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Albums Released This Week (January 31 – February 6)

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:

Jan 31

Al Green —— Let’s Stay Together ► Soul (Southern) >> 1972
Christopher Cross —— Another Page ► Pop-Rock, Soft >> 1983
Curtis Mayfield —— BBC Radio 1 In Concert ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
Tori Amos —— Under The Pink ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994

Feb 01

Janis Joplin —— Pearl ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
The Doobie Brothers —— What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Girl —— Sheer Greed ► Heavy Metal/Glam-Metal >> 1980
Earthstar —— Atomkraft? Nein, Danke! ► Kosmische Musik >> 1981
Eric Clapton —— Money And Cigarettes ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
AC/DC —— Blow Up Your Video ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Tesla —— Great Radio Controversy, The ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Accept —— Objection Overruled ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1993
Paul McCartney —— Off The Ground ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Green Day —— Dookie ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Blondie —— No Exit ► Pop-Rock >> 1999

Feb 02

Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Gimme Back My Bullets ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Genesis —— Trick Of The Tail, A ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Stiff Little Fingers —— Inflammable Material ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Iron Maiden —— Killers ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
The Style Council —— Cost Of Loving ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Expose —— Exposure ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Psychedelic Furs —— Midnight To Midnight ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1987
Lita Ford —— Lita ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Belly —— Star ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop >> 1993
Pavement —— Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain ► Indie Rock/Noise Rock >> 1994
Built To Spill —— Keep It A Secret ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock >> 1999

Feb 03

The Beatles —— Twist And Shout [Canada] ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Jethro Tull —— This Was ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Byrds —— Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Rainbow —— Difficult To Cure ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Earth —— Earth 2 ► Drone Doom Rock >> 1993
David Bowie —— Earthling ► Techno Rock >> 1997
Texas —— White On Blonde ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Various Artists —— Blues Brothers 2000 [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1998

Feb 04

The Strawbs —— Grave New World ► Prog. Rock >> 1972
Elvis Presley —— Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite ► Contemporary Adult Pop-Rock >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac —— Rumours ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Jethro Tull —— Songs From The Wood ► Prog Rock >> 1977
The Buggles —— Age Of Plastic, The ► New Wave Power Pop >> 1980
The Ramones —— End Of The Century ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Porcupine ► Post-Punk >> 1983
Widespread Panic —— Space Wrangler ► Southern Rock >> 1988
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Talkin’ Blues ► Roots Reggae >> 1991
Silverchair —— Freak Show ► Grunge Rock >> 1997

Feb 05

Barclay James Harvest —— Once Again ► Prog Rock >> 1971
The Cure —— Boys Don’t Cry ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Queen —— Innuendo ► Glam Rock >> 1991
Deep Purple —— Purpendicular ► Heavy Metal >> 1996

Feb 06

The Byrds —— Younger Than Yesterday ► Country-Rock >> 1967
Jefferson Starship
—— Earth ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Simple Minds —— Sparkle In The Rain ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1984
Violent Femmes —— Blind Leading The Naked ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1986
Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead —— Dylan & The Dead ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Adam Ant —— Manners & Physique ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Pastels —— Mobile Safari ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1995
Jeff Beck —— You Had It Coming ► Instrumental Rock >> 2001

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 30 – February 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 30
1928 ● Ruth Brown (Ruth Alston Weston) → R&B/soul singer, Atlantic Records (the “House That Ruth Built”) top-selling 1950s artist, “Teardrops In My Eyes” (R&B #1, 1950)
1936 ● Horst Jankowski → German pianist and composer of easy listening and light space rock pop pieces, “A Walk In The Black Forest” (#12, 1965), died of cancer on 6/29/1998
1941 ● Joe Terranova → Baritone and bass vocalist for rock ‘n roll Danny & The Juniors, “At The Hop” (#1, 1958)
1942 ● Marty Balin (Martyn Jere Buchwald) → Vocals and guitar for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit” (#8, 1967), then mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), then light pop-rock solo career, “Hearts” (# 8, 1981)
1943 ● Sandy Deane (Yaguda) → Vocals for clean cut pop-rock Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965) and nine other Top 30 hits
1947 ● Steve Marriott → Guitarist, vocals, songwriter and founder/leader, Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1967), Humble Pie, solo, died in house fire 4/20/1991
1949 ● William King → Trumpet, guitar and synthesizers for R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978)
1951 ● Marv Ross → Guitarist for sax pop-rock Quarterflash, “Harden My Heart” (#3, 1981)
1951 ● Phil Collins → Drums, piano, vocals and songwriter for prog-rock Genesis,”Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), then pop-adult contemporary solo career, “A Groovy Kind Of Love ” (#1, 1988), TV and stage actor
1952 ● Steve Bartek → At age 16 played flute and percussion on first album by Strawberry Alarm Clock but couldn’t join the band (too young), joined 80s New Wave ska-revival quirky synth-pop Oingo Boingo, “Weird Science” (Dance/Club #21, 1985)
1959 ● Jody Watley → Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, first as lead vocals for disco trio Shalamar, “The Second Time Around” (#8, 1979), then solo “Real Love” (#1, 1987), wrote “Sweet Sixteen” for Destiny’s Child, record producer, founder of Avitone Records fashion designer and fitness DVD host
1959 ● Mark Eitzel → Guitarist, singer, chief songwriter and frontman for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club, (1991 album Everclear), disbanded AMC for a jazz-pop solo career
1964 ● Angie Stone (Angela Laverne Brown) → R&B/neo-soul singer, songwriter, keyboardist, with urban soul-op Vertical Hold, “Seems You’re Much Too Busy” (Top 40, 1993) then solo, “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” (Dance/Club #1, 2002), has written hits for Mary J. Blige & D’Angelo

Jan 31
1906 ● Roosevelt “The Honeydripper” Sykes → Boogie-blues piano player, known for pounding 8-bar rhythms and risque lyrics, known for many blues standards, including “Night Time Is The Right Time” (1937), died from a heart attack on 7/17/1983
1921 ● Mario Lanza (Alfredo Arnold Cocozza) → 1940s opera tenor, post-WW II film actor, 50s pop singer, “Be My Love” (1950), died of pulmonary embolism on 10/7/1959
1928 ● Harold “Chuck” Willis → The “King of the Stroll”, R&B/blues-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist best know for his cover of “C.C. Rider” (R&B #1, 1957) but also wrote and recorded his one compositions, died from peritonitis on 4/10/1958
1946 ● Terry Kath → Founder and guitarist for pop-rock/horn band Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), accidentally shot himself dead in game of Russian Roulette 1/23/1978
1951 ● Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey → Founder/frontman for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975)
1951 ● Phil Manzanera (Targett-Adams) → Lead guitarist for Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976) from 1972-83, then solo and collaborative work with Winwood, Gilmour and others, wrote 14-part radio program The A-Z Of Great Guitarists
1952 ● William “Curly” Smith → Drummer for hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, “Run Run Run” (#27, 1972), then sessions, reunited Spirit and Boston (1994-2000)
1954 ● Adrian Vandenburg (Adje Van Den Berg) → Dutch guitarist and co-writer for hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987), painter
1956 ● Johnny Rotten (John Joseph Lydon) → Lead singer for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977), then founded post-punk Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983)
1961 ● Lloyd Cole → Singer/songwriter, guitarist and frontman for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985), solo
1964 ● Jeff Hanneman → Co-founder and lead guitar for “Big Four” thrash metal Slayer, “Angel Of Death” (1986)
1966 ● Al Doughty (Alan Jaworski) → Bassist for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1967 ● Chad Channing → First drummer for grunge rock Nirvana, played on debut indie label album Bleach, left the band in 1990, worked with The Methodists, East Of The Equator and Redband, now with Before Cars
1967 ● Jason Cooper → Joined post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “The 13th” (Hot Dance #11, 1996) in 1995
1970 ● Amelia Fiona “Minnie” Driver → Gammy- and Emmy-nominated film and TV actress, singer/songwriter, light pop 2004 album Everything I’ve Got In My Pocket
1981 ● Justin Timberlake → Vocals for teen dance-pop *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000), multi-platinum solo vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#3, 2003), TV actor, tabloid star

Feb 01
1934 ● Bob Shane → Vocals and guitar for folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits
1937 ● Don Everly → Singer with younger brother Phil in folk-rock The Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (#1, 1958) plus more than 25 other Top 40 hits
1937 ● Ray “Dr. Hook” Sawyer → Frontman and vocals for Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1938 ● Jimmy Carl Black (James Inkanish, Jr.) → Drummer and vocals for art-satirical rock Mothers Of Invention, toured with Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, died from lung cancer on 11/1/2008
1939 ● Joe Sample → Jazz-fusion keyboardist and composer with The Jazz Crusaders (The Crusaders after 1971), “Street Life” (#36, 1979), solo
1947 ● Normie Rowe → Top Australian pop singer of the early 60s, “Que Sera Sera” (Aus #1, 1965), drafted into military service and failed to regain his popularity following discharge
1948 ● Rick James (James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.) → R&B/disco vocals, dancer and bandleader, “Super Freak” (#16, 1981), plus 3 other R&B #1 hits in the 70s and 80s, found dead at home of cardiac failure on 8/6/2004
1950 ● Mike Campbell → Guitarist and long-time key collaborator with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), co-songwriter with Henley and others, producer, member of Mudcrutch
1951 ● Fran Christina → Drummer for blues-boogie-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1951 ● Rich Williams → One-eyed lead guitarist and occasional co-writer for arena/prog-rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1976)
1957 ● Dennis Brown → Prolific reggae/lovers rock singer, “Money In My Pocket” (UK #14, 1977), dubbed the “Crown Prince of Reggae”, died on 7/1/1999 from complications of a heart attack and cocaine abuse
1964 ● Jani Lane (John Kennedy Oswald) → Lead singer for glam-rock/pop-metal Warrant, “Heaven” (#2, 1989), solo
1968 ● Lisa Marie Presley → Only child of Elvis, singer, “Lights Out” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2003), married Michael Jackson in 1994, divorced on 12/10/1995
1969 ● Patrick Wilson → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005), fronts The Special Goodness and has toured with Elton John since 1994
1971 ● Ron Welty → Drums for 90s punk revival The Offspring, “Gone Away” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997), left to form alt rock Steady Ground in 2003
1975 ● Big Boi (Antwan Andre Patton) → Rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, half of hip hop duo OutKast, “Ms. Jackson” (#1, 2001) and “Hey Ya” (#1, 2004)

Feb 02
1927 ● Stan Getz → Renowned jazz saxophonist know as “The Sound” for his warm and lyrical tone, “The Girl From Ipanema” (#5, 1964)
1934 ● Clyde “Skip” Battin → Bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros., New Riders Of The Purple Sage, plus session work for country rock bands, solo work, died on 7/6/2003 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease
1940 ● Alan Caddy → Guitarist for Brit instrumental rock The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), first major US hit by a British group, then solo and sessions, died on 8/16/2000
1942 ● Graham Nash → Guitarist and singer/songwriter with pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966), left in 1968 to found Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Just A Song Before I Go” (#7, 1977), duets with David Crosby, solo
1943 ● Peter Macbeth (McGrath) → Bass guitar for Brit blue-eyed R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1945 ● Ronald Goodson → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1946 ● Homer Howard Bellamy → Guitar, mandolin and vocals for country-pop sibling duo The Bellamy Brothers “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976)
1947 ● Peter Lucia → Drummer for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Alan McKay → Guitarist for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1949 ● Ross Valory → Bassist in the Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1974), then Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981),
1963 ● Eva Cassidy → Mixed-genre vocal interpreter of American classics and pop tunes including “Over The Rainbow” (1992), had three UK #1 albums posthumously, died from cancer on 11/2/1996
1964 ● Charlie Heather → Drummer for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1966 ● Robert DeLeo → Bassist for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994)
1966 ● Steve Firth → Bassist for post-Brit-pop Embrace, “Natures Law” (Download #2, 2006)
1969 ● John Spence → Original vocalist for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997), committed suicide on 12/21/1987 before the band’s first audition before a record company
1971 ● Ben Mize → Drummer for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1975 ● Billy Mohler → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1977 ● Shakira Isabell Mebarak Ripoll → Colombian-born R&B/contemporary pop singer, “Hips Don’t Lie” (worldwide #1, 2006)

Feb 03
1928 ● Frankie Vaughan (Frank Abelson) → Brit film actor and popular singer known as “Mr. Moonlight”, recorded over 80 singles, including “Green Door” (UK #2, 1956), died 9/17/1999 of heart failure
1928 ● Michael Valentine “Val” Doonican → Irish folk-pop/easy listening singer and TV host, “Walk Tall” (UK #3, 1964)
1935 ● Johnny “Guitar” Watson → Electric blues guitarist “Space Guitar” (1954) turned R&B/funk-rocker, “A Real Mother For Ya” (#41, R&B #5, 1977), collapsed and died on stage in Japan on 5/17/1996
1940 ● Angelo d’Aleo → Vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, “Runaround Sue” (#1, 1961)
1943 ● Dennis Edwards → Three-stint member (1968-77, 1979-83, 1992-present ) and frequent lead vocalist of R&B giants The Temptations, “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” (#1, 1971)
1943 ● Eric Haydock → Original bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966), fired in 1966 after questioning the manager’s honesty, started unsuccessful solo career
1943 ● Shawn Phillips → 60s folk-rock pioneer singer/songwriter, collaborated with Donovan, sang on The Beatles “Lovely Rita (Meter Maid)”, issued light space rock albums and singles in the 70s, including “Lost Horizon” (#63, 1973)
1946 ● Stan Webb → Guitar, vocals and frontman for Brit blues-rock Chicken Shack (featured keyboard player and future Fleetwood Mac member Christine Perfect), “I’d Rather Go Blind” (UK #14, 1969)
1947 ● Dave Davies → Founder (with brother Ray), lead guitarist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter for The Kinks, “Lola” (#9, 1970), #88 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists list
1947 ● Melanie (Melanie Safka) → 60s folk-pop singer/songwriter and Woodstock veteran, “Brand New Key” (#1, 1971)
1949 ● Arthur “Killer” Kane → Bass guitar for proto-glam-rock New York Dolls, “Perosnality Crisis” (1973), died 7/13/2004 from complications from leukemia
1951 ● Jeanette Hutchinson → Vocals for R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, “Best Of My Love” (#1, 1977)
1956 ● Lee Ranaldo → Co-founder and guitarist for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1959 ● Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst → Founding member and former drummer for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992), left in 1989, currently with wife Cindy Levinson in alt rock Levinhurst
1965 ● Nick Hawkins → Guitarist for Big Audio Dynamite II, “Rush” (Modern Rock #1, 1991), left in 1997 for solo writing and production career, died of heart attack on 10/10/2005
1970 ● Richie Kotzen → Guitarist for glam-metal Poison, “Stand” (Mainstream Rock #15, 1993), then joined pop-metal “shredder” band Mr. Big and jazz-rock fusion Vertu with former Return To Forever rhythm section Stanley Clarke and Lenny White
1990 ● Sean Kingston (Kisean Jamal Anderson) → Jamaican-born reggae-pop rapper, “Beautiful Girls” (#1, 2007)

Feb 04
1941 ● John Steel → Original drummer for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), left in 1966
1944 ● Florence LaRue → Vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Aquarius” (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Marguerite “Margie” Ganser → With twin sister Mary Ann, vocals for quintessential girl group quartet The Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” (#1, 1964), died of breast cancer on 7/28/1996
1947 ● Mary Ann Ganser → With twin sister Margie, vocals for quintessential girl group quartet The Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” (#1, 1964), died of a drug overdose on 3/14/1970
1948 ● Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier) → Singer and frontman for campy glam-rock the Earwigs and Alice Cooper Band, “School’s Out” (#7, 1972)
1950 ● James Dunn → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1951 ● Phil Ehart → Co-founder, continuous member and drummer for arena/prog-rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1976), now manages the group’s affairs
1952 ● Jerry Shirley → Drummer for Brit blues-rock Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972), sessions and collaborations, re-formed Humble Pie in 80s
1960 ● Tim Booth → Founding member and lead singer for Brit folk-rock James, “Sit Down” (Alt Rock #9, 1991), left in 2001 solo career, rejoined in 2007
1962 ● Clint Black → Trad-country-pop crossover guitarist and singer/songwriter, “When I Said I Do” (#31, Country #1, 1999)
1963 ● Kevin Samuel “Noodles” Wasserman → Lead guitar and backing vocals for punk/metal The Offspring, “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1968 ● Steve Queralt → Bassist for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, “Twisterella” (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1975 ● Natalie Imbruglia → Aussie-born actress, model and alt pop-rock singer, “Torn” (#1, 1997)
1975 ● Rick Burch → Bassist for alt rock/neo-punk Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle” (#5, Adult Top 40 #2, 2002)
1976 ● Cam’ron (Cameron Giles, aka “Killa Cam”) → Grammy-nominated rapper and actor, founded The Diplomats and The U.N., solo, “Oh Boy” (#4, 2002)

Feb 05
1919 ● Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt) → Broadway and Catskill “Borscht Belt” stage actor, comedian, TV host, Academy Award-winning screen actor, singer, “Strange Things Are Happening” (1953), died 7/13/2006 at home near L.A.
1923 ● Claude King → Trad-country-pop crossover singer/songwriter, “Wolverton Mountain” (Adult Contemporary #3, 1962)
1935 ● Alex Harvey → Scottish rock ‘n roll guitarist and bandleader, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975), died 2/4/1982
1941 ● Barrett Strong → Motown R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1962), writer/producer, co-wrote multiple hits with Norman Whitfield, including “War” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”
1942 ● Corey Wells → Vocals for pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971)
1943 ● Charles “Chuck” Winfield → Trumpet for jazz-rock-pop fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1944 ● Al Kooper → Influential but underrated rock contributor, from 60s blues-rock guitarist and bandleader for The Royal Teens, “Short Shorts” (#3, 1958), then jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “The Flute Thing” (1968), then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions with Bob Dylan, producer for The Zombies, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others
1944 ● James B. “J.R.” Cobb, Jr. → Guitars for soft rock Classics IV, “Spooky” (#3, 1968), morphed into Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “So Into You” (#7, 1977)
1948 ● Christopher Guest → Screenwriter and composer, wrote screenplay and portrayed the fictional lead guitarist Nigel Tufnell in the mock-rock band Spinal Tap (1984 film This Is Spinal Tap)
1948 ● David Denny → Founding member and guitarist for psych-rock Frumious Bandersnatch, played with Steve Miller Band on several albums and hits, including “Swingtown” (#17, 1977)
1960 ● Paul Jones → Bassist for Welsh post-Brit-pop jangle rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK #3, 1998)
1964 ● Michael “Duff” McKagan → Bassist for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1987), then for supergroup Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, columnist
1964 ● Sally Still → Bassist for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1968 ● Chris Barron → Vocals for alt rock Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1969 ● Bobby Brown → Vocals for New Edition, “Candy Girl” (1988), solo “My Perogative” (#1, 1988)

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Albums Released This Week (January 24 – 30)

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:

Jan 24

Michael Jackson —— Got To Be There ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Aretha Franklin —— Young, Gifted And Black ► Soul >> 1972
Debbie Gibson —— Electric Youth ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Skid Row —— Skid Row ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
David Crosby —— It’s All Coming Back To Me Now… ► Folk-Rock >> 1995

Jan 25

Cilla Black —— Cilla ► Brit Invasion Pop >> 1965
John Phillips —— John Phillips (John, The Wolf King Of L.A.) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Phil Collins —— No Jacket Required ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Gary Moore —— After The War ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1989
Sarah McLachlan —— Touch ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Peter Frampton —— Day In The Sun, A ► Arena Rock >> 1994
New Kids On The Block —— Face The Music ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1994
Alice In Chains —— Jar Of Flies ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Meat Puppets —— To High To Die ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994

Jan 26

Simon & Garfunkel —— Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Chicago —— Chicago II ► Jazz-Rock >> 1970
Elton John —— Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Janet Jackson —— Control ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Public Enemy —— Yo! Bum Rush the Show ► Hip Hop >> 1987
David Lee Roth —— Skyscraper ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► Prog Rock >> 1993

Jan 27

The Beach Boys —— 20/20 ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Queen —— Flash Gordon ► Glam Rock >> 1981
The B-52’s —— Mesopotamia ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
John Lennon —— Milk & Honey ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Frank Zappa —— Does Humor Belong In Music? ► Comedy Rock >> 1986
The Replacements —— Don’t Tell A Soul ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slaughter —— Stick It To Ya ► Hair Metal >> 1990
The Human League —— Octopus ► Synth-Pop >> 1995
The Cure —— Join The Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001 ► Post-Punk >> 2004
Bruce Springsteen —— Working On A Dream ► Heartland Rock >> 2009

Jan 28

Gentle Giant —— Playing The Fool [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1977
J. Geils Band —— Love Stinks ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Triumph —— Never Surrender ► Arena Rock >> 1983
Black Sabbath —— Seventh Star ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Rick Astley —— Hold Me In Your Arms ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Guns N’ Roses —— Lies, The Drugs, The Sex ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Lou Reed —— Raven, The ► Art Rock >> 2003

Jan 29

Shalamar —— Friends ► Disco >> 1982
Huey Lewis & The News —— Picture This ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Yello —— Stella ► Electro Synth-Pop >> 1985
Fish —— Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors ► Prog Rock >> 1990
The Divinyls —— Divinyls ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Chicago —— Twenty 1 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1991
Susanna Hoffs —— When You’re A Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1991

Jan 30

The Rolling Stones —— Rolling Stones No. 2, The ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Velvet Underground —— White Light/White Heat ► Alt. Rock >> 1968
Moby Grape —— Moby Grape ’69 ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1969
T. Rex —— Futuristic Dragon ► Glam Rock >> 1976
Blue Öyster Cult —— Club Ninja ► Metal >> 1986
The Blue Nile —— Hats ► Synth/Dream-Pop >> 1989
New Order —— Technique ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1989

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 23
1910 ● Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt → Belgian-born gypsie-blooded influential jazz guitar virtuoso, composer and bandleader (Quintette Du Hot Club De France with Stephane Grappelli), many of his popular works are jazz/swing standards, including “Minor Swing” and “Daphne,” died from a stroke on 5/16/1953
1944 ● Jerry Lawson → Lead vocals, arranger and producer for a capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), then solo, now with a capella Talk Of The Town
1948 ● Anita Pointer → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1950 ● Bill Cunningham → Bass, piano and backing vocals for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Danny Federici → Over 40 year association/friendship with Bruce Springsteen, played keyboards for Bruce’s Steel Mill, Child and E Street Band, died of melanoma (skin cancer) on 4/17/2008
1950 ● Pat Simmons → Guitar and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes” (#1, 1979)
1953 ● Robin Zander → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979)
1954 ● Richard Finch → Co-founder, producer and bassist for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975)
1955 ● Reggie Calloway → Multi-instrumental founder and leader (with brother Vincent) of synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990), left to form bro-duo Calloway “I Wanna Be Rich” (#2, 1990)
1957 ● Earl Falconer → Bass and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1971 ● Marc K. Nelson → R&B/urban and jazz fusion singer/songwriter, original member of Boyz II Men, solo, “I Want You” (R&B #26, 1991)
1974 ● Kita (Sampsa Astala) → Drummer for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1975 ● Nicholas Harmer → Bassist for indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)

Jan 24
1933 ● Ezekial “Zeke” Carey → Second tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959), died 12/24/1999
1936 ● Doug Kershaw → Cajun country-rock singer/songwriter, bandleader and fiddler, “Louisiana Man” (Country #10, 1961)
1939 ● Ray Stevens (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → Grammy-winning country-pop and often novelty singer/songwriter/producer, “Everything Is Beautiful” (#1, 1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville → New Orleans R&B/soul-funk singer, “Tell It Like It Is” (R&B #1, 1966), then formed The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989), then solo again, including duets with Linda Ronstadt, “Don’t Know Much” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1989)
1941 ● Neil Diamond → Prolific songwriter and singer/guitarist known as the “Jewish Elvis”, “Cracklin’ Rose” (#1, 1970), plus dozens of Top 40 hits and those covered by others, including The Monkees, “I’m A Believer” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Warren Zevon → Sardonic singer/songwriter with 15 solo albums and multiple Top 40 hits, including “Werewolves Of London” (#21, 1978), died from asbestos-related lung cancer on 9/7/2003
1949 ● John Belushi → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Joliet Jake” Blues in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979), died from drug overdose 3/5/1982
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) → One hit wonder singer/songwriter, started in early 70s folk-pop duo Matthew & Peter, then pop-rock solo “Break My Stride” (#5, 1983), now record producer
1958 ● Julian Miles “Jools” Holland → Pianist, producer, singer, composer and bandleader, including keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1963 ● Keech Rainwater → Drummer for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1974 ● Christopher River Hesse → Drummer for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Marazzi → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK #1, 2000)

Jan 25
1915 ● Ewan MacColl → Influential Brit folk revival singer/songwriter, poet and producer, wrote Grammy-winning “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” a #1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, died on 10/22/1989
1931 ● Stig Anderson → Songwriter, producer and manager for Swede superstar pop-rock ABBA, co-wrote several of Abba’s biggest hits, including “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1977), died of a heart attack on 9/12/1997
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) → Versatile Grammy-winning blues, gospel, R&B/soul and jazz singer, “Tell Mama” (#23, R&B #10, 1968)
1950 ● Michael Cotten → Synthesizers for satirical rock The Tubes, “White Punks On Dope” (1977)
1953 ● Malcolm Green → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (UK #12, 1980)
1955 ● Terry Chimes → Original drummer for punk-rock The Clash, played with Hanoi Rocks and toured with Black Sabbath before becoming a chiropractor
1956 ● Andy Cox → Founded ska revivalist mixed-race The English Beat in 1978, then moved with bandmates to form Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy” (#1, 1989)
1958 ● Gary Tibbs → Actor and bass guitarist for Roxy Music, The Vibrators, Adam And The Ants, Code Blue and The Fixx
1962 ● Peter Coyle → Vocals for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, “The First Picture Of You” (UK #15, 1983), solo
1963 ● Carl Fysh → Vocalist for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1971 ● China Wing Kantner → Daughter of Jefferson Airplane‘ Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, TV and film actress, former MTV VJ
1973 ● Chris Wilkie → Guitarist and vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, “Stars” (UK #15, 1996)
1977 ● Christian Ingebrigtsen → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK #1, 2000)
1981 ● Alicia Keys (Alicia Auguello Cook) → Grammy-winning (9 times) R&B/neo-soul singer, “Fallin'” (#1, 2001) and ten other Top 40 hits, TV and film actress, philanthropist

Jan 26
1934 ● Huey “Piano” Smith → New Orleans “good time” R&B/rock ‘n roll pianist, “Rockin’ Pneumonia” (R&B #5, 1957)
1945 ● Ashley “Tyger” Hutchings → Bassist for Brit electric folk-rock revival bands Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1946 ● Deon Jackson → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “Love Makes The World Go ‘Round” (#11, 1966)
1948 ● Laurence Gordon “Corky” Laing → Drummer for power rock trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), then West Bruce & Laing
1949 ● Derek Holt → Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1951 ● David Briggs → Guitarist and songwriter for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, wrote “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), now recording engineer and producer
1953 ● Lucinda Williams → Underappreciated country-folk-roots rock singer/songwriter, “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” (1998) from the Grammy-winning album
1955 ● Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen → Top rock guitarist and frontman/songwriter/vocals for hard rock supergroup Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), solo
1958 ● Anita Baker → Grammy-winning R&B/quiet storm singer, “Sweet Love” (#8, 1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan → Percussion, trombone and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock boy band Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (#1, 1984) and 6 other US Top 10 hits
1963 ● Jazzie B. (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → DJ, mixmaster, producer, founding member of R&B/dance-pop Soul II Soul, “Back To Life” (#4, 1989)
1964 ● Susannah Melvoin → Vocalist, songwriter and actress, backing singer for Prince, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Wendy & Lisa
1966 ● Pim Jones → Guitarist for Scottish contemporary pop-rock Hipsway, “The Honeythief” (#19, 1986)
1970 ● Kirk Franklin → Contemporary gospel singer/songwriter and bandleader, “Looking For You” (#61, 2005)
1972 ● Ya Kid K (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Belgian studio-based electro-dance-pop “house” music Technotronic, wrote lyrics and sang vocals on “Pump Up The Jam” (#2, 1989), solo

Jan 27
1918 ● Elmore James → The “King of the Slide Guitar,” highly influential blues slide guitarist/songwriter, “It Hurts Me Too” (R&B #15, 1960), died from heart failure on 5/24/1963
1919 ● David Seville (Rosdom Sipan “Ross” Bagdasarian) → Armenian-American actor, pianist, singer/songwriter, “Witch Doctor” (#1, 1958) and creator of novelty pop Alvin & The Chipmunks, “The Chipmunk Song” (#1, 1958), died of a heart attack on 1/16/1972)
1930 ● Bobby “Blue” Bland (Robert Calvin Bland) → R&B/soul-blues-gospel singer and Lifetime Grammy winner, “That’s The Way Love Is” (#33, R&B #1, 1963)” (1962)
1931 ● Rudy Maugeri → Baritone for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954), died on 5/7/2004
1937 ● Bruce Tate → Baritone singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (#8, 1954)
1944 ● Kevin Coyne → Brit blues-rock singer/songwriter and bandleader, “Marlene” (1973), poet, author and painter, died of lung failure on 12/2/2004
1944 ● Nick Mason → Drummer and only constant member of space rock Pink Floyd since it formed in 1965, “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” (#1, 1979), auto racing driver
1947 ● Nedra Talley → Backing vocals for pop-rock girl group The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (#2, 1963)
1948 ● Kim Gardner → Bassist in British Invasion pop-rock The Thunderbirds (with Ron Wood), then formed art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (#40, UK #3, 1971), then sessions and L.A. pub owner, died of cancer on 10/24/2001
1951 ● Brian Downey → Drummer for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1951 ● Seth Justman → Keyboards and vocals for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, wrote “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1955 ● Richard Young → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Southern honky tonk-blues-country rock Kentucky Headhunters, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (Country #8, 1990)
1957 ● Janick Robert Gers → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Wasting Love” (Mainstream Rock #15, 1992)
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert → Keyboards, guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983), formed The Other Two with husband Stephen Morris, “Selfish” (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1961 ● Margo Timmins → Lead vocalist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Martin Degville → Lead singer and co-writer for New Wave glam-punk Sigue Sigue Sputnik, “Love Missile F1-11” (Dance/Club #50, UK #3, 1986)
1964 ● Miguel John “Migi” Drummond → Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Mike Patton → Vocals for alt rock/metal Faith No More, “I’m Easy” (#4, 1993)
1968 ● Tricky (Adrian Nicholas Matthews-Thaws) → Rap singer with innovative trip hop Massive Attack, “Safe From Harm” (Dance #32, 1991), then solo, “Milk” (UK #10, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski → Drummer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1974 ● Mark Owen → Vocals for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, 1995)

Jan 28
1929 ● Bernard Stanley “Acker” Bilk → Brit easy listening clarinetist with highest selling instrumental single of all time, “Stranger On The Shore” (#1, 1962)
1936 ● Jack Scott (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → Canadian rock ‘n roll, rockabilly and country-pop singer with 19 singles in less than 4 years, including “Burning Bridges” (#3, 1960)
1941 ● King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock) → Jamaican electonics and sound engineer, pioneer in developing the “dub” subgenre of reggae music and remixes, shot dead in an apparent robbery outside his home on 2/6/1989
1943 ● Dick Taylor → Guitarist for The Rolling Stones until 1962, then moved to British Invasion raunchy rock ‘n roll The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1944 ● Brian “Chambers” Keenan → Drummer for early Brit pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), then psychedelic soul-rock The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968), died of heart attack on 10/5/1985
1945 ● Robert Wyatt → Original drummer for psych-art-jazz-prog rock fusion Soft Machine, left to form Matching Mole, then solo career as a singer/songwriter, “Shipbuilding” (UK #36, 1983)
1946 ● Rick Allen → Bassist for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967)
1951 ● William “Billy Bass” Nelson → Original bassist for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978), left for solo and session work
1959 ● Dave Sharp → Guitarist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1989)
1962 ● Leslie Ann “Sam” Phillips → Backing vocalist turned Christian pop then alt rock singer/songwriter, “Holding On To The Earth” (Modern Rock #22, 1989), wife of T. Bone Burnett
1963 ● Dan Spitz → Lead guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993), brother of Black Sabbath bassist Dave Spitz
1968 ● DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud) → DJ for Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, “Insane In The Brain” (#19, 1994)
1968 ● Rakim (William Michael Griffin, Jr.) → Rapper, hip hop duo with Eric B. , “Move The Crowd” (Dance #3, 1988), author, poet, MC, solo, “When I B On The Mic” (Rap #20, 1999)
1968 ● Sarah McLachlan → Grammy-winning Canadian singer/songwriter, “Adia” (#3, 1998), organized the Lilith Fair music festival/tour for female musicians and groups
1975 ● Lee Latchford-Evans → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK#14, 1997)
1977 ● Joey Fatone → Baritone for teen dance-pop *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1977 ● Raphael “Tweety” Brown → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary duo Next, “Too Close” (#1, 1998)
1980 ● Nick Carter → Singer/songwriter, actor, lead vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997), older brother of Aaron

Jan 29
1933 ● Alexandre “Sacha” Distel → French jazz-pop singer, guitarist, TV actor and songwriter, wrote Tony Bennett’s “The Good Life” (#18, 1965), died on 7/22/2004
1936 ● James Jamerson → Bassist in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 8/2/1983
1943 ● Kenneth “Tony” Blackburn → Brit light pop singer, “So Much Love” (UK Top 40, 1969), then pirate radio and first BBC Radio 1 disc jockey,
1943 ● Mark Wynter (Terry Lewis) → Early 60s, pre-Beatles Brit pop-rock singer, “Venus In Blue Jeans” (UK #4, 1962)
1944 ● Andrew Loog OldhamThe Rolling Stones‘ first manager, producer and promoter, 1964-68, launched the Immediate Records label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits
1947 ● David Byron (David Garrick) → Lead singer for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), fired for erratic behavior in 1976, went solo but died of alcohol-induced liver failure on 2/28/1985
1952 ● Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyl) → Drummer for seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” (#81, 1977)
1953 ● Louie Perez → Guitar and vocals for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), then Latin Playboys and Seguida
1954 ● Rob Manzoli → Vocals and guitar for Euro-dance-pop trio Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1992)
1961 ● David Baynton-Power → Drummer for Brit folk-pop alt rock James, “Laid” (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1961 ● Eddie Jackson → Bassist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1961 ● Pauline Henry → Lead vocals for dance-pop trio The Chimes, “1-2-3” (Dance/Club #1, 1990)
1962 ● Marcus Charles Vere → Synthesizer and keyboards for Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, “Living In A Box” (#17, 1987)
1964 ● Roddy Frame → Founder, leader, guitarist, singer and songwriter for Scot New Wave pop-rock Aztec Camera, “The Crying Scene” (Modern Rock #3, 1990)
1968 ● Richard Battersby → Drummer for hard rock/raunchy The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1996)
1981 ● Jonny Lang (Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr.) → Teenage prodigy blues-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Still Rainin'” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1998)

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Albums Released This Week (January 17 – 23)

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:

Jan 17

Simon & Garfunkel —— Sounds Of Silence ► Folk-Pop >> 1966
Bob Dylan —— Planet Waves ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Bob Dylan —— Blood On The Tracks ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
John Foxx —— Metamatic ► New Wave Electronic Pop >> 1980
Black Sabbath —— Live Evil ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Smokey Robinson —— Yes It’s You Lady ► Soul – Motown >> 1983
Sting —— Soul Cages, The ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Green Day —— Kerplunk ► Alt. Rock >> 1992

Jan 18

Smokey Robinson —— Deep In My Soul ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Diana Ross —— Evening With Diana Ross, An ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Gentle Giant —— Playing The Fool ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Warren Zevon —— Excitable Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Sheena Easton —— Sheena Easton ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Jean-Luc Ponty —— Mystical Adventures ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1982
Bryan Adams —— Cuts Like A Knife ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Soul Asylum—— Made To Be Broken ► Alt. Rock/Garage Rock >> 1986
ZZ Top —— Antenna ► Blues-Rock >> 1994

Jan 19

The Manhattan Transfer —— Pastiche ► Jazz-Pop >> 1978
Frank Zappa —— Sleep Dirt ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Pretenders —— Pretenders ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Styx —— Paradise Theater ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1981
Megadeth —— So Far, So Good…So What! ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Fairport Convention —— Jewel In The Crown ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Genesis —— Way We Walk, The, Vol. 2 (The Longs) ► Prog Rock >> 1993

Jan 20

The Beatles —— Meet the Beatles! ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Rolling Stones —— Between the Buttons ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Jerry Garcia —— Garcia ► Album Rock >> 1972
Jimmy Buffett —— Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Gerry Rafferty —— City To City ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Journey —— Infinity ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
XTC —— White Music ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Def Leppard —— Pyromania ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Bruce Willis —— Return Of Bruno, The ► Pop-Soul >> 1987
Ace Frehley —— Loaded Deck ► Pop-Metal >> 1998

Jan 21

Them —— Them Again [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1966
Canned Heat —— Boogie With Canned Heat ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Simon & Garfunkel —— Graduate, The [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Ashford & Simpson —— So So Satisfied ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1977
Split Enz —— True Colours ► Power Pop >> 1980
Loudness —— Law Of The Devil’s Land, The ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Eurythmics —— Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Bon Jovi —— Bon Jovi ► Hard Rock >> 1984
The Pretenders —— Learning To Crawl ► Post-Punk >> 1984

Jan 22

Aretha Franklin —— Lady Soul ► Soul >> 1968
Spirit —— Spirit ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968

Jan 23

The Supremes —— Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, The ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Family —— Song For Me, A ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Rick Wakeman —— Six Wives Of Henry VIII, The ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The Kinks —— Schoolboys In Disgrace ► Rock >> 1976
David Bowie —— Station To Station ► Glam Rock >> 1976
Pink Floyd —— Animals ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Trust ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
David Crosby —— Oh Yes I Can ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Little Feat —— Rocky Mountain Jam ► Southern Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 16 – 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 16
1934 ● Bob Bogle → Founding member and lead guitarist for seminal rock ‘n roll instrumental group The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on 6/14/2009
1939 ● Ramon “Ray” Phillips → Lead vocals and bass for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1942 ● Barbara Lynn (Ozen) → Southern R&B guitarist, bandleader, singer and solo artist, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” (#8, 1962)
1942 ● William Francis → Keyboards for Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972)
1943 ● Ronnie Milsap → Blind country-pop 70s/80s superstar singer and pianist, “Any Day Now” (Country #1, Hot 100 #14, 1982)
1944 ● Jim Stafford → Country-pop comic singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, “Spiders & Snakes” (#3, 1974)
1948 ● John Carpenter → Film producer/director, screenwriter, film score composer, “Halloween Theme” (1978)
1950 ● Kenji “Damo” Suzuki → Japanese lead vocalist for pioneer Kraut rock group Can, now avant garde/improv group Damo Suzuki’s Network
1959 ● Sade (Helen Folasade Adu) → Silky-smooth R&B “quiet storm” singer, “Smooth Operator” (#5, 1984)
1962 ● Paul Webb → Bassist for Brit New Romantic synth-pop Talk Talk, “It’s My Life” (#31, 1984)
1966 ● Maxine Jones → Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Brendan O’Hare → Drummer for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991), now solo
1976 ● Stuart Fletcher → Bassist for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, “Love Is The Law” (UK #3, 1997)
1979 ● Aaliyah Dana Haughton → Actress, model and teen R&B/club-dance star, “Try Again” (#1. 2000), killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on 8/25/2001
1980 ● Luke Alex Brouthon → Nephew and current bandmate of Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1981 ● Nick Valensi → Guitarist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1982 ● Samuel Dylan Murray Preston → Lead singer and guitarist in post-punk/indie pop-rock The Ordinary Boys, “Boys Will Be Boys” (UK ##, 2006)

Jan 17
1927 ● Eartha Kitt → Slinky actress, 40s/50s cabaret star and multi-decade throaty-purr singer, “Where Is My Man” (Dance/Club #7, 1983), died from colon cancer on 12/25/2008
1943 ● Chris Montez (Ezekiel Christopher Montanez) → One hit wonder rock ‘n roll singer, “Let’s Dance” (#4, 1962), the MOR-pop balladeer, “Call Me” (Easy Listening #2, 1966)
1944 ● Francoise Hardy → French MOR-pop singer/songwriter and actress, “All Over The World” (UK #16, 1965)
1945 ● William “Poogie” Hart → Vocals in R&B/Philly soul The Delfonics, “La-La Means I Love You” (#4, 1968), formed The Three Tenors of Soul in mid-00s
1948 ● Michael Kevin “Mick” Taylor → Guitarist for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, joined Rolling Stones (“Brown Sugar”, #1, 1971) in 1969, left in 1974, session work with Jack Bruce, Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield and Ron Wood
1953 ● Sheila Hutchinson → Vocals in R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, “Best Of My Love” (#1, 1977)
1954 ● Cheryl Bentyne → Vocals in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1955 ● Steve Earle → Oft-covered rough-edged country-rock singer/songwriter, “Guitar Town” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1989)
1956 ● Paul Young → Manchesterian R&B/blue-eyed soul-pop interpretive singer, “Everytime You Go Away” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Jeremy “Jez” Strode → Dummer for Britpop Kajagoogoo, “Too Shy” (#5, 1983), independent music equipment lessor
1959 ● Susanna Hoffs → Guitar and vocals for New Wave girl-group The Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian” (#1, 1986)
1960 ● John Crawford → Bass and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Dave Collard → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Andy Rourke → Bassist for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984)
1966 ● Shabba Ranks → Grammy-winning R&B/dance hall reggae-hip hop singer, “Mr. Loverman” (Dance #2, Hot 100 #40, 1992)
1971 ● Jon Wysocki → Drummer for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, “It’s Been A While” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1971 ● Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) → White-trash rap-rock superstar, “Cowboy” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1999)
1978 ● Ricky Wilson → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1984 ● Calvin Harris (Adam Richard Wiles) → Scottish electropop singer/songwriter, “The Girls” (UK ##, 2007), and producer for Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal

Jan 18
1941 ● Bobby Goldsboro → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Honey” (#1, 1968), children’s TV producer, The Swamp Critters of the Lost Lagoon
1941 ● David Ruffin → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965), died from dug overdose 6/1/1991
1943 ● Dave Greenslade → Keyboards and vocals for jazz-blues-rock fusion Colosseum, then founded prog-rock Greenslade, solo
1944 ● “Legs” Larry Smith → Drummer for comedy/satirical rock outfit Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (1968)
1953 ● Brett Hudson (Salerno) → Member of sibling musical trio The Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974), TV producer/writer
1954 ● Tom Bailey → Frontman and songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983), then Babble
1959 ● Bob Rosenberg → Founder and leader of dance-pop/mix music Will To Power, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” (#1, 1988)
1962 ● Jeremy Healey → Guitar for quirky Brit New Wave synth-pop Haysi Fantayzee, “John Wayne Is Big Leggy” (UK #11, 1982)
1970 ● DJ Quik (David Martin Blake) → Premier West Coast DJ and rapper, “Tonite” (Hot Rap #3, Hot 100 #49, 1991), producer for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, many others
1971 ● Jonathan Davis → Vocals for hard rock/”nu metal” Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1973 ● Crispian Mills (Crispian Boulting aka “Dodge”) → Frontman, guitar and vocals for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Luther Dickinson → Guitarist for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1974 ● Christian Burns → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen pop-rock BBMak, “Back Here” (#8, 2000)
1977 ● Richard Archer → Singer and guitarist for indie rock Hard-Fi, “Cash Machine” (Modern Rock #15, 2005)
1980 ● Estelle Swaray → Grammy-winning Brit R&B/hip-hop singer/songwriter and producer, “American Boy” (#9, 2008, featuring Kanye West)
1983 ● Samantha Mumba → Irish singer/songwriter and actress, “Gotta Tell You” (#4, 2000)

Jan 19
1935 ● Johnny “The Wild One” O’Keefe → Canadian-born singer, became “Australia’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with dozens of Top 10 hits, including “She’s My Baby” (Aussie #1, 1960), died of prescription drug overdose and subsequent heart attack on 10/6/1978
1939 ● Phil Everly → Singer with older brother Don in folk-rock The Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (#1, 1958) plus more than 25 other Top 40 hits
1942 ● Michael Crawford (Dumble-Smith) → Actor and singer best known for lead roll in The Phantom Of The Opera, “The Music Of The Night” (Brit Top 10, 1987)
1943 ● Janis Lynn Joplin → Vocals for psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Co., then solo, “Me And Bobby McGee” (#1, 1971), died form accidental heroin overdose on 10/4/1970
1944 ● Lawrence “Laurie” London → Brit folk-pop teenage one hit wonder, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” (#1, 1958)
1944 ● Michelle Ann Marie “Shelley” Fabares → TV actress (The Donna Reed Show, 1958-63, Coach, 1989-97), film star (Girl Happy with Elvis, 1965), pop singer, “Johnny Angel” (#1, 1962)
1946 ● Dolly Parton → Country-pop superstar singer/songwriter, actress, TV host and entrepeneur, “Nine To Five” (#1, 1981)
1947 ● Rod Evans → Early lead vocals for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, sang “Hush” (#4, 1968)
1948 ● Harvey Hinsley → Guitarist for mixed race R&B/soul-funk-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976)
1949 ● Robert Palmer → Underrated rock singer/songwriter/bandleader, Vinegar Joe then solo, “Addicted to Love” (#1, 1986)
1952 ● Dewey Bunnell → Brit-born guitarist and backing singer for folk-pop trio America, “A Horse With No Name” (#1, 1972)
1952 ● Eric Leeds → Jazz/funk session saxophonist and flutist, worked with Prince on nine albums, solo
1953 ● Clive Edwards → Session or full member drummer for numerous hard rock bands, including Medicine Head, UFO, Pat Travers, Wirehead, others
1953 ● Michael Boddicker → Film score composer and electronic music sessionman, played synthesizer on Michael Jackson albums Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
1955 ● Tony Mansfield → Founding member, singer and guitarist of underrated New Wave electronic synth-pop New Musik, “Living By Numbers” (UK #13, 1980), then producer for Naked Eyes, a-ha, The B-52’s, others
1957 ● Mickey Virtue → Keyboards for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988)
1963 ● Caron Wheeler → Vocals for R&B/soul-dance-disco-hip hop Soul II Soul, “Back To Life” (#4, 1989 )
1969 ● Trey Lorenz (Lloyd Lorenz Smith) → Back-up singer for Mariah Carey, duet “I’ll Be There” (#1, 1992), then solo, “Someone To Hold” (#19, 1992)
1971 ● John Wozniak → Guitar and vocals for post-grunge/indie rock Marcy Playground, “Sex And Candy” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1997)
1978 ● John Parker → Double bass, human beatbox and vocals for Brit folk-rock-hip hop one hit wonder Nizlopi, “JCB Song” (UK #1, 2005)

Jan 20
1889 ● Lead Belly (Huddie William Ledbetter) → Multi-instrumentalist, oft-covered country-blues-folk singer/songwriter, “Goodnight Irene” (1934), died of AMS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on 12/6/1949
1924 ● Otis Dewey “Slim” Whitman, Jr. → Country and gospel singer/songwriter with multiple US Country Top 10 hits, “Rose Marie” (UK #1, 1955)
1933 ● Ron Townson → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), died at home of kidney failure on 8/2/2001
1942 ● William Powell → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973)
1943 ● Rick Evans → Folk-pop-rock 60s one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, “In The Year 2525” (#1, 1969)
1945 ● Eric Stewart → British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “A Groovy Kind Of Love” (#2, 1965), soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975)
1946 ● Jimmy Chambers → Singer with Brit-American R&B/dance-pop Londonbeat, “I’ve Been Thinking About You” (#1, 1991)
1947 ● George Grantham → Drummer with country-rock Poco, “Crazy Love” (#17, 1979)
1948 ● Melvin Pritchard → Drummer for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, “Octoberon” (#174, 1977), died of a heart attack in 2004
1952 ● Ian Hill → Bassist with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1952 ● Paul Stanley (Stanley Harvey Eisen) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976)
1965 ● Heather Small → Lead singer for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Tracii Guns (Tracy Richard Ulrich) → Founder and guitarist for glam-metal L. A. Guns then hard rock Guns N’ Roses, left in 1985, later Contraband and Brides Of Destruction
1969 ● Nicky Wire (Nicholas Allen Jones) → Bassist, lyricist and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1969 ● Tina O’Neill → Drummer for all-girl New Wave pop-punk Fuzzbox, “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1971 ● Gary Barlow → Frontman, vocals, piano and chief songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, 1995), wrote sixteen UK Top 5 hits, eleven UK #1 singles and seven UK #1 albums for Take That, plus two UK #1 solo singles and a UK #1 solo album,
1979 ● Rob Bourdon → Drummer for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Will Young → Pop singer and inaugural winner of UK TV’s Pop Idol show, “Anything Is Possible/Evergreen” (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Nathan Connolly → Lead guitar and backing vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)

Jan 21
1924 ● Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill → English singer/comedian with long-running TV show and several comedy songs, including “Transistor Radio” (UK Top 30, 1961)
1924 ● Aristotle “Telly” Savalas → Greek-American film star and TV actor (Kojak), singer with two UK #1 songs and a non-charting take-off on his signature line “Who Loves Ya, Baby?”, died of cancer on 1/22/1994
1938 ● Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith) → Legendary gravel-voiced rock ‘n roll DJ and TV host, died of heart attack on 7/1/1995
1941 ● Placido Domingo (Jose Placido Domingo Embil) → Grammy-winning opera tenor and conductor, member of The Three Tenors with Pavarotti and Carreras, 1994 Billboard #4 Album, In Concert
1941 ● Richie Havens → Low-screen folk guitarist/songwriter, known primarily for appearance at Woodstock ’69 and cover of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” (#16, 1971)
1942 ● Edwin Starr (Charles Edwin Hatcher) → Rough/tough and re-inventive R&B/soul-pop-disco singer, “25 Miles” (#6, 1969), then anthemic protest song “War” (#1, 1970), then disco hit “(Eye-To-Eye) Contact” (Disco #1, 1979)
1942 ● Scott “Mac” Davis → 60s session guitarist turned 70s countrypolitan pop-rock crossover star, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” (#1, 1972)
1945 ● Chris Britton → Guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Ibbotson → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock pioneers The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1947 ● Julian Frederick “Pye” Hastings → Scot guitarist, vocalist songwriter and 40-year frontman for venerable psych-jazz-rock Caravan, “Nine Feet Underground” (1971)
1948 ● Peter Kircher → Mid-80s drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1950 ● Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) → Trinidad-born, UK-based R&B/dance-pop singer/songwriter, “Caribbean Queen” (#1, 1984)
1954 ● Nigel Glockler → Drummer for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1956 ● Rob Brill → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Vic Reeves (James Roderick Moir) → With Bob Mortimer, one half of Brit comedy/satire act Vic And Bob, then pop-rock The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” (UK #1, 1991)
1965 ● Jam Master Jay (Jason William Mizell) → Founding member of premier hardcore rap trio Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way” (#4, 1986), murdered 10/30/2002
1965 ● Robert Del Naja (aka “3D” or “D”) → Founding member and MC/singer for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, “Unfinished Sympathy” (UK #13, 1991)
1966 ● Wendy James → Lead singer and Madonna-wannabe frontgal for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (UK#3, 1983), solo
1973 ● Chris Kilmore → Turntables and keyboards for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1976 ● Emma Lee Bunton → Vocals and “Baby Spice” in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (#1, 1997)
1977 ● Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II) → South Florida-based Southern-gangsta rap/hip-hop artist, “The Boss” (#17, 2008)
1978 ● Nokio (Tamir Ruffin) → Founder, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/urban soul-dance Dru Hill, “How Deep Is Your Love” (#3, 1998), producer for DMX, Torrey Carter and others
1980 ● Benjamin Moody → Guitarist for goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)

Jan 22
1931 ● Sam Cooke → Pioneering R&B/soul singer, songwriter, record executive and civil rights activist, “You Send Me” (#1, 1957), shot and killed on December 11, 1964
1940 ● Addie “Mickie” Harris → Vocals for Brill Building pop, girl-group-defining The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1961)
1946 ● Malcolm McLaren → Brit performer, impresario, solo artist, “Double Dutch” (UK #3, 1983), manager of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls, died of cancer 4/8/2010
1949 ● Nigel Pegrum → Rock drummer for pop-rock The Small Faces, prog-rock Uriah Heep, art-rock Gnidrolog, folk-rock Steeleye Span, producer, session drummer
1949 ● Steve Perry (Stephen Ray Pereira) → Joined arena rock Journey as lead singer in 1977, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), then solo,”Oh, Sherrie” (#3, 1986), then re-formed Journey 1996, “When You Love A Woman” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1996)
1952 ● Teddy Gentry → Founding member, bass and background vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, 1982)
1960 ● Michael Hutchence → Founding lead singer/songwriter and 20-year frontman for Aussie pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987), found dead on 11/22/1997 in a Sydney hotel room from an apparent suicide
1965 ● Andrew Roachford → Frontman, vocals and keyboards for Brit urban contemporary R&B Roachford, “Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)” (US # 25, UK #4, 1989)
1965 ● D.J. Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Allen Townes) → R&B/hip hop artist, record producer, turntablist and actor, with Will Smith in duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, 1991)
1965 ● Steve Adler → Drummer (1985-90) for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), then Road Crew and Adler’s Appetite
1981 ● Ben Robert Moody → Founder, vocals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1981 ● Willa Ford (Amanda Lee Williford Modano) → Dance-pop singer/songwriter, model, TV and film actress, “I Wanna Be Bad” (Top 40 Mainstream #11, 2001)
1985 ● Orianthi Panagaris → Aussie singer/songwriter and guitarist, “According To You” (#17, 2009), played for Prince and was Michael Jackson‘s lead guitarist for the ill-fated This Is It tour

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Album of the Day: Paul Simon (1/14/72)

This second full week of January is a week for debut albums. First-outs this week include The Beatles’ Introducing…The Beatles (1/10/64), Led Zeppelin’s 1/12/69 debut, Aerosmith’s 1/13/73 first effort and ZZ Top’s First Album from 1/16/71. Today, January 14, marks the 39th anniversary of Paul Simon’s eponymous debut album (click here for my Rhymin’ Simon playlist).

Hot off his decade-long, multi-platinum gig with partner Art Garfunkel in the acclaimed 60s folk-pop duet Simon & Garfunkel, Simon cooled off for two years to work on his debut album as a solo artist. When released 1/14/72, Paul Simon became the first of three straight Top Ten, million-selling studio LPs for Simon (not including the 1974’s Live Rhymin’).

Paul Simon expands from the straightforward folk-pop music of his Simon & Garfunkel years and includes reggae influences (“Mother And Child Reunion,” a Top Ten hit), African rhythms and texture (“Duncan”), and Latin tinges (“Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”). This subtle exploration of different musical genres continued with the R&B and gospel influences on 1974’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and the jazzy sounds of 1975’s Still Crazy After All These Years, which hit #2 and #1 on the U.S. pop charts (Paul Simon made it to #4 in 1972). After a relatively quiet 10 year stretch, Simon returned in 1986 with Graceland, an album deftly mixing American folk-pop with South African mbaqanga music. Those four albums, plus the heavy Latin sounds of 1990’s The Rhythm Of The Saints are Paul Simon’s best five and an incomparable collection of world-pop from one of the best all-around folk-pop songwriters of all-time.

Paul Simon is available for download on iTunes (click here) and can be purchased as a CD or mp3 downloads from Amazon (click here).

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