Archive for September, 2010

Albums Released This Week (September 27 – October 3)

Here’s a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop – the best music ever made! – which were released this week:

Sep 27

Stevens, Cat —— Catch Bull At Four >> 1972
Depeche Mode —— Broken Frame, A >> 1982
Fall, The —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young >> 1984
Lauper, Cyndi —— True Colors >> 1986
Newman, Randy —— Land Of Dreams >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— Seeds Of Love, The >> 1989
Santana Brothers —— Brothers >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem >> 1994
Moody Blues, The —— Time Traveler >> 1994
Cale, John —— Black Acetate >> 2005
Young, Neil—— Prairie Wind >> 2005

Sep 28

Led Zeppelin —— Song Remains The Same, The >> 1976
Wonder, Stevie —— Songs In The Key Of Life >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! >> 1978
Cooper, Alice —— DaDa >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started >> 1988
ZZ Top —— XXX >> 1999
Stone, Joss —— Mind, Body & Soul >> 2004

Sep 29

Jackson 5, The —— Goin’ Back To Indiana >> 1971
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage >> 1976
Wonder, Stevie —— Hotter Than July >> 1980
Fall, The —— Bend Sinister >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Pacific Age, The’ >> 1986
Smiths, The —— Strangeways, Here We Come >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Uplift Mofo Party Plan, The >> 1987
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden >> 1992
Gabriel, Peter —— Us >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core >> 1982
Rolling Stones, The —— Bridges To Babylon >> 1997

Sep 30

Reeves, Martha & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave >> 1963
Walsh, Joe —— Barnstorm >> 1972
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad >> 1985
Waits, Tom —— Rain Dogs >> 1985
Vaughan, Stevie Ray And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul >> 1985
McCartney, Paul —— Choba b CCCP >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars >> 1991
Robertson, Robbie —— Storyville >> 1991
Beatles, The —— Beatles & Tony Sheridan, The >> 1994
Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky >> 1997
Smith, Patti —— Peace And Noise >> 1997
McBride, Martina —— Martina >> 2003
Etheridge, Melissa —— New Thought For Christmas, A >> 2008

Oct 01

Presley, Elvis —— G.I. Blues >> 1960
Presley, Elvis —— Blue Hawaii >> 1961
Monkees, The —— Monkees Present, The >> 1969
Cale, John —— Fear >> 1974
Styx —— Crystal Ball >> 1976
ZZ Top —— El Loco >> 1981
Jett, Joan & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth >> 1984
U2 —— Unforgettable Fire, The >> 1984
Fogerty, John —— Eye Of The Zombie >> 1986
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls >> 1991
Mayfield, Curtis —— New World Order >> 1996
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased >> 2002

Oct 02

Kinks, The [UK] —— Kinks, The >> 1964
Kinks, The [US] —— You Really Got Me >> 1964
Geils, J., Band —— Morning After, The >> 1971
Zappa, Frank & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury >> 1975
Chicago —— Hot Streets >> 1978
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Survival >> 1979
Replacements, The —— Let It Be >> 1984
Young, Neil —— Freedom >> 1989
Kinks, The —— UK Jive >> 1989
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glorfy >> 1995
Springsteen, Bruce —— Magic>> 2007

Oct 03

Genesis —— Genesis >> 1983
Clapton, Eric —— Crossroads >> 1988
Richards, Keith —— Talk Is Cheap >> 1988
Chapman, Tracy —— Crossroads >> 1989
Ronstadt, Linda & Aaron Neville —— Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind >> 1989
Day, Otis & The Knights —— Shout >> 1989
Simon, Paul —— You’re The One >> 2000

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 26 – October 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 26
1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → Composer, lyricist, “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924)
1918 ● John “Cool Ghoul” Zacherle → TV host, pop-rock novelty song “Dinner With Drac” (1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country legend, “El Paso” (1959)
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → TV/movie actress, jazz-pop vocals, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956)
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969)
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (1975), solo
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocals, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (#3, 1970)
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Aussie actress, country-pop, “Physical” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Stuart Tosh → Soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#1, 1974)
1954 ● Cesar Rosas → Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Jefferson Starship, co-wrote “Find Your Way Back” (#29, 1981)
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country, daughter of June, “Every Little Thing” (1993)
1961 ● Cindy Herron → R&B club-dance En Vogue, “Hold On” (1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Pop-dance-club Everything But The Girl
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → R&B dance-pop, “Dip It Low” (2004

Sep 27
1936 ● Don Cornelius → R&B/soul promoter, producer, TV host Soul Train
1941 ● Don Nix → The Mar-Keys, producer, wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Shane Fenton) → Early 60s pop, then 70s rock & roll, “My Coo Ca Choo” (UK #2, 1973)
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Pop-rock, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978)
1953 ● Greg Ham → Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, 1983)
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist, Riddim Twins, producer
1959 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol, “Hey Deanie” (1978)
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (1970)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive”
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Pop-rock, “Girlfriend” (2007), designer, actress

Sep 28
1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, TV host, introduced the Beatles to America, 2/9/1964
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Author, poet, underground rock The Fugs, solo
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (1958)
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, “Wang Dang Doodle” (1966)
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → The Drifters, solo, “Stand By Me” (1961)
1943 ● Nick St. NicholasSteppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Brit teen-pop, “Walking Back to Happiness” (1961)
1950 ● Paul Burgess → 10cc, Jethro Tull, Camel, Icicle Works
1954 ● George Lynch → Pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → Pop-rock, “The Power Of Love” (UK #1, 1985)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Actress, artist, Frank’s daughter, vocals on “Valley Girl” (1982)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → Actress, teen pop, “With Love” (#24, 2007)

Sep 29
1907 ● Gene Autry → The “Singing Cowboy”, radio star, TV/film actor
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, rock ‘n roll legend, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957)
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (1966)
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French jazz-rock violinist, “Imaginary Voyage” (1976)
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → TV and film theme composer, Hill Street Blues (1981)
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Brit folk-rock Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970)
1948 ● Mark Farner → Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (1973)
1957 ● Mari Wilson → R&B-pop-quiet storm, “Just What I Always Wanted” (UK#8, 1982)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist, funk-metal Primus, solo, film producer
1968 ● Brad Smith → Blind Melon, Unified Theory, solo
1968 ● Matt and Luke Goss → Teen-pop idols Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988)

Sep 30
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul, “I’ll Be There” (1970), mother of Whitney
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop vocalist, “Gina” (#2, 1962)
1942 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → The Dillards, Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956)
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for Elton John but many others
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), solo
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), solo
1952 ● John Lombardo → 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → R&B-jazz-pop vocals, pianist, producer, composer, professor
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Jazz-pop female vocalist, “Time And Tide” (1987)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Improv-rock jam band Phish, solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (1998)

Oct 01
1930 ● Richard Harris → Adult contemporary vocals, “Macarthur Park” (#4, 1968)
1932 ● Albert Collins → Blues singer/guitarist, the “Master of the Telecaster”
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julie Elizabeth Wells) → Actress/singer, “The Sound Of Music” (1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Feemster) → R&B/soul-pop Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978)
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (1968)
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1944 ● Herbert Rhoad → A capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → R&B/soul, “Where Is The Love” (1972)
1947 ● Martin Turner → Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Brit rock ‘n roll band Mud, “Tiger Feet” (1974)
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Dutch pop-rock one hitter Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo
1955 ● Howard Hewett → R&B-urban, Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → New wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop singer, vocals on Simon’s “Graceland” (1986)
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Extra Ordinary” (2001)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → R&B/pop Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Teen-pop Boyzone, “No Matter What” (1998)

Oct 02
1939 ● Lolly Vasquez → Redbone, “Come Ang Get Your Love” (1974)
1941 ● Ron Meagher → The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, “American Pie” (1971)
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → The Iveys (pre-Badfinger power pop)
1949 ● Richard Hell (Meyers) → Punk-rock Television, The Voidoids “Blank Generation” (1977)
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → The Police, solo, “Fortress Around Your Heart” (#1, 1985)
1952 ● John Otway → Folk-rock (novelty) singer/songwriter, “Really Free” (1978)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Human League, synth-pop, “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul, “You Are My Lady” (R&B #1, pop #12 1985)
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, producer, pop-rock solo artist, “C’est La Vie” (#2, 1987)
1962 ● Claude V. McKnight, III → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson → Alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Floyd I. “Bud” Gaugh IV → Ska-punk Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Hip-hop Az Yet, “Last Night” (R&B Top 20, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany (Renee Darwish) → Teen pop, “Could’ve Been” (#1, 1987)
1973 ● Lene Grawford Nystrom Rasted → Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (1997)

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Album Releases This Week (September 20 – 26)

Here’s a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop – the best music ever made! – which were released this week:

Sep 20

Yes —— Tormato >> 1978
Osbourne, Ozzy —— Blizzard of Ozz >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold >> 1982
Springsteen, Bruce —— Nebraska >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line >> 1983
Clemons, Clarence & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero >> 1985
Bush, Kate —— Hounds Of Love >> 1985
Lewis, Huey & The News —— Fore! >> 1986
Adams, Bryan —— Room Service >> 2004
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination >> 2005

Sep 21

Cheap Trick —— Dream Police >> 1979
Vandross, Luther —— Forever, For Always, For Love >> 1982
Jackson, Janet —— Janet Jackson >> 1982
America —— Perspective >> 1984
Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 >> 1993
Nirvana —— In Utero >> 1993
Etheridge, Melissa —— Yes I Am >> 1993
Townshend, Pete —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy >> 1999
Green Day —— American Idiot >> 2004

Sep 22

Band, The —— Band, The >> 1969
Harrison, George —— Extra Texture >> 1975
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live >> 1978
Buzzcocks, The —— Love Bites >> 1978
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours >> 1987
Krieger, Robbie —— Door Jams >> 1989
Dylan, Bob —— Oh Mercy >> 1989
Buchanan, Roy —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology >> 1992
Kiss —— Psycho Circus >> 1998
Stills, Stephen & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces >> 2009

Sep 23

Beach Boys, The —— Surfer Girl >> 1963
Allman Brothers Band, The —— Idlewild South >> 1970
Rolling Stones, The —— Love You Live >> 1977
Opposition, The —— Breaking The Silence >> 1981
Joel, Billy —— Nylon Curtain, The >> 1982
Fall, The —— This Nation’s Saving Grace >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy >> 1989
Asia —— Live In Osaka >> 1997
Rundgren, Todd —— With A Twist… >> 1997

Sep 24

Rolling Stones, The —— Out of Our Heads >> 1965
Nyro, Laura —— New York Tendaberry >> 1969
Eagles —— Long Run, The >> 1979
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live >> 1990
AC/DC —— Razor’s Edge, The >> 1990
Megadeath —— Rust In Peace >> 1990
Nirvana —— Nevermind >> 1991
Adams, Bryan —— Waking Up The Neighbors >> 1991
Crow, Sheryl —— Sheryl Crow >> 1996
Earle, Steve —— Jerusalem >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change >> 2002
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down >> 2009

Sep 25

Doors, The —— Strange Days >> 1967
Starr, Ringo —— Beaucoups Of Blues >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 >> 1972
Geils, J., Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle >> 1974
Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy >> 1976
Beach Boys, The —— M.I.U. Album >> 1978
Manilow, Barry —— One Voice >> 1979
Psychedelic Furs, The —— Forever Now >> 1982
They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln >> 1988
Sugarcubes, The —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! >> 1989
Cale, John —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season >> 1992
Bowie, David —— Outside >> 1995
Strokes, The —— Is This It >> 2001
.38 Special —— Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, A >> 2001
Etheridge, Melissa —— Awakening, The >> 2007
Harry, Deborah —— Necessary Evil >> 2007

Sep 26

Beatles, The —— Abbey Road >> 1969
Geils, J., Band —— “Live” Full House >> 1972
Lennon, John —— Walls And Bridges >> 1974
Starr, Ringo —— Ringo The 4th >> 1977
Magnum —— Vigilante >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive >> 1988
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker >> 1995
Prince —— Gold Experience, The >> 1995
Bowie, David —— Outside >> 1995
McLachlan, Sarah —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 19 – 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 19
1921 ● Billy Ward (Robert L. Williams) → The Dominoes, “Have Mercy Baby” (#1, 1952)
1931 ● Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → “The Boll Weevil Song” (1961)
1934 ● Brian Epstein → Beatles manager
1935 ● Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) → The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Bill Medley → The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (1965)
1940 ● Paul Williams → Pop songwriter, singer, actor
1940 ● Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) → Folk duo Ian & Sylvia, “You Were On My Mind” (1964)
1941 ● “Mama” Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (1966)
1942 ● Danny Kalb → Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966)
1945 ● David Bromberg → Blues-folk-rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971)
1945 ● Freda Payne → R&B-pop, “Band of Gold” (1970)
1946 ● John Coghlan → Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → 10CC, “I’m Not In Love” (1975)
1949 ● Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) → Model/actress/singer
1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Canadian record producer, guiatrist, composer
1952 ● Nile Rodgers → Honeydrippers, record producer
1957 ● Rusty Egan → The Rich Kids, Visage, UK club DJ
1958 ● Carmelita Rosanna “Lita” Ford → The Runaways, solo, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)
1964 ● Patricia Lynn “Trisha” Yearwood → Actress, country star, “How Do I Live” (1996)

Sep 20
1885 ● “Jelly Roll” Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Jazz pianist/composer, “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926)
1945 ● “Sweet Pea” Atkinson → Dance-pop Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1946 ● Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) → Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977)
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963)
1948 ● Chuck PanozzoStyx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (1981)
1948 ● John PanozzoStyx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (1981)
1957 ● Alannah Currie → Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Extreme, “More Than Words” (1992)
1967 ● Matthew and Gunnar Nelson → Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson)
1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Lifehouse, “You And Me” (2005)

Sep 21
1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards, Mothers of Invention, sessions
1934 ● Leonard Cohen → Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Bird On The Wire” (1969)
1936 ● Dickey Lee (Royden Dickey Lipscomb → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Patches” (#6, 1962)
1947 ● Don FelderEagles, composed music to “Hotel California” (1976), solo
1952 ● David Gregory → XTC, The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1954 ● Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor → Punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (1980)
1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (1986)
1967 ● Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) → Country-pop, “Breathe” (1999)
1967 ● Timmy T (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance freestyler, “One More Try” (#1, 1991)
1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) → De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1972 ● David Silveria → Korn, “Here To Stay” (2002)
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Oasis, “Wonderwall” (1995)
1989 ● Jason Derülo (Desrouleaux) → Singer/songwriter, “Watcha Say” (2009), actor, dancer

Sep 22
1913 ● Alvin “Leroy” Holmes → Bandleader, film score composer, Smile (1975)
1930 ● Joni James (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Pop vocals, “You Are My Love” (#1, 1954)
1931 ● George Chambers → Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (1968)
1943 ● Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder, “Mickey” (#1, 1982)
1949 ● David Coverdale → Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (1987)
1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m To Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1956 ● Debbie Boone → “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Concrete Blond, “Joey” (1990)
1957 ● Nick Cave → The Birthday Party, Bad Seeds, Grinderman
1957 ● Peter Jones → Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (1983)
1958 ● Joan Jett (Larkin) → Runaways, solo, “I Love Rock N’ Roll (1981)

Sep 23
1930 ● Ray Charles (Robinson) → Soul pioneer, “What’d I Say” (#6, 1959)
1939 ● Roy Buchanan → Grossly underrated blues-rock guitarist
1940 ● Tim Rose → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Morning Dew” (1967)
1943 ● John Banks → The Merseybeats, “Wishin’ And Hopin'” (1964)
1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Latin crooner, “Begin The Beguine” (#1, 1981)
1943 ● Steve Boone → The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Do You Believe In Magic?” (1965)
1943 ● Wallace Scott → The Whispers, “One For The Money” (R&B #10, 1980)
1943 ● Walter Scott → R&B/soul The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, 1980)
1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor, singer, “My Dad” (#6, 1962)
1946 ● Anthony “Duster” Bennett → British blues-rocker, “Jumping At Shadows” (1968)
1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → One hitter wonder Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → The Boss
1970 ● Ani DeFranco → The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (1973)
1972 ● Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin) → Producer, rapper, “Money Ain’t A Thang” (R&B #10, 1998)
1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (2001)

Sep 24
1893 ● “Blind Lemon” Henry Jefferson → The “Father of Texas Blues”
1931 ● Anthony Newley → Actor, singer, pop songwriter
1933 ● Mel Taylor → The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960)
1940 ● Barbara Allbut → The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Linda McCartney (Linda Louise Eastman) → Wife of Paul
1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Phyllis Allbut → The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963)
1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Carson Osten → The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970)
1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969)
1962 ● Cedric Dent → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1971 ● Marty Cintron → No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)

Sep 25
1933 ● Ian Tyson → Folk duo Ian & Sylvia, “Four Strong Winds” (1964)
1939 ● Joseph Russell → A capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971)
1943 ● Gary “Jules” Alexander → The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1943 ● John Locke → Spirit, Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#10, 1974)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Folk/psych-rock Love, wrote “Alone Again Or” (1967)
1946 ● Jerry “The Bear” Penrod → Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)
1947 ● John Fiddler → Brit folk-rock Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (1973)
1955 ● Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, “Donne” (1985)
1955 ● Steve Severin → Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), solo
1968 ● Will Smith → Rapper aka The Fresh Prince, TV/film star
1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#3, 2000)

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Album Releases This Week (September 13 -19)

Here’s a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop – the best music ever made! – which were released this week:

Sep 13

Darin, Bobby —— If I Were A Carpenter >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find >> 1974
Bush, Kate —— Dreaming, The >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail >> 1984
Wonder, Stevie —— In Square Circle >> 1985
Tikram, Tanita —— Ancient Heart >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey >> 1988
Smiths, The —— Rank >> 1988
Healey, Jeff, Band —— See The Light >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul >> 1988
Turner, Tina —— Foreign Affair >> 1989
Cure, The —— Show >> 1993
Mayfield, Curtis —— Live >> 1994
Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready to Die >> 1994

Sep 14

Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab >> 1981
Jagger, Mick —— Primitive Cool >> 1987
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After >> 1993
Prince —— Hits, The/The B-Sides >> 1993
Adams, Bryan —— Live >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millenium >> 1993
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B >> 1999

Sep 15

Kinks, The —— Something Else By The Kinks >> 1967
Band, The —— Cahoots >> 1971
Womack, Bobby —— Communication >> 1971
Poco —— Crazy Eyes >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates >> 1975
Crosby, David & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here >> 1975
Zappa, Frank —— Studio Tan >> 1978
Lewis, Huey & The News —— Sports >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse >> 1984
Costello, Elvis —— Blood & Chocolate >> 1986
Summer, Donna —— All Systems Go >> 1987
Ramones, The —— Halfway To Sanity >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express >> 1986
Wakeman, Rick —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future >> 1991
America —— Human Nature >> 1998

Sep 16

Hendrix, Jimi, Experience —— Electric Ladyland >> 1968
Gaye, Marvin —— Easy >> 1969
Ross, Diana —— Baby, It’s Me >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 >> 1977
Numan, Gary —— Warriors >> 1983
Kiss —— Asylum >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits >> 1985
Waterboys, The —— This Is The Sea >> 1985
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden >> 1988
Richman, Jonathan —— I, Jonathan >> 1992
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club >> 1997
Stone, Joss —— Soul Sessions, The >> 2003

Sep 17

Starr, Ringo —— Ringo’s Rotogravure >> 1976
Zappa, Frank —— Joe’s Garage: Act I >> 1979
Doobie Brothers, The —— One Step Closer >> 1980
Lynott, Phil —— Phil Lynott Album, The >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage >> 1984
Yes —— Big Generator >> 1987
Osbourne, Ozzy —— No More Tears >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II >> 1991
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen >> 1996

Sep 18

Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up >> 1983
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights >> 1987
Jackson, Janet —— Rhythm Nation 1814 >> 1989
Idol, Billy —— Original Sound >> 2006

Sep 19

Presley, Elvis —— King Creole >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold >> 1961
Young, Neil —— After The Gold Rush >> 1970
Young, Neil —— On The Beach >> 1974
Mason, Dave —— Split Coconut >> 1975
McDonald, Country Joe —— On My Own >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces >> 1981
Vandross, Luther —— Give Me The Reason >> 1986
McCartney, Paul —— Press To Play >> 1986
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark >> 1988
Bowie, David —— Sound + Vision >> 1989
Son Volt —— Trace >> 1995
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 12 – 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 12
1931 ● George Jones → Country star, “She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
1943 ● Maria Muldaur → Singer/songwriter, “Midnight at the Oasis” (1970)
1944 ● Barry White → R&B/soul, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
1944 ● Colin Young → The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (1967)
1946 ● Tony “T-Bone” Bellamy → Redbone, “Come Ang Get Your Love” (1974)
1952 ● Gerry Beckley → America, “I Need You” (1972)
1952 ● Neal PeartRush, “New World Man” (1982)
1956 ● Barry Andrews → XTC, The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1956 ● Brian Robertson → Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (1976)
1965 ● Norwood Fisher → Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (1991)
1966 ● Ben Folds → Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1997)
1968 ● Larry LaLonde → Possessed, Blind Illusion, Primus
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Oasis, “Wonderwall” (1995)
1974 ● Jennifer Nettles → Country music star, Sugarland, solo, “Stay” (2008)
1981 ● Jennifer Hudson → R&B singer, “Spoltlight” (2008), actress, Dreamgirls (2006)

Sep 13
1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”
1925 ● Mel Torme → Jazz-pop singer, the “Velvet Fog”
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Progressive jazz-rock band If
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas (David Thomsett) → Blood Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (1969)
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Them, “Here Comes The Night” (1964)
1944 ● Peter CeteraChicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (1977)
1952 ● Don Was (Donald Fagenson) → Was (Not Was), producer
1952 ● Randy Jones → Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → The Darts, doo-wop revival, TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1954 ● Steve Kilbey → The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (1988)
1961 ● Dave Mustaince → Metallica, Megadeth, “Skin O’ My Teeth” (1993)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros, sessions
1967 ● Timothy S. “Ripper” Owens → Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980), Iced Earth
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Rascal Flatts, country-pop, “Fast Cars And Freedom” (2005)
1977 ● Fiona Apple (Maggart) → Singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (1996)

Sep 14
1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville”
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (1976)
1947 ● John “Bowser” Bauman → Sha-Na-Na, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Here To Stay”
1949 ● Steve GainesLynyrd Skynyrd, wrote “I Know A Little” (1977)
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Free, “All Right Now” (1970)
1954 ● Barry Cowsill → The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (1967)
1955 ● Steve Berlin → The Blasters, Los Lobos
1959 ● Morten Harkett → A-Ha, “Take On Me” (1985)
1967 ● John Power → The La’s, “There She Goes” (1990)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Everclear, “Wonderful” (2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Pulp, “Common People” (1995)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → The Pussycat Dolls, “Stickwitu” (2005)
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Singer-songwriter, “Rehab” (2007

Sep 15
1903 ● Roy Acuff → The “King of Country Music”
1928 ● Julian “Cannonball” Adderley → Jazz saxophonist, “Them Dirty Blues” (1960)
1933 ● Pat Barrett → The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (1954)
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (1964)
1945 ● Lee Dorman → Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1970)
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish session drummer, ABBA band
1956 ● Jaki Graham → R&B/dance-pop, “Ain’t Nobody” (2008)
1960 ● Michel “Mitch” Dorge → Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (1993)
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (2001)
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (2004)

Sep 16
1925 ● Riley B. “B.B.” King → The “King of [Electric] Blues”, “The Thrill Is Gone” (1970)
1942 ● Bernard CalvertThe Hollies, “Bus Stop” (1966)
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Martha & The Vandellas, “Heat Wave” (1963)
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Faces, The Who
1948 ● Ron BlairTom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “I Won’t Back Down” (1989)
1950 ● David Bellamy → The Bellamy Brothers, country-pop, “Let Your Love Flow” (1976)
1954 ● Colin Newman → Wire, post-punk, “Eardrum Buzz” (1989)
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → My Bloody Valentine, “shoegazing” pioneers
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock, “Don’t Mean Nothing” (1987)
1969 ● Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Munez) → Latino dance-pop, “Ride On The Rhythm” (1991)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (2008)

Sep 17
1923 ● Hiram King “Hank” Williams → Country music giant, “Hey, Good Lookin'” (1951)
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll, “Smokie” (1959)
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → The Mystics, white doo-wop, “Hushabye” (1959)
1940 ● LaMonte McLemore → The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967)
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer
1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → 10CC, “I’m Not In Love” (1975)
1950 ● Fee Waybill (John Waldo) → The Tubes, “White Punks On Dope” (1977)
1962 ● Benjamin “BeBe” Winans → Gospel, The Winans, solo
1968 ● Lord Jamar (Lorenzo Dechalus) → Brand Nubian, “360 Degrees (What Goes Around)” (1992)
1970 ● Vinnie (Vincent Brown) → Naughty By Nature, rap, “O.P.P.” (1991)
1976 ● Maile Misajon → Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (2001)
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Simple Plan, “Perfect” (2003)

Sep 18
1939 ● Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Teen idol, “Venus” (1959), actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1946 ● Alan King → Ace, “How Long” (1974)
1949 ● Kerry LivgrenKansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (1976)
1950 ● Mike Hossack → Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (1972)
1952 ● Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin) → The Ramones, “Teenage Lobotomy” (1977)
1961 ● Martin Beedle → Cutting Crew, “I Just Died In Your Arms” (1987)
1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Human League, synth-pop, “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
1966 ● Ian “Spike” Spice → Breathe, “How Can I Fail?” (1988)
1967 ● Ricky Bell → New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (1990)

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Album of the Day: John Lennon (9/9/71)

John Lennon issued 12 separate albums between the 1969 breakup of the Beatles and his murder in December 1980. Six were studio albums recorded with Yoko Ono and/or the Plastic Ono Band, four were straight solo discs, one was a live recording and the last was a “best of” compilation of his non-Beatles singles, Shaved Fish (1975). Of the lot, his September 9, 1971 solo album Imagine is the best, due in large part to the peace and love exultation of the marvelous title track.

But Imagine also contains some of Lennon’s lesser-known gems. From the pot-shot at former composing partner Paul McCartney on “How Do You Sleep?” to the beer-hall bounce of “Crippled Inside” to the shuffling love song “Oh Yoko” to the piano-and-strings balladry of “Jealousy Guy,” they’re the best all-around set of Lennon’s non-hit, post-Beatles work. Imagine may lack the deep introspection, primal screaming and vehement protest themes of his other albums, but that’s a large reason why it was an across-the-board #1 seller in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Japan.

— Dr. Rock www.DrRock.com

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