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Albums Released This Week (September 26 – October 2)

Here’s a sampling of the best music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):


Sep 26

The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
David Bowie —— Outside ► Art Rock >> 1995
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Sep 27

Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Brandy —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005


Sep 28

Led Zeppelin —— The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004


Sep 29

The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Alt Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009


Sep 30

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008


Oct 01

Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
ZZ Top —— El Loco ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Prince & The New Power —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002


Oct 02

The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 25 – October 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 25
1933 ● Ian Tyson → Canadian singer and guitarist in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, solo with several acclaimed albums, now a rancher in Alberta
1939 ● “Sweet” Joseph Russell → Vocals in a capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1943 ● John Locke → Keyboards for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), left to join hard rock Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), died 8/4/2006
1943 ● Gary “Jules” Alexander → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for folk/psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), wrote “Alone Again Or” (#99, 1967), solo, died of a heart attack on 12/25/1998
1946 ● Jerry “The Bear” Penrod → Early bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), left to join overpublicized, underperforming pre fab hard rock supergroup Rhinoceros, “Apricot Brandy” (#46, 1969)
1947 ● John Fiddler → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1955 ● Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, “Donne” (1985) and “Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)” with Paul Young (Italy #1, UK #4, 1991), has performed collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Bono and others
1955 ● Steve Severin → Bassist for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), solo
1968 ● Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith → Rapper in PG-rated pop-rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” (#1, 1998), TV and film star
1974 ● Richie “Wamma” Edwards → Guitar technician turned full-time bassist for glam-rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (#35, UK #2, 2003) and successor band Stone Gods
1975 ● Declan “Dec” Donnelly → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), “Lets Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1980 ● T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) → Grammy-winning MC, rapper, songwriter, “Live Your Life” (#1, 2008), co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, producer, film actor, convicted felon

Sep 26
9/26/1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937
1918 ● John “The Cool Ghoul” Zacherle → TV and radio host for shows broadcasting horror movies, voice actor and one hit wonder pop-rock novelty singer, “Dinner With Drac” (Top Ten, 1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country music legend and crossover phenomenon, “El Paso” (#1, Country #1, 1960) plus 11 other Top 40 pop singles and 39 other Country Top 10 hits, died on 12/8/1982 following a heart attack
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956), died on 10/18/2000 due to declining health several years after suffering a stroke
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as frontman with art rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1975), then solo, “Kiss And Tell” (#31, 1988) and 13 UK Top 20 albums through 2010
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocalist, best know for Grammy-winning “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (Adult Contemporary #5, Country #1, 1970), plus 39 other Country Top 40 hits
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Grammy-winning country-pop then soft rock singer, “You’re The One That I Want” with John Travolta (#1, 1978) and “Physical” (#1, 1981), film actress
1951 ● Stuart Tosh (MacIntosh) → Drummer for Scottish soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#5, 1974), also recorded and toured with 10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel
1954 ● César Rosas → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and de facto frontman for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987) and Los Super Seven, sessions and side projects
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Teenage lead guitarist in the last incarnations of Jefferson Airplane, stayed on with pop-rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles (#3, 1975), co-wrote “Jane” (#14, 1980), now performs and records New Age world music
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country and roots-rock singer and songwriter, “Every Little Thing” (Country #3, 1993), daughter of Johnny Cash‘s wife June Carter Cash
1961 ● Cindy Herron → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Lead singer and guitarist in Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, “Missing” (#2, 1995), solo
1967 ● Shannon Hoon → Frontman and lead vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), died on 10/21/1995 from a heroin overdose
1972 ● Paul Draper → Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Singer and songwriter in hugely successful R&B/urban soul a cappela quartet Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dip It Low” (#5, 2004)

Sep 27
1922 ● Raymond Edwards → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1936 ● Don Cornelius → R&B/soul music promoter and producer, created and hosted the dance/music TV show Soul Train from 1971 to 1993
1941 ● Don Nix → Songwriter, musician, arranger and author, saxophonist in Stax Records first house band The Mar-Keys (later Booker T. & The MG’s), wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”, producer for Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Bernard William Jewry) → Assumed the name of deceased frontman Shane Fenton (born John Theakstone) and led early 60s Britpop Shane Fenton And The Fentones, “Cindy’s Birthday” (UK #19, 1962), changed his name and reemerged as glam rock Alvin Stardust in the early 70s, “Jealous Mind” (UK #1, 1974) and 10 other UK Top 40 hits
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), then formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie and Tim, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), then Ironhorse, “Sweet Lui-Louise” (#36, 1979) and Union, solo plus CBC radio host
1947 ● Barbara Dickson → Scottish folk-pop singer, “Answer Me” (UK Top 10, 1976) and a duet with Elaine Paige, “I Know Him So Well” (UK #1, 1985), TV and stage actress
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Hard-edged iconic pop-rock singer and occasional actor, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978) and Grammy-winning “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (#1, 1993), released the phenomenally successful Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy
1953 ● Greg Ham → Saxophone, flute and keyboards for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist and, with Sly Dunbar, one half of the studio duo Riddim Twins, produced albums for Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer and others, recorded with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and others
1958 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol singer, “Hey Deanie” (#7, 1978), half brother of TV actor and Partridge Family character David Cassidy
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1967 ● Brett Anderson → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Vocals for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1975 ● Lee Brennan → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” teenaged member of hip hop groups The B.G.’z and Hot Boys, Grammy-winning solo career, “Lollipop” (#1, 2008)
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Canadian teen-pop singer and “skatepunk” icon , “Complicated” (#2, 2002) and “Girlfriend” (#1, 2007), fashion designer, actress

Sep 28
1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, “Wang Dang Doodle” (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960) and solo, “Stand By Me” (#1, 1961), still touring and recording in 2011
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, “Walking Back to Happiness” (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1952 ● Andy Ward → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, “I Won’t Let You Down” (UK #3, 1982), then solo, “I Should Have Know Better” (UK #1, 1984)
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, “Tangled In The Web” (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, “The Power Of Love” (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1977 ● Young Jeezy (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, “Soul Survivor” (#4, 2005), member of Boyz ‘N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, “With Love” (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author

Sep 29
1907 ● Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry → The “Singing Cowboy” on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#1, Country #1, 1949), died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, iconic and scandalous rock ‘n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1937 ● Joe “Guitar” Hughes → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard‘s group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died 5/20/2003 after a heart attack
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs, committed suicide on 11/23/1994 after years of struggle with depression
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Electric organ for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song “Hill Street Blues” (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and jew’s harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr’s Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, solo
1957 ● Mari Wilson → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, “Just What I Always Wanted” (UK#8, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1966 ● Tony “Doggen” Foster → Guitarist in Julian Cope‘s backing band, with trip hop Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1969 ● DeVante Swing (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, “Dream All Day” (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Sep 30
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, “Think It Over” (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, “Chances Are” (#1, 1957) and “Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died 2/1/2009 from unknown causes
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Wedding Bell Blues” (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, “Forget Me Nots” (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, “Time And Tide” (#26, 1988) and “Drunk On Love” (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Oct 01
1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, “Macarthur Park” (#2, 1968), died of cancer on 10/25/2002
1932 ● Albert Collins → The “Master of the Telecaster,” influential electric blues singer and guitarist, “Get Your Business Straight” (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live ’92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (#66, 1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince‘s backing band
1944 ● Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad → Baritone vocals for a capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), died on 12/8/1988 while on tour with the group
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love?” (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died on 7/5/2000 from kidney failure
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” (1986), solo, “7 Seconds” (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, “Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

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Albums Released This Week (September 19 -25)

Here’s a sampling of the best music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):


Sep 19

Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul >> 1961
Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop >> 1988
David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Alt Rock >> 2000
Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2006


Sep 20

The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1988
Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1991
Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk >> 2005


Sep 21

Billy Preston —— Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Cheap Trick —— Dream Police ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Luther Vandross —— Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1982
Janet Jackson —— Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul >> 1982
America —— Perspective ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
ABBA —— Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1992
Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Nirvana —— In Utero ► Grunge >> 1993
Bad Religion —— Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge —— Yes I Am ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Skunk Anansie —— Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Diabolical Masquerade —— Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
Pete Townshend —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Tori Amos —— To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
Green Day —— American Idiot ► Alt. Rock >> 2004


Sep 22

The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison —— Extra Texture ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009


Sep 23

The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations —— Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008


Sep 24

The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009


Sep 25

The Doors —— Strange Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 1976
The Beach Boys —— M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Barry Manilow —— One Voice ► AM Pop >> 1979
The Creatures —— Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs —— Forever Now ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1982
They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
The Sugarcubes —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Replacements —— All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Vaughan Brothers —— Family Style ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Grateful Dead —— Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1990
John Cale —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock >> 1992
Melt-Banana —— Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock >> 1994
David Bowie —— Outside ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Harem Scarem —— Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1995
Kylie Minogue —— Light Years ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Bryan Adams —— Gold ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Strokes —— Is This It ► Punk Revival >> 2001
.38 Special —— A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Deborah Harry —— Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 18 -24)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 18
1940 ● Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Pretty-boy teen idol pop singer, “Venus” (#1, 1959) and 11 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1962, then film actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1945 ● Alan King → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1949 ● Kerry Livgren → Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for prog/heartland rock Kansas, wrote “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977) and “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, solo
1950 ● Mike Hossack → Drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972)
1951 ● Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin) → Bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of a drug overdose on 6/5/2002
1961 ● Martin “Frosty” Beedle → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1966 ● Ian “Spike” Spice → Co-founder and drummer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1967 ● Ricky Bell → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)

Sep 19
1921 ● Billy Ward (Robert L. Williams) → Child prodigy pianist and frontman, vocals and arranger for The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man” (#1, 1951), died 2/16/2002
1931 ● Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → R&B/soul and early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), plus comeback track “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1979) and 21 other Top 40 hits, died from complications of spiral meningitis on 4/9/1998
1934 ● Brian Epstein → Music entrepreneur, record store owner, manager of The Beatles from 1962 until his death, managed other Liverpool acts including Gerry & The Pacermakers, Cilla Black and The Cyrkle, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on 8/27/1967
1935 ● Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) → Bass guitarist, arranger and vocalist for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), died of cancer on 12/24/2000
1940 ● Bill Medley → Blue-eyed soul singer and, with Bobby Hatfield, one half of hugely successful pop-rock duo The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (#4, 1965), solo career including the Grammy-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1940 ● Paul Williams → Grammy-winning pop songwriter, wrote “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (#4, 1971) for Three Dog Night, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” (#2, 1970) and “Rainy Days And Mondays” (#2, 1971) for the Carpenters, solo act pop singer (“Waking Up Alone,” #60, 1972) and actor
1940 ● Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) → Canadian singer in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, wrote “You Were On My Mind” for folk-pop We Five (#32, 1965)
1941 ● “Mama” Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → Vocals and percussion for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1, 1966), died of a heart attack in Harry Nilsson‘s London apartment on 7/29/1974
1942 ● Danny Kalb → Folk- and blues-rock guitarist, composer and songwriter, co-founded jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966), solo career with numerous albums and collaborations
1942 ● Freda Payne → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Band of Gold” (#3, 1970), TV and film actress
1943 ● Mike Arnone → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1945 ● David Bromberg → Multi-string instrumentalist and blues-folk and roots rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971), now owns a violin sales and repair shop
1946 ● John Coghlan → Drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, “Cry” (#16, 1985) and joined art-rock/synth-pop Art Of Noise in 1998, now a music video producer.
1949 ● Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) → Iconic 60s model and later stage, screen and TV actress, one hit wonder pop singer, “Here I Go Again” (UK #17, 1976)
1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Canadian record producer, guitarist and composer, produced Peter Gabriel‘s So and U2‘s The Joshua Tree, also albums by Brian Eno, Bob Dylan and others, solo album Acadie (1990)
1952 ● Nile Rodgers → Guitarist, co-founder and co-writer for R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), influential record producer, composer and arranger, produced albums for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Mick Jagger (She’s The Boss) and others, died from pneumonia after and all-star “tribute” show in Japan on 4/18/1996
1957 ● Rusty Egan → Drummer for New Wave power pop The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978) and New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey”(UK #8, 1981), London nightclub DJ
1958 ● Carmelita Rosanna “Lita” Ford → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), pop-metal solo career, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)
1962 ● Richard Walmsley → Writer and producer with electro-dance-pop The Beatmasters, “Warm Love” (Dance #16, 1990), the trio also produced hits for Cookie Crew, Yazz and P.P. Arnold, and albums for Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and others
1963 ● Jarvis Crocker → Singer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1964 ● Patricia Lynn “Trisha” Yearwood → Grammy-winning country singer, “How Do I Live” (#23, Country #2, 1996) and 28 other Country Top 40 hits, TV and occasional film actress, cookbook editor
1966 ● Mike Heaton → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1966 ● Nigel Clarke → Lead singer and bassist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1969 ● Candy Dulfer → Dutch alto saxophonist, “On & On” (Smooth Jazz #13, 2009), sessions and backing bands for Van Morrison, Prince and others, collaborated with Dave Stewart, “Lily Was Here” (UK #6, 1990)
1971 ● Paul Winterhart → Drummer for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Alan Jay “A. Jay” Popoff → Frontman and vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy” (#51, Mainstream Rock #6, 1999)
1977 ● Ryan Dusick → Drummer for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)

Sep 20
1945 ● “Sweet Pea” Atkinson → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), solo
1946 ● Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) → Guitarist and songwriter with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977)
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963), retired from the group in the mid-90s
1948 ● John Panozzo → Drummer for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), died on 7/16/1996 from cirrhosis of the liver
1948 ● Chuck Panozzo → Bassist for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)
1954 ● Tony Destra → Original drummer for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990), left in 1985 to join glam-metal Britny Fox, “Long Way To Love” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1988), died in car accident on 2/8/1987
1957 ● Alannah Currie → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983), now a sculptural art-furniture artist
1960 ● Robert “Cowboy” Wiggins → MC and vocals for hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, “The Message” (R&B #4, 1982), the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died from complications of cocaine addiction on 9/8/1989
1960 ● David Hemingway → Lead vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), then co-founded alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Portuguese guitarist and songwriter for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), solo, various collaborations and frontman for several hard rock bands
1967 ● Gunnar Nelson → With twin brother Matthew, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1967 ● Matthew Nelson → With twin brother Gunnar, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Bassist in seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Drummer for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1981 ● Keith Semple → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

Sep 21
1923 ● Jimmy Young (Leslie Ronald Young) → Pop singer, “Unchained Melody” (UK #1, 1955) and BBC Radio 2 DJ from 1973 to 2002
1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), sessions
1934 ● Leonard Cohen → Influential and oft-covered Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Bird On The Wire” (1969), Grammy-winning Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters (2007)
1936 ● Dickey Lee (Royden Dickey Lipscomb) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Patches” (#6, 1962), then migrated to country music in the 70s and had 16 Country Top 40 hits, including “Rocky” (Country #1, 1975)
1939 ● Rory Storm (Alan Caldwell) → Frontman for Liverpool-based, Beatles-competitor (and Ringo Starr employer) The Hurricanes, “America” (1964), committed suicide on 9/28/1972
1947 ● Don Felder → Lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for country-rock and pop Eagles, composed music to “Hotel California” (#1, 1976), solo and collaborations with former bandmates
1952 ● David Gregory → Lead guitarist for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1954 ● Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor → Drummer for punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), during periods away from the band did session work and collaborations
1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Vocals for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987)
1967 ● Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) → Five time Grammy-winning country-pop crossover star, “Breathe” (#2, 1999) and eight Country #1 hits, Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult Contemporary artist for 2009
1967 ● Timmy T (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance “freestyle” performer, “One More Try” (#1, 1991)
1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Drummer for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Jon Brooks → Drummer for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)
1968 ● Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1972 ● David Silveria → Drummer for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Frontman and vocals for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, now fronts Beady Eye
1973 ● Jimmy Constable → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1977 ● Sam Rivers → Bassist for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “My Way” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1989 ● Jason Derülo (Desrouleaux) → R&B/urban soul singer/songwriter, actor and dancer, “Watcha Say” (#1, 2009)

Sep 22
1913 ● Alvin LeRoy Holmes → Pop instrumental bandleader, film score composer and arranger, Smile (1975) and other films, died 7/27/1986
1930 ● Joni James (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Traditional pop vocalist, “You Are My Love” (#6, 1954) and sixteen other Top 40 hits in the 50s
1931 ● George Chambers → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1943 ● Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder singer, “Mickey” (#1, 1982), dancer, choreographer, actress and filmmaker
1951 ● David Coverdale → Songwriter and lead vocals for Deep Purple in 1974-76, recorded two solo albums and formed hard rock/hair metal Whitesnake in 1977, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) and six other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1952 ● Mark Panker → Guitarist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Vocals for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m To Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1956 ● Debby Boone → Grammy-winning Christian and inspirational pop music singer, “You Light Up My Life” (#1, 1977), daughter of 50s pop crooner Pat Boone
1956 ● Doug Wimbish → Bassist for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988) and Sugarhill Records studio session musician
1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Singer/songwriter, bassist and founder of post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), toured with Talking Heads as lead singer in 1996, solo
1957 ● Nick Cave → Aussie singer, songwriter and bandleader for goth-rock pioneers The Birthday Party, then alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), formed garage rock Grinderman in 2007
1957 ● Peter Jones → Bassist for punk rock Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983), currently owns a ceramic art studio
1958 ● Joan Jett (Larkin) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), then founded and fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock N’ Roll (#1, 1981)
1958 ● Peter Nelson → Bassist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)
1965 ● Adam Cairns → Guitar and vocals for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (UK#9, 1993)
1975 ● Mystikal (Michael Tyler) → Dirty South rapper, “Danger (Been So Long)” (#14, Rap #3, 2001) with five solo albums and multiple collaborations as featured artist
1982 ● Billie (Lianne Piper) → Singer and TV actress, “Because We Want To” (UK #1, 1998), the youngest (age 16) artist to debut at #1 on the UK charts

Sep 23
1930 ● Ray Charles (Robinson) → Soul music pioneer who fused R&B, gospel and blues, won 12 Grammy Awards and scored over 30 Top 40 hits, including “Hit The Road Jack” (#1, 1961), 2004 #1 album Genius Loves Company, #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, died from lung cancer on 6/10/2004
1939 ● Roy Buchanan → Grossly underrated blues-rock guitarist, issued over 15 albums, hanged himself in a Virginia jail cell after being arrested for public drunkenness on 8/14/88
1940 ● Tim Rose → Underappreciated but influential folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Morning Dew” (1967), died on 9/24/2002 from a heart attack during intestinal surgery
1943 ● John Banks → Drummer for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, died on 4/20/1988
1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Grammy-winning Spanish smooth romantic crooner, “Begin The Beguine” (#1, 1981), one of the top 10 best selling artists in history
1943 ● Steve Boone → Bassist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1965), record producer and studio owner
1943 ● Wallace Scott → With twin brother Walter, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Walter Scott → With twin brother Wallace, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor (mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show) and moonlighting pop singer, “My Dad” (#6, 1962)
1946 ● Anthony “Duster” Bennett → British blues-rock harmonica player and one man band, “Jumping At Shadows” (1968), session musician and early 70s member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, died in a car crash on 3/26/1976
1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → “The Boss,” Grammy-winning heartland rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for The E Street Band, “Glory Days” (#5, 1985), #23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1970 ● Ani DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1972 ● Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin) → Producer, songwriter and rapper, “The Party Continues” (#29, Rap #6, 1998), discovered and managed teen hip hop duo Kris Kross, founder of So So Def Recordings, producer for Xscape, Da Brat, Mariah Carey and others
1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)
1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

Sep 24
1893 ● “Blind Lemon” Henry Jefferson → The “Father of Texas Blues,” pioneering blues singer, guitarist and composer, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (1927) has been covered by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, B. B. King, Peter, Paul & Mary and others, died from a heart attack on 12/15/1929
1931 ● Anthony Newley → Stage, screen and TV actor, singer, pop songwriter, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (Grammy Award Song of the Year 1963), co-wrote the lyrics to “Goldfinger” from the James Bond movie, co-wrote and starred in the stage musical Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, died on 4/14/1999 from renal cancer
1933 ● Mel Taylor → Longtime drummer for rock ‘n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), died on 8/11/1996 of lung cancer
1940 ● Barbara “Bibbs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1941 ● Linda McCartney (Linda Louise Eastman) → Photographer, animal rights activist, vegetarian food company founder, keyboardist for pop-rock Wings and solo albums with her husband Paul McCartney, died from breast cancer on 4/17/1998
1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Carson Osten → Co-founder and bassist in psych/garage rock band The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970), left to become a writer, artist, product and character design manager for The Walt Disney Company
1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock quintet Fotheringay, then renowned folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), sessions and tours with Robert Plant, Elton John, George Harrison, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys and others, solo albums
1946 ● Kjell Asperud → Drummer for Anglo-Norwegian one hit wonder rock band Titanic, instrumental “Sultana” (UK #5, 1971)
1962 ● Cedric Dent → Vocals in a capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1971 ● Marty Cintron → Vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)
1971 ● Peter Salisbury → Drummer for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)

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Albums Released This Week (September 12 – 18)

Here’s a sampling of the best music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):


Sep 12

Brenda Lee —— “Let Me Sing” ► Country-Pop >> 1963
The Rolling Stones —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— G.I.T.: Get It Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Fighting ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Electric Light Orchestra —— A New World Record ► Prog. Rock >> 1976
Chicago —— Chicago XI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
XTC —— Black Sea ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
David Bowie —— Scary Monsters ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Saga —— Heads Or Tales ► Prog. Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Labour Of Love ► Reggae-Pop >> 1983
Skinny Puppy —— VIVIsectVI ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Aerosmith —— Pump ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Annihilator —— Never, Neverland ► Thrash Metal >> 1990
Disco Inferno —— D. I. Go Pop ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1994
Lenny Kravitz —— Circus ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Stina Nordenstam —— Dynamite ► Pop-Rock/Dream Pop >> 1996
Sloan —— Between The Bridges ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1999
Christina Aguilera —— Mi Reflejo ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
At The Drive-In —— Relationship Of Command ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Bob Seger —— Face The Promise ► Album Rock >> 2006
Peter Frampton —— Fingerprints ► Arena Rock >> 2006
Metallica —— Death Magnetic ► Heavy Metal >> 2008


Sep 13

Manfred Mann —— My Little Red Book Of Winners! ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
Bobby Darin —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ronnie Wood —— I’ve Got My Own Album To Do ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Kate Bush —— The Dreaming ► Art Rock >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ► Alt. Pop >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Stevie Wonder —— In Square Circle ► Pop-R&B >> 1985
Tanita Tikram —— Ancient Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
The Smiths —— Rank ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jeff Healey Band —— See The Light ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Foreign Affair ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Cure —— Show ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blues Traveler —— Four ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Curtis Mayfield —— Live ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready to Die ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine Songtrack ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Bonnie Raitt —— Souls Alike ► Blues-Rock >> 2005


Sep 14

The Byrds —— (Untitled) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Faith No More —— Introduce Yourself ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Mick Jagger —— Primitive Cool ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Meat Beat Manifesto —— Armed Audio Warfare ► Techno-Industrial >> 1990
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Prince —— The Hits/The B-Sides ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millenium ► Soul-Funk >> 1993
Luis Miguel —— Amarte Es Un Placer ► Latin Pop >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B ► Retro Rock >> 1999


Sep 15

Otis Redding —— Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul ► Soul >> 1965
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Takes Off ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1966
The Kinks —— Something Else By The Kinks ► British Rock >> 1967
The Band —— Cahoots ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Bobby Womack —— Communication ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Fireball ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Grand Funk Railroad —— Phoenix ► Hard Rock >> 1972
John Denver —— Rocky Mountain High ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Poco —— Crazy Eyes ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Frank Zappa —— Studio Tan ► Art Rock >> 1978
Huey Lewis & The News —— Sports ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Blood & Chocolate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Donna Summer —— All Systems Go ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Ramones —— Halfway To Sanity ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rick Wakeman —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Bad 4 Good —— Refugee ► Heavy Metal/Teen Metal >> 1992
New Edition —— Home Again ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
America —— Human Nature ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Death —— Sound Of Perseverance ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
Ace Frehley —— Anomaly ► Pop-Metal >> 2009


Sep 16

Neil Diamond —— Just For You ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Marvin Gaye —— Easy ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —— Easy ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Baby, It’s Me ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1977
Rory Gallagher —— Top Priority ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
Gary Numan —— Warriors ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1983
Deep Purple —— Perfect Strangers ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Kiss —— Asylum ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
The Waterboys —— This Is The Sea ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Lizzy Borden —— Visual Lies ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Eazy-E —— Eazy-Duz-It ► Gangsta Rap >> 1988
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jonathan Richman —— I, Jonathan ► College Rock >> 1992
Gloria Estefan —— Exitos De Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club ► Afro-Cuban Jazz >> 1997
Joss Stone —— The Soul Sessions ► Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2003


Sep 17

Manfred Mann —— The Manfred Mann Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Colosseum —— Colosseum Live ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1971
Ringo Starr —— Ringo’s Rotogravure ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Act I ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Doobie Brothers —— One Step Closer ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Phil Lynott —— The Phil Lynott Album ► Album Rock >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage ► Ska Pop >> 1984
Thompson Twins —— Here’s To Future Days ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1985
Yes —— Big Generator ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 ► Classical Fusion >> 1987
Cocteau Twins —— Heaven Or Las Vegas ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Ozzy Osbourne —— No More Tears ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
KMFDM —— Money ► Industrial/Kraut Rock >> 1992
Cake —— Fashion Nugget ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 1996
The Cardigans —— First Band On The Moon ► Power Pop >> 1996
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1997


Sep 18

Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal >> 1978
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock >> 1983
The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 11 – 17)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 11
1938 ● Charles Patrick → Lead vocals for R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1940 ● Bernie Dwyer → Drummer for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), died of lung cancer on 12/4/2002
1943 ● Mickey Hart → Drums and percussion for Grateful Dead, “Touch Of Grey” (# 9, 1987), bandleader for Rolling Thunder Review, solo career with two Grammy-winning world music albums, author and film score composer
1945 ● Leo Kottke → Virtuoso acoustic folk guitar singer and songwriter with 21 albums and numerous collaborations with John Fahey, Lyle Lovett, Mike Gordon, Rickie Lee Jones and others
1946 ● Dennis Tufano → Original lead singer for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), solo
1947 ● Richard Jaeger → Session and backing band percussionist for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr and others, died on 8/27/2000
1948 ● John Martyn (Ian David McGeachy) → Jazz, folk, rock and blues singer/songwriter and guitarist with 20 studio albums including Solid Air (1973), died from pneumonia on 1/29/2009
1953 ● Tommy Shaw → Guitar for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), then in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1957 ● Jon Langford → Co-founder, guitar, vocals and one of two constant members of long-running punk rock The Mekons, “Never Been In A Riot” (1978), solo plus visual and comic artist
1957 ● Jon Moss → Drummer for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#12, 1984) and first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986)
1958 ● Mick Talbot → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), then sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984) and The Bureau
1959 ● Rory Lyons → Drummer for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1965 ● Moby (Richard Melville Hall) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band techno-dance-pop artist, “South Side” (#14, 2000), producer, descendent of Moby Dick author Herman Melville
1966 ● Greg Kane → Scottish pianist and co-member with brother Pat in contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1967 ● Harry Connick, Jr. → Three-time Grammy-winning big band and jazz-pop singer, “Hear Me In The Harmony” (Adult Contemporary #18, 1996)
1971 ● Richard Ashcroft → Guitar and vocals for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998), solo
1975 ● Brad Fischetti → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones or Low Frequency Oscillator), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999)
1977 ● Jon Buckland → Lead guitarist for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1977 ● Ludacris (Christopher Brian Bridges) → Grammy-winning “Dirty South” movement rapper, “Stand Up” (#1, 2004), co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace label, actor and philanthropist

Sep 12
1931 ● George Jones → Hardcore honky tonk and later smooth ballad country star with 70 Country Top 10 hits, including “She Thinks I Still Care” (#1, 1962)
1943 ● Maria Muldaur (D’Amato) → Greenwich Village folk scene bandmember, then solo folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Midnight at the Oasis” (#6, 1970), backing vocals for Grateful Dead in late-70s
1944 ● Barry White → R&B/soul singer, songwriter, bandleader for the Love Unlimited Orchestra, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (#1, 1974), early disco influences, producer, died from kidney failure on 7/4/2003
1944 ● Colin Young → Lead singer for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1946 ● Anthony “T-Bone” Bellamy (Avila) → Lead guitar, piano and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died from liver failure on 12/25/2009
1952 ● Gerry Beckley → Founding member, guitar, piano, vocals and songwriter for folk-pop America, “A Horse With No Name” (#1, 1972)
1952 ● Neal Peart → Drummer and principal lyricist with Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1956 ● Barry Andrews → Vocals and keyboards for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979), left in 1979 for solo career and session work
1956 ● Brian Robertson → Guitar for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1965 ● John Norwood Fisher → Bass and vocals for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1966 ● Ben Folds → Singer, songwriter, keyboards and frontman for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1998)
1967 ● Jon Stewart → Guitar for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Thomas → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Thinking About Your Love” (UK #4, 1991), certified acupuncturist
1968 ● Reid Lawrence “Larry” LaLonde → Guitarist in early 80s death metal group Possessed, joined thrash metal Blind Illusion in 1987, now with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000)
1974 ● Jennifer Nettles → Two-time Grammy-winning country music star, lead vocals for duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008), duet with Jon Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Country #1, 2005)
1978 ● Ruben Studdard → R&B/soul-pop and gospel crooner, “Flying Without Wings” (#2, 2003), winner of the second series of American Idol
1981 ● Jennifer Hudson → Third season American Idol finalist, Academy Award-winning actress in Dreamgirls (2006), Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Spotlight” (#24, Dance/Club #8, 2008)

Sep 13
1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”, Grammy-winning singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader for the Blue Grass Boys, solo, “Gotta Travel On” (Country #15, 1959), died 9/9/1996 after suffering a stroke in April
1925 ● Mel Torme → Nicknamed the “Velvet Fog,” Grammy-winning jazz-pop nightclub and showroom singer , “Lover’s Roulette” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1967)
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Saxophonist with top notch Brit progressive jazz-rock band If
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas (David Thomsett) → Canadian-born lead singer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Keyboards, saxophone and flute for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Peter Cetera → Original member, bassist, lead vocals and songwriter for jazz-rock-pop fusion Chicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (#4, 1977), solo, “Glory Of Love” (#1, 1986) and four other Top 40 singles, producer
1952 ● Don Was (Donald Fagenson) → Vocals and co-frontman for eclectic dance-pop Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stevie Nicks, The Barenaked Ladies and many others
1952 ● Randy Jones → Vocals (and cowboy character) for campy R&B/disco suggestively gay Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → Bass singer, arranger and music director in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978), TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1954 ● Steven John Kilbey → Bass and lead vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1957 ● Joni Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1961 ● Dave Mustaine → Original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for heavy metal Metallica, fired in 1983 and became founder, chief songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr, third skinman in for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), unofficial member of The Who since 1996, collaborations with Paul Weller, The Waterboys, The Icicle Works and others
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Drums and percussion for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), sessions
1967 ● Timothy S. “Ripper” Owens → Lead singer (1996-2003) for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, left to join heavy/thrash metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (#3, 2008)
1972 ● Matt Everitt → Drummer for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Guitar for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1977 ● Fiona Apple (Maggart) → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (#21, 1996) was voted Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, now a cult artist
1983 ● James Bourne → Co-founder, singer and songwriter in Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)
1985 ● Brent Kutzle → Bass guitar and cello for self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, “Apologize” (#1, 2006), most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date

Sep 14
1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Elvis Presley‘s hit “Heartbreak Hotel” (#1, 1956), died on 4/9/1997 from drowning in her bath at home after a suspected heart attack
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Bassist, co-founder and constant member of Scottish hard rock Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1947 ● Jon “Bowser” Bauman → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1949 ● Steve Gaines → Guitar for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), wrote “I Know A Little” (1977), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Guitarist for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), formed Back Street Crawler, died on 3/19/1976 from a heart attack resulting from drug abuse on a New York/L.A. commercial flight
1954 ● Barry Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family
1955 ● Steve Berlin → Saxophonist and keyboardist for all-American roots rock The Blasters, in 1984 joined Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), sessions and collaborations
1959 ● Morten Harket → Lead vocals in Norwegian synth-poppers A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), solo
1967 ● John Power → Bass and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Bassist for Pacific Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Joined alt rock/Britpop Pulp as second guitarist in 1995, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), now produces avant-garde films
1972 ● Nas (Nasir Jones) → Self-appointed “King of New York,” acclaimed and influential hip hop performer and East Coast rapper, “If I Ruled The World” (#53, Rhythmic Top 40 #8, 1996), US #1 album Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → Vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop and jazz-pop singer and songwriter, “Rehab” (#9, 2007), died from unknown causes at her London home on 7/23/2011

Sep 15
1903 ● Roy Acuff → The “King of Country Music,” singer, fiddler and country music promoter credited with “mainstreaming” early country music, co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, which signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of heart failure on 11/23/1992
1928 ● Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley → High school band director turned renowned, Grammy-winning alto jazz saxophonist, bandleader and solo artist, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (#11, R&B #2, 1967), died of a stroke on 8/8/1975
1933 ● Pat Barrett → High tenor for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → Frontman and vocals for early rock & roll/surf pioneers The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1942 ● Lee Dorman → Bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish drummer in the backing band for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976), died 3/17/2008 after hitting his head on a glass door and suffering a slit throat from a shard of broken glass
1956 ● Jaki Graham → UK star but US one hit wonder R&B/dance-pop singer, “Ain’t Nobody” (Dance/Club #1,1994)
1958 ● Tim Whelan → Guitar for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Michel “Mitch” Dorge → Drummer, songwriter and producer for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Drummer for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)

Sep 16
1925 ● Riley B. “B.B.” King → The reigning “King of the Blues” and important electric guitarist, “The Thrill Is Gone” (#15, R&B #1,1970), influenced countless electric blues and rock guitarists, #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list
1941 ● Joe Butler → Drummer for 60s hit making folk-rock quartet The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Bernard Calvert → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul girl group The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack” (#45, 1964), left to join R&B/pop-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”” (#2, 1964)
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), replaced deceased Keith Moon in 1979 in The Who, “You Better You Bet” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1981)
1948 ● Ron Blair → Original bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3, 1981), left in 1982 for session career and rejoined in 2002
1950 ● David Bellamy → With brother Homer, one half of country-pop The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976) and 35 other Country Top 40 hits
1953 ● Alan Leslie Barton → Guitarist for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984), joined pop-rock Smokie in 1986 as guitarist and lead vocalist, died 3/23/1995 when the band’s tour bus crashed in Germany
1954 ● Colin Newman → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for art/punk then post-punk then electronic Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989), solo artist, producer and co-founder of the Swim Records label
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → Guitar and vocals for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1962 ● Stephen Jones → Founder, guitarist, vocals and frontman of Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996), solo, novelist
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock singer and songwriter, “Right Here Waiting” (#1, 1987) turned Grammy-winning adult contemporary balladeer, “Dance With My Father” (Song of the Year 2003)
1968 ● Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz) → Multi-talented, Grammy-winning Latin dance-pop (“tropical salsa”) singer, “I Need To Know” (#3, 1991), film actor
1969 ● Justine Frischmann → Co-founder guitar and vocals for alt rock/Britpop Suede, left for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), now an abstract painter
1976 ● Shannon Noll → Australian pop-rock singer, runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), ten consecutive Aussie Top 10 singles, including “What About Me?” (Aus #1, 2004)
1976 ● Tina Barrett → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1977 ● Musiq Soulchild (Talib Johnson) → R&B/neo-soul, funk, blues and gospel fusion hip hop artist, “Halfcrazy” (#16, 2002)
1981 ● Christopher Cester → Drummer and backing vocals for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Ketevan “Katie” Melua → Jazz-pop/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nine Million Bicycles” (UK #5, 2005), album Piece By Piece (Jazz Albums #3, 2006)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Singer and songwriter in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), actor

Sep 17
1923 ● Hiram King “Hank” Williams → The “Father of Contemporary Country Music” with 35 oft-covered Country Top 10 hits, including “Hey, Good Lookin'” (Country #1, 1951), died in his limo en route to a show on 1/1/1953
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll bassist in Elvis Presley‘s backing band and his own Bill Black Combo, “Smokie” (1959), died 10/21/1965
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → Lead vocals for one hit wonder blue-eyed doo wop quintet The Mystics, “Hushabye” (#20, 1959)
1939 ● LaMonte McLemore → Founding member and vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), professional photographer for Playboy, Jet, Ebony, Harper’s Bizarre and others
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer 1972-74, session drummer for Sammy Hagar and David Soul, drowned in his backyard swimming pool on 6/5/1990
1950 ● John Waldo “Fee” Waybill → Lead singer and songwriter for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), producer for Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and others
1953 ● Steve Williams → Drummer for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1959 ● Will Gregory → Vocals and synthesizer with Alison Goldfrapp in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1962 ● Benjamin “BeBe” Winans → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with sister CeCe (Priscilla), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Thank You” (Dance/Club #6, 1998)
1962 ● Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann → Australian screenwriter, film director and one hit wonder novelty-pop/spoken word artist, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (#45, Adult Top 40 #10, 1999), directed Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008)
1968 ● Anastacia Lyn Newkirk → R&B/dance-pop singer, “One Day In Your Life” (Dance/Club #1, 2002)
1968 ● John Penney → Vocals for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1968 ● Lord Jamar (Lorenzo Dechalus) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1969 ● Adam Devlin (Gorecki) → Guitarist and songwriter for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1969 ● Keith Flint → Vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1970 ● Vinnie (Vincent Brown) → Vocals and sampling for pop-rap crossover trio Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.” (#6, 1991) and Grammy-winning Poverty’s Property, Best Rap Album for 1995
1976 ● Maile Misajon → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Drummer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)
1979 ● Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) → Southern rapper, singer/songwriter and MC, “Low” feat. T-Pain (#1, 2007)
1985 ● Jonathan Jacob Walker → Bassist for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

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Albums Released This Week (September 5 – 11)

Here’s a sampling of the best music ever made! – great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop which were released this week (and some related albums of note):


Sep 05

Poco —— From The Inside ► Country-Rock >> 1971
The Jackson 5 —— Dancing Machine ► Soul – Motown >> 1974
Jethro Tull —— Minstrel In The Gallery ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Gary Numan —— Telekon ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Skinny Puppy —— Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1986
Y & T —— Contagious ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Alice Cooper —— Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock >> 1987
Motörhead —— Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Grim Reaper —— Rock You To Hell ► Thrash Metal >> 1987
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Peepshow ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
Soundgarden —— Louder Than Love ► Grunge >> 1989
Big Audio Dynamite —— Megatop Phoenix ► Dance-Rock >> 1989
Mick Jones —— Mick Jones ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Shed Seven —— Change Giver ► Britpop >> 1994
Die Flippers —— Sommersprossen ► Pop/Schlager >> 1995
Mack 10 —— Based On A True Story ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Ryan Adams —— Heartbreaker ► Acoustic Pop-Rock >> 2000


Sep 06

Merle Haggard —— Strangers ► Trad Country >> 1965
Judas Priest —— Rocka Rolla ► Heavy Metal >> 1974
Icehouse —— Primitive Man ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
John Cale —— Artificial Intelligence ► Art Rock >> 1985
New Kids On The Block —— Hangin’ Tough ► Teen Pop >> 1988
Widespread Panic —— Ain’t Life Grand ► Southern Rock >> 1994
Land —— Land ► Electronic/Fusion >> 1995
Yazoo —— Only Yazoo ► Synth-Pop >> 1999


Sep 07

Frank Zappa —— Over-Nite Sensation ► Art Rock >> 1973
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Another Time ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Join Hands ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Matt Johnson —— Burning Blue Soul ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Kool & The Gang —— As One ► Disco >> 1982
Mercyful Fate —— Don’t Break The Oath ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Jethro Tull —— Under Wraps ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Queensrÿche —— The Warning ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Pet Shop Boys —— Actually ► Club Dance >> 1987
Mike Oldfield —— Islands ► Progressive Rock >> 1987
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Human Wheels ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Belle & Sebastian —— The Boy With The Arab Strap ► Chamber Pop >> 1998
Agnostic Front —— Riot, Riot, Upstart ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999


Sep 08

Gene Vincent —— A Gene Vincent Record Date ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
The Jackson 5 —— Third Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Mott The Hoople —— All The Young Dudes ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Bigger Than The Both Of Us ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
David Bowie —— Stage ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Dave Edmunds —— Tracks On Wax 4 ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush —— Never For Ever ► Prog Rock >> 1980
The Cure —— …Happily Ever After ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Peter Gabriel —— Security ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The B-52’s —— Bouncing Off The Satellites ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Human League —— Crash ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Mr. Mister —— Go On… ► L. A. New Wave >> 1987
Rush —— Hold Your Fire ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Pink Floyd —— A Momentary Lapse Of Reason ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Bad Religion —— Suffer ► Punk Rock >> 1988
The Crystal Method —— Vegas ► Electronic/Industrial >> 1997
Hole —— Celebrity Skin ► Grunge >> 1998
Blonde Redhead —— In An Expression Of The Inexpressible ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1998
Tristania —— Beyond The Veil ► Heavy Metal/Gloom Metal >> 1999


Sep 09

Marvin Gaye —— Recorded Live On Stage ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Fleetwood Mac —— Then Play On ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
John Lennon —— Imagine ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
John Sebastian —— Tarzana Kid ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Signals ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Dexy’s Midnight Runners —— Don’t Stand Me Down ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Earth, Sun, Moon ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Barnes —— Two Fires ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1990
Dire Straits —— On Every Street ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Catherine Wheel —— Like Cats And Dogs ► Alt Rock/Shoegazing >> 1996
Amy Grant —— Behind The Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1997
Frank Black And The Catholics —— Frank Black And The Catholics ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
John Mayer —— Continuum ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006


Sep 10

Eric Clapton —— Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Randy Newman —— Good Old Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Roxy & Elsewhere ► Art Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bob Dylan —— Hard Rain ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— Songs In The Attic ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Diana Ross —— Silk Electric ► Soul – Motown >> 1982
Bill Drummond —— The Man ► Folk-Pop >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— Catfish Rising ► Prog Rock >> 1991
John Cale —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Art Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Solace ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
R.E.M. —— New Adventures In Hi-Fi ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996


Sep 11

Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1964
Chad & Jeremy —— Of Cabbages And Kings ► Folk-Pop >> 1967
The Beach Boys —— Smiley Smile ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Bruce Springsteen —— The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ► Album Rock >> 1973
Foreigner —— Head Games ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Ultravox —— Rage In Eden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Falco —— Falco 3 ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
Triumph —— The Sport Of Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— Crest Of A Knave ► Prog Rock >> 1987
The Temptations —— Together Again ► Soul >> 1987
Melissa Etheridge —— Brave And Crazy ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Eurythmics —— We Too Are One ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Warrant —— Cherry Pie ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— Under The Red Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Stephen Stills —— Stills Alone ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Blur —— The Great Escape ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995

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