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035: Miles Davis, ‘Boplicity’ (“Birth of the Cool”)

2’58” of heaven

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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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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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049: Chrysalis (J. Spider Barbour), ‘Summer in Your Savage Eyes’

This week’s SoTW is long, even by my shaggy dog standards. What can you do? It’s a long story, spanning 45 years. It spins the strange tale of an obscure artist, his music, J. Spider Barbour and his band Chrysalis. The story as I tell it is full of detours, tangents, and irrelevancies; so don’t expect a “well-made” dramatic storyline here. Only a bizarre chain of events in which real life and fantasy intertwine in their ironic and inextricable way.

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053: The Beatles, ‘In My Life’

Even though they misinterpreted the song, who can deny it’s one of the greatest, ever?

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