Song of the Day #3,999: ‘Throng of Blowtown’ – Mary Lou Lord

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, especially my own father, who has loved, supported and challenged me in so many ways over the years.

If the Random iTunes Fairy has a sentimental streak, she’ll serve up a little Frank Sinatra in honor of my dad. Let’s spin the wheel and see what we get.

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Song of the Day #704: ‘She Had You’ – Mary Lou Lord

Mary Lou Lord is one of those interesting one-offs in my CD collection that reinforces how interesting the artistic world can be. You could write a movie about her career despite the fact that almost nobody has heard of her.

Lord got her start playing in Boston subway stations and got her break when she ran into Kurt Cobain, on tour with Nirvana, one night outside a club. The two hit it off and became close friends (and lovers, according to some accounts). She also befriended Elliott Smith and toured in support of him (he plays guitar on some of her recorded tracks).

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