During the ‘70s and ‘80s, you could barely turn on the radio without hearing Michael McDonald, and not just because he was a member of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers before starting his solo career: he was also contributing guest vocals to songs by Kenny Loggins (“This Is It”), Christopher Cross (“Ride Like the Wind”), and Toto (“I’ll Be Over You”), and many other artists. No, seriously, you don’t even realize how many other people’s songs he’s sung on. We, however, do – we did the research – and we thought we’d celebrate Mr. McDonald’s birthday by introducing you to 10 tracks that you may not have heard before.
It’s Ray Manzarek’s birthday, which – like most days – is a perfect day to kick back and listen to The Doors. If you’re of a mind to step a little bit outside the box, however, you might consider investigate some of the material that Manzarek had a hand in creating on the non-Doors front.
1. The Mamas & The Papas, “No Salt On Her Tail”
Manzarek didn’t step outside of his work with Morrison, Krieger, and Densmore very often during the years when The Doors were still a foursome, but he did turn up on the self-titled debut by The Mamas & the Papas, playing organ on the song that led off the album.
Panic! At The Disco are back! They have been out on the road touring new songs from their recently released album Death of a Bachelor but have also been performing a whole bunch of favorites from their ever-popular earlier albums. Listen to the songs from their date at London's Brixton Academy now.
39 years ago today, in the wake of declaring themselves too old to rock 'n' roll and too young to die, Jethro Tull released their 10th album and revealed that they'd decided to folk things up a bit.
Recorded in the autumn of 1976, just after the band had concluded their tour in support of the Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! album, Songs from the Wood definitely found Jethro Tull turning in a different musical direction. Indeed, upon its release, Melody Maker acknowledged that it was “definitely unlike anything they have recorded before” and subsequently theorized that “perhaps Ian Anderson has decided to put his money where his often over-sized mouth is, and really attempt to vary the formula.”
This week it’s Alice Cooper vs. Otis Redding! (Wait, what?!?) Don’t worry, it works.
38 years ago today, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and a pair of brothers named Eddie and Alex released their first full-length album as Van Halen.
The cover art for the band's self-titled debut consisted of four photographs - one of each member - taken at the Whiskey a Go-Go, the iconic Los Angeles nightclub that served as a regular haunt for Van Halen during their early years. But we know: you're much more interested in learning something about all of the amazing music that's going on inside that cover.