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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Thursday, February 25, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Neil Young (2/25/72) 38 Years!

Neil Young released his fourth solo album, Harvest, on February 25, 1972, a long 18 month gap following After The Gold Rush (for Dr. Rock’s Neil Young playlist, click here). The delay didn’t seem to matter to his fans, and likely stoked their collective interest. Harvest met with an enthusiastic reception; the LP quickly went to the top of the Billboard album charts and eventually became the highest selling album of 1972.

Along with the #1 hit “Heart of Gold” and the #31 single “Old Man,” Young delivered a masterful collection of second-tier slow, plodding and mid-tempo country-rock and folk tunes. Background vocals were provided by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Young’s former bandmates, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Two tracks (“A Man Needs A Maid” and “There’s A World”) feature the London Symphony Orchestra, a potentially disastrous mix that could have resulted in schmaltzy elevator music, but Neil pulled it off with his plaintive vocals topping just the right level of soaring orchestral background.

Harvest brought Young into the glare of rock stardom as a solo artist. While his later work includes many great albums, he never matched the widespread popularity of Harvest, his biggest seller. It’s available on CD, LP or mp3 at Amazon (click here). Downloads for iPods are on iTunes (click here).

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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, February 7, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 7 - 13))

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 07
1934 ● King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) → "Memphis Soul Stew" (1967)
1943 ● Harvey Hersh (Hershkowitz) → Quotations
1946 ● Sammy Johns → "Chevy Van" (1975)
1948 ● Jimmy Greenspoon → Three Dog Night
1949 ● Alan Lancaster → Status Quo
1959 ● Brian Travers → UB40
1960 ● Steve Bronski → Bronski Beat
1962 ● David Bryan → Bon Jovi
1962 ● Garth Brooks → "Friends In Low Places" (1990)

Feb 08
1899 ● Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson → Blues guitarist
1931 ● James (Byron) Dean → Actor
1941 ● Tom Rush → Folk singer/songwriter
1943 ● Creed Bratton (William Charles Schneider) → The Grass Roots
1946 ● Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra → Canned Heat
1946 ● Paul Wheatbread → Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
1948 ● Danny Wayland "Dan" Seals → England Dan & John Ford Coley, solo
1961 ● Sam Llanas → BoDeans
1961 ● Vince Neil (Wharton) → Motley Crue
1971 ● Will Turpin → Collective Soul
1977 ● David Michael "Phoenix" Farrell → Linkin Park

Feb 09
1939 ● Barry Mann (Iberman) → Songwriter
1940 ● Bruce Bennett → The Shadows
1942 ● Carole King (Klein) → "I Feel The Earth Move" (1971)
1942 ● Mark Mathis→ The Newbeats
1943 ● Barbara Lewis → "Baby I'm Yours" (1965)
1947 ● Earle R. "Joe" Ely → Flatlanders, solo
1951 ● Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas → Kool & The Gang
1955 ● Jimmy Pursey → Sham 69
1960 ● William "Holly" Johnson → Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1963 ● Travis Tritt → "Foolish Pride" (1994)

Feb 10
1933 ● Don Wilson → The Ventures
1939 ● Roberta Flack → "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (1973)
1940 ● Jimmy Merchant → Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
1943 ● Ralph Stuart "Ral" Donner → "You Don't Know What You've Got" (1961)
1949 ● Nigel Olsson→ Plastic Penny, Elton John Band, solo
1962 ● Robbie Neville→ Neville Brothers (next generation)

Feb 11
1914 ● Josh White → Folk-blues guitarist
1935 ● Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock) → "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (1956)
1939 ● Gerry Goffin → Songwriter, lyricist, solo artist
1940 ● Bobby "Boris" Pickett → "Monster Mash" (1962)
1941 ● Earl Lewis → The Flamingos, The Channels
1941 ● Sergio Mendes → Brasil '66
1947 ● Derek Shulman → Gentle Giant, record executive
1953 ● Alan Rubin → SNL Band, Blues Brothers Band
1962 ● Sheryl Crow→ "All I Wanna Do" (1994)
1974 ● D'Angelo (Michael Archer) → "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" (2000)
1977 ● Mike Shinoda → Linkin Park
1979 ● Brandy (Norwood) → "Sittin' Up In My Room" (1995)
1981 ● Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland → Destiny's Child

Feb 12
1867 ● Len Spencer → Early American recording star ("A Hot Time In The Old Town" - 1897)
1935 ● Gene McDaniels → "A Tower of Strength" (1961)
1939 ● Ray ManzerakThe Doors
1946 ● Joe Schermie → Three Dog Night
1949 ● Stanley "Goober" Knight → Black Oak Arkansas
1950 ● Steve HackettGenesis, solo
1951 ● Gil MooreTriumph
1952 ● Michael McDonald Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, solo
1959 ● Omar Hakim → Weather Report
1959 ● Per Gessle → Roxette
1968 ● Chynna Phillips → Wilson Phillips
1970 ● Jim Creeggan → Barenaked Ladies

Feb 13
1919 ● Ernest Jennings "Tennessee Ernie" Ford → "Sixteen Tons" (1955)
1925 ● Gene Ames → Ames Brothers
1930 ● Dorothy McGuire → McGuire Sisters
1942 ● Peter Tork (Thorkelston)The Monkees
1944 ● Anthony "Reebop" Kwaku BaahTraffic, sessions
1945 ● King Floyd → "Groove Me" (1970)
1945 ● Roy Dyke → Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
1950 ● Peter GabrielGenesis, solo
1952 ● Edward John GagliardiForeigner, The Spys
1956 ● Peter Hook → New Order, Joy Division
1957 ● Tony Butler → Big Country, sessions
1961 ● Henry Rollins (Henry Lawrence Garfield) → Black Flag, MTV host, producer
1961 ● Les Warner → The Cult
1966 ● Frederick Brandon "Freedom" Williams → C+C Music Factory
1971 ● Sonia (Evans) → "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" (1989)
1974 ● Robbie Williams → Take That, solo

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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 10, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 10 - 16)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 10
1912 ● Woodrow Wilson "Buddy" Johnson → R&B pianist/songwriter/bandleader
1917 ● Jerry Wexler → Atlantic Records executive/producer
1927 ● Johnny Ray → "Cry" (1951)
1935 ● Ronnie "Mr. Dynamo" Hawkins → The Hawks, "Forty Days" (1959)
1939 ● Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) → "San Francisco" (1967)
1943 ● Jim Croce → "Time in a Bottle" (1973)
1945 ● Rod Stewart → Jeff Beck Group, Small Faces, solo
1946 ● Aynsley Dunbar → John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Jefferson Starship
1946 ● Bob Lang → The Mindbenders
1946 ● Neal Smith → Alice Cooper band
1948 ● Cyril Neville → Neville Brothers
1948 ● Donald FagenSteely Dan
1953 ● Pat Benatar (Patricia Andrzejewski) → "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (1979)
1955 ● Michael Schenker → Scorpions, UFO
1956 ● Shawn Colvin → "New Folk" singer/songwriter
1959 ● Curt Kirkwood → Meat Puppets
1964 ● Brad Roberts → Crash Test Dummies
1965 ● Nathan Moore → Brother Beyond
1973 ● Aerle Taree → Arrested Development
1979 ● Chris Smith → Kriss Kross

Jan 11
1895 ● Laurens Hammond → Hammond organ inventor
1924 ● Slim Harpo (James Moore) → "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961)
1942 ● Clarence ClemonsE Street Band, solo "You're A Friend Of Mine" (1985)
1943 ● Tony KayeYes
1946 ● Naomi Judd → Country singer
1949 ● Frederick "Denny" Greene → Sha Na Na
1958 ● Vicki Peterson → Bangles
1968 ● Tom Dumont → No Doubt
1971 ● Mary J Blige
1971 ● Tom Rowlands → Chemical Brothers

Jan 12
1904 ● Mississippi Fred McDowell → Blues performer
1930 ● Glenn Yarbrough → Limeliters, solo
1936 ● Charlie Gracie (Charles Graci) → "Butterfly" (1957)
1939 ● William Lee Golden → Oak Ridge Boys
1941 ● Long John Baldry → UK blues singer
1945 ● Maggie Bell → Stone The Crows, solo
1946 ● Cynthia RobinsonSly & The Family Stone
1951 ● Chris Bell → Big Star
1954 ● Felipe Rose → Village People
1959 ● Per Gessle → Roxette
1960 ● Charlie Gillingham → Counting Crows
1965 ● Mark Moore → Starlight Express
1966 ● Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings) → White Zombie
1968 ● Raekwon (Corey Woods) → Wu-Tang Clan
1974 ● Melanie Chisholm → Spice Girls "Sporty Spice"

Jan 13
1930 ● Bobby Lester → Moonglows
1948 ● John Lees → Barclay James Harvest
1954 ● Trevor RabinYes, solo, sessions
1955 ● Fred White → Earth, Wind & Fire
1961 ● Graham "Suggs" McPherson → Madness
1970 ● Zach de la Rocha → Rage Against The Machine

Jan 14
1936 ● Clarence Carter → "Slip Away" (1968)
1938 ● Alain Toussaint → New Orleans R&B songwriter/performer/producer
1938 ● John Allan "Jack" Jones → "Wives And Lovers" (1963)
1948 ● Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett → Producer, session guitarist, solo artist
1948 ● Tim Harris → Foundations
1959 ● Chas Smash (Cathal Smyth aka Carl Smyth) → Madness
1959 ● Geoff Tate → Queensryche
1961 ● Mike Tramp → White Lion
1962 ● Patricia Morrison → Sisters of Mercy
1965 ● Slick Rick (Richard Walters) → Rapper
1967 ● Steve Bowman → Counting Crows
1968 ● LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) → Hip-hop artist
1969 ● Dave GrohlNirvana, Foo Fighters
1981 ● Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) → Southern rap (crunk) artist
1982 ● Caleb Followill → Kings Of Leon

Jan 15
1909 ● Gene Krupa → Jazz drummer
1930 ● Earl Hooker → Blues singer/guitarist
1941 ● Captain Beefheart (Don van Vliet)
1942 ● Edward Bivins → The Manhattans
1945 ● Joan Johnson → Dixie Cups
1947 ● Pete Waterman → Record producer
1948 ● Ronnie Van ZantLynyrd Skynyrd
1951 ● Martha Davis → The Motels
1952 ● Melvyn GaleElectric Light Orchestra
1953 ● Boris Blank → Yello
1959 ● Pete Trenavas → Marillion
1967 ● Lisa Velez → Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Jan 16
1937 ● Bob Bogle → The Ventures
1939 ● Ray Phillips → Nashville Teens
1942 ● Barbara Lynn (Ozen) → "You'll Lose A Good Thing" (1962)
1942 ● William Francis → Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show
1944 ● Jim Stafford → "Spiders & Snakes" (1974)
1944 ● Ronnie Milsap → "Any Day Now" (1982)
1948 ● John Carpenter → Film producer/director, composer
1950 ● Damo Suzuki → Can, solo
1959 ● Sade (Helen Folasade Adu) → "Smooth Operator" (1984)
1962 ● Paul Webb → Talk Talk
1966 ● Maxine Jones → En Vogue

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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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Friday, October 30, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Eagles (10/30/07) 2nd Birthday!

21VEkq2rGmL._SL160_The Eagles were the quintessential 70’s soft-country-rock band, an amalgam of the pure country-rock of Poco and the harmonies and jangle guitar-rock of the Byrds with far greater recording production supporting their obvious talents as performers and songwriters (Eagles playlist here). The Eagles defined the 70s L.A. soft pop-rock sound and opened the way for the 80s light MOR country-pop sound that members Don Henley and Glen Frey exploited with multi-platinum albums. In the 70s the Eagles produced five #1 singles, 14 Top 20 hits overall and six #1 albums (including two of the best selling albums of all time, 1975’s Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and 1976’s Hotel California. By the end of 20th century, the Eagles were still going strong, although mostly as a huge selling retro-band, with an audience leaning toward the “classic rock” sounds of the 70s era the Eagles dominated. The band released sporadic reunion and “live” revival albums until Long Road Out Of Eden, their first album of any kind in 13 years and their first studio release in over 20 years, came out two years ago on October 30, 2007. Long Road Out Of Eden is a throw-back collection of songs that mirror their peak years (and initially available only at Wal-Mart Stores, the colossal global discount retailer). In an age where great rock music is limited, even a retro-album like Long Road Out Of Eden is a relief. It’s on my buy list and recommended for any Eagles fan or lover of 70s soft-rock.

Long Road Out Of Eden is now available (not just at Wal-Mart) as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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