A Righteous classic! -- An underrated Beach Boy... -- Truly legendary Rasta b'day!

Back cover photo - "Natty Dread" LP, Oct. 1974. (Courtesy of Tuff Gong/Island Records)

2/6/1965 (53 years ago today) - The definition of an actual classic right here: The Righteous Brothers start two weeks at No. 1 with the goose-bump-inducing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", arguably the greatest 3 minutes and 45 seconds that Phil Spector ever produced. An amazing record still...

2/6/1998 (20 years ago today) - He sang lead on "God Only Knows", "Good Vibrations", "Darlin'", "Surf's Up" and "I Can Hear Music": After having been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 1997, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys passed away on this date at age 51. Often overshadowed by older brothers Brian and Dennis, Carl was nonetheless a crucial component of The Beach Boys sound as the bands lead guitarist -- In fact, once Brian Wilson began withdrawing from the group, it was Carl who took over as musical director from 1965 up until his death. A critical and under-appreciated link in the chain for sure...

2/6/1945 - Born on this date, Jamaican reggae pioneer Bob Marley, whose influence on all musical styles all over the world cannot ever possibly be overstated -- In particular, 1974's "Natty Dread" still sounds as if it was beamed in from some future dimension that humankind has yet to fully comprehend. You gotta have some Bob in your house is the point...

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