This week on "Sunday Morning" (January 26)


Music producer Oak Felder in the studio.

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Last Updated Jan 26, 2020 11:08 AM EST



COVER STORY:  Is there a science behind creating pop hits? | Watch Video
What goes into creating a hit song? Are there formulas or tricks that will help you craft the next #1 smash? David Pogue talks with Neil Sedaka, Ashford & Simpson's Valerie Simpson, and author John Seabrook ("The Song Machine") about the genius of pop songs, and then collaborates with producer Oak Felder on a song that undoubtedly will be the next big hit.

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Landmarks of the music industry awards | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" looks back at the Recording Academy's annual honors.

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Raffi serenades his audience.  CBS News

MUSIC: Raffi, the children's troubadour | Watch Video
For more than 40 years the folk singer-turned-rock star to kids has been singing songs to delight the young at heart. Serena Altschul sits down with Raffi Cavoukian, whose hits like "Baby Beluga" and "Bananaphone" have appealed to multiple generations of fans.

You can stream Raffi's album "Dog on the Floor" by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):

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A rock star of the classical world is on a mission to promote the sublime power of music to young people in schools across the country. CBS News

MUSIC: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel: It's necessary "to have art as part of your life" | Watch Video
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a rock star of the classical world, and he brings that star power when he leads young musicians in schools and colleges across the country. An ambassador of the sublime, he talks with John Dickerson about the transformative power of music, and shares his infectious excitement in performances that transmit the necessity of making art a part of your life.

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Strike up the band! (Video)
Third grader Henry Boyer, of Howell, Michigan, was so blown away by the University of Michigan marching band that he wrote a letter to them saying how he'd love to sign up someday – approximately in 2029. Their response struck a major chord in this young man's life. Steve Hartman reports.

The boys of the Madagascar a capella group Zaza Kanto. Back row, from left: Jimmy, Rija, Taheri and Tojo. Front row from left: Rivo, Njato, Thierry and Aitra. Zaza Kanto

MUSIC: From the slums of Madagascar arise young boys' songs of joy | Watch Video
In the capital of Madagascar, an island nation where nearly 80 percent of people eke out a living on less than $2 a day, an unexpected sound emerges from the slums of the capital, Antananarivo: Zaza Kanto, an a capella group of boys, ages 11 to 16, whose joyful sounds and viral videos have elevated them to national fame. They've also earned praise from Fredo Austin, of the band Freedom's Boombox, who mentored the young men as part of an exchange program called American Music Abroad. Seth Doane reports.

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Because of the debilitating symptoms of Meniere's Disease, which has affected his hearing, the frontman of Huey Lewis and the News says their upcoming album, "Weather," will likely be their last. CBS News

MUSIC:  Huey Lewis on his hearing loss | Watch Video
Huey Lewis and the News are in the mood to celebrate, joking about their age as they prepare for the release of what is almost certainly their last album, titled "Weather." At 69, Lewis, who has performed in bands for most of his life, had no intention of slowing down, but his diagnosis of Meniere's Disease – a hearing disorder which has affected his voice – has made the decision for him. John Blackstone reports.

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Grammy Award-nominee DJ Khaled (right), with correspondent Kelefa Sanneh. CBS News

MUSIC:  The multi-talented and persuasively confident DJ Khaled | Watch Video
DJ Khaled has worked with some of the biggest artists in music (Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Drake), and he went on tour as Beyoncé's opening act twice. His songs are all-star collaborations, and he's been making hits for more than a decade. The son of Palestinian immigrants, he's a radio DJ, producer and New York Times bestselling author who is nominated for a Grammy for the song "Higher," a partnership with John Legend and rapper Nipsey Hussle. Kelefa Sanneh sits down with the man who calls himself the "Quincy Jones of hip hop."

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They made music | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers just some of the talented musicians we've lost since last year's Grammy Awards ceremony. 

Songwriter Allee Willis. CBS News

MUSIC: Remembering songwriter Allee Willis | Watch Video
Allee Willis grew up in Detroit and was raised on the sounds of Motown, though she never learned to play music. After recording an album in 1974, Willis turned her focus to songwriting, creating hits for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Sister Sledge, Cyndi Lauper, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Patti LaBelle (which won her a Grammy). She also earned a second Grammy, and a Tony Award nomination, for the Broadway musical "The Color Purple." Nancy Giles talked last year with Willis, who died last month at age 72.

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Songbirds in Texas (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" attends a concert by migratory songbirds in High Island, Texas, on the Gulf Coast. Videographer: Judith Lehmberg.


 Week of January 27 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.  

An orangutan in the Fort Worth zoo.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Are humans really the smartest species?
Attributing human actions and thoughts to non-human animals that appear to mimic our behavior may be fanciful, but we may be getting it backwards.

Andy Warhol's "Mao" at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Santa Ana, California. Orange County Museum of Art

TAKE FIVE: Arts & events around the U.S. (January 24)
Check out the "Sunday Morning" listings of events this coming week.

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