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January 16, 2003

The great state of New York nominates...

Daniel Radosh

Music Club met again last weekend. As you'll recall, the theme was songs performed by artists whose name (first or last) is the same as the last name of a US president. Tricky enough, but several folks set the bar even higher. Some brought two-fers, in the form of songs whose titles are also president-themed. Some ferreted out presidential given-names of artists better known by nicknames. And Jill wrapped up the list up with a lovely bit of political commentary.

1. Happy Birthday, Mr. President — Marilyn Monroe
2. White House Blues — Bill Monroe
3. Milkcow's Calf Blues — Robert Johnson
4. Meanest Woman — McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield
5. Jackson — June Carter & Johnny Cash
6. Will the Fetus be Aborted — Mojo Nixon & Jello Biafra
7. Bonnie & Clyde — Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
8. Mama Told Me Not To Come — Wilson Pickett
9. Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) — Johnnie Taylor
10. ABC — The Jackson 5
11. Happy Loving Couples — Joe Jackson
12. If Not For You — George Harrison
13. Isn't It Romantic — Betty Carter
14. It's My Party — Leslie Gore

Next month: Inspired partly by the great Britney Spears debate of 2002, our next theme is perfect pop songs. Define pop however you want. I'm thinking catchy, concise, polished. And I'm definitely seeking suggestions.

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