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Today is Randy Newman's Birthday

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In the Summer of 1989 or 90 (who can remember these things) LAist had an opportunity to see either The Who at the Coliseum, Stevie Ray Vaughn with B.B. King at the Greek, or Randy Newman at the Universal. They would be free tickets, but all of the shows were happening on the same night so we had to pick one.

And even though we had no idea that SRV was going to die soon from that helicopter crash, and even though our friends who took the tickets to see the concerts that we didn't see said that they loved their shows, we truly enjoyed our night at the Universal listening to and laughing with Randy Newman and have no regrets.

We choose to share "Rednecks" with you today because it's proof that the word "nigger" is an important one that shouldn't be banned by some misguided politically correct do-gooders inspired by a television star's bad night captured on film. This song is great because it proves that the N-word is an important one even from the lips of *gasp* a white man.

It's shocking and dangerous and exciting and a part of the American experience, just like other powerful things like guns, fast cars, and fast women. All which have all been far more destructive to the world than a derogatory word, and yet the idea of banning those things would be laughable.

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More birthdays after the jump

1936 - Gary Hart, American politician
1942 - Paul Warfield, American football player
1949 - Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader and musician
1950 - Ed Harris, American actor
1958 - Dave Righetti, American baseball player
1959 - Judd Nelson, American actor
1962 - Jon Stewart, American comedian, actor, and television host
1965 - Matt Williams, baseball player
1967 - Anna Nicole Smith, American model and television personality
1968 - Dawn Robinson, R&B singer (En Vogue)
1969 - Robb Nen, American baseball player
1969 - Lexington Steele (Clifton Britt), American adult film actor
1973 - Jade Puget, guitarist, (AFI)
1979 - Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki), American rapper
1982 - Leandro Barbosa, Brazilian basketball player (Phoenix Suns)

- birthdays courtesy Wikipedia