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221: The Drifters (Doc Pomus), ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’

The maelstrom of emotion – Doc Pomus watches from his wheelchair as his new bride dances with another guy. All in 2’34”.

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218: Bo Diddley, ‘Who Do You Love’

The pogroms in Częstochowa, the African-American folk magic tradition of hoodoo, and how my bootlegging booze across state lines prevented my girlfriend from being picked up by a blues legend.

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213: Tommy Tucker, ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’

Quarantined? Put on your red dress, baby.
Paralysed by existential angst? Take a lesson from Robert Higginbotham.

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196: Ray Charles, ‘You Don’t Know Me’

Ray pretty much invented soul and then cornered the market. Instead of leaving well enough alone, he went and invaded Nashville, dressing a string of Country and Western classics in his jazz/pop/soul style, but with fiercely personal interpretations. Something new under the sun. Something indelibly beautiful.

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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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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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162: The Everly Brothers, ‘Crying in the Rain’

It’s been pouring here, so we’re visiting the whole soggy genre of Crying In The Rain songs. Guess which one we like best?

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155: Buddy Holly, ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’

When the weather’s right, this song can still make me cry.

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