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More Top Stories: Drake, Susan Boyle and ABBA

September 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Drake, Justin Timberlake to Help Launch MTV's 'The Seven'
Drake, Justin Timberlake and the principle actors from The Social Network will co-host Monday's premiere episode of The Seven, MTV's new pop culture show. [Press Release]

Lou Reed Lets Susan Boyle Cover "Perfect Day" After All
After being denied permission to cover Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" on America's Got Talent, Susan Boyle finally has permission from the Velvet Underground singer to make the Transformer track the first single off her upcoming album The Gift. [The Guardian]

ABBA to Sue Right Wingers Over Use of Their Song
Don Henley, Jackson Browne and David Byrne have all filed lawsuits against right-wing political parties for using their songs on the campaign trail. Now add ABBA to that list: The Swedish band will pursue legal action against the far-right Danish People's Party, after the political group changed the words of "Mamma Mia" to "Mamma Pia," in honor of their leader Pia Kjaersgaard. [BBC]

Heart's Nancy Wilson, Cameron Crowe Divorcing
Heart's Nancy Wilson has filed for divorce from her husband of 24 years, Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe. [Reuters]

Justin Townes Earle Cancels Tour, Enters Rehab
Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) has canceled his remaining 2010 tour dates and entered rehab. Last week, Earle was arrested following a brawl at an Indianapolis venue. [Justin Townes Earle]

Plus: Radiohead taking stock of new material, Bret Michaels schedules heart surgery and more.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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