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Tunes of the Day stay top right sidebar a few days. Then they’re laid to rest here, in reverse chronology of appearance, like yesterday’s hits on the jukebox. Please report broken links.

Kathryn Williams covered Hallelujah, Candy Says and Python Lee Jackson’s Broken Dream

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons as lamenting mother in Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Too fast to live, too young to die. It’s 1975 and Chris Spedding is Motor Bikin’

Rhiannon Giddens: bluegrass from Manchester, Tennessee. You mad at your man, Ruby?

1964. Hard Days Night & Hello Dolly top the charts. The Searchers endure Needles and Pins

Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love has two songs of ambivalence: Cautious Man, and Two Faces

It doesn’t get more poignant than this. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Killing the Blues

Bizarre, blood soaked disturbance from Asking Alexandria on The Violence

The Boss does Elvis and Stones – Burning Love/Satisfaction

Amy meets Quintet du Hot Club? New Orleans Swinging Gypsies and Mahogany Hall Stomp

Flash Mob in a Catalonia town square with something about an Ode to Joy

Dusty is Going Back

More Bob. There are ace live takes but all drop one verse or another from Tangled up in Blue

Bob Dylan’s searing account of the fitting up of Rubin Carter, aka the Hurricane

The power and piercing vulnerability that put Janis in the 27 Club are laid bare in Cry Baby

Billy Joel – aided by George, Bob, Ringo, Bruce, Mick and others – Saw Her Standing There

Joscho Stephan Trio again, now with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing

Getz did more than bossa nova but that gave his lyricism full vent. This is Samba Triste

Another gem from ECM. Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet and Rising Grace

Trust me – that lead singer’s bound for greatness. 1965, Them, and Here Comes the Night

Ringo on drums, Billy Preston on keyboard, as John Winston Lennon does God

Joscho Stephan Trio do it accoustic and drop the lyrics but Jimi’s here in spirit for Hey Joe

Astonishing Rhiannon Giddens and Pretty Little Girl With the Blue Dress On

Ry Cooder, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and A Meeting by the river

French jazzman Louis Sclavis and his quartet, live in Vienna with this from Napolis Walls

Sinead’s second album opens with Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer and Feel so different

From the Chess Records vaults, Chuck Berry wants to know why Maybelline can’t be true.

Bass player Eberhard Weber’s Pendulum album is flawless. This is Delirium

Flying to New Orleans I watched The Sting. Think ragtime, Scott Joplin and The Entertainer

Sinead O’Connor, with the heartrending Paddy’s Lament

Here’s Buddy Holly to tell us, as if we needed telling, that Love is Strange

Bon Jovi at their peak at Wembley Stadium with Dry County

Underrated Canadian guitarist Jean Paul Albert. This is Busic Hall

Carolyn Wonderland, Bonnie Raitt and Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Lee Moses: this is a song about a Bad Girl

Pink Floyd Mandolin Orchestra: Shine on Crazy Diamond

Virtuoso playing, exquisite melodies. Oud player Anouar Brahem with C’est alleurs

Great song. Great video. The Boss: Tougher than the Rest

Mr Crosby’s last Xmas saw him duet with Mr Bowie: Little Drummer Boy

David Grey with Marc Almond’s Say Hello and Wave Goodbye

Did Mozart ever put a foot wrong? Did Karajan? Here in full is Requiem in D minor

Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth opens with wickedly Stolen Moments

Eric Satie on Once Upon a Time in Paris

Little Eva urges that we come on, come on and do the Locomotion with her

Amazing Amy (with Paul Weller) pleads: Don’t talk to strangers

Here from 1958, long before Eric Clapton, Johnny Otis is doing the Hand Jive

John Lennon’s post primal therapy farewell to a Mother lost in childhood.

From Officium, 1994, Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble: Parce Mihi Domine

Blatant 1942 innuendo as Rudy Vallée bids Claudette Colbert Goodnight Sweetheart

The Moody Blues arrangement was a direct steal from that of Bessie Banks’s Go Now

Jimi’s soaringly repeated riff opens and sets the tone for House Burning Down

Some say Henry VIII penned this for John Coltrane: Greensleeves

Joan Baez with a cautionary tale about one Matty Groves

A nobler cause than patriotism. Billy Bragg sings The Internationale

Taste the whip, in love not given lightly. Velvet Underground/Nico – Venus in Furs

Rossini and the Big Lucy demand we make way – that we Largo al factotum

Sledge on, Percy! Here’s Michael Bolton on When a Man Loves a Woman

Ella walks the wayward ways of a wayward town in Cole Porter’s Love for Sale

Keith Jarrett’s legendary 1975 gig in Cologne’s Opera House: the Köln Concert

Leeds shoppers ambushed by Ravel’s Bolero

Gordon Lightfoot on the night Lake Superior claimed the Edmund Fitzgerald

Springsteen’s Cautious Man was an honest man, who wanted to do what was right.

Heartwarming: the love and respect between David and Tina on Tonight

Guys, we’ve all been there. Dr Hook on gatekeeping matriarch, Sylvia’s Mother

Stevie on the subject of Superstition

Nottingham indie trio, London Grammar, with Chris IsaaksWicked Game

Who’d hang around as Danish National Symphony Orchestra do Good, Bad & Ugly?

The Bangles urge us to Walk Like an Egyptian

Ill starred but seriously good Mancunian indie outfit, James. This is Sound

Like Macy G, Norah J and Ms D, David Grey never followed through: This year’s love

What do they want, guys? Cyndi lays it out for us: Girls just wanna have fun

Beck, and something about a Broken Drum

Lucinda, told she couldn’t dispose of her (dead) man in Lake Charles, did it anyway.

Pink Floyd on the subject of Us and Them

1962, Cuba Missile Crisis and a Minnesota boy in NYC is Talking WW3 Blues

Return of Cab Calloway? Lou Bega and Mambo No 5 (A little bit of)

Florence and the Machine: What the Water Gave Me.

Jeff Buckley on that dangerously seductive Lilac Wine

Jane Birkin tells Serge Gainsbourg, je t’aime. Gallantly he replies, moi non plus.

John Lennon’s sardonic ode to the Maharishi, covered by Paul Weller: Sexy Sadie

“IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s troubles melt like lemon drops somewhere over the rainbow

Sinatra says – and not in a shy way – “I did it My Way

Best song ever on sex dialectics? Carol King asks, Will you still love me tomorrow?

RB Greaves covers barefoot Sandie’s first hit. Always something there to remind me

Discovered in my mid teens, I still love Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture

Undisputed king of the lutelike kora, Mali’s Toumani Diabaté live in Seville

Dylan’s fifties Minnesota high school sweetheart, a Girl from the north country

Etta James: she did powerful, tender – and raunchy. You can leave your hat on

Who’s afraid of John Cage? He wasn’t all avant-garde for 1948’s In a Landscape

Another sultan of swing, Oscar Peterson, plays the Bach Suite

1978. Dire Straits fused Shadows with Grateful Dead to give us Sultans of Swing

Hot Club D’Europe segue from d’Orange Juice into Joseph Joseph

George Winston with The Holly and the Ivy

Mike Oldfield and crew on the best known bit of Tubular Bells: The Bell

Tine to tango. Tine Thing Helseth’s trumpet on Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango

Julian Bream with his Memories of the Alhambra

Bryan Ferry and a high octane crew, live in Lyon, suggest we Stick Together

Joan Baez with a tale of woe from Olde England – Geordie

Two of Canada’s finest. Diana Krall covers Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You

Annie Lennox, live. She wants to know Why …

After Astral Weeks, Van Morrison gave us Moondance to take us Into the Mystic

Last word in serene minimalism? That’ll be Arvo Pärt with Spiegel im Spiegel

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord! Big Youth + Proverbs 12:22 = Natty Dread

Guys, you want your cake and eat it? Better fix that Lipstick on your collar

Unsurprisingly, given rooftop venue, John Lennon pleads: Don’t Let Me Down

Chamber jazz at its ECM finest. Tord Gustavson Trio with some Deep Love

Grand Pianola from American minimalist, John Adams:  On the Dominant Divide.

Terry meets Julie … What’s that you say? Greatest pop song of the 60s? Agreed

Inverted snob? False consciousness? John meant the latter in Working Class Hero

Cocteau Twins: nonsense lyrics that always sounded classy. This is Iceblink Luck

Throaty staccato from Gene Pitney in life changing motel just 24 Hours from Tulsa

UK Election 2017. It’s Captain SKA wot (nearly) done it, with Liar Liar

From banal domesticity, Ms Mercury and the girls just Want to Break Free

Creedence Clearwater Revival coming home soon – Long As I Can See the Light

Lisa Hannigan, like her compatriot Sinead, does Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U

Jimmy Dean’s 1961 tale of a man you didn’t give no lip to: Big Bad John

Marvin Gaye, live at Montreux, on how he Heard it through the Grapevine

Robert Ridley, Grandpa Elliott and musicians across the world: Dock of the Bay

Bugger Orff! Here’s Philip Pickett et al  with their take on Carmina Burana

Mozart’s Turkish March meets electronica with the Tribal version

Barnsley oldsters tell Pretenders they can’t go to the gig: No brass in us pockets

Tenor Jussi Björling, baritone Robert Merrill and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers’ Duet

Glittering word play, dark misogyny. Eminem (with Dido) does Stan

Adele’s question is as old as love forgotten: Don’t you remember?

Trippy surrealism in the visuals for the fab four’s Strawberry Fields

Uganda’s Geoffrey Oryema is joined by Peter Gabriel for Land of Anaka

Malvina Reynolds, not Pete Seeger, penned this ode on bourgeois Little Boxes

How could someone this good not follow through? Macy Gray, 2000: I Try

Incontestably the greatest ever Dylan cover. Jimi’s All along the Watchtower

A taste of Cambodia, this: Khmer Surin

Lucinda Williams showing how classy Country can be. This is Greenville

From the eighties and Philip Glass’s sumptuous Songs from the Trilogy: Protest

Jake Thackray on unspeakable pagan rites at the Castleford Ladies Magical Circle

One of the lighter moments in the film Deliverance was Dueling Banjos

Dame Sutherland’s take too mannered? Try Enya’s Marble Halls

Mozart’s Figaro: Barenboim glides East-West Divan through its blazing Overture

Trane knew how to strip the syrup from melodic gems: My Favourite Things

Another old factory Mahogany Session. Colouring: Everything has Grown

High octane duo The Proclaimers can do poignant too: Act of Remembrance

We love this! Christine and the Queens dance on a block to Tilted

Strand of Oaks with Radio Kids

From sound/venue specialists Mahogany Sessions: Rag’n Bone Man, Bitter End

David’s cover of John’s Across the Universe

Janis Joplin, whose own Summertime burned brief but bright .

People bowed and prayed to the neon gods they’d made. S & G: Sound of Silence

Men at arms: the late great Leonard Cohen mines a familiar theme in The Partisan

Irish songbird Lisa Hannigan in an East London factory: Prayer for the Dying

First aired on BBC’s Peaky Blinders: Cohen’s 2016 title track, You Want it Darker

AIDS benefit, Red Hot & Blue. Debbie and Iggy do Cole Porter’s Did You Evah

John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain with an unnamed piece from Shakti

Happened on while travelling in Rajasthan in 2016: Kalibelia folk

Wynton Marsalis pays homage to Jelly Roll Morton: New Orleans Bump

Gertrude Lawrence cuts glass on Cole Porter’s lyric genius: The Physician

George Winston’s arrangement of JS Bach’s sublime Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Brit soulster Michael Kiwanuka with the title song of 2016 release, Love and Hate

New York based Peurto Ricans, Balún, with Camila

“We’d all play like Stan Getz if we could”, said Trane. This is Samba Triste

Too didactic by half but Dory Previn had her moments: Lady with the Braid

Poetic licence in Shaffer’s take on what inspired Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria

40 years on, live in Rome, Bruce Springsteen revisits NYC Serenade

Maura O’Connell & Karen Matheson follow WB Yeats down by the Sally Gardens

Cohen rasps eloquent on the Johnny Walker wisdom running high at Closing Time

Some like it hot – not Curtis, Lemon & Monroe but 70s dubster, Big Youth

National anthem? Here’s Edith Piaf with a real one from the Paris Commune

Sonny wrote it for Cher. Nancy sang it too. Lady Gaga: Bang Bang My Baby shot ..

Unnamed Azerbaijani orchestra with catchy take on Floyd’s Brick in the Wall

Dave Brubeck Quartet with one of jazz’s best loved tunes: Take Five

Larry Williams on the legendary Chess label with My Baby’s Got Soul

The Beach Boys with – what else? – Good Vibrations

Mick & John do fun intro to a Lennon song with unusual line-up: Yer Blues

Garbarek, Metheny et al pay tribute to a bass ace: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

1960 footage of the Shadows in terrific form with Apache

In Japan it’s a recognised illness. So tell us, Zola Jesus, about Hikikomori 

From Gerry Mulligan’s 1971 classic, Age of Steam: K-4 Pacific

Lemonade pies & living bra? Gotta be John Fred with Judy in Disguise

John Renbourne with Donne’s metaphysical conceits on fickle womanhood: Song

You couldn’t call it soul, you have to call it heart. Sinead says Thank you

Art Pepper, from Intensity 1960: I can’t believe you’re in love with me

Mancunian indie band James, vocalist Tim Booth hitting the high notes in Laid

Ravi Shankar’s love child, Norah J, with her seductive waltz, Come Away With Me

Amy: she told you she was trouble, you know that she’s No Good

60’s icon Julie Driscoll works wonders with Donovan’s Season of the Witch

Tepidity in love damned by Ismael Lo & Marianne Faithful: Without Blame 

Penguin Cafe with Helen Lieberman’s soul-stirring cello: Prelude & Yodel

Its spit venom was the rock shock of ’65. Bob Dylan: Positively 4th Street

South Koreans Sumi Jo and Ah-Kyung with Léo Delibes’ exquisite Flower Duet

Ethiopian star Gigi sings Balewashintu

Charles Mingus, jazzman with a sense of drama. This is Pithecanthropus Erectus

Leonard Cohen is caught in the grip of an Undertow

The Animals did this better than Nina: Please Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood

Get verse 2. I don’t think the censors did! Cab Calloway and Minnie the Moocher

Alabama Shakes, led by Brittany Howard, do Hold on

Late great Eva Cassidy: secular gospel on Pete Seeger’s Had I a Golden Thread

Johnny Thunder & his ladies kick wellie into an old nursery rhyme: Loop De Loop

Alpine scene from Cabaret. 1933: a Hitler Youth sings Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Heavy metal men Disturbed with another cover of Paul Simon’s Sound of Silence

1967 saw rock masterpieces like Forever Changes. Arthur Lee: You Set the Scene

“I can hold a note longer than Caruso”. Boy Bob Dylan and Freight Train Blues

The late great David Bowie in Tokyo: Rock ‘n Roll Suicide

From The Rising, Springsteen’s album on 9/11: You’re Missing

G.G. Yunupingnu – so good he got two slots running: History (I Was Born Blind)

The incredible sound of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Wiyatha and Bapa

Bags of Rock ditch lyrics in barnstorming Hootenanny take on Whisky in the Jar

Thanks to Richard of Wakefield for this: Bon Iver at Air Studios

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen? When MJQ do it, it’s England’s Carol

Beyoncé does to Sex on Fire what Jimi did to All Along the Watchtower

Kings of Leon on Jools Holland Show do Sex on Fire

Garbarek, McLaughlin, Hari Prasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain Making Music

Steve Earl’s tale of one family defying two Prohibitions: Copperhead Road

Faure’s Requiem: lighter than Wolfie’s but, well, to die for: Sanctus, Pie Jesu ..

Hyde Park, 2012. McCartney joins Springsteen for two of the Beatles’ earliest.

Susheela Raman with a fine cover of Joan Armatrading’s Save Me

Inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov, Joan Baez asks Where have all the Flowers Gone?

Miles was so fond of this putdown he made it the opener to Kind of Blue: So What

BBC Panorama pinched the Karelia by Sibelius. This is the intermezzo.

Afroman’s morality tale is steeped in remorse, and all because he got high

Striking miners, reight brassed off tha knows, do t’ Lone Ranger.

Sonny’s Lettah from Brixton Jail brings bad news to a mother in Jamaica.

Scandi-noir fans know this one. Choir of Young Believers and their Hollow Talk

If I love you, watch out!  Elina Garanca, as sex terrorist Carmen, does Habanera

Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem, La Pas du Chat Noir

Greatest rock’n roll band in the world? Gimme shelter!

Jennifer Warnes duels with Leonard Cohen on Joan of Arc

La Fiesta: Stan Getz blows for Spain as Chick Corea smokes the keyboard.