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Jam of the Day/Roxette/”It Must Have Been Love”

There’s a bit of sadness in the comedy air today as we’re all reeling from the sad news that iconic movie director and producer Garry Marshall died late last night at the age of 81. The Hollywood legend passed away from complications of pneumonia following a stroke, which was in a statement released by Marshall’s long-time publicist, Michelle Bega. 

On his long, long list of accomplishments, Marshall directed and produced a slew of iconic T.V. shows including The Odd Couple, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, which famously co-starred Marshalls’s younger sister, Penny. He also maintained a marvelous film career that includes 18 films, among them BeachesOverboard, Runaway BrideValentine’s Day, Frankie & Johnny, Georgia Rule and this year’s Mother’s Day

But perhaps his most notable achievement (it’s a close finish with The Fonz) came in 1990 when we were welcomed into the fabulous world of a little film called Pretty Woman. Not only did the movie break all kinds of bank at the box office, but it made an A list star out of its leading lady Julia Roberts, and it welcomed (sigh) Richard Gere back into the Hollywood game after the actor was caught up in a string of box office duds in the late ’80s. 

Of course, without Marshall’s theatrical genius, our Sony Walkman headphones wouldn’t have blessed with the accompanying 5 times platinum Pretty Woman soundtrack, which contains all the hits including’s Roy Orbison’s iconic title track, the late Natalie Cole’s “Wild Woman Do,” Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking” and Roxette’s classic rock ballad, “It Must Have Been Love,” which cried it out all the way to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. 

In a year that’s already been oh, so quickly filled with a long list of iconic Hollywood deaths, Marshall is yet another famed figure we lost too soon. However, although he may not no longer be with us, his angelic spirit will certainly carry on (as well as on Netflix forever), and will also grace the stage next year as it was confirmed by Bega that Marshall had just finished a rewrite for a Broadway-bound musical version of Pretty Woman.

Those of us who’ve lived for every Garry Marshall pop culture moment in time know that his brilliance was in a comedy class of its very own and had one goal and one goal only–to take the viewer away into a happy place, all puns intended. So if you are one of those out there today who may be hearing his name for the first time, take a little time to get lost in some of his greatest work and experience his magic, because if you don’t you’ll be making a big mistake…huge. 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Garry Marshall. 

 

 

 

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Britney Groove of the Day/”Stronger”/Miguel Migs Vocal Mix

Back when I was just a young DJ in training, one of the first CD Maxi Singles (yes, I know) that I ever mixed with was the collection of rewerks for Britney’s third Oops..I Did It Again single, ‘Stronger.” Loaded with high energy dance music redrafts by Mac Quayle, Jack D. Elliot and Miguel Migs, each mix has its own special kind of vibe, taking the intense Max Martin flavor of the original and transforming it into a disco daydream on the dance floor of Godney life. 

One particular remix that stood out for me (and most certainly does today) is Mr. Migs’ dreamy deep house take on Brit Brit’s feisty fire. His flowing vocal mix takes the auto-primped vocals of the original and places them on top of a crisp, chilly after hours groove that only the mega- talented DJ knows how to cook up. Even 15 (!) years later, his romping rewerk of Britney’s TRL destroying number still bumps-and-grinds just as deep and delicious as it did back then.  

Since the weather outside today is all wrapped up in damp and dreary, light some candles, spark it up and let Miguel Migs’ sultry “Stronger” remix slip into your headphones like Britney’s nude beaded bodysuit from the 2000 VMA’s…

Happy Birthday, Britney! 

Of course, there’s always the original….

 

 

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The Madonna Vault

Don’t ever just stand there…..

Since Philly Mixtape began its online music life earlier this year, there’s been no other music artist whose owned that coveted music truth more fabulously than the Queen of Pop, Ms. Madonna.

Mostly because yours truly is a huge fan, but also because for nearly four decades, the Material Girl just keeps on serving us with plenty of diva demure, whether it’s in a sassy spillage of music tea over her latest studio set or road romp, or whether any one of her timeless albums hits a milestone, to which we know is always a call for a Madge-sized celebration. 

Posted below are some of the hottest Mixtape features starring the Material Girl, including a fiery set list of essential rewerks, 5 reasons why you need more of her fantastic Music and Ray of Light sets in your headphones, as well as an exclusive look back at all those fabulous Madonna concert tours. 

From the good, the bad, to The Girlie Show, it’s all here and so much more…

A Look Back at Three Decades of Madonna Concert Tours

A Look Back at the Making of the “Vogue” video 

15 Essential Madonna Rewerks 

5 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Ray of Light Right This Second 

5 Reasons Why You Should Pay More Attention to Madonna’s ‘Music’ 

15 Underrated Madonna Singles/’90s Edition 

Throwback Thursday/THAT 19994 Madonna/David Letterman Interview 

Forgot About Friday/’American Life’