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Song Stories

“Remember the Time”

Michael Jackson | 1991
Producer and songwriter of “Remember the Time,” Teddy Riley, admits he was blown away by Michael Jackson’s delivery of the song. “"One of the biggest things Michael really surprised me with on the Dangerous album was his vocal deliverance on Remember The Time,” Riley noted. “ I came to the project with this track. That was the sound I was thinking of for this album. Basically it was the sound I wanted on “Dangerous” and he loved it – loved it from the beginning.” “American Idol” winner Kris Allen resurrected the song by performing it during one of his live auditions in 2009.
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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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