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Songs about Moms

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This weekend, we celebrate Mother’s Day, a chance to say thanks to the main ladies in our lives. The holiday was created on this date in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Since then, it’s become a national celebration. Here, some songs about the importance of motherhood to get you in the mood for Mother’s Day.

"To Zion"

Lauryn Hill wrote this introspective song about her choice to have a baby while people encouraged her to put her career first.

"Dear Mama"

The Library of Congress called this song "a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper's own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference."

"Treat Your Momma Right"

In 1984, Mr. T recorded a motivational video called Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!. This song appeared in the video.

"Sympathy"

This song was written about the terrifying premature birth of band member Corin Tucker’s son Marshall.

"My Mother"

Cohorts of Alvin, Simon and Theodore, the Chipettes appeared in many cartoons, including this one where they sang about loving Mom.

"What Day Is Today?"

On an episode of Full House, Jesse tried to make Rebecca’s Mother’s Day special by teaching the boys a song.

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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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