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186: The Everly Brothers, ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’

Boudreaux and Felice Bryant wrote 23 hit songs for The Everly Brothers. The couple met when Felice was 19. She saw Boudreaux in a hotel lobby, told him she’d seen him in a dream when she was 8, and had been looking for him ever since. ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’ was true autobiography.

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078: Paul Simon, ‘The Late, Great Johnny Ace’

John Lennon was murdered 39 years ago today. Paul Simon wrote a song around that event. Even today, my mind gets teary when it lights on John Lennon’s death. He appears in Paul Simon’s song only obliquely, because the song isn’t about John Lennon, and it’s not about Johnny Ace. It’s about Paul Simon, and about you, and about me.

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183: Love, ‘Alone Again Or’ (Bryan MacLean)

An obscure legend: the beautiful Bryan MacLean demo, of the indelible opening cut of Love’s “Forever Changes”, a gift that justifies all the mothers of the world cleaning out their garages and discovering their little boys’ lost treasures.

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184: Arik Einstein, ‘Ruach Stav’ (‘Autumn Breeze’)

Arik Einstein died six years ago this week. More than a singer, he was a national icon, a symbol of our brand-new little old-fashioned country with its oh-so-long history, its pain, its optimism and its cynicism, its utter belief in itself and its vehement denial of that belief.

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182: The Shirelles, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’

When seventeen-year old Carole King found herself pregnant, she wrote ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ for The Shirelles. Girls (and now also guys) have been singing it ever since.

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179: Tom Waits, ‘Ruby’s Arms’

If you’re embarrassed to cry in public, be careful where you listen to this.

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181: Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, ‘Faithless Love’

Why did J.D. get the eye-conic cover girl and not me? Why, oh why?

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180: Tim Ries, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (Flamenco)

Fellas – if you’ve ever taken my advice about anything, watch this clip. If it doesn’t make your blood boil, you’re probably dead.

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