He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and according to The Guinness Book of World Records, he's second only to Sir Paul McCartney as the most successful songwriter in history, but the most important thing about Barry Gibb today is that it's his birthday.
Yes, Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, eldest of the Gibb brothers and - more than a little bit sadly - the only surviving member of that particular brotherhood, turns 69 years old today.
This week's playlist is a grab bag of new and old soul, r&b, funk, rare groove and scuzzy rock 'n roll. The provenance of the songs range from the deep south to Brooklyn and San Francisco stretching all the way to the south of France. Until next week...
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Various Artists, Andre: Songs from the Original Soundtrack – Unless you were a kid or had kids during the 1990s, the seal-centric family film Andre may have flown under your radar, but in addition to being a sweet little story about the bond that develops between a little girl and a seal, it also has a pretty great soundtrack. The majority of it is filled with classic R&B from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Coasters, the Drifters (and Ben E. King), the Flamingos, and the Toys, but it opens with a track by Tyler Collins (“Thanks to You”) and closes with contributions from Morgan Heritage (“This Magic Moment”) and Craig ‘n Co (“You’re My Best Friend”).
28 years ago today, brothers Jim and William Reid released their sophomore studio album, an effort which not only confirmed that their 1985 debut, Psychocandy, wasn’t just a one-off but also made the band’s fans more comfortable in theorizing that The Jesus and Mary Chain might actually have some staying power.
Given how many additional albums the band would subsequently release, it may seem surprising that anyone might’ve actually been uncertain about the state of the J&MC, but to put things in perspective, they’d just cut ties with their manager – the legendary Alan McGee – and drummer Bobby Gillespie had decided to step out from behind his kit and leave the Reids behind in favor of making a proper go of it with his own band. Given the success that Gillespie ultimately found with Primal Scream, it was obviously the right call, but his departure left Jim and William a man down. What to do, what to do…
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