It's Oscar season, meaning that classic toe-tapper "Hooray for Hollywood" will soon be booming out of TV speakers everywhere. But the cheery cinema hymn has a more complicated compositional past, as NPR's special correspondent Susan Stamberg explains.
Bill Stepp's performance of "Bonaparte's Retreat," captured as a Library of Congress field recording, has made its way into everyone's living rooms as the backdrop to the beef commercial declaring, "Beef, it's what's for dinner." Now, it's receiving an industry accolade.
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