Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Number 31 (October 3, 2021): A Whole Bunch of Birthdays

Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Number 31 (October 3, 2021): A Whole Bunch of Birthdays

This Week’s Theme: A Whole Bunch of Birthdays

There are 27 artists on this week’s Faux Show whose birthday is October 3, and there were even more I did not include. These artists present a variety of music across genres and eras, including three pop/rock icons, one living legend, and one guitar god. Happy Birthday to them all!

Welcome to Radio Faux Show number thirty-one.

First things first – click a link to start listening and then come back to read about this week’s songs.


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Theme Selections

Toshiko Akiyoshi Band “Between Me and Myself”

PP Arnold “The First Cut is the Deepest”

Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”

The Bar-Kays “Soul Finger”

Black Star “Definition”

Lindsey Buckingham “Scream”

Chubby Checker “Let’s Twist Again”

Earth Wind & Fire “Time is On Your Side”

Eddie Cochran “C’mon Everybody”

Duke Ellington “Thing’s Ain’t What They Used To Be”

Fleetwood Mac “Think About Me”

Dizzy Gillespie “I Remember Clifford”

India.Arie “Video”

L’Arc-en-Ciel “Ready Steady Go”

Los Bravos “Black is Black”

G. Love and Special Sauce “Cold Beverage”

Keb’ Mo’ “Am I Wrong”

Motley Crue “Shout at the Devil”

Alan O’Day “Undercover Angel”

Alan Parsons Project “Pyramania”

Steve Reich and Musicians “Section I”

Scissor Sisters “I Can’t Decide”

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “Like A Rock”

Sevendust “Denial”

William Shatner with Daniel Miller “The Bridge”

Styx “Lorelei”

Tesla “I Want To Take You Higher”

38 Special “If I’d Been The One”

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble “Mary Had a Little Lamb (live),” “Pride and Joy,” and “Life By The Drop”

Billy Strings “Know It All”

Theme Highlights

One Hit Wonders: Los Bravos “Black is Black” 1966 (#4) and Alan O’Day “Undercover Angel” 1977 (#1) are both one hit wonders. The Los Bravos song is a lost classic that still sounds great. The Alan O’Day song is a great reminder of how bad pop hits were in the late ’70s, but you can’t help but want to listen.

There are several songs by famous bands on this week’s show where the birthday musician is relatively unknown and may have only recorded a few songs with the band. These include Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger session guitarist), John Curulewski (Styx guitarist before Tommy Shaw), Jack Harris (lead vocalist on two Alan Parsons Project songs), and Ronnie Laws (trumpeter for eighteen months and one album by Earth Wind & Fire).

There is a new record by William Shatner, thanks to his recent connection with They Might Be Giants guitarist Dan Miller. At age 90, who would have guessed that Captain Kirk had one more in him, and it is a great bookend with his 2004 Ben Folds produced classic Has Been.

Legends: Lindsey Buckingham, Chubby Checker, Tommy Lee, Steve Reich, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are all legends from entirely different styles of music. They could all be the Artist of the Week.

Tragic Deaths: Several of this week’s artists are associated with tragic deaths; in fact, it is a little bit creepy. Ben Cauley was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed Otis Redding, Eddie Cochran died from injuries sustained in a car crash, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash, 38 Special was formed by Donnie Van Zant (whose brother Ronnie Van Zant founded Lynyrd Skynyrd and died in the plane crash that took the lives of most of the band), the song “I Remember Clifford” was written in memory of Clifford Brown (a jazz trumpeter who died in a car crash at age 25), William Shatner’s wife died tragically in their swimming pool (a story hauntingly told by Shatner in his song “What Have You Done”), and Tommy Lee’s marriage to Pamela Anderson was a total car crash (groan).

Happy Birthday (October 3)

P.P. Arnold was an Ikette (backing vocalist with Ike and Tina Turner’s band) in 1965, and then went solo. She had a couple of UK hits in the ’60s and is still recording fifty years later.

Dawayne Bailey is a session guitarist best known for his work with Chicago in the late ’80s and for his acoustic guitar on Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock.”

Lindsey Buckingham has had some success as a solo artist, but he is best known as a member of the most famous version of Fleetwood Mac. He is their lead guitarist and male vocalist.

Ben Cauley was a trumpeter for The Bar-Kays and was on the plane that crashed and killed Otis Redding and four members of The Bar-Kays. He was the only survivor, and continued with the band for a few more years. He left the band before they became a ’70s funk group.

Chubby Checker invented The Twist, a dance that everyone from aged 3 to 93 knows how to do, even sixty years later.

Eddie Cochran was an early rock and roll idol who died tragically in 1960 at the age of 21.

John Curulewski was the guitarist for Styx on their first five albums before Tommy Shaw joined the band in 1975. Curulewski left right before Styx hit it big, but he did so to spend time with his wife and family, so good for him. He went on to become a guitar teacher, so also good for him. To be honest, Styx wouldn’t have hit it big without adding Tommy Shaw, so win-win.

Jack Grondin was the original drummer for 38 Special and played on all of their classic ’70s and ’80s albums before leaving the band in 1991.

Frank Hannon is the guitarist for Sacramento band Tesla.

Jack Harris is a virtually unknown vocalist who sang lead and backing vocals on a few albums for The Alan Parsons Project in the ’70s.

India.Arie is a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold over three million records during her twenty year career.

Talib Kweli has been rapping for almost twenty-five years, first as a member of Black Star with Mos Def and then as a solo artist.

Ronnie Laws was a member of Earth Wind & Fire for about eighteen months and worked on their third album Last Days and Time in 1972. He followed that with a solo career that produced several Top 40 albums on the soul charts as well as production and session work with several artists throughout the next twenty years.

Tommy Lee is the drummer for Motley Crue. He was once married to a famous model/actress named Pamela Anderson.

G. Love is the leader of G. Love & Special Sauce.

Antonio Martinez was the guitarist for Spanish rock group Los Bravos. They are best known for their hit “Black Is Black.”

Dan Miller joined They Might Be Giants in 1998 and has been their guitarist ever since. Most recently, he worked with 90-year old William Shatner to produce Shatner’s new album Bill.

Keb’ Mo’ is a blues musician and five-time Grammy Award winner.

Alan O’Day was a ’70s songwriter and one-hit wonder before becoming an Emmy Award winning writer of over one hundred songs for the children’s show Muppet Babies in the ’80s.

Steve Reich is one of the greatest American composers and one of the father’s of minimalism in music.

Kevin Richardson is one of The Backstreet Boys. He is the old one.

Jake Shears is the lead vocalist for the band Scissor Sisters.

Billy Strings is a 28-year old, Grammy Award winning, 21st century bluegrass guitarist.

Tetsuya is the bassist for Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel.

Stevie Ray Vaughan is a guitar legend whose legacy has only grown since his tragic death in 1990. He is the Artist of the Week.

George Wein was a music promoter, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, and co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger.

Lajon Witherspoon is the vocalist for metal band Sevendust.

Artist of the Week: Stevie Ray Vaughan

In 1986, a friend of mine played an album for me called Live Alive by a band called Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. I was immediately a fan and was able to see the band perform live in 1987. I stood somewhere around the tenth row, right in front of the legend, and even though you could tell he was not feeling well, it was the greatest guitar performance I have ever seen in person. I think that my story is the same story told by everyone who was ever able to see him perform. Every generation has their own guitar gods. In the ’60s it was Clapton and Hendrix, in the ’70s it was Page, and in the ’80s it was SRV.

Stevie Ray Vaughan began his music career in 1969, at the age of fourteen, and by 1972 he had dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, TX. He spent the next ten years building a following in Texas and forming his band Double Trouble, and in 1982 his career exploded in Montreux, Switzerland. His legend began with his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival – a performance that was booed by the jazz crowd who thought it was both not jazz and too loud. The next night, the band played the Montreux Casino and Jackson Browne happened to be in attendance. Browne jammed all night with the band and then invited them to come record at his LA studio. The band showed up in LA a few months later and recorded ten songs which eventually became their first album, Texas Flood. Even more importantly, rock icon David Bowie was also in attendance at the Montreux Casino show, and while SRV was in LA he got a call from Bowie to come play guitar on Bowie’s new album. A few month’s later, SRV recorded six guitar tracks for Bowie’s Let’s Dance album and, as they say, the rest is history.

SRV’s career after his 1982 breakthrough only lasted eight years, but in that time he created a legend that will most likely never die. His live shows are still the stuff of legend, with phrases such as “destroyed the stage,” “outplayed the headliner,” and “blew the audience away” common descriptions of his guitar mastery and stage presence. His style of blues guitar has influenced all those who have come after, and he will forever be mentioned in the list of guitar gods, along with Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Van Halen, Prince, and the few others whose impact on guitar playing is immeasurable. His death at the peak of his career is one of the great tragedies in music, but the music he created in just eight years was so impactful that no further recordings are needed to make him the legend that he is.

Complete concert from 1987, including the iconic “Voodoo Chile” encore played entirely behind his back
Double Trouble’s first video
“You love that guitar more than you love me.”
SRV made all covers his own version
You know you’re a legend when your sound check has 21 million views

Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll

Eddie Cochran “C’mon Everybody”: Eddie Cochran was the ultimate image of rock star, teen icon, and bad boy. He was one of a tragic foursome of young rock idols who would have shaped the sound of the ’60s, but three of them (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Cochran) died before their careers had barely started. Gene Vincent survived the car crash that killed Cochran, but his career was marred by alcoholism and violence after the death of his friend.

Cochran’s classic teenage anthem

Chubby Checker “Let’s Twist Again”: Chubby Checker’s recordings created many dances, including one, “The Twist,” that is still famous today. Between 1959 and 1965 he charted twenty two Top 40 hits. This is his “answer-song” to “The Twist.”

Los Locos Del Ritmo “Nena, No Me Importa (Baby, I Don’t Care)”: Los Locos Del Ritmo were a rock and roll band from Mexico who began in the ’50s and performed for decades. They were one of the first Mexican rock groups and performed Spanish-language rock songs influenced by artists such as Elvis, Chuck Berry, and other American stars.

an interesting video retrospective of the career of the band

Let’s Take a Trip Around the World


Los Locos Del Ritmo “Nena, No Me Importa (Baby, I Don’t Care)”: See Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll


Los Bravos “Black Is Black”: This 1966 debut single by Los Bravos was the first international hit by a Spanish rock band, peaking at # 2 in the UK and # 4 in America.

Los Bravos were cool as hell!


L’Arc-en-Ciel “Ready Steady Go”: During their thirty-year career, L’Arc-en-Ciel have sold over forty million records and were the first Japanese band to headline Madison Square Garden. They are international superstars. This song was the theme to the anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

Video for a new song released in July 2021

Bang Your Head

Sevendust “Denial”: Sevendust have slowly grown into one of the most successful metal acts of the last twenty-plus years. They continue to record and tour, and have sold millions of records over their thirteen-album career.


Tesla “I Want To Take You Higher”: Tesla have enjoyed a forty-plus year career with several hits and a fair amount of success. During those years, this Sacramento band has shown themselves to be not only a first-rate metal band, but masters at producing hard rock covers of all sorts of songs. This Sly and The Family Stone cover is from their 2007 album of covers, Reel to Reel Volume 2.

Motley Crue “Shout at the Devil”: I have never understood why Guns ‘n’ Roses are treated like rock and roll royalty, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while Motley Crue receive much less attention. Motley Crue are a first-generation Glam Metal band who built the bridge between early Van Halen and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Along with Ratt and Quiet Riot, Motley Crue brought metal into the mainstream with Top 40 hits and MTV videos throughout the ’80s. Their five ’80s albums can stand up against almost any metal band’s output over a ten-year period.

The dog ate my homework…

3 Chunks of Funk

The Bar-Kays “Soul Finger”: Before they recorded a string of ’70s funk songs, The Bar-Kays played ’60s soul. “Soul Finger” is their biggest hit, and this live performance shows just how badass they were. Ben Cauley’s trumpet spin at 1 minute is cool as hell.

RIP Jimmie King, Ronnie Caldwell, Phalon Jones, and Carl Cunningham

Earth Wind & Fire “Time Is On Your Side”: This funky little track is the first song on their 1972 album Last Days and Time.

G. Love & Special Sauce “Cold Beverage”: This alternative hip-hop trio is one of those “take ’em or leave ’em” types of band who have a core fanbase but never broke into the mainstream. I’m in the “leave ’em” category, but this song is silly and I appreciate that they see the fun in music, which was a rare thing in the ’90s.

The Get Down

Black Star “Definition”: This song is from the 1998 debut album by Black Star, the rap band formed by Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Both artists followed their Black Star work with successful solo careers. Mos Def is also a fantastic actor, especially in 16 Blocks and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Talib Kweli live at Chappelle’s Block Party
Mos Def on Chappelle’s Show
Mos Def and Bruce Willis in 16 Blocks

Kool Moe Dee “Knowledge is King”: This is the title track from Kool Moe Dee’s 1989 album.

Grandmaster Caz “The Grandest of Them All”: This is the title track from Grandmaster Caz’s 1992 debut album, but his work as one of the original hip hop artists goes back to the ’70s.

Also known as Casanova Fly, Caz was a member of one of the first hip hop crews, Mighty Force. He was also the first rapper to perform as both a DJ and MC at the same time. He was a member of the Cold Crush Brothers, which led to his biggest claim to fame. While Caz was a member of this group, Big Bank Hank stole his rhymes and included them in the first true rap hit, “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugerhill Gang, and Caz was never given royalties or credit. In the song, Big Bank Hank literally raps Casanova Fly’s tag line, “Check it out, I’m the C-A-S-A-, N-O-V-A, and the rest is F-L-Y.” He has been named as an influence by Will Smith (The Fresh Prince), Rakim, Jay Z, and many others.

31 minutes of free-styled audio from the original MC


Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”

The Bar-Kays “Soul Finger”

Chubby Checker “Let’s Twist Again”

Eddie Cochran “C’mon Everybody”

Fleetwood Mac “Think About Me”

Los Bravos “Black is Black”

Alan O’Day “Undercover Angel”

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “Like a Rock”

Styx “Lorelei”

38 Special “If I’d Been The One”

Two for “Two”day

Fleetwood Mac “Think About Me” and Lindsey Buckingham “Scream”

Styx “The Fight of Our Lives” and “Lorelei”

Triple Shot

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Mary Had a Little Lamb (live),” “Pride and Joy,” and “Life By The Drop”


Lindsey Buckingham “Scream”

William Shatner with Daniel Miller “The Bridge”

Billy Strings “Know It All”

Styx “The Fight of Our Lives”

Difficult Listening: Steve Reich

I discovered that the most interesting music of all was made by simply lining the loops in unison, and letting them slowly shift out of phase with each other. – Steve Reich

Steve Reich is one of the originators of minimalist music. His work in the ’60s helped create a movement in music based on repetition, minimalism, tape loops, and other experimental devices.

He has been composing for over fifty years, and his experimentation continues to evolve across the decades. He has received multiple awards and commendations over his career, and is a living legend. His influence stretches from classical composition to various styles of rock – King Crimson, Sonic Youth, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Sufjan Stevens are only a few examples – to electronic music to soundtrack composing to modern dance and out from there.

It is difficult to select just one piece of music to represent all that he has accomplished, and listening to only a section of a Reich composition fails to deliver the overall power of his performances. The combination of sonically meditative sounds, beautifully arranged instrumentation, and genius innovation give each of his pieces their own signature. Most importantly, the ability of his work to provide the listener with a reaction that is different for everyone is the true sign of his genius. He is arguably the greatest American composer of the 20th century.

Perhaps his most powerful work, “Different Trains” juxtaposes his childhood memories of train trips in the early ’40s with the trains that transferred Jewish children to their deaths in concentration camps.

an incredible live version of his 1988 composition “Different Trains”

Reich’s first attempt to translate his phased looping technique from a studio creation of tape loops into a live performance was “Piano Phase” in 1967.

beautiful performance of his 1967 composition “Piano Phase”

Reich’s first attempt at composing a piece for a large ensemble is the incredibly dense and sophisticated “Music for 18 Musicians” in 1974. This work broadened his musical idealogy and allowed for his work in the ’80s and beyond to incorporate all of his earlier concepts.

live performance of the complete 1974 composition “Music for 18 Musicians”

A Little Jazz/In Memoriam

These three songs are all taken from live recordings of The Newport Jazz Festival. Founded in 1954 by George Wein, The Newport Jazz Festival was the first outdoor jazz festival in the US. Wein was also the first promoter to bring in corporate sponsorship for events, starting with the Schlitz Salute to Jazz and Kool Jazz Festival. Wein was honored at the White House by Presidents Carter and Clinton, named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, wrote an award-winning autobiography, and was an Honorary Trustee of Carnegie Hall. George Wein died on September 13, 2021.

Toshiko Akiyoshi Band “Between Me and Myself”: This is a straight ahead tune by one of my favorites with her combo, live at Newport in 1957.

Dizzy Gillespie “I Remember Clifford”: This song was written by Benny Golson in memory of his friend and great trumpeter Clifford Brown. Brown died in a car accident in 1956 at the age of 25, and this performance is from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival.

Duke Ellington “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be”: This is one of the classic Ellington songs written by Billy Strayhorn. This performance was recorded live at Newport in 1959.

Down at the Crossroads

Keb’ Mo’ “Am I Wrong”: Kevin Moore (Keb’ Mo’) had a twenty year career in the music industry before recording his debut Keb’ Mo’ album in 1994 (he recorded an album as Kevin Moore fifteen years earlier). Over the last twenty-five years he has recorded an eclectic mix of albums that combine blues, rock, jazz, and folk music. This song is from his 1994 self-titled album.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble “Mary Had a Little Lamb (live),” “Pride and Joy,” and “Life By The Drop”: See Artist of the Week

Thanks for listening (and reading)!

TrackArtistSong Title
1Eddie CochranC’Mon Everybody
2Chubby CheckerLet’s Twist Again
3Los Locos Del RitmoNena, No Me Importa (Baby, I Don’t Care)
4Los BravosBlack is Black
5L’Arc-en-CielReady Steady Go
7Motley CrueShout at the Devil
8TeslaI Want to Take You Higher
9The Bar-KaysSoul Finger
10Earth Wind & FireTime is on Your Side
11G. Love & Special Sauce Cold Beverage
12India.Arie Video
13Black Star Definition
14Kool Moe Dee Knowledge is King
15Grandmaster CazThe Grandest of Them All
16Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way
17P.P. ArnoldThe First Cut Is The Deepest
18Alan O’DayUndercover Angel
19William Shatner with Daniel MillerThe Bridge
20Fleetwood MacThink About Me
21Lindsey BuckinghamScream
22Steve Reich and MusiciansMusic for 18 Musicians: Section I
23Alan Parsons ProjectPyramania
24StyxThe Fight Of Our Lives
26Scissor SistersI Can’t Decide
27Toshiko Akiyoshi BandBetween Me and Myself
28Dizzy GillespieI Remember Clifford
29Duke EllingtonThings Ain’t What They Used To Be
30Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleMary Had a Little Lamb (live)
31Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroublePride and Joy
32Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleLife By The Drop
33Keb’ Mo’Am I Wrong
34Billy StringsKnow It All
3538 SpecialIf I’d Been The One
36Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet BandLike a Rock

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