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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Remembering Joe Cocker, One Of Rock's Most Distinctive Voices

British soul singer Joe Cocker died last week at age 70. In his memory, we rebroadcast parts of his 2012 interview with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

McNeil suffered from a neural disorder that prevented him from performing for decades at a time. But thanks to a medical study, he's regained enough coordination to form a new band, called Hush Point.
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For Pieta Brown, Music Is A Father-Daughter Dance

As a child, Brown had to connect with her folk singer dad, Greg Brown, from a distance. Now, as adults and peers, their musical lives are intertwined.
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A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.
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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.
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Remembering When Johnny Cash Stopped To Talk To A Young Reporter

In 1981, NPR's Don Gonyea's was working as a disc jockey in Michigan when he got an interview with Johnny Cash at a county fair. (This piece first aired on Feb. 23, 2013 on Weekend Edition Saturday).
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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Originally broadcast Nov. 26.
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Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

David Greene talks to Barry Manilow about his favorite Christmas music. In 2012, he released a compilation of his 3 Christmas albums. (This piece initially aired on Dec. 17, 2012 on Morning Edition).
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Committed's 'Home For Christmas' Has Fun Songs And Some Classics

David Greene talks to members of the a cappella group Committed about their new holiday album, Home For Christmas. Committed won season two of NBC's a cappella competition series, The Sing-Off.

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