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Who Knew? ‘Mona Lisa’ Was A Huge Influence On Country Music History

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is arguably the most recognized painting in the world--which means it's probably the most referenced work of art in music, as well. Musicians in all genres, ranging from Britney Spears to Panic! At The Disco, have paid tribute to La Gioconda over the decades.

And that includes country musicians as well. One of the better-known examples of this is David Allan Coe's "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," which he released in 1984. With its haunting, emotional lyrics about a lost love ("The masterpiece that we had planned /Is laying shattered on the ground"), the tune would prove to be Coe's highest-charting single.

Of course, there's also Nat King Cole's classic "Mona Lisa," which was covered by Moon Mullican, Jimmy Wakely, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, and Conway Twitty at various times over the years.

Who knew that a beauty from the Italian renaissance could have so much of an effect on country history? In Nashvillian tribute to Da Vinci, let's all raise a paintbrush in his honor!

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