The Hear and Now

The Great Characters of Popular Music

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Who are your favorite characters in popular song? Pancho and Lefty? Ziggy Stardust? Mr. Bojangles? Eleanor Rigby? Happy Jack? (Ode to) Bille Joe? Tune in to find out what Bonnie Simmons and Derk Richardson have selected from their all-time favorites. It’s a fund drive special, from 8 p.m. until midnight. You can make a pledge to KPFA and secure tickets to see Loudon Wainwright III, David Bromberg, Donald Fagan, Ani DiFranco, Gregory Alan Isakov, or Dar Williams.


The Four TopsBernadetteGreatest HitsMotown
The PoliceRoxanneThe SinglesA&M
The HolliesCarrie AnneThe FinestEpic
Randy NewmanSimon Smith and the Amazing Dancing BearLonely at the TopReprise
Jerry Jeff WalkerCharlie DunnGypsy Songman
Guy ClarkRamblin' Jack and MahanBoats to BuildAsylum
Van MorrisonMadame GeorgeAstral WeeksWarner Bros.
Bruce SpringsteenSandy 4th of July Asbury ParkThe Wild, the Innoncent, and the E Street ShuffleColumbia
The Rolling StonesRuby TuesdayFlowersABKCO
Joni MitchellThe Last Time I Saw RichardBlueReprise
Dan HicksMoody RichardStrikin' it RichBlue Thumb
Tom WaitsFrank's Wild YearsBeautiful MaladiesIsland
SpiritSilky SamTime CircleEpic
The KinksWell Respected ManThe Singles CollectionESS
Simon & GarfunkelRichard CorySounds of SilenceColumbia
Warren ZevonRoland the Headless Thompson GunnerI'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Anthology)Rhino
David BrombergSpanish JohnnyMy Own HouseFantasy
Bob DylanThe Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas PriestJohn Wesley HardingColumbia
Townes Van ZandtPoncho and LeftyPoncho and LeftyAtom
Janis JoplinMe and Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin's Greatest HitsColumbia Legacy
Bobbie GentryOde to Billie JoeThe Folk YearsTime Life
Neil YoungThe Old Laughing LadyNeil YoungReprise
The BeatlesEleanor RigbyRevolverCapitol
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