Across the Borderline

July 21, 2019

“Across the Borderline,” written by Ry CooderJohn Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson, performed by Willy DeVille in Amsterdam for RTL5, 1999.

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San Francisco

July 21, 2019

“San Francisco,” recorded in Spanish by Barcelona’s Los Mustang,1967. The song, written by John Phillips to promote the Monterey Pop Festival, was originally recorded by Scott McKensie.

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A Nickel and a Nail

July 21, 2019

“A Nickel and a Nail,” written by Vernon Morrison (and ostensibly Don Robey), recorded by O.V. Wright, 1971.

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I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)

July 21, 2019

“I’ve Got My Whiskey (I don’t need you),” written by Chris Ousley and performed by him with the Bumper Jacksons, 2015.

Bumper Jacksons website

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Holy Ghost

July 21, 2019

“Holy Ghost,” recorded by The Mighty Clouds Of Joy in 1967.

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Every Little Bit Hurts

July 20, 2019

“Every Little Bit Hurts,” written by Ed Cobb, recorded by Brenda Holloway in 1964.

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Rum

July 20, 2019

“Rum,” written by John Osborne, T.J. Osborne, and Barry Dean, performed by Brothers Osborne, 2018. Video shot in Deale, Maryland.

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One Meat Ball

July 20, 2019

“One Meatball.” written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer in 1944, dramatized in this “Soundie,” a kind of 1940s music video shown in a jukebox-type device called a Panoram. The song is based on an 1855 composition by Harvard’s George Martin Lane, PhD, “The Lone Fish-Ball.”

More:

Song for Hard Times,” Primus V, Harvard Magazine

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Hollywood Capers

July 20, 2019

“Hollywood Capers,” a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon featuring Beans the Cat, directed by Jack King, 1935. W.C.Fields, Charlie Chaplin, and Porky Pig show up. Animated by Rollin Hamilton and Charles Jones; music by Norman Spencer. Voice actors: Tommy Bond and Bernice Hansen.

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Stranger Thing: New Coke

July 19, 2019

1985: New Coke’s spokesperson was an admired celebrity. One of the two is making a comeback.

More:

“The Day New Coke Came to DC,” Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

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