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Lyricapsule: Same Cooke drops ‘You Send Me’; September 7, 1957

Soul the genre still but a faint blip on America’s post-war rock radar, Sam Cooke came finger-snapping in on this day in 1957 and dropped a crossover bomb on the R&B charts. Or maybe a […]

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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. Madonna proceeds to […]

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Lyricapsule: Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ Charts; August 29, 1964

Sitting around with co-writer Bill Dees stretching their songwriting muscles, Roy Orbison and Dees were interrupted by Orbison’s first wife, Claudette Frady, asking for some money to go to the drug store, to which Dees […]

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Lyricapsule: 34 Years Post-Inception, Iran Green-Lights Queen; August 23, 2004

America: a land where you may be sent to prison for attempting to protect civil liberties, but at least you can buy a damn uncensored Queen record and Bohemian rhapsodize in relative operatic peace. Not […]

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Lyricapsule: Zager and Evans Foretell the Future; August 22, 1969

The ominous foreshadowing damage was long done on this day in 1969, when freaky folk one-hit wondrous duo Zager and Evans ended a six-week run on the Billboard charts with their mirror-ball jam, “In the […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXII

Minnesota underground hip-hop heroes, Atmosphere, go fishing for metaphors, an Indonesian teenager campaigns for thug life status, Green Day double down on the American (shooting) idiot psyche and more, in the 32nd week of the […]

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Lyricapsule: Led Zeppelin’s First Jam Session; August 12, 1968

“The whole room just exploded,” are the famous words bassist John Paul Jones used to describe the vérité of the four dudes who became Led Zeppelin on this day in 1968, as an old Yardbirds cover standard, “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” […]

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Lyricapsule: Son of Sam Killer is Caught; August 10, 1977

The Son of Sam serial killer’s fear-vice on the city of New York during the summer of 1977 ended on this day when NYC police captured David Berkowitz outside his Yonkers apartment. A lot of […]

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Lyricapsule: Jerry Garcia Dies; August 9, 1995

The Deadhead. Love them or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. Life […]

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Lyricapsule: Decca Destroys Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’; August 8, 1960

A famous actress once said that “he who hesitates is a damn fool.” In the music industry, there are many examples of fools and hesitations. Decca Records takes the prize with the decision to pass […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.