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Category: Musical tongue twisters

"The Name Game"

Bob Johnston’s Moldy Goldies

Bob Johnston – who famously produced Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde and Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison, among many other classic albums – left us last August.  How startling to discover that Johnston used Nashville’s finest session musicians in 1966 to record a “dazzling anti-masterpiece” (as notes

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"B-A Bay"

“B-A Bay” vs. “The Name Game”: Tongue Twister Showdown

I remember being a bit intimidated when I first heard “The Name Game,” Shirley Ellis‘s big tongue twister of a hit — half fearing I would never be able to break the code behind the rhyming game (fortunately, with persistence, I one day did).  “The Name Game,” it is worth

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