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Song Stories

“(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock”

Bill Haley and His Comets | 1954
The simple lyric about rockin’ “until broad daylight” could well be about dancing to a live band, although the “seventh heaven” reference implies it could be about making love. Either way, the world’s first No. 1 rock ‘n’ roll hit — credited to Max C Freedman and Jimmy De Knight (born James E. Myers) —became a teenage anthem when Bill Haley and His Comets put it out. In the 70s, it charted again when it was used as the theme for the film American Graffiti and first two seasons of Happy Days.
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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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