Born on this day in 1944: Robert W. Derminer, a.k.a. Rob Tyner, lead singer of The MC5. Yes, he’s the man who famously – and obscenely – informed listeners what they could do with the jams, but he also had a bit of a solo career in the wake of the MC5’s dissolution. In celebration of his birthday, we’ve put together a six-pack of songs in Tyner’s honor, starting with one of those aforementioned solo endeavors and followed by five covers of MC5 songs by other artists.
55 years ago this month, Jimmy Witherspoon released his classic album ‘SPOON, which provides us with an opportunity to take a…DEEP DIVE!
40 years ago today, the Eagles released the album that arguably defined their entire career while also sending a significant percentage of the pre-internet world into fits as they tried to figure out exactly what the hell “colitas” were.
45 years ago today, Eddie Harris recorded the album which would ultimately come to be called INSTANT DEATH.
Although his voice would sometimes have you believe that he’s two or three times older, Tom Waits turns 67 years old today. He’s not an artist whose level of critical acclaim – which is profound – comes anywhere close to paralleling his commercial success, but he’s written plenty of songs which have been covered by other artists, many of whom have indeed found themselves rising relatively high in the charts with their take on one of Waits’ compositions. The most obvious example, of course, is Rod Stewart’s success with “Downtown Train,” but there are a number of others who’ve done quite well with Waits’ songs.