Inspired by the October 16 birthdays of Nico, Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Marie, John Mayer, Aswad’s Brinsley Forde, and Oscar Wilde; and the October 15 birthdays of Richard Carpenter, The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Genaro, The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Ginuwine, Marv Johnson, Barry McGuire and Jessie Ware.
In director Stephen Frears’ new film Florence Foster Jenkins, based on a true story, Meryl Streep plays the titular woman, who performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall despite/because of her awful singing. Though I love bad music, I wasn’t familiar with her, as she sang opera in the 1940s and I’m a rock & roll guy.
Inspired by the movie, this installment of A Hint of Mint focuses on some very bad singers, such as Mrs. Miller, the Shaggs, and Gloria Balsam. I hope you make it through the entire list, but I understand if you can’t.
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