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Mel Fisher Ostrowski played Don McLean's American Pie until she "learned every word."

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

September 7, 2012 – Don McLean's song helped a listener "bridge a gap between [her] long-deceased father and baby boy."

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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.

Read Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows

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

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

Read How Rashida Jones Found Her Inner Music Nerd

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

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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.

Read Loving An Album To Death Makes A Music Fan For Life

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

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

Read Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

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

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

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

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

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

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

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

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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.

Read At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

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

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Glen Hansard's latest album is Rhythm and Repose.

Read Glen Hansard: Musical Comfort In A Troubled Home

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

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

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

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

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

Read Chris Thile's First Musical Memory

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

Read Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

June 21, 2012 – In describing her parents' record collection, the singer shares a formative concert experience.

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Siblings Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, and Maile Meloy, novelist.

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

June 13, 2012 – Siblings Colin and Maile Meloy discuss a family trip made memorable by the music played in the car.

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Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008.

Read Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

June 5, 2012 – The politician plays bass in a rock group, but says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

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

Read Remembering Mom And Dad's Record Collection

June 5, 2012 – On this edition of the show, we share listeners' memories of their parents' record collections.

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