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LEVINE: 'Answer song' a hidden rock 'n' roll genre

The Old Rocker

The answer song is a song recorded in response to a previous song. As an example, Jim Reeves’ hit “He’ll Have to Go” reached No. 2 in 1960. Jeanne Black answered with “He’ll Have to Stay,” which rose to No. 4 later that year.

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