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The Oft-Neglected Introductory Verse of Popular Songs

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says some of the best parts of classic songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "A Foggy Day" are the half-sung, almost-spoken introductions. But many singers skip them, opting to begin with the chorus. Whitehead remembers some of these forgotten intros.



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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 8, 1990: Interview with Alan Lomax; Commentary on song verses; Interview with Michael Myers; Review of the television show "The Simpsons."


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