Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 12-10-23

“Nightshift” was Commodores’ biggest hit following the departure of usual lead singer Lionel Richie. The group’s Walter Orange, a co-writer of the song, sings lead on verse one. Orange also sang lead on Commodores’ hits “Brick House” and “Too Hot Ta Trot.” So there. 

Commodores’ Walter Orange was born on this date (or maybe yesterday’s date) in 1946. Two of the group’s songs on which he sang lead are included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-31-22

Today’s playlist celebrates Halloween; the October 31 birthdays of U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock, Chic’s Bernard Edwards, Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard, The Del-Vikings’ Norman Wright, Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin, Argent’s Russ Ballard, Tom Paxton, Vanilla Ice, and Guy Marks; and the November 1 birthdays of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, Stereolab’s Mary Hansen, The Feelies’ Glenn Mercer, Kool & the Gang’s Ronald Bell, The Five Satins’ Bill Baker, America’s Dan Peek, The Clovers’ Billy Mitchell, Geto Boys’ Willie D, Lyle Lovett, Sophie B. Hawkins, Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, Big & Rich’s Big Kenny, Tina Arena, Lamb’s Lou Rhodes, Bill Anderson, and Ssgt. Barry Sadler.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-8-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 8 birthdays of Ramones’ Johnny Ramone and C.J. Ramone, Kool & the Gang’s Robert “Kool” Bell, The Stylistics’ Airrion Love, Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart, BLACKstreet’s Teddy Riley, C.L. Smooth, Bruno Mars, Pigbag’s James Johnstone, and Saturday Night Live‘s Chevy Chase; and the October 9 birthdays of The Beatles’ John Lennon, The Who’s John Entwistle, PJ Harvey, Jackson Browne, Labelle’s Nona Hendryx, Men Without Hats’s Ivan Doroschuk, Heatwave’s Rod Temperton, Ini Kamoze, and Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-16-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the August 16 birthdays of Madonna, Soft Machine’s Kevin Ayers, Young Thug, Kool & the Gang’s James “JT” Taylor, The Coral’s James Skelly, The Chicks/Court Yard Hounds’ Emily Robison, Golden Earring’s Barry Hay, Ketty Lester, The Music Machine’s Sean Bonniwell, Barbara George, Vanessa Carlton, Al Hibbler, The American Breed’s Gary Loizzo, Sheila of Sheila & B. Devotion, Billy Joe & The Checkmates’ Ernie Freeman, Eydie Gorme, Rina Sawayama, and Joe Sealy.

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