March 4: The Late Bobby Womack was born in 1944

It is my fondest wish that the gift of song that God has given me will flow from my soul to yours and help ease any burden that might weigh upon you. ~Bobby Womack You gotta know when it’s time to hang up. But when I finally go, let me go out on stage, my perfect ending. Don’t let me …

March 2: Lou Reed Birthday

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz. ~Lou Reed I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen. ~Lou Reed …he’s often cited as punk’s most important ancestor. It’s often overlooked, though, that he’s equally skilled at celebrating romantic joy, and rock & roll itself, as …

Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Robinson

I don’t ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. ~Smokey Robinson Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America’s most iconic soul music label toward greatness. ~Mark Deming (allmusic.com) The Tracks Of My …

Feb 18: Ray Charles recorded “What’d I Say” in 1959

I’m not one to interpret my own songs, but if you can’t figure out ‘What I Say’, then something’s wrong. Either that, or you’re not accustomed to the sweet sounds of love. —Ray Charles The feel comes from gospel but the resulting witty, elegant essay on rhythm and sex and why they’re inseparable is purely pagan. ~Dave Marsh (The Heart …

Etta James sings Bob Dylan

Etta James sings Bob Dylan The great late Etta James would have been 77 years old today we celebrate her here at Alldylan by presenting her Bob Dylan interpretations. As far as I know there are only two. Gotta serve somebody is good but Blowing in the wind has a strangely artificial drum sound. Listen to it and make up …

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