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The Chicago Tribune
As the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama approaches, here are a few classic songs about some of his predecessors:
“Eisenhower Blues,” JB Lenoir (1954): It wasn’t common practice to write songs critical of the Chief Executive in the ‘50s, prompting the Chicago blues singer’s label to change the title to “Tax Paying Blues.” The song was later covered by Elvis Costello in the ‘80s.
“He was a Friend of Mine,” the Byrds (1964): Roger McGuinn reconfigures the folk song to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy.
“Abraham, Martin and John,” Dion (1968): “The good they die young,” Dion concludes as he recounts some of the leaders America has lost to assassination.
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