5 O'Clock Shadow and Today in Music

The Shadow- May 27th

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This song about a professional warrior of centuries ago became a hit single twice for the original band from England, the second time was a live recording with an orchestra in Canada. The shadow band is based in L.A. and one of the band-leading sisters sings part of the song in another language, very appropriate…

The Shadow- May 26th

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Today’s shadow demonstrates that a great song can work in vastly different arrangements. It was first released as a single the month after the songwriter committed suicide at age 23 on the eve of his band’s first U.S. tour. The lyrics reflect the songwriter’s marriage problems. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 179…

The Shadow- May 25th, Memorial Day

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The Memorial Day Shadow: The original artist celebrated his 74th birthday yesterday. He is still touring and releasing new recordings a long way from Duluth, MN. When the cover artist first got the attention of rock critics he was hailed as the second coming of today’s orginal artist. Since then he’s proved that he’s an…

The Shadow- May 18th

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The original artist is a group of brothers and brothers that devolved into this band from Ohio. The main brother makes music for a lot of movies now too, and today he turns 65. His band was partially known for their hats. Need I say more? The song today is about a young woman that…

The Shadow- May 15th

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After false reports for months now, it has been confirmed that the original artist just passed away yesterday. This blues guitarist and his guitar truly now can be called legendary. The song today was put out by this great in 1964 and it became a blues standard, and truly has all the classic feature of…

The Shadow- May 12th

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The original artist turns 67 today. This Blue-eyed British rocker used this ballad to reignite his career in 1986, a year that he got really into Miller High Life. Before that, he had blind faith to deal with traffic and some guy named Spencer Davis. This song is the only No. 1 hit he has…

The Shadow- May 11th

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The original artist was a wild band that often recorded other people’s songs. The song today is no exception, it was written by Gerry Goffin and Carol King. The song is from 1966 and is about staying “up”, in any definition. The singer of the original band is turning 74 today. He was with this…

The Shadow- May 8th

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The original artist would have turned 75 years old today had he not died in a New Year’s Eve plane crash in 1985. The song today is from 1958, and it might be his best known work, and for good reason. It’s been Shadowed by the likes of Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan among others….

The Shadow- May 7th

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What a great day for a free concert in a park by the water… This 5:00 Shadow has nothing to do with the First Thursdays concert tonight, but you WILL want to turn this up to 11… Make your guesses on Facebook: What a long strange trip it’s been… Just another band from East L.A…….

The Shadow- May 6th

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The original artist knew when they wrote it, that this song was going to be used by marching bands everywhere. They even recorded it with the University of Southern California’s band. The Shadow artist does this one live without the horns. Maybe they will do it tomorrow with their extended WTMD family, when they open…

The Shadow- May 5th

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The song today enjoys an annual resurgence of interest and play around the 5th of May ever year. The original artist put this one out in January of 1958, it went to No. 1 soon there-after and won a Grammy for best R&B performance. The band was the best there ever was and the song…

The Shadow- May 4th

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The incident that inspired this song occurred 45 years ago today. It was a protest at a university campus and the National Guard got a little trigger happy. The original artist was a group of four profiting hippies, but today we will hear one of those hippies doing his song without the other three. The…

The Shadow- May 1st

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This is a fitting Shadow for everything that’s been happening and because it’s May 1st, and because the original artist would have been turning 96 on Sunday, but he passed away in January of ’14. However, he and his songs live forever. He was a prolific folk singer that could write a protest song with…

The Shadow- April 30th

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The original artist left the world on this day in 1983. He was born McKinley Morganfield in Mississippi in 1913 and he helped to define The Blues. The song today is from 1950, and he borrowed some of the lyrics and music from an earlier musician named Robert Petway, but you could almost consider the…

The Shadow- April 29th

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The original artist put this one out on Stax in 1965. A song about a man that will do anything for his woman, as long as she gives him this: _______ The Shadow artist flips the script by switching genders and power structure themes on her version, released this very day in 1967. By simply…

The Shadow- April 28th

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The Shadow wants to make you happy today. The original artist is a band from Louisville and they have a new album due out next week. This one comes from their previous work in 2011. It was a song that got added after the recording sessions, Jim actually wrote it for a Muppet project, but…