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Published on December 25th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: Dec. 25, 2021 🎄



“Shine On,” Paul Oakenfold – Jan. 14, 2022

“Motherland Journey,” Blue Lab Beats – Feb. 25, 2022

“caroline,” caroline – Feb. 25, 2022

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“Sun Records’ 70th Anniversary Compilation, Vol. 1,” various artists – Jan. 21, 2022

“The Greatest Country Hits of 1956 (Expanded Edition),” various artists – Feb. 4, 2022

“The 1957 R&B Hits Collection,” various artists – Feb. 4, 2022

“I Love To See You Strut: More 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets,” various artists – Feb. 25, 2022


“Coco,” Colbie Caillat – Feb. 11, 2022

“Chicago II,” Chicago – April 1, 2022

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“Magic,” Nas (producer: Hit-Boy; guests: A$AP Rocky, DJ Premier; Hear here; Apple Music)

“Moontan (Remastered & Expanded),” Golden Earring (1973 album, featuring “Radar Love”; two-CD set contains nine previously unreleased mixes/different versions, six bonus tracks, and a 32-page booklet; Hear here; Download; Red Bullet)

“Pilot Talk 4,” Curren$y (Hear here; Apple Music; Jet Life Recordings)

“Earth: Capricorn’s Songs,” Birdy (four-song EP; Hear here; Apple Music; Atlantic UK)

“Divine Feminine: Part Two,” Joey Alberona (20 songs; Hear here; Apple Music; Opal Original)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Holy Water, Brett Eldredge |

Breaking Each Other’s Hearts, Joss Stone

Make Time, Cults

Home For The Holidays, The Divine Comedy |

Real Thing, Lights feat. Elohim |


John Edwards [The Spinners] (77)
Jimmy Buffett (75)
Barbara Mandrell (73)
Joe Louis Walker (72)
Annie Lennox (67)
Steve Wariner (67)
Robin Campbell [UB40] (67)
Shane McGowan (64)
Noel Hogan (50)
Dido (50)
Mac Powell (49)
Alecia Elliott (39)
Jess and Lisa Origliasso [The Veronicas] (37)
Lukas Nelson (33)

Getting caught up …

Dec. 24 Birthdays: Mike Curb (77), Jan Akkerman (75), Ian Burden [The Human League] (64), Mary Ramsey [10,000 Maniacs] (58), Ricky Martin (50), Ryan Seacrest (47), Louis Tomlinson (30)

Dec. 23 Birthdays: Jorma Kaukonen (81), Robbie Dupree (75), Adrian Belew (72), Anthony Phillips (70), Dave Murray (65), Victoria Williams (63), Eddie Vedder (57), Carla Bruni (54), Irvin Mayfield (44), Esthero (43)


Dec. 25:

George Michael (1963-2016)

Vic Chesnutt (1964-2009)

Eartha Kitt (1927-2008)

James Brown (1933-2006)

Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005)

Dean Martin (1917-1995)

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Dec. 24:

Rick Parfitt (1948-2016)

Buddy DeFranco (1923-2014)

Nick Massi [The 4 Seasons] (1927-2000)

Bobby LaKind (1945-1992)

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

Cortelia Clark (1907-1969)

Dec. 23:

Leslie West (1945-2020)

Ricky Lawson [Yellowjackets] (1954-2013)

Yusef Lateef (1920-2013)

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Victor Borge (1909-2000)


“A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear”

 NO. 1 ON DEC. 25 … IN 1970 

“The Tears of a Clown,” Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

 NO. 1 ON DEC. 24 … IN 1980 

“Lady,” Kenny Rogers

 NO. 1 ON DEC. 23 … IN 1990 

“Because I Love You (The Postman Song),” Stevie B


J.D. Crowe (bluegrass legend)

Joan Didion (writer who explored culture and chaos)


> 3 Members of BTS Diagnosed With COVID-19 | The Associated Press

> The Rock Counterculture Had a Dark Side. Joan Didion Saw It Coming | Rolling Stone

> Eric Clapton’s Management Sort of Regrets Suing German Widow Over Attempted $11 Bootleg CD Sale | Variety

> How the Carpenters’ 1970s Christmas Song Became an Ageless Hit | The Wall Street Journal

> Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2021 | Rolling Stone

> The Soulful Revenge of ‘Last Christmas,’ Wham!’s Potent Yuletide Breakup Song | Salon

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