A music video birthday blog.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Happy birthday to Madonna, born this day in 1958! Here's Jellybean Benitez's 1985 video for "Sidewalk Talk," on which she sings.

Kevin Ayers

Happy birthday to Kevin Ayers, born this day in 1945! Here he is in 1972, playing "May I?" on TV.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Marcia Schofield

Happy birthday to Marcia Schofield, born this day in 1962! Here she is playing "Big New Prinz" with the Fall in 1988.

Eddie Phillips

Happy birthday to Eddie Phillips, born this day in 1945! Here he is with the Creation in 1967, playing "Painter Man."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Maddy Prior

Happy birthday to Maddy Prior, born this day in 1947! Here she is in, I'm guessing, the '80s, singing "Black Jack Davy" with Steeleye Span.

Stuff Smith

Happy birthday to the late Stuff Smith, born this day in 1909! Here he is playing "Lullaby of Broadway" on TV in 1958.

Larry Graham

Happy birthday to Larry Graham, born this day in 1946! Here he is playing "Pow" with Graham Central Station in the early '70s.

Peter Blegvad

Happy birthday to Peter Blegvad, born this day in 1951! Here he is playing "Driver's Seat" in 1996.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Feargal Sharkey

Happy birthday to Feargal Sharkey, born this day in 1958! Here he is with the Undertones in 1980, singing "My Perfect Cousin" on TV.

Don Ho

Happy birthday to the late Don Ho, born this day in 1930! Here's a 2005 clip of him performing "Tiny Bubbles," with perhaps the highest spectacle-to-oomph ratio of any performance in recent memory.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tony Allen

Happy birthday to Tony Allen, born this day in 1940! Here's some footage of him playing with Fela & Afrika 70 in 1971. No idea what song it is, and there are some intrusive voice-overs, but come on, it's footage of Fela Kuti in 1971. With dancers. You have already clicked, right?

August Darnell

Happy birthday to August Darnell, born this day in 1950! Here's Kid Creole & the Coconuts' 1985 video for "Endicott."

Porter Wagoner

Happy birthday to the late Porter Wagoner, born this day in 1927! Here he is singing "The Last Thing on My Mind" with Dolly Parton on TV in 1968.

Ron Mael

Happy birthday to Ron Mael in 1950! Here he is with Sparks, playing "Throw Her Away and Get a New One" earlier this year.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Eric Carmen

Happy birthday to Eric Carmen, born this day in 1949! Here he is with the Raspberries in 1973, performing their seven-minute-plus opus "I Can Remember."

Andy Bell

Happy birthday to Andy Bell, born this day in 1970! Here's Ride's 1990 video for "Chelsea Girl."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Michael Mantler

Happy birthday to Michael Mantler, born this day in 1943! Here's a 1987 performance of his setting of Edward Gorey's "The Hapless Child."

Neneh Cherry

Happy birthday to Neneh Cherry, born this day in 1964! Here's her 1993 video for "Buddy X"--directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino, no less!