219: Woody Guthrie, ‘Red River Valley’

Community singing.
Say what???

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029: Eva Cassidy, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Golden-haired, golden-voiced, painfully shy Eva Cassidy died in 1996 at 33 of skin cancer, unknown outside her native D.C.
She found posthumous fame three years later, via a British DJ.
Too kitsch to be true?
Listen to her. Truer words were never sung.
And have your handkerchief ready.

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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 prevented my girlfriend from being picked up by a blues legend.

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217: Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’

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

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009: Barbra Streisand, ‘Lover Come Back to Me’

At 22 Barbra Streisand traded guts for glitz and sacrificed her artistry on the altar of auto-adulation. She became a megastar cum décolletage, morphing from a talented loser into a loser of a talent. Here she is aged 20 –a truly stunning vocal artist.

For your browsing edification, we’ve added a chronological index of all 170 SoTW postings to the What’s New tab.

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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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057: Anita O’Day, ‘Tea for Two

Anita O’Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival–so cool, so hip, so talented. Take a gander. She’ll knock you out of your chair.

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052: The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Girl, Beautiful Girl’

In which Jeff recounts the story of how he maybe turned down a job with a very famous Hollywood director.

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