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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Throwback Thursday: 1964

Nobody would deny that 1964 was among the most pivotal years in rock and roll. Nobody except Lester, a guy I worked with decades ago. He was an idiot. The Beatles and the other artists who stormed the US pop charts during the first British Invasion made an indelible impact on contemporary music and culture. Motown was ascending and producing classic singles. Girl groups were still hanging around creating pop perfection. Bob Dylan was making himself known, messing with the vocals one expected on a hit record. And Dionne Warwick was already the queen of Twitter.

Here are thirty songs that partly defined 1964. Take note, Lester.

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