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"Gone Dead Train"

Randy Newman: Once a Rocker

Randy Newman once rocked quite convincingly on “Gone Dead Train,” a song that was included in the soundtrack to 1970’s notorious art film, Performance, and was – oddly enough for the prolific songwriter – one that he himself did not write: “Gone Dead Train“ Randy Newman (1969) – Conceptual train

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"The Sun Is Going Down"

“The Sun Is Going Down”: Rock Meets Reggae, 1972

The Steve Miller Band filters reggae through early 70s rock sensibilities, mon, in the 97-second ditty, “The Sun Is Going Down” – from Recall the Beginning … A Journey from Eden, their seventh album for Capitol: “The Sun Is Going Down” The Steve Miller Band (1972) * Four drummers credited

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Muddy Waters: He’s a Pepper, Too

From reading Robert Gordon‘s excellent biography of Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied –  I learned that the former McKinley Morganfield once made a little pocket change recording a radio spot for Dr. Pepper: Is it really true – as the YouTube video clip contributor asserts – that Randy Newman

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