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Published on August 20th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: Aug. 20, 2021



“John Sebastian and Arlen Roth Explore the Spoonful Songbook,” John Sebastian & Arlen Roth – Sept. 24

“trying not to think about it,” JoJo – Oct. 1

“Back in Mono,” The Courettes – Oct. 15

“Peso in My Pocket,” Toby Keith – Oct. 15

“Blessings and Miracles,” Santana – release date, Oct. 15

“=,” Ed Sheeran – Oct. 29

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“Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas,” Ella Fitzgerald – Oct. 8

“Nina Simone: The Montreux Years,” Nina Simone – Oct. 15

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“Cheers to the Best Memories,” dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign (guests: YG, Rauw Alejandro, the late Mac Miller; See here; Apple Music; OVO Sound / Warner)

“Gestureland,” David Duchovny (the actor-singer’s third album; See here; GMG / Westbound Kyd)

“Masquerade,” Darren Criss (five-song EP; new single: “let’s”; Hear here; BMG Rights Management)

“Life Is Strange,” Angus & Julia Stone (the sibling duo’s first album in five years is the soundtrack for the video game series of the same name; See here; BMG Rights Management)

“NIGHTSHADE,” Andrew Belle (See here; Apple Music; Andrew Belle)

“drug opera,” Chynna (new single: “seasonal depression pt.2”; Chynna)

“Beamorose,” Penelope Antena (new single: “Back to Stay”; Hear here; Youngbloods)

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 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Visiting Hours, Ed Sheeran
Summer of Love, Shawn Mendes & Tainy
Wild Hearts, Keith Urban
Move, Santana, Rob Thomas & American Authors
One Mississippi, Kane Brown
In the Dark, Swae Lee & Jhené Aiko
Worst (I Assume), JoJo
Life Is Not the Same, James Blake
Chasing Stars, Alesso feat. James Bay
Don't Go, Skrillex, Justin Bieber & Don Toliver
never mind, let's break up, LANY
In My Arms, Disclosure
Odds, Mat Kearney
Change My Clothes, Alec Benjamin & Dream
Smile, Aysen Okabe
Something in the Water, Boys World
Peach, Future Islands
Cry with you, Jeremy Zucker


David Lasley (74)
Jimmy Pankow (74)
Robert Plant (73)
Rudy Gatlin (69)
John Hiatt (69)
KRS-One (56)
Fred Durst (51)
Brad Avery [Third Day] (50)
Monique Powell [Save Ferris] (46)
Jamie Cullum (42)
Demi Lovato (29)

Getting caught up ...

Aug. 20 Birthdays: Billy J. Kramer (78), Eddy Raven (77), Ian Gillan (76), Elliot Lurie [Looking Glass] (73), John Deacon (70), Gary Chapman (64), Ivan Neville (62), Lee Ann Womack (55), Tabitha Soren (54), Clay Walker (52), Fat Joe (51), Karli Osborn [SHeDaisy] (37), Romeo (32)


Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

Buddy MacMaster (1924-2014)

Marian McPartland (1918-2013)

Larry Knechtel (1940-2009)

 RELEASED ON AUG. 20 IN ... 1991 

"Pocket Full of Kryptonite," Spin Doctors (their debut album, featuring "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," "Two Princes" and "Jimmy Olsen's Blues"; producers: Frank Aversa, Peter Denenberg, Frankie LaRocka, Spin Doctors; Epic)

 RELEASED ON AUG. 19 IN ... 1970 

"Close to You," Carpenters (their second album, featuring "[They Long to Be] Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun"; the album was nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year at the 13th annual Grammy Awards, but the duo won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus; producer: Jack Daugherty; A&M)


Larry Harlow (iconic salsa musician and producer)


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