Singer/songwriter John Hiatt turns 62 today.
A favorite of mine for years, Hiatt has always just managed to sneak under the pop music radar. Despite the relative obscurity, Hiatt is widely considered one of the best songwriters of the 20th century by those in the know.
Famous for penning the song "A Thing Called Love" that helped Bonnie Raitt earn a wider audience, Hiatt also wrote a string of hits like "Drive South," "Memphis in the Meantime," "Cry Love," "Slow Turning" and "Tennessee Plates," to name a few. He has written songs that were covered by Three Dog Night, Ronnie Milsap and even Iggy Pop.
Hiatt has toured with Lyle Lovett, Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe, among others.
A recovering alcoholic, Hiatt enjoys the occasional cigar in Nashville’s Uptown Lounge. His latest album, released in 2012, is "Mystic Pinball."
No Depression said of the album: "The only constant in his music is that it’s always gloriously twisted and gnarly. Once it touches you, its roots entwine you so thoroughly in Hiatt-ness that you can’t cut loose. You just relax in his embrace and wait for the next one to come along and grab you."
Here are a couple of videos and a Spotify playlist.
Happy birthday, Mr. Hiatt!
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