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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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Director John Carpenter On The Sound Of A Terrifying Film

John Carpenter, famous for his cult-classic films (Halloween), is also behind soundtracks. Robert Siegel talks to him about how to scare an audience. His solo horror album, Lost Themes, is out Feb. 3.
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Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.
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Beatles Fans Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Historic D.C. Concert

Not only was Washington, D.C., the site of The Beatles' first full North American concert in 1964, but it was also the first North American city to play a Beatles song on the radio.

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Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

"Mi Burrito Sabanero" is about a little donkey making its way to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. We hear about a reimagined version of the classic Latin American Christmas song by Gaby Moreno.
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What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

A report suggests that USAID infiltrated Cuba's nascent hip-hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-U.S. relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?
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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.
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Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died, his management agency says.

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