Late-Night TV Music (Good Old Edition) | June 15, 2020

Black Pumas, Anuel and Randy Newman make everything old new again.

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Sometimes the old ways are best. That goes for old songs too. In one of those constant coincidences that justify my wild conspiracy theories about the puppet masters who pull the strings of late-night television, Monday was clearly Good Old Songs Night on the tube. Start with Austin’s Black Pumas, turning in a gorgeous, luminous and superbly soulful rendition of Tracy Chapman’s ’80s signature hit Fast Car on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Then stay tuned for rising Puerto Rican star Anuel (also known as Anuel AA, though as you may have suspected, his real first name is Emmanuel), covering Bob Marley’s iconic No Woman, No Cry — or No Llores Mujer, in his version — on The Late Late Show With James Corden. But why have covers when you can have a true original? Especially an original like  Randy Newman, performing his ’70s gem Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The album it originally appeared on? Good Old Boys. And there you have it. Have a good old day.