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  1. Gavin Paterson
    January 11th, 2011 at 21:53 | #1

    What a great site! I’m a bit of a buff and can recognise the love and scholarship that has gone into this site.

    Well done.

  2. Emil
    October 25th, 2013 at 02:23 | #2

    Could you pls re-up Any Major Soul 1960-63? Tks in advance!

  3. halfhearteddude
    October 25th, 2013 at 07:24 | #3

    It’s up now.

  4. Emil
    October 26th, 2013 at 13:01 | #4

    Tks a lot! Now I have your complete Soul-Collection (excluding Xmas things).

  5. JohninSeattle
    July 12th, 2015 at 20:53 | #5

    I love this site very much. Always great curation on the topic and obviously well informed.

    Your efforts are appreciated.

  6. October 29th, 2015 at 23:15 | #6

    Great stuff all around, I appreciate it!

    Cool you re-up the Flute in pop series?

  7. steve
    November 30th, 2015 at 18:57 | #7

    love your site, how about a tribute mix of all Allen Toussaint? would love to hear your take on that…thanks for the music adn the history

  8. halfhearteddude
    December 1st, 2015 at 22:28 | #8

    Oh, I’ve played with the thought. He will get four tribute tracks on the In Memoriam on Thursday.

  9. Paulie D
    February 29th, 2016 at 15:34 | #9

    would love to see the “step back” series reupped. all the 80’s ones seem dead, and step back to 1979 seems gone too. You do amazing work putting these lists and series together. thank you for all your hard work and dedication :)

  10. halfhearteddude
    March 1st, 2016 at 07:42 | #10

    The series has been supplanted by the Life in Vinyl series, which covers the same ground, though only as of 1977: http://www.halfhearteddude.com/category/a-life-in-vinyl/

  11. Aaron
    August 9th, 2016 at 07:06 | #11

    It’s been years since I checked out a music blog. Your site has convinced me to become a regular reader again. I’ll be back! Thanks for all the hard work – you clearly love what you do here.

  12. Datodesi
    March 6th, 2017 at 09:09 | #12

    This Year marks the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’s passing. Any plan to review his music in your blog? Looking forward to it.

  13. halfhearteddude
    March 7th, 2017 at 15:54 | #13

    There’ll have to be something, that’s for sure.

  14. March 10th, 2017 at 00:46 | #14

    It’s a source of information for us.


  15. Croz
    November 9th, 2017 at 21:03 | #15

    I don’t know if you take requests, and I do hope this isn’t insulting (it’s clear from how many amazing compilations you’re created that you don’t require suggestions), but I went back a few years and couldn’t find any collections with the theme “rain.” Am I just missing it/them? If not…well, I just moved from SoCal to the Pacific Northwest and I could surely use a Major Dude rain compilation to help me out with the weather shock…

  16. halfhearteddude
    November 9th, 2017 at 21:24 | #16

    Oh, what an intriguing idea. I’ll explore it, though I can’t say how long it’ll take before it would run. I’ve done a winter compilation though.

  17. Croz
    November 9th, 2017 at 21:42 | #17

    Well, this cold and rainy day just got a bit brighter! Take your time, obviously—I’m sure it’ll be more than worth the wait. Thanks, friend!

  18. January 26th, 2018 at 17:17 | #18

    I am new to the site and I am really liking what I am seeing right now. I will keep looking at it more. Thanks for publishing it.

  19. February 12th, 2018 at 00:01 | #19

    I really like your site and am an especially big fan of your monthly In Memoriam tributes. You are very thorough and I appreciate that. I have just started a new blog and am not sure of the etiquette but, I would like to include you in my blogroll and occasionally direct folks to check you out. Is that OK? My Site is called InfiniteJones,com , take a look if you want.

  20. halfhearteddude
    February 12th, 2018 at 08:07 | #20

    Sure we can do an exchange link. I’ve added your link in my list. Good luck with the blog.

  21. February 16th, 2018 at 22:53 | #21

    Appreciate it. Thanks.

  22. March 2nd, 2018 at 00:23 | #22

    Until this AM I had never even HEARD of Mieko Hirota. Now, thanks to your Blog, I can see that she was the first artist to record Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’. This is of special note to me, since I run a fan Blog for an artist who began her recording career in 1969, at the age of just seventeen, with a version of that – a version that I note in the relevant post (‘The Originals Vol. 39’, dated August 6th, 2010) is omitted – Valérie ÄŒižmárová. It is therefore trebly strange that I should have happened to have been looking into the career of an Italian singer who appeared in Bulgaria who was born in 1952 (Paola Battista) and in the process of that came across Mieko Hirota…who appeared alongside Salena Jones…with Valérie ÄŒižmárová’s birthday of 29th January! Maybe we could do a link exchange (for both ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ and ‘Girls Of The Golden East’). It increasingly occurs to me that we know just a tiny fraction of the world of Pop Music. Maybe my two Blogs will prove a useful source of information to ‘Any Major Dude With Half A Heart’ (love the memorable name!)…like yours has just done for mine!

  23. February 19th, 2020 at 17:38 | #23

    Awesome stuff in your Site, I like Football & Music posts, I appreciate it!

  24. dramref
    March 17th, 2020 at 10:13 | #24

    Time for a pandemic playlist? Obvious ones include
    • The Police – Don’t Stand so close to me
    • REM- It’s the end of the world
    • Peggy Lee – Fever
    • Britney Spears – Toxic
    • Tommy Roe – Dizzy
    • Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper
    • Killing Joke – I am the virus
    • Joy Division – Isolation
    • Bob Dylan – Knocking on Heavens Door
    • Beatles ( Get by) With a little help from my friends

  25. halfhearteddude
    March 17th, 2020 at 21:51 | #25

    You’ve inspired something… Check back on Thursday!

  26. tbr
    June 9th, 2020 at 23:29 | #26

    Hey dude! Just a fan here wanting to say thank you so much for continuing to curate this blog. I absolutely adore the playlists you make. Always excited to check back and see new posts. Keep it up! <3

  27. halfhearteddude
    June 10th, 2020 at 07:17 | #27

    Thanks for the kind words. Keep checking back!

  28. November 25th, 2020 at 19:33 | #28

    Great website. Visit often. I use your “In Memoriam” page to keep my own “Vitals” pages up-to-date. See it at: http://www.seasonsinyourmind.com/vitals/bd-index.html
    Check it out. Lotsa info for bands 65-71.

  29. mr bungle
    April 1st, 2022 at 22:37 | #29

    Please do a Tom waits cover album

  30. robb
    April 22nd, 2022 at 16:57 | #30

    all your post are done with such a fantastic accuracy so I hate to ask for a correction. The name of the late Three Dog Night producer is Richard Podolor, not Polodor.
    All the best,

  31. amdwhah
    April 24th, 2022 at 12:20 | #31

    Oops, thanks for the correction.

  32. Peter
    May 30th, 2022 at 02:26 | #32

    Dude what a great site. its true you are an amazing dude but with a big heart.
    I have been following/enjoying for many years now and you never fail to deliver an interesting group of songs. Thanks very much for going to the trouble of using your time and skills to do this. Most appreciated. I’ve spent many a time, headphones cranked up, listening to you music collection in its fantastic breadth and depth!
    may it continue for years to come.

  33. amdwhah
    May 30th, 2022 at 14:46 | #33

    Wow, thank you!

  34. June 28th, 2022 at 23:44 | #34

    Dave Rudolf here. Just inquiring to see if you would be so kind as to listen to my newest album (my 41st) “Sit Down, Take a Number” and perhaps give it a review. It would be greatly appreciated. Should you want or need any additional CDs please let me know, I’d be glad to provide them. I’d be happy to send physical cds as well.
    Dave Rudolf
    8 Brookside Rd.
    Park Forest, IL 60466
    Cell 708-528-6447
    Dave Rudolf is a long time performer and a multi award winning singer/songwriter who just released his 41st Album …He’s a Gold Record, Grammy nominated artist, 15 time nominee for Entertainer of the Year awards from NACA( The National Association for Campus Activities), has 41 albums many of which have won various awards. He is an award winning childrens’ author, wrote for Disney, did a TV pilot for the All New Captain Kangaroo several years back, written for Second City, and lots more stuff we won’t bore you with…Dave is currently touring in support of his new CD.. He’s shared the stage with The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Mamma and Pappas, Steve Goodman, John Hartford, The Smother Brothers, Michael Smith, Megon McDonough, The Gatlin Brothers, Sha Na Na, and weirdly back in the day, Cheech and Chong to name a few…His latest CD are getting national airplay on various radio stations throughout the country.

    YouTube link to Dave Rudolf “Sit Down Take a Number” album

    An article in Illinois Rock and Roll Archives about my career

    Dave Rudolf Albums YouTube

    Album Info Sheet

  35. Crinan Dunbar
    August 3rd, 2022 at 17:00 | #35

    Sadly, the lovely Dod Copland lead singer of legndary Abedeen band Toxik Ephex died on 28th July. An obituary was in the local paper today https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/obituaries/4615027/final-send-off-for-aberdeen-anarchist-punk-singer-dod-copland/ and you can read about the band here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxik_Ephex. It would be good to share his memory with a wider public – he was a thoroughly decent human.

  36. angelo marcos pinho dos santo
    August 16th, 2022 at 12:02 | #36

    beatles recovered are broken, could you re up

  37. August 17th, 2022 at 23:41 | #37

    Here’s an IN MEMORIAM listing for you. Gary”Chicken” Hirsh (Mar 9, 1940 – Aug 17, 2021) Country Joe & the Fish drummer he replaced John Francis Gunning, but left the band in 1969. later went to NY, before returning to Berkeley. He is said to be the one who altered the FISH cheer at a concert in Central Park.

  38. amdwhah
    August 18th, 2022 at 09:18 | #38

    Bad news: It’s a year late.
    Good news: He was listed in the In Memoriuam – August 2021: http://halfhearteddude.com/2021/09/in-memoriam-august-2021/
    Bad news: He didn’t get a paragraph because 17 (!!!) others did.

  39. Mike
    September 6th, 2022 at 10:55 | #39

    When will You publish In Memoriam – August 2022?

  40. amdwhah
    September 10th, 2022 at 17:21 | #40
  41. Kai
    September 16th, 2022 at 23:09 | #41

    Thank you! Not just for running a consistently thoughtful and diverse music blog. Not just for putting together insightful mixes. But also for your uncanny ability to retrieve songs from my pre-musical subconscious. You’ve included so many songs over the years, which I’ve heard when I was 8 or 9 or 10 and long since forgotten – and here they are again, opening a window to my childhood! Examples? Charlie Dore, “Pilot Of The Airwaves” is just the latest, but also Clout, “Save Me”; La Bionda, “One For You, One For Me”; Raffaella Carrà, “A Far L’Amore Comincia Tu”.

  42. October 25th, 2022 at 01:09 | #42


    congrats on the fab compilations.

    I have just about finished a long-standing project of mine, to upgrade the sound quality of your excellent Covered With Soul comps volumes 1-24

    The original mp3s vary widely in bit rate with the majority being just 128k which is a bit harsh to listen to. Some are as low as 96k.

    i have managed to find higher resolution copies of all the tracks. 95% are now 320k mp3 files, while the rest are at least 192k, except for one Sharon Cash track that stubbornly remains at 160k stereo, for which i am still hunting for a replacement.

    i would be delighted to offer these back to you to upgrade the quality of these downloads for your fans. Let me know, and I will send you a link to all 24 folders

    All the best

    Mark in London

  43. amdwhah
    October 26th, 2022 at 16:22 | #43

    That’s quite project you undertook, Mark. I’d be glad to share a link to these collections with my readers, if that’s okay.

  44. December 1st, 2022 at 13:01 | #44

    My fundraising album of original Christmas songs for the homeless charity Crisis brings together 108 of the coolest artists on planet pop. Have Yourself a Merry Indie Christmas, already hailed as ‘the best Indie Christmas album ever’, features Dodgy, St Lenox, Eddi Reader, The Lilac Time, The Popguns, Suzzy Roche, Pete Astor, The Long Winters, Sally Shapiro, The Green Pajamas, Shinyribs, Trembling Blue Stars & Helen Love. You can support the homeless by downloading the album here Music | Various Artists (bandcamp.com). Merry Christmas, everyone.

  45. December 25th, 2022 at 02:25 | #45

    I have no idea how I came across your site only a few days ago but it is my best Christmas present so far. ( Albeit the only one but no matter!) If you are a one-man Operator, then your knowledge of “popular music” probably cannot be bettered by anybody in ” The business”!
    Sincere congratulations and thanks. Le Trev. (A quite ancient lover of many musical genres for over………..many years.) P.S. Should you wish to email me for any reason, you are most welcome.
    P.P.S. Are you English, based in England?

  46. amdwhah
    December 26th, 2022 at 09:41 | #46

    Thank you for the kind comments, Le Trev. I hope you’ll find a lot more things of interest that I ran over the years (and, yes, this is a one-man operation). I’m based in South Africa.

  47. December 28th, 2022 at 08:53 | #47


    I assume this reply will reach ” The Man In Charge “. I appreciate you taking the time to respond to me. I later learned through the Blog your origin in Germany and the early 70’s songs that created your phenomenal knowledge of much popular music. My eclectic taste spreads from the 20’s probably to the end of the 70’s, of course finding good material at times since. Rock’N’Roll, R. & B., Blues, Soul, Doo-Wop. Standards, Sinatra & his ilk. Stand outs, Sam Cooke, Presley, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry, Fats, Mildred Bailey, Dusty S. and so many more! I have seen all the named apart from Presley, Dusty & of course the great Mildred Bailey. Could, like most music nutters name loads more! I have around 12,000 CDs, 1400 books on music & “film”, some 1200 DVDs. If Ilive to around 350, who knows, they may all be “devoured”……Le Trev.
    P.S. I am English but live in Melbourne, Australia & Toulon, South of France. My French wife, Veronique & I are currently working our R’s off to sell up here in Melbourne and move permanently, around the end of next April next year to Toulon. Any thoughts on the cheapest way to send all my CDs, a few hundred of the books & “some” DVDs would be greatly welcomed! Sorry to bore. P.P.S. Almost forgot! Sorry, Billy Fury…………..

  48. Gary Mickelburgh
    December 29th, 2022 at 22:47 | #48

    Thank you for this wonderful site and the amount of work you must put into it. I have just discovered that somehow I missed getting the In Memorium folders for April, May, June and July 2020. I had just moved and that may be the reason. However I was wondering if they could be re-upped please

    Thanking you

  49. amdwhah
  50. Gary Mickelburgh
    January 20th, 2023 at 00:58 | #50

    You may already know, but just in case. Australia lost one of its grea5test, if not the greatest female vocalist a couple of days ago – Renée Geyer.
    Since then my FB pages have been filled with tributes and memories from those whoi knew her and who had played with her. If you need any information regarding Renée, please do ot hesistate to ask

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