Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-21-23

“This is a song I wrote for my first album. It was the only song I ever wrote that was a Top 10 hit. It wasn’t for me, it was for a group called Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. They were a great band, but they changed the lyrics. And it pissed me off. Because I have a big ego. And I wanted to hear my words coming out of the radio. But they had a hit, so I was happy about that. But what they did was, they took out one of my lines and they put in one of their own. And their line became one of the most misunderstood lines of all time. In my version, the line went: ‘Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night.’ A deuce is a 1932 Ford Coupe, a very hot car back in the day. But they changed it to: ‘Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, you know the runner in the night.’ Now that makes no sense. But that’s OK, because it rhymed. But then people started to mishear that line. And they misheard it as: ‘Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night.’ A douche is not a car. It’s a feminine hygiene product. And it doesn’t even rhyme! So I don’t know how they got that. But that’s what people heard. And that’s what they’ve been singing for 40 years.” – Bruce Springsteen

Manfred Mann was born Manfred Lubowitz on this date in 1940. A few of his hits are on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-6-23

Judy Craig, the lead singer of The Chiffons, was a senior in high school when “He’s So Fine” hit number one. Written by the group’s manager, Ronnie Mack, the song was recorded with the band The Tokens providing the instrumentation. The Tokens brought the recording to their record label, Capitol, to see if they’d be interested in releasing it, but the label president thought it “too trite.” Laurie Records signed the group and made “He’s So Fine” one of the biggest hits of 1963. The group hit the top ten twice more, with “One Fine Day” and “Sweet Talkin’ Guy.” Judy Craig, who turns 79 today, still tours with The Chiffons, now comprised of her, her daughter and her niece.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-11-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the August 11 birthdays of A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Joe Jackson, The Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Raspberries’ Eric Carmen, Kris Kross’s Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, Tierra Whack, The Regents’ Guy Villari, songwriter Kenneth Gamble, and Mike Douglas; and the August 12 birthdays of Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, Sparks’ Ron Mael, Pat Metheny, Kid Creole & the Coconuts’ August Darnell, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Buck Owens, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Porter Wagoner, Joe Jones, Felt’s Lawrence, Tanita Tikaram, Infernal’s Lina Rafn, and Michael Ian Black.

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