Classic sexy soul! -- The pig does fly! --  A Doors birthday...

Al Green, July 2009. (Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

2/12/1972 (47 years ago today) - Pardon us while we dim the lights...: Al Green went to No. 1 with the almost-too-smooth-to-be-true classic "Let's Stay Together", his only U.S. chart-topper, actually {what's up with that!?!?} -- Rolling Stone gave it the No. 60 spot on their 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time list even though it should have been rated 30 to 40 spots higher (at least, c'mon now!). Tina Turner had a hit with her cover version in 1984, but this original Reverend Al performance is should leave you sufficiently speechless...

2/12/1977 (42 years ago today) - In the same way that "III" is our favorite Led Zeppelin album, this is our favorite Pink Floyd LP: On this date their tenth studio album "Animals" is released here in America, reaching No. 3 on the charts -- It's spooky, psychedelic, insidiously gut-wrenching and way more perfectly realized than the forthcoming bloated epic "The Wall" -- Just might be their best-sounding record, too: when you listen with your eyes closed, you feel like you're floating like the pig on the cover and we haven't smoked anything!!

2/12/1939 - Born on this day, keyboardist Ray Manzarek who, by pure chance, just happened to run into Jim Morrison in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, in 1965. They formed a band called The Doors. Though Ray passed away back in May of 2013, The Doors catalog of recordings won't. Ever. Nice legacy to have...

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"Lo, we shall rise up/And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water...", xoxo!