The Great Song Podcast

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Respect (Aretha Franklin) - Episode 508

March 25, 2020

The one and only Diva of Divas, Aretha Franklin, is up to the mic today, with her legendary classic, “Respect.” We’ll talk about Aretha’s history (and her shared birthday with Rob), her music, her writing and arranging chops…

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Turn Your Love Around (George Benson) - Episode 507

March 18, 2020

This week we celebrate one of the literal greatest guitarists and musicians to ever pick up the instrument, not to mention his status as a legendary singer and performer of pop and R&B. The genius and range of George Benson—…

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I Love You Always Forever (Donna Lewis) - Episode 505

March 4, 2020

It's the most adorable song of the 1990's on this week's episode! Bob your head and feel the warm hug that is "I Love You Always Forever," a song that is somehow amazing even though its title feels like it was made up by a r…

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Let's Stay Together (Al Green) - Episode 504

Feb. 26, 2020

It’s the perfect intersection of Valentine’s month and Black History Month—Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is without a doubt one of the greatest love songs ever penned, and Al Green is without a doubt one of the smoothest …

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Let's Dance (David Bowie) - Episode 503

Feb. 21, 2020

The pop hit that made David Bowie a mainstream star and introduced Stevie Ray Vaughan to the world is our topic this week, and we've put on our red shoes, which are obviously a metaphor for...systemic racism? Oh, wait. I mea…

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Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) - Episode 501

Feb. 7, 2020

Season 5 kicks off with a true American icon: the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, and his signature song. We'll walk you through Johnny's story, including the writing of the song by June Carter Cash (well, probably) and Merle Kil…

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I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf [Season 4 Finale]

Nov. 29, 2019

The most epic song of the 1990's is the perfect finish to an epic Season 4! Settle in for the journey into Jim Steinman's insane musical drama and the story of the sexiest lip-sync job of all time! Also in this episode: - Ro…

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Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters) - Rivalry Week 2, Episode 419

Nov. 22, 2019

RIVALRY WEEK, ROUND 2 If you’ve been with us on the show before, you may already know how JP feels about Dave Grohl. Well this week you’re gonna find out why. Rivalry Week Pt 2 focuses on “Monkey Wrench” by the band Rob cons…

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Grease (Soundtrack) - Rivalry Week 1, Episode 418

Nov. 15, 2019

RIVALRY WEEK returns for Season 4--Rob and JP go head-to-head on something one loves and one hates! In week 1, we talk the Grease soundtrack, which JP loves and Rob detests. Whose side are you on? Tell us in our Facebook g…

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Ain't Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations) - Episode 417

Nov. 8, 2019

We know you wanna leave us, but we refuse to let you go! Let's sing with some soul this week as we dig into the Temptations' enduring hit, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." In this episode: - The opening drum fill, and how you can t…

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Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) - Halloween, Episode 416

Oct. 31, 2019

It's frickin' bats! The Prince of Darkness graces the pod ever-so-serendipitously on this Halloween edition, and we get into the heavy rock greatness that is "Crazy Train." Also in this episode: - Why Ozzy keeps getting sued…

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Smooth Operator (Sade) - Episode 415

Oct. 25, 2019

Officially our smoothest episode ever, we dare you not to walk away singing this one for a few days. Sade brings the cool as season 4 rolls on! In this episode: - The sound and story of "Quiet Storm" - Rob flies his dork fl…

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Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers) - Episode 414

Oct. 18, 2019

It's our 2 year anniversary, and what better song to celebrate our love for each other and for you than the stylings of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, written by everyone's favorite BeeGee, Barry Gibb! Come join us in a warm…

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Hard to Handle (Black Crowes) - Episode 413

Oct. 11, 2019

It's hard to ha-na-na this week, as the lads dig into this modern rock classic--er, classic rock classic? Classic-modern-contemporary-oldie? Regardless of its classification, it rocks and it's awesome, and we're gonna talk a…

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Jeremy (Pearl Jam) - Episode 412

Oct. 4, 2019

::Trigger Warning:: This week's episode covers and references true events that touch at the heart of current American tragedies, and specifically school shootings. Pearl Jam's 1992 hit "Jeremy" is about an awful reality, bu…