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Don't try to lay no boogie woogie

Another long Language Hat thread, this time on a William Safire column about bogeyman vs. boogeyman, reminded me of a vaguely remembered song from my childhood with the lyric "Don't try to lay no boogie woogie on the king of rock & roll".

Google turns up a fellow named Long John Baldry. His website includes a page of full-length MP3s of "The King of Rock & Roll" and several other songs, complete with LP surface noise for the full nostalgic experience. It's 1971-1972 folk- and blues-rock with typical influences of the day, from Professor Longhair to California acid. At least a couple of tracks there worth a download.

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