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“Let's Do It Again”

The Staple Singers | 1975

Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and released on his Curtom label, collaboration "Let's Do It Again" was originally part of the soundtrack to the film of the same name starring Jimmie "Dynamite!" Walker, Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier (who also directed the film). The song's sexual subject matter was controversial with old school Staples fans who were rooted in the church, but the song remains in the group's canon. Mavis Staples' voice from the song was sampled in 2011 by Star Slinger, but she isn't suing: "Her manager played the remix I did and she actually liked it!" Darren "Star Slinger" Williams said with enthusiasm.

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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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