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This Week’s Birthdays – now at DrRock.com

Looking for the weekly post “This Week’s Birthdays”? You’ll find it at DrRock.com, where all future posts from Dr. Rock’s Blog & Roll will henceforth appear.

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Rock & Pop Music Deaths in August 2020

Over on DrRock.com we just posted our monthly report of rock and pop music deaths in the prior month – this time for August 2020. Come on over to DrRock.com for a dose of the BEST music ever made, rock and pop music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Singles Released This Week (August 31 – September 6)

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Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


August 31
1962 • Jan & Dean • “Who Put The Bomp” • Doo Wop • Jan & Dean’s Golden Hits • “My Favorite Dream”
1968 • The Rolling Stones • “Street Fighting Man” • Blues-Rock • Beggars Banquet • “No Expectations”
1973 • Steely Dan • “Show Biz Kids” [UK] • Jazz-Rock • Countdown To Ecstasy • “Razor Boy”
1973 • Marvin Gaye • “Let’s Get It On” [UK] • Soul-Funk • Let’s Get It On • “I Wish It Would Rain”
1986 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Stuck With You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Fore! • “Don’t Ever Tell Me That You Love Me”
1987 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “All Mixed Up” [UK] • Album Rock • Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) • “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)”
1992 • Michael Jackson • “Who Is It” [UK] • Pop-Soul • Dangerous • “Who Is It” [Remix]
1998 • Aerosmith • “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” [UK] • Hard Rock • Armageddon[Sndtrk] • “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” [Remix]
2004 • Green Day • “American Idiot” • Punk Rock • American Idiot • “Too Much Too Soon”

September 01
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” • Soul • The Electrifying Aretha Franklin • “Operation Heartbreak”
1961 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Save The Last Dance For Me” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “As Long As I Live”
1967 • The Temptations • “You’re My Everything” [UK] • Soul-Pop • With A Lot O’ Soul • ” I’ve Been Good To You”
1967 • The Temptations • “I’ve Been Good To You” [UK] • Soul Ballad • Gettin’ Ready • [B-Side]
1967 • The Byrds • “Lady Friend” [UK] • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Don’t Make Waves”
1972 • Carpenters • “Goodbye To Love” [UK] • Soft Rock • A Song For You • “I Won’t Last A Day Without You”
1972 • David Bowie • “John, I’m Only Dancing” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Hang On To Yourself”
1974 • Rush • “Finding My Way” • Hard Rock • Rush • “Need Some Love”
1983 • The Romantics • “Talking In Your Sleep” • New Wave Power-Pop • In Heat • “I’m Hip”
1986 • The Bangles • “Walk Like An Eqyptian” • Pop-Rock • Different Light • “Angels Don’t Fall In Love”
1993 • Billy Joel • “The River Of Dreams” • Pop-Rock • River Of Dreams • “The Great Wall Of China”

September 02
1957 • The Everly Brothers • “Wake Up Little Susie” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Maybe Tomorrow”
1957 • The Crickets • “That’ll Be The Day” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • That’ll Be The Day • “Rock Around With Ollie Vee”
1964 • Marvin Gaye • “Baby Don’t You Do It” • Soul • [Single] • “Walk On The Wild Side”
1966 • The Supremes • “You Can’t Hurry Love” [UK] • Soul-Pop • The Supremes A Go-Go • “Put Yourself In My Place”
1966 • Marvin Gaye • “Little Darling (I Need You)” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “Hey Diddle Diddle”
1967 • The Rolling Stones • “Dandelion” • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “We Love You”
1967 • The Rolling Stones • “We Love You” • Psychedelic Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • The Byrds • “I Am A Pilgrim” • Folk-Rock • Sweetheart Of The Rodeo • “Pretty Boy Floyd”
1981 • Prince • “Controversy” • Dance-Pop • Controversy • “When You Were Mine”
1986 • Peter Gabriel • “In Your Eyes” • Soft Rock • So • “In Your Eyes” [Special Mix]
1989 • Tina Turner • “The Best” • Pop-Rock • Foreign Affair • “Bold And Reckless”

September 03
1968 • Elvis Presley • “A Little Less Conversation” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Elvis Presley • “Almost In Love” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “A Little Less Conversation”
1971 • Carpenters • “Superstar” [UK] • Soft Pop • Carpenters • “For All We Know”
1974 • Elton John • “The Bitch Is Back” • Pop-Rock • Caribou • “Cold Highway”
1984 • Cyndi Lauper • “All Through The Night” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “Witness”
1985 • R.E.M. • “Driver 8” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Fables Of The Reconstruction • “Crazy”
1991 • R.E.M. • “Shiny Happy People” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Out Of Time • “Forty Second Song”

September 04
1964 • Roy Orbison • “Oh, Pretty Woman” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Yo Te Amo María”
1964 • The Moody Blues • “Steal Your Heart Away” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind)”
1970 • Dusty Springfield • “How Can I Be Sure” [UK] • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Spooky”
1976 • ABBA • “Fernando” • Euro-Pop • Greatest Hits • “Rock Me”
1977 • Donna Summer • “I Remember Yesterday” • Disco • I Remember Yesterday • “Back In Love Again”
1979 • J. D. Souther • “You’re Only Lonely” • Country-Rock Ballad • You’re Only Lonely • “Songs Of Love”
1982 • The Who • “Athena” [UK] • British Rock • It’s Hard • “A Man Is A Man”
1982 • The Who • “Athena” • British Rock • It’s Hard • “It’s Your Turn”
2007 • Matchbox Twenty • “How Far We’ve Come” • Southern Rock • Exile On Mainstream [None]

September 05
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Return To Sender” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Girls! Girls! Girls! • “Where Do You Come From”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Where Do You Come From” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Girls! Girls! Girls! • [B-Side]
1969 • The Isley Brothers • “I Turned You On” [UK] • Soul-Funk • The Brothers: Isley • “I Know Who You Been Socking It To”
1979 • The Kinks • “Catch Me Now I’m Falling” • Pop-Rock • Low Budget • “Low Budget”
1980 • Genesis • “Misunderstanding” [UK] • Prog Rock • Duke • “Evidence Of Autumn”
1983 • Culture Club • “Karma Chameleon” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Colour By Numbers • “That’s The Way (I’m Only Trying To Help You)”
1986 • Paul Simon • “You Can Call Me Al” • Folk-Pop • Graceland • “Gumboots”
1994 • R.E.M. • “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Monster • “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” [Instrumental Version]
2011 • Bon Iver • “Holocene” • Baroque Pop • Bon Iver, Bon Iver • “Come Talk To Me”

September 06
1959 • The Miracles • “Bad Girl” • Doo-Wop Ballad • [Single] • “I Love Your Baby”
1961 • Jan & Dean • “Wanted, One Girl” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Something A Little Bit Different”
1963 • Dave Clark Five • “Do You Love Me?” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Glad All Over • “Chaquita”
1966 • Peter & Gordon • “Lady Godiva” [UK] • Merseybeat • Lady Godiva • “Morning’s Calling”
1966 • The Byrds • “Mr. Spaceman” • Folk-Rock • Fifth Dimension • “What’s Happening?!?!”
1966 • The Byrds • “What’s Happening?!?!” • Folk-Rock • Fifth Dimension • [B-Side]
1969 • The Monkees • “Good Clean Fun” • Pop-Rock • The Monkees Present • “Mommy And Daddy”
1969 • The Monkees • “Mommy And Daddy” • Pop-Rock • The Monkees Present • [B-Side]
1982 • Culture Club • “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” [UK] • New Wave Reggae-Pop • Kissing To Be Clever • [Dub Version] / “Love Is Cold”
1983 • Cyndi Lauper • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “Right Track Wrong Train”
1998 • Days Of The New • “Shelf In The Room” • Alt. Acoustic Rock • Days Of The New • “Whimsical” / “Versions”

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Albums Released This Week (August 31 – September 6)

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


August 31
1962 ● The Ventures —— Going To The Ventures’ Dance Party! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1963 ● The Ventures —— Let’s Go! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1964 ● Dionne Warwick —— Make Way For Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul
1964 ● The Supremes —— Where Did Our Love Go? ► Soul – Motown
1967 ● Dionne Warwick —— The Windows Of The World ► Pop-Soul
1970 ● The Beach Boys —— Sunflower ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● Dr. John —— The Sun, Moon & Herbs ► Blues-Rock
1973 ● The Rolling Stones —— Goats Head Soup ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Donna Summer —— Live And More ► Disco
1981 ● The Gun Club —— Fire Of Love ► Punk-Psychobilly
1983 ● Carly Simon —— Hello Big Man ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Michael Jackson —— Bad ► Dance-Pop
1987 ● 2 Live Crew —— Move Somethin’ ► East Coast Rap
1990 ● Joe Henry —— Shuffletown ► Guitar Jazz
1992 ● Charles & Eddie —— Duophonic ► Dance-Pop
1992 ● Mike Oldfield —— Tubular Bells II ► Progressive Rock
1993 ● Garth Brooks —— In Pieces ► Country-Pop
1998 ● The Divine Comedy —— Fin de Siècle ► Brit Pop/Baroque Pop
1999 ● Dixie Chicks —— Fly ► Country-Rock
2003 ● Stabbing Westward —— What Do I Have To Do? ► Industrial Rock
2004 ● Ray Charles & Bonnie Raitt —— Genius Loves Company ► Soul
2004 ● Kansas —— Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection ► Prog/Arena Rock
2009 ● The Black Crowes —— Before The Frost…Until The Freeze ► Southern Rock
2009 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Pure Jerry: Bay Area 1978 ► Roots Rock
2010 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Something For The Rest of Us ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2010 ● Janet Jackson —— Icon: Number Ones ► Pop-Soul
2010 ● Bryan Adams —— Icon ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Heart —— Red Velvet Car ► Album Rock
2010 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Icon ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Nirvana —— Icon ► Grunge
2010 ● Rush —— Icon ► Prog/Art Rock

September 01
1965 ● The Hollies —— Hear! Here! ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Crusade ► Blues-Rock
1971 ● Cat Stevens —— Teaser And The Firecat ► Folk-Pop
1975 ● Grateful Dead —— Blues For Allah ► Album Rock
1977 ● Rush —— A Farewell To Kings ► Arena Rock
1978 ● 10cc —— Bloody Tourists ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Molly Hatchet —— Molly Hatchet ► Southern Rock
1980 ● Simple Minds —— Empires And Dance ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1980 ● Jethro Tull —— A ► Prog Rock
1981 ● Hall & Oates —— Private Eyes ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Cocteau Twins —— Love’s Easy Tears [EP] ► Folk-Rock
1986 ● Tina Turner —— Break Every Rule ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● R.E.M. —— Document ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1989 ● Mötley Crüe —— Dr. Feelgood ► Heavy Metal
1992 ● Thomas Anders —— Down On Sunset ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● The Ramones —— Mondo Bizarro ► Punk-Rock
1995 ● Lighthouse Family —— Ocean Drive ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1997 ● Buzzcocks —— I Don’t Mind The Buzzcocks ► Punk-Rock
1998 ● Ace Of Base —— Cruel Summer ► Euro-Dance Pop
2002 ● Tonic —— Head On Straight ► Alt/Roots Rock
2009 ● The Apples In Stereo —— #1 Hits Explosion ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop

September 02
1965 ● Brenda Lee —— Too Many Rivers ► Country-Pop
1977 ● Van Der Graaf —— The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Thin Lizzy —— Bad Reputation ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Dead Kennedys —— Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables ► Punk-Rock
1981 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— It’s Time For Love ► Soul/Quiet Storm
1981 ● Ronnie Wood —— 1234 ► Hard Rock
1983 ● The Moody Blues —— The Present ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Billy Joel —— Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● UB40 —— Baggariddim ► Reggae-Pop
1986 ● Jeffrey Osbourne —— Emotional ► Soul-Pop
1991 ● Garth Brooks —— Ropin’ The Wind ► Country-Rock
1991 ● Level 42 —— Guaranteed ► New Wave Synth Pop
1991 ● David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine II ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Zard —— Hold Me ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Sepultura —— Chaos A.D. ► Heavy Metal
1996 ● The Blood Divine —— Awaken ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal
1996 ● Neneh Cherry —— Man ► Trip Hop
1996 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Universal ► New Wave Synth Pop
1997 ● Joe Jackson —— Heaven & Hell ► Classical Pop
1997 ● War —— Colección Latina ► Funk
1997 ● Genesis —— Calling All Stations ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Amon Amarth —— The Avenger ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
2003 ● The Innocence Mission —— Befriended ► Alt Pop-Rock
2013 ● Bryan Adams —— Live At Sydney Opera House ► Pop-Rock
2014 ● Counting Crows —— Somewhere Under Wonderland ► AA Pop-Rock

September 03
1971 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Future Games ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Diana Ross —— Ross ► Soul – Motown
1982 ● Golden Earring —— Cut ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Golden Earring —— Cut ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Iron Maiden —— Powerslave ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● Judas Priest —— Painkiller ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● George Michael —— Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 ► Dance-Pop
1991 ● Blues Traveler —— Travelers And Thieves ► Alt Country Rock
1991 ● Stevie Nicks —— TimeSpace ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Rush —— Roll The Bones ► Arena Rock
1996 ● The Knack —— Banding ► Power Pop
1996 ● Tina Turner —— Wildest Dreams ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Procol Harum —— A Whiter Shade Of Pale [EP] ► Psychedelic Rock
2007 ● Yes —— Live At Montreux 2003 ► Prog Rock
2012 ● Mark Knopfler —— Privateering ► Roots Rock

September 04
1970 ● The Rolling Stones —— Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out ► Rock n Roll
1973 ● Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson —— Winter In America ► Hip-Hop
1973 ● Queen —— Queen ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Trooper —— Flying Colors ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Meat Loaf —— Dead Ringer ► Arena Rock
1981 ● George Strait —— Strait Country ► Country-Rock
1981 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Nine Tonight ► Heartland Rock
1982 ● The Who —— It’s Hard ► British Rock
1984 ● Donna Summer —— Cats Without Claws ► Disco
1989 ● Love And Rockets —— Love And Rockets ► Alt Pop-Rock
1990 ● Dan Folgelberg —— The Wild Places ► Country-Rock
1990 ● The Rembrandts —— The Rembrandts ► AA Pop-Rock
1990 ● Soul Asylum —— And The Horse They Rode In On ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● Rush —— Chronicles ► Arena Rock
1992 ● Sugar —— Copper Blue ► Alt Rock
1995 ● Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches [UK] ► Prog Rock
2000 ● Powderfinger —— Odyssey Number Five ► Alt Rock
2001 ● System Of A Down —— Toxicity ► Heavy Metal
2001 ● The Apples In Stereo —— Sound Effects ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop
2001 ● April Wine —— Back To The Mansion ► Arena Rock
2012 ● Melissa Etheridge —— 4th Street Feeling ► Roots Rock
2012 ● Korn —— The Path Of Totality Tour – Live At The Hollywood Palladium ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2012 ● Matchbox Twenty —— North ► Alt. Rock
2012 ● Stars —— The North ► Chamber Pop
2015 ● Iron Maiden —— The Book Of Souls ► Heavy Metal

September 05
1971 ● Poco —— From The Inside ► Country-Rock
1974 ● The Jackson 5 —— Dancing Machine ► Soul – Motown
1975 ● Jethro Tull —— Minstrel In The Gallery ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Skynyrd’s First And…Last ► Southern Rock
1980 ● Gary Numan —— Telekon ► New Wave Synth Pop
1986 ● Skinny Puppy —— Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse ► Alt. Rock – Industrial
1987 ● Grim Reaper —— Rock You To Hell ► Thrash Metal
1987 ● Motörhead —— Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● Y & T —— Contagious ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal
1988 ● Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Peepshow ► Alt. Rock
1989 ● Mick Jones —— Mick Jones ► Hard Rock
1989 ● Big Audio Dynamite —— Megatop Phoenix ► Dance-Rock
1989 ● Soundgarden —— Louder Than Love ► Grunge Rock
1989 ● The Tragically Hip —— Up To Here ► Folk-Rock
1994 ● Shed Seven —— Change Giver ► Britpop
1995 ● Die Flippers —— Sommersprossen ► Pop/Schlager
1995 ● The Fall —— The Twenty-Seven Points ► Post-Punk
1995 ● Dion —— Rock “N Roll Christmas ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Mack 10 —— Based On A True Story ► Gangsta Rap
2000 ● Ryan Adams —— Heartbreaker ► Acoustic Pop-Rock
2006 ● Iron Maiden —— A Matter Of Life And Death ► Heavy Metal
2011 ● Queen —— Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984-1995) ► Glam Rock

September 06
1965 ● Merle Haggard —— Strangers ► Trad Country
1974 ● Hawkwind —— Hall Of The Mountain Grill ► Space Rock
1974 ● Judas Priest —— Rocka Rolla ► Heavy Metal
1979 ● Kool & The Gang —— Ladies’ Night ► Disco/Funk
1979 ● Aretha Franklin —— La Diva ► Disco Pop
1982 ● Icehouse —— Primitive Man ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1985 ● John Cale —— Artificial Intelligence ► Art Rock
1988 ● New Kids On The Block —— Hangin’ Tough ► Teen Pop
1994 ● David Gray —— Flesh ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● Widespread Panic —— Ain’t Life Grand ► Southern Rock
1995 ● Land —— Land ► Electronic/Fusion
1999 ● Yazoo —— Only Yazoo ► Synth-Pop
2004 ● Mike + The Mechanics —— Rewired + Hits – The Latest + Greatest ► Brit Pop-Rock
2004 ● Alison Moyet —— Voice [UK] ► AA Pop-Rock
2005 ● The Rolling Stones —— A Bigger Bang ► Blues-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 30 – September 5)

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Happy Birthday this week to:

August 30
1919 ● Kitty Wells / (Ellen Muriel Deason) → Pioneering country music singer and the first female country star for her barrier-breaking hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (#27, Country #1, 1952), recorded 27 other Country Top 10 hits and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award for her 30 year recording career, died from complications of a stroke on 7/16/2012, age 92.
1928 ● Johnny Mann → Composer of film scores and advertising jingles in the 50s, voice of Theodore on the original TV series Alvin & The Chipmunks (1961), music director for the NBC Comedy Hour and The Joey Bishop Show, and frontman for Grammy-winning clean-cut 60s and 70s easy listening Johnny Mann Singers, died of heart failure on 6/18/2014, age 85.
1930 ● Ernie Ball / (Ronald Sherwood Ball) → Musician and business entrepreneur in guitar-related products through his Ernie Ball and Music Man companies, developed and sold the “Slinky” set of guitar strings used by Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and many current guitarists, continued to be involved with the business until his death after a long illness on 9/9/2004, age 74
1935 ● John Phillips → Known as “Papa John,” singer, songwriter, guitarist, founder and frontman for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1,1966), died of heart failure on 3/18/2001, age 65
1939 ● John Peel / (John Robert Parker Ravenscroft) → Offshore pirate station Radio London DJ, then from 1967 to 2004 the longest serving BBC Radio 1 and most influential British DJ ever, died in Peru of a heart attack on 10/25/2004, age 65
1941 ● John McNally → Founder, guitarist and singer for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1943 ● Robert Crumb → Artist, comic book and album cover illustrator, founder of the satirical and subversive underground comix movement, developed the “Keep on truckin'” and “Fritz the Cat” characters
1944 ● Chuck Colbert / (Charles Colbert) → Bassist for pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1945 ● Fred Tackett → Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as a session player for and since 1988 as a full-time member of Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1950 ● Micky Moody → Guitarist in Brit blues-rock Juicy Lucy, covered Bo Diddley‘s classic “Who Do You Love” (UK #14, 1970), left in 1973 for session work, in 1978 joined Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) but left for solo career and sessions
1951 ● Dana / (Rosemary Brown Scallon) → Irish folk-pop singer, won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with the worldwide hit “All Kinds Of Everything” (UK #1, 1970), in the 90s shifted to Christian pop music, “As We Lay” (#59, 1997)
1952 ● Kenny Andrews → Singer in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978)
1953 ● Horace Panter / (Stephen Graham Panter) → Bassist for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), then pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994) and The Specials reunion concert, author and special needs teacher
1954 ● Ron Beitle → Drummer with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976)
1958 ● Martin Jackson → Drummer with post-punk Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides” (UK #41, 1978) and for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987) plus other Manchester New Wave bands
1961 ● Keith McKenzie → Founding member and drummer for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebenezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1963 ● Paul Oakenfold → Dance-pop “house” music pioneer and DJ, toured with U2, Perfecto Records founder, producer and remixer for Happy Mondays, Simply Red, M People, New Order, Stone Roses and U2
1964 ● Robert Clivillés → 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)
1966 ● Peter Cunnah → Lead singer for 90s techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993), solo
1971 ● Lars Frederiksen → Danish-American guitarist and vocalist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995), producer
1974 ● Rich Cronin → Lead singer and chief songwriter for pop/rap trio LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones or Low Frequency Oscillator), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999), left the band and attempted a solo career until dying from complications of leukemia on 9/8/2007, age 35
1986 ● George Ross / (George Ryan Ross III) → Lead guitarist and singer for alt rock/pop punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

August 31
1918 ● Alan Jay Lerner → Grammy-winning stage, screen and pop music lyricist and librettist, songwriting partner of Frederick Loewe, co-wrote dozens of Broadway shows and movies including Brigadoon (1947), My Fair Lady (1956) and Camelot (1960), died from lung cancer on 6/14/1986, age 67
1937 ● Bobby Parker / (Robert Lee Parker) → Electric blues and blues-rock guitarist and songwriter, his lone charting single, “Watch Your Step” (#51, 1961) was covered by The Beatles, Spencer Davis Group, Carlos Santana and others, continued to record and perform regionally until his death from a heart attack on 10/31/2013, age 76
1939 ● Jerry Allison / (Jerry Ivan Allison) → Drummer in rock ‘n’ roll Buddy Holly & The Crickets, co-wrote “That’ll Be The Day” (#1, 1957) and “Peggy Sue” (#3, 1957), after splitting with Holly became de factor leader of The Crickets, but their success was limited
1940 ● Wilton Felder → Founding member and saxophonist with hard bop The Jazz Crusaders (jazz-funk The Crusaders after 1971), “Street Life” (#36, 1979), plus side work as a solo artist and session musician on electric bass for Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Randy Newman and others, died from myeloma on 9/27/2015, age 75
1944 ● Roger Dean → English artist and album cover designer for Asia, Atomic Rooster, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Uriah Heep, Yes and others
1945 ● Van Morrison / (George Ivan Morrison) → Northern Irish singer, songwriter, musician and poet, started as lead singer for Irish garage rock Them, “Here Comes The Night” (#24, UK #2, 1965), then a long and prolific blue eyed soul/rock solo career, “Brown Eyed Girl” (#10, UK #8, 1967) and over 40 albums plus six Grammy Awards
1945 ● Bob Welch → Pop/rock guitarist for pre-superstardom Fleetwood Mac, “Hypnotized” (1973), left in 1974 for largely unsuccessful solo career, “Sentimental Lady” (#8, 1978), committed suicide with a shotgun on 6/7/2012, age 66
1947 ● Peter Gage → Guitarist, pianist, composer and producer, founding member of blue-eyed soul Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, “Michael (The Lover)” (UK #39, 1966), later co-founded jazz-rock fusion Dada and R&B/horn band Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks (his future wife), produced songs for Brooks and albums for Joan Armatrading and The Meteors, among others
1948 ● Andy Stein → Classically trained violinist, saxophonist, arranger and composer, started with country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), thereafter in sessions or show bands and recordings with classical greats Itzhak Perlman and Placido Domingo, with pop artists Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and many others, with jazz artists Wynton Marsalis, Manhattan Transfer and multiple others, played with the Prairie Home Companion (PBS-TV) house band for 22 years.
1948 ● Rudolf Schenker → Founder (at age 16), rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1955 ● Anthony Thistlethwaite → Multi-instrumentalist for Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues” (Modern Rock #3, 1988), sessions, solo
1957 ● Gina Schock → Drummer for New Wave pop-punk girl group The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat”, (#2, 1982), the most successful all-female pop and rock band of all time and the only one to play their own instruments and write their own songs
1957 ● Glenn Tilbrook → Songwriter, guitar and vocals for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981)
1959 ● Tony DeFranco → Lead singer for teen bubblegum-pop sibling quintet The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1960 ● Chris Whitley / (Christopher Becker Whitley) → Roots and blues-rock guitarist and songwriter with two charting singles in the 90s, “Big Sky Country” (Mainstream Rock #36, 1991) and “Living With The Law” (Mainstream Rock #28, 1991), died from lung cancer on 11/20/2005, age 45
1961 ● Bruce Guthro → Lead vocals and guitar for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1963 ● Larry Waddell → Keyboards for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1963 ● Reb Beach / (Richard Earl Beach, Jr.) → Berklee College of Music graduate, session guitarist for Chaka Khan, Roger Daltrey and The Bee Gees in the mid-80s, co-founded glam/prog metal Winger (“Headed For A Heartbreak,” #19, Mainstream #8, 1989) in the late 80s, played with several prominent hard rock and metal bands in the 90s, including Alice Cooper, Dokken and Sega, joined reformed Whitesnake in 2002 and currently tours and records with Winger and Whitesnake
1967 ● Gerard Love → Bassist for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1969 ● Jeff Russo → Guitarist for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Debbie Gibson / (Deborah Ann Gibson) → Teen pop singer-songwriter, “Foolish Beat” (#1, 1988) and seven other Top 25 hits in the late 80s, actress
1977 ● Craig Nicholls → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for Aussie garage rock revival The Vines, “Get Free” (Mainstream Rock #27, 2002)
1977 ● Del Marquis / (Derek Gruen) → Guitarist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)

September 01
1927 ● Tommy Evans → Bass vocals for R&B/doo wop The Drifters, “Fools Fall In Love” (#69, R&B #10, 1957)
1931 ● Boxcar Willie / (Lecil Travis Martin) → Popular country singer and hobo-garbed persona, regular guest on TV show Hee Haw, charted eight minor Country Top 100 hits, including “Bad News” (Country #36, 1982), perfumed on stage into the 90s and died from leukemia on 4/12/1999, age 67
1932 ● Cherie DeCastro / (Cherie Dawn DeCastro) → Middle of three sisters who formed the 50s Cuban-American pop singing trio The DeCastro Sisters (“Teach Me Tonight,” #2, 1954) and the only one to appear on every recording, TV appearance and stage performance made by the group over several decades, died from pneumonia on 3/14/2010, age 87
1933 ● Conway Twitty / (Harold Lloyd Jenkins) → Early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and pop singer, “It’s Only Make Believe” (#1, 1958), then 70s and 80s country superstar, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” (Country #1, 1981) and over 50 other Country #1 hits, died suddenly from an abdominal aneurysm on 6/5/1993, age 59
1933 ● Marshall Lytle → Rock ‘n’ roll bass guitarist and member of Bill Haley & His Comets, played bass on all their hits including “Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955), left to form Las Vegas lounge act The Jodimars, died from lung cancer on 5/25/2013, age 79
1944 ● Archie Bell → Frontman for R&B/Philly soul and funk Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up” (#1, 1968) and twelve additional R&B Top 40 singles
1945 ● Diane Ray → One hit wonder teenaged pop singer, “Please Don’t Talk To The Lifeguard” (#31, 1963)
1945 ● Peter Hewson → Vocals for Brit pop-rock Chicory Tip, “Son Of My Father” (UK #1, 1972), one of the first hit singles to prominently feature a Moog synthesizer
1946 ● Barry Gibb → Vocals and guitar for pop-rock then disco sibling trio The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1977), as a songwriter wrote or co-wrote dozens of Top 40 hits, including a Number 1 song in each decades from the 60s to the 00s
1946 ● Greg Errico → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), toured Weather Report in 1973, played with David Bowie‘s band in 1974, has toured or played with numerous other rock and funk acts, including Santana, the Jerry Garcia Band, Tower of Power, and Journey
1949 ● Russell Field → Guitarist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1955 ● Bruce Foxton → Bass, vocals and songwriter for Brit punk-rock/mod revival The Jam, “Town Called Malice” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1982) and the reformed late 80s version of Irish punk rock Stiff Little Fingers
1957 ● Gloria Estefan / (Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García) → Seven-time Grammy-winning Cuban/American singer and songwriter, lead vocals for Latin dance-pop Miami Sound Machine, “Anything For You” (#1, 1988), solo with multiple Top 10 hits, including salsa/disco revival “Oye!” (Dance/Club #1, 1998)
1960 ● Cass / (Cass Lewis) → Bassist for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1965 ● Craig McLachlan → Aussie TV actor and pop singer, covered Bo Diddley‘s “Mona” (UK #2, 1990)
1970 ● Spigg Nice / (Ronald Blackwell) → DJ and rapper for influential 90s gangsta rap The Lost Boyz, “Music Makes Me High” (#51, Dance/Club #3, Rap #5, 1996), tried and sentenced in 2004 to 37 years in prison for multiple bank robberies in New Jersey
1973 ● J.D. Fortune / (Jason Dean Bennison) → Canadian singer and winner of the 2005 CBS reality TV series Rock Star: INXS, since then has fronted Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Pretty Vegas” (#37, Hot Digital #9, 2005)
1976 ● Babydaddy / (Scot Hofman) → Bassist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1976 ● Peter Brown → Drummer for post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)
1984 ● Joseph Mark Trohman → Guitarist for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007)

September 02
1914 ● Booker T. Laury / (Lawrence Laury) → Overlooked Memphis blues, gospel and boogie-woogie piano player in the barrelhouse style with a performing and recording career that spanned nearly 60 years, but only got to recorded his own solo album in 1990 at the age of 76 and never achieved fame nor fortune, died of cancer on 9/23/1995, age 81
1925 ● Hugo Montenegro → Composer, arranger and orchestra conductor primarily for film soundtracks, including “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” (#2, 1968), died from emphysema on 2/6/1981, age 55
1925 ● Russ Conway / (Trevor Herbert Stanford) → Pop music pianist and composer, instrumental “Side Saddle” (UK #1, 1959) plus 17 other UK Top 40 singles, died on 11/16/2000, age 75
1932 ● Emil Richards / (Emilio Joseph Radocchia) → Veteran vibraphonist, percussionist, bandleader and session musician whose finger-snapping kept time on The Addams Family TV theme song, whose bongo playing underscored the Mission Impossible theme, and who performed as part of the Wrecking Crew team of L.A. studio musicians, appearing on thousands of recordings by George Harrison, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and scores of others, issued nine LPs as frontman for the Microtonal Blues Band and other groups, collected over 350 world music instruments and eventually donated or sold the collection before dying from undisclosed causes on 12/13/2019, age 87.
1933 ● Richard Lewis → Tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1938 ● Judy Clay / (Judith Grace Guions) → R&B/soul and gospel singer best known for her duets with Billy Vera as The Sweet Inspirations, the first interracial singing duo, “Storybook Children” (#54, R&B #20, 1968), recorded several other minor hits as a solo artist and turned to session work for Ray Charles, Van Morrison and others, died from injuries in a car accident on 7/19/2001, age 62
1939 ● Bobby Purify / (Robert Lee Dickey) → With cousin James Purify, R&B/Southern soul duo James & Bobby Purify, “I’m Your Puppet” (#6, 1966)
1939 ● Sam Gooden → Vocals for Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963)
1940 ● Jimmy Clanton → Swamp pop teen idol singer and songwriter, “Just A Dream” (#4, 1958), continues today on the oldies circuit
1943 ● Joe Simon → R&B and country-pop crossover baritone singer, “The Chokin’ Kind” (#13, R&B #1, 1969) and 33 other R&B Top 40 singles
1943 ● Roz Ashford-Holmes / (Rosalind Ashford-Holmes) → Founding member and alto vocalist for Motown R&B/gospel-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963)
1945 ● Marty Grebb / (Martin Joseph Grebb) → Multi-instrumentalist musician, played keyboard for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams (“Kind Of A Drag,” #1, 1967) in 1966-1968, later toured with Leon Russell, Elton John, Chicago, and most notably Bonnie Raitt as a member of her band for 25 years, appeared on over 30 albums as a sessionman and issued two of his own in the 90s, most recently played in The Weight Band, a collection of former members of The Band, with whom he cut two albums in the 90s, developed cancer in ca. 2015 and died from an apparent suicide on 1/1/2020, age 74.
1946 ● Billy Preston / (William Everett Preston) → Child prodigy pianist and Grammy-winning gospel-rooted R&B/soul-funk keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Will It Go Round In Circles” (#1, 1972) and nine other Top 40 hits, in-demand session musician for Little Richard, Ray Charles and others, the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the band’s four members (“Let It Be” is listed as Beatles with Billy Preston), fell into a coma following a pericarditis attack at a drug rehabilitation center and died seven months later on 6/6/2006, age 59
1951 ● Mik Kaminski / (Michael Kaminski) → Violinist for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits, later co-founded one hit wonder pop Violinski, “Clog Dance” (UK #17, 1979)
1952 ● Fritz McIntyre → Keyboards for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986)
1953 ● John Zorn → Avant-garde and experimental music composer, arranger and producer, performed on scores of albums as a solo artist or with multiple musicians in a broad range of genres, composed film scores and TV jingles and produced the Filmworks 25-volume collection of movie soundtracks
1957 ● Steve Porcaro / (Steven Maxwell Porcaro) → Founding member, keyboards and songwriter for pop/arena rock Toto (“Africa,” #1, 1982), younger brother of bandmates Jeff and Mike Porcaro, son of jazz/pop drummer Joe, left the band in 1987 for a solo career, songwriting and film score composing, session work for Yes, Michael Jackson and Jefferson Airplane, and producing for and collaborating with his daughter Heather and others, rejoined Toto for tours in 2010 and 2015.
1958 ● Jerry Augustyniak / (Jerome Stanley Augustyniak) → Drummer for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992)
1959 ● Paul Deakin → Drummer for Grammy-winning country-rock The Mavericks, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (Country #13, 1996)
1966 ● Dino Cazares → Co-founder and guitarist for industrial metal Fear Factory (“Shock,” Mainstream Rock #16, 1998) as well as metal bands Nailbomb, Asesino, Brujeria and Divine Heresy, perfected the technique of using digital modeling processors in his guitar work
1969 ● K-Ci Hailey / (Cedric Hailey) → With brother Joel, vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), left with Joel to form romantic soul duo K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life” (#1, 1998)
1975 ● Tony Thompson → Lead vocalist for R&B/New Jack Swing quintet Hi-Five, “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” (#1, 1991), died after accidentally inhaling Freon from an air conditioning unit on 6/1/2007, age 31
1987 ● Spencer James Smith → Drummer for alt rock/pop punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

September 03
1915 ● Memphis Slim / (John Peter Chatman) → Jump blues pianist, singer, composer and bandleader, his blues standard “Everyday I Have The Blues ” (1949) has been a Billboard R&B Chart Top 10 single for four other artists, including B. B. King, died from renal failure on 2/24/1988, age 72
1918 ● Donna King / (Donna Olivia Driggs Conkling) → Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, “The Hut-Sut Song” (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show (1966-1969) and holiday specials thereafter, died from natural causes on 6/20/2007, age 88
1925 ● Hank Thompson / (Henry William Thompson) → Plaintive-singing country-pop, honky tonk and Western swing singer, songwriter and bandleader with 29 Country Top 10 hits and five crossover hits in a 50-year recording career, including “The Wild Side Of Life” (#27, Country #1, 1952), inspiration for the lead character in the 2009 film Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges, performed until a month before he died from lung cancer on 11/6/2007, age 82
1933 ● Tompall Glaser / (Thomas Paul Glaser) → “Outlaw country” singer, guitarist, songwriter and key figure in the 1970s counter-culture movement of country musicians who eschewed mainstream Nashville principles for greater artist control and freedom, co-wrote “The Streets Of Baltimore” (Country #1, 1966) for Bobby Bare, joined with brothers Chuck and Jim in sibling trio The Glaser Brothers for 16 albums and 24 charting singles between 1960 and 1982 (“Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” Country #2, 1981), the trio also operated Glaser Sound Studios in Nashville (aka “Hillbilly Central” and a focal point for the movement), best known for teaming with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jessi Colter on the groundbreaking 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, the first country album to sell over a million copies, his highest charting solo single was a cover of Shel Silverstein‘s “Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)” (Country #21, 1973), died after a long illness on 8/13/2013, age 79.
1934 ● Freddie King (Freddy Christian) / (Fred Christian) → Nicknamed the “Texas Cannonball”, legendary electric blues guitarist and singer, “Hide Away” (#29, 1961), died from heart failure on 12/28/1976, age 42
1939 ● Joe Frank Carollo → Bass guitarist in studio instrumental pop-rock The T-Bones (“No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In),” #3, 1966), which morphed into pop-rock trio Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds with the pop-rock hits “Don’t Pull Your Love” (#4, 1971) and “Fallin’ In Love” (#1, 1975)
1940 ● Shadow Morton / (George Francis Morton) → Record producer, songwriter and manager loosely credited with creating the “girl group” sound in the 60s for his pioneering work with then-unknown the Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” (#1, 1964), also worked with Janis Ian (“Society’s Child,” #14, 1967) and produced several albums for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” #1, 1966) and The New York Dolls, among others, died from cancer on 2/14/2013, age 35
1942 ● Al Jardine / (Alan Charles Jardine) → Founding member, guitarist and occasional lead vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo
1942 ● Kenny Pickett → Pop music songwriter and original lead vocalist for underappreciated and little known (except in Germany) Britbeat/power pop The Creation, “Painter Man” (UK #36, GER #8, 1967), after the band’s dissolution continued as a songwriter and became Jimmy Page‘s guitar technician, issued several solo albums and enjoyed a career resurgence in the 90s, died on 1/10/1997, age 54
1943 ● Mick Farren / (Michael Anthony Farren) → Anti-establishment singer, songwriter, journalist, rock music critic and historian, bandleader for proto-punk/acid rock The Deviants and three albums, issued two solo albums, including Vampires Stole My Lunch Money (1978) and several singles, including “Broken Statue” (1978), died following a heart attack on 7/27/2013, age 69
1945 ● George Biondo → Bass and vocals for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1945 ● Mike Harrison → Lead singer for British Invasion blues-rock The V.I.P.’s, then hard rock/blues rock Art and later Spooky Tooth, solo
1946 ● “Skinny Dennis” Sanchez / (Dennis Sanchez) → Tall and thin journeyman L.A.-area country-rock upright bass session guitarist who played with numerous country-rock and “outlaw” country artists, including Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, wrote “Bus Stop Coffee” (covered by Richard Dobson in 1975) and was referenced in Clark‘s venerable “L.A. Freeway” (Jerry Jeff Walker, #98, 1972), suffered from Marfan syndrome (genetic disease affecting the body’s connective tissue) and died onstage from heart failure on 3/20/1975, age 28.
1947 ● Eric Bell → Founding member and original guitarist for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976), frontman for the Eric Bell Band
1948 ● Don Brewer → Founding member and drummer for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973)
1950 ● dUg Pinnick / (Doug Pinnick) → Bass guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1952 ● Leroy Smith → Founding member and keyboardist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (#14, UK #1, 1975), found dead in his apartment from bronchopneumonia on 1/15/2009, age 56.
1955 ● Steve Jones → Guitarist for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977), later The Professionals and Neurotic Outsiders, solo plus collaborations and sessions for Thin Lizzy, Joan Jett, Megadeath and others
1957 ● Suzanne Freitag → Keyboards for German synth-pop Propaganda, “p.Machinery” (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1960 ● Perry Bamonte → Former keyboardist and songwriter for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992), left in 2005 after being fired inexplicably and now plays bass in London-based rock band Love Amongst Ruin
1962 ● Lester Noel → Vocals for Brit electronic dance-pop Beats International, “Dub Be Good To Me” (Dance/Club #1, UK #1, 1990)
1963 ● Jonathan Segel → French-born multi-instrumentalist and composer for eclectic alt rock pop-ska-punk-folk fusion Camper Van Beethoven, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (1985) and others
1965 ● Vaden Todd Lewis → Vocals and guitar for post-grunge alt rock Toadies, “Possum Kingdom” (Modern Rock #4, 1995) and Burden Brothers, “Beautiful Night” (Mainstream Rock #33, 2004)
1971 ● Mike Wengren → Drummer for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1973 ● David Mead → Light pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Girl On The Roof” (2001)
1973 ● Jennifer Paige → One hit wonder dance-pop diva, “Crush” (#3, 1998)
1975 ● Redfoo / (Stefan Kendal Gordy) → With his nephew, Skyblu (Skyler Austen Gordy), one half the electropop, hip house duo LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem” (worldwide #1, 2011), youngest son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr.
1979 ● Tomo Mili?evi? / (Tomislav Milichevich Sarajevo) → Lead guitarist for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yesterday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1980 ● Cone McCaslin / (Jay McCaslin) → Bassist for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1984 ● Robert Curry → Singer with pre-fab contemporary R&B quintet Day26, “Got Me Going” (#79, 2008), the group was formed at the conclusion of the TV show Making the Band 4 on August 26, 2007

September 04
1930 ● Jerry Ragovoy / (Jordan Ragovoy) → Songwriter and record producer, sometimes under the pseudonym Norman Meade, co-wrote “Time Is On My Side” (The Rolling Stones, #6, 1964), “Piece Of My Heart” (Big Brother & The Holding Company, #12, 1968) and dozens of other songs for various artists in different genres, mostly in the 60s and 70s, died following a stroke on 7/13/2011, age 80
1940 ● Sonny Charles / (Charles Hemphill) → R&B/soul singer and frontman for 60s-70s blue-eyed soul Checkmates Ltd. (“Black Pearl,” #13, R&B #8, 1969), left in 1973 for a solo career (“Put It In A Magazine,” #40, R&B #2, 1983), joined the Steve Miller Band (“Abracadabra,” #1, 1982) in 2008
1942 ● Bubba Knight / (Merald Knight, Jr.) → Brother of Gladys Knight, vocals and de facto leader and manager of R&B/soul-pop Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1944 ● Gene Parsons → Drummer for seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), then country-rock Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1945 ● Danny Gatton → Grammy-nominated virtuoso rockabilly-rooted session guitarist who blended country, jazz, pop and rock to create a distinctive style, frontman for country-rock the Fat Boys, Rolling Stone magazine’s #63 greatest guitarist of all time, died from an unexplained, self-inflicted gunshot wound in his garage on 10/4/1994, age 49
1946 ● Gary Duncan / (Eugene Duncan, Jr. (Gary Ray Grubb)) → Lead and rhythm guitarist for San Francisco-based psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), formed and fronted his own Quicksilver in the 80s and rejoined QMS in the 00s, suffered a seizure and multiple cardiac arrests after a fall and was in a coma for 10 days before dying on 6/29/2019, age 72.
1946 ● Greg Elmore → Drummer for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970)
1950 ● Ronald LaPread → Bass and vocals for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978)
1951 ● Martin Chambers → Drummer for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982)
1960 ● Kim Thayil → Guitarist for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1,1994)
1969 ● Sasha / (Alexander Coe) → Welsh electronic dance-pop/house music producer and DJ, “Be As One” (UK #17, 1996), remixed tracks for Madonna and The Chemical Brothers, among others
1970 ● Igor Cavalera → Original drummer in Brazilian heavy metal/thrash metal Sepultura, “Roots Bloody Roots” (UK #19, 1996)
1971 ● Ty Longley → Guitarist and songwriter for hard rock/heavy metal Great White, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (#5, 1989), died along with 100 fans in a Rhode Island night club fire in 2/20/2003, age 31
1972 ● Guto Pryce → Bassist for Welsh electro-psych rock Super Furry Animals, “Northern Lites” (UK #11, 1999)
1974 ● Carmit Bachar → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1975 ● Mark Ronson → Brit music producer, DJ, guitarist, co-founder of Allido Records and frontman for Business Intl., “International Affair” (Rhythmic Top 40 #21, 2003), produced albums for Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse and others
1977 ● Ian Grushka → Founding member and bassist for pop-punk New Found Glory, “My Friends Over You” (Alt Rock #5, 2002)
1980 ● Dan Miller → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)
1981 ● Beyoncé / (Beyoncé Giselle Knowles) → Lead vocals for R&B/dance-pop girl group Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), then 14 Grammy-winning solo career, “Crazy In Love” (#1, 2003), actress and fashion designer

September 05
1912 ● John Cage → Avant-garde artist, experimental music composer and pioneer of numerous non-standard techniques that pushed at the edge of rational forms of musical expression, created electroacoustic music and explored composition derived from Zen Buddhism, professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan University from the late 50s until his death on 8/12/1992, age 79
1936 ● Willie Woods → R&B guitarist who hooked up with his teenage chum Autry DeWalt (Junior Walker) in the 50s and eventually formed R&B/soul Jr. Walker & The All Stars, recording “Shotgun” (#4, 1965) and eleven other Top 40 hits in the 60s through 1972, toured on the oldies circuit until the mid-90s, died of lung cancer on 5/27/97, age 60.
1939 ● John Stewart → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for definitive folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits, solo, “Gold” (#5, 1979), wrote “Daydream Believer” for The Monkees (#1, 1967), died from a brain aneurism on 1/19/2008, age 68
1941 ● Joe Long / (Joseph LaBracio) → Classically-trained bassist best known for playing electric bass guitar for Top 40 pop vocals group The Four Seasons (“Let’s Hang On!,” #3, 1965) between 1965 and the mid-70s when he left to form his own rock and jazz bands
1943 ● Speedo / (Joe Frasier) → Lead singer and only black member of racially-integrated R&B/doo wop The Impalas, “Sorry” (I Ran All The Way Home)” (#2, 1959)
1945 ● Al Stewart → Scottish soft rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Year Of The Cat” (#8, 1977)
1946 ● Dean Ford / (Thomas McAleese) → Founding member and lead vocals for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1946 ● Loudon Wainwright III → Folk singer/songwriter, “Dead Skunk” (#16, 1973), won Grammy Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional Folk Album, father of neo-folk singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright
1946 ● Freddie Mercury / (Farrokh Bulsara) → Founder and frontman for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976) and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1, 1980), solo, producer, died from complications of AIDS on 11/24/1991, age 45
1947 ● Mel Collins / (Melvyn Desmond Collins) → Brit saxophonist, flutist and session musician, played the sax solo on The Rolling Stones‘ “Miss You” (#1, 1978), also worked with King Crimson, Camel, The Alan Parsons Project, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Tears For Fears and many others
1947 ● Buddy Miles / (George Allen Miles, Jr.) → Funk-rock drummer in Wilson Pickett‘s band, then Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, then Band of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, then frontman for the Buddy Miles Express, then solo, “Them Changes” (#62, 1971), then sessions and touring with Santana, Phish and others, died of congestive heart disease on 2/26/2008, age 60
1949 ● Clem Clempson / (Dave Clempson) → Lead guitarist for blues-rock power trio Bakerloo, left in 1969 to join jazz-blues-rock fusion Colosseum, in 1971 succeeded Peter Frampton in blues-rock Humble Pie, “Hot “N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972),sessions and film score work
1954 ● Sal Solo / (Christopher Scott Stephens) → Lead vocals for synth-pop new romantic Classix Nouveaux, “Is It A Dream” (UK #11, 1982), then solo career with Christian music
1964 ● Kevin Saunderson → DJ, mixer and producer for Detroit electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1966 ● Terry Ellis → Vocals for Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1967 ● Arnel Pineda → Filipino-American pop-rock vocalist, co-founded and worked with several local and Southeast Asian bands with regional success, recruited to arena rock Journey in 2007, sang lead vocals on several albums and singles, including the power ballad “After All These Years” (Hot Adult #9, 2008)
1968 ● Brad Wilk → Drummer for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999) and alt metal Audioslave, “Doesn’t Remind Me” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1969 ● Dweezil Zappa → Rock guitarist, bandleader, producer, radio/TV host, MTV VJ, movie actor, sessions, son of art rock legend Frank Zappa
1970 ● Fuzz Kmak / (Steve Kmak) → Former bassist for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1980 ● Kevin Simm → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

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Singles Released This Week (August 24 – 30)

[Editor’s Note: The bugs have been worked out, and on September 1 we will no longer post on WordPress. Please note that all Dr. Rock’s Blog & Roll posts can also be found on DrRock.com. See you there!]

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


August 24
1964 • The Beach Boys • “She Knows Me Too Well” • Pop-Rock • The Beach Boys Today! • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “Slow Down” • Brit Beat • Something New • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beach Boys • “When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)” • Pop-Rock • The Beach Boys Today! • “She Knows Me Too Well”
1964 • The Beatles • “Matchbox” • Brit Rockabilly • Something New • “Slow Down”
1967 • The Rascals • “How Can I Be Sure” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Groovin’ • “I’m So Happy Now”
1976 • Donna Summer • “Spring Affair” • Disco • Four Seasons Of Love • “Come With Me”
1979 • Michael Jackson • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” [UK] • Disco • Off The Wall • “I Can’t Help It”
1979 • Prince • “I Wanna Be Your Lover” • Funk • Prince • “My Love Is Forever”
1985 • John (Cougar) Mellencamp • “Lonely Ol’ Night” • Roots Rock • Scarecrow • “The Kind Of Fella I Am”
1998 • Madonna • “Drowned World/Substitute For Love” [UK] • Ambient Pop • Ray Of Light • “Sky Fits Heaven”
1999 • Creed • “Higher” • Post-Grunge Alt Metal • Human Clay • “To Whom It May Concern”
2009 • Pearl Jam • “The Fixer” • Grunge Rock • Backspacer • “Supersonic”

August 25
1966 • The Elgins • “Heaven Must Have Sent You” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “Stay In My Lonely Arms”
1967 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Reflections” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Reflections • “Going Down For The Third Time”
1972 • Elton John • “Honky Cat” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Honky Chateau • “Lady Samantha / It’s Me That You Need”
1975 • Bruce Springsteen • “Born To Run” • Power Pop • Born To Run • “Meeting Across The River”
1979 • The Jam • “When You’re Young” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Smithers-Jones”
1980 • The Cars • “Touch And Go” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Panorama • “Down Boys”
1986 • Bruce Hornsby & The Range • “The Way It Is” • Pop-Rock • The Way It Is • “The Wild Frontier”
1986 • Cyndi Lauper • “True Colors” • Pop-Rock • True Colors • “Heading For The Moon”
1987 • Madonna • “Causing A Commotion” • Dance-Pop • Who’s That Girl[Sndtrk] • “Jimmy, Jimmy”
1997 • Bob Dylan • “Not Dark Yet” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Time Out Of Mind • “Tombstone Blues”

August 26
1964 • The Kinks • “You Really Got Me” • Garage Rock • The Kinks • “It’s All Right”
1966 • The New Vaudeville Band • “Winchester Cathedral” [UK] • Pop/Neo-Vaudeville • [Single] • “Wait For Me Baby”
1966 • The Who • “I’m A Boy” [UK] • Brit Beat • [Single] • “In The City”
1968 • Mary Hopkin • “Those Were The Days” • Folk-Pop • [Single] • “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
1968 • The Beatles • “Hey Jude” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Revolution”
1968 • The Beatles • “Revolution” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • The Beatles[White Album] • [B-Side]
1969 • Elvis Presley • “Suspicious Minds” • Soul Pop • From Elvis In Memphis • “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)”
1977 • The Doobie Brothers • “Little Darling (I Need You)” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Livin’ On The Fault Line • “Losin’ End”
1978 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “London Town” [UK] • Pop-Rock • London Town • “I’m Carrying”

August 27
1965 • The Supremes • “Nothing But Heartaches” [UK] • Soul-Pop • More Hits By The Supremes • “He Holds His Own”
1965 • The Hollies • “Look Through Any Window” [UK] • Brit Beat/Pop-Rock • [Single] • “So Lonely”
1965 • The Four Tops • “It’s The Same Old Song” [UK] • Soul-Pop • The Four Tops’ Second Album • “Your Love Is Amazing”
1968 • Gary Puckett & The Union Gap • “Over You” • Pop-Rock Ballad • Incredible • “If The Day Would Come”
1971 • The Moody Blues • “The Story In Your Eyes” [UK] • Prog Rock • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour • “My Song”
1971 • The Moody Blues • “The Story In Your Eyes” • Prog Rock • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour • “Melancholy Man”
1974 • B. T. Express • “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)” • Disco – Funk • Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) • “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) (Part II)”
1976 • Jefferson Starship • “With Your Love” [UK] • Soft Rock • Spitfire • “Switchblade”
1996 • Sublime • “What I Got” • Ska Punk • Sublime • “What I Got” [Radio Edit]
1996 • R.E.M. • “E-Bow The Letter” • Alt. Pop-Rock • New Advantures In Hi-Fi • “Tricycle”

August 28
1959 • Buddy Holly • “Peggy Sue Got Married” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”
1964 • The Miracles • “That’s What Love Is Made Of” • Soul • [Single] • “Would I Love You”
1964 • The Supremes • “Where Did Our Love Go” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Where Did Our Love Go • “He Means The World To Me”
1964 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “It’s Gonna Be Alright” [UK] • Merseybeat • Ferry Across The Mersey[Sndtrk] • “It’s Just Because”
1970 • The Jackson 5 • “I’ll Be There” • Soul Ballad • Third Album • “One More Chance”
1975 • Aerosmith • “Walk This Way” • Hard Rock • Toys In The Attic • “Round And Round”
1988 • Metallica • “Harvester Of Sorrow” • Thrash Metal • …And Justice For All • “Breadfan” / “The Prince”
1990 • Cocteau Twins • “Iceblink Luck” [UK] • Dream Pop • Heaven Or Las Vegas • “Mizake the Mizan”
1997 • Michael Jackson • “Stranger In Moscow” • Dance-Pop • HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I • “Off The Wall” [Remix]
2006 • Pearl Jam • “Life Wasted” • Grunge Rock • Pearl Jam • “Come Back” [Live]
2008 • AC/DC • “Rock N Roll Train” [UK] • Hard Rock • Black Ice • “War Machine”
2012 • Matchbox Twenty • “Overjoyed” • Alt. Rock • North • [None – Digital Download]

August 29
1964 • Roy Orbison • “Oh, Pretty Woman” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Yo Te Amo María”
1975 • Earth, Wind & Fire • “That’s The Way Of The World” [UK] • Soul-Funk • That’s The Way Of The World • “Africano”
1980 • Hall & Oates • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Voices • “United State”
1981 • Hall & Oates • “Private Eyes” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Private Eyes • “Tell Me What You Want”
1987 • Warren Zevon • “Reconsider Me” • Pop-Rock • Sentimental Hygiene • “Factory”
2006 • Bob Dylan • “Someday Baby” • Folk-Rock • Modern Times • “Someday Baby” [Album Edit]

August 30
1963 • Mary Wells • “What’s Easy for Two Is So Hard for One” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “You Lost The Sweetest Boy”
1963 • Mary Wells • “You Lost The Sweetest Boy” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • The Beatles • “Hey Jude” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Revolution”
1968 • The Beatles • “Revolution” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • The Beatles[White Album] • [B-Side]
1968 • Mary Hopkin • “Those Were The Days” [UK] • Folk-Pop • [Single] • “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
1968 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Sealed With A Kiss” [UK] • Teen Pop • Gary Lewis Now! • “Pretty Thing”
1976 • The Beach Boys • “It’s OK” • Funk-Pop • 15 Big Ones • “Had To Phone Ya”
1978 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “Listen To Her Heart” • Album Rock • You’re Gonna Get It! • “I Don’t Know What to Say to You”
1983 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Heart And Soul” • Pop-Rock • Sports • “You Crack Me Up”
1986 • Tina Turner • “Typical Male” • Pop-Rock • Break Every Rule • “Don’t Turn Around”
1993 • Aerosmith • “Fever” • Hard Rock • Get A Grip • [None]
1993 • Nirvana • “Heart-Shaped Box” • Grunge • In Utero • “Marigold”

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Albums Released This Week (August 24 – 30)

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

August 24
1964 ● Ben E. King —— Young Boy Blues ► Soul
1968 ● Jeff Beck Group —— Truth ► Blues-Rock
1968 ● The Ventures —— Horse, The ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1970 ● Aretha Franklin —— Spirit In The Dark ► Soul
1982 ● R.E.M. —— Chronic Town [EP] ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1983 ● Rainbow —— Bent Out Of Shape ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Mark Knopfler —— Cal [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
1987 ● John Cougar Mellencamp —— The Lonesome Jubilee ► Roots Rock
1988 ● Corey Hart —— Young Man Running ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Squeeze —— Frank ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1992 ● Kylie Minogue —— Greatest Hits ► Dance-Pop
1993 ● Tha Alkaholics —— 21 & Over ► West Coast Rap
1993 ● Annihilator —— Set The World On Fire ► Thrash Metal
1993 ● Various Artists —— Bob Dylan The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Shaggy —— Midnite Lover ► Dancehall Reggae
1998 ● Moloko —— I Am Not A Doctor ► Electronic/Dance
1999 ● Christina Aguilera —— Christina Aguilera ► Dance-Pop
1999 ● Lou Bega —— A Little Bit Of Mambo ► Latin Pop/Mambo
1999 ● Elton John —— The Muse [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Donovan —— Beat Café ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Steve Earle —— The Revolution Starts Now ► Alt. Country
2004 ● The Rolling Stones —— Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones ► Blues-Rock

August 25
1966 ● Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston —— Take Two ► Soul – Motown
1966 ● The Supremes —— The Supremes A Go-Go ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— On Time ► Hard Rock
1972 ● The Kinks —— Everybody’s In Show Biz ► British Rock
1973 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Brothers And Sisters ► Southern Rock
1975 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Born To Run ► Album Rock
1976 ● Boston —— Boston ► Arena Rock
1981 ● The Replacements —— Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1982 ● The Time —— What Time Is It? ► Funk
1982 ● Alice Cooper —— Zipper Catches Skin ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Paul Simon —— Graceland ► Folk-Pop
1987 ● Hooters —— One Way Home ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● The Cars —— Door To Door ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1988 ● Metallica —— …And Justice For All ► Heavy Metal
1989 ● Danny O’Keefe —— Redux ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Garth Brooks —— Beyond The Season ► Country Christmas
1992 ● The Wallflowers —— The Wallflowers ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Lucinda Williams —— Sweet Old World ► Alt. Country
1992 ● Peter, Paul & Mary —— Flowers And Stones ► Folk-Pop
1995 ● The Brian Jones Massacre —— Methodrone ► Neo-Psychedelia
1997 ● Gamma Ray —— Somewhere Out In Space ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1997 ● Rammstein —— Sehnsucht ► Industrial/Krautrock
1998 ● Everclear —— Live From Toronto ► Grunge-Punk
1998 ● Lauryn Hill —— The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill ► Neo-Soul/Hip Hop
1998 ● Nicole Wray —— Make It Hot ► Urban Contemporary
1998 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion ► Hard Rock
1998 ● Heart —— Greatest Hits ► Album Rock
1998 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd ► Southern Rock
2009 ● Cheap Trick —— Sgt. Pepper Live ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2009 ● John Fogerty —— The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again ► Folk-Rock

August 26
1966 ● Donovan —— Sunshine Superman [US] ► Folk-Rock
1966 ● The Walker Brothers —— Portrait ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Marvin Gaye —— In The Groove ► Soul – Motown
1968 ● Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing And Perform “Funny Girl” ► Soul
1968 ● The Supremes —— Live At London’s Talk Of The Town ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Otis Redding —— Historic Performances Recorded At The Monterey International Pop Festival ► Memphis Soul
1981 ● Grateful Dead —— Dead Set ► Folk-Rock
1985 ● The Cure —— The Head On The Door ► Post-Punk
1988 ● Journey —— Star-Box ► AOR Rock
1991 ● Blur —— Leisure ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
1994 ● Amy Grant —— House Of Love ► Pop-Rock/Christian
1997 ● Dwight Yoakam —— Wild Gift ► Alt Country-Rock
1997 ● Tha Alkaholics —— Likwidation ► West Coast Rap
1997 ● Creed —— My Own Prison ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge
1997 ● Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Eddie Money —— Super Hits ► Album Rock
2003 ● Various Artists —— Live! The Farewell Tour ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Peter Frampton —— Now ► Arena Rock
2003 ● Styx —— Rockers ► Prog/Art Rock
2003 ● Warren Zevon —— The Wind ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● Motörhead —— Motörizer ► Heavy Metal
2008 ● Matthew Sweet —— Sunshine Lies ► Power Pop
2008 ● Little Feat —— Join The Band ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night: Greatest Hits Live ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2016 ● Kiss —— Kiss Rocks Las Vegas ► Hard Rock

August 27
1967 ● Stevie Wonder —— I Was Made To Love Her ► Soul – Motown
1975 ● Donna Summer —— Love To Love You Baby ► Disco
1976 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Roaring Silence ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Eric Clapton —— No Reason To Cry ► Blues-Rock
1979 ● Alan Parsons Project —— Eve ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Pat Benatar —— In The Heat Of The Night ► Hard Rock
1979 ● ZZ Top —— Degüello ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● The B-52’s —— Wild Planet ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1982 ● Billy Squier —— Emotions In Motion ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Mica Paris —— So Good ► Urban Contemporary
1990 ● Garth Brooks —— No Fences ► Country-Pop
1991 ● Pearl Jam —— Ten ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Jerry Garcia Band ► Roots Rock
1991 ● Brenda Lee —— Anthology (1956-1980) ► Country-Pop
1991 ● Alison Moyet —— Hoodoo ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1991 ● Procol Harum —— The Prodigal Stranger ► Prog Rock
1991 ● Bad English —— Backlash ► Arena Rock
1991 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— The Fire Inside ► Heartland Rock
1996 ● A+ —— Latch-Key Child ► Pop-Rap
1996 ● Pearl Jam —— No Code ► Hard Rock
1996 ● The Who —— My Generation: The Very Best Opf The Who ► British Rock
2002 ● Coldplay —— A Rush Of Blood To The Head ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2002 ● Jimmy Fallon —— The Bathroom Wall ► Comedy/Satire
2002 ● Uncle Kracker —— No Stranger To Shame ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Boston —— Corporate America ► Arena Rock
2002 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Trunk Of Funk ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Procol Harum —— Secrets Of The Hive ► Prog Rock
2007 ● Ringo Starr —— Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr ► Pop-Rock
2013 ● Little River Band —— Cuts Like A Diamond ► Soft Rock
2013 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971) ► Folk-Rock

August 28
1967 ● Merle Haggard —— Branded Man ► Country Classics
1972 ● Rick Springfield —— Beginnings ► Power Pop
1973 ● Marvin Gaye —— Let’s Get It On ► Soul – Motown
1974 ● Mike Oldfield —— Hergest Ridge ► Instrumental
1975 ● Michael Jackson —— The Best Of Michael Jackson ► Soul Ballad
1978 ● Devo —— Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave
1983 ● The Moody Blues —— The Present [UK] ► Prog Rock
1984 ● Stevie Wonder —— The Woman In Red ► Pop-R&B
1989 ● The Beach Boys —— Still Cruisin’ ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● Mortification —— Scrolls Of The Megilloth ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal
1995 ● Morrissey —— Southpaw Grammar ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Robbie Williams —— Swing When You’re Winning ► Jazz-Pop Vocals
2001 ● American Head Charge —— The War Of Art ► Heavy Metal/Nu Metal
2001 ● Kool & The Gang —— Gangland ► Funk
2007 ● Scorpions —— Humanity: Hour I ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
2007 ● Three Dog Night —— Super Hits Live ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2012 ● Wild Nothing —— Nocturne ► Dream Pop
2012 ● Triumph —— Live At Sweden Rock Festival ► Arena Rock
2015 ● Motörhead —— Bad Magic ► Heavy Metal

August 29
1966 ● Tony Bennett —— A Time For Love ► Easy Listening
1967 ● Gladys Knight & The Pips —— Everybody Needs Love ► Soul – Motown
1967 ● The Supremes —— Greatest Hits ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● Stevie Wonder —— My Cherie Amour ► Pop-R&B
1977 ● Iggy Pop —— Lust For Life ► Proto Punk
1977 ● Split Enz —— Dizrythmia ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1980 ● UB40 —— Signing Off ► Reggae-Pop
1980 ● Jethro Tull —— A [UK] ► Prog Rock
1987 ● Warren Zevon —— Sentimental Hygiene ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● The Innocence Mission —— The Innocence Mission ► Alt Pop-Rock
1989 ● Elton John —— Sleeping With The Past ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● The Rolling Stones —— Steel Wheels ► Blues-Rock
1994 ● The Palace Brothers —— Days In The Wake ► Indie Rock
1995 ● Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Wrapped In Sky ► Southern Rock
1995 ● Heart —— The Road Home ► Album Rock
2000 ● Sarah Brightman —— La Luna ► Classical Crossover
2000 ● Scorpions —— Moment Of Glory ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
2005 ● Iron Maiden —— Death On The Road ► Heavy Metal
2005 ● Eric Clapton —— Back Home ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● Dion —— Live In New York City ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Journey —— Generations ► AOR Rock
2006 ● Devon Allman’s Honeytribe —— Honeytribe ► Blues-Rock
2006 ● Motörhead —— Kiss Of Death ► Heavy Metal
2006 ● Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan: The Collection ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Bob Dylan —— Modern Times ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● The Moody Blues —— An Introduction To The Moody Blues ► Brit Beat
2011 ● 38 Special —— Live From Texas ► Southern Rock
2011 ● Counting Crows —— August And Everything After: Live At Town Hall ► AA Pop-Rock

August 30
1965 ● Bob Dylan —— Highway 61 Revisited ► Folk-Rock
1966 ● The Mamas & The Papas —— The Mamas & The Papas ► Pop-Folk
1968 ● The Byrds —— Sweetheart Of The Rodeo ► Country-Rock
1971 ● The Beach Boys —— Surf’s Up ► Surfer
1974 ● Harry Nilsson —— Pussy Cats [UK] ► Folk-Rock
1977 ● Barry White —— Barry White Sings For Someone You Love ► Soul
1981 ● The Rolling Stones —— Tattoo You ► Rock n Roll
1982 ● Hughes/Thrall —— Hughes/Thrall ► Hard Rock
1983 ● XTC —— Mummer ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1984 ● Miami Sound Machine —— Eyes Of Innocence ► Pop-Dance
1988 ● John Hiatt —— Slow Turning ► Roots Rock
1988 ● Boz Scaggs —— Other Roads ► Pop-Soul
1989 ● The Cover Girls —— We Can’t Go Wrong ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● REO Speedwagon —— The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken ► Arena Rock
1993 ● Dark Tranquility —— Skydancer ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal
1994 ● Oasis —— Definitely Maybe ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
1994 ● Luis Miguel —— Segundo Romance ► Latin Pop
2002 ● Herbert Grönemeyer —— Mensch ► Pop-Rock/German
2004 ● Asia —— Silent Nation ► Prog Rock
2005 ● Death Cab For Cutie —— Plans ► AA Pop-Rock
2005 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● Bob Dylan —— Live At The Gasight 1962 ► Folk-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

August 23
1900 ● Malvina Reynolds → Folk-pop singer, songwriter and political activist, wrote “Little Boxes” for Pete Seeger (#70, 1964), “What Have They Done To The Rain?” for The Searchers (#29, 1965), songs covered by Joan Baez, Judy Collins and others, and children’s songs and material for the TV show Sesame Street, died on 3/17/1978, age 77.
1912 ● Gene Kelly → Broadway and film actor, dancer and adult pop singer, a dominant force in Hollywood musical films of the 40s and 50s, best known for his lead role in the highly-regarded Singin’ In The Rain (1952), died in his sleep on 2/2/1996, age 83.
1913 ● Bob Crosby → Swing-era vocalist and Dixieland bandleader, younger brother of crooner Bing Crosby, fronted authentic New Orleans swing band The Bob-Cats in the 30s, turned to radio in the 40s and became a popular variety program host, scored a hit duet single with Patty Andrews and “The Pussycat Song (Nyot! Nyow! Nyot!)” (#12, 1953), reunited The Bob-Cats for occasional performances until his death from cancer on 3/9/1993, age 79.
1917 ● Tex Williams / (Sollie Paul Williams) → “Talking blues” style Western swing singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader with ten Country Top 10 hits over a 35 year career, including “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” (Country #1, 1947), died from pancreatic cancer on 10/11/1985, age 68.
1936 ● Rudy Lewis / (Charles Rudolph Harrell) → Lead vocals from 1960-1964 for R&B/soul-doo wop The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (#5, 1963), died in his sleep on 5/20/1964, the night before the group recorded “Under The Boardwalk” (#4, 1964) without him, age 27.
1941 ● Pete Shannon / (Peter Shannon Harris) → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964).
1942 ● Roger Greenaway → British pop music songwriter and performer, as David was one half the pop vocal duo David & Jonathan, “Michelle” (#18, Adult Contemporary #3, 1966), collaborated with Roger Cook (aka Jonathan) to pen dozens of pop-rock hit singles, including “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” (The Hollies, #2, 1972) and “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (The New Seekers, #7, 1971).
1942 ● Spaghetti Micale / (Anthony Micale) → Lead vocal for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #6, 1964), continues to perform with the group into the 10s.
1943 ● Mick Burt / (Michael Arthur Burt) → Drummer backing Brit novelty pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979).
1945 ● Pete Fornatale → Award-winning early progressive FM radio DJ, first at WFUV-FM (Fordham University, New York) and, beginning in 1969, on trendsetting WNEW-FM, returned to WFUV in 2001, hosted Sirius XM satellite program, authored several books on rock culture, died from a stroke on 4/26/2012, age 66.
1946 ● Jim Sohns → Founding member and vocals for Chicago blues-pop-rock Shadows of Knight, “Gloria” (#10, 1965), continues to front incarnations of the band on the oldies circuit.
1946 ● Keith Moon → Legendary, exuberant and innovative drummer for hard rock The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967), recorded one solo album which was issued posthumously, voted #2 in a 2001 readers’ poll by Rolling Stone magazine for the Best Drummers of All Time, died after ingesting an overdose of alcohol withdrawal pills on 9/7/1978, age 32.
1947 ● Linda Pettifer Thompson → Folk-rock singer/songwriter and recognized figure in the British folk-rock scene in the 70s and 80s, recorded with Paul McNeill and later with Sandy Denny and others as The Bunch, teamed with ex-Fairport Convention (“Si Tu Dos Partir,” UK #21, 1969) guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson and released six critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums in 10 years as a husband-and-wife duo, after breaking up continued to record and write music sporadically, issued her second solo LP, Won’t Be Long Now in 2013.
1947 ● George McCorkle → Founding member and guitarist for Southern rock The Marshall Tucker Band, wrote “Fire On The Mountain” (#38, 1975), left the band in 1984 for a songwriting career, issued a solo album in 1999, died of cancer on 6/29/2007, age 59.
1949 ● Rick Springfield / (Richard Springthorpe) → Australian-born singer/songwriter, “Jessie’s Girl” (#1, 1981) plus 14 other Top 40 hits, TV soap opera actor (Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital), author.
1951 ● Jimi Jamison / (Jimmy Wayne Jamison) → Vocalist for pop-rock Target, joined hard AOR/arena rock Survivor in 1984, “Burning Heart” (#2, 1985), co-wrote and sang “I’m Always Here”, the theme from the TV show Baywatch, solo, charity organizer and fundraiser.
1951 ● Mark Hudson / (Mark Jeffrey Hudson) → Member of sibling musical trio The Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974), producer/writer for Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, others.
1953 ● Bobby G. / (Robert Alan Gubby) → Vocals for Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, “Making Your Mind Up” (UK #1, 1981).
1954 ● Mark Avsec → Keyboardist, songwriter and producer, toured with funk-rock Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976), co-founded, managed, produced and wrote or co-wrote all the music for pop-rock Donnie Iris & The Cruisers, “Ah! Leah!” (#29, 1980), played with the James Gang, became an intellectual property attorney specializing in music copyrights.
1959 ● Edwyn Collins → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, frontman for Scottish neo-pop revival Orange Juice, “Rip It Up” (UK #8, 1984), then power pop solo career, “A Girl Like You” (#32, UK #4, 1994), TV actor and producer.
1961 ● Dean DeLeo → Guitarist for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994), during STP breaks co-founded spin-off bands Talk Show and Army Of Anyone.
1962 ● Shaun Ryder → Vocals for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992), co-founded alt Brit-pop Black Grape, “England’s Irie” (UK #6, 1996), TV actor.
1964 ● Pebbles / (Perri Alette McKissack Nixon) → Backing vocals for R&B/soul-funk Con Funk Shun, “Ffun” (#23, R&B #1, 1978), then dance-pop solo, “Mercedes Boy” (#2, 1988), discovered and managed R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994), one of the most successful female groups of all time.
1967 ● Cedella Marley → With her two brothers and sister, vocals for five time Grammy-winning reggae-pop Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (Mainstream Rock #16, 1988), executive with Tuff Gong International records, fashion designer.
1970 ● River Jude Phoenix → Teen icon, film and TV actor, starred in Stand By Me (1986) and 14 other films plus numerous TV movies and programs, singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for alt folk-rock Aleka’s Attic, “Too Many Colors” (1990), died of a drug overdose on 10/31/1993, age 23.
1974 ● Shifty Shellshock / (Seth Brooks Binzer) → Frontman for rap rock Crazy Town, “Butterfly” (#1, 2001)
1978 ● Julian Casablancas → Guitar and vocals for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005).
1979 ● Richard Neville Dobson → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998).
1981 ● Natalie Horler → Vocals in German Euro-dance trio Cascada, “Everytime We Touch” (#10, 2005) and “Evacuate the Dancefloor” (#25, UK #1, 2009).
1986 ● Skyblu / (Skyler Austen Gordy) → With his uncle, Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), one half the electropop, hip house duo LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem” (worldwide #1, 2011), grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr.

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1897 ● Fred Rose / (Knowles Fred Rose) → Country music songwriter and co-founder of Acuff-Rose Publishing, the first Nashville music publishing company and a giant in the industry, wrote or co-wrote hundreds of songs for others, including Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Sophie Tucker, died from a heart attack on 12/1/1954, age 57.
1905 ● Big Boy Crudup / (Arthur Crudup) → Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote numerous blues songs covered by others, including “That’s Alright (Mama)”, Elvis Presley‘s first Sun Records single in 1954, died nearly penniless from a heart attack on 3/28/1974, age 68.
1915 ● Wynonie Harris / (Raoul J. Cita) → Blues shouter and humorous, ribald R&B singer in the 40s and 50s, covered “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948) and is considered a forerunner of rock ‘n’ roll, died from throat cancer on 6/14/1969, age 53.
1924 ● Louis Teicher → Julliard-trained pianist and, with Arthur Ferrante, one half of the easy listening piano duo Ferrante & Teicher, known for their instrumental renditions of classical pieces, movie themes and show tunes, including “Tonight” (#10, AC #2, 1961) and “Midnight Cowboy” (#8, AC #2, 1969), died from a heart attack on 8/3/2008, age 83.
1929 ● William Winfield → Lead singer for critically recognized but commercially little known R&B/doo wop The Harptones, “Life Is But A Dream” (1955), continues to sing with the group on the oldies circuit.
1933 ● “Rupie The Groupie” Loewenstein / (Rupert Louis Ferdinand Frederick Constantine Lofredo Leopold Herbert Maximilian Hubert John Henry zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, Count of Loewenstein-Scharffeneck) → Bavarian aristocrat and investment advisor turned financial and tax manager to The Rolling Stones from 1968-2007, credited with a behind-the-scenes transformation of the band from cash-poor wannabes into a globally-recognized brand and music powerhouse while managing their financial excesses and expanding egos, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on 5/20/2014, age 87.
1938 ● David Freiberg → Vocals and guitar for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), sessions for David Crosby, Mickey Hart and others, toured with and joined Jefferson Airplane and stayed with the group went it morphed into Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), left in 1984.
1938 ● Mason Williams → Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, won a Grammy Award for his instrumental classical/folk-rock “Classical Gas” (#2, 1968), comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and other TV programs, poet and author of several books.
1939 ● Ernest Wright, Jr. → Early member and backing vocals for R&B/doo wop Little Anthony And The ImperialsThe Platters, returned in 1992 and still tours with two other remaining members of the group into the 10s.
1940 ● Tony Secunda / (Anthony Michael Secunda) → Businessman, promoter and manager for The Moody Blues (“Go Now!”, #1, 1965), The Move, Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” #5, 1967) and T. Rex (“Bang A Gong (Get It On),” #10, 1971), also discovered Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders, died of a heart attack on 2/12/1995, age 54.
1942 ● Marshall Thompson → Founding member of Chicago R&B/smooth soul vocal quartet the Chi-Lites (“Oh Girl,” #1, R&B #1, 1972), continued to record and perform with the group through the 90s, jailed for selling stolen police badges in 2001, returned to the group with his wife, Tara and continues into the 10s.
1942 ● Jimmy Soul / (James McCleese) → Teenaged gospel singer turned two hit wonder R&B/soul vocalist with a calypso-tinged, “Twistin’ Mathilda” (#2, 1962) and the rollicking “If You Wanna Be Happy” (#1, 1963), died from a heart attack on 6/25/1988, age 45.
1943 ● John Cipollina → Founder and trendsetting lead guitarist for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), formed hard rock Copperhead and played with numerous other rock bands, #32 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, died from emphysema on 5/29/1989, age 45.
1944 ● James Brady → Singer in light folk sunshine-pop, two hit wonder vocal trio The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (#9, 1966) and “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970).
1944 ● Jim Capaldi / (Nicola James Capaldi) → Drummer, songwriter and founding member of folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), began solo career in 1972 and released “Love Hurts” (UK #4, 1975) and “That’s Love” (#28, 1982), session work and songwriting collaborations, died from stomach cancer on 1/28/2005, age 60.
1945 ● Ken Hensley → Keyboards and guitar for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), fronted or played with numerous hard rock bands over the past 30 years, composed the rock opera Blood On The Highway (2006) and wrote two books, one about Uriah Heep and the other an autobiography.
1945 ● Molly Duncan / (Malcolm Duncan) → Tenor saxophonist and founding member of Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band (“Pick Up The Pieces,” #1, 1974), left the band in the 80s for session work and tours with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Tom Petty and others, reunited and toured with AWB bandmates in 2015 as The 360 Band, diagnosed with terminal cancer and died on 10/8/2019, age 74.
1945 ● Randy Silverman → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963).
1947 ● Jim Fox → Co-founder, drummer and only constant member of underrated hard rock The James Gang, “Funk #49” (#59, 1970) and “Walk Away” (#51, 1971), also played with oldies revival lineups of 60s garage/horn rock The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me” (#5, 1966).
1948 ● Jean-Michel Jarre → Pioneering French electronic synth-pop and ambient music composer, “Oxygene Part IV” (UK #4, 1979) and album Chronologie (#10, UK #9, 1993).
1951 ● Michael DeRosier → Session drummer and later full-time member of hard rock Heart, “Magic Man” (#9, 1976), left in 1982 to join Boston-offshoot AOR/arena rock Orion The Hunter, “So You Ran” (#58, 1984), joined former Heart bandmates in 1988 to co-found AOR/hard rock Alias, “More Than Words Can Say” (#2, 1990).
1951 ● Danny Joe Brown → Lead vocals for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979), died from effects of diabetes and a stroke on 3/10/2005, age 53.
1955 ● Jeffrey Daniel → Dancer on Soul Train music TV show, tapped to replace session singers and dancers in pre-fab disco/pop Shalamar, “The Second Time Around” (#8, Dance/Club #1, 1980), now a British TV host.
1961 ● Colin Angus → Founding member, bassist and vocals for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992).
1961 ● Mark Bedford → Bassist for punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles.
1963 ● John Bush → Lead vocals for L.A. heavy metal Armored Saint, left in 1990 for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993).
1964 ● Oteil Burbridge → Classical-trained, Grammy-winning jazz and rock bassist for The Allman Brothers Band, his own Oteil & The Pacemakers, Dead & Company, Phish and various permutations of Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers spin-offs.
1968 ● Andreas Kisser → Guitarist for Brazilian heavy metal/thrash metal Sepultura, “Roots Bloody Roots” (UK #19, 1996), sessions and film soundtracks.
1970 ● Krystyn Robyn Osborn → Vocalist and chief songwriter for country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999).

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1918 ● Leonard Bernstein → Talented composer, conductor, pianist, director of the New York Philharmonic, wrote the music to many Broadway shows, including West Side Story (1957), died from pneumonia on 10/14/1990, age 72.
1933 ● Wayne Shorter → Leading jazz and fusion saxophonist and composer, played with the Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1964, co-founded jazz/rock fusion Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo.
1941 ● Christopher Augustine → Drummer for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (#6, 1967)’
1942 ● Walter Williams → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973).
1944 ● Alan Parker → Lead guitar and vocals for Brit Invasion pop-rock Dave Clark Five, “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, 1965) and 11 other Top 25 hits in the US.
1947 ● Pete Arnesen → Piano for glam rock/rock ‘n roll revival The Rubettes, “Sugar Baby Love” (, US #37, 1974).
1947 ● Keith Tippett / (Keith Graham Tippett) → British modern jazz, jazz-rock and progressive rock pianist on over 50 albums as a solo artist or bandleader and on dozens of albums as a session musician for free improv group Company, prog rock King Crimson and many others, in duets with Stan Tracey and with his wife, Julie Driscoll, and as the keyboardist in progressive jazz quartet Mujician in the 90s and 00s, continued to record and release his own material, including a final album just months before his death from undisclosed causes on 6/14/2020, age 72.
1949 ● Gene “The Demon” Simmons / (Chaim Witz) → Bass, vocals and frontman for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), released two solo albums, producer, talent scout, entrepreneur, author and film and TV actor.
1949 ● Henry Paul → Founding member, lead singer and guitarist for Southern hard rock Outlaws (“Hurry Sundown,” #34, 1975), left in 1977 to form and front country-rock Henry Paul Band, in 1991 founded Nashville-based Blackhawk (“I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No,” #2, 1995), reformed Outlaws in 2005 and continues to record and tour.
1950 ● Willy De Ville / (William Boray) → Guitar, vocals and frontman for blue-eyed soul/roots rock/punk rock Mink De Ville, “Storybook Love” (1987), solo and collaborations with notable blues and R&B stars, died of pancreatic cancer on 8/7/2009, age 58.
1951 ● James Warren → Co-founder, bassist and vocalist for New Wave pop-rock The Korgis, “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” (#18, 1980).
1951 ● Rob Halford → Vocals for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980).
1952 ● Geoff Downes → Founding member and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop The Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star” (#40, 1979), joined prog rock Yes for one album (Drama, 1980), left to form prog/pop-rock Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982), solo.
1954 ● Elvis Costello / (Declan Patrick McManus) → Innovative, eclectic, multi-genre songwriter, singer and pub rock/punk/New Wave guitarist, frontman for The Attractions, “Veronica” (#19, 1989), 17 US Top 40 albums, has recorded classical-, jazz- and adult pop-based albums.
1956 ● Matt Aitken → Member of the multi-hit UK songwriting/production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), “Respectable” (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987).
1961 ● Billy Ray Cyrus → Once touted as the “Next Elvis,” country-pop one hit wonder crossover singer, debut single “Achy Breaky Heart” (#4, 1992) spawned the worldwide “line dance” craze, debut album Some Gave All spent 17 weeks on the US album chart, father of actress Miley Cyrus.
1962 ● Vivian Patrick Campbell → Guitarist with hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), Dio and Whitesnake.
1963 ● Candida Doyle → Keyboard and backing vocals for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995).
1965 ● Erik Dahlgren → Drummer for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996).
1966 ● Terminator X / (Norman Rogers) → Rapper and DJ for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, “Fight The Power” (Rap #1, 1989), solo, producer, retired to his South Carolina ostrich stud farm in 2003.
1967 ● Jeff Tweedy → Co-founder, singer, songwriter and guitars for seminal roots rock trio Uncle Tupelo, after its breakup founded alt country-rock Wilco, “Outasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997).
1969 ● Luke Scott → Guitarist in Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996).
1970 ● Jo Dee Messina → Country-pop crossover singer with 12 Country Top 10 hits, six of them #1’s, including “That’s The Way” (#25, Country #1, 2000).
1985 ● Wynter Gordon / (Diana Gordon) → Dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dirty Talk” (Dance #1, 2010), co-wrote “Sugar” for Flo Rida (#5, 2009).
1987 ● Amy MacDonald → Scottish soft folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over” (UK #48, 2010).
1988 ● Alexandra Burke → Brit R&B/neo-soul and electro-pop singer, won the 2008 UK talent show The X Factor, debut single “Hallelujah” (UK #1, 2008) plus four other UK Top 10 hits in two years.
1988 ● Ray Quinn → English TV soap opera actor, dancer and singer, runner-up in the 2006 UK talent show The X Factor, “Doing It My Way” (UK #1, 2007).

August 26
1903 ● Mr. Five by Five / (Jimmy Rushing) → Short and stout blues/jazz “shouter” and singer, lead vocals for the Count Basie band, died of leukemia on 6/8/1972, age 68.
1936 ● René Ornelas → Mexican-American singer and, with René Herrera, one half of the Tejano-pop duo René y René with two minor 60s hits, “Angelito” (“Little Angel”) (#43, 1964) and “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)” (AC #14, 1969), one of the first Chicano acts on American Bandstand in 1964, continues to perform into the 10s as René René.
1938 ● Jet Black / (Brian Duffy) → Drummer in punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits.
1939 ● Fred Milano → Founding member and tenor vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, “A Teenager In Love” (#5, 1959), continued after frontman Dion DiMucci left in 1960 as The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961), performed with the group until just before his death from lung cancer on 1/1/2012, age 72.
1940 ● Nik Turner → Founding member, saxophonist, flautist and composer for space rock pioneers Hawkwind, “Silver Machine” (UK #3, 1972), Sphynx and Space Ritual.
1941 ● Chris Curtis → Drummer and vocals for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963), died following a long illness on 2/28/2005, age 63.
1942 ● Vic Dana → Tap dancer turned vocalist in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959), then solo, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (#10, 1965).
1944 ● Moe Tucker / (Maureen Ann Tucker) → Drummer for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light, White Heat” (1968).
1948 ● Valerie Simpson → With husband Nickolas Ashford, songwriting and R&B/pop duo Ashford & Simpson, “Solid” (#12, 1984), penned hits for Ray Charles, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (R&B #1, 1966), Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#7, 1968), Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (#1, 1970) and others.
1949 ● Bob Cowsill / (Robert Cowsill) → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, his twin brother Richard “Dick” Cowsill was the road manager for the group.
1949 ● Dick Cowsill / (Richard Cowsill) → Road manager for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, twin brother of bandmember Bob Cowsill.
1949 ● Leon Redbone / (Dickran Gobalian) → Cyprus-born, baritone jazz/blues/ragtime singer and interpreter of early 20th century popular songs and Tin Pan Alley songwriters, “discovered” by Bob Dylan in a Toronto-area folk festival in 1972, his wry, savvy and skillful updates of ragtime to blues to jazz standards garnered critical acclaim and a cult following over a four-decade career, released thirteen studio albums, including Double Time (#38, 1977) plus “Seduced” (#72, 1981) and multiple other singles, sang the theme song to the TV sitcom Mr. Belvedere (1985-1990), retired from performing due to ill health and died from complications of dementia on 5/30/2019, age 69.
1952 ● Billy Rush → Songwriter and producer for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978).
1954 ● Michael Chetwood → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987).
1954 ● Steve Wright → BBC Radio 2 disc jockey in the weekday afternoon time slot since 1999.
1957 ● John O’Neill → Guitarist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, “My Perfect Cousin” (UK #9, 1980), co-founded hard/alt rock That Petrol Emotion, “Groove Check” (Dance/Club #12, 1989).
1960 ● Branford Marsalis → Jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and oldest of the four musical Marsalis brothers, played with Art Blakely, Herbie Hancock, his brother Wynton, and Sting, led Jay Leno’s Tonight Show band, formed his own record label in 2002 for his own albums and those of others.
1965 ● Annie Holland → Bassist for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994).
1966 ● Dan Vickrey → Guitarist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994).
1969 ● Adrian Young → Drummer for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997).

August 27
1927 ● Moishe (or Mo) Levy / (Morris Levy) → Jazz club owner, music publisher and record label owner/executive best known as the founder and CEO of jazz, rock and pop label Roulette Records, the Birdland jazz night club in New York City and the Northeast US retail music chain Strawberries, his career included multiple allegations of embezzlement and shady business deals, convicted of Federal extortion charges in 1988, contracted cancer, lost an appeal in January 1990 to have his sentence forgiven for health reasons, died four weeks before reporting for a 10-year prison sentence on 5/21/1990, age 62.
1932 ● Hal Lucas / (Harold Lucas) → Founding member and baritone vocals in pioneering, genre-defining R&B/doo wop The Clovers, “Ting-A-Ling” (R&B #1, 1952) and 18 other R&B Top 10 hits in the early 50s plus the crossover “Love Potion No. 9” (#23, R&B #23, 1959), stayed with the group and various splinters until his death from lung cancer on 1/6/1994, age 61.
1937 ● Phil Shulman → Multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion) for pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, “Kites” (UK #9, 1967), then founding member of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant.
1937 ● Tommy Sands / (Thomas Adrian Sands) → Late 50s teen idol singer with one big hit among a half dozen charting singles, “Teen Age Crush” (#2, 1956), appeared on multiple TV shows and in several top films before his career waned in the late-60s, performed on the oldies circuit into the 90s.
1942 ● Daryl “Captain” Dragon / (Daryl Frank Dragon) → Touring and recording keyboardist, and occasional song co-writer, with The Beach Boys in the early 70s, later joined with future wife Toni Tennille in MOR/light pop-rock duo Captain & Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together,” #1, 1975 and six other Top 10 hits), their popularity leading to a TV variety program in 1976-77, continued to tour and record until developing a neurological condition in 2009, died from kidney failure on 1/2/2019, age 76.
1944 ● Tim Bogert / (John Voorhis Bogert III) → Bassist and vocals for hard psych rock/proto-metal Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#6, 1968), formed boogie-rock Cactus in 1972 and “super” trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, “Superstition” (1973), sessions and tours, solo albums, teaching, Vanilla Fudge reunions.
1945 ● Malcolm Allured → Drummer for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles.
1949 ● Jeff Cook → Co-founder, vocals, lead guitar, keyboards and fiddle for country-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, Country #1, 1981) and 31 other Country #1 hits.
1950 ● John Turnbull → Brit pop-rock guitarist and singer, started with the psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the mid-60s, since played with Nick Lowe, Dave Stewart, Eurythmics, Ian Dury And The Blockheads and others, also contributed to film soundtracks including Get Carter (1971).
1951 ● Kevin Kavanaugh → Keyboards for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978).
1953 ● Alex Lifeson / (Alexander Zivojinovich) → Guitarist, backing vocals and founding member of Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles.
1956 ● Glen Matlock → Bassist and songwriter for the original lineup of punk rock Sex Pistols, “Anarchy In The U.K.” (1976), left in 1977 and replaced by Sid Vicious, formed New Wave power pop The Rich Kids and other bands with limited success, joined the reformed Sex Pistols in 1996.
1961 ● Yolanda Adams → Four-time Grammy-winning R&B/gospel singer, “Open My Heart” (#57, Gospel #1, 1999), Billboard magazine’s #1 gospel artist of the 00s, radio host.
1970 ● Tony Kanal → Bassist for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997).
1972 ● Jimmy Pop / (James Moyer Franks) → Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter for alt rock/comedy/satire Bloodhound Gang, “The Bad Touch” (Modern Rock #6, 1999).
1975 ● Mase / (Mason Durell Betha) → Hip hop entertainer, songwriter and rapper, duet with Kelly Price, “Feel So Good” (#5, Rap #1, 1997), also worked with Puff Daddy, Blackstreet and others, leads an international ministry.
1979 ● Jonathan Siebels → Co-founder and guitarist for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, “Inside Out” (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998).
1979 ● Sarah Neufeld → Violinist for Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007), side project is six-piece instrumental rock group Bell Orchestre.
1986 ● Mario / (Dewar Bennett) → R&B/pop singer and songwriter, “Let Me Love You” (#1, 2004), film actor, fashion model and philanthropist.

August 28
1904 ● Ernie Fields / (Ernest Lawrencce Fields) → Jazz and Swing-era musician, arranger and bandleader, first with the Royal Entertainers, then scored a lone hit with his Ernie Fields Orchestra, a cover of Glenn Miller‘s “In The Mood” (#4, UK #13, 1959), as a session musician at Rendezvous Records in the 50 and 60s played on numerous singles, including surf-rock “Out Of Limits” (The Marketts, #3, 1964), died from natural causes on 5/11/1997, age 92.
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist with multiple, minor hits on the country charts and one crossover hit, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, Country #5, 1959), retired from recording in the late 60s but performed at the Grand Ole Opry for years thereafter, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011, age 85.
1931 ● John Perkins → Lead singer for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954).
1937 ● Clem Cattini / (Clemente Cattini) → Drummer for Brit rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, “Shakin’ All Over” (UK #1, 1960) and The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), then top session drummer who’s played on over 40 UK #1 hits by artists such as Bay City Rollers, Hot Chocolate, Tom Jones, The Seekers and T. Rex, reformed The Tornados in the 90s.
1937 ● Joe Osborn → Bass guitarist best known as a member of Ricky Nelson‘s early band (“Travelin’ Man,” #1, 1961) and of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians, with whom he backed dozens of top artists on multiple hit songs and numerous film scores and TV commercials, moved to Nashville in 1974 and as an in-demand session musician played bass on over 50 Country #1 hit songs.
1940 ● Walter Ward → Founding member and lead singer for 50s/60s doo wop The Olympics (“Western Movies,” #8, R&B #7, 1958), continued to perform on the oldies circuit up to his death on 12/11/2006, age 66.
1940 ● Joseph Shabalala / (Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala) → South African musician, composer and founder/frontman of Ladysmith Black Mambo, a popular local a capella vocal group that Paul Simon tapped to back the Grammy-winning Graceland (#3, 1986) album, thereby introducing Zulu choral music (isicathimiya music) to an international audience, co-wrote “Homeless” and “Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes” with Simon, won a Grammy for his group’s follow-on album Shaka Zulu, continued to record and perform with the group on the world stage into the 2000s, turned leadership of the project over to his son, Thamsanqa in 2008, retired in 2014 and died from an undisclosed medical condition on 2/11/2020, age 78.
1942 ● Ken Andrew → Drummer for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971).
1943 ● David Soul / (David Richard Solberg) → Folk singer turned 70s TV actor (cop show Starsky & Hutch) turned pop singer, “Don’t Give Up On Us” (#1, UK #1, 1977), plus four other UK Top 20 hits and two Top 10 albums, moved to the UK, became a citizen continued his stage and TV acting career into the 10s.
1943 ● Honey Lantree / (Anne Margot Lantree) → London hair salon assistant turned rock ‘n’ roll drummer for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs (“Have I The Right?”, #5, UK #1, 1964), one of the very few women to play drums on a major hit in the 60s or any other era, recorded and toured with the band until their break-up in 1967, left the business to raise a family but returned for Honeycombs reunions in the 90s, died from breast cancer on 12/23/2018, age 75.
1948 ● Daniel Seraphine → Founding member and drummer for pop-rock/horn band Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), left in 1990 and became a theatrical producer, formed Chicago Transit Authority in 2010.
1948 ● Fred Cole / (Frederick Lee Cole) → Unheralded guitarist, singer and songwriter with a 50-year career as frontman for various garage, punk and proto-grunge rock bands that built a deep cult following in the Pacific Northwest and Europe, he and his wife, Kathleen were two-thirds of the 20-year garage-punk trio Dead Moon, continued to record and perform in the Portland, OR music scene until his death from liver cancer on 11/9/2017, age 69.
1949 ● Hugh Cornwell → Guitar and vocals punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982) plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits, some time TV actor, author, solo career with seven albums, session work.
1949 ● Martin Lamble → Founding member and original drummer for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), died when the band’s equipment truck crashed after a show in Birmingham, England on 5/14/1969, age 19.
1951 ● Wayne Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971).
1952 ● Dave Hlubek → Co-founder and lead guitar for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1980), died from a heart attack on 9/2/2017, age 65.
1961 ● Kim Appleby → Singer and actress, with younger sister Melanie in R&B/dance-pop duo Mel & Kim, “Respectable” (Dance/Club #1, 1986).
1965 ● Shania Twain / (Eileen Regina Edwards) → Five-time Grammy-winning, Canadian-born country-pop megastar singer/songwriter, “You’re Still The One” (#2, 1998) from the album Come On Over, the best-selling album of all time by a female artist in any genre.
1969 ● Jack Black / (Thomas Jacob Black) → Film actor (School Of Rock, 2003), comedian and musician, one half of the comedy/rock cult duo Tenacious D with Kyle Gass, “POD (The Pick Of Destiny)” (#57, UK #20, 2006).
1969 ● Mary Anna McCartney → Professional photographer and television documentary producer, daughter of Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman McCartney.
1974 ● Peter Turner → Bassist in prog/alt rock Elbow, “Grounds For Divorce” (UK #19, 2008) from the Mercury Music Prize-winning album The Seldom Seen Kid.
1978 ● Max Collins → Co-founder and bassist for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, “Inside Out” (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998).
1982 ● Margaret LeAnn Rimes → Teenage country-pop crossover star, “Blue” (#26, Country #10, 1996), has since won multiple Grammy Awards and issued 14 albums and six Top 40 singles.
1986 ● Florence Welch → Pop, soul and baroque genre-bending singer/songwriter and frontwoman for Florence + The Machine, “Dog Days Are Over” (#21, 2010).

August 29
1920 ● Charlie “Bird” Parker / (Charles Parker, Jr.) → Virtuoso, pioneering and influential jazz/bebop saxophonist and composer with a brief but prolific career and several entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, tributes include Weather Report‘s “Birdland” (1977), Steely Dan‘s “Parker’s Band” (1974), the chirping bird guitar sound created by Duane Allmann at the end of Derek & The Dominoes‘ “Layla” (1974) and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts‘ children’s book Ode To A High Flying Bird (1964), died of a heart attack brought on by cirrhosis and pneumonia on 3/12/1955, age 34.
1924 ● Dinah Washington / (Ruth Lee Jones) → Often called the “Queen of the Blues,” widely popular 40s-50s blues, jazz, and R&B singer, “What A Difference A Day Made” (#8, 1959), died from a barbiturate overdose on 12/14/1963, age 39.
1927 ● Jimmy C. Newman → Country and Cajun music singer, songwriter and bandleader with 30 hits in the Country Top 40 in the 50s and 60s and a lone crossover hit, “A Fallen Star” (#23, Country #2, 1957), died from cancer on 6/21/2014, age 86.
1937 ● Marshall Sewell → Bass vocals for doo-wop The Edsels, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” (#21, 1961), later joined the Cleveland, OH police force and retired as a sergeant in 2001, died from esophageal cancer on 6/5/2013, age 75.
1940 ● Johnny Paris / (Johnny Pocisk) → Frontman and saxophonist for instrumental rock ‘n’ roll Johnny & The Hurricanes, “Red River Rock” (#5, UK #3, 1959) and three other charting hits in 1959 and 1960, formed a new Hurricanes following disbandment of the first in 1965 and toured until 2005, just before his death from post-surgery infections on 5/1/2006, age 65.
1942 ● Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. → Founding member and guitarist for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light/White Heat” (1968), died of cancer on 8/30/1995, age 53.
1943 ● Dick Halligan → Keyboards, flute and vocals for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969).
1945 ● Chris Copping → Bassist and organist for English beat The Paramounts, “Poison Ivy” (#35, 1964), joined prog/psych rock Procol Harum in 1969, “Conquistador” (#16, 1972), later with Astrid Monday and art-rock Gnidrolog.
1953 ● Rick Downey → Tour drummer for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, played on the tour that resulted in the Extraterrestrial Live album (#29, 1982) and the subsequent The Revölution By Night (#93, 1983).
1958 ● Elizabeth Fraser → Vocals for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop Cocteau Twins, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990).
1958 ● Michael Jackson / (Michael Joseph Jackson) → The “King of Pop,” singer, songwriter, cultural icon and pre-teen front for R&B/pop-soul sibling band The Jackson Five, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), went solo in 1971 and recorded “Billie Jean” (#1, 1983) and 11 other US #1 hits and 9 US Top 10 albums, the most successful pop entertainer of all time, died from heart failure induced by a doctor-administered mix of anxiety-relieving drugs and sedatives on 6/25/2009, age 50.
1959 ● Eddi Reader / (Sadenia Reader) → Singer and songwriter for Brit neo-skiffle pop Fairground Attraction, “Perfect” (#80, UK #1, 1988), solo.
1963 ● Jerry Fehily → Drummer for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988).
1967 ● Anton Newcombe → Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, founder and frontman for eclectic indie rock/neo-psychedelic The Brian Jonestown Massacre, with over a dozen albums to date, including Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request (1996), an homage to The Rolling Stones psych-rock album (1967).
1969 ● Me’Shell NdegeOcello / (Mary Johnson) → Singer/songwriter, rapper, bassist and R&B/neo-soul and jazz-pop vocalist, duet with John (Cougar) Mellencamp, “Wild Night” (#3, 1994) plus solo, “Who Is He And What Is He To You? (Dance/Club #1, 1996).
1970 ● Groove Martin / (Carl Martin) → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (#2, 1992).
1971 ● Alex Griffin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992).
1975 ● Kyle Cook → Guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000).
1980 ● David Desrosiers → Bassist and backing vocals for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003).
1993 ● Liam Payne → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011).

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Singles Released This Week (August 17 – 23)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


August 17
1962 • The Tornados • “Telstar” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll Instrumental • The Sounds Of The Tornados • “Jungle Fever”
1964 • Cilla Black • “It’s For You” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “He Won’t Ask Me”
1967 • Brenda Holloway • “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “I’ve Got To Find It”
1968 • The Marvelettes • “What’s Easy For Two Is Hard For One” • Soul-Pop • Sophisticated Soul • [B-Side]
1968 • The Marvelettes • “Destination Anywhere” • Soul-Pop • Sophisticated Soul • “What’s Easy For Two Is Hard For One”
1973 • The Isley Brothers • “That Lady (Part 1)” [UK] • Soul-Funk • 3 + 3 • “That Lady (Part 2)”
1983 • Prince • “Delirious” • Synth-Funk • 1999 • “Horny Toad”
1985 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “Rebels” • Heartland Rock • Southern Accents • “Southern Accents”
1988 • Guns N’ Roses • “Sweet Child O’ Mine” • Hard Rock • Appetite For Destruction • “It’s So Easy” [Live]
1989 • The Rolling Stones • “Mixed Emotions” • Blues-Rock • Steel Wheels • “Fancyman Blues”
1996 • Bryan Adams • “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” • Pop-Rock • 18 Til I Die • “Star”
1998 • The Rolling Stones • “Out Of Control” • Blues-Rock • Bridges To Babylon • “Out Of Control” [Remix]
1999 • The Moody Blues • “English Sunset” • Prog Rock • Strange Times • [None]
2002 • Red Hot Chili Peppers • “The Zephyr Song” • Alt Psych Rock • By The Way • “Body Of Water”
2010 • Soundgarden • “Black Rain” • Seattle Grunge • [Single] • “Black Rain” [Album Version] / “Beyond the Wheel” [Live]

August 18
1964 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Over You” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Swim”
1965 • Dino, Desi & Billy • “Not The Lovin’ Kind” • Teen Pop • [Single] • “Chimes Of Freedom”
1966 • The Four Tops • “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” • Soul-Gospel • [Single] • “Until You Love Someone”
1967 • The Rolling Stones • “Dandelion” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • [B-Side]
1967 • The Rolling Stones • “We Love You” [UK] • Psychedelic Rock • [Single] • “Dandelion”
1978 • The Jam • “David Watts” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “”A” Bomb In Wardour Street”
1986 • Genesis • “In Too Deep” [UK] • Prog Rock • Invisible Touch • “Do The Neurotic”
1987 • Kiss • “Crazy Crazy Nights” • Glam Metal • Crazy Nights • “No, No, No”
1997 • Foo Fighters • “Everlong” • Grunge • The Colour And The Shape • “Drive Me Wild”
1998 • Aerosmith • “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” • Hard Rock • Armageddon[Sndtrk] • “Animal Crackers”

August 19
1966 • Episode Six • “Here, There And Everywhere” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Mighty Morris Ten”
1966 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “My Heart’s Symphony” [UK] • Brit Beat • (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture • “Tina (I Held You In My Arms)”
1967 • Engelbert Humperdinck • “The Last Waltz” [UK] • Easy Listening Ballad • The Last Waltz • “That Promise”
1968 • Pink Floyd • “Let There Be More Light” • Psychedelic Rock • A Saucerful Of Secrets • “Remember A Day”
1975 • Linda Ronstadt • “Love Is A Rose” • Country-Rock • Prisoner In Disguise • “Silver Blue”
1983 • The Moody Blues • “Sitting At The Wheel” • Prog Rock • The Present • “Going Nowhere”
1985 • Thompson Twins • “Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Here’s To Future Days • “Big Business”
1986 • Don Johnson • “Heartbeat” • Pop-Rock • Heartbeat • “Can’t Take Your Memory”
1991 • Dire Straits • “Calling Elvis” [UK] • New Wave/Post-Punk • On Every Street • “Iron Hand”

August 20
1955 • Elvis Presley • “Mystery Train” • Rockabilly • [Single] • [B-Side]
1955 • Elvis Presley • “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Mystery Train”
1964 • The Temptations • “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me So Blue)” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “Baby, Baby I Need You”
1965 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Everybody Loves A Clown” • Brit Pop • Everybody Loves A Clown • “Time Stands Still”
1965 • The McCoys • “Hang On Sloopy” [UK] • Garage Rock • Hang On Sloopy • “I Can’t Explain It”
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Out Of Our Heads • “The Spider And The Fly”
1979 • David Bowie • “Look Back In Anger” • Glam Rock • Lodger • “Repitition”
1979 • Bob Dylan • “Gotta Serve Somebody” • Folk-Rock • Slow Train Coming • “Trouble In Mind”
1982 • Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force • “Planet Rock” [UK] • Electro-Hip Hop • [Single] • “Planet Rock” [Instrumental]
1983 • UB40 • “Red Red Wine” [UK] • Reggae-Pop • Labour Of Love • “Sufferin”
2007 • Eagles • “How Long” • Country-Rock • Long Road Out Of Eden • “How Long” [Remix]

August 21
1954 • Bill Haley & His Comets • “Shake, Rattle And Roll” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “A.B.C. Boogie”
1961 • The Dovells • “Bristol Stomp” • Rock ‘n’ Doo-Wop • The Bristol Stomp • “Letters Of Love”
1961 • The Marvelettes • “Please Mr. Postman” • Soul-Pop • Please Mr. Postman • “So Long Baby”
1969 • Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations • “The Weight” • Soul-Pop • Together • “For Better Or Worse”
1970 • Carpenters • “We’ve Only Just Begun” • Soft Pop • Close To You • “All Of My Life”
1970 • Simon & Garfunkel • “El Cóndor Pasa” • Folk-Pop • Bridge Over Troubled Water • “Why Don’t You Write Me”
1978 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “London Town” • Pop-Rock • London Town • “I’m Carrying”
1980 • The Doobie Brothers • “Real Love” • Pop-Rock • One Step Closer • “Thank You Love”
1981 • Rick James • “Super Freak” [UK] • Funk • Street Songs • “Super Freak (Part 2)”
1989 • The Rolling Stones • “Mixed Emotions” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Steel Wheels • “Fancyman Blues”
1989 • The Cure • “Lovesong” • Pop-Rock • Disintegration • “2 Late’ / “Fear Of Ghosts”
1995 • Michael Jackson • “You Are Not Alone” [UK] • Dance-Pop • HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I • “You Are No Alone” [Remixes]
2000 • Madonna • “Music” • Electro-Funk • Music • “Cyberraga”
2006 • The Rolling Stones • “Biggest Mistake” [UK] • Blues-Rock • A Bigger Bang • “Hand Of Fate”
2008 • Metallica • “The Day That Never Comes” • Thrash Metal • Death Magnetic • “No Remorse” [Live]

August 22
1967 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “Your Precious Love” • Soul Ballad • United • “Hold Me Oh My Darling”
1980 • Pointer Sisters • “He’s So Shy” [UK] • Soul • Special Things • “Movin’ On”
1983 • Genesis • “Mama” • Prog Rock • Genesis • “It’s Gonna Get Better”
1988 • Phil Collins • “A Groovy Kind Of Love” [UK] • Pop Ballad • Buster[Sndtrk] • “Big Noise” [Instrumental]
1989 • Janet Jackson • “Miss You Much” • Dance-Pop • Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 • “You Need Me”
1991 • Thompson Twins • “Come Inside” • Alt Dance/House • Queer • “The Saint”
1992 • Kiss • “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II” [UK] • Hard Rock • Revenge • “Junior’s Gone Wild” [King’s X]
2001 • Michael Jackson • “You Rock My World” • Dance-Pop • Invincible • “You Rock My World” [Radio Edit]
2005 • The Rolling Stones • “Streets Of Love” • Blues-Rock • A Bigger Bang • “Rough Justice” [Double A-Side]
2005 • The Rolling Stones • “Rough Justice” • Blues-Rock • A Bigger Bang • “Streets Of Love” [Double A-Side]
2012 • Aerosmith • “What Could Have Been Love” • Power Ballad • Music From Another Dimension • [None]
2012 • Aerosmith • “Lover Alot” • Hard Rock • Music From Another Dimension • [None]

August 23
1963 • The Beatles • “She Loves You” • Brit Beat • [Single] • “I’ll Get You”
1963 • The Hollies • “Searchin'” [UK] • Brit Beat • [Single] • “Whole World Over”
1972 • Jim Croce • “Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels)” • Folk-Pop • You Don’t Mess Around with Jim • “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)”
1974 • Frank Zappa • “Cosmik Debris” • Art Rock • Apostrophe (*) • “Uncle Remus”
1974 • 10cc • “Silly Love” [UK] • Art Pop-Rock • Sheet Music • “The Sacro-Iliac”
1977 • Linda Ronstadt • “Blue Bayou” • Pop-Rock • Simple Dreams • “Old Paint”
1982 • Dire Straits • “Private Investigations” [UK] • New Wave/Post-Punk • Love Over Gold • “Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts”
1982 • Rush • “The Weapon” • Prog/Art Rock • Signals • “Digital Man”
1988 • Jane’s Addiction • “Jane Says” • Alt. Rock • Nothing’s Shocking • “Jane Says” [Live Version]

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