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All That Jazz

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On this day in 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first jazz record. The album was done for the Victor Talking Machine Company, based in New York. One of the band's most famous—and most covered—songs is "Tiger Rag." Here, check out six cool versions of the popular tune.

Louis Armstrong

Louis played the tune with his touring band in Copenhagen in 1932.

Jeff Beck and Imelda May

The famed guitarist and the Dublin-based rockabilly singer rocked this tribute to Les Paul.

Les Paul and Mary Ford

Speaking of Les Paul, here he is with his partner on The Colgate Comedy Hour.

Vince Gill and Albert Lee

In this appearance on the American Music Shop, the country singer-songwriter breaks it down with Albert Lee, who is known for his impressive fingerstylings.

The Mills Brothers

This famous jazz quartet was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. They recorded this version of "Tiger Rag" much earlier.

The Ingenues

This all-girl orchestra covered the song in the '20s and '30s.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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