Category: Music

“A Factory Sample” Was Released on This Day in 1978

Two new Joy Division songs, “Digital” and “Glass,” were released on the 7-inch double sampler EP A Factory Sample on this day December 24, 1978, and were later re-released on their 1988 album Substance. Here is “Digital.”

Adrian Belew & David Bowie – “Pretty Pink Rose”

Happy birthday to singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Adrian Belew, born on this day December 23, 1949 in Covington, Kentucky.

Billy Bragg – “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards”

Happy birthday to singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, born on this day December 20, 1957 in Essex, England. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” was released as an advance single in August 1988 from the album Workers Playtime.

Phil Ochs – “The War Is Over”

“The War Is Over” is from the 1968 album Tape from California.

Phil Ochs – “Changes”

This performance of “Changes” aired on the TV show “Come, Read To Me a Poem” in New York City. April 12, 1967.

Power and Glory: Folk Icon Phil Ochs

Today is the birthday of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs, born on this day December 19, 1940 in El Paso, Texas. Known for his poetic and witty lyrics, clear singing voice, and exceptional musicality, Phil Ochs is an American icon. Since his musical course spanning the 60s and early 70s, and only recently receiving much …

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Martha And The Muffins – “Echo Beach”

Happy birthday to Martha And The Muffins singer, keyboardist, and songwriter Martha Johnson, born on this day December 18, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario.

ABBA – “Chiquitita”

ABBA singer and songwriter Benny Andersson was born Göran Bror Benny Andersson on this day December 16, 1946 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – “Je t’aime… moi non plus”

On December 14, 1946, Jane Birkin was born in Marylebone, London, and has been charming audiences over the years with her many talents, which include singing, songwriting, acting, and directing. One of her most well-known performances is this duet with Serge Gainsbourg, “Je t’aime… moi non plus,” written by Gainsbourg in 1967.

The Enchanting Music and Generous Spirit of Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

Ethiopian pianist, composer, and nun Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou turns 99 today, born Yewubdar Gebru on December 12, 1923. The pianist nun is known for her free-spirited piano playing of compositions where notes flit with ease up and down pentatonic (five-note) scales. Her playing is heartfelt and instinctive, skillfully moving around the keyboard without a hitch. The scales heard in …

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