A music video birthday blog.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sally Carr

Happy birthday to Sally Carr, born this day in 1945! Here's a 1971 performance by Middle of the Road, doing "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep."


Happy birthday to Cheryl James, a.k.a. Salt, born this day in 1969! Here's the 1986 video for Salt-n-Pepa's "Tramp." Sadly, this is the re-recorded version (replayed version of what was a sample in the original, "you'll become a victim of circumstance" instead of "he will think you want what's in his pants," etc.). But it's something.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Billy MacKenzie

Happy birthday to the late Billy MacKenzie, born this day in 1957! Here are the Associates, performing "Party Fears Two" on Belgian TV in 1982.

Sarah Vaughan

Happy birthday to the late Sarah Vaughan, born this day in 1924! Here she is performing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" live in 1965.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Paul Morley

Happy birthday to Paul Morley, born this day in 1957! Here's the Art of Noise's magnificent (Anton Corbijn-directed) video for "Beat Box," from 1983 or so.

Rufus Thomas

Happy birthday to the late Rufus Thomas, born this day in 1917! Here's a 1965 film of him performing "Walking the Dog."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Aretha Franklin

Happy birthday to Aretha Franklin, born this day in 1942! Here's a phenomenal TV performance of "Don't Play That Song," circa 1971.

Cathy Dennis

Happy birthday to Cathy Dennis, born this day in 1969! Here's D-Mob's video for "That's the Way of the World," from 1989 or so.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Holger Czukay

Happy birthday to Holger Czukay, born this day in 1938! Here's a piece of music by Can that never ended up on any of their albums: the title sequences to the 1970 TV movie "Das Millionenspiel."

Nick Lowe

Happy birthday to Nick Lowe, born this day in 1949! Here's a mid-'80s performance of "Half a Boy and Half a Man," by Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit.

Dave Douglas

Happy birthday to Dave Douglas, born this day in 1963! Here he is with John Zorn's Masada, playing "Karaim" in 1999.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Epic Soundtracks

Happy birthday to the late Epic Soundtracks, born this day in 1959! Here's a recently assembled video for Swell Maps' "Midget Submarines."

Doc Watson

Happy birthday to Doc Watson, born this day in 1923! Here he is on Pete Seeger's TV show "Rainbow Quest," playing "Careless Love" with Seeger, Clint Howard and Fred Price.

Chaka Khan

Happy birthday to Chaka Khan, born this day in 1953! Here's the 1979 video for Rufus's "Masterjam," with Chaka fronting the group in a wind tunnel...