Sunday, March 21, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 21 - 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 21
1902 ● Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. → Delta blues slide guitarist
1943 ● Victor Anthony "Vivian" Stanshall → Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
1945 ● Rosemary Stone Sly & The Family Stone
1946 ● Ray Dorset → Mungo Jerry, "In The Summertime" (1970)
1949 ● Eddie Money (Edward Joseph Mahoney) → "Two Tickets To Paradise" (1977)
1950 ● Roger HodgsonSupertramp
1951 ● Conrad Lozano → Los Lobos
1951 ● Russell Thompkins, Jr. → Stylistics
1967 ● Jonas "Joker" Berggren → Ace Of Base
1967 ● Sean Dickson → Soup Dragons
1968 ● Andrew Copeland → Sister Hazel

Mar 22
1941 ● Jeremy Clyde → Chad & Jeremy
1943 ● George Benson → Jazz/R&B guitarist, "Breezin'" (1976)
1943 ● Keith Relf → Yardbirds
1947 ● Harry Vanda → Easybeats, Flash And The Pan
1947 ● Patrick Olive → Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (1975)
1948 ● Randy Jo Hobbs → The McCoys, "Hang On Sloopy" (1965)
1957 ● Stephanie Mills → Disco diva, "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (1980)

Mar 23
1949 ● Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek) → The Cars, solo
1950 ● Phil Lanzon → Uriah Heep
1953 ● Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens) → Rufus, solo, "I Feel For You" (1984)
1966 ● Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan) → Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (1994)
1968 ● Damon Albarn → Blur

Mar 24
1937 ● Billy Stewart → R&B/jazz singer, "Summertime" (1966)
1947 ● Mike Kellie → Spooky Tooth
1948 ● Lee Oskar → War, solo
1951 ● Dougie ThomsonSupertramp
1960 ● Nena (Gabriele Susanne Kerner) → "99 Luftballons" (1984)
1970 ● Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason, Jr.) → De La Soul
1970 ● Sharon Corr → The Corrs

Mar 25
1934 ● Johnny Burnette → "You're Sixteen" (1960)
1938 ● Hoyt Axton → Country songwriter, actor, "Boney Fingers" (1974)
1942 ● Aretha Franklin → R&B super-diva, "Respect" (1967)
1947 ● Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) → "Candle In The Wind 1997" (1997)
1948 ● Michael Stanley (Gee) → Michael Stanley Band, "Lover" (1980)
1949 ● Nick Lowe → Brinsley Schwarz, solo, producer
1960 ● Steve Norman → Spandau Ballet, "True" (1983)
1975 ● Melanie Blatt → All Saints

Mar 26
1917 ● Rufus Thomas → R&B/soul, "Do The Funky Chicken" (1970)
1936 ● Fred Parris → The Five Satins, "In The Still Of The Night" (1956)
1944 ● Diana Ross (Diane Earle) → The Supremes, solo
1948 ● Richard TandyElectric Light Orchestra
1948 ● Steven Tyler (Steven Victor Tallarico) → Aerosmith
1949 ● Fran SheehanBoston
1950 ● Teddy Pendergrass → Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, solo
1953 ● Billy Lyall → Bay City Rollers, Pilot, Alan Parsons Project
1968 ● James Iha → Smashing Pumpkins
1968 ● Kenny Chesney → Country star, "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" (1999)
1975 ● Juvenile (Terius Grey) → Gangsta rapper, "Slow Motion" (2003)
1981 ● Jay Sean (Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) → Urban R&B, "Down" (2009)

Mar 27
1950 ● Tony BanksGenesis
1954 ● Walt StockerThe Babys, Air Supply
1959 ● Andrew FarrisINXS
1962 ● Derrick McKenzie → Jamiroquai
1965 ● Johnny April → Staind
1970 ● Brendan Hill → Blues Traveler
1970 ● Mariah Carey → Pop diva, "Fantasy" (1995)
1975 ● Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) → Wild Orchid, Black Eyed Peas, solo

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 14
1931 ● Phil Phillips (John Phillip Baptiste) → R&B singer, "Sea Of Love" (1959)
1933 ● Quincy Jones → Bandleader, producer, songwriter
1943 ● Jim PonsTurtles, Mothers Of Invention
1945 ● Walter ParazaiderChicago
1969 ● Michael Bland → Session drummer, Prince, Soul Asylum
1970 ● Kristian Bush → Sugarland
1983 ● Jordan Taylor Hanson → Hanson

Mar 15
1912 ● Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins → Blues guitarist, "Mojo Hand" (1960)
1932 ● Arif Mardin → Atlantic Records producer
1940 ● Phil LeshGrateful Dead
1941 ● Mike LoveBeach Boys
1942 ● Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Clyde Crosby) → C&W singer, "Mr. Bojangles" (1968)
1944 ● David Costell → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1944 ● Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) → Sly & The Family Stone
1946 ● Howard Scott → War
1947 ● Ry Cooder → Country-folk-blues-rock guitarist, Rising Sons, sessions, solo
1953 ● Preston Hubbard→ Roomful Of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds
1955 ● Etterlene "Bunny" DeBarge → DeBarge
1955 ● Dee Snider → Twisted Sister, solo
1962 ● Steve Coy → Dead Or Alive
1962 ● Terence Trent D’Arby (Howard) → "Wishing Well" (1988)
1963 ● Brett Michaels → Poison
1964 ● Rockwell (Kenneth Gordy) → "Somebody's Watching Me" (1984)
1968 ● Mark McGrath → Sugar Ray
1972 ● Mark Hoppus → Blink-182
1975 ● will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.) → Black Eyed Peas
1977 ● DJ Joseph Hahn → Linkin Park

Mar 16
1948 ● Michael Bruce → Alice Cooper band, solo
1954 ● Nancy WilsonHeart
1959 ● Flavor Flav (William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.) → Public Enemy
1963 ● Stuart Kerr → Texas

Mar 17
1919 ● Nat "King" Cole (Nathaniel Coles) → "Unforgettable" (1954)
1937 ● Adam Wade → R&B/pop vocalist, "Take Good Care Of Her" (1961)
1939 ● Clarence Collins → Little Anthony & The Imperials
1940 ● Vito Picone→ The Elegants, "Little Star" (1958)
1941 ● Paul Lorin KantnerJefferson Airplane/Starship, KBC Band, solo
1944 ● John B. SebastianLovin' Spoonful
1946 ● Harold Brown → War
1948 ● Fran Byrne → Ace
1951 ● Scott Gorham → Thin Lizzy
1959 ● Mike Lindup → Level 42
1967 ● Billy Corgan → Smashing Pumpkins
1972 ● Melissa Auf der Maur → Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, solo

Mar 18
1938 ● Charley Pride → Country star, "I'd Rather Love You" (1971)
1941 ● Wilson Pickett → "In The Midnight Hour" (1968)
1947 ● Brian James "B.J." Wilson → The Paramounts, Procul Harum
1950 ● John HartmanDoobie Brothers
1959 ● Irene Cara (Irene T. Escalera) → "Flashdance…What A Feelin'" (1983)
1963 ● Jeff LeBar → Cinderella
1963 ● Vanessa Williams → R&B/pop vocalist, "Save The Best For Last" (1991)
1966 ● Jerry Cantrell → Alice In Chains
1967 ● Robert Harrison → Cotton Mather
1970 ● Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) → Rapper, "U.N.I.T.Y." (1993)
1974 ● Stuart Zender → Jamiroquai
1977 ● Devin Lima → LFO

Mar 19
1942 ● Robin Luke → Early rock 'n roller, "Susie Darlin'" (1958)
1946 ● Paul AtkinsonThe Zombies
1946 ● Ruth Pointer → Pointer Sisters
1951 ● Derek Longmuir → Bay City Rollers
1953 ● Ricky WilsonThe B-52's

Mar 20
1937 ● Jerry Reed (Jerry Reed Hubbard) → Actor, country singer/guitarist, solo, sessions
1950 ● Carl Palmer → Atomic Rooster, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia
1951 ● Jimmie Vaughan → Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo (Stevie Ray's brother)
1961 ● Slim Jim Phantom (James McDowell) → Stray Cats
1976 ● Chester Bennington → Linkin Park

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 31 - February 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 31
1906 ● Roosevelt Sykes → Boogie-blues piano player
1921 ● Mario Lanza (Alfredo Arnold Cocozza) → Opera tenor, actor, singer "Be My Love" (1950)
1928 ● Harold "Chuck" Willis → "C.C. Rider" (1957)
1940 ● Sandy Yaguda → Jay & The Americans
1946 ● Terry KathChicago
1951 ● Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey → KC & The Sunshine Band
1951 ● Phil Manzannera (Targett-Adams) → Roxy Music
1956 ● Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) → Sex Pistols
1961 ● Lloyd Cole → Commotions
1966 ● Al Doughty (Alan Jaworski) → Jesus Jones
1967 ● Jason CooperThe Cure
1981 ● Justin Timberlake → *NSYNC

Feb 01
1937 ● Don EverlyEverly Brothers
1937 ● Ray Sawyer → Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
1938 ● Jimmy Carl Black (James Inkanish)Mothers of Invention
1948 ● Rick James (James Ambrose Johnson) → "Super Freak" (1981)
1950 ● Mike CampbellTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1951 ● Fran Christina → Fabulous Thunderbirds
1951 ● Rich WilliamsKansas
1964 ● Jani Lane (John Kennedy Oswald) → Warrant
1968 ● Lisa Marie Presley → Only child of Elvis
1969 ● Patrick Wilson → Weezer
1975 ● Big Boi (Antwan Andre Patton) → Outkast

Feb 02
1927 ● Stan Getz → Jazz saxaphonist
1934 ● Clyde "Skip" BattinByrds, Flying Burrito Bros., New Riders Of The Purple Sage
1940 ● Alan Caddy → Tornados
1942 ● Graham NashHollies, Crosby Stills Nash & Young
1948 ● Alan McKay → Earth Wind & Fire
1949 ● Ross ValorySteve Miller Band, Journey
1963 ● Eva Cassidy → "Over The Rainbow" (1992)
1966 ● Robert DeLeo → Stone Temple Pilots
1971 ● Ben Mize → Counting Crows
1975 ● Billy Mohler → The Calling
1977 ● Shakira Isabell Mebarak Ripoll → "Hips Don't Lie" (2006)

Feb 03
1928 ● Frankie Vaughan (Frank Abelson) → "Green Door" (1956)
1935 ● Johnny "Guitar" Watson → "Space Guitar" (1954)
1940 ● Angelo d'AleoDion & The Belmonts
1943 ● Dennis EdwardsTemptations
1943 ● Eric HaydockHollies
1943 ● Shawn Phillips → "Lost Horizon" (1973)
1947 ● Dave DaviesThe Kinks
1947 ● Melanie (Melanie Safka) → "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" (1970)
1949 ● Arthur Kane → New York Dolls
1956 ● Lee Renaldo → Sonic Youth
1959 ● Laurence "Lol" TolhurstThe Cure
1990 ● Sean Kingston (Kisean Jamal Anderson) → "Beautiful Girls" (2007)

Feb 04
1941 ● John Steel → Animals
1944 ● Florence LaRue → The 5th Dimension
1948 ● Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier)
1951 ● Phil EhartKansas
1952 ● Jerry Shirley → Humble Pie
1962 ● Clint Black → "Killin' Time" (1989)
1975 ● Natalie Imbruglia → "Torn" (1997)
1975 ● Rick Burch → Jimmy Eat World
1976 ● Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) → "Oh Boy" (2002)

Feb 05
1919 ● Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt) → Actor, singer
1923 ● Claude King → "Wolverton Mountain" (1962)
1935 ● Alex Harvey → Sensational Alex Harvey Band
1941 ● Barrett Strong → "Money (That's What I Want)" (1962), Motown writer/producer
1942 ● Corey Wells → Three Dog Night
1943 ● Charles "Chuck" Winfield Blood, Sweat & Tears
1943 ● Sven Johannson → Tangerine Dream
1944 ● Al Kooper → Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears, sessions, producer
1944 ● J.R. Cobb → Atlanta Rhythm Section
1964 ● Michael "Duff" McKagan → Guns N' Roses
1968 ● Chris Barron → Spin Doctors
1969 ● Bobby Brown → "My Perogative" (1988)

Feb 06
1941 ● Dave Berry (David Holgate Grundy) → "The Crying Game" (1964)
1943 ● Fabian (Fabiano Forte Bonaparte) → "Tiger" (1964)
1945 ● Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley → Reggae giant
1950 ● Mike Batt → "Summertime City" (1975)
1950 ● Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole → "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" (1975)
1962 ● Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose Bailey) → Guns N' Roses
1966 ● Rick Astley → "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Bruce Springsteen (1/5/73) 37 Years!


Bruce Springsteen’s (click here for my B.S. playlist) rough-and-ready debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. ended up in a dead-end South Jersey alley with nowhere to run. It received positive but limited response from music critics after its January 5, 1973 release. Columbia Records followed the LP with two terrific singles, “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night,” but they flopped badly and even the early accolades (“the next Bob Dylan”) had little impact on the album’s sales or Springsteen’s fan base. Shaken but undeterred, the Boss soldiered on, releasing The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle in September 1973. That album, too, generated critical praise but meager sales. Springsteen pushed one more time, realizing that the three strike rule would apply with Columbia. But record company executives, aware of the critics and his huge cult following in the Northeast, gave Bruce a big production and promotion budget for 1975’s Born To Run, and the rest is history.

It’s difficult to fathom why Asbury Park tanked early on (it retroactively went gold once Bruce hit the big-time). It’s a great debut album, mixing Dylanesque lyrics with a 50s rock ‘n roll electrified sound with piano, horn and acoustic guitar accents and Bruce’s deep, sometimes growling vocals. Thematically, it explores teenage angst (“Growin’ Up”), one-way love (“For You” – a Dr. Rock favorite), tragedy and despair (“Lost In The Flood”), and exuberant optimism (“Blinded By The Light”). Largely overlooked 37 years ago, Asbury Park is a classic roots-rock album and one of the better debuts of all time.

Asbury Park is #389 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Greatest albums of all time. I think it should be in the top 200 (they didn’t ask me). You’ll find Asbury Park as a CD on Amazon (click here) and download tracks on iTunes (click here).

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

 

Album of the Day: R.E.M. (10/17/88)

51GC6VDF3ZL._SL160_Alternative rock pioneers R.E.M. released Eponymous on the IRS label on October 17, 1988. The album is a collection of some of the best material from R.E.M.'s first five albums. But it’s not a “Greatest Hits” collection, since there were few R.E.M. “hits” in broader sense, anyway, prior to 1987. Before “The One I Love” came out with Document in 1987, R.E.M.’s only real chart action was on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock listing for airplay on album rock stations. “The One I Love” was their first placement above #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for all sales and airplay, and it topped out at #2 in late-87. IRS released Eponymous shortly after R.E.M. left for a new contract with Warner Brothers. The album was a last chance for IRS to cash in on R.E.M.'s growing popularity. Nevertheless, Eponymous is also a great compilation of eight of R.E.M.'s better-known songs from 1981-1987, plus a the original version of “Radio Free Europe,” remixed versions of “Finest Worksong” and “Gardening At Night,” and a previously unreleased track, “Romance.”

For the uninitiated looking to explore R.E.M. for the first time, Eponymous is a good place to start (but only after you view my own R.E.M. "Best Of..." playlist in the Playlist Vault at DrRock.com). In addition, Eponymous is available as download tracks from iTunes click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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