Next Friday, the documentary Bad Reputation, about the life of rocker Joan Jett, opens in the U.S. That, coupled with the fact that today is Jett’s birthday and her catalogue is now up on Spotify, are good reasons for a post with a Joan Jett playlist. Soak it in before you see the film.
This morning Bob Seger announced his final tour with the Silver Bullet Band. That’s reason enough to create a playlist of highlights from his catalogue. If you’ve taken Bob for granted, slept on his music, or are an aficionado, there is something for you here.
When I was 13 years old I asked my parents to get me the Aretha Franklin greatest hits album Ten Years of Gold for Hanukkah. I’d heard “Until You Come Back to Me” and “Respect” and maybe one more of her songs before then. That album started a life-long love of her music. I now have 50 Aretha albums, plus many singles. One of the highlights of my professional life was working with this woman who I idolized since my teens.
I’m very sad she has left us, but so grateful for the countless hours of joy she brought. Here is my Aretha top 40.
Here are sixty of my favorite Madonna songs. Did I leave out a favorite of yours? Let me know.
You may not know their names, but you know many of their songs. Individually, but more often as a team, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff wrote and/or produced a lot of timeless classic songs in the soul music genre. They were the pre-eminent rhythm and blues architects of the first half of the 1970s, and their production style paved the way for disco, before that genre got watered down. Plenty of their records found their way to the top of the pop charts as well.
Today is Kenny Gamble’s 75th birthday. To celebrate, Tunes du Jour presents a playlist of twenty great Gamble and Huff sides.
I interrupt my interruption to bring you twenty new(ish) songs that are rocking my world these days. Let me know which ones hit you.
Regular blogging will resume at some point this year. Maybe.