In the late 70s, people often confused my dad for Kenny Rogers. They’re close in age, and my dad was a white guy with a beard (still is both) and drove around in fancy sportscars you would imagine a country music superstar would drive, so one could see why he was stopped to sign autographs. Many people confused my brother for John Travolta. We grew up one town over from where Travolta grew up, and my brother had the dimple in his chin (still does). Once while the family was eating at a local restaurant, a couple came over to our table to meet John Travolta. They thought they were slick when their opening line was a question directed to my dad: “Excuse me, are you Sam Travolta?” Sam was John’s dad. If I remember correctly, he owned a tire shop in town. My dad replied that he is not Sam Travolta. He’s Kenny Rogers. The celebrity I was often mistaken for was Kermit the Frog. I’m not joking. Frequently people told me of my resemblance to the actor/singer/banjo player/TV host/piece of felt. On a public bus once a woman came up to me and asked “Has anyone ever told you you look like Kermit the Frog?” Yes! All the time! It’s not easy being green.
Today’s playlist is inspired by the September 24 birthdays of Jim Henson, Gerry Marsden, Jack Scott, The Dixie Cups’ Rosa Lee Hawkins, Linda McCartney, Kreayshawn and Shep.
Inspired by the September 23 birthdays of Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Freeez’s John Rocca, Ani DiFranco, Jermaine Dupri, Paul Petersen, Anya Marina, Mary Kay Place, K’s Choice’s Sam Bettens and The Whispers’ Walter and Wallace Scott.
Inspired by the September 22 birthdays of Joan Jett, Nick Cave, Mystikal, Debby Boone, Martin Solveig, Pat Suzuki, Right Said Fred’s Richard Fairbrass, The Rentals’ Matt Sharp, Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Timebox’s Mike Patto and The Jones Girls’ Shirley Jones.
Inspired by the September 30 birthdays of The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater, Thompson Twins’ Alannah Currie, Was (Not Was)’s Sweet Pea Atkinson, The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sales, The Beautiful South’s Dave Hemingway, Sin With Sebastian, and Sophia Loren.
Inspired by the September 19 birthdays of Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Tegan and Sara, Mama Cass Elliot, The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley, Teddybears’ Patrik Arve, Skepta, Rex Smith, The Springfields’ Mike Hurst, Brook Benton, Lol Crème, Austin Roberts, Eamon, Marshall Jefferson, Adam West and Frances Farmer.
Inspired by the September 18 birthdays of Dizzee Rascal, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Bell, the Jayhawks’ Mark Olson, Dodgy’s Nigel Clark, Noname, Jimmie Rodgers, Xzibit, Wu-Tang Clan’s Cappadonna and The Human League’s Joanne Catherall.
Inspired by the September 17 birthdays of Hank Williams, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, Naughty By Nature’s Vin Rock, Anastacia, Dorothy Loudon, The Mystics’ Phil Cracolici, Five Man Electric Band’s Les Emmerson, The Tubes’ Fee Waybill and Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar.
Inspired by the September 16 birthdays of B.B. King, Elastica’s Justine Frischmann, The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson, Marc Anthony, Little Willie Littlefield, Gillette, David Bellamy, Babybird’s Stephen Jones and Hinds’ Ana Perrote; and the September 15 birthdays of Jimmy Gilmer and Cannonball Adderley.