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Louisville Writer Explores The Unexpected Black Roots Of 'Happy Birthday To You'

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On Tuesday, the quarterly literary magazine “The Oxford American” released its annual southern music issue — an edition that features only Kentucky music.

In collaboration with the magazine, I spoke with local writer Michael Jones about his essay “A Peculiar Composition,” which details the unexpected black roots of "Happy Birthday to You."

You can listen to the audio essay in the player above. More about the southern music issue can be found here.