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226: The Byrds, ‘Eight Miles High’ (RCA Version)

Oh, how they jangled.

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4

224: Bob Dylan, ‘Motorpsycho Nightmare’

Have you heard the one about the farmer’s daughter and the traveling troubadour?

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3

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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220: Cilla Black, ‘Alfie’

Wanna hear a GOOD song?

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8

219: Woody Guthrie, ‘Red River Valley’

Community singing.
Say what???

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5

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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4

217: Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’

Turns out 500,000,000 Amy Winehouse fans were right. Go figure.

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4

216: Billie Holiday, ‘God Bless the Child’

Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin—their pain, their music, and us.

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