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Published on January 4th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: Jan. 4, 2021



“Damage Control,” Curtis Salgado – Feb. 26

“Luna ’68,” The City Champs – March 19

“Still Woman Enough,” Loretta Lynn – March 19


“Reflektor,” Arcade Fire – Feb. 5

“Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – Rocks,” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Feb. 5

“The Albums 1970-1973,” Curved Air – Feb. 5

“Gold,” Nilsson – new release date, Feb. 19


“Winger,” Winger – March 5


Lose Your Head, London Grammar
Fillin’ My Cup, Hailey Whitters & Little Big Town
Hearts On Fire, Final Fiasco
Firecracker, Nathan Edman
I Am Alternative, TYPIFŸ
Grind Time, GoodLook
Lone Wolf, Rokat


John McLaughlin (79)
Kathy Forester (66)
Clive Gregson (66)
Nels Cline (65)
Bernard Sumner (65)
Patty Loveless (64)
Michael Stipe (61)
Robin Guthrie (59)
Till Lindemann [of Rammstein] (59)
Beth Gibbons [of Portishead] (56)
David Glasper [of Breathe] (56)
Cait O’Riordan (56)
Deana Carter (55)
Benjamin Darvill [of Crash Test Dummies] (54)
Tim Wheeler [of Ash] (44)
Spencer Chamberlain [of Underoath] (38)
Ben Spivak [of MAGIC!] (38)

Getting caught up …

Jan. 3 Birthdays: Van Dyke Parks (78), Stephen Stills (76), John Paul Jones (75), James Carter (52), Nichole Nordeman (49), Thomas Bangalter [of Daft Punk] (46), Kimberley Locke (43), Mark Pontius [of Foster the People] (36), Lloyd (35), Nash Overstreet [of Hot Chelle Rae] (35)


Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

Les Brown (1912-2001)

Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

Paul Chambers (1935-1969)


Steve Brown (producer worked with Wham!, ABC, The Cult, Manic Street Preachers, etc.)

George Gerdes (singer-songwriter turned character actor)

Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom singer)

 RELEASED ON JAN. 4 IN … 1967 

“The Doors,” The Doors (featuring “Light My Fire,” “Break On Through [To the Other Side]” and “The End”; producer: Paul A. Rothchild; Elektra)

 RELEASED ON JAN. 3 IN … 1970 

“The Madcap Laughs,” Syd Barrett (producers: Barrett, Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour, Roger Waters; Harvest)


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