May 12: Steve Winwood Birthday

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Listening to music for me is like homework. Music will give me enjoyment, but as soon as it’s giving me that enjoyment, I want to analyse it, and then it becomes work. Why does it sound like that? How?… then I dissect it.
~Steve Winwood

To make a living from doing something I love is fantastic. As long as people want to listen to me, I’ll keep doing it. In fact, to tell you the truth, even if no one did want to listen to me, I’d still be doing it!
~Steve Winwood

Networking is rubbish; have friends instead.
~Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood exploded onto the London music scene as a teenager with his powerful, soulful tenor — notably on “Gimme Some Lovin'” and “I’m a Man” with the Spencer Davis Group. “I thought he had the greatest voice,” said Billy Joel, “this skinny little English kid singing like Ray Charles.” The frontman for the jazz-infused pop of Traffic and then the jam rock of Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton), Winwood re-emerged in the mid-Eighties with the hits “Back in the High Life Again” and “Higher Love” — highly polished soul pop that made him a star all over again. “He was able to copy Jimmy Reed, and I thought, ‘Where the hell is this voice coming from?’ ” said Spencer Davis. “From a diminutive guy, at that age, how can he do it? But he did it.”
~rollingstone.com

Gimme Some Lovin’ (Letterman Show – 22 july 2010)

Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966)

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May 3: The Late Soul Legend James Brown Birthday

When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.
~James Brown

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
~James Brown

“Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” — those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music. And no other musician, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting, exhilarating stage show: Brown’s performances were marvels of athletic stamina and split-second timing.
~Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – from TV program Shindig:

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The Clash’s Best Songs – 6 Different Lists (Uncut, paste, stereogum, The Guardian, CoS & UCR)

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  1. The Clash’s 30 best songs – Uncut
  2. The 10 Best Clash Songs – Stereogum
  3. The 18 Best Clash Songs – Paste
  4. The Clash’s Top 20 Songs – CoS
  5. Top 10 Clash Songs – Ultimateclassicrock.com
  6. The Clash: 10 of the best – The Guardian

The Clash’s 30 best songs (Uncut Magazine)

An all-star panel – including Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Terry Chimes – vote for their greatest cuts (from Uncut’s December 2003 issue)

  1. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Single A-side, June 1978)
  2. Complete Control (Single A-side, September 1977)
  3. London Calling (Single A-side and title track of third album, December 1979)
  4. Straight To Hell (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Issued as a double-A-side single, September 1982)
  5. I Fought The Law (From the “Cost Of Living” EP, May 1979)
  6. Garageland (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  7. 1977 (B-side to “White Riot”, March 1977)
  8. Safe European Home (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  9. Clash City Rockers (Single A-side, February 1978)
  10. White Riot (Single A-side, March 1977)
  11. Janie Jones (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  12. Police And Thieves (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  13. London’s Burning (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  14. Bankrobber (Single A-side, August 1980)
  15. Stay Free (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  16. Rock The Casbah (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Issued as single A-side, June 1982)
  17. Rudie Can’t Fail (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  18. Police On My Back (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  19. Lost In The Supermarket (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  20. Broadway (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  21. Armagideon Time (B-side of “London Calling”, December 1979)
  22. Somebody Got Murdered (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  23. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Later issued as a double-A-side single, September 1982)
  24. The Magnificent Seven (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  25. I’m So Bored With The USA (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  26. Tommy Gun (Single A-side from the album Give ’Em Enough Rope, both November 1978)
  27. Career Opportunities (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  28. The Guns Of Brixton (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  29. Spanish Bombs (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  30. This Is England (Single A-side, September 1985, from the album Cut The Crap, November 1985)

The 10 Best Clash Songs (Stereogum)

Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | December 7, 2012

  1. Spanish Bombs
  2. Straight To Hell
  3. Clampdown (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  4. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  5. London Calling
  6. Complete Control
  7. Lost In The Supermarket
  8. Up In Heaven (Not Only Here) (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  9. Train In Vain (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  10. Safe European Home

The 18 Best Clash Songs (Paste Magazine)

By Max Blau | January 31, 2011

  1. Train in Vain
  2. London Calling
  3. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  4. I Fought the Law
  5. Spanish Bombs
  6. Complete Control
  7. Remote Control (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  8. Police On My Back
  9. Lost In The Supermarket
  10. Clampdown
  11. Career Opportunities
  12. Clash City Rockers
  13. Death or Glory (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  14. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
  15. Janie Jones
  16. White Riot
  17. Police & Thieves
  18. Straight To Hell

The Clash’s Top 20 Songs (CoS)

Nick Freedon – April 10, 2017

  1. London Calling
  2. Straight To Hell
  3. Rudie Can’t Fail
  4. I’m So Bored With The USA
  5. The Magnificent Seven
  6. White Riot
  7. Rock the Casbah
  8. The Guns Of Brixton
  9. I Fought the Law
  10. Train in Vain
  11. Know Your Rights (Combat Rock album track, May 1982)
  12. Clampdown
  13. London’s Burning
  14. Complete Control
  15. Spanish Bombs
  16. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  17. Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  18. Pressure Drop (“English Civil War” B-Side (1979)
  19. Washington Bullets (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  20. English Civil War (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)

Top 10 Clash Songs (ultimateclassicrock.com)

Bryan Wawzenek – March 9, 2014

  1. White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)
  2. Clampdown
  3. London Calling
  4. White Riot
  5. Straight to Hell
  6. The Magnificent Seven
  7. Lost in the Supermarket
  8. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  9. Career Opportunities
  10. Rock the Casbah

The Clash: 10 of the best (The Guardian)

Dave Simpson – Wed 23 Sep 2015

  1. Complete Control
  2. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  3. Safe European Home
  4. Armagideon Time
  5. Spanish Bombs
  6. Train in Vain
  7. Bankrobber
  8. The Call Up (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. Straight To Hell

-Egil

February 26: The late great Johnny Cash was born in 1932

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..Johnny was and is the North Star; you could guide your ship by him – the greatest of the greats then and now. I first met him in ‘62 or ‘63 and saw him a lot in those years. Not so much recently, but in some kind of way he was with me more than people I see every day.
~Bob Dylan (Statement on Johnny Cash – Sept 2003)

I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.
~Johnny Cash

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
~Johnny Cash

Lyle Lovett Inducts Johnny Cash into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

I Walk The Line – 1956:

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December 24: The late great Lemmy was born in 1945

“A jumbo jet taking off from LAX is like 30 smokers smoking 200 cigarettes a day for 30 fuckin’ years. And they want me to stop smoking THIS?! fuck off”
~Lemmy

We recorded his track in Los Angeles in maybe two takes about a year and a half ago. Until then I’d never met what I’d call a real rock ‘n’ roll hero before. Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards, Lemmy’s the king of rock ‘n’ roll – he told me he never considered Motörhead a metal band, he was quite adamant. Lemmy’s a living, breathing, drinking and snorting fucking legend. No one else comes close.
~Dave Grohl

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December 13: The great Tom Verlaine was born in 1949

photo: Hallgeir Olsen/BornToListen

Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller, December 13, 1949):
Singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the frontman for the New York rock band Television.

Tom Verlaine
Birth name Thomas Miller
Born 13 December 1949 (age 69)
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Genres Punk rock, art punk, post-punk, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano
Associated acts Television, Neon Boys
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Jaguar
Fender Stratocaster
Danelectro Shorthorn Deluxe

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