Albums Released This Week (April 15 – 21)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):



Apr 15


Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells —— Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
The Rolling Stones —— Aftermath ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Al Green —— Green Is Blues ► Soul (Southern) >> 1970
Grand Funk Railroad —— Survival ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Second Helping ► Southern Rock >> 1974
The Stranglers —— Rattus Norvegicus ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Billy Ocean —— Love Zone ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
The Doobie Brothers —— Brotherhood ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Grateful Dead —— One From The Vault ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1991
Bran Van 3000 —— Glee ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Buck-O-Nine —— Twenty-Eight Teeth ► Ska-Punk >> 1997
Depeche Mode —— Ultra ► Synth-Pop >> 1997
Teddy Pendergrass —— You And I ► Soul-Pop >> 1997
Savage Garden —— Savage Garden ► Dance-Pop >> 1997
Fleetwood Mac —— Say You Will ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
ZZ Top —— Mescalero ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Rush —— Snakes & Arrows Live ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2008



Apr 16


The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Bert Jansch —— Bert Jansch ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Donovan —— A Gift From A Flower To A Garden [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Minnie Riperton —— Come To My Garden ► Soul-Pop >> 1970
Klaus Schulze —— Moondawn ► Space Rock >> 1976
The Damned —— Damned, Damned, Damned ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
The Band —— The Last Waltz ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Poco —— Inamorata ► Country-Rock >> 1984
Spacemen 3 —— The Perfect Perscription ► Neo-Psychedelia/Space Rock >> 1987
Scorpions —— Savage Amusement ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Bathory —— Hammerheart ► Heavy Metal/Viking Metal >> 1990
Chris Rea —— Auberge ► Album Rock >> 1991
Brainbombs —— Genius And Brutality – Taste And Power ► Noise Rock >> 1995
Brooks & Dunn —— Borderline ► Country-Rock >> 1996
Voice Of The Beehive —— Sex & Misery ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Echo & The Bunnymen —— What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? ► Post-Punk >> 1999



Apr 17


Dusty Springfield —— A Girl Called Dusty ► British Invasion >> 1964
Brinsley Schwarz —— Brinsley Schwarz ► Pub Rock >> 1970
Ten Years After —— Cricklewood Green ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
Peter Frampton —— Wind Of Change ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Eagles —— Desperado ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Stiff Little Fingers —— Go For It ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Motörhead —— Iron Fist ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1982
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Good Son ► Alt Rock >> 1990
Rick Wakeman —— Silent Nights ► Art-Rock >> 1991
Rick Wakeman —— Time Machine ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Dark Tranquility —— Fiction ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2007



Apr 18


Cilla Black —— Cilla Sings A Rainbow ► Rock ‘N’ Roll/Merseybeat >> 1966
The Pretty Things —— Emotions ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
The Miracles —— Renaissance ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
ZZ Top —— Fandango! ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
The Cure —— Seventeen Seconds ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Butthole Surfers —— Rembrandt Pussycat ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1986
Eric Clapton —— Crossroads ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Erasure —— The Innocents ► Alt. Dance >> 1988
Reba McEntire —— Reba ► Country-Pop >> 1988
Timbuk 3 —— Eden Alley ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Pixies —— Doolittle ► Garage Rock >> 1989
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Let Love In ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Deicide —— Once Upon The Cross ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1995
Scorpions —— Live Bites ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Tricky —— Maxinquaye ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1995
Blind Guardian —— The Forgotten Tales ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1996
Ace Of Base —— Greatest Hits ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2000
Black Label Society —— Stronger Than Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2000
Sheena Easton —— Freedom ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Daniel Powter —— Daniel Powter ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs —— Under The Covers, Vol. 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 2006
Mike + The Mechanics —— The Road ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 2011



Apr 19


Tony Bennett —— If I Ruled The World: Songs For The Jet Set ► Easy Listening >> 1965
The Zombies —— Odessey and Oracle ► Art Rock >> 1968
The Beatles —— The Beatles/1962-1966 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Beatles —— The Beatles/1967-1970 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Miles Davis —— Big Fun ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1974
Laurie Anderson —— Big Science ► Art Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull —— The Broadsword And The Beast ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Ultravox —— Lament ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Gastr Del Sol —— Crookt, Crackt, Or Fly ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Superchunk —— Foolish ► Indie Rock/Alt Punk >> 1994
The Cranberries —— Bury The Hatchet ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999



Apr 20


Jethro Tull —— Benefit ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Paul McCartney —— McCartney ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Dr. John —— Dr. John’s Gumbo ► Roots Rock >> 1972
Rick James —— Come Get It! ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Charlie Daniels Band —— Million Mile Reflections ► Southern Rock >> 1979
Amy Grant —— My Father’s Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1979
Ronnie Wood —— Gimme Some Neck ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Dave Edmunds —— Twangin’… ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1981
Bon Jovi —— 7800° Fahrenheit ► Arena Rock >> 1985
Pavement —— Slanted And Enchanted ► Garage Rock >> 1992
Aerosmith —— Get A Grip ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Dave Edmunds —— The Anthology (1968-1990) ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1993
Radiohead —— Pablo Honey ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
10,000 Maniacs —— The Earth Pressed Flat ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Buckethead —— Monsters And Robots ► Experimental/Funk-Metal >> 1999
Little Feat —— Highwire Act: Live In St. Louis 2003 ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Machine Head —— Through The Ashes Of Empires ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2004
Prince —— Musicology ► Dance-Pop >> 2004
Jimmy Buffett —— Encores: Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2010



Apr 21


King Curtis —— King Soul ► Instrumental Soul >> 1960
The Mothers Of Invention —— Uncle Meat ► Art Rock >> 1969
ABBA —— ABBA ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Ringo Starr —— Bad Boy [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Pete Townshend —— Empty Glass ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Bananarama —— Bananarama ► New Wave Dance-Pop >> 1984
Accept —— Russian Roulette ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1986
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Tinderbox ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) ► Album Rock >> 1987
X Japan —— Blue Blood ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1989
The Beastie Boys —— Check Your Head ► Rap >> 1992
The Cure —— Wish ► Post-Punk >> 1992
Unwound —— The Future Of What ► Post Hardcore >> 1995
Dark Tranquility —— The Mind’s I ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997
Supergrass —— In It For The Money ► Post-Punk Britpop >> 1997
Arch Enemy —— Stigmata ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
Ray Davies —— The Storyteller ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Lou Reed —— Perfect Night: Live In London ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Widespread Panic —— Light Fuse, Get Away ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Depeche Mode —— Sounds Of The Universe ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 14 – 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 14

1935 ● Loretta Lynn (Webb) → Iconic country music star singer/songwriter, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (#83, Country #1, 1970), first female to be named Country Music Entertainer of the Year
1942 ● Tony Burrows → Session singer who, in the spring of 1970, set the record for the most UK Top 10 singles at one time, all with different groups: Edison Lighthouse “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” (#5, UK #10, 1970), White Plains “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, UK #9, 1970), The Pipkins “Gimme Dat Ding” (#9, UK #6, 1970) and the Brotherhood of Man “United We Stand” (#13, UK #10, 1970), also sang lead vocals for The Ivy League, “Tossing And Turning” (#83, UK #3, 1965), psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), and pop-rock The First Class, “Beach Baby” (#4, UK #13, 1974)
1945 ● Ritchie Blackmore → Guitar and vocals for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), founded and fronted Rainbow, “Since You’ve Been Gone” (#57, 1979) and “Stone Cold” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982), then Renaissance-folk-rock Blackmore’s Night
1946 ● Patrick Fairley (Fairlie) → Founding member and rhythm guitar for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1948 ● June Millington → Guitar and vocals for pioneering all girl rock group Fanny, “Butter Boy” (#29, 1975), early women-only rock band and first to sign with a major record label
1948 ● Larry Ferguson → Keyboardist for Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco-funk Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1949 ● Dennis Byron → Welsh keyboardist with early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969), worked with The Bee Gees during the 70s and ’80s
1949 ● Sonja Kristina → Vocals for Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974)
1962 ● Joey Pesce → Keyboardist for New Wave synth-pop-rock ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (#8, 1985)
1964 ● Vincent “Vinnie” Moore → Influential shred guitarist and member of Brit hard rock UFO, “Doctor Doctor” (UK #35, 1979) and “The Writer” (Rock #23, 1982), solo
1965 ● Carl Hunter → Bassist for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991), film producer and academic media professor
1965 ● Sheila Chandra → Vocals for Brit prog rock trio Monsoon, “Ever So Lonely” (UK #12, 1982), then solo
1969 ● Martyn Le Noble → Dutch bassist and founding member of hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), later worked with Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Scott Welland, Dave Navarro and others
1973 ● David Miller → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, “Unbreak My Heart” (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1974 ● DaBrat (Shawta Harris) → Hard-edged MC/urban rapper, “Funkdafied” (#6, Rap #1, 1994), first female hip hop artist with a platinum selling record (Funkdafied, 1994)
1980 ● Win Butler → Lead vocalist and songwriter for alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)

Apr 15

1894 ● Bessie Smith → The “Empress of the Blues” and first significant female blues recording artist, a major influence on all jazz singers to follow and many pop-rock performers, died following a car accident on 9/26/1937
1933 ● Roy Clark → Affable country superstar singer/songwriter, guitar and banjo player, “Yesterday, When I Was Young” (#19, Country #9, 1969), 23-year host of TV show Hee Haw
1939 ● Marty Wilde (Reginald Leonard Smith) → Early Brit rock ‘n’ roll singer, “Bad Boy” (#45, UK #7, 1959), plus over 10 other UK Top 40 hits, father of 80s pop-rock singer Kim Wilde
1940 ● Clarence “Satch” Satchell → Saxophone and guitar for R&B/funk The Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster” (#1, 1975), died from a brain aneurysm on 12/30/1995
1944 ● Dave Edmunds → Roots-rock guitarist, vocals, songwriter, producer and bandleader for Love Sculpture, solo “I Hear You Knocking'” (#4, 1970), member of Rockpile with Nick Lowe
1947 ● Michael Chapman → Australian born songwriter and producer with co-writer Nicky Chinn, created the “Chinnichap” songwriting and production team, worked with Mud, Suzi Quatro, Smokie and Sweet, produced albums for Blondie and The Knack
1947 ● Stuart “Wooly” Wolstenholme → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977), died 12/13/2010
1948 ● Michael Kamen → American composer, arranger and orchestral arranger, collaborated with Eric Clapton on the score for Lethal Weapon (1987), co-scored Die Hard (1988) plus sequels and multiple other films, worked with Roger Waters, The Who, Queen, David Bowie and others, co-wrote Bryan Adams‘ ballad “(Everything I Do), I Do It for You” (#1, 1991), died on 11/18/2003 from a heart attack
1962 ● Ivor Neville “Nick” Kamen → Brit pop-rock model and pop-rock singer, “Each Time You Break My Heart” (UK #5, 1986)
1965 ● Linda Perry → Songwriter, guitarist and lead vocals for indie hard rock 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up?” (#11, 1993), went solo in 1995, wrote “Beautiful” (#2, 2002) for Christina Aguilera, plus other songs for Jewel, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge and Gavin Rossdale
1965 ● Oscar Harrison → Drummer for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, “The Day We Caught The Train” (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1966 ● Graeme Clark → Bassist for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1966 ● Samantha Fox → Former pinup tart and teen Page 3 topless model turned pop singer, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” (#3, Dance #1, 1987)
1967 ● Frankie Poullian → Bassist for Brit hard/glam rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Mainstream #35, 2004)
1968 ● Edward John O’Brien → Guitarist for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)

Apr 16

1924 ● Henry Mancini → Grammy-winning composer, conductor and arranger for stage, film and TV, wrote “Moon River” (#11, 1961) and the themes to The Pink Panther movies and Peter Gunn TV show, died from pancreatic cancer on 6/14/1994
1924 ● Rudy Pompilli → Saxophonist with early and important rock ‘n’ roll group Bill Haley & His Comets, “Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955), died on 2/5/1976 of lung cancer
1929 ● Roy Hamilton → Classical-trained 50s R&B/gospel-pop singer, “Unchained Melody” (#6, R&B #1,1955), died after a stroke on 7/20/1969
1930 ● Herbie Mann (Herbert Jay Solomon) → Pre-eminent 60s jazz-pop flautist, composer and bandleader most known for his big hit “Hijack” (#14, Disco #1, 1975), died on 7/1/2003 from prostate cancer
1935 ● Stanley Robert “Bobby” Vinton → Early 60s pop-rock crooner, “Blue Velvet” (#1, 1963) and over 25 other Top 40 hits
1939 ● Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel O’Brien) → Vocalist with her brother Tom Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962), then blue-eyed soul-pop diva, “Son Of A Preacher Man” (#10, 1969), died from breast cancer on 3/2/1999
1943 ● “Lonesome” Dave Peverett → Guitar and vocals for blues-rock Savoy Brown “Tell Mama” (#83, 1971), then founded and led blues/boogie rock Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975), died of cancer on 2/7/2000
1945 ● Stefan Grossman → Folk and acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, worked in The Even Dozen Jug Band and political folk The Fugs, solo recordings, co-founder of Kicking Mule Records
1947 ● Gerry Rafferty → Scot singer, songwriter and frontman for Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle” (#6, 1973), then solo, “Baker Street” (#2, 1978), died of liver failure 1/4/2011
1947 ● Lee “The Bear” Kerslake → Drummer and backing vocals for prog/hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), played on Ozzy Osbourne‘s Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman LPs, for which he received no credit and no royalties and lost a lawsuit against Osbourne for recovery
1951 ● John Bentley → Bassist for New Wave traditional guitar pop Squeeze, “Tempted” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1956 ● Paul Buchanan → Singer/songwriter and guitarist in ambient folk-pop The Blue Nile, “Saturday Night” (UK #50, 1991), has songs covered by Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart
1959 ● Stephen Singleton → Saxophonist for New Wave synth-pop ABC, “Be Near Me” (#9, 1982), left in 1984 for brief film career
1962 ● Ian MacKaye → Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and record label executive, frontman for hardcore punk Minor Threat and The Teen Idles, post-hardcore Embrace and Fugazi, co-founder of Dischord Records
1963 ● “Little” Jimmy Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1963 ● Nick Berry → Brit TV actor and pop singer, “Every Loser Wins” (UK #1, 1986)
1964 ● David Pirner → Vocals and guitar for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993), solo
1969 ● Sean Cook → Bassist for space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992)
1970 ● Gabrielle (Louisa Gabrielle Bobb) → Brit house/R&B singer, “Dreams” (#26, Dance/Club #1, UK #1, 1993) and 15 other UK Top 30 hits through 2004
1971 ● Selena Quintanilla-Pérez → The “Queen of Tejano Music”, Grammy-winning, beloved Mexican-American pop singer, “Dreaming Of You” (#22, 1995), murdered by the embezzling president of her fan club on 3/31/1995, subject of a film (Selena, 1997) based on her life and starring Jennifer Lopez

Apr 17

1934 ● Don Kirshner → Entertainment mogul, led Brill Building songwriting teams, formed The Monkees, owned Kirshner Records (“Sugar Sugar” by The Archies, #1, 1969), major concert promoter, TV music show host, died of heart failure 1/17/2011
1936 ● Alexander “Pete” Graves → Vocals and founding member of important 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, “Sincerely” (R&B #1, 1955)
1940 ● Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley) → Early British rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, “Halfway To Paradise”” (UK #3, 1961) and 25 other UK Top 40 singles between 1959 and 1966, starred as rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day (1973) with David Essex and Ringo Starr, died of a heart attack on 1/28/1983
1942 ● Shelly Buchansky → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1943 ● Roy Estrada → Bassist for experimental art rock Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), later Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1945 ● Tony Crane → Founding member, rhythm guitar and lead vocals for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, then folk-pop vocal duo The Merseys, “Sorrow” (UK #4, 1966), reformed The Merseybeats in 1993 and continues with the band
1948 ● Jan Hammer → Jazz-rock fusion keyboardist with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck Group, composed and performed TV’s “Miami Vice Theme” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Michael Sembello → Producer, composer, session guitarist for many pop-rock acts, solo one hit wonder singer, “Maniac” (#1, 1983) from the film Flashdance (1983)
1955 ● Pete Shelley (McNeish) → Founder, lead guitar, principal songwriter and vocals for early and seminal punk-pop Buzzcocks, went solo in 1981, “On Your Own” (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1957 ● Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) → Proto-rap hip-hop DJ and electro-funk artist, “Planet Rock” (#48, R&B #4, 1986), Zulu Nation spiritual leader
1964 ● Maynard James Keenan → Founder, frontman, songwriter and lead vocalist for Grammy-winning prog-metal band Tool, “Vicarious” (Modern Rock #2, 2006) plus side project alt rock A Perfect Circle, “Weak And Powerless” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2003)
1967 ● Liz Phair → Lo-fi indie pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Why Can’t I?” (#32, Top 40 #10, 2004)
1967 ● Matt Chamberlain → Widely-heard session drummer, played on over 200 albums with rock and pop bands such as Christina Aguilera, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Morrissey, Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, John Mayer, William Shatner and many others
1970 ● Redman (Reginald Noble) → Actor, producer and funk/reggae-tinged rapper, “How High” (#13, Rap #2, 1995), worked with Method Man on the 1999 album Blackout!, featured on Christina Aguilera‘s “Dirrty” (#48, UK #1, 2002)
1974 ● Victoria Adams → Vocals and “Posh Spice” in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (#1, 1997), married soccer star David Beckham in June 1999

Apr 18

1924 ● Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown → Grammy-winning electric Texas blues, country, Cajun and R&B guitarist, “Okie Dokie Stomp” (1954), died of emphysema on 9/10/2005
1935 ● Paul A. Rothchild → Boston-area folk album producer, discovered The Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60s and went on to produce albums by The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, Love, Bonnie Raitt, The Outlaws and others, died from lung cancer on 3/30/1995
1939 ● Glen D. Hardin → Country and rock ‘n’ roll drummer, first with post-Buddy Holly & The Crickets, then in the TV show Shindig house band and Elvis Presley‘s backing band, session work for Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and others
1941 ● Mike Vickers → Multi-instrumentalist (guitar, flute and sax) for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), then film score composer and session man, played synthesizer on The BeatlesAbbey Road album
1946 ● Alexander Lee “Skip” Spence → Early guitarist for psych-folk Quicksilver Messenger Service, left to become original drummer for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), left to form eclectic psych-rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967), went solo in 1969, died from lung cancer on 4/16/1999
1946 ● Lonnie Baker → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1958 ● Andy Kyriacou → Drummer for New Wave dance-pop Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1958 ● Les Pattinson → Bassist for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, “Enlighten Me” (Modern Rock #8, 1990)
1962 ● Shirlie Holliman → Backing vocals for New Wave dance-pop Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (#1, 1984), left to form pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie, “Heartache” (#78, Dance #2, 1987)
1963 ● Michael Mangini → Drummer for Canadian thrash metal Annihilator, left to join heavy metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), sessions and Steve Vai backing band
1964 ● Mark “Bez” Berry → On stage dancer for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992), left to form and dance for dance-pop Black Grape, “In The Name Of The Father” (UK #8, 1995)
1970 ● Greg Eklund → Drummer for Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1974 ● Mark Tremonti → Guitarist for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, “With Arms Wide Open” (#1, 2000), founding member of hard rock Alter Bridge, “Open Your Eyes” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2004)
1982 ● Marie-Élaine Thibert → Canadian adult contemporary and teen pop singer, runner-up in the first season of the Quebec singing idol reality show Star Académie, two-time Felix award winner for best female artist in Quebec and one-time Juno award winner for best Francophone album in Canada, her first four albums reached the Top 10 in Canada

Apr 19

1928 ● Alexis Korner → Major force in early British blues-rock, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, then blues-rock ensemble CCS which covered Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love” (#58, 1971), writer and radio DJ, died from lung cancer on 1/1/1984.
1934 ● Richard Dorian “Dickie” Goodman → With partner Bill Buchanan, one half of the pioneering novelty “break in” song genre (prototype of later “sampling” technique) Buchanan & Goodman, “Flying Saucer, Pt. 1-2″ (#3, 1956), plus solo work, “Mr. Jaws” (#4, 1975), died from self-inflicted gun shot wounds on 11/6/1989
1942 ● Alan Price → Organist for early line-up of Brit blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), left for one hit solo career, “‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear” (UK #4, 1967)
1943 ● Eve Graham (Evelyn Mae Beatson) → Vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (#7, 1972)
1944 ● Bernie Worrell → Keyboards for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1946 ● Tim Curry → Singer, stage and film actor, voice actor, came to prominence as “Dr. Frank N. Futer” in cult classic move The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), later in Annie (1982), Legend (1985), Clue (1985) and Monty Python’s Spamalot (2004)
1947 ● Mark Volman → With long-time collaborator Howard Kaylan, co-founder and vocals for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), formed Flo & Eddie with Kaylan, continues with him in TV, film, radio and reconstituted Turtles projects
1956 ● Gary Langan → Recording engineer and founding member of avant garde synth-pop The Art Of Noise, “Kiss” featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988), record producer
1956 ● Rod Morgenstein → Drummer for jazz-Southern rock fusion Dixie Dregs, later with pop-metal Winger, “Miles Away” (#12, 1990)
1965 ● Marion “Suge” Knight, Jr. → Strong-armed co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records, served time for parole violation, suspected of involvement in the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Apr 20

1929 ● Bob Braun → Long-time radio DJ (WLWT-Cincinnati) and TV music show host, one hit wonder pop-rock singer, “Till Death Do Us Part” (#26, 1962)
1939 ● Johnny Tillotson → Country, pop, R&B and adult crossover singer/songwriter, “Poetry In Motion” (#2, 1961)
1945 ● Jimmy Winston → Original organ player for British Invasion raunch/rock The Small Faces, left for obscurity in 1965 before the band hit notoriety
1948 ● Craig Frost → Keyboardist, joined hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad in 1972, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), joined Bob Seger‘s Silver Bullet Band in the early 80s
1951 ● Luther Vandross → Eight-time Grammy-winning R&B/smooth soul singer/balladeer, “Power Of Love/Love Power” (#4, 1986) and duet with Janet Jackson, “The Best Things In Life Are Free” (#10, 1997), died on 7/1/2005 following a stroke and heart attack caused by genetic diabetes and hypertension
1967 ● Mike Portnoy → Drummer for heavy metal Dream Theater, “Pull Me Under” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992)
1971 ● Mikey Welsh → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1972 ● Carmen Electra → Erstwhile Playboy Bunny, Baywatch beach tart and vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1972 ● Stephen Robert Nesta “Ziggy” Marley → Grammy-winning roots reggae/ska singer, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader for Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (Mainstream Rock #16, 1988), son of reggae superstar and icon Bob Marley
1974 ● Tina Cousins → Fashion model turned dance-pop diva with five UK Top 20 singles, including “Killin’ Time” (UK #15, 1999)

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Albums Released This Week (April 8 – 14)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):



Apr 08


Elvis Presley —— Elvis Is Back! ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Merle Haggard —— The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde ► Trad Country >> 1968
P. J. Proby —— Three Week Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Caravan —— In The Land Of Grey And Pink ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Dr. John —— Desitively Bonnaroo ► New Orleans R&B >> 1974
Aerosmith —— Toys In The Attic ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Clash —— The Clash [UK] ► Punk >> 1977
Dave Edmunds —— D.E. 7th ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1982
Toto —— Toto IV ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Heaven 17 —— The Luxury Gap ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
The Rolling Stones —— Flashpoint ► Rock n Roll >> 1991
The Offspring —— Smash ► Punk-Rock >> 1994
Unwound —— Repetition ► Post Hardcore >> 1996
Richard Marx —— Flesh And Bone ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 1997
Boz Scaggs —— Come On Home ► Pop-Soul >> 1997
Third Eye Blind —— Third Eye Blind ► Power Pop >> 1997
James Taylor —— The Best Of James Taylor ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey —— E=MC2 ► Pop-Rock >> 2008



Apr 09


Bob Dylan —— Nashville Skyline ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Dr. John —— Remedies ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
Queen —— Queen II ► Glam Rock >> 1974
America —— Hideaway ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Rainbow —— Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Elton John —— Jump Up! ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
R.E.M. —— Reckoning ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
Roxette —— Crash! Boom! Bang! ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
Chino XL —— Here To Save You All ► Hardcore Rap >> 1996
Roy Buchanan —— Strange Kind Of Feeling ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
Bonnie Raitt —— Silver Lining ► Blues-Rock >> 2002



Apr 10


Elvis Presley —— It Happened At The World’s Fair ► Rock n Roll >> 1963
The Beatles —— The Beatles’ Second Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Miles Davis —— Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1970
Elton John —— Elton John ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Jethro Tull —— Heavy Horses ► Prog Rock >> 1978
The Cure —— Faith ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Jethro Tull —— The Broadsword And The Beast [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Scorpions —— Blackout ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
The Cult —— Sonic Temple ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Laura Branigan —— Laura Branigan ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Fleetwood Mac —— Behind The Mask ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Hives —— Veni Vidi Vicious ► Garage Rock >> 2000
Brenda Lee —— Gospel Duets With Treasured Friends ► Country-Pop >> 2007



Apr 11


Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Mardi Gras ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
The Beach Boys —— Love You ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Savatage —— Sirens ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1983
The Who —— Two’s Missing ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Butthole Surfers —— Hairway To Steven ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1988
Celtic Frost —— Vanity/Nemesis ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Pavement —— Wowee Zowee ► Garage Rock >> 1995
Bad Manners —— Special Brew ► Ska Revival >> 2000
Asia —— Phoenix ► Prog Rock >> 2008



Apr 12


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Dance Party ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
The Supremes —— We Remember Sam Cooke ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
The Jackson 5 —— Maybe Tomorrow ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Stevie Wonder —— Where I’m Coming From ► Pop-R&B >> 1971
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Bloodshot ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Poco —— Seven ► Country-Rock >> 1974
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— American Fool ► Roots Rock >> 1982
Rush —— Grace Under Pressure ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Cheap Trick —— Lap Of Luxury ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1988
Neil Young —— This Note’s For You ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Bruce Springsteen —— In Concert/MTV Unplugged ► Album Rock >> 1993
All-4-One —— All-4-One ► Contemporary Soul >> 1994
Hole —— Live Through This ► Grunge >> 1994
Nightmares On Wax —— Carboot Soul ► Electronic/Trip Hop >> 1999
Counting Crows —— Live On I-5 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2012



Apr 13


Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Farewell ► Soul >> 1970
David Bowie —— Aladdin Sane ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Michael Jackson —— Music & Me ► Soul Ballad >> 1973
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Catch A Fire ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Black Rose: A Rock Legend ► Hard Rock >> 1979
The Church —— Of Skins And Heart ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Billy Squier —— Don’t Say No ► Hard Rock >> 1981
R.E.M. —— Murmur ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
Johnny Cash —— Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town ► Trad Country >> 1987
Fleetwood Mac —— Tango In The Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
The Cross —— Shove It ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Glass Tiger —— Diamond Sun ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Chris Isaak —— San Francisco Days ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Ataris —— Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits ► Pop-Punk >> 1999
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Echo ► Album Rock >> 1999



Apr 14


Dionne Warwick —— Dionne Warwick In Paris ► Pop-Soul >> 1966
Gentle Giant —— Three Friends ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Iron Maiden —— Iron Maiden ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Judas Priest —— British Steel ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Van Halen —— Diver Down ► Hard Rock >> 1982
David Bowie —— Let’s Dance ► Glam Rock >> 1983
Cocteau Twins —— Victorialand ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Chaka Khan —— The Woman I Am ► Soul-Funk >> 1992
ZZ Top —— Greatest Hits ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Cast —— Mother Nature Calls ► Britpop >> 1997
Converge —— When Forever Comes Crashing ► Punk/Metalcore >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 7 – 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 07

1908 ● Percy Faith → Composer, bandleader, producer and easy listening/pop singer, “The Theme From A Summer Place” (#1, 1960), died of cancer on 2/9/1976
1915 ● Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough) → Known as “Lady Day”, hugely successful and revered jazz-blues singer, “Lady Sings The Blues” (1956), died on 7/17/1959 from liver failure
1920 ● Ravi Shankar (Rabindra Shankar Chowdery) → World-renowned Indian sitarist, mentor to George Harrison, music professor and university department head, member of Indian parliament, father of contemporary jazz-pop star Norah Jones, died 12/11/2012 from complications following heart valve replacement surgery
1922 ● Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria → Grammy-winning Cuban percussionist and Latin-jazz bandleader, “Watermelon Man” (#10, R&B #8, 1963)
1935 ● Bobby Bare → Country-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All American Boy” (#2, 1959) and Grammy-winning “Detroit City” (#16, Adult Contemporary #4, 1963) plus over 50 Country Top 40 hits from 1964 to 1983
1937 ● Charlie Thomas → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Five Crowns, who changed their name in 1958 to The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” (#4, 1964)
1938 ● Frederick Dewayne “Freddie” Hubbard → Renowned jazz/be bop NEA Jazz Master trumpeter with a Grammy-winning album (First Light, 1972) which led to accusations of commercial sell-out, performed in numerous collaborations with George Benson, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine and many others, died from a heart attack on 11/26/2008
1938 ● Spencer Dryden → Drummer for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), then country-folk-rock New Riders Of The Purple Sage, “Panama Red” (1973), died of cancer on 1/11/2005
1943 ● Alan Buck → Drummer for early 60s Brit pop The Four Pennies, “Juliet” (UK #1, 1964), the most important British Invasion era act with no chart presence in the US, died 3/15/1994 from a heart attack
1943 ● Mick Abrahams → Original lead guitarist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), left after a falling-out with bandleader Ian Anderson, formed blues-rock Blodwyn Pig that released two charting albums in the early 70s
1947 ● Charles “Skip” Pitts → Soul, funk and blues guitarist, “wah-wah” style innovator, session musician with Stax Records, performed with Isaac Hayes (soundtrack album Shaft, 1971), also worked with James Brown, Otis Redding, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper and others, died of cancer on 5/1/2012
1947 ● Florian Schneider-Esleben → Drums and keyboards for German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1947 ● Patricia Bennett → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963)
1948 ● Carol Douglas → Vocals for early R&B/pop girl group trio The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, R&B #2, 1958), one of the definitive songs of the genre
1949 ● John Oates → Singer/songwriter and one half of Philly soul-pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, “Private Eyes” (#1, 1981), plus 20 other Top 20 hits
1950 ● Steve Ellis → Vocals for London-based R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, “Everlasting Love” (UK #1, 1968), solo and The New Amen Corner
1951 ● Bruce Gary → Drummer for power pop The Knack, “My Sharona” (#1, 1979), worked with Albert Collins, Jack Bruce, Dr. John in the 70s and Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Yoko Ono, Bette Midler and others, and as a producer before dying of lymphoma on 8/22/2006
1951 ● Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink) → Grammy-winning, often controversial singer/songwriter, first hit was at age 16, “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)” (#14, 1967), then “At Seventeen” (#3, 1975)
1960 ● Simon Climie → Songwriter and member of the Brit pop duo Climie Fisher, “Love Changes (Everything)” (#23, 1988), lately collaborating with Eric Clapton
1978 ● Duncan James (Inglis) → Actor, TV host and singer with Brit boy band Blue, “If You Come Back” (UK #1, 2002), solo

Apr 08

1929 ● Jacques Brel → Internationally acclaimed Belgian singer and songwriter whose compositions have been interpreted by Marc Almond, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, The Kingston Trio, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, sold over 25 million records worldwide, all in French, died of cancer 10/9/1978
1941 ● J.J. Jackson (Jerome Louis Jackson) → R&B/soul singer and organist, “But It’s Alright” (#22, R&B #4, 1966)
1942 ● Roger “Chappo” Chapman → Co-frontman and lead vocals for Brit art/blues-rock Family, then hard blues-rock Streetwalkers, now solo
1944 ● Deke Richards (Dennis Lussier) → Songwriter and record producer, part of the Motown songwriting team known as “The Clan” and later “The Corporation,” co-wrote multiple hits for several Motown bands, most importantly bubblegum-soul The Jackson 5 including “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), “ABC” (#1, 1970), retired to operate a vintage movie poster business and died from esophogeal cancer on 3/24/2013
1947 ● Steve Howe → Lead guitarist in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971) and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983), then pop-rock Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982), also Bodast, GTR, the Syndicats and Tomorrow
1956 ● Justin Sullivan → Frontman, guitarist and lyricist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)
1962 ● Adam Mole → Keyboards for “grebo” dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1962 ● Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isbell) → Guitarist for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), also fronted the Ju Ju Hounds
1962 ● Jem Kelly → Guitars for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, “The First Picture Of You” (UK #15, 1983)
1963 ● Donita Sparks → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for all-girl post-punk/grunge band L7, “Pretend We’re Dead” (Alt Rock #8, 1992)
1963 ● Julian Lennon → Guitarist and singer/songwriter, pop-rock “Too Late For Goodbyes” (#11, 1984), son of John and only child of his first wife Cynthia
1964 ● Biz Markie (Marcel Theo Hall) → Freestyle rhymer/rapper, “Just A Friend” (#9, Rap #5, 1989)
1971 ● Darren Jessee → Drummer for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (Modern Rock #6, 1998)
1972 ● Paul “The Pig” Gray → Founding member, bassist and songwriter for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004), died from an accidental drug overdose on 5/24/2010
1975 ● Anouk Teeuwe → Dutch pop-rock singer, “Nobody’s Wife” (1997)
1984 ● Ezra Koenig → Lead singer and rhythm guitar for indie Afro-pop/rock Vampire Weekend, “Cousins” (Alt Rock #18, 2009)

Apr 09

1932 ● Carl Perkins → The “King of Rockabilly,” singer, songwriter and guitarist, , “Blue Suede Shoes” (#2, 1955), died 1/19/1998 from throat cancer
1938 ● “Rockin’ Sidney” Simien → Grammy-winning Cajun/swamp blues and zydeco singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, one hit wonder crossover phenomenon “My Toot Toot” (Country #19, 1985), zydeco’s first international hit, died of throat cancer on 2/25/1998
1943 ● Terry Knight (Richard Terrance Knapp) → Producer, promote, radio DJ and later manager for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973) and Bloodrock, “D.O.A.” (#76, 1978), died 11/1/2004
1944 ● Emil Stucchio → Vocals for white harmony group The Classics, “Till Then” (#20, Adult Contemporary #7, 1963)
1944 ● Gene Parsons → Drummer for seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), then country-rock Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1946 ● Les Gray → Vocals for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), died from throat cancer 2/21/2004
1948 ● David Allen “Chico” Ryan → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1948 ● Phillip Wright → Drummer and lead vocals for pop/rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1961 ● Mark Kelly → Keyboards for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1969 ● Kevin Martin → Lead vocals for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1977 ● Gerard Way → Vocals for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)
1978 ● Rachel Stevens → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1980 ● Albert L. Hammond, Jr. → Guitarist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1987 ● Jesse McCartney → Teen TV actor (All My Children), then dance-pop boy band Dream Street, solo, “Beautiful Soul” (#16, 2006)

Apr 10

1921 ● Shelby F. “Sheb” Wooley → Country music singer with eight Country Top 40 hits and the novelty-pop hit “The Purple People Eater” (#1, 1958), TV actor (played Pete Nolan in the TV series Rawhide), died of leukemia on 9/16/2003
1932 ● Nathaniel “Nate” Nelson → Tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959), died on 6/1/1984
1936 ● Bobby Smith → Principal lead vocals for Motown R&B/soul The Spinners, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, died from pneumonia caused by lung cancer on 3/16/2013
1940 ● Ricky Valance (David Spencer) → Welsh singer, covered “Tell Laura I Love Her” (UK #1, 1960), becoming the first UK #1 by an artist from Wales
1947 ● Bunny Wailer (aka Bunny Livingston, born Neville O’Reilly Livingston) → Reggae/ska percussionist and singer/songwriter, original member of The Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Grammy-winning solo career, named by Newsweek magazine as one of the three most important figures in world music
1947 ● Burke Shelley → Bass guitar and vocals for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1947 ● Karl Russell → Vocals for R&B/soul-disco The Hues Corporation, “Rock The Boat” (#1, 1974), one of the earliest disco hits
1948 ● Fred Smith → Original bassist for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), left in 1975 to replace Richard Hell in punk-rock Television, rejoining Blondie in 1978
1950 ● Eddie Hazel → Lead guitarist for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978), his solo is the funk-metal guitar classic on “Maggot Brain” (1971), died of liver failure on 12/23/1992
1950 ● Ernest Stewart → Rhythm guitar for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits, died on 4/26/1977
1953 ● Terre Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1957 ● Steve Gustafson → Bassist for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992)
1959 ● Babyface (Kenneth Brian Edmonds) → → Urban contemporary R&B singer/songwriter, “When Can I See You” (#4, 1994), writer and producer for Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, TLC and others
1959 ● Brian Setzer → Founder and frontman for rockabilly revival The Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” (#9, 1983), then leader of pop-swing revival Brian Setzer Orchestra, “Jump Jive An’ Wail” (Adult Top 40 #14, 1998)
1959 ● Katrina Leskanish → Lead vocals for New Wave pop-rock Katrina And The Waves, “Walking On Sunshine” (#9, 1985) and the Eurovision 1997 contest winner “Love Shine A Light” (UK #3, 1997)
1963 ● Mark Oliver Everett → Guitarist and lead singer for L.A. indie rock Eels, “Novocaine For The Soul” (Modern Rock #1, 1997)
1963 ● Warren “Torch” DeMartini → Lead guitarist for hard rock/glam and hair metal Ratt, “Round And Round” (#12, 1984)
1964 ● Alan “Reni” Wren → Drummer for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989)
1968 ● Kenediid Osman → Bassist for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1970 ● Kenny Lattimore → R&B singer, “For You” (#33, 1997)
1970 ● Mike Mushok → Guitarist for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, “It’s Been A While” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1970 ● Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis, aka Kamaal Ibn John Fareed) → MC in artistic hip hop jazz-rap fusion trio A Tribe Called Quest, “Check The Rhime” (Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Vivrant Thins” (#26, Rap #10, 1999), producer and actor
1975 ● Chris Carrabba → Frontman, lead singer and guitarist for alt rock/emo band Dashboard Confessional, “Stolen” (#44, 2007)
1979 ● Sophie Ellis Bextor → Lead singer for indie-rock Brit-pop Theaudience, then solo, “Murder On The Dancefloor” (UK #2, 2001)
1980 ● Bryce Soderberg → Bassist and vocals for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1981 ● Elizabeth Margaret “Liz” McClarnon → Vocals for Brit dance-pop vocal trio Atomic Kitten, “Whole Again” (UK #1, 2000)
1984 ● Mandy Moore → Teen idol pop singer, “I Wanna Be With You” (#24, Top 40 #11, 2000) turned film actress (A Walk To Remember, 2002) and Adult Contemporary singer/songwriter

Apr 11

1935 ● Richard Berry → R&B/ballad and novelty singer/songwriter and backing vocalist, wrote and recorded “Louie Louie” in 1956 (became a #2 hit and subsequent garage rock classic for The Kingsmen in 1962), died 1/23/1997 from heart failure
1943 ● Tony Victor → Vocals for white harmony group The Classics, “Till Then” (#20, Adult Contemporary #7, 1963)
1946 ● “Whispering” Bob Harris → Iconic BBC Radio 2 DJ and TV host, including the long running contemporary music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and current twice-weekly rock music program
1950 ● Tom Hill → Bassist for Brit hard rock/glam-rock Geordie, “All Because Of You” (UK #6, 1973)
1956 ● Neville Staples → Vocals for 2 Tone, multiracial ska band The Specials, “Ghost Town” (#1, 1981), left to form New Wave pop Fun Boy 3, “Really Saying Something” (Club #16, UK #5, 1982), frontman for The Neville Staple Band
1958 ● Stuart Adamson → Guitar and vocals for Scottish art-punk-rock The Skids, “Into The Valley” (UK #10, 1979), then for art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983)
1961 ● Doug Hopkins → Co-founder, lead guitarist and chief songwriter for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), committed suicide on 12/5/1993
1965 ● Nigel Pulsford → Founding member and original lead guitarist for alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995), left in 2002 to spend time with his family
1966 ● Lisa Stansfield → English singer/songwriter, first as lead vocals for pop-rock Blue Zone UK, “Jackie” (#54, Dance/Club #37, 1988), then solo “All Around The World” (#3, 1989)
1969 ● Cerys Elizabeth Philip Matthews → Vocals for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK #3, 1998)
1970 ● Delroy Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1970 ● Dylan Keefe → Bass and vocals for post-grunge/indie rock Marcy Playground, “Sex And Candy” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1997)
1971 ● Oliver “Ollie” Riedel → Bassist for heavy metal/industrial Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1978 ● Tom Thacker → Guitar and vocals for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1979 ● Chris Gaylor → Drums and percussion for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)
1987 ● Joss Stone (Jocelyn Eve Stoker) → Blue-eyed Brit R&B/neo-soul singer, released first album at age 16, first hit at 17, “Fell In Love With A Boy” (UK#18, 2004), Grammy-winner in 2007 with John Legend and Van Hunt for cover of Sly & The Family Stone‘s “Family Affair”

Apr 12

1925 ● Prentiss Barnes → Bass vocals and founding member of important 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, “Sincerely” (R&B #1, 1955)
1930 ● Carole Lindsay Young → Vocals for English pop trio The Kaye Sisters, “Ivory Tower” (UK #20, 1956), died 8/20/2006
1933 ● Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) → Warbling singer and ukulele strumming novelty act, “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” (#17, 1968), married Victoria Mae “Miss Vicki” Budinger on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show on 1217/1969, died of a heart attack on stage on 11/30/1996
1940 ● Herbie Hancock → Renowned jazz fusion keyboardist with Miles Davis and Chick Corea, solo “Chameleon” (1973), composed film soundtracks
1944 ● John Kay (Joachim Krauledat) → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1948 ● Sandra Delores “Lois” Reeves → Joined sister Martha’s Motown R&B/soul-pop group Martha Reeves & The Vandellas in 1967 to replace Betty Kelly, “Jimmy Mack” (#11, R&B #1, 1967)
1949 ● Donald Ray Mitchell → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1950 ● David Cassidy → TV/screen actor and singer, played the teen idol oldest son (with real-life stepmother Shirley Jones) in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group The Partridge Family, “I Think I Love You” (#1, 1970), solo “How Can I Be Sure” (1972)
1951 ● Alexander Briley → Vocals (and the Army G. I. character) for R&B/disco Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Pat Travers → Canadian bluesy hard rock guitarist, singer and bandleader for the Pat Travers Band, “New Age Music” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1981) and solo
1956 ● Herbert Grönemeyer → German film actor (Das Boot, 1981) and film score composer, now successful pop-rocker, “Mensch” (German #1, 2002)
1957 ● Vince Gill → Neo-traditionalist country-pop singer/songwriting and guitarist, fronted light country-rock Pure Prairie League, “Amie” (#27, 1973), then successful solo career with 17 Country Music Awards and 14 Grammys, married to singer Amy Grant
1958 ● Will Sergeant → Guitarist for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, “Enlighten Me” (Modern Rock #8, 1990)
1962 ● Art Alexakis → Frontman, guitars, lead vocals and principal songwriter for Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1964 ● Amy Ray → Guitar and vocals in indie-folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine” (#52, Modern Rock #26, 1989)
1965 ● Sean Welch → Bassist for Brit alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1967 ● Mellow Man Ace (Ulpiano Sergio Reyes) → Cuban-born rapper and house music singer, “Mentirosa” (#14, 1990), brother of Sen Dog
1967 ● Sarah Cracknell → Frontwoman and lead vocals for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, “Nothing Can Stop Us” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1970 ● Nicholas Lofton Hexum → Vocals and rhythm guitar for alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, “All Mixed Up” (Modern Rock #4, 1996)
1978 ● Guy Berryman → Bassist and backing vocals for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1980 ● Bryan McFadden → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits, now solo and judge on Australia’s Got Talent TV show
1987 ● Brendon Urie → Lead singer, guitar and piano for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Apr 13

1934 ● Horace Kay → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1936 ● Richard Timothy “Rashad” Feild → Vocals and guitar with Dusty Springfield and her brother in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962), now Sufi mystic and spiritual teacher
1940 ● Lester Chambers → Lead vocals, harmonica and percussion for bi-racial psychedelic soul-rock The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1942 ● Bill Conti → Prolific film and TV score composer, best known for the Rocky movie series, wrote and directed “Gonna Fly Now” (#1, 1977), theme song from Rocky, orchestra conductor for the Academy Awards
1944 ● Brian Pendleton → Raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964), died of cancer on 5/15/2001
1944 ● John William “Jack” Casady → Bassist for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), then folk-rock Hot Tuna
1945 ● Lowell George → Singer/songwriter and guitarist, frontman for Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973), solo, died of an accidental drug overdose on 6/29/1979
1946 ● Al Green (Albert Greene) → Southern R&B and gospel singer, “Let’s Stay Together” (#1, 1972), #65 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1946 ● Roy Loney → Founding member, wild frontman and lead vocals for eclectic rock ‘n’ roll/proto-punk cult band The Flamin’ Groovies, left for mostly quiet solo career in 1971
1948 ● Piet Sweval → Co-founder and bassist for one hit wonder pop-rock Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” (#1, 1972)
1951 ● Max Weinberg → Drummer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, frontman for Max Weinberg 7 (house band for TV’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien), author of 1991 book The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock’s Greatest Drummers
1951 ● Robert Peabo Bryson → R&B/smooth soul vocalist, duet with Roberta Flack “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (1983) plus solo, “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” (#10, 1984)
1954 ● Jimmy Destri → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979)
1955 ● Louis Johnson → Bass and vocals for R&B/soul-funk The Brothers Johnson, “Strawberry Letter 23″ (#, R&B #1, 1977), played on Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous albums and issued a solo gospel LP
1957 ● Wayne Lewis → Lead singer and keyboards for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, “Always” (#1, 1987)
1961 ● Clarence Frederick “Butch” Taylor → Keyboards for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1962 ● Hillel Slovak → Guitarist for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000), died from a heroin overdose 6/27/1988
1966 ● Marc Ford → Lead guitarist for roots/raunch rock Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991), solo
1972 ● Aaron Lewis → Vocals for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, “It’s Been A While” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1975 ● Lou Bega (David Lubega) → German-born, Italian and Ugandan-descended dance-pop Latino-tinged singer, “Mambo No. 5″ (#3, 1999)
1979 ● Tony Lundon → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

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Albums Released This Week (April 1 – 7)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):



Apr 01


John Coltrane —— Giant Steps ► Jazz >> 1959
Marvin Gaye —— When I’m Alone I Cry ► Soul/Broadway >> 1964
Cat Stevens —— Mona Bone Jakon ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Dracula [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Journey —— Journey ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Rush —— 2112 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Grateful Dead —— Reckoning ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Trooper —— Money Talks ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Paul Young —— The Secret Of Association ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Suzanne Vega —— Solitude Standing ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Black Sabbath —— Headless Cross ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Afghan Whigs —— Up In It ► Post-Punk >> 1990
School Of Fish —— School Of Fish ► Jangle Pop >> 1991
Cocteau Twins —— Milk And Kisses ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Lit —— Tripping The Light Fantastic ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Stabbing Westward —— The Essential Stabbing Westward ► Industrial Rock >> 2003
Van Morrison —— Keep It Simple ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
R.E.M. —— Accelerate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Rolling Stones —— Shine A Light: Original Soundtrack ► Blues-Rock >> 2008



Apr 02


Elvis Presley —— Kissin’ Cousins ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Donny Hathaway —— Donny Hathaway ► Soul >> 1971
The Beatles —— The Beatles/1962-1966 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Beatles —— The Beatles/1967-1970 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Bad Company —— Straight Shooter ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Phyllis Hyman —— Phyllis Hyman ► Soul – Quiet Storm >> 1977
Jefferson Starship —— Modern Times ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Go West —— Go West ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Severed Heads —— Bulkhead ► Electronica/Industrial >> 1988
Lenny Kravitz —— Mama Said ► Pop-Rock/Soul-Funk >> 1991
Mike + The Mechanics —— Word Of Mouth ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1991
Citizen King —— Count The Days ► Alt Rock/Punk Hop >> 1996
Eric Clapton —— Crossroads 2: Live In The Seventies ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Our Lady Peace —— Clumsy ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— No More Shall We Part ► Alt Rock >> 2001
Genesis —— Genesis 1976 – 1982 ► Prog Rock >> 2007



Apr 03


Brenda Lee —— Emotions ► Country-Pop >> 1961
Moby Grape —— Wow ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1968
Simon & Garfunkel —— Bookends ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Harry Nilsson —— Harry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— Live European Tour ► Funk >> 1974
Poco —— Live ► Country-Rock >> 1976
En Vogue —— Born To Sing ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Ronnie Wood —— Live & Electric ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Poison —— The Best of Poison – 20 Years of Rock ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2006
REO Speedwagon —— Find Your Own Way Home ► Arena Rock >> 2007



Apr 04


The Kingston Trio —— Sold Out ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
ZZ Top —— Rio Grande Mud ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Rodan —— Rusty ► Alt Rock/Math Rock >> 1994
Duran Duran —— Thank You ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Radiohead —— The Bends ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
INXS —— Elegantly Wasted ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Kreator —— Voices Of Transgression: A 90s Retrospective ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1999
Lou Reed —— Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Mariah Carey —— The Emancipation Of Mimi ► Pop-Rock >> 2005



Apr 05


Jimi Hendrix —— Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Live At The L.A. Forum 4-5-70 ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Graham Nash/David Crosby ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Johnny Cash —— Ragged Old Flag ► Trad Country >> 1974
Journey —— Evolution ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
The Motels —— All Four One ► L. A. New Wave >> 1982
Tracy Chapman —— Tracy Chapman ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
David Bowie —— Black Tie White Noise ► Glam Rock >> 1993
Milla Jovovich —— The Divine Comedy ► Soft Rock >> 1994
Boz Scaggs —— Some Change ► Pop-Soul >> 1994
Blind Guardian —— Imaginations From The Other Side ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1995

Apr 06


Cilla Black —— Sher-oo! ► Pop/Merseybeat >> 1968
Jean Jacques Burnel —— Euroman Cometh ► Minimal Wave >> 1979
Roger Taylor —— Fun In Space ► Glam Rock >> 1981
The Cult —— Electric ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1987
The Dandy Warhols —— Dandys Rule, OK? ► Psych Rock >> 1995
Big Sugar —— Heated ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Various Artists —— Fat Music Volume 4: Life In The Fat Lane ► Punk-Rock >> 1999



Apr 07


The Nazz —— Nazz Nazz ► Garage Rock >> 1969
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— 4 Way Street ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Genesis —— …And Then There Were Three… [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Prince —— For You ► Quiet Storm >> 1978
Rick James —— Street Songs ► Soul-Funkl >> 1981
Blow Monkeys —— Animal Magic ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Various Artists —— Absolute Beginners [Sndtrk] ► Contemporary Rock >> 1986
Whitesnake —— Whitesnake ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Diamanda Galás —— The Singer ► Gospel/Blues >> 1992
M.O.P. —— To The Death ► Hardcore Rap >> 1994
Oval —— 94 Diskont ► Experimental/Electronica >> 1995
The Chemical Brothers —— Dig Your Own Hole ► Eletronica/Big beat >> 1997
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— King Biscuit Flower Hour ► Album Rock >> 1998
King Crimson —— Space Groove ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Bonnie Raitt —— Fundamental ► Blues-Rock >> 1998
Stabbing Westward —— Wither Blister Burn & Peel ► Industrial Rock >> 1998
Neil Young —— Fork In The Road ► Folk-Rock >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 31 – April 6)

<strong>Happy Birthday this week to:</strong>   <br />  
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<b>Mar 31</b> <br />    
1934 ● <strong>Shirley Jones</strong> → TV/screen actress and singer, played the tambourine-shaking mother (with real-life stepson <strong>David Cassidy</strong>) in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group <strong>The Partridge Family</strong>, “I Think I Love You” (#1, 1970) <br />
1935 ● <strong>Herb Alpert</strong> → Trumpeter, composer and bandleader for <strong>The Tijuana Brass</strong>, “This Guys In Love With You” (#1, 1968), A&amp;M Records founder and former executive <br />
1944 ● <strong>Rod Allen</strong> (Rodney Bainbridge) → Lead vocals and bassist in Brit pop-rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died on 1/10/2008 <br />
1946 ● <strong>G. Allan Nichol</strong> → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Al Goodman</strong> → Vocals in R&amp;B/soul trio <strong>The Moments</strong>, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to <strong>Ray, Goodman &amp; Brown</strong>, “Special Lady” (#5, 1979), died of heart failure on 7/27/2010 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Jon Poulos</strong> → Drummer for pop-horn-rock <strong>The Buckinghams</strong>, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), died on 3/26/1980 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Ralphs</strong> → Guitarist and founding member of glam-rock <strong>Mott The Hoople</strong>, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972) and hard rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BAD011″><strong>Bad Company</strong></a>, “Can’t Get Enough” (#5, 1974), solo <br />
1948 ● <strong>Thijs Van Leer</strong> → Founding member, organ and flute for Dutch prog rock band <strong>Focus</strong>, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971), solo classical and jazz-rock albums <br />
1953 ● <strong>Sean Hopper</strong> → Keyboards and vocals for pop-rock bar band <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LEW371″><strong>Huey Lewis &amp; The News</strong></a>, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Tony Brock</strong> → Drummer for mainstream pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WAI821″><strong>The Babys</strong></a>, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a>, <strong>Roy Orbison</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> and others <br />
1955 ● <strong>Angus Young</strong> → Schoolboy-uniformed co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter for power chord rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ACD101″><strong>AC/DC</strong></a&gt;, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1981) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Pat McGlynn</strong> → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop <strong>Bay City Rollers</strong>, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Paul Ferguson</strong> → Founding member and drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> industrial-dance-rock <strong>Killing Joke</strong>, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981) <br />
1959 ● <strong>Robert Holmes</strong> → Guitarist for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop-rock <strong>’Til Tuesday</strong>, “Voices Carry” (1985), then blues-rock <strong>Ultra Blue</strong> and a cappella doo wop quintet <strong>Street Magic</strong>, now freelance rock guitarist <br />
1971 ● <strong>Julian Deane</strong> → Guitarist for alt pub rock/blue-eyed soul <strong>Toploader</strong>, covered “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK Top 10, 2000) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Stefan Ilsdal</strong> → Swedish bassist for alt glam-rock/punk revival <strong>Placebo</strong>, “Pure Morning” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Tony Yayo</strong> (Marvin Bernard) → Haitian-American rapper with <strong>G-Unit</strong>, “Stunt 101″ (#13, Rap #5, 2003) and solo, “So Seductive'” feat. 50 Cent (#48, Rap #12, 2005), convicted felon <br />
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<b>Apr 01</b> <br />    
1927 ● <strong>Amos Milburn</strong> → Boogie-blues piano master, singer and rock ‘n’ roll roots pioneer, “Chicken Shack Boogie” (R&B #1, 1948) and eight other R&B Top 10 hits, died following a stroke on 1/3/1980 <br />
1934 ● <strong>Jim Ed Brown</strong> → Vocals in 50s-60s country-folk harmony sibling trio <strong>The Browns</strong>, “The Three Bells” (#1, 1959), solo <br />
1939 ● <strong>Rudolph Isley</strong> → Vocals for six-decade R&amp;B/soul family group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ISL291″><strong>The Isley Brothers</strong></a>, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2″ (#6, 1973) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Alan Blakely</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock <strong>Brian Poole &amp; The Tremeloes</strong>, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), died of cancer on 6/1/1996 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil Margo</strong> → Drummer and vocalist for white doo-wop <strong>The Tokens</strong>, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961) <br />
1945 ● <strong>John Barbata</strong> → Drummer for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), joined <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Airplane</strong></a> in 1972 and remained through 1978 with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Starship</strong></a>, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), later sessions work <br />
1946 ● <strong>Ronald Frederick “Ronnie” Lane</strong> → Bass player, songwriter and vocals for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock <strong>The Small Faces</strong>, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), after <strong>Steve Marriott</strong> left and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a> and <strong>Ron Wood</strong> joined, renamed <strong>The Faces</strong>, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), formed rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Slim Chance</strong>, “How Come” (UK #5, 1974), collaborated with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOW571″><strong>Pete Townshend</strong></a> (<em>Rough Mix</em>, 1977) and issued several solo albums, died of multiple sclerosis on 6/4/1997  <br />
1947 ● <strong>M</strong> (Robin Scott) → <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop one hit wonder electro-dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Pop Muzik” (#1, 1979), producer and collaborator <br />
1948 ● <strong>Jimmy Cliff</strong> (James Chambers) → Pioneering ska and reggae singer, songwriter, bandleader, actor in the film <em>The Harder They Come</em> (1972) and singer of the title track, also “I Can See Clearly Now” (#18, 1993) <br />
1948 ● <strong>Simon Cowe</strong> → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock <strong>Lindisfarne</strong>, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Billy Currie</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> electro-synth-pop pioneers <strong>Ultravox</strong>, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles <br />
1954 ● <strong>Jeff Porcaro</strong> → Drummer for jazz-pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE241″><strong>Steely Dan</strong></a> in the mid-70s, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (#4, 1974), then sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/SCA331″><strong>Boz Scaggs</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ZEV651″><strong>Warren Zevon</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PIN421″><strong>Pink Floyd</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JAC471″><strong>Michael Jackson</strong></a> and many others, formed arena rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOT601″><strong>Toto</strong></a&gt;, “Africa” (#1, 1983), died on 8/5/1992 at age 38 of a heart attack from suspected cocaine use <br />
1958 ● <strong>D. Boon</strong> (Dennes Dale Boon) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for influential hardcore/punk rock trio <strong>The Minutemen</strong>, died in a car accident at the peak of the band’s underground popularity on 12/22/1985 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Mark White</strong> → Guitar and keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-dance-pop <strong>ABC</strong>, “The Look Of Love” (#18, 1982) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Susan Boyle</strong> → Amateur Scottish singer, “I Dreamed A Dream” (2009), whose out-of-nowhere rise to fame (and fortune) resulted from her appearance on the UK TV show <em>Britain’s Got Talent</em> <br />
1964 ● <strong>Leslie Langston</strong> → Bassist for alt rock <strong>Throwing Muses</strong>, “Dizzy” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1965 ● <strong>Peter O’Toole</strong> → Bassist for Irish rockers <strong>Hothouse Flowers</strong>, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Method Man</strong> (Clifford Smith) → Founding member and MC for 9-man hip hop group <strong>Wu-Tang Clan</strong>, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), then first and biggest solo star to emerge from the Clan, “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” (#3, Rap #1, 1995) <br />
1977 ● <strong>Simon White</strong> → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop <strong>Menswear</strong>, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Hannah Louise Spearitt</strong> → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop <strong>S Club 7</strong>, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001) <br />
1986 ● <strong>Hillary Scott</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for country-rock harmony group <strong>Lady Antebellum</strong>, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009), solo <br />
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<b>Apr 02</b> <br />    
1928 ● <strong>Serge Gainsbourg</strong> (Lucien Ginsburg) → French provocateur, ladies man and pop singer, duet with ingénue <strong>Jane Birkin</strong>, “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus” (#69, UK #1, 1970), the first foreign language UK chart topper, died of a heart attack on 3/2/1991 <br />
1939 ● <strong>Marvin Gaye</strong> (Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.) → Grammy-winning, highly talented and revered R&amp;B/soul pioneer, first with R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Moonglows</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; solo vocalist, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (#1, 1968), transformed to beloved social commentator, “What’s Goin’ On” (#1, 1973), shot dead by his father in a domestic dispute on 4/1/1984 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Leon Russell</strong> (Claude Russell Bridges) → Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, top sessionman for multiple top-name rock artists, bandleader, solo artist, “Tight Rope” (#11, 1972) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil “Parrot” Castrodale</strong> → First tenor for blue-eyed soul/doo wop the <strong>Reflections</strong>, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964) <br />
1943 ● <strong>Larry Coryell</strong> → Pioneer and virtuoso jazz-rock guitarist, played with <strong>Chico Hamilton</strong>, <strong>Chick Coryea</strong> and <strong>Gary Burton</strong>, formed fusion band <strong>The Eleventh House</strong>, multiple solo albums <br />
1946 ● <strong>Kurt Winter</strong> → Guitarist for Canadian rockers <strong>The Guess Who</strong>, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), joined in 1970 to replace founder <strong>Randy Bachman</strong>, co-wrote “Hand Me Down World” (#17, 1970), left in 1974 to start mattress business, died from kidney failure on 12/14/1997 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Emmylou Harris</strong> → Grammy-winning traditional- and neo-country singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, collaborator, solo artist , “Sweet Dreams” (Country #1, 1976) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Dave Bronze</strong> → Session and touring bassist for <strong>Robin Trower</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CLA701″><strong>Eric Clapton</strong></a>, <strong>Ray Davies</strong>. <strong>Belinda Carlisle</strong>, <strong>Procol Harum</strong> and many others <br />
1952 ● <strong>Leon Wilkeson</strong> → Bassist, backing vocals and occasional songwriting for raunchy Southern rockers <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LYN971″><strong>Lynyrd Skynyrd</strong></a>, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died from liver and lung failure on 7/27/2001 <br />
1953 ● <strong>David Robinson</strong> → Drummer for pop/rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Jonathan Richman &amp; The Modern Lovers</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop/guitar rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CAR801″><strong>The Cars</strong></a>, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Gregory Abbott</strong> → One hit wonder R&amp;B/soul-urban pop-quiet storm singer/songwriter, “Shake You Down” (#1, 1986) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Keren Jane Woodward</strong> → Founding member and vocals for hugely successful Brit synth-dance-pop girl group <strong>Bananarama</strong>, covered “Venus” (#1, 1986) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Garnett Silk</strong> (Garnett Damoin Smith)  → Rising star Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer and Rastafarian, “Hey Mama Africa” (UK #1, 1992), died trying to save his mother in an accidental house fire on 12/16/1996 <br />
1967 ● <strong>Greg Camp</strong> → Co-founding member, vocals and guitar for neo-garage/quirky <strong>Smash Mouth</strong>, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Chico</strong> (Yousseph Slimani) → Welsh Latin pop singer, “It’s Chico Time” (UK #1, 2006), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 season of the UK series <em>The X Factor</em>  <br />
1979 ● <strong>Jesse Carmichael</strong> → Keyboards for alt funk-rock <strong>Maroon 5</strong>, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Scott Cain</strong> → Australian singer and winner of the third Australian <em>Popstars</em> competition, “I’m Moving On” (Aus. #1, 2002) <br />
1983 ● <strong>Yung Joc</strong> (Jasiel A. Robinson) → Hardcore/gangsta rapper, “It’s Goin’ Down” (#3, 2006) <br />
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<b>Apr 03</b> <br />    
1922 ● <strong>Doris Day</strong> (Doris Von Kappelhoff) → Award-winning, virginal film heroine and family TV hostess, pop singer, “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” (#2, 1956) <br />
1928 ● <strong>Don Gibson</strong> → Traditional and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (#7, Country #1, 1958) plus over 40 other Country Top 25 hits between 1956 and 1978, died 11/17/2003 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Jimmy McGriff</strong> → Soul-jazz organist and bandleader, “All About My Girl” (#50, R&amp;B #12, 1963), died 5/24/2008 from complications of multiple sclerosis <br />
1938 ● <strong>Jeff Barry</strong> (Adelberg) → Brill Building pop-rock songwriter, singer, record producer, husband of noted songwriter <strong>Ellie Greenwich</strong>, with whom he co-wrote “Be My Baby” for <strong>The Ronettes</strong> (#2, 1963), “Leader Of The Pack” for <strong>The Shangri-Las</strong> (#1, 1964) and “I Can Hear Music” for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEA301″><strong>The Beach Boys</strong></a> (#24, 1969), among dozens of other 60s hits <br />
1938 ● <strong>Philippé Wynne</strong> (Walker) → Co-lead vocals for R&amp;B/soul <strong>The Spinners</strong>, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, died of a heart attack on a nightclub stage on 7/14/1984 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Jan Berry</strong> (William J.) → Singer in seminal surf music duo <strong>Jan &amp; Dean</strong>, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), died on 3/26/2004 after years of poor health following a 1966 auto accident <br />
1942 ● <strong>Billy Joe Royal</strong> → Light country-rock and pop singer, “Down In The Boondocks” (#9, 1965) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Wayne Newton</strong> → Stage and screen star, pop music solo act, “Danke Schoen” (#13, Adult Contemporary #3, 1963), consummate Las Vegas showman and local real estate tycoon <br />
1943 ● <strong>Joe Vann</strong> (Joseph Canzano) → Lead vocals for Italian-American doo wop <strong>The Duprees</strong>, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962), died 2/28/1984 <br />
1943 ● <strong>Richard Manuel</strong> → Canadian-born keyboardist and vocals for seminal roots rock <strong>The Band</strong>, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide in a Florida motel room following a performance on 3/4/1986 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Barry Pritchard</strong> → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop/rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died 1/11/1999 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Lois Wilkinson</strong> → With partner <strong>Andrea Simpson</strong>, one half of the British Invasion pop-rock girl duo <strong>The Caravelles</strong>, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” (#3, 1963) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Tony Orlando</strong> (Michael Anthony Orlando Casavitis) → AM Pop star singer, leader of the vocal group <strong>Dawn</strong>, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971), Las Vegas showroom icon <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dee Murray</strong> (David Murray Oates) → Bassist for numerous rock and pop acts, most notably the <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> band, died 1/15/1992 from a stroke after a long bout with cancer <br />
1949 ● <strong>Richard Thompson</strong> → Folk-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, founding member of renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo, duo with wife <strong>Linda</strong> <br />
1951 ● <strong>Mel Schacher</strong> → Bassist for garage rock legends <strong>? And The Mysterians</strong>, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966), then formed hard rock/early heavy metal power trio <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA521″><strong>Grand Funk Railroad</strong></a>, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Judie Tzuke</strong> (Judith Myers) → UK pop singer/songwriter, “Stay With Me Till Dawn” (1979) ranks #39 of 50 top songs in the <em>BBC Best of British – 50 Golden Years of Popular Music</em> from 2002 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Eddie Murphy</strong> → Stand-up comedian, comic screen actor (<em>Beverly Hills Cop</em>, 1984), <em>Saturday Night Live</em> cast member, sometime pop singer, “Party All The Time” (#2, 1985) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Mike Ness</strong> → Co-founder, lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for Southern California punk revival band <strong>Social Distortion</strong>, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Simon Raymonde</strong> → Bassist for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop <strong>Cocteau Twins</strong>, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Sebastian Bach</strong> (Bierk) → Canadian-born frontman and lead vocals for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal <strong>Skid Row</strong>, “I Remember You” (#6, 1989) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Matthew Priest</strong> → Drummer for goofball Brit power pop trio <strong>Dodgy</strong>, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996) <br />
1985 ● <strong>Leona Lewis</strong> → Contemporary R&amp;B singer/songwriter, “Bleeding Love” (#1, 2007), won the third series of Britain’s <em>The X Factor</em> in 2006, <em>Billboard</em> magazine’s “Top New Artist” for 2008 <br />
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<b>Apr 04</b> <br />    
1915 ● <strong>Muddy Waters</strong> (McKinley Morganfield) → Grammy-winning Chicago blues giant, “Mannish Boy” (R&amp;B #5, 1955), major inspiration for the British blues-rock explosion of the 60s, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine #17 Greatest Artist of All Time, died in his sleep from heart failure on 4/30/1983 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Margo Sylvia</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Tune Weavers</strong>, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957), died on 10/29/1991 <br />
1938 ● <strong>Declan Mulligan</strong> → Irish guitarist for pop-rock <strong>The Beau Brummels</strong>, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Hugh Masekela</strong> → South African jazz and pop trumpeter, composer and singer, best know for his instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass” (#1, 1968) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Major Lance</strong> → Chicago good-time R&amp;B/soul singer, “The Monkey Time” (#8, R&amp;B #2, 1963), died of heart failure on 3/9/1994 <br />
1940 ● <strong>Sharon Sheeley</strong> → Successful early rock ‘n’ roll songwriter, wrote “Poor Little Fool” for <strong>Ricky Nelson</strong> (#1, 1958) and “Somethin’ Else” for <strong>Eddie Cochran</strong> (#58, 1959), was Cochran’s “unofficial fiancé” and survived the taxi crash that killed Cochran in 1960, died on 5/17/2002 following a cerebral hemorrhage <br />
1945 ● <strong>Ian “Knox” Carnochan</strong> → Founding member and vocals for punk-rock <strong>The Vibrators</strong>, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Hill</strong> → Lead guitarist and backing vocals for Brit glam-metal <strong>Slade</strong>, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984) <br />
1948 ● <strong>David “Pick” Withers</strong> → Original drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/DIR281″><strong>Dire Straits</strong></a>, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983), left the band in 1982 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Berry Oakley</strong> → First bassist for Southern blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (#77, 1972), died in a motorcycle accident on 11/11/1973 <br />
1949 ● <strong>Franklin Delano Alexander “Junior” Braithwaite</strong> → Co-founding member and vocals for roots reggae <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>The Wailers</strong></a>, left Jamaica in 1964 to pursue a medical career in Chicago, returned in 1984 for a <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>Wailers</strong></a&gt; reunion album and tour, murdered on 6/2/1999 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Graeme Kelling</strong> → Guitarist in Scottish indie pop-rock <strong>Deacon Blue</strong>, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), died from pancreatic cancer on 6/10/2004 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Peter Haycock</strong> → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit blues-rock <strong>Climax Blues Band</strong>, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), now composes film scores <br />
1952 ● <strong>Gary Moore</strong> → Guitarist for Irish blues-rock band <strong>Skid Row</strong>, plus three short stints with hard rock <strong>Thin Lizzy</strong>, “Waiting For An Alibi” (UK #9, 1979), solo, “Still Got The Blues” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1990), found dead in his vacation hotel room in Spain on 2/6/2011 <br />
1962 ● <strong>Craig Adams</strong> → Bassist and songwriter for goth-rock <strong>The Sisters of Mercy</strong>, then hard rock/metal revival <strong>The Cult</strong>, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989) and <strong>The Mission</strong>, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990),  <br />
1963 ● <strong>David Gavurin</strong> → Guitarist for Brit alt-indie-rock <strong>The Sundays</strong>, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990) <br />
1964 ● <strong>Kid</strong> (Christopher Reid) → Comedian and vocals for mainstream message-rap duo <strong>Kid ‘N Play</strong>, “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#51, Rap #1, 1991) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike Starr</strong> → Original bassist for alterna-metal/hard rock <strong>Alice In Chains</strong>, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), died from an apparent methadone overdose on 3/8/2011 <br />
1968 ● <strong>Mark Yates</strong> → Guitarist for hard rock/heavy metal <strong>Terrorvision</strong>, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz</strong> → DJ for hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop masters the <strong>Beastie Boys</strong>, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Jill Scott</strong> → Actress (as Big Mama Thornton in <em>Hounddog</em>, 2007), poet, songwriter and R&amp;B/soul singer, “A Long Walk” (#43, R&amp;B #9, 2001) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Magnus Sveningsson</strong> → Bassist for Swedish pop-rock <strong>The Cardigans</strong>, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Kelly Price</strong> → R&amp;B/pop singer, backing vocals for <strong>Mariah Carey</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FRA541″><strong>Aretha Franklin</strong></a>, <strong>Faith Evans</strong>, <strong>Mase</strong> and <strong>Notorious B.I.G.</strong>, and solo, “Friend Of Mine” (#12, 1998) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Andre Dalyrimple</strong> → Vocals for urban R&amp;B/dance-club brother quartet <strong>Soul For Real</strong>, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995) <br />
1975 ● <strong>Phil A. Jimenez</strong> → Vocals and percussion for post-grunge <strong>Wheatus</strong>, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Lemar Obika</strong> → Brit R&amp;B/soul-pop singer, appeared on BBC TV talent show <em>Fame Academy</em>, “Dance (With You)” (UK #3, 2002) <br />
1980 ● <strong>Johnny Borrell</strong> → Guitar and vocals for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock <strong>Razorlight</strong>, “America” (UK #1, 2006) <br />
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<b>Apr 05</b> <br />    
1928 ● <strong>Tony Williams</strong> → Lead tenor for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Platters</strong>, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died 8/14/1992 of emphysema <br />
1929 ● <strong>Robert George “Joe” Meek</strong> → Brit 60s rock ‘n’ roll record producer, songwriter and film composer, produced <strong>The Tornados</strong>’ hit “Telstar” (#1, 1961) among others, committed suicide after murdering his landlady on 2/3/1967 <br />
1935 ● <strong>Peter “G” Grant</strong> → Brit movie actor turned rock band manager for <strong>The Nashville Teens</strong>, <strong>The Yardbirds</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LED921″><strong>Led Zeppelin</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEC441″><strong>Jeff Beck</strong></a> and others, co-founder of Swan Song Records, died on 11/22/1995 from a heart attack <br />
1939 ● <strong>Ronnie White</strong> → Founding member and vocalist for R&amp;B/soul-pop <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ROB351″><strong>The Miracles</strong></a>, who charted 18 Top 10 hits including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970), introduced <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WON221″><strong>Stevie Wonder</strong></a> to <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; chief Berry Gordy Jr., died of leukemia on 8/26/1995 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Dave Swarbrick</strong> → Violin, mandolin and vocals for renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo <br />
1942 ● <strong>Allan Clarke</strong> → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock harmony group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/HOL431″><strong>The Hollies</strong></a>, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Crispian St. Peters</strong> (Robin Peter Smith) → Folk-pop two hit wonder singer/songwriter, “The Pied Piper” (#4, UK #5, 1966) and “You Were On My Mind” (UK #2, 1967) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Nicholas Caldwell</strong> → Vocals for R&amp;B/soul quintet <strong>The Whispers</strong>, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&amp;B #1, 1980) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Holland</strong> → Drummer with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band <strong>Judas Priest</strong>, “Breaking The Law” (1980) <br />
1950 ● <strong>Agnetha “Anna” Faltskog-Ulvaeus</strong> → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop quartet <strong>ABBA</strong>, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976) <br />
1951 ● <strong>Everett Morton</strong> → Drummer for multi-racial Brit ska revival band <strong>The Beat</strong> (known as the <strong>English Beat</strong> in the US), “Hand’s Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Stan Ridgeway</strong> → Frontman and distinctive baritone vocalist for alt indie rock <strong>Wall Of Voodoo</strong>, “Mexican Radio” (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), then solo with “Goin’ Southbound” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Jacob Slichter</strong> → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock <strong>Semisonic</strong>, “Closing Time” (Modern Rock #4, 1998), authored book <em>So You Wanna Be A Rock &amp; Roll Star</em> (2004) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike McCready</strong> → Lead guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings <strong>Pearl Jam</strong>, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Paula Cole</strong> → Alt pop-rock dreamy 90s two hit singer/songwriter, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” (#8, 1997) and “I Don’t Want To Wait” (#11. 1997) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Pharrell Williams</strong> → Grammy-winning rapper, fashion designer, and with <strong>Chad Hugo</strong>, one half of the hit songwriting/production duo <strong>The Neptunes</strong>, responsible for multiple pop, hip hop and R&amp;B hits, including <strong>Britney Spears</strong>’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” (Dance/Club #4, 2001), worked with <strong>Mase</strong>, <strong>Nelly</strong> and <strong>Kelis</strong>, solo US #1 album <em>The Neptunes Present…Clones</em> <br />
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<b>Apr 06</b> <br />    
1927 ● <strong>Merle Haggard</strong> → Traditional country guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Mama Tried” (Country #1, 1968) and over 40 other Country #1 hits <br />
1944 ● <strong>John Stax</strong> → Original bassist for raunchy R&amp;B/blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> band <strong>The Pretty Things</strong>, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Tony Connor</strong> → Drummer for Brit interracial R&amp;B/soul-disco-funk <strong>Hot Chocolate</strong>, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Ralph Cooper</strong> → Drummer for Aussie light pop-rock <strong>Air Supply</strong>, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981) <br />
1953 ● <strong>Christopher Franke</strong> → German keyboardist and composer for atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock <strong>Tangerine Dream</strong> <br />
1960 ● <strong>Warren Haynes</strong> → Blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, sideman and bandleader, founding member of power trio/jam band <strong>Gov’t Mule</strong>, “Drivin’ Rain” (Mainstream Rock #33, 2002), played with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, <strong>David Allan Coe</strong>, the <strong>Dickie Betts Band</strong>, <strong>Phil Lesh & Friends</strong> and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA821″><strong>The Dead</strong></a> plus numerous session and special projects with <strong>Blues Traveler</strong>, <strong>Dave Matthews</strong>, <strong>John Mayall</strong> and others <br />
1962 ● <strong>Ian Peter “Stan” Cullimore</strong> → Guitarist for Brit jangle guitar pop-rock <strong>The Housemartins</strong>, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), author of children’s books <br />
1965 ● <strong>Black Francis</strong> (Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) → Guitarist and singer with influential alt melodic rock <strong>Pixies</strong>, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), formed <strong>Frank Black and the Catholics</strong> in 1993, reunited <strong>Pixies</strong> in 2004, plus over 10 solo albums. <br />
1968 ● <strong>Joe Gittleman</strong>  → Bassist for ska punk <strong>The Mighty Mighty Bosstones</strong>, “The Impression That I Get” (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997) and other bands, assistant professor of music at a Vermont college <br />
1978 ● <strong>Myleene Klass</strong> → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop <strong>Hear’Say</strong>, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), now TV host and model <br />

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Albums Released This Week (March 25 – 31)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):

Mar 25


The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ U.S.A. ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Billy Preston —— The Wildest Organ In Town ► Soul >> 1966
John Cale —— Vintage Violence ► Art Rock >> 1970
Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
The Kinks —— The Kink Kronikles ► British Rock >> 1972
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Open Our Eyes ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
John Cale —— Slow Dazzle ► Art Rock >> 1975
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings At The Speed Of Sound ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Triumph —— Progressions Of Power ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Devo —— DEV-O LIVE ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1981
The Church —— The Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Joe Jackson —— Big World ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Cure —— Entreat ► Post-Punk >> 1991
Shakira —— Peligro ► New Jack Swing >> 1993
Powerman 5000 —— True Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Sleater-Kinney —— Call The Doctor ► Punk/Riot Grrl >> 1996
Daft Punk —— Homework ► House >> 1997
Dinosaur Jr. —— Hand It Over ► Alt. Rock >> 1997
Machine Head —— The More Things Change… ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1997
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Life After Death ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Rick Slick —— The Art Of Storytelling ► Rap >> 1999
The B-52’s —— Funplex ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows —— Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Raconteurs —— Consolers Of The Lonely ► Alt. Rock >> 2008

Mar 26


John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— John Mayall Plays John Mayall ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Kinks —— Percy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1971
The Mothers Of Invention —— Just Another Band From L.A. ► Art Rock >> 1972
ABBA —— Ring Ring ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Smokey Robinson —— A Quiet Storm ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1975
Santana —— Amigos ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Thin Lizzy —— Jailbreak ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Go West ► Disco >> 1979
Van Halen —— Women And Children First… ► Hard Rock >> 1980
The Oak Ridge Boys —— Fancy Free ► Country-Pop >> 1981
Keel —— Right To Rock, The ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Southern Accents ► Album Rock >> 1985
Van Halen —— 5150 ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Cross —— Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Digital Underground —— Sex Packets ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
Heart —— Brigade ► Album Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Rod Stewart —— Vagabond Heart ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Anal Cunt —— 40 More Reasons To Hate Us ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1996
Bonnie Tyler —— Free Spirit ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1996
Coldplay —— The Singles 1999-2006 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2007

Mar 27


Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Sentimental Journey ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night —— Seven Separate Fools ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1972
Ian Hunter —— You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic ► Album Rock >> 1979
David Gilmour —— About Face ► Prog Rock >> 1984
King Crimson —— Three Of A Perfect Pair ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Run-D.M.C. —— Run-D.M.C. ► Rap >> 1984
The Outfield —— Voices Of Babylon ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slint —— Spiderland ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1991
Silverchair —— Frogstomp ► Grunge >> 1995
Embrace —— Drawn From Memory ► Alt Rock/Post-Britpop >> 2000
Peter Cetera —— Another Perfect World ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bruce Springsteen —— Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City ► Heartland Rock >> 2001
Massive Attack —— Collected ► Trip-Hop >> 2006
Machine Head —— The Blackening ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2007
Stevie Nicks —— Crystal Visions – The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock >> 2007

Mar 28


The Rascals —— The Young Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1966
The Rolling Stones —— Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) ► Rock >> 1966
Led Zeppelin —— Houses Of The Holy ► Hard Rock >> 1973
10cc —— Look Hear? ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Al Jarreau —— Jarreau ► Jazz-Pop Vocal >> 1983
Roxette —— Joyride ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
En Vogue —— Funky Divas ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
The Divine Comedy —— Promenade ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Big L —— Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ► Hardcore Rap >> 1995
Sarah McLachlan —— The Freedom Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Wilco —— A.M. ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
Common —— Like Water For Chocolate ► Alt Hip Hop >> 2000
Various Artists —— Romeo Must Die: The Album [Sndtrk] ► R&B/funk-rap >> 2000

Mar 29


Diana Ross —— Diana! ► Soul >> 1971
The Jackson 5 —— Skywriter ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
King Crimson —— Starless And Bible Black ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Mott The Hoople —— The Hoople ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Charlie Daniels Band —— Saddle Tramp ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Supertramp —— Breakfast In America ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Billy Joel —— Glass Houses ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Iron Maiden —— The Number Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Slade —— Rogues Gallery ► Glam Rock >> 1985
Bobby McFerrin —— Simple Pleasures ► Pop-Reggae >> 1988
Little Feat —— Representing The Mambo ► Southern Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— Phobia ► British Rock >> 1993
Suede —— Suede ► Brit Pop >> 1993
GWAR —— This Toilet Earth ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1994
The Subdudes —— Annunciation ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Gamma Ray —— Power Plant ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999

Mar 30


The Kinks —— The Kink Kontroversy ► British Invasion >> 1966
Billy Preston —— Club Meeting ► Soul >> 1967
Peter Frampton —— Frampton ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Commodores —— Commodores ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Magazine —— Secondhand Daylight ► Post-Punk >> 1979
The Pretenders —— Extended Play ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Bryan Adams —— Into The Fire ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Erasure —— The Circus ► Alt. Dance/Synthpop >> 1987
Onyx —— Bacdafucup ► Hardcore Rap >> 1993
Pink Floyd —— The Division Bell ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Choking Victim —— No Gods, No Managers ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Aerosmith —— Honkin’ On Bobo ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Los Lonely Boys —— Los Lonely Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 2004

Mar 31


Three Dog Night —— It Ain’t Easy ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Deep Purple —— Machine Head ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Led Zeppelin —— Presence ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Paul McCartney & Wings —— London Town ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Genesis —— Duke ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Scorpions —— Animal Magnetism ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Culture Club —— From Luxury To Heartache ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Prince —— Sign ‘O’ The Times ► Soul-Funk >> 1987
The Smiths —— Louder Than Bombs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Thompson Twins —— Close To The Bone ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1987
Body Count —— Body Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Def Leppard —— Adrenalize ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen —— Human Touch ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen —— Lucky Town ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Céline Dion —— The Collection 1982-1988 ► Adult Pop >> 1997
Daz Dillinger —— Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back ► West Coast Rap >> 1998
Duran Duran —— Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1998
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Live: Architecture & Morality And More ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 2008

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