This is Peter Tibbles. I'm usually lurking over there on Sunday but now and again I pop up my head on other days and take over the column, so here I am again.
This is because Ronni turns 75 today and that's a significant number, three quarters of a century. Naturally I've baked a cake for the occasion.
So, because my usual gig is music, that's what I'll be doing today. The musicians featured all share Ronni's birthday and she's in pretty good company as you'll see. Besides those, I'll mention a few others who share her day as well.
That, of course, is Ronni pretending to be Norma, the Assistant Musicologist.
I'll start with the very best today, and that is BILLIE HOLIDAY.
Trying to select just one song was a real challenge. There were many possibilities and several strong contenders. It came down to me saying to myself, "Oh just pick one.” This is it. God Bless the Child.
Also birthday boys today are a couple of actors Jackie Chan and Russell Crowe.
JOHN OATES was the dark haired one in Hall and Oates.
He was the one who played the guitar. Daryl mostly sang lead but John sang quite often although probably not on this one, Rich Girl.
Another actor, James Garner.
For a complete change of pace here is RAVI SHANKAR.
He recorded several albums with the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin who doesn't share the birthday. The track they play together is just called Sitar and Violin Duet.
Francis Ford Coppola has a birthday today.JANIS IAN had a hit single when she was still a teenager.
The song, Society's Child caused her to be banned by the usual suspects and other crackpots. She released a well received album called "Between the Lines" that contained the single At Seventeen.
Happy birthday Jerry Brown and Wayne Rogers.
BOBBY BARE had a huge hit in the late fifties and no one knew about it.
That's because it was released under the name of Bill Parsons who was a friend of Bobby's. That was because Bobby was called up for military service and couldn't tour to support the record so Bill lent his name to the record and toured in his place.
People soon knew something was wrong as Bill wasn't the singer that Bobby was. That song was a bit of a send-up of Elvis called All American Boy.
A bit of quality now, William Wordsworth.
CAL SMITH had a lot of songs on the country music charts and several number ones.
However, he really wasn't a cross-over artist apart from the song Country Bumpkin, which we won't be playing today. What we have is Honky Tonks and You.
A couple who were involved in politics in vastly different ways, Allen Dulles and Daniel Ellsberg.
FREDDIE HUBBARD was classically trained but at the same time he was doing that he was playing jazz with the locals around town (that being Indianapolis).
The jazz won out in the end. He played with all the greats during his life and listening to him, I can detect more than a hint of Miles Davis in his style.
Freddie plays Up Jumped Spring with some serious fluting going on by James Spaulding.
The last of these extras, two who reported on politics in different ways, Walter Winchell and David Frost.
I'll end with PERCY FAITH.
He's far from my favorite but someone must like him as he sold many records, particularly in the fifties, which is when this was a hit. Everybody Loves Saturday Night.
Uh oh, we should have blown out the candles sooner.