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April Fools!

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No joke, it’s April 1! The origins of April Fools Day date back to medieval times, and the yearly celebration of hoaxes and pranks spawns good natured humor on a worldwide scale. In honor of April Fool’s Day, we give you five great songs about fools. 1. Fool in the Rain – Led Zeppelin Robert Plant and John Paul Jones wrote the samba beat for this 1979 Zeppelin jam after watching the 1978 World Cup tournament in Argentina. The song tells the story of a man waiting for the woman he loves on a street corner. He grows disconsolate as he stands in the rain, thinking she she’s stood him up, before realizing that he’s “just a fool waiting on the wrong block.” 2. Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Singer Frankie Lymon was 13 years old when he recorded this 1956 R&B hit. The song has since been covered by Diana Ross and Joni Mitchell, who managed the same falsetto as the young crooner Lymon did. 3. Lovefool – The Cardigans The 1996 pop hit by Swedish act The Cardigans was featured on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrman’s remake of Romeo and Juliet, in which doomed lovers Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes showed audiences how foolish, and tragic, love can really be. 4. Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin This 1967 hit won Aretha Franklin the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B performance and is listed at #249 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and that’s no joke. 5. The Fool on the Hill – The Beatles This hit appears on the Beatles’ 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album. Paul McCartney wrote the song on a piano at his father’s house after seeing a mysterious man appear to him while he and a friend were walking on London’s Primrose Hill. Be sure to check out: The String Quartet Tribute to Led Zeppelin Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to The Beatles Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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Woman Earns First Masters Degree In Beatles Studies

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A woman from Canada has earned the first degree in Beatles Studies from the Liverpool Hope University. A former Miss Canada finalist, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first 12 students to sign up for the course when it was first held in 2009.

Says the woman on her achievement,

"I am so proud. The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact the Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life."
The unique masters degree in Beatles, Popular Music and Society was a world’s first. Zahalan-Kennedy was the first to accept her degree in person from the university. The course examines the studio sound and composition styles of the Beatles and how the town Liverpool helped to shape their music. Students also examined the significance of the band’s music and how it helped to define identities, culture, and society at the time. Founder and leader of the Beatles Master of Arts course at Liverpool Hope University, Mike Brocken, said the postgraduate degree makes Zahalan-Kennedy a member of a select group of popular music experts. "Mary-Lu now joins an internationally recognized group of scholars of popular music studies who are able to offer fresh and thought-provoking insights into the discipline of musicology," he said. What do you think of this degree? Should there be more of these types of courses at schools or do you find it more or less useless?

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