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Randy Newman: Pop's Mark Twain Continues to Mix the Oil With the Vinegar

Mark Rowland, Musician, November 1988

EVERY FIVE years or so, Randy Newman gets a little famous. Back in 1972, he recorded 'Sail Away', a song that grew so much in vogue among the tuxedoed crooner set that it became virtually synonymous with 'America the Beautiful'. Only one problem: The song is a satiric ode to African slave traders.

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