Happy birthday to Bettye Lavette, born this day in 1946! Here's a 1965 TV performance of "Let Me Down Easy."
A music video birthday blog.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Happy birthday to the late Stikkan "Stig" Anderson, born this day in 1931. Here's ABBA's video for "Hovas Vittne," the song they recorded in his honor in 1981 (he was their manager). Note the "truck-driver's gear-change" key-change at 2:15 or so--the lyrics are apparently about that!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Happy birthday to the late Edwin Starr, born this day in 1942. After he had a huge hit with "War," he followed it up with this near-total soundalike, "Stop the War Now" (1970)... it's a homemade still-photo video, but a great song (later covered by Raw Sex, Pure Energy during the Falklands war!).
Happy birthday to Wendy James, born this day in 1966. Here's the video for "London's Brilliant," from the very odd album that Elvis Costello wrote for her, Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears. Bears a certain resemblance to a handful of Clash songs, but at least it namechecks Strummer and Jones...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Happy birthday to the late Ron Townson of the 5th Dimension, born this day in 1933. He didn't take many lead vocals on their hits, and both the sound and video in this clip are pretty dodgy, but the sight of the 5th Dimension doing Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars" in 1971... well, I couldn't pass it up.