Inspired by National Chocolate Day and the October 28 birthdays of Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels, Wayne Fontana, Curtis Lee, Ben Harper, Friend & Lover’s Jim Post and Bob & Marcia’s Bob Andy; and National Black Cat Day and the October 27 birthday of John Cleese.
Inspired by the August 31 birthdays of Van Morrison, Squeeze’s Glenn Tillbrook, Julie Brown, Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch, Debbie Gibson, The Vines’ Craig Nicholls, Tony DeFranco, Bobby Parker, and Broadway lyricist Alan Jay Lerner; and the August 30 birthdays of The Mamas & The Papas’ John Phillips, Lewis Black, Kitty Wells, and D:Ream’s Peter Cunnah.
Inspired by the August 23 birthdays of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, The Drifters’ Rudy Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Happy Mondays/Black Grape’s Shaun Ryder, Rick Springfield, Edwyn Collins, Gene Kelly and Tex Williams.
2020 seemed like just another year, until this week. Something mind-boggling happened. No, the president of the U.S. didn’t display empathy. Get this: The Village People are presently in the Top 40 on the Adult Contemporary chart with a ballad taken from their 2019 Christmas album. The key terms in that sentence: Village People, presently, Top 40, Adult Contemporary, ballad, Christmas. It’s 2020! The song is called “If You Believe” and it jumped from #53 to #25 this week with a 310% increase in radio airplay over last week. “If You Believe?” More like “Hard to Believe!” Am I right, people?
Today’s playlist is inspired by the May 3 birthdays of James Brown, Frankie Valli, Father John Misty, Soft Cell’s David Ball, Pete Seeger, Christopher Cross, Mary Hopkin and Napoleon XIV.
Inspired by the March 28 birthdays of Lady Gaga, Salt, EMF’s James Atkin, Oran Juice Jones, Ian Gomm and J-Kwon; and the March 27 birthdays of Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, Mariah Carey and The Associates’ Billy Mackenzie.