Mel Fisher Ostrowski played Don McLean's American Pie until she "learned every word." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'American Pie' And The Box Of Records A Father Left Behind

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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. Sasha/Getty Images hide caption

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Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows

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Actress Rashida Jones says Steely Dan opened her young mind to "the mathematics of music." Vera Anderson/WireImage hide caption

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How Rashida Jones Found Her Inner Music Nerd

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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. Courtesy of the Wolsko family hide caption

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Loving An Album To Death Makes A Music Fan For Life

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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950. Ron Case/Getty Images hide caption

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Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

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Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City. Steven Henry/Getty Images hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

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

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From Scorn For Zevon, A Father-Daughter Moment Is Born

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

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Glen Hansard's latest album is Rhythm and Repose. Conor Masterson hide caption

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Glen Hansard: Musical Comfort In A Troubled Home

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Neil Diamond's "Coming To America" played an especially memorable part in one NPR listener's adolescence. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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An Immigrant's Tale, With Neil Diamond's Siren Song

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

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Chris Thile's First Musical Memory

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Santigold's latest album, Master of My Make-Believe, came out in April. Sean Thomas hide caption

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Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

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Siblings Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, and Maile Meloy, novelist. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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One Road Trip, One Novelist, One-Fifth Of The Decemberists

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Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008. Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

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All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, possibly singing with his parents, circa 1959. Bob Boilen hide caption

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Remembering Mom And Dad's Record Collection

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Audra McDonald is nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. She tells All Things Considered about the song that started her on her theater journey. Michael Wilson hide caption

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Why 'Edelweiss' Makes Audra McDonald Think Of Home

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