The Big Rock Candy Mountain

At the outset, Big Rock Candy Mountain seems like a child’s dreamland. So…why all the cigarette trees?

Mary and the Lamb

Well you know this one…the first verse anyway.

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Big Maceo

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On Top of Old Smoky

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The Fisk University Jubilee Singers

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Old King Tut

Today’s Beat: the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter and company, set to the music of “Old King Tut” by The Happiness Boys, recorded in 1923. And just for fun…Steve Martin’s hilarious “King Tut”

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To prove his theory that his fellow Italians would like any English song, singer Adriano Celentano released this tune in 1972. It features nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English…and it’s awesome.

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Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was a bad kid. “Incorrigible”, to be precise: that’s how his mother described him, when she turned him over to the cops, beginning his first jail stint at the tender age of 11(!). He’d bounce in and out of jail, (including one escape), but wasn’t fully rehabilitated until, while an inmate at San […]

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