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Songs About Prison

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Whether you're addicted to Orange is the New Black, Netflix's new series about a women's prison, or just your average news junkie, marveling at Ariel Castro's life-plus-a-thousand-years sentence, prison is something that fascinates many of us. (Hopefully because we assume we'll never be there.) Here, six songs about spending time in the slammer.

Folsom Prison Blues

“Prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform for,” Cash wrote about this album.

Women's Prison

This song from Loretta Lynn's comeback album "Van Lear Rose," was produced by Jack White.

Chain Gang

This Sam Cooke song was inspired by a chance meeting with some prisoners working on a highway Cooke was driving on.

Back on the Chain Gang

Though the lyrics to this song by The Pretenders aren’t explicitly about prison, the background chant in the refrain directly references Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang."

Behind Bars

Slick Rick collaborated with Warren G.

Jailhouse Rock

This Elvis Presley song was a big hit in 1957 when it was released alongside his movie of the same name.

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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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