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Albums Released This Week (November 29 – December 5)

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:

Nov 29

Daniels, Charlie, Band —— Fire On The Mountain >> 1974
Slade —— Slade In Flame >> 1974
Blondie —— Autoamerican >> 1980
Heart —— Greatest Hits: Live >> 1980
Foreigner —— Records >> 1982
Cocteau Twins —— Echoes In A Shallow Bay >> 1985
Harry, Debbie —— Rockbird >> 1986
Guns N’ Roses —— G N’ R Lies >> 1988

Nov 30

Jefferson Airplane —— After Bathing At Baxter’s >> 1967
Cale, J.J. —— Really >> 1972
Montrose —— Montrose >> 1973
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Solar Fire >> 1973
Stevens, Cat —— Numbers >> 1975
Wonder, Stevie —— Looking Back >> 1977
Steely Dan —— Greatest Hits >> 1978
Pink Floyd —— Wall, The >> 1979
Yes —— Classic Yes >> 1981
ABBA —— Visitors, The >> 1981
Jackson, Michael —— Thriller >> 1982
Violent Femmes —— Violent Femmes >> 1982
Hagar, Sammy —— Three Lock Box >> 1982
Who, The —— Who’s Missing >> 1985
King, Freddie —— Live At The Texas Opry House >> 1992
FM —— Mac Of The Roundtable >> 1992

Dec 01

Hendrix, Jimi, Experience —— Axis: Bold As Love [UK] >> 1967
Monkees, The —— Head >> 1968
Black Sabbath —— Sabbath Bloody Sabbath >> 1973
Taylor, Koko —— South Side Lady >> 1973
Styx —— Equinox >> 1975
Aerosmith —— Draw The Line >> 1977
Doobie Brothers, The —— Minute By Minute >> 1978
Queen —— Live Magic >> 1986
Garcia, Jerry, Acoustic Band —— Almost Acoustic >> 1988
Journey —— Time3 [Time Cubed] >> 1992

Dec 02

Zappa, Frank —— Cruising With Ruben & The Jets >> 1968
Harrison, George —— Wonderwall Music >> 1968
Queen —— Night At The Opera, A >> 1975
Parton, Dolly —— 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs >> 1980
Bon Jovi —— Hard & Hot (Best Of Bon Jovi) >> 1991
Quatro, Suzi —— Live & Kickin’ >> 1991
Madness —— Madstock >> 1992

Dec 03

Who, The —— My Generation >> 1965
Beatles, The —— Rubber Soul >> 1965
Diamond, Neil —— I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight >> 1977
Stevens, Cat —— Back To Earth >> 1978
Slade —— Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, The >> 1983
Dylan, Bob —— Real Live >> 1984
Spirit —— California Blues >> 1996

Dec 04

Beatles, The —— Beatles For Sale >> 1964
Yardbirds, The —— Five Live Yardbirds >> 1964
Rolling Stones, The —— December’s Children (And Everybody’s) >> 1965
Wyatt, Robert —— End Of An Ear, The >> 1970
Wishbone Ash —— Wishbone Ash >> 1970
Foreigner —— Inside Information >> 1987
Idol, Billy —— Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album >> 2006

Dec 05

Crickets, The —— In Style With The Crickets >> 1960
Buffalo Springfield —— Buffalo Springfield >> 1966
McCartney, Paul —— Band On The Run >> 1973
Yes —— Relayer >> 1974
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Live! >> 1975
Damned, The —— Anything >> 1986

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 28 – December 4)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 28
1929 ● Berry Gordy, Jr.Motown Records founder and producer
1932 ● Ray Perkins → Canadian harmony pop/rock The Crewcuts, covered “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1936 ● Roy McCurdy → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1939 ● Gary Troxel → White pop/soul doo wop vocals The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1940 ● Bruce Channel (McMeans) → Country/pop/rock vocal one hit wonder “Hey Baby” (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Glen Curtis → Brit pop/rock harmony vocals The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1943 ● Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman → Singer/songwriter, composer, pianist, “Sail Away” (1972, Rolling Stone 500 #264))
1944 ● Ronald Betram “R.B.” Greaves, III → Pop/rock one hit wonder “Take a Letter Maria” (#2, 1969)
1947 ● Gary Taylor → Bassist for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968)
1948 ● Beeb Birtles (Gerard Bertelkamp) → Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979)
1949 ● Hugh McKenna → Scottish keyboarder for rock ‘n roll Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975)
1949 ● Paul Shaffer → Pianist, composer, music director, actor, bandleader, Saturday Night Live and David Letterman show bands
1954 ● David Jaymes → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK#4, 1982)
1958 ● David Van Day → Brit pop group Guys N’ Dolls, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” (UK #5, 1976), then pop duo Dollar
1962 ● Matt Cameron → Seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1,1994)
1968 ● Dawn Robinson → Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Matt Cheslin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1974 ● Apl.de.Ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.) → Hip hop singer, producer, rapper with Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” (#3, 2005)
1979 ● Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki) → Rapper called the “Mixtape Messiah”, producer, record executive, singer “Ridin'” (#1, 2006)

Nov 29
1917 ● Merle Travis → Country singer/songwriter, legendary guitarist (“Travis picking” style), wrote “Sixteen Tons” and others
1933 ● John Mayall → The “Father of British Blues”, Bluesbreakers bandleader and mentor to Clapton, Bruce, Fleetwood and many others
1939 ● Domenico “Meco” Monardo → American musician, composer and record producer, disco hit “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (#1, 1977)
1940 ● Charles Frank “Chuck” Mangione → Jazz-pop trumpeter/flugelhorn player, “Feels So Good” (#4, 1978)
1941 ● Denny Doherty → Folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1,1966)
1941 ● Jody Miller (Myrna Joy Brooks) → Country-pop guiatrist/singer/songwriter, “Queen Of The House” (#12, 1965)
1944 ● Felix Cavaliere → Blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Ronnie Montrose → Backing guitarist for Scaggs and Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein” (#1, 1973), leader of hard rock Montrose, solo
1951 ● Barry Goudreau → Guitarist on first two albums for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1958 ● Michael Dempsey → Post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1959 ● Wendy Wu (Cruise) → Lead vocals and front for New Wave post-punk Blondie-style The Photos, “Irene” (UK #56, 1980)
1968 ● Jonathan Knight → Early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990)
1968 ● Martin Carr → Guitarist/founder/songwriter for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1979 ● Game, aka The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) → Grammy-nominated rapper, West Coast gansta hip hop, “Hate It Or Love It” (#2, 2005)

Nov 30
1915 ● Walter “Brownie” McGhee → Piedmont-style blues guitarist, collaborator with Sonny Terry, “Robbie Doby Boogie” (1948)
1924 ● Allan Sherman (Copelon) → American comedy writer/musical satirist, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” (#2, 1963)
1929 ● Dick Clark → Venerable radio DJ/commentator, longtime TV host for American Bandstand
1937 ● Frank Ifield → Aussie country-pop, “I Remember You” (Easy Listening #1, 1962)
1937 ● Paul Stookey → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” (#2, 1963)
1943 ● David William “Leo” Lyons → British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1944 ● Luther Ingram → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” (#3, 1972)
1944 ● Rob Grill → AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1945 ● Roger Glover → Hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973)
1953 ● David Sancious → Jazz-rock fusion keyboardist, early work with Springsteen’s E Street Band, solo, sessions, collaborator
1953 ● Johnny “Shuggie” Otis, Jr. → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, wrote “Strawberry Letter 23” (#5 for The Brother’s Johnson, 1977)
1954 ● George McArdle → Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979)
1954 ● June Pointer Whitmore → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1955 ● Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad) → Punk-rock Generation X, then post-punk pop-rock MTV star, “White Wedding” (#4, 1982)
1957 ● John Ashton → Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty In Pink” (#41, 1981)
1957 ● Richard Barbieri → Keyboards for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982), Porcupine Tree
1958 ● Stacey Q (Stacey Lynn Swain) → Madonna-wanna-be dance/pop diva, “Two Of Hearts” (#3, 1986)
1963 ● Jalil Hutchins → R&B/new jack swing Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984)
1965 ● Paul Wheeler → Aussie New Wave synth-pop/pub rock Icehouse, “Electric Blue” (#7, 1987)
1968 ● Des’ree (Desiree Annette Weeks) → Brit R&B/soul-pop diva, “You Gotta Be” (#5, 1995)
1973 ● John Moyer → Bassist for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1975 ● Mindy McCready → Country singer, “Guys Do It All The Time” (Country #1, 1996)
1978 ● Clay Aiken (Clayton Grissom) → 2003 American Idol runner-up, actor, singer, “This Is The Night” (#1, 2003)
1987 ● Dougie Lee Poynter → Bassist/vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, “All About You” (UK #1, 2005)

Dec 01
1930 ● Matt Munro (Terrence Parons) → Multi-hit international cabaret/swing vocalist, theme song “From Russia With Love” (1963)
1933 ● Lou Rawls → Smooth jazz-blues-soul/easy listening singer, “You’ll Never Find A Love Like Mine” (#2, 1976)
1934 ● Billy Paul (Paul Williams) → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Me & Mrs. Jones” (#1, 1972)
1938 ● Sander L. “Sandy” Nelson → Instrumental rock ‘n roll drummer, “Teen Beat” (#4, 1959)
1944 ● Charlie Grima → Drummer for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK#1, 1973)
1944 ● Eric Bloom → Hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1944 ● John Densmore → Drummer for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” (#1, 1968)
1945 ● Bette Midler → The “Divine Miss M”, actress, comedienne, Grammy-winning singer, “Wind Beneath My Wings” (#1, 1989)
1946 ● Raymond “Gilbert” O’Sullivan → Irish singer/songwriter/keybaordist, “Alone Again Naturally” (#1, 1972)
1951 ● John Fancis “Jaco” Pastorius → Bassist for jazz-rock fusion group Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo
1956 ● Julee Cruise → Grammy-winning pop/rock singer, theme song to Twin Peaks TV show, “Falling” (Modern Rock #11, 1989)
1959 ● Steve Jansen (Stephen Batt) → Drummer/songwriter/singer for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1963 ● Sam Reid → Keyboards for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1971 ● Greg Upchurch → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1977 ● Brad Delson → Alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)

Dec 02
1906 ● Dr. Peter Carl Goldmark → Hungarian-born engineer who developed the long-play (LP) microgroove 33-1/3 rpm vinyl phonograph disc
1941 ● Tom McGuinness → Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo
1942 ● Ted Bluechell → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1960 ● Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley → Alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1960 ● Rick Savage → Hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988)
1960 ● Sydney Youngblood (Ford) → R&B/soul-dance-funk vocals, “I’d Rather Go Blind” (Dance Top Ten, 1988)
1968 ● Jimi Haha → Founder, vocals/guitar for alt rock funk-metal Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, “Do Right” (Modern Rock #12, 1999)
1968 ● Nate Mendel → Post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Modern Rock #1, 1999)
1970 ● Treach (Anthony Criss) → Grammy-winning hip hop trio Naughty By Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray” (#8, 1993)
1971 ● Donna Matthews → Guitarist for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1978 ● Brian Chase → Drummer for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Gold Lion” (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1978 ● Nelly Furtado → Portuguese-Canadian dance-pop actress/singer/songwriter, “Say It Right” (#1, 2006)
1981 ● Britney Spears → Teen-pop phenomenon, tabloid fodder singer/actress, “Baby One More Time” (#1, 2000)

Dec 03
1928 ● Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams → TV actor, Easy Listening/jazz-pop vocalist, “Butterfly” (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Jim Freeman → R&B/doo wop The Five Satins, “In The Still Of The Night” (R&B #3, 1956)
1942 ● Ken Lewis (Kenneth James Hawker) → Brit songwriter/producer, collaborator with John Carter in The Ivy League, wrote “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” (#1 for Herman’s Hermits, 1965)
1944 ● Ralph McTell (May) → Brit folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Streets Of London” (UK #2, 1974), children’s TV host
1946 ● Vic Malcolm → Lead guitar and vocals for Brit hard rock/glam-rock Geordie, “All Because Of You” (UK #6, 1973)
1948 ● John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne → Hard rock icon, Black Sabbath founder/leader, solo goth-rock artist, producer, TV actor/host
1949 ● Mickey Thomas → Lead vocals for Elvin Bishop Group, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (#3, 1975), then Jefferson Starship, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Mike Stock → Multi-hit UK songwriting/production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), “Respectable” (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987)
1951 ● Nicky Stevens → Brit folk-pop Brotherhood Of Man, “Save Your Kisses For Me” (#27, 1976)
1952 ● Duane Roland → Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979)
1968 ● Montell Jordan → Contemporary R&B/soul-new jack swing singer/songwriter, “This Is How We Do It” (#1, 1995)
1979 ● Daniel Bedingfield → New Zealand-born, Brit pop/rock vocalist, “Gotta Get Thru This” (#10, 2001)

Dec 04
1915 ● Eddie Heywood → Jazz pianist/composer/bandleader, “Canadian Sunset” (#2, 1956)
1940 ● Freddy “Boom-Boom” Cannon (Frederico Picariello) → Early and unusually consistent rock ‘n roller, “Palisades Park” (#3, 1962)
1942 ● Bob Mosley → 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967)
1944 ● Chris HillmanThe Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther Hillman Furay Band, Desert Rose Band
1944 ● Dennis Wilson → Drummer and songwriter/vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo
1947 ● Terry Woods → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1948 ● Southside Johnny (John Lyon) → Singer/leader of New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1951 ● Gary Rossington → Guitarist, founding member and crash survivor of Lynyrd Skynyrd, then founded Rossington-Collins Band
1959 ● Bob Griffin → Roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1962 ● Vinnie Dombroski → Post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1967 ● Adamski (Adam Tinley) → Brit dance-pop producer/songwriter/singer, “Killer” (with Seal, UK #1, US Dance #23, 1990)
1970 ● Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) → Producer, major-label executive, Grammy-winning rapper, “Empire State Of Mind” (#1, 2009)
1972 ● Justin Welch → Drummer for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1973 ● Kate Rusby → Brit contemporary acoustic folk singer/songwriter, the “First Lady of Young Folkies”

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Albums Released This Week (November 22 – 28)

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:

Nov 22

Beatles, The —— With The Beatles >> 1963
Beatles, The —— Beatles, The (The White Album) >> 1968
Springfield, Dusty —— Definitely…Dusty >> 1968
Kinks, The —— Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, The >> 1968
Davis, Miles —— Get Up With It >> 1974
Chic —— Chic >> 1977
Split Enz —— See Ya’ Round >> 1984
Cole, Lloyd & The Commotions —— Easy Pieces >> 1985
Ono, Yoko —— Starpeace >> 1985
Candlemass —— Ancient Dreams >> 1988
Midler, Bette —— Beaches [Sndtrk] >> 1988
Pink Floyd —— Delicate Sound Of Thunder >> 1988
ZZ Top —— One Foot In The Blues >> 1994
Pearl Jam —— Vitalogy >> 1994

Nov 23

Beatles, The —— Beatles Story, The >> 1964
Stevens, Cat —— Tea For The Tillerman >> 1970
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, The >> 1978
Public Image Ltd. —— Metal Box >> 1979
Oldfield, Mike —— Platinum >> 1979
Bowie, David —— Changestwobowie >> 1981
AC/DC —— For Those About To Rock We Salute You >> 1981
Chicago —— Greatest Hits, Volume II >> 1981
Metallica —— Live Shit: Binge & Purge >> 1993
Guns N’ Roses —— Spaghetti Incident?, The >> 1993
Guns N’ Roses —— Live Era: ’87-’93 >> 1999
Mötley Crüe —— Live: Entertainment Or Death >> 1999
Metallica —— S&M >> 1999
McLachlan, Sarah —— Afterglow Live >> 2004
U2 —— How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb >> 2004
Simon & Garfunkel —— In Concert >> 2004
Allman Brothers Band, The —— One Way Out >> 2004
Guns N’ Roses —— Chinese Democracy >> 2008

Nov 24

Kaleidoscope —— Tangerine Dream >> 1967
Buckley, Tim —— Blue Afternoon >> 1969
Kinks, The —— Muswell Hillbillies >> 1971
Harrison, George —— Thirty-Three & 1/3 >> 1976
Stewart, Rod —— Blondes Have More Fun >> 1978
Oldfield, Mike —— Incantations >> 1978
Yes —— Yesshows >> 1980
Eurythmics —— 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) [Sndtrk] >> 1984
Benatar, Pat —— Tropico >> 1984
Clapton, Eric —— August >> 1986
Red Box —— Circle & The Square, The >> 1986
Hawkwind —— Live Chronicles >> 1986
Spin Doctors —— Homebelly Groove >> 1992
Erasure —— Pop! – The First 20 Singles >> 1992
Metallica —— Garage, Inc. >> 1998
Beck, Jeff —— Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s >> 2008
Seger, Bob —— Early Seger Vol. 1 >> 2009

Nov 25

Beatles, The —— Beatlemania! With The Beatles >> 1963
Nyro, Laura —— Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat >> 1970
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Nocturne >> 1983
Buchanan, Roy —— Live In Japan >> 2003
Cash, Johnny —— Unearthed >> 2003

Nov 26

Kinks, The —— Kink Kontroversy, The >> 1965
Badfinger —— Ass >> 1973
ZZ Top —— Best of ZZ Top, The >> 1977
Eurythmics —— Touch >> 1983
Oldfield, Mike —— Killing Fields, The [Sndtrk] >> 1984
Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers —— Pack Up The Plantation – Live! >> 1985
Jackson, Michael —— Dangerous >> 1991
Fine Young Cannibals —— Finest, The >> 1996
McCartney, Paul —— Back In The U.S. >> 2002
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Soul Source: Earth Wind & Fire Remixes >> 2002

Nov 27

● <Temptations, The —— In A Mellow Mood >> 1967
Beatles, The —— Magical Mystery Tour >> 1967
Wonder, Stevie —— Someday At Christmas >> 1967
● Harrison, George —— All Things Must Pass >> 1970
Gentle Giant —— Gentle Giant >> 1970
Kinks, The —— Lola Vs. The Powerman & The Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 >> 1970
Jacksons, The —— The Jacksons >> 1976
Gaynor, Gloria —— Love Tracks >> 1978
10cc —— Ten Out Of 10 >> 1981
Black Sabbath —— Speak Of The Devil >> 1982
Mr. Mister —— Welcome To The Real World >> 1985
Dokken —— Back For The Attack >> 1987
W.A.S.P. —— Live…In The Raw >> 1987

Nov 28

Rolling Stones, The —— Let It Bleed >> 1969
Jam, The —— Sound Affects >> 1980
Japan —— Tin Drum >> 1981
Technotronic —— Pump Up The Jam: The Album >> 1989

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 21
1907 ● Samuel “Buck” Ram → R&B/soul composer, arranger, producer, manager (The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, #1, 1958)
1940 ● Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.) → New Orleans boogie-blues-folk-rock, “voodoo” music, “In The Right Place” (1973)
1941 ● David Porter → Stax Records writing partner with Isaac Hayes, solo R&B piano
1948 ● John “Rabbit” Bundrick → Keyboardist, sessions, solo, Free, The Who, principal musician for The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1948 ● LeRoy “Lonnie” Jordan → Laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, “Spill The Wine” (#3, 1970)
1950 ● Gary Pihl → 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Livingston Taylor → Light folk-pop singer/songwriter, “I Will Be In Love With You” (#13, 1978), brother of James
1965 ● Björk Gundmundsdottir → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991), solo
1965 ● Peter Koppes → Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1967 ● Margret Ornolfsdottir → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991)
1968 ● Alex James → Alt rock then Britpop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994)
1970 ● Francis McDonald → Scottish power-pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1974 ● Kelsi Marie Osborn → Country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)

Nov 22
1942 ● Floyd Sneed → Pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971)
1942 ● Steve Caldwell → Mixed gender R&B doo-wop The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1946 ● Aston “Family Man” Barrett → Rastafarian and bassist for reggae bands The Upsetters, Bob Marley & The Wailers
1947 ● Rod Price → Slide guitar for Brit boogie/blues-rock Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975)
1948 ● Dennis Larden → One hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (1967)
1950 ● “Miami” Steven (aka “Little Steve”) Van Zandt → Guitarist, songwriter with Bruce Springsteen in the E Street Band, producer, TV actor (The Sopranos)
1950 ● Tina Weymouth → Bassist for New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), co-founder of Tom Tom Club
1957 ● Sharon Bailey → Percussion for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1958 ● Jason Ringenberg → Founder/frontman for alt country-rock “cowpunk” Jason & The Scorchers
1962 ● Daniel Schmid → Jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1966 ● Francis Anthony “Eg” White → Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1968 ● “Rasha Don” Norris → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)

Nov 23
1939 ● Betty Everett → R&B/soul-pop vocalist, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” (R&B #1, 1964)
1949 ● Alan Paul → Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1949 ● Sandra Stevens → Brit folk-pop vocalist, Brotherhood Of Man, “Save Your Kisses For Me” (#27, 1976)
1954 ● Bruce Hornsby → Grammy-winning rock-pop-jazz keyboardist, bandleader, The Range “The Way It Is” (#1, 1986)
1962 ● Chris Bostock → Dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Conny Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, “Up Around The Bend” (1984)
1966 ● Charlie Grover → Post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1966 ● Ken Block → Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1984 ● Lucas Stephen Grabeel → American actor, “Ryan Evans” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
1992 ● Destiney Hope “Miley” Cyrus → Teen idol actress, Hannah Montana, then pop vocalist, “Party In The U.S.A.” (#2, 2009)

Nov 24
1868 ● Scott Joplin → Pianist/composer, the “King of Ragtime”, “Maple Leaf Rag” (copyright 1899)
1928 ● Michael Holliday (Norman Milne) → Brit pop crooner, “The Story of My Life” (UK #1, 1957)
1938 ● Charles Laquidara → Radio disc jockey, 70s-90s The Big Mattress, WBCN/Boston
1939 ● Jim Yester → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1941 ● Donald “Duck” Dunn → Bassist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1941 ● Pete Best (Randolph Peter Best) → “The 5th Beatle“, drummer from 1960-62, replaced by Ringo
1942 ● Billy Connolly → Scottish comedian, TV actor and folk singer, cover of “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” (UK #1, 1975)
1943 ● Robin Williamson → Scottish psych-folk duo The Incredible String Band
1945 ● Lee Michaels (Michael Olsen) → Psych-rock/blue eyed soul singer/songwriter/keyboardist, “Do You Know What I Mean” (#6, 1971)
1948 ● Tony Bourge → Early and influential heavy metal Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1955 ● Clement Burke (Clement Bozewski) → Drummer for Blondie, The Romantics, The Plimsouls, The Ramones (aka “Elvis Ramone”)
1957 ● Chris Hayes → Guitar/vocals for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Carmel McCourt → Brit pop-rock vocalist and bandleader, Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1962 ● Gary Stonadge → Bassist for punk-rock Big Audio Dynamite and The Rotten Hill Gang
1962 ● John Squire → Guitarist for Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and The Seahorses, painter
1964 ● Tony Rombola → Guitarist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1970 ● Chad Taylor → Guitarist for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995), The Gracious Few

Nov 25
1941 ● Percy Sledge → R&B/soul “When A Man Loves A Woman” (#1, 1965)
1943 ● Roy Lynes → Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1944 ● Bev Bevan → Drummer for The Move, Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra
1944 ● Bob Lind → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Elusive Butterfly” (#5, 1966)
1947 ● Val Fuentes → Drummer for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969)
1949 ● Martin Lee → Brit folk-pop Brotherhood Of Man, “Save Your Kisses For Me” (#27, 1976)
1950 ● Jocelyn Brown → R&B/dance-pop session vocals, solo, “Somebody Else’s Guy” (R&B #2, 1984)
1959 ● Steve Rothery → Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1960 ● Amy Grant → Christian then pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Every Heartbeat” (#1, 1991)
1966 ● Stacey Lattishaw → R&B/dance-pop vocalist, “Jump to the Beat” (Dance #1, 1980)
1967 ● Rodney Sheppard → Funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)

Nov 26
1939 ● Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) → R&B/soul-pop diva, The Ikettes, Ike & Tina Turner, solo, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (#1, 1984)
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Jean Terrell → R&B/soul singer, replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes (1969), “Up The Ladder To The Roof” (#10, 1970)
1945 ● John McVie → Bassist for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1946 ● Burt Ruiter → Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971)
1963 ● Adam Gaynor → Post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000), solo
1967 ● John Stirratt → Alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1981 ● Natasha Bedingfield → Brit pop singer/songwriter, “Unwritten” (#5, 2006)
1985 ● Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic) → R&B/hip hop boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Nov 27
1935 ● Al Jackson → Guitarist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1942 ● James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix → Guitar god, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967)
1944 ● Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “I Love a Rainy Night” (#1, 1980)
1945 ● Randy Brecker → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1948 ● Dave Winthrop → Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1959 ● Charlie Burchill → Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1960 ● Ashley Ingram → Brit R&B/dance-pop Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (R&B #27, 1982)
1960 ● Terry Corso → Alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1960 ● Trevor “Dozy” Ward-Davies → Brit 60s pop-rock quartet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tick, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK#1, 1968)
1961 ● Princess (Desiree Heslop) → Pop vocalist, “Say I’m You Number One” (UK #7, 1985)
1962 ● Charlie Benante → Speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1962 ● Mike Bordin → Drummer for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1965 ● Fiachna O’Braonian → Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Skoob (aka “Books”, William “Willie” Hines) → Hip hop duo Das EFX, “Straight From The Sewer” (Rap #3, 1992)

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Albums Released This Week (November 15 – 21)

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:

Nov 15

Morrison, Van —— His Band And The Street Choir >> 1970
Grand Funk Railroad —— E Pluribus Funk >> 1971
America —— Homecoming >> 1972
Grateful Dead —— Wake Of The Flood >> 1973
Roxy Music —— Country Life >> 1974
Starr, Ringo —— Goodnight Vienna >> 1974
Rundgren’s Utopia, Todd —— Another Live >> 1975
Grateful Dead —— Shakedown Street >> 1978
Thin Lizzy —— Renegade >> 1981
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Songs To Learn & Sing >> 1985
Cocteau Twins —— Tiny Dynamine >> 1985
Zappa, Frank —— Jazz From Hell >> 1986
Vaughan, Stevie Ray And Double Trouble —— Live Alive >> 1986
Fleetwood Mac —— Greatest Hits >> 1988
Journey —— Greatest Hits >> 1988
Kiss —— Smashes, Trashes & Hits >> 1988
Jett, Joan & The Blackhearts —— Flashback >> 1993
Adams, Bryan —— Best Of Me, The >> 1999
Wilco —— Kicking Television: Live In Chicago >> 2005
Buffett, Jimmy
—— Live At Fenway Park >> 2005
Loggins & Messina —— Live: Sittin’ In Again At Santa Barbara Bowl >> 2005

Nov 16

Beach Boys, The —— Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, The >> 1964
Wonder, Stevie —— Down To Earth >> 1966
Reeves, Martha & The Vandellas —— Watchout! >> 1966
Geils, J., Band —— J. Geils Band, The >> 1970
Stills, Stephen —— Stephen Stills >> 1970
Midler, Bette —— Bette Midler >> 1973
Dylan, Bob —— Dylan >> 1973
Kinks, The —— Preservation Act 1 >> 1973
Kiss —— Music From “The Elder” >> 1981
Chic —— Take It Off >> 1981
Turner, Tina —— Private Dancer >> 1984
Black Sabbath —— Eternal Idol, The >> 1987
Astley, Rick —— Whenever You Need Somebody >> 1987
Dokken —— Beast From The East >> 1988
Genesis
—— Way We Walk, Vol. 1 (The Shorts), The >> 1992
Heart —— Desire Walks On >> 1993

Nov 17

Kinks, The —— Sunny Afternoon >> 1967
Nyro, Laura —— Gonna Take A Miracle >> 1971
Dylan, Bob —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 >> 1971
Davis, Miles —— Live-Evil >> 1971
Moody Blues, The —— Seventh Sojourn >> 1972
ABBA —— Greatest Hits >> 1975
Bolin, Tommy —— Teaser >> 1975
Midler, Bette —— Broken Blossom >> 1977
Jam, The —— Setting Sons >> 1979
Lennon, John —— Double Fantasy >> 1980
Fall, The —— Grotesque (After The Gramme) >> 1980
Khan, Chaka —— Chaka Khan >> 1982
Kinks, The —— Think Visual >> 1986
U2 —— Go Home: Live From Slane Castle >> 2003
Damned, The —— So, Who’s Paranoid? >> 2008
McCartney, Paul —— Good Evening New York City >> 2009

Nov 18

Buffalo Springfield —— Buffalo Springfield Again >> 1967
Genesis
—— Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, The >> 1974
Welch, Bob —— French Kiss >> 1977
Brand X —— Livestock >> 1977
Damned, The —— Music For Pleasure >> 1977
Jam, The —— This Is The Modern World >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Love Beach >> 1978
Jett, Joan & The Blackhearts —— I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1981
Anderson, Ian —— Walk Into Light >> 1983
LL Cool J —— Radio >> 1985
Palmer, Robert —— Riptide >> 1985
Nicks, Stevie —— Rock A Little >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Notorious >> 1986
Madonna
—— You Can Dance >> 1987
Metallica —— Reload >> 1997
Simon, Paul —— Songs From The Capeman >> 1997
Cale, John —— HoboSapiens >> 2003

Nov 19

Beach Boys, The —— Beach Boys In Concert >> 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Brain Salad Surgery >> 1973
Harrison, George —— Best Of George Harrison, The >> 1976
Zappa, Frank
—— Joe’s Garage: Acts II & III >> 1979
Young, Neil & Crazy Horse —— Live Rust >> 1979
Manilow, Barry —— Barry >> 1980
Led Zeppelin
—— Coda >> 1982
Henley, Don—— Building The Perfect Beast >> 1984
Kinks, The —— Word Of Mouth >> 1984
Michael, George —— Faith >> 1987
U2 —— Achtung Baby >> 1991
Beck, Jeff —— Beckology >> 1991
Mötley Crüe —— Decade Of Decadence >> 1991
Talk Talk —— Laughing Stock >> 1991
Scaggs, Boz —— Fade Into Light >> 1996
Harrison, George —— Brainwashed >> 2002

Nov 20

Yardbirds, The —— Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds >> 1965
Wonder, Stevie —— Eivets Rednow…Alfie >> 1968
Sly & The Family Stone —— There’s A Riot Goin’ On >> 1971
Collins, Phil —— …But Seriously >> 1989
Run-D.M.C. —— Back From Hell >> 1990
Gabriel, Peter —— Shaking The Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats >> 1990
McCartney, Paul —— Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights! >> 1990
Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers —— Playback >> 1995
Etheridge, Melissa —— Awakening Live, The >> 2007
Idol, Billy —— In Super Overdrive Live >> 2009

Nov 21

Animals, The —— Animalism >> 1966
Moody Blues, The —— To Our Children’s Children’s Children >> 1969
Sly & The Family Stone —— Greatest Hits >> 1970
Diamond, Neil
—— Tap Root Manuscript >> 1970
Earth, Wind & Fire —— All ‘N All >> 1977
Stewart, Rod
—— Foolish Behavior >> 1980
Steely Dan —— Gaucho >> 1980
REO Speedwagon —— Hi Infidelity >> 1980
Duran Duran —— Seven And The Ragged Tiger >> 1983
Zappa, Frank
—— Francesco Zappa >> 1984
Henley, Don
—— Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits >> 1985
Zappa, Frank
—— Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention >> 1985
Tiffany —— Hold An Old Friend’s Hand >> 1988
Skinny Puppy —— Rabies >> 1988
Chicago —— Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989 >> 1989
Kenny G —— Kenny G Live >> 1989
Rush —— Presto >> 1989
Springsteen, Bruce
—— Ghost Of Tom Joad, The >> 1995
Wonder, Stevie —— Natural Wonder >> 1995
Daughtry —— Daughtry >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 14 – 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 14
1936 ● Freddie Garrity → Eccentric frontman and vocalist, Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965)
1938 ● Cornell Gunter → R&B/doo wop vocals for The Platters, The Flairs, The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1959), solo
1944 ● Scherrie Payne → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, replaced Diana Ross and Jean Terrell in The Supremes, solo, sister of Freda
1947 ● Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural → Frontman and accordionist for contemporary zydeco band Buckwheat Zydeco, “I Need Your Lovin'” (1983)
1949 ● James “J.Y.” Young → Guitarist of for prototypical arena rock band Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)
1951 ● Stephen Bishop → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, “On And On” (#11, 1976)
1953 ● Alexander O’Neal → R&B smooth soul singer, started with The Time, then solo, “Fake” (R&B #1, 1987)
1953 ● Frankie Banali → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1954 ● Yanni (Yiannis Hryssomalis) → Grammy-winning New Age pianist, composer
1956 ● Alec Jon Such → Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1964 ● Andrew Banfield → Brit R&B/soul-funk The Pasadenas, “Tribute (Right On)” (UK #5, 1988)
1964 ● Joseph “Run” Simmons → Premier hardcore rap group Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way” (#4, 1986)
1964 ● Nic Dalton → Post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1968 ● Brian Yale → Post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000)
1974 ● Adina Howard → Urban contemporary R&B/pop, “Freak Like Me” (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Travis Barker → Drummer for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)

Nov 15
1905 ● Annunzio Paolo Mantovani → Prolific easy listening composer, orchestra conductor, pianist, “Cara Mia” (Top 10, 1954), TV host
1928 ● C. W. McCall (psuedonym for William Fries) → Truck driving/CB radio craze outlaw-country singer, “Convoy” (#1, 1976)
1932 ● Clyde McPhatter → R&B doo wop The Drifters, “Honey Love” (R&B #1, 1954), solo
1932 ● Petula Clark → Pop vocalist, actress, “Downtown” (#1, 1965)
1933 ● Floyd Ashton → R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1937 ● William Edward “Little Willie” John → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “Need Your Love So Bad” (R&B #5, 1956)
1941 ● Rick Kemp → Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1945 ● Anni-frid “Frida” Lyngstad Andersson → Internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Steve Fossen → Founding member and bassist for Heart, “Magic Man” (#9, 1976), Alias
1952 ● Michael Cooper → Singer/guitarist for R&B/soul-funk group Con Funk Shun, “Ffun” (#23, 1978)
1954 ● Tony Thompson → Drummer for top disco/funk band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978)
1957 ● Joe Leeway → New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1968 ● Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) → Founding member and bad boy of influential East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan
1974 ● Chad Kroeger → Lead guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1988 ● B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) → R&B/alt hip hop singer/songwriter, “Nothin’ On You” (#1, 2010)

Nov 16
1916 ● Herb Abramson → Atlantic Records co-founder, Atco president, A-1 Studios owner/executive
1933 ● Garnett Mimms → R&B/gospel-soul “Cry Baby” (#4,1963)
1938 ● Toni Brown → Founder and pianist for folk-rock Joy of Cooking, solo
1938 ● Troy Seals → Country-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, brother of Jim (Seals and Crofts) and Dan (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
1940 ● John Ryanes → R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1943 ● Winfred “Blue” Lovett → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Patti Santos → Vocals for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969)
1962 ● Mani (Gary Mounfield) → Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “One Love” (Alt Rock #9, 1990), Primal Scream
1964 ● Diana Krall → Canadian jazz-pop singer/songwriter/pianist, married to Elvis Costello
1966 ● Dave Kushner → Rhythm guitar for punk-rock Wasted Youth and hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, sessions, solo, film and TV scores
1969 ● Byran Abrams → A cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)

Nov 17
1937 ● Geoff Goddard → Songwriter, keyboardist for UK instrumental rock The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962)
1937 ● Gerry McGee → Intrumental rock ‘n roll The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960)
1938 ● Gordon Lightfoot → Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” (#2, 1976)
1942 ● Bob Gaudio → Top 40 pop vocals The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962)
1944 ● Gene Clark → Early country-rock singer/songwriter, The New Christy Minstrels, The Byrds, Dillard & Clark, co-wrote “Eight Miles High” (Top 20, 1966)
1946 ● Martin Barre → Founding member and guitarist, Jethro Tull, “Aqualung” (1971)
1947 ● Robert “Stewkey” Antoni → Vocals for The Nazz, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, “Set Me Free” (#27, 1980)
1947 ● Rod Clements → Folk-rock bassist, Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (UK#3, 1971), Jack The Lad, sessions, solo albums
1948 ● Iain Sutherland → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for folk-rock duo The Sutherland Brothers, “Sailing” (1972)
1955 ● Peter Cox → New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, “King Of Wishful Thinking” (#8, 1990), now with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
1957 ● Jim Babjak → Alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1959 ● Harry Rushakoff → Post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) → Cross-dressing drag queen, dance-pop singer/songwriter, “Back To My Roots” (Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Jeff Buckley → Alt folk-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Last Goodbye” (Modern Rock #19, 1995), son of Tim
1967 ● Ben Wilson → Blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1967 ● Ronnie DeVoe → New jack swing R&B/hip hop New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)
1980 ● Clarke Isaac Hanson → Teen pop-rock trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1981 ● Sarah Nicole Harding (Hardman) → Pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

Nov 18
1927 ● Hank Ballard (John Henry Kendricks) → Vocals for R&B doo wop The Midnighters, proto-rock ‘n roll “Work With Me, Annie” (Banned/no charts, 1954)
1936 ● Don Cherry → Innovative “free” jazz cornetist and trumpeter, father of Eagle-Eye, stepfather of Neneh
1941 ● Conleth “Con” Cluskey → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, “Diane” (#10, 1964)
1949 ● Herman Rarebell → German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1950 ● Graham Parker → Brit pub-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, The Rumour, “Hold Back The Night” (#58, 1977)
1950 ● Rudy Sarzo → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1954 ● John Parr → One hit wonder pop-rock songwriter/guitarist, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Laura Lynch → Country-rock Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006)
1958 ● Michael Ramos → Roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1960 ● Kim Wilde (Smith) → New wave synth-pop singer, “Kids In America” (#25, 1982)
1962 ● Kirk Hammett → Lead guitar and vocals for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991)
1969 ● Duncan Sheik → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Barely Breathing” (#16, 1997), stage and film composer
1972 ● Matt Knight → Bassist for Brit alt pub-rock Toploader, covered “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK #7, 2000)
1975 ● Anthony David “Ant” McPartlin → Brit TV hosts Ant & Dec and pop song duo PJ & Duncan, “Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994)
1977 ● Fabolous (John David Jackson) → East coast rapper, “Can’t Let You Go” (#4, 2003)

Nov 19
1905 ● Tommy Dorsey → Swing era bandleader, trombonist, songwriter, brother of Jimmy
1934 ● Dave Guard → Folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958)
1937 ● Ray Collins → Vocalist for Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967)
1938 ● Hank Medress → White doo-wop The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961)
1939 ● Warren “Pete” Moore → Bass vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The Miracles, co-wrote “Going To A Go-Go” (#11, 1965)
1943 ● Fred Lipsius → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Joe Correro, Jr. → Hard-edged rock ‘n roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965)
1952 ● Bill Sharpe → Founding member and keyboardist for Brit jazz fusion Shakatak, “Night Birds” (UK Top Ten, 1982)
1952 ● Eddie Rayner → New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (UK #12, 1980)
1954 ● Annette Guest → Philly R&B/disco female vocal First Choice, “The Player, Part 1” (R&B #7, 1974)
1960 ● Matt Sorum → Hard rock percussion, The Cult, Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1987), Velvet Revolver
1965 ● Jason “J Spaceman” Pierce → Leader of Brit space-rock bands Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992), solo
1965 ● Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember → Founding member and guitar/organ for Brit psych-space-rock Spacemen 3, “Revolution” (UK Ind. #1, 1989)
1969 ● Travis McNabb → Alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1971 ● Justin Chancellor → Bassist for prog-metal bands Peach and Grammy-winning Tool, “Vicarious” (Modern Rock #2, 2006)
1971 ● Tony Rich (Antonion Jeffries) → Contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Nobody Knows” (#2, 1996)
1975 ● Tamika Scott → Female R&B/pop Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)

Nov 20
1940 ● Anthony Francis “Tony” Butala → Close-harmony folk-pop trio the Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961)
1942 ● Norman Greenbaum → One hit wonder Jewish (not Christian) pop/rocker, “Spirit In The Sky” (#3, 1970), dairy farmer
1944 ● Mike Vernon → Blues-rock album producer, Blue Horizon record executive, worked with Clapton, Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, and others
1945 ● Dirty Dan McBride (Daniel Hatton) → Rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1946 ● Howard Duane Allman → Slide guitar virtuoso, Allman Brothers Band, sessions, solo
1946 ● Ray Stiles → British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966), glam-rock Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974)
1947 ● Joe Walsh → Songwriter/guitarist, James Gang, solo, “Life’s Been Good” (#12, 1978), Eagles
1950 ● Gary Green → Guitarist Brit progressive rock band Gentle Giant
1954 ● Frank Marino → Founder, frontman and guitarist for Canadian power rock trio Mahogany Rush
1957 ● Jim Brown → Multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988)
1961 ● Paul King → New Wave pop-soul singer, “Love & Pride” (US #55, UK #2, 1985), MTV/VH1 VJ
1962 ● Gail Ann Dorsey → Top alt rock bassist, sessions for Bowie, Tears For Fears, Bryan Ferry, The The, Gwen Stefani, others
1962 ● Steve Alexander → Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1965 ● Mike D (Michael Louis Diamond) → Hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1965 ● Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) → LatinoR&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, “Insane In The Brain” (#19, 1994)
1966 ● Kevin Gilbert → Multi-instrumental composer, producer, Sheryl Crow collaborator, co-wrote “All I Wanna Do” (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Davey Havok (David Paden Passaro) → Lead vocals for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), “Miss Murder” (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006), electronica Blaqk Audio
1981 ● Kimberly Walsh → Pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)
1986 ● Michael Jared Followill → Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

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Albums Released This Week (November 8 – 14)

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:

Nov 08

Beach Boys, The —— Beach Boys’ Party! >> 1965
Supremes, The & The Temptations —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations >> 1968
Diamond, Neil —— Neil Diamond >> 1970
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin IV >> 1971
Styx —— Man Of Miracles >> 1974
Sly & The Family Stone —— High On You >> 1975
Harrison, George —— Best Of George Harrison, The >> 1976
Motörhead —— Ace Of Spades >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Architecture & Morality >> 1981
Queen —— Greatest Hits >> 1981
ABBA —— The Singles: The First Ten Years >> 1982
New Edition —— All For Love >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— Inside The Electric Circus >> 1986
McCartney, Paul —— Paul Is Live >> 1993
Eagles —— Hell Freezes Over >> 1994

Nov 09

Presley, Elvis —— Girls! Girls! Girls! >> 1962
Badfinger —— No Dice >> 1970
Flack, Roberta —— Quiet Fire >> 1971
Ross, Diana —— Lady Sings The Blues [Sndtrk] >> 1972
Santana —— Welcome >> 1973
Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers —— Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers >> 1976
Iron Maiden —— Soundhouse Tapes, The [EP] >> 1979
Stranglers, The —— La Folie >> 1981
Men At Work —— Business As Usual >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— Come Out And Play >> 1985
Aerosmith —— Done With Mirrors >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— Last Command, The >> 1985
Dokken —— Under Lock And Key >> 1985
Eurythmics —— Savage >> 1987
Tubes, The —— Best Of The Tubes, The >> 1992
Outlaws, The —— Hittin’ The Road >> 1993
Buffett, Jimmy —— Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays >> 1999
.38 Special —— Live At Sturgis >> 1999

Nov 10

Presley, Elvis —— His Hand In Mine >> 1960
Moody Blues, The —— Days Of Future Passed >> 1967
Grateful Dead —— Live/Dead >> 1969
Barclay James Harvest —— Baby James Harvest >> 1972
Byrds, The —— Best Of The Birds: Greatest Hits, Volume II, The >> 1972
Springfield, Dusty —— See All Her Faces >> 1972
Chicago —— Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits >> 1975
Young, Neil With Crazy Horse —— Zuma >> 1975
Sex Pistols, The —— Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Works, Vol. 2 >> 1977
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Babylon By Bus >> 1978
Clash, The —— Give ‘Em Enough Rope >> 1978
Diamond, Neil —— Jazz Singer, The [Sndtrk] >> 1980
Mötley Crüe —— Too Fast For Love >> 1981
Idol, Billy —— Rebel Yell >> 1983
Kershaw, Nik —— Riddle, The >> 1984
Triumph —— Thunder Seven >> 1984
Who, The —— Who’s Last >> 1984
Springsteen, Bruce —— Live 1975-1985 >> 1986
Bush, Kate —— Whole Story, The >> 1986

Nov 11

Lennon, John & Yoko Ono —— Two Virgins >> 1968
Presley, Elvis —— That’s The Way It Is [Sndtrk] >> 1970
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Gratitude >> 1975
Kiss —— Rock And Roll Over >> 1976
Jacksons, The —— Jacksons Live!, The >> 1981
Depeche Mode —— Catching Up With Depeche Mode >> 1985
Buffett, Jimmy —— Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s) >> 1985
Tyler, Bonnie —— Bitter Blue >> 1991
Damned, The —— Not Of This Earth >> 1995
Led Zeppelin —— BBC Sessions >> 1997
Pearl Jam —— Lost Dogs >> 2003

Nov 12

Young, Neil —— Neil Young >> 1968
Genesis —— Nursery Cryme >> 1971
Hall & Oates —— Whole Oats >> 1972
Buffalo Springfield —— Buffalo Springfield (Collection) >> 1973
Queen —— Sheer Heart Attack >> 1974
Hall & Oates —— War Babies >> 1974
Geils, J., Band —— Showtime! >> 1982
Duran Duran —— Arena >> 1984
Smiths, The —— Hatful Of Hollow >> 1984
Madonna —— Like A Virgin >> 1984
Stewart, Rod —— If We Fall in Love Tonight >> 1996
Pretenders, The —— Loose Screw >> 2002

Nov 13

Cash, Johnny —— Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous >> 1958
Presley, Elvis
—— 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2 >> 1959
Four Tops, The —— Four Tops’ Second Album >> 1965
Ross, Diana & The Supremes —— Love Child >> 1968
Diamond, Neil —— Stones >> 1971
Bush, Kate —— Lionheart >> 1978
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Scream, The >> 1978
New Order —— Movement >> 1981
Slade —— Till Deaf Do Us Part >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Change Of Season >> 1990
Madonna
—— Immaculate Collection, The >> 1990

Nov 14

Monkees, The —— Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. >> 1967
Barrett, Syd —— Barrett >> 1970
Cale, John —— Helen Of Troy >> 1975
Queen
—— Jazz >> 1978
Numan, Gary & Tubeway Army —— Tubeway Army >> 1978
Young, Neil
—— Live Rust >> 1979
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Raise! >> 1981
Chic —— Believer >> 1983
Milli Vanilli —— All Or Nothing >> 1988
Etheridge, Melissa —— Your Little Secret >> 1995
Badfinger —— Head First >> 2000
Revere, Paul & The Raiders —— Mojo Workout >> 2000
Young, Neil —— Live At The Fillmore East >> 2006

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