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Song Stories

“Rainy Night in Georgia”

Brook Benton | 1970

This tale of what it feels like when the whole world is raining and there's no warm place to find became a smash for Brook Benton in 1970, eight years after Tony Jo White penned it. White’s inspiration? "I knew about rainy nights in Georgia because I drove a dump truck for the highway department," he said. In naming it one of the 500 Greatest Songs of all time, Rolling Stone praises "Benton's intimate baritone set over crying violins, crashing horns and dolorous organs and guitars."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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