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Out Of The Vault: Birthday Time – March 9, 2013

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The Beatles – BIRTHDAY - "Birthday" is a song written by Lennon–McCartney and performed by the Beatles on their double album The Beatles (commonly known as The White Album). It is the opening track on the third side of the LP.  The song is an example of the Beatles' return to more traditional rock and roll form, although their music had increased in complexity and it had developed more of its own characteristic style by this point.  The song was largely written during a recording session at Abbey Road Studios on 18 September 1968 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. McCartney: "We thought, 'Why not make something up?' So we got a riff going and arranged it around this riff. So that is 50-50 John and me, made up on the spot and recorded all in the same evening."

Joan Jett – TOO BAD ON YOUR BIRTHDAY – Written by Charlie Karp, and Arthur Resnick, it was recorded by Jett for Bad Reputation her debut solo album.  It was originally self-released in 1980 as Joan Jett after her previous band The Runaways disbanded, then re-issued on Boardwalk Records in 1981 as Bad Reputation.

Dan Baird – BIRTHDAY – Daniel John "Dan" Baird (born 12 December 1953, San Diego, California) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist from the chart-topping 80s rock band The Georgia Satellites. Baird formed The Georgia Satellites in 1980 and left the band in 1990 to pursue a solo career. He is often credited as a pioneer in Cowpunk and Alt-country music, which combines elements of Rock with Country, outlaw country and punk rock. Baird tours and records with his band Homemade Sin, which features three ex-members of The Georgia Satellites, including bassist Keith Christopher and drummer Mauro Magellan. Homemade Sin displays the talents of guitarist Warner E. Hodges, who tours and records with Jason & the Scorchers.  This song is from his CD Buffalo Nickel, 1996.

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Steppenwolf – BORN TO BE WILD - "Born to Be Wild" is a rock song written by Mars Bonfire, (who also wrote several other songs for Steppenwolf). It is often used in popular culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder" marks the first use of this term in rock music – however, the claim may be false as bands such as Blue Cheer had recorded songs with a heavier rock sound while "Born to Be Wild" incorporated elements of classic rock music.  Born to Be Wild was first recorded in 1967 by Steppenwolf in a sped-up and rearranged version, that the All Music Guide's Hal Horowitz described as "a roaring anthem of turbo-charged riff rock" and "a timeless radio classic as well as a slice of '60s revolt that at once defines Steppenwolf's sound and provided them with their shot at AM immortality."  It was the third single off their debut album.

Nick Lowe – BORN FIGHTER – Nicholas Drain "Nick" Lowe (born 24 March 1949), is an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer.  A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and harmonica.  Written by Nick Lowe, it first appeared on his Labour of Lust CD, released in 1979.  Huey Lewis playes harmonica on this track.

Etta James – BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN - "Born Under a Bad Sign" is a song written by Booker T. Jones (music) and William Bell (lyrics) originally recorded by Albert King as the title track for the album Born Under a Bad Sign released in 1967.  Recorded by Etta James for her Life, Love & the Blues CD, 1998.

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Lucinda Williams – BORN TO BE LOVED -  Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter.  She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams.  Taken from her CD, Blessed, 2011.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – BORN ON THE BAYOU – "Born on the Bayou" is the first track on Creedence Clearwater Revival's second album, Bayou Country.  "”Born on the Bayou” was vaguely like ‘Porterville’ about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July. I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. It was late as I was writing. I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment. Tiny apartments have wonderful bare walls, especially when you can't afford to put anything on them.” "Chasing down a hoodoo." Hoodoo is a magical, mystical, spiritual, non-defined apparition, like a ghost or a shadow, not necessarily evil, but certainly other-worldly. I was getting some of that imagery from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.”

Dave Edmunds – BORN TO BE WITH YOU - David William "Dave" Edmunds (born 15 April 1944) is a Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer. Although he is primarily associated with pub rock and New Wave, and had numerous hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s style rock and roll.  Taken from his CD From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds, 2004.

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Robert Earl Keene – THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, AND THE PARTY NEVER ENDS – Robert Earl Keen (born January 11, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the central Texas hill country. Debuting with 1984's No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have also been covered by several different artists from the country, folk and Texas country music scenes (including George Strait, Joe Ely Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks.) Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana movements.  1989’s “West Textures” (produced by Jim Rooney and released on Sugar Hill Records) expanded his fan base both in Texas and in the rest of the country. “West Textures” featured the first recording of what would soon become Keen’s signature anthem, “The Road Goes on Forever.”

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Marilyn Monroe – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT - "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" is a song sung by actress and singer Marilyn Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his forty-fifth birthday, ten days before the actual day of his 45th birthday (Tuesday, May 29). Monroe sang the traditional "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics in a sultry voice, with "Mr. President" inserted as Kennedy's name.  Afterwards, President Kennedy came on stage and joked about the song, saying, "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way," alluding to Monroe's delivery, her racy dress, and her general image as a sex symbol. The song and Monroe's performance have been remembered for numerous reasons. First, it was one of her last major public appearances (Monroe died August 5, 1962). In addition, there are persistent rumors that President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had had an affair, giving Monroe's performance another layer of meaning.  Monroe's performance was accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones.