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photoGreat moments in popular music history have their indelible marks. When Elvis first gyrated his hips on stage, when the Fabulous Four carried the British Invasion to America, and when Michael Jackson moon-walked his way to a new way of looking at bubblegum pop. But long before the popularity of the electric guitar and the synthesized drum beat, songs like "St. Louis Blues", "I Got Rhythm" and "Summertime" would leave their definitive marks and forever alter popular as we know it. Tonight, the biographies of some of America's most popular songs.

Guests:

Will Friedwald, author of "Stardust Melodies: A Biography of Twelve of America's Most Popular Songs"

This program aired on August 9, 2002.

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