A music video birthday blog.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Larry Blackmon

Happy birthday to Larry Blackmon, born this day in 1956! Here's Cameo's completely awesome 1980 video for "Shake Your Pants."

Patti LaBelle

Happy birthday to Patti LaBelle, born this day in 1944! Here's LaBelle doing "You Turn Me On" in 1975.

Bob Dylan

Happy birthday to Bob Dylan, born this day in 1941! Here he is playing "Isis" in 1975, on the Rolling Thunder tour--it's missing the first verse or two, but what a performance...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Rosemary Clooney

Happy birthday to the late Rosemary Clooney, born this day in 1928! Here she is in the early '50s, performing a couple of songs on the Colgate Comedy Hour, including "Botch-a-Me."

Phil Selway

Happy birthday to Phil Selway, born this day in 1967! Here's Radiohead's cover of New Order/Joy Division's "Ceremony," from a 2007 webcast.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sun Ra

Happy birthday to the late Sun Ra, born this day in 1914! Here's a fabulous fan-synched video to the Sun Ra Arkestra's version of "Pink Elephants On Parade."


Happy birthday to Morrissey, born this day in 1959! Here he is singing "Still Ill" with the Smiths on TV in 1984.

Jerry Dammers

Happy birthday to Jerry Dammers, born this day in 1954! Here's the Special A.K.A.'s video for "Free Nelson Mandela"--which doesn't get heard much any more for obvious reasons, but is a fantastic song...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Notorious B.I.G.

Happy birthday to the late Notorious B.I.G., born this day in 1972! Here's a clip of him freestyling in 1989--yes, when he was 17.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Happy birthday to Cher, born this day in 1946! Here she is with David Bowie in 1975, performing an extended medley that starts with "Young Americans" and... continues.

Jane Wiedlin

Happy birthday to Jane Wiedlin, born this day in 1958! Here's her early-'80s duet (trio?) with Sparks, "Cool Places."

Sterling Magee

Happy birthday to Sterling Magee, born this day in 1936! Here he is playing "Oh She Was Pretty" with Satan & Adam in 1993.

Brian Nash

Happy birthday to Brian Nash, born this day in 1963! Here's Frankie Goes to Hollywood's original 1983 video for "Relax."

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pete Townshend

Happy birthday to Pete Townshend, born this day in 1945! Here's the Who's 1970 promo video for "The Seeker."

Joey Ramone

Happy birthday to the late Joey Ramone, born this day in 1951! Here he is in the mid-'90s with General Johnson and the Godchildren of Soul, covering his own "Rockaway Beach" as "beach music."

Grace Jones

Happy birthday to Grace Jones, born this day in 1952! Here she is in 1982 or so, performing "Demolition Man."


Happy birthday to Yazz, born this day in 1960! Here's her 1988 video for Yazz and the Plastic Population's "The Only Way Is Up," produced by Coldcut. Oh, acid house, I miss you.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bruce Gilbert

Happy birthday to Bruce Gilbert, born this day in 1946! Here he is with Wire in 1986 or so, playing "Drill" on the Late Show.

Mark Mothersbaugh

Happy birthday to Mark Mothersbaugh, born this day in 1950! Here he is with Devo, circa 1980, doing "Uncontrollable Urge."

Big Joe Turner

Happy birthday to the late Big Joe Turner, born this day in 1911! Here he is at the Apollo in 1955, doing "If You Remember."