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Talk about a do-over: the Yo-Yo Ma-Itzhak Perlman string sync

They're calling it the great musical cover-up, news that Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman and the rest of their Inauguration Day ensemble pre-recorded their music for fear that cold temperatures would force their instruments out of tune.

The renowned musicians did play live -- but only those closest could hear it, and that probably didn't include President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama or their daughters, Malia and Sasha.

The Ticket has to say, they did sound marvelous.

Meanwhile, the hat worn by songstress Aretha Franklin during her performance of "My Country Tis of Thee" has become a hot fashion icon. Luke Song, a South Korean immigrant who designed the hat for Aretha, said his shop in Detroit has been flooded with calls. He told the Chicago Tribune:

They want the same hat, but they understand, it's for the "Queen" only. Ninety-nine percent said, "That's fine. I'll get the next best thing."

For the record, Aretha sang live, though apparently her background music was recorded.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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