The Friday Five: Happy Birthday!

Wanted to feature five people who have a birthday today!

Astrud – Basia Once a vocalist with Matt Bianco (it’s a trio), she hit it big with “Time And Tide” and is a favorite on smooth jazz radio. Her full name is Barbara Trzetrzelewska, which is why she’s called Basia.

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen I recognized the name, and I knew the song, but never put the two together. This was nominated for a Grammy in 1982.

Wedding Bell Blues – Marilyn McCoo One of the original members of The Fifth Dimension, she’s been married to another original member, Billy Davis Jr., since 1969. She stepped to the forefront with the group with this song.

Bang A Gong – Marc Bolan (T. Rex) Sadly, Marc died in a car accident two weeks shy of his 30th birthday, in 1977. He was the leader of the glam-rock band T. Rex in the early Seventies, and is considered one of the pioneers of the genre.

This One’s Gonna Hurt You – Marty Stuart with Travis Tritt One of the more traditional country singers, he merges in honky-tonk and rockabilly effortlessly. He’s featured here with Travis Tritt, who’s from my area and whose family owned a big chunk of it, including where my house is built.

Happy birthday to Basia, Patrice, Marilyn, Marc, Marty, my cousin Mary Ann, my nephew Dylan, and everyone else celebrating their birthday today! That’s your Friday Five for September 30, 2016.

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