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American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963.

Read The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

August 28, 2013 – It is not a marching song. It is not necessarily defiant. It is a promise.


John Coltrane.

Read The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'

October 23, 2000 – This work was Coltrane's spiritual declaration that his faith and musical devotion was intertwined.


Woody Guthrie.

Listen The Story Of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land'

July 3, 2000 – Folklorist Nick Spitzer tells the story of Woody Guthrie's leftist national anthem.


Elvis Presley, in an undated photo.

Listen One Record, Two Hits And A Rock 'n' Roll Revolution

January 10, 2000 – Hear the stories behind 1956's "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel," Elvis Presley's two biggest hits.


Stevie Wonder at his keyboard during a concert in 1973.

Watch The Story Of Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book'

December 30, 2000 – One of the biggest hits from Talking Book was actually intended for someone else.


The Sugarhill Gang perform onstage at the close of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 3, 2004 in New York City.

Listen 'Rapper's Delight'

December 29, 2000 – New Jersey's Sugarhill Gang recorded its influential, disco-inspired 1979 hit in just one take.


Composer Irving Berlin.

Listen 'White Christmas'

December 25, 2000 – Irving Berlin's hit "White Christmas" remains one of the world's most beloved Christmas songs.


Igor Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Listen 'Symphony of Psalms'

December 24, 2000 – Igor Stravinsky wrote Symphony of Psalms in 1929 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony.


Johnny Cash walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there.

Listen 'I Walk The Line'

December 23, 2000 – This classic of American music made the country and the pop charts in 1956.


Isaac Hayes.

Listen Can Ya Dig It? Still Down With 'Shaft'

December 21, 2000 – Shaft had the moves because his music had the grooves, the music of Isaac Hayes.


Bert Lahr (far right), Ray Bolger (back row, right), Judy Garland (sitting, right), composer Harold Arlen (sitting left), and various MGM and music publishing executives sing songs from the 1939 film musical 'The Wizard of Oz' around a microphone in the NBC radio studio, circa 1939.

Listen 'The Wizard Of Oz'

December 18, 2000 – Author John Fricke tells the stories behind the beloved classic songs of The Wizard of Oz.


Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler) reading the novel 'Gone With the Wind' by Margaret Mitchell.

Listen 'Gone With the Wind'

December 17, 2000 – Steiner's work is instantly recognizable and emblematic of both musical scoring and cinema itself.

The Carter Family

Listen 'Wildwood Flower'

December 14, 2000 – The song was passed down from generation-to-generation, without the benefit of the written word.


Composer and singer Hoagy Carmichael writing music on the piano in his London hotel room.

Listen 'Stardust'

December 11, 2000 – Carmichael's timeless melody came to him one night while in school at Indiana University.


Listen 'Peggy Sue'

December 8, 2000 – Buddy Holly's legendary song "Peggy Sue" didn't start out as a classic at all.


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