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Still The Same - Bob Seger free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Still The Same Chords And Strumming, Bob Seger

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Did You Know? Still The Same was written in 1978 and is about a gambler who is at first admired by the singer but who he eventually walks away from because he will not change. 

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Stay - Jackson Browne free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Stay Chords And Strumming, Jackson Browne

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Did You Know? Stay was originally written in 1953 by a 15 year old Maurice Williams, becasue he was trying to convince his date not to go home at 10pm. The original recording is the shortest single ever to reach the top of the US music charts. It was later recorded by the Four Seasons, Jackson Browne, The Hollies and Cyndi Lauper.

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Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Blitzkreig Bop Chords And Strumming, The Ramones

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Did You Know? Blitzkreig Bop was The Ramones very first single and the first track on their very first album both released in 1976. it was written by drummer Tommy Ramone and bass player Dee Dee Ramone. Rolling Stone rated Blitzkreig Bop as 31 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and 18 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time. It was originally called 'Animal Hop'.

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Night Moves - Bob Seger free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming

Night Moves Chords And Strumming, Bob Seger

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Did You Know? Bob Seger wrote Night Moves after watching the film American Graffiti. The coming of age song is autobiographical and he wanted to capture the "Freedom and looseness" of his teens. It took Bob over 6 months to finish writing the song but only 9 takes to record and it was the song that turned Bob from a popular regional favourite to a national star.

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Marys Boy Child Chords And Strumming

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Did You Know? Mary's Boy Child was written in 1956 by Jester Hairston. It used the melody from the folk song Bingo (Bingo was his name-o). The first recording was by Harry Belafonte and was the first UK no 1 to have a playing time over 4 minutes long. It's since been recorded multiple times by other artists famously by Bony M in 1988. 

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Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Fairytale Of New York Chords And Strumming, The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl

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Did You Know? Fairytale Of New York took 2 years to write with multiple recordings and rewrites to perfect it. Surprisingly it's never been no.1 in the charts at Christmas time, but it's been in the UK top 20, 17 different times and it's the most played Christmas song of all time there.

It could have been called 'Christmas Time In The Drunk Tank' as suggested to the band by Elvis Costello but Singer Shane MacGowan decided instead to name the song after the novel A Fairy Tale of New York by J.P. Donleavy which fellow Pogue Jim Finer had left lying around the recording studio.  

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Play Me - Neil Diamond free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Play Me Chords And Strumming, Neil Diamond

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Did You Know? Play Me was the first single from Neil Diamond's 1972 album Moods. it was also the first time Neil collaborated with his long term guitar player Richard Bennett who played the arpeggiated chords in the song. Strangely, the lyrics have been debated in academic circles because it uses the word 'brang' instead of 'brought'

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Wil Rover - The Dubliners free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Wild Rover Chords And Strumming, The Dubliners

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Did You Know? Wild Rover the song is at least as old as the 16th century. It's a staple song for bands in the pubs of Ireland and it's considered to be a drinking song. It's the most widely performed Irish song but the origins of it are unknown. The Dubliners recorded their version of it on their 33rd album called Wild Rover

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John & Daine - John Mellencamp free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Jack And Diane Chords And Strumming, John Mellencamp

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Did You Know? John Mellencamp wrote Jack & Diane about the Tennessee Williams film Sweet Bird of Youth. He considered it a terrible record to make and found it hard to make the timing sound good with a full band. He said that the clapping was originally used only a a guide to keep time and was going to be removed but then he realised that the song didn't work without it. The electric guitar player on the song is Mick Ronson from David Bowie's band, John said about working with him - 

'Mick was very instrumental in helping me arrange that song, as I'd thrown it on the junk heap. All of a sudden, for 'Jack & Diane,' Mick said, 'Johnny, you should put baby rattles on there.' I thought, 'What the f*ck does put baby rattles on the record mean?' So he put the percussion on there and then he sang the part 'let it rock, let it roll' as a choir-ish-type thing, which had never occurred to me. And that is the part everybody remembers on the song. It was Ronson's idea'

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‘Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash free, easy, accurate and printable beginner guitar chords and strumming’

Folsom Prison Blues Chords And Strumming, Johnny Cash

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Did You Know? Folsom Prison Blues was written in 1955 and recorded on Johnny Cash's very first album John Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! He since recorded 97 albums and even performed the song live to in mates at Folsom State Prison in 1968. It was the song that he played first at almost every live performance he did and Rolling Stone Magazine considers Folsom Prison Blues to be the 51st greatest song of all time.

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