For the first official week of summer: The Isley Brothers make something hot and funky from Seals and Crofts' '70s soft rock exemplar, "Summer Breeze."
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For June 8th: The titular Turk who inspired one of Brubeck's more invigorating time signature experiments was a musician named June Eighth
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John Prine, even at 24, saw that being old isn't about age, but an absence of youth. Bonnie Raitt sang how that feels to a woman.
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Popcorn started in a barn in Belgium where couples touch danced to slowed-down R&B. It was the last great underground scene in Europe.
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Scott Walker was the Greta Garbo of '60s pop to some, a god-like genius to others, and an artist who gave a song everything it needed, plus a little…
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The song that made Waylon Jennings an outlaw.
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A song that famously evokes sunny beaches and warm breezes is darker and cooler than its easy-listening dilutions have let us believe.
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A bittersweet honey, from '70s Japanese guitar distortion pedals to Lost In Translation -- it's so good, so good.
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From Bugs Bunny to Moog to Motown, Raymond Scott was a 20th Century music innovator who tested the limits of man, machine, and cartoon animals.
A folk song about the WWI Gallipoli campaign has nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day, but everything to do with the truth Shane MacGowan and The Pogues…
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In Berlin, David Bowie found that his most compelling character was himself, and in a defiantly experimental period, created a worldwide anthem.
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The Rolling Stones, a secular hymn made spiritual, and the crack in an unbreakable woman’s voice.
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