Survived an equipment meltdown early in the show to bring a slew of birthday greetings, primarily for Aretha Franklin, born today in 1942; Elton John, turning 77 today, and early rock ’n’ roller Johnny Burnette, born in 1934.

But also celebrated is Bonnie Guitar, born this day in 1923, Hoyt Axton (1938), Pee Wee Harris (1933), Finley Quaye, turning 50; and Brinsley Schwarz, 77. 

There was a segment saluting the wide-ranging work of producer Tom Wilson, born this day in 1931, whose work spanned Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, The Animals, and Cecil Taylor, who also has a birthday, born this day in 1929. 

And the birthday of novelist Flannery O’Connor, born this day in 1925, brought a group of songs either directly (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Bruce Springsteen, Sufjan Stevens, U2, Nick Cave) or indirectly (The Handsome Family, Jim White). 

Closed with the hopeful strains of baseball’s impending Opening Day. 

Here’s a link to the archived program (in two parts); the setlist follows: 

Capital Radio March 25, 2024  1 – 4:30 p.m. EDT 

  • “Capital Radio Two,” The Clash
  • “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake,” Sufjan Stevens
  • “Dark Moon,” Bonnie Guitar 
  • “Way Before the Time of Towns,” Hoyt Axton 
  • “Never Been to Spain [live],” Elvis Presley 
  • “Your Love Gets Sweeter,” Finley Quaye 
  • “Even After All [Dub],” Finley Quaye 
  • “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part Three,” Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  • “I Go Ape [live],” Wee Willie Harris with Tony Crombie
  • “Sweet Love On My Mind,” Johnny Burnette
  • “Rock Billy Boogie,” Johnny Burnette 
  • “Lonesome Tears in My Eyes,” Johnny Burnette 
  • “All By Myself,” Johnny Burnette
  • “The Train Kept A-Rollin,” Johnny Burnette
  • “Cruel to be Kind,” Brinsley Schwarz
  • “White Honey,” Graham Parker & The Rumour 
  • “Rick Kick Shaw,” Cecil Taylor 
  • “Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan 
  • “Any Way the Wind Blows,” The Mothers of Invention 
  • “Hey Gyp,” Eric Burton and The Animals 
  • “Flute Thing,” The Blues Project 
  • “Lady Godiva’s Operation,” The Velvet Underground 
  • “Don’t Bogart Me,” The Fraternity of Man 
  • “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Aretha Franklin 
  • “Baby I Love You,” Aretha Franklin 
  • “I Say A Little Prayer,” Aretha Franklin 
  • “Think,” Aretha Franklin
  • “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Aretha Franklin 
  • “Share Your Love with Me,” Aretha Franklin
  • “Border Song,” Aretha Franklin 
  • “Teacher I Need You,” Elton John 
  • “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Elton John 
  • “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John 
  • “The River,” PJ Harvey
  • “Get Right With God,” Lucinda Williams
  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Tom Waits 
  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh),” Bruce Springsteen
  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Sufjan Stevens 
  • “One Tree Hill,” U2 
  • “My Sister’s Tiny Hands,” The Handsome Family 
  • “Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi,” Jim White 
  • “Homemade Pie,” Johnny Dowd 
  • “Carnage,” Nick Cave & Warren Ellis 
  • “Take Me Out to The Ballgame,” Harvey Hindermeyer
  • “Baseball Boogie,” Mabel Scott 
  • “(Love is Like a) Baseball Game,” The Intruders 
  • “Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song),” The Treniers
  • “Willie Mays is Up to Bat,” Chuck Prophet 

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