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"Goin' Up the Country"
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“Goin’ Up the Country”: The Duck & The Bear – and Duane

Interesting to learn that Canned Heat‘s big 1968 hit “Goin’ Up the Country” is basically a re-write of 1929’s “Bull Doze Blues” by Henry Thomas, down to the flute part (listen here). Vocalion (Jan. 1929) The next year, 1969, saw the single release of a spirited cover version by The

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"It's Time"
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“It’s Time”: Unleash the Light Within

I find 1969’s “It’s Time” by The Sons of Champlin to be very evocative of its time — there’s a similar uplift in tone and lyric (at least on the chorus) as with Sly & the Family Stone, both bands being from the Bay Area, coincidentally or not. Musician &

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"The Good Life"
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Ernie Maresca Simply Wants to Live “The Good Life”

I first learned of Ernie Maresca through Chris Barrus‘s curated collection of 209 songs from the year 1962.  Ernie had a big hit that year with “Shout! Shout! Knock Yourself Out!” and somehow I got the mistaken impression that Ernie was kind of a minor figure in pop music.  But

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