Posts Tagged ‘Happy Birthday’

Guess who’s birthday it is?

July 6, 2010

That’s right it’s Dr. Dr. Michael Chang’s!

-Mike with his Tweedy

Here’s the audience and Wilco singing Happy Birthday to their Keyboardist, with the track Kingpin to follow. Mike, swap out the Keyboardist for, Michael Chang, and it’s like the first Jeff Tweedy is singing for you.


July 6, 2009

I know this is to Martin Luther King, but it’s such a nice birthday song (released 1981) and who wouldn’t want Stevie to sing them Happy Birthday?

Here’s some info on the song I got from Wikipedia (my favorite place to figure things out.) I’ve always liked the song but had no idea Stevie played a role in the formation of MLK day. If I could, I’d have Stevie for a best friend.
“Happy Birthday” is a 1981 single written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder for the Motown label. Wonder, a social activist, was one of the main figures in the campaign to have the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. become a national holiday, and created this single to make the cause known. Besides being released as a single, the song also appears on Wonder’s album Hotter Than July, and the vinyl LP release of this album (or at least one issue thereof) included a sleeve liner featuring on one side a photo portrait of Dr. King with a dedication and explanation of the King Day cause written by Wonder and on the other side a collage of civil rights movement photos, including one of King leading a demonstration march.