Albums Released This Week (April 22 – 28)

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



Apr 22


The Monkees —— The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Iron Butterfly —— Live ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
Merle Haggard —— Hag ► Country Classics >> 1971
The Temptations —— Sky’s The Limit ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— Blow Your Face Out ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Heart —— Magazine ► Album Rock >> 1978
Prince —— Around The World In A Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
The Fall —— Shift-Work ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Alison Moyet —— Hoodoo [UK] ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1991
The Samples —— No Room ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Stratovarius —— Episode ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1996
Asia —— Live ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Mary J. Blige —— Share My World ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1997
Boston —— Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock >> 1997
Chicago —— The Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1997
Son Volt —— Straightaways ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1997
Black Label Society —— The Blessed Hellride ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Madonna —— American Life ► Dance-Pop >> 2003



Apr 23


Joe Cocker —— With A Little Help From My Friends ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Rolling Stones —— Sticky Fingers ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Down The Road ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Burning Spear —— Marcus Garvey ► Reggae-Folk >> 1976
Gentle Giant —— Interview [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Jethro Tull —— Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young To Die [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Ramones —— The Ramones ► Punk-Rock >> 1976
The Rolling Stones —— Black And Blue ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Judas Priest —— Sin After Sin ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan At Budokan ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Madness —— Complete Madness ► Ska >> 1982
Men at Work —— Two Hearts ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Various Artists —— We Are The World (USA For Africa) ► Album Rock >> 1985
Death Angel —— The Ultra-Violence ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Dave Mason —— Two Hearts ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Dead Milkmen —— Metaphysical Grafitti ► Punk-Rock >> 1990
Inspiral Carpets —— Life ► Indie Rock/Madchester >> 1990
Michael Bolton —— Time, Love & Tenderness ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Joe Walsh —— Ordinary Average Guy ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Hootie & The Blowfish —— Fairweather Johnson ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Babasónicos —— Miami ► Latin Rock/Rap >> 1999
Wilco —— Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2002
Bob Dylan —— Together Through Life ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Asia —— Omega ► Prog Rock >> 2010



Apr 24


David Bowie —— Diamond Dogs ► Glam Rock >> 1974
Cameo —— Cameosis ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
World Party —— Goodbye Jumbo ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Helloween —— Better Than Raw ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1998
Jessica Simpson —— Sweet Kisses [UK] ► Tenn Dance-Pop >> 2000
The Bee Gees —— This Is Where I Came In ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Lou Reed —— Hudson River Wind Meditations ► Art Rock >> 2007
Patti Smith —— Twelve ► Hard Rock >> 2007



Apr 25


The Moody Blues —— On The Threshold Of A Dream ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
The Doobie Brothers —— Stampede ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
10cc —— Deceptive Bends ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Donna Summer —— Bad Girls ► Disco >> 1979
Black Sabbath —— Heaven & Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Exodus —— Bonded By Blood ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Soul Asylum —— Hang Time ► Alt. Rock/Garage Rock >> 1988
Blur —— Parklife ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
King Crimson —— THRAK ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Little Feat —— Ain’t Had Enough Fun ► Southern Rock >> 1995
Parliament —— Live 1976-93 ► Funk >> 1996
Toni Braxton —— The Heat ► Soul-Pop >> 2000
Donovan —— Summer Day Reflection Songs ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Bruce Springsteen —— We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 2006



Apr 26


The Supremes —— Right On ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Bucks Fizz —— Are You Ready ► Europop-Dance >> 1982
Paul McCartney —— Tug Of War ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— “Weird Al” Yankovic ► Comedy/Parody >> 1983
Hooters —— Nervous Night ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1985
Honeymoon Suite —— Racing After Midnight ► Arena Rock >> 1988
k. d. lang —— Shadowland ► Alt Country Rock >> 1988
The Bodeans —— Black And White ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Luther Vandross —— Power Of Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1991
The Fall —— The Infotainment Scan ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1993
Johnny Cash —— American Recordings ► Traditional Country >> 1994
Fleetwood Mac —— In Chicago 1969 ► Electric Blues >> 1994
Jimi Hendrix —— Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Live —— Throwing Copper ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1994
Children Of Bodom —— Hatebreeder ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1999
New Order —— Waiting For The Siren’s Call ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen —— Devils & Dust ► Heartland Rock >> 2005
Steve Earle —— I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive ► Alt. Country >> 2011



Apr 27


Sly & The Family Stone —— Dance To The Music ► Soul-Funk >> 1968
The Fall —— Slates ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1981
The B-52’s —— Whammy! ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1983
David Bowie —— Never Let Me Down ► Glam Rock >> 1987
R.E.M. —— Dead Letter Office ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Slade —— You Boyz Make Big Noize ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Pat Benatar —— True Love ► Hard Rock/Jump Blues >> 1991
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Henry’s Dream ► Alt Rock >> 1992
XTC —— Nonsuch ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1992
Vince Neil —— Exposed ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 1993
Porno For Pyros —— Porno For Pyros ► Alt Rock >> 1993
Blind Guardian —— Nightfall In Middle-Earth ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1998
Massive Attack —— Mezzanine ► Trip-Hop >> 1998
AFI —— Black Sails EP ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Immortal —— Damned In Black ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 2000
Patti Smith —— Trampin’ ► Hard Rock >> 2004



Apr 28


Chicago —— Chicago Transit Authority ► Jazz-Rock >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— What Love Has…Joined Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Alice Cooper —— Flush The Fashion ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Grateful Dead —— Go To Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Marshall Crenshaw —— Marshall Crenshaw ► Power Pop >> 1982
Annie Lennox —— Diva ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock >> 1992
Fair Warning —— Rainmaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Stratovarius —— Visions ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Big Pun —— Capital Punishment ► Latino Rap >> 1998
Jimmy Buffett —— Don’t Stop The Carnival ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Children Of Bodom —— Something Wild ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
Jefferson Airplane —— Live At The Fillmore East ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1998
Dave Matthews Band —— Before These Crowded Streets ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Stevie Nicks —— Enchanted: The Works Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Secret Chiefs 3 —— Second Grand Constitution And Bylaws, Hurqalya ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1998
The Black Crowes —— Warpaint Live ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Various Artists —— Playing For Change: Songs Around The World ► Worldbeat >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 21

1939 ● Ernie Maresca → 60s doo wop and rock ‘n’ roll songwriter whose credits include several hits for Dion, including “Runaround Sue” (#1, 1961), brief one hit wonder solo career, “Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)” (#6, 1962)
1943 ● Mars Bonfire (Dennis Eugene McCrohan aka Edmonton) → Guitar and vocals for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, wrote “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Alan Wagner → Founding member, guitars and backing vocals for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1947 ● Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) → Frontman and vocals for hard rock/proto-punk The Stooges, solo, Lust For Life (1977, Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums #147)
1947 ● John Weider → Guitar and violin for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), then bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), sessions and solo as a jazz-new age guitarist and singer/songwriter
1948 ● Paul Davis → Pop-rock and country-pop singer/songwriter, “I Go Crazy” (#7, 1977), guest vocalist with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker, wrote several country hits for others, died of a heart attack on 4/22/2008
1951 ● Nicole Barclay → Vocals for pioneering all girl rock group Fanny, “Butter Boy” (#29, 1975), early women-only rock band and first to sign with a major record label
1959 ● Michael Timmins → Guitarist and songwriter for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1959 ● Robert Smith → Founder, frontman, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and only constant member of gloomy post-punk-pop The Cure, “Love Song” (#2, 1989), plus over 20 other Top 40 singles in his native UK
1960 ● John Maher → Drummer in early and seminal punk-pop Buzzcocks, “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” (UK #12, 1978), now sells and races Volkswagen cars
1963 ● Johnny McElhone → Bassist for Scottish teen-aged post-punk alt rock Altered Images, “Happy Birthday” (UK #2, 1981), then joined Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1978 ● Brandon Steineckert → Drummer in screamo-tinged, post-hardcore punk The Used, “Under Pressure” (#48, 2005), left in 2006 to join punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)

Apr 22

1922 ● Charles Mingus → Universally-lauded jazz bassist, bandleader and composer, in his last months collaborated with Joni Mitchell on her tribute album Mingus, died 1/5/1979 from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
1936 ● Glen Campbell → 60s session musician for The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, The Mamas & the Papas and others, member of the touring band for The Beach Boys in place of Brian Wilson in 1964-65, then Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Rhinestone Cowboy” (#1, 1975), actor and TV host with dozens of Country Top 10 and Pop Top 40 hits
1937 ● Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche → Producer, arranger, session musician, solo singer/songwriter, “The Lonely Surfer” (#39, 1963), worked with Phil Spector in the early 60s, with Buffy Sainte-Marie co-wrote “Up Where We Belong” (#1, 1982) from the film An Officer And A Gentleman (1982), produced albums for The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and others, died after a heart attack on 1/25/2000
1939 ● Simon Napier-Bell → Music industry journeyman bandmember, session musician, producer, songwriter, journalist and author, at one time or another served as manager for The Yardbirds, John’s Children, Marc Bolan, Japan, London, Asia, Ultravox, Boney M., Wham! and others
1944 ● Howard Wyeth → Session drummer for Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Robert Gordon, Link Wray and others, grandson of painter Noel Wyeth, died of a heart attack 3/27/1996
1950 ● Peter Frampton → Blues-rock and pop-rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and bandleader for The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968), Humble Pie, “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972), Frampton’s Camel, 70s-80s solo superstar, “Show Me The Way” (#6, 1976), toured in 90s with Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band
1951 ● Paul Carrack → Journeyman keyboards, guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975), then New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981) and pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986), plus a single solo hit, “Don’t Shed A Tear” (#9, 1987)
1955 ● Arthur Baker → Club DJ and early hip-hop producer, including New Edition‘s “Candy Girl” (Dance/Club #17, R&B #1, 1983) and New Order‘s “Confusion” (Dance/Club #5, 1983), then Afrika Bambaataa‘s “Planet Rock” (#48, R&B #4, 1986), plus a solo hit, “Let There Be Love” (Dance/Club #14, 1991)
1956 ● Kenny Lyons → Bassist for Southern hard rock .38 Special, then post-punk rock then teen-pop The Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1966 ● Kimberley Dahme → Current bassist (since 2002) for reunited 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), record producer
1969 ● Craig Logan → Bassist in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK #1, 1988), left in 1989 for a career as a producer, manager and EMI Records executive, worked with Tina Turner, Sade, Joe Cocker, Pink and others, founded Logan Media Entertainment in 2006
1974 ● Shavo Odadjian → Bassist for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, “Aerials” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1978 ● Jason Stollsteimer → Vocals, guitar, principle songwriter and producer for indie rock The Von Blondies, “C’mon C’mon” (Modern Rock #25, UK #21, 2004), since 2011 with The Hounds Below
1979 ● Daniel Johns → Frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1984 ● Amelle Berrabah → Vocalist who replaced co-founding member Mutya Buena in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Apr 23

1936 ● Roy Orbison → Rockabilly-rooted, country-pop/rock ‘n’ roll quavering singer/songwriter, “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (#1, 1964) plus 22 more Top 40 hits, joined supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty in 1988 (“Handle With Care”, Mainstream Rock #2, 1988), died of a heart attack at the height of a career revival on 1/25/2005
1939 ● Ray Peterson → Four-octave pop-rock singer, “Tell Laura I Love Her” (#7, 1960), became Baptist minister in the 70s, died from cancer on 1/25/2005
1944 ● Sandra Dee (Alexandra Zuck) → Ingénue-playing, Golden-winning film actress, singer, former wife of pop crooner Bobby Darin, died of renal failure on 2/20/2005
1945 ● John Allen → Lead guitar for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1949 ● John Miles → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Slow Down” (Dance/Club #2, UK #10, 1977), managed Tina Turner‘s tours and did session work for Alan Parsons Project, Jimmy Page and Joe Cocker
1952 ● Narada Michael Walden → Drummer, vocalist, songwriter and producer, performed with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, session work for Jeff Beck, produced and/or wrote/co-wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Starship, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, solo career includes “I Shoulda Loved You” (R&B #4, 1980)
1953 ● Rob Dean → Guitarist for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1955 ● Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) → Co-founder, vocals, guitar and songwriting for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), solo
1960 ● David Gedge → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, “Come Play With Me” (UK #10, 1992), the band released a single in every month of 1992 and earned 12 UK Top 30 hits, the only band with more than 10 new UK hits in one year
1960 ● Steve Clark → Guitarist for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), died on 1/8/1991 after a night of heavy boozing combined with prescription drugs
1964 ● Gen (Simon Matthews) → Drummer for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Tommy DeCarlo → Current lead singer for arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), joined the band to replace deceased lead singer Brad Delp at the invitation of bandleader Tom Scholz, to whom DeCarlo sent Myspace tapes of himself covering Boston singles
1968 ● Paul Clifford → Bassist for Britpop The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe‘s “Dizzy” (UK #1, 1991)
1969 ● Stan Frazier → Vocals and DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1983 ● Taio Cruz → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer, occasional rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur, “Break Your Heart” (#1, 2010)

Apr 24

1933 ● Freddie Scott → R&B/soul singer, “Are You Lonely For Me” (1966), died 4/24/1933
1937 ● Dick Kniss → Stand-up bass player and “fourth member” behind folk-pop trio Peter, Paul & Mary, also in John Denver‘s band in the 70s, co-wrote “Sunshine On My Shoulders” (#1, 1974), died on 1/25/2012 from chronic pulmonary
1940 ● George Tomsco → Guitarist for Tex-Mex instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Fireballs, “Torquay” (#39, 1959)
1942 ● Barbra Streisand → Stage, film and TV actress, pop vocalist, “The Way We Were” (#1, 1974), “Woman In Love” (*#1, 1980) and 4 other US #1 pop hits
1943 ● Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) → Guitars and vocals for Brit pop/rock harmony vocals The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1945 ● Doug Clifford → Drummer for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969)
1945 ● Robert Knight → Founder and frontman for R&B/harmony soul The Paramounts, “Free Me” (R&B #15, 1961), then 60s one hit wonder solo career, “Everlasting Love” (#13, 1967)
1947 ● Glenn Cornick → First bassist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), then formed Wild Turkey and later Paris
1947 ● Hubert Ann Kelly → Vocals for R&B/soul-disco The Hues Corporation, “Rock The Boat” (#1, 1974), one of the earliest disco hits
1948 ● Steve York → Brit beat pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964)
1951 ● Nigel Harrison → Bass player with New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979) from 1977-82, also a member of glam-rock quintet Silverhead
1954 ● Jack Blades → Bassist with hard rock Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984), then joined Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw (Styx) in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1955 ● Gary Cambra → Guitars and keyboards for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978)
1957 ● David J. (Haskins) → Bass and vocals for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979), solo and goth-pop Love And Rockets, “So Alive” (#3, 1989)
1958 ● Boris Williams → Drummer for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1960 ● Paula Yates → UK TV host (music shows The Tube and The Big Breakfast), ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, died from a heroin overdose on 9/17/2000
1963 ● Billy Gould → Bassist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Paul Ryder → Bassist for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Patty Schemel → Second drummer for grunge rock Hole, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998)
1967 ● Shannon Larkin → Drummer for hard rock/metal Ugly Kid Joe, then hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1968 ● Aaron Comess → Drummer for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1971 ● Jasbinder Singh “Jas” Mann → Brit record producer and one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Spaceman” (UK #1, 1996)
1974 ● Barry James Stock → Guitar and backing vocals for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, “Just Like You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1974 ● Brian Marshall → Bassist for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, “With Arms Wide Open” (#1, 2000)
1982 ● Kelly Clarkson → Pop singer and inaugural-season (2002) winner on American Idol, “Since U Been Gone” (#1, 2005)
1984 ● Tyson Ritter → Co-founder, lead vocals and bass guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

Apr 25

1913 ● Earl Bostic → Underappreciated jazz and R&B alto saxophonist, “Temptation” (R&B Top 10, 1948), died of a heart attack while performing on stage on 10/28/1965
1917 ● Ella Fitzgerald → The “First Lady of Song”, Grammy-winning six-decade jazz/R&B/scat mega-diva, “Mack The Knife” (#27, R&B #6, 1960), died from diabetes on 6/15/1996
1923 ● Albert King (Albert Nelson) → Highly influential blues guitarist, one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” with B. B. King and Freddie King, “Cold Feet” (#67, R&B #20, 1968), died from a heart attack on 12/21/1992
1933 ● Jerry Leiber → Lyricist, producer, record label owner and one-half of the Lieber & Stoller hit songwriting duo, co-wrote dozens of R&B, pop and rock classics, including “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak” and “Love Potion #9″
1943 ● Tony Christie → Brit pop singer, “I Did What I Did For Maria” (UK #2, 1971), in 2005 re-released his 1971 UK #18 single “Is This The Way To Amarillo” in support of Comic Relief, the song went to #1 on the UK chart 33 years after its original release
1944 ● Charlie Harper → Founder, frontman and vocals for early punk rockers UK Subs, “Stranglehold” (UK #26, 1979)
1945 ● Bjorn Ulvaeus → Guitar and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Mike Kogel → Lead singer for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1945 ● Stu Cook → Bassist for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969)
1946 ● Ronnie Gilbert → Founding member and basis for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, 1967)
1949 ● Mike Brown (Michael Lookofsky) → Keyboards and songwriter for “baroque pop” The Left Banke, composed “Walk Away Renee” (#5, 1967) and “Pretty Ballerina” (#15, 1967), then formed pop-rock quartet Stories but left before the band’s “Brother Louie” became a US #1 hit in 1973
1950 ● Steve Ferrone → Drummer for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), sessions
1955 ● David Sikes → Second bassist (1987-98) for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), then joined hard rock/arena pop Giuffria
1958 ● Fish (Derek William Dick) → Vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), later solo and now radio DJ
1964 ● Andy Bell → Flamboyant, openly gay vocalist for Brit synth-pop duo Erasure, “Chains Of Love” (#12, UK #1, 1988) and 16 other UK Top 10 hits
1964 ● Maya Gilder → Keyboards for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1965 ● Eric Avery → Bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), toured with Garbage and Peter Murphy
1965 ● Simon Fowler → Vocals for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, “The Day We Caught The Train” (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1980 ● Jacob Underwood → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

Apr 26

4/26/1886 ● Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) → The “Mother of the Blues,” early female blues singer and first to record, including the earliest version of “See See Rider” (1924), died from a heart attack on 12/22/1939
1919 ● John Ned “Johnny” Shines → Top slide guitarist and Delta blues singer, performed with Robert Johnson, Big Walter Horton, Willie Dixon and Robert Lockwood, Jr., died 4/20/1992
1925 ● Jorgen Ingmann → Danish jazz guitarist turned one hit wonder instrumental pop Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitars, covered “Apache” (#2, 1961)
1938 ● Duane Eddy → Influential rockabilly star, electric guitar pioneer and “twangy” instrumental rocker, “Rebel Rouser” (#6, 1958)
1938 ● Maurice Williams → Frontman and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop The Zodiacs, “Stay” (#1, 1960), solo
1940 ● Hansjörg “Giorgio” Moroder → Disco and synth-pop producer including Donna Summer, “Love To Love You Baby” (#1, 1976), film soundtrack composer for Midnight Express (1978), Flashdance (1983), Top Gun (1986) and others
1942 ● Bobby Rydell (Robert Ridarelli) → Former teen idol pop singer, “Wild One” (#2, 1960), plus 17 other Top 40 hits, now successful nightclub and concert performer
1943 ● Gary Wright → Keyboards and vocals for Brit blues-rock Spooky Tooth, then synth-rock solo, “Dream Weaver” (#2, 1976)
1945 ● Tony Murray → Bassist for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● John “Bucky” Wilkin → Guitarist, vocals and songwriting for country-tinged surf rock Ronny & The Daytonas, “G.T.O.” (#4, 1964)
1946 ● Vito Balsamo → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1951 ● Nick Garvey → Bassist and songwriter for early pub rock Ducks Deluxe, then power pop/rock The Motors, “Airport” (UK #4, 1978)
1952 ● Neol Davies → Founder and guitarist for multi-racial 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1959 ● John Corabi → Journeyman heavy metal guitar and vocals, hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989), Ratt, others
1960 ● Roger Taylor → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982) and “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” (Dance/Club #1, 2001)
1961 ● Chris Mars → Drummer for alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1970 ● Ruth-Ann Boyle → Vocals for Brit breakbeat/trip-hop trio Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, 1997)
1970 ● T-Boz (Tionne Tenese Watkins) → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994)
1971 ● Stanley Wayne “Jay” DeMarcus, Jr. → Bassist and harmony vocals for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1975 ● Joey Jordison → Drummer for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1976 ● Jose Antonio Pasillas II → Drummer for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1981 ● Ms. Dynamite (Niomi McLean Daley) → Brit R&B/hip hop/garage singer and rapper, “It Takes More” (UK #7, 2002)
1982 ● Jonathan Lee → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)

Apr 27

1932 ● Kemil Amen “Casey” Kasem → Legendary and iconic radio DJ, creator and long-time host of American Top 40, voice-over artist (“Shaggy” of Scooby-Do cartoons)
1932 ● Maxine Brown → Vocals for 50s-60s country-folk harmony sibling vocal trio The Browns, “The Three Bells” (#1, 1959), solo
1944 ● Cuba Gooding, Sr. → Lead vocals for R&B/romantic soul The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1947 ● Anne Peebles → R&B/Southern soul singer, “I Can’t Stand The Rain” (#38, R&B #6, 1973)
1947 ● Gordon Haskell → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, briefly with King Crimson, then sessions and solo, resurfaced in 2001 with “How Wonderful You Are” (UK #2, 2001) and a UK #2 album, Harry’s Bar
1947 ● Peter Ham → Guitar, vocals, chief songwriter and founding member of Brit beat The Iveys, which evolved into power pop Badfinger, “Day After Day” (#4, 1972), committed suicide on 4/24/1975 amidst the band’s legal and financial troubles
1948 ● Kate Pierson → Bouffant-haired vocalist and frontwoman for campy alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1949 ● Clive Taylor → Bassist for Welsh pop-rock Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK#1, 1969)
1949 ● Herb Murrell → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1951 ● Paul “Ace” Frehley → Influential hard rock guitarist and vocals for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), solo, “New York Groove” (#13, 1979)
1959 ● Marco Pirroni → Guitarist for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1959 ● Sheena Easton (Sheena Shirley Orr) → Grammy-winning pop singer, “Morning Train (Nine To Five)” (#1, 1980) and James Bond movie theme song “For Your Eyes Only” (#4, 1981) and 11 other Top 40 singles, stage and TV actress
1969 ● Mica Paris (Michelle Wallen) → Brit R&B/soul-pop singer, “My One Temptation” (#97, Adult Contemporary #8, 1989)
1972 ● Bob Coombes → Keyboards for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, “Alright/Time” (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Will Boyd → Bassist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1984 ● Patrick Stump → Lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007), solo
1984 ● Yonah Higgins → Vocals for Brit R&B/dance-pop teen sibling girl-group Cleopatra, “Cleopatra’s Theme” (#26, 1998)

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Albums Released This Week (April 15 – 21)

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



Apr 15


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



Apr 16


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



Apr 17


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



Apr 18


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



Apr 19


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



Apr 20


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



Apr 21


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

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 14 – 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 14

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

Apr 15

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

Apr 16

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

Apr 17

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

Apr 18

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

Apr 19

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

Apr 20

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

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Albums Released This Week (April 8 – 14)

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



Apr 08


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



Apr 09


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



Apr 10


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



Apr 11


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



Apr 12


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



Apr 13


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



Apr 14


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

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 7 – 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 07

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

Apr 08

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

Apr 09

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

Apr 10

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

Apr 11

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

Apr 12

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

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

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Albums Released This Week (April 1 – 7)

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



Apr 01


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



Apr 02


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



Apr 03


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



Apr 04


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



Apr 05


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

Apr 06


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



Apr 07


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

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