Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-4-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the August 4 birthdays of Louis Armstrong, 808 State’s Graham Massey, Sepultura’s Max Cavalera, Frankie Ford, The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie, Helado Negro, Timi Yuro, Cliff Nobles, Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly, and Yo-Yo; and the August 5 birthdays of Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns, Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (a/k/a MCA), Sammi Smith, The McCoys’ Rick Derringer, The Remains’ Barry Tashian, Samantha Sang, The Spiral Starecase’s Pat Upton, The Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick, and Funkmaster Flex.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist (5-3-20)

2020 seemed like just another year, until this week. Something mind-boggling happened. No, the president of the U.S. didn’t display empathy. Get this: The Village People are presently in the Top 40 on the Adult Contemporary chart with a ballad taken from their 2019 Christmas album. The key terms in that sentence: Village People, presently, Top 40, Adult Contemporary, ballad, Christmas. It’s 2020! The song is called “If You Believe” and it jumped from #53 to #25 this week with a 310% increase in radio airplay over last week. “If You Believe?” More like “Hard to Believe!” Am I right, people?

Today’s playlist is inspired by the May 3 birthdays of James Brown, Frankie Valli, Father John Misty, Soft Cell’s David Ball, Pete Seeger, Christopher Cross, Mary Hopkin and Napoleon XIV.