Sunday, April 11, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (April 11 - 17)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 11
1943 ● Tony Victor → The Classics
1956 ● Neville Staples → Fun Boy 3
1958 ● Stuart Adamson → Big Country
1965 ● Nigel Pulsford → Bush
1966 ● Lisa Stansfield → "All Around The World" (1989)
1970 ● Delroy Pearson → 5 Star
1970 ● Dylan Keefe → Marcy Playground

Apr 12
1930 ● Carole Lindsay → Kaye Sisters
1933 ● Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) → "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" (1968)
1940 ● Herbie Hancock → Jazz fusion, "Chameleon" (1973)
1944 ● John Kay → Steppenwolf
1950 ● David Cassidy → Actor, singer, The Partridge Family
1951 ● Alexander Briley → Village People
1956 ● Herbert Grönemeyer → Actor, German rocker
1957 ● Vince Gill → Pure Prairie League, country star
1958 ● Will Sergeant → Echo & The Bunnymen
1962 ● Art Alexakis → Everclear
1964 ● Amy Ray → Indigo Girls
1970 ● Nicholas Lofton Hexum → 311

Apr 13
1934 ● Horace Kay → The Tams
1936 ● Richard Timothy "Rashad" Feild → The Springfields, spiritual teacher
1940 ● Lester Chambers → Chambers Brothers
1944 ● Brian Pendleton → Pretty Things
1944 ● John William "Jack" CasadyJefferson Airplane/Starship, Hot Tuna
1945 ● Lowell GeorgeLittle Feat, solo
1946 ● Al Green (Albert Greene)→ Southern R&B, "Call Me" (1973)
1946 ● Roy Loney → Flamin' Groovies, solo
1951 ● Max WeinbergE Street Band, Max Weinberg 7
1951 ● Robert Peabo Bryson → R&B duets, "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" (1983)
1954 ● Jimmy DestriBlondie
1955 ● Louis Johnson → Brothers Johnson
1957 ● Wayne Lewis → Atlantic Starr
1959 ● Kim McAuliffe → Painted Lady, Girlschool
1966 ● Marc Ford → Black Crowes, solo
1972 ● Aaron Lewis → Staind
1975 ● Lou Bega (David Lubega) → Latino, "Mambo No. 5" (1999)

Apr 14
1935 ● Loretta Lynn (Webb) → Country star, "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970)
1945 ● Ritchie BlackmoreDeep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night
1946 ● Patrick Fairley (Fairlie) → Marmalade
1962 ● Joey Pesce → ’Til Tuesday
1969 ● Martyn Le Noble → Porno For Pyros
1974 ● DaBrat (Shawta Harris) → Urban rapper

Apr 15
1894 ● Bessie Smith → The "Empress of the Blues"
1933 ● Roy Clark → Country star, "Thank You God And Greyhound" (1970)
1939 ● Marty Wilde (Reginald Leonard Smith) → Early Brit rocker, "Bad Boy" (1959), father of Kim
1944 ● Dave Edmunds → Roots-rocker, "I Hear You Knock'" (1970)
1947 ● Stuart "Wooly" Wolstenholme → Barclay James Harvest
1966 ● Graeme Clark → Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (1994)
1966 ● Samantha Fox → "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" (1987)
1968 ● Ed O’Brien → Radiohead


Apr 16
1924 ● Henry Mancini → Composer, conductor, "Moon River" (1961)
1929 ● Roy Hamilton → 50s R&B-pop, "Unchained Melody" (1954)
1930 ● Herbie Mann (Herbert Jay Solomon) → Jazz-pop flautist, "Hijack" (1975)
1935 ● Stanley Robert "Bobby" Vinton → Pop-rock crooner, "Blue Velvet" (1963)
1939 ● Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel O'Brien) → Pop-soul diva, "Son Of A Preacher Man" (1969)
1943 ● "Lonesome" Dave Peverett → Savoy Brown, Foghat
1945 ● Stefan Grossman → Folk-blues guitar, The Fugs, solo
1947 ● Gerry Rafferty → Stealers Wheel, solo, "Baker Street" (1978)
1947 ● Lee "The Bear" Kerslake → Uriah Heep, Blizzard of Ozz
1963 ● Jimmy Osmond → The Osmonds
1963 ● Nick Berry → Brit actor, singer, "Every Loser Wins" (1986)
1964 ● David Pirner → Soul Asylum, solo

Apr 17
1934 ● Don Kirshner → Band manager, music publisher, concert promoter
1936 ● Alexander "Pete" Graves → The Moonglows, "Sincerely" (1954)
1940 ● Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley) → Early Brit rocker, "Halfway To Paradise"" (1961)
1942 ● Shelly Buchansky → Vito & The Salutations
1943 ● Roy Estrada → Captain Beefheart, Mothers of Invention, Little Feat
1948 ● Jan Hammer → Jazz-rock fusion, "Miami Vice Theme" (1985)
1954 ● Michael Sembello → Producer, composer, "Maniac" (1983)
1955 ● Pete Shelley (McNeish) → Buzzcocks, solo
1957 ● Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) → Hip-hop artist, spiritual leader
1964 ● Maynard James Keenan → Tool, A Perfect Circle
1967 ● Liz Phair → Indie pop-rocker, "Supernova" (1994)
1974 ● Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams → Spice Girls

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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, February 28, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 28 - March 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 28
1939 ● John Fahey → Folk guitarist (Rolling Stone #35), Takoma Records owner
1940 ● Joe South (Souter) → Singer/songwriter, "Games People Play" (1968)
1940 ● Marty Sanders → Jay & The Americans
1942 ● Brian JonesRolling Stones
1943 ● Barbara Acklin → Pop-soul vocalist, "Love Makes A Woman" (1968)
1952 ● Eddie "Kingfish" Manion → Asbury Jukes, Seeger Sessions Band
1957 ● Cindy WilsonB-52's
1957 ● Ian Stanley → Tears For Fears
1957 ● Phil Gould → Level 42
1967 ● Marcus Lillington → Breathe, "Hands To Heaven" (1988)
1969 ● Pat Monahan → Train, solo

Feb 29
1904 ● Jimmy Dorsey → Swing era Big Band leader
1940 ● Gretchen Christopher → The Fleetwoods, "Come Softly To Me" (1959)
1976 ● Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins) → Rapper, "Put It On Me" (2000)

Mar 01
1927 ● Harry Belafonte (Belafonete) → "Banana Boat Song" (1956)
1934 ● Jim Edward Brown → The Browns
1939 ● Warren Davis → The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (1958)
1942 ● Jerry Fisher Blood, Sweat & Tears
1944 ● Mike D'Abo → Manfred Mann, solo
1944 ● Roger DaltreyThe Who, solo
1946 ● Tony Ashton → Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
1947 ● Burning Spear (Winston Rodney) → Reggae artist, Rastafarian preacher
1958 ● Nik Kershaw → "Wouldn't It Be Good" (1983)

Mar 02
1938 ● Lawrence PaytonThe Four Tops
1942 ● Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz) → Velvet Underground, solo
1943 ● George Benson → Jazz/R&B guitarist, "Breezin'" (1976)
1948 ● Rory Gallagher → Blues-rock guitarist
1950 ● Karen Carpenter → The Carpenters
1955 ● Dale Bozzio (Consalvi) → Missing Persons
1955 ● Jay Osmond → The Osmonds
1956 ● John Cowsill → The Cowsills
1956 ● Mark EvansAC/DC
1962 ● Jon Bon Jovi (John Fancis Bongiovi) → Bon Jovi, solo
1977 ● Chris Martin → Coldplay

Mar 03
1923 ● Arthel L. "Doc" Watson → Folk/country/bluegrass guitarist
1928 ● Dave Dudley (Pedruska) → "Six Days On The Road" (1963)
1938 ● Willie Chambers → Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (1968)
1942 ● Mike Pender (Prendergast) → The Searchers
1944 ● Jance Garfat → Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
1947 ● Derek "Blue" Weaver → The Strawbs, Mott the Hoople, Bee Gees, sessions
1947 ● Jennifer Warnes → "Right Time Of The Night" (1977)
1950 ● Re Styles → The Tubes
1953 ● Ricky Helton WilsonB-52's
1953 ● Robyn Hitchcock → The Soft Boys, solo
1966 ● Tone-Loc (Anthony T. Smith) → Rapper, "Wild Thing" (1989)
1969 ● John Bigham → Fishbone
1977 ● Ronan Keating → Boyzone

Mar 04
1932 ● Miriam Makeba → South African folk-pop singer
1944 ● Bobby Womack → "It's All Over Now" (1974)
1946 ● Red Stripe (David Gittens) → Flying Pickets, "Only You" (1983)
1948 ● Chris SquireYes
1948 ● Shakin' Stevens (Michael Barrett) → "This Ole House" (1981)
1951 ● Chris Rea → "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" (1978)
1953 ● Emilio Estefan, Jr. → Miami Sound Machine
1955 ● Boon Gould → Level 42
1963 ● Jason Newsted → Metallica
1966 ● Patrick Hannan → The Sundays
1967 ● Evan Dando → Lemonheads
1971 ● Fergal Lawlor → The Cranberries

Mar 05
1933 ● Tommy Tucker (Robert Higginbotham) → "High-Heeled Sneakers" (1964)
1947 ● Eddie Hodges → "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door" (1961)
1948 ● Eddy Grant → "Electric Avenue" (1983)
1952 ● Alan ClarkDire Straits
1956 ● Teena Marie (Mary Christine Brockert) → "Lovergirl" (1984)
1958 ● Andy Gibb → Bee Gees
1962 ● Craig & Charlie Reid → The Proclaimers
1970 ● John Frusciante → Red Hot Chili Peppers

Mar 06
1893 ● Walter "Furry" Lewis → Blues guitarist/singer
1937 ● Doug Dillard → The Dillards
1944 ● Mary Wilson The Supremes, solo
1945 ● Hugh GrundyZombies
1946 ● David GilmourPink Floyd
1947 ● Kiki Dee (Pauline Matthews) → "I've Got The Music In Me" (1974)
1977 ● Bubba Sparxxx (Warren Mathis) → Rapper, "Ugly" (2001)

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 14
1931 ● Phyllis McGuire → McGuire Sisters
1937 ● Samuel Gene "Magic Sam" Maghett → Chicago blues, "Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)" (1963)
1943 ● Eric Andersen → Greenwich Village folk, "Thirsty Boots" (1966)
1945 ● Vic Briggs → The Animals
1946 ● Doug Simril → Boz Scaggs Band
1947 ● Tim Buckley → Folk-rock singer/songwriter
1950 ● Roger FisherHeart, Alias
1951 ● Kenny Hyslop → The Skids, Simple Minds
1972 ● Rob Thomas → Matchbox Twenty, solo

Feb 15
1941 ● Brian HollandMotown songwriter (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
1944 ● Denny Zager → Zager & Evans, "In The Year 2525" (1969)
1944 ● Michael Charles "Mick" AvoryKinks
1945 ● John HelliwellSupertramp
1947 ● David BrownAllman Brothers Band, Santana
1951 ● Melissa Manchester → "Midnight Blue" (1975)
1959 ● Alistair "Ali" Campbell → UB40
1960 ● Mikey Craig → Culture Club
1976 ● Brandon Boyd → Incubus

Feb 16
1916 ● Bill Doggett → "Honky Tonk" (1956)
1927 ● Bobby Lewis → "Tossin' And Turnin'" (1961)
1935 ● Sonny Bono (Salvatore Phillip Bono) → Sonny & Cher, "I Got You Babe" (1965)
1949 ● Lyn Paul → New Seekers, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (1971)
1956 ● James Ingram → "I Don't Have The Heart" (1990)
1958 ● Ice-T (Tracy Morrow) → "I'm Your Pusher" (1988)
1961 ● Andy Taylor → Duran Duran
1962 ● Tony Kylie → Blow Monkeys

Feb 17
1902 ● Orvill "Hoppy" Jones → The Ink Spots
1922 ● Tommy Edwards → "It's All In The Game" (1958)
1939 ● John Leyton → UK teen idol, "Johnny Remember Me" (1961)
1941 ● Gene Pitney → "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" (1962)
1947 ● Dodie Stevens (Geraldine Ann Pasquale) → "Pink Shoe Laces" (1959)
1950 ● Rickey Medlocke → Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd
1966 ● Melissa Brooke-Bellard → Voice Of The Beehive
1972 ● Billie Joe Armstrong → Green Day

Feb 18
1933 ● Yoko Ono (Lennon)
1941 ● Herman Santiago → Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
1941 ● Irma Thomas → "Ruler Of My Heart" (1963)
1947 ● Dennis De YoungStyx, solo
1948 ● Keith KnudsenDoobie Brothers
1952 ● Judy Kay "Juice" Newton → "Angel Of The Morning" (1981)
1953 ● Derek Pellicci → Little River Band
1953 ● Robbie Bachman → Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1954 ● John Travolta → Saturday Night Fever, Grease
1965 ● Dr. Dre (Andre Romell Young) → "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" (1993)

Feb 19
1936 ● Bob Engemann → The Lettermen
1940 ● William "Smokey" RobinsonThe Miracles, solo, songwriter, producer
1942 ● Lenny Citrin → Vito & The Salutations
1943 ● Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) → "Lightnin' Strikes" (1965)
1948 ● Tony IommiBlack Sabbath
1949 ● Eddie Hardin → Spencer Davis Group
1956 ● Dave Wakeling → General Public, English Beat, solo
1957 ● Falco (Johann Hölzel) → "Rock Me Amadeus" (1986)
1960 ● Prince Markie Dee (Mark Morales) → Fat Boys
1960 ● William "Holly" Johnson → Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1963 ● Seal (Seal Henry Samuel) → "Kiss From A Rose" (1996)

Feb 20
1898 ● Jimmy Yancey → Boogie-woogie pianist (Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1986)
1925 ● Robert Altman → Film producer/director, co-wrote "Theme From M.A.S.H."
1937 ● David Ackles → "Candy Man" (1970)
1937 ● Nancy Wilson → "How Glad I Am" (1964)
1940 ● Barbara Ellis → Fleetwoods
1941 ● Buffy Sainte-Marie → "Universal Soldier" (1964)
1944 ● Lew SoloffBlood, Sweat & Tears, sessions
1945 ● Alan Hull → Lindisfarne
1946 ● John "Jerome" Geils, Jr. → J. Geils Band
1950 ● Walter BeckerSteely Dan
1954 ● Jon BrantCheap Trick
1963 ● Ian Brown → Stone Roses
1975 ● Brian Littrell → Backstreet Boys
1985 ● Julia Volkova → t.A.T.u.
1988 ● Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) → "Pon De Replay" (2005)

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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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Sunday, January 24, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 24 -30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 24
1936 ● Doug Kershaw → Country fiddler, "Louisiana Man" (1961)
1939 ● Ray Stevens (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → "Everything Is Beautiful" (1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville → Neville Brothers
1941 ● Neil Diamond → "The Jewish Elvis"
1947 ● Warren Zevon → "Werewolves Of London" (1978)
1949 ● John Belushi → Blues Brothers
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) → "Break My Stride" (1983)
1958 ● Julian Miles "Jools" Holland → Squeeze

Jan 25
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) → "Tell Mama" (1967)
1950 ● Michael Cotton → The Tubes
1954 ● Richard Finch → KC & The Sunshine Band
1956 ● Andy Cox → English Beat, Fine Young Cannibals
1958 ● Gary Tibbs → Roxy Music, Vibrators
1962 ● Peter Coyle → Lotus Eaters
1963 ● Carl Fysh → Brother Beyond
1971 ● China Kantner → Daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Kantner
1981 ● Alicia Keys (Alicia Auguello Cook) → "Fallin'" (2001)

Jan 26
1934 ● Huey "Piano" Smith → "Rockin' Pneumonia" (1957)
1945 ● Ashley "Tyger" Hutchings → Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span
1946 ● Deon Jackson → "Love Makes The World Go 'Round" (1966)
1948 ● Laurence Gordon "Corky" LaingMountain, West Bruce & Laing
1949 ● Derek Holt → Climax Blues Band
1951 ● Andy Hummell → Big Star
1951 ● David Briggs → Little River Band
1953 ● Lucinda Williams → "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998)
1957 ● Edward Van Halen Van Halen
1958 ● Anita Baker → "Sweet Love" (1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan → UB40
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley → Wham!
1963 ● Jazzie B. (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → Soul II Soul
1966 ● Pim Jones → Hipsway
1970 ● Kirk Franklin → Contemporary gospel
1972 ● Ya Kid K (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Technotronic

Jan 27
1918 ● Elmore James → Blues slide guitarist/songwriter
1919 ● David Seville (Rosdom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian) → Creator of Alvin & The Chipmunks
1930 ● Bobby "Blue" Bland (Robert Calvin Bland) → "Stormy Monday Blues" (1962)
1931 ● Rudy Mauger → The Crew Cuts
1944 ● Kevin Coyne → "Marlene" (1973)
1945 ● Nick MasonPink Floyd
1946 ● Kim Gardner → Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
1947 ● Nedra Talley → Ronettes
1951 ● Brian Downey → Thin Lizzy
1951 ● Seth Justman → J. Geils Band
1955 ● Richard Young → Kentucky Headhunters
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert → New Order
1961 ● Margo Timmins → Cowboy Junkies
1961 ● Martin Degville → Sigue Sigue Sputnik
1964 ● Miguel John "Migi" Drummond → Curiosity Killed The Cat
1968 ● Mike Patton → Faith No More
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski → Sister Hazel

Jan 28
1929 ● Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk → "Stranger On The Shore" (1962)
1936 ● Jack Scott (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → "Burning Bridges" (1960)
1943 ● Dick TaylorRolling Stones, The Pretty Things
1944 ● Brian "Chambers" KeenanChambers Brothers, Manfred Mann
1946 ● Rick Allen → Box Tops
1959 ● Dave Sharp → The Alarm
1962 ● Leslie "Sam" Phillips → "Holding On To The Earth" (1989)
1963 ● Dan Spitz → Anthrax
1968 ● DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud) → Cypress Hill
1968 ● Rakim (William Michael Griffin, Jr.) → Rapper
1968 ● Sarah McLachlan → "Adia" (1998)
1977 ● Joey Fatone → *NSYNC
1977 ● Raphael "Tweety" Brown → Next
1980 ● Nick Carter → Backstreet Boys

Jan 29
1933 ● Alexandre "Sacha" Distel → "The Good Life" (1965)
1943 ● Kenneth "Tony" Blackburn → "So Much Love" (1969)
1947 ● David Byron (David Garrick) → Uriah Heep, solo
1952 ● Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyl)The Ramones
1953 ● Louie Perez → Los Lobos, Latin Playboys
1959 ● Johnny Spampinato → NRBQ
1961 ● Eddie Jackson → Queensryche
1962 ● Marcus Vere → Living In A Box
1964 ● Roddy Frame → Aztec Camera
1981 ● Jonny Lang (Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr.) → Blues guitarist

Jan 30
1928 ● Ruth Brown (Ruth Alston Weston) → "Teardrops In My Eyes" (1950)
1941 ● Joe Terranova → Danny & The Juniors, "At The Hop" (1958)
1942 ● Marty Balin (Martyn Jere Buchwald)Jefferson Airplane/Starship, solo
1947 ● Steve Marriott → Small Faces, Humble Pie, solo
1951 ● Marv Ross → Quarterflash
1951 ● Phil CollinsGenesis, solo
1952 ● Steve BartekStrawberry Alarm Clock, Oingo Boingo
1959 ● Jody Watley → Shalamar, solo ("The Queen of Cool")

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 17 - 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 17
1943 ● Chris Montez (Montanez) → "Let's Dance" (1962)
1944 ● Francoise Hardy → French pop singer
1945 ● William "Poogie" Hart → Delfonics, The Three Tenors of Soul
1948 ● Michael Kevin "Mick" Taylor → Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones
1955 ● Steve Earle → "Guitar Town" (1986)
1956 ● Paul Young → "Everytime You Go Away" (1985)
1957 ● John Crawford → Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (1986)
1959 ● Susanna Hoffs → Bangles
1971 ● Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie)

Jan 18
1941 ● David RuffinTemptations
1941 ● Bobby Goldsboro → "Honey" (1968)
1943 ● Dave Greenslade → Thunderbird, Colosseum, Greenslade
1944 ● "Legs" Larry Smith → Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band
1953 ● Brett Hudson → Hudson Brothers
1957 ● Tom Bailey → Thompson Twins
1970 ● DJ Quik (David Martin Blake) → DJ, producer
1971 ● Jonathan Davis → Korn
1983 ● Samantha Mumba → Irish singer/songwriter

Jan 19
1939 ● Phil EverlyEverly Brothers
1941 ● Joe ButlerThe Lovin' Spoonful
1942 ● Michael Crawford (Dumble-Smith) → "I Dreamed A Dream" (1987)
1943 ● Janis Lynn Joplin
1944 ● Michelle Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares → "Johnny Angel" (1962)
1945 ● Rod EvansDeep Purple
1946 ● Dolly Parton
1949 ● Robert Palmer → "Addicted to Love" (1986)
1951 ● Dewey Bunnell → America
1954 ● Francis Buchholz → Scorpions
1957 ● Mickey Virtue → UB40
1963 ● Caron Wheeler → Soul II Soul
1969 ● Trey Lorenz (Lloyd Smith) → "I'll Be There" (1992)
1971 ● John Wozniak → Marcy Playground

Jan 20
1889 ● Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) → "Goodnight Irene" (1934)
1924 ● Otis Dewey "Slim" Whitman, Jr. → "Rose Marie" (1955)
1933 ● Ron Townson → Fifth Dimension
1942 ● William Powell → O'Jays
1945 ● Eric Stewart → Mindbenders, 10cc
1946 ● Malcolm McLaren → Manager, Sex Pistols and New York Dolls
1947 ● George GranthamPoco
1948 ● Melvin Pritchard → Barclay James Harvest
1952 ● Paul Stanley (Stanley Harvey Eisen) → Kiss
1952 ● Ian Hill → Judas Priest
1954 ● Michael Anthony (Sobolewski)Van Halen
1979 ● Rob Bourdon → Linkin Park

Jan 21
1924 ● Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill → English singer/comedian
1938 ● Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith) → Rock 'n Roll DJ
1941 ● Richie Havens → "Here Comes The Sun" (1971)
1941 ● Placido Domingo → Opera performer
1942 ● Edwin Starr → War
1942 ● Scott "Mac" Davis → "Forever Lovers" (1976)
1945 ● Chris Britton → The Troggs
1947 ● Pye Hastings → Caravan
1948 ● Peter Kircher → Status Quo
1950 ● Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) → "Caribbean Queen" (1984)
1956 ● Rob Brill → Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (1986)
1965 ● Jam Master Jay (Jason William Mizell) → Run-DMC
1966 ● Wendy James → Transvision Vamp
1976 ● Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton → Spice Girls
1979 ● Nokio (Tamir Ruffin) → Dru Hill

Jan 22
1931 ● Sam Cooke → "You Send Me" (1957)
1940 ● Addie "Mickie" Harris → Shirelles
1949 ● Nigel Pegrum → Small Faces, Uriah Heep, Steeleye Span
1949 ● Steve Perry (Stephen Ray Pereira)Journey, solo
1952 ● Teddy Gentry → Alabama
1960 ● Michael Hutchence → INXS
1965 ● Andrew Roachford → Roachford
1965 ● Steve Adler → Guns N' Roses
1965 ● "D.J. Jazzy Jeff" Townes → D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
1981 ● Willa Ford (Amanda Lee Williford) → "I Wanna Be Bad" (2001)

Jan 23
1944 ● Jerry Lawson → Persuasions
1948 ● Anita Pointer → Pointer Sisters
1950 ● Pat SimmonsDoobie Brothers
1950 ● Bill Cunningham → Box Tops
1950 ● Danny FedericiE Street Band
1953 ● Robin ZanderCheap Trick
1955 ● Reggie Calloway → Midnight Star, Calloway
1955 ● Earl Falconer → UB40

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 3 - 9)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 03
1926 ● George MartinBeatles (and others) producer
1941 ● Van Dyke Parks → Singer, sessionman, lyricist (co-wrote "Heroes And Villains")
1945 ● Philip Goodhand-Tait → UK singer/songwriter
1945 ● Stephen Arthur Stills → Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, solo
1946 ● John Paul JonesLed Zeppelin

Jan 04
1944 ● Volker Hemback → Tangerine Dream
1946 ● Arthur Conley"Sweet Soul Music" (1967)
1956 ● Bernard Sumner (Albrecht, Dicken) → Joy Division, New Order
1957 ● Patty Loveless (Patricia Lee Ramey) → "Chains" (1990)
1960 ● Michael StipeR.E.M.
1962 ● Martin Macaloon → Prefab Sprout
1962 ● Robin Guthrie → Cocteau Twins
1965 ● Beth Gibbons → Portishead
1965 ● David Glasper → Breathe
1966 ● Deana Carter → "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" (1995)
1967 ● Benjamine Darvill → Crash Test Dummies

Jan 05
1923 ● Sam Phillips → Founder of Sun Records
1940 ● George Malone → Monotones
1949 ● George Brown → Kool & The Gang
1950 ● Chris SteinBlondie
1951 ● Biff Byford → Saxon
1964 ● Grant Young → Soul Asylum
1966 ● Kate Schellenbach → Luscious Jackson
1969 ● Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) → "The Beautiful People" (1996)

Jan 06
1924 ● Earl Scruggs → Foggy Mountain Boys, solo
1929 ● Wilbert Harrison → Canned Heat
1937 ● Doris Troy → "Just One Look" (1963)
1944 ● Van McCoy → "The Hustle" (1975)
1946 ● Roger Keith "Syd" BarrettPink Floyd, solo
1947 ● Sandy Denny → Fairport Convention, solo
1951 ● Kim Wilson → Fabulous Thunderbirds
1953 ● Malcolm YoungAC/DC
1959 ● Kathie Sledge → Sister Sledge
1959 ● Neil Simpson → Climax Blues Band
1964 ● Mark O'Toole → Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Jan 07
1936 ● Eldee Young → Ramsey Lewis Trio
1937 ● Paul Revere (Dick) → Paul Revere & The Raiders
1938 ● Rory Storm → The Hurricanes
1939 ● Lefty Baker (Eustace Britchforth) → Spanky & Our Gang
1941 ● Jim West → Innocents, Gee Whiz
1942 ● Danny Williams→ "White On White" (1964)
1943 ● Leona Williams → Helton Family Band (Loretta Lynn)
1944 ● Mike McGrear → Scaffold
1945 ● Dave Cousins → The Strawbs
1946 ● Andy Brown → The Fortunes
1946 ● Jann Wenner → Rolling Stone magazine founder, editor
1948 ● Kenny Loggins → Loggins & Messina, solo
1959 ● Kathy Valentine → The Go-Go's

Jan 08
1931 ● Bill Graham (Wolfgang Grajonca) → Rock promoter
1935 ● Elvis Presley
1937 ● Shirley Bassey → "Goldfinger" (1994)
1940 ● Jerome Anthony Gourdune → Little Anthony & The Imperials
1943 ● Lee Jackson → The Nice
1943 ● Marcus Hutson → The Whispers
1946 ● Robbie KriegerThe Doors, solo
1947 ● David Bowie (David Robert Jones)
1947 ● Terry SylvesterThe Hollies
1948 ● Paul King → Mungo Jerry, Skeleton Krew
1955 ● Mike Reno → Loverboy
1957 ● Dr. Rock → Chief Musicologist, DrRock.com
1959 ● Paul Hester → Crowded House
1964 ● Peter "Ped" Gill → Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1968 ● R. Kelly (Robert Sylvester Kelly) → "Bump N' Grind" (1994)
1969 ● Jeff Abercrombie → Fuel
1975 ● Sean Paul (Henriques) → "Hot Gal Today" (1999)

Jan 09
1915 ● Les Paul → Guitar virtuoso, desginer
1941 ● Joan Baez
1943 ● Dick Yount → Harper's Bizarre
1943 ● Kenneth Kelly → The Manhattans
1944 ● Jimmy Page → Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin
1944 ● Scott Engel → Walker Brothers
1948 ● Bill Cowsill → Cowsills
1948 ● Cassie LaRue GainesLynyrd Skynyrd
1948 ● Paul King → Mungo Jerry
1950 ● David Johansen → New York Dolls, solo
1950 ● Steve McRay → .38 Special
1951 ● Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb)
1963 ● Eric Erlandson → Hole
1967 ● Carl Bell → Fuel
1967 ● Dave Matthews → Dave Matthews Band
1967 ● Steve Harwell → Smash Mouth
1978 ● A.J. McLean → Backstreet Boys

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 27 - January 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 27
1931 ● William "Scotty" MooreElvis Presley guitarist
1940 ● Pete Brown → Co-lyricist for Cream
1941 ● Leslie Maguire → Gerry & The Pacemakers
1941 ● Mike PinderMoody Blues
1943 ● Peter Sinfield → King Crimson
1944 ● Michael Leslie "Mick" JonesForeigner
1944 ● Tracy Nelson → Mother Earth, solo
1948 ● Larry ByromSteppenwolf
1950 ● Terry Bozzio → Missing Persons
1952 ● David KnopflerDire Straits
1952 ● Karla Bonoff → Singer, songwriter "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me"
1972 ● Matt Slocum → Sixpence None The Richer

Dec 28
1903 ● Earl "Fatha" Hines → Jazz pianist
1915 ● Roebuck "Pops" Staples → Staple Singers
1932 ● Dorsey Burnette → Rockabilly singer
1938 ● Charles Neville → Joey Dee & The Starlighters, Neville Brothers
1943 ● Charles "Chas" Hodges → Chas & Dave
1946 ● Edgar Winter → Edgar Winter Group
1947 ● Dick Diamonde → The Easybeats
1950 ● Alex Chilton → Box Tops
1954 ● Rosie Vela → "Magic Smile" (1986)
1958 ● Mike McGuire → Shenandoah
1960 ● Mart Roe → Diamond Rio
1978 ● John Legend (Stephens) → Neo-soul singer/pianist/songwriter

Dec 29
1935 ● Virgil Johnson → Velvets
1941 ● Ray ThomasMoody Blues
1942 ● Rick DankoThe Band
1942 ● Jerry Summers → The Dovells
1946 ● Marianne Faithfull → "As Tears Go By"
1947 ● Cozy Powell → Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath
1948 ● Charlie Spinosa → John Fred & His Playboy Band
1951 ● Yvonne Elliman → "If I Can't Have You" (1977)
1961 ● Jim Reid → The Jesus And Mary Chain
1968 ● Glen Phillips → Toad The Wet Sprocket

Dec 30
1928 ● Bo Diddley (Elias Otha Bates McDaniel)
1931 ● Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) → "The End Of The World" (1963)
1934 ● Del Shannon (Charles Westover) → "Runaway" (1961)
1937 ● John Hartford (Harford) → Singer, songwrite, "Gentle On My Mind" (1967)
1939 ● Felix PappalardiMountain
1942 ● Michael NesmithThe Monkees
1943 ● John Denver
1945 ● Davy JonesThe Monkees
1946 ● Patti Smith
1947 ● Jeff LynneElectric Light Orchestra, The Move, Traveling Wilburys
1956 ● Suzy Bogguss → Country singer, "Drive South" (1992)
1959 ● Tracey Ullman → Singer "They Don't Know" (1983), comedienne
1969 ● Jay Kay → Jamiroquai
1978 ● Tyrese Darnell Gibson → R&B singer

Dec 31
1930 ● Odetta Holmes → Folk-blues, folk revival
1942 ● Andy SummersThe Police
1943 ● Pete QuaifeKinks
1947 ● Burton Cummings → The Guess Who
1948 ● Donna Summer (Donna Adriene Gaines)
1951 ● George Thorogood → The Destroyers
1951 ● Tom HamiltonAerosmith
1960 ● Paul Westerberg → The Replacements
1961 ● Scott Taylor → Then Jericho
1963 ● Scott Ian → Anthrax
1972 ● Joe McIntyre → New Kids On The Block

Jan 01
1942 ● Country Joe McDonald → Country Joe & The Fish
1950 ● Morgan Fisher → Mott The Hoople
1950 ● Steve Ripley → Tractors
1958 ● Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) → The Furious Five

Jan 02
1936 ● Roger Miller → "King Of The Road" (1965)
1949 ● Michael George "Chick" Churchill → Ten Years After
1954 ● Glen Goins → Parliament, Funkadelic
1975 ● Doug Robb → Hoobastank
1981 ● Little Drummer Boy (Kelton Kessee) → Immature

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 20 - 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 20
1944 ● Bobby ColombyBlood Sweat & Tears
1945 ● Peter Criss (Crisscoula) → KISS
1948 ● Stephen Wright → The Easybeats
1949 ● Alan Parsons → Alan Parsons Project
1957 ● Stephen William "Billy" Bragg → "She's Leaving Home" (1988)
1966 ● Chris Robinson → Black Crowes

Dec 21
1940 ● Frank Zappa → Solo, Mothers Of Invention
1940 ● Ray Hildebrand → Paul & Paula
1942 ● Carla Thomas → "B-A-B-Y" (1966)
1943 ● Albert Lee → Thunderbirds, sessions, solo
1946 ● Carl WilsonBeach Boys
1953 ● Betty Wright → "Clean Up Woman" (1972)
1965 ● Gabrielle "Gabby" Glaser → Luscious Jackson
1971 ● Brett Scallions → Fuel

Dec 22
1939 ● James GurleyBig Brother & the Holding Company
1944 ● Barry Jenkins → The Animals
1946 ● Rick NielsenCheap Trick
1949 ● Maurice Gibb → Bee-Gees
1949 ● Robin Gibb → Bee Gees
1957 ● Ricky Ross → Deacon Blue

Dec 23
1932 ● Reverend James Cleveland → Gospel singer
1935 ● Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath) → Pirates, "Shakin' All Over" (1960)
1935 ● Little Esther Phillips (Esther Mae Jones) → "Release Me" (1963)
1940 ● Eugene Record → Chi-Lites
1940 ● Jorma KaukonenJefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna
1940 ● Tim Hardin → "How Can We Hang On To A Dream" (1966)
1943 ● Harry Shearer → Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap
1945 ● Ron Bushy → Iron Butterfly
1946 ● Luther Grosvenor (aka Ariel Bender) → Spooky Tooth, Mott the Hoople
1946 ● Robbie Dupree (Robert Dupuis) → "Steal Away" (1980)
1949 ● Robert Steven "Adrian" BelewTalking Heads, King Crimson, solo
1951 ● Johnny Contardo → Sha Na Na
1958 ● Dave Murray → Iron Maiden
1958 ● Victoria Williams → Folk singer/songwriter
1964 ● Eddie Vedder → Pearl Jam

Dec 24
1920 ● Dave Bartholomew → New Orleans producer
1924 ● Lee Dorsey → "Working In The Cole Mine" (1966)
1944 ● Mike Curb → MGM Records head, producer
1945 ● Lemmy (Ian Frasier Kilminster) → Hawkwind, Motorhead
1946 ● Jan Akkerman → Focus
1957 ● Ian Burden → Human League
1963 ● Mary Ramsey10,000 Maniacs
1971 ● Ricky Martin → "Livin' La Vida Loca" (1999)

Dec 25
1907 ● Cab Calloway → "Minnie The Moocher" (1931)
1929 ● Billy Horton → Silhouettes
1929 ● Chris Kenner → "I Like It Like That" (1961)
1937 ● O'Kelly Isley → Isley Brothers
1939 ● Bob James → Jazz-pop composer, bandleader
1943 ● Trevor Lucas → Fairport Convention
1944 ● Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine → Canned Heat, Mothers of Invention
1944 ● Kenny Everett (Maurice James Cole) → BBC Radio DJ
1945 ● Noel ReddingJimi Hendrix Experience
1946 ● Jimmy Buffett → "Margaritaville" (1977)
1948 ● Barbara Mandrell → Country singer/songwriter
1948 ● Merry Clayton → Backup/session singer, solo
1954 ● Annie Lennox → Eurythmics
1954 ● Robin Campbell → UB40
1957 ● Shane MacGowan → Pogues
1971 ● Noel Hogan → The Cranberries
1972 ● Dido (Armstrong) → "Thank You" (2001)

Dec 26
1935 ● Abdul "Duke" Fakir The Four Tops
1940 ● Phil Spector → Record producer
1946 ● Bob Carpenter → Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1951 ● Paul Quinn → Saxon
1953 ● Steve Witherington → Ace
1963 ● Lars Ulrich → Metallica
1967 ● J. Yuenger → White Zombie
1969 ● Peter Klett → Candlebox
1979 ● Chris Daughtry → "It's Not Over" (2006)

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Led Zeppelin (10/22/69)

41UGySBN4OL._SL160_We’ll argue forever about which Led Zeppelin album is better, their debut or Led Zeppelin II, which came out 40 years ago today on October 22, 1969, nine months after its predecessor. If you’re on the “other side’, you still can’t deny that Led Zeppelin II was a monster album, and together they are a formidable duo of highly influential hard blues-rock music (tracks from both are included in my LZ playlist on DrRock.com). One interesting fact: while Led Zeppelin I was recorded at a leisurely pace in the fall of 1968, Led Zeppelin II was laid down during breaks in the band’s hectic touring schedule in the U.S. and U.K. between January and August 1969. With no time for unlimited retakes and overdubbing, II is a raw and energetic album, a full set of great guitar riffs, distorted vocals, heavy metal rhythms and very memorable tunes (“Ramble On,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Thank You” and “What Is And What Should Never Be” are the best).

Now back to the argument at hand. Rolling Stone magazine fails provide any true guidance on the issue of which is better. Led Zeppelin II is listed on the RS Top 100 albums at #59, is included on the RS200 (there were no rankings on that one), and takes the #75 spot on the RS Top 500 list. Led Zeppelin I isn’t on the Top 100 or Top 200 lists, but finds itself at #29 on the Top 500 list. Go figure.

Led Zeppelin II (my pick of the two) is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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