Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-1-23

FUN FACT: Coolio is not the name on this rapper’s birth certificate. He was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and got his stage name from a nickname he had as a teenager: Coolio Iglesias. Of course that’s a play on singer Julio Iglesias, with whom Coolio performed a version of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” in 1999. So next time you listen to “Gangsta’s Paradise,” remember that there’s a little bit of Julio in Coolio 😂

The late Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was born on this date in 1963. A couple of his best-known tracks are on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-1-23

Missy Elliott and her producer, Timbaland, recorded enough songs to make up Missy’s third album, Miss E…So Addictive. They decided the album could use one more song, so they came up with a little something called “Get Ur Freak On.”

Missy Elliott turns 52 today. Honor the occasion by getting ur freak on with help from today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-2-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the November 2 birthdays of Nelly, k.d. lang, Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Keith Emerson, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, The Cadillacs’ Earl Carroll, Maxine Nightingale, and J.D. Souther; and the November 3 birthdays of Courtney Barnett, Adam Ant, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, John Barry, Onyx’s Sticky Fingaz, Lulu, Robert Miles, Icicle Works’ Ian McNabb, Mable John, The Subways’ Billy Lunn, and Lucas.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-30-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the September 30 birthdays of Frankie Lymon, T. Rex’s Marc Bolan, Sugababes’ Keisha Buchanan, The 5th Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo, Johnny Mathis, Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, Patrice Rushen, T-Pain, The Lox’s Sheek, Len Cariou, and The Brady Bunch’s Barry Williams; and the October 1 birthdays of Youssou N’Dour, Donny Hathaway, Richard Harris, The Shocking Blue’s Mariska Veres, Peaches & Herb’s Herb Fame, Brownsville Station’s Cub Coda, The Capitols’ Samuel George, Jebediah’s Bob Evans, Julie Andrews, Shalamar’s Howard Hewett, and Thomas Leer.

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Throwback Thursday: 1997

“I wanna really really really wanna zig-a-zig-ah”

“Beep beep, who got the keys to the Jeep? Vroom”

“Pissin’ the night away”

“Joni Mitchell never lies”

“Poppa been smooth since days of Underoos”

“Love me, love me / Pretend that you love me”

“What I look like? Patti LaBelle or somebody?”

“Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky-panky”

“Mmm bop ba duba dop / Ba du bop ba duba dop / Ba du bop ba duba dop / Ba du yeah yeah”

“Woo-hoo!”

So many memorable lyrics emerged in 1997. Hear the ones above and then some below:

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