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Radio Free Europe R.E.M. 1981
Hib-Tone 0001
R.E.M. (1983 for I.R.S.)
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Rag Mop Johnnie Lee Wills c.12-49
Bullet 696
Ames Bros. (12-5-49), Lionel Hampton (12-29-49), Joe Liggins, Mighty Blue Kings
"Get The Mop," recorded by Henry "Red" Allen in 1946 (RCA Victor 1808), was a clear predecessor to "Rag Mop" such that its publisher brought a successful suit again "Rag Mop's" copyright holder, Hill & Range.

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Ragtime Cowboy Joe Bob Roberts 4-23-12
Victor 17090
David Seville & Chipmunks
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Raining On Sunday Radney Foster 1999
on CD Arista Nashville 18833 See What You Want To See
Keith Urban
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Rains Came, The Big Sambo & House Wreckers 1962
Eric 7003
Sir Douglas Quintet
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Rainy Jane Neil Sedaka 1969
SGC 008
Davy Jones
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Rainy Night In Georgia Tony Joe White 1969
on lp Monument 18133 ...Continued
Brook Benton, Hank Williams Jr.
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Ramblin' Rose Jerry Lee Lewis 10-21-61
Sun 374
Ted Taylor, MC-5, Wayne Kramer
This wasn't really ever a hit but I saw the MC-5 play it so many times I just had to include it.

Do I have to point out that this is a different song from Nat King Cole's hit?

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Ram-Bunk-Shush Lucky Millinder 1952
King 4534
Bill Doggett, Ventures
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Rave On! Sonny West 11-57
Atlantic 1174
Buddy Holly (1-26-58), Waylon Jennings, Steeley Span, Commander Cody
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Raw-Hide Link Wray 1958 (cut for Cadence)    on CD Sundazed 11137 White Lighting; Lost Cadence Sessions '58 (2006) Link Wray (1958 for Epic)
Following his Cadence Records hit "Rumble," Wray and his band cut material for an album. Label owner Archie Bleyer later admitted that he didn't like Link or the (supposed) negative affect of his music, meaning the instrumental(!) "Rumble," so no LP was issued at the time.

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Reach Out For Me Lou Johnson 1963
Big Top 3153
Dionne Warwick
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Ready For Love Mott The Hoople 1972
on lp Columbia 31750 All The Young Dudes
Bad Company (11-73)
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Ready Or Not (aka Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie) Sam The Sham & Pharaohs 1967? (lp charted 3-11-67)
on lp MGM 4422 Greatest Hits
Jay & Techniques (2-7-67)
The song only appeared on Sam The Sham & Pharaohs Greatest Hits album and there doesn't seem to be any recording date information available. The track could've been in the can for some time and the release of the album in relation to when Jay & The Techniques cut theirs (as "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"), strongly suggests Sam's was earlier.

A record by Happy Louie titled "Apple Peaches Pumpkin Pie" (MGM 13620) is not the same song.

Real Wild Child see Wild One
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Reason To Believe Tim Hardin 4-25-66
on lp Verve Folkways 3004 Tim Hardin 1
Bobby Darin (11-1-66), Rod Stewart, Carpenters
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Red Hot Billy "The Kid" Emerson 5-31-55
Sun 219
Billy Lee Riley, Bob Luman, Sam The Sham & Pharaohs, Robert Gordon, Brian Setzer
"Red Hot" by the Five Scamps (Columbia 30158, 1950) is a different song.

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Red Red Wine Neil Diamond 1967
Bang 556
Vic Dana, Tony Tribe, UB-40
Red River Rock (aka Red River Valley) see Cowboy Love Song
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Red Roses For A Blue Lady John Laurenz 1948 (rel. 11-48)
Mercury 5201
Vaughn Monroe (12-15-48), Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (12-22-48), Vic Dana, Bert Kaempfert, Wayne Newton
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Red Sails In The Sunset Lew Stone 7-35
UK Regal Zonophone 1786
Guy Lombardo, Mantovani, Bing Crosby, Tab Hunter, Platters, Fats Domino
The song was featured in the 1935 stage play Provincetown Follies.

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Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) Eddie Miller 1949
4-Star 1407
Jimmy Heap, Ray Price, Esther Philips, Engelbert Humperdinck
The song was inspired by a quarreling couple Eddie Miller overheard in a bar, when a woman said to her man "If you would release me, we'd get along all right."

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Remember What I Told You To Forget Four Tops 1972
on lp Dunhill 50129 Keeper Of The Castle
Tavares
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Remember You're Mine Ray Vernon 1957
Cameo 109
Pat Boone
Ray Vernon aka Vernon Wray is Link Wray's brother.

Cameo 109 was issued twice, with "I'll Take Tomorrow (Today)" on some copies in place of "Remember You're Mine."

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Respect Otis Redding 7-9-65
Volt 128
Rationals, Vagrants, Aretha Franklin
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Respectable Isley Bros. 10-14-59
on lp RCA Victor 2156 Shout!
Isley Bros. (11-9-59, RCA Victor 7657), Yardbirds, Outsiders
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Revolution Will Not Be Televised, The Gil Scott-Heron 1970
Flying Dutchman 26011
Gil Scott-Heron (1974 on lp Flying Dutchman 10613), Soul Rebels
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Rhinestone Cowboy Larry Weiss 1974
20th Century 2084
Glen Campbell
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Rhythm Of My Heart René Shuman 1986
Dutch CBS 650213 0
Rod Stewart
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Rich Woman Li'l Millet & His Creoles 10-25-55
Specialty 565
Canned Heat, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Yockamo All-Stars, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
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Ride, Ride, Ride Lynn Anderson 7-66
Chart 1375
Brenda Lee (12-15-66)
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Riders In The Sky (Cowboy Legend) (aka Ghost Riders In The Sky) Burl Ives 2-17-49
Columbia 38445
Vaughn Monroe (3-14-49), Peggy Lee (4-18-49), Gene Autry (8-16-49), Ramrods, Outlaws, Johnny Cash
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Ridin' The Storm Out REO Speedwagon 1973
Epic 11078
REO Speedwagon (1977, Epic 50367
REO's first version featured replacement singer Mike Murphy, while their hit had returning original vocalist Kevin Cronin.

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Riding With The King John Hiatt 1983
on lp Geffen 4017 Riding With The King
B.B. King & Eric Clapton
B.B. King & Eric Clapton's was on their album also titled Riding With The King.

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Right Or Wrong (I'll Be With You) Billy Graves c. 7-59
Monument 418
Wanda Jackson (10-28-60), Ronnie Dove
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Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo, The Douglas Finnell & Royal Stompers 11-29
Brunswick 7123
Speckled Red (4-8-30, 1956), Piano Red (1950, 1956, 1962 as Dr. Feelgood & Interns, 1965), Carl Perkins. Danny Shirley & Paino Red (as "Yo Yo")
Piano Red (aka Dr. Feelgood), born William Perryman, was Speckled Red's brother. Seperated by 19 years, both were albino musicians with the nickname "Red."

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Right Time, The (aka [Night Time Is] The Right Time) Nappy Brown 10-1-57
Savoy 1525
Ray Charles (10-28-58)
Although they're not the same composition, Brown's could have easily been influenced by "Night Time Is The Right Time" (Decca 7324) done by the Honey Dripper, aka Roosevelt Sykes, in 1937.

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Right Time Of The Night Peter McCann 1976
20th Centruy 2314
Jennifer Warnes
Jennifer Warnes had been recording for a decade before her "Right Time Of The Night" became a ubiquitous hit in 1977. Writer Peter McCann had recorded it just before Warnes' and was set to issue his as a single. Arista Records head honcho Clive Davis let it be known that he was going to heavily promote Jennifer's version so McCann's label went with his "Do You Wanna Make Love" (with "Right Time" as the flip). McCann was happy with the consolation prize of having his record climb to top-5 (qualifying him as a genuine one-hit-wonder) as Warnes' "Right Time" was winding up its long chart run.

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Ring Dang Doo Demetriss Tapp 1964
Brunswick 55274
Sam The Sham & Paraohs
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Ring Of Fire Anita Carter c. 11-62
Mercury 72073
Johnny Cash (3-25-63), Animals, Carlene Carter, Wall Of Voodoo, Social Distortion, Frank Zappa, Dick Dale, Bob Dylan et al.
June Carter first met Johnny Cash backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in the late '50s, at which time he told her he was going to marry her someday. Over the next couple of years, Carter often shared the bill with Cash's show and, while their relationship was growing, both were married to others. This "forbidden love" inspired Carter to write (along with Merle Kilgore) "Ring Of Fire." Her sister Anita was the first to cut it but future husband Johnny really brought the song to life. Obviously he felt the heat.

Anita Carter's recording is titled "Love's Ring Of Fire" on her Sings Folk Songs Old And New album.

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Rings Running Bear And Goldstein
1971 (early)   Amos 160
Lonnie Mack, Cymarron, Tompall & the Glaser Bros., Lobo, Alex Harvey, Rueben Howell, Leo Kottke
The song was composed in the fall of 1970 as a wedding present for friends of co-writer Eddie Reeves. Running Bear & Goldstein were Eddie Reeves, Alex Harvey ("Rings" co-writer) and Mike Settle (who wrote the B-side, "Loretta"). Reeves and Harvey are both part Indian, hence the Running Bear moniker and Settle decided he wanted to be Goldstein—the keeper of the money!

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Rising Sun Blues (aka House Of The Rising Sun) Ashley & Foster 9-6-33
Vocalion 2576
Homer Callahan (as "Rounder's Luck," 4-11-35), Georgia Turner (9-15-37), Roy Acuff, Josh White, Almanac Singers, Leadbelly (1945, 1948), Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley (1960 for Folkways), Bob Dylan, Animals, Frijid Pink, Santa Esmeralda et al.
Ashley & Foster were Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster.

The melody is based on a centurys-old English ballad. It's been suggested that the song evolved from a 1928 recording called "The Risin' Sun" by Texas Alexander (Okeh 8673), but I don't hear the connection. According to folklorist Alan Lomax, the lyrics as we generally know them were formalized by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin in 1937.

As to whether there ever was a New Orleans brothel named the Rising Sun, nobody knows for sure. It's also been suggested the song was about a women's prison with a rising sun emblem on its entrance.

Ivy Smith's 1927 "Rising Sun Blues" (Paramount 12436) is a different song.

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River is Wide, The Forum 1966
Penthouse 504
Forum (1967 for Mira), Grassroots
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Rivers Of Babylon Melodians 1969
Jamaican Beverly's 138
Boney M, Steve Earle, Neville Bros.
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Rock And Roll Angel (aka Rockin' Little Angel) Webb Dixon 1959
Astro 101
Ray Smith
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Rock And Roll Heaven Climax 1973
Rocky Road 30072
Righteous Bros.
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Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo Johnny Winter 6-9-70
Columbia 45260
Rick Derringer, Suzi Quatro
Writer/guitarist Rick Derringer was part of Johnny Winter's band before he went solo and had the hit with this song.

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Rock And Roll Love Letter Tim Moore 1975
Asylum 45276
Bay City Rollers
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Rock Around The Clock, (We're Gonna) Sonny Dae & His Knights 3-20-54 (release date)
Arcade 123
Bill Haley & Comets (4-12-54), Sex Pistols
Bill Haley had wanted to record the song while signed to Essex Records but label owner Dave Miller didn't allow that to happen. Haley's manager Jack Howard then issued Sonny Dae's (née Adolf, later Paschal, Vennitti) original on his Arcade label. Bill & his Comets moved to Decca Records and squeezed in a take of RATC at the end of a session. Theirs was originally the B-side! See also "Thirteen Women And One Man."

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Rock Island Line Kelly Pace & Group 10-34
on 78 album Library Of Congress AFS L 8 Negro Work Songs And Calls (1943)
Leadbelly (many times, first in 1937), Weavers, Lonnie Donegan, Stan Freberg, Don Cornell, Johnny Cash, Little Richard & Fishbone, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band et al.
Folklorist John Lomax made this recording of a group of Arkansas prisoners, led by Kelly Pace. Lomax's son Alan normally worked as John's assistant, but he was ill at the time and Huddie Ledbetter (aka Leadbelly) was enlisted to help. Alan had met inmate Leadbelly the year before while making recordings at Angola Prison. After hearing Pace's song "Rock Island Line," Leadbelly was inspired to adopt it.

In the early 1900s, the Rock Island Company bought a railroad line which cut across Arkansas, through Little Rock and into West Memphis.

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Rock Lobster B-52's 1978
B-52's Records (no #)
B-52's (1980 for Warner Bros.)
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Rock Love Lula Reed 11-29-54
King 4767
Fontane Sisters
Rock Me Baby see Rockin' & Rollin'
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Rock Me Baby Cymbal and Clinger 1971
on lp Chelsea 1002
David Cassidy
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Rock Me On The Water Johnny Rivers 1971
on lp United Artists 5532 Homegrown
Brewer & Shipley, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne (twice: album track and single), Kathy Mattea w/ Jackson Browne
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Rock The Joint Jimmy Preston & Prestonians 5-49
Gotham 188
Bill Haley & Saddlemen (1952), Bill Haley & Comets (1957), Long John Baldry, Rev. Horton Heat
Preston's recording is often cited as an early rock & roll prototype. After Bill Haley cut it, he embraced the heavy beat music and reconfigured his group into the Comets. (Session guitarist Danny Cedrone later duplicated his "Rock The Joint" guitar solo on Haley's "Rock Around The Clock.")

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Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie Esquire Boys 1952
Rainbow 200
Treniers (9-9-53), Bill Haley & Comets (9-22-54), Esquire Boys (1954 for Guyden), Buddy Morrow
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Rockin' And Rollin' (aka Rock Me Baby) Lil' Son Jackson 12-16-50
Imperial 5113
B.B. King (many times), Muddy Waters, Jeff Beck
A derivation of Curtis Jones' "Roll Me Mama" (Vocalion 4694, 1938), and likely other double entendre blues even earlier. Arthur Crudup's "Rock Me Mama" (Bluebird 0731, 1944) is related only in its title/lyric and blues form.

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Rockin' Good Way, A Priscilla Bowman (& the Spaniels) 7-30-58
Abner 1018
Dinah Washington & Brook Benton, Peaches & Herb, Shakin' Stevens & Bonnie Tyler
Rockin' Little Angel see Rock And Roll Angel
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Rocky Road Blues Bill Monroe & Blue Grass Boys 2-13-45
Columbia 36907
Gene Vincent, Ronnie Self, Dwight Yoakam
Kokomo Arnold's "Rocky Road Blues," recorded 10-23-37 (Decca 7449), is a different song.

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Rocky Top Osborne Bros. 11-16-67
Decca 32242
Chet Atkins, Dillard & Clark, Everly Bros., Lynn Anderson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dolly Parton, Osborne Bros. (1996 as "Rocky Top 96"), Phish, et al.
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Rolene Mink DeVille 1978
on lp Capitol 11780 Return To Magenta
Moon Martin
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Roll And Tumble Blues (aka Rollin' & Tumblin') Hambone Willie Newbern 4-14-29
Okeh 8679
Muddy Waters, Canned Heat, Cream, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan
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Room To Move Climie Fisher 1988
on lp Capitol 48338 Everything
Animotion
John Mayall's "Room To Move" (on lp The Turning Point) is a different song.

Rose Garden see I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
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'Round Midnight Cootie Williams 8-22-44
Hit 7119
Dizzy Gillespie (2-7-46), Thelonious Monk (11-21-47), Chet Baker, Bud Powell, Betty Carter, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Sun Ra, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Carmen McRae, MJQ, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Mel Tormé, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughn et al.
After toying with its melody for over a year, Thelonious Monk finished his composition in the summer of 1943, titling it "I Need You So." In an attempt to have a hit record, he called upon a neighborhood friend, Thelma Elizabeth Murray, to write lyrics. Monk copyrighted the song in September of that year, assigning co-credit to Murray. It was never recorded with those lyrics and a few months later, following minor additional tinkering, the song was renamed "'Round Midnight."

Cootie Williams added an eight-bar interlude when he cut it, taking a share of the composers' credit. The third writer's name on Williams' record, lyricist Bernie Hanighen (misspelled on the label), wrote revised words reflecting the "'Round Midnight" theme. Cootie Williams filed a new copyright on the song in November, 1944 and it's likely that only then did Monk learn of the new lyrics and co-credits. Frustratingly, he only received one third of the royalties generated by a song he essentially wrote.

Williams' version was the B-side but it garnered a fair amount of attention at the time.

Many of the artists listed recorded the song more than once.

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Route 66, (Get Your Kicks On) King Cole Trio 3-15-46
Captiol 256
Bing Crosby & Andrew Sisters, Bobby Troup, Rolling Stones, Asleep At The Wheel, Manhattan Transfer et al.
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Rub It In Layng Martine 1971
Barnaby 2041
Billy "Crash" Craddock
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Rubber Biscuit Chips 1956
Josie 803
Blues Bros.
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Ruby Richard Hayman 1-53
Mercury 70115/70146
Les Brown (3-2-53), Victor Young (3-25-53), Les Baxter (4-6-53), Vaughn Monroe, Harry James (7-11-53), Ray Charles, Adam Wade
Composed by Heinz Eric Roemheld as the theme for the 1952 film Ruby Gentry. Richard Hayman's harmonica playing is featured in the movie but this recording has yet to be officially released.

Lyrics were subsequently written by Mitchell Parish.

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Ruby Baby Drifters 9-19-55
Atlantic 1089
Dion, Billy "Crash" Craddock
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Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town Waylon Jennings 9-8-66
on lp RC Victor 3825 Love Of The Common People
Mel Tillis (12-9-66), Roger Miller (1-26-67), Johnny Darrell, Kenny Rogers & First Edition
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" was inspired by a real-life couple who lived behind writer Mel Tillis. He'd been thinking about them for some time and ended up composing the song in his head one day while driving home. His wife Doris later said it was the most morbid song she'd ever heard.

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Run Around (aka Runaround) Three Chuckles 1953 (summer)
Boulevard 100/X 0066
Fleetwoods
Later Boulevard pressings, and the X-label issue, listed the title as "Runaround."

"Run Around" was originally the Three Chuckles' B-side.

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Runaway Train John Stewart 1987
on lp Cypress 661-117-1 Punch The Big Guy
Rosanne Cash