The Good Doctor

And to think that…Dr. Seuss’ first book almost went up in flames.


Flying Crow

Dave Alexander billed himself as Black Ivory King. You could say he was “better-known as”, but barely anything is known of the man at all.


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Workin’ on the Railroad

This favorite folk song is All American, but railways themselves predate the ...

A Grand And Glorious Feeling

Jack Hylton would become one of Britain’s foremost bandleaders, but got his ...

Mary and the Lamb

Well you know this one…the first verse anyway.

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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. http://soundbeat.org/episode/old-king-tut/ And just for fun…Steve Martin’s hilarious “King Tut” http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/king-tut/n8663

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Nonsense!

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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