Albums Released This Week (September 26 – October 2)

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):

September 26


The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
Daniel Lanois —— Acadie ► Alt. Rock >> 1989
Thompson Twins —— Big Trash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Kool & The Gang —— The Ballad Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Kool & The Gang —— The Dance Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Massive Attack —— Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
The Velvet Underground —— Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum —— Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Hiatt —— Crossing Muddy Waters ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Good Charlotte —— Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk >> 2000
Mark Knopfler —— Sailing To Philadelphia ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Matthew Sweet —— Time Capsule: Best Of 90/00 ► Power Pop >> 2000
Janet Jackson —— 20 Y.O. ► Pop-Soul >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd —— Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths —— The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

September 27


Chad & Jeremy —— The Ark ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Billy Squier —— Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1986
New Order —— The John Peel Sessions I ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Walter Becker —— 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock >> 1994
Brandy Norwood —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Sasha & John Digwood —— Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers —— Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
The Psychedelic Furs —— Heartbreak Beat ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2005
Big Star —— In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Robert Palmer —— Legend: Live On Stage ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2005
Toni Braxton —— Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The Band —— The Musical History [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Eric Clapton —— Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2010
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Everclear —— Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk >> 2011
Machine Head —— Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2011
Youth Lagoon —— The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop >> 2011
Rush —— Vapor Trails Remixed ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013

September 28


Status Quo —— Hello! ► British Rock >> 1973
Slade —— Sladest ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
Alice Cooper —— Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Live Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1993
The Police —— Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop >> 1993
PJ Harvey —— Is This Desire? ► Indie Rock >> 1998
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
Sting —— Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Indigo Girls —— Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Creed —— Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1999
The Church —— Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Ultimate Live ► Alt. Rock / Punk >> 2004
Jerry Garcia Band —— After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Buzzcocks —— The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky Live ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Shangri-La ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Slade —— Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Mariah Carey —— Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Tina Turner —— Tina Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Gin Blossoms —— No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden —— Telephantasm ► Grange Rock >> 2010
The Doobie Brothers —— World Gone Crazy ► Pop-Rock >> 2010

September 29


The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kool & The Gang —— Celebrate! ► Disco-Funk >> 1980
Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds —— The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
The Verve —— Urban Hymns ► Psych Rock/Britpop >> 1997
AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk >> 1998
Peter Wolf —— Fool’s Parade ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1998
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Painted From Memory ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Joni Mitchell —— Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— God & Guns ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009

September 30


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Rare Earth —— Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Gary Moore —— Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1978
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
R.E.M. —— The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Natalie Cole —— Twin Best Now ► Soul-Pop >> 1992
The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Lake Of Tears —— Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
Bob Dylan —— Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
The Rolling Stones —— Forty Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— The Ragpicker’s Dream ► Roots Rock >> 2002
Bonnie Raitt —— The Best Of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003 ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Sting —— Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
James Taylor —— Covers ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Dion —— Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Kool & The Gang —— Back To Back ► Funk >> 2011
Rush —— The Studio Albums 1989-2007 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013
Lucinda Williams —— Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone ► Alt. Country >> 2014
Melissa Etheridge —— This Is M.E. ► Roots Rock >> 2014
Bryan Adams —— Tracks Of My Years ► Pop-Rock >> 2014

October 01


Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Rory Gallagher —— Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Rory Gallagher —— Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Slade —— Return To Base ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Romeo Void —— Instincts ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Dannii Minogue —— Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle >> 1990
10,000 Maniacs —— Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Elton John —— The Very Best of Elton John [1990] ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Natalie Cole —— Holly & Ivy ► Soul-Pop >> 1994
Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Nirvana —— From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge >> 1996
Thompson Twins —— Greatest Hits ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Matchbox Twenty —— Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Eighteen Visions —— No Time For Love ► Metalcore >> 1999
Kylie Minogue —— Fever ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Elton John —— Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Matthew Sweet —— To Understand: The Early Recordings Of Matthew Sweet ► Power Pop >> 2002
The Psychedelic Furs —— Best Of The Psychedelic Furs ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2007

October 02


The Ventures —— The Colorful Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1961
The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Barry White —— Stone Gon’ ► Soul >> 1973
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Sheena Easton —— A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— The X Factor ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
The Rembrandts —— Lost Together ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Machine Head —— Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Matchbox Twenty —— Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007
John Fogerty —— Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Van Morrison —— Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
Heart —— Fanatic ► Album Rock >> 2012
The Tragically Hip —— Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
Janet Jackson —— Unbreakable ► Pop-Soul >> 2105

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 25 – October 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 25

1930 ● Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein → Novelty songwriter, comedian, film and TV actor, cartoonist and prolific author of children’s books, penned several hits for others, including “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash (#2, 1969) and “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” for Dr. Hook (#6, 1972), plus songs covered by outlaw country star Tompall Glaser, former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, roots rock My Morning Jacket and others, died of a heart attack on 5/10/1999, age 68
1933 ● Ian Tyson → Canadian singer and guitarist in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, solo with several acclaimed albums, now a rancher in Alberta
1933 ● Erik Darling → Folk-pop multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and influential figure on the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of the late 50s and early 60s, member of folk-pop The Tarriers (“The Banana Boat Song,” #4, R&B #14, 1957), The Weavers and The Rooftop Singers (“Walk Right In,” #1, AC #1, Country #23, R&B #4, 1963), continued to record and perform in various folk-related projects until his death from complications due to lymphoma on 8/3/2008, age 74
1939 ● “Sweet” Joseph Russell → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1942 ● Delia Mae “Dee Dee” Warwick → Sister of Dionne Warwick, cousin of Whitney Houston and two-time Grammy nominee R&B/soul singer with a dozen minor pop hits and two R&B Top 10 from 1963 to 1975, including “I Want to Be with You” (#41, R&B #9, 1966) and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking)” (#70, R&B #9, 1970), performed sporadically with her sister after the 80s, died following a long illness on 10/18/2008, age 66
1943 ● Gary “Jules” Alexander → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1943 ● John Locke → Keyboards for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), left to join hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), died from cancer on 8/4/2006, age 62
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1946 ● Jerry “The Bear” Penrod → Early bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), left to join overpublicized, underperforming pre fab hard rock supergroup Rhinoceros, “Apricot Brandy” (#46, 1969)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for folk/psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), wrote “Alone Again Or” (#99, 1967), solo, died of a heart attack on 12/25/1998, age 62
1947 ● Cecil Womack → R&B/soul and gospel singer, songwriter and record producer, scored a R&B Top Ten hit with his brothers as soul/pop The Valentinos, “Lookin’ For A Love” (#72, R&B #8, 1962) on Sam Cooke‘s SAR Records, later recorded duets with second wife Linda Womack (daughter of Sam Cooke) as Womack & Womack (“Baby I’m Scared Of You,” R&B #25, 1984) and co-wrote songs for others, including “Love T.K.O.” for Teddy Pendergrass (#44, R&B #2, 1980) and “I Just Want To Satisfy” for The O’Jays (#101, R&B #15, 1982), died from unknown causes on 2/1/2013, age 65
1947 ● John Fiddler → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1955 ● Steve Severin → Bassist for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), solo
1955 ● Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, “Donne” (1985) and “Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)” with Paul Young (Italy #1, UK #4, 1991), has performed collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Bono and others
1968 ● Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith → Rapper in PG-rated pop-rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” (#1, 1998), TV and film star
1974 ● Richie “Wamma” Edwards → Guitar technician turned full-time bassist for glam-rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (#35, UK #2, 2003) and successor band Stone Gods
1975 ● Declan “Dec” Donnelly → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), “Lets Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1980 ● T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) → Grammy-winning MC, rapper, songwriter, “Live Your Life” (#1, 2008), co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, producer, film actor, convicted felon

September 26

1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, Tin Pan Alley stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, best known for his jazz-influenced classical composition “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924) and the opera Porgy And Bess (1934), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937, age 38
1918 ● John “The Cool Ghoul” Zacherle → TV and radio host for shows broadcasting horror movies, voice actor and one hit wonder pop-rock novelty singer, “Dinner With Drac” (Top Ten, 1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country music legend and crossover phenomenon, “El Paso” (#1, Country #1, 1960) plus 11 other Top 40 pop singles and 39 other Country Top 10 hits, died following a heart attack on 12/8/1982, age 57
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956), released 32 albums of pop and jazz covers but is better known as an actress and co-star of TV drama Emergency! (1972-77), suffered a stroke in the late 90s, lived in declining health for several years before dying on 10/18/2000, age 74
1931 ● George Chambers → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1940 ● Creadel “Red” Jones → Original member and bass vocals in Chicago R&B/smooth soul The Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her?,” #, R&B #1, 1972), left the group in 1982 and died on 8/25/1994, age 53
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982, age 40
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as frontman with art rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1975), then solo, “Kiss And Tell” (#31, 1988) and 13 UK Top 20 albums through 2010
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocalist best known for the Grammy-winning “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (#3, Country #1, 1970), plus 17 other Country Top 10 hits among over 50 overall Top 40 singles, died from cardiac arrest on 7/30/2015, age 67
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Grammy-winning country-pop then soft rock singer, “You’re The One That I Want” with John Travolta (#1, 1978) and “Physical” (#1, 1981), film actress
1951 ● Stuart Tosh (MacIntosh) → Drummer for Scottish soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#5, 1974), also recorded and toured with 10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel
1954 ● César Rosas → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and de facto frontman for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987) and Los Super Seven, sessions and side projects
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Teenage lead guitarist in the last incarnations of Jefferson Airplane, stayed on with pop-rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles (#3, 1975), co-wrote “Jane” (#14, 1980), now performs and records New Age world music
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country and roots-rock singer and songwriter, “Every Little Thing” (Country #3, 1993), daughter of Johnny Cash‘s wife June Carter Cash
1958 ● Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) → Lead singer for early L.A. punk rock ,strong>The Germs, “Lexicon Devil” (1979), died from a suicidal heroin overdose on 12/7/1980, age 22
1961 ● Cindy Herron → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Lead singer and guitarist in Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, “Missing” (#2, 1995), solo
1964 ● Nicola “Nikki” French → Brit pop and adult contemporary one hit wonder singer and dancer, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (#2, UK #5, 1995)
1967 ● Shannon Hoon → Frontman and lead vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), died from a heroin overdose on 10/21/1995, age 28
1972 ● Paul Draper → Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Singer and songwriter in hugely successful R&B/urban soul a cappella quartet Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dip It Low” (#5, 2004)

September 27

1898 ● Vincent Millie Youmans → Broadway and film composer who worked with every major lyricist of his day and composed the music to dozens of enduring hit songs, including “Tea For Two” (1925) and “Carioca” (1933), retired after contracting tuberculosis in 1934 and died from the disease on 4/5/1946, age 48
1922 ● Raymond Edwards → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958), continued to tour with the group until his death on 3/4/1997, age 74
1936 ● Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius → R&B/soul music promoter and producer, created and hosted the highly influential dance/music TV show Soul Train from 1971 to 1993, the first and most successful TV show featuring African-American musicians, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2/1/2012, age 75
1937 ● Buddy Emmons → Influential, virtuoso peddle steel guitarist, popularized the instrument for jazz, swing, folk and country-rock genres, recorded with a diverse number of top artists, including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan, performed on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts, fronted the Redneck Jazz Explosion in the 70s and issued several solo albums, died on 7/21/2015, age 77
1941 ● Don Nix → Songwriter, musician, arranger and author, saxophonist in Stax Records first house band The Mar-Keys (later Booker T. & The MG’s), wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”, producer for Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Bernard William Jewry) → Assumed the name of deceased frontman Shane Fenton (born John Theakstone) and led early 60s Britpop Shane Fenton And The Fentones, “Cindy’s Birthday” (UK #19, 1962), changed his name and reemerged as glam rock Alvin Stardust in the early 70s, “Jealous Mind” (UK #1, 1974) and 10 other UK Top 40 hits, continued to perform until just before his death from prostate cancer on 10/23/2014
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), then formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie and Tim, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), then Ironhorse, “Sweet Lui-Louise” (#36, 1979) and Union, solo plus CBC radio host
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Hard-edged iconic pop-rock singer and occasional actor, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978) and Grammy-winning “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (#1, 1993), released the phenomenally successful Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy
1947 ● Barbara Dickson → Scottish folk-pop singer, “Answer Me” (UK Top 10, 1976) and a duet with Elaine Paige, “I Know Him So Well” (UK #1, 1985), TV and stage actress
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist and, with Sly Dunbar, one half of the studio duo Riddim Twins, produced albums for Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer and others, recorded with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and others
1953 ● Greg Ham → Saxophone, flute and keyboards for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once, found dead in his Melbourne home on 4/19/2012, age 58
1958 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol singer, “Hey Deanie” (#7, 1978), half brother of TV actor and Partridge Family character David Cassidy
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1975 ● Lee Brennan → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Vocals for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” teenaged member of hip hop groups The B.G.’z and Hot Boys, Grammy-winning solo career, “Lollipop” (#1, 2008)
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Canadian teen-pop singer and “skatepunk” icon , “Complicated” (#2, 2002) and “Girlfriend” (#1, 2007), fashion designer, actress

September 28

1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974, age 73
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010, age 86
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011, age 85
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, “Wang Dang Doodle” (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009, age 73
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960) and solo, “Stand By Me” (#1, 1961), toured and performed until shortly before his death from coronary problems on 4/30/2015, age 76
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, “Walking Back to Happiness” (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and Jew’s harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1951 ● Norton Buffalo (Phillip Jackson) → Blues and country-rock harmonica player, songwriter, singer and bandleader, toured with ‘Commander Cody, sessions for Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop and others, member of the Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like An Eagle” (#2, 1977), frontman for The Stampede and later The Knockouts, died from cancer on 10/30/2009, age 58
1952 ● Andy Ward → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, “I Won’t Let You Down” (UK #3, 1982), then solo, “I Should Have Know Better” (UK #1, 1984)
1953 ● Kenneth “Kenie” Burke → With his four siblings, backing singer in the “First Family of Soul,” Chicago R&B/soul The Five Stairsteps, “O-o-h Child” (#7, R&B #14, 1970), after disbandment in 1977 session work for Dark Horse Records and worked with Billy Preston and George Harrison, issued several solo albums and R&B/disco singles in the 80s, continued to record into the 90s
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, “Tangled In The Web” (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, “The Power Of Love” (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1968 ● Sean Levert → Vocals for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, “Casanova” (#5, R&B #1, 1987), son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died from sarcoidosis while in jail on child support charges on 3/30/2008, age 39
1977 ● Young Jeezy (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, “Soul Survivor” (#4, 2005), member of Boyz ‘N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, “With Love” (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author

September 29

1907 ● Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry → The “Singing Cowboy” on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#1, Country #1, 1949), owned hotels, broadcasting stations, oil wells and a major league baseball team, died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998, age 91
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, iconic and scandalous rock ‘n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1937 ● Joe “Guitar” Hughes → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard‘s group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died after a heart attack on 5/20/2003, age 65
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs, struggled with depression for years before committing suicide on 11/23/1994, age 55
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Founding member and electric organ for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black”(#4, UK #2, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band, at the peak of the band’s popularity and after his new bride’s death in a car accident, committed suicide on 5/20/1967, age 23
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song “Hill Street Blues” (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1944 ● Anne Briggs → Influential but commercially unremarkable and reclusive Brit folk revival singer and songwriter, her style influenced a generation if British female folkies including Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson and Norma Waterson, and her songs were covered or interpreted by Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin (“Black Mountain Side,” 1968), among others, left the industry for obscurity in the early 70s because she didn’t like the sound of her recorded voice
1944 ● Tommy Tate → Southern R&B/soul singer with the Imperial Show Band and Stax RecordsThe Nightingales in the 60s, thereafter a modest solo career, his lone hit being “School Of Life” (R&B #22, 1972) but continued to record and perform in cult status through the 00s
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr’s Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1957 ● Mari Wilson → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, “Just What I Always Wanted” (, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1962 ● Robert “R. J.” Vealey → Drummer for the 90s lineup of Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “So Into You” (#7, 1977), died from a heart attack moments after finishing a free midday performance with the band in Florida on his daughter’s first birthday, 11/13/1999, age 37
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1966 ● Tony “Doggen” Foster → Guitarist in Julian Cope‘s backing band, with trip hop Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1967 ● Brett Anderson → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, “Dream All Day” (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1969 ● DeVante Swing (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

September 30

1913 ● Cholly Atkins (Charles Atkinson) → Vaudeville performer, legendary Cotton Club and Apollo Theater choreographer and Swing-era tap dancer with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others, parlayed freelance work as dance instructor for 50s R&B groups into the full-time, in-house choreographer position for Motown Records, designed trademark moves and gestures for The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5 and others, continued to teach dance until his death from pancreatic cancer on 4/19/2003, age 89
1917 ● Buddy Rich → Virtuoso jazz drummer known as the “King of the Drum Solo” over a seven decade career in big band, bop, swing and straight jazz, highly influential to dozens of jazz and rock drummers, scored eleven Jazz Top 20 albums between 1967 and 1981, died from heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor on 4/2/1987, age 69
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, “Think It Over” (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, “Chances Are” (#1, 1957) and “Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died from unknown causes on 2/1/2009, age 68
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002, age 59
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968, age 25
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Wedding Bell Blues” (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963), retired from the group in the mid-90s
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977, age 29
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1953 ● Deborah Allen (Deborah Lynn Thurmond) → Country-pop backing singer for Roy Orbison and Tennessee Ernie Ford, then three Country Top 10 duet singles with Jim Reeves (including “Oh, How I Miss You Tonight,” Country #6, 1979) and an 80s solo stint with 11 charting Country singles and a lone crossover hit, “Baby I Lied” (#26, Country #4, 1983), continued to record and write songs for others into the 10s
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, “Forget Me Nots” (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, “Time And Tide” (#26, 1988) and “Drunk On Love” (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1958 ● Biggie Tembo (Marasha) → Zimbabwean singer and frontman for influential The Bhundu Boys, the band created “jit” music mixing rock ‘n’ roll and traditional chimurenga music into a dance-pop World beat that gained international recognition in the 80s and one charting U.S. album, Pamberi! (World Music Albums #15, 1990), fired from the band in 1990, tried unsuccessfully to launch a solo career, committed suicide by hanging on 7/30/1995, age 36
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1965 ● Matt Fallon (Frankel) → Original lead vocalist for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), left in 1987 to pursue an unsuccessful solo career
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)
1986 ● Ben Lovett → Welsh multi-instrumentalist and member of Grammy-winning Brit folk-rock Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait” (#12, Alt Rock #1, 2012)

October 01

1913 ● Charles Randolph Grean → Songwriter and producer, worked with various big bands in the 40s, wrote or co-wrote several hits in the 50s, including novelty pop “The Thing” for Phil Harris (#1, 1950), “I Dreamed” for his wife, Betty Johnson (#12, 1956) and Leonard Nimoy, lost a plagiarism lawsuit against him for the music to “I Dreamed” which was alleged to have copied Fred Spielman‘s “Rendezvous” from 1953, died from natural causes on 12/20/2003, age 90
1927 ● Floyd “Buddy” McRae → Founding member and second tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop The Chords, one of the earliest black groups to cross over to the pop charts with “Sh-Boom” (#9, R&B #3, 1954), died on 3/19/2013, age 85
1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, “Macarthur Park” (#2, 1968), died of Hodgkin’s disease on 10/25/2002, age 72
1932 ● Albert Collins → The “Master of the Telecaster,” influential electric blues singer and guitarist, “Get Your Business Straight” (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live ’92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993, age 61
1934 ● Geoff Stephens → Brit songwriter and record producer, created US one hit wonder The New Vaudeville Band with a collection of studio musicians to record his Grammy-winning novelty pop hit “Winchester Cathedral” (#1, UK #4, 1966) and several other minor hits in the UK, also wrote hits for The Holliess, Tom Jones, Hot Chocolate, David Soul and many others
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (#66, 1965)
1940 ● Steve O’Rourke → Booking agent turned band manager for space/psych/prog rock Pink Floyd following the departure of founding member Syd Barrett in 1968, continued to manage the group’s affairs while pursuing a parallel career as an historic race car driver, died from a stroke on 10/30/2003, age 63
1942 ● Herb Fame (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince‘s backing band
1944 ● Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), died while on tour with the group on 12/8/1988, age 44
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love?” (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979, age 33
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1947 ● Jane Dornacker → Rock vocalist and stand-up comedienne turned TV traffic reporter, early member of camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes (“She’s A Beauty,” #10, 1978), died in a news traffic helicopter crash in New York City on 10/22/1986 , age 39
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died from kidney failure on 7/5/2000, age 51
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006, age 58
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” (1986), solo, “7 Seconds” (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1976 ● Richard Oakes → Guitarist for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, “Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

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Albums Released This Week (September 19 – 25)

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):

September 19


Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul >> 1961
Mick Jagger —— Performance [Sndtrk] ► Rock >> 1970
Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Linda Ronstadt —— Living In The USA ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— Blue Bell Knoll ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop >> 1988
David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Tragically Hip —— Day For Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— London ’66-’67 [EP] ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
Glenn Frey —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Glenn Frey ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Hardcore Punk >> 2000
Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop >> 2000
The Church —— Of Skins And Heart/Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Despite Our Differences ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2006
The Black Crowes —— Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into The Fog ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Jane’s Addiction —— Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 2006

September 20


The Tornadoes —— Bustin’ Surfboards ► Surf Rock >> 1963
The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Jane’s Addiction —— Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1988
BulletBoys —— BulletsBoys ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1988
Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1991
Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Cilla Black —— Through The Years ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Robert Palmer —— Honey ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1994
Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Jamiroquai —— 1999 Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1999
Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop [UK] ► Electronic Dance Mix >> 1999
Yes —— The Ladder ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus ► Alt Rock >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Poco —— Bareback At Big Sky ► Country-Rock >> 2005
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk >> 2005
Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam Twenty ► Hard Rock >> 2011

September 21


Billy Preston —— Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Foghat —— Boogie Motel ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cheap Trick —— Dream Police ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1979
Sheena Easton —— You Could Have Been With Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1982
Janet Jackson —— Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul >> 1982
America —— Perspective ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Various Artists —— Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 ► Mixed Rock >> 1987
Phish —— Lawn Boy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1990
Indigo Girls —— Nomads Indians Saints ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
ABBA —— Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1992
Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Sting —— Demolition Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Scorpions —— Face The Heat ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 1993
Nirvana —— In Utero ► Grunge >> 1993
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Bad Religion —— Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge —— Yes I Am ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Skunk Anansie —— Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Diabolical Masquerade —— Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
The Church —— A Box Of Birds ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Essential Live Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Pete Townshend —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Tori Amos —— To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Monkees —— The Headquarters Sessions ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Green Day —— American Idiot ► Alt. Rock >> 2004
John Fogerty —— Déjà Vu All Over Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— The Delivery Man ► Roots Rock >> 2004
John Waite —— The Hard Way ► Power Pop >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Il Sogno ► String Quartet >> 2004

September 22


The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Alice Cooper —— Constrictor ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Lyle Lovett —— Step Inside This House (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Extreme —— III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Elton John —— The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Goo Goo Dolls —— Dizzy Up The Girl ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1998
Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Millencolin —— Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk >> 1998
Chris Isaak —— Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Cilla Black —— Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
David Gilmour —— Live in Gdańsk ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Various Artists —— Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock >> 2009

September 23


The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Easybeats —— Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
Isaac Hayes —— Hot Buttered Soul ► Soul >> 1969
The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Who —— The Story Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1976
Steely Dan —— Aja ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Carpenters —— Passage ► Soft Rock >> 1977
Blondie —— Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
The Human League —— Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey —— Dance Hall At Louse Point ► Indie Rock >> 1996
Three Dog Night —— 20 Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Jackson Browne —— The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Cream —— Those Were The Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
John Waite —— When You Were Mine ► Power Pop >> 1997
Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Gin Blossoms —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 2003
Joni Mitchell —— The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Alice Cooper —— The Eyes Of Alice Cooper ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Triumph —— Live At The US Festival ► Arena Rock >> 2003
The Yardbirds —— Live! Blueswailing July ’64 ► Blues Rock >> 2003
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— North ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit —— Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal >> 2003
Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Little River Band —— We Call It Christmas ► Soft Rock >> 2008
John Mellencamp —— Plain Spoken ► Roots Rock >> 2014

September 24


The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Roy Orbison —— Milestones ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1991
The Cult —— Ceremony ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Kid ‘N Play —— Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap >> 1991
A Tribe Called Quest —— The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap >> 1991
John Prine —— The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
James Taylor —— New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Thompson Twins —— Queer ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Led Zeppelin —— The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Zumpano —— Goin’ Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1996
Elton John —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Weezer —— Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 1996
Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Elvis Presley —— Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 2002
Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Blue Öyster Cult —— A Long Day’s Night ► Metal >> 2002
Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Peter Gabriel —— Up ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Linda Ronstadt —— The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
New Order —— iTunes Originals – New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2007
PJ Harvey —— White Chalk ► Indie Rock >> 2007
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009
Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2010
Peter Gabriel —— And I’ll Scratch Yours ► Prog Rock >> 2013
Cher —— Closer To The Truth ► Pop-Rock >> 2013
Gov’t Mule —— Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2013

September 25


The Ventures —— The Ventures A Go-Go ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1965
The Doors —— Strange Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Cruisin’ ► Disco >> 1978
The Beach Boys —— M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Barry Manilow —— One Voice ► AM Pop >> 1979
The Buzzcocks —— Singles Going Steady ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Creatures —— Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs —— Forever Now ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 1982
They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
The Sugarcubes —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Replacements —— All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Vaughan Brothers —— Family Style ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Grateful Dead —— Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1990
John Cale —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock >> 1992
Melt-Banana —— Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock >> 1994
David Bowie —— 1. Outside ► Industrial Rock >> 1995
Harem Scarem —— Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1995
Yes —— House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues ► Prog Rock >> 2000
David Bowie —— Bowie At The Beeb ► Glam Rock >> 2000
Kylie Minogue —— Light Years ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Van Morrison —— You Win Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Ryan Adams —— Gold ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Strokes —— Is This It ► Punk Revival >> 2001
The Knack —— Normal As The Next Guy ► Power Pop >> 2001
The Innocence Mission —— Small Planes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
38 Special —— A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Foo Fighters —— Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ► Grunge Rock >> 2007
Deborah Harry —— Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Joni Mitchell —— Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Steve Earle —— Washington Square Serenade ► Alt. Country >> 2007
No Doubt —— Push And Shove ► Ska-Pop >> 2012
Don Henley —— Cass County ► Country-Rock >> 2015
David Bowie —— Five Years (1969-1973) ► Glam Rock >> 2015

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 18 – 24)

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September 18

1929 ● Theodora “Teddi” King → One hit wonder jazz and pop singer in the 40s and 50s, “Mr. Wonderful” (#18, 1956), faded during Beatlemania but made a brief comeback in the 70s before dying from lupus disease on 11/18/1977, age 48

1933 ● James Frederick “Jimmie” Rodgers → Pop and easy listening singer, “Honeycomb” (#1, 1957) and 13 other Top 40 hits in the late 50s and 1960s

1940 ● Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Pretty-boy teen idol pop singer, “Venus” (#1, 1959) and 11 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1962, then film actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

1945 ● P. F. Sloan (Philip Gary Schlein) → Folk, pop and rock singer and songwriter known best for co-writing numerous 60s hits with Steve Barri, in particular the protest anthem “Eve Of Destruction” (#1, 1965) for Barry McGuire and “Secret Agent Man” (#3, 1966) for Johnny Rivers, recorded singles and several albums under various pseudonyms and band names, performed until just prior to his death from pancreatic cancer on 11/15/2015, age 70

1945 ● Alan King → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)

1949 ● Kerry Livgren → Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for prog/heartland rock Kansas, wrote “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977) and “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, solo

1951 ● Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin) → Bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of a drug overdose on 6/5/2002, age 50

1955 ● Keith Morris → Frontman and lead vocals for hardcore L.A. punk rockers Black Flag, Circle Jerks and supergroup Off!

1961 ● Martin “Frosty” Beedle → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)

1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)

1962 ● Richard Walmsley → Writer and producer with electro-dance-pop The Beatmasters, “Warm Love” (Dance #16, 1990), the trio also produced hits for Cookie Crew, Yazz and P.P. Arnold, and albums for Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and others

1965 ● John David Dunlop → Canadian guitarist, composer, producer and music recording engineer, lead guitarist for hard rock The Full Nine and, since 2008, power trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983)

1966 ● Ian “Spike” Spice → Co-founder and drummer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)

1966 ● Nigel Clarke → Lead singer and bassist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)

1967 ● Mike Heaton → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

1967 ● Ricky Bell → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)

September 19

1921 ● Billy Ward (Robert L. Williams) → Child prodigy pianist and frontman, vocals and arranger for early R&B/doo wop Billy Ward & The Dominoes, (“Sixty Minute Man,” #17, R&B #1, 1951), the group spawned the careers of soul giants Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, died in a long-term care hospital on 2/16/2002, age 80

1931 ● Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → R&B/soul and early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), plus comeback track “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1979) and 21 other Top 40 hits, died from complications of spiral meningitis on 4/9/1998, age 56

1934 ● Brian Epstein → Music entrepreneur, record store owner, manager of The Beatles from 1962 until his death, managed other Liverpool acts including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Cyrkle, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on 8/27/1967, age 32

1935 ● Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) → Bass guitarist, arranger and vocalist for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), died of cancer on 12/24/2000, age 65

1937 ● Paul Siebel → Greenwich Village folk scene singer/songwriter and guitarist known solely for other artist’s cover versions of his songs, including “Louise” and “Any Day Woman,” dropped out of sight in the 70s after issuing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums

1940 ● Bill Medley → Blue-eyed soul singer and, with Bobby Hatfield, one half of hugely successful pop-rock duo The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (#4, 1965), solo career including the Grammy-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)

1940 ● Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) → Canadian singer in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, wrote “You Were On My Mind” for folk-pop We Five (#32, 1965)

1940 ● Paul Williams → Grammy-winning pop songwriter, wrote “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (#4, 1971) for Three Dog Night, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” (#2, 1970) and “Rainy Days And Mondays” (#2, 1971) for the Carpenters, solo act pop singer (“Waking Up Alone,” #60, 1972) and actor

1941 ● “Mama” Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → Vocals and percussion for folk-pop quarter The Mamas & The Papas (“Monday Monday,” #1, 1966), enjoyed a brief solo singing (“Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” #12, UK #11, 1968) and early 70s TV acting career before dying of a heart attack in Harry Nilsson‘s London apartment on 7/29/1974, age 32

1942 ● Danny Kalb → Folk- and blues-rock guitarist, composer and songwriter, co-founded jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966), solo career with numerous albums and collaborations

1942 ● Freda Payne → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Band of Gold” (#3, 1970), TV and film actress

1943 ● Mike Arnone → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)

1945 ● David Bromberg → Multi-string instrumentalist and blues-folk and roots rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971), now owns a violin sales and repair shop

1946 ● John Coghlan → Drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)

1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, “Cry” (#16, 1985) and joined art-rock/synth-pop Art Of Noise in 1998, now a music video producer.

1949 ● Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) → Iconic 60s model and later stage, screen and TV actress, one hit wonder pop singer, “Here I Go Again” (UK #17, 1976)

1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Grammy-winning Canadian record producer, guitarist and composer, best known producing Peter Gabriel‘s So (1986), U2‘s The Joshua Tree (1987) and Achtung Baby (1991), plus albums by Brian Eno, Bob Dylan and others, recorded nearly 20 solo albums beginning with Acadie (1989)

1952 ● Nile Rodgers → Guitarist, co-founder and co-writer for R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), influential record producer, composer and arranger, produced albums for David Bowie (Let’s Dance, 1983), Madonna (Like A Virgin, 1984), Mick Jagger (She’s The Boss, 1985) and others, continues to record, perform, write soundtracks and produce albums for others into the 10s

1955 ● Rex Smith → Stage and film actor and brief pop singer, debuted on Broadway in the lead role as Danny Zuko in ,em>Grease (1978), followed with a three-year recording career and the lone hit “You Take My Breath Away” (#10, 1979), returned to screen acting from the 80s through the 00s

1957 ● Rusty Egan → Drummer for New Wave power pop The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978) and New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey”(UK #8, 1981), London nightclub DJ

1958 ● Carmelita Rosanna “Lita” Ford → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), pop-metal solo career, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)

1963 ● Jarvis Crocker → Singer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)

1964 ● Patricia Lynn “Trisha” Yearwood → Grammy-winning country singer, “How Do I Live” (#23, Country #2, 1996) and 28 other Country Top 40 hits, TV and occasional film actress, cookbook editor

1969 ● Candy Dulfer → Dutch alto saxophonist, “On & On” (Smooth Jazz #13, 2009), sessions and backing bands for Van Morrison, Prince and others, collaborated with Dave Stewart, “Lily Was Here” (UK #6, 1990)

1971 ● Paul Winterhart → Drummer for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)

1973 ● Alan Jay “A. Jay” Popoff → Frontman and vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy” (#51, Mainstream Rock #6, 1999)

1974 ● Jimmy Fallon → Stand-up comedian, film and TV actor, awards show host, former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedy/satire music singer/songwriter with the Grammy-nominated album The Bathroom Wall (#47, 2002)

1977 ● Ryan Dusick → Drummer for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)

September 20

1911 ● Frank De Vol → Music arranger, theme song composer and actor, arranged music for numerous 40s and 50s hits, including “Nature Boy” (#1, 1948) by Nat King Cole, produced “The Happening” (#1, 1967) for The Supremes from the soundtrack to the movie of the same name he wrote, issued a series of “mood music” albums and led his own radio orchestra, composed the theme songs to dozens of movies and TV shows, including My Three Sons and The Brady Bunch, appeared as a deadpan comic actor on numerous TV sitcoms, died from congestive heart failure on 10/27/1999, age 88

1917 ● Johnny Allen → Grammy-winning arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer, worked with both Motown and Stax Records for artists including The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and The Staple Singers, co-wrote the “Theme From Shaft” (#1, 1971) with Isaac Hayes and shared the Best Instrumental Arrangement award at the 14th Grammy Awards in 1972, continued to perform in various jazz bands into his 90s, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2014, age 96

1924 ● Gogi Grant (Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg) → Mid-50s pop singer with five albums in two years and two Top 10 hits, “Suddenly There’s A Valley” (#9, 1955) and “The Wayward Wind” (#1, UK #9, 1956), the latter knocking Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” from the #1 spot, faded from view during Beatlemania, died on 3/10/2016, age 91

1925 ● Ulyssess B. “Bobby” Nunn, Sr. → R&B/doo wop singer with The Robins, “Smokey Joe’s Café” (#79, R&B #10, 1955), then as bass vocals for offshoot soul-pop The Coasters, but left before their big hits “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1958) and “Charlie Brown” (#2, 1959) and founded The Dukes in 1959, rejoined a new lineup of The Coasters in the mid-60s and toured and recorded with various versions of group through to his death from a heart attack on 11/5/1986, age 61

1930 ● Eddie Bo (Edwin Joseph Bocage) → New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk pianist, singer and prolific songwriter, released over 50 singles, including “Hook And Sling” (R&B #13, 1969) and the seminal funk song “Check Your Bucket,” wrote for and recorded with Art Tatum, Etta James and The Neville Brothers, among others, his “I’m Wise” was covered by Little Richard as “Slippin’ And Slidin'” (#33, R&B #2, 1956), May 22 is “Eddie Bo Day” in New Orleans, died following a heart attack on 3/18/2009, age 78

1938 ● Eric Gale → Jazz and session guitarist with a dozen of his own albums as frontman for various bands, plus appearances on over 500 other albums by Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Grover Washington, Jr. and many others over a 35 year career, died from lung cancer on 5/25/1994, age 55

1945 ● “Sweet Pea” Atkinson → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), solo

1946 ● Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) → Guitarist and songwriter with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977)

1948 ● Chuck Panozzo → Bassist for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)

1948 ● John Panozzo → Drummer for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), died from cirrhosis of the liver on 7/16/1996, age 47

1953 ● Ricci Martin → Youngest son of actor and singer Dean Martin, collaborated with Beach Boy Carl Wilson (his future brother-in-law) on the 1977 album Beached, replaced his deceased brother, Dino Martin, in the 90s revival of the 60s teen bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Desi Arnez, Jr. and Billy Hinsche (“I’m A Fool,” #17, 1965), sang his father’s hits and told stories in a long-running Vegas-style tribute show, died at home from unspecified causes on 8/3/2016, age 62

1954 ● Tony Destra → Original drummer for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990), left in 1985 to join glam-metal Britny Fox, “Long Way To Love” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1988), died in car accident on 2/8/1987, age 32

1957 ● Alannah Currie → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983), now a sculptural art-furniture artist

1960 ● David Hemingway → Lead vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), then co-founded alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)

1960 ● Robert “Cowboy” Wiggins → MC and vocals for hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (“The Message,” R&B #4, 1982), the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died from complications of cocaine addiction on 9/8/1989, age 28

1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Portuguese guitarist and songwriter for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), solo, various collaborations and frontman for several hard rock bands

1967 ● Matthew Nelson → With twin brother Gunnar, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson

1967 ● Gunnar Nelson → With twin brother Matthew, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson

1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Bassist in seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)

1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Drummer for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)

1981 ● Keith Semple → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

September 21

1923 ● Jimmy Young (Leslie Ronald Young) → Pop singer, “Unchained Melody” (UK #1, 1955) and BBC Radio 2 DJ from 1973 to 2002

1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), sessions

1932 ● Graeme Goodall → Australian recording engineer, studio designer, record producer, co-founder of Island Records and prominent figure in the development of Jamaican music and its recording industry, worked with dozens of ska, reggae and pop acts, including The Wailers, The Skatalites and Desmond Decker, died from natural causes on 12/3/2014, age 82

1934 ● Leonard Cohen → Influential and oft-covered Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Bird On The Wire” (1969), Grammy-winning Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters (2007)

1936 ● Dickey Lee (Royden Dickey Lipscomb) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Patches” (#6, 1962), then migrated to country music in the 70s and had 16 Country Top 40 hits, including “Rocky” (Country #1, 1975)

1943 ● David Hood → Bassist, session musician and founding member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits byAretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, also toured with Traffic in the 70s and produced songs by Cher and Willie Nelson, among others

1944 ● Jesse Davis → Native American guitarist with a lone blues-rock solo album (Jesse Davis, 1971) featuring Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons and Leon Russell, performed with George Harrison‘s Concert For Bangladesh (1971) and became a highly-regarded session musician and producer, worked with Gene Clark, John Lennon, Jackson Browne (solo on “Doctor My Eyes,” #8, 1972), Taj Mahal and many others, died from a heroin overdose on 6/22/1988, age 43

1947 ● Don Felder → Lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for country-rock and pop Eagles, composed music to “Hotel California” (#1, 1976), solo and collaborations with former bandmates

1949 ● Colin Gibson → Brit bassist and composer, started with psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the 60s, later joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and did session work for Stefan Grossman, Alvin Lee, Steve Howe and others, co-wrote a UK TV sitcom and film soundtracks, collaborates and produces various projects into the 10s

1952 ● David Gregory → Lead guitarist for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear

1954 ● Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor → Drummer for punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), during periods away from the band did session work and collaborations with thrash metal artists, died from abusive lifestyle liver failure on 11/11/2015, age 61

1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Vocals for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987)

1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Drummer for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)

1967 ● Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) → Five time Grammy-winning country-pop crossover star, “Breathe” (#2, 1999) and eight Country #1 hits, Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult Contemporary artist for 2009

1967 ● Timmy T (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance “freestyle” performer, “One More Try” (#1, 1991)

1968 ● Jon Brooks → Drummer for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)

1968 ● Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)

1972 ● David Silveria → Drummer for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)

1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Frontman and vocals for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, now fronts Beady Eye

1973 ● Jimmy Constable → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976

1977 ● Sam Rivers → Bassist for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “My Way” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)

1977 ● The-Dream (Terius Youngdell Nash) → Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter and record producer, “Shawty Is A 10” (#17, 2007), co-wrote “Baby” for Justin Bieber (#5, 2010), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” for Beyoncé (#1, 2008) and other hit songs

1984 ● Wale (Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) → Rapper with multiple collaborative singles and albums, including the BET Award-winning “Lotus Flower Bomb” (#38, R&B #1, Rap #3, 2011) featuring Miguel

1989 ● Jason Derülo (Desrouleaux) → R&B/urban soul singer/songwriter, actor and dancer, “Watcha Say” (#1, 2009)

September 22

1905 ● Roy “Pop” Lewis Sr. → With his wife and four of their children in the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel,” the Dove Award-winning singing and cornball comedy skit group The Lewis Family, toured nationally and issued over 60 albums of gospel music before his death on 3/23/2004, age 98

1913 ● Alvin LeRoy Holmes → Pop instrumental bandleader, film score composer and arranger, Smile (1975) and other films, died on 7/27/1986, age 72

1930 ● Joni James (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Traditional pop vocalist, “You Are My Love” (#6, 1954) and sixteen other Top 40 hits in the 50s

1942 ● Mike Patto → Lead vocals and keyboards for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, “Feelin’ Bad” (#132, 1969), later co-founded hard rock Boxer but died of cancer before the band gained momentum on 3/4/1979, age 36

1943 ● Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder singer, “Mickey” (#1, 1982), dancer, choreographer, actress and filmmaker

1944 ● Roger Nichols → Nuclear power plant physicist turned eight-time Grammy-winning rock and pop music recording engineer for Steely Dan, John Denver, Frank Zappa, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Estefan, Bela Fleck and many other major acts, pioneered the now-commonplace technique of “digital drum replacement” by inventing the Wendel sampling computer, died from pancreatic cancer on 4/9/2011, age 66

1944 ● Sam Pace → Tenor vocals in R&B soul vocal group The Esquires (“Get On Up,” #11, 1967), died following a long illness on 1/7/2013, age 68

1951 ● David Coverdale → Songwriter and lead vocals for Deep Purple in 1974-76, recorded two solo albums and formed hard rock/hair metal Whitesnake in 1977, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) and six other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits

1952 ● Mark Panker → Guitarist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)

1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Vocals for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)

1956 ● Doug Wimbish → Bassist for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988) and Sugarhill Records studio session musician

1956 ● Debby Boone → Grammy-winning Christian and inspirational pop music singer, “You Light Up My Life” (#1, 1977), daughter of 50s pop crooner Pat Boone

1957 ● Nick Cave → Aussie singer, songwriter and bandleader for goth-rock pioneers The Birthday Party, then alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), formed garage rock Grinderman in 2007

1957 ● Peter Jones → Bassist for punk rock Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983), currently owns a ceramic art studio

1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Singer/songwriter, bassist and founder of post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), toured with Talking Heads as lead singer in 1996, solo

1958 ● Peter Nelson → Bassist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)

1958 ● Joan Jett (Larkin) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), then founded and fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock N’ Roll (#1, 1981)

1965 ● Adam Cairns → Guitar and vocals for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (, 1993)

1966 ● Rhett Forrester → Lead vocals for 80s New York-based heavy metal Riot plus solo albums and collaborations with blues-metal guitarist Jack Starr and several second-tier metal bands, murdered in an apparent carjacking/shooting in Atlanta on 1/22/1994, age 27

1975 ● Mystikal (Michael Tyler) → Dirty South rapper, “Danger (Been So Long)” (#14, Rap #3, 2001) with five solo albums and multiple collaborations as featured artist

1982 ● Billie (Lianne Piper) → Singer and TV actress, “Because We Want To” (UK #1, 1998), the youngest (age 16) artist to debut at #1 on the UK charts

September 23

1926 ● John Coltrane → Highly influential jazz saxophonist, composer and pioneer of the free jazz movement of jazz without limits, played in others’ bands before forming his own quartet in the 60s and creating innovative and expressive albums such as Giant Steps (1960), My Favorite Things (1961) and A Love Supreme (1965), won a posthumous Grammy Award in 1981 for the 1962 album recording Bye Bye Blackbird, died from liver disease on 1/17/1967, age 40

1930 ● Ray Charles (Robinson) → Soul music pioneer who fused R&B, gospel and blues, won 12 Grammy Awards and scored over 30 Top 40 hits, including “Hit The Road Jack” (#1, 1961), 2004 #1 album Genius Loves Company, #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, died from lung cancer on 6/10/2004, age 73

1935 ● Leslie Coleman “Les” McCann → Jazz pianist and singer known for his cool piano jazz in the early 60s, easily crossed over to R&B, soul, funk and jazz-rock fusion in the late 60s and 70s with “Compared To What” (#85, 1970) and several multi-chart albums, including Swiss Movement (#29, R&B #2, Jazz #1, 1970), suffered by a stroke in the 90s but continued to record into the 00s

1939 ● Roy Buchanan → Grossly underrated blues-rock guitarist, issued over 15 albums, hanged himself in a Virginia jail cell after being arrested for public drunkenness on 8/14/88, age 48

1940 ● Tim Rose → Underappreciated but influential folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Morning Dew” (1967), died from a heart attack during intestinal surgery on 9/24/2002, age 62

1942 ● Jeremy Steig → Acclaimed jazz flutist, artist, graphic designer and early force in jazz-rock fusion as frontman for Jeremy & The Satyrs and on dozens of solo albums featuring Jan Hammer, Eddie Gomez and others,, his “Howlin’ For Judy” (1970) was sampled by the Beastie Boys on “Sure Shot” (Dance #48, 1994), died from cancer on 4/13/2016, age 73

1943 ● Steve Boone → Bassist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1965), record producer and studio owner

1943 ● John Banks → Drummer for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, died on 4/20/1988

1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Grammy-winning Spanish smooth romantic crooner, “Begin The Beguine” (#1, 1981), one of the top 10 best selling artists in history

1943 ● Walter Scott → With twin brother Wallace, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)

1943 ● Wallace Scott → With twin brother Walter, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)

1945 ● Ron Bushy → Drummer for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)

1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor (mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show) and moonlighting pop singer, “My Dad” (#6, 1962)

1946 ● Anthony “Duster” Bennett → British blues-rock harmonica player and one man band, “Jumping At Shadows” (1968), session musician and early 70s member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, died in a car crash on 3/26/1976, age 29

1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)

1947 ● Dan Grolnick → Jazz and pop pianist, member of jazz-rock fusion bands Steps Ahead and Dreams in the 70s and 80s, as a session musician played on numerous albums by top 80s artists, including The Brecker Brothers, Steely Dan and Linda Ronstadt, continued to record and perform with his own bands and as a sessionman until his death from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on 6/1/1996, age 48

1948 ● ‘”Dangerous” Dan Toler → Rhythm and lead guitarist as a member of his own bands and with Dickie Betts & Great Southern in the 70s, the Gregg Allman Band and The Allman Brothers Band in the 80s, joined supergroup The Renegades of Southern Rock in the 90s and collaborated with John Townsend in several projects in the 90s and 00s, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on 2/25/2013, age 64

1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → The Boss, Grammy-winning heartland rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for The E Street Band, “Glory Days” (#5, 1985), #23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

1970 ● Ani DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)

1972 ● Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin) → Producer, songwriter and rapper, “The Party Continues” (#29, Rap #6, 1998), discovered and managed teen hip hop duo Kris Kross, founder of So So Def Recordings, producer for Xscape, Da Brat, Mariah Carey and others

1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

September 24

1893 ● “Blind Lemon” Henry Jefferson → The “Father of Texas Blues,” pioneering blues singer, guitarist and composer, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (1927) has been covered by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, B. B. King, Peter, Paul & Mary and others, died from a heart attack on 12/15/1929

1909 ● Carl Sigman → Songwriter best known for penning the English lyrics and title to “What Now My Love” (Sonny & Cher, #4, UK #13, 1966), for adding the lyrics to the theme music to the movie Love Story (1970) to create the hit “Where Do I Begin?’ (Andy Williams, #9, AC #1, UK #4, 1971) and for co-writing the swing jazz and pop standard “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (Glenn Miller Orchestra, #4, 1940), died at home from natural causes on 9/26/2000, age 91

1931 ● Anthony Newley → Stage, screen and TV actor, singer, pop songwriter, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (Grammy Award Song of the Year 1963), co-wrote the lyrics to “Goldfinger” from the James Bond movie, co-wrote and starred in the stage musical Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, died from renal cancer on 4/14/1999, age 67

1933 ● Mel Taylor → Longtime drummer for rock ‘n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), died of lung cancer on 8/11/1996, age 62

1935 ● James “Shep” Sheppard → Founder and frontman for early 60s R&B doo wop, one hit wonder trio Shep And The Limelites (“Daddy’s Home,” #2, 1961), died from gunshot wounds during a possible carjacking on the Long Island Expressway on 1/24/1970, age 34

1938 ● Steve Douglas (Kreisman) → Reed instrument session musician for Phil Spector, member of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians and best known for his saxophone on albums by Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and others, produced Mink DeVille‘s Le Chat Bleu (1980) album, died from a heart attack on 4/19/1993, age 54

1940 ● Barbara “Bibbs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit

1941 ● Linda McCartney (Linda Louise Eastman) → Photographer, animal rights activist, vegetarian food company founder, keyboardist for pop-rock Wings and solo albums with her husband Paul McCartney, died from breast cancer on 4/17/1998, age 56

1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)

1942 ● Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit

1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)

1946 ● Carson Osten → Co-founder and bassist in psych/garage rock band The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970), left to become a writer, artist, product and character design manager for The Walt Disney Company

1946 ● Kjell Asperud → Drummer for Anglo-Norwegian one hit wonder rock band Titanic, instrumental “Sultana” (UK #5, 1971)

1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock quintet Fotheringay, then renowned folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), sessions and tours with Robert Plant, Elton John, George Harrison, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys and others, solo albums

1962 ● Cedric Dent → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)

1969 ● Shawn “Clown” Crahan → Co-founder, DJ, turntablist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)

1971 ● Peter Salisbury → Drummer for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)

1971 ● Marty Cintron → Vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)

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Albums released Thiss Week (September 12 – 18)

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):

September 12


Brenda Lee —— Let Me Sing ► Country-Pop >> 1963
The Rolling Stones —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— G.I.T.: Get It Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Fighting ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Electric Light Orchestra —— A New World Record ► Prog. Rock >> 1976
Chicago —— Chicago XI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
XTC —— Black Sea ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
David Bowie —— Scary Monsters ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Simple Minds —— Sister Feelings Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Sons And Fascination ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Saga —— Heads Or Tales ► Prog. Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Labour Of Love ► Reggae-Pop >> 1983
The dB’s —— Like This ► Power Pop >> 1984
Talking Heads —— Stop Making Sense ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— VIVIsectVI ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Aerosmith —— Pump ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Annihilator —— Never, Neverland ► Thrash Metal >> 1990
Disco Inferno —— D. I. Go Pop ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1994
Lenny Kravitz —— Circus ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Big Audio Dynamite —— Planet B.A.D. ► Post-Punk Alt. Rock >> 1995
Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Stina Nordenstam —— Dynamite ► Pop-Rock/Dream Pop >> 1996
Sloan —— Between The Bridges ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1999
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Christmas Time Again ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Christina Aguilera —— Mi Reflejo ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
At The Drive-In —— Relationship Of Command ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Bloodrock —— Triptych ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Simple Minds —— Black & White 050505 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2005
David Gray —— Life in Slow Motion ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005
R.E.M. —— And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2006
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— The Day Bear Bryant Died ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Face The Promise ► Album Rock >> 2006
Peter Frampton —— Fingerprints ► Arena Rock >> 2006
Everclear —— Welcome To The Drama Club ► Grunge-Punk >> 2006
Metallica —— Death Magnetic ► Heavy Metal >> 2008
PJ Harvey —— iTunes Session [EP] ► Indie Rock >> 2011

September 13


Manfred Mann —— My Little Red Book Of Winners! ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
Bobby Darin —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ronnie Wood —— I’ve Got My Own Album To Do ► Hard Rock >> 1974
LaBelle —— Nightbirds ► Funk >> 1974
Rose Royce —— Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Disco >> 1976
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— One More From The Road ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Elton John —— Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kate Bush —— The Dreaming ► Art Rock >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Stevie Wonder —— In Square Circle ► Pop-R&B >> 1985
Tanita Tikram —— Ancient Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Smiths —— Rank ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jeff Healey Band —— See The Light ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Foreign Affair ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Shamen —— Boss Drum ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 1992
The Cure —— Show ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blues Traveler —— Four ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Eric Clapton —— From The Cradle ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Various Artists —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Curtis Mayfield —— Live ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready To Die ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
Peter Gabriel —— Secret World Live ► Prog Rock >> 1994
The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine Songtrack ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Spin Doctors —— Nice Talking To Me ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Bonnie Raitt —— Souls Alike ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Tracy Chapman —— Where You Live ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005
Phil Collins —— Going Back ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Aerosmith —— The Essential Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2011
Nick Lowe —— The Old Magic ► Pub Rock >> 2011
Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincolcn Center ► Blues-Rock >> 2011
Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center ► Blues-Rock >> 2011
Bush —— The Sea Of Memories ► Grunge Rock >> 2011
Alice Cooper —— Welcome 2 My Nightmare ► Hard Rock >> 2011

September 14


Doris Day —— The Doris Day Christmas Album ► Holiday Pop >> 1964
The Byrds —— (Untitled) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Supertramp —— Crisis? What Crisis? ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Faith No More —— Introduce Yourself ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Mick Jagger —— Primitive Cool ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Meat Beat Manifesto —— Armed Audio Warfare ► Techno-Industrial >> 1990
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Prince —— The Hits/The B-Sides ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Teddy Pendergrass —— A Little More Magic ► Soul-Pop >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millennium ► Soul-Funk >> 1993
Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Squeeze —— Some Fantastic Place ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea [UK] ► Avant Grunge >> 1996
Luis Miguel —— Amarte Es Un Placer ► Latin Pop >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B ► Alt. Rock / Punk >> 1999
Gov’t Mule —— Deja Voodoo ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2004
Joni Mitchell —— Dreamland ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Blondie —— Live By Request ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2004
Alice Cooper —— School’s Out And Other Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Get Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 2008
David Gray —— Draw The Line ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Weezer —— Hurley ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2010
Marilyn Martin —— Trust, Love, Pray ► Contemporary CCM >> 2012

September 15


Johnny Cash —— Sings Hank Williams ► Classic Country >> 1960
Otis Redding —— Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul ► Memphis Soul >> 1965
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Takes Off ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1966
The Kinks —— Something Else By The Kinks ► British Rock >> 1967
The Band —— Cahoots ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Bobby Womack —— Communication ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Fireball ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Grand Funk Railroad —— Phoenix ► Hard Rock >> 1972
John Denver —— Rocky Mountain High ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Poco —— Crazy Eyes ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Frank Zappa —— Studio Tan ► Art Rock >> 1978
Huey Lewis & The News —— Sports ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Blood & Chocolate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Ric Ocasek —— This Side Of Paradise ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Donna Summer —— All Systems Go ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Ramones —— Halfway To Sanity ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rick Wakeman —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Michael Penn —— Free-For-All ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Bad 4 Good —— Refugee ► Heavy Metal/Teen Metal >> 1992
New Edition —— Home Again ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
America —— Human Nature ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Marilyn Manson —— Mechanical Animals ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1998
Death —— Sound Of Perseverance ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
The Human League —— The Very Best Of The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2003
Elton John —— The Captain & The Kid ► Pop-Rock >> 2006
Ace Frehley —— Anomaly ► Pop-Metal >> 2009

September 16


Neil Diamond —— Just For You ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —— Easy ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Sugar ‘N’ Spice ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Baby, It’s Me ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane —— Rough Mix ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1977
Rory Gallagher —— Top Priority ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— Nothing Matters (And What If It Did) ► Roots Rock >> 1980
Gary Numan —— Warriors ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1983
Deep Purple —— Perfect Strangers ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Kiss —— Asylum ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Marshall Crenshaw —— Downtown ► Power Pop >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
The Waterboys —— This Is The Sea ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Lizzy Borden —— Visual Lies ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Eazy-E —— Eazy-Duz-It ► Gangsta Rap >> 1988
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jonathan Richman —— I, Jonathan ► College Rock >> 1992
Gloria Estefan —— Exitos De Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club ► Afro-Cuban Jazz >> 1997
Brooks & Dunn —— The Greatest Hits Collection ► Country-Rock >> 1997
The Band —— Jubilation ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Death In Vegas —— Scorpio Rising ► Electronic Pop >> 2002
David Bowie —— Reality ► Glam Rock >> 2003
Joss Stone —— The Soul Sessions ► Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2003
Elton John —— The Diving Board ► Pop-Rock >> 2013

September 17


Manfred Mann —— The Manfred Mann Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
The Ventures —— Wild Things! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1966
Colosseum —— Colosseum Live ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1971
Rick Springfield —— Comic Book Heroes ► Power Pop >> 1973
Scorpions —— In Trance ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 1975
Ringo Starr —— Ringo’s Rotogravure ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Act I ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Doobie Brothers —— One Step Closer ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Phil Lynott —— The Phil Lynott Album ► Album Rock >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage ► New Wave Ska Pop >> 1984
Timothy B. Schmit —— Playin’ It Cool ► Country-Rock >> 1984
Thompson Twins —— Here’s To Future Days ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1985
Yes —— Big Generator ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 ► Classical Fusion >> 1987
Cocteau Twins —— Heaven Or Las Vegas ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Mariah Carey —— Emotions ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Ozzy Osbourne —— No More Tears ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge >> 1991
Steve Earle —— Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator ► Alt. Country >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
KMFDM —— Money ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 1992
Cake —— Fashion Nugget ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 1996
The Cardigans —— First Band On The Moon ► Power Pop >> 1996
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Goo Goo Dolls —— Bang! [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Natalie Cole —— Ask A Woman Who Knows ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— Kill To Get Crimson ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Berlin —— Animal ► L. A. Synth-Pop >> 2013
The Band —— Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 ► Folk-Rock >> 2013
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Wise Up Ghost ► Funk >> 2013

September 18


The Ventures —— Another Smash!!! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1961
Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal >> 1978
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock >> 1983
The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
The Band —— To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Easybeats —— The Definitive Series ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1992
At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Fantastic Plastic Machine —— Luxury ► Trip Hop >> 1998
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Alice Cooper —— Dragontown ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 1 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 2 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 3 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 4 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 5 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
The Knack —— Premium Gold Collection ► Power Pop >> 2001
Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Free —— Chronicles ► Hard Rock/Blues-Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock >> 2007
Paul Simon —— Live In New York City ► Folk-Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones ► Southern Rock >> 2012
Madonna —— Celebration ► Dance-Pop >> 2009

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 11 – 17)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 11

1918 ● Estelle Axton → With her younger brother, Jim Stewart, co-founder of legendary Memphis-based soul label and Motown rival Stax Records, the widely-renowned home to Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and others, died from natural causes on 2/24/2004, age 85
1938 ● Charles Patrick → Lead vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1940 ● Bernie Dwyer → Drummer for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), died of lung cancer on 12/4/2002, age 62
1943 ● Mickey Hart → Drums and percussion for Grateful Dead, “Touch Of Grey” (# 9, 1987), bandleader for Rolling Thunder Review, solo career with two Grammy-winning world music albums, author and film score composer
1943 ● Jack Ely → Guitarist, vocalist, co-founder of garage rock one hit wonder The Kingsmen and singer of their version of “Louie Louie” (#2, 1963), left for an unsuccessful solo career, recovered from alcoholism and recorded an album of Christian music in 2011, died from skin cancer on 4/29/2015, age 71
1945 ● Leo Kottke → Virtuoso acoustic folk guitar singer and songwriter with 21 albums and numerous collaborations with John Fahey, Lyle Lovett, Mike Gordon, Rickie Lee Jones and others
1946 ● Dennis Tufano → Original lead singer for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), continues with the band on the oldies circuit
1947 ● Richard Jaeger → Session and backing band percussionist for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr and others, died on 8/27/2000, age 52
1948 ● John Martyn (Iain David McGeachy) → Largely overlooked, innovative folk-blues-jazz rock fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, Brit folk genre-defining album Solid Air (1970) and 19 other studio discs, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2009, age 60
1953 ● Tommy Shaw → Guitar for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), then in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1957 ● Jon Langford → Co-founder, guitar, vocals and one of two constant members of long-running punk rock The Mekons, “Never Been In A Riot” (1978), solo plus visual and comic artist
1957 ● Jon Moss → Drummer for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#12, 1984) and first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986)
1958 ● Mick Talbot → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), then sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984) and The Bureau
1959 ● Rory Lyons → Drummer for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1964 ● Victor Wooten → Composer, author, producer and Grammy-winning bassist with progressive folk-bluegrass Béla Fleck And The Flecktones, “The Sinister Minister” (Best Pop Instrumental, 1997), collaborations with Stanley Clarke and others, three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s “Bassist of the Year” award
1965 ● Moby (Richard Melville Hall) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band techno-dance-pop artist, “South Side” (#14, 2000), producer, descendent of Moby Dick author Herman Melville
1966 ● Greg Kane → Scottish pianist and co-member with brother Pat in contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1967 ● Harry Connick, Jr. → Three-time Grammy-winning big band and jazz-pop singer, “Hear Me In The Harmony” (Adult Contemporary #18, 1996)
1971 ● Richard Ashcroft → Guitar and vocals for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998), solo
1975 ● Brad Fischetti → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones or Low Frequency Oscillator), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999)
1977 ● Ludacris (Christopher Brian Bridges) → Grammy-winning “Dirty South” movement rapper, “Stand Up” (#1, 2004), co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace label, actor and philanthropist
1977 ● Jon Buckland → Lead guitarist for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1981 ● Charles Kelley → Founding member, vocals and songwriting for country-rock harmony group Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009) plus solo albums and collaborative songwriting

September 12

1924 ● Ella Mae Morse → Country, pop, jazz and R&B singer who flirted at the edges of what would become rock ‘n’ roll, first as a teenage vocalist with 40s big bands (“Cow Cow Boogie,” #1, 1942, Capitol Records‘ first million-selling record) and later as a 50s solo artist (“The Blacksmith Blues,” #1, 1952), retired by 1960 and died from respiratory failure on 10/16/1999, age 75
1931 ● George Jones → Hard-partying and hardcore honky tonk and later smooth ballad country star with 70 Country Top 10 hits, including “She Thinks I Still Care” (#1, 1962), married four times including six years to country queen Tammy Wynette, died from hypoxic respiratory failure on 4/26/2013, age 81
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
1943 ● Maria Muldaur (D’Amato) → Greenwich Village folk scene bandmember, then solo folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Midnight at the Oasis” (#6, 1970), backing vocals for Grateful Dead in late-70s
1944 ● Colin Young → Lead singer for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1944 ● Barry White → Deep baritone R&B/soul singer, songwriter, producer/bandleader for the Love Unlimited Orchestra, his soaring instrumental “Love’s Theme” (#1, 1973) is widely considered the first “disco” hit and was followed by a string of solo R&B and Pop hits in the early 70s, including “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” (#1, R&B #1, 1974), enjoyed a Grammy-winning career resurgence in the late 80s and died from kidney failure caused by hypertension on 7/4/2003, age 58
1946 ● Anthony “T-Bone” Bellamy (Avila) → Lead guitar, piano and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died from liver failure on 12/25/2009, age 63
1946 ● Richard Allan “Dickie” Peterson → Lead vocals and bass guitar for early metal/psych-blues-rock power trio Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” (#14, 1968), plus two solo albums, continued to perform in various lineups of the band until his death from liver cancer on 10/12/2009, age 63
1952 ● Neal Peart → Drummer and principal lyricist with Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1952 ● Gerry Beckley → Founding member, guitar, piano, vocals and songwriter for folk-pop America, “A Horse With No Name” (#1, 1972)
1956 ● Brian Robertson → Guitar for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1956 ● Barry Andrews → Vocals and keyboards for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979), left in 1979 for solo career and session work
1957 ● Hans Zimmer → Four-time Grammy-winning film score composer and record producer with over 150 movie credits, including blockbusters The Lion King (1994), the various Batman flicks and Interstellar (2014), worked for DreamWorks as head of film music and for his own production company
1965 ● John Norwood Fisher → Bass and vocals for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1966 ● Ben Folds → Singer, songwriter, keyboards and frontman for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1998)
1967 ● Jon Stewart → Guitar for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1968 ● Reid Lawrence “Larry” LaLonde → Guitarist in early 80s death metal group Possessed, joined thrash metal Blind Illusion in 1987, now with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000)
1968 ● Kenny Thomas → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Thinking About Your Love” (UK #4, 1991), certified acupuncturist
1974 ● Jennifer Nettles → Two-time Grammy-winning country music star, lead vocals for duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008), duet with Jon Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Country #1, 2005)
1978 ● Ruben Studdard → R&B/soul-pop and gospel crooner, “Flying Without Wings” (#2, 2003), winner of the second series of American Idol
1981 ● Jennifer Hudson → Third season American Idol finalist, Academy Award-winning actress in Dreamgirls (2006), Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Spotlight” (#24, Dance/Club #8, 2008)

September 13

1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”, Grammy-winning singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader for the Blue Grass Boys, solo, “Gotta Travel On” (Country #15, 1959), suffered a stroke and died six weeks later on 9/9/1996, age 84
1916 ● Dick Haymes → Argentina-born actor and singer hugely popular in the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era, recorded dozens of solo singles, including “Little White Lies” (#2, 1948) plus duets withJudy Garland, the Andrews Sisters and others, starred in numerous films through the early 50s, died from lung cancer on 3/28/1980, age 63
1922 ● Yma Sumac → Peruvian-American easy listening lounge music act rumored at times to be a descendant of Incan kings or a housewife named Amy Camus, but known for her five-octave vocal range, flamboyant costumes, full figure and recordings of 50s erotica music, continued to tour and perform periodically through the 90s before dying from colon cancer on 11/1/2008, age 86
1922 ● Tony Russell “Charles” Brown → Texas blues and R&B/soul balladeer, member of influential Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers and key player in the development of rock ‘n’ roll, bridged 40s cool jazz with blues to form a bluesy R&B precursor to early rock ‘n’ roll, scored several hits in the early 50s, including “Black Night” (R&B #1, 1951), continued to record and perform into the 90s, died from congestive heart failure on 1/21/1999, age 76
1925 ● Mel Torme → The “Velvet Fog,” virtuoso smooth-toned, Grammy-winning jazz-pop nightclub and showroom singer, “Lover’s Roulette” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1967), composed the music for “The Christmas Song,” better known as the now-standard “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” died from complications of a 1996 stroke on 6/5/1999, age 73
1933 ● Lewie Steinberg → Original bass player in Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962), session work outside Stax
1935 ● Bruce Lundvall → Wannabe jazz musician turned career record company executive, first at Columbia Records where he built the label’s jazz roster, later with the Elektra/Musician (jazz) and Manhattan (pop) labels, and, starting in 1984 and continuing for 25 years, as the head of Blue Note Records, where he revived the brand and signed artists such as Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves, died during surgery related to Parkinson’s disease on 5/19/2015, age 79
1939 ● Gene Page → Prolific composer, arranger and conductor, worked with a wide variety of artists from Barry White, The Supremes and other Motown acts to Johnny Mathis and Jefferson Starship, managed smooth soul trio Love Unlimited (“I Belong To You,” #27, R&B #1, 1975), scored multiple films including cult Blaxploitation flick Blacula (1972) and comedy Fun With Dick And Jane (1977), died after a long illness on 8/24/1998, age 58
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Saxophonist with top notch Brit progressive jazz-rock band If
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas (David Thomsett) → Canadian-born lead singer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Keyboards, saxophone and flute for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Peter Cetera → Original member, bassist, lead vocals and songwriter for jazz-rock-pop fusion Chicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (#4, 1977), solo, “Glory Of Love” (#1, 1986) and four other Top 40 singles, producer
1944 ● Les Harvey → Scottish rock guitarist and backing vocalist with his brother in the Alex Harvey Soul Band, joined hard rock Cartoone in 1969 and toured with Led Zeppelinn and Spirit, then co-founded blues-rock Stone The Crows, died from electrocution on stage during a concert on 5/3/1972, age 27
1952 ● Randy Jones → Vocals (and cowboy character) for campy R&B/disco suggestively gay Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1952 ● Don Was (Donald Fagenson) → Vocals and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stevie Nicks, The Barenaked Ladies and many others
1954 ● Steven John Kilbey → Bass and lead vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → Bass singer, arranger and music director in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978), TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1957 ● Joni Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1961 ● Dave Mustaine → Original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for heavy metal Metallica, fired in 1983 and became founder, chief songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr, third skinman in Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), unofficial member of The Who since 1996, collaborations with Paul Weller, The Waterboys, The Icicle Works and others
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Drums and percussion for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), sessions
1967 ● Timothy S. “Ripper” Owens → Lead singer (1996-2003) for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, left to join heavy/thrash metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (#3, 2008)
1972 ● Matt Everitt → Drummer for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Guitar for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1977 ● Fiona Apple (Maggart) → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (#21, 1996) was voted Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, now a cult artist
1983 ● James Bourne → Co-founder, singer and songwriter in Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)
1993 ● ‘Niall James Horan → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011)

September 14

1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Elvis Presley‘s hit “Heartbreak Hotel” (#1, 1956), died from drowning in her bath at home after a suspected heart attack on 4/9/1997, age 82
1918 ● Cachao (Israel López Valdés) → The “Original Mambo King,” Cuban bassist and composer credited with developing the mambo in the 30s and influencing modern Cuban music and, over time, dance-pop and Latin-rock sounds in the rest of the world, recorded dozens of albums in an 80-year performing career and won Grammy Awards in the 90s, died from kidney failure on 3/22/2008, age 89
1939 ● Cornelius “Nini” Harp → Lead vocals for bi-racial doo wop The Marcels (“Blue Moon,” #1, 1961), left in 1963 but rejoined the group for tours in 1975 and a TV special, Doo Wop 50, in 1999, died from natural causes on 6/4/2013, age 73
1944 ● Davenie Johanna “Joey” Heatherton → Purring blond sexpot 60s and 70s TV and film actress and two hit wonder pop singer, “Gone” (#24, 1972) and “I’m Sorry” (#87, 1972), her career decline after 1975 was marked by eating, drinking and public conduct disorders
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Bassist, co-founder and constant member of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1947 ● Jon “Bowzer” Bauman → Vocals for “greaser” revival parody rock-and-doo-wop Sha Na Na (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #55, 1975)
1949 ● Steve Gaines → Guitar for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), wrote “I Know A Little” (1977), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977, age 28
1949 ● Edward C. King → Guitarist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), replaced Leon Wilkeson on bass in raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), switched to guitar when Wilkeson returned to the band and created the signature triple-guitar attack sound, left in 1976 but returned to the reunited band in 1987, left for good due to health problems in 1996
1949 ● Fred “Sonic” Smith → Lead guitarist for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (1969), married punk singer and poet Patti Smith in 1980, died from heart failure on 11/4/1994, age 45
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Guitarist for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), later formed hard rock Back Street Crawler and did session work before dying aboard a New York/L.A. commercial flight of a heart attack resulting from drug abuse on 3/19/1976, age 25
1954 ● Barry 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, died in the flooding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina on 8/29/2005, age 50
1955 ● Steve Berlin → Saxophonist and keyboardist for all-American roots rock The Blasters, in 1984 joined Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), sessions and collaborations
1959 ● Morten Harket → Lead vocals in Norwegian synth-poppers A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), solo
1967 ● John Power → Bass and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Bassist for Pacific Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Joined alt rock/Britpop Pulp as second guitarist in 1995, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), now produces avant-garde films
1973 ● Nas (Nasir Jones) → Self-appointed “King of New York,” acclaimed and influential hip hop performer and East Coast rapper, “If I Ruled The World” (#53, Rhythmic Top 40 #8, 1996), US #1 album Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → Vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop and jazz-pop singer and songwriter, “Rehab” (#9, 2007), died from unknown causes at her London home on 7/23/2011, age 27

September 15

1903 ● Roy Acuff → The “King of Country Music,” singer, fiddler and country music promoter credited with “mainstreaming” early country music, co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, which signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of heart failure on 11/23/1992, age 89
1924 ● Robert Waltrip “Bobby” Short → Sophisticated New York cabaret singer with a seven-decade career entertaining through pre-rock popular standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and others, recorded dozens of albums of jazz, blues, pop, easy listening, cabaret and swing music, continued to perform into the early 00s, died from leukemia on 3/21/2005, age 80
1928 ● Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley → High school band director turned renowned, Grammy-winning alto jazz saxophonist, bandleader and solo artist, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (#11, R&B #2, 1967), died of a stroke on 8/8/1975, age 46
1931 ● Jac Holzman → Music business executive, founded Elektra Records in 1950 and started other important music labels, signed fledging acts such as The Doors, Carly Simon, Bread and others, went on to various music industry executive positions, including stints with Time-Warner, Sony and Panavision
1933 ● Pat Barrett → High tenor for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → Frontman and vocals for early rock & roll/surf pioneers The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1941 ● Signe Toly Anderson → Original female vocalist for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, appeared on their debut album Takes Off (1966) as harmony vocalist and lead on “Chauffeur Blues,” left in October 1966 to spend time with her new daughter, was replaced by Grace Slick and faded from view, died from obstructive pulmonary disease on 1/28/2016. age 74
1942 ● Lee Dorman → Bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond, died of unknown causes at home on 12/21/2012, age 70
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish drummer in the backing band for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976), bled to death after hitting his head on a glass door and suffering a slit throat from a shard of broken glass 3/17/2008, age 61
1956 ● Jaki Graham → UK star but US one hit wonder R&B/dance-pop singer, “Ain’t Nobody” (Dance/Club #1,1994)
1958 ● Tim Whelan → Guitar for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Michel “Mitch” Dorge → Drummer, songwriter and producer for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1969 ● Allen Shellenberger → Drummer for indie rock/pop punk Lit (“My Own Worst Enemy,” #51, Modern Rock #1, 1999), died from a malignant brain tumor on 8/13/2009, age 39
1976 ● Kingsley “KG” Goldsmith → Lead vocals for Brit R&B/swingbeat soul boy band MN8, “I’ve Got A Little Something For You” (UK #2, 1995)
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Drummer for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1978 ● Zachary Filkens → Lead guitarist of self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, their “Apologize” (#1, 2006) is the most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date

September 16

1913 ● Florence Greenberg → New Jersey housewife who parlayed an unlikely hit record by an unknown teen group, The Shirelles (“I Met Him On A Sunday” #49, 1958) into an improbable career as a music executive and owner of Scepter Records, the leading independent label of the 60s and home to Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, B.J. Thomas and many others, sold out and retired in 1976, died from complications of a stoke on 11/2/1995, age 82
1925 ● Charlie Byrd → Classically-trained acoustic jazz guitarist who brought Brazilian bossa nova music to the mainstream in North America with the album Jazz Samba (#1, 1963) with Stan Getz and the instrumental “Desalinate” (#15, AC #4, 1962), continued to record mostly easy listening jazz-pop and authored a book on guitar instruction, died from cancer on 12/2/1999, age 74
1925 ● Riley B. “B.B.” King → The reigning “King of the Blues” and important electric guitarist, “The Thrill Is Gone” (#15, R&B #1,1970), influenced countless electric blues and rock guitarists, #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, died in his sleep on 5/14/2015, age 89
1934 ● Richard Blandon → Lead singer for early doo-wop The Dubs (“Could This Be Magic,” #23, 1957), left then returned to a reformed group which he fronted into the 80s, died on 12/30/1991, age 57
1941 ● Joe Butler → Drummer for 60s hit making folk-rock quartet The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Bernard Calvert → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Winston Grennan → The “Master Drummer of Jamaica,” session drummer and bandleader credited with creating the “One Drop” ska and rocksteady-based beat that underlies reggae music and the “Flyers” beat that precursed reggae, worked with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and many other top reggae, ska, soul and pop acts, died from cancer on 10/27/2000, age 56
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul girl group The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack” (#45, 1964), left to join R&B/pop-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”” (#2, 1964)
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), replaced deceased Keith Moon in 1979 in The Who, “You Better You Bet” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1981)
1948 ● Ron Blair → Original bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3, 1981), left in 1982 for session career and rejoined in 2002
1950 ● David Bellamy → With brother Homer, one half of country-pop The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976) and 35 other Country Top 40 hits
1953 ● Alan Leslie Barton → Guitarist for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984), joined pop-rock Smokie in 1986 as guitarist and lead vocalist, died when the band’s tour bus crashed in Germany on 3/23/1995, age 41
1954 ● Frank Reed → Joined a reconstituted version of Chicago R&B/smooth soul The Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her?”, #3, 1971) in 1988 as lead vocalist and remained with the band until his death on 2/26/2014, age 59
1954 ● Colin Newman → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for art/punk then post-punk then electronic Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989), solo artist, producer and co-founder of the Swim Records label
1956 ● Dave Blood (Schultise) → Ph.D. candidate in economics at Purdue University turned punk rock bassist in punk quartet Dead Milkmen, left the band in 1995 to move to Serbia to work and study, returned to the U.S. in the aftermath of the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, committed suicide by drug overdose on 3/10/2004, age 47
1960 ● Donald “Ean” Evans → Bass guitarist in multiple rock bands in the Southeastern U.S., joined raunchy Southern rockLynyrd Skynyrdd in 2001, replacing original and deceased bassist Leon Wilkeson, continued with the band until his death from lung cancer on 5/6/2009, age 48
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → Guitar and vocals for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1962 ● Stephen Jones → Founder, guitarist, vocals and frontman of Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996), solo, novelist
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock singer and songwriter, “Right Here Waiting” (#1, 1987) turned Grammy-winning adult contemporary balladeer, “Dance With My Father” (Song of the Year 2003)
1964 ● Dave “The Snake” Sabo → Co-founder and lead guitar for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), teenage friend of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and original lead guitarist in JBJ‘s band
1968 ● Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz) → Multi-talented, Grammy-winning Latin dance-pop (“tropical salsa”) singer, “I Need To Know” (#3, 1991), film actor
1969 ● Justine Frischmann → Co-founder guitar and vocals for alt rock/Britpop Suede, left for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), now an abstract painter
1976 ● Shannon Noll → Australian pop-rock singer, runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), ten consecutive Aussie Top 10 singles, including “What About Me?” (AUS #1, 2004)
1976 ● Tina Barrett → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1977 ● Musiq Soulchild (Talib Johnson) → R&B/neo-soul, funk, blues and gospel fusion hip hop artist, “Halfcrazy” (#16, 2002)
1981 ● Christopher Cester → Drummer and backing vocals for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Ketevan “Katie” Melua → Jazz-pop/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nine Million Bicycles” (UK #5, 2005), album Piece By Piece (Jazz Albums #3, 2006)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Singer and songwriter in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), actor

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1923 ● Ralph Sharon → Grammy-winning jazz pianist, composer and arranger known for his 50 year collaboration with Tony Bennett and the signature song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” (#19, 1962), continued to perform with his own jazz-pop ensemble until his death on 3/31/2015, age 91
1923 ● Hiram King “Hank” Williams → The “Father of Contemporary Country Music” with 35 oft-covered Country Top 10 hits, including “Hey, Good Lookin'” (Country #1, 1951), died in his limo en route to a show on 1/1/1953, age 29
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll bassist in Elvis Presley‘s backing band and his own Bill Black Combo, “Smokie” (1959), died from a brain tumor on 10/21/1965 at age 39
1926 ● “Brother” Jack McDuff (Eugene McDuffy) → Hard bop and jazz-soul Hammond B-3 organist and bandleader known for his funky, bluesy style and mentorship to young guitarist George Benson in his mid-60s quartet, continued to record until his death from heart failure on 1/23/2001, age 74
1929 ● Silvester “Sil” Austin → Jazz saxophonist in the 40s, switched to more accessible blues and funk-pop sound in the 50s and scored several hits, including “Slow Walk” (#17, R&B #3, 1956) , continued to record and perform into the 90s before dying from prostate cancer on 9/1/2001
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → Lead vocals for one hit wonder blue-eyed doo wop quintet The Mystics, “Hushabye” (#20, 1959)
1939 ● LaMonte McLemore → Founding member and vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), professional photographer for Playboy, Jet, Ebony, Harper’s Bizarre and others
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer 1972-74, session drummer for Sammy Hagar and David Soul, drowned in his backyard swimming pool on 6/5/1990, age 42
1950 ● John Waldo “Fee” Waybill → Lead singer and songwriter for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), producer for Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and others
1952 ● Steve Sanders → Baritone singer and member of country/gospel/folk The Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira” (#5, Country #1, 1981) replacing original member William Lee Golden from 1987 to 1995, left the band and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 6/10/1998, age 45
1953 ● Steve Williams → Drummer for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1959 ● Will Gregory → Vocals and synthesizer with Alison Goldfrapp in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1961 ● Ty Tabor → Lead guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1962 ● Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann → Australian screenwriter, film director and one hit wonder novelty-pop/spoken word artist, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (#45, Adult Top 40 #10, 1999), directed Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008)
1962 ● Benjamin “BeBe” Winans → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with sister CeCe (Priscilla), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Thank You” (Dance/Club #6, 1998)
1966 ● Doug E. Fresh (Douglas E. Davis) → Rapper, producer and pioneering beat boxer known as “The Human Beat Box” for his near-perfect imitations of drum machines and effects using his mouth, lips, gums and throat, frontman for hip hop Get Fresh Crew, “The Show” (Hip Hop #3, 1985) and solo, “Freaks/I-ight (Alright)” (Dance #3, 1994)
1968 ● Lord Jamar (Lorenzo Dechalus) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1968 ● Anastacia Lyn Newkirk → R&B/dance-pop singer, “One Day In Your Life” (Dance/Club #1, 2002)
1968 ● John Penney → Vocals for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1969 ● Adam Devlin (Gorecki) → Guitarist and songwriter for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1969 ● Keith Flint → Vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1970 ● Vinnie (Vincent Brown) → Vocals and sampling for pop-rap crossover trio Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.” (#6, 1991) and Grammy-winning Poverty’s Property, Best Rap Album for 1995
1976 ● Maile Misajon → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Drummer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)
1979 ● Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) → People’s Choice award Southern rapper, singer/songwriter and MC, “Low” feat. T-Pain (#1, 2007) and 12 other U.S. Top 20 hits through 2015
1985 ● Jonathan Jacob Walker → Bassist for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

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Albums Released This Week (September 5 – 11)

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):

September 05


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

September 06


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

September 07


Frank Zappa —— Over-Nite Sensation ► Art Rock >> 1973
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Another Time ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Join Hands ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Matt Johnson —— Burning Blue Soul ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Kool & The Gang —— As One ► Disco >> 1982
Mercyful Fate —— Don’t Break The Oath ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Jethro Tull —— Under Wraps ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Queensrÿche —— The Warning ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Pet Shop Boys —— Actually ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Mike Oldfield —— Islands ► Progressive Rock >> 1987
Timothy B. Schmit —— Timothy B. ► Country-Rock >> 1987
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Toto —— Kingdom Of Desire [UK] ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1992
John Mellencamp —— Human Wheels ► Roots Rock >> 1993
John Hiatt —— Perfectly Good Guitar ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Belle & Sebastian —— The Boy With The Arab Strap ► Chamber Pop >> 1998
Buzzcocks —— Modern ► Punk-Rock >> 1999
Agnostic Front —— Riot, Riot, Upstart ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Christine McVie —— In The Meantime ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Matthew Sweet —— Living Things ► Power Pop >> 2004
Cilla Black —— Cilla All Mixed Up ► Dance-Pop >> 2009
Natalie Cole —— The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 2010

September 08


Gene Vincent —— A Gene Vincent Record Date ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Natural Resources ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
The Jackson 5 —— Third Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
LaBelle —— LaBelle ► Funk >> 1971
Mott The Hoople —— All The Young Dudes ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Bigger Than The Both Of Us ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bunny Wailer —— Blackheart Man ► Roots Reggae >> 1976
Styx —— Pieces Of Eight ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
David Bowie —— Stage ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Dave Edmunds —— Tracks On Wax 4 ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush —— Never For Ever ► Prog Rock >> 1980
The Cure —— …Happily Ever After ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Peter Gabriel —— Security ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The B-52’s —— Bouncing Off The Satellites ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Human League —— Crash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Mr. Mister —— Go On… ► L. A. New Wave >> 1987
Rush —— Hold Your Fire ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Pink Floyd —— A Momentary Lapse Of Reason ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Sam Phillips —— The Indescribable Wow ► AltRock/Secular >> 1988
Bad Religion —— Suffer ► Punk Rock >> 1988
Screaming Trees —— Sweet Oblivion ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1992
Marilyn Manson —— Antichrist Superstar ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1996
The Crystal Method —— Vegas ► Electronic/Industrial >> 1997
Hole —— Celebrity Skin ► Grunge >> 1998
The Church —— Hologram Of Baal ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1998
Blonde Redhead —— In An Expression Of The Inexpressible ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1998
Tristania —— Beyond The Veil ► Heavy Metal/Gloom Metal >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— Dance Of Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Washed Out —— Life Of Leisure [EP] ► Electronica >> 2009
Phish —— Joy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Phish —— Party Time ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Queen —— Queen: Live At The Rainbow ’74 ► Glam Rock >> 2014

September 09


Marvin Gaye —— Recorded Live On Stage ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Fleetwood Mac —— Then Play On ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
John Lennon —— Imagine ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
John Sebastian —— Tarzana Kid ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Signals ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Dexy’s Midnight Runners —— Don’t Stand Me Down ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Earth, Sun, Moon ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Barnes —— Two Fires ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1990
Cross —— Blue Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Dire Straits —— On Every Street ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Catherine Wheel —— Like Cats And Dogs ► Alt Rock/Shoegazing >> 1996
Natalie Cole —— Stardust ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
Amy Grant —— Behind The Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1997
Incubus —— S.C.I.E.N.C.E. ► Funk Metal >> 1997
Frank Black And The Catholics —— Frank Black And The Catholics ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
John Mayer —— Heavier Things ► Folk-Pop >> 2003
John Mayer —— Continuum ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Natalie Cole —— Still Unforgettable ► Soul-Pop >> 2008

September 10


Carpenters —— Golden Prize [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1971
Eric Clapton —— Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Randy Newman —— Good Old Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Roxy & Elsewhere ► Art Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bob Dylan —— Hard Rain ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— Songs In The Attic ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Diana Ross —— Silk Electric ► Soul – Motown >> 1982
Bill Drummond —— The Man ► Folk-Pop >> 1986
Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Jethro Tull —— Catfish Rising ► Prog Rock >> 1991
John Cale —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Art Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Solace ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
John Mellencamp —— Mr. Happy Go Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 1996
R.E.M. —— New Adventures In Hi-Fi ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
Rush —— Test For Echo ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1996
Alison Moyet —— The Essential Alison Moyet ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Alison Moyet —— Hometime ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Peter Wolf —— Sleepless ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2002
The Clash —— 5 Album Studio Set ► Punk >> 2013
Madonna —— MDNA World Tour ► Dance-Pop >> 2013
The Clash —— Sound System ► Punk >> 2013

September 11


Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1964
Chad & Jeremy —— Of Cabbages And Kings ► Folk-Pop >> 1967
The Beach Boys —— Smiley Smile ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Bruce Springsteen —— The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ► Album Rock >> 1973
Gentle Giant —— Giant For A Day ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Foreigner —— Head Games ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Ultravox —— Rage In Eden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Falco —— Falco 3 ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
Triumph —— The Sport Of Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— Crest Of A Knave ► Prog Rock >> 1987
The Temptations —— Together Again ► Soul >> 1987
Melissa Etheridge —— Brave And Crazy ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Eurythmics —— We Too Are One ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Warrant —— Cherry Pie ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— Under The Red Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Stephen Stills —— Stills Alone ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Blur —— The Great Escape ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Dion —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Belinda Carlisle —— A Man And A Woman ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Mariah Carey —— Butterfly ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Steps —— Step One [UK] ► Britpop >> 1998
Boz Scaggs —— Dig It ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Mariah Carey —— Glitter [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Love And Theft ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
Nickelback —— Silver Side Up ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2001
John Hiatt —— The Tiki Bar Is Open ► Roots Rock >> 2001
Dave Matthews Band —— Away From The World ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2012
The Knack —— Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos ► Power Pop >> 2012
Bob Dylan —— Tempest ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Clash —— The Clash Hits Back ► Punk >> 2013
Scorpions —— Return To Forever ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 2015

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