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10 songs about presidents

It’s President’s Day. Let’s celebrate with a list of songs about United States presidents. Ready? I’ll start with the first 10, then you add:

1. Manic Street Preachers “The Love of Richard Nixon”
2. Dick Holler, “Abraham, Martin and John” (about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy)
3. Lou Reed, “The Day John Kennedy Died”
4. Electric Six, “Jimmy Carter”
5. Stevie Wonder, “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” (about Richard Nixon)
6. They Might Be Giants, “James K. Polk”
7. The Ramones, “Bonzo Goest To Bitburg” (about Ronald Reagan)
8. Bright Eyes, “When The President Talks To God” (about George W. Bush)
9. The Minutemen, “If Reagan Played Disco”
10. Bongwater, “Reaganation”

Okay, your turn!

‘Vanity Fair’ publishes oral history of Motown

Because I’m poor, I let my subscription to Vanity Fair die a quiet unglossy death, so I was happy to stumble upon Lisa Robinson‘s oral history of legendary soul/R&B label Motown featuring plenty of anecdotes from and about, among others, label founder Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas), Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes (pictured).


This discovery comes hot on the heels of last weekend’s road trip, six hours in the car each way from Washington D.C. to North Carolina, in which my lady friend and I relied solely on the radio for musical nourishment, which would be disastrous were it not for old soul and R&B hits. I can’t tell you how many times I said aloud in the car, “Motown is your friend on road trips.” We heard about a half dozen songs apiece by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and The Four Tops.

So, thanks, Lisa Robinson for this fun piece.

How about you? Got any Motown favorites?

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