This Week’s Birthdays (January 9 – 15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 09
1915 ● Les Paul (Lester Williams Polfus) → Country guitarist, songwriter, virtuoso and solid-body guitar designer
1941 ● Joan Baez → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (#3, 1971)
1943 ● Dick Yount → Guitar and vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1943 ● Jerry Yester → Folk-rocker with New Christy Minstrels, Modern Folk Quartet, briefly with The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Do You Believe In Magic?” (#9, 1965)
1943 ● Kenneth Kelly → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976)
1943 ● Scott Walker (Noel Scott Engel) → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock trio The Walker Brothers, “Make It Easy On Yourself” (US #16, UK #1, 1965)
1944 ● Jimmy Page → Superstar guitarist, songwriter, producer and backing vocalist, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” (#4, 1969)
1948 ● Bill Cowsill → Family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967)
1948 ● Cassie LaRue Gaines → Backing vocals for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died in plane crash October 20, 1977
1948 ● Tim Hart → Guitar and vocals for Brit folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat’ (UK#5, 1975), died 12/24/2009
1950 ● David Johansen → Frontman for glam-proto-punk New York Dolls, “Personality Crisis” (1973), solo, played Buster Poindexter in Saturday Night Live house band
1950 ● Steve McRay → Keyboards for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, “Hold On Loosely” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981), sessions
1951 ● Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb) → Country singer/songwriter, “Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue” (#2, 1977), plus twenty #1 country hits (younger sister of Loretta Lynn by 19 years)
1963 ● Eric Erlandson → Co-founder (with Courtney Love) and uitarist for grunge rock Hole, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998)
1964 ● Phil Hartnoll → With brother Paul, Brit electronic dance music duo Orbital, “The Box” (UK #11, 1996)
1964 ● Rocky George → Heavy metal guitarist for Suicidal Tendencies, 40 Cycle Hum, Cro-Mags, Fishbone
1965 ● Haddaway (Alexander Nestor Haddaway) → Electronic HI-NRG club-dance singer, “What Is Love” (#11, 1993)
1967 ● Carl Bell → Guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock quartet Fuel, “Falls On Me” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2004)
1967 ● Dave Matthews → Singer/songwriter/guitarist and frontman for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (Modern Rock #4, 1998)
1967 ● Steve Harwell → Co-founding member, vocals and piano for neo-garage/quirky Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1978 ● A.J. McLean → Vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1987 ● Paolo Nutini → Scottish adult alternative singer/songwriter, “New Shoes” (Adult Top 40 #24, 2007)

Jan 10
1912 ● Woodrow Wilson “Buddy” Johnson → R&B “jump blues” pianist/songwriter/bandleader, “Bring It Home To Me” (R&B #9, 1956)
1917 ● Jerry Wexler → Producer, Atlantic Records co-owner, VP at Warner Brothers records, produced Ray Charles, Phil Spector, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, others
1927 ● Johnny Ray → Teen idol with over 20 Top 40 hits in the 50s, including “Just Walking In The Rain” (#2, 1951), died from liver failure 2/21/90
1935 ● Ronnie “Mr. Dynamo” Hawkins → Rockabilly singer and frontman for The Hawks (early members later became The Band), “Mary Lou” (R&B #7, 1959)
1939 ● Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) → 60s one hit wonder hippy-folk-flower singer/songwriter, “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” (#4, 1967)
1943 ● Jim Croce → Folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Time in a Bottle” (#1, 1973), died in plane crash 9/20/1973
1945 ● Rod Stewart → Raspy singer/songwriter Jeff Beck Group, Small Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), then solo, “Maggie May” (#1, 1971) and over 30 other Top 40 hits through 2005
1946 ● Aynsley Dunbar → Drummer in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Whitesnake, “Hear I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1946 ● Bob Lang → British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “The Game Of Love” (#1, 1965)
1946 ● Neal Smith → Drummer in Alice Cooper band, “School’s Out” (#2, 1972)
1948 ● Cyril Neville → Vocals and percussion in New Orleans soul-funk sibling group The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989)
1948 ● Donald Fagen → Keyboards, vocals and songwriting for Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock duo Steely Dan, “Reelin’ In The Years” (#11, 1973) and nine other Top 30 hits
1953 ● Pat Benatar (Patricia Andrzejewski) → Hard rocking singer/songwriter/bandleader, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (#9, 1979) plus 18 other Top 40 hits
1955 ● Luci Martin → Vocals for top R&B/disco-funk band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978)
1955 ● Michael Schenker → Founded German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984), UFO, Michael Shenker Band
1956 ● Shawn Colvin → “New Folk Movement” singer/songwriter/guitarist, then mainstream neo-folk, “Sunny Come Home” (#7, 1997)
1959 ● Curt Kirkwood → Guitarist for punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, “Backwater” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1964 ● Brad Roberts → Lead singer and guitar for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1965 ● Nathan Moore → Vocals for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1973 ● Aerle Taree → Vocals for progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1978 ● Matt Roberts → Rhythm guitar for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1979 ● Chris “Daddy Mack” Smith → Teen sensation pop-rap duo Kriss Kross, “Jump” (#1, 1992)
1986 ● Alex Turner → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)

Jan 11
1895 ● Laurens Hammond → Engineer and inventor of the ubiquitous Hammond organ, staple for rock bands for 50 years
1924 ● Don Cherry → Big band and traditional pop singer, “Band Of Gold” (#5, 1955)
1924 ● Slim Harpo (James Moore) → Blues harmonica master, “Baby Scratch My Back” (#16, 1966), died from heart attack 1/31/70
1942 ● Clarence Clemons → Saxophone and vocals for Springsteen‘s E Street Band, then solo “You’re A Friend Of Mine” (#18, 1985)
1946 ● Naomi Judd → Country singer/songwriter, The Judds (with daughter Wynonna), “Girl’s Night Out” (Country #1, 1984) and 17 other Top 10 country hits
1946 ● Tony Kaye (Anthony John Selridge) → Keyboards for archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971), went solo in 1971, returned 1983-95
1948 ● Terry Williams → Welsh drummer with Man, Rockpile, Dire Straits, sessions for Tina Turner band, Nick Lowe, others
1949 ● Frederick “Denny” Greene → Rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1958 ● Vicki Peterson → Guitar and vocals for New Wave pop-rock girl-group The Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian” (#1, 1986)
1966 ● Mary Hansen → Guitars/vocals for experimental/electronic pop-rock Stereolab, backing vocals for others, died in traffic accident in 2002
1968 ● Tom Dumont → Guitarist and producer for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1971 ● Mary Jane Blige → The “Queen of Hip Hop Soul“, singer/songwriter, actress. “Family Affair” (#1, 2001)
1971 ● Tom Rowlands → DJ for dance-rock-rap fusion duo The Chemical Brothers, “It Began In Afrika” (Dance/Club #1, 2001)
1981 ● Jamelia Niela Davis → Brit R&B/pop singer/songwriter, actress, TV host, “Thank You” (UK #2, 2004)
1981 ● Thomas Meighan → Lead singer for Brit indie rock Kasabian, “Club Foot” (Modern Rock #27, 2004)
1985 ● Newton Faulkner → Brit singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Dream Catch Me” (UK #7, 2007)

Jan 12
1904 ● Mississippi Fred McDowell → Delta blues bottle-neck guitar performer, mentor, songwriter (“You Gotta Move” covered by The Rolling Stones, 1971)
1930 ● Glenn Yarbrough → Vocals and guitar for folk-pop The Limeliters, then solo, “Baby, The Rain Must Fall” (#12, 1965)
1932 ● Des O’Connor → Brit easy listening/pop singer, comedian, TV host, “I Pretend” (UK #1, 1968)
1939 ● William Lee Golden → Two-decade member of country/gospel/folk The Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira” (#5, 1981), fired in 1986, then solo
1941 ● Long John Baldry → UK blues singer with band Bluesology, then solo, “Let The Heartaches Begin” (UK #1, 1967, US #88, 1968)
1945 ● Abe “Abrim” Tilmon → R&B/soul vocals The Detroit Emeralds, “Feel The Need In Me” (R&B #22, 1973), died of heart attack in 1992
1945 ● Maggie Bell → The “British Janis Joplin“, Scottish blues-soull-rock singer for The Power, Stone The Crows, solo, “After Midnight” (#97, 1974)
1946 ● Cynthia Robinson → Vocals for R&B/soul-funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971)
1951 ● Andy Hummell → Power pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1951 ● Chris Bell → Power pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178), died in a car accident 12/27/1978
1952 ● Ricky Van Shelton → Country-pop singer and guitarist with ten #1 country hits, including duet with Dolly Parton, “Rockin’ Years” (Country #1, 1991)
1954 ● Felipe Rose → Vocals (and the Native American character) for R&B/disco Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1959 ● Blixa Bargeld (Hans Christian Emmerich) → Guitarist, composer and founder of industrial rock Einstürzende Neubauten, plus Aussie alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
1959 ● Per Gessle → Singer/songwriter and guitar for Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette, “The Look” (#1, 1989), solo
1960 ● Charlie Gillingham → Keyboards for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1963 ● Guy Chambers → Songwriter/producer, member of The Waterboys, World Party, The Lemon Trees, collaborator with Brit dance-pop mega-star Robbie Williams, “Millenium” (UK #4, 1997)
1965 ● Greg Kriesel → Bassist for punk/metal The Offspring, “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1965 ● Mark Moore → Brit dance-pop producer and DJ, founder and frontman for S’Express, “Theme From S’Express” (Dance/Club #1, 1988)
1966 ● Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings) → Frontman for groove/alt metal White Zombie, “More Human Than Human” (#10, 1995)
1968 ● Raekwon (Corey Woods, aka “The Chef”) → Vocals for influential East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), then solo, “Glaciers Of Ice” (Hot Rap #5, 1995)
1974 ● Mel C. (Melanie Chisholm) → Vocals and “Sporty Spice” in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (#1, 1997)
1991 ● Victoria Louise “Pixie” Lott → Brit R&B/soul-pop singer, “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)” (UK #1, 2009)

Jan 13
1930 ● Bobby Lester → Lead vocals and founding member of important 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, “Sincerely” (R&B #1, 1955)
1948 ● John Lees → Guitar and songwriting for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, “Octoberon” (#174, 1977)
1954 ● Trevor Rabin → South African born guitarist with seminal prog-rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971), left in 1995 to score movie soundtracks for over three dozen mainstream films
1955 ● Fred White → Drummer for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1957 ● Don Snow → Keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’).
1957 ● Jim Parris → Founding member and bassist for Brit jazz-pop-rock Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1961 ● Graham “Suggs” McPherson → Vocals for Brit punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982), solo
1964 ● David McCluskey → Drummer for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1993)
1970 ● Zach de la Rocha → Vocals for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999)

Jan 14
1936 ● Clarence Carter → Blind from birth Muscle Shoals R&B/soul singer and guitarist, “Slip Away” (#6, 1968)
1937 ● Billie Jo Spears → Female bluesy-voiced trad-country balladeer, “Blanket On The Ground” (Country #1, 1975)
1938 ● Allen Toussaint → Highly influential New Orleans R&B songwriter/performer/producer, worked with Joe Cocker, The Band, Neville Brothers, Paul Simon, others
1938 ● John Allan “Jack” Jones → Grammy-winning jazz-contemporary-pop singer, “Wives And Lovers” (#14, 1963)
1948 ● Joseph Henry “T-Bone” Burnett → Rootsy singer/songwriter, session guitarist, producer for Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, BoDeans, Krauss/Plant, others
1948 ● Tim Harris → Drummer in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1956 ● Bob Bradbury → Vocals for Brit teenage glam rockers Hello, “Tell Him” (UK #6, 1975)
1959 ● Chas Smash (Cathal Smyth aka Carl Smyth) → Horns for Brit punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982)
1959 ● Geoff Tate → Vocals for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1961 ● Mike Tramp → Vocals for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, “When The Children Cry” (#3, 1987)
1962 ● Patricia Morrison → Heavy metal bassist for The Gun Club, goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, “Temple Of Love” (1992), The Damned
1965 ● Slick Rick (Richard Walters) → British-American “Golden Age” rapper, “Children’s Story” (Hot Rap #2, 1989)
1967 ● Steve Bowman → Founding member and first drummer for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), left in 1994, then Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Luce
1967 ● Zakk Wylde (Jeffrey Phillip Wiedlant) → Long-time friend of and guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne band, left in 1994 to form power trio Pride & Glory, then Black Label Society, “Stillborn” (Mainstream Rock #20, 2003)
1968 ● LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) → Prolific and long-lived East Coast rap-pop artist, “I Need Love” (#14, 1987)
1969 ● Dave Grohl → Vocals and drummer for grunge rock Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (#6, 1992), then founded hard rock Foo Fighters, “All My Life” (#5, 1995)
1981 ● Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) → Cuban-American Southern rap (crunk) artist, “I Know You Want Me” (#2, 2009)
1982 ● Anthony Caleb Followill → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

Jan 15
1909 ● Gene Krupa → Renowned jazz and big band drummer, composer, bandleader, drum kit developer, mentor and influencer
1929 ● Earl Hooker → Non-singing, commercially less successful but heralded blues slide guitar virtuoso, died from tuberculosis in 1970
1941 ● Captain Beefheart (Don Glen Vliet, later Don van Vliet) → Innovative, offbeat, satirical, visionary and influential art rock multi-instrumentalist, composer, frontman for The Magic Band, solo
1942 ● Edward Bivins → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Joan Marie Johnson → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1947 ● Pete Waterman → Multi-hit UK songwriting/production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), “Respectable” (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987)
1948 ● Ronnie Van Zant → Lead singer and primary lyricisty for raunchy Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died in plane crash October 20, 1977
1951 ● Martha Davis → Vocalist and frontwoman for L.A.-based New Wave smooth pop-rock The Motels, “Only The Lonely” (#9, 1982)
1952 ● Melvyn Gale → Strings for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) among 26 other Top 40 hits
1953 ● Boris Blank → Founding member, composer and multi-instrumentalist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, “Oh Yeah” (#51, 1987)
1953 ● Douglas Elwin “Duke” Erickson → Founding member and guitarist for Scottish-American alt rock Garbage, “Stupid Girl” (Dance/Club #5, 1996)
1959 ● Peter Trewavas → Bassist and backing vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1961 ● Stephen Damian O’Neill → Guitarist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, “My Perfect Cousin” (UK #9, 1980), That Petrol Emotion, “Groove Check” (Dance/Club #12, 1989)
1965 ● Adam Jones → Grammy-winning Welsh-American songwriter/guitarist (Rolling Stone #75) for Tool, “Schism” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2001), visual artist
1967 ● Lisa Velez → Vocals and frontwoman for 80s dance-pop/proto-hip hop Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, “Head To Toe” (#1, 1987)
1975 ● Belinda Chapple → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)

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