Here's what you'll hear today (right-click to download MP3 or to open in a new tab or window):
- Maree McRae: "It's a Shame"
- Maree McRae: "Breeze"
- Maree McRae: "I Can't Be There No More"
Links to buy Maree McRae's music and items relating to this day in history follow below; commissions from anything you might buy are much needed at this time, so please consider buying something.
Jan. 31 is World Leprosy Day. Guy Fawkes was executed on this day in 1606 for his part in the Gunpowder Plot. Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born this day in 1797. Alvan Graham Clark discovered the white dwarf star Sirius B (a companion to Sirius) this day in 1862 at Northwestern University. Western novelist Zane Grey was born this day in 1872. Musicologist Alan Lomax and Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton were both born this day in 1915. American baseball player Jackie Robinson was born this day in 1919. Writer and journalist Norman Mailer was born this day in 1923. The company 3M began marketing Scotch Tape this day in 1930. Japanese writer and Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe was born this day in 1935. Composer Philip Glass was born this day in 1937. Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite was born this day in 1944. American actor Glynn Turman was born this day in 1946. Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne died this day in 1956. Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia and American actress Kelly Lynch were both born this day in 1959. British comic book writer Grant Morrison was born this day in 1960. Ham the Chimp traveled into outer space on the Mercury-Redstone 2 flight this day in 1961, which was also the birthday of British singer Lloyd Cole. The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" topped the U.S. singles chart this day in 1965. British actor Dexter Fletcher was born this day in 1966. British actress Minnie Driver was born this day in 1970; American bluesman Slim Harpo died the same day. Other chart-topping singles on this day: Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" (1973), Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" (1984), and Tiffany's "Could've Been" (1988). McDonald's breached the Soviet Union this day in 1990, opening its first restaurant in Moscow. Latvian-born comic book artist Gil Kane died this day in 2000. Canadian speculative fiction author Gordon R. Dickson died this day in 2001. Texas-based political columnist and writer Molly Ivins died this day in 2007.