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 7, 2010

 

This WeeK"s Birthdays (March 7 - 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 07
1943 ● Chris Taylor WhiteZombies
1945 ● Arthur Lee (Arthur Porter Taylor) → Love
1946 ● Matthew Fisher → Procol Harum
1946 ● Peter Wolf (Blankfield) → J. Geils Band
1962 ● Taylor Dayne (Leslie Wunderman) → "Love Will Lead You Back" (1990)
1967 ● Randy Guss → Toad The Wet Sprocket

Mar 08
1942 ● Ralph Ellis → Swinging Blue Jeans
1944 ● Keef Hartley → John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band
1945 ● George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. The Monkees
1946 ● Carole Bayer Sager → Songwriter, co-wrote "Nobody Does It Better"
1946 ● Randy MeisnerPoco, Eagles, solo
1947 ● Andrew Semple → Fortunes
1947 ● Michael Allsup → Three Dog Night
1948 ● Little Peggy March (Margaret Battavio) → "I Will Follow Him" (1964)
1948 ● Mel GalleyDeep Purple, Whitesnake
1949 ● Dave Lambert → The Strawbs
1954 ● Cheryl Baker (Rita Maria Crudgington) → Bucks Fizz
1957 ● Clive Burr → Iron Maiden
1958 ● Gary Numan (Webb) → New Wave synth-pop, "Cars" (1979)
1964 ● Peter "Ped" Gill → Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Motorhead
1964 ● Salt (Cheryl James) → Salt-N-Pepa
1968 ● Shawn Mullins → Folk/pop singer, "Lullaby" (1998)
1978 ● Kameelah Williams → R&B dance/pop band 702

Mar 09
1933 ● Lloyd Price → "Stagger Lee" (1958)
1936 ● Mickey Gilley → Country singer
1942 ● John Cale → Velvet Underground, solo
1942 ● Mark Lindsay → Paul Revere & The Raiders
1944 ● Gary Leeds → Walker Brothers
1944 ● Trevor Burton → The Move
1945 ● Robin Trower → Procol Harum, solo
1948 ● Jeffrey Osborne → L.T.D., solo - "On The Wings Of Love" (1982)
1948 ● Jimmie Fadden → Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1951 ● Frank Rodriguez → ? and The Mysterians
1958 ● Martin Fry → ABC
1968 ● Robert Sledge → Ben Folds Five
1980 ● Chingy (Howard Bailey, Jr.) → Rapper, "Right Thurr" (2003
1987 ● Bow Wow (Shad Gregory Moss) → Rapper, "Beware Of Dog" (2000)

Mar 10
1903 ● Bix Beiderbecke → Jazz pianist
1940 ● Dean Torrence → Jan & Dean
1947 ● Tom ScholzBoston
1950 ● Ted McKenna → Sensational Alex Harvey Band
1962 ● Gary Clark → Danny Wilson, "Mary's Prayer" (1987)
1963 ● Jeff Ament → Pearl Jam
1964 ● Neneh Cherry (Neneh Mariann Karlsson) → Pop/dance/hip hop, "Seven Seconds" (1994)
1964 ● Patrick Kane → Hue & Cry
1966 ● Edie Brickell → Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
1967 ● Susie Q (Susan Banfield) → Cookie Crew
1971 ● Timbaland (Timothy Zachery Moseley) → Rapper, producer
1977 ● Robin Thicke → "Lost Without U" (2007)
1983 ● Carrie Underwood → "Wasted" (2007)

Mar 11
1944 ● Ric Rothwell → Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
1945 ● Harvey Mandel → Canned Heat, Rolling Stones, solo
1947 ● Mark Stein→ Vanilla Fudge
1948 ● George Kooymans → Golden Earring
1950 ● Bobby McFerrin → "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (1988)
1955 ● Catherina "Nina" Hagen → "New York New York" (1983)
1957 ● Cheryl Lynn → Disco diva, "Got To Be Real" (1978)
1961 ● Bruce Watson → Big Country
1961 ● Mike Percy → Dead Or Alive
1968 ● Lisa Loeb → "Stay" (1994)
1969 ● Pete Droge→ "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)" (1994)
1979 ● Benji Madden (Benjamin Levi Combs) → Good Charlotte
1979 ● Joel Madden (Joel Reuben Combs) → Good Charlotte

Mar 12
1940 ● Al Jarreau → "Breakin' Away" (1981)
1942 ● Brian O'Hara → The Fourmost
1942 ● Larry Kaye (Kassman) → Quotations
1942 ● Paul KantnerJefferson Airplane/Starship
1946 ● Liza Minnelli → "Cabaret" (1972)
1948 ● James Taylor → "You've Got A Friend" (1971)
1948 ● Les Holyrod → Barclay James Harvest
1949 ● Bill PayneLittle Feat
1949 ● Mike Gibbins → Badfinger
1957 ● Marlon Jackson → Jackson 5
1957 ● Steve Harris → Iron Maiden
1969 ● Graham Coxon → Blur, solo

Mar 13
1933 ● Mike Stoller → Songwriter, Lieber & Stoller
1939 ● Neil Sedaka → "Calendar Girl" (1961)
1940 ● Daniel Bennie → The Reflections
1949 ● Donald York → Sha Na Na
1959 ● Ronnie Rogers → T'Pau
1960 ● Adam ClaytonU2
1972 ● Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) → Rapper

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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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Monday, January 4, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Yes (1/4/72) 38 Years!

Yes released their fourth album, Fragile on January 4, 1972, a scant six months after Rick Wakeman left the Strawbs and joined Yes (click here for my playlist), bringing synthesizers and another strong classical music background to a band on verge of breakthrough. While contractual issues precluded any official credit for his keyboard and co-writing work on the album, Wakeman’s presence solidified the band, their sound and their place in rock history. Fragile quickly rose to #4 on the Billboard 200 and pushed the band to the forefront of the burgeoning prog-rock movement.

The whole affair owes everything to the surprise hit single version of the 8-plus minute “Roundabout,” which became a cross-over AM and heavy FM hit after a shortened version was released as a single. That extremely unusual achievement lifted an otherwise excellent prog-rock album to unheard of heights and began a nearly 40 year reign for Yes as the quintessential and longest-running prog-rock show on Earth.

Surprisingly, Fragile is not on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of all time, but it should be in the first 100. However, it is available as a CD on Amazon (click here) and download tracks on iTunes (click here).

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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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Sunday, November 29, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 22 - December 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Nov 29
1933 ● John Mayall → Bluesbreakers
1940 ● Chuck Mangione → Jazz trumpeter
1940 ● Denny Doherty → The Mamas & The Papas
1941 ● Jody Miller → Queen Of The House
1944 ● Felix CavaliereThe Rascals
1947 ● Ronnie Montrose → Edgar Winter Group, Montrose
1954 ● Barry GoudreauBoston
1958 ● Michael DempseyThe Cure
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Jamiroquai
1968 ● Jon Knight → New Kids On The Block
1968 ● Martin Carr → Boo Radleys

Nov 30
1915 ● Walter "Brownie" McGhee → Blues guitarist
1929 ● Dick Clark → TV Host, "American Bandstand"
1937 ● Frank Ifield → "I Remember You" (1962)
1937 ● Paul StookeyPeter, Paul & Mary
1944 ● Leo Lyons → Ten Years After
1944 ● Rob Grill → The Grassroots
1945 ● Roger GloverDeep Purple
1953 ● Johnny "Shuggie" Otis, Jr. → Wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" (1977)
1953 ● June Pointer → Pointer Sisters
1954 ● George McArdle → Little River Band
1955 ● Billy Idol (William Broad)
1958 ● Des'ree (Desiree Annette Weeks)

Dec 01
1934 ● Billy Paul (Paul Williams) → "Me & Mrs. Jones" (1972)
1936 ● Lou Rawls
1938 ● Sandy Nelson → Drummer, "Teen Beat" (1959)
1944 ● Eric BloomBlue Öyster Cult
1944 ● John DensmoreThe Doors
1945 ● Bette Midler
1946 ● Raymond "Gilbert" O'Sullivan → "Alone Again Naturally" (1972)
1951 ● Jaco Pastorius → Weather Report

Dec 02
1941 ● Tom McGuinness → Manfred Mann
1942 ● Ted Bluechell → The Association
1952 ● Michael McDonaldDoobie Brothers, solo
1960 ● Rick Savage → Def Leppard
1968 ● Jimi Haha → Jimmie's Chicken Shack
1968 ● Nate Mendel → Foo Fighters
1970 ● Treach (Anthony Criss) → Naughty By Nature

Dec 03
1940 ● Jim Freeman → Five Satins
1948 ● John "Ozzy" OsbourneBlack Sabbath, solo
1949 ● Mickey Thomas → Elvin Bishop Group, Jefferson Starship
1951 ● Nicky Stevens → Brotherhood of Man
1952 ● Duane Roland → Molly Hatchet

Dec 04
1940 ● Freddie "Boom-Boom" Cannon (Frederico Picariello) → "Tallahassee Lassie" (1959)
1942 ● Bob Mosley → Moby Grape, Frantics
1944 ● Chris HillmanThe Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther Hillman Furay Band
1944 ● Dennis WilsonBeach Boys
1948 ● Southside Johnny (John Lyon) → Asbury Jukes
1951 ● Gary RossingtonLynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band
1959 ● Bob Griffin → BoDeans
1962 ● Vinnie Dombroski → Sponge

Dec 05
1899 ● Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Ford Miller) → Blues singer/songwriter
1932 ● Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman)
1938 ● Jean W. "J.J." Cale → "Cocaine" (1974)
1945 ● Eduardo Delgado Serrato → ? and The Mysterians
1946 ● Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) → "Rock Me Gently" (1974)
1947 ● Jim Messina → Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina
1965 ● John Rzeznick → Goo Goo Dolls

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Genesis (11/18/74) 35 Years!


Genesis was one of the few British rock bands that successfully made the transition from meddling 60s folk-pop-rock through late-60s psychedelic rock to 80s pop-rock superstardom.  Their November 18, 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, was major point along that road and a huge FM radio hit (I remember playing it daily on my radio show at the time).  While well received on air, in the critics’ circles and in stores, The Lamb… unfortunately became the last Genesis album on which Peter Gabriel appeared. Gabriel was the lead vocalist, chief songwriter and stage frontman for the band (he wrote all of the material on The Lamb…).  His departure could have spelled doom, but remaining members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett moved on to greater things, including a string of nine straight U.K. Top 10 albums (8 in the U.S.) before they called it quits in 1992.

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is available as a CD and DRM-free mp3 files on Amazon (click here).

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