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Tad Hendrickson

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  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

    One of the of the songs most identified with the Band even though it was never a big hit for them (Joan Baez took it to Number Three two years later), “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” appeared on The Band and as the B side of the “Up on Cripple Creek” single. This […]

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  • Candle in the Wind

    Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote the original “Candle” as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe on the classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Though it was a hit in the U.K., the song was not released as a single in the U.S. until its 1997 remake, when it was subtitled “Goodbye England’s Rose” in tribute […]

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  • 1999

    “I don’t consider myself a great poet,” Prince told Rolling Stone. “I just know I’m here to say what’s on my mind.” In the case of the apocalyptic party anthem “1999,” he was worried about then-president Ronald Reagan’s foreign policies. The song’s melody is based on a riff borrowed from the Mamas and Papas’ “Monday, […]

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  • Wish You Were Here

    The tragic downfall of Syd Barrett following the former Pink Floyd guitarist's descent into drug-induced madness haunts the band’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the title track is an ode to their fallen comrade. Eerily, Barrett showed up out of the blue at Abbey Road Studios during […]

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  • Graceland

    Paul Simon caused a tremendous stir in 1986, audaciously recording this blend of pop and South African mbaqanga music with South African musicians in their homeland. Some grumbled that he shouldn’t have “supported” the apartheid government then in power, but fans loved the new sound, taking the album to Number Three and pushing the title […]

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  • Bizness

    The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, […]

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  • Planet Rock

    One of the more unlikely pop-song fusions to ever to hit the charts, “Planet Rock” brings the Bronx-based hip-hop of Afrika Bambaataa and his funky crew together with the futuristic synthesizer sounds of Kraftwerk. A DJ who often spun the German electronic band during his sets, Bambaataa asked keyboardist John Robie if he could play […]

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  • Sister Ray

    The highly improvisational "Sister Ray," which riffed on black leather, sunglasses, noise and more noise, was done in one take by the Velvet Underground, who agreed ahead of time that, good or bad, they would live with the results. While the recorded version was 17 minutes long, the band was known for stretching it to […]

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  • Hoochie Coochie Man

    One of the many classic songs written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man" is a song that every blues guitarist and singer attempts to tackle. Not that they'd ever approach the primal sex appeal and groove of Waters and his classic early electric band. Waters' own band couldn't even do […]

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  • Let’s Do It Again

    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 […]

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