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Tubby Isaacs
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I can't stop singing Rasputin at the moment. probably not the best ever example of the genre but a couple of nice bits:

Ra-ra-rasputin lover of the Russian queen
They put some poison into his wine
Ra-ra-rasputin lover of the Russian queen
He drank it all and said he was fine.

How about that for lightness of touch? Ma Baker is good as well. She left her husband because he wasn't tough enough.

I like the way Boney M songs get going from a couple of handclaps too.

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Boney M are brilliant.
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The Queen Is Dead (if Moz was talking about Queen Victoria).
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Thanks. I now have a "starry, starry night..." earworm.
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Does William Bell's classic "Tribute to a king" count? It was "about a man who lived good, but didn't live too long".

Just in case you are not familiar with the lyrical genius of this tune, I will regale you with them here.

Listen, people, listen
I`m gonna sing you a song
About a man who lived good
But didn`t live too long

He was born in Macon, Georgia
A poor boy without a dime
He found his way to Memphis
Singing These Arms Of Mine

(CHORUS)
Otis, Otis Redding was his name
Without his soulful singing
This old world won`t be the same

Now he traveled on to Frisco
New York and abroad
Everywhere he sang
The people would applaud

One day he left Georgia
Wisconsin bound
But he didn`t get to sing that night
The plane he was in went down

(CHORUS)

He was a soul music singer
The king of the Memphis sound
It makes me feel so sad
Cause now he ain`t around

He died with his guitar
Close to his hands
But his soul lives on today
In the heart of a million fans

Talking about
(CHORUS)

Otis, Otis Redding was his name
His picture oughta be hung
In the music hall of fame

Otis, he was known as Big O
Otis, we gonna miss him so
Otis, ooh, yeah,
We gonna miss him so


It's fucking ace.

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My name is Mumpo
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7BB - surely "tsarry, tsarry night..."
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Brilliant Mumpo.

Does Joni Mitchell's Amelia count, or isn't she historical yet?

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Tubby Isaacs
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Amelia Fletcher?
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Did you know Amelia is a medical term meaning "without limbs"?
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The studio engineer on Boney M's hit records was also working for Stockhausen at the same time. He stiill gets royalties from Boney M sales - though possibly not many from Stockhausen.
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ZZ Top-Jesus just left Chicago
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Terry and Gerry - "Kennedy Said"
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Terry and Gerry, they bring back a few memories.

Thanks Guy, now got an earworm for Banking on Simon.

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Tubby Isaacs
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Wedding Present, Kennedy. Not.
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Loads of Bob songs should be up for this: Medgar Evers in 'Only a Pawn in Their Game', William Zantzinger and Hattie Carroll in 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll', 'John Wesley Hardin(g)', Rubin Carter in 'Hurricane', St Augustine in 'I Dreamed I saw St Augustine', etc. I could go on.
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