Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-12-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 12 birthdays of The Temptations’ Melvin Franklin, The Damned’s Dave Vanian, Sam & Dave’s Sam Moore, The Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio, Jane Siberry, Luciano Pavarotti, and New Boyz’ Dominic “Legacy” Thomas; and the October 13 birthdays of Simon & Garfunkel’s Paul Simon, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Chicago’s Robert Lamm, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, BTS’s Jimin, John Ford Coley, Lumidee, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, Dorothy Moore, Cherrelle, The Joy Formidable’s Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, Marie Osmond, Ashanti, New Boyz’ Ben J, and Joe Dolce.

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This Date In Glenn’s Ten

In 1980 an Ohio-born performer living in Australia wrote and recorded a song that went on to sell over six million copies. It went to #1 in a dozen or so countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, France, and the UK, where it reigned on top for three weeks. It has been covered dozens of times in different languages, and that’s not including the many versions of the tune that have been uploaded to YouTube.

The performer is Joe Dolce and the song is “Shaddap You Face,” which was #1 in Glenn’s Ten (the only chart that matters) on this day in 1981.

Glenn's Ten 005Thirty-three years of Glenn’s Ten lists are in these books

My point in telling you this is this – no idea is too stupid. If there is a song you wish to write, a book you wish to publish, an invention you wish to create, go for it! You could be the next Joe Dolce! And if someone tells you your idea sucks, say to them “Ah, shaddup you face.”

Today’s playlist consists of songs that were #1 in Glenn’s Ten on May 8 going back to 1981. The only one missing is 1993’s entry, “Riding on a Rocket” by Shonen Knife, as that is not available on Spotify.