Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 12-17-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the December 17 birthdays of R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Free/Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers, The Meters’ Art Neville, Paul Butterfield, Bananarama’s Sara Dallin, Emotions’ Wanda Hutchinson, and Dave Dee; and the December 18 birthdays of Billie Eilish, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, Julia Holter, Christina Aguilera, Sia, DMX, slowthai, Martha and the Muffins’ Martha Johnson, Angie Stone, The Gories’ Mick Collins, and Shonen Knife’s Naoko Yamano.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-29-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 29 birthdays of Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green, Roni Size, The Sugarcubes’ Einar Örn, Tove Lo, Pilot’s David Paton, Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow, The Simpsons’ Dan Castellaneta, Neal Hefti, Melba Moore, Baio, and Toni Childs; and the October 30 birthdays of Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit, The Temptations’ Otis Williams, Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, Tom Browne, Snow, The Kendalls’ Jeannie Kendall, and Eddie Holland.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-12-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the October 12 birthdays of The Temptations’ Melvin Franklin, The Damned’s Dave Vanian, Sam & Dave’s Sam Moore, The Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio, Jane Siberry, Luciano Pavarotti, and New Boyz’ Dominic “Legacy” Thomas; and the October 13 birthdays of Simon & Garfunkel’s Paul Simon, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Chicago’s Robert Lamm, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, BTS’s Jimin, John Ford Coley, Lumidee, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, Dorothy Moore, Cherrelle, The Joy Formidable’s Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, Marie Osmond, Ashanti, New Boyz’ Ben J, and Joe Dolce.

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Throwback Thursday: 1968

Today’s Throwback Thursday playlist makes a strong case for 1968 being the best year for pop music in the rock era. So many classics hit that year. Yes, I know I didn’t include all of them. I didn’t want to be too classic rock heavy, as other genres produced timeless pieces as well. There’ll be a part 2 one of these weeks. Until then, enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday: 1971

I recently read a book about the music of 1971. It was pretty bad. I should have been clued off seeing that the book derived its title from the name of a Rod Stewart album that came out in…1972. The author and I agree that 1971 was a great year for music, though he focused mainly on white acts. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, recently named the number one album of all-time in Rolling Stone, was dismissed as being overrated due to white guilt, something the author clearly doesn’t feel. I humbly suggest that the playlist below shows more of the greatness (and diversity) of 1971’s music than this book.

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