Monthly Archives: August 2015

Gallows Pole: John Jacob Niles, Leadbelly, and Led Zeppelin

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider a song that goes by many different names.  We’ll first review its origins as a traditional folk song, perhaps most commonly known as The Maid Freed From The Gallows. We will then … Continue reading

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Twist and Shout: The Top Notes; The Isley Brothers; The Beatles

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Twist and Shout. This is one of the great R&B/rock songs of the 60s. Most people know that the Beatles covered the Isley Brothers’ version of this song. However, very … Continue reading

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Do Wah Diddy: The Exciters; Manfred Mann; and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider Do Wah Diddy, a classic pop song from the 60s. We will start with a brief summary of the career of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who wrote the song. Next we … Continue reading

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Mr. Tambourine Man: Bob Dylan, The Byrds, William Shatner

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider Mr. Tambourine Man, a wonderful song from Bob Dylan and one that jump-started the field of folk-rock music. We will review the original by Bob Dylan, a cover of that song by … Continue reading

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With a Little Help From My Friends: The Beatles; Joe Cocker; John Belushi

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider With A Little Help From My Friends, a terrific pop song from the Beatles’ ground-breaking concept album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. We will review the original by the Beatles, a … Continue reading

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