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"Festival Rock"
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“Festival Rock”: History Lesson

Jamaican DJ Dillinger toasts each of the winners to date of the Independence Festival Song Competition in “Festival Rock,” his entry for the 8th annual event in 1973: “Festival Rock”      Dillinger     1973 1966:  The Maytals with “Bam Bam” 1967:  The Jamaicans with “Ba Ba Boom” 1968:  Desmond Dekker

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Subverting Depression in Song

NoBullying.com, in their April, 2015 piece entitled “Songs About Depression,” reminds us Beatles fans that the song “Every Night” from Paul McCartney’s debut solo album — recorded while still legally a Beatle — was created while the bassist was battling depression. How nice to see Richie Havens take this song

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“Brung to Ewe by”: Paul’s Return to the Avant Garde

This rather bonkers promotional campaign for Paul & Linda McCartney‘s 1971 LP, Ram, might very well have been the catalyst that propelled the album into the upper reaches of the pop charts both here and abroad: “Brung to Ewe”     Paul & Linda McCartney     1971 Curious to hear all the different

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“Sugartime”: Linda & Paul at Black Ark

Paul McCartney released a posthumous compilation in 1998 of Linda-related recordings, Wide Prairie, that included two tracks from Linda & Paul‘s 1977 sojourn to Lee Perry‘s famed laboratory of sound – Black Ark – in Kingston, Jamaica.  One of those Black Ark recordings, a remake of The McGuire Sisters’ million-selling

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