by Robert Wilkinson
There were four more musical birthdays that happened this week featuring some eclectic talents. Today’s early set offers a few gems!
First, Rick Astley (6 February 1966) is an English singer and songwriter who had a mega-hit in 1987 and a few more after that. For our first act on today’s stage, here’s a performance of the tune that went to #1 in 25 countries!
Live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987, here’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”
This looks to be the official music video, shot at a festival! “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Here’s the music video to his second hit, “Whenever You Need Somebody”
From TOTP in 1987, a live performance of “When I Fall In Love”
A tune that broke the Top 10! “It Would Take A Strong Strong Man”
We’ll close this brief opening set with his last hit, “Cry For Help”
Our next short set features the music of John Donlinger (b. James Vincent Dondelinger, 8 February 1943), vocalist and guitar player for an obscure but great band Aorta, which also had Kal David before he left for Illinois Speed Press and Peter Cetera before he left for the band Chicago. They were known for one extraordinary psychedelic album, and also recorded this major hit from the movie Wild In the Streets under the name Max Frost and the Troopers. For your enjoyment, the music of John Donlinger!
Very menacing and dynamic! From the 1968 movie Wild in the Streets, the hit song from a legendary cult flick about teenagers taking over the vote and electing an anarchist kid as president! Here Max Frost and the Troopers perform the Cynthia Weil/Barry Mann composition that went to #22, “Shapes of Things To Come”
Here’s the full 40 minute first album that was definitely part of the psychedelic music landscape in 1969-70, Aorta
Our next short set features the birthday of the legendary Gene Vincent (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971), early rock and roller who gave the world one of the first giant rock and roll hits, lived fast and died young!
Here’s his first big one! Delivered live on the Town Hall Party television show in 1958, here’s Gene and the Blue Caps grinding out the monster hit “Be Bop A Lula”
From the same show, Gene rocketing with “Rip It Up”
Another one from the Town Hall Party! Gene takes on Chuck Berry and cranks out a respectable rockabilly version of “Roll Over Beethoven”
From Italy in 1960, a live tv performance of “Bluejean Bop” and “Sexy Ways”
From 1957, the video is not of this song, but it’s great classic footage while we get the studio version of this early hit! “Lotta Lovin’”
Here’s the studio version of “Race With the Devil”
From a 1958 hot rod movie, Gene rockin’ out and getting down with “Dance in the Streets Tonight” and “Baby Blue”
We’ll close this short set with a couple of his versions of Little Richard classics! First, here’s an audio-only version of the electrifying “Good Golly Miss Molly” and then from 1963 in Brussels, a kinetic performance of “Long Tall Sally”
We’ll finish this early show by sending up a big happy to birthday girl Cheryl Crow (February 11, 1962), the multiple Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, and actress. While this is a short set, we’ll dance to some of her best from her early period between 1994 and 2002!
First, her first! “All I Wanna Do”
We move into a live acoustic version of “Strong Enough”
We’ll follow that with the music video of “If It Makes You Happy”
From Austin in 2004, a great performance of “A Change Would Do You Good”
The video of “Every Day is A Winding Road”
From TOTP in 1997, “Tomorrow Never Dies”
And we’ll finish this brief set with the music video for “Soak Up the Sun”
For our second encore, a live 1998 performance on TOTP of “My Favorite Mistake.”
I’ll see you later at our evening show featuring the music of birthday boy Bob Marley!
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