Archive for October, 2010

This Week’s Birthdays (October 31 – November 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 31
1926 ● Jimmy Saville → DJ, actor, TV host, BBC’s Top of the Pops
1937 ● Tom Paxton → Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, “The Last Thing On My Mind” (1964)
1940 ● Eric GriffithsBeatles precursor skiffle/rock ‘n roll band The Quarrymen
1944 ● Richard S. “Kinky” Freidman → Country-rock satirist/singer/songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys
1945 ● Russ Ballard → Guitarist/songwriter, art-rock Argent “God Gave Rock And Roll To You” (1973), solo
1952 ● Bernard Edwards → Bassist, co-founder, co-writer and producer for top R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978)
1952 ● Tony Bowers → Bassist for Blind Eye, Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Simply Red
1961 ● Larry Mullen. Jr. → Drummer for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Johnny Marr (John Martin Maher) → Guitarist/songwriter, The Smiths, Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse, The Cribs
1963 ● Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) → Drummer/songwriter of King Diamond, punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1964 ● Colm O’Ciosoig → Drummer for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1965 ● Annabella Luin (Myint Myint Aye) → New Wave Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy” (#22, 1982)
1966 ● Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) → Hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1967 ● Adam Schlesinger → Power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1968 ● Al Mackenzie → Techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993)
1968 ● Alistair McErlaine → Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1968 ● Vanilla Ice (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Ice Ice Baby” (First hip hop single toi hit #1, 1990)
1970 ● Malin “Linn” Berggren → Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1980 ● Charles Moniz → Drummer for hardcore punk-rock Grade, bassist for Avril Lavigne band
1981 ● Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. → Guitarist/vocalist for alt-punk-rock My Chemical Romance, vocals for Leathermouth
1982 ● Gabriela and Monica Irimia → Romanian pop-dance duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK#2, 2002)

Nov 01
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” (#1, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK#1, 1973)
1946 ● Rick Grech (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues-rock Family, Blind Faith, Traffic
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings
1950 ● Dan Peek → Folk-pop America, wrote “Lonely People” (#5, 1974), then Contemporary Christian pop music
1951 ● Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan) → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → One hit pop/rock wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-rock-pop singer/songwriter, “Give Me Back My Heart” (Country #13, 1987)
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1962 ● Mags Kuruholmen → Norwegian synth-poppers a-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988)
1966 ● Willie D (William Dennis) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards/percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK#10, 1989)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), stage actress

Nov 02
1937 ● Earl “Speedo” Carroll → R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, “Speedo” (1955), The Coasters
1941 ● “Jay” Black (David Blatt) → Pop-rock vocals Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1944 ● Keith Emerson → Influential progressive rock keyboardist for The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, solo
1945 ● John David “J.D.” Souther → Country-rock singer/songwriter, Souther Hillman Furay Band, solo “You’re Only Lonely” (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Leonard “Chip” Hawkes → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of Chesney
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul vocals, “Right Back Where We Started From” (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Chris Fairbrass → Dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m To Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian country-pop singer/songwriter, “Constant Craving” (#38, AC #2, 1992)
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Electronic/acid-house 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK#10, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu → Nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist/songwriter for power pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Chris Walla → Indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)
1978 ● Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Hip hop vocals, “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” (#7, 2000), record producer, label CEO

Nov 03
1933 ● John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Soundtrack composer, Bond films, theme song “Born Free” (1966)
1941 ● Brian Poole → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Bert Jansch → UK blues/folk guitarist, Pentangle, solo
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist co-founded hard rock/metal Deep Purple in ’68, left in ’69, then Warhorse, Flying Fox, Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee (De Generes) → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish singer/songwriter, “To Sir With Love” (#1, 1967), actress, TV host
1954 ● Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1960 ● James Prime → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Brit neo-psychedelia rock band Icicle Works, “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” (#37, 1984)
1962 ● Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance/pop singer, “Calling Your Name” (UK #4, 1983)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles (Roberto Concina) → Italian composer, producer, electronica musician, “Children” (Dance-Club #1, 1996)
1976 ● Ras (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)

Nov 04
1938 ● Harry Elston → Pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1940 ● Delbert McClinton → Texas blues-country-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, harmonica, “Giving It Up For Your Love” (#8, 1980)
1947 ● Michael Joseph “Mike” Smith → Welsh pop-rock Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK#1, 1969)
1954 ● Chris Difford → Guitarist/lyricist, New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981)
1957 ● James Honeyman-Scott → Post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982)
1965 ● Jeff Scott Soto → Heavy metal and arena rock vocalist, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey, solo
1966 ● Kool Rock (Damon Wimbley) → Novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987)
1970 ● Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy (Sean John Combs) → Record producer, actor, fashion designer, rapper, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Shawn Rivera → R&B vocal group Az Yet, producer, percussionist, sessions
1974 ● Louise Nurding Redknapp → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (UK #3, 1993), then solo, “Naked” (UK #5, 1996)
1977 ● Kavana (Anthony Kavanaugh) → Brit actor, pop singer/songwriter, “I Can Make You Feel Good” (UK #8, 1997)

Nov 05
1931 ● Ike Turner (Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) → Legendary rock ‘n roll bandleader, “Rocket 88” (R&B #1, 1951), duo with ex-wife Tina, “Proud Mary” (#4, 1971)
1941 ● Art Garfunkel → Folk-pop singer, partner of Paul Simon, actor, solo “All I Know” (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Pablo Samellhi Gomez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1946 ● Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III) → Country-rock legend, singer/songwriter, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1947 ● Peter Noone → British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Donnie McDougall → Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Peter Hammill → Van Der Graf Generator, solo (as Rikki Nadir)
1950 ● Dennis Provisor → AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1956 ● Helen O’Hara (nee Bevington) → New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983)
1957 ● David Moyse → Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Mike Score → New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Bryan Guy Adams → Canadian pop-rock power balladeer, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (#1, 1991)
1959 ● Rob Fisher → New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983), Climie Fisher
1961 ● David Bryson → Alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● Paris Grey (Shanna Jackson) → Electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1968 ● Mark Hunter → Brit folk-rock James, “Sit Down” (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1971 ● Jon Greenwood → Alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1974 ● David Ryan Adams → Alt country-rock singer/songwriter, “New York, New York” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2002)
1975 ● Lisa Scott-Lee → Pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK#14, 1997)
1987 ● Kevin Jonas → Teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008)

Nov 06
1814 ● Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax → Belgian musician and instrument designer, invented the saxophone
1916 ● Ray Conniff → Orchestra leader, instrumental pop-easy listening, “Lara’s Theme” (#9, 1966)
1933 ● Joseph Pope → R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1937 ● Eugene Pitt → R&B/doo wop The Jive Five, “My True Story” (#3, 1961)
1938 ● Jim Pike → Close-harmony folk-pop trio the Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961)
1938 ● P.J. Proby (James Marcus Smith) → Texas-born rock ‘n roll singer/songwriter, “Hold Me” (UK #3, 1964), actor
1941 ● Doug Sahm → Texas rock ‘n roll, country-rock bandleader, Sir Douglas Quintet, “Mendocino” (#27, 1969)
1941 ● Guy Clark → Country-rock musician, songwriter, “L.A. Freeway” and other hits
1947 ● George Young → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1966)
1947 ● John Wilson → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1948 ● Glenn Frey → Actor, singer/songwriter, Eagles, solo, “You Belong To The City” (#2, 1985)
1950 ● Chris Glen → Scottish bassist, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker Group
1961 ● Craig Goldy → Heavy metal guitarist, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Dio
1963 ● Paul Brindley → Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1964 ● Corey Glover → Lead singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), solo, actor
1966 ● Paul Gilbert → Guitarist of pop-metal Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992)
1979 ● Trevor Penick → Pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

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Albums Released This Week (October 25 – 31)

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:

Oct 25

Hendrix, Jimi, Experience —— Electric Ladyland >> 1968
Pink Floyd —— Ummagumma >> 1969
Chicago —— At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) >> 1971
Doors, The —— Other Voices >> 1971
Beck, Jeff, Group —— Rough And Ready >> 1971
Poco —— Good Feelin’ to Know, A >> 1972
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Natty Dread >> 1974
Simon, Paul —— Still Crazy After All These Years >> 1975
Walsh, Joe —— You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind >> 1976
Franklin, Aretha —— Aretha >> 1980
Cars, The —— Greatest Hits >> 1985
Jones, Howard —— One To One >> 1986
Traveling Wilburys, The —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 >> 1988
Zappa, Frank —— You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 >> 1988
Mitchell, Joni —— Turbulent Indigo >> 1994
Seger, Bob —— Greatest Hits >> 1994
Aerosmith —— Rockin’ The Joint >> 2005

Oct 26

Sam & Dave —— Soul Men >> 1967
Ross, Diana And Marvin Gaye —— Diana & Marvin >> 1973
Diamond, Neil —— Serenade >> 1974
Fall, The —— Dragnet >> 1979
Benatar, Pat —— In The Heat Of The Night >> 1979
Geils, J., Band —— Freeze-Frame >> 1981
Numan, Gary —— Berserker >> 1984
Meat Loaf —— Live At Wembley >> 1987
Hooters —— Zig Zag >> 1989
Velvet Underground, The —— Live MCMXCIII >> 1993
Cure, The —— Paris >> 1993
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Looking Forward >> 1999

Oct 27

Ten Years After —— Ten Years After >> 1967
Ten Years After —— Space In Time, A >> 1971
Wonder, Stevie —— Talking Book >> 1972
Angel —— Angel >> 1975
Womack, Bobby —— Safety Zone >> 1975
Motörhead —— Bomber >> 1979
Hawkwind —— Levitation >> 1980
Starr, Ringo —— Stop And Smell The Roses >> 1981
Prince —— 1999 >> 1982
Harrison, George —— Gone Troppo >> 1982
Dylan, Bob —— Infidels >> 1983
Celtic Frost —— To Mega Therion >> 1985
XTC —— Skylarking >> 1986
Robertson, Robbie —— Robbie Robertson >> 1987
Young, Neil —— Harvest Moon >> 1992
AC/DC —— Live >> 1992
Nesmith, Michael—— Tropical Campfires >> 1992
Simon & Garfunkel —— Old Friends >> 1997
Adams, Bryan —— On A Day Like Today >> 1998
R.E.M. —— Up >> 1998
Stills, Stephen —— Live At Shepherd’s Bush >> 2009
Spandau Ballet —— Once More >> 2009

Oct 28

Kinks, The —— Face To Face >> 1966
Young, Neil —— Decade >> 1977
Rush —— Hemispheres >> 1978
Young, Neil —— Re-ac-tor >> 1981
Dylan, Bob —— Biograph >> 1985
Oingo Boingo —— Dead Man’s Party >> 1985
Iron Maiden —— Somewhere In Time >> 1996
Harry, Deborah —— Def, Dumb & Blonde >> 1989
Marx, Richard —— Rush Street >> 1991
Genesis —— We Can’t Dance >> 1991
Dylan, Bob —— World Gone Wrong >> 1993
McDonald, Michael —— Blue Obsession >> 1997
Kiss —— Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions >> 1997
Asia —— Live in Koln >> 1997
Moody Blues, The —— December >> 2003
Cure, The —— 4:13 Dream >> 2008

Oct 29

Beach Boys, The —— Surfin’ Safari >> 1962
Byrds, The —— Ballad Of Easy Rider >> 1969
Mason, Dave —— It’s Like You Never Left >> 1973
Bowie, David —— David Live >> 1974
Zappa, Frank —— Zoot Allures >> 1976
ABBA —— Greatest Hits Vol. 2 >> 1979
Young, Neil —— Hawks & Doves >> 1980
Benatar, Pat —— Get Nervous >> 1982
Adams, Bryan —— Reckless >> 1984
Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Welcome To The Pleasuredome >> 1984
Rush —— Power Windows >> 1985
Jackson, Freddie —— Do Me Again >> 1990
McCartney, Paul —— Tripping The Live Fantastic >> 1990
McCartney, Paul —— Choba b CCCP [US] >> 1991
New York Rock And Soul Revue, The —— Live At The Beacon >> 1991
Wilco —— Being There >> 1996
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Greatest Hits Live >> 1996
Yes —— Keys To The Ascension >> 1996
Nirvana —— Nirvana >> 2002

Oct 30

John, Elton —— Tumbleweed Connection >> 1970
Who, The —— Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy >> 1971
Pink Floyd —— Meddle >> 1971
Wonder, Stevie —— Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants >> 1979
Spandau Ballet —— Journeys To Glory >> 1981
Anthrax —— Spreading The Disease >> 1985
Satriani, Joe —— Flying In A Blue Dream >> 1989
Wet Wet Wet —— Holding Back The River >> 1989
Buffett, Jimmy —— Feeding Frenzy >> 1990
Roxy Music —— Heart Still Beating >> 1990
Jackson, Michael —— Invincible >> 2001
Eagles —— Long Road Out Of Eden >> 2007

Oct 31

Dylan, Bob —— Carnegie Hall >> 1964
Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past >> 1972
Summer, Donna —— Once Upon A Time… >> 1977
Robinson, Smokey —— Smokin’ >> 1978
Schulze, Klaus —— Dig It >> 1980
Cocteau Twins —— Head Over Heals >> 1983
McCartney, Paul —— Pipes Of Peace >> 1983
Roxette —— Pearls Of Passion >> 1986
McCartney, Paul —— Choba b CCCP [Russia] >> 1988
Soundgarden —— Ultramega OK >> 1988
Grateful Dead —— Built To Last >> 1989
Joel, Billy —— Storm Front >> 1989
Mayfield, Curtis —— Live At The Bitter End >> 1995
Foreigner —— Mr. Moonlight >> 1995
U2 —— All That You Can’t Leave Behind >> 2000
Who, The —— Endless Wire >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 24 – 30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 24
1911 ● Sonny Terry (Saunders Terrell) → Blues and folk harmonica player, session man for Guthrie, Seeger and others, Broadway actor
1930 ● The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, Jr.) → Early rock ‘n roll star, “Chantily Lace” (#6, 1958), died with in plane crash with Buddy Holly
1936 ● Bill Wyman (William George Perks) → Rolling Stones, Willie And The Poor Boys, Rhythm Kings, solo
1937 ● Santo Farina → Santo & Johnny, pop-rock guitar instrumental “Sleepwalk” (#1, 1959)
1944 ● Bettye Swann (Betty Jean Champion) → R&B/Southern soul vocals, “Make Me Yours” (R&B #1, 1967)
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Folk-sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967), then record producer for Doobie Brothers, Van Halen and others
1946 ● Jerry Edmonton (Gerald McCrohan) → Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1946 ● Robby Van Leeuwen → Dutch pop-rock one hitter Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970)
1947 ● Robert Edgar Broughton → Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1948 ● Barry Ryan → Singer with twin brother, Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), solo
1948 ● Dale “Buffin” Griffin → Hard rock, proto-punk Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), producer
1948 ● Paul Ryan → Singer with twin brother, Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), songwriter and producer
1962 ● Debbie Googe → Art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1979 ● Ben Gillies → Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1980 ● Monica (Arnold) → R&B/urban contemporary vocals, “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” (R&B #1, 1995)
1983 ● Adrienne Bailon → R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001)
1986 ● Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) → Canadian R&B/hip-hop vocalist, “Best I Ever Had” (R&B #1, 2009)

Oct 25
1941 ● Helen Reddy → Aussie pop singer and actress, “I Am Woman” (#1, 1971)
1944 ● Jon Anderson (John Ray) → Archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971), solo
1944 ● Taffy Nivert Danoff → Light pop-rock Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (#1, 1976)
1946 ● John Hall → Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Glenn Tipton → Influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1950 ● Chris Norman → Pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, 1977)
1951 ● Richard Lloyd → Early and influential punk-rock Television, “Marquee Moon” (1977)
1956 ● Matthias Jabs → German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1957 ● Robbie McIntoshPretenders, Wings, sessions, solo
1960 ● Christina Amphlett → Aussie power pop Divinyls, “I Touch Myself” (#4, 1991)
1961 ● Pat Sharp (Patrick Sharpin) → Radio DJ (BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Radio Mercury), TV host
1962 ● Chad Smith → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1963 ● John Leven → Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1965 ● Nick Thorpe → Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Speech (Todd Thomas) → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1970 ● Lloyd Edward “Ed” Robertson → Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1981 ● Jerome Isaac “Romeo” then “Young Rome” Jones → Rapper, singer, actor, Immature/Imx, “Never Lie” (#5, 1994)
1984 ● Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) → Contemporary dance-club/pop-rock, “I Kissed A Girl” (#1, 2008)
1985 ● Ciara Princess Harris → R&B/pop-soul vocals, “Goodies” (#1, 2004)

Oct 26
1911 ● Mahalia Jackson → Influential Gospel and blues great
1929 ● Neal Matthews → Country-pop backing vocal group The Jordanaires (Presley, Tom Jones, Merle Haggard, others)
1944 ● Michael Piano → Light folk sunshine-pop The Sandpipers, “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970)
1946 ● Keith Hopwood → British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1951 ● Maggie Roche → Singer/songwriter, female folk-pop vocal trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon
1951 ● William “Bootsy” Collins → R&B/funk bassist, James Brown band, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band
1952 ● David Was (David Weiss) → Dance-pop Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1953 ● Keith Strickland → New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1962 ● Steve Wren → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Natalie Merchant → Folk-rock singer/songwriter for 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992)
1967 ● Keith Urban → Aussie country-pop guitarist/songwriter, “But For The Grace Of God” (#37, 2001)
1978 ● Mark Barry → Teen pop-rock BBMak, “Back Here” (#8, 2000)

Oct 27
1942 ● Melvin Lee Greenwood → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “God Bless The USA” (#16, 2001)
1948 ● Byron Allred → Blues-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1949 ● Gary TallentE Street Band bassist, producer, sessions, record company
1951 ● Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, Jr. → Influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1953 ● Peter Dodd → New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1956 ● Hazell Dean Poole → Brit dance-pop singer, “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)” (Dance #8, 1983)
1958 ● Simon LeBon → New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982)
1967 ● Scott Weiland → Alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994)
1984 ● Kelly Osbourne → Singer, actress, fashion designer, socialite, daughter of Ozzy

Oct 28
1927 ● Cleo Laine (Clementine Dinah Campbell) → Jazz-pop vocals, Johnny Dankworth Big Band, solo, duets with Ray Charles
1936 ● Charlie Daniels → Country-rock legend, bandleader, guitar/fiddle, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (#3, 1979)
1937 ● Graham Bond → Early and important Brit blues-rock saxman, Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organization
1941 ● Curtis Lee → Early pop-rock ‘n roller, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (#7, 1961)
1941 ● Hank Marvin (Brian Robson Rankin) → Instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1942 ● Raymond Steinberg → Blue-eyed soul/doo wop the Reflections, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (1964)
1945 ● Wayne Fontana (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock band The Mindbenders, then solo, “Pamela Pamela” (UK #11, 1967)
1947 ● George Glover → Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1948 ● Telma Louise Hopkins → TV actress, former light-pop vocals Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971)
1957 ● Stephen Morris → Post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983)
1958 ● William Reid → Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1959 ● Neville Henry → New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson → R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970)
1965 ● Peter Timmins → Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1970 ● Douglas “SA” Vincent Martinez → Alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, “All Mixed Up” (Modern Rock #4, 1996)
1970 ● Toby Smith → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)

Oct 29
1944 ● Denny Laine (Brian F. A. Hines) → The Moody Blues, Wings, solo
1945 ● Melba Moore (Beatrice Melba Smith) → Actress, R&B/soul-disco singer, “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” (Dance #2, 1982)
1946 ● Peter Green (Greenbaum) → Blues-rock guitarist, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (replaced Clapton), founded Fleetwood Mac
1948 ● Ricky Lee “Ricochet” Reynolds → Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973)
1951 ● David Paton → Soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#1, 1974)
1954 ● Stephen Luscombe → New Wave synth-pop Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1955 ● Kevin Dubrow → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1955 ● Roger O’Donnell → Post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1962 ● Einar Orn Benediktsson → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991)

Oct 30
1939 ● Eddie HollandMotown hit songwriter (Holland-Dozier-Holland), producer
1939 ● Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing) → Singer/songwriter, lead vocals for Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Starship
1939 ● Otis Williams → R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965)
1945 ● Henry Winkler → TV actor, director, producer, “The Fonz”
1946 ● Chris Slade → Drummer for Manfred Mann, Gary Moore, The Firm, AC/DC
1947 ● Timothy B. Schmit → Folk then country-rock bassist, Poco, Eagles, sessions, solo
1949 ● David Green → Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1960 ● Byron Burke → R&B/house urban-dance Ten City, “Right Back To You” (Dance #1, 1989)
1960 ● Joey Belladonna (Joseph Belladini) → Speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1962 ● Geoff Beauchamp → Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, “Will You Remember?” (1987)
1963 ● Jerry DeBorg → Techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Gavin Rossdale → Alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995), Institute, solo, married to Gwen Stefani
1969 ● Snow (Darrin O’Brien) → Canadian reggae-rapper, “The Informer” (#1, 1993)
1970 ● Tommy Walter → Bassist for Eels, then founded alt-rock Abandoned Pools, “Mercy Kiss” (2001)

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Albums Released This Week (October 18 -24)

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:







Oct 18









Cactus —— Restrictions >> 1971
Rolling Stones, The —— It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1974
Jacksons, The —— Goin’ Places >> 1977
Hawkwind —— Sonic Attack >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Rock ‘N Soul Part !: Greatest Hits >> 1983
Carpenters, The —— Voice Of The Heart >> 1983
Zappa, Frank —— Them Or Us >> 1984
Cult, The —— Love >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Big Thing >> 1988
Sonic Youth —— Daydream Nation >> 1988
Martika —— Martika >> 1988
Simon, Paul —— Negotiations And Love Songs 1971 – 1986 >> 1988
Smithereens, The —— 11 >> 1989
Bangles, The —— Everything >> 1989
Adams, Bryan —— Anthology >> 2005
Depeche Mode —— Playing The Angel >> 2005
Wonder, Stevie —— Time To Love, A >> 2005







Oct 19









Presley, Elvis —— Real Elvis, The >> 1956
Beach Boys, The —— Concert >> 1964
Simon & Garfunkel —— Wednesday Morning, 3 AM >> 1964
James Gang, The —— Straight Shooter >> 1972
Wailers, The —— Burnin’ >> 1973
America —— Hat Trick >> 1973
Bowie, David —— Pin Ups >> 1973
Who, The —— Quadrophenia >> 1973
Styx —— Cornerstone >> 1979
Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers —— Damn The Torpedoes >> 1979
Prince —— Prince >> 1979
Fleetwood Mac —— Tusk >> 1979
INXS —— Underneath The Colours >> 1981
Fates Warning —— Sprectre Within, The >> 1985
INXS —— Kick >> 1987
Roxette —— Look Sharp! >> 1988
Cure, The —— Mixed Up >> 1990
Traveling Wilburys, The —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 >> 1990
Rush —— Counterparts >> 1993
Young, Jesse Colin —— Makin’ It Real >> 1993
Korner, Alexis —— Mellow Yellow >> 1993
Santana —— Sacred Fire: Live From South America >> 1993
Pearl Jam —— Vs. >> 1993
Three Dog Night —— 35th Anniversary Hits Collection >> 2004
Jimmy Eat World —— Futures >> 2004
Reed, Lou, John Cale & Nico —— Le Bataclan ’72 >> 2004
Cetera, Peter —— You Just Gotta Love Christmas >> 2004







Oct 20









Presley, Elvis —— Roustabout >> 1964
Lennon, John & Yoko Ono —— Wedding Album >> 1969
Frampton, Peter —— Frampton’s Camel >> 1973
Frampton, Peter —— Somethin’s Happening >> 1974
Thomas, B.J. —— Reunion >> 1975
U2 —— Boy >> 1980
Summer, Donna —— Wanderer, The >> 1980
Human League, The —— Dare! >> 1981
Quarterflash —— Quarterflash >> 1981
Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Liverpool >> 1986
Nine Inch Nails —— Pretty Hate Machine >> 1989
Madonna —— Erotica >> 1992
Richards, Keith —— Main Offender >> 1992
Aerosmith —— Little South Of Sanity, A >> 1998
Black Sabbath —— Reunion >> 1998
AC/DC —— Black Ice >> 2008







Oct 21









Beach Boys, The —— Little Deuce Coupe >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— As Is >> 1966
Dylan, Bob —— New Morning >> 1970
Oldfield, Mike —— Ommadawn >> 1975
Meat Loaf —— Bat Out Of Hell >> 1977
Beatles, The —— Love Songs >> 1977
Genesis —— Seconds Out >> 1977
Young, Neil —— Comes A Time >> 1978
Bobby And The Midnites —— Bobby & The Midnights >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Once Upon A Time >> 1985
Jethro Tull —— Original Masters >> 1985
Yankovic, “Weird Al” —— Polka Party! >> 1986
Winwood, Steve —— Chronicles >> 1987
Grand Funk Railroad —— Bosnia >> 1997
Allman Brothers Band, The —— Live At The Atlanta International Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 >> 2003







Oct 22









Donovan —— Fairytale >> 1965
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin II >> 1969
Kiss —— Hotter Than Hell >> 1974
John, Elton —— Blue Moves >> 1976
Cure, The —— Concert: The Cure Live >> 1984
McCartney, Paul —— Give My Regards To Broad Street >> 1984
Williams, Mason & Mannheim Steamroller —— Classical Gas >> 1987
Osbourne, Ozzy —— No Rest For The Wicked >> 1988
Pet Shop Boys —— Behavior >> 1990
Sweet, Matthew —— Girlfriend >> 1991
McLachlan, Sarah —— Fumbling Towards Ecstasy >> 1993
Santana —— Shaman >> 2002
Davies, Ray —— Working Man’s Café >> 2007







Oct 23









Zappa, Frank —— Chunga’s Revenge >> 1970
Genesis —— Trespass >> 1970
Green, Al —— I’m Still in Love With You >> 1972
Chapin, Harry —— On The Road To Kingdom Come >> 1976
Costello, Elvis —— Almost Blue >> 1981
Wham! —— Make It Big >> 1984
Iggy Pop —— Blah Blah Blah >> 1986
D’Arby, Terence Trent —— Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack Of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) >> 1989
Deep Purple —— Slaves And Masters >> 1990
Osbourne, Ozzy —— Ozzmosis >> 1995
Young, Neil —— Chrome Dreams II >> 2007
Heart —— Dreamboat Annie Live >> 2007
Plant, Robert & Alison Krauss —— Raising Sand >> 2007







Oct 24









Grateful Dead —— Grateful Dead (Live Skull & Roses) >> 1971
Lennon, John —— Shaved Fish >> 1975
Roxy Music —— Siren >> 1975
Cheap Trick —— All Shook Up >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Organisation >> 1980
Idol, Billy —— Don’t Stop >> 1981
Stryper —— To Hell With The Devil >> 1986
Dead Can Dance —— Serpent’s Egg, The >> 1988
Pretenders, The —— Isle Of View, The >> 1995
Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band —— It’s A Mystery >> 1995
Smashing Pumpkins, The —— Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness >> 1995
Linkin Park —— Hybrid Theory >> 2000

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 17 – 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 17
1909 ● William Randolph “Cozy” Cole → Jazz-pop drummer, “Topsy” (#3, 1958)
1933 ● Floyd Cramer → “Nashville Sound” piano, Elvis Presley band, sessions, solo “The Last Date” (#2, 1960)
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie “Jeanine” Deckers) → Folk-pop the “Singing Nun”, “Dominique” (1963)
1934 ● Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez → Ska revival The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981)
1941 ● Alan Howard → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Light pop-rock Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (#6, 1972)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968)
1946 ● James Tucker → Pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967)
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Pop vocals the Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974)
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk trad-country star, over 25 #1 hits
1967 ● Rene Dif → Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (1997)
1968 ● David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley → Reggae-pop The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (#39, 1988), son of Bob
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Teen dance-pop *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Lose Yourself” (#1, 2002)
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor, comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in mock-rock movie band Spinal Tap
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → The Fugees, solo, record producer, Haitian politician

Oct 18
1926 ● Charles Edward “Chuck” Berry → Rock ‘n roll immortal, “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → Doo-wop singer, The Valentines, The Cadillacs
1943 ● Russ Giguere → The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1946 ● Joe Eagan → Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle With You” (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Singer/songwriter, composed “Eli’s Coming”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “And When I Die”
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Brit punk-rock “Who Killed Bambi” (UK#6, 1979)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → “Young Lion” jazz trumpet virutoso, composer, conductor
1966 ● Tim Cross → Post-grunge Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Smooth rapper, “Suga Suga” (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop, “So Sick” (#1, 2006)

Oct 19
1940 ● Larry Chance (Figueiredo) → White doo-wop The Earls, “Remember Then” (R&B #29, 1963)
1944 ● George McCrae → R&B/soul-disco “Rock Your Baby” (#1, 1974)
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → The Wailers, solo, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” (1978)
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley (Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson) → Pop vocals, “Harper Valley PTA” (#1 Pop & Country, 1968)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Prog-rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1948 ● Patrick Simmons → Pop-rock Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972)
1949 ● Wilbert Hart → “Philadelphia Sound” smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, “La-La (Means I Love You)” (#4, 1968)
1955 ● Nino DeFranco → Teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Karl Wallinger → Pop-rock The Waterboys, World Party, “Way Down Now” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● Daniel “Woody” Woodgate → Punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982)
1960 ● Jennifer Holliday → Singer/actress, stage version of Dreamgirls, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (R&B #1, 1982)
1966 ● Sinitta Renay Malone → Dance-pop singer, “Toy Boy” (Dance #19, 2005)
1972 ● Prakazrel “Pras” Michel → R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996)

Oct 20
1885 ● “Jelly Roll” Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Jazz pianist/composer, “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926)
1937 ● Wanda Jackson → The “Queen of Rockabilly”, then country-pop, “Fancy Satin Pillows” (Country #13, 1970)
1939 ● Jay Siegel → White doo-wop The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O’Rourke) → 60s pop star, the “Golden Girl of British Pop”
1942 ● John Carter (Sheakespeare) → Member of folk-pop The Ivy League, songwriter, “Little Bit O’ Soul” and “Beach Baby”
1945 ● Ric Lee → British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1950 ● Tom Petty → The Heartbreakers, solo, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), Traveling Willburys, Mudcrunch
1951 ● Al GreenwoodForeigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), The Spys
1958 ● Mark King → Jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1958 ● Ricky Byrd → Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (#1, 1982)
1964 ● David Ryan → Post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Jim “Soni” Sonefeld → Pop-rock Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995)
1965 ● Norman Blake → Scottish power-pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1971 ● Dannii Minogue → Aussie pop superstar, actress, “Love And Kisses” (UK Singles #8, 1991)
1972 ● Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) → Gangsta rapper, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (#1, 2004)
1977 ● Nicholas Hodgson → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1978 ● Paul Wilson → Irish indie-rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie → Highly influential bebop/modern jazz trumpeter,
1925 ● Isaiah “Doc” Ross → The “Harmonica Boss” blues and boogie, “Chicago Breakdown” (1953)
1936 ● Sheila Jones → Brit pop vocals Kaye Sisters, “Ivory Tower” (UK #20, 1956)
1937 ● Norman Wright → Doo-wop The Del Vikings, “Come Go With Me” (#4, 1957)
1940 ● Jimmy Beaumont → R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz) → Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo
1941 ● Steve “The Colonel” Cropper → Guitarist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Country-blues-rock guitarist, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (#3, 1976)
1943 ● Ron Elliott → Pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1946 ● Lee Loughnane → Pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972)
1946 ● Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) → Punk-rock The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns” (Modern Rock #10, 1989)
1947 ● Tetsu Yamauchi → Early hard-rockers Faces, then Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970)
1952 ● Brent Mydland → Fourth and longest serving Grateful Dead keyboardist,
1953 ● Charlotte Irene Caffey → Author, bass, post-punk New Wave girl band The Go-Go’s, “Our Lips Are Sealed” (#20, 1982)
1954 ● Eric Faulkner → Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Julian Cope → Author, poet, antiquary, musician, electro-pop-psychedelia The Teardrop Explodes, solo, “World Shut Your Mouth” (US #84, 1986)
1957 ● Steve “Luke” Lukather → Arena pop-rock Toto, “Hold The Line” (#5, 1978), producer, solo
1959 ● Rose McDowall → Punk-goth-pop Strawberry Switchblade, “Since Yesterday” (UK #5, 1984)
1971 ● Jade Jagger → Daughter of Mick and Bianca, jewelry designer, socialite
1971 ● Tony Mortimer → Teen-pop boy-band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994)

Oct 22
1939 ● Ray Jones → British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Teen idol, singer, “Tall Paul” (#7, 1959), actress, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Tex-Mex rock ‘n roll Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought The Law” (Top 10, 1959)
1945 ● Eddie Brigati → Blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967)
1945 ● Leslie West (Weinstein) → Pioneering hard/heavy metal rock trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), West Bruce & Laing
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978)
1956 ● Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator) → Punk-rock guitarist/vocals, The Dead Boys, The Wanderers, The Lords Of The New Church, solo
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, “Backwater” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding (Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “The Person You Are” (Modern Rock #8, 1991), author
1968 ● Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne (Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Wall In Your Heart” (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Teen pop-rock trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → R&B/soul-pop duo with sister Inez, “Mockingbird” (Pop #7, 1963)
1940 ● Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich → Brill Building pop songwriter with husband Jeff Barry (“Be My Baby”), session vocals
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1947 ● Greg Ridley → Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972)
1949 ● Michael “Würzel” Burston → Punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1953 ● Pauline Black → New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1954 ● Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares → R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#3, 1976)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Roots-country pioneer, “Streets Of Bakersfield” (Country #1, 1988)
1957 ● Kelly Marie (Jacqueline McKinnon) → R&B/disco-pop vocals, “Feels Like I’m In Love” (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic → Grammy-winning song parodist/comedian, “Eat It” (#12, 1984)
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized” (1994), joined Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Brit-pop rockers Embrace, “Gravity” (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

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Album of the Day: Yes (10/15/69)

The eponymous debut album by British prog-rockers Yes is considered to be the first progressive rock album. And Yes the band (for their playlist, click here) is considered to be the most venerable and commercially successful prog-rock band. Their debut album was released on October 15, 1969 in the waning days of psychedelic rock, and just ahead of the big splintering of rock music into a multitude of sounds and genres that made the 70s the best decade for rock music. With their next three albums, Yes became a major and defining force on the progressive side of rock music. But the debut LP didn’t fare well, even though it’s a decent collection of early Yes songs. The biggest reason: Yes was released within a few weeks of several notable late-1969 rock albums by the heavy hitters of the time, including Tommy by The Who, Led Zeppelin II, and the StonesLet It Bleed. By 1973, that would all change.

By the way, Yes includes two very ambitious and interesting covers of songs by the Beatles (“Every Little Thing”) and the Byrds (“I See You”). To download Yes from iTunes or for a CD from Amazon, click here.

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Album of the Day: Billy Joel (10/13/78)

Billy Joel’s first #1 album, 52nd Street, was released on October 13, 1978 (to see my B.J. playlist and albums, click here). Following on the breakout success of 1977’s The Stranger, Joel’s rise to superstardom was complete with 52nd Street. The album sold over two million copies in the first month after its release and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1979. For those thrilled with Joel’s piano-based pop-rock, 52nd Street was and still is a triumphant album. Three Top 40 hits (#3 “My Life,” #14 “Big Shot” and #24 “Honesty”) drove radio airplay and sales, but the remaining tracks, including the jazzy “Zanzibar”, the staccato “Stiletto” and the ballad “Until The Night” are not filler by any stretch. In fact, those three are among the best of Joel’s recordings from the late 70s. 52nd Street is included at #352 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time. It’s further distinguished by being the first rock album to be issued on CD when the new format entered commercial distribution in 1982. 52nd Street is available on Amazon (as a CD) and iTunes (as track downloads).

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