Once the game has begun, sports fans don’t often find themselves thinking about the performers who sang the national anthem. But two incidents last Saturday night — one good, one bad — kept fans talking all through the week.
When Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was left off of the 2016 NBA All-Star team, he responded in the recording booth. Lillard is far from the first athlete to try his hand at rapping. From Shaq to Clint Dempsey, here are other notable players that have stepped behind the mic.
Fifty years ago at Shea Stadium in New York, the Beatles set a record: 55,600 fans packed the home of the Mets to see the Fab Four in concert. It was the largest crowd in concert history and forever changed the relationship between the music business and sports stadiums.
The Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” was more than a hit song, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter argues. It also changed the relationship between sports and the music industry. Fifteen years after the song’s release, Reiter joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.
Rapper MC Hammer shot to fame with his 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This.” Now he’s known for being a Golden State Warriors superfan. But back before all of that, MC Hammer worked in the front office of the Oakland A’s. Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield to delve into a bizarre piece of baseball history.
While playing for the Seattle Mariners, Lenny Randle put out a song to raise money for a fan with cerebral palsy. That song has been re-released. Randle — along with Nate Patrin, an expert of athlete-produced music — join Bill Littlefield to discuss “Kingdome.”
In this week’s music blog, Bill Littlefield puts on a Southern accent.
In this week’s music blog, Bill Littlefield shows off his translating skills.
In this week’s music blog, Bill Littlefield offers a pop quiz.
It’s another week of easy lifting for the music blog guy: it’s Elvis Costello and the Attractions, who favor us with their rendition of “Sour Milk Cow Blues,” from Goodbye, Cruel World.