Thursday, May 30, 2024

It’s My Birthday, Here’s the Music


It’s my birthday weekend, so here are a few titles that have been on my mind lately. Add to them anything from Stax or Motown, Hi or Malaco Records. Don’t forget some more recent singers like Julia Fordham, or Ryan Adams. (His “Cold Roses” album is my favorite.) Add in the Beatles, Stones, Squeeze, the Kinks, and Stevie Wonder. Toss in Aretha Franklin for good measure. Wrap it up with Bruce and friends on “The Fever.” Dig out Jorma Kaukonen‘s “Genesis” and Lou Reed singing “September Song.” Absolutely all of Roy Orbison. Major Lance doing “The Monkey Time.” Richard Perry‘s great recordings with Carly Simon, Nilsson, and Ringo Starr. And that’s the way to celebrate a birthday weekend. Yes, I’m 53 and damn proud of it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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