Episode #67: Please Bring Us Some Rhubarb, We Need a Shampoo

April 20, 2014

This week’s program is framed at both ends with unusual harp music. If that’s not tempting enough, there’s more: Tony Perkins, unusual Beatles covers, solo vocalists of both sexes, phrase book phrases, instrumentals, hip and hop, up and down, Bob and Ray, toys and games, and banter.

We work hard so you don’t have to.

(0:00:00) Jenna Allen — Pipeline (arr. Margot Krimmel)
(0:02:43) Your DJs Speak
(0:05:45) Tony Perkins — The Prettiest Girl in School
(0:08:14) The Dave Clark Five — Live in the Sky
(0:10:56) Maurice Chevalier — Le sous-marin vert (Yellow Submarine)
(0:13:38) The Fiery Furnaces — Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
(0:16:32) The Supremes — A Hard Day’s Night
(0:18:54) Booker T. and the MGs — You Can’t Do That
(0:21:38) Your DJs Speak
(0:27:50) The Sweatermen — The Toy Song
(0:28:20) Peter Greenwell — Useless Useful Phrases (from Noël/Cole: "Let's Do It!”)
(0:31:28) Bone Thugs-n-Harmony — 1st of Tha Month
(0:37:04) The Ramsey Lewis Trio — The “In” Crowd
(0:40:29) Blossom Dearie — Let Me Love You
(0:43:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:47:58) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Smaller Coffee Stirrers
(0:51:57) OK Go — It's Tough to Have a Crush When the Boy Doesn't Feel the Same Way You Do
(0:54:06) Jonathan and Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston and Jo Stafford) — Take the “A” Train
(0:56:17) Etta James — I’d Rather Go Blind
(0:58:50) Your DJs Speak
(1:04:22) Bobby Darin — I’m Beginning to See the Light
(1:06:41) Frank Sinatra — Fairy Tale
(1:10:03) Pink Martini and The Von Trapps — Dream a Little Dream
(1:13:55) Teddy Pendergrass — I Don't Love You Anymore
(1:17:53) Petra Haden and Bill Frisell — Moon River
(1:20:14) Kirsty MacColl feat. The Pogues — Miss Otis Regrets
(1:23:05) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:55) Tina Lenert — I Love Lucy

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Episode #66: 47 Miles of Barbed Wire

April 12, 2014

Spring songs! Every song this week has “spring” in its name or at least in its step. From a children’s favorite about hysteria, to the guitar theme from a forgotten TV show, it’s all good and you can’t go far wrong if you listen to both ends and to the in-between. Lots of cover tunes, old folk music, hippie music, soul, hip-hop, country, romance, hardship, sadness, banana splits, Bob and Ray, a word from our sponsor, a Bonzo interlude, and even more.

See, we told you that winter would end eventually.

(0:00:00) Charles Penrose — The Laughing Policeman
(0:02:36) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:06) Tom Rush — Who Do You Love
(0:07:30) Living Colour — Crosstown Traffic
(0:10:44) Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood — Journey to the East
(0:16:45) Ann Peebles — I Can’t Stand the Rain
(0:19:13) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:04) The Sweatermen — Just a Few Days to Go
(0:23:35) Vivian Stanshall and His Gargantuan Chums — Suspicion
(0:27:04) J. J. Fad — Supersonic
(0:31:23) The Continental — I Bought You Violets
(0:33:48) Louis Prima — Banana Split for My Baby
(0:36:18) Your DJs Speak
(0:41:23) The Haden Triplets — Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?
(0:45:10) Victoria Williams — Opelousas
(0:48:01) Clare Bowen — Black Roses (from Nashville)
(0:51:44) Cowboy Junkies — Misguided Angel
(0:56:38) Your DJs Speak
(0:59:53) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Continental Breakfast Anytime
(1:03:54) Drake — Hold On, We’re Going Home
(1:07:58) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
(1:09:53) Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs — Here Comes My Girl
(1:14:16) Warren Zevon — Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
(1:17:24) The New Year — The End’s Not Near
(1:21:07) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:36) Duane Eddy — Theme from Peter Gunn

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Episode #65: A Speck of a Place, a Heck of a Place

April 1, 2014

For April Fool’s Day we present our regular show, straight and humorless, just the way you like it. We welcome a new sponsor as we return with Bob and Ray to Grand Motel, and there’s more! Virtuoso bluegrass and country and jazz, songs that charted, singer-songwriters, one-hit wonders, kid stuff, kids, goatherds, movie and TV music, guitars, Cole Porter, funk, Emmylou, Ella, and more, but now we’re out of breath.

(0:00:00) The Sweatermen — Yellow Snow
(0:00:31) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:36) Mark O’Connor — Soldier’s Joy
(0:07:42) Taylor Swift — I Knew You Were Trouble
(0:11:21) Lennon and Maisy Stella — Joy Parade (from Nashville)
(0:14:31) Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings — Humble Me
(0:18:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:30) Carole King — One Fine Day
(0:24:57) The Flying Burrito Brothers — Do Right Woman
(0:29:16) Emmylou Harris with Dr. John — Ashes by Now
(0:33:46) Ray LaMontagne — Let It Be Me
(0:38:25) Your DJs Speak
(0:43:56) Pink Martini and The Von Trapps — The Lonely Goatherd
(0:46:36) Phil Collins — Against All Odds
(0:50:02) Claudine Longet — L’amour est bleu (Love Is Blue)
(0:52:46) Ahmad — Back in the Day
(0:58:05) Your DJs Speak
(1:01:17) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Late Continental Breakfast Okay
(1:04:48) Sam Cooke — Chain Gang
(1:07:46) Ruth Etting — Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1:10:22) Ella Fitzgerald — Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable to Lunch Today)
(1:13:24) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Clark, New Jersey
(1:15:35) Stephen Malkmus — Discretion Grove
(1:18:51) Duane Eddy — (Dance with The) Guitar Man
(1:21:28) Sir Douglas Quintet — She’s About a Mover
(1:23:52) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:12) TVOntario — The Polka Dot Door (Outro)

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Episode #64: Where is the Gold?

March 22, 2014

Some unusual and excellent covers this week plus some new and old hits, new and old folk and hip-hop and soul, Bob and Ray, Peter Sellers, some choral music, a supposedly very hard-working guy, ladies named Blossom and Adele, and even more, my goodness.

You’ll struggle if you try to find a theme here, because there isn’t one. There hardly ever is. That’s why you like to listen.

(0:00:00) Scala and Kolacny Brothers — Bittersweet Symphony
(0:03:22) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:53) Steve Nicks — I Can’t Wait
(0:09:29) Beck — Hollywood Freaks
(0:13:20) The Coasters — The Slime
(0:16:14) James Brown — Mother Popcorn, Part 1
(0:19:30) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:25) Clare Bowen and Chaley Rose — Come See About Me (from Nashville)
(0:25:23) Brett Dennen — You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
(0:28:27) Jenny O. — 1941
(0:31:26) Tony Merrick — Lady Jane
(0:34:08) Your DJs Speak
(0:38:21) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Continental Breakfast Until 9
(0:42:27) Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — Can’t We Be Friends
(0:46:30) Laura Cantrell — All the Girls Are Complicated
(0:49:33) The Books — We Bought the Flood
(0:54:35) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:28) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Summit, New Jersey (That's What They Call It!)
(0:59:10) Mystikal — Hit Me
(1:02:56) The Shaggs — My Pal Foot Foot
(1:05:28) Lee Dorsey — Ya Ya
(1:07:54) Your DJs Speak
(1:10:04) Blossom Dearie — Trains and Boats and Planes
(1:14:05) Adele — That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On (Live at The Hotel Cafe)
(1:16:39) Cathy Fink and Duck Donald — Meet Me Tonight in the Cowshed
(1:18:53) Girl Talk — Set It Off
(1:22:36) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:50) Peter Sellers with The Hollies — After the Fox (from After the Fox (1966))

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Episode #63: A Big Armchair for Two More to Curl Up In

March 14, 2014

We bracket this week’s show with recorder and harp music from a favorite children’s TV show. In the middle you can hear German a cappella, German robots, Irish-flavored music, New Jersey songs and singers, at least five instrumental tracks, soul and funk and hip-hop spanning decades, Top 40 in English and in French, cover tunes, TV music, short songs and long songs, and even more than that.

We didn’t plan it that way, it just came out that way. It was worth our time and we think it’s worth yours as well. It will please us if you listen.

(0:00:00) Bob Homme — The Friendly Giant (1982 intro)
(0:02:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:45) Comedian Harmonists — Ein bißchen Leichtsinn kann nicht schaden
(0:07:15) The Searchers — Needles and Pins
(0:09:28) Petula Clark — La nuit n’en finit plus (Needles and Pins)
(0:12:25) Rhye — Open
(0:16:00) Your DJs Speak
(0:21:15) Sol Hoopii’s Novelty Trio — 12th Street Rag
(0:24:41) Shuggie Otis — Inspiration Information
(0:28:52) Wild Man Fischer — Merry-Go-Round
(0:30:41) Raphael Saadiq — Big Easy
(0:34:01) Your DJs Speak
(0:37:33) Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová — Into the Mystic (from Once (2007))
(0:42:06) The Band with Van Morrison — Tura Lura Lura! (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
(0:45:57) Altan — Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz
(0:50:00) The Boomtown Rats — I Don’t Like Mondays
(0:54:17) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:17) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Westfield, New Jersey
(0:58:48) Skid Row — I Remember You
(1:04:20) The Beach Boys — Surfin’ USA (backing track)
(1:06:55) Vampire Weekend — Blurred Lines
(1:11:10) King Curtis — Watermelon Man
(1:13:46) N*E*R*D — Rock Star
(1:18:17) Robert Farnon — The Chimes of Big Ben: The Dinghy Casts Off (Zero Minus SIxty) (from The Prisoner)
(1:19:33) Guided by Voices — My Valuable Hunting Knife
(1:21:35) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:48) Bob Homme — The Friendly Giant (1982 outro)

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Episode #62: We Do a Good Job with Those Square Miles

March 7, 2014

As winter fades we present more of what you’re used to. We have instrumental guitar from the 30s and the 60s, girl-group music, hip-hop, cover songs, jazz of several flavors, lounge, pop, indie, cha-cha-cha, you know, pick a buzzword and find it.

No classical this week. We’ll fix that soon. But we think you’ll like what’s here.

(0:00:00) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Scotch Plains
(0:01:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:07) The Marketts — Out of Limits
(0:06:13) The Sapphires — Who Do You Love
(0:08:55) Patty Smyth with Tom Scott and the L.A. Express — Ode to Billy Joe
(0:15:02) The Grateful Dead — Truckin’ (Single Version)
(0:18:16) Your DJs Speak
(0:21:50) John Prine and Iris DeMent — (We’re Not) The Jet Set
(0:24:26) Cake — Strangers in the Night
(0:27:18) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — Tea for Two Cha Cha Cha
(0:30:16) Arctic Monkeys — Hold on, We’re Going Home
(0:33:36) Your DJs Speak
(0:38:14) Wonderlick feat. Penn Jillette — The Right Crazy
(0:42:55) Tally Hall — Smile Like You Mean It
(0:46:18) Lulu — The Boat That I Row
(0:49:08) Ghostface Killah — Cherchez LaGhost
(0:52:17) Your DJs Speak
(0:55:22) Butterbeans and Susie — Get Away from My Window (Stay Away)
(0:58:29) Billie Holiday — What’s New
(1:02:46) Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Stéphane Grappelli — Dinah
(1:05:21) Duke Ellington — Blood Count
(1:10:01) Les Baxter — The Clown on the Eiffel Tower
(1:12:22) A Tribe Called Quest — Jazz (We’ve Got)
(1:16:33) Your DJs Speak
(1:22:28) The Handsome Family — Far from Any Road

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Episode #61: Let’s All Congratulate Us with Another Cup of Tea

February 28, 2014

Can you stand another theme show? We’re guessing that you can swallow just one more as we present a second annual program of movie music to coincide with the Oscar telecast.

Lots of MGM and other musicals because we love them and because they’re so well-collected, but Tarantino is represented, and Hitchcock, and we have Elvis and even Shelley Duvall. Lots of Disney, and we have Mancini and Morricone plus some cool recent stuff, some of it a cappella. Again we hit every decade from the 1940s right on up to the one that we’re in (the twenty-teens?).

We promise a return to normalcy next time but we still think you might like this one a lot too.

(0:00:00) Bernard Herrmann — The Murder (from Psycho (1960))
(0:01:02) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:02) Judy Garland with the MGM Studio Chorus — The Trolley Song (from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944))
(0:08:06) Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif — Sadie, Sadie (from Funny Girl (1968))
(0:12:25) Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold — I Remember It Well (from Gigi (1958))
(0:14:49) Elvis Presley — Viva Las Vegas (from Viva Las Vegas (1964))
(0:17:14) Your DJs Speak
(0:20:35) Betty Hutton and Chorus — I Got the Sun in the Morning (from Annie Get Your Gun (1950))
(0:22:52) Maureen Teefy, Lorna Luft, Alison Price, Michelle Pfeiffer — Girl for All Seasons (from Grease 2 (1982))
(0:26:23) Ennio Morricone — A Fistful of Dollars (from A Fistful of Dollars (1964))
(0:29:20) Bernard Herrmann — Twisted Nerve (from Twisted Nerve (1968) and also from Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003))
(0:30:48) Your DJs Speak
(0:34:22) Allan Jones — A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (from The Great Ziegfeld (1936))
(0:36:34) Maurice Chevalier — The Aristocats (from The Aristocats (1970)
(0:39:01) Jerry Colonna, Ed Wynn, Kathryn Beaumont — The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland (1951))
(0:40:23) Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, The Jud Conlon Chorus — You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (from Peter Pan (1953))
(0:44:47) Your DJs Speak
(0:48:41) Henry Mancini — It Had Better Be Tonight (vocal version) (from The Pink Panther (1964))
(0:50:40) Urge Overkill — Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon (from Pulp Fiction (1994))
(0:53:51) Petra Haden — A Fistful of Dollars (originally from A Fistful of Dollars (1964))
(0:55:40) Aimee Mann — One (from Magnolia (1999))
(0:58:35) Your DJs Speak
(1:01:00) Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan — I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan (from The Band Wagon (1953))
(1:02:52) Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová — When Your Mind's Made Up (from Once (2007))
(1:06:51) Shelley Duvall — He’s Large (from Popeye (1980))
(1:11:10) The Barden Bellas — Party in the U.S.A. (from Pitch Perfect (2012))
(1:12:13) Your DJs Start to Speak but Change Their Minds
(1:12:22) Jesse Pearson — One Last Kiss (from Bye Bye Birdie (1963))
(1:14:37) Joe Esposito — You’re the Best (from The Karate Kid (1984))
(1:17:36) Francis Lai — A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme) (Originally from Un homme et une femme (1966))
(1:20:19) Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten — Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: "Cuckoo" (from Moonrise Kingdom (2012))
(1:21:57) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:46) Adele — Skyfall (from Skyfall (2012)

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Episode #60: Get Ready, Marshmallows!

February 21, 2014

We’re practically modern this week with nothing older than the 1950s. But every decade since is also represented so we still cover a lot of ground. Indie music used in Veronica Mars, soul and pop and Barbara Ann, Lennon and Maisy, Kramer at the Brill Building, country, hip-hop, French-not-French, TV music, summer music and children! And a little more.

We’re helping you tough out this winter. It’s our job. You’re welcome.

(0:00:00) The Dandy Warhols — We Used to Be Friends
(0:03:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:05:01) The Beach Boys with Dean Torrance — Barbara Ann (session excerpt)
(0:11:00) Best Coast — Mean Girls
(0:14:40) Del Shannon — Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun)
(0:16:46) Jackie Wilson — Lonely Teardrops
(0:19:28) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:52) Connie Britton, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella — The Blues Have Blown Away (from Nashville)
(0:25:40) Ryan Adams — Come Pick Me Up
(0:31:11) Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris — Be Gone Forever
(0:34:22) Feist and Ben Gibbard — Train Song
(0:37:24) Your DJs Speak
(0:40:24) Claudine Longet — All Alone Am I
(0:43:45) Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes with Sharon Paige — Hope That We Can Be Together
(0:47:22) Patience and Prudence — Tonight You Belong to Me
(0:49:17) Jim Croce — Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)
(0:53:03) Your DJs Speak
(0:58:37) The Thorns — No Blue Sky
(1:02:59) Ivy — Ocean City Girl
(1:07:46) Pulp — Dogs Are Everywhere
(1:12:38) Ghostface Killah — The Champ
(1:16:49) Kramer — I Love How You Love Me
(1:21:23) The Pin-Ups — Lookin’ for Boys
(1:23:29) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:49) Sean Callery — “Elementary” Main Title Theme (from Elementary)

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Episode #59: You’ll Be Sad Now But You’ll Feel Better Later

February 14, 2014

Welcome to Sad Songs #2, in which we again offer a playlist of songs that make us feel sad, or think of sad things, or want to stay home and drink hot cocoa. One or two might even make you weep if you’re a girl.

There’s Irish music, music from Donovan and from the reliably depressing Wilco, Kate and Anna’s most famous song, and Dr. Dre’s lament for his brother. The Marmalade reflect on what a terrible place the world is, we hear the sad story of a clock that ticked all the seconds of a man’s life, and Mecano sing a fable about…something sad.

Blind Willie Johnson moans about how dark and cold it is, and The Red Clay Ramblers sing Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times”. Plus there are some real downers from Richard Thompson, Robin and Linda Williams, Neil Young, and Colin Hay. More than enough to wipe that smile off your face.

But as always we end on a up note, with Blossom Dearie telling us all to snap out of it and put on a happy face. Good advice. They’re only songs, after all.

We hope you enjoy this. Please tell others so they can enjoy it too.

(0:00:00) Harold Williams — Grandfather’s Clock
(0:03:18) Your DJs Speak
(0:06:55) The Green Fields of America — Kilkelly
(0:14:02) The Marmalade — Reflections of My Life
(0:18:18) Mecano — Dis-moi lune d’argent (Hijo de la Luna)
(0:22:38) Wilco — We’re Just Friends
(0:25:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:30:02) Richard Thompson — How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
(0:33:35) Neil Young — Birds (live)
(0:36:04) The Red Clay Ramblers — Hard Times Come Again No More
(0:38:59) Blind Willie Johnson — Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
(0:42:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:46:31) Donovan — She Moved Through the Fair
(0:49:22) Donovan — Wear Your Love Like Heaven
(0:51:46) Donovan — Catch the Wind (original single version)
(0:54:04) Donovan — Teen Angel
(0:56:22) Your DJs Speak
(0:59:28) Robin and Linda Williams — Across the Blue Mountains
(1:04:06) Colin Hay — I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You (from Garden State (2004))
(1:09:37) Kate and Anna McGarrigle — Heart Like a Wheel
(1:12:47) Dr. Dre feat. Mary J. Blige and Rell — The Message
(1:17:52) Your DJs Speak
(1:25:12) Blossom Dearie — Put on a Happy Face (live)

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Episode #58: In Which We Reflect Upon Those Boys from Liverpool

February 8, 2014

It wouldn’t be right to ignore the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, and we always do the right thing. Here’s a program of artists of every stripe covering tunes that the Beatles sang first, liberally sprinkled with excerpts from The Beatles’ Story (a Capitol biography album from 1964). We liked this while we were making it, and we still like it, and you will too.

So yes, every once in a while we can do a “theme” show like everyone else. If we were too predictable you’d stop listening. But please stick around.

(0:00:00) The Beatles — How Beatlemania Began/Beatlemania in Action (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:01:40) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:21) The Hollyridge Strings — The Night Before
(0:07:00) Gary Puckett and the Union Gap — Lady Madonna
(0:09:15) The Beatles — John Lennon (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:10:33) Stephen Bennett — A Hard Day’s Night
(0:12:58) Björk — Álfur Út Úr Hól (The Fool on the Hill)
(0:16:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:19:59) Wolfgang Ruttkowski — The Long and Winding Road
(0:22:00) Wu-Tang Clan — Uzi (Pinky Ring) (from Wu-Tang vs The Beatles)
(0:26:38) The Beatles — George Harrison (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:27:49) Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas – Do You Want to Know a Secret?
(0:29:49) Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete — I’m a Loser
(0:32:27) Your DJs Speak
(0:37:06) The Beatles — Paul McCartney (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:38:21) The Cyrkle — I’m Happy Just to Dance with You
(0:40:35) Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs — And Your Bird Can Sing
(0:42:42) Fiona Apple — Across the Universe
(0:46:46) The Langley Schools Music Project — The Long and Winding Road
(0:50:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:52:58) Charles River Valley Boys — I’ve Just Seen a Face
(0:55:38) Ella Fitzgerald — Can’t Buy Me Love
(0:58:17) The Beatles — “Victims” of Beatlemania (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:59:26) Steve Earle and Allison Moorer — I Will
(1:01:22) She and Him — I Should Have Known Better
(1:04:59) Your DJs Speak
(1:07:48) The Beatles — Ringo Starr (from The Beatles’ Story)
(1:08:53) Lisbonne — Here Comes the Sun
(1:12:06) Minuscule Key — Hey Bulldog
(1:14:36) Bobbie Gentry — Here, There and Everywhere
(1:16:57) Girt from the Castle — Rocky Raccoon
(1:20:38) Harry Nilsson — You Can’t Do That (Beatles Medley)
(1:22:57) The Dillards — Yesterday
(1:24:01) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:57) The Beatles — Liverpool and all the World! (from The Beatles’ Story)

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