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“Baby Come Back”

Player | 1977

Band members Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley were both feeling pangs of remorse for breaking up with their girlfriends when they sat down and let their emotions pour out on this pleading tune. "There was so much personal feeling in the song that we knew we had something special," Beckett said. Although the song was a commercial hit, critics charged that it was a blatant rip-off of other artists' songs — though they couldn't agree which artist Player had robbed. "Just call it rock 'n' soul," said bass player turned soap star Ronn Moss. "We pull from the best of both worlds."

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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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