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082: Dion DiMucci, ‘Sit Down Old Friend’

At the age of 22, Dion DiMucci had 20 gold records and addictions to alcohol and heroin. He got straight and religion, and has been recording knock-out acoustic blues for decades. Back in 1970 he recorded an obscure singer-songwriter album of redemption that has stayed with me as a tower of strength and a beacon of light.

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249: Bobby Vee, ‘The Night Has a Thousand Eyes’

Bobby Vee died last week at 73 from complications arising from Alzheimer’s. That’s pretty surprising, considering that he’s still an 18-year old pop star and I’m still a pimply 13-year old with my ear glued to a Top 40 transistor radio.

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243: Ricky Nelson, “I’m Walkin'”

You can’t understand popular culture without understanding why it was worth waiting half an hour for Ricky. Thunder on the horizon.

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070: Buddy Holly, ‘That’ll Be the Day’

The (almost full) story of Buddy Holly’s great song and the night The Grateful Dead backed me singing it. Yeah, for real.

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076: Roy Orbison, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’

Roy and Claudette were building a home back in Hendersonville, but while he was out on the road, she began an affair with their contractor. Their marriage was on the rocks. One morning in 1964, Roy Orbison was sitting in the kitchen working with his songwriting partner Bill Dees when Claudette came in and said she was going to go into town to buy something. Orbison asked if she needed any money, and Dees cracked, “Pretty woman never needs any money.” By the time she got back from shopping, they had the song.”

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237: Wilbert Harrison, ‘Kansas City’

“C’mon, Wilbert, pick up them feet, you shiftless shuffler you! The lady’s a-waiting!”
“Hey, I ain’t sweating or fretting or agitating for no woman.”

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235: The Singing Nun, ‘Dominique’ (#1 Hits of 1963)

The #1 hits from 1963, all 21 of them.
You remember The 4 Seasons and Bobby Vinton; but you thought you’d expunged from your memory Dale and Grace, Kyu Sakamoto, and The Singing Nun.
Till now.

Did you know that the What’s New tab shows you a list of the entire SoTW archive?

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054: Mickey & Sylvia, ‘Love is Strange’

Mickey Baker & Little Sylvia Robinson (nee Vanderpool), Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn, Buddy Holly & Bo Diddley (separately!), 3 bejillion viewers of ‘Dirty Dancing’, even you and I once upon a time– we have all been testifying and sleazing for 50 years on now–love is very strange indeed .

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