Paul McCartney, born on June 18th.
Brian Wilson, born on June 20th.
Ray Davies, born on June 21st.
Todd Rundgren, born on June 22nd.
I mean, HELL.
It feels like I've been listening to nothing but these four men, in one form or another, for my whole life, and I can't say I'd have it any other way.
If any of this sounds familiar it's because I wrote the same thing in 2011. (and 2013.)
This Weekend Mix is not your average collection of tunes celebrating these four musical heroes of mine. Like the first collection, I've included some odd ball choices to keep you on your toes, including a few covers, some alternate takes, live versions and a production or three by Brian and Todd.
You may recognize the melody of the Sharon Marie tune as a blueprint for the Beach Boys 1969 hit "Darlin'."
Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris, a New Orleans legend delivers one of my very favorite covers. Period. It also happens to be one of my very favorite Ray Davies tunes.
Jamie Hoover of the great power pop band The Spongetones reinvents Todd's mini-classic "Izzat Love" from 1974's "Todd" LP.
Paul's "Summer Of '59" is an outtake from "Chaos & Creation In The Backyard." I admit, it's not a great song, but there is something about it I like and thought it would be a nice inclusion for those who may not have it.
The Hale & The Hushabyes track is simply breathtaking.
Let me know what you think.
Summer's Cauldron/Grass- XTC
David Watts- The Jam
Yes Sir, That's My Baby- Hale & The Hushabyes
Two Of Us- Neil & Liam Finn
Thinkin' 'bout You Baby- Sharon Marie
Oklahoma U.S.A.- Leigh Harris
I Need You- The Rationals
In My Room (Vocals Only)- The Beach Boys
Summer Of '59- Paul McCartney
Izzat Love- Jamie Hoover
Heart Of Gold- The Kinks
The Want Of A Nail- Todd Rundgren
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) (Live From Daryl's House)- Daryl Hall & Todd Rundgren
Something (Concert For George)- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
Surf's Up (Tribute To Brian Wilson)- David Crosby, Vince Gill & Jimmy Webb
Great Day- Paul McCartney