Category: Music

Paul Newman – “Plastic Jesus”

Happy birthday to Cool Hand Luke. Actor and director Paul Newman was born on this day January 26, 1925 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Ewan MacColl – “Dirty Old Town”

Here is Ewan MacColl and his wife Peggy Seeger singing “Dirty Old Town,” a song written by MacColl. The folk singer and songwriter also wrote the timeless classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”  MacColl was born January 25, 1915 in the suburb of Broughton in Salford, England.

Malcolm McLaren – “Double Dutch”

More Malcolm McLaren birthday love: “Double Dutch,” featuring the 1980s phenomenon of jump rope troupes, which I remember well. The song is from his debut 1983 album Duck Rock and mentions several New York double Dutch jump rope troupes, particularly the Ebonettes. The video features troupes from the American Double Dutch League. “Double Dutch” was also released …

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Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”

Here is “Buffalo Gals,” an amazing slice of sound from the early 1980s from Malcolm McLaren’s 1983 album Duck Rock. The video features the hip hop group Rock Steady Crew. Musician, artist, and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren was born January 22, 1946 in the Stoke Newington region of London, England. Malcolm McLaren was also manager of …

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Janis Joplin – “Cry Baby”

“Cry Baby” from the Queen Of Rock, Janis Joplin, born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas

The Legacy of Danny Kaye

The wonderful Danny Kaye was born David Daniel Kaminsky of Ukrainian immigrants on this day January 18, 1911 in New York City. The humanitarian, actor, dancer, singer, and comedian’s film legacy alone includes numerous classics: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), A Song Is Born (1948), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), …

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Eartha Kitt – “No Importa Si Menti”

Happy birthday to singer, dancer, actor, and activist Eartha Kitt, who captivated audiences with her unmistakable voice and mystique. Kitt was born on this day January 17, 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina.

Sade – “Pearls”

Happy birthday to Sade, born January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, a colony and protectorate of Nigeria.

Joan Baez – “500 Miles”

Happy birthday to folk legend Joan Baez, born Joan Chandos Baez on January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York.

Nora Dean – “Mojo Girl”

Happy birthday to rocksteady turned gospel singer Nora Dean, born on this day January 8, 1944, in Spanish Town, Jamaica.