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Published on December 3rd, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: Dec. 3, 2021



“Inviolate,” Steve Vai – Jan. 28, 2022

“Highs & Lows,” Bernard Allison – Feb. 4, 2022

“Sweet Unknown,” Ceramic Animal – March 4, 2022

“Songs From The Elkhorn Trail,” Jim Lindberg – March 18, 2022

Artist Merch Shop: See the New Arrivals. »

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“Scenic Drive (The Tape),” Khalid (guests: Alicia Keys, Ari Lennox, Smino, Kiana Ledé, Majid Jordan, 6LACK, Lucky Daye, JID; new single: “Scenic Drive”; Hear here)

“Unaccompanied Minor,” morgen (six-song debut EP; Hear here; Avoca Drive / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

“Child’s Play,” Alice Phoebe Lou (producer: David Parry; Hear here; Alice Phoebe Lou)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Merry Christmas, Ed Sheeran & Elton John |
Just Look Up (from the Netflix film “Don’t Look Up”), Ariana Grande & Kid Cudi |
No Small Thing, Tears For Fears |
It’ll Be Okay, Shawn Mendes |
2011, 5 Seconds of Summer |
Amazing, Mary J. Blige feat. DJ Khaled |
Player of Games, Grimes |


Jaye P. Morgan (90)
Ralph McTell (77)
Paul Nicholas (77)
Ozzy Osbourne (73)
Mickey Thomas (72)
Don Barnes [38 Special] (69)
Paul Gregg [Restless Heart] (67)
Montell Jordan (53)
Daniel Bedingfield (42)
Andy Grammer (38)
Michael Calabrese [Lake Street Dive] (37)

Getting caught up …

Dec. 2 Birthdays: David Ritz (78), John Wesley Ryles (71), Rick Savage (61), Nate Mendel (53), Treach (51), Nelly Furtado (43), Britney Spears (40), Jana Kramer (38), Charlie Puth (30)

Dec. 1 Birthdays: Sandy Nelson (83), Dianne Lennon (82), Casey Van Beek [The Tractors] (79), Eric Bloom (77), John Densmore (77), Bette Midler (76), Gilbert O’Sullivan (75), Julee Cruise (65), Kim Richey (65), Jonathan Coulton (51), Bart Millard (49), Steve Gibb (48), Brad Delson (44), Mat Kearney (43), Mika Fineo [Filter] (40), Janelle Monáe (36), Vance Joy (34), Tyler Joseph [twenty one pilots] (33), Nico Sereba [Nico & Vinz] (31)


Dec. 3:

Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

Ian McLagan (1945-2014)

Scatman John (1942-1999)

Dec. 2:

Bobby Keys (1943-2014)

Junior Murvin (1946-2013)

Eric Woolfson (1945-2009)

Odetta (1930-2008)

Mariska Veres [Shocking Blue] (1947-2006)

Charlie Byrd (1925-1999)

Michael Hedges (1953-1997)

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)

Dec. 1:

Richard Coughlan [Caravan] (1947-2013)

Stéphane Grappelli (1908-1997)

Ray Gillen (1959-1993)

Lee Dorsey (1924-1986)

Fred Rose (1898-1954)


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated special premiered on CBS, based on the 1939 story and made famous by singer-actor Gene Autry. Actor Burl Ives narrated the special and sang the title song, “Silver Gold” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”


“The Diary of Alicia Keys,” Alicia Keys (her second album, featuring “You Don’t Know My Name,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” “Diary” and “Karma”; it debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., selling 618,000 copies in its first week, and it earned Keys three Grammy Awards; producers: Kanye West, Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., Timbaland, etc.; J)

 RELEASED ON DEC. 1 IN … 1967 

“Axis: Bold as Love,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (U.K. release date; featuring “Spanish Castle Magic” and “Little Wing”, producer: Chas Chandler; Track)


Jay Jay Phillips (“America’s Got Talent” star)

Eddie Mekka (Broadway and “Laverne & Shirley” star)

Gunner Moss (drummer for Ted Nugent and other artists)


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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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