First Playlist of the Year

They say there’s a first time for everything and this playlist proves it. Stay tuned ’til the end for the first of two performances of “Don’t Let Me Down” from the Beatles’ famed 1969 rooftop concert. John Lennon fumbled over the lyrics to the second verse in their original take, heard in this recording, and the band performed the song again.

This collection of firsts would not be complete without the “First Choice Theme” by First Choice. Formed in 1971, the soul trio performed around Philadelphia before gaining national attention on Soul Train and American Bandstand. Their music has been sampled by artists including Mary J. Blige and J Cole.

First Choice