Dec 31: Paul Westerberg was born in 1959 Happy Birthday!


Misdirection is my path. How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him lost?
~Paul Westerberg (2012 interview)

Reading music is like listening to flowers. I don’t understand the concept.
~Paul Westerberg

Any musician who can stop.. may be a musician, but they’re no artist. If it’s in your blood, it can’t stop flowing.
~Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg – Dyslexic Heart (Official Music Video):


Birth name Paul Westerberg
Born December 31, 1959 (age 55)
Origin Minnesota, United States
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock(early)
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar,piano, drums
Years active 1979–present
Labels Sire/Reprise Records
Vagrant Records
Fat Possum Records
Associated acts The Replacements, Tommy Keene, Grandpaboy

Paul Westerberg (born December 31, 1959) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. We love the Replacements!

He launched a solo career after the dissolution of that band. In recent years, he has cultivated a more independent-minded approach, primarily recording his music at home in his basement.


Here is a gem from youtube…

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Paul Westerberg: Come Feel Me Tremble – The Movie (2003)
Video 89 min – Musical – 25 July 2003 (USA)

I enjoyed the film, because it showed Paul’s raw sense of humor and style. Forget about Dylan’s latest visual project. Paul’s film takes us to a place, where the cigars smolder all night long and dead men shake. Keith Richards would really dig this place.
~Christian – San Francisco, CA (from

Album of the day:

14 Songs (1993)

paul westerberg 14 songs

Here i a great youtube playlist:


Other December 31:

  • Odetta Holmes, (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008) known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
  • David Todd Rawlings (born on 31 December 1969) is a professional guitarist and singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.David attended the Berklee College of Music and studied with guitar professor Lauren Passarelli.He is known in his own right as a producer, having produced Welch and bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show. He has recently performed under the billing of “Dave Rawlings Machine”. He has also contributed to the Bright Eyes album Cassadaga, the Ryan Adams album Heartbreaker (which opens with “Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey”), and the Robyn Hitchcock album Spooked.
  • Andy Summers (born Andrew James Summers on 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire,England. Best known as the guitarist for rockbandThe Police, he has also recorded twelve solo albums, collaborated with many other artists, toured extensively under his own name, published several books, and composed several film scores.
  • Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer/songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. After growing up in numerous locations with his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. Throughout his life Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts including country & western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs “Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso”.
  • LaDonna Adrian Gaines (born December 31, 1948), known by her stage name, Donna Summer, is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Summer is a five-time Grammy winner and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the US within a thirteen-month period.

-Egil & Hallgeir