Category: Music

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.

Pink Floyd – “See Emily Play”

Pink Floyd singer, songwriter, co-founder, and original frontman Syd Barrett was born on this day January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. “See Emily Play” was written by Barrett and first released as a non-album single, then later released on the U.S. version of the band’s 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Joy Division – “Atmosphere”

Happy birthday to singer, songwriter, and Manchester icon Bernard Sumner, prominent figure and founder of Joy Division, New Order, and Electronic. Here is “Atmosphere,” originally released in 1980 and written by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Ian Curtis.

Aretha Franklin: 1st Female Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On January 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The singer, songwriter, pianist, and “Queen of Soul” has also been honored in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time twice. Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. Here is “I Say …

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The Replacements – “Skyway”

Happy birthday to the Replacements lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Paul Westerberg, born on this day December 31, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Jesus and Mary Chain – “The Hardest Walk”

Happy birthday to The Jesus and Mary Chain lead singer and songwriter Jim Reid, born on this day December 29, 1961 in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Big Star – “Blue Moon”

Box Tops and Big Star singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alex Chilton was born on this day December 28, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee. “Blue Moon,” written by Alex Chilton, is from the 1978 Big Star album 3rd.

The Shins – “Saint Simon”

Happy birthday to Shins founder, lead singer, and songwriter James Mercer, born on this day December 26, 1970 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Pogues – “Fairytale of New York” feat. Kirsty MacColl

Happy birthday to Pogues singer and songwriter Shane MacGowan, born on this day December 25, 1957 in Kent, England. Here is “Fairytale Of New York” by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl.