last year. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are marking the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.