Albums Released This Week (June 10 -16)

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



Jun 10


Patsy Cline —— The Patsy Cline Story ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Carcass —— Swansong ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1966
Elvis Presley —— Paradise, Hawaiian Style [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
The Beach Boys —— Friends ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
LaBelle —— Moon Shadow ► Funk >> 1972
Eagles —— One Of These Nights ► Country-Rock >> 1975
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Uprising ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Rainbow —— Straight Between The Eyes ► Hard Rock >> 1982
The Kinks —— State Of Confusion ► British Rock >> 1983
Stevie Nicks —— The Wild Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Rod Stewart —— Body Wishes ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
R.E.M. —— Fables Of The Reconstruction ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Talking Heads —— Little Creatures ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass —— Epicus Doomicus Metallicus ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1986
Hall & Oates —— Ooh Yeah! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Heart —— Alive In Seattle ► Album Rock >> 2003
Annie Lennox —— Bare ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock >> 2003
Radiohead —— Hail To The Thief ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Steely Dan —— Everything Must Go ► Jazz-Rock >> 2003
The Tubes —— Goin’ Down The Tubes ► Alt. Rock >> 2008



Jun 11


Them —— The Angry Young Them [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1965
Three Dog Night —— Suitable For Framing ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Procol Harum —— Broken Barricades ► Prog Rock >> 1971
The Knack —— Get The Knack ► Power Pop >> 1979
Burning Spear —— Social Living ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Def Leppard —— High ‘N’ Dry ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Live It Up ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Aaron Neville —— Warm Your Heart ► Pop-Soul >> 1991
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Sugar Tax ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1991
Harem Scarem —— Mood Swings ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1993
Ash —— 1977 ► Punk-Pop >> 1996
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars —— T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power Of A Fully-Operational Mothership) ► Funk/Hip Hop >> 1996
Gregg Allman —— No Stranger To The Dark: The Best Of Gregg Allman ► Southern Rock >> 2002
Korn —— Untouchables ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2002
Various Artists —— Melody [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Mojo ► Album Rock >> 2010



Jun 12


Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band —— Some Time In New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Bad Company —— Holy Water ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Fugazi —— Red Medicine ► Post Hardcore Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1995
Sloan —— One Chord To Another [Canada] ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1996
Asia —— Asia Live ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Electric Light Orchestra —— Zoom ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Roxy Music —— Concerto ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Coldplay —— Viva La Vida ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2008
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs From The Laundromat ► Southern Rock >> 2012



Jun 13


The Yardbirds —— For Your Love ► British Invasion >> 1965
The Carpenters —— A Song For You ► Soft Rock >> 1972
Jefferson Starship —— Red Octopus ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Beatles —— Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Cars —— Candy-O ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Joni Mitchell —— Mingus ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Donna Summer —— She Works Hard For The Money ► Disco >> 1983
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Texas Flood ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Elton John —— [Live] ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Paula Abdul —— Forever Your Girl ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Buzzcocks —— Let We Forget ► Punk-Rock >> 1988
Steel Pulse —— State Of Emergency ► Roots Reggae >> 1988
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— State Of The Heart ► Country-Folk >> 1989
Mariah Carey —— Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Paula Abdul —— Head Over Heels ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bjork —— Post ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— Pulse ► Prog Rock >> 1995
The Police —— Live! ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1995
Apocalyptica —— Plays Metallica By Four Cellos ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1996
Bon Jovi —— Crush ► Arena Rock >> 2000
B. B. King & Eric Clapton —— Riding With The King ► Blues >> 2000
Rory Gallagher —— Big Guns: The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Rush —— Grace Under Pressure Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2006



Jun 14


The Beatles —— Beatles VI ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Aretha Franklin —— Aretha Now ► Soul >> 1968
Iron Butterfly —— In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Grateful Dead —— Workingman’s Dead ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Tarkus ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Simon & Garfunkel —— Greatest Hits ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Barclay James Harvest —— Everyone Is Everybody Else ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Todd Rundgren —— Initiation ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Chicago —— Chicago X ► Jazz-Rock >> 1976
Barbra Streisand —— Streisand Superman ► Easy Listening >> 1977
Blue Öyster Cult —— Cultosaurus Erectus ► Metal >> 1980
Pete Townshend —— All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Various Artists —— Metal Massacre ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Corey Hart —— Boy In The Box ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Status Quo —— Ain’t Complaining ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Mike Oldfield —— Amarok ► Progressive Rock >> 1990
Gloria Estefan —— Mi Terra ► Latin Pop >> 1993
The Palace Brothers —— There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Arrested Development —— Zingalamaduni ► Trad. Rap >> 1994
Oasis —— Time Flies…1994-2009 ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2010



Jun 15


The Temptations —— Getting’ Ready ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Jeremy Dormouse —— Toad ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Jackie DeShannon —— Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Messin’ ► Prog Rock >> 1973
John Denver —— Back Home Again ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
Bob Dylan —— Street Legal ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
America —— Silent Letter ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Dire Straits —— Communique ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1979
Duran Duran —— Duran Duran ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Steve Miller —— Abracadabra ► Album Rock >> 1982
John Waite —— No Brakes ► Power Pop >> 1984
King Diamond —— Abigail ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Nirvana —— Bleach ► Grunge >> 1989
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live & Loud ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Pete Townshend —— Psychoderelict ► Prog Rock >> 1993
Neil Young —— Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Pansy Division —— Deflowered ► Punk/Queercore >> 1994
Dokken —— Erase The Slate ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Santana —— Supernatural ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1999
Fleetwood Mac —— Live In Boston ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Chris Isaak —— Live At The Fillmore ► Adult Contemporary >> 2010



Jun 16


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band —— Trout Mask Replica ► Avant-Gard >> 1969
Elvis Presley —— Love Letters From Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Three Dog Night —— Golden Biscuits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Roxy Music —— Roxy Music ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Olivia Newton-John —— Grease [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1978
Ringo Starr —— Bad Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Carly Simon —— Come Upstairs ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
The Carpenters —— Made In America ► Easy Listening >> 1981
Ringo Starr —— Old Wave ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Smiths —— The Queen Is Dead ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Big Audio Dynamite II —— The Globe ► Dance-Rock >> 1991
Type O Negative —— Slow, Deep And Hard ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1991
Peter Cetera —— World Falling Down ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Taj Mahal —— Taj’s Blues ► Folk-Blues >> 1992
Michael Jackson —— HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Radiohead —— OK Computer ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Aaron Carter —— Aaron Carter ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1998
Neil Finn —— Try Whistling This ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Little Feat —— Under The Radar ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Shpongle —— Nothing Lasts…But Nothing Is Lost ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
George Harrison —— Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 9 -15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 09

1891 ● Cole Porter → Grammy-winning singer and composer, one of America’s greatest songwriters, wrote countless classic songs, including “Night And Day” (1932), “I Get A Kick Out Of You” (1934) and “Begin The Beguine” (1935), died of kidney failure on 10/15/1964
1915 ● Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) → Immensely influential jazz and country-pop guitarist, singer and songwriter, recorded solo and with wife Mary Ford, “Hummingbird” (#7, 1955), inventor of the Gibson Les Paul solid-body electric guitar and developer of various playing and recording techniques, including “close miking,” overdubbing, echo delay and multitrack recording, died from severe pneumonia on 8/12/2009
1929 ● Johnny Ace (John Alexander) → Young, gifted and promising R&B/blues balladeer, “Pledging My Love” (#17, R&B #1, 1955), Billboard magazine’s “most played artist of 1955″, died playing Russian roulette backstage after a show on 12/25/1954
1934 ● Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson → Prolific and important R&B-to-soul singer with 13 R&B Top 10 singles from 1957-75, including “Lonely Teardrops” (#7, 1959), suffered a massive heart attack on 9/29/1975 during a Dick Clark nightclub show, fell from the stage and lived 8 years in a coma until he died on 1/21/1984
1941 ● Billy Hatton → Drummer and singer for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964)
1941 ● Jon Lord → Classically-trained keyboardist and session player, co-founded hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), solo and Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1946 ● Stuart Edwards → Lead guitar for studio-only pop-rock Edison Lighthouse, “(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes” (#5, 1970)
1947 ● John “Mitch” Mitchell → Drums for psych-rock Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967), later in ITV’s Ready Steady Go! house band, found dead in a hotel room on 11/12/2008
1949 ● Francis Monkman → Multi-instrumental rock and classical composer, film score writer and co-founder of Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974)
1949 ● George Bunnell → Bassist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Trevor Bolder → Bassist for David Bowie‘s early 70s glam-rock backing band, which became hard rock The Spiders From Mars, replaced John Wetton in Uriah Heep (1976-81), then replaced Wetton in Wishbone Ash, returned to Uriah Heep in 1983
1951 ● Peter Gill → Drummer for Brit heavy metal Son Of A Bitch which became Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983) and punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1951 ● Terry Uttley → Bass and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977)
1953 ● Errol Kennedy → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1954 ● Peter Byrne → Songwriter and co-founder of New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983), then formed Britpop duo Climie Fisher, “Love Changes (Everything)” (#23, 1988)
1962 ● Eddie Lundon → Guitar and vocals for New Romantic/dance-pop China Crisis, “Wishful Thinking” (UK #9, 1984) and “Working With Fire And Steel” (Dance/Club #27, 1984)
1967 ● Dean Dinning → Bassist for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992), nephew of 50s pop-rocker Mark Dinning, “Teen Angel” (#1, 1960)
1967 ● Dean Felber → Bass and vocals for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995), solo
1970 ● Ed Simons → DJ and keyboards for dance-rock-rap fusion duo The Chemical Brothers, “It Began In Afrika” (Dance/Club #1, 2001)
1972 ● Wesley Reid Scantlin → Co-founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist for post-grunge Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1978 ● Matthew Bellamy → Guitar, vocals and keyboards for prog-glam-electronic rock Muse, “Uprising” (#37, 2009)
1980 ● James Walsh → Singer, guitarist, pianist and frontman for post-Britpop Starsailor, “Silence Is Easy” (UK #9, 2003)
1983 ● Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello) → Hip hop/R&B urban contemporary singer, “F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)” (#63, Top 40 #29, 2004), a response to ex-boyfriend Eamon‘s single “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” (#16, 2004)

Jun 10

1910 ● Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) → Highly influential blues guitarist, harpist and songwriter, “Smokestack Lightning” (R&B #8, 1956), died from cancer on 1/10/1976
1922 ● Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) → Grammy-winning singer and film actress, “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow” (1939), played Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz (1939), released the comeback album Judy At Carnegie Hall (Billboard #1, 1961), died 7/22/1969 from a barbiturate overdose.
1941 ● Shirley Alston Reeves (Shirley Owens) → Vocals for first rock-era girl group The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1960), solo
1942 ● Janet Vogel → Vocals in R&B/doo wop quintet The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959), committed suicide on 2/21/1980
1944 ● Rick Price → Bassist for Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), briefly with pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, then eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK #1, 1973), now tours with wife Dianne Lee
1961 ● Kelley Deal → Lead guitar and backing vocals for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993), solo, identical twin of bandmate Kim Deal
1961 ● Kimberly Anne Deal → Bass guitar and backing vocals for influential alt rock Pixies, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), then co-founder, rhythm guitar and vocals for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993), identical twin of bandmate Kelley Deal
1961 ● Mark Shaw (Mark Robert Tiplady) → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1961 ● Maxi Priest (Max Alfred Elliott) → The “King of Lovers Rock”, Jamaican-born Brit contemporary R&B and reggae star, “Close To You” (#1, 1990)
1964 ● Emma Anderson → Guitarist for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1964 ● Jimmy Chamberlain → Drummer for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996)
1965 ● Joey Santiago → Filipino-American lead guitarist and songwriter for influential alt rock Pixies, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), later The Martinis
1967 ● Human Beat Box (Darren Robinson) → Corpusly oversized vocalist in hip hop/beatbox pioneers The Fat Boys “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), died of an obesity-induced heart attack on 12/10/1995
1968 ● The D.O.C. (Tracy Lynn Curry) → Gangsta rapper with hip hop group Fila Fresh Crew, co-wrote songs for gangsta rap group N.W.A., then solo, “It’s Funky Enough” (Rap #1, 1988) from the #20 album No One Can Do It Better
1969 ● Dan Lavery → Bass and background vocals for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1971 ● Joel “JoJo” Hailey → With brother Cedric, vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), left with Cedric to form romantic soul duo K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life” (#1, 1998)
1973 ● Faith Renée Evans → R&B/contemporary soul-pop singer, “Love Like This” (#7, 1998), widow of rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, her tribute to him, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997) with Puff Daddy and 112 won a 1997 Grammy Award
1973 ● LeMisha Grinsted → Vocals with sister Irish in hip hop R&B/dance-pop trio 702, “Where My Girls At?” (#4, 1999), American Music Awards “Best New Soul/R&B Artist” for 2000
1987 ● Tinchy Stryder (Kwasi Danquah) → Garage/grime rap singer, “Number 1″ (UK #3, 2009)

Jun 11

1934 ● James “Pookie” Hudson → Frontman and lead vocals for pioneer R&B/doo wop The Spaniels, “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (R&B #5, 1954), died of cancer on 1/16/2007
1940 ● Joey Dee (Joseph DiNicola) → Frontman and lead vocals for early rock ‘n’ roll Joey Dee & The Starlighters, the house band at New York’s Peppermint Lounge, “The Peppermint Twist” (#1, 1962) and “Shout” (#6, 1962)
1947 ● Glenn Leonard → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), solo
1947 ● Richard Palmer-James → Lyricist for prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), lyricist and guitar for prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1948 ● Skip Alan (Alan Ernest Skipper) → Drummer for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1949 ● Frank Beard → Drummer for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, “Legs” (#8, 1984)
1951 ● Lynsey De Paul (Rubin) → Brit R&B/disco singer and songwriter, “Sugar Me” (UK #5, 1972), first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting, “Won’t Somebody Dance With Me?” (Best Ballad, 1974)
1952 ● Donnie Van Zant → Lead vocals and frontman for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, “Hold On Loosely” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981), then Van Zant, brother of deceased Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant
1960 ● David Baerwald → One-half of New wave synth-pop duo David & David, “Welcome To The Boomtown”(Top Rock #8, 1986)
1960 ● Nick “The Head” Hallam → Producer, co-founder of Gee Street Records and co-leader of Brit hip hop/electro-dance Stereo MCs, “Step It Up” (#58, Dance/Club #25, 1992)
1961 ● Rob B. (Robert Charles Birch) → Co-founder of Gee Street Records and co-leader/vocals for Brit hip hop/electro-dance Stereo MCs, “Step It Up” (#58, Dance/Club #25, 1992)
1976 ● Tai Anderson → Bassist in Grammy-winning Christian rock quartet Third Day, “Born Again” (Hot Christian Songs #3, 2009)

Jun 12

1909 ● Archie Bleyer → Bandleader, pop recording artist (“The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane”, #26, 1954), producer (The Everly Brothers), Cadence Records owner (Andy Williams, The Chordettes, Johnny Tillotson, Lenny Welch and others), died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease on 3/20/1989
1914 ● Bill Kenny → Early member, tenor vocals, ukulele and guitar for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s, died on 3/23/1978
1928 ● Vic Damone (Victor Rocco Farinola) → Prototypical Italian/American crooner, “On The Street Where You Live” (#4, 1958), TV variety-show host and film actor
1941 ● Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea → Grammy-winning jazz and electric jazz fusion pianist/synthesizer musician, composer, bandleader, played with Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin and others, solo
1941 ● Roy Harper → Brit songwriter and folk-psych-rock singer, lead vocals on Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” (1975), Led Zeppelin‘s “Hat’s Of To Roy Harper” is a tribute to him
1942 ● Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff) → Lead and tenor vocals for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961), then pop-rock solo, “1-2-3″ (#2, 1965)
1943 ● Reg Presley → Lead singer for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966), used royalties from his composition “Love Is All Around” (Wet Wet Wet, Adult Contemporary #8, 1994) to fund research into crop circles and other paranormalities and publish a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, in 2002
1944 ● Howard Cowart → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Barry Bailey → Lead guitarist for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” (#7, 1978)
1951 ● Brad Delp → Lead vocals for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on 3/9/2007
1951 ● Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson) → Drummer for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1952 ● Jamieson “Junior” Brown → Country-rock bandleader and guitarist known for playing a “gut-steel” hybrid of electric and lap steel guitars, played with Asleep At The Wheel, solo albums since 1990
1952 ● Peter Farndon → Bassist for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982), fired from the band in late 1982, died from a drug overdose on 4/14/1983
1953 ● Rocky Burnette → Rowdy, high energy rockabilly revival singer and songwriter, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” (#8, 1980), son of legendary Johnny
1959 ● John Linnell → Keyboards, accordion and saxophone for alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1960 ● Meredith Ann Brooks → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Bitch” (#2, 1997)
1960 ● Michael Hausman → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop-rock ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (#8, 1985), artist manager
1962 ● Grandmaster Dee (Drew Carter) → Vocals for rap/R&B “new jack swing” Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984) from the acclaimed album Escape
1965 ● Robin Wilson → Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), solo
1968 ● Bobby Sheehan → Bassist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995), died of a drug overdose on 8/20/1999
1969 ● Bardi Martin → Bassist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1972 ● Bounty Killer (Rodney Basil Price) → Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, “Deadly Zone” (#79, Rap #8, 1998)
1977 ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst) → Self-taught blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Blue On Black” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1979 ● Robyn (Robin Miriam Carlsson) → Swedish dance/pop singer, “Do You Know (What It Takes)” (#7, 1997)

Jun 13

1934 ● Uriel Jones → Drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 3/24/2009
1940 ● Bobby Freeman → Dance craze R&B/soul-pop singer, “Do You Want To Dance” (#5, 1958)
1942 ● James Carr → Underappreciated R&B/Southern soul singer, “Dark End Of The Street” (#77, R&B #10, 1967), died of lung cancer on 1/17/2001
1943 ● Esther Ofarim → One half of Israeli folk-pop-rock vocal duo Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafeller” (UK #1, 1968)
1949 ● Dennis Locorriere → Guitarist for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1951 ● Howard Leese → Guitar and keyboards for hard rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1954 ● Jorge Santana → Bandleader and guitarist for Latino rock Malo, “Suavecito” (#18, 1972)
1954 ● Robert “Bo” Donaldson → Pop-rock singer, keyboardist, trumpeter and frontman for The Heywoods, “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Rolf Brendel → Drummer for German pop-rock band Nena, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984)
1963 ● Paul DeLisle → Bassist for neo-garage/quirky Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1963 ● Robbie Merrill → Bassist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1968 ● David Gray → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Babylon” (Adult Top 40 #8, 2000)
1968 ● Deneice 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
1969 ● Søren Rasted → Co-founder, keyboards and drum machine for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content, solo, producer, actor
1970 ● Rivers Cuomo → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1978 ● Jason Paul “J” Brown → Vocals for pre-fabricated hip hop dance-pop boy band quintet Five, “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, UK #4, 1998)
1981 ● Kymberley Marsh → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), quit the group in 2002 to pursue an acting career
1985 ● Raz-B (De’Mario Monte Thornton) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Jun 14

1909 ● Burl Ives → Grammy-winning, grandfatherly folk singer, “A Little Bitty Tear” (#9, 1962), stage and screen actor, writer, radio personality
1931 ● Junior Walker (Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr.) → Saxophonist and founder/frontman for R&/pop-soul Junior Walker & The All Stars, “Shotgun” (#4, 1965), solo and sessions, died of cancer on 11/23/1995
1936 ● Renaldo “Obie” Benson → Vocals for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), co-wrote Marvin Gaye‘s hit “What’s Goin’ On” (#2, 1971), died of lung cancer on 7/1/2005
1945 ● Rod Argent → Founding member, songwriter and keyboardist for underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), frontman for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), now a TV and film composer
1947 ● Barry “The Fish” Melton → Co-founder and original guitarist for psych-country-protest-rock Country Joe & The Fish, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” (1967), later co-founded San Francisco neo-psych-rock supergroup The Dinosaurs, retired public defender in California
1949 ● Alan White → Drummer for Plastic Ono Band and John Lennon, “Instant Karma!” (#3, 1970), played with George Harrison and joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force, replaced Bill Bruford in 1972 in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983) and has played on every Yes album since
1949 ● Jim Lea → Bass, piano, violin, vocals and songwriting for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1958 ● Nick Van Ede → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, wrote “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1961 ● Boy George (George O’Dowd) → Androgynous frontman and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#1, 1984), solo, “The Crying Game” (#15, 1993)
1963 ● Chris DeGarmo → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Matt Freeman → Bassist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)
1969 ● MC Ren (Lorenzo Patterson) → Member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo, “Same Old Shit” (Rap #11, 1993)
1970 ● Chris Chaney → Bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990)
1971 ● Billie Myers → Pop, jazz and world music singer/songwriter, “Kiss The Rain” (#15, 1998)
1983 ● Siobhan Donaghy → Vocals in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Jun 15

1921 ● Errol Garner → Virtuoso jazz and swing pianist, wrote the jazz standard, oft-covered and Grammy Hall of Fame song “Misty” (1954) and issued multiple jazz and jazz-pop albums, died of lung cancer on 1/2/1977
1929 ● Nigel Pickering → Rhythm guitar and vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died 5/5/2011
1937 ● Waylon Jennings → Grammy-winning “outlaw” country guitarist, singer and songwriter, started in the Buddy Holly Band, solo, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (#42, Country #1, 1978), formed mythic country supergroup The Highwaymen, “Highwayman” (Country #1, 1985), died on 2/13/2002
1941 ● Harry Nilsson → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Everybody’s Talkin” (#6, 1969) from the movie Midnight Cowboy, “Without You” (#1, 1972), died on 1/15/1994
1943 ● Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Phillipe Smet) → The “French Elvis”, major European pop star, “Mon Plus Beau Noel” (French #1, 2005), Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton and Foreigner‘s Mick Jones have played on his records
1943 ● Mervyn “Muff” Winwood → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), producer, record executive, older brother of Steve Winwood
1946 ● Artemios “Demis” Roussos → Operatic-voiced Greek singer and bassist with prog-rock Aphrodite’s Child, solo, “L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me” (Dance/Club #26, 1978)
1946 ● Neville “Noddy” Holder → Guitar and vocals for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984), TV actor, radio and TV presenter
1949 ● Michael “Sam” Lutz → Guitarist for Detroit rock ‘n’ roll band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Russell Hitchcock → Vocals for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Steve Walsh → Co-lead singer and keyboardist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977), then Streets
1954 ● Teresa Fay “Terri” Gibbs → Blind-from-birth child prodigy keyboardist and country-pop-gospel singer, “Somebody’s Knockin'” (#13, Country #8, 1980)
1956 ● Bernie Shaw → Canadian vocalist for Brit hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1956 ● David Hinds → Rhythm guitar and lead vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978)
1957 ● Brad Gillis → Guitarist in one hit wonder pop-rock Rubicon, “I’m Gonna Take Care Of Everything” (#28, 1978), then Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984) and Ozzy Osbourne‘s band
1958 ● Neil Arthur → Singer for New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1963 ● Scott Rockenfield → Drummer for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Michael Britt → Lead guitar and backing vocals for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1966 ● Rob Mitchell → Principal songwriter and lead guitarist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1969 ● Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) → Founding member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo rapper, “Check Yo Self” (#20, Rap #1, 1993)
1970 ● Chi Cheng → Chinese-American bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1976 ● Dryden Vera Mitchell → Vocals for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1976 ● Gary Lightbody → Guitar and vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)
1981 ● Billy Martin → Guitar and keyboards for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nadine Coyle → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

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Albumks Released This Week (June 3 – 9)

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



Jun 03


Elton John —— Empty Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Deep Purple —— Deep Purple In Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Pink Floyd —— Obscured By Clouds ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Exodus ► Roots Reggae >> 1977
Peter Gabriel —— Peter Gabriel [2] ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Raven —— Wiped Out ► Heavy Metal/NWOBHM >> 1982
George Strait —— Strait From The Heart ► Classic Country >> 1982
America —— Your Move ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Firstborn Is Dead ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1985
Bryan Ferry —— Boys And Girls ► Prog. Rock >> 1985
Belinda Carlisle —— Belinda ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Queen —— A Kind Of Magic ► Glam Rock >> 1986
Deacon Blue —— Fellow Hoodlums ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Danii Minogue —— Love And Kisses ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
Bruce Dickinson —— Balls To Picasso ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Pat Benatar —— Innamorata ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Steve Winwood —— Junction Seven ► Album Rock >> 1997
Rod Stewart —— When We Were The New Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Megadeth —— Live Trax ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Roy Buchanan —— American Axe: Live In 1974 ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Trouble No More ► Roots Rock >> 2003
Roxy Music —— Live ► Prog Rock >> 2003



Jun 04


Johnny Cash —— At San Quentin ► Classic Country >> 1969
Donovan —— Slow Down World ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
The Moody Blues —— Caught Live + 5 ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1977
The Kinks —— One For The Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Motörhead —— Another Perfect Day ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1983
Bruce Springsteen —— Born In the U.S.A. ► Album Rock >> 1984
Sade —— Stronger Than Pride ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Wire —— Manscape ► Post-Punk >> 1990
Kool Moe Dee —— Funke, Funke Wisdom ► Rap >> 1991
Paul McCartney —— Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Bratmobile —— Pottymouth ► Punk/Riot Grrl >> 1993
Zard —— Oh My Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
Bryan Adams —— 18 Til I Die ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Jimmy Buffett —— Banana Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Metallica —— Load ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Squirrel Nut Zippers —— Hot ► Swing Revival >> 1996
Paul McCartney —— Memory Almost Full ► Pop-Rock >> 2007



Jun 05


The Kingston Trio —— Goin’ Places ► Folk-Pop >> 1961
Elvis Presley —— Pot Luck ► Rock n Roll >> 1962
Barclay James Harvest —— Barclay James Harvest ► Prog Rock >> 1970
George Harrison —— Somewhere In England ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Blondie —— The Hunter ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
Heart —— Private Audition ► Album Rock >> 1982
Five Star —— Luxury Of Life ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Alphaville —— Afternoons In Utopia ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Flowers In The Dirt ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
New Kids On The Block —— Step By Step ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1990
Trooper —— Ten ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Van Morrison —— Days Like This ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Kasey Chambers —— The Captain ► Country-Rock >> 2000
Asia —— Aura ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Radiohead —— Amnesiac ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Styx —— Styx World: Live 2001 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2001
Metallica —— St. Anger ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Poison —— Poison’d! ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band —— Live In Dublin ► Folk-Rock >> 2007



Jun 06


Moby Grape —— Moby Grape ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1967
The Soft Machine —— Third ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
David Bowie —— The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Looking Glass —— Looking Glass ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
The Rolling Stones —— Made In The Shade ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
The Cars —— The Cars ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Toyah —— The Blue Meaning ► Punk Rock >> 1980
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Juju ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Allies ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Randy Travis —— Storms Of Life ► Trad Country >> 1986
Heart —— Bad Animals ► Album Rock >> 1987
The Moody Blues —— Sur La Mer ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Scritti Politti —— Provision ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1988
Jackson Browne —— World In Motion ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Van Morrison —— Avalon Sunset ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Queen —— The Miracle ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— In Step ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Laura Branigan —— The Best Of Branigan ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
The Innocence Mission —— Glow ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Paul Revere & The Raiders —— The Essential Ride ’63-’67 ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Belle & Sebastian —— Tigermilk ► Chamber Pop >> 1996
The Gathering —— Nighttime Birds ► Alt Rock/Prog Metal >> 1997
Alice Cooper —— Brutal Planet ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Steve Earle —— Transcendental Blues ► Alt. Country >> 2000
Coldplay —— X&Y ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2005
Cheap Trick —— Rockford ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 2006



Jun 07


Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles —— Live! ► Jazz Fusion >> 1972
The Beatles —— Rock & Roll Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Lou Rawls —— All Things In Time ► Soul (Philly) >> 1976
Chicago —— Chicago 16 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1982
Stray Cats —— Built For Speed ► Rockabilly >> 1982
EPMD —— Strictly Business ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
Tiamat —— Sumerian Cry ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Tears For Fears —— Elemental ► Synth-Pop >> 1993
Boston —— Walk On ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Paul Weller —— Stanley Road ► Rock ‘N’ Soul >> 1995
Robert Miles —— Dreamland ► Electro-Dream Trance >> 1996
Paul Butterfield’s Better Days —— Live At Winterland Ballroom ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Therion —— Crowning Of Atlantis ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Mike + The Mechanics —— Rewired ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bush —— The Best Of ’94 – ’99 ► Grunge Rock >> 2005



Jun 08


Marvin Gaye —— The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye ► Soul – Motown >> 1961
Bob Dylan —— Self Portrait ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Bobby Womack —— The Facts Of Life ► Soul-Funk >> 1973
Trooper —— Knock ‘Em Dead Kid ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Back To The Egg ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Survivor —— Eye Of The Tiger ► Album Rock >> 1982
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Hyaena ► Glam Rock >> 1984
José José —— En Las Buenas…Y En Las Malas ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Van Morrison —— Too Long In Exile ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Urge Overkill —— Saturation ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1993
Faith No More —— Angel Dust ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Black Sabbath —— Forbidden ► Hard Rock >> 1995
The Delgados —— Peloton ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1998
Brandy Norwood —— Never Say Never ► New Jack Swing >> 1998
The Apples In Stereo —— Her Wallpaper Reverie ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1999
Def Leppard —— Euphoria ► Hard Rock >> 1999
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Californication ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1999



Jun 09


Bonzo Dog Band —— Urban Spaceman ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy) >> 1969
King Crimson —— Earthbound ► Prog Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Monkey Island ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Moody Blues —— Octave ► Prog Rock >> 1978
The Rolling Stones —— Some Girls ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Nick Lowe —— Labour Of Lust ► Pub Rock >> 1979
Peter Gabriel —— Plays Live ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Diana Ross —— Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 ► Classical Fusion >> 1983
Eurythmics —— Touch Dance [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Genesis —— Invisible Touch ► Prog Rock >> 1986
Diana Ross —— Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ► Pop-Soul >> 1987
Deicide —— Legion ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1992
Del Amitri —— Change Everything ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Buzzcocks —— Chronology ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
John Fogerty —— Premonition ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Brandy Norwood —— Never Say Never ► Hip Hop-Soul >> 1998
David Lee Roth —— DLR Band ► Hard Rock >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 2 – 8)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 02

1924 ● Maurice Kinn → Music promoter who launched The New Musical Express (NME) in 1952, started first UK singles chart, sold the weekly in 1963, died on 8/3/2000
1934 ● John E. “Johnny” Carter → First tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959), in 1964 joined R&B/Chicago soul vocal group The Dells, “Oh, What A Night” (#10, R&B #1, 1969), died on 8/21/2009
1936 ● Otis Williams → Singer and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Charms, “Ivory Tower” (#11, R&B #5, 1956)
1937 ● Jimmy Jones → African American country and pop singer/songwriter best known for his one hit wonder rock ‘n’ roll single “Handy Man” (#2, 1960)
1939 ● Charles Miller → Saxophone and vocals for funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973), murdered in L.A. on 6/14/1980
1941 ● Charlie Watts → Drummer for Blues Incorporated and since 1963 The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Woman” (#1, 1969), also in boogie-woogie Rocket 88, frontman for various incarnations of the Charlie Watts Band, horse breeder
1941 ● William Guest → Backing vocals in R&B/soul-pop family quartet Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1944 ● Marvin Hamlisch → Grammy-winning film, theater and pop music composer, arranger, “The Entertainer” (#3, 1973), co-wrote “The Way We Were” for Barbra Streisand (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Steve Brookins → Founding member and original drummer for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, “Hold On Loosely” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981)
1950 ● Antone Lee “Chubby” Tavares → Vocals for five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1954 ● Michael Susanne Steele → Bass and vocals for New Wave pop-rock The Bangles, “Going Down To Liverpool” (1985)
1957 ● Simon Phillips → Rock session and backing drummer for Phil Manzanera, Brian Eno,Toto, Judas Priest and others, toured with The Who, co-produced with Mike Oldfield, plus several solo albums
1960 ● Tony Hadley → Vocals for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983), solo
1962 ● Thor Eldon Jonsson → Guitarist for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Jeremy Cunningham → Bassist for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1970 ● B Real (Louis Freese) → Vocals and MC for Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, “Insane In The Brain” (#19, 1994)
1970 ● Dominic Greensmith → Drummer for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow
1976 ● Tim Rice-Oxley → Keyboards for piano-driven pop/rock Keane, “Somewhere Only We Know” (Adult Top 40 #11, 2004)
1980 ● Fabrizio Moretti → Drummer for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1980 ● Irish Grinsted → Vocals with sister LeMisha in hip hop R&B/dance-pop trio 702, “Where My Girls At?” (#4, 1999), American Music Awards “Best New Soul/R&B Artist” for 2000

Jun 03

1924 ● Jimmy Rogers (James A. Lane) → Chicago-style blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player in Muddy Waters‘ band and with Little Walter Jacobs plus solo, “Walking By Myself” (R&B #14, 1957) and multiple albums including the posthumous Blues Blues Blues (1998) featuring Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Taj Mahal and others, died from colon cancer on 12/19/1997
1926 ● Irwin Allen Ginsburg → Poet, leading figure in the Beat Generation of the 50s and frequent participant in various hippie events in the 60s, author of the epic poem “Howl,” longtime friend of Bob Dylan with whom he often collaborated with poetry set to music, died on 4/5/1997 from liver cancer
1942 ● Curtis Mayfield → R&B/soul giant, singer, songwriter and composer, member of The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, R&B #1, 1963), solo, “Freddie’s Dead” (#4, R&B #2, 1972), wrote dozens of R&B and pop hits for others, died on 12/26/1999 after years of steadily declining health following an on-stage accident in 1980
1943 ● Mike Dennis → Second tenor for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1946 ● Ian Hunter (Patterson) → Founding member, songwriter, keyboards and lead singer for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), then solo, “Cleveland Rocks” (1979), wrote the book Diary Of A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (1974)
1946 ● Michael Clarke (Michael Dick) → Drummer for seminal country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), then Flying Burrito Bros. and light country rock Firefall, “You Are The Woman” (#9, 1976), died of liver failure on 12/19/1993
1947 ● Dave Alexander → Original bassist for influential proto-punk The Stooges, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (1969), died from pulmonary edema on 2/10/1975
1947 ● Mickey Finn (Michael Hearne) → Percussion for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), died 1/11/2003 from suspected liver and kidney failure
1950 ● Florian Pilkington-Miksa → Original drummer for Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974), played in Kiki Dee‘s band, rejoined Curved Air in 2008
1950 ● Deniece “Niecy” Williams (June Deniece Chandler) → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-funk singer and songwriter, worked as a backing singer with Stevie Wonder‘s group Wonderlove, then solo, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (#1, 1984)
1950 ● Suzi Quatro (Susan Kay Quatrocchio) → Bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader, iconoclastic if not well-known female rocker, “Stumblin’ In” (#4, 1979)
1952 ● Billy Powell → Keyboards for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died 6/28/2009 after suffering a heart attack
1954 ● Dan Hill → Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Sometimes When We Touch” (#3, 1978)
1956 ● Danny Wilde → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for legendary power pop The Quick, Great Buildings, The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (#17, 1995), the theme song from the TV show Friends
1962 ● David Cole → Songwriter, vocals, producer and one half of the R&B/electro-dance-pop team C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (#1, 1990), producer for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and others, died on 1/25/1995 from complications of AIDS and spinal meningitis
1964 ● Kerry King → Rhythm guitar for “Big Four” thrash metal Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” (#2, 2009)
1965 ● Mike Gordon → Bass, banjo, piano, harmonica and percussion for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo and award-winning filmmaker
1968 ● Samantha Sprackling → Vocals for Brit techno-pop Republica, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (Modern Rock #39, 1997)
1971 ● Ariel Hernandez → With twin brother Gabriel, vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)
1971 ● Gabriel Hernandez → With twin brother Ariel, vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)
1974 ● Kelly Jones → Vocalist for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001)
1985 ● Tavion La’Corey Mathis → Singer for Miami-based R&B/hip-hop quartet Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me” (#7, 2005)

Jun 04

1937 ● Freddy Fender (Baldemar Garza Huerta) → Grammy-winning Hispanic country singer/songwriter, “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” (#1, Country #1, 1975)
1940 ● Cliff Bennett → Early beat/rock ‘n’ roll singer and bandleader for The Rebel Rousers, lone hit was a cover of the Lennon/McCartney tune “Got To Get You Into My Life” (UK #6, 1966)
1944 ● Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam) → Vocals for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1, 1966), wife of late bandmate John Phillips, film and TV actress, solo artist and backing vocals on various songs and albums by Belinda Carlisle, Cheech & Chong, the movie soundtrrack to Californai Dreaming (1979), and others
1944 ● Roger Ball → Saxophonist for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1945 ● Anthony Braxton → Jazz and experimental jazz fusion multi-reedist, bandleader and composer with over 100 albums in a nearly 50 year career, currently a college music professor
1945 ● Gordon Waller → With Peter Asher, one half of the acclaimed British Invasion pop-rock duo Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love” (#1, 1964) and nine other Top 30 hits in the mid-60s, died of a heart attack on 7/17/2009
1953 ● Jimmy McCulloch → Scottish rock guitarist and backing vocalist for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air” (#37, UK #1, 1969), later gigged with John Mayall and Stone The Crows, sessions for John Entwhistle, Peter Frampton and others, played lead guitar for Paul McCartney‘s Wings 1974-77, died from heart failure due to a heroin overdose on 9/27/1979
1956 ● Reeves Gabrels → Multi-genre American virtuoso guitarist, composer and songwriter, collaborated with David Bowie (1987-2000) in Tin Machine, film score musician/producer, multiple session and other collaborative works
1958 ● Selwyn Brown → Vocals and keyboards for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978)
1961 ● Eldra Patrick “El” Debarge → With his sister and three brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1962 ● Steve Grimes → Guitarist for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1964 ● Chris Kavanagh → Drummer for New Wave glam-punk Sigue Sigue Sputnik, “Love Missile F1-11″ (Dance/Club #50, UK #3, 1986)
1974 ● Stefan Lessard → Bassist for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1976 ● Kasey Chambers → Australian country-rock crossover singer/songwriter with three successive Australian #1 albums and seven Aussie Top 10 hits, including “Not Pretty Enough” (Australia #1, 2002)
1990 ● Zachary Farro → Drummer for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Jun 05

1926 ● Bill Hayes → Country-pop singer, “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” (#1, 1955), has played the character Doug Williams on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives continuously since 1970
1941 ● Floyd Lawrence Butler → Vocalist for pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969), died after a heart attack on 4/29/1990
1946 ● Freddie Stone → Guitarist with his brother Sly and sisters Rosie and Vet in funk-rock Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), now a California pastor
1947 ● Laurie Anderson → Multimedia avant garde performance artist and one hit wonder pop-rock singer, “O Superman” (UK #2, 1981)
1947 ● Tom Evans → Bass, vocals and founding member of Brit beat The Iveys, which evolved into power pop Badfinger, “Day After Day” (#4, 1972), committed suicide amidst the band’s legal and financial troubles on 11/9/1983
1948 ● Frank Eslersmith → Keyboards for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981), died 3/1/1991
1950 ● Ronnie Dyson → Lead actor/singer in the Broadway musical Hair, “Good Morning Starshine” (#3, 1969), solo R&B/balladeer, “(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You?” (#8, R&B #9, 1970)
1954 ● Michael Henry “Nicko” McBrain → Drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1956 ● Kenny G. (Kenneth Gorelick) → Grammy-winning, hugely successful smooth jazz/adult contemporary saxophonist, composer and bandleader, “Songbird” (#4, 1987)
1956 ● Richard Butler → Vocals and frontman for Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty In Pink” (#41, 1981), then formed Love Spit Love, “Am I Wrong?” (#83, 1994)
1964 ● Margaret “Maggie” Dunne → Guitar and vocals for all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We’ve Got A Fuzz Box And We’re Gonna Use It), “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1965 ● Stefan Schönfeldt → Bassist for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1969 ● Brian McKnight → Multi-instrumentalist producer and R&B/smooth soul singer and songwriter, “Back At One” (#1, 1999), collaborator with Mariah Carey, Vanessa Williams, Rascal Flatts, Christina Aguilera and many others, former talk radio host
1970 ● Clause Noreen → Keyboardist for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
1971 ● Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg → Early member (with brother Donnie) of 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990), left to front hip hop/pop-rap Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, “Good Vibrations (#1, 1991), now an acclaimed film actor in Boogie Nights (1997), The Perfect Storm (2000), The Shooter (2007), The Fighter (2010) and others
1974 ● Aaron “P-Nut” Wills → Bassist for alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, “All Mixed Up” (Modern Rock #4, 1996), solo, producer
1974 ● Dominic Chad → Lead guitar and backing vocals for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1979 ● Pete Wentz → Bassist for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007)
1981 ● Sebastien Lefebvre → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)

Jun 06

1936 ● Levi Stubbs (Stubbles) → Vocals for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), died in his sleep on 10/17/2008
1939 ● Gary “U.S.” Bonds (Gary Levone Anderson) → R&B/soul and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, “Quarter To Three” (#1, 1961) and “This Little Girl” (#11, 1981)
1942 ● Howard Kane (Kirschenbaum) → Vocals for clean cut pop-rock Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965) and nine other Top 30 hits
1944 ● Edgar Froese → Founder, frontman, keyboards and guitarist of atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock Tangerine Dream, solo
1944 ● Peter Albin → Guitarist for 60s Janis Joplin-fronted, psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, “Piece Of My Heart” (#12, 1968) and her solo albums
1955 ● Michael Wallace → Keyboards for reggae/R&B-funk fusion band Third World, “Now That We’ve Found Love” (#47, R&B #9, 1979), shot dead on 7/6/1999
1959 ● Robert “Bobby Bluebell” Hodgens → Guitar and frontman for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1993)
1960 ● Steve Vai → Grammy-winning virtuoso rock guitarist, first with Frank Zappa‘s band, then hard rock Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth‘s band, Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987), plus numerous albums as solo and bandleader, “I Would Love To” (Mainstream Rock #38, 1990)
1961 ● Dee C. Lee (Diane Catherine Sealy) → Vocals for New Wave dance-pop Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (#1, 1984), left to join sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984), then solo “See The Day” (UK #3, 1985)
1961 ● Tomas Enrique “Tom” Araya → Bass and vocals for “Big Four” thrash metal Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” (#2, 2009)
1964 ● Jay Dee Bentley → Co-founder, bassist and songwriter for hardcore punk Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995)
1965 ● David White → Guitar and vocals for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1966 ● Gary Newby → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit alt rock/power pop The Railway Children, “Every Beat Of The Heart” (Alt Rock #1, 1990)
1970 ● James “Munky” Shaffer → Guitarist for Nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1974 ● Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) → Long time vocals and DJ in Kid Rock‘s band, then rock/hip hop fusion solo career, “Follow Me” (#5, 2001), now country-rock, “Smile” (#31, 2009)
1978 ● Carl Barât → Co-founder, vocals, lead guitar and songwriter for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), solo and pub owner
1987 ● Kyle Falconer → Lead guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for Scottish retro-rock/ska punk The View, “Same Jeans” (UK #3, 2007)

Jun 07

1917 ● Dean Martin (Dino Paul Crocetti) → Film, TV and stage actor, singer, “Memories Are Made Of This” (#1, 1956) and 15 other Top 40 singles, cultural icon and member of the Rat Pack, died of lung cancer on 12/25/1995
1940 ● Tom Jones (Woodward) → Grammy-winning, Welsh heartthrob vocalist “She’s A Lady” (#2, 1971) plus 15 other Top 40 singles and, in the 80s, nine Country Top 40 hits
1944 ● Clarence White (LeBlanc) → Acadian guitarist for progressive bluegrass sibling group Kentucky Colonels, then seminal country-pop-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), session work for Jackson Browne, Randy Newman and others, killed by a drunken driver on 7/15/1973
1953 ● Johnny Clegg → The “White Zulu”, guitarist, songwriter, co-founder and frontman for multiracial Afro-Euro-dance pop World music band Juluka and Zulu-dance-pop Savuka
1955 ● Joey Scarbury → One hit wonder Canadian pop singer, “Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)” (#2, 1981)
1957 ● Patrick Joseph “Paddy” McAloon → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie pop Prefab Sprout, “If You Don’t Love Me” (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1958 ● Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) → Multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist songwriter, singer, actor, producer and pop-rock/soul-funk bandleader, “When Doves Cry” (#1, 1984) and 30 other Top 40 singles
1964 ● John “Ecstasy” Fletcher → Vocals for rap/R&B “new jack swing” Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984) from the acclaimed album Escape
1966 ● Eric Kretz → Drummer for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994)
1967 ● Dave Navarro → Meta/psych/hard rock guitarist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), in mid-90s with funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, then solo, “Rexall” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2001)
1969 ● Liam Sean “Skin” Tyson → Lead guitar for 90s alt rock Brit-pop Cast, “Flying” (UK #4, 1996), collaboration with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
1974 ● Terry “T-Low” Brown → Vocals in contemporary R&B/smooth soul brother duo Next, “Too Close” (#1, 1998)
1985 ● Charles Robert “Chaz Simo” Simpson → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)

Jun 08

1918 ● Robert Preston (Meservy) → Tony-winning Broadway stage and screen (mostly Westerns) actor who landed the role of a lifetime as the lead in The Music Man on stage in 1957 and film in 1962, died of lung cancer on 3/21/87
1936 ● James Darren (James William Ercolani) → Early pop-rock teen idol singer, “Goodbye Cruel World” (#3, 1961), film actor (Gidget, 1959, Venus In Furs, 1969 and others), TV actor in The Time Tunnel (1966-67) and T. J. Hooker (1982-85)
1940 ● Nancy Sinatra → Sultry, sexy MOR pop singer, “These Boots Were Made for Walking” (#1, 1966), duet with father Frank “Somethin’ Stupid” (#1, 1967), the only father/daughter #1 hit ever
1940 ● Sherman Garnes → Bass vocals for R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (1956), died during open heart surgery on 2/26/1977
1941 ● Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins → Guitar and vocals for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1942 ● Chuck Negron → Vocals for pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1973
1944 ● William Royce “Boz” Scaggs → Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, first with early Steve Miller Band, then a long solo career starting with “Lowdown” (#3, 1976) and “Lido Shuffle” (#11, 1977)
1947 ● Julie Driscoll → Brit pop diva with Brian Auger & The Trinity, “This Wheel’s On Fire” (UK #5, 1968), solo prog rock albums, now jazz-improv vocals
1947 ● Mick Box → Guitarist for hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1951 ● Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Hopkins) → Welsh-born raspy-voiced pop-rock solo singer, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (#1, 1983), plus session backing vocals for Cher and others
1953 ● Jeff Rich → Drummer for blues-rock Climax Blues Band and psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1960 ● Michael James “Mick” Hucknall → Frontman, singer and songwriter for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986), solo
1962 ● Nick Rhodes (Bates) → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982)
1965 ● Rob Pilatus → 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, committed suicide on 4/2/1998
1966 ● Doris 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
1967 ● Neil Mitchell → Keyboards for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1970 ● Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert → Vocals in urban contemporary R&B girl trio Brownstone, “If You Love Me” (#8, 1994), solo
1971 ● Jef Streatfield → Guitarist for Brit hard/raunch rock The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1995)
1977 ● Kanye West → Hip hop producer for Jay-Z and others, then solo rap star, “Gold Digger” (#1, 2005), five-time Grammy winner in 2007
1979 ● Derek Trucks → Blues-rock and world music guitarist and songwriter, nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, frontman for Grammy-winning The Derek Trucks Band, member of The Allman Brothers Band since 1999, formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with wife Susan Tedeschi
1981 ● Alex Band → Founder, vocals and leader of post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001), solo
1985 ● Jamie Shaw → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)
1989 ● Richard Fleeshman → English TV actor (Craig Harris on the long-running Coronation Street) and singer-songwriter, “Coming Down” (UK #78, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (May 27 – June 2)

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 27


Bob Dylan —— The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 1963
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Venus And Mars ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Aretha Franklin —— Sparkle [Sndtrk] ► Soul >> 1976
Dixie Dregs —— Free Fall ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
Neil Young —— American Stars ‘N Bars ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Mike Oldfield —— Crises ► Progressive Rock >> 1983
Future Sound Of London —— Lifeforms ► Ambient Techno >> 1994
Snot —— Get Some ► Punk Metal/Funk Metal >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Ass Cobra ► Heavy Metal/Pop Metal >> 1997
Led Zeppelin —— How The West Was Won ► Hard Rock >> 2003



May 28


Graham Nash —— Songs For Beginners ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Peter Frampton —— I’m In You ► Arena Rock >> 1977
Cat Stevens —— Izitso ► Folk-Pop >> 1977
Streetheart —— Meanwhile Back In Paris ► Hard Rock/Prairie Rock >> 1978
Cher —— I Paralyze ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Chic —— I Paralyze ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Glenn Frey —— No Fun Aloud ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Jacksons —— 2300 Jackson Street ► Soul/pop >> 1989
Electronic —— Electronic ► Alt Dance/House >> 1991
The Smashing Pumpkins —— Gish ► Hard Rock >> 1991
The Anti-Nowhere League —— The Horse Is Dead ► Punk Rock >> 1996
The Brian Jones Massacre —— Take It From The Man! ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Weather Report —— Live In Berlin 1975 ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2011



May 29


Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Crosby, Stills & Nash ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Poco —— Rose of Cimarron ► Country-Rock >> 1976
Amy Grant —— Amy Grant In Concert ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1981
Tina Turner —— Private Dancer ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Warlock —— Hellbound ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1985
Chris De Burgh —— Into The Light ► Soft Rock >> 1986
John Hiatt —— Bring The Family ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Trooper —— The Last Of The Gypsys ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Concrete Blonde —— Bloodletting ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dismember —— Like An Ever Flowing Stream ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Teenage Fanclub —— Grand Prix ► Power Pop >> 1995
Bright Eyes —— Fevers And Mirrors ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock >> 2000



May 30


The Rolling Stones —— England’s Newest Hit Makers ► Blues-Rock >> 1964
The Velvet Underground —— Live At Max’s Kansas City ► Alt. Rock >> 1972
Bobby Womack —— Understanding ► Soul-Funk >> 1972
George Harrison —— Living In The Material World ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Where I Should Be ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Peter Gabriel —— Peter Gabriel [3] ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Heaven Up Here ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Jefferson Starship —— Nuclear Furniture ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Bob Dylan —— Down In The Groove ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Earth, Wind & Fire —— The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 ► Soul-Funk >> 1988
Kansas —— Freaks Of Nature ► Arena Rock >> 1995
Dimmu Borgir —— Enthrone Darkness Triumphant ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1997
Dredg —— Leitmotif ► Alt Rock/Experimental >> 1998
Billy Bragg & Wilco —— Mermaid Avenue Vol. II ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Oasis —— Don’t Believe The Truth ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2005



May 31


Talking Heads —— Speaking In Tongues ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1983
Boogie Down Productions —— By All Means Necessary ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
No Use For A Name —— The Daily Grind ► Punk-Rock >> 1993
Stone Temple Pilots —— Purple ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Various Artists —— The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock/World >> 1994
Gary Moore —— Blues For Greeny ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1995
Mike + The Mechanics —— M6 ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Butterfield Blues Band —— Live ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Little Feat —— Barnstormin’ Live, Vol. 1 ► Southern Rock >> 2005



Jun 01


The Kingston Trio —— At Large ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beatles —— Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
David Bowie —— David Bowie ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
The Monkees —— Changes ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
James Taylor —— Walking Man ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Genesis —— Three Sides Live ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The Rolling Stones —— Still Life ► Rock n Roll >> 1982
The Police —— Synchronicity ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1983
A-Ha —— Hunting High And Low ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Sting —— The Dream Of The Blue Turtles ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Massive Attack —— Blue Lines ► Trip-Hop >> 1991
Pat Benatar —— Gravity’s Rainbow ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Nine Inch Nails —— Further Down The Spiral ► Industrial Metal >> 1995
The Hives —— Oh Lord! When? How? ► Garage Rock >> 1996
Shed Seven —— Let It Ride ► Alt Rock >> 1998
Blaque —— Blaque ► Dance-Rap >> 1999
Michelle Branch —— Broken Bracelet ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2000
Jack Johnson —— To The Sea ► AA Folk-Rock >> 2010



Jun 02


The Kingston Trio —— The Kingston Trio ► Folk-Pop >> 1958
The Small Faces —— From The Beginning ► British Rock >> 1967
Cockney Rebel —— The Psychomodo ► Glam Rock >> 1974
Teddy Pendergrass —— Life Is A Song Worth Singing ► Soul-Pop >> 1978
Bruce Springsteen —— Darkness On The Edge Of Town ► Album Rock >> 1978
Thin Lizzy —— Live And Dangerous ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Cold Chisel —— East ► Pub Rock >> 1980
Estefan, Gloria & The Miami Sound Machine —— Let It Loose ► Latin Pop >> 1987
Mariah Carey —— MTV Unplugged ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Buzzcocks —— Trade Test Transmissions ► Punk-Rock >> 1993
Sarah Brightman —— Timeless ► Showtunes >> 1997
Brooks & Dunn —— If You See Her ► Country-Rock >> 1998
The Smashing Pumpkins —— Adore ► Hard Rock >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 25 – June 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 26

1904 ● George Formby (Booth) → Widely popular Brit stage/screen actor, singing comedian and ukulele player, recorded more than 200 albums and appeared in 20 films, best-known song is “Leaning On A Lamp Post”, died on 3/6/1961 after a heart attack
1920 ● Peggy Lee (Norma Deloris Egstrom) → Sultry, distinctive singer, pop-jazz-big band songwriter and actress, “Fever” (#8, 1958), Grammy-winner, worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones and others, died on 1/21/2002
1926 ● Miles Dewey Davis III → Jazz bandleader, trumpeter and composer, major influence on jazz and fusion music, 8-time Grammy winner, including his 1970 album Bitches Brew, died on 9/28/1991
1939 ● Jaki Liebezeit → German rock drummer and core member of early Kraut rock, experi-pop/avant-garde Can, “I Want More” (UK #26, 1976)
1940 ● Levon Helm → Arkansas farmboy, drummer and vocals for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, producer, bandleader, hosts weekly Midnight Ramble revue near Woodstock, NY, died on 4/19/2012 from cancer
1941 ● Art Sharp → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1942 ● Ray Ennis → Vocals and guitar for British Invasionn pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#24, 1964)
1944 ● Terence “Verden” Allen → Keyboards for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972)
1945 ● Garry Peterson → Long-time drummer for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970) and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974)
1946 ● Michael “Mick” Ronson → Guitarist, songwriter and producer, worked with David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars, session work for Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter, Morrissey and others, Rolling Stone magazine’s 64th greatest guitarist of all time, died of liver cancer on 4/29/1993
1946 ● Ronnie Harkai → Drummer for garage/horn rock The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me” (#5, 1966), now a recording engineer, producer and music consultant
1948 ● Stephanie Lynn (“Stevie”) Nicks → Hugely successful female rock/pop vocalist, achieved fame with blues-rock turned mega-star band Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), successful solo career, “Talk To Me” (#4, 1985)
1949 ● Randall Hank Williams, Jr. → Country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Honky Tonkin'” (1982), son of country music legend Hank Williams, Sr.
1949 ● Vicki Lawrence (Vicki Ann Axelrod) → Actress, comedienne, TV game show panelist and one hit wonder singer, “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1958 ● Wayne Hussey (Jerry Lovelock) → Guitarist for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985), then goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, “Temple Of Love” (UK #3, 1992), and The Mission, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990)
1962 ● Colin Vearncombe → Frontman and singer/songwriter for Brit pop-rock Black, “Wonderful Life” (UK #8, 1987), solo
1964 ● Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz → Grammy-winning multi-instrumental singer, songwriter, “Fly Away” (#12, 199), session musician and singer with Mick Jagger, Madonna, David Bowie and others
1966 ● Tommy Stewart → Drummer for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), also with Everclear, Fuel, Halloween and other bands
1967 ● Kristen Pfaff → Bass guitarist for Minneapolis post-hardcore Janitor Joe, recruited to Seattle grunge rock Hole in 1993, planned to return to Janitor Joe but died from an opium overdose on 6/16/1994
1968 ● Phillip Rhodes → Drummer for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), solo
1971 ● Joey Kibble → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Alan White → Drummer (1994-2005, replacing Tony McCarroll) in Grammy-nominated Britpop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits
1978 ● Jaheim Hoagland → R&B/dance-pop singer, “My Place” with Nelly (#4, Rap #4, 1992)
1981 ● Isaac Slade → Co-founder, lead singer, pianist and chief songwriter of mainstream/piano rock The Fray, “How To Save A Life” (#3, 2006)

May 27

1932 ● Junior Parker (Hermon Parker, Jr.) → Memphis blues/soul vocalist, “Driving Wheel” (R&B #5, 1961), co-wrote Elvis Presley‘s “Mystery Train” (Country #11, 1956), died during surgery to remove a brain tumor on 11/18/1971
1935 ● Ramsey Lewis → Grammy-winning jazz/pop pianist, bandleader and composer, “The In Crowd” (#5, 1965)
1943 ● Cilla Black (Priscilla White) → Light pop singer, actress and TV/radio personality with a nearly 50 year career in music and entertainment, “You’re My World” (#26, 1964), hosted various BBC TV programs
1945 ● Bruce Cockburn → Canadian folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Wondering Where The Lions Are” (#21, 1980)
1947 ● Marty Kristian → Guitar and vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (#7, 1972)
1947 ● Peter Knight → Violin for Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1948 ● Pete Sears → Journeyman bassist and keyboardist, session work for Rod Stewart in 70s, 1974-1987 with Jefferson Starship, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” (#1, 1987), then Hot Tuna, David Nelson Band, Moonalice and session work
1949 ● James Mitchell → Vocals for R&B/soul quartet The Detroit Emeralds, “Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)” (#24, R&B #4, 1972), left to co-found R&B/quiet storm The Floaters, “Float On” (#2, 1977)
1957 ● Eddie Harsch → Keyboards for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1957 ● Siouxsie Sioux (Susan Dallion) → Vocals and frontwoman for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), side project The Creatures, “Right Now” (UK #14, 1983)
1958 ● Neil Finn → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980), left to form Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987), solo and Finn Brothers, “Won’t Give In” (UK #6, 2004)
1966 ● Sean Kinney → Drummer in alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1971 ● Lisa Nicole “Left Eye” Lopes → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994), died in a car accident on 4/25/2002
1975 ● Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) → Half of hip hop duo OutKast, “Ms. Jackson” (#1, 2001) and “Hey Ya” (#1, 2004), solo

May 28

1910 ● Aaron Thibeaux “T. Bone” Walker → Electric blues pioneer, “Stormy Monday” (1947), influenced Albert Collins, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddie King and many others, #47 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list, died of bronchial pneumonia following a stoke on 3/16/1975
1917 ● John Henry “Papa John” Creach → Fiddler for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), then folk-rock Hot Tuna and mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), died on 2/22/1994 after suffering a heart attack during the Northridge earthquake
1930 ● Prince Buster (Cecil Bustamonte Campbell) → Hugely influential reggae/ska singer, producer and solo artist, “Ten Commandments Of Man” (#81, R&B #17, 1967)
1943 ● Tony Mansfield → Drummer for 60s British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1944 ● Billy Vera (William McCord, Jr.) → Rock historian, songwriter and singer, duet with Judy Clay, “Storybook Children” (#20, 1968) and solo as frontman for pop-rock The Beaters, “At This Moment” (#1, 1986), featured on the TV show Family Ties
1944 ● Gladys Knight → The “Empress of Soul”, Grammy-winning R&B vocals and frontwoman for The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia” (#1, 1973), solo
1945 ● John Fogerty → Frontman, songwriter, guitar and vocals for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969), Grammy-winning solo career (album Centerfield, #1, 1985) and bandleader for The Blue Ridge Rangers
1948 ● Ray Laidlaw → Drummer for Brit folk-rock Brethren, which became Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971)
1949 ● Wendy O. Williams → Mohawk hairdo-sporting, controversial singer and frontwoman for outrageous punk/heavy metal Plasmatics, “Butcher Baby” (UK #55, 1980), solo, actress in sexploitation film Reform School Girls (1986), committed suicide on 4/6/1998
1955 ● Edwin “Eddie” Jobson → Respected journeyman violinist and synthesizer player with Frank Zappa‘s band, long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), Roxy Music, U.K., Yes, solo
1955 ● John McGeoch → Scottish guitarist, singer and co-founder of post-punk Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides” (UK #41, 1978), then with punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), Armoury Show and Public Image Ltd., died in his sleep ion 3/4/2004
1959 ● Steve Strange (Stephen Harrington) → Frontman and vocals for New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey” (UK #8, 1980), nightclub host and promoter
1961 ● Roland Gift → Lead singer for Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy” (#1, 1989)
1964 ● Wes Burt-Martin → Guitarist for folk-pop Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, “What I Am” (# , 1989)
1965 ● Chris Ballew → Co-founder, bass and vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Presidents Of The United States Of America, “Lump” (Mainstream Rock #7, 1995), currently performs children’s music under the pseudonym Caspar Babypants
1968 ● Kylie Minogue → Grammy-winning, widely-popular Aussie pop singer, songwriter and actress, “The Loco-Motion” (#3, 1988)
1970 ● Jimi Goodwin → Vocals, bass and guitar for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, “Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)” (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, “There Goes The Fear” (UK #3, 2002)
1970 ● Mark Richardson → Drummer for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1981 ● Mark Feehily → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1985 ● Colbie Caillat → Pop singer and guitarist, “Bubbly” (2007), daughter of Ken Caillat who co-produced Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours and Tusk albums

May 29

1941 ● Roy Crewsdon → Guitarist for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), now operates a bar in Tenerife
1945 ● Gary Brooker → Chief songwriter, keyboardist and vocals for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), solo plus session work for Eric Clapton
1949 ● Francis Rossi → Co-founder and lead guitarist for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968), solo
1950 ● Maureen “Rebbie” Jackson → Eldest of the Jackson family of musicians, performed with her brothers beginning in 1974, solo, “Centipede” (#24, R&B #4, 1984)
1953 ● Danny Elfman → Grammy-winning TV and film score composer, frequently in collaboration with Tim Burton (Batman, 1989), singer/songwriter and leader of New Wave ska-pop/alt rock Oingo Boingo, “Weird Science” (#45, Dance/Club #21, 1985)
1955 ● Mike Porcaro → Bassist for pop/arena rock Toto, “Africa” (#1, 1982), middle brother of bandmates Jeff and Steve Porcaro
1956 ● La Toya Jackson → Background vocals for her brothers’ band The Jackson 5, then largely unsuccessful and unnoticed solo singing career
1956 ● Larry Blackmon → Leader, drummer, producer and principal songwriter for R&B/funk Cameo, “Word Up” (#6, 1986)
1959 ● Mel Gaynor → Drummer for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” (#1, 1985)
1960 ● Jesse Johnson → Guitarist for R&B/soul-funk The Time, wrote “Jungle Love” (#20, Dance/Club #9, 1984), then solo, “Crazay” (Dance/Club #12, 1986)
1961 ● David Palmer → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop ABC, “Be Near Me” (#9, 1982)
1961 ● Melissa Etheridge → Grammy-winning alt-heartland rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “I’m The Only One” (#8, 1993), gay activist
1962 ● John Pedder → Bassist in Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996)
1963 ● Blaze Bayley (Bayley Alexander Cooke) → Lead vocalist for heavy metal Wolfsbane from 1984 to 1994, Iron Maiden (“The Angel And The Gambler”, Mainstream Rock #24, 1998) from 1994 to 1999, solo and frontman for Blaze
1967 ● Noel Gallagher → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits
1969 ● Chandler “Chad” Kinchla → Guitarist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1975 ● Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown → Vocals and “Scary Spice” in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (#1, 1997)
1978 ● Daniel Pearce → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

May 30

1909 ● Benny Goodman → The “King of Swing” and most popular figure of the early Swing Era bandleaders, clarinetist, film actor (playing himself), died from a heart attack on 7/13/1986
1944 ● Gladys Horton → Founder and lead vocals for Motown pop-soul girl group The Marvelettes, “Please Mr. Postman” (#1, 1961) and nine other Top 40 singles, died following a stroke on 1/26/2011
1944 ● Lenny Davidson → Guitarist and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Dave Clark Five, “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, 1965) and 11 other Top 25 hits in the US
1955 ● Nicholas Bowen “Topper” Headon → Drummer and occasional vocals for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, wrote “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982)
1958 ● Marie Fredriksson → Vocals for Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette, “The Look” (#1, 1989), solo
1960 ● Stephen Duffy → Founding member, guitarist, vocals and songwriting for New Wave synth-pop Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982)
1964 ● Tom Morello → Guitarist for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999)
1964 ● Wynonna Judd (Christina Ciminella) → Country singer/songwriter in duo The Judds (with mother Naomi), “Girl’s Night Out” (Country #1, 1984) and 17 other Top 10 country hits, solo, “To Be Loved By You” (Adult Contemporary #25, Country #1, 1996)
1967 ● Sven Pipien → Bassist for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1968 ● Tim Burgess → Vocals for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), solo
1971 ● Patrick Dalheimer → Bassist for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995) and The Gracious Few
1974 ● Cee Lo Green (Thomas Callaway) → Singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, member of pioneering Dirty South rap group Goodie Mob, “Cell Therapy” (#13, Rap #1, 1995), then Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy” (#2, 2006) and solo, “F**k You” (#2, 2010)

May 31

1938 ● Johnny Paycheck (Donald Eugene Lytle) → Gruff-voiced country singer, “Take This Job And Shove It” (Country #1, 1978), died in Nashville on 2/19/2003 from emphysema
1938 ● Peter Yarrow → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” (#2, 1963)
1947 ● William “Junior” Campbell → Lead guitar for pop/rock the Gaylords, then Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1948 ● John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham → Original drummer for influential hard rock Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” (#4, 1970), #1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s readers’ poll of the “best drummers of all time”, died after choking on his own vomit on 9/25/1980
1952 ● Karl Bartos → Percussionist for German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975), left in 1990 for solo career and collaborations
1954 ● Vicki Sue Robinson → Theater and film actress turned one hit wonder R&B/disco singer, “Turn The Beat Around” (#10, 1976), died of cancer on 4/27/2000
1959 ● Danny Pearson → Bassist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1962 ● Corey Hart → Canadian singer/songwriter with 27 Canada Top 40 hits, including “Never Surrender” (#3, Canada #1, 1985)
1963 ● Wendy Smith → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock Prefab Sprout, “If You Don’t Love Me” (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1964 ● Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels → MC and rapper for premier hardcore rap group Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way” (#4, 1986)
1965 ● Steve White → Drummer for sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984), then sessions, The Players, Trio Valore and stand-in for drummer/brother Alan White of Oasis for several shows
1980 ● Andrew John Hurley → Drummer for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007)

Jun 01

1921 ● Nelson Riddle → Jazz, blues, swing and pop composer, orchestrator, bandleader, producer and arranger for Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt and others, died from liver failure on 10/6/1985
1934 ● Pat Boone → Adult contemporary pop and later gospel singer, TV host, author, Billboard magazine’s second biggest charting artist of the 1950s behind Elvis Presley, “Love Letters In The Sand (#1, 1957)
1945 ● James William McCarty → Blues-rock and rock ‘n’ roll guitarist with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Jenny Take A Ride” (#10, 1966), funk-rock Buddy Miles Express, hard/boogie rock supergroup Cactus, blues-rock The Rockets, formed Mystery Train
1945 ● Linda Scott (Linda Joy Sampson) → Brill Building early 60s pop singer, “I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star” (#3, 1961)
1947 ● Ron Wood → Guitarist for Jeff Beck Group, then raunch-rock The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), in 1975 joined The Rolling Stones, “Miss You” (#1, 1978)
1950 ● Charlene Marilyn D’Angelo → One hit wonder R&B/soul-pop singer, “I’ve Never Been To Me” (#3, 1982)
1950 ● Graham Russell → Guitar and vocals for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1950 ● Tom Robinson → Bassist, bandleader, singer and songwriter, first acoustic folk-rock Café Society, then fronting the punk/hard politicized rock Tom Robinson Band, “2-4-6-8 Motorway” (UK #5, 1977) and “Glad To Be Gay” (1978), then Sector 27 and solo, “War Baby” (UK #6, 1983)
1952 ● John Ellis → Guitarist for punk-rock The Vibrators, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978)
1953 ● Ronnie Dunn → 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 ● Barry Adamson → Bassist for post-punk Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides” (UK #41, 1978), New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey” (UK #8, 1980), alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), solo
1959 ● Alan Wilder → Vocals and keyboards for electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990), then founder and frontman for experimental electro-synth art rock Recoil, producer
1960 ● Simon Gallup → Bassist for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1963 ● Mike Joyce → Drummer for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984)
1967 ● Roger Sanchez → Grammy-winning House music DJ, “Lost” (Dance/Club #1, 2006), producer
1968 ● Jason Donovan → Aussie TV soap opera actor and teen idol singer, “Especially For You” (Australia #2, UK #1, 1988)
1969 ● Damon Minchella → Bassist for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, “The Day We Caught The Train” (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1974 ● Alanis Morissette → Canadian-American teenage dance-pop singer turned Grammy-winning alt rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Ironic” (#4, Mainstream Rock #1, 1996) from the album Jagged Little Pill, the #1 selling album of the 90s

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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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