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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

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Today, Tony Bennett, the man behind the 1962 track "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" — whom we also wrote extensively about in last week's cover story — turns 90. Even if you're not a San Francisco native, surely you know the ditty. It's been estimated that Bennett, who won two Grammy Awards for the track, has sung it in front of audiences at least 8,000 times.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

All Eyez On Tupac: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Proclaims June 16 "Tupac Shakur Day" In Celebration of The Rapper's 45th Birthday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:32 AM

We can thank Tupac for making bandanas cool in the '90s (December 16, 1993) - AP PHOTO/KEVIN LARKIN
  • AP Photo/Kevin Larkin
  • We can thank Tupac for making bandanas cool in the '90s (December 16, 1993)

Today would have been Tupac Shakur's 45th birthday. The East Harlem born rapper — who is widely-lauded as one of the greatest emcees of all time — was shot multiple times after leaving a boxing match with then-CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight in Las Vegas. He died six days later on September 13, 1996 at the age of 25.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Colin Meloy on the Work of Robyn Hitchcock and His 60th Birthday Show at the Fillmore

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Happy Birthday, Robyn Hitchcock.
  • Happy Birthday, Robyn Hitchcock.

Robyn Hitchcock, former frontman of British psych-pop band the Soft Boys and purveyor of his own rich, brilliant, and deeply weird universe of solo songs, turned 60 this March 3. And while Hitchcock was celebrated in London, his friend Colin Meloy, leader of the Decemberists, thought American audiences should get a chance to fete the man as well. So Meloy put together ¡Viva Hitchcock!, a birthday concert tomorrow, Thursday, May 2, at the Fillmore, featuring Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), Amanda Palmer, Lemony Snicket, Meloy, and, of course, Hitchcock himself. Prior to the show, we spoke with Meloy about how Hitchcock influenced Meloy's music, why they chose to do the Hitchcock show in San Francisco, and what to expect at the Fillmore Thursday night.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Sly Stone Celebrates His 70th Birthday... Somewhere Out There

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM


Flickr/Simon Fernandez

Happy Birthday, Sly! Wherever you may be.
On this day in 1943, Sylvester Stewart was born in Benton, TX. He was later raised in Vallejo, introduced the Bay Area to soul songs on San Mateo-based radio station KSOL, and helped to put San Francisco on the international music map with his groundbreaking interracial funk group Sly & The Family Stone, which spawned Top 5 hits and millions in record sales for now classic songs like "Dance to the Music," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Five Great Neil Young Covers For His 67th Birthday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Happy Birthday, Neil
  • Happy Birthday, Neil

Today, November 12, is the birthday of one Neil Young, gifted songwriter, whiny singer, killer guitar player, and longtime Bay Area resident. In celebration of the man's 67th, we rounded up some of the best tributes to him available in the wilds of YouTube. Featuring solo pianos, another titan of songwriting, and some moody almost-electronica, here are five great covers to celebrate Neil Young's birthday.

See also:

* Neil Young and Crazy Horse Mix the Old and New at S.F.'s Outside Lands Festival

* Neil Young Wants Perfect Sound. Here's Why I Don't.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Celebrate Tupac's Birthday This Week With Digital Underground, Spice 1, Other Collaborators

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Digital Underground's Shock G and Tupac on the set of Nothing But Trouble (1991)
  • Digital Underground's Shock G and Tupac on the set of Nothing But Trouble (1991)

Tupac Shakur would have turned 41 this June 16, and the occasion will be commemorated with two birthday celebrations in San Francisco featuring a number of his former colleagues and friends.

Shakur was part of L.A.'s Death Row Records when he was killed, which helped cement his image of being a part of that notoriously gangster crew. But the time Shakur spent in the Bay Area in his late teens and early twenties were crucial to his development as a thinker, political activist, poet, and musician. They often get rushed over or overlooked altogether in the larger narrative about him.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Metallica to Celebrate 30 Years with $6 Fanclub-Only Shows at the Fillmore

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Metallica: Pushing 30.
  • Metallica: Pushing 30.

Metallica, the biggest heavy metal band in the world, turns 30 this December. How old does that make you feel? Considering we were young enough when ...And Justice for All came out to be truly frightened by the "One" video (like, call our mom at work scared), it makes us feel pretty old.

But while getting old generally sucks, that may be different for Metallica. Or at least for the members of its fanclub, who will be privy to a special run of shows at the lovely and intimate Fillmore to celebrate the anniversary.

That's right, you heard us: Metallica is playing the Fillmore.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sonny Smith Wishes Jonathan Richman a Happy (Belated) 60th Birthday

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Sonny Smith likes Jonathan Richman
  • Sonny Smith likes Jonathan Richman

Yesterday was the 60th Birthday of one Jonathan Richman, protopunk pioneer, genius songwriter, all-around nice guy, and San Francisco resident. In honor of the occasion, we asked another local songwriter -- Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets -- to comment on the glory, influence, and kidlike humor of Richman. Or just to say a few words about the Massachusetts native, "Roadrunner" singer, and major influence. (One listen to Sonny & the Sunsets' delightfully chilled-out new album, Hit After Hit, and the flavors of Richman are clear.)

Smith is on tour in Norway right now, so it took him a little while to get back to us. Turns out it was worth it: Smith, via e-mail, tells us the story of the first time he heard Jonathan Richman.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Richman, Who Turns 60 Today

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Because he'd wish you a happy birthday.
  • Because he'd wish you a happy birthday.

We're all fortunate to share an existence with Jonathan Richman, the songwriter/savant/funny guy best known for that song about being in love with Massachusetts and being in love with rock 'n' roll and being in the car with the radio on.

"Roadrunner," it's called. (But he has a bunch of other great songs, too.)

So this Richman guy, who was born in New England but is now a San Francisco-based treasure, turns 60 years old today. And since we love him, and since he's really good at birthdays, we thought we'd return the favor by wishing him a happy one.

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