A music video birthday blog.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Happy birthday to Bono, born this day in 1960! Here he is with U2 in 1983, doing "11 O'Clock Tick Tock."

Maybelle Carter

Happy birthday to the late Maybelle Carter, born this day in 1909! Here she is playing autoharp on TV in the late '60s...

Jackie Lomax

Happy birthday to Jackie Lomax, born this day in 1944! I usually don't go for still-photo videos, but 1968's "Sour Milk Sea" is such a great song I couldn't resist. (The backing band is Paul, George, Ringo and Eric Clapton...)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Allen Ravenstine

Happy birthday to Allen Ravenstine, born this day in 1950! Here he is playing synths with Pere Ubu in 1981, doing "Birdies."

Ghostface Killah

Happy birthday to Ghostface Killah, born this day in 1970! Here's the video for 1997's "Daytona 500" (NSFW language).

Don Dannemann

Happy birthday to Don Dannemann, born this day in 1944! Here he is with the Cyrkle in 1966, playing "Turn Down Day." That's some impressively weird technique the drummer's got... not to mention the double-necked guit-bass thingie...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mary Lou Williams

Happy birthday to the late Mary Lou Williams, born this day in 1910! Here she is with Stan Getz, playing "Lush Life" in 1978.

Chris Frantz

Happy birthday to Chris Frantz, born this day in 1951! Here's Tom Tom Club's 1981 video for "Genius of Love."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Thelma Houston

Happy birthday to Thelma Houston, born this day in 1943! Here she is in the late '40s, performing "Don't Leave Me This Way" on TV.

Anne Dudley

Happy birthday to Anne Dudley, born this day in 1956! Here's footage of the Art of Noise playing "Beat Box" live in 1985. (And yes, I know I featured a different version of this song a few months ago. Deal.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Laetitia Sadier

Happy birthday to Laetitia Sadier, born this day in 1968! Here she is with Stereolab in 1993, playing "French Disko" live on TV.

Robbie McIntosh

Happy birthday to Robbie McIntosh, born this day in 1950! Here he is in 1977, playing "Pick Up the Pieces" with Average White Band.

Jean-Hervé Peron

Happy birthday to Jean-Hervé Peron, born this day in 1949! Here's some 1971 footage of him with Faust, performing a piece whose title is unknown to me.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tammy Wynette

Happy birthday to the late Tammy Wynette, born this day in 1942! Here she is, circa 1983, singing "D-I-V-O-R-C-E."

Johnnie Taylor

Happy birthday to the late Johnnie Taylor, born this day in 1937! Here he is singing "Running Out of Lies" on TV, circa 1973.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dick Dale

Happy birthday to Dick Dale, born this day in 1937! Here he is playing "Misirlou" in 1963.

Um Kalthoum

Happy birthday to the late Um Kalthoum (whose name is spelled many, many different ways), born this day in 1904! Here she is performing "El Atlat" in 1966.