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  1. ‘What’d I Say’ by Ray Charles NPR 100

    One night on tour in 1959, Ray Charles had run out of material, and needed to fill time before getting offstage. According to Charles, the song he improvised on the spot is really "about nothing" — the lyrics "don’t make sense," he says, and it’s not much more than a simple call-and-response exercise.

    But from the audience’s response that night, Ray Charles knew he had a hit — so he recorded it a few weeks later. "What’d I Say" went on to become one of his all-time best-selling songs, a number he would continue to play as an encore throughout the rest of his life.

    Robert Siegel talks to the pianist and singer about his trademark 1959 hit.

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  2. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ on NPR’s 100 Songs of the Century

    n 2000, NPR’s listeners voted Al Green’s 1971 hit "Let’s Stay Together" one of the 100 best songs of the 20th century. With its plea for two people to hang in there, whether times are good or bad, it quickly became an anthem for lovers. As NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports, Al Green is a singer who does more with a whisper than a scream.

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  3. The Story Of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’: NPR 100 Series

    Some have called "This Land Is Your Land" an alternative national anthem. Others say it’s a Marxist response to "God Bless America." It was written and first sung by Woody Guthrie. Over time, it’s been sung by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Folklorist Nick Spitzer has the story of an American classic.

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  4. The Story Of Fats Domino’s ‘Ain’t That A Shame’: The NPR 100 Songs of the Century

    Antoine Domino is the Louisiana French name for the man whose honey voice, Creole inflection, rock-steady piano triplets and basic boogie blues and love songs endeared him to the world in the 1950s, as New Orleans rhythm and blues flowed into and helped define the mainstream of American rock ‘n’ roll.

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  5. NPR 100 (2000): The Story Of ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’

    More than any other work, Earl Scruggs’ "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" established the banjo as the star instrument in bluegrass music. That song is still perhaps best known as the accompanying theme for a pair of roving gangsters in Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. A bright and quick tune written by a quiet North Carolina country musician that introduced American bluegrass to new audiences around the world.

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