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This Day in Music, 1962: Ray on Top

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Ray Charles’ I Can’t Stop Loving You was the top song on the charts during this day in 1962. It held the spot for five weeks, from May 27 to June 30..

Other notable songs that year were The Lion Sleeps Tonight, The Twist, Peppermint Twist (Part 1), Duke Of Earl, Soldier Boy, Roses Are Red (My Love), Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, The Loco-Motion, Sherry, Monster Mash, He’s A Rebel and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Check here for the artists and how long each song held the top spot. Two of the songs also held the top spot for five weeks. Can you name them?

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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