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Lucy Mao Re-Covered: 5 More Popular Songs that are Actually Covers

By popular demand, AllMusic takes a look at songs made popular by Santana, Natalie Imbruglia, They Might Be Giants, and Brothers both Isley and Righteous, as well as the stories behind the originals.

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Greg Prato The Origin of the Striped Design of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat

Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat is one of the most famous guitars in rock history, and author Greg Prato analyzes when and how the legendary guitarist assembled his now-instantly identifiable axe.

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AllMusic Staff AllMusic Trivia: Summer Festivals

The world is slowly opening up again and summer festivals are back on! Slather on the sunscreen, make questionable beverage choices, and dig into the AllMusic Trivia quiz around Lollapalooza, Woodstock, Coachella, Glastonbury and more.

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AllMusic Staff Five Overlooked Kiss Album Tracks

Longtime AllMusic writer Greg Prato serves as a guide through five of the best overlooked album tracks from the Kiss catalog – shouting it out loud what makes these selections hotter than hell.

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Lucy Mao “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”: Excuse, Defiance, and Reassurance

When most people hear the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” they immediately think of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 version, but what they may not know is that Lauper’s version is actually a cover. The original was by Robert Hazard in 1979, and was written from a male perspective.

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Daniel de Visé Rumor and Sigh: An Appreciation of Richard Thompson’s Solo Albums

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Richard Thompson’s debut album, the magnificent Henry the Human Fly, author Daniel de Visé offers insights and highlights of Thompson’s solo career.

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Lucy Mao Chad Lawson Continues to Modernize Piano Music on New EP irreplaceable

Pianist and composer Chad Lawson bridges the divide between younger populations and classical music by reinventing the piano for what he coins “the Spotify generation.” AllMusic’s Lucy Mao spoke with Lawson about his melody-centric composition process and how the meaning of his new EP irreplaceable fell into place.

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Lucy Mao 5 Popular Songs That Are Actually Covers

There are times when a cover outshines the initial version of a song, with a later rendition becoming so popular that people treat it as the original. AllMusic explores the stories behind five famous cover songs, chronicling their journeys from a first recording to a cover hit.

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Daniel de Visé Only a Memory: Revisiting Marshall Crenshaw and the Smithereens

Marshall Crenshaw cracked the Billboard Top 40 only once. The Smithereens reached Casey Kasem’s airspace twice. Neither artist ever scored anything like a monster hit, yet proved to be beloved masters of their craft. Author Daniel de Visé examines the best albums of these two classic artists.

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