Inspired by the passings of Helen Reddy and Mac Davis and the September 30 birthdays of The Fifth Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo, Johnny Mathis, T. Rex’s Marc Bolan, Frankie Lymon, Sugababes’ Keisha Buchanan, Patrice Rushen, T-Pain, Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, Marley Marl and Len Cariou.
Inspired by International Coffee Day and the September 29 birthdays of Jerry Lee Lewis, Suede’s Brett Anderson, Grand Funk’s Mark Farner, Halsey, Debelah Morgan, Mike Post, Madeline Kahn, Blues Image’s Mike Pinera, and Bros’ Matt and Luke Goss.
Inspired by the September 28 birthday of Ben E. King, St. Vincent, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Jeezy, Koko Taylor, Moon Unit Zappa, Janeane Garofalo, and The Farm’s Peter Hooten.
Inspired by the September 27 birthdays of Lil Wayne, Shaun Cassidy, Randy Bachman, Avril Lavigne, Trick Daddy and Soul Train’s Don Cornelius.
Inspired by the September 26 birthdays of Olivia Newton-John, Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, En Vogue’s Cindy Herron, Marty Robbins, Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn, David Frizzell, Lynn Anderson, Nicki French, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’s Andre Harrell, Julie London and George Gershwin; and the September 25 birthdays of T.I., Santigold, The Fresh Prince, Childish Gambino, Cecil Womack and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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 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 21st night of September and the September 21 birthdays of Oasis‘ Liam Gallagher, Leonard Cohen, Wale, Glasvegas’ James Allan and Swing Out Sister’s Corinne Drewery.
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.