The Genius song pick today is from this year's Oxford American discs.

Original song: "Going Away"---The Staple Singers Alas, it's not on YouTube, but here's another song by the group:

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1) "Lovely Day"---Bill Withers

2) "Diamonds and Pearls"---Prince

3) "Please, Please, Please"---James Brown

4) "Take A Letter Maria"---R.B. Greaves

5) "If You Can Want"---Smokey Robinson

6) "Just Kissed My Baby"---The Meters

7) "River Deep, Mountain High"---Ike & Tina Turner

8) "Hallelujah, I Love Her So"---Ray Charles

9) "Stop In The Name Of Love"---The Supremes

10) "Telephone"---Eryka Badu

More videos after the fold. "Telephone"'s not on YouTube, but here's the first single off the new album:

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The Meters:

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Okay, I got my new memory card, so I should be taking cat pictures soon. And of a superior quality, I suspect. They keep doing cute things, but breaking the tableau if I grab the camera.