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September 21, 2010 9:00 AM ET

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gym Teacher Dead at 77
Leonard Skinner, the Florida high school teacher whose name inspired a few of his students to name their band "Lynyrd Skynyrd," passed away in his native Jacksonville at the age of 77, after suffering from Alzheimer's. Skinner stayed connected to the band throughout the decades, appearing in the artwork for their third album Nuthin' Fancy, and introducing the band when they played Jacksonville. [Jacksonville.com]

Jerry Garcia's Last Home Hits the Market
Jerry Garcia's 11-acre Marin County, California estate, where the Grateful Dead singer lived before his death in 1995, has come on the market for $4 million. The home is equipped with a large artist's studio, solar-heated pool, organic garden and a view of the Pacific Ocean. [ AP]

Quebec's Karkwa Takes Home Polaris Prize
Quebec rockers Karkwa have won the Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes Canada's best album each year. Their Les Chemins De Verre beat out discs from better-known artists like Tegan & Sara, the Besnard Lakes and Broken Social Scene. [Polaris Music Prize]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce Tiny 10th Anniversary Show
To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform at The tiny Brooklyn venue Secret Project Robot tomorrow. Tickets will go on sale at the venue today, between 6 and 8 p.m. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Plus: Steven Tyler announces first solo song, Bruno Mars busted for cocaine possesion and more.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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