As we've stated before, we didn't expect this countdown to turn into a memorial space for musicians fighting and sometimes losing their battles with the coronavirus, but that's just one more little surprise this pandemic has sprung on us. At current daily death rates, it's now the leading cause of death in America at least for the time-being.
In fact, the music world has been struck so hard and so fast that it's hard to keep up with all the cases. We missed the news that Marianne Faithfull was also hospitalized with the virus a few days ago, so we'll rectify that oversight tonight.
Faithfull was Mick Jagger's girlfriend (or one of them) from 1966 to 1970, but by then, she had already registered some hits of her own. Her albums weren't always lauded by the critics, but her 1979 set "Broken English" was a critical favorite. That's our bonus pick of the day as we wish her a speedy recovery.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
50 Number Ones
Why I Love It
There are two things every Texan knows: Stephen F. Austin is the Father of Texas, and George Strait is the King of Country Music. After bursting onto the honky-tonk scene as a college student, the latter has built one of the most impressive music careers in any genre. The title of this collection sums it up. All he does is make monster hits. All hail the King.
"The Chair," "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" and "Heartland"
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
George Strait is one my all-time favorite artists so you knew he had to make this list. This is Chuck's pick, of course, but there's a pretty good chance he made my list, too.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Tracy Chapman (1988)
Why I Love It
This album came out when I was 16, still in high school and mostly paying attention to the New Traditionalist revolution taking place in country music.
So it wasn't until I got to college that I really zeroed in on this album and came to appreciate how incredible it was. This album was so good, in fact, that it almost single-handedly revived the singer-songwriter sub-genre; it certainly pumped life into the format, and it stands as one of the best albums released in popular music during the entire decade of the 1980's. I've never put it down in the decades since, and while she's made some more great records since then, this is still the one that always brings me back.
"Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution," "Fast Car" and "For You"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
Talk about distinctive voices. From the first time I heard "Fast Car" off of this album, I loved Tracy Chapman's voice. Her songwriting is also amazing. This is one of the strongest debut albums you will hear.