Song of the Day #5,190: ‘California Dreamin” – Barry McGuire

Here’s an interesting case of a band kinda sorta covering itself.

Before the iconic, wistful pop song ‘California Dreamin” was a top five hit for the Mamas and the Papas, it was recorded by singer-songwriter Barry McGuire for a 1966 album titled This Precious Time. The song was written by John and Michelle Phillips in 1963 while they were in a band called The New Journeymen, a precursor to the Mamas and the Papas.

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Song of the Day #4,086: ‘California Dreamin” – Jose Feliciano

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#3 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This is Tarantino’s newest film, and therefore the hardest to rank. I want to avoid ranking it too high due to recency bias, but on the flip side it suffers from not having sunk in as deeply over time as some of these other titles. A few years from now, after a few more viewings, I’ll probably know how I really feel.

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