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Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Stories about songs our parents taught us.

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Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," a favorite song of listener Melanie Cowart's parents, became a fitting symbol for their relationship.

August 30, 2012 A listener explains how one of her parents' favorite songs became a fitting symbol of their romance.


Actress Rashida Jones says Steely Dan opened her young mind to "the mathematics of music."

August 23, 2012 A child of Hollywood royalty explains how one band opened her mind to "the mathematics of music."


Little Darrin Wolsko spent a chunk of his childhood playing his father's copy of The Beatles self-titled album, best known as The White Album, over and over.

August 16, 2012 An NPR listener spent his childhood playing his father's copy of The Beatles over and over.


Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.

August 7, 2012 The Pulitzer-winning columnist says he'll never forget the way his mother sang Nat King Cole songs.


Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City.

August 2, 2012 The composer says a song by Blades helped him understand the interplay of music and lyrics.


Warren Zevon on the cover of Excitable Boy, the 1978 album which includes "Werewolves in London."

July 26, 2012 A listener grew up hating her dad's musical taste, especially Warren Zevon's "Werewolves in London."


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

July 19, 2012 Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.


Glen Hansard's latest album is Rhythm and Repose.

July 12, 2012 The singer-songwriter recalls how a Pat Boone song helped his mother through a troubled marriage.


Neil Diamond's "Coming To America" played an especially memorable part in one NPR listener's adolescence.

July 3, 2012 An NPR listener recalls hearing Diamond's most patriotic song before coming to America.


Chris Thile says he was only a year old when he first heard "The Girl from Ipanema."

June 27, 2012 The mandolinist says he was on the floor in a diaper when he first heard "The Girl from Ipanema."


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