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Song of the Day: “Roll Over Beethoven”

While we’re all jumping all over ourselves to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, can we take a moment to appreciate the group’s consummate performance poise? In the above video, taped 50 years ago on February 11, 1964, the Beatles knocked out Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” in less than 90 seconds. And yet the video is 4:32 in length.

Why?

Because the promoters at the Washington Coliseum set up Ringo’s drumkit backwards. Ringo rotates the riser himself. Come on. Once they finally get going, George’s microphone doesn’t work for his lead vocal. Without one hesitation, he moves stage left to John’s mic and keeps the song moving. Love it.

I would have loved to tie this to Boston, but the Beatles didn’t perform in our city till later in the summer. We’ll do a retrospective then. In the meantime, check out all the videos of the Washington, DC show

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Song of the Day: “You Gotta Believe”


Let’s put aside that “You Gotta Believe,” the title track of Marky Mark’s second album and today’s song of the day, kicks off your week with a bang. Instead we can witness the music video in all it’s 1992 glory. From the go-go dancers in stretch pants to the proto-Fight Club cutscenes, it screams relevance at us from our perch 20 years later. I can take the sparks unleashed from nondescript urban decay, but what’s Mark doing with the David Robinson jersey? Represent the hometown, eh? Larry Bird was on the Dream Team too.

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Song of the Day: “Froggie Went a Courtin'”

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Folk music is the name of the game today, and none of the Mumford & Sons revival, where a few acoustic instruments and stomping passes for the genre. 1930s or it didn’t happen.

The version of the classic ballad “Froggie Went A-Courtin'” I’ve chosen betrays that maxim of course, as it is by Bob Dylan, who was a shockingly fresh folk revivalist at one point himself. It is also from a an album of late-period Dylan, the all-acoustic, thoroughly folkie Good As I Been To You, released in 1992. Despite Dylan’s songwriting reputation, not one song is by him- they are all traditionals arranged for acoustic guitar. Today’s selection is a favorite, because I am beside myself to hear him sing about mice, frogs and rats as if a fable of Aesop.

The song “Froggie Went a-Courtin'” is old. Really old. The earliest written version may date from 1611. It’s also been recorded many times in the 20th century, including versions by Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, and Chubby Parker’s contribution to Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, titled “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O.”

Fans of Harry Smith’s Anthology, or of folk generally, should check out an unbelievable blog documenting each song of the anthology titled The Old, Weird America (itself a Dylan reference). Or, if you really want to look up all 170 verses of “Froggie”, be my guest.