This Week’s Birthdays (January 2 – 8)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 02
1936 ● Roger Miller → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter/guitarist, “King Of The Road” (#4, 1965), TV star, died of lung cancer in 1992
1949 ● Michael George “Chick” Churchill → Keyboardist for British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1954 ● Glen Goins → Guitar/vocals for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978), died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1978
1963 ● Keith Gregory → Bassist for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, “Come Play With Me” (UK #10, 1992)
1967 ● Robert Gregory → Drummer for Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996)
1975 ● Douglas Robb → Vocalist for post-grungie indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 200$0
1981 ● Little Drummer Boy (Kelton Kessee) → Drummer for L.A. pre-teen R&B/pop-rap Immature, then name change to Imx, “Stay The Night” (#23, 1999)

Jan 03
1926 ● Sir George Martin → Highly-successful producer, most notably for The Beatles, but also Peter Sellers, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Gabriel, Celine Dion, others
1941 ● Van Dyke Parks → Singer, sessionman, composer, lyricist (co-wrote The Beach Boys‘ “Heroes And Villains” and others), producer for Ry Cooder, Ringo Starr, The Byrds, others
1945 ● Philip Goodhand-Tait → UK singer, producer and songwriter, wrote “Oceans Away” for Roger Daltrey, “You Are” for Gene Pitney, others
1945 ● Stephen Arthur Stills → Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash (& Young), Manassas, solo, “Love The One You’re With” (#14, 1971)
1946 ● John Paul Jones (John Baldwin) → 60s sessionman (Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, etc.), then founding member, bass and keyboards for Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” (#4, 1970)
1964 ● Raymond McGinley → Lead guitar and vocals for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)

Jan 04
1937 ● John Gorman → Brit comic and vocalist, with Paul McCartney‘s brother in pop-rock trio The Scaffold, “Thank U Very Much” (UK#4, US#69, 1968)
1942 ● John McLaughlin → Jazz-fusion guitarist and composer, played with Miles Davis, founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rolling Stone magazine 49th top guitarist
1944 ● Volker Hombach → Flutist for first lineup of atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock Tangerine Dream, solo
1946 ● Arthur Conley → R&B/soul vocals and songwriter, co-wrote (with Otis Redding) and sang “Sweet Soul Music” (#2, 1967)
1955 ● Clive Gregson → Founder/frontman for punk-pop Any Trouble, then Gregson & Collister folk duo
1956 ● Bernard Sumner (Albrecht, aka Dicken) → Post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983), then Electronic
1956 ● Nels Cline → Guitarist and songwriter for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1957 ● Patty Loveless (Patricia Lee Ramey) → Neo-tradional country/honky tonk singer, “Chains” (Country #1, 1989)
1958 ● Marcel King → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1960 ● Michael Stipe → Frontman/vocals for influential post-punk R.E.M., “The One I Love” (#9, 1987)
1962 ● Martin Macaloon → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Prefab Sprout, “If You Don’t Love Me” (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1962 ● Robin Guthrie → Guitar and keyboards for dream-pop Cocteau Twins, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (1990)
1962 ● Till Lindemann → Poet, frontman and lead vocals for German industrial metal band Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1965 ● Beth Gibbons → Singer for avant-garde fusion of electronica and pop Portishead, “Sour Times” (#53, 1995)
1965 ● Cait O’Riordan → Bassist for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1965 ● David Glasper → Lead singer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1966 ● Deana Carter → Neo-traditional country-folk singer, “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (Country #25, 1997)
1967 ● Benjamin Darvill → Harmonica for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1977 ● Timothy Wheeler → Founding member, singer/songwriter/vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)

Jan 05
1923 ● Sam Phillips → Founder of Sun Records, producer for Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin’ Wolf, others, died in 2003
1940 ● George Malone → Second tenor for R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1941 ● Grady Thomas → Vocals for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1949 ● George “Funky” Brown → Drummer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1950 ● Chris Stein → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979)
1951 ● Biff Byford → Early and influential New Wave of Britsh Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1964 ● Grant Young → Drummer for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993)
1964 ● Phil Thornalley → Vocals, guitar, songwriter and producer, The Cure and Johnny Hates Jazz, co-wrote “Torn”, covered by Natalie Imbruglia, (#13, 1998)
1966 ● Kate Schellenbach → Drummer for all-girl alt rock/hip hop Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye” (#36, 1996)
1969 ● Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) → Self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar,” frontman for eponymous shock-rock band, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1970 ● Jeffrey Jay → Singer for Italian pop-rock Eiffel 65, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (#6, 1999)
1970 ● Troy Van Leeuwen → Six-string and pedal steel guitar for alt rock A Perfect Circle, “Weak And Powerless” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2003), then Queens Of The Stone Age and solo
1976 ● Matthew Walter Wachter → Bassist for post-grunge 30 Seconds To Mars, then punk-pop Angels & Airwaves, “The Adventure” (#55, 2006)

Jan 06
1924 ● Earl Scruggs → Five-string banjo virtuoso, bandleader (with Lester Flatt) Foggy Mountain Boys, Earl Scruggs Revue
1929 ● Wilbert Harrison → Boogie-pop-rock singer/pianist, “Kansas City” (#1, 1959) and “Let’s Work Together” (#32, 1969)
1935 ● Nino Tempo (Antonio LoTempio) → Session saxophonist and singer, duet with April Stevens (his sister Carol), “Deep Purple” (#1, 1963), then jazz musician
1937 ● Doris Troy (Higginson) → Back-up R&B/soul singer, co-wrote and recorded “Just One Look” (#10, 1963)
1944 ● Van McCoy → R&B/soul producer, songwriter, conductor, disco hit “The Hustle” (#1, 1975)
1946 ● Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett → Original member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of psych/space rock Pink Floyd, then solo, died from complications of diabetes in 2006, subject of “Wish You Were Here” (1975)
1947 ● Alexandra Elene “Sandy” Denny → Singer/songwriter for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, solo, died in 1978 from brain trauma following a fall
1951 ● Kim Wilson → Harmonica, lead vocals and songwriting for blues-boogie-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1953 ● Malcolm Young → Rhythm guitar, vocals and songwriter for Aussie power chord hard rockers AC/DC, “For Those About To Rock” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1982)
1959 ● Kathy Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1959 ● Neil Simpson → Bassist for present-day incarnation of Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1960 ● Muzz Skillings → Original bassist and singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), then Medicine Stick
1964 ● Mark O’Toole → Founding member, bassist and co-songwriter for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1964 ● Tim Garbutt → Former club DJ, then partner/producer in Brit dance-pop duo Utah Saints, “Something Good” (UK #4, 1992)

Jan 07
1936 ● Eldee Young → Premier jazz bassist in 50s/60s, worked with Ramsey Lewis Trio, then formed jazz-pop Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut” (#3, 1969)
1938 ● Paul Revere (Dick) → Keyboards for hard-edged rock ‘n roll <Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965)
1939 ● Lefty Baker (Eustace Britchforth) → Lead guitar and backing vocals for folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967)
1941 ● Jim West → Lead vocals for pop-harmony trio The Innocents, “Gee Whiz” (#28, 1961) and backing vocals for Kathy Young, “A Thousand Stars” (#3, 1960), solo
1942 ● Danny Williams → “Britain’s Johnny Mathis”, R&B/smooth-pop singer, “White On White” (#9, 1964)
1943 ● Leona Williams (Leona Belle Helton) → Country bassist and vocalist, Loretta Lynn Band, Merle Haggard band (and ex-wife), “The Bull And The Beaver” (Country #8, 1978), solo
1944 ● Mike McGrear (Michael McCartney) → Brother of Paul McCartney, comic and vocalist in pop-rock trio The Scaffold, “Thank U Very Much” (UK#4, US#69, 1968)
1945 ● Dave Cousins (David Joseph Hindson) → Founder and lead guitarist for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973)
1946 ● Andy Brown → Drummer for pop-harmony group The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1946 ● Jann Wennerr → Rolling Stone magazine founder, editor
1948 ● Kenny Loggins → Light country rock duo Loggins & Messina, “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (#4, 1973), then solo pop-rock, “Footloose” (#1, 1984)
1959 ● Kathy Valentine → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat” (#2, 1982)
1974 ● John Rich → Lead vocals and bass for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)

Jan 08
1931 ● Bill Graham (Wolfgang Grajonca) → German-born, legendary rock impresario, producer/promoter, venue manager (Fillmore East and West)
1935 ● Elvis Presley → The “King of Rock ‘N Roll” with over 100 Top 40 and 18 #1 US singles, died 8/16/1977 from drug abuse
1937 ● Shirley Bassey → “Bassey the Belter”, Welsh-born pop vocalist, “Goldfinger” theme song (Adult #2, 1965)
1940 ● Jerome Anthony Gourdine → Frontman for premier and long-lived R&B/doo-wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” (#4, 1958)
1942 ● John Petersen → Drummer for pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964), Harpers Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1943 ● Lee Jackson → Bass and vocals for 60s Brit prog rock The Nice, “America” (1968)
1943 ● Marcus Hutson → R&B/soul-dance vocal quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, 1980)
1946 ● Robbie Krieger → Guitarist for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” (#1, 1968)
1947 ● David Bowie (David Robert Jones) → The “Chameleon” for ability his music, from mod to glam to Philly soul to pop-rock, “Let’s Dance” (#1, 1983)
1947 ● Terry Sylvester → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964), replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies, “The Air That I Breathe” (#6, 1974)
1948 ● Paul King → Guitar, kazoo and jug for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime” (#3, 1970), then King Earl Boogie Band and later Skeleton Krew
1955 ● Mike Reno (Joseph Michael Rynoski) → Drums and vocals for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1957 ● Dr. Rock → Chief Musicologist, DrRock.com
1959 ● Paul Hester → Drummer for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Split Enz and then Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987)
1968 ● R. Kelly (Robert Sylvester Kelly) → Urban R&B vocals, producer and songwriter, frontman for Public Announcement, “Bump N’ Grind” (#1, 1994)
1969 ● Jeff Abercrombie → Bassist for post-grunge/alt rock Fuel, “Falls On Me” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2004)
1971 ● Karen Poole → Vocals for Brit pop sister duo Alisha’s Attic, “Indestructible” (UK #12, 1997), daughter of 60s pop-rocker Brian Poole
1975 ● Sean Paul (Henriques) → Grammy-winning reggae/dancehall vocalist, “Get Busy” (#1, 2003)
1975 ● Steven William “Stove” King → Former bassist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)

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