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145: Peter, Paul & Mary, ‘Early Morning Rain’

“Hi, I’m Peter, but I’m no saint.”
“Hi, I’m Paul, and I’m no saint.”
“Hi, I’m Mary, and I’m no virgin.”

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290: Becca Kristovsky, ‘Bye Bye Baby Blues’

We buried Becca yesterday, but she’s still singing. With a glint in her eye. She’s singing those bye bye baby blues.

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140: Randy Newman, ‘Sail Away’

How would Donald Trump react to Randy Newman’s ‘Sail Away’, in which a slavemaster gives a pep talk to his African charges setting off in chains on a cruise to the Promised Land?

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138: Eliane Elias, ‘Baubles, Bangles and Beads’

I can’t think of a single reason why Brazilian/American jazz/bossanova pianist/singer Eliane Elias isn’t a household name – she is a serious musician, outstandingly talented, commercially appealing, and uncommonly pleasing to look at.

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133: Spencer Davis Group (Stevie Winwood), ‘I’m A Man’

The incomparably talented 18-year old Stevie Winwood; the dark, mysterious ‘I’m A Man’. If I had a ringtone, this would be it.

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137: Patience and Prudence, ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’

I first learned the song ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’ when I was knee-high to a lawn-mower, and I still hum it on occasion. Patience and Prudence McIntyre were 12 and 9 when they recorded it in 1956. Today they’d probably be renamed Sistas Lust and Greed.

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222: Joni Mitchell, ‘River’

Joni, skating on thin ice, on a river so long that our own feet can fly us away from this troubled world.
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men and women, everyone.

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136: James Taylor, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel – ‘Wonderful World’

What happens when three of the finest singers of our times get together to record a pop paean to pimply passion?

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