This is a Yiddish folk song written by the songwriters Aaron Zeitlin, Sholom Secunda, Arthur Kevess and Teddi Schwartz in 1940. It is also known as "Dona Dona" but it is not about a girl, but a calf on the way to market about to be slaughtered. Some see this as a metaphor for Jews in the Holocaust.
This song was made popular by Joan Baez, who sang it on her debut album in 1960. Donovan also recorded this song on his debut album in 1965.
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In Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere," the title refers to the name of a horse. They took it from a song in the musical Guys And Dolls where a character sings, "I got the horse right here, the name is Paul Revere."
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.
Country star Slim Whitman's version of the 1920s song "Rose Marie" spent 11 consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK in 1955, a record until 1991 when Bryan Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" spent 16 weeks at the top.