Archive for October, 2010

Album of the Day: U2 (10/12/81)

When U2 (click here for my playlist at DrRock.com) formed as a band in 1976 in Dublin, all of the four members were still in their mid-teens and three (Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen) were practicing Christians. A short five years later, they released their second album on October 12, 1981. Appropriately titled October, it was less a progression forward than a reaffirmation of the booming rockers that marked their debut LP, Boy in 1980.

More so than Boy, October’s lyrics tended toward religious themes and subjects (“Gloria,” “Tomorrow” and “With A Shout” in particular). In early 1981, Adam Clayton was the only U2 member who didn’t join a certain Christian group in Dublin. The experience led the other three to question the inevitable conflict between their religious beliefs and their growing rock n’ roll stardom. And they used that effectively on October, for combining religious statements with their signature sound placed them in a totally different realm than those of their early 80s punk-rock and synth-pop contemporaries. However, October didn’t sell well and is rarely counted among U2’s better albums. Nevertheless, it’s a good predecessor to their third studio album, War (1983), which launched U2 on the trajectory that made them global megastars by the end of the decade. October is available on Amazon (as a CD) and iTunes (as track downloads).

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Albums Released This Week (October 11 – 17)

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 11

Cash, Johnny —— Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar >> 1957
Santana —— Caravanserai >> 1972
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Good Earth, The >> 1974
Joel, Billy —— Streetlife Serenade >> 1974
Summer, Donna —— Four Seasons Of Love >> 1976
Hot Tuna —— Hoppkorv >> 1976
Hall & Oates —— Beauty On A Back Street >> 1977
Kansas —— Point Of No Return >> 1977

Richie, Lionel —— Can’t Slow Down >> 1983
Simply Red —— Picture Book >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven >> 1985
Pet Shop Boys —— Introspective >> 1988
Ministry —— Land Of Rape And Honey, The >> 1988
Young, Neil & Crazy Horse —— Ragged Glory >> 1990
Browne, Jackson —— I’m Alive >> 1993

Oct 12

Genesis —— Selling England By The Pound >> 1973
Who, The —— Odds & Sods >> 1974
James, Rick —— Fire It Up >> 1979
Stewart, Rod —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 >> 1979
U2 —— October >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Big Bam Boom >> 1984
Cole, Lloyd & The Commotions —— Rattlesnakes >> 1984
Young, Neil —— Freedom >> 1989
Chicago —— Chicago XXVI: Live In Concert >> 1999
Duran Duran —— Astronaut >> 2004

Oct 13

Manfred Mann —— Manfred Mann’s Greatest Hits >> 1966
Hancock, Herbie —— Head Hunters >> 1973
Joel, Billy —— 52nd Street >> 1978
XTC —— Go 2 >> 1978
AC/DC —— If You Want Blood You’ve Got It >> 1978
John, Elton —— Victim Of Love >> 1979
INXS —— INXS >> 1980
Ramones, The —— Too Tough To Die >> 1985
Sting —— …Nothing Like The Sun >> 1989
Frehley, Ace —— Trouble Walkin’ >> 1989
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Love Symbol Album, The >> 1992

Oct 14

Jethro Tull —— War Child >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive II >> 1977
Ultravox —— Ha!-Ha!-Ha! >> 1977
Bowie, David —— Heroes >> 1977
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Faces >> 1980
Prince —— Controversy >> 1981
Zapp —— Zapp II >> 1982
Lauper, Cyndi —— She’s So Unusual >> 1983
Jam, The —— Snap! >> 1983
INXS —— Listen Like Thieves >> 1985
Iron Maiden —— Live After Death >> 1985
Wang Chung —— Mosaic >> 1986
ZZ Top —— Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box >> 2003

Oct 15

Presley, Elvis —— Elvis’ Christmas Album >> 1957
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made >> 1965
Yes —— Yes >> 1969
Band, The —— Moondog Matinee >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac —— Mystery To Me >> 1973
Young, Neil —— Time Fades Away >> 1973
Toto —— Toto >> 1978
Summer, Donna —— On The Radio >> 1979
Ultravox —— Quartet >> 1982
XTC —— Big Express, The >> 1984
Talking Heads —— Stop Making Sense >> 1984
Lennon, Julian —— Valotte >> 1984
Motörhead —— No Sleep At All >> 1988
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN [Box Set] >> 1991
Tubes, The —— Genius Of America >> 1996
Monkees, The —— Justus >> 1996
Bad Company —— Stories Told & Untold >> 1996

Oct 16

Supremes, The —— Bit Of Liverpool, A >> 1964
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Live In Europe >> 1973
Franklin, Aretha —— You >> 1975
Thin Lizzy —— Johnny The Fox >> 1976
John, Elton —— Single Man, A >> 1978
Eurythmics —— In The Garden >> 1981
Thin Lizzy —— Life >> 1983
ZZ Top —— Afterburner >> 1985
All About Eve —— Scarlet And Other Stories >> 1989
Erasure —— Wild! >> 1989
Goo Goo Dolls —— Hold Me Up >> 1989
Simon, Paul —— Rhythm Of The Saints, The >> 1990
Osbourne, Ozzy —— Down To Earth >> 2001
New Order —— Get Ready >> 2001
McDonald, Michael —— In The Spirit: A Christmas Album >> 2001
R.E.M. —— R.E.M. Live >> 2007

Oct 17

Rolling Stones, The —— 12X5 >> 1964
Easybeats, The —— Vigil >> 1968
Jazz Crusaders, The —— Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Street Survivors >> 1977
Dire Straits —— Making Movies >> 1980
Stacey Q —— Better Than Heaven >> 1986
Earle, Steve —— Copperhead Road >> 1988
R.E.M. —— Eponymous >> 1988
Waterboys, The —— Fisherman’s Blues >> 1988
Kiss —— Hot In The Shade >> 1989
Carlisle, Belinda —— Runaway Horses >> 1989
Bush, Kate —— Sensual World, The >> 1989
Lattisaw, Stacey —— What You Need >> 1989
Steely Dan —— Alive In America >> 1995
McLachlan, Sarah —— Wintersong >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 10 -16)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 10
1914 ● Ivory Joe Hunter → The “Baron of Boogie”, blues pianist/singer, “Since I Met You, Baby” (#12, 1956)
1917 ● Thelonius Monk → Jazz giant, pianist and composer, “Round Midnight” (1944)
1943 ● Denis D’Ell (Dalziel) → British Invasion pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right” (#5, 1964)
1945 ● Alan Cartwright → Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1945 ● Jerry LacroixBlood Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1946 ● John Prine → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Sweet Revenge” (1973)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1951 ● Keith Grimes → Guitarist, Eva Cassidy band
1952 ● Sharon Osbourne → Wife of Ozzy, TV actress, producer, manager
1953 ● Midge Ure → Slik, Rich Kids, Ultravox
1955 ● David Lee RothVan Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), solo
1958 ● Tanya Tucker → Country singer, “Lizzie And The Rainman” (Pop #37, 1975)
1959 ● Kristy MacColl → “There’s A Guy Works Down In The Chip Shop (Swears He’s Elvis)” (UK #14, 1981)
1960 ● Eric Martin → Mr. Big “To Be With You” (#1, 1992)
1961 ● Martin Kemp → New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1963 ● Jim Glennie → Brit folk-rock James, “Sit Down” (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1963 ● Jonny Male → Techno-pop Republica, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (Modern Rock #39, 1997)
1964 ● Graham Crabb → Dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1967 ● Mike Malinin → Alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1972 ● Vinnie Tattanelli → Power-pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1973 ● Scott Morriss → Indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1976 ● Richard Oakes → Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1979 ● Mya (Marie Harrison) → R&B/Smooth soul singer, “Case Of The Ex” (#2, 2000)

Oct 11
1946 ● Gary Mallaber → Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1974)
1949 ● Daryl Hall (Hohl) → Hall & Oates, “Maneater” (#1, 1982)
1950 ● Andrew Woolfolk → R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1957 ● Blair Cunningham → Pop-rock Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1962 ● Andy McCoy (Antti Hulkko) → Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, “Up Around The Bend” (1984)
1962 ● Scott Johnson → Power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Hey Jealousy” (#25, 1994)
1971 ● MC Lyte (Lana Michele Moorer) → Rap, “Cold Rock A Party” (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Brendan Brown → Post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)

Oct 12
1935 ● Luciano Pavarotti → Opera star
1935 ● Samuel Moore → R&B/soul Sam & Dave, “Soul Man” (#2, 1967)
1942 ● Melvin Franklin → R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965)
1948 ● Rick Parfitt → Status Quo, “Rockin’ All Over The World” (1977)
1955 ● Jane Siberry → Canadian art-pop-rock singer/songwriter
1955 ● Pat DiNizio → The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (1988), solo
1956 ● David Letts (Dave Vanian) → Punk-rock The Damned, “Eloise” (1986)
1960 ● Bob Mould → Post-punk alt rock Hüsker Dü, “See A Little Light” (1989), solo
1966 ● Brian Kennedy → Irish singer/songwriter, Van Morrison band, solo
1969 ● Garfield Bright → R&B/Urban soul Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (R&B #1, 1992)
1969 ● Martie Ervin Seidel Maguire → Country-rock Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006)

Oct 13
1937 ● Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (Bruce Meyerowitz) → Radio DJ (WABC-am New York)
1940 ● Chris Farlowe (John Henry Deighton) → 60s pop-rock, “Out of Time” (UK #1, 1966)
1941 ● Paul SimonSimon & Garfunkel, solo, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (#1, 1975)
1944 ● Robert Lamm → Pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday n The Park” (#3, 1972)
1947 ● Sammy Hagar → Montrose, solo, Van Halen
1948 ● John Ford Coley (John Edward Colley) → Partner of “England Dan” Seals, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” (#2, 1976)
1948 ● Peter David Spencer → Pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, 1977)
1950 ● Simon Nicol → Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969)
1959 ● Gerry Darby → Brit jazz-pop Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1959 ● Marie Osmond → The Osmonds, solo, “Paper Roses” (#5, 1973)
1962 ● Rob Marche → Dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1968 ● Carlos Marin → Italian pop-vocal quartet Il Divo, “Unbreak My Heart” (2005)
1980 ● Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas → R&B/urban singer, dancer, actress, “Foolish” (#1, 2002)

Oct 14
1927 ● Bill Justis → Pioneer instrumental rock n’ roll, “Raunchy” (#2, 1957)
1930 ● Robert Parker → New Orleans R&B/blues-rock, “Barefootin'” (#7, 1966)
1940 ● Cliff Richard (Harry Rodger Webb) → The “Brit Elvis” rock n’ roll then pop-gospel, “Move It” (1st Brit rock n’ roll hit, 1958)
1942 ● Billy Harrison → Early garage and proto-punk Them, “Here Comes The Night” (1964)
1945 ● Colin “Bomber” Hodgkinson → Jazz-rock bassist, Back Door, sessions, solo
1946 ● Dan McCafferty → Scottish hard rock Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1946 ● David Justin HaywardThe Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1948 ● Ivory Tilmon → R&B/soul vocals The Detroit Emeralds, “Feel The Need In Me” (R&B #22, 1973)
1948 ● Marcia Barrett → R&B/disco Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (US #30, 1978)
1952 ● Chris Amoo → Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (1976)
1958 ● Thomas Dolby (Thomas Morgan Robertson) → New Wave synth-pop, “She Blinded Me With Science” (#5, 1982)
1959 ● Anthony Jude “A.J.” Pero → Heavy metal Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983)
1965 ● Karyn White → Contemporary R&B/pop, “Superwoman” (#8, 1988)
1974 ● Natalie Maines → Country-rock Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006)
1975 ● Shaznay Lewis → Dance-pop-rock All Saints, “Never Ever” (UK #1, 1998)
1978 ● Usher Raymond → R&B/pop, “Nice & Slow” (#1, 1998)

Oct 15
1925 ● McHouston “Mickey” (aka “Guitar”) Baker → Highly influential guitarist bridged R&B and rock n’ roll, sessionman, duo Mickey & Sylvia “Love Is Strange” (#11, 1957)
1935 ● Barry McGuire → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Eve Of Destruction” (#1, 1965)
1938 ● Marv Johnson → Early Motown R&B/soul, “You Got What It Takes” (#10, 1959)
1942 ● Chris Andrews → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Yesterday Man” (UK #3, 1965)
1942 ● Don Stevenson → Folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Changes” (1967)
1946 ● Richard Carpenter → Pop-schmaltz The Carpenters, “Close To You” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Chris De Burgh → Pop singer/songwriter, “Lady in Red” (#3, 1986)
1953 ● Toriano “Tito” Jackson → R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970)
1962 ● David Stead → Alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1962 ● Mark Reznicek → Post-grunge alt rock Toadies, “Possum Kingdom” (Modern Rock #4, 1995)
1963 ● Jay Bennett → Alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1966 ● Douglas Vipond → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (1988)
1975 ● Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) → Hip-hop soul artist, “When Doves Cry” (1997)
1984 ● Shayne Ward → Contemporary pop, “That’s My Goal” (UK #1, 2005)

Oct 16
1923 ● Bert Kaempfert  → Singer/songwriter, “Wonderful By Night” (#1, 1961)
1937 ● Emile Ford (Emile Sweetman) → The Checkmates, “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?” (UK#1 ,1959)
1938 ● Nico (Christa Päffgen) → German singer, model, vocals for Velvet Underground, “White Light, White Heat” (1968), solo
1942 ● Dave Lovelady → Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964)
1943 ● Charles Frederick “C.F.” Turner → Canadian pop-rockers http://bit.ly/BAC351LP
, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Bob “Ace” WeirGrateful Dead, solo, Ratdog, The Other Ones
1953 ● Tony Carey → Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, “I Surrender” (1981), solo
1959 ● Gary Kemp → New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1962 ● Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1965 ● Simon Bartholomew → Acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, “Sometimes” (UK#11, 1997)
1969 ● Wendy Wilson → Pop-rock Wilson Phillips, “Hold On” (#1, 1990), daughter of Beach Boy Brian
1977 ● John Mayer → Singer/songwriter guitarist, “Daughters” (#1, 2004)

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Albums Released This Week (October 4 – 10)

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 04

Hall & Oates —— H20 >> 1982
Associates, The —— Sulk >> 1982
Jefferson Starship —— Winds Of Change >> 1982
Robertson, Robbie & The Red Road Ensemble —— Music For The Native Americans >> 1994

Oct 05

Pink Floyd —— Atom Heart Mother >> 1970
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin III >> 1970
John, Elton —— Goodbye Yellow Brick Road >> 1973
Rolling Stones, The —— No Stone Unturned >> 1973
Jackson, Joe —— I’m The Man >> 1979
Who, The —— Quadrophenia [Sndtrk] >> 1979
Police, The —— Reggatta De Blanc >> 1979
Depeche Mode —— Speak & Spell >> 1981
Carlisle, Belinda —— Heaven On Earth >> 1987
D’Arby, Terence Trent —— Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby >> 1987
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Legend >> 1987
American Music Club —— Everclear >> 1991
Heart —— Rock The House Live! >> 1991
Tyler, Bonnie —— Angel Hreat >> 1992
Etheridge, Melissa —— Your Little Secret >> 1999
XTC —— Homespun >> 1999
R.E.M. —— Around The Sun >> 2004

Oct 06

Genesis —— Foxtrot >> 1972
Sweet, Rachel —— Fool Around >> 1978
Richie, Lionel —— Lionel Richie >> 1982
A-Ha —— Scoundrel Days >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Automatic For The People >> 1992
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Songs Of Freedom >> 1992
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— John Mellencamp >> 1998
Kiss —— Sonic Boom >> 2009

Oct 07

Heart —— Dog & Butterfly >> 1978
Loverboy —— Get Lucky >> 1981
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— Uh-Huh >> 1983
Slayer —— Reign In Blood >> 1986
Talking Heads —— True Stories >> 1986
Exodus —— Pleasures Of The Flesh >> 1987
Buffett, Jimmy —— Live In Auburn, WA >> 2003
Pretenders, The —— Break Up The Concrete >> 2008

Oct 08

Springfield, Dusty —— Everything Coming Up Dusty >> 1965
Move, The —— Message From The Country >> 1971
Prince —— Dirty Mind >> 1980
Talking Heads —— Remain In Light >> 1980
Love, Mike —— Looking Back With Love >> 1981
Joy Division —— Still >> 1981
Diamond Head —— Borrowed Time >> 1982
Madness —— Presents The Rise & Fall >> 1982
Fall, The —— Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall, The >> 1984
Starr, Ringo —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band… >> 1990
Clapton, Eric —— 24 Nights >> 1991
Soundgarden —— Badmotorfinger >> 1991
Pixies —— Trompe Le Monde >> 1991
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— Whenever We Wanted >> 1991
Buffett, Jimmy —— Christmas Island >> 1996
Bon Jovi —— Bounce >> 2002
Slaughter —— Then and Now: Slaughter >> 2002

Oct 09

Cream —— Heavy Cream >> 1972
Judas Priest —— Hell Bent For Leather >> 1978
Boomtown Rats —— Fine Art Of Surfacing, The >> 1979
Armored Saint —— March Of The Saint >> 1984
Devo —— Shout >> 1984
KBC Band —— KBC Band >> 1986
Springsteen, Bruce —— Tunnel Of Love >> 1987
Psychedelic Furs, The —— Book Of Days >> 1989
Styx —— Edge Of The Century >> 1990
Carpenter, Mary Chapin —— Shooting Straight In The Dark >> 1990

Oct 10

Lee, Brenda —— This Is …Brenda >> 1960
Simon & Garfunkel —— Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme >> 1966
Kinks, The —— Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) >> 1969
Zappa, Frank —— Hot Rats >> 1969
King Crimson —— In The Court Of The Crimson King >> 1969
Renaissance —— Ashes Are Burning >> 1973
Manfred Mann —— Chance >> 1980
Thin Lizzy —— Chinatown >> 1980
Springsteen, Bruce —— River, The >> 1980
UB40 —— Present Arms In Dub >> 1981
Kiss —— Creatures Of The Night >> 1982
Triumph —— Stages >> 1985
U2 —— Rattle And Hum >> 1988
Harrison, George —— Best Of Dark Horse (1976-1989), The >> 1989
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Truth In A Structured Form >> 1989
Frampton, Peter —— Frampton Comes Alive! II >> 1995
Fleetwood Mac —— Time >> 1995
Tubes, The —— Tubes World Tour 2001 >> 2000
Buffett, Jimmy —— Take The Weather With You >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 3 – 9)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 03
1938 ● Eddie Cochran → Rockabilly pioneer, “Summertime Blues” (#8, 1958)
1941 ● Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) → R&B-pop, “The Twist” (#1, 1960 and 1962)
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Buckingham-Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Texas blues-rock guitar master, “Pride And Joy” (#20, 1983)
1962 ● Tommy Lee (Bass) → Hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → No Doubt, solo, “Hollaback Girl” (#1, 2005)
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Aire Simpson → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul, “Video” (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) → Dance-rock Scissor Sisters, cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb” (UK #10, 2004)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Teen-pop, “Pieces Of Me” (#5, 2004)

Oct 04
1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke → Country singer/songwriter, “Walk On By” (#1, 1962)
1944 ● Marlena Davis → All-girl R&B doo-wop The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#5 R&B, 1962
1947 ● Jim FielderBlood Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1952 ● Jody Stevens → Power pop-rock Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1957 ● Barbara (Kooyman) MacDonald → Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (#19, 1986)
1959 ● Chris Lowe → Synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1962 ● Juan “Jon” Secada → Latin pop-rock, “Just Another Day” (#5, 1992)
1965 ● Leo Barnes → Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1984 ● Lena Katina → Russian teen-dance-pop t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (Worldwide #1, 2002)

Oct 05
1924 ● Bill Dana → Comedian, actor, created the character Jose Jimenez, “the Astronaut”
1936 ● George Jones Jr. → R&B doo-wop The Edsels, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” (#21, 1961)
1938 ● Carlo Mastrangelo → R&B doo wop The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961)
1939 ● Abi Ofarim (Abraham Reichstadt) → Isreali folk-pop-rock Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafeller” (UK #1, 1968)
1941 ● Arlene Smith → Doo wop girl-group The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, 1957)
1941 ● Wally Lester → R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1942 ● Richard Street → R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965)
1943 ● Steve Miller → Blues-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1947 ● Brian Johnson → Geordie, joined AC/DC (replacement for Bon Scott), “Back In Black” (#37, 1981)
1948 ● Lucius “Tawl” Ross → R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978)
1948 ● Russell Craig Mael → Quirky pop-rock Sparks, “Wonder Girl” (1972)
1949 ● Brian Connolly → Glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1949 ● Louis Charles “B. W.” Stevenson → Country-pop, “My Maria” (Pop #9, 1973)
1950 ● “Fast” Eddie Clarke → Punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1952 ● Harold Faltermeyer → Synth-pop producer, composer, “Axel F” (theme from Beverly Hills Cop, 1984)
1954 ● Bob Geldof → Boomtown Rats, Live Air founder/promoter, author
1957 ● Lee Thompson → Punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (1982)
1974 ● Heather Headley → R&B/soul singer, “In My Mind” (Dance #1, 2005), actress
1980 ● Paul Anthony Thomas → Post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)

Oct 06
1917 ● Bob Neal → DJ, agent, early Elvis Presley manager
1945 ● Robin Shaw → British Invasion pop-rock, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (Top 10, 1967)
1946 ● Millie Small → Jamaican reggae/ska, “My Boy Lollipop” (#2, 1964)
1949 ● Roberto Alfonso “Bobby” Farrell → R&B/disco Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (US #30, 1978)
1950 ● Thomas McClary → R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (1978)
1951 ● Gavin Sutherland → Folk-rock duo The Sutherland Brothers, “Sailing” (1972)
1951 ● Kevin Cronin → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1954 ● David Hidalgo → Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo
1958 ● Tim Mooney → Iconoclastic rock American Music Club, album Everclear, Rolling Stone Top 5, 1991
1960 ● Richard Jobson → New wave art-punk-rock The Skids, “Into The Valley” (UK #10, 1979)
1961 ● Tim Burgess → New wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1964 ● Matthew Sweet → Power pop guitarist, “Girlfriend” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1966 ● Tommy Stinson → The Replacements, solo, sessions, Guns N’ Roses
1982 ● William Pierce Butler → Alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)

Oct 07
1927 ● Al Martino → Pop vocals, “I Love You Because” (#3, 1963), actor (The Godfather)
1939 ● Colin Cooper → Blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1941 ● Martin Murray → British Invasion pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right” (#5, 1964)
1941 ● Tony Sylvester → R&B/soul Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1945 ● Kevin Godley → Glam pop-rock 10CC, “I’m Not In Love” (#1, 1975)
1949 ● David Hope → Arena rock Kansas, “Dust In The Wind” (#3, 1978)
1951 ● John Cougar Mellencamp → Roots rock singer/songwriter, “Jack And Diane” (#1, 1982)
1953 ● Tico Torres → Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1959 ● David Taylor → Pop-rock Edison Lighthouse, “(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes” (#5, 1970)
1959 ● Simon Cowell → Record executive, producer, judge on American Idol
1968 ● Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke → Alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1968 ● Toni Braxton → R&B/soul-pop, “Un Break My Heart” (#1, 1996)
1969 ● Leeroy Thornhill → Dance-pop-electronica The Prodigy, “Breathe” (#1, 1996)

Oct 08
1934 ● Doc Green → The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (1963)
1940 ● Fred Cash → Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963)
1940 ● George Bellamy → UK instrumental rock The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), solo
1941 ● Dave Arbus → Prog-rock East Of Eden, violin on The Who‘s “Baba O’Reilly” (1970)
1942 ● Reese Francis “Buzz” Clifford → Rock ‘n roll one hit wonder, “Babysittin’ Boogie” (#6, 1961)
1945 ● Butch Rillera → Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974)
1945 ● Ray Royer → Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Tony Wilson → R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976)
1948 ● Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) → Seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1979)
1949 ● Hamish Stuart → Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (1974), sessions
1949 ● Harry Bowens → Dance-pop Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1949 ● Michael Rosen → Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (1974), sessions
1950 ● Robert “Kool” Bell → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1952 ● Cliff Adams → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” (#1, 1980)
1963 ● Steve Perry (aka MC Large Drink) → Jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1965 ● C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward) → Seminal punk-rock band The Ramones, “Teenage Lobotomy” (1977)

Oct 09
1937 ● Pat Burke → Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1939 ● Overton Vertis “O.V.” Wright → R&B/gospel then Southern soul “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (1964)
1940 ● John LennonThe Beatles, solo, actor
1944 ● John EntwistleThe Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967)
1944 ● Nona Hendryx → R&B/soul Labelle, solo, “Rock This House” (1985)
1948 ● Clyde Jackson Browne → California singer/songwriter, “Running On Empty” (#11, 1977)
1954 ● James Fearnley → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1957 ● Ini Kamoze (Cecil Campbell) → Reggae/club-dance, “Here Comes The Hotstepper” (#1, 1994)
1961 ● Kurt Neumann → Roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1969 ● Polly Jean “P.J.” Harvey → Alt rock singer/songwriter, “Down By The Water” (Alt Rock #2, 1993)
1975 ● Sean Ono Lennon → Singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor, producer

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