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Prince, “A Case Of You,” Joni Mitchell cover. Happy Canada Day!

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"London Calling," Bob Dylan, Clash cover

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"Mail Order Dog," Pinkard & Bowden. I ain’t had much luck with regular dogs, so that’s why I’m lookin’ through the catalogs.

The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” “Never Can Say Goodbye,” and “I’ll Be There” on the Motown 25 special. Then Michael Jackson blows the show away with “Billy Jean” and introduces America to the moonwalk. Recorded March 25, 1983 and aired May 16. If you’ve never watched it, you have to. Full screen. Michael Jackson died five years ago today, June 25, 2009.

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"Those Three Are On My Mind," Kim Harris and the Magpies, haunting and beautiful cover of the Pete Seeger song about civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, murdered on this day fifty years ago, June 21, 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. And so I ask the killers, can you sleep at night?

jamiek said: Your posts today have made me wish we had a voice today like Phil Ochs—apart from Billy Bragg, there aren't many.

there is none.

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"Days Of Decision," Phil Ochs, which connects the nuclear threat—the far-reaching rockets—and the horrific civil rights murdersthe three bodies buried in the Mississippi mud—of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner on June 21, 1964.

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"He Was My Brother," Simon & Garfunkel, later dedicated to Andrew Goodman, who was murdered fifty years ago today during Freedom Summer in Mississippi with his fellow civil rights workers James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, on June 21, 1964. (In later performances, they sang “Mississippi’s gonna be your buryin’ place.”) They shot my brother dead because he hated what was wrong.

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"Here’s To The State Of Mississippi," Phil Ochs. In 1964, Ochs traveled to Mississippi with Eric Andersen ("Thirsty Boots") for musical performances in support of Freedom Summer. Two days after they arrived, the bodies of the three civil rights workers murdered on June 21 were discovered. Ochs feared assassination as they performed.

Here’s to the state of Mississippi
For underneath her borders the devil draws no line
If you drag her muddy rivers, nameless bodies you will find
Oh, the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes
The calendar is lyin’ when it reads the present time
Here’s to the land you’ve torn out the heart of
Mississippi, find yourself another country to be part of

According to Death Of A Rebel, Marc Eliot’s Ochs biography, “Phil wanted to talk to ‘the average Mississippian’…[he] would walk up to strangers, notebook out, ask a question, and write down what people said.” From the song:

And here’s to the people of Mississippi
Who say the folks up north, they just don’t understand
And they tremble in the shadows at the thunder of the Klan
Oh, the sweating of their souls can’t wash the blood from off their hands
For they smile and shrug their shoulders at the murder of a man

In the liner notes, Ochs wrote:

This song might be subtitled, “Farewell To Mississippi,” for in order to write a few more songs like this, it might be wiser for me to stay away for a while. I was down there last summer and must admit that I met some nice people and that the state isn’t as bad as my song implies, unless you are a Negro who has forgotten his place, or unless your last name was Chaney, Goodman, or Schwerner.

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"Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney," Tom Paxton. The grim story of the three young civil rights workers murdered by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years ago today, June 21, 1964, in Mississippi where they had traveled for Freedom Summer.

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The Beatles, “Chains” (George Harrison on lead vocals), by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

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James Taylor, “Up On The Roof,” by Gerry Goffin (RIP) and Carole King

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"Pleasant Valley Sunday," by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. (The "Friends" theme had to come from this, right?)

Little Eva, “The Loco-Motion,” by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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"Take Good Care Of My Baby," The Beatles at their unsuccessful Decca audition, Jan. 1, 1962. By Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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