Yes, We Have No Bananas!

This song’s origins are debatable, much like the validity of…1920’s art critics? Ok, let’s see where this one’s going.


The Lost Chord

Arthur Sullivan was one of Britain’s most important composers, one half of a little theatrical team known as Gilbert and Sullivan.


Listen Mr. Bilbo

Mr. Theodore G. Bilbo was a US senator....and not a good one.


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“I Owe My Soul to….”

Merle Travis recorded the original 16 tons in 1946...though he did have ...
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BANNED! Light A Candle In The Chapel

Who doesn’t appreciate a good old-fashioned sappy song now and again? Well, ...

How Tom Whitewashed the Fence

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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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