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: 8-29-23

FUN FACT: The original lyrics to the song pictured were “Billy Joel is not my brother / He’s just some shlub who sang that the good die young / But he’s not my mother’s son.” Michael Jackson changed the words when Quincy Jones told him “That’s really stupid, Smelly.” (Note: I didn’t get this info from a reliable source, so take it with a grain of salt.)

Michael Jackson was born on this date in 1958. Lotsa Jackson on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-14-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 14 birthdays of The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward, Usher, Cliff Richard, The Chicks’ Natalie Maines, All Saints’ Shaznay Lewis, Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty, Bill Justis, Thomas Dolby, Robert Parker, Karyn White, and Omar; and the October 15 birthdays of The Jacksons’ Tito Jackson, The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Carpenters’ Richard Carpenter, Jessie Ware, Barry McGuire, The Bad Plus’s Reid Anderson, Ginuwine, The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Genaro, Marv Johnson, and Chris DeBurgh.

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A Philly Soul Playlist

Not all records classified as Philly Soul come from Philadelphia-based artists, though all share characteristics – orchestral string arrangements married to rhythm and blues with a funk influence that bridged the way toward disco. Here are thirty examples of the genre, with the songwriting-production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff working on the lion’s share of these releases.

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Throwback Thursday: 1984

Madonna! Prince! Bruce! Michael! Chaka! Cyndi! Rockwell! Boy! The best of 1984’s pop stars/hits made a mark that remain part of our consciousness nearly forty years later. The influence of upstarts who didn’t crack the Hot 100 – The Smiths, The Replacements, Run-D.M.C. – has been acknowledged in the years since. For those who wish to relive those days, for those who wish they were living then, and for those who wish to associate 1984 with something other than a misunderstood piece of classic literature or the most recent Wonder Woman movie, this playlist is for you. Happy Throwback Thursday!

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