Albums Released This Week (May 20 – 26)

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):



May 20


Climax Blues Band —— Sense Of Direction ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
David Bowie —— Changesonebowie ► Glam Rock >> 1976
The Jam —— In The City ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Kiss —— Unmasked ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Elton John —— The Fox ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Savatage —— Power Of The Night ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1985
Various Artists —— Beverly Hills Cop II [Sndtrk] ► Album Rock >> 1987
Manic Street Preachers —— Everything Must Go ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Soilwork —— Steelbath Suicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers & Friends: Live From The House Of Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Peter Cetera —— You’re The Inspiration: A Collection ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Michael Jackson —— Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix ► Dance-Pop >> 1997
Millencolin —— For Monkeys ► Euro-punk >> 1997
James Taylor —— Hourglass ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Bracket —— When All Else Fails ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Earth, Wind & Fire —— The Promise ► Soul-Funk >> 2003



May 21


Stevie Wonder —— Recorded Live! The 12-Year Old Genius ► Soul – Pop >> 1963
Marvin Gaye —— What’s Going On ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Paul & Linda McCartney —— Ram [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Blue Öyster Cult —— Agents Of Fortune ► Metal >> 1976
Saxon —— Saxon ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Paul McCartney —— McCartney II ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
John Waite —— Ignition ► Power Pop >> 1982
Joe Walsh —— You Bought It – You Name It ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Cinderella —— Long Cold Winter ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Poison —— Open Up And Say…Ahh! ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 1988
Soul II Soul —— Vol. II: 1990 – A New Beginning ► Dance-Pop/Electronic >> 1990
Helloween —— Pink Bubbles Go Ape ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1991
Jason Becker —— Perspective ► Hard Rock >> 1996
The Cure —— Wild Mood Swings ► Post-Punk >> 1996
Everything But The Girl —— Walking Wounded ► Electro-Pop >> 1996
Scorpions —— Pure Instinct ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Soundgarden —— The Great Lost Kinks Album ► Grunge >> 1996
The Wallflowers —— Bringing Down The Horse ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
Arch Enemy —— Burning Bridges ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1999
Bad Company —— In Concert: Merchants Of Cool ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Poison —— Hollyweird ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2002
Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night With The London Symphony Orchestra ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2002
Soundgarden —— Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) ► Grunge >> 2012



May 22


The Monkees —— Headquarters ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Minnie Riperton —— Adventures In Paradise ► Soul-Pop >> 1975
Smokey Robinson —— Where There’s Smoke… ► Soul – Motown >> 1979
Diana Ross —— Diana ► Soul – Motown >> 1980
Toyah —— Anthem ► Punk Rock >> 1981
David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Madonna —— I’m Breathless [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
The Pretenders —— Packed! ► Post-Punk >> 1990
Andrew Ridgeley —— Son Of Albert ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Spiritualized —— Lazer Guided Melodies ► Space Rock/Shoegaze >> 1992
Stabbing Westward —— Stabbing Westward ► Industrial Rock >> 2001
The Tubes —— Hoods From Outer Space ► Alt. Rock >> 2002
Ozzy Osbourne —— Black Rain ► Hard Rock >> 2007



May 23


Marvin Gaye —— Moods Of Marvin Gaye ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Brenda Lee —— Ten Golden Years ► Country-Pop >> 1966
Cilla Black —— Surround Yourself With Cilla ► Pop/Merseybeat >> 1969
The Who —— Tommy ► British Rock >> 1969
Rory Gallagher —— Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
The Jackson 5 —— Lookin’ Through The Windows ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Elton John —— Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Kiss —— Dynasty ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Diana Ross —— The Boss ► Disco >> 1979
Graham Parker —— The Up Escalator ► Pub Rock >> 1980
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Confrontation ► Roots Reggae >> 1983
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Up Your Alley ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Rod Stewart —— Out Of Order ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
The Ramones —— Brain Drain ► Punk-Rock >> 1989
Wang Chung —— The Warmer Side Of Cool ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1989
Stevie Nicks —— Street Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
Bad Brains —— God Of Love ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1995
Chicago —— Night & Day ► Big Band >> 1995
Chris Isaak —— Forever Blue ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
Jerry Lee Lewis —— Young Blood ► Rock n Roll >> 1995
Squirrel Nut Zippers —— The Inevitable ► Swing Revival >> 1995
Eminem —— The Marshall Mathers LP ► Hip-Hop >> 2000
Don Henley —— Inside Job ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Matchbox Twenty —— Mad Season ► Alt. Rock >> 2000
Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop ► Electronic Dance Mix >> 2000
Charlie Watts —— Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2000
XTC —— Wasp Star: Apple Venus, Vol. 2 ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2000
Jeff Beck —— Official Bootleg USA ’06 ► Instrumental Rock >> 2007



May 24


The Small Faces —— Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Robert Hunter —— Tales Of The Great Rum Runners ► Country-Rock >> 1974
Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Dracula [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
AC/DC —— Who Made Who ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Neil Diamond —— Headed For The Future ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Camper Van Beethoven —— Our Beloved ► Punk-Folk-Ska Fusion >> 1988
Van Halen —— OU812 ► Hard Rock >> 1988
ABBA —— More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1993
The Beastie Boys —— Ill Communication ► Rap >> 1994
Jimmy Buffett —— Fruitcakes ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Jeru The Damaja —— The Sun Rises In The East ► East Coast Rap >> 1994
Dark Tranquility —— Exposures – In Retrospect And Denial ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2004



May 25


Young-Holt Unlimited —— Oh, Girl ► Pop-Soul >> 1972
Mike Oldfield —— Tubular Bells ► Instrumental >> 1973
AC/DC —— Powerage ► Hard Rock >> 1978
David Gilmour —— David Gilmour [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Queen —— Hot Space ► Glam Rock >> 1982
Spandau Ballet —— Diamond ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 1982
Dio —— Holy Diver ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Spandau Ballet —— Parade ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 1984
Death —— Scream Bloody Gore ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1987
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam —— Straight To The Sky ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Jeff Healey Band —— Hell To Pay ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Mellow Man Ace —— The Brother With Two Tongues ► Latin Rap/House >> 1992
Anthrax —— The Sound Of White Noise ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1993
Marc Cohn —— The Rainy Season ► Adult Contemporary >> 1993
Donald Fagen —— Kamakiriad ► Jazz-Rock >> 1993
Talisman —— Humanimal (Part 1) ► Hard Rock >> 1994
The Pietasters —— Ooloodoo ► Ska/Soul >> 1995
Tricky —— Angels With Dirty Faces ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1998
Anti-Flag —— A New Kind Of Army ► Punk Rock >> 1999
Kylie Minogue —— Confide In Me ► Dance-Pop >> 2002



May 26


The Mothers Of Invention —— Absolutely Free ► Art Rock >> 1967
George Harrison —— Electronic Sound ► Art-Rock >> 1969
John Lennon & Yoko Ono —— Unfinished Music, No. 2: Life With The Lions ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Let The Sunshine In ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Journey —— Raised On Radio ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1986
The Cure —— Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Los Lobos —— Kiko ► Roots Rock >> 1992
The Jam —— Direction Reaction Creation ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
The B-52’s —— Time Capsule ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1998
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Best Of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 19 – 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 19

1932 ● Alma Cogan (Cohen) → 50s and early 60s rising star Brit traditional pop female vocalist, “Dreamboat” (UK #1, 1955) plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits, died of stomach cancer on 10/26/1966
1940 ● Milton “Mickey” Newbury, Jr. → Prolific country music songwriter with dozens of hit songs performed by others, including Top 20 songs on four charts simultaneously, “Here Comes the Rain, Baby” (Eddy Arnold, Country #4, 1968), “Sweet Memories” (Andy Williams, Easy Listening #4, 1968), “Time Is A Thief” (Solomon Burke, R&B #15, 1968) and “Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Pop #5, 1968), plus a solo hit single “An American Trilogy” (#26, 1972), died 9/29/2002
1945 ● Pete Townshend → Guitarist, songwriter, rock opera composer and vocalist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967) and 14 other US Top 40 singles, rock opera albums Tommy (1969) and Quadrophenia (1973), Grammy-winning solo career, “Face The Face” (#26, Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1947 ● Gregory Herbert → Alto saxophone for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), died of a drug overdose on 1/31/1978
1947 ● Jerry Hyman → Trombonist for jazz-rock/pop-rock horn band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1947 ● Paul Brady → Irish folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist with The Johnstons and Planxty, then long solo career, “Nobody Knows” (1990)
1947 ● Steve Currie → Bassist for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), sessions, died in a car crash on 4/28/1981
1948 ● Paul Williams → Music journalist and writer, founder and editor of college-rag turned national publication Crawdaddy, the first journal to be entirely devoted to in-depth commentary about rock music and which started the careers of a generation of rock writers and critics, died on 3/27/2013 from complications of a brain injury suffered in a bicycle accident in 1995
1948 ● Tom Scott → Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock multi-reedist, composer, bandleader for The L. A. Express, which backed Joni Mitchell, Carole King, George Harrison and others, solo “Tom Cat” (R&B #93, 1975), composer of film soundtracks and TV shows
1949 ● Joe Michael “Dusty” Hill → Bass, vocals and keyboards for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, “Legs” (#8, 1984)
1950 ● Mike Wedgewood → Bassist for Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974)
1950 ● Romeo Challenger → Drummer for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1951 ● Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) → Cultural icon, lead vocals and songwriter for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died from lymphatic cancer on 4/15/2001
1952 ● Barbara Joyce Lomas → Vocals for 70s R&B/soul-funk-disco B.T. Express, “Do It (‘Til Your Satisfied)” (#2, R&B #1, 1974)
1952 ● Grace Jones (Mendoza) → Severely androgynous “Queen of the Gay Discos” and R&B/dance-pop-disco diva, “Pull Up To The Bumper” (R&B #5, Dance/Club #2, 1981), actress
1954 ● Phillip Rudd → Drummer for Aussie power chord hard rockers AC/DC, “For Those About To Rock” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1982), left in 1983
1956 ● Martyn “Teddy Bear” Ware → Founding member of late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981), left to form 80s synth-pop Heaven 17, “Temptation” (UK #2, 1983) and “Contenders” (Dance/Club #6, 1987)
1962 ● Iain Harvie → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for pop and country-rock Del Amitri, “Roll To Me” (#10, 1995)
1963 ● Yazz (Yasmin Evans) → Brit dance-pop singer often credited as Yazz And The Plastic Population, “The Only Way Is Up” (#96, Dance/Club #2, 1988)
1968 ● Paul Hartnoll → With brother Phil, Brit electronic dance music duo Orbital, “The Box” (UK #11, 1996)
1970 ● Stuart Cable → Original drummer for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001), left in 2003 and hosted cable TV show in Wales and BBC Radio Wales, choked to death on 6/7/2010
1972 ● Jenny Berggren → Singer and songwriter for Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)

May 20

1925 ● Vic Ames (Urick) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, “Rag Mop” (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, died in a car accident 1/23/1978
1940 ● Frederick Earl “Shorty” Long → Overlooked Motown R&B/pop singer, “Here Comes The Judge” (#8, R&B #4, 1968), producer and song craftsman, drowned in a Detroit River boating accident on 6/29/1969
1942 ● Jill Jackson → Vocals in pop duo Paul & Paula, “Hey Paula” (#1, 1963)
1944 ● John Robert “Joe” Cocker → Pub-rock/blues-pop-rock vocalist, “A Little Help From My Friends” (#68, UK #1, 1968), “The Letter” (#7, 1970) and duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” (#1, 1982)
1946 ● Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) → Vocals with husband Sonny Bono in pop-rock duo Sonny & Cher, “I Got You Babe” (#1, 1965), solo, “Believe” (#1, 1999)
1950 ● Stephen Alex Broughton → Drummer for Brit blues-rock then prog rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1952 ● Warren Cann → Drummer for New Wave electro-synth-pop pioneers Ultravox, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles
1954 ● Guy Edward Hoffman → Drummer for roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1954 ● Jimmy Henderson → Guitarist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973)
1955 ● Steve George → Keyboardist for 80s atmospheric pop-rock quartet Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Jane Wiedlin → Guitar, songwriting and vocals for top New Wave pop-rock all-girl group The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat (#2, 1982) and solo, “Rush Hour” (#9, 1988)
1959 ● Susan Cowsill → Sub-teen vocalist for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, backing vocalist for various artists in the 80s, then formed alt country-rock supergroup Continental Drifters in 1991, solo
1961 ● Dan Wilson → Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for post-grunge alt rock Semisonic, wrote “Closing Time” (Modern Rock #4, 1998), producer
1961 ● Nick Heyward → Guitar and vocals for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1963 ● Brian “Nasher” Nash → Backing vocals and guitarist for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1964 ● Patti Russo → Singer/songwriter and actress best known as the female lead vocalist with Meat Loaf‘s touring band, Neverland Express
1966 ● Tom Gorman → Guitarist for alt pop-rock Belly, “Feed The Tree” (#1, Modern Rock, 1993)
1967 ● Kit Clark → With brother Gary Clark, founding member and vocals for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987)
1972 ● Busta Rhymes (Trevor Smith, Jr.) → Grammy-nominated, idiosyncratic speed rapper, first with Leaders Of The New School, “What’s Next” (Rap #1, 1993), then solo, “Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check ” (#8, Rap #1, 1996)
1981 ● Sean Conlon → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1984 ● Naturi Naughton → Vocals for R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001)

May 21

1904 ● Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller → Jazz and ragtime pianist, co-wrote “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (1929), the oft-covered classic now included in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, died 12/15/1943 from pneumonia
1926 ● Albert Bernard Grossman → Chicago folk club owner and later promoter and manager for Bob Dylan (1962-70), Peter, Paul & Mary, The Band, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin and others, built Bearsville Studios near Woodstock, NY and founded Bearsville Records, died of a heart attack on 1/25/86 while flying to London on the Concorde to sign unknown British rock singer
1928 ● Tom Donahue → Rock Hall of Fame-inducted pioneering “free format” FM rock DJ on KSAN (San Francisco) and other stations, night club owner, concert producer/promoter, record label executive, died of a heart attack on 4/28/1975
1941 ● Ronald Isley → Vocals for six-decade, multi-generation R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2″ (#6, 1973)
1943 ● Hilton Valentine → Guitarist for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964)
1943 ● John Dalton → Bass guitarist for British Invasion pop-rock The Kinks, “Lola” (#9, 1970), replaced Pete Quaiffe in 1969, left the band in 1976 and periodically appears with the Kast Off Kinks
1943 ● Vincent Crane (Cheesman) → Keyboards and songwriter for Brit psych-rock The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (#12, 1987), left with bandmate Carl Palmer to form prog/art rock Atomic Rooster, “The Devil’s Answer” (UK #4, 1971), died from an overdose of painkillers on 2/14/1989
1944 ● Marcie Blaine (Marcia Blank) → One hit wonder pop singer, “Bobby’s Girl” (#3, 1962)
1947 ● Bill Champlin → Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and frontman for psych-rock Sons Of Champlin, joined pop-rock/horn band Chicago, “You’re The Inspiration” (#3, 1984) in 1981 and has played and toured with the band since, also solo and side projects
1948 ● Gerard Hugh “Leo” Sayer → Grammy-winning blue-eyed R&B/pop-disco singer, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (#1, 1977)
1954 ● Marc Ribot → Multi-genre guitarist and composer, session work for dozens of artists from Norah Jones to Elvis Costello to Tom Waits, member of New York City avant-garde The Lounge Lizards
1955 ● Stan Lynch → Drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989)
1958 ● Mike Barson → Keyboards for Brit punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1963 ● Kevin Shields → Founding member and guitarist for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1963 ● Tim Lever → Keyboards for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985)
1964 ● Martin Blunt → Bass for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)
1972 ● The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) → Street hustler turned East Coast hip hop star, “Mo Money Mo Problems” (#1, 1997), murdered in a drive-by shooting in L.A. on 3/9/1997
1975 ● Lee Gaze → Lead guitarist for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1978 ● Adam Wade Gontier → Lead singer and guitarist in Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, “Just Like You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1985 ● Mutya Buena → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004), quit the group in 2005 for solo, “Real Girl” (UK #2, 2006)

May 22

1924 ● Charles Aznavour (Shahnour Aznavourian) → The “French Frank Sinatra”, world-known French-Armenian music hall singer, songwriter, actor and diplomat, “She” (UK #1, 1974)
1937 ● Kenny Ball → Brit traditional jazz trumpeter and bandleader, Kenny Ball & His Jazzman, “Midnight In Moscow” (#2, 1962)
1941 ● Bruce Rowlands → Drummer in Joe Cocker‘s backing group The Grease Band, then joined renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969)
1942 ● Calvin Simon → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Parliaments, “(I Wanna) Testify” (#20, R&B #3, 1967), then R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) giants Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1949 ● Chris Butler → Lead guitarist and chief songwriter for New Wave pop-rock The Waitresses, “I Know What Boys Like” (Mainstream Rock #23, 1982), solo and record producer/executive
1950 ● Bernie Taupin → Lyricist and renowned songwriting partner of Elton John with dozens of collaborative hits, also co-wrote Jefferson Starship‘s “We Built This City” (#1, 1985), Heart‘s “These Dreams” ( #1, 1986), and songs for Rod Stewart, Cher, The Motels, John Waite, Alice Cooper and multiple others
1954 ● Jerry Dammers → Founding member and keyboard play for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), producer and co-founder of 2 Tone Records
1955 ● Iva Davies → Welsh singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer and film score composer, frontman for Aussie New Wave synth-pop/pub rock Icehouse, “Electric Blue” (#7, 1987)
1955 ● Mary Black → Irish folk and contemporary pop-rock-blues singer and songwriter, “Columbus” (1989)
1959 ● Morrissey (Steven Patrick Morrissey) → Vocalist and lyricist, frontman for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984), solo, “Suedehead” (UK #5, 1988) and over 15 other UK Top 40 singles
1962 ● Jesse Valenzuela → Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), solo
1966 ● Johnny Gill → R&B/hip hop “new jack swing” singer, “Super Love” (#29, 1983), joined New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), returned to solo recording, “Rub You The Right Way” (#3, 1990)
1967 ● Dan Roberts → Bassist for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1979 ● Russell Pritchard → Bass guitarist for Brit indie rock The Zutons, “Valerie” (UK #9, 2006)
1981 ● Su-Elise Nash → Vocals in “UK urban” R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, “One Night Stand” (Dance/Club #4, 2004), now a performing arts school director

May 23

1918 ● Robert “Bumps” Blackwell → Early rock ‘n’ roll and soul music producer, Specialty Records executive, managed Little Richard and co-wrote several hits, including “Long Tall Sally” (#6, R&B #1, 1956), guided multiple other R&B/soul acts including Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Sly & The Family Stone, died of pneumonia on 1/27/1985
1921 ● Humphrey Lyttleton → Jazz bandleader, trumpeter, composer and BBC Radio 4 host, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, died of an aortic aneurysm on 4/25/2008
1928 ● Rosemary Clooney → Immensely popular 40s-50s adult pop singer, “Mangos” (#10, 1957), stage and film actress, died of lung cancer on 7/29/2002
1934 ● Robert Moog → Keyboard musician and inventor of the synthesizer, built his first electronic instrument – the Theremin – at age 14 and in 1970 produced the MiniMoog “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesizer,” died on 8/21/2005 four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer
1943 ● “General” Norman Johnson → R&B/soul-pop songwriter, producer, frontman for Chairmen Of The Board, “Give Me Just A Little More Time” (#3, 1970)
1944 ● Raymon “Tiki” Fulwood → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) giants Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978), died from stomach cancer on 10/29/1979
1946 ● Danny Klein → Bassist for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, wrote “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1947 ● Bill Hunt → Horns and keyboards for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1953 ● Rick Fenn → Guitarist and vocals for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), session work with Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman and others
1955 ● Jim Mankey → Guitarist with post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1957 ● Jimmy McShane → Irish-born frontman and lead singer for Italian New Wave synth-pop Baltimora, “Tarzan Boy” (#13, UK #6, 1985), died from AIDS-related causes on 3/29/1995
1957 ● Thereza Bazar → Singer for Brit cabaret-pop Guys N’ Dolls, “There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving” (UK #2, 1975), then formed pop duo Dollar with David Van Day, “Mirror, Mirror” (UK #4, 1981), solo
1965 ● Simon Gilbert → Drummer in Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1967 ● Frederick “Junior” Waite → Vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1967 ● Phil Selway → Drummer for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1973 ● Maxwell (Gerald Maxwell Rivera) → Leading R&B/neo-soul singer, “Fortunate” (#4, R&B #1, 1999)
1974 ● Jewel (Kilcher) → Singer/songwriter and guitarist, “You Were Meant For Me” (#3, 1997)
1974 ● Richard Jones → Bassist for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001)
1978 ● Scott “Mad Dog” Raynor → Drummer for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)
1983 ● Heidi Range → Original member and vocalist for Brit dance-pop vocal trio Atomic Kitten, “Whole Again” (UK #1, 2000), then multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

May 24

1941 ● Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) → Vastly influential and popular folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with 29 Top 20 albums and five Top 20 singles, including “Like A Rolling Stone” (#2, 1965)
1942 ● Derek Quinn → Guitar and harmonica for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965)
1944 ● Patti LaBelle (Patricia Holt) → Soul diva and the “Queen of Rock and Soul”, first with R&B/gospel-doo wop The Blue Belles, “Down The Aisle (The Wedding Song)” (#37, R&B #14, 1963), then as frontwoman for LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade” (#1, 1975), then a long solo career, including a duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own” (#1, 1986) and a comeback single “New Day” (Dance/Club #11, 2004)
1945 ● Dave Peacock → Bass and vocals for Brit pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979)
1946 ● Steve Upton → Drummer (1970-1989) for Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Albert Bouchard → Drummer, guitarist and songwriter for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1947 ● Cynthia “Plaster” Caster → Rock groupie known for making plaster casts of rock star’s penises and breasts, including Jimi Hendrix and members of MC5, Television, The Kinks, various road managers and other rock stars
1955 ● Rosanne Cash → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Seven Year Ache” (#22, Country #1, 1981), daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash
1960 ● Guy Fletcher → Multi-instrumentalist with prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976), session work for Bryan Ferry, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler and others
1962 ● Gene Anthony Ray → Actor, dancer and choreographer, played “Leroy’ in the movie and TV series Fame, danced on The Weather Girls’ video of “It’s Raining Men”, died on 11/14/2003 from a stroke related to HIV
1967 ● Heavy D (Dwight Myers) → Rapper, singer and MC for R&B/hip hop The Boyz, “Now That We Found Love” (#11, 1991), moved to reggae-rap fusion, died 11/8/2011 after collapsing outside his L.A. condo
1969 ● Rich Robinson → Guitarist for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1969 ● Tommy Page → Twelve-album, one hit wonder dance-teen-pop singer, “I’ll Be Your Everything” (#1, 1990), producer
1976 ● Alessandro Cortini → Keyboards for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999)
1988 ● Billy Gilman → Country-pop singer and youngest Country Top 20 artist in history, “One Voice” (#38, Country #20, 2000)

May 25

1921 ● Hal David → Pop/MOR lyricist, co-wrote dozens of hits, often in collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach, including “(They Long To Be) Close To You” for the Carpenters (#1, 1970), “Walk On By” for Dionne Warwick (#6, 1964), won two Oscars for film score to Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) and for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” from the soundtrack (B. J. Thomas, #1, 1969)
1936 ● Donnie Elbert → R&B/Northern soul singer, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#15, R&B #6, 1971), died of a stroke on 1/26/1989
1936 ● Tom T. Hall → Grammy-winning country storytelling songwriter and singer, wrote “Harper Valley P.T.A.” for Jeannie C. Riley (#1, 1968) and as a solo artist recorded 21 Country Top 10 hits, including “I Love” (#12, Country #1, 1973)
1942 ● Brian “Blinky” Davison → Drummer for 60s Brit prog rock The Nice, “America” (1968), prog rock Refugee and space-rock Gong, died 4/15/2008
1943 ● Jessi Colter (Miriam Johnson) → Singer/songwriter and lone female star from the “outlaw” country genre, “I’m Not Lisa” (#4, Country #1, 1975), wife of Waylon Jennings
1943 ● John Michael “Poli” Palmer → Piano and vibraphone for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971)
1945 ● Dave Lee Travis (David Patrick Griffin) → BBC Radio 1 and TV host, with fellow DJ Paul Burnette released “Convoy GB” (UK #4, 1976) as Laurie Lingo & The Dipsticks, a parody of C.W. McCall‘s “Convoy” (#1, Country #1, 1975)
1947 ● Mitch Margo → Vocals for white doo-wop group The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961)
1948 ● Klaus Meine → Lead vocals and frontman for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1950 ● Jean Millington → Vocals and bassist with sister June in pioneering all-girl rock quartet Fanny, “Butter Boy” (#29, 1975), early women-only rock band and first to sign with a major record label, still playing as Slammin’ Babes
1950 ● Robby Steinhardt → Co-lead singer and violinist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977), solo
1955 ● John Grimaldi → Guitarist for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972)
1958 ● John William “Paul” Weller → Co-founder, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for punk rock/modcon trio The Jam, “Going Underground” (UK #1, 1980), then co-founded sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984), then solo “Peacock Suit” (UK #5, 1996) and 28 other UK Top 40 singles
1959 ● Rick Smith → Keyboards for electro/trance/dance-pop Underworld, “Two Months Off” (Dance/Club #2, 2002)
1975 ● Lauryn Hill → Grammy-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter with R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996), solo, “Doo Wop (That Thing” (#1, 1998)
1980 ● Joe King → Co-founder, guitar, backing vocals and songwriter of mainstream/piano rock The Fray, “How To Save A Life” (#3, 2006)

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Albums Released This Week (May 13 – 19

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):



May 13


Frank Zappa —— Lumpy Gravy ► Art Rock >> 1968
Roger Daltrey —— One Of The Boys ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Donna Summer —— I Remember Yesterday ► Disco >> 1977
Elton John —— 21 At 33 ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Rough Trade —— Avoid Freud ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1980
Dire Straits —— Brothers In Arms ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1985
Various Artists —— Top Gun [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Limp Bizkit —— Rock Im Park 2001 ► Rap-Metal >> 2008



May 14


Donovan —— What’s Bin Did And What’s Been Hid [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Dionne Warwick —— On Stage And In The Movies ► Pop-Soul >> 1967
Neil Young With Crazy Horse —— Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
The Carpenters —— Carpenters ► Soft Rock >> 1971
Rory Gallagher —— Live In Europe ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
AC/DC —— High Voltage ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Heart —— Little Queen ► Album Rock >> 1977
Peter Frampton —— Breaking All The Rules ► Arena Rock >> 1981
The Clash —— Combat Rock ► Punk >> 1982
Chicago —— Chicago 17 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1984
Sade —— Stronger Than Pride [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Oleta Adams —— Circle Of One ► Jazz-Pop Fusion >> 1990
Paula Abdul —— Spellbound ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
The Bee Gees —— High Civilization ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
EMF —— Schubert Dip ► Synth-Pop >> 1991
Amorphis —— Elegy ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Def Leppard —— Slang ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Miss Kitten & The Hacker —— Intimités ► Electro Pop >> 1999
Scorpions —— Acoustica ► Heavy Metal >> 2001
Bryan Adams —— Spirit – Stallion Of The Cimarron [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Van Morrison —— Down The Road ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Rush —— Vapor Trails ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2002



May 15


King Crimson —— In The Wake Of Poseidon ► Prog Rock >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Carl & The Passions – “So Tough” ► Surfer >> 1972
The Jackson 5 —— Moving Violation ► Soul – Motown >> 1975
The Moody Blues —— Long Distance Voyager ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Squeeze —— East Side Story ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
The Creatures —— Feast ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1983
Michael Jackson —— Farewell My Summer Love ► Pop-Soul >> 1984
Night Ranger —— Seven Wishes ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Mötley Crüe —— Girls, Girls, Girls ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Dio —— Lock Up The Wolves ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Opeth —— Orchid ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1995
Bad Religion —— No Substance ► Punk Rock >> 1998
Depeche Mode —— Exciter ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
The Go-Go’s —— God Bless The Go-Go’s ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
R.E.M. —— Reveal ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Wilco —— Sky Blue Sky ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2007
Coldplay —— LeftRightLeftRightLeft ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2009



May 16


The Beach Boys —— Pet Sounds ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Bob Dylan —— Blonde On Blonde ► Folk-Rock >> 1966
The Shadows —— Shadow Music ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1966
Phil Ochs —— Rehearsals For Retirement ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
The Who —— Live At Leeds ► British Rock >> 1970
The Carpenters —— Now & Then ► Soft Rock >> 1973
Neil Young —— First Plane Outta Here! ► Country-Rock >> 1974
The Kinks —— The Kinks Present A Soap Opera ► British Rock >> 1975
Hall & Oates —— Livetime ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Joe Walsh —— But Seriously Folks… ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Devo —— Freedom Of Choice ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1980
Iron Maiden —— Piece Of Mind ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
10,000 Maniacs —— Blind Man’s Zoo ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
The A-Teens —— The ABBA Generation ► Europop/Dance-Pop >> 2000
Peter Frampton —— Live In Detroit ► Arena Rock >> 2000
Pearl Jam —— Binaural ► Hard Rock >> 2000
The Raconteurs —— Broken Boy Soldiers ► Alt. Rock >> 2006



May 17


Herbie Hancock —— Maiden Voyage ► Fusion/Hard Be Bop >> 1965
Brenda Lee —— The Versatile Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Neil Diamond —— Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Paul & Linda McCartney —— Ram ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— Bachman-Turner Overdrive ► Album Rock >> 1973
Jethro Tull —— Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young To Die ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Rainbow —— Rainbow Rising ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Paul McCartney —— Thrillington ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Patti Smith —— Wave ► New Wave Punk-Rock >> 1979
Frank Zappa —— Tinseltown Rebellion ► Art Rock >> 1981
The Fixx —— Reach The Beach ► Techno-Pop >> 1983
Megadeth —— Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Herbie Hancock —— Perfect Machine ► Electro-Funk >> 1988
The Doobie Brothers —— Cycles ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Thomas Anders —— Whispers ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Jamiroquai —— Emergency On Planet Earth [UK] ► Acid Jazz/Funk >> 1993
America —— Hourglass ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Erasure —— I Say I Say I Say ► Synth-Pop/Dance >> 1994
Van Morrison —— A Night In San Francisco ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1994
Hanson —— Boomerang ► Pop-Rock/Teen Pop >> 1995
Cast —— Magic Hour ► Britpop >> 1999
The Melvins —— The Maggot ► Heavy Metal/Sludge Metal >> 1999
Van Morrison —— Magic Time ► Folk-Rock >> 2005



May 18


Brenda Lee —— By Request ► Country-Pop >> 1964
The Byrds —— History Of The Byrds ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Angel —— Helluva Band ► Prog Rock >> 1976
David Bowie —— Lodger ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Ian Dury & The Blockheads —— Do It Yourself ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Concrete Blonde —— Concrete Blonde ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Steve Earle —— Exit 0 ► Alt. Country >> 1987
Various Artists —— Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Luis Miguel —— 20 Años ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Janet Jackson —— Janet ► Pop-Soul >> 1993
Kiss —— Alive III ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Jerry Lee Lewis —— The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology: All Killer, No Filler ► Rock n Roll >> 1993
Feeder —— Polythene ► Grunge-Rock >> 1997
Grave Digger —— Knights Of The Cross ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1998
AFI —— Black Sails In The Sunset ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Jimmy Buffett —— Beach House On The Moon ► Folk-Rock >> 1999



May 19


Brenda Lee —— Johnny One Time ► Country-Pop >> 1969
Poco —— Pickin’ Up The Pieces ► Country-Rock >> 1969
Spiral Starecase —— More Today Than Yesterday ► Psychedelic Pop >> 1969
Elton John —— Honky Chateau ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Uriah Heep —— Demons & Wizards ► Prog. Rock >> 1972
The Kinks —— Misfits ► British Rock >> 1978
The Cure —— Staring At The Sea: The Singles ► Post-Punk >> 1986
Peter Gabriel —— So ► Prog Rock >> 1986
Prince —— Parade ► R&B-Pop >> 1986
The Ramones —— Animal Boy ► Punk-Rock >> 1986
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam —— Spanish Fly ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Billy Ray Cyrus —— Some Gave All ► Country-Pop >> 1992
Kiss —— Revenge ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Calexico —— The Black Light ► Alt Rock/Americana >> 1998
Kansas —— Always Never The Same ► Arena Rock >> 1998
Spandau Ballet —— Live At N.E.C. ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 2005
Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood —— Live From Madison Square Garden ► Blues-Rock >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 12 – 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 12

1928 ● Burt Bacharach → Pianist, arranger, producer and songwriter, wrote 70 Top 40 hits, often in collaboration with lyricist Hal David, including “(They Long To Be) Close To You” for the Carpenters (#1, 1970), “Walk On By” for Dionne Warwick (#6, 1964), won two Oscars for film score to Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) and for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” from the soundtrack (B. J. Thomas, #1, 1969)
1936 ● Klaus Doldinger → German jazz-rock fusion saxophonist, composer and bandleader (Passport)
1940 ● Norman Whitfield → Songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Motown Records, collaborated with Barrett Strong on “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Cloud Nine”, “War”, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “Car Wash”
1942 ● Billy Swan → Country-pop singer/songwriter, touring band member for Kris Kristofferson, producer, solo artist, “I Can Help” (#1, 1974), joined ex-Eagles Randy Meisner in country-rock Black Tie
1942 ● Ian Dury → Cult-favorite singer, songwriter, poet, actor, bandleader (The Blockheads), solo, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (1977) and “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” (UK #1, 1978), died of colorectal cancer on 3/27/2000
1943 ● David Walker → Guitarist with pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1944 ● James Purify → With cousin Robert Lee Dickey, R&B/Southern soul duo James & Bobby Purify, “I’m Your Puppet” (#6, 1966)
1945 ● Ian McLagan → Keyboardist for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), after Steve Marriott departed and Rod Stewart and Rod Wood joined, renamed The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), session work for Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and others
1945 ● Jayotis Washington → Vocalist with a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), session work for Don McLean, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and others
1946 ● Bob MacVittie → Rhythm guitar for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1948 ● Steve Winwood → Keyboards, vocals and songwriter, teenaged lead singer for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), then folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), then super-trio Blind Faith (US #1 album Blind Faith, 1969), solo, “Higher Love” (#1, 1986)
1950 ● Billy Squier → 80s hard pop-rock anthem and balladeer guitarist and singer, “The Stroke” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981)
1950 ● John “Jocko” Marcellino → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1954 ● Barry Borden → Brief stint in the 80s as drummer for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979)
1955 ● Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks → Singer and songwriter, one-half of astronomically successful country-pop vocal duo Brooks & Dunn, “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” (#25, Country #1, 2001), solo
1958 ● Eric Singer (Mesinger) → Hard rock journeyman drummer for Lita Ford, Black Sabbath, Badlands, Paul Stanley‘s touring band, Kiss and Alice Cooper
1961 ● Billy Duffy → Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for punk-rock Theater Of Hate, then co-founded hard rock/metal revival The Cult, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989)
1962 ● Brett W. Gurewitz → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for hardcore punk Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995), owner of Epitaph Records
1972 ● Mark Morrison → German-born electro-dance-pop singer, “Moan And Groan” (#2, 1997)

May 13

1938 ● John Smith → Bass vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1941 ● Joe Brown → Stage and TV actor, BBC radio host, early Brit rock ‘n’ roll singer and guitarist, “A Picture Of You” (UK #2, 1962), still performs after nearly 60 years of rocking
1941 ● Ritchie Valens (Ricardo Valenzuela Reyes) → Promising early rock ‘n’ roller, first Latino pop star, singer/songwriter and guitarist, “La Bamba” (#22, 1959), died at age 17 along with Buddy Holly and J. R. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in an Iowa plane crash on the night of 2/3/1959
1943 ● Mary WellsMotown R&B/soul-pop singer, “My Guy” (#1, 1964) and 17 other R&B Top 20 singles (five of which made the Pop Top 20), died of cancer on 7/26/1992
1945 ● “Blue Lou” Marini → Jazz, blues and rock saxophonist with Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Saturday Night Live house band, The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979), solo
1945 ● Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz → Harmonica and organ for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1947 ● Peter Overend Watts → Bassist for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), producer
1950 ● Danny Kirwan → Guitarist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac (1968-72) during the band’s transition from blues-rock to pop-rock, left before they achieved superstardom for moderately successful solo career
1950 ● Johnny Logan (Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard) → Aussie-born Irish singer, songwriter, three-time Eurovision winner and guitarist, “What’s Another Year” (UK #1, 1980)
1950 ● Stevie Wonder (Stevland Hardaway Judkins) → Teenaged Motown R&B/soul singer (“Fingertips,” #1, 1963) turned Grammy-winning soul-pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with 15 #1 albums and over 30 Top 40 singles (nine #1 hits) including “Superstition” (#1, 1973)
1951 ● Paul Thompson → Drummer for prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976) and post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1959 ● Kim McAuliffe → Founding member, vocals and rhythm guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1963 ● Julian Brookhouse → Guitarist for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1964 ● Lorraine McIntosh → Vocalist for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), married to lead singer Ricky Ross
1966 ● Alison Goldfrapp → Vocals and synthesizer with Will Gregory in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1″ (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1966 ● Darius Rucker → Vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995), solo
1967 ● Melanie Thornton → African American R&B/gospel and dance-pop singer with very little attention in the U.S. but with a moderately successful and growing career in Europe, particularly in Germany, died in a commercial plane crash in Switzerland on 11/24/2001
1979 ● Michael Madden → Bassist for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)

May 14

1936 ● Bobby Darin (Walden Robert Cassotto) → Film actor (Come September, 1961), musician, adult pop vocalist, “Mack The Knife” (#1, 1959) and 20 other Top 40 singles, husband of actress/singer Sandra Dee, died on 12/20/1973 after open heat surgery to repair damaged valves
1936 ● Charlie Gracie (Charles Graci) → Rockabilly and pop-rock guitarist and songwriter, Philadelphia’s first rock ‘n roll star and an American Bandstand regular, “Butterfly” (#1, 1957)
1938 ● Mike Preston (Jack Davies) → Boxer turned pop singer, “Mr. Blue” (UK #12, 1959) turned Aussie and US TV/film actor, The A-Team and The Ghost And Mrs. Muir
1943 ● Jack Bruce → Scottish bassist, songwriter and vocalist for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, “Pretty Flamingo” (#29, UK #1, 1966), Cream, co-wrote “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968), “White Room” (#6, 1968) and “I Feel Free”, later with supertrio West Bruce & Laing
1945 ● Derek “Lek” Leckenby → Guitar, banjo and songwriting for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1, 1965), died 6/4/1994 from lymphoma
1945 ● Gene Cornish → Guitar and vocals for blue-eyed soul-pop The Rascals, “Groovin'”, (#1, 1967), then power pop Fotomaker, “Miles Away” (#63, 1978), solo
1947 ● Al Ciner → Guitarist for pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968), Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and R&B/funk-dance Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good” (#3, 1974)
1950 ● Arthur James Grant → Drummer for Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1952 ● David Byrne → Guitar, vocals, songwriting and de facto frontman for art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), Grammy-winning solo artist and composer
1953 ● John Rutsey → Drummer and founding member of Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles, died from complications of diabetes on 5/11/2008
1956 ● H (Steve Hogarth) → Lead vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1962 ● C.C. DeVille (Bruce Johannesson) → Guitarist for hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1962 ● Ian Astbury → Singer and guitarist for punk-rock Southern Death Cult, which evolved into hard rock/metal revival The Cult, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989)
1964 ● Shelley Preston → Joined Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz as lead vocalist in 1985, “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (UK #8, 1986), left in 1990 for a modeling and backing vocals career
1966 ● Fabrice Morvan → Singer and one half of the scandalous, lip-synching dance-pop vocal duo Milli Vanilli, the pair were stripped of their 1989 Grammy award when in 1990 it was revealed that they never actually sang on their albums or in concert, resurrected a solo career in the early 2000s
1966 ● Mike Inez → Bassist for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1969 ● Danny Wood → Singer, songwriter and choreographer for early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990), solo
1969 ● Steve Hellier → Keyboards and vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, “Stars” (UK #15, 1996)
1973 ● Natalie Appleton → Canadian singer in Brit dance-pop-rock all-girl quartet All Saints, “Never Ever” (#4, 1998), then dance-pop sister duo Appleton, “Never Ever” (UK #2, 2003)
1973 ● Shanice (Wilson) → Motown R&B/dance-pop singer/songwriter, “I Love Your Smile” (#2, 1991)
1976 ● Martine McCutcheon (Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting) → Brit actress who gained stardom after playing Tiffany Mitchell on BBC TV’s EastEnders (1995-1998), then pop singer, “Perfect Moment” (UK #1, 1999)

May 15

1918 ● Richard Edward “Eddy” Arnold → Most popular country music entertainer of the 20th century with 14 Country Top 10 albums, 147 charting singles and 28 Country #1 hits, including “Make The World Go Away” (#6, Country #1, 1965), died of natural causes on 5/8/2008
1931 ● James Mitchell → Saxophone for Stax Records’ house band The Memphis Horns, played sessions for The Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Sam And Dave and many other notables, died from heart failure on 12/18/2000
1932 ● Baba Oje → Spiritual leader for progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1937 ● Trinidad “Trini” Lopez → Chicano folk-pop singer and guitarist, “If I Had A Hammer” (#3, 1963)
1938 ● Leon “Lenny” Welch → MOR/pop balladeer, “Since I Fell For You” (#4, 1963)
1942 ● Kay Toinette “K.T.” Oslin → Grammy-winning country singer and songwriter with anthemic “80s Ladies” (#7, 1987) plus 6 other Country Top 10 hits
1944 ● Iam Frederick “Tich” Amey → Lead guitar for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK #1, 1968)
1947 ● Graham Goble → Guitar and vocals for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979) and 12 other Top 40 singles
1947 ● Jimy Rogers → Vocals for Chicago blue-eyed soul/garage rockers Mauds, “Hold On” (1967), sessions, most recently fronted Blue Road, died 12/4/2010
1948 ● Brian Eno → Synthesizers and keyboards with glam/prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976), then pub-rock The Winkies and solo, producer for David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, John Cale and others, ambient and world music pioneer, multimedia artist
1948 ● Gary Thain → Bassist for Brit jazz-pop-rock Keef Hartley Band, then hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (1972) , died of a drug overdose 12/8/1975
1951 ● Dennis “Fergie” Fredericksen → Lead vocals for pomp-rock MSFunk and Trillion, hard pop-rock Survivor, “American Heartbeat” (#17, 1982), AOR pop-rock Le Roux, “Carrie’s Gone” (#79, 1982), then replaced Bobby Kimball in arena rock Toto, “Stranger In Town” (#30, Mainstream Rock #7, 1984), solo, sessions
1952 ● Phil Seymour → Power pop drummer, signer, guitarist, songwriter and partner in pop/rock Dwight Twilley Band, “I’m On Fire” (#16, 1975), session work including backing vocals for Tom Petty, released three solo albums and several singles, including “Precious To Me” (#22, 1981), died from lymphoma on 8/17/1993
1953 ● Mike Oldfield → Multi-instrumentalist, new age electronic prog rock composer and bandleader, “Tubular Bells” (#7, 1974), the title track from the first album issued by Virgin Records
1959 ● Andrew Eldritch → Vocals for goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, “Temple Of Love” (UK #3, 1992)
1965 ● Jon Sevink → Violin for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1965 ● Mark Colwill → Bass guitar for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1966 ● Peter Wiggs → Keyboardist and songwriter for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, “Nothing Can Stop Us” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1970 ● Prince Be (Attrell Cordes) → Vocals in innovative brother hip hop duo P.M. Dawn melding smooth soul, urban R&B and prog rap, “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” (#3, Dance/Club #6, 1991), stepson of George Brown, founding member of soul/funk Kool & The Gang
1982 ● Jessica Sutta → Dancer, singer, model, actress and vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005), then solo, “Show Me” (Dance #1, 2011)
1983 ● Devin Bronson → Lead guitarist with Avril Lavigne band, Kelly Osbourne band, Black List Club and Canadian rock band Treble Charger

May 16

1919 ● Wladziu Valentino Liberace → Campy, sequin-suited easy listening/pop pianist, Vegas showman and TV host (with a candelabra on his piano), died on 2/4/1987 from complications of AIDS and emphysema
1944 ● Billy Cobham → Jazz-rock fusion drummer for Miles Davis, founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, backed James Brown and Santana, played with Grateful Dead and offshoot Bobby & The Midnights, solo and bandleader as Spectrum
1946 ● Robert Fripp → Avant-garde and experimental pop-rock composer, guitarist and bandleader, only constant member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), solo albums and multiple side and collaboration projects
1946 ● Roger Earl → Drummer for blues-rock Savoy Brown, then co-founded blues-rock Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975) and constant bandmember in the 40-plus year history of the band
1947 ● Barbara Lee Jones → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963), died from a heart attack on 5/15/1992
1947 ● Darrell Sweet → Co-founder and drummer for Scottish hard rock Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), died 4/30/1999 from a fatal heart attack before a show in Indiana
1951 ● Jonathan Richman → Guitarist, singer and songwriter, founded and fronted proto-punk The Modern Lovers, “Roadrunner” (UK#11, 1977), solo and collaborations, appeared in the film There’s Something About Mary (1998)
1953 ● Richard Page → Bass guitarist and vocals for 80s atmospheric pop-rock quartet Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” (#1, 1985)
1955 ● Hazel O’Connor → Brit singer/songwriter and actress, starred in the film Breaking Glass (1980) which launched her pop singing career, “Will You” (UK #8, 1981),
1958 ● Glenn Gregory → Vocals for 80s synth-pop Heaven 17, “Temptation” (UK #2, 1983) and “Contenders” (Dance/Club #6, 1987)
1964 ● Boyd Tinsley → Violinist for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (Modern Rock #4, 1998)
1965 ● Krist Anthony “Chris” Novoselic → Croatian-American bass guitarist and co-founder of premier grunge rock Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (#6, 1992), played in variety of bands since Nirvana broke up in 1994, music columnist and founder of JAMPAC
1966 ● Janet Jackson → Youngest of the ten Jackson children, R&B/soul-pop superstar, “Miss You Much” (#1, 1989), TV and film actress
1968 ● Ralph Tresvant → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988)
1971 ● Simon Katz → Percussion in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1973 ● Will White → DJ, vocals and mixmaster for techno-dance Propellerheads, “History Repeating” (Dance/Club #10, 1998), remixed 808 State, Luscious Jackson

May 17

1921 ● Bob Merrrill (Henry Merrill Levan) → Pop and Broadway songwriter, wrote multiple hits, including “(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window” for Patti Page (#1, 1953) and “People” for Barbra Streisand (Adult Contemporary #1, 1964), died 2/17/1998 after a long illness
1938 ● Pervis Jackson → Original member and bass vocals for Motown R&B/soul The Spinners, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, continued touring with the group until his death from cancer on 8/18/2008
1941 ● Malcolm Hale → Guitar, horns and vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died from carbon monoxide poisoning on 10/30/1968 due to a faulty home furnace
1942 ● Taj Mahal (Henry St. Clair Fredericks) → Prominent multi-instrumentalist acoustic and electric folk-blues-country-reggae guitarist and songwriter, founded roots folk-rock Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, prolific solo career with over 30 studio and live albums, composer of film soundtracks, Grammy-winning best contemporary blues album Señor Blues (1997)
1944 ● James Ridout “Jesse” Winchester → Draft-dodging American folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Say What” (#2, 1981), moved to Canada in 1967 and received citizenship in 1973
1944 ● Richard Schwartz → Vocals for white R&B/doo wop quartet The Quotations, “Imagination” (Top 40, 1961)
1949 ● Bill Bruford → Inimitable rock drummer, composer, bandleader, producer and record company executive, founding member of prog/art rock Yes, briefly with prog rock Genesis in early 70s, then prog/space-rock King Crimson, “Heartbeat” (Mainstream Rock #57, 1982) for 25 years, solo albums and side projects including UK, ABWH and Earthworks
1950 ● Howard Ashman → With songwriting team partner/composer Alan Menken, Academy Award-winning lyricist 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), died of AIDS on 3/14/1991
1952 ● Roy Adams → Drummer for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1953 ● George “Lightnin’ Licks” Johnson → Vocals and guitar for R&B/soul-disco-funk sibling group The Brothers Johnson, “Stomp!” (#7, R&B #1, 1980), solo
1958 ● Alan Rankine → Guitarist for post-punk New Romantic art-glam-dance-pop The Associates, “Party Fears Two” (UK #9, 1982), now college music lecturer
1959 ● Paul Di’Anno (Andrews) → Vocalist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1960 ● Simon Fuller → Record and TV producer, manager for the Spice Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Will Young, Emma Bunton and others, creator of the Idol TV variety/contest series, first in the U.K. as Pop Idol and now with over 50 other versions including American Idol, Canadian Idol, and World Idol
1961 ● Enya → Vocals for Celtic folk-pop sibling group Clannad, then solo new age dreamy synth-pop, “Orinoco Flow” (#24, 1989) and “Only Time” (#10, 2001)
1962 ● Tracey Bryn → With sister Melissa Belland, frontgal and vocals in college rock/indie pop-rock Voice Of The Beehive, “Scary Kisses” (Mainstream Top 40 #32, 1996), daughter of Bruce Belland of 50s pop vocal quartet The Four Preps
1963 ● Page McConnell → Keyboards, vocals and songwriting for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996) plus solo and side projects
1965 ● Homer O’Dell → Guitarist for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1965 ● Trent Reznor → Founder, leader and songwriter for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999)
1966 ● Jan Kincaid → Founding member, drums and keyboards for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, “Sometimes” (UK #11, 1997)
1967 ● Simon Friend → Guitarist for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1968 ● Dave Abbruzzese → Drummer (1991-94) for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Even Flow” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1992), solo
1970 ● Darnell Van Rensalier → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (#2, 1992)
1970 ● Jordan Knight → Singer in early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990)
1971 ● Vernette “Vernie” Bennett → Vocals for Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, UK #3, 1993)
1973 ● Joshua Homme → Founding member, vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter for stoner metal Queens Of The Stone Age, “No One Knows” (#51, Mainstream Rock #5, 2002), later with supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, “New Fang” (Alt Rock #10, 2009)
1974 ● Andrea Corr → With two sisters and brother, lead vocals in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000), solo and actress
1976 ● Kandi Burruss → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)

May 18

1911 ● Joseph Vernon “Big Joe” Turner → Premier blues “shouter” and boogie-woogie, jump blues and early rock ‘n’ roll vocalist, “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (#22, R&B #1, 1954), died 11/24/1985 from a heart attack
1912 ● Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como → Pre-rock ‘n’ roll crooner, then Grammy-winning smooth easy listening/pop singer, “Catch A Falling Star” (#1, 1958) and 19 other Pop Top 25 singles plus nine Adult Contemporary Top 10 hits, died in his sleep on 5/12/2001
1942 ● Rodney Dillard → Progressive and influential bluegrass guitar and dobro player with brother Doug in duo country-rock The Dillards
1944 ● Albert Hammond → Brit-Gibraltarian pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “It Never Rains In Southern California” (#5, 1973)
1946 ● Bruce Gilbert → Guitarist for long-lived post-punk Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989)
1946 ● George Alexander → Bassist for eclectic rock ‘n’ roll/proto-punk cult band The Flamin’ Groovies, album Shake Some Action reached #142 on the Billboard 200 chart
1949 ● Bill Wallace → Bassist for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), now college music instructor
1949 ● Rick Wakeman → Renowned keyboardist and composer, started as sessionman for Black Sabbath, David Bowie and others in the 60s, joined folk-prog-rock The Strawbs in 1970, moved to archetypal prog rock Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971), successful solo career and film score composing
1952 ● George Strait → The “King of Country,” traditionalist country, honky tonk and Western swing singer, songwriter and guitarist with more (57) Country #1 hits than any other artist, including “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” (Country #1, 1987)
1953 ● Feliciano “Butch” Tavares → Vocals for five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1954 ● Wreckless Eric (Goulden) → Singer, songwriter and Stiff Records artist, had the punk classic UK airplay hit “I’d Go The Whole Wide World” (1978)
1957 ● Michael Cretu → Romanian-born founder, frontman, composer and creative genius behind new age electronic/world music Enigma, “Return To Innocence” (#4, 1994)
1958 ● Toyah Ann Wilcox → Brit actress and singer, appeared in the punk film Jubilee (1977) and in The Who‘s mod film Quadrophenia (1979), fronted punk-rock Toyah, “It’s A Mystery” (1981)
1961 ● Hugh Whittaker → Drummer for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986)
1961 ● Russell Senior → Guitar and violin for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), left in 1997 to pursue other projects and sell antique glassware
1969 ● Martika (Marta Marrero) → Cuban-American teen-pop/bubblegum singer, “Toy Soldiers” (#1, 1989)
1970 ● Billy Howerdel → Guitar technician for alt rock Tool, “Schism” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2001), then founded alt-metal-fused-with-art rock A Perfect Circle, “Weak And Powerless” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1975 ● Jack Johnson → Hawaii born professional surfer turned acoustic soft beach rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Upside Down” (#38, Adult Top 40 #11, 2006)

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Albums Released This Week (May 6 – 12)

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):



May 06


Manfred Mann —— The Mighty Quinn ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Poco —— Poco ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway —— Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway ► Pop-Soul >> 1972
Denny Laine —— Holly Days ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1977
Camel —— The Single Factor ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The Cure —— Standing On A Beach ► Post-Punk >> 1986
Ash —— 1977 [UK] ► Punk-Pop >> 1996
The Bee Gees —— Still Waters ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Hanson —— Middle Of Nowhere ► Pop-Rock/Teen Pop >> 1997
Joe Jackson/Graham Maby/Gary Burke —— Summer In The City ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2000
Jack Johnson —— On And On ► AA Folk-Rock >> 2003
David Cook —— Analog Heart ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2006



May 07


Bay City Rollers —— Once Upon A Star ► Power Pop >> 1975
Elvis Presley —— Today ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Human League —— Hysteria ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
James Brown —— Star Time ► Soul >> 1991
At The Gates —— With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Guttermouth —— Teri Yakimoto ► Punk Rock >> 1996
Pantera —— The Great Southern Trendkill ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1996
Westlife —— Westlife ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 2000
The Black Crowes —— Lions ► Southern Rock >> 2001



May 08


The Beatles —— Let It Be ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
The Jackson 5 —— ABC ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Wishbone Ash —— Argus ► Prog Rock >> 1972
The Kinks —— Preservation Act 2 ► British Rock >> 1974
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Legend ► Roots Reggae >> 1984
Paula Abdul —— Shut Up And Dance ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Filter —— Short Bus ► Industrial Rock >> 1995



May 09


Paul Revere & The Raiders —— Midnight Ride ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Ambrose Slade —— Beginnings ► Hard Rock >> 1969
George Harrison —— Electronic Sound [UK] ► Art-Rock >> 1969
Henry Cow —— In Praise Of Learning ► Prog Rock/Avant-Garde >> 1975
Linton Kwesi Johnson —— Bass Culture ► Dub Poetry >> 1980
The Style Council —— Internationalists ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
The Style Council —— Our Favourite Shop ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Big Daddy ► Roots Rock >> 1989
808 State —— Ex:El ► Acid House >> 1991
Kenny G —— The Very Best Of Kenny G ► Jazz-Pop >> 1994
Babes In Toyland —— Nemesisters ► Hard Rock/Riot Grrl >> 1995
Jamiroquai —— The Return Of The Space Cowboy ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bad Religion —— The New America ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Against All Authority —— The Restoration Of Chaos & Order ► Ska-Punk >> 2006
Gnarls Barkley —— St. Elsewhere ► Alt. Rap >> 2006
Chris Isaak —— Best Of Chris Isaak ► Adult Contemporary >> 2006
Korn —— Live & Rare ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Stadium Arcadium ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 2006
Paul Simon —— Surprise ► Folk-Pop >> 2006



May 10


Elton John —— 11-17-70 ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— Thick As A Brick ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Bill Wyman —— Monkey Grip ► Hard Rock >> 1974
The Birthday Party —— Junkyard ► Post-Punk Goth Rock >> 1982
Duran Duran —— Rio ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
Ministry —— With Sympathy ► Industrial Metal >> 1983
Twisted Sister —— Stay Hungry ► Hair Metal >> 1984
Teddy Pendergrass —— Joy ► Soul-Pop >> 1988
Prince —— Lovesexy ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Pointer Sisters —— Right Rhythm ► Electro-dance-pop >> 1990
Steelheart —— Steelheart ► Hair Metal >> 1990
Blur —— Modern Life Is Rubbish ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1993
Danielle Brisebois —— Arrive All Over You ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Indigo Girls —— Swamp Ophelia ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
The Pretenders —— Last Of The Independents ► Post-Punk >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Stand Up ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005



May 11


The Small Faces —— Small Faces ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1966
Various Artists —— Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack And More ► Rock n Roll >> 1970
The Meters —— Cabbage Alley ► Funk >> 1972
Hawkwind —— The Space Ritual Alive In Liverpool And London ► Space Rock >> 1973
Wishbone Ash —— Wishbone Four ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The Cure —— Three Imaginary Boys ► Post-Punk >> 1979
Grace Jones —— Nightclubbing ► Club-Dance/Post-Disco >> 1981
Eurythmics —— Be Yourself Tonight ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Bathory —— Under The Sign Of The Black Mark ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1987
Stevie Nicks —— The Other Side Of The Mirror ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Soundgarden —— Screaming Life/Fopp ► Grunge >> 1990
Aimee Mann —— Whatever ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
New Order —— Republic ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Toto —— Kingdom Of Desire ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1993
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Best Of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds [UK] ► Alt Rock >> 1998
Ash —— Nu-Clear Sounds ► Punk-Pop >> 1999
Ricky Martin —— Ricky Martin ► Latin Dance-Pop >> 1999



May 12


Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Are You Experienced? [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
The Rolling Stones —— Exile On Main Street ► Rock n Roll >> 1972
The Stranglers —— Black And White ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
Robert Fripp —— Exposure ► Art Rock >> 1979
New Order —— Low-Life ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
The Black Crowes —— The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion ► Southern Rock >> 1992
Testament —— The Ritual ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1992
Garbage —— Version 2.0 ► Art Rock >> 1998
Buzzcocks —— Inventory ► Punk-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit —— Collected ► Rap-Metal >> 2008
Steve Earle —— Townes ► Alt. Country >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 5 – 11)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 05

1937 ● Johnnie Taylor → Gospel star, R&B/soul balladeer, funk-soul and disco man, “Disco Lady” (#1, 1968), died 5/31/2000 after a heart attack
1942 ● Tammy Wynette (Virginia W. Pugh) → The “First Lady of Country Music”, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, “Stand By Your Man” (Country #1, 1968) and 34 other Country #1 hits, paired with electro-pop cover/sampling band The KLF for “Justified and Ancient” (#11, Dance/Club #2, 1992), died of cardiac arrhythmia on on 4/6/1998
1942 ● Jim King (Alec Woodburn) → Saxophone for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971)
1948 ● Bill Ward → Founding member and long-serving drummer for hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” (#61, 1970) and “Psycho Man” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998)
1950 ● Doug Gray → Keyboards and lead vocals for long-lived Southern country-rock The Marshall Tucker Band, “Heard It In A Love Song” (#14, 1977), still performs with the latest incarnation of the band after 40 years
1950 ● Eddy Amoo → Guitar and vocals for Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (R&B #28, UK #1, 1976)
1951 ● Rex Goh → Guitar for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1954 ● Pete Erskine → Session percussionist and journeyman jazz and jazz-rock fusion session drummer, worked with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report and the Brecker Brothers, among others
1959 ● Ian McCulloch → Founding member, vocals and frontman for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, “The Killing Moon” (UK #4, 1984), left in 1988 for solo career, “Proud To Fall” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), rejoined Echo & The Bunnymen in 1997
1961 ● Sean McLuskey → Drummer for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1962 ● Gary Daly → Vocals for new romantic/dance-pop China Crisis, “Wishful Thinking” (UK #9, 1984) and “Working With Fire And Steel” (Dance/Club #27, 1984)
1962 ● Kevin Mooney → Bassist for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1981 ● Craig David → Brit neo-R&B/smooth pop singer/songwriter, “Fill Me In” (#15, UK #1, 2001)
1981 ● Jesse Colburn → Guitarist for Canadian punk rock Closet Monster and Avril Lavigne‘s backing band from 2002 to 2004
1988 ● Adele (Adkins) → Grammy-winning indie pop Brit singer/songwriter, “Chasing Pavements” (#2, 2010)
1988 ● Brooke Hogan (Bollea) → Daughter of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, TV reality show actress, socialite and one hit wonder pop singer, “About Us” (#33, 2006)
1988 ● Skye Sweetnam → Canadian teen pop singer, “Split Personality” (Top 40 Mainstream #37, 2004) and “Billy S.” (Canada #15, 2003)
1989 ● Chris Brown → R&B/urban-pop singer whose debut single, “Run It” (#1, 2005) was the first Billboard #1 debut single in over a decade

May 06

1936 ● Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson → Vocals for one hit wonder R&B/rock ‘n’ roll mix duo Mickey & Sylvia, “Love Is Strange” (#11, 1957)
1939 ● Herbie Cox → Lead vocals for R&B/doo wop The Cleftones, “Heart And Soul” (#18, R&B #10, 1961)
1942 ● Colin Earl → Pianist for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime” (#3, 1970), briefly played with Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975), with Mungo Jerry bandmate Paul King formed the King Earl Band, brother of Foghat drummer Roger Earl
1943 ● Sandra Tilley → Vocals for Motown pop girl group The Velvettes, left to join The Orlons and Martha & The Vandellas in 1969, “Bless You” (#53, R&B #29, 1971), died of a brain aneurysm on 9/9/1981
1945 ● Bob Seger → Roots rock guitarist, singer/songwriter and bandleader, “Night Moves” (#4, 1976) and “Shakedown” (#1, 1986) from the film Beverly Hills Cop II (1986)
1945 ● Jimmie Dale Gilmore → Founding member, guitarist, singer and chief songwriter for renowned but underrated Texan alt country-rock The Flatlanders, solo
1948 ● Mary MacGregor → Pop singer/songwriter, “Torn Between Two Lovers” (#1, 1976)
1950 ● Robbie McIntosh → Scottish drummer with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, then founding member of blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), died from a heroin overdose on 9/23/1974
1960 ● John Flansburgh → Guitar and vocals for alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1960 ● Larry Steinbachel → Guitar and vocals for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy” (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984)
1964 ● Tony Scalzo → Bass and vocals for alt rock/power pop Fastball, “Out Of My Head” (#20, Adult Top 40 #3, 1999)
1966 ● David Narcizo → Drummer for alt rock Throwing Muses, “Dizzy” (Modern Rock #8, 1989)
1967 ● Mark Bryan → Guitarist for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995)
1968 ● Tony Wright → Vocals and guitarist for hard rock/heavy metal Terrorvision, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999)
1971 ● Chris Shiflett → Guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Modern Rock #1, 1999)
1971 ● Sarah Blackwood → Vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, “Stars” (UK #15, 1996)

May 07

1931 ● Teresa Brewer (Breuer) → 50s novelty pop singer, “A Tear Fell” (#5, 1956), reemerged in the 70s as jazz-pop singer, recorded with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others
1932 ● Derek Taylor → Journalist and publicist, Beatles’ PR manager, worked for Apple Corps, record company executive with Warner Bros. Records, died from cancer on 9/8/1997
1939 ● Jimmy Ruffin → R&B/soul singer for Motown, “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted” (#7, 1966), older brother of The Temptations‘s David Ruffin
1939 ● Johnny Maestro (Mastrangelo) → Tenor vocals for biracial R&B/doo wop The Crests, “Sixteen Candles” (#2, 1959), went solo in 60s, then formed pop-rock The Brooklyn Bridge, “The Worst That Could Happen” (#3, 1969), died of cancer on 3/24/2010
1940 ● Jim “JC” Connors → Renowned radio DJ with WMEX (Boston), among others, and inspiration for Harry Chapin‘s “W O L D” (#36, 1974), died in a car crash on 2/24/1987
1943 ● Rick Westfield → Keyboards for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973), left in 1976 for solo career
1943 ● Ricky West (Richard Westwood) → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, sang lead on “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Thelma Houston → One hit wonder R&B/soul singer, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#1, 1977), session vocals, TV and film appearances
1945 ● Christy Moore → Contemporary Irish roots-folk singer/songwriter, lead vocals and guitar for folk-pop Planxty, “Three Drunken Maidens” (1972), frontman for Moving Hearts, solo
1946 ● Arcelio Garcia → Guitarist for Latin funk-rock Malo, “Sauvecito” (#18, 1972)
1946 ● Bill Kreutzmann → Drummer for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), plus Dead spinoff The Other Ones
1946 ● Jerry Nolan → Drummer for glam-punk New York Dolls, “Personality Crisis” (1973), left to form The Heartbreakers with Johnny Thunders and Richard Hell, died from a stroke on 1/14/1992
1946 ● Ray Monette → 40-year guitarist for Motown blue-eyed soul Rare Earth, “Get Ready” (#4, 1970)
1946 ● William Danoff → Singer and songwriter for AM pop one hit wonder Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (#1, 1976), co-wrote “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with John Denver (#2, 1971)
1948 ● Pete Wingfield → Singer and session pianist, backing bands, producer, solo one hit wonder faux-doo wop “Eighteen With A Bullet” (#15, 1971)
1949 ● Keith (James Barry Keefer) → One hit wonder pop singer, “98.6” (#7, 1967)
1950 ● Charles L’Empereur “Prairie” Prince → Drummer for early 70s line up of Journey, then co-founded camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), later with the New Cars
1956 ● Anne Dudley (Anne Jennifer Beckingham) → Academy-award winning film score composer (The Full Monty, 1998) and founding member of avant garde synth-pop Art Of Noise, “Kiss” featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988)
1958 ● Marty Willson-Piper → Rhythm guitar for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1961 ● Phil Campbell → Lead guitarist for punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1971 ● Eagle-Eye Cherry → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Save Tonight” (#5, 1998), son of avant-garde jazz trumpeter Don Cherry and half-brother of alternative rap pioneer Neneh Cherry
1986 ● Matt Helders → Drums and vocals for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)

May 08

1911 ● Robert Johnson → Highly-influential, legendary and oft-covered blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Cross Road Blues” (1937), his songs were performed by many artists and groups, including Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Cream (“Crossroads”, 1968), Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones (“Love In Vain”, 1969), died 8/16/1938
1940 ● Eric Hillard “Ricky” Nelson → Teen idol and rockabilly/country-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Travellin’ Man” (#1, 1961) plus 18 other Top 10 singles, played himself on his parent’s TV show The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet, died in a plane crash on 12/31/1985
1941 ● John Fred (Gourier) → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for one hit wonder novelty pop-rock John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise” (#1, 1968), died on 4/15/2005 after a long battle with kidney disease
1943 ● Cathyrn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille → Singer with husband Daryl Dragon in Grammy-winning pop duo The Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” (#1, 1975)
1943 ● Danny Whitten → Singer, guitarist and frequent songwriter, member of Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse, wrote “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” (covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge and Everything But The Girl), Young‘s “The Needle and the Damage Done” (1972) is about Whitten’s heroin abuse, from which he died of an overdose on 11/18/1972
1943 ● Paul Samwell-Smith → Bassist for blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), left in the late 60s and became a producer for Jethro Tull, Renaissance, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens and others
1944 ● Bill Legend (Fifield) → Drummer for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971)
1944 ● Gary Glitter (Paul Francis Gadd) → Brit glam-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, best known in US for “Rock & Roll, Pt. 2″ (#7, 1972), had 17 UK Top 40 singles, convicted of child pornography in England in 1999
1945 ● Keith Jarrett → Jazz and classical pianist and composer, played with Miles Davis and Art Blakely, fronted several of his own bands
1951 ● Chris Frantz → Drummer for New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), co-founder Tom Tom Club (with wife/bassist Tina Weymouth)
1951 ● Philip Bailey → Vocals for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975), solo, including duet with Phil Collins, “Easy Lover” (#2, 1990)
1953 ● Alex Van Halen → Drummer for hard rock megastars Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), brother of Eddie, now a clean-and-sober ordained minister
1953 ● Billy Burnette → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist in sessions and tours, solo “Don’t Say Know” (#68, 1980), joined Fleetwood Mac in 1985 and left in 1995, still sessions, tours and occasional solo works
1964 ● Dave Rowntree → Drummer for alt rock then Britpop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994)
1972 ● Darren Hayes → Vocalist and one-half of Australian dance-pop duo Savage Garden, “Truly Madly Deeply” (#1, 1998), solo, “Insatiable” (#77, UK #8, 2002)
1975 ● Enrique Iglesias → Latin pop megastar singer, “Be With You” (#1, 2000), son of Julio
1976 ● H (Ian Watkins) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8″ (UK #14, 1997)
1976 ● Martha Wainwright → Canadian/American folk-rock singer/songwriter, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, sister of Rufus Wainwright, backing vocals on recordings by her family members, released full length eponymous debut in 2006
1977 ● Joe Bonamassa → Virtuoso blues-rock guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, at age 14 formed Bloodline with Waylon Krieger (Robby Krieger‘s son), Erin Davis (Miles Davis‘ son) and Berry Oakley, Jr. (Allman Brothers bassist’s son) for one album, then solo career with 12 Top 10 Blues albums, some featuring guest spots by Eric Clapton, B. B. King and others, currently in Black Rock Communion
1978 ● Ana Maria Lombo → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1985 ● Matt Jay (Matthew James Willis) → Singer/songwriter and founding member of Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003), solo, “Up All Night” (UK #7, 2006)

May 09

1914 ● Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow → Canadian-born country singer, “The Singing Ranger”, released over 100 albums and had 35 Country Top 40 singles between 1955 and 1980, including “Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead-End Street)” (Country #2, 1963), died on 12/20/1999 from heart failure
1935 ● Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards → Bassist for seminal surf rock ‘n roll instrumental group The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), solo
1937 ● David Prater, Jr. → One half of top R&B/soul duo Sam & Dave, “Soul Man” (#2, 1967), died in a single-car accident on 4/9/1988
1937 ● Sonny Curtis → Country-pop and rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter and guitarist, played in an early version of Buddy Holly & The Crickets, wrote “I Fought The Law” and “Love Is All Around”, theme song to the Mary Tyler Moore Show
1940 ● John Hawken → Keyboards for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1941 ● Peter Birrell → Bassist for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), became a taxi driver and sometime bit-part TV actor
1942 ● Mike Millward → Rhythm guitar for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964), died from complications of leukemia on 3/7/1966
1942 ● Tommy Roe → Rockabilly singer and songwriter turned archetypal bubblegum popster, “Dizzy” (#1, 1969)
1943 ● Bruce Milner → Piano and organ for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (#6, 1967)
1944 ● Don Dannemann → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for two hit wonder folk-pop The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (#2, 1966) and “Turn Down Day” (#16, 1966), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour, became a successful commercial “jingle” writer, including the “Uncola” song for 7Up
1944 ● Richie Furay → Guitar and vocals, founding member of folk-rock Buffalo Springfield (“For What It’s Worth”, #17, 1967) and country-rock Poco (“You Better Think Twice”, #72, 1970), left in 1974 to co-found country-rock Souther Hillman Furay Band with Chris Hillman of The Byrds and J. D. Souther (“Fallin’ In Love”, #27, 1974), solo bandleader, became a Christian minister, reunited with Buffalo Springfield in 2010
1945 ● Steve Katz → Guitarist and vocalist, founding member of jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “The Flute Thing” (1968), then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), producer
1949 ● Billy Joel → Superstar pop-rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist with 17 US #1 albums and 35 Top 40 singles, including “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me” (#1, 1980)
1950 ● Tom Petersson → Bass and vocals for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1953 ● John Edwards → Bassist since 1986 for long-lived Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968) plus 58 UK Top 40 singles including “Come On You Reds” (UK #1, 1994)
1960 ● Marc Duncan → Bassist for punk-rock The Vibrators, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978)
1962 ● David Gahan → Lead vocals for electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990), went solo after 22 years, “Kingdom” (Dance/Pop #1, 2007)
1962 ● Paul “P.D.” Heaton → Vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), then alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990), solo
1965 ● Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot → Vocals for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1969 ● Peter Wilkinson → Co-founder, backing vocals and bass guitar for 90s alt rock Brit-pop Cast, “Flying” (UK #4, 1996), left in 2002 for sessions work, rejoined Cast in 2010
1971 ● Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan → Bassist for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, left the band in 1999
1975 ● Ryan “Nik” Vikedal → Drummer for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001), left the band in 1995
1979 ● Pierre Bouvier → Lead singer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)

May 10

1899 ● Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) → Grammy-winning, renowned film and Broadway stage dancer, actor, vocalist and choreographer, appeared in 31 musical movies, often with dance partner Ginger Rogers, sang multiple, enduring popular songs without a charting single, died of pneumonia on 6/22/1987
1920 ● Bert Weedon → Virtuoso Brit pop-instrumental guitarist, “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” (UK #10, 1959), published the Play In A Day guitar manual, session work for Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others
1930 ● Scott Muni (Donald Allen Munoz) → Gravel-voiced AM Top 40, then FM rock DJ (WNEW-FM, New York), died on 9/28/2004
1935 ● Larry Williams → Early R&B/rock & roll guitarist, singer and songwriter, “High School Dance” (#5, R&B #1, 1957), his classic songs have been covered by The Beatles “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” (1965), The Jam and others, died from gunshot wounds on 1/2/1980
1938 ● Henry Fambrough → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul The Spinners, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits
1941 ● Danny Rapp → Frontman and singer for early rock ‘n’ rollers Danny & The Juniors, “At The Hop” (#1, 1958), committed suicide on 4/5/1983
1944 ● John Richard “Jackie” Lomax → Star-crossed Liverpudlian singer, first act to be signed to The Beatles‘ Apple Records, received support from Paul McCartney and George Harrison, who wrote his single “Sour Milk Sea” (1970), but he never achieved the expected stardom
1946 ● Dave Mason → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), then solo, “We Just Disagree” (#12, 1977), session work Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison and others
1946 ● Donovan (Phillip Leitch) → Brit psych-folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Mellow Yellow” (#2, 1966), once labeled Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan
1946 ● Graham Gouldman → Bubblegum-pop songwriter, wrote hits for Herman’s Hermits, The Hollies and others, then co-founder, guitar and vocals for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975) and 10 UK Top 30 hits, later formed pop-rock Wax, “Bridge To Your Heart” (UK #12, 1987)
1947 ● John Arden “Jay” Ferguson → Vocals, keyboards and songwriting for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), left and co-founded hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, “Run Run Run” (#27, 1972), went solo, “Thunder Island” (#9, 1978), now composes film scores
1951 ● Ronald Banks → Vocals for R&B/soul The Dramatics, “In The Rain” (#5, R&B #1, 1972), died of a heart attack on 3/4/2010
1952 ● Lee Brilleaux (Collinson) → Lead vocals and harmonica for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979), died of cancer on 4/7/1994
1952 ● Lowell Fillmore “Sly” Dunbar → Reggae drummer, with session partner Robbie Shakespeare as The Riddim Twins and later Sly & Robbie worked with Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones and others
1957 ● Karl Hyde → Vocals and guitar for electro/trance/dance-pop Underworld, “Two Months Off” (Dance/Club #2, 2002)
1957 ● Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) → Vocals and bass guitar for renowned and reviled punk-rock The Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977), died of a heroin overdose on 2/2/1979
1960 ● Bono (Paul Hewson) → Vocalist and guitarist for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987) plus five consecutive US #1 albums between 1987 and 1997, poet, peace activist
1962 ● Gary Daley → Vocals and keyboards for new romantic/dance-pop China Crisis, “Wishful Thinking” (UK #9, 1984) and “Working With Fire And Steel” (Dance/Club #27, 1984)
1967 ● Young M.C. (Marvin Young) → Pop-rap rhymer and singer, “Bust A Move” (#7, Rap #2, 1989)
1968 ● Richard Patrick → Guitarist for alt rock/industrial group Filter, “Take A Picture” (Alt Rock #3, 1999), then alt rock/post-grunge supergroup Army of Anyone, “Goodbye” (Mainstream Rock #3, 2006), also worked with Nine Inch Nails
1980 ● Jason Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995)
1985 ● Ashley Poole → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

May 11

1888 ● Irving Berlin (Israel Isidore Baline) → Siberian-born lyricist, pianist and composer of dozens of enduring pop, stage show and film hits including “White Christmas” (1940), the best selling single of all time, died in his sleep on 9/22/1989
1935 ● Christopher “Kit” Lambert → Assistant film director (The Guns of Navarone and From Russia With Love), record producer, record executive (Track Records, which signed Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon), band manager for The Who until 1971, eccentric but drug-abusing impresario, died from a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down a set of stairs at his mother’s house on 4/7/1981
1938 ● Carla Bley (Borg) → 60s Free Jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader
1941 ● Eric Burdon → Vocals and eventual frontman for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), then funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973)
1943 ● Arnie Satin (Silver) → Baritone vocals for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1943 ● Les Chadwick → Bassist for British Invasion/Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1947 ● Claude Hudson “Butch” Trucks → Drummer for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” (#2, 1973)
1955 ● Jonathan “J.J.” Jeczalik → Record producer, sessionman and founding member of avant garde synth-pop The Art Of Noise, “Kiss” featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988)
1955 ● Mark Herndon → Drummer for country-pop-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, 1982)
1955 ● Susan Stenger → Bass and vocals for guitar-centric, “noise” rock quartet Band Of Susans, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (1988)
1965 ● Avtar Singh → Founding member and bassist for mixed-race, Indian/Brit dance-pop Cornershop, “Brimful Of Asha” (Dance #35, UK #1, 1998)
1966 ● Christoph “Doom” Schneider → Drummer for heavy metal/industrial Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1983 ● Holly Valance (Vukadinović) → Yugoslavian-Australian TV actress and pop singer, “Kiss Kiss” (UK#1, 2002)
1986 ● Kieren Webster → Bass guitarist, songwriter and vocalist for Scottish retro-rock/ska punk The View, “Same Jeans” (UK #3, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (April 29 – May 5)

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 29


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Ridin’ High ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
The Temptations —— The Temptations Wish It Would Rain ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
The Doors —— L. A. Woman ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Alice Cooper —— Lace And Whiskey ► Ballad >> 1977
Van Halen —— Fair Warning ► Hard Rock >> 1981
The Replacements —— Hootenanny ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
Freddie Mercury —— Mr. Bad Guy ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Santana —— Beyond Appearances ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1985
Tom Petty —— Full Moon Fever ► Album Rock >> 1989
Buzzcocks —— All Set ► Punk-Rock >> 1996
The Ataris —— Anywhere But Here ► Pop-Punk >> 1997
Prince —— Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Madonna —— Hard Candy ► Dance-Pop >> 2008
Steve Winwood —— Nine Lives ► Album Rock >> 2008



Apr 30


The Zombies —— Begin Here ► Art Rock >> 1965
Marvin Gaye —— M.P.G. ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Thin Lizzy —— Thin Lizzy ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Red Rose Speedway ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
J.J. Cale —— Okie ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Elton John —— Here And There ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Rastaman Vibration ► Roots Reggae >> 1976
The Moody Blues —— Caught Live + 5 [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1977
Sister Sledge —— We Are Family ► Disco >> 1979
Cheap Trick —— One On One ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1982
The Cure —— The Top ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Junk Culture ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1984
Keel —— The Final Frontier ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Billy Bragg —— The Internationale ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Boyz II Men —— Cooleyhighharmony ► New Jack Swing >> 1991
Joe Jackson —— Laughter & Lust ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1991
Yes —— Union ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Iced Earth —— Night Of The Stormrider ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1992
The Cranberries —— To The Faithful Departed ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
Dave Matthews Band —— Crash ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996



May 01


Bob Dylan —— Possum Belly Overalls ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Jeff Beck Group —— The Jeff Beck Group ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
James Taylor —— Gorilla ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Deacon Blue —— Raintown [UK] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Fairground Attraction —— The First Of A Million Kisses ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Skiffle >> 1988
The Cure —— Disintegration ► Post-Punk >> 1989
Flotsam And Jetsam —— When The Storm Comes Down ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1990
Rory Gallagher —— Fresh Evidence ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Dixie Chicks —— Little Ol’ Cowgirl ► Country-Rock >> 1992
The Vaselines —— The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1992
T.I.S.M. —— Machiavelli And The Four Seasons ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bardot —— Bardot ► Pop/Girl Group >> 2000
Huey Lewis & The News —— Plan B ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Stevie Nicks —— Trouble In Shangri-La ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Dinosaur Jr. —— Beyond ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Rush —— Snakes & Arrows ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2007



May 02


Dean Martin —— Happiness Is Dean Martin ► Traditional Pop >> 1967
Rory Gallagher —— Jinx ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
New Order —— Power, Corruption & Lies ► Club/Dance >> 1983
Melissa Etheridge —— Melissa Etheridge ► Roots Rock >> 1988
Morbid Angel —— Blessed Are The Sick ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Ian Anderson —— Divinities: Twelve Dances With God ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Asia —— Rare ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Billy Joel —— 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Primal Scream —— XTRMNTR ► Indie Rock >> 2000
Pearl Jam —— Live In NYC 12/31/92 ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam ► Hard Rock >> 2006



May 03


Sly & The Family Stone —— Stand! ► Soul-Funk >> 1969
Status Quo —— Quo ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Aerosmith —— Rocks ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Motörhead —— The Golden Years ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
The Cure —— Pornography ► Post-Punk >> 1982
Modern English —— After The Snow ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
Bruce Hornsby & The Range —— Scenes From The Southside ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Living Color —— Vivid ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Queensrÿche —— Operation: Mindcrime ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Bananarama —— Pop Life ► New Wave Dance-Pop >> 1991
Jawbox —— Grippe ► Punk Rock/Post-Hardcore >> 1991
The Allman Brothers Band —— Where It All Begins ► Southern Rock >> 1994
The Fall —— Middle Class Revolt ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1994
Traffic —— Far From Home ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) ► Rap-Metal >> 2005



May 04


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Greatest Hits ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Stevie Wonder —— Up-Tight (Everything’s Alright) ► Pop-R&B >> 1966
Yes —— Yessongs ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Billy Preston —— The Kids And Me ► Funk >> 1974
Gentle Giant —— Interview ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Beatles —— Live At The Hollywood Bowl ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Frank Zappa —— Orchestral Favorites ► Art Rock >> 1979
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Ocean Rain ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Scorpions —— Love At First Sting ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
David Crosby —— Thousand Roads ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Dark Funeral —— Dark Funeral ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1994
Curtis Mayfield —— Live In New York City ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
Therion —— Vovin ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1998
Black Label Society —— Sonic Brew ► Heavy Metal/Southern Rock >> 1999
Robbie Williams —— The Ego Has Landed ► Britpop/Dance-Pop >> 1999
David Crosby —— Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Ryan Adams —— Love Is Hell ► Acoustic Pop-Rock >> 2004
Toni Braxton —— Pulse ► Soul-Pop >> 2010
Extreme —— Take Us Alive ► Pop-Metal >> 2010
Carole King & James Taylor —— Live At The Troubadour ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Tonic —— Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 2010



May 05


The Rascals —— Peaceful World ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Paul Simon —— There Goes Rhymin’ Simon ► Folk-Pop >> 1973
The James Gang —— Newborn ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Parliament —— Live: P-Funk Earth Tour ► Funk >> 1977
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Stranger In Town ► Album Rock >> 1978
Saxon —— Wheels Of Steel ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Hard Promises ► Album Rock >> 1981
Sodom —— In The Sign Of Evil ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1984
The Moody Blues —— The Other Side Of Life ► Prog Rock >> 1986
The Style Council —— Home And Abroad ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Sonia —— Everybody Knows ► Pop/MOR >> 1990
Gregg Alexander —— Intoxifornication ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Neville Brothers —— Family Groove ► Soul (New Orleans) >> 1992
Steve Earle —— I Feel Alright ► Alt. Country >> 1996
Meredith Brooks —— Blurring The Edges ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1997
Humble Pie —— The Scrubbers Session ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Paul McCartney —— Flaming Pie ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Styx —— Return To Paradise ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1997
ALL —— Mass Nerder ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk >> 1998

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