Day 3: The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music

The staff of the College Football America Yearbook is on the road every weekend of the college football season, shooting games and gathering information for the following year’s book. That means a lot of driving and listening to a lot of music.

Earlier this year our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and our director of editorial content Chuck Cox put together ‘The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music.’ Each of them sat down and compiled a list of 100 great albums. Their goal was not to select the ‘100 greatest albums of all time.’ It was simply to select 100 great albums to write about as they passed the time during quarantine and shelter-at-home orders.

This 2020 college football season will be unprecedented in so many ways. It’s very likely none of us will be on the road for games because, like most people, we’re trying to stay healthy. And we hope you are too.

So, for the next 100 days, we’re going to publish their countdown here at CollegeFootballAmericaPR.com (the list was originally published on Webb’s personal site, kendallwebb.net). Consider it the ultimate playlist for the ultimate college road trip — music for every taste, from every genre and from every decade of the modern era of music. When the staff of the College Football America Yearbook is back on the road, you can bet these will be some of the tunes we’re listening to.

Here’s Day 3. Let’s turn it over to Kendall with a special message about a dear friend of ours that we lost earlier in 2020 …

Paul Dunklee, you were one of our musical brothers, and today we celebrate your passion for all kinds of music and dedicate the rest of our countdown over the coming weeks to your memory.

You were a bright light in a world that often is too dark. You’re gone too soon, but know that you brought joy into the lives of everybody you touched.

We love you, and we wish your family the best during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Kanye West

The College Dropout (2004)

Why I Love It

Before Kanye West dyed his hair blond and lost his mind, he delivered a phenomenal debut album. This home run established Yeezy as an artist after he gained cred creating beats for the likes of Jay-Z. This record is equal parts funny, infectious, clever and honest. It’s an ear worm with a message and the result of a talented artist writing about what he knows best.

Album Highlights

“We Don’t Care,” “Jesus Walks” and “The New Workout Plan.”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

Alright, alright. Now you know why Chuck’s here counting them down with me. This is his wheelhouse not mine. That being said, the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long time is admit that I like anything that came out of Kanye West’s mouth. But … here we go … this album is stunningly good.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

LaVern Baker

Soul on Fire: The Best of Lavern Baker (1991)

Why I Love It

If you know Lavern Baker’s music, there’s a good chance you got there the same way I did — via a song called “Jim Dandy.” Named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, “Jim Dandy” was later covered by the Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas, and it became a hit for a second time. All of her best-known work is here, and one listen will make you wonder why Baker isn’t a household name like many of her contemporaries.

Album Highlights

“Tweedle Day,” “Jim Dandy” and “See See Rider”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

Kendall and I have always loved each other’s appreciation for all eras and types of music. I wouldn’t have guessed this would have made his list, but it’s hard to argue with the selection. I could listen to LaVern Baker’s powerful voice all day.

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