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"Man of Constant Sorrow," Covered

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On this date in 1962, beloved artist Bob Dylan released his self-titled first album. The track list included "Man of Constant Sorrow," a song originally recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler. It later saw renewed popularity when it was featured prominently in George Clooney's O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Here, six versions—including Dylan's first TV performance—of the tune.

Bob Dylan

This is Bob Dylan's first TV appearance in 1963.

The Soggy Bottom Boys

This version was featured in the George Clooney film, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000.

Alison Krauss and Union Station

The famed bluegrass singer and her group performed this song live.

Charm City Devils

A little more hard rock than bluegrass ...

Limbotheque

A truly unique version done in the folkabaret style.

Rod Stewart

The video isn't much to look at, but this version was released in 1969 on "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down."

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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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