Albums Released This Week (July 22 – 28)

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):

Jul 22


The Moody Blues —— The Magnificent Moodies ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Stevie Wonder —— Fulfillingness’ First Finale ► Pop-R&B >> 1974
Commodores —— Machine Gun ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Elvis Costello —— My Aim Is True ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1977
Amy Grant —— The Collection ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1986
LL Cool J —— Bigger And Deffer ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
Disco Inferno —— Technicolour ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1996
Earth, Wind & Fire —— In The Name Of Love ► Soul-Funk >> 1997
Kreator —— Outcast ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Gavin DeGraw —— Chariot ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Kiss —— Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows —— iTunes Live From Soho ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008

Jul 23


The Supremes —— More Hits By The Supremes ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
The Moody Blues —— Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Joan Baez —— Gracias A La Vida ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1974
Various Artists —— The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1982
Teddy Pendergrass —— This One’s For You ► Soul-Pop >> 1982
Sammy Hagar —— VOA ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Color Me Badd —— C.M.B. ► New Jack Swing >> 1991
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —— Homebase ► Pop-Rap >> 1991
The Innocence Mission —— Umbrella ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
The Black Crowes —— Three Snakes And One Charm ► Southern Rock >> 1996
Fiona Apple —— Tidal ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1996

Jul 24


The Beach Boys —— The Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Time And A Word [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Jon Anderson —— Olias Of Sunhillow ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Go-Go’s —— Beauty And The Beat ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Timothy B. Schmit —— Tell Me The Truth ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dread Zeppelin —— Un-Led-Ed ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Nils Lofgren —— Crooked Line ► Roots Rock >> 1992
Cake —— Comfort Eagle ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 2001
Joni Mitchell —— The Beginning Of Survival ► Folk-Rock >> 2004

Jul 25


The Troggs —— From Nowhere…The Troggs [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1966
The Troggs —— Wild Thing ► Garage Rock >> 1966
Yes —— Yes [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Cosmo’s Factory ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Donovan —— Open Road ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Cat Stevens —— Foreigner ► Folk-Pop >> 1973
Boston —— Boston ► Arena Rock >> 1976
AC/DC —— Back In Black ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Teddy Pendergrass —— TP ► Soul-Pop >> 1980
Loudness —— Lightning Strikes ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1986
Kim Carnes —— View From The House ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Bee Gees —— One ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Beastie Boys —— Paul’s Boutique ► Rap >> 1989
Boredoms —— Chocolate Synthesizer ► Noise Rock >> 1994
311 —— 311 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— E. 1999 Eternal ► Gangsta Rap >> 1995
Dark Tranquility —— Haven ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2000
Béla Fleck And The Flecktones —— Outbound ► Jazz Fusion >> 2000

Jul 26


Buck Owens —— Before You Go ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1965
The Moody Blues —— In Search Of The Lost Chord ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
ZZ Top —— Tres Hombres ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Robert Wyatt —— Rock Bottom ► Art Rock >> 1974
The Clash —— The Clash ► Punk >> 1979
Bucks Fizz —— Bucks Fizz ► Europop-Dance >> 1981
The Human League —— Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The League Unlimited Orchestra —— Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
Asia —— Alpha ► Prog Rock >> 1983
John Waite —— Mask Of Smiles ► Power Pop >> 1985
Odeta Adams —— Evolution ► Jazz-Pop Fusion >> 1993
Ani DiFranco —— Out Of Range ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
The Aquabats —— The Return Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 1996

Jul 27


Pink Floyd —— More [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Temptations —— All Directions ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Genesis —— Genesis Live ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Sweet —— Sweet ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Grateful Dead —— Terrapin Station ► Album Rock >> 1977
AC/DC —— Highway To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Stevie Nicks —— Bella Donna ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Neil Young —— Everybody’s Rockin’ ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Madonna —— Madonna ► Dance-Pop >> 1983
Metallica —— Ride The Lightning ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
10,000 Maniacs —— In My Tribe ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
The Bodeans —— Home ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Sloan —— Peppermint ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— All The Greatest Hits Live ► Album Rock >> 1993
The Smashing Pumpkins —— Siamese Dream ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Dying Fetus —— Killing On Adrenaline ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
At The Drive-In —— Vaya ► Punk Rock >> 1999
.38 Special —— Drivetrain ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Pearl Jam —— Live At Benaroya Hall ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Scissor Sisters —— Scissor Sisters ► Dance-Techno Pop >> 2004

Jul 28


John Coltrane —— Live In Paris ► Contemporary Jazz >> 1965
Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Schmilsson [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Black Sabbath —— Sabotage ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Rainbow —— Down To Earth ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Zapp —— Zapp ► P-Funk >> 1980
Sade —— Diamond Life [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1984
R.E.M. —— Lifes Rich Pageant ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Barenaked Ladies —— Gordon ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1992
Mary J. Blige —— What’s The 411? ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1992
Morrissey —— Your Arsenal ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Company Flow —— Funcrusher Plus ► Experimental Rap >> 1997
Mary J. Blige —— The Tour ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 21

1922 ● Kay Starr (Katherine LaVerne Starks) → 40s and 50s jazz singer who migrated to pop-rock during the 50s, “The Rock And Roll Waltz” (#1, 1956)
1942 ● Kim Vincent Fowley → Singer-songwriter, producer, disc jockey and band manager, including all-girl punk/hard rock The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976)
1945 ● Mike Wilsh (Wilshaw) → Bass, keyboards and backing vocals 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
1946 ● Barry “Bean” Whitwam → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Cat Stevens (nee Stephen Demitri Georgiou, now Yusuf Islam) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Peace Train” (#7, 1971) and 10 other US Top 40 hits, converted to Muslim in 1977
1953 ● Eric Bazilian → Co-founder, guitarist and vocals for 80s MTV pop-rock The Hooters, “And We Danced” (#21, Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1955 ● Henry Priestman → Founding member, keyboards and vocals for Brit New Wave power pop The Yachts, “Suffice To Say” (1977), then blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988) and alt rock It’s Immaterial
1955 ● Howie Epstein → Bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), died of a drug overdose on 2/23/2003
1955 ● Taco (Ockerse) → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer, “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (#4, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Martin → Guitarist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1962 ● Lee Aaron (Karen Lynn Greening) → Award-winning Canadian pop, rock, jazz and singer/songwriter and guitarist with Broken Social Scene, “1 2 3 4″ (UK #4, 2007), solo
1969 ● Emerson Hart → Founder, guitar and vocals for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1974 ● Terry Caldwell → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits
1981 ● Blake Lewis → Beatboxer and American Idol runner-up, “How Many Words” (Dance/Club #8, 2008)

Jul 22

1937 ● Chuck Jackson → R&B/pop-soul singer with doo wop The Del-Vikings, “Come Go With Me” (#4, 1957) and solo, “Any Day Now” (#23, R&B #2, 1962)
1940 ● Thomas Wayne (Perkins) → One hit wonder R&B/doo wop balladeer, “Tragedy” (#5, 1959), brother of Elvis Presley‘s guitarist, Luther Perkins, died in a Memphis car accident on 8/15/1971
1941 ● George Clinton → Principal architect and frontman of “P-Funk”, the R&B/soul-funk sound of the interchangeable bands Parliament and Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1943 ● Bobby Sherman → 60s and 70s pop-rock teen idol singer, “Little Woman” (#3, 1969), regular on TV music variety show Shindig!, TV actor on sit com Here Come The Brides
1944 ● Estelle Bennett → Vocals for Phil Spector-produced pop girl group The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (#2, 1963), died 2/11/2009
1944 ● Rick Davies → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979), solo
1947 ● Don Henley → Drummer, vocalist and songwriter, member of Linda Ronstadt‘s backing band, which became country rock/L.A. rock Eagles, “One Of These Nights” (#1, 1975), Grammy-winning solo career, “The Boys Of Summer” (#5, Mainstream Rock #1, 1984)
1949 ● Alan Menken → With songwriting team partner/lyricist Howard Ashman, Academy Award-winning and 8-time Oscar composer and producer for stage and screen, co-wrote “Under The Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989), the title song to Beauty And The Beast (1991) and “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin (1992)
1956 ● Mick Pointer → Founding member and original drummer for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), left to form prog rock Arena
1957 ● Dennis Greaves → Guitar and lead vocals for Brit blues-rock/”mod revival” quartet Nine Below Zero, Don’t Point Your Finger album reached #56 on the UK album chart
1961 ● Keith Sweat → R&B/soul-New Jack swing singer, “Nobody” (#3, 1996), radio DJ, producer
1963 ● Emily Saliers → Guitar and vocals in indie-folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine” (#52, Modern Rock #26, 1989)
1964 ● Will Calhoun → Drummer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), sessions
1967 ● Pat Badger → Bassist for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991)
1971 ● Chris Helme → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, “Love Is The Law” (UK #3, 1997)
1973 ● Daniel Jones → Vocals, keyboards and sequencer, one-half of Australian dance-pop duo Savage Garden, “Truly Madly Deeply” (#1, 1998), now producer for Aussie pop-rock acts
1973 ● Rufus Wainwright → Canadian-American folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rolling Stone magazine’s 1998 Best New Artist, son of folk musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, brother of Martha Wainwright, album Release The Stars was US #23 in 2007

Jul 23

1935 ● Cleveland “Cleve” Duncan → Tenor singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (#8, 1954)
1942 ● Madeline Bell → R&B and pop-rock singer, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” (#26, 1968), joined Brit pop-rock Blue Mink, “Melting Pot” (UK #3, 1970), also session backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Kiki Dee and others
1943 ● Tony Joe White → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “Pork Salad Annie” (#8, 1969), wrote “Rainy Night In Georgia”, covered by Brook Benton (#4, 1970), Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Jr. and others
1944 ● Dino Danelli → Drums and vocals for blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967), then pop-rock Bulldog, power pop Fotomaker, “Miles Away” (#63, 1978), Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul and The New Rascals
1946 ● Andy Mackay → Saxophone and woodwinds for prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976), sessions and teaching
1947 ● David Essex (David Albert Cook) → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, one hit wonder in the U.S., “Rock On” (#5, 1973), but with 19 UK Top 40 singles (including two #1s)
1948 ● John Hall → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock Orleans, “Still The One” (#5, 1976), sessions and touring, solo, “Power” (1979), now a member of the U.S. Congress (NY-D-19th)
1950 ● Blair Thornton → Guitarist for Canadian hard pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974)
1952 ● Janis Siegel → Vocals for Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1954 ● Marisa DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1961 ● Martin Gore → Keyboards for electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990)
1964 ● Tim Kellett → Keyboards and trumpet for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986), then trip-hop/electronica trio Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, 1997)
1964 ● Nick Menza → Drummer for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Rob Dickinson → Vocals for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1965 ● Slash (Saul Hudson) → Lead guitar for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), side project Slash’s Snakepit caused him to leave the band for good in 1997, formed Velvet Revolver in 2002 with ex-GNR bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, “Fall To Pieces” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1970 ● Sam Watters → Vocals for a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1971 ● Alison Krauss → Folk-bluegrass singer, songwriter and fiddler, “When You Say Nothing At All” (#53, Country #3, 1995), frontwoman for Union Station, winner of 1996 Rolling Stone‘s critic’s choice Best Country Artist, Grammy-winning collaboration album with Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant, Raising Sand (#2, 2007)
1971 ● Chad Gracey → Drummer for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995), co-founded post-grunge The Gracious Few in 2009
1971 ● Dalvin DeGrate → Vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993)
1973 ● Fran Healy → Guitar and vocals for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (#36, UK #10, 2000) plus 11 other UK Top 40 hits
1980 ● Steve Jocz → Drummer for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1980 ● Tenitra Michelle Williams → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), solo , “The Greatest” (Dance/Club #1, 2008)

Jul 24

1941 ● Barbara Jean Love → Vocals for pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1942 ● Heinz Burt → Bassist for Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados,”Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, solo, died from complication of a neural disease on 4/7/2000
1944 ● Jim Armstrong → Guitarist for Northern Irish R&B/garage rock Them, Here Comes The Night” (#24, UK #2, 1965), since then in multiple Irish rock bands, including Truth, Light, The Belfast Blues Band and Jim Armstrong Band
1947 ● Alan Whitehead → Founding member and drummer for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Chris Townson → Drummer and founding member of Brit pop art/mod rock John’s Children, “Desdemona” (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor, died of cancer on 2/10/2008
1951 ● Lynval Golding → Rhythm guitar and vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), left to co-found New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, “Really Saying Something” (Club #16, UK #5, 1982)
1953 ● Garry “Diaper Man” Shider → Guitarist, backing vocals, co-songwriter and musical director for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978) and the P-Funk All-Stars, solo and collaborations, died of cancer on 6/16/2010
1957 ● Larry Gott → Guitarist for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1958 ● Mick Karn (Anthony Michaelides) → Bassist and saxophone for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1961 ● Paul Geary → Drummer for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), manager for Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Creed and others
1969 ● Jennifer “J.Lo” Lopez → Dancer, TV and film actress (Selena, 1997), R&B/dance-pop singer, “If You Had My Love”( #1, 1999), record producer and fashion designer, #1 on People magazine’s 2007 list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics
1986 ● Pete Reilly → Lead guitarist for Scottish retro-rock/ska punk The View, “Same Jeans” (UK #3, 2007)

Jul 25

1925 ● William “Benny” Benjamin → Session drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a stroke on 4/20/1969
1941 ● Manuel “Manny” Charlton → Founding member and lead guitarist for Scottish hard rock Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1942 ● Bruce Woodley → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967), penned the unofficial national anthem “I Am Australian” (1987)
1943 ● Jim McCarty → Drummer and vocals for blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), left and co-founded prog-folk-rock Renaissance in 1969, then played acoustic guitar for prog rock Illusion, solo albums and reformed Yardbirds
1943 ● Tom Dawes → Bass guitar and vocals for upbeat folk-pop The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (#2, 1966), headed his own advertising agency and wrote jingles for 7Up, Coca-Cola and Alka-Seltzer (“Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz”), died on 10/13/2007 from complications of heart surgery
1946 ● José Chepitó Areas → Nicauraguan original member and percussionist for latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970)
1948 ● Steve Goodman → Grammy-winning folk and folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote “The City Of New Orleans” (covered by Arlo Guthrie, #18, 1972) and issued 12 solo albums, died of leukemia on 9/20/1984
1950 ● Mark Clarke → Journeyman bassist, sessions and/or touring with prog rock Colosseum, hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), Natural Gas, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Billy Squier, The (reformed) Monkees, Mountain, Ian Hunter and others
1951 ● Verdine White → Bass and vocals for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1953 ● Gary Shaugnessy → Guitarist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1958 ● Thurston Moore → Guitar and vocals for for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1973 ● Ladybug Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira) → Vocals and producer for hip hop rap-jazz fusion trio Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” (#15, R&B #5, 1993), solo

Jul 26

1937 ● Al Banks → Soaring falsetto lead vocals for Philly R&B/doo wop The Turbans, “When You Dance” (#33, R&B #3, 1955), joined the reconstituted Drifters in 1972, died 7/7/1977
1938 ● Bobby Hebb → R&B/soul-pop singer and songwriter, “Sunny” (#2, 1966), died of lung cancer on 8/3/2010
1940 ● Dobie Gray (Leonard Victor Ainsworth) → Versatile R&B/soul, country and pop singer, “Drift Away” (#5, 1973), disco “You Can Do It” (#37, 1979) and country “That’s One To Grow On” (Country #35, 1986)
1941 ● Brenton Wood (Alfred Jesse Smith) → Two hit wonder R&B/soul-pop vocalist, “Gimme Little Sign” (#9, 1967) and “The Oogum Boogum Song” (#19, 1967)
1941 ● Darlene Love (Wright) → Lead vocals for Phil Spector girl group The Blossoms, backing for Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys and many others, sang lead with The Blossoms on “He’s A Rebel” (#1, 1962), which was credited to The Crystals, another Spector group
1941 ● Neil Landon (Patrick Cahill) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1943 ● Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger → Frontman, lead singer and songwriter for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar” (#1, 1971), duet with David Bowie, “Dancing In The Street” (#7, 1985) and solo, “Don’t Tear Me Up” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1993)
1949 ● Roger Meddows Taylor → Founding member, drummer, songwriter and vocals for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976) and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1, 1980), wrote and sang “Radio Ga Ga” (#16, 1984), solo
1961 ● Andy Connell → Founder and keyboards for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987), previously played with post-punk The Immediates and New Wave funk A Certain Radio, producer
1961 ● Gary Cherone → Co-founder and lead vocals for hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), joined hard rock Van Halen in 1996 as lead vocalist, “Humans Being” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo
1962 ● Miranda Joyce → Saxophone and vocals for Brit all female ska/pop-rock The Belle Stars, “Sign Of The Times” (UK #3, 1983) and “Iko Iko” (#14, 1989)
1963 ● Scott Francis Crago → Session drummer, worked with Eagles since 1994, plus appearances for Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and others
1967 ● Headliner (Timothy Barnwell) → DJ and rapper for progressive funk-soul-blues hip hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1980 ● Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh → Guitarist for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004), quit in 2006 to form his own band Brown Brigade
1984 ● Alexandra Parks → Winner of the BBC talent contest show Fame Academy in 2003, “Maybe That’s What It Takes” (UK #3, 2003) from the UK #5 album Introduction (2003)

Jul 27

1922 ● Bob Thiele → Jazz and jazz-pop record producer and record label executive, founded Signature and worked for Decca, Impulse, ABC/Bluesway, Flying Dutchman and others, co-wrote and produced “What A Wonderful World” for Louis Armstrong (#116, UK #1, 1967), worked with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and countless others, died from kidney failure on 1/30/1996
1928 ● Harvey Fuqua → Founder and frontman for 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, “Sincerely” (R&B #1, 1955), then Motown A&R and producer, died 7/6/2010 of a heart attack
1933 ● Nick Reynolds → Founding member, vocals and guitar for definitive folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits, died 10/1/2008 from respiratory complications
1943 ● Allan Ramsey → Bassist for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1944 ● Bobby Gentry (Roberta Lee Streeter) → Grammy-winning country-pop and adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Ode to Billy Joe” (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Andy McMaster → Keyboards for early pub rock Ducks Deluxe, then power pop/rock The Motors, “Airport” (UK #4, 1978)
1949 ● Henry “H-Bomb” Weck → Drummer for one hit wonder rock band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Maureen McGovern → Adult contemporary pop singer, “The Morning After” (#1, 1973) from the movie The Poseidon Adventure and the Academy Award-winning “We May Never Love This Way Again” from The Towering Inferno (1974)
1949 ● Roderick “Rory” Macdonald → Bass and vocals for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995) and 13 albums
1950 ● Michael Vaughan → Guitarist for pop/rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1953 ● Suzi Carr → Vocals for mellow adult pop-rock cover trio Will To Power, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” (#1, 1988)
1960 ● Conway Savage → Bassist for alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Karl Mueller → Bassist for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993), died from throat cancer on 6/17/2005
1964 ● Rex Brown → Bassist in alt metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1967 ● Juliana Hatfield → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontwoman for indie rock/power pop Blake Babies, solo, “My Sister” (Modern Rock #1, 1993) and “Spin The Bottle (#39, 1994)
1973 ● Abe Cunningham → Drummer for for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)

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Albums Released This Week (July 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):

Jul 15


The Yardbirds —— Roger The Engineer ► British Invasion >> 1966
Neil Diamond —— Moods ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Donnie Iris —— Back On The Streets ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
America —— A View From The Ground ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
Big Country —— The Crossing ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Damned —— Phantasmagoria ► Goth Rock >> 1985
Lionel Richie —— Dancing On The Ceiling ► Soul-Dance >> 1986
Spandau Ballet —— Through The Barricades ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Tonic —— Lemon Parade ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1996
The Samples —— Outpost ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
The Dandy Warhols —— …The Dandy Warhols Come Down ► Psych Rock >> 1997
Sarah McLachlan —— Surfacing ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Dwight Yoakam —— Under The Covers ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1997
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Life, Death, Love And Freedom ► Roots Rock >> 2008

Jul 16


Gentle Giant —— Acquiring The Taste [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Neil Young —— On The Beach ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire —— I Am ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Rick James —— Garden Of Love ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
The Beach Boys —— Rare Early Recordings ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Warren Zevon —— The Envoy ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Persuader —— The Hunter ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 2000
Dave Matthews Band —— Busted Stuff ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Simon & Garfunkel —— Live From New York City, 1967 ► Folk-Pop >> 2002

Jul 17


The Temptations —— With A Lot O’ Soul ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Bonzo Dog Band —— The Beast Of The Bonzos ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy) >> 1970
Judas Priest —— Screaming For Vengeance ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
A-Ha —— Minor Earth Major Sky ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 2000
Colbie Callat —— Coco ► Alt Rock >> 2007

Jul 18


Miles Davis —— Sketches of Spain ► Improv Jazz >> 1960
The Byrds —— Fifth Dimension ► Country-Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead —— Anthem Of The Sun ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
The Doors —— The Soft Parade ► Psych Rock >> 1969
Al Green —— Call Me ► Soul (Southern) >> 1973
Joy Division —— Closer ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Crocodiles ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Willie Nelson —— Honeysuckle Rose ► Classic Country >> 1980
Paul Young —— No Parlez ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Run-D.M.C. —— Raising Hell ► Hip-Hop >> 1986
Vinnie Moore —— Time Odyssey ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1988
At The Gates —— Terminal Spirit Disease ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
The Ramones —— ¡Adiós Amigos! ► Punk-Rock >> 1995
American Head Charge —— Trepanation ► Heavy Metal/Nu Metal >> 1999
Soul-Junk —— 1956 ► Alt Rap/Indie Hip Hop >> 2000
Big Moe —— City Of Syrup ► Southern Rap >> 2000
The Casualities —— Stay Out Of Order ► Punk Rock/Street Punk >> 2000
Oakenfold —— Bunkka ► Electronic/Club-Dance >> 2002
Los Lonely Boys —— Sacred ► Folk-Rock >> 2006

Jul 19


Manfred Mann —— Pretty Flamingo ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
John Cale —— The Academy In Peril ► Art Rock >> 1972
Elvis Presley —— Moody Blue ► Adult Contemporary >> 1977
Mike Oldfield —— Exposed ► Progressive Rock >> 1979
Donna Summer —— Donna Summer ► Disco >> 1982
Alex Taylor —— Voodoo In Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mother Love Bone —— Apple ► Grunge Rock >> 1990
Carla Olson & Mick Taylor —— Too Hot For Snakes ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Deborah Harry —— Debravation ► New Eave Dance-Pop >> 1993
Dave Edmunds —— Plugged In ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1994
The Rolling Stones —— Voodoo Lounge ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— Icon ► Rap-Metal >> 2011

Jul 20


The Beatles —— Something New ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Jefferson Airplane —— Long John Silver ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin —— Love Devotion Surrender ► Jazz Fusion >> 1973
Mott The Hoople —— Mott ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Parliament —— The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein ► Funk >> 1976
REO Speedwagon —— Nine Lives ► Arena Rock >> 1979
The Ramones —— Pleasant Dreams ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Graham Parker —— Burning Questions ► Pub Rock >> 1992
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— The Anthology ► Album Rock >> 1993
Sparklehorse —— Good Morning Spider ► Dream Pop >> 1998
Various Artists —— Punk-O-Rama Vol. 5 ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Van Halen —— The Best Of Both Worlds ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.02.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.03.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.04.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.05.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005

Jul 21


Bobby Vee —— A Bobby Vee Recording Session ► Teen Idol >> 1962
Black Sabbath —— Master Of Reality ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Rod Stewart —— Never A Dull Moment ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
T. Rex —— The Slider ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Rory Gallagher —— Irish Tour ’74 ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— The Originals ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Talking Heads —— More Songs About Buildings And Food ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1978
Triumph —— Just A Game ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Chicago —— Chicago XIV ► Jazz-Rock >> 1980
Bryan Adams —— You Want It, You Got It ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Shonen Knife —— Burning Farm ► Punk Pop >> 1983
Stryper —— The Yellow And Black Attack ► Heavy Metal/Christian >> 1984
Neil Young —— Landing On Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Guns N’ Roses —— Appetite For Destruction ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Dio —— Dream Evil ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Madonna —— Who’s That Girl [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Sonic Youth —— Dirty ► Indie Rock >> 1992
House Of Pain —— House Of Pain ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap >> 1992
Anal Cunt —— Picnic Of Love ► Folk-Rock/Parody >> 1998
Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs —— Under The Covers, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 7 – 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 07

1924 ● Mary Ford (Iris Colleen Summers) → Singing partner and spouse of guitar legend of Les Paul, with whom she had multiple Top 10 duet hits, including “Vaya Con Dios” (#1, 1953), divorced in 1964 and died from cancer on 9/30/1977
1932 ● Josef Erich “Joe” Zawinul → Jazz and fusion keyboardist and composer, early with Cannonball Adderly and Miles Davis bands, co-founded Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo, died from a rare skin cancer on 9/11/2007
1933 ● J. J. Barrie → One hit wonder Canadian singer/songwriter, “No Charge” (UK #1, 1976)
1940 ● Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) → Drummer and occasional lead vocals for pop-rock The Beatles, replaced Pete Best in 1962, Rolling Stone magazine #5 best drummer of all-time, led his eponymous All-Star Band, solo albums, voice-over for children’s TV (Thomas The Tank Engine)
1941 ● Jim Rodford → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964), helped form The Zombies and co-founded hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), joined The Kinks in 1978 and stayed with them until their final dissolution in 1996, plays with The Kast Off Kinks
1944 ● Warren Entner → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968), managed Quiet Riot, Faith No More and Rage Against The Machine
1947 ● David “Scar” Hodo → Construction worker character for campy, suggestive gay pop-rock vocal man band The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1947 ● Rob Townsend → Drummer for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), later Medicine Head, Blues Band and session work
1948 ● Larry “El Rhino” Rheinhardt → Guitarist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond
1961 ● Clive “The Doctor” Jackson → Former London-based DJ and pancake-makeup frontman for psych rock Doctor And The Medics, covered Norman Greenbaum‘s “Spirit In The Sky” (#69, UK #1, 1986)
1962 ● Mark White → Bassist for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1963 ● Vonda Shepherd → Alt folk-pop singer/songwriter and TV actress on the 90s TV show Ally McBeal, featured prominently with live performances on the program, including “Searchin’ My Soul” (Adult Top 40 #10, 1998)
1966 ● Rick Kinchen → Bassist for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1988 ● Ilan Rubin → Drummer for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)

Jul 08

1908 ● Louis Jordan → Premier jazz and early R&B saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter, the “King of the Jukebox” and the “Father of Rhythm and Blues,” had an influential run of 18 R&B #1 and nine cross-over-to-pop Top 10 hits between 1949 and ’59, including “G.I. Jive” (#1, R&B #1, 1944), died from a heart attack on 2/4/1975
1914 ● Billy Eckstine → Swing bandleader and smooth baritone balladeer, formed the first be bop band in 1944, eventually featuring such future jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and others, duet with Sarah Vaughan, “Passing Strangers” (#82, 1957), died 3/8/1993
1935 ● Steve Lawrence (Sidney Liebowitz) → Solo and with wife and singing partner Eydie Gormé in the pop/easy listening/adult contemporary duo Steve And Eydie, “Go Away Little Girl” (#1, 1963), Broadway, TV and film actor
1944 ● Johnny Lee (“Jaimoe Johanson”) Johnson → Session and tour drummer with Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, then founding member, drums and percussion for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” (#2, 1973)
1945 ● Ricky Wolf → Vocals for one hit wonder psychedelic pop The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #4, 1967)
1956 ● Russell Christian → Saxophone and vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988)
1961 ● Andy Fletcher → Bass, synthesizer, co-founder, constant member and business manager of electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990)
1961 ● Graham Jones → Guitar and vocals for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1961 ● Toby Keith (Covel) → Neo-traditionalist country singer/songwriter, post-9/11 politically charged “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” (#25, Country #1, 2002) and 34 other Country Top 10 hits
1962 ● Joan Osborne → Roots and contemporary rock singer/songwriter and solo artist, “One Of Us” (#4, 1995), toured with Dixie Chicks, Grateful Dead and Motown house band The Funk Brothers and appeared in the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
1970 ● Beck Hansen (Bek David Campbell) → Multi-instrumentalist singer and crossover songwriter fusing rock, hip hop, blues and soul, “Loser” (#10, 1994) and later “Where It’s At” (#64, 1996) from the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-winning album Odelay
1971 ● Neil Mavers → Drums for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1985 ● Jamie Cook → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)

Jul 09

1925 ● Alan Dale (Aldo Sigismondi) → Immensely popular traditional pop and light rock ‘n’ roll singer in the 50s, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (#14, 1955), hosted his own TV and radio shows, died on 4/20/2002
1927 ● Ed Ames (Urick) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, “Rag Mop” (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, then as “Mingo” in the Daniel Boone TV series, then solo singer career, “My Cup Runneth Over” (#8, 1967)
1929 ● Lee Hazelwood → Country-pop singer, songwriter and producer, collaborated with rockabilly guitarist Duane Eddy on a number of hits, including “Rebel Rouser” (#6, 1958), wrote and produced the Nancy Sinatra hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” (#1, 1966), died of renal cancer on 8/4/2007
1940 ● John Salvato → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1941 ● Donald McPherson → Founding member and lead singer for R&B/soul The Main Ingredient, “I’m So Proud” (#49, R&B #13, 1971), died of leukemia on 7/4/1971 before the band’s breakout hit, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1946 ● Joe Micelli → Drums and percussion for blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1946 ● Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott → Scotland-born original frontman and lead vocals for Aussie power chord hard rock AC/DC, “Highway To Hell” (#47, 1979), drank himself to death on 2/19/1980
1950 ● Gwen Guthrie → R&B/soul singer and songwriter, solo artist, “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent” (#42, Dance/Club #1, 1986), backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and others, died of uterine cancer on 2/3/1999
1952 ● Carlos Peron → Founding member and multi-instrumentalist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, “Oh Yeah” (#51, 1987), then solo
1953 ● Kate Garner → Vocals for quirky Brit New Wave synth-pop Haysi Fantayzee, “John Wayne Is Big Leggy” (UK #11, 1982)
1954 ● Debbie Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1959 ● Jim Kerr → Vocals for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1959 ● Marc Almond → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop duo Soft Cell, “Tainted Love” (#8, 1982), formed euro-disco Marc & The Mambas in 1983 and solo since 1984
1964 ● Courtney Love (Harrison) → Guitar and vocals for post-punk Babes In Toyland, formed and fronted grunge rock Hole in 1989, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998), solo, married Kurt Cobain from Nirvana on 2/24/1992, film actress in Sid And Nancy (1986) and The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1999)
1965 ● Frankie Bello → Bassist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1965 ● Tom Hingley → Vocals for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1967 ● Dickon Hinchcliffe → Guitar and violin for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1967 ● Owen Paul → Guitar for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1971 ● Kelvin Grant → Vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1975 ● Isaac Brock → Singer, guitarist and lyricist for indie rock Modest Mouse, “Float On” (Top 40 #32, 2004) and the album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (#1, 2007)
1975 ● Jack White (John Anthony Gillis) → With wife Meg White, guitar and vocals in garage rock revival duo The White Stripes, 2007 Grammy-winning song “Icky Thump” (#26, 2007), side projects with power pop The Raconteurs and indie rock Dead Weather, produced country legend Loretta Lynn‘s comeback album Van Lear Rose (2004)
1976 ● Dan Estrin → Guitarist for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 2004)
1986 ● Kiely Alexis Williams → Vocals in R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001)

Jul 10

1939 ● Mavis Staples → Lead vocalist for four-sister R&B/soul-gospel act The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There” (#1, 1972)
1941 ● Ian Whitcomb → One hit wonder Brit singer/songwriter, “You Turn Me On” (#8, 1965), author of pre-rock history book After The Ball
1942 ● Ronnie James Dio (Ronald Padavona) → Heavy metal vocalist and songwriter, frontman for Rainbow, “Since You’ve Been Gone” (#57, 1979) and “Stone Cold” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982), Black Sabbath (1979-82), “Turn Up The Night” (Mainstream Rock #24, 1982), founded heavy metal quintet Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1983), died from stomach cancer on 5/16/2010
1943 ● Jerry Miller → Guitarist for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967)
1944 ● John “Beaky” Dymond → Rhythm guitar for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK #1, 1968)
1947 ● Arlo Guthrie → Folk/rock singer/songwriter with three notable songs, the comic-monologue-song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (1967), “Coming Into Los Angeles” from the Woodstock festival and movie, and “The City Of New Orleans” (#18, 1972), son of folk legend Woody Guthrie
1949 ● Dave Smalley → Founding member and lead vocals for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir, “It’s Cold Outside” (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, “Go All The Way” (#5, 1972)
1950 ● Greg Kihn → Pop/rock singer, songwriter and bandleader, Greg Kihn Band, “Jeopardy” (#2, 1983)
1954 ● Neil Tennant → Vocals for synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1958 ● Béla Anton Leoš Fleck → Innovative jazz-bluegrass (“blu-bop”) banjo player, first with New Grass Revival, “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (Country #37, 1989) then as bandleader for Grammy-winning progressive folk-bluegrass Béla Fleck And The Flecktones, “The Sinister Minister” (Best Pop Instrumental, 1997), session work and tours with Asleep At The Wheel, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and others
1959 ● Sandy West (Pesavento) → Drummer, singer, songwriter and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), died from cancer on 10/21/2006
1960 ● Martyn P. Casey → Keyboards for alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1964 ● Graham Lambert → Guitarist for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1965 ● Peter DiStefano → Guitarist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then co-founded hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), solo
1970 ● Gary LeVox → Vocals for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1970 ● Jason Orange → Vocals for teen pop quintet Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, UK #1, 1995) and seven other UK #1 hits including “Patience” (UK #1, 2006)
1974 ● Imelda May (Imelda Clabby Higham) → Irish-born jazz-pop and neo-burlesque singer and guitarist, “Mayhem” (Ireland #24, 2010), plus sessions and backing vocals for Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Elton John and others
1980 ● Jessica Simpson → Tabloid-fodder film and reality TV actress, 90s dance-pop and 00s contemporary country-pop singer, “Irresistible” (#15, 2001), featured on MTV’s Newlyweds show with her husband and 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey

Jul 11

1931 ● Tab Hunter (Arthur Kelm Gelien) → Actor in more than 40 movies and one hit wonder teen idol singer, “Young Love” (#1, 1957)
1938 ● Terry Garthwaite → With collaborator Toni Brown, co-frontwoman, guitar and vocals in folk-rock Joy Of Cooking, “Brownsville” (#66, 1971), solo
1946 ● John Lawton → Vocals for German prog rock and early heavy metal cult band Lucifer’s Friend, later Uriah Heep and solo
1947 ● Jeff Hanna → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1950 ● Patricia Eva “Bonnie” Pointer → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1953 ● Benjamin DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Peter Murphy → Vocals for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979), co-founded alt goth Dali’s Car, then solo, “Cuts You Up” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1990)
1959 ● Richie Sambora → Guitarist for pop-metal superstars Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1959 ● Suzanne Vega → Folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Luka” (#3, 1987)
1961 ● Adrian York → Piano for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1965 ● Scott Shriner → Bass and vocals for post-grunge alt pop-rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1966 ● Melanie Susan Appleby → Singer and actress, with older sister Kim in R&B/dance-pop duo Mel & Kim, “Respectable” (Dance/Club #1, 1986), died from pneumonia during cancer treatments on 6/18/1990
1975 ● Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Denise Jones) → Hip hop actress, model and rapper, member of rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A., “Player’s Anthem” (#13, Rap #2, 1995), solo, “Not Tonight” (#6, Rap #2, 1997)
1975 ● Rick McMurray → Founding member, drummer and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)
1975 ● Samer El Nahhal → Bassist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners of 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1978 ● Kathleen Edwards → Critically-acclaimed Canadian-born light country and roots rock singer and songwriter, “The Cheapest Key” (2008), toured with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones

Jul 12

1895 ● Oscar Hammerstein II → Stage, film and TV music lyricist/librettist with over 800 titles, many of which are included in the Great American Songbook, collaborator with Richard Rogers on some of the best-known songs in popular music, died from stomach cancer on 8/23/1960
1942 ● Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “musical genius” rock & soul songwriter, producer, soul artist, “Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe” (R&B #33, 1970)
1943 ● Christine McVie → Vocals and songwriter for Chicken Shack, then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), solo
1946 ● Peter Pye → Rhythm guitarist for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964)
1947 ● Wilko Johnson (John Wilkinson) → Lead guitar for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979), then founding member of blues-rock Solid Senders
1948 ● Walter Egan → One hit wonder singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Magnet And Steel” (#8, 1978), now a high school teacher
1949 ● John Wetton → Bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), King Crimson, Roxy Music, Asia
1949 ● Malcolm Jones → Bassist for one hit wonder pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), then Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1950 ● Eric “The Fox” Carr (Paul Caravello) → Drummer for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), died from cancer on 11/24/1991
1952 ● Liz Mitchell → West Indian vocalist for R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978)
1952 ● Phil Kramer → Bass guitar for Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), disappeared on 2/12/1995 and presumed suicide when his body and wrecked car were discovered in a Malibu canyon four years later
1953 ● Billy Alessi → With identical twin brother Bobby, vocals in one hit wonder pop-rock duo Alessi Brothers, “Oh, Lori” (UK #8, 1977)
1953 ● Bobby Alessi → With identical twin brother Billy, vocals in one hit wonder pop-rock duo Alessi Brothers, “Oh, Lori” (UK #8, 1977)
1956 ● Sandra Faye “Sandi” Patty → Often referred to as “The Voice”, Grammy-winning contemporary Christian music (CCM) and new age singer and pianist
1960 ● Ray Gillen → Journeyman rock vocalist for hard rock Black Sabbath, all-star project Phenomena II, blues-rock Badlands, “Dreams In The Dark” (Mainstream Rock #39, 1989), Tariff, and Sun Red Sun, died from AIDS on 12/1/1993
1962 ● Dan Murphy → Guitarist for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993)
1964 ● Tim Gane → Guitar and keyboards for experimental/electronic pop-rock Stereolab, “Ping Pong” (UK #45, 1994)
1967 ● John Petrucci → Virtuoso metal/”shredder” guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer, founding member and producer for progressive metal Dream Theater, “Pull Me Under” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992), included in GuitarOne magazine’s Top 10 greatest guitar shredders of all time
1972 ● Brett A. Reed → Original drummer in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995), left in 2010 to concentrate on side project psychobilly Devils Brigade
1976 ● Tracie Spencer → Teen pop singer, “In This House” (#3, 1990) and “It’s All About You (Not About Me)” (#18, 1999)
1984 ● Gareth Gates → Brit teen pop singer, TV’s Pop Idol runner up in 2002, “Unchained Melody” (#1, 2002)

Jul 13

1935 ● Pete Escovedo → Mexican-American jazz and fusion percussionist with Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970), solo and leader of Latin big band Azteca
1942 ● James Joseph “Roger” McGuinn → Twelve-string Rickenbacker jingle-jangle guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), McGuinn-Clark & Hillman, “Don’t You Write Her Off” (#33, 1979), solo
1942 ● Jay Uzzell → With brothers James and Moses and cousin George Wooten, vocals for R&B/doo wop The Corsairs, “Smoky Places” (#12, 1962)
1942 ● Mark “The Animal” Mendoza → Bassist for proto-punk The Dictators, joined heavy metal Twisted Sister in 1978, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983)
1942 ● Stephen Bladd → Drummer for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1942 ● Thomas R. “Tom” King → Founder, frontman, songwriter and lead guitarist for garage/horn rock The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me” (#5, 1966), producer and manager, died from heart failure on 4/23/2011
1954 ● Thelma Louise Mandrell → Country-pop bassist and singer, played in sister Barbara Mandrell‘s band, The D-Rights, then solo, “Save Me” (Country #5, 1985)
1958 ● Rafael “Danny” Gayol → Drummer for roots rock and adult pop BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1961 ● Lawrence Donegan → Bassist for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1983), then Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985), author and golf journalist
1966 ● Gerald Levert → Vocals and frontman for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, “Taking Everything” (#11, 1999), son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died of a heart attack on 11/10/2006
1969 ● Mark “Barney” Greenway → Extreme metal singer for punk/grindcore Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Benediction
1974 ● Deborah Cox → Canadian R&B singer/songwriter, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” (#2, 1998)

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Albums Released This Week (July 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):

Jul 01

Elvis Presley —— Loving You ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Jackie DeShannon —— Lonely Girl ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Band —— Music From Big Pink ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Cactus —— Cactus ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Donny Hathaway —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Summertime Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Otis Redding —— Tell The Truth ► Memphis Soul >> 1970
Trooper —— Trooper ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels —— Born To Rock ► Rockabilly >> 1977
The Korgis —— The Korgis ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
The Korgis —— Dumb Waiters ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Loudness —— Disillusion ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1984
Ray Davies —— Return To Waterloo [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Wham! —— Music From The Edge Of Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rory Gallagher —— Defender ► Blues-Rock >> 1987
Green Day —— 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
Rick Wakeman —— Black Nights At The Court Of Ferdinand IV ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Cannibal Corpse —— Butchered At Birth ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge >> 1991
East 17 —— Walthamstow ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Wolfstone —— Year Of The Dog ► Celtic Rock >> 1994
Blues Traveler —— Straight On Till Morning ► Alt Country Rock >> 1997
Limp Bizkit —— Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ ► Rap-Metal >> 1997
Roy Buchanan —— Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Shpongle —— Tales Of The Inexpressible ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Oasis —— Heathen Chemistry ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2002
Trooper —— Hits From Ten Albums ► Hard Rock >> 2010

Jul 02

The Jazz Crusaders —— Chile Con Soul ► Jazz Fusion >> 1965
The Jazz Crusaders —— Live At Newport ► Jazz Fusion >> 1966
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Rust Never Sleeps ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Foreigner —— 4 ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Imperial Bedroom ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Time —— Ice Cream Castle ► Funk >> 1984
Depeche Mode —— People Are People ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Lyle Lovett —— Lyle Lovett ► Alt. Country >> 1986
Devo —— Smooth Noodle Maps ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1990
Alice Cooper —— Hey Stoopid ► Heavy Metal/Shock Metal >> 1991
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Into The Great Wide Open ► Album Rock >> 1991
Crowded House —— Woodface ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Asia —— Arena ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Blues Traveler —— Live From The Fall ► Alt Country Rock >> 1996
Dave Matthews Band —— Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Kylie Minogue —— Aphrodite ► Dance-Pop >> 2010

Jul 03

Ronnie Wood —— Now Look ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Jacksons —— Triumph ► Soul/pop >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham —— Go Insane ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Allman Brothers Band —— Seven Turns ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Various Artists —— Am I Cool Or What? ► Soul-Jazz >> 1991
Cryptopsy —— None So Vile ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Blackmail —— Do Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep? ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock >> 2000
Various Artists —— G-A-Y ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Tha Alkaholics —— X.O. Experience ► West Coast Rap >> 2001

Jul 04

David Ackles —— American Gothic ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Neil Diamond —— Beautiful Noise ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Mission Of Burma —— Signals, Calls, And Marches ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Yazoo —— You And Me Both ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
The Prodigy —— Music For The Jilted Generation ► Electro-Industrial >> 1994
Funkdoobiest —— Brothas Doobie ► Latino Rap >> 1995
Foo Fighters —— Foo Fighters ► Grunge Rock >> 1995
Brother Cane —— Seeds ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Mogwai —— Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997) ► Cosmic Post-Rock >> 1997
Underoath —— Act Of Depression ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal >> 1999
Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek: Excess All Areas ► Blues-Rock >> 2000
Johnny Cash —— American V: A Hundred Highways ► Trad Country/Americana >> 2006
Blondie —— Panic Of Girls ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jul 05

Ray Charles —— Ray Charles At Newport ► Soul >> 1958
The Beach Boys —— Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
The Beach Boys —— Best Of The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Creedence Clearwater Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Cass Elliott —— Bubblegum, Lemonade, And… Something For Mama ► Bubblegum Pop >> 1969
Frank Zappa —— Waka/Jawaka ► Art Rock >> 1972
Bryan Ferry —— Another Time, Another Place ► Prog. Rock >> 1974
The Beach Boys —— 15 Big Ones ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Suicidal Tendencies —— Suicidal Tendencies ► Punk Metal >> 1983
Billy Squier —— Signs Of Life ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Björk —— Debut ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Smog —— Julius Caesar ► Alt Rock/Lo-Fi >> 1993
U2 —— Zooropa ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Hootie & The Blowfish —— Cracked Rear View ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Auteurs —— How I Learned To Love The Bootboys ► Glam Rock >> 1999

Jul 06

MC5 —— High Time ► Garage Rock/Proto-Punk >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Surrender ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Trilogy ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Steely Dan —— Countdown To Ecstasy ► Jazz-Rock >> 1973
Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The B-52’s —— The B-52’s ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Public Image Ltd. —— This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get ► Post-Punk >> 1984
The Jacksons —— Victory ► Soul/pop >> 1984
Heart —— Heart ► Album Rock >> 1985
Quiet Riot —— QR III ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Echo & The Bunnymen ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Grateful Dead —— In The Dark ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Todd Rundgren —— No World Order ► Art Rock >> 1993
Akinyele —— Vagina Diner ► Dirty Rap >> 1993
Miss Kitten & The Hacker —— Champagne ► Electro Pop >> 1998
Dokken —— The Very Best Of Dokken ► Heavy Metal >> 1999

Jul 07

Jimmy Cliff —— The Harder They Come [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Reggae >> 1972
Barry Manilow —— Barry Manilow I ► AM Pop >> 1973
Elvis Presley —— Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis ► Adult Contemporary >> 1974
Yes —— Going For The One ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Styx —— The Grand Illusion ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1977
David Sylvian —— Brilliant Trees ► Ambient >> 1984
Steve Winwood —— Back In The High Life ► Album Rock >> 1986
David Lee Roth —— Eat ‘Em And Smile ► Hard Rock >> 1986
k. d. lang —— Angel With A Lariat ► Alt Country Rock >> 1987
Dwight Yoakam —— Hillbilly Deluxe ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1987
Eric B. and Rakim —— Paid in Full ► Hardcore Rap >> 1987
Laura Branigan —— Touch ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Frank Zappa —— Beat The Boots ► Art Rock >> 1991
Robert Fripp —— Show Of Hands ► Art Rock >> 1991
Dream Theater —— Images And Words ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1992
Against All Authority —— Against All Authority ► Ska-Punk >> 1997
Dropkick Murphys —— Boys On The Docks ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Barenaked Ladies —— Stunt ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Jeff Beck —— Live At B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill ► Instrumental Rock >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 30 – July 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 30

1917 ● Lena Horne → Grammy-winning contemporary pop singer, stage, film and TV actress and nightclub entertainer, “Love Me Or Leave Me” (#19, 1955)
1936 ● Dave Van Ronk → Folk and acoustic blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, figurehead in the 60s Greenwich Village folk coffeehouse scene, influenced Bob Dylan and many other young folksters, died from complications of colon cancer surgery on 2/10/2002
1937 ● Lawrence Joel “Larry” Henley → Lead vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964)
1939 ● Tony Hatch → Composer, pianist, Pye Records staff songwriter, producer for The Searchers, David Bowie, the Montanas and others, wrote “Downtown” for Petula Clark (#1, 1964)
1943 ● Flo Ballard (Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman) → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#1, 1964), left in 1967 when Motown snubbed her and pushed Diana Ross to the front, tried to become a solo act but was largely unsuccessful, died of a heart attack on 2/22/1976
1944 ● Glenn Shorrock → Songwriter, lead vocals and co-founder of several top-level Aussie pop/rock bands, including Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), solo
1946 ● William “Billy” Brown → Vocals for R&B/soul trio The Moments, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to sweet soul Ray, Goodman & Brown, “Special Lady” (#5, R&B #1, 1979)
1949 ● Andy Scott → Guitar and synthesizer for neo-bubblegum/glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1951 ● Stanley Clarke → Virtuoso electric and acoustic jazz and jazz-rock fusion bassist, bandleader and solo, “Sweet Baby” (#19, R&B #6, 1981), collaborated with Chick Corea in fusion band Return To Forever, session work for Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and others, film score composer
1953 ● Hal Lindes → Guitarist and film score composer, joined post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Money For Nothing” (#1, 1985) in 1981, solo and session work
1956 ● Philip Adrian Wright → Joined synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981) in 1978 as “Director of Visuals”, learned keyboards, left the band in 1986 to pursue graphic design
1957 ● Doug Sampson → Original drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), left the band in 1977 to escape the rigors of constant touring
1962 ● Julianne Regan → Vocals for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988)
1963 ● Yngwie Malmsteen → Swedish composer, bandleader and technically accomplished neo-classical heavy metal guitarist, pioneer of the lightning fast “shredding” technique, “Heaven Tonight” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1988)
1967 ● Peter James “Cammy” Camell → Bass and rhythm guitar for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Philip Anselmo → Lead vocals for alt heavy metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1969 ● Tom Drummond → Bassist for alt pop-rock trio Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Andrew Burrows → Drummer for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)
1983 ● Anton Gordon → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)
1983 ● Cheryl Cole (Cheryl Ann Tweedy) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002), judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008, solo, “Fight For This Love” (UK #1, 2009)
1984 ● Fantasia (Barrino) → R&B/soul singer, actress, “I Believe” (#1, 2004), the first debut single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart
1985 ● T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm) → R&B/hip hop MC and singer, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (#1, 2007)
1992 ● Lamb Lennon Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lynx, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)
1992 ● Lynx Vaughan Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lamb, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)

Jul 01

1915 ● Willie Dixon → The “Poet Laureate of the Blues,” vital Chicago blues pioneer, singer, songwriter and guitarist, composed over 500 songs, including recognized standards such as “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Little Red Rooster” and many others, major influence on blues-rockers, including The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, died of heart failure on 1/29/1992
1928 ● Bobby Day (Robert James Byrd) → R&B/doo wop vocals and songwriter with The Hollywood Flames, “Buzz Buzz Buzz” (#11, R&B #5, 1957), then solo, “Rockin’ Robin” (#2, R&B #1, 1958), later one half of the duo Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle” (#44, 1963), died of cancer on 1/27/1990
1933 ● Eddie Bond → Pioneer rockabilly star, singer and guitarist, “Rockin’ Daddy” (1956), toured on the Louisiana Hayride with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others, radio DJ
1939 ● Delaney Bramlett → Accomplished guitarist and songwriter, member of house band The Shindogs for TV pop music variety show Shindig, one half of husband/wife front for rock/soul revue Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, “Never Ending Song Of Love” (#13, 1971), worked with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason and George Harrison, died on 12/27/2008 from complications of gall bladder surgery
1942 ● Andraé Crouch → Grammy-winning, renowned and respected pioneer of contemporary gospel, singer, writer, producer, solo artist, “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” (R&B #69, 1980), collaborated with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna and others, film score composer and pastor
1945 ● Debbie Harry → Singer and frontwoman for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), solo, “In Love With Love” (#70, Dance/Club #1, 1987)
1946 ● June Monteiro → Singer for pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1948 ● John Ford → Bass and acoustic guitar for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), formed rock duo Hudson Ford with bandmate/drummer Richard Hudson, “Pick Up The Pieces” (UK #8, 1973), then punk rock The Monks, “Nice Legs Shame About Her Face” (UK #19, 1979)
1949 ● John Farnham → Hugely popular solo pop-rock singer and songwriter in his native Australia, “You’re The Voice” (#82, UK #6, 1987)
1951 ● Fred Schneider → Vocals and frontman for New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1952 ● Dan Akroyd → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Elwood Blues” in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979)
1952 ● Leon “Ndugu” Chancler → Jazz-funk drummer, percussionist and sessionman, worked The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson (drummed on “Billie Jean”, #1, 1983), Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Weather Report and many others
1956 ● Phil Solem → Singer, songwriter, co-founder of power pop Great Buildings, which became The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (#17, 1995), the theme song to the TV situation comedy Friends
1959 ● Edem Ephraim → With Dennis Fuller, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Fuller in a car collision on 1/21/1996
1960 ● Evelyn “Champagne” King → R&B/disco and post-disco singer, “Love Come Down” (#17, Dance/Club #1, 1982)
1960 ● Ted Key → Bassist for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986)
1963 ● Roddy Bottum → Keyboards for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Pol Burton → Drummer for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (UK#3, 1983)
1971 ● Adam MacDougall → Keyboards for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1971 ● Melissa “Missy” Elliott → Hugely successful, four time Grammy-winning female rapper and songwriter, “Work It” (#2, 2002), producer, wrote “If Your Girl Only Knew” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1996) for Aaliyah

Jul 02

1925 ● Marvin Rainwater (Percy) → One quarter Cherokee country, rockabilly and pop singer, “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” (#18, Country #3, 1957) and “Whole Lotta Woman” (#60, UK #1, 1958)
1926 ● Lee Allen → New Orleans-based rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and later rockabilly saxophonist, session work for Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Stray Cats, The Blasters and others, toured with The Rolling Stones, died
1936 ● Tom Springfield (Dion O’Brien) → Vocals and songwriting with sister Dusty Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962)
1937 ● Dee Palmer (David Palmer) → Classically-trained composer, arranger and keyboardist with long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), underwent male-to-female sex change operation in 2004
1939 ● Paul Williams → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), shot himself to death on 8/17/1973
1942 ● Leapy Lee (Graham Pulleybank) → One hit wonder Brit comedian and stage actor turned country-pop crossover singer, “Little Arrows” (#16, Country #11, 1968)
1945 ● Peter Cruikshank → Bassist for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1949 ● Roy “The Professor” Bittan → Keyboards and synthesizer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, session work for David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, others
1950 ● Duncan Mackay → Keyboards for glam rock Cockney Rebel, “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” (UK #1, 1975)
1952 ● Johnny Colla → Saxophone and guitar for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Pete Briquette → Bass and vocals for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1955 ● Jerry Hall → Fashion model and sometime actress known chiefly for her marriage to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in November 1990, ending in divorce in 1999
1956 ● Jeffrey Cooper → Backing vocals for synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990)
1957 ● Mike Anger → Bassist in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Ann-Marie Teresa Antionette “Annie” Ruddock → Vocals and saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1964 ● Roy Boulter → Drummer for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1965 ● Dave Parsons → Bassist for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (UK#3, 1983), joined alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) in 1992
1970 ● Monie Love (Simone Wilson) → Former protégé of Queen Latifah and member of Native Tongues hip hop collective, solo rapper, “It’s A Shame, My Sister” (#26, Dance/Club #2, 1991)
1974 ● Rocky Gray → Drummer for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003), played lead guitar for Christian metal Living Sacrifice and drums for other metal bands in his native Arkansas
1983 ● Michelle Branch → Teen pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All You Wanted” (#6, 2002) and duet with Carlos Santana, “The Game Of Love” (#5, 2002), then formed country-pop The Wreckers, “Leave The Pieces” (#34, Country #1, 2006)
1985 ● Ashley Michelle Tisdale → Model, actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever), solo, “It’s Alright, It’s OK” (Dance/Club #20, 2009)

Jul 03

1893 ● “Mississippi” John Hurt → Country-blues legend, guitarist, songwriter, first recorded in the 20s, then rediscovered in the 60s folk revival, died of a heart attack on 11/2/1966
1929 ● David Lynch → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died of cancer on 1/2/1981
1930 ● Tommy Tedesco → Top session guitarist, billed by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, worked on TV and film scores and recorded with The Association, The Beach Boys, Cher, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, Frank Zappa and numerous others, died from lung cancer on 11/10/1997
1940 ● Fontella Bass → Gospel-rooted R&B/soul diva and pianist, “Rescue Me” (#4, R&B #1, 1965)
1940 ● Maureen Kennedy → Vocals for 60s all-girl Brit-pop ensemble The Vernon Girls, “Lover Please” (UK #16, 1962)
1943 ● Judith Durham → Vocals for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967), solo
1946 ● Victor Unitt → Guitarist with Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970), Pretty Things
1947 ● Betty Buckley → Film (Carrie, 1976), TV (Eight Is Enough, 1977) and Broadway (Cats, 1983) actress, traditional pop and show tunes singer with 14 solo albums, plus cast recording of multiple Broadway shows
1948 ● Paul Barrere → Guitarist and songwriter for Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1949 ● John Verity → Guitarist for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), formed Phoenix and later Charlie, “It’s Inevitable” (Mainstream Rock #13, 1983), solo, producer
1949 ● Johnnie Wilder → Vocals in multinational, sophisticated disco-funk Heatwave, “Boogie Nights” (#2, 1977)
1950 ● Damon Harris → Joined Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations as tenor vocalist in 1971, Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), left in 1975 and formed disco Impact, “Give A Broken Heart A Break” (Disco #5, 1976), solo
1955 ● Mike Corby → Keyboards and guitars for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Isn’t It Time” (#13, 1977), left in 1978
1955 ● Neil Clark → Guitar for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985)
1957 ● Laura Branigan → Pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Gloria” (#2, 1982), actress, died of a brain aneurysm on 8/26/2004
1959 ● Stephen Pearcy → Lead vocalist for hard rock/glam and hair metal Ratt, “Round And Round” (#12, 1984)
1960 ● Vince Clarke (Vincent John Martin) → Keyboards, synthesizer and founding member of electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Dance/Club #26, 1982), left to form synth-pop duo Yaz (Yazoo in the UK), “Nobody’s Diary” (Dance/Club #1, 1983), then co-founded synth-pop duo The Assembly, “Never Never” (UK #4, 1983), then synth-dance duo Erasure, “Chains Of Love” (#12, Dance/Club #4, 1988) plus over 20 other Dance/Club hits
1968 ● Martyn Walsh → Bassist for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1969 ● Butterfly (Ishmael Butler) → Vocals and producer for hip hop rap-jazz fusion trio Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” (#15, R&B #5, 1993)
1969 ● Kevin Hearn → Keyboards, accordion and guitar for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1975 ● Javier Weyler → Drummer for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001), replacing Richard Cable who departed in 2003
1976 ● Shane Lynch → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)

Jul 04

1826 ● Stephen Foster → The “Father of American Music,” enduring 19th century popular music composer whose works are at the core of the American Songbook, his hundreds of titles include lasting standards such as “Oh, Susanna” (1849), “Camptown Races” (1850) and “Beautiful Dreamer” (1864)
1889 ● Joe Young → Tin Pan Alley and popular music lyricist, co-wrote “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” (1925) and the oft-covered pop standard “I’m Going to Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter,” a #5 hit for Fats Waller in 1935 and a #3 hit for Billy Williams in 1957, among others, died 4/21/1939
1911 ● Mitch Miller → Classical musician, then pop bandleader, arranger, singer, “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” (#1, 1955), head of A&R (artists and repertory) for Columbia Records pop division, TV show host
1934 ● Gilbert Lopez → Vocals in R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957)
1938 ● Bill Withers → Three-time Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Lean On Me” (#1, 1972) and “Just The Two Of Us” (#2, 1981)
1940 ● Dave Rowberry → Keyboards for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), died from a bleeding ulcer on 6/6/2003
1943 ● Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson → Guitar, harmonica and vocals for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968), died of a drug overdose on 9/3/1970
1943 ● Annette Beard Sterling Helton → Original member and vocalist for Motown R&B/pop girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963), left the group in 1964 for her family
1947 ● Jacques Morali → French producer and songwriter, produced over 65 albums, formed and managed gay disco troupe Village People, “YMCA” (#2, 1979), died of AIDS on 11/15/1991
1948 ● Jeremy Spencer → Early member and slide guitarist for blues-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Albatross” (UK #1, 1969), left the band abruptly during a 1971 tour to join the Children of God religious sect
1950 ● David ‘Kid’ Jensen → Canadian-born, Danish descent radio DJ and TV personality, first for Radio Luxembourg in the late 60s and the BBC Radio 1 beginning in 1976, later Capital FM and other London stations
1951 ● Ralph Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1955 ● John Waite → Singer, songwriter and bassist for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), then arena rock Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (#1, 1989), then pop-rock balladeer solo, “Missing You” (#1, 1984)
1958 ● Kirk Pengilly → Guitar and vocals for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Matt Malley → Bassist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1964 ● Mark Slaughter → Vocals, guitar, keyboards, songwriter and frontman for pop-glam metal Slaughter, “Fly To The Angels” (#19, 1990), currently a voice-over actor and TV music composer
1970 ● Andy McClure → Drummer for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1971 ● Andrew Creeggan → Piano for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1972 ● William Goldsmith → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Modern Rock #1, 1999) quit the band in 1997
1978 ● Stephen McNally → Vocals and guitar for short-lived teen pop-rock trio BBMak, “Back Here” (#13, 2000)

Jul 05

1920 ● Smiley Lewis (Overton Amos Lemons) → New Orleans R&B guitarist, songwriter and booming-voiced singer, “I Hear You Knocking” (R&B #2, 1955), wrote “One Night” covered by Elvis Presley (#4, 1958), died from stomach cancer on 10/7/1966
1930 ● Mitch Jayne → Bluegrass radio DJ, then founding member, bassist and lyricist for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, “It’s About Time” (#92, 1971)
1941 ● Terry Cashman (Dennis Minoque) → The “Balladeer of Baseball,” one-time minor league player turned singer/songwriter with doo wop The Chevrons, “Lullabye” (1960) and pop duo Cashman & West, “American City Suite” (#27, 1972), co-produced several of Jim Croce‘s hits, then solo and best known for his minor hit “Talkin’ Baseball” (1981), which he has since recorded with custom lyrics for nearly every Major League Baseball franchise
1943 ● Robbie Robertson → Guitar, vocals and chief songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, “Showdown At Big Sky” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1987)
1945 ● Dick Scoppettone → Vocals for folk and sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1950 ● Andy Ellison → Guitar, vocals and frontman for Brit pop art/mod rock John’s Children, “Desdemona” (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor
1950 ● Huey Lewis (Hugh Anthony Craig III) → Leader and lead vocalist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1950 ● Michael Monarch → Original guitarist for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1956 ● Terry Chimes → Original drummer for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), played with Hanoi Rocks and toured with Black Sabbath before becoming a chiropractor
1959 ● Marc Cohn → Folk-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, “Walking In Memphis” (#13, 1991), Grammy winner for Best New Artist of 1991
1964 ● Antoinette “Toni” Halliday → Vocalist, lyricist. occasional guitarist and one half of the alt pop-rock duo Curve, “Coast Is Clear” (Modern Rock #12, 1991)
1969 ● Aled Richards → Drummer for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1973 ● Bengt Fredrik Lagerberg → Drummer for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1973 ● Joe (Joseph Lewis Thomas) → Gospel-based R&B/smooth soul singer, “Stutter” (#1, 2001), producer
1973 ● Roisin Murphy → Irish singer with dance/funk trip hop duo Moloko “Sing It Back” (Dance/Club #1, 1999), now solo, “Movie Star” (Dance #8, 2008)
1979 ● Shane Filan → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1980 ● Jason Wade → Guitar and vocals for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1985 ● Nick O’Malley → Bassist for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)
1986 ● Adam Young → Keyboards, vocals and founder/frontman for electronic emo-pop one man band Owl City, “Fireflies” (#1, 2009)

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1911 ● LaVerne Sophia Andrews → Vocals and dance routines in hugely popular pre-60s all-girl sibling pop vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (#6, 1941), died on 5/8/1967
1925 ● Bill Haley → Early rock ‘n’ roll guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader (Bill Haley & The Comets) whose “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955) was the first rock ‘n’ roll song to reach #1 on the pop chart thus is considered the birth of the rock ‘n’ roll era, died from alcoholism and a brain tumor on 2/9/1981
1931 ● Della Reese (Delloreese Patricia Early) → Gospel, jazz, blues and pop singer, “Don’t You Know?” (#2, 1959), TV game show panelist, talk-show host and ordained minister
1937 ● Gene Chandler (Eugene Dixon) → R&B/doo wop and soul-pop singer with The Dukays, whose “Duke Of Earl” (#1, 1962) was credited to him as a solo artist, then solo, “Get Down” (R&B #3, 1979)
1939 ● Terence “Jet” Harris → Bassist for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960), then pop-rock duo with Tony Meehan, “Diamonds” (UK #1, 1963), died 3/18/2011 from throat cancer
1945 ● Rik Elswit → Guitarist for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1949 ● Michael Shrieve → Drummer for Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970) known for his “electrifying” drum solo on “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock, left in 1974 for solo career and fusion supergroup Go plus session work
1949 ● Phylis Hyman → Silky voiced R&B/quiet storm ballad and light dance singer, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” (R&B #9, 1981), committed suicide via a drug overdose hours before a scheduled performance at New York’s Apollo Theater on 6/30/1995
1952 ● David Smith → Singer for Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (UK #1, 1976)
1952 ● Graham Oliver → Guitarist for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983), solo
1953 ● Nanci Griffith → Grammy-winning country-folk (“folkabilly”) singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Lone Star State Of Mind” (Country #36, 1987)
1959 ● John Keeble → Drummer for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1961 ● Robert Heaton → Drummer and songwriter for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985), died from pancreatic cancer on 11/4/2004
1963 ● Tim Bricheno → Guitarist for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988), goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, “Temple Of Love” (UK #3, 1992), later XC-NN and The Mission
1965 ● Eddie Campbell → Keyboards for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1969 ● Michael Grant → Vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1975 ● 50 Cent (Curtis J. Jackson III) → Controversial rapper, survived 2000 murder attempt to release “In Da Club” (#1, 2003) and 12 other Top 40 hits, Grammy-winning song “Crack A Bottle” with Eminem and others in 2009
1979 ● Nicholas John “Nic” Cester → Guitarist, lead vocals and songwriter for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Wanite “D. Woods” Woodgett → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)
1987 ● Kate Nash → Brit indie pop singer, songwriter and pianist, “Foundations” (UK #2, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (June 24 – 30)

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):

Jun 24


The Rascals —— Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
The Beach Boys —— Endless Summer ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Average White Band —— Cut The Cake ► Funk >> 1975
James Taylor —— JT ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Jackson Browne —— Hold Out ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
The Replacements —— Stink ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Celtic Frost —— Morbid Tales ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal >> 1984
Elton John —— Reg Strikes Back ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
America —— Encore: More Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Marillion —— Holidays In Eden ► Prog Rock >> 1991
The House Of Love —— Audience With The Mind ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Opeth —— Morningrise ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1996
Testament —— Demonic ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Mötley Crüe —— Generation Swine ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Del Amitri —— Some Other Sucker’s Parade ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1997
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Live At The Roxy ► Roots Reggae >> 2003
Michael McDonald —— Motown ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2003
Mötley Crüe —— Saints Of Los Angeles ► Heavy Metal >> 2008

Jun 25


Chicago —— Chicago VI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1973
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention —— One Size Fits All ► Art Rock >> 1975
Alice Cooper —— Alice Cooper Goes To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Huey Lewis & The News —— Huey Lewis And The News ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Peter Criss —— Let Me Rock You ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Mike Oldfield —— Discovery ► Progressive Rock >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— Cleanse Fold And Manipulate ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1987
Deicide —— Deicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Moody Blues —— Keys Of The Kingdom ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Bonnie Raitt —— Luck Of The Draw ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Crystal Waters —— Surprise ► House/Dance-Pop >> 1991
Screaming Trees —— Dust ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Jay-Z —— Reasonable Doubt ► East Coast Rap >> 1996
King Crimson —— Thrakattak ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Kiss —— You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!! ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live At Budokan ► Hard Rock >> 2002

Jun 26


The Beatles —— A Hard Day’s Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Rolling Stones —— Flowers ► Rock n Roll >> 1967
Bad Company —— Bad Company ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Bob Dylan And The Band —— The Basement Tapes ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Grateful Dead —— Steal Your Face ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Trooper —— Two For The Show ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Queen —— Live Killers ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Icehouse —— Sidewalk ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Bad English —— Bad English ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Cameo —— Real Men Wear Black ► Soul-Funk >> 1990
The Chemical Brothers —— Exit Planet Dust ► Eletronica/Big beat >> 1995
Badly Drawn Boy —— The Hour Of Bewilderbeast ► Indie Folk-Rock >> 2000
Lou Reed —— American Poet ► Album Rock >> 2001

Jun 27


The Mothers Of Invention —— Freak Out! ► Art Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead —— From The Mars Hotel ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Motörhead —— No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hair Metal >> 1983
Lee Aaron —— Call Of The Wild ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Chaka Khan —— Destiny ► Funk >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— 20 Years Of Jethro Tull ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Ranking Roger —— Radical Departure ► Ska >> 1988
The B-52’s —— Cosmic Thing ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
Don Henley —— The End Of The Innocence ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Pete Townshend —— The Iron Man: A Musical ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Black Moon ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Beck —— One Foot In The Grave ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Neil Young —— Mirror Ball ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Alison Moyet —— Singles ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bon Jovi —— These Days ► Arena Rock >> 1995
HammerFall —— Glory To The Brave ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Chuck Berry —— The Anthology ► Rock n Roll >> 2000

Jun 28


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Come And Get These Memories ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mighty Garvey! ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Elton John —— Caribou ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Soft Boys —— Underwater Moonlight ► Post-Punk/Psych-Folk >> 1980
Jon Lord —— Before I Forget ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Men at Work —— Cargo ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
AC/DC —— Fly On The Wall ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Amy Grant —— Lead Me On ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1988
Da Brat —— Funkdafied ► G-Funk >> 1994
House Of Pain —— Same As It Ever Was ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— Gold Cobra ► Rap-Metal >> 2011
David Cook —— This Loud Morning ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jun 29


Pink Floyd —— A Saucerful Of Secrets ► Prog Rock >> 1968
Great White —— Once Bitten… ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Whitney Houston —— Whitney ► Pop >> 1987
Billy Idol —— Cyberpunk ► Electronica >> 1993
Blind Guardian —— Somewhere Far Beyond ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1992
Barbra Streisand —— Back To Broadway ► Easy Listening >> 1993
Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys —— Crazy Legs ► Rock n Roll >> 1993
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Liberator ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
Styx —— Brave New World ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1999
Alice In Chains —— Nothing Safe: Best Of The Box ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1999
Mötley Crüe —— Supersonic And Demonic Reloics ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Grand Funk Railroad —— Thirty Years Of Funk: 1969 – 1999 ► Hard Rock >> 1999
The Cure —— The Cure ► Post-Punk >> 2004
Rush —— Feedback ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2004

Jun 30


James Brown —— Live At the Apollo ► Soul >> 1963
Stephen Stills —— Stephen Stills 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Sly & The Family Stone —— Fresh ► Soul-Funk >> 1973
Kiss —— Love Gun ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Queen —— The Game ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Stephen Stills —— Right By You ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Big Country —— The Seer ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Madonna —— True Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Various Artists —— La Bamba [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Neil Young —— Life ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Biohazard —— Biohazard ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1990
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Come On Come On ► Country-Folk >> 1992
P.J. Harvey —— Dry ► Indie Rock >> 1992
Skinny Puppy —— Last Rights ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1992
Bonnie Tyler —— Natural Force ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1992
The Chills —— Soft Bomb ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
The Clarks —— Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt ► Garage Rock >> 1994
Iron Savior —— Iron Savior ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Cowboy Junkies —— Miles From Our Home ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Plugged In & Live ► Soul-Funk >> 1998
Extreme —— Running Gag ► Pop-Metal >> 1998
Wilco —— Wilco (The Album) ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2009

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