Jance Garfat, bass player for Dr. Hook, was born on this day in 1944. Here’s their anachronistic but evocative hit about having to pour change into a pay phone to talk your baby’s parents into letting you talk to your baby: “Sylvia’s Mother.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.