Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Rock Star Birthday 3

Today's birth stars include Shawn Colvin, Pat Benatar, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Donald Fagen from the beloved Steely Dan. (Confidential to William Burroughs fans: Pun!) But I'm going to spotlight two others today...

Jim Croce, in addition to having one of the best mustaches in music, wrote some great tender songs and some fine storytelling ones. Here's "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," which has the same plot as "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" (tough guy, boy is he tough, but he gets taken apart by the end). But as Croce himself once said, "If you dig it, do it. If you really dig it, do it twice."

The other featured birthday boy has a reputation for having betrayed his talent as his career moved along, but what a talent he had. His first four solo albums are must-owns, and the bands he was in weren't too shabby either. Ladies and gentlemen, here's Rod Stewart, back when he was with the deliriously sloppy Faces, doing "Stay With Me."

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