Joan Baez, Jimmy Page, Dave Matthews, Paolo Nutini, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Haddaway walk into a bar…

…because it’s all of their birthdays today (9 January)!

In celebration, here are some videos of wonderful things they’ve done:


Queen Jane, performed by Oscar Isaac in the 2013 Coen Brothers’ film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. Joan Baez recorded this — one of the Child Ballads — on her fifth LP in 1963. The following track on that LP (simply titled ‘5’) is a beautiful rendition of Argentinian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s ‘Bachianas Brasilierias No. 5 — Aria’. As well as Baez’s haunting vocal, accompanied by a cello octet, there is a beautiful solo by cellist David Soyer.

My favourite Led Zeppelin album is ‘Houses Of The Holy’, which begins with the double whammy of The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song (the first originally intended as an instrumental overture to the second). Here’s The Rain Song from Page & Plant’s MTV Unledded session.

My friends and I had just gotten far enough into Zep to be over the moon when this reunion happened. I still remember reading about it in the Sunday Times Culture section, that pre-Internet window out into the world of art. Four of us came down to Dublin and saw them in concert at The Point. It was an incredible show. The next morning, as my friend Andrew and I lay in our single B&B beds, the news came on the radio that Robbie had left Take That.

“Mom, it’s my birthday” sings Dave Matthews 2 minutes and 30 seconds into this video. John Popper, who guests on this performance on harmonica, just explodes the boundaries of the instrument. Check out his band, Blues Traveler, for more of that!

Paolo Nutini’s blistering Abbey Road performance of ‘Iron Sky’, which stopped us in our tracks when we first heard it on the road this year.

The Duchess of Cambridge being lovely:

And Haddaway…? Well, it’s got to be this SNL sketch, soundtracked memorably by his monster hit, ‘What Is Love’:

Happy birthday to all of them!!

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