Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-15-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 15 birthdays of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, The Ramones’ Marky Ramone, The 13th Floor Elevators’ Roky Erickson, Linda Ronstadt, The Heartbreakers’ Johnny Thunders, Grouper (Liz Harris), Millie Jackson, The Buggles’ Trevor Horn, Gregory Isaacs, Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Alicia Bridges, and Pamela Myers; and the July 16 birthdays of Desmond Dekker, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, Ruben Blades, Live’s Ed Kowalczyk, The Searchers’ Tony Jackson, William Bell, Denise LaSalle, and BROCKHAMPTON’s Kevin Abstract.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-12-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 12 birthdays of Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, Boney M’s Liz Mitchell, Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, and Magoo; the July 13 birthdays of The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Girls’ Christopher Owens, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead’s Jason Reece, Leon Bridges, Modjo’s Yann Destal, Gerald Levert, Ida Maria, The Outsiders’ Tom King, Cheech & Chong’s Cheech Marin, and Jayne County; and the July 14 birthdays of Woody Guthrie, Belly’s Tanya Donelly, Miike Snow/Galantis’ Christian Karlsson, Jamey Johnson, and Cliff and Claude Trenier.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-10-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 10 birthdays of Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, Aldous Harding, The Staple Singers’ Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio, McFadden & Whitehead’s John Whitehead, Rodriguez, Greg Kihn, and Eileen Rodgers; and the July 11 birthdays of Suzanne Vega, Jenny Hval, Bauhaus’s Peter Murphy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna, Andrew Bird, The Paragons’ John Holt, Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s Lil’ Kim, Thurston Harris, Mel & Kim’s Mel Appleby, Bonnie Pointer, Peter Brown, Fern Kinney, The Murmurs’ Leisha Hailey, and Red Peters.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-8-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 8 birthdays of Beck, Louis Jordan, Sky Ferreira, Joan Osborne, and Steve Lawrence; and the July 9 birthdays of Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr, AC/DC’s Bon Scott, The White Stripes’ Jack White, Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brook, Hole’s Courtney Love, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, Lee Hazlewood, Gwen Guthrie, Inspiral Carpets’ Tom Hingley, serpentwithfeet, The Ames Brothers’ Ed Ames, and Haysi Fantayzee’s Kate Garner.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-6-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 6 birthdays of Bill Haley, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, 50 Cent, Gene Chandler, Jet’s Nic Cester, The Weather Girls’ Izora Armstead, Heems, Jan Bradley, The Gun’s Paul Gurvitz, Sylvester Stallone, and Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders; and the July 7 birthdays of The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, Weather Report’s Joe Zawinul, Mary Ford, The Louvin Brothers’ Charlie Louvin, Icona Pop’s Aino Jawo, and The Grass Roots’ Warren Entner.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-4-22

Today’s playlist celebrates Independence Day; the July 4 birthdays of Bill Withers, Fleetwood Mac’s Jeremy Spencer, The Babys’ John Waite, UTFO’s Educated Rapper, Mitch Miller, Post Malone, and Gertrude Lawrence; and the July 5 birthdays of The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Moloko’s Róisín Murphy, Bucketheads’ Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez, Marc Cohn, Smiley Lewis, D12’s Bizarre, Lifehouse’s Jason Wade, Radio Stars/John’s Children’s Andy Ellison, Joe, and Leftfield collaborator Toni Halliday.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-2-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the July 2 birthdays of The Temptations’ Paul Williams, Vince Staples, Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay, Ahmad Jamal, AlunaGeorge’s Aluna Francis, Don & Juan’s Roland “Don” Trone, Monie Love, Saweetie, Burna Boy, and Michelle Branch; and the July 3 birthdays of Fontella Bass, Erasure/Depeche Mode’s Vince Clarke, Peggy Gou, The Seekers’ Judith Durham, Booka Shade’s Arno Kammermeier, Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, Heatwave’s Johnnie Wilder Jr., Laura Branigan, Johnny Lee, Elle King, Betty Buckley, and The Simpsons’ Yeardley Smith.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 6-30-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the June 30 birthdays of The Supremes’ Florence Ballard, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Lena Horne, Jai Paul, Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole, Sneaker Pimps’ Kelli Dayton, Patrick Wolf, and The Moments’ Billy Brown; and the July 1 birthdays of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Sufjan Stevens, Blondie’s Deborah Harry, The B-52’s’ Fred Schneider, Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum, Village People’s Victor Willis, The Blues Brothers’ Dan Aykroyd, The Chills’ Martin Phillips, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Willie Dixon, Bobby Day, The Rembrandts’ Phil Solem, Keith Whitley, John Farnham, David Geddes, Plies, and Ivor Biggun.

My Top 30 Songs Of 2022 (Thus Far)*

Some publications/sites published their Best Of 2022 So Far lists at what they consider to be the year’s halfway mark, i.e. early June. Hey Billboard Magazine, 738 B.C. wants its calendar back! Zing! I attended class the day we were taught there are twelve months in a year. Today, three days shy of the year’s halfway point, I present to you my 30 favorite songs of 2022 thus far, with an asterisk, the asterisk being that I limited each artist to one song. No need to have The Weeknd hog several spots. Also, a few of these tracks were released in 2021; however, they hit their peak or received the majority of their airplay in 2022. I don’t think that calls for an asterisk, though I thought you should know before any of you leave a snarky comment. I’m against snark, unless it references the number of days in a year. Anyhoosle…

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 6-27-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the June 27 birthdays of The Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston, The Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Surfaris’ Jim Fuller, Amen Dunes’ Damon McMahon, Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash, Hum’s Matt Talbott, Byron Lee, and Andre Cymone; the June 28 birthdays of Mel Brooks, 2 Unlimited’s Ray Slijngaard, and Gilda Radner; and the June 29 birthdays of Little Eva, DJ Shadow, The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster, Men At Work’s Colin Hay, Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger, Yarbrough & Peoples’ Alisa Peoples, Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, Johnnie & Joe’s Johnnie Richardson, Garland Jeffries, and Emily Skinner.

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