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Song Stories

“All That She Wants”

Ace of Base | 1994

When Ace of Base recorded this reggae-inspired pop tune, singer Linn Berggen said "We knew we had made a hit." Inspired by "Another Mother," a hit by fellow-Swede Kayo, the group decided to write something similar. They sent a demo of their song--then titled "Mr. Ace"--to producer Denniz Pop, who listened to it repeatedly after the cassette got jammed in his car stereo. While the song quickly climbed the Danish and U.K. charts, distributors didn't think it could be a U.S. hit until Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, thought otherwise.

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“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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