Saturday, April 17, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (April 18 - 24)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 18
1924 ● Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown → Electric blues guitarist, "Okie Dokie Stomp" (1954)
1939 ● Glen D. Hardin → The Crickets
1941 ● Mike Vickers → Manfred Mann, film score composer
1946 ● Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence → Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane
1946 ● Lonnie Baker → Sha Na Na
1958 ● Les Pattinson → Echo & The Bunnymen
1970 ● Greg Eklund → Everclear

Apr 19
1928 ● Alexis Korner → Blues Incorporated, Rocket 88
1934 ● Dickie Goodman → Buchanan & Goodman
1942 ● Alan Price → The Animals
1943 ● Eve Graham (Evelyn Mae Beatson) → New Seekers
1946 ● Tim Curry → Singer, actor, Rocky Horror Picture Show
1947 ● Mark VolmanTurtles, Flo and Eddie, Mothers of Invention
1956 ● Rod Morgenstein → Winger

Apr 20
1929 ● Bob Braun → Pop-rock, "Till Death Do Us Part" (1962)
1939 ● Johnny Tillotson → Pop-rock, "Poetry In Motion" (1961)
1945 ● Jimmy Winston → Small Faces
1948 ● Craig Frost → Grand Funk Railroad, Silver Bullet Band
1951 ● Luther Vandross → R&B/soul producer, singer, "Stop To Love" (1986)

Apr 21
1939 ● Ernie Maresca → "Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)" (1962)
1947 ● Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) → The Stooges
1947 ● John Weider → The Animals, solo
1948 ● Paul Davis → Pop-rock, "I Go Crazy" (1977)
1959 ● Michael Timmins → Cowboy Junkies
1959 ● Robert Smith → Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure
1963 ● Johnny McElhone → Texas

Apr 22
1922 ● Charles Mingus → Jazz bassist, composer
1936 ● Glen Campbell → Country star, "Wichita Lineman" (1968)
1937 ● Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche → Producer, arranger, songwriter "The Lonely Surfer" (1963)
1950 ● Peter Frampton → Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel, solo
1951 ● Paul Carrack → Squeeze, Ace, Roxy Music, Mike + The Mechanics
1955 ● Arthur Baker → Hip-hop producer
1966 ● Kimberley DahmeBoston, producer
1969 ● Craig Loman → Bros
1979 ● Daniel Johns → Silverchair

Apr 23
1936 ● Roy Orbison → "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (1964)
1939 ● Ray Peterson → Pop-rock, "Tell Laura I Love Her" (1960)
1944 ● Sandra Dee (Alexandra Zuck) → Actress, singer, wife of Bobby Darin
1952 ● Narada Michael Walden → Mahavishnu Orchestra, solo, songwriter
1960 ● Steve Clark → Def Leppard
1964 ● Gen (Simon Matthews) → Jesus Jones
1969 ● Stan Frazier → Sugar Ray

Apr 24
1933 ● Freddie Scott → R&B/soul singer, "Are You Lonely For Me" (1966)
1940 ● George Tomsco → Tex-Mex guitar, The Fireballs, "Torquay" (1960)
1942 ● Barbra Streisand → Stage, film, pop vocalist
1945 ● Doug CliffordCreedence Clearwater Revival
1945 ● Robert Knight → R&B/soul singer, "Everlasting Love" (1965)
1947 ● Glenn CornickJethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris
1947 ● Hubert Ann Kelly → Hues Corporation, "Rock The Boat" (1974)
1954 ● Jack Blades → Night Ranger, Damn Yankees
1955 ● Gary Cambra → Tubes
1957 ● David J. (Haskins) → Love & Rockets
1958 ● Boris WilliamsThe Cure
1963 ● Billy Gould → Faith No More
1967 ● Patty Schemel → Hole
1968 ● Aaron Comess → Spin Doctors
1982 ● Kelly ClarksonAmerican Idol, "Since U Been Gone" (2005)

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (April 4 - 10)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 04
1915 ● Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) → Blues giant, "Baby Please Don't Go" (1960)
1936 ● Margo Sylvia → Tune Weavers
1941 ● Major Lance → Chicago soul, "The Monkey Time" (1963)
1946 ● Dave Hill → Slade
1948 ● Berry OakleyAllman Brothers Band
1948 ● Pick WithersDire Straits
1951 ● Graeme Kelling → Deacon Blue
1951 ● Peter Haycock → Climax Blues Band
1952 ● Gary Moore → Skid Row, Thin Lizzy
1962 ● Craig Adams → The Cult
1964 ● Kid (Christopher Reid) → Kid 'N Play
1966 ● Mike Starr → Alice In Chains
1972 ● Jill Scott → R&B/soul, "A Long Walk" (2001)
1972 ● Magnus Sveningsson → The Cardigans
1973 ● Kelly Price → R&B/soul
1974 ● Andre Dalyrimple → Soul For Real, "Candy Rain" (1995)

Apr 05
1928 ● Tony Williams → The Platters
1939 ● Ronnie WhiteThe Miracles
1941 ● Dave Swarbrick → Fairport Convention
1942 ● Allan ClarkeThe Hollies
1944 ● Crispian St. Peters (Robin Peter Smith) → "The Pied Piper" (1966)
1944 ● Nicholas Caldwell → The Whispers, "And The Beat Goes On" (1980)
1950 ● Agnetha "Anna" Faltskog-Ulvaeus → ABBA
1951 ● Everett Morton → English Beat
1966 ● Mike McCready → Pearl Jam
1968 ● Paula Cole → "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" (1996)

Apr 06
1927 ● Merle Haggard → "Mama Tried" (1968)
1944 ● John Stax → The Pretty Things
1945 ● Bob Marley → Reggae giant, "I Shot The Sheriff" (1973)
1947 ● Tony Connor → Hot Chocolate
1951 ● Ralph Cooper → Air Supply
1953 ● Christopher Franke → Tangerine Dream

Apr 07
1908 ● Percy Faith → "The Theme From A Summer Place" (1960)
1915 ● Billie Holiday (Eleanor Fagan Gough) → Jazz-blues singer
1920 ● Ravi Shankar → Sitarist, father of Norah Jones
1922 ● Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria → Latin-jazz bandleader, "Afro Blue" (1959)
1935 ● Bobby Bare → Country, "Four Strong Winds" (1964)
1937 ● Charlie Thomas → The Five Crowns, The Drifters
1938 ● Freddie Hubbard → Jazz trumpeteer
1938 ● Spencer DrydenJefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage
1943 ● Mick Abrahams → Jethro Tull, Bloodwyn Pig
1946 ● Bill KreutzmannGrateful Dead
1947 ● Patricia Bennett → The Chiffons
1949 ● John Oates → Hall & Oates
1951 ● Bruce Gary → The Knack, "My Sharona" (1979)
1951 ● Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink) → "At Seventeen" (1975)

Apr 08
1941 ● J.J. Jackson (Jerome Louis Jackson) → R&B/soul, "But It's Alright" (1966)
1942 ● Roger "Chappo" Chapman → Family, Streetwalkers
1947 ● Steve HoweYes, Asia
1948 ● Phil Wright → Sons And Lovers, Paper Lace
1962 ● Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isbell) → Guns N’ Roses
1963 ● Julian Lennon → "Too Late For Goodbyes" (1984)
1964 ● Biz Markie (Marcel Theo Hall) → Rapper, "Just A Friend" (1989)
1975 ● Anouk Teeuwe → Dutch pop-rock, "Nobody's Wife" (1997)

Apr 09
1932 ● Carl Perkins → King of Rockabilly, "Blue Suede Shoes" (1955)
1943 ● Terry Knight → DJ, producer, Grand Funk Railroad
1944 ● Emil Stucchio → The Classics, "Till Then" (1963)
1944 ● Gene ParsonsByrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1948 ● David Allen "Chico" Ryan → Sha Na Na
1969 ● Kevin Martin → Candlebox
1987 ● Jesse McCartney → Dream Street, solo

Apr 10
1932 ● Nathaniel "Nate" Nelson → Flamingos, "I Only Have Eyes For You" (1959)
1936 ● Bobbie Smith → Spinners, "I'll Be Around" (1972)
1947 ● Bunny Wailer (Neville O'Reilly Livingston) → The Wailers
1948 ● Fred SmithBlondie, Television
1950 ● "Lonesome Dave" Peverett → Foghat, Savoy Brown
1957 ● Steve Gustafson10,000 Maniacs
1959 ● Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds) → R&B, "It's No Crime" (1989)
1959 ● Brian Setzer → Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra
1970 ● Kenny Lattimore → R&B singer, "For You" (1997)
1970 ● Mike Mushok → Staind
1980 ● Bryce Soderberg → Lifehouse, "You And Me" (2005)
1984 ● Mandy Moore → Teen pop, "I Wanna Be With You" (2000)

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 28 - April 3)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 28
1945 ● Charles "Chuck" PortzThe Turtles, "Happy Together" (1967)
1948 ● John EvansJethro Tull
1948 ● Milan Williams → Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (1978)
1955 ● Reba McEntire → Country singer, TV actress
1967 ● James Atkin → EMF, "Unbelievable" (1990)
1986 ● Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) → Electronic dance-pop, "Just Dance" (2008)

Mar 29
1930 ● Donny Conn (Donald Claps) → Playmates, "Beep Beep" (1958)
1943 ● Chad Allan (Allan Kowbel) → Guess Who
1943 ● Vangelis (Evangelos O. Papathanassiou) → Composer, "Chariots Of Fire" (1982)
1947 ● Bobby Kimball (Robert Toteaux) → Toto
1959 ● Perry Farrell (Bernstein) → Jane’s Addiction
1967 ● John Popper → Blues Traveler

Mar 30
1941 ● Graeme EdgeMoody Blues
1943 ● John "Jay" Traynor → Jay & The Americans
1943 ● Kenny Forssi → Love
1945 ● Eric Clapton (Eric Patrick Clapp) → Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, solo
1948 ● Jim "Dandy" Mangrum → Black Oak Arkansas
1950 ● Dave Ball → Procol Harum
1962 ● MC Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell) → Rap star, "U Can't Touch This" (1990)
1964 ● Tracy Chapman → Singer/songwriter, "Fast Car" (1988)
1968 ● Celine Dion → Pop singer, "Because You Loved Me" (1995)
1979 ● Norah Jones (Geethali N. J. Shankar) → Acoustic pop, "Come Away With Me" (2002)

Mar 31
1934 ● Shirley Jones → Partridge Family
1935 ● Herb Alpert → Tijauna Brass, A&M Records executive
1944 ● Michael Geoffrey "Mick" Ralphs → Mott The Hoople, Bad Company, solo
1944 ● Rod Allen (Rodney Bainbridge) → The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (1965)
1946 ● G. Allan NicholThe Turtles, "Happy Together" (1967)
1947 ● Al Goodman → The Moments, Ray, Goodman & Brown
1947 ● Jon Poulos → The Buckinghams, "Kind Of A Drag" (1967)
1948 ● Thijs Van Leer → Focus
1953 ● Sean HopperHuey Lewis & The News
1954 ● Tony BrockThe Babys, "Everytime I Think Of You" (1978)
1955 ● Angus YoungAC/DC
1958 ● Pat McGlynn → Bay City Rollers
1959 ● Robert Holmes → Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry" (1985)

Apr 01
1934 ● Jim Ed Brown → The Browns, "The Three Bells" (1959), solo
1939 ● Rudolph Isley → Isley Brothers
1942 ● Alan Blakely → The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (1967)
1942 ● Phil Margo → The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (1962)
1945 ● John BarbataThe Turtles, Jefferson Airplane
1946 ● Ronald Frederick "Ronnie" Lane → Faces/Small Faces, solo
1948 ● Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers) → Reggae superstar, "The Harder They Come" (1972)
1954 ● Jeff PorcaroToto
1961 ● Mark White → ABC, The Spin Doctors
1961 ● Susan Boyle → "I Dreamed A Dream" (2009)
1986 ● Hillary Scott → Lady Antebellum, "I Run To You" (2009)

Apr 02
1939 ● Marvin Gaye (Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.) → R&B/soul pioneer
1942 ● Leon Russell (Claude Russell Bridges) → Songwriter, sessions, solo, "Tight Rope" (1972)
1942 ● Phil "Parrot" Castrodale → The Reflections, "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet" (1964)
1943 ● Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) → The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (1965)
1943 ● Larry Coryell → Jazz-rock pioneer, The Eleventh House, solo
1946 ● Kurt Winter → The Guess Who
1947 ● Emmylou Harris → Songwriter, country star, collaborator, solo, "Sweet Dreams" (1976)
1952 ● Dave Bronze → Procol Harum
1952 ● Leon WilkersonLynyrd Skynyrd
1953 ● David RobinsonLynyrd Skynyrd
1961 ● Keren Jane Woodward → Bananarama
1967 ● Greg Camp → Smash Mouth

Apr 03
1922 ● Doris Day (Doris Von Kappelhoff) → Actress, singer, "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be)" (1956)
1928 ● Don Gibson → Country-pop, songwriter, "I Can't Stop Loving You" (1957)
1936 ● Jimmy McGriff → Soul-jazz organist, "The Worm" (1969)
1938 ● Jeff Barry → Brill Building songwriter, producer, wrote "Leader Of The Pack"
1941 ● Jan Berry (William J.) → Jan & Dean, "Surf City" (1963)
1942 ● Billy Joe Royal → Country-rock, "Down In The Boondocks" (1965)
1942 ● Wayne Newton → Pop-rock solo act, "Danke Schoen" (1963), Vegas showman
1943 ● Joe Vann (Joseph Canzano) → The Duprees, "You Belong To Me" (1962)
1943 ● Richard ManuelThe Band
1944 ● Barry Pritchard (Fortunes) → The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (1965)
1944 ● Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Casavitis) → AM pop star, leader of Dawn, "Knock Three Times" (1971)
1946 ● Dee MurrayElton John band
1949 ● Richard Thompson → Fairport Convention, solo, duo with wife Linda
1951 ● Mel Schacher → ? And The Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad
1955 ● Mick Mars (Bob Alan Deal) → Motley Crüe
1956 ● Judie Tzuke (Judith Myers) → UK pop, "Stay With Me Till Dawn" (1979)
1961 ● Eddie Murphy → Actor/singer
1968 ● Sebastian Bach (Bierk) → Skid Row
1985 ● Leona Lewis → Contemporary R&B, "Bleeding Love" (2007)

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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 21, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 21 - 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 21
1933 ● Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) → "I Put A Spell On You" (1965)
1943 ● David Geffen → Geffen Records
1946 ● Paul Newton → Uriah Heep
1949 ● Jerry HarrisonTalking Heads
1951 ● Vince Welnick → The Tubes, Grateful Dead
1956 ● Lester Hunt → Climax Blues Band
1958 ● Mary-Chapin Carpenter → Folk/country-rock, "I Feel Lucky" (1992)
1961 ● Rankin' Roger (Charlery) → English Beat, General Public
1970 ● Eric Wilson → Sublime
1986 ● Charlotte Church (Reed) → Classical crossover singer

Feb 22
1936 ● Ernie K-Doe (Ernest Kador, Jr.) → New Orleans R&B, "Mother-In-Law" (1961)
1938 ● Bobby Hendricks → Five Crowns, Swallows, Drifters
1944 ● Mick Green → Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
1945 ● Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) → "Good Morning Starshine" (1969)

Feb 23
1944 ● Johnny Winter → Blues-rock guitarist (Rolling Stone #74)
1944 ● Mike Maxfield → Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
1946 ● Rusty Young → Buffalo Springfield, Poco
1949 ● Terry "Tex" Comer → Ace
1950 ● Steve Priest → Sweet
1952 ● Brad WhitfordAerosmith
1955 ● Howard Jones → "What Is Love" (1984)
1955 ● Zeke Manyika → Orange Juice
1958 ● David Sylvian (David Alan Batt) → Japan
1962 ● Michael Wilton → Queensryche
1971 ● Jett Beres → Sister Hazel
1973 ● Lars Olaf "Lasse" Johansson → Cardigans

Feb 24
1941 ● Joanie Sommers (Drost) → Pop vocalist, "Johnny Get Angry" (1962)
1942 ● Paul Jones (Paul Pond) → Manfred Mann
1905 ● George HarrisonBeatles, solo
1944 ● Nicky Hopkins → Quicksilver Messenger Service, session pianist
1947 ● Lonnie TurnerSteve Miller Band
1947 ● Rupert Holmes → "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" (1979)
1948 ● Dennis Waterman → UK actor/singer, "I Could Be So Good For You" (1980)
1962 ● Michelle Shocked (Karen Michelle Johnston) → "If Love Was A Train" (1988)

Feb 25
1932 ● Faron Young → "Four In The Morning" (1971)
1942 ● Roy Michaels → Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys
1946 ● Elkie Brooks (Elaine Bookbinder) → "Pearl's A Singer" (1977)
1947 ● David Stensen → The Grass Roots
1957 ● Dennis Diken → The Smithereens
1957 ● Stuart "Woody" Wood → Bay City Rollers
1905 ● Mike Peters → The Alarm
1973 ● Justin Jeffre → 98 Degrees
1976 ● Daniel Powter → "Bad Day" (2005

Feb 26
1928 ● Antoine "Fats" Domino → "Blueberry Hill" (1956)
1930 ● Carl Cicchetti → The Playmates, "Beep Beep" (1958)
1932 ● Johnny Cash
1943 ● Paul CottonPoco
1945 ● Bob "The Bear" Hite → Canned Heat
1905 ● Mitch Ryder (William Levise, Jr.) → The Detroit Wheels, solo
1947 ● Sandie Shaw (Sandra Goodrich) → "Puppet on a String" (1967)
1950 ● Jonathan CainJourney, Babys, Bad English
1953 ● Michael Bolton (Bolotin) → Blackjack, solo
1961 ● John Jon (Jonathan Hellyer) → Bronski Beat
1971 ● Erykah Badu → "On & On" (1997)

Feb 27
1927 ● Guy Mitchell (Albert Cernick) → "Heartaches By The Number" (1959)
1950 ● Robert Balderrama → ? and the Mysterians
1951 ● Steve Harley (Stephen Nice) → Cockney Rebel, solo, "Ballerina (Prima Donna)" (1983)
1954 ● Neil SchonSantana, Journey
1955 ● Garry Christian → The Christians
1957 ● Adrian Smith → Iron Maiden
1957 ● Johnny Van ZantLynyrd Skynyrd
1960 ● Paul Humphreys → Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
1964 ● Ewen Vernal → Deacon Blue
1971 ● Chilli (Rozonda Ocelean Thomas) → TLC
1972 ● Jeremy Dean → Nine Days
1981 ● Josh Groban → Pop singer, "The Prayer" (2001)

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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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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

 

The Day The Music Died (2/3/59)

Buddy Holly (age 22), Ritchie Valens (just 17) and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson (28) were killed 51(!) years ago tonight when their chartered plane crashed into a corn field during a snowstorm outside Clear Lake, Iowa. They were headed from one show to the next in a multi-act, “barnstorming” tour of the Midwest - a typical schedule for pop artists in those days.

Don McLean’s 1971 folk-pop opus, “American Pie,” (click here for download or purchase) forever immortalized the event, which erased two early rock ‘n’ roll stars (Holly and Richardson) and a promising young talent (Valens had just released “Donna” and “La Bamba” and was the first Hispanic rock star of any note).

Click here for my playlist of 15 top Buddy Holly tracks for download from iTunes. On Amazon, a reasonably priced, basic collection of his Greatest Hits is also available, as are single, DRM-free mp3 downloads further down on that page (click here).

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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 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 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 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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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

 

Album of the Day: The Rascals (12/15/69) 40 Years!

The Rascals were the quintessential 60s blue-eyed soul band, a blend of hard R&B with gospel influences, pounding rhythms and tight harmonies in the Motown and Memphis veins. In their peak years from 1966 through 1969, they released six Top 20 albums and thirteen self-composed Top 40 hits, including two #1’s (for a Rascals playlist, click here). But the internal desire to expand their music and the external pressure to retain relevance in the days of psychedelic rock caused the group to stray from their core competency – pop/soul singles - as the decade came to a close. Two experimental, near “concept” albums (1968’s Once Upon A Dream and March 1969’s Freedom Suite) delved into broader genres and were thus less focused on what the band did best. But they sold well anyway and each included a big single (“It’s Wonderful” and “People Got To Be Free,” respectively). With the release of their seventh LP, See, on December 15, 1969, the Rascals returned to their roots as a singles band, but it was too late. See was the beginning of the end and was the last Rascals’ album to have any measurable impact.

See is not a bad album at all, it just lacks a monster single or two to grab the listener and carry the band’s return to the gritty, exuberant white soul of their earlier albums. It’s available as a CD on Amazon (click here) but not on iTunes.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 13 - 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Dec 13
1940 ● Tony Gomez → Foundations
1945 ● Robert Martinez → ? and The Mysterians
1948 ● Andy Peebles → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jeff "Skunk" BaxterSteely Dan, Doobie Brothers
1948 ● Ted Nugent → Amboy Dukes, solo
1949 ● Randy Owen → Alabama
1949 ● Tom Verlaine → Television
1950 ● Davy O'List → The Nice, Roxy Music
1952 ● Berton Averre → The Knack

Dec 14
1932 ● Charlie Rich → "The Most Beautiful Girl" (1973)
1937 ● Warren Ryanes → Monotones
1943 ● Frank Allen → Searchers
1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Them
1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Tony Orlando & Dawn
1947 ● Anna Marie "Patty" Duke → "Don't Just Stand There" (1965), TV show
1949 ● Cliff WilliamsAC/DC
1958 ● Mike Scott → The Waterboys
1958 ● Peter Stacy → Pogues

Dec 15
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → "Milord" (1959)
1921 ● Alan Freed → Radio DJ, coined term "rock and roll"
1933 ● Jesse Belvin → "Goodnight My Love" (1956)
1939 ● Cindy BirdsongThe Supremes
1942 ● Dave ClarkDave Clark Five
1946 ● Harry Ray → Moments
1946 ● Carmine Appice → Vanilla Fudge
1955 ● Paul SimononThe Clash
1958 ● Don Johnson → Actor (Miami Vice), singer

Dec 16
1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → "Wimoweh" (1961)
1943 ● Tony HicksThe Hollies
1946 ● Benny Andersson → ABBA
1949 ● Billy GibbonsZZ Top
1972 ● Michael McCary → Boyz II Men

Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → "Rock With The Caveman" (1956)
1937 ● Art Neville → Neville Brothers
1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O'Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer
1939 ● Eddie KendricksTemptations
1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Butterfield Blues Band
1947 ● Simon Bates → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → The Raspberries
1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Free, Bad Company, Queen
1950 ● Carlton "Carlie" Barrett → Wailers
1958 ● Mike MillsR.E.M.


Dec 18
1938 ● Bryan James "Chas" Chandler → The Animals, producer (Jimi Hendrix)
1941 ● Sam AndrewBig Brother & The Holding Company
1942 ● Les Cauchi → Del Satins, Brooklyn Bridge
1943 ● Keith RichardsRolling Stones
1953 ● Elliot EastonThe Cars, New Cars
1963 ● Greg D'Angelo → White Lion
1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Primitives

Dec 19
1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → New Orleans blues pianist
1940 ● Phil Ochs → "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965)
1941 ● Maurice White → Earth, Wind & Fire
1944 ● Zalman "Zal" YanovskyLovin' Spoonful
1944 ● Alvin Lee → Ten Years After
1945 ● John McEuen → Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Kajagoogoo

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Friday, November 13, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Beach Boys (10/21/63)

BeachBoysLittleDeuceCoverThe Beach Boys (and Capitol Records) issued three separate albums in a seven month period in 1963, Surfin’ U.S.A. in March, Surfer Girl in September and Little Deuce Coupe on October 21. That’s a lot of surf oriented vinyl on the market in such a short period, all the more so considering the band’s debut album, Surfin’ Safari came out in October 1962 (making it four albums in 12 months!). But the rebirth of rock ‘n roll and Beatlemania were in full swing in the summer of ’63. America’s youth craved anything with a beat and harmonies with young studs to sing them. Capitalizing on the Beach Boys’ growing popularity was a smart decision with generally positive results; Little Deuce Coupe spent 49 weeks on the Billboard pop music chart, peaking at #4. Interestingly, the three best songs on the album, the title track, “409” and “Shut Down” all appeared on the previous albums, but the public didn’t seem to mind.

To view and download my Beach Boys playlist from the Playlist Vault at DrRock.com, click here.

Little Deuce Coupe is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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Monday, October 19, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (10/19/79)

4159ESEEGJL._SL160_Fleetwood Mac scored two chart-topping albums in the late 70s, their self-titled “debut” in 1975 and the massively popular Rumours in 1977. Despite riding a huge wave of rock popularity, any chance of three-in-a-row was largely squelched by the semi-incestuous turmoil tearing at the band in the wake of Rumours, plus the decision to issue a double album with Lindsey Buckingham providing most of the creative direction. The result, Tusk (released on October 19, 1979) was too long, overly ambitious and musically uneven. While it sold handsomely and reached #4 in the US, it could have and should have been released as a single disc. The three hits from the album, Christine McVie’s “Think About Me” (#37), Buckingham’s “Tusk” (#8) and Stevie Nicks’ “Sara” (#7) might have fit nicely with “Angel,” “The Ledge”, “That’s Enough For Me” and another two or three McVie floating ballads to create a neat single disc package. The rest is weird and unnecessary Buckingham experimentation.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays

Happy Birthday this week to:
Oct 18
1926 ● Chuck Berry
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → The Coasters
1943 ● Russ Gigure → The Association
1947 ● Laura Nyro
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis

Oct 19
1934 ● David Guard → Kingston Trio
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" (1978)
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley → "Harper Valley PTA" (1968)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Procol Harum
1950 ● Patrick SimmonsDoobie Brothers

Oct 20
1945 ● Ric Lee → Ten Years After
1950 ● Tom Petty
1951 ● Al GreenwoodForeigner
1964 ● Jim "Soni" Sonefeld → Hootie and The Blowfish

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubovitz) → Earth Band, solo
1941 ● Steve CropperBooker T & the MGs
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo
1947 ● John "Rabbit" Bundrick → Free, solo, The Who
1952 ● Brent MydlandGrateful Dead

Oct 22
1942 ● Annette Funicello
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Bobby Fuller Four
1945 ● Leslie WestMountain, West Bruce & Laing
1946 ● Eddie BrigatiThe Rascals

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → "Mockingbird" (1963)
1940 ● Fred Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers
1943 ● Greg Ridley → Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth
1956 ● Dwight Yoakham
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic

Oct 24
1930 ● The Big Bopper (J. R. Richardson)
1936 ● Bill WymanRolling Stones
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Producer
1950 ● Dale "Buffin" Griffin → Mott The Hoople

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Friday, October 16, 2009

 

Vintage Video: The Tremeloes (1967)

Tremeloes1964The Tremeloes (click here for today’s Vintage Video) had what it took to give The Beatles a run for their money in the mid-60s. Catchy tunes, good looks, respectably long hair, a supportive record label (Decca) and a growing legion of fans. But the recipe didn’t bake cake, and the Fab Four pasted the Tremeloes in the race to British Invasion superstardom. That left Brian Poole (lead singer and guitarist) and his bandmates to swallow their pride, which wasn’t hard to do with more than a dozen British #1’s and two Top 20 US hits. The Tremeloes broke up in 1970, just a few short years after they recorded this version of their hit cover of Cat Stevens’ “Here Comes My Baby” in 1967 for the BBC.

Dr. Rock’s take on the best 50 tracks from the British Invasion includes another Tremeloes hit song, “Silence Is Golden”, also from 1967.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Billy Joel (10/13/78)

51wG0Y3dNAL._SL160_Billy Joel’s first #1 album, 52nd Street, was released on October 13, 1978 (to see my B.J. playlist and albums, click here). Following on the breakout success of 1977’s The Stranger, Joel’s rise to superstardom was complete with 52nd Street. The album sold over two million copies in the first month after its release and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1979. For those thrilled with Joel’s piano-based pop-rock, 52nd Street was and still is a triumphant album. Three Top 40 hits (#3 “My Life,” #14 “Big Shot” and #24 “Honesty”) drove radio airplay and sales, but the remaining tracks, including the jazzy “Zanzibar”, the staccato “Stiletto” and the ballad “Until The Night” are not filler by any stretch. In fact, those three are among the best of Joel’s recordings from the late 70s. 52nd Street is included at #352 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time. It’s further distinguished by being the first rock album to be issued on CD when the new format entered commercial distribution in 1982. 52nd Street is available on Amazon (as a CD) and iTunes (as track downloads).

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays

Happy Birthday this week to:
Oct 11
1949 ● Daryl Hall → Hall & Oates
1950 ● Andrew Woolfolk → Earth, Wind And Fire
1962 ● Scott Johnson → Gin Blossoms

Oct 12
1935 ● Sam Moore → Sam And Dave
1942 ● Melvin FranklinThe Temptations
1948 ● Rick Parfitt → Status Quo
1955 ● Pat DiNizio → The Smithereens
1960 ● Bob Mould → Husker Du, solo

Oct 13
1940 ● Chris Farlowe (John Henry Deighton) → "Out of Time" (1966)
1941 ● Paul Simon
1944 ● Robert LammChicago
1947 ● Sammy Hagar → Montrose, solo, Van Halen
1950 ● Simon Nicol → Fairport Convention


Oct 14
1927 ● Bill Justis → "Raunchy" (1957)
1930 ● Robert Parker → "Barefootin'" (1966)
1940 ● Cliff Richard
1945 ● Colin Hodgkinson → Whitesnake
1946 ● Justin HaywardMoody Blues
1958 ● Thomas Dolby → "She Blinded Me With Science" (1982)
1965 ● Karyn White → "Superwoman" (1988)

Oct 15
1935 ● Barry McGuire → "Eve Of Destruction" (1965)
1938 ● Marv Johnson → "I'll Pick a Rose For My Rose" (1968)
1942 ● Don Stevenson → Moby Grape
1946 ● Richard Carpenter → The Carpenters
1948 ● Chris de Burgh → "Lady in Red" (1986)
1953 ● Tito Jackson → The Jackson 5

Oct 16
1937 ● Emile Ford (Emile Sweetman) → The Checkmates
1942 ● Dave Lovelady → The Fourmost
1943 ● C.F. Turner → Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1947 ● Bob "Ace" WeirGrateful Dead
1953 ● Tony Carey → Rainbow
1960 ● Gary Kemp → Spandau Ballet
1962 ● Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) → Red Hot Chili Peppers
1969 ● Wendy Wilson → Wilson Phillips

Oct 17
1941 ● Jim Seals → Seals & Crofts
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
1946 ● James TuckerThe Turtles
1968 ● Ziggy Marley
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → The Fugees, solo

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