Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-6-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 6 birthdays of Millie Small, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, Matthew Sweet, Jamila Woods, Dominique A, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, and Timex Social Club’s Michael Marshall; and the October 7 birthdays of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Flying Lotus, John Mellencamp, Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, Godley & Creme’s Kevin Godley, The Auteurs’ Luke Haines, The Mighty Diamonds’ Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Climax Blues Band’s Colin Cooper, Kool Keith, Toni Braxton, The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner, Lotus Plaza, and Alfred Drake.

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Winston + Bobby Brown

The Song Retains The Name

Winston + Bobby Brown
Today is Bobby Brown’s 46th birthday. A former member of New Edition, Brown had his first solo hit in 1988 with “Don’t Be Cruel,” which reached #8 on the Hot 100. Though it shares its title with an Elvis Presley #1 hit from 1956, Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” is not a remake.

That brings us to today’s playlist, which I call The Song Retains the Name. It consists of different songs with the same title. I initially planned to include twenty such songs, but more kept springing to mind. Before I knew it, I passed 100 entries. There are plenty more, so I decided to open this up to my reader(s). If you have songs that share titles you’d like to add, feel free to do so.

(NOTES: I included The Jacksons’ “This Place Hotel” because when it was released in 1980 its title was “Heartbreak Hotel.” Thought he didn’t have to, Michael Jackson, the song’s writer, later changed its name to “This Place Hotel” to avoid confusion with the Elvis Presley song “Heartbreak Hotel.” Whitney Houston didn’t feel the need to make the same Hotel accommodation.

Also, though it is listed on Spotify as “The Best of My Love,” the Eagles track does not have a “The” on the 45 or the band’s On the Border album.)

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