Muriel - Foreign Affairs [048]

This week on Song by Song, Sam and Martin take a look at the mournful yearning ballad, as well as one of its most successful reversals. Inevitably inviting comparisons with other "name of a girl" songs, Muriel is discussed in terms of Martha, Rosie, Maria and Jolene, but it ends up being the presence of Edie that has the greatest effect...

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Muriel, Foreign Affairs, Tom Waits (1977)

Jolene, Jolene, Dolly Parton (1973)

Muriel Cigar Advert, Edie Adams & Stan Getz (1965)

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar), The Doors, The Doors (1967) Wikipedia information found here

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