Happy birthday to Dolly Parton, born this day in 1946! Here she is singing a subdued but absolutely lovely version of her song "I Will Always Love You" on Hee Haw in 1974.
A music video birthday blog.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Happy birthday to the late Robert Palmer, born this day in 1949! Here he is with his pre-solo-career band Vinegar Joe in 1973 or so--the other singer is Elkie Brooks--doing a song called "Proud To Be a Honky Woman." Ah, the well-meaning but wince-worthy racial politics of the '70s. Sigh.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Happy birthday, Danny Kaye, born this day in 1913! This is one of those inimitable videos of somebody just playing a record--in this case, a 1941 recording of "Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians)," his showstopping number from Lady in the Dark (the really good part is the last 45 seconds).
Happy birthday, Jim O'Rourke, born this day in 1969! Here's a clip of Kahimi Karie singing a song he co-wrote with her, "Night Train," last year, with an ensemble including O'Rourke himself, Otomo Yoshihide playing guitar, and Sachiko M playing electronics!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Happy birthday to Susanna Hoffs, born this day in 1959! Here she is with the Bangles circa late 1982, in their early garage-rock mode, doing three songs: their own "Tell Me" (lead vocals by Susanna), the La De Da's' "How Is The Air Up There?" (lead vocals by Vicki Peterson), and the Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard" (with Debbi Peterson doing "her Sky Saxon imitation"). Not the best video quality, but awesome performances.