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Led Zeppelin | 1975

Although titled "Kashmir," the Led Zeppelin song was inspired by a car ride though Southern Morroco rather than the aforementioned northwestern region of India. In fact, Jimmy Page once admitted to William Burroughs that the Zeps hadn't actually visited the locale. "None of us have been to Kashmir. It’s just that we’ve all been very involved in that sort of music. I’m very involved in ethnic music from all over the world." In the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mark Ratner boldly forgoes the advice of Mike Damone, by playing "Kashmir" instead of "Side one of Led Zeppelin IV," when it "comes down to making out" with a young lady.

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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