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Gonna buy 5 copies for my mother

It was on today's date back in 1973 that the band Dr. Hook got their wish, and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, the accomplishment they hoped for in the song "Cover of the Rolling Stone."   My most profound memory dealing with this song is that it was one of the songs I learned in guitar lessons during the summer between 5th and 6th grade. It was a group lesson, with a bunch of little girls strumming and singing along to a variety of songs (which also included "Billy Don't Be a Hero" and "Never Been to Spain.") Some of the lyrics may have been considered kind of questionable for 10-year-olds, like "I got a freaky old lady name of Cocaine Katie who embroiders on my jeans." And then there was the line that said "Got a genuine Indian guru, teachin' me a better way." Except our guitar teacher didn't transcribe the lyrics just right, and wrote "genuine Indian burro."  Changes the meaning of the song entirely! I'm not a huge fan of that Dr. Hook song, which was actually written by Shel Silverstein, but I do like it more than a few of their other hits including "Sylvia's Mother" and that heartfelt ditty "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman (it's hard)." I couldn't find a video of Dr. Hook doing the Rolling Stone song live...but did find one that includes the song's audio along with a whole bunch of different covers of the magazine. It's actually an interesting little trip down Memory Lane. And if the song gets stuck in your head...hey..at least it's not "Sylvia's Mother!"

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