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5 O’Clock Shadow- April 15th

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The original artist is the biggest bestest and baddest band ever. This song opens an album named after a gun, or a record spinning. The song is perfectly appropriate for this wonderful or horrible day. The Shadow artist is a silky voiced Memphis Blues Man that takes this song and funks it up instrumentally and…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 11th

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The original band comes from one side of the twin cities and held the rock and roll torch aloft during a slow decade for the genre here in the states. This song is poignantly sad and yet optimistic. Time is nothing when Jesus is smoking your butts and you forget how to write letters. The…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 10th

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It’s such a gorgeous spring day and we’ve been playing “windows-rolled-down” tunes- I figured I’d go with one of my favorite songs for such activities. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. The original artist was an LA – Funk, R&B, Latin, and Rock band. This song is almost totally responsible for…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 9th

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Today would have been the original artists 82nd birthday. This original rockabilly artist wrote and recorded many classics, songs that everyone has Shadowed. Today we get one of his most famous songs which happens to be about footwear. The Shadow artist is an avant-garde musical collective that has been doing their shtick and stabbing ducks…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 8th

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The original artist is a duo of a violent rodent and a smooth mob member but I always think of a basketball player for some reason when they are together. This song was a huge hit from their 2006 debut album. The Shadow artist was simply returning the favor with this one, since the original…

5 O’clock Shadow- April 7th

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The original artist has a strong connection to Baltimore. Her parentage and birthplace are debatable, but she did spend a part of her tumultuous childhood here. She got her singing break in the black clubs of Harlem and Philadelphia though. Today would have been her 99th birthday, but she passed away in in 1959 after…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 4th

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Picked this one today for no other reason than I love the original artist and this song, and the Shadow version just came out and is a beautiful re-imagining. The original artist is a tall drink of water that wrote this song with Brian Eno in 1977 and it’s been covered dozens of times and…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 3rd

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The song writer of this classic passed away on April 3rd 2003 at the age of 61. He wrote many hits for Stax Records and others, and for artists such as The Emotions, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes and even Rod Stewart. The original performers today are a tenor/baritone duet that in 1967, took this…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 2nd

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The original artist turns 72 today. He is a long haired Oklahoman that’s been doing his thing for forty plus years. He actually has a new that released yesterday with a lot of Shadows on it. We’ll get into that one day soon for some future Shadows. But right now, the song today opens his…

5 O’Clock Shadow- April 1st

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This Shadow is no joke. The original performer was murdered on this day 30 years ago. This song was a hit for him 50 years ago. The song, about love and heartbreak, was backed by Mowtown’s best, The Funk Brothers and The Andantes on backing vocals. The Shadow artist took this song and cut a…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 28th

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The original artist has been doing his thing for half a century. This song comes from his aptly titled album that returned him to the secular world after putting out a number of religious albums. This song opens the album and is rather ironically based in politics and religion and is not about the Batman…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 27th

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The original artist makes me smile. You too likely, especially on a sunny day, and particularly as the weather warms, and maybe if you’ve got a twisty. This song is about an unrequited love and the passing of time. The Shadow artist will walk on glass and yet still have sweet dreams. She slows this…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 26th

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The original band was all about the groove, but this song is a bit more strum rock driven with a gospel feel. The song is about karma and the cycle of relationships and it poses a tough question, but an easy answer. It comes from their legendary 1971 album about a fly infested mind. The…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 25th

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I am wishing a very Happy 67th Birthday to the original artist. For his birthday today he has reissued one of his most beloved albums from 1973. The song today comes from that album, and it’s about a girl that can’t dance but can definitely get down. The Shadow artist does her version of this…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 24th

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The original artist was a boy & girl rock duo. The girl inspired Ray LaMontagne to write about her. The boy played the love interest of Renée Zellweger in real life, and in the movie Cold Mountain where they met during filming. Though rumors have it that Ryan Adams was first offered his role, perhaps…

5 O’Clock Shadow- March 21st

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This band provided lots of weekend anthems throughout their short bright burst of music making. One such song we are going to hear today, a song about making plans for a big night out with your acquaintances. The Shadow artist today put their version of the song out at the same time, it was the…