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The Brazilian musician and composer says his life has been a succession of serendipitous moments. One of them led to the song that transformed his career — his first hit, "Mas Que Nada."

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Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.

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NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.

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We've all been put on hold. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to journalist Tom Vanderbilt, who says that music on the other end of the phone line helps keep customers sane while they wait.

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Bob Crewe co-wrote and produced such hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll" and "Sherry." He died Thursday at the age of 83.

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