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“Tipitina”

Professor Longhair | 1972

The rhumba-style track "Tipitina" was first released as a single in 1953 and was re-released on Professor Longhair's classic 1972 album New Orleans Piano. The song provided the name for an iconic New Orleans nightclub and music venue when Tipitina's opened in 1977, and the album was named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of all time. "Tipitina" has become a quintessential New Orleans standard and has been covered by many artists, including fellow New Orleanian Dr. John. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2011.

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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