Archive for October, 2011

Albums Released This Week (October 31 – November 6)

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):


Oct 31

Bob Dylan —— Carnegie Hall ► Folk >> 1964
Elvis Presley —— Spinout ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Phil Ochs —— Pleasures Of The Harbor ► Folk-Rock >> 1967
Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Donna Summer —— Once Upon A Time… ► Disco >> 1977
Smokey Robinson —— Smokin’ ► Quiet Storm >> 1978
Klaus Schulze —— Dig It ► Space Rock >> 1980
Cocteau Twins —— Head Over Heals ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Paul McCartney —— Pipes Of Peace ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Possessed —— Beyond The Gates ► Heavy/Death Metal >> 1986
Roxette —— Pearls Of Passion ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Dinosaur Jr. —— Bug ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP [Russia] ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Soundgarden —— Ultramega OK ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Grateful Dead —— Built To Last ► Album Rock >> 1989
Billy Joel —— Storm Front ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Naked Raygun —— Raygun…Naked Raygun ► Punk Rock >> 1990
ABBA —— Thank You For The Music ► Euro-Pop >> 1994
Julian Cope —— 20 Mothers ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Curtis Mayfield —— Live At The Bitter End ► Soul/Funk >> 1995
Foreigner —— Mr. Moonlight ► Arena Rock >> 1995
Slipknot —— Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. ► Heavy Metal/Funk Metal >> 1996
U2 —— All That You Can’t Leave Behind ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
The Who —— Endless Wire ► British Rock >> 2006


Nov 01

Elvis Presley —— Fun In Acapulco ► Rock n Roll >> 1963
The Temptations —— Temptin’ Temptations ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
Grateful Dead —— American Beauty ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales —— Hooteroll? ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Vol. 3 ► Rock n Roll >> 1972
James Taylor —— One Man Dog ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Slade —— Slayed? ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Roxy Music —— Stranded ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Poco —— Cantamos ► Country-Rock >> 1974
The Band —— Northern Lights-Southern Cross ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Queen —— News Of The World ► Glam Rock >> 1977
Jefferson Starship —— Freedom At Point Zero ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Aerosmith —— Night In The Ruts ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— X-Static ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Phil Collins —— Hello, I Must Be Going! ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Harry Connick, Jr. —— 20 ► Piano Jazz >> 1988
Ratt —— Reach For The Sky ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1988
Big Audio Dynamite II —— Kool-Aid ► Dance-Rock >> 1990
Grateful Dead —— Infrared Roses ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1991
Aerosmith —— Big Ones ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Huey Lewis & The News —— Four Chords And Several Years Ago ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
Nirvana —— MTV Unplugged In New York ► Grunge >> 1994
Tom Petty —— Wildflowers ► Album Rock >> 1994
Incubus —— Fungus Amongus ► Funk Metal >> 1995
East 17 —— Around The World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far ► Dance-Pop >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Ether-Electrified Porch Music ► AA Alt Rock >> 1999
Westlife —— Westlife [UK] ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 1999
Santana —— All That I Am ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2005


Nov 02

Cream —— Disraeli Gears ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Willy And The Poor Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Yes —— Time And A Word ► Prog Rock >> 1970
John Lennon —— Mind Games ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Ringo Starr —— Ringo ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Miles Davis —— Water Babies ► Jazz/Be-Bop Fusion >> 1976
The Police —— Outlandos d’Amour ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Damned —— Machine Gun Etiquette ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Rory Gallagher —— Stage Struck ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Re-ac-tor ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Long After Dark ► Album Rock >> 1982
Paul McCartney —— All The Best! ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Bryan Ferry —— Bete Noire ► Prog. Rock >> 1987
George Harrison —— Cloud Nine ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Bad Religion —— No Control ► Punk Rock >> 1989
k. d. lang —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Alt Country Rock >> 1993
The Band —— Jericho ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Kate Bush —— The Red Shoes ► Art Rock >> 1993
Dixie Chicks —— Shouldn’t Have Told You That ► Country-Rock >> 1993
The Bee Gees —— Size Isn’t Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— So Far So Good ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bright Eyes —— Letting Off The Happiness ► Indie Rock/Emo >> 1998
Bane —— It All Comes Down To This ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Counting Crows —— This Desert Life ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999


Nov 03

Elvis Presley —— Harum Scarum ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
The Easybeats —— Volume 3 ► British Invasion >> 1966
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Cream Of The Crop ► Soul >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Hall & Oates —— Abandoned Luncheonette ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Neil Diamond —— Jonathan Livingston Seagull [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Triumph —— Rock & Roll Machine ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Jam —— All Mod Cons ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
Sly & The Family Stone —— Back On The Right Track ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Neil Young —— Hawks & Doves ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
ABBA —— Super Trouper ► Euro-Pop >> 1980
Kim Wilde —— Another Step ► Hi-NRG >> 1986
John Lennon —— Menlove Ave. ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Your Funeral…My Trial ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1986
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— American Dream ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Grand Funk Railroad —— Grand Funk Railroad ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Bon Jovi —— Keep The Faith ► Arena Rock >> 1992
Rage Against The Machine —— Rage Against The Machine ► Rap-Metal >> 1992
Angra —— Angels Cry ► Heavy Metal/Brazilian Metal >> 1993
Front Line Assembly —— [FLA]vour Of The Week ► Industrial Rock >> 1997
Beck —— Mutations ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Bee Gees —— One Night Only ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Vintersorg —— Cosmic Genesis ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 2000


Nov 04

The Rolling Stones —— Got Live If You Want It! ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
The Allman Brothers Band —— The Allman Brothers Band ► Southern Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— Man Of Words/Man Of Music ► Glam Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— The Man Who Sold The World ► Glam Rock >> 1970
Passport —— Hand Made ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1973
The Temptations —— House Party ► Soul – Motown >> 1975
Jean-Luc Ponty —— Imaginary Voyage ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Rod Stewart —— Foot Loose & Fancy Free ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Ramones —— Rocket To Russia ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Black Sabbath —— Mob Rules ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Paul Simon —— Hearts And Bones ► Folk-Pop >> 1983
Hawkwind —— This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic ► Space Rock >> 1984
Hawkwind —— Anthology, Vol. 1 ► Space Rock >> 1985
Barbra Streisand —— The Broadway Album ► Easy Listening >> 1985
The Clash —— Cut The Crap ► Punk >> 1985
The Pretenders —— Get Close ► Post-Punk >> 1986
Megadeth —— Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
They Might Be Giants —— They Might Be Giants ► Alt. Rock >> 1986
Sinead O’Connor —— The Lion And The Cobra ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Aphex Twin —— Richard D. James Album ► Eletronica – Dark Ambient >> 1996
Bad Manners —— Heavy Petting ► Ska Revival >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Philadelphia ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Harmonia —— Tracks And Traces ► Krautrock/Kosmische Musik >> 1997
Evanescence —— Origin ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2000
The Allman Brothers Band —— Peakin’ At The Beacon ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan —— Afterglow ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits 2 ► Album Rock >> 2003
Coldplay —— Live 2003 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2003
Stephen Stills —— Turnin’ Back The Pages ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Lou Reed —— Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse ► Hard Rock >> 2008
ZZ Top —— Live From Texas ► Blues-Rock >> 2008


Nov 05

Manfred Mann —— Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Status Quo —— Dog Of Two Head ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Elton John —— Madman Across The Water ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Europe ’72 ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— A Kiss In The Dreamhouse ► Post-Punk >> 1982
Alison Moyet —— Alf ► New Wave Synth-pop >> 1984
Phil Collins —— Serious Hits…Live! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon’s Concert In The Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1991
My Bloody Valentine —— Loveless ► Indie Rock >> 1991
Johnny Cash —— Unchained ► Classic Country >> 1996
The Clean —— Unknown Country ► Post-Punk >> 1996
New Order —— Back To Mine ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2002
Little Feat —— Live At The Rams Head ► Southern Rock >> 2002
David Gray —— A New Day at Midnight ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Wallflowers —— Red Letter Days ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002


Nov 06

The Cars —— Shake It Up ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Tonight I’m Yours ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Absolutely Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
The Pointer Sisters —— Break Out ► Electro-dance-pop >> 1983
Stevie Wonder —— Characters ► Pop-R&B >> 1987
Various Artists —— Less Than Zero [Sndtrk] ► Various >> 1987
N.W.A. —— N.W.A. And The Posse ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
The Pogues —— Hell’s Ditch ► Post-Punk/College Rock >> 1990
Steve Winwood —— Refugees Of The Heart ► Album Rock >> 1990
Gram Parsons —— Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969 ► Country-Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 30 – November 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 30
1939 ● Eddie Holland → With brother Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, one third of the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, co-wrote dozens of hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board and others, producer and solo artist, “Jamie” (#30, R&B #6, 1962)
1939 ● Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing) → Singer, songwriter and lead vocals for 60s psych-rock The Great Society, then Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967) and 70s/80s arena rock Jefferson Starship, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” (#1, 1987)
1941 ● Otis “Big Daddy” Williams → Co-founder and baritone for The Elgins, which became R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965), still performs with the group as the only original member
1945 ● Henry Winkler → Emmy-winning TV actor, “The Fonz” on Happy Days, director and producer
1946 ● Chris Slade (Christopher Rees) → Welsh drummer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), also played or toured with Gary Moore, The Firm, AC/DC, Uriah Heep and others
1947 ● Timothy B. Schmit → Folk then country-rock bassist, first with Poco, left in 1977 to join Eagles, “New Kid In Town” (#1, 1977), sessions and solo, “Boys Night Out” (#25, 1987)
1949 ● David Green → Bassist in Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1960 ● Byron Burke → Vocals in R&B/house urban-dance Ten City, “Right Back To You” (Dance #1, 1989)
1960 ● Joey Belladonna (Joseph Belladini) → Lead singer for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993), solo
1962 ● Geoff Beauchamp → Guitarist in Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, “Cross My Heart” (Dance/Club #10, 1988)
1963 ● Jerry DeBorg → Guitarist in techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Gavin Rossdale → Lead singer and rhythm guitar for alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) and Institute, “Bullet-Proof Skin” (Mainstream Rock #26, 2005), solo, married to Gwen Stefani
1969 ● Snow (Darrin O’Brien) → Juno Award-winning Canadian reggae-rapper, “The Informer” (#1, 1993)
1970 ● Tommy Walter → Co-founder, bassist and songwriter for indie rock Eels, “Novacaine For The Soul” (Modern Rock #1, 1997), then founded alt-rock Abandoned Pools, “The Remedy” (Modern Rock #27, 2002)
1973 ● Maurizio Lobina → Keyboards for Italian dance-pop trio Eiffel 65, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (#6, 1999)
1976 ● Kassidy Lorraine Osborn → Vocals in country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)

Oct 31
1926 ● Sir Jimmy Savile → Radio DJ, dance hall manager, music impresario, actor, TV host, first (1964) and last (2006) host of BBC’s Top of the Pops program, died on 10/29/2011 from pneumonia
1937 ● Tom Paxton → Greenwich Village folk singer and songwriter, “The Last Thing On My Mind” (1964) and the children’s song “Goin’ To The Zoo” (1964), still touring and recording in the 10s
1940 ● Eric Griffiths → Guitarist in the original lineup of skiffle/rock ‘n’ roll band The Quarrymen, precursor to The Beatles, left in 1958 to join the Merchant Navy, died on 1/29/2005 from pancreatic cancer
1945 ● Russ Ballard → Guitarist and songwriter in hard/art rock Argent, wrote “God Gave Rock And Roll To You” (1973), solo career and songwriter for other artists, including Three Dog Night‘s “Liar” (#7, 1971) and Hot Chocolate‘s “So You Win Again” (#31, 1977)
1952 ● Bernard Edwards → Bassist, co-founder, co-writer and producer for top R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), producer for ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart, died on 4/18/1996 from pneumonia
1952 ● Tony Bowers → Bassist for Brit blues-rock Blind Eye, punk rock Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, and soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Larry Mullen. Jr. → Drummer for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Johnny Marr (John Martin Maher) → Guitarist and songwriter for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984), post-punk supergroup Electronic, “Getting Away With It” (Dance/Club #7, 1990), The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs
1963 ● Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) → Drummer and songwriter in theatrical rock King Diamond, left in 1992 to join punk-metal Motörhead, “Born To Raise Hell” (UK #47, 1994)
1964 ● Colm O’Ciosoig → Drummer for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1965 ● Annabella Luin (Myint Myint Aye) → Vocals in New Wave Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy” (#22, 1982)
1966 ● Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) → Guitarist and rapper in hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1967 ● Adam Schlesinger → Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist in power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1968 ● Al Mackenzie → Multi-instrumentalist in techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993)
1968 ● Alistair McErlaine → Guitarist in Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1968 ● Vanilla Ice (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Ice Ice Baby” (first hip hop single to hit #1, 1990)
1970 ● Malin “Linn” Berggren → Vocals in Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1980 ● Charles Moniz → Canadian drummer for hardcore punk rock Grade, later bassist for Avril Lavigne band
1981 ● Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. → Rhythm guitarist and vocalist in 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006), vocals for Leathermouth
1982 ● Gabriela Irimia → Romanian singer with her twin sister Monica in one hit wonder dance-pop duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK #2, 2002)
1982 ● Monica Irimia → Romanian singer with her twin sister Gabriella in one hit wonder dance-pop duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK #2, 2002)

Nov 01
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” (#1, 1966), died on 11/5/1989 after being in a coma for a year following a shooting in an attempted robbery
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK #1, 1973)
1944 ● Richard S. “Kinky” Freidman → The “Jewish Cowboy,” irreverent country-rock satirist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys, novelist, journalist and would-be politician
1946 ● Rick Grech (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), supertrio Blind Faith (US #1 album Blind Faith, 1969), Traffic, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, died on 3/17/1990 from alcohol-related kidney failure
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings, including The Bee Gees, Michael Bublé, Clay Aiken, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and many others
1950 ● Dan Peek → Multi-instrumental singer and songwriter for folk-pop America, wrote “Lonely People” (#5, 1974), then Contemporary Christian pop music, died in his sleep on 7/24/2011
1951 ● Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan) → Founding member, saxophonist, songwriter and singer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → Guitarist for pop-rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-pop singer/songwriter, “Give Me Back My Heart” (Country #13, 1987), three-time Grammy Award winner, former husband of actress Julia Roberts
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Bassist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1962 ● Mags Kuruholmen → Guitar and keyboards for Norwegian synth-pop A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Drummer for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), lost his left arm in an auto accident in England in 1984 but continued with custom-constructed acoustic and electronic drumkits
1966 ● Willie D (William Dennis) → Vocals in controversial gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo, “Dear God” (Rap #4, 2002)
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards and percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK #10, 1989)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → Backing vocals in Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), stage actress

Nov 02
1937 ● Earl “Speedo” Carroll → Singer and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, “Speedo” (#17, R&B #3, 1955), left in 1963 to join The Coasters and performed with the group through the 80s, now on the oldies circuit
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1941 ● Jay Black (David Blatt) → Lead vocals and de facto frontman for clean-cut, pop-rock vocal group Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Keith Emerson → Influential and accomplished progressive rock keyboardist for 60s Brit prog rock The Nice, “America” (1968), founding member of prog rock supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer, “Lucky Man” (#48, 1971), solo
1945 ● John David “J.D.” Souther → Country-rock singer and songwriter, session musician and producer for Linda Ronstadt, co-wrote hits for the Eagles, including “New Kid In Town” (#1, 1977), member of the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, solo “You’re Only Lonely” (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Leonard “Chip” Hawkes → Bass and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of pop singer Chesney Hawkes
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul singer, “Right Back Where We Started From” (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Fred Fairbrass → Guitarist for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Drummer for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian singer and songwriter, started as country-pop and shifted to adult contemporary and dance-pop, “Constant Craving” (#38, Adult Contemporary #2, 1992)
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Bassist in hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Drummer in electronic/acid-house 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK#10, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → Vocals in a capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu → Bassist for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist and songwriter for indie power pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Chris Walla → Guitarist for indie pop-rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)
1978 ● Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Grammy-winning hip hop vocalist, “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” (#7, 2000), record producer, music entrepreneur and record label CEO

Nov 03
1933 ● John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Grammy- and Academy Award-winning film score composer for 11 James Bond films and others, including the theme song to Born Free (1966) and the soundtrack to Dances With Wolves (1989), died from a heart attack on 1/30/2011
1941 ● Brian Poole → Lead singer and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), solo, daughters Karen and Shellie formed Alisha’s Attic in the 90’s.
1943 ● Bert Jansch → Scottish acoustic blues and folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, 60s duo with John Renbourn then co-founded folk-rock group Pentangle, “Light Flight” (UK #43, 1970), solo
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist for early Brit rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, survived the 1966 car crash that killed Johnny Kidd, quit The Pirates in 1968 to co-found hard rock Deep Purple, fired in 1969 and pursued a solo career and founded/fronted hard rock Warhorse, Flying Fox and Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee (Thomas De Generes) → Guitarist in blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish pop singer and songwriter, “To Sir With Love” (#1, 1967), actress, TV host, continues performing in 2011
1954 ● Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Singer and frontman for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1983), film and TV actor
1960 ● James Prime → Keyboards for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Guitar and vocals for Brit neo-psychedelic rock Icicle Works, “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” (#37, 1984)
1962 ● Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance-pop singer, “Calling Your Name” (UK #4, 1983)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Guitarist in Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles (Roberto Concina) → Italian dream-house DJ, composer, producer and electronica musician, “Children” (Dance/Club #1, 1996)
1976 ● Ras (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Vocals in Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)

Nov 04
1938 ● Harry Elston → Vocalist in Ray Charles‘ backing group The Hi-Fi’s, then co-founder and singer in pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1940 ● Delbert McClinton → Texas blues and country-rock guitarist, harmonica player, singer and songwriter, “Giving It Up For Your Love” (#8, 1980), played on Bruce Channel‘s one hit wonder “Hey Baby” (#1, 1962), wrote “Two More Bottles Of Wine” for Emmylou Harris (Country #1, 1978)
1947 ● Michael Joseph “Mike” Smith → Saxophone for Welsh early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969)
1954 ● Chris Difford → Guitarist, vocalist and lyricist for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1957 ● James Honeyman-Scott → Guitarist, songwriter and founding member of post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982), died on 6/16/1982 from cocaine abuse
1963 ● Lena Hilda Zavaroni → Teen pop shooting star singer, discovered on UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, at 10 years old became the youngest British singer to earn a silver disc, “Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)” (UK #10, 1974), died on 10/1/1999 after years of battling anorexia nervosa
1965 ● Jeff Scott Soto → Puerto Rican-American heavy metal and arena rock vocalist for Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey and solo
1966 ● Kool Rock-ski (Damon Wimbley) → Member of novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), film actor and solo hip hop artist
1970 ● Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy (Sean John Combs) → Producer, Bad Boy Records founder, stage and screen actor, fashion designer, entrepreneur and Grammy-winning rapper, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Shawn Rivera → Co-founder and vocals for contemporary R&B vocal group Az Yet, “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” (#8, 1997), producer, percussionist, session musician
1974 ● Louise Nurding Redknapp → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, UK #3, 1993), then solo, “Naked” (UK #5, 1996)
1977 ● Kavana (Anthony Kavanaugh) → Brit actor, pop singer and songwriter, “I Can Make You Feel Good” (UK #8, 1997)

Nov 05
1931 ● Ike Turner (Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) → Legendary R&B and rock ‘n’ roll bandleader, “Rocket 88” (R&B #1, 1951) and as a duo with then-wife Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” (#4, 1971), died from emphysema on 12/7/2007
1941 ● Art Garfunkel → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer and guitarist in 60s partnership with Paul Simon, then adult contemporary pop solo career, “All I Know” (#9, 1973), film actor in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
1943 ● Pablo Samellhi Gomez → Drummer for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1946 ● Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III) → Legendary and pioneering country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, played in The International Submarine Band, joined The Byrds in 1968 for the seminal Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album, co-founded The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969, issued two solo albums before dying from a heroin overdose on 9/19/1973
1947 ● Peter Noone → Vocals and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Donnie McDougall → Guitarist for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), still performs with the group
1948 ● Peter Hammill → Guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter for progressive/art rock Van Der Graf Generator, left the band in 1971 for solo career, releases solo (as Rikki Nadir) and VDGG reunion albums sporadically through 2008
1950 ● Dennis Provisor → Keyboardist for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1957 ● David Moyse → Guitarist for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Mike Score → Keyboards, guitar and lead singer for bizarrely-teased hair New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Bryan Guy Adams → Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rock power songwriter and balladeer, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (#1, 1991) and 18 other Top 40 hits
1959 ● Ken Coomer → Drummer for alt-metal Clockhammer, joined seminal roots rock trio Uncle Tupelo in 1992, left in 1994 to co-found alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1959 ● Rob Fisher → Keyboards, vocals and songwriting for New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983) and pop-soul Climie Fisher, “Love Changes Everything” (#23, 1988), died on 8/25/1999 following surgery for intestinal cancer
1961 ● David Bryson → Guitarist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● Paris Grey (Shanna Jackson) → Vocals and one half of the house and electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1968 ● Mark Hunter → Keyboards for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1971 ● Jon Greenwood → Guitar and keyboards for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1974 ● David Ryan Adams → Alt country-rock singer and songwriter, “New York, New York” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2002) and with country-rock The Cardinals
1975 ● Lisa Scott-Lee → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK #14, 1997)
1985 ● Kate Jenna DeAraugo → Australian singer, winner of the third season of Australian Idol in 2005, solo, “Maybe Tonight” (Australia #1, 2005) then joined pre-fab dance-pop girl group Young Divas
1987 ● Kevin Jonas → Singer in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), TV actor

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Albums Released This Week (October 24 – 30)

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):


Oct 24

Grateful Dead —— Grateful Dead (Live Skull & Roses) ► Country-Rock >> 1971
John Lennon —— Shaved Fish ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Roxy Music —— Siren ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Cheap Trick —— All Shook Up ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Organisation ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Billy Idol —— Don’t Stop ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Stryper —— To Hell With The Devil ► Heavy Metal/Christian >> 1986
Dead Can Dance —— The Serpent’s Egg ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
Silver Jews —— Starlite Walker ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1994
The Pretenders —— The Isle Of View ► Post-Punk >> 1995
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— It’s A Mystery ► Album Rock >> 1995
Simply Red —— Life ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
The Smashing Pumpkins —— Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Anthrax —— Stomp 442 ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1995
Linkin Park —— Hybrid Theory ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Christina Aguilera —— My Kind Of Christmas ► Dance-Pop >> 2000


Oct 25

Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Pink Floyd —— Ummagumma ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Chicago —— At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) ► Jazz-Rock >> 1971
The Doors —— Other Voices ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Jeff Beck —— Rough And Ready ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Poco —— A Good Feelin’ to Know ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Natty Dread ► Roots Reggae >> 1974
Paul Simon —— Still Crazy After All These Years ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Al Di Meola —— Land Of The Midnight Sun ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Joe Walsh —— You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Aretha Franklin —— Aretha ► Soul >> 1980
The Cars —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Howard Jones —— One To One ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
The Traveling Wilburys —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Frank Zappa —— You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 ► Art Rock >> 1988
Joni Mitchell —— Turbulent Indigo ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Madonna —— Bedtime Stories ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits ► Album Rock >> 1994
Common Sense —— Resurrection ► Underground Rap >> 1994
Madonna —— Evita [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 1996
The Brian Jones Massacre —— Thank God For Mental Illness ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Faithless —— Sunday 8PM/Saturday 3AM ► Trip-hop/Dance >> 1999
Bette Midler —— Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook ► Female Vocalist >> 2005
Aerosmith —— Rockin’ The Joint ► Hard Rock >> 2005


Oct 26

Sam & Dave —— Soul Men ► Soul >> 1967
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye —— Diana & Marvin ► Soul >> 1973
Neil Diamond —— Serenade ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Fall —— Dragnet ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1979
Pat Benatar —— In The Heat Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1979
J. Geils Band —— Freeze-Frame ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
Gary Numan —— Berserker ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1984
Meat Loaf —— Live At Wembley ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Hooters —— Zig Zag ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Velvet Underground —— Live MCMXCIII ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
10,000 Maniacs —— MTV Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
The Cure —— Paris ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blur —— The Special Collectors Edition ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
Napalm Death —— Words From The Exit Wound [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1998
Akinyele —— Aktapuss ► Dirty Rap >> 1999
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Looking Forward ► Folk-Rock >> 1999


Oct 27

Ten Years After —— Ten Years After ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Johnny Winter —— Second Winter ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
Ten Years After —— A Space In Time ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Stevie Wonder —— Talking Book ► Pop-R&B >> 1972
Angel —— Angel ► Heavy Metal >> 1975
Bobby Womack —— Safety Zone ► Smooth Soul >> 1975
Motörhead —— Bomber ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Hawkwind —— Levitation ► Space Rock >> 1980
Ringo Starr —— Stop And Smell The Roses ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Prince —— 1999 ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
George Harrison —— Gone Troppo ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bob Dylan —— Infidels ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Celtic Frost —— To Mega Therion ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
XTC —— Skylarking ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Robbie Robertson —— Robbie Robertson ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Neil Young —— Harvest Moon ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Loves You ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1992
AC/DC —— Live ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Michael Nesmith —— Tropical Campfires ► Country-Rock >> 1992
John Lennon —— Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of JoHn Lennon ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simon & Garfunkel —— Old Friends ► Folk-Pop >> 1997
The Afghan Whigs —— 1965 ► Post-Punk >> 1998
Bryan Adams —— On A Day Like Today ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
R.E.M. —— Up ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Haunted —— Made Me Do It ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 2000
Stephen Stills —— Live At Shepherd’s Bush ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Spandau Ballet —— Once More ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 2009


Oct 28

The Kinks —— Face To Face ► British Rock >> 1966
Neil Young —— Decade ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Rush —— Hemispheres ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Re-ac-tor ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Bob Dylan —— Biograph ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Oingo Boingo —— Dead Man’s Party ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1985
Iron Maiden —— Somewhere In Time ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Deborah Harry —— Def, Dumb & Blonde ► New Eave Dance-Pop >> 1989
Richard Marx —— Rush Street ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1991
Genesis —— We Can’t Dance ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Bob Dylan —— World Gone Wrong ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Millencolin —— Tiny Toons ► Euro-punk >> 1994
The Beatles —— Anthology 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Michael McDonald —— Blue Obsession ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Kiss —— Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions ► Hard Rock >> 1997
The Aquabats —— The Fury Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 1997
Dave Matthews Band —— Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live in Koln ► Prog Rock >> 1997
The Moody Blues —— December ► Prog Rock >> 2003
The Cure —— 4:13 Dream ► Post-Punk >> 2008


Oct 29

The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ Safari ► Hot Rod >> 1962
Neil Diamond —— The Feel Of Neil Diamond ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
The Byrds —— Ballad Of Easy Rider ► Country-Rock >> 1969
Dave Mason —— It’s Like You Never Left ► Prog Rock >> 1973
David Bowie —— David Live ► Glam Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Zoot Allures ► Art Rock >> 1976
ABBA —— Greatest Hits Vol. 2 ► Euro-Pop >> 1979
Neil Young —— Hawks & Doves ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Pat Benatar —— Get Nervous ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Bryan Adams —— Reckless ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Welcome To The Pleasuredome ► New Wave Club/Dance >> 1984
Rush —— Power Windows ► Arena Rock >> 1985
The Beautiful South —— Choke ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1990
Freddie Jackson —— Do Me Again ► Soul >> 1990
Paul McCartney —— Tripping The Live Fantastic ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP [US] ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
The New York Rock And Soul Revue —— Live At The Beacon ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Big Daddy Kane —— Prince Of Darkness ► Golden Age Rap >> 1991
Wilco —— Being There ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1996
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Greatest Hits Live ► Soul-Funk >> 1996
Ghostface Killah —— Ironman ► Rap-soul >> 1996
Yes —— Keys To The Ascension ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Nirvana —— Nirvana ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2002


Oct 30

The Temptations —— The Temptations Christmas Card ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Elton John —— Tumbleweed Connection ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
The Who —— Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy ► British Rock >> 1971
Pink Floyd —— Meddle ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Stevie Wonder —— Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants ► Pop-R&B >> 1979
Spandau Ballet —— Journeys To Glory ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 1981
Mercyful Fate —— Melissa ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Anthrax —— Spreading The Disease ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1985
George Michael —— Faith ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Joe Satriani —— Flying In A Blue Dream ► Instrumental >> 1989
Wet Wet Wet —— Holding Back The River ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1989
Jimmy Buffett —— Feeding Frenzy ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Roxy Music —— Heart Still Beating ► Prog Rock >> 1990
Big Daddy Kane —— Taste Of Chocolate ► Golden Age Rap >> 1990
Pulp —— Different Class ► Britpop >> 1995
Blur —— Blur: The Best Of ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2000
Michael Jackson —— Invincible ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Eagles —— Long Road Out Of Eden ► Country-Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → With sister Inez, one half of the one hit wonder R&B/soul duo Inez & Charlie Foxx, “Mockingbird” (#7, 1963), died from leukemia on 9/18/1998
1940 ● Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich → Brill Building pop music songwriter, singer and producer, wrote or co-wrote (often with husband Jeff Barry) multiple hit songs, including “Be My Baby” for The Ronettes (#2, 1963) and “Chapel Of Love” for The Dixie Cups (#1, 1964), died of a heart attack on 8/26/2009
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → With brother Gerry Marsden, co-founder and drummer with Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964), left music in the late 60s to open a driving school, died on 12/9/2006
1942 ● Greg Ridley → Co-founder and bassist for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, left in 1969 to co-found Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972) and “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972), left music in 1975 but returned for Humble Pie reunions after 2001, died of pneumonia on 11/19/2003
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → With sister Rosa Lee Hawkins and cousin Joan Marie Johnson, vocals in 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1949 ● Michael “Würzel” Burston → Guitarist for early punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), left the band for solo career, died from heart disease on 7/9/2011
1953 ● Pauline Black → Vocals in New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1954 ● Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares → Vocals in five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Grammy-winning, pioneering roots-country singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Streets Of Bakersfield” (Country #1, 1988) and 13 other Country Top 10 hits
1957 ● Kelly Marie (Jacqueline McKinnon) → Scottish R&B/disco-pop vocalist, “Feels Like I’m In Love” (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic → Grammy-winning comedian, multi-instrumentalist and song parodist, “Eat It” (#12, 1984) parodying Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” and “White & Nerdy” (#9, 2006) parodying “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Bassist in thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “I’ll Hate You Better” (Mainstream Rock #34, 1993) and side project funk-metal Infectious Grooves, joined Ozzy Osbournes band in 1994 and Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → Vocals in a capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Guitarist in Brit-pop rockers Embrace, “Gravity” (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

Oct 24
1911 ● Sonny Terry (Saunders Terrell) → Blues and folk harmonica player, developed the “whoopin'” style, session man for Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others, Broadway and TV actor, died of natural causes on 3/11/1986
1930 ● The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, Jr.) → Booming voiced early rock ‘n’ roll DJ, singer and bandleader, “Chantilly Lace” (#6, 1958), died along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in an Iowa plane crash on the night of 2/3/1959
1936 ● Bill Wyman (William George Perks) → Three-decade bassist for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar” (#1, 1971), issued solo albums in the 70s, co-founded supergroup Willie And The Poor Boys in the 80s, quit The Stones and now fronts The Rhythm Kings featuring Albert Lee and Peter Frampton
1937 ● Santo Farina → Steel guitarist in Italian-American one hit wonder brother duo Santo & Johnny, pop-rock guitar instrumental “Sleepwalk” (#1, 1959)
1944 ● Bettye Swann (Betty Jean Champion) → One hit wonder R&B/Southern soul singer, “Make Me Yours” (#21, R&B #1, 1967), now a retired teacher
1944 ● Robbie Van Leeuwen → Guitar and backing vocals in Dutch one hit wonder pop-rock Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970)
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Singer, guitarist and vocal arranger in folk-sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967), then record producer for Van Morrison, Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen and others
1946 ● Jerry Edmonton (Gerald McCrohan) → Drummer in Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Robert Edgar Broughton → Singer, guitarist and frontman for Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1948 ● Barry Ryan (Sapherson) → Singer with identical twin brother in pop Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), solo, “Eloise” (UK #1, 1968), currently a professional photographer
1948 ● Paul Ryan (Sapherson) → Singer and songwriter with identical twin brother in pop Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), wrote his brother’s solo hit, “Eloise” (UK #1, 1968), died of cancer on 11/29/1992
1948 ● Terence Dale “Buffin” Griffin → Drummer in early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), producer for The Cult, Hanoi Rocks, Nirvana and others, including BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel
1962 ● Debbie Googe → Bassist for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1969 ● Rob Green → Drummer in blue-eyed soul revival and trad rock Toploader, “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK #7, 2000)
1970 ● Alonza Bevan → Bassist for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1970 ● Edward Daniel “Eds” Chesters → Drummer for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1978 ● Sabrina Washington → Lead vocals in “UK urban” R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, “One Night Stand” (Dance/Club #4, 2004), solo and TV actress
1979 ● Ben Gillies → Co-founder and drummer for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1980 ● Monica (Arnold) → R&B/urban contemporary singer, “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” (#7, R&B #1, 1995) and seven other Top 10 hits
1983 ● Adrienne Bailon → Hip hop soul and R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001) and Disney pre-fab dance-pop Cheetah Girls, “Strut” (#53, 2006), TV host and film actress
1986 ● Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) → Canadian R&B/hip hop vocalist, “Find Your Love” (#5, 2010) and six other Top 40 hits, TV actor

Oct 25
1941 ● Helen Reddy → Aussie TV actress and light pop/adult contemporary singer, eleven Top 20 hits in the 70s including the Grammy-winning “I Am Woman” (#1, 1971)
1944 ● Jon Anderson (John Roy Anderson) → Keyboards, songwriter, lead vocals and founding member of archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes (“Roundabout,” #13, 1971) and various off-shoots and side projects through the 00s, plus solo work (“Cage Of Freedom,” Mainstream Rock #17, 1984) and collaborations
1944 ● Taffy Nivert Danoff → Vocals in one hit wonder light pop-rock Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (#1, 1976)
1946 ● John Hall → Drummer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Glenn Tipton → Lead guitarist for popular and influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” (#67, Mainstream Rock #4, 1982) plus the 2009 Grammy-winning album Dissident Aggressor
1950 ● Chris Norman → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for glam-pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977), left in 1982 for solo career, “Midnight Lady” (Germany #1, 1986)
1951 ● Richard Lloyd → Guitar and vocals for early and influential punk-rock Television, “Marquee Moon” (1977), solo, producer and guitar teacher
1956 ● Matthias Jabs → Guitarist in German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984), still with the band in 2010
1957 ● Robbie McIntosh → Session guitarist and bandleader, played in The Pretenders (“Back On The Chain Gang,” #5, 1983) from 1982 to 1987 and Paul McCartney‘s Wings in the 90s
1960 ● Christina Amphlett → Vocals for Aussie power pop Divinyls, “I Touch Myself” (#4, 1991)
1961 ● Pat Sharp (Patrick Sharpin) → Brit TV host and radio DJ (BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Radio Mercury)
1962 ● Chad Smith → Drummer in funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1963 ● John Leven → Bassist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1965 ● Nick Thorpe → Bassist for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Speech (Todd Thomas) → Vocals and MC for African-centric, progressive hip hop/funk-soul-blues Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992), solo
1970 ● Lloyd Edward “Ed” Robertson → Guitarist for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1981 ● Jerome Isaac “Romeo” then “Young Rome” Jones → Rapper, singer for L.A. pre-teen R&B/pop-rap Immature, “Never Lie” (#5, 1994), then name change to Imx, “Stay The Night” (#23, 1999), actor
1984 ● Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) → Contemporary dance-club/pop-rock singer and songwriter, “I Kissed A Girl” (#1, 2008), TV and voice actress
1985 ● Ciara Princess Harris → The “First Lady of Crunk & B,” contemporary R&B/soul-pop dancer and vocalist, “Goodies” (#1, 2004), actress and fashion model

Oct 26
1911 ● Mahalia Jackson → The “Queen of Gospel,” vastly influential gospel superstar singer, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” (#69, 1958), three-time Grammy winner, civil rights activist and philanthropist, died from heart failure on 1/27/1972
1929 ● Neal Matthews → Vocals in country-gospel-pop backing quartet The Jordanaires, recorded with Elvis Presley (1957-1972), Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, Merle Haggard and others, died of a heart attack on 4/21/2000
1944 ● Michael Piano → Singer in light folk sunshine-pop, two hit wonder vocal trio The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (#9, 1966) and “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970)
1946 ● Keith Hopwood → Guitarist in British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1951 ● Maggie Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1951 ● William “Bootsy” Collins → R&B/funk bassist, singer and songwriter, with James Brown band in the 60s and Parliament-Funkadelic in the 70s, frontman for Bootsy’s Rubber Band, “Bootzilla” (R&B #1, 1978)
1952 ● David Was (David Weiss) → Lyricist, keyboardist and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer, music journalist and theme song composer
1953 ● Keith Strickland → Guitars, keyboards and occasional drums for New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1962 ● Steve Wren → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Natalie Merchant → Lead vocals and songwriting for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992), left in 1993 for solo career, “Carnival” (#10, 1995)
1965 ● Judge Jules (Julius O’Riordan) → UK dance music remixer, producer and radio DJ, first with pirate radio Kiss FM and since 1987 with BBC Radio 1 in various time slots
1967 ● Keith Urban → New Zealand-born Nashville contemporary country-pop crossover guitarist, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner, “Sweet Thing” (#30, Country #1, 2008)
1978 ● Mark Barry → Vocals for short-lived teen pop-rock trio BBMak, “Back Here” (#13, 2000), now a personal fitness trainer
1981 ● Guy Sebastian → Australian adult contemporary/soul-pop singer/songwriter, winner of the first Australian Idol series, “Angels Brought Me Here” (Australian #1, 2003)

Oct 27
1942 ● Melvin Lee Greenwood → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “God Bless The USA” (Country #7, 1984) re-released in October 2001 (#16, Country #16, 2001) and 18 other Country Top 10 singles plus a Grammy Award
1948 ● Byron Allred → Keyboards in blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1949 ● Gary Tallent → Bassist in Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band bassist, producer, sessions, record company executive
1951 ● Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, Jr. → Lead guitarist for popular and influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” (#67, Mainstream Rock #4, 1982) plus the 2009 Grammy-winning album Dissident Aggressor
1953 ● Peter Dodd → Guitarist with New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1956 ● Hazell Dean (Poole) → Brit dance-pop singer and H-NRG artist, “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)” (Dance/Club #8, 1983) and two other Dance/Club Top 20 hits
1958 ● Simon LeBon → Lead singer and lyricist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982), still recording in 2011
1967 ● Scott Weiland → Vocals for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994)
1984 ● Kelly Osbourne → Reality TV actress, socialite and teen-pop-rock singer, “Papa Don’t Preach” (Mainstream Rock #25, UK #3, 2002), daughter of metal superstar Ozzy and manager-wife Sharon Osbourne, fashion designer, TV judge and host

Oct 28
1927 ● Cleo Laine (Clementine Dinah Campbell) → Grammy-winning, highly-regarded jazz-pop scat vocalist in husband Johnny Dankworth‘s Big Band and as a solo performer, “You’ll Answer To Me” (UK #5, 1961), stage actress
1936 ● Charlie Daniels → Country and Southern rock legend, bandleader, guitarist and fiddler, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (#3, 1979) with albums and singles in six decades from 1961
1937 ● Graham Bond → Early and important but underappreciated Brit R&B/blues-rock musician, first with Blues Incorporated, fronted the Graham Bond Organization with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, committed suicide on 5/8/1974 by throwing himself in front of a London tube train
1941 ● Curtis Lee → Early pop-rock ‘n’ roll one hit wonder singer, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (#7, 1961)
1941 ● Hank Marvin (Brian Robson Rankin) → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1942 ● Raymond Steinberg → Baritone for blue-eyed soul/doo wop the Reflections, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964)
1945 ● Wayne Fontana (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock band The Mindbenders, “Game Of Love” (#1, 1965), then solo, “Pamela Pamela” (UK #11, 1967), still performing on the oldies circuit
1947 ● George Glover → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1948 ● Telma Louise Hopkins → TV sitcom actress and former light-pop backing vocalist in Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 20 hits
1957 ● Stephen Morris → Drummer for post-punk Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Dance/Club #42, UK #13, 1980), then New Wave electro-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance/Club #5, 1983) and The Other Two, “Selfish” (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1958 ● William Reid → Guitarist, composer and lead singer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1959 ● Neville Henry → Saxophone in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Steven Randall “Little Randy” Jackson → Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and youngest member of R&B/pop-soul brother act The Jackson 5, co-wrote “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” (#6, 1979)
1970 ● Douglas “S.A.” Vincent Martinez → Singer and turntablist for alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, “All Mixed Up” (Modern Rock #4, 1996)

Oct 29
1944 ● Denny Laine (Brian F. A. Hines) → First lead guitarist and vocals for The Moody Blues, “Go Now” (#10, 1965), left to join Ginger Baker’s Air Force and then Paul McCartney‘s Wings, “Band On The Run” (#1, 1974), solo since the early 80s
1945 ● Melba Moore (Beatrice Melba Smith) → R&B/soul-disco singer, “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” (Dance/Club #2, 1982), Tony Award-winning Broadway stage actress
1946 ● Peter Green (Greenbaum) → Blues-rock guitarist and songwriter, replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1966, co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 as a blues-rock band, wrote “Oh Well” (#55, UK #2, 1969) and other early hits, left in 1970 and suffered psychiatric problems through the 70s, returned to limited collaborations and sessions in the 80s , ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1948 ● Ricky Lee “Ricochet” Reynolds → Guitarist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973)
1951 ● David Paton → Scottish bassist, singer and songwriter with soft pop-rock Pilot, wrote “Magic” (#1, 1974), solo and session work
1954 ● Stephen Luscombe → Multi-instrumentalist in New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1955 ● Kevin Dubrow → Co-founder and lead singer in heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1984), died from a cocaine overdose on 11/25/2007
1955 ● Roger O’Donnell → Session keyboardist with New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twin, Berlin and The Psychedelic Furs, in 1987 joined post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Love Song” (#2, 1989) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, solo
1962 ● Einar Orn Benediktsson → Vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Peter Timmins → Drummer in Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1969 ● Roni Size (Ryan Owen Granville Williams) → Brit record producer and DJ, founder and frontman for hip hop drum and bass act Reprazent, Mercury Music Prize-winning album New Forms (1997)
1970 ● Toby Smith → Keyboards in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999), currently manager and producer for indie pop The Hoosiers, “Worried About Ray” (UK #5, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (October 17 – 23)

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):


Oct 17

The Rolling Stones —— 12X5 ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
The Easybeats —— Vigil ► British Invasion >> 1968
The Jazz Crusaders —— Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes ► Jazz Fusion >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Street Survivors ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Dire Straits —— Making Movies ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1980
Various Artists —— The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Stacey Q —— Better Than Heaven ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Steve Earle —— Copperhead Road ► Alt. Country >> 1988
R.E.M. —— Eponymous ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Waterboys —— Fisherman’s Blues ► Folk-Rock/Celtic >> 1988
Anita Baker —— Giving You The Best That I Got ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Suicidal Tendencies —— Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit…Déjà Vu ► Punk Metal >> 1989
Kiss —— Hot In The Shade ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Belinda Carlisle —— Runaway Horses ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Kate Bush —— The Sensual World ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Yngwie Malmsteen —— Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Stacey Lattisaw —— What You Need ► Quiet Storm >> 1989
Skyclad —— The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth ► Heavy Metal/Folk Metal >> 1991
Jamiroquai —— The Return Of The Space Cowboy [UK] ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Steely Dan —— Alive In America ► Jazz-Rock >> 1995
Luis Miguel —— El Concierto ► Latin Pop >> 1995
2Pac —— The Rose That Grew From Concrete ► Spoken Word Rap >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan —— Wintersong ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Oct 18

Cactus —— Restrictions ► Hard Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
The Jacksons —— Goin’ Places ► Soul/disco >> 1977
Hawkwind —— Sonic Attack ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Rock ‘N Soul Part !: Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Carpenters —— Voice Of The Heart ► Easy Listening >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Them Or Us ► Art Rock >> 1984
The Cult —— Love ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Big Thing ► Synth-Pop >> 1988
Sonic Youth —— Daydream Nation ► Indie Rock >> 1988
Martika —— Martika ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Paul Simon —— Negotiations And Love Songs 1971 – 1986 ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
The Smithereens —— 11 ► College Rock >> 1989
The Bangles —— Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Insane Clown Posse —— Carnival Of Carnage ► Indie/Midwest Hip Hop >> 1992
Carcass —— Heartwork [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
B*Witched —— Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group >> 1999
Westlife —— Flying Without Wings ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 1999
Alcazar —— Casino ► Euro Dance-Pop >> 2000
Bryan Adams —— Anthology ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Depeche Mode —— Playing The Angel ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2005
Stevie Wonder —— A Time To Love ► Pop-Soul >> 2005


Oct 19

Elvis Presley —— The Real Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
The Kingston Trio —— Here We Go Again! ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beach Boys —— Beach Boys Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Simon & Garfunkel —— Wednesday Morning, 3 AM ► Folk-Pop >> 1964
Cass Elliott —— Dream A Little Dream ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock >> 1968
The James Gang —— Straight Shooter ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
The Wailers —— Burnin’ ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
America —— Hat Trick ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
David Bowie —— Pin Ups ► Glam Rock >> 1973
The Who —— Quadrophenia ► British Rock >> 1973
Styx —— Cornerstone ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Damn The Torpedoes ► Album Rock >> 1979
Prince —— Prince ► Funk >> 1979
Fleetwood Mac —— Tusk ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS —— Underneath The Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Fates Warning —— The Sprectre Within ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
INXS —— Kick ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Roxette —— Look Sharp! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Salt-N-Pepa —— Blacks’ Magic ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
The Cure —— Mixed Up ► Post-Punk >> 1990
The Traveling Wilburys —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Mötley Crüe —— Decade Of Decadence ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Julian Cope —— Jehovahkill ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Rush —— Counterparts ► Arena Rock >> 1993
Black Moon —— Enta Da Stage ► East Coast Rap >> 1993
Jesse Colin Young —— Makin’ It Real ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Alexis Korner —— Mellow Yellow ► Blues-Rock >> 1993
Santana —— Sacred Fire: Live From South America ► Jazz Fusion >> 1993
Pearl Jam —— Vs. ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Talisman —— Humanimal (Part 2) ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Billie Piper —— Honey To The B ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Three Dog Night —— 35th Anniversary Hits Collection ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2004
Jimmy Eat World —— Futures ► Post-Grunge >> 2004
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico —— Le Bataclan ’72 ► Art Rock >> 2004
Peter Cetera —— You Just Gotta Love Christmas ► Pop-Rock >> 2004


Oct 20

Elvis Presley —— Roustabout ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
John Lennon & Yoko Ono —— Wedding Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Elvis Presley —— Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Peter Frampton —— Frampton’s Camel ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Somethin’s Happening ► Arena Rock >> 1974
B. J. Thomas —— Reunion ► Country-Pop >> 1975
The Damned —— The Black Album ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
U2 —— Boy ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Donna Summer —— The Wanderer ► Disco >> 1980
The Human League —— Dare! ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Quarterflash —— Quarterflash ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Liverpool ► New Wave Club/Dance >> 1986
Nine Inch Nails —— Pretty Hate Machine ► Industrial Metal >> 1989
Kenny G —— Breathless ► Jazz-Pop >> 1992
Madonna —— Erotica ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Keith Richards —— Main Offender ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Richard Marx —— Greatest Hits ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Sea And Cake —— The Sea And Cake ► Indie Rock/Experimental >> 1994
Gary Numan —— Exile [UK] ► Industrial Rock >> 1997
Aerosmith —— A Little South Of Sanity ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Black Sabbath —— Reunion ► Hard Rock >> 1998
AC/DC —— Black Ice ► Hard Rock >> 2008


Oct 21

Manfred Mann —— As Is ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Bob Dylan —— New Morning ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Mike Oldfield —— Ommadawn ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1975
Meat Loaf —— Bat Out Of Hell ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Beatles —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Genesis —— Seconds Out ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Bobby And The Midnites —— Bobby & The Midnights ► Country-Rock >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Once Upon A Time ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
Jethro Tull —— Original Masters ► Prog Rock >> 1985
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— Polka Party! ► Comedy/Parody >> 1986
Steve Winwood —— Chronicles ► Album Rock >> 1987
Don Dokken —— Up From The Ashes ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1990
Grand Funk Railroad —— Bosnia ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Artension —— Phoenix Rising ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 1997
Little Feat —— Kickin’ It At The Barn ► Southern Rock >> 2003
The Allman Brothers Band —— Live At The Atlanta International Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 ► Southern Rock >> 2003


Oct 22

Donovan —— Fairytale [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin II ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Kiss —— Hotter Than Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Elton John —— Blue Moves ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
The Cure —— Concert: The Cure Live ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Paul McCartney —— Give My Regards To Broad Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller —— Classical Gas ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Ozzy Osbourne —— No Rest For The Wicked ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Pet Shop Boys —— Behavior ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1990
Matthew Sweet —— Girlfriend ► Power Pop >> 1991
Death —— Human ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Phil Collins —— Dance Into The Light ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
The Dillenger Escape Plan —— Under The Running Board ► Heavy Metal/Mathcore >> 1998
The Cranberries —— Wake Up And Smell The Coffee ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Santana —— Shaman ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Ray Davies —— Working Man’s Café ► Pop-Rock >> 2007


Oct 23

Frank Zappa —— Chunga’s Revenge ► Art Rock >> 1970
Genesis —— Trespass ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Al Green —— I’m Still in Love With You ► Soul (Southern) >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— On The Road To Kingdom Come ► Folk-Pop >> 1976
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Almost Blue ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Willie Nelson —— Tougher Than Leather ► Outlaw Country >> 1983
Wham! —— Make It Big ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Iggy Pop —— Blah Blah Blah ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Terence Trent D’Arby —— Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack Of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) ► Pop-R&B >> 1989
Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Deep Purple —— Slaves And Masters ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Ozzy Osbourne —— Ozzmosis ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Neil Young —— Chrome Dreams II ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Heart —— Dreamboat Annie Live ► Album Rock >> 2007
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss —— Raising Sand ► Folk-Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 16 -22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 16
1923 ● Bert Kaempfert (Berthold Kämpfert) → German easy listening/adult pop orchestra leader and composer, “Wonderful By Night” (#1, 1961), wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many others, produced the first Beatles recording session with Tony Sheridan, died on 6/21/1980 after a stroke
1937 ● Emile Ford (Emile Sweetman) → West Indian-born singer, musician and frontman for pre-Beatles pop-rock The Checkmates, “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?” (UK #1 ,1959), short solo career and then record producer
1938 ● Nico (Christa Päffgen) → German singer, model and vocals for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “Femme Fatale” (1967), then proto-goth/folk-rock solo career, died on 7/18/1988 from a brain hemorrhage following a bicycling accident
1942 ● Dave Lovelady → Drummer and singer for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964)
1943 ● Charles Frederick “C.F.” Turner → Bass and vocals for Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974), the only member to play on every album the band released over 25 years
1947 ● Bob “Ace” Weir → Founding member, rhythm guitarist, singer and songwriter for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), solo, bandleader for Kingfish, Ratdog and Bobby & The Midnites, member of Grateful Dead spinoff The Other Ones
1953 ● Tony Carey → Keyboardist in early lineup of hard rock Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, founder and frontman for space rock Planet P Project, “Why Me?” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1983) and solo, “A Fine, Fine Day” (#22, 1984), producer for Jennifer Rush, Joe Cocker, Mark Knopfler and others
1959 ● Gary Kemp → Guitar and keyboards for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983) plus 16 other UK top 40 singles
1962 ● Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) → Bass and vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1965 ● Simon Bartholomew → Founding member, guitar and vocals for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, “Sometimes” (UK #11, 1997)
1969 ● Wendy Wilson → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, “Release Me” (#1, 1990), daughter of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson
1977 ● John Mayer → Light pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, won 2003 Grammy Award for “Your Body Is A Wonderland” (#18, Adult Top 40 #3, 2002)

Oct 17
1909 ● William Randolph “Cozy” Cole → Journeyman but highly regarded jazz-pop and swing drummer from 1930 through the 70s, his instrumental “Topsy, Pt. 2” (#3, R&B #1, 1958) was the first drum solo recording to chart, died on 1/29/1981 from cancer
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie “Jeanine” Deckers) → Belgian-born one hit wonder folk-pop singer and guitarist, as the “Singing Nun” recorded “Dominique” (#1, 1963), died on 3/29/1985 after ingesting an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a girlfriend
1933 ● Floyd Cramer → Country-pop “Nashville Sound” easy listening pianist, session musician for Elvis Presley and other, solo career including the instrumental “The Last Date” (#2, 1960), died of lung cancer on 12/31/1997
1934 ● Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez → Jamaican trombonist with ska revival The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), solo and sessions
1935 ● Michael Eavis → English dairy farmer who founded the Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and on whose land the music festival has occurred annually for over 40 years
1941 ● Alan Howard → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (#11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Guitar, violin, vocals and songwriting in 70s light pop-rock duo Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (#6, 1972) and “Diamond Girl” (#6, 1973)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Lead vocals and frontman for pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968), followed with a modest solo career and now tours with a new lineup of the band
1946 ● James Tucker → First rhythm guitarist for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), left in 1967 following a European tour
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Vocals for sibling trio The Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974), ex-spouse of Goldie Hawn, father of actress Kate Hudson
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk/new traditionalist country star singer and songwriter with 17 Country Top 10 albums and 24 Country #1 hits, including the Grammy-winning “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” (#38, Country #1, 2001)
1962 ● Anne Rogers → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Vote Elvis” (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1967 ● René Dif → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
1968 ● David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley → Five-time Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, solo and as frontman for reggae-pop sibling group The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (#39, 1988), son of reggae legend Bob Marley
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Founding member and counter tenor vocals for teen dance-pop harmony boy band *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Grammy-winning blue-eyed rapper, worldwide #1 album The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and worldwide hit “Lose Yourself” (#1, 2002), producer for Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, DMX, 2Pac and others, award-winning film actor
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor and comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in mock-rock movie band Spinal Tap in the film This Is Spinal Tap
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → Haitian musician, member of R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996), solo, “Gone Till November” (#7, 1998), record producer, announced plans to run in the 2010 Haitian presidential election but withdrew when his bid for candidacy was rejected over residency requirements

Oct 18
1926 ● Charles Edward “Chuck” Berry → Early breakthrough rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, enduring and immortal guitarist, singer and songwriter, “Johnny B. Goode” (#8, 1958) and 13 other Top 40 hits, major influence on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless other rock and pop artists
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → R&B/doo wop bass singer with The Valentines, The Cadillacs and the Deep River Boys, plus session work including a duo with Johnny Cymbal, “Mr. Bass Man” (#16, 1963), now with The Coasters
1943 ● Russ Giguere → Vocals, percussion and guitar in light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966), left briefly for solo career but returned and still tours with the band in 2011
1946 ● Joe Egan → Keyboards and vocals in Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle With You” (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Light folk-jazz-pop singer, guitarist and composer with several acclaimed solo albums, wrote “Eli’s Coming” for Three Dog Night (#10, 1969), “Wedding Bell Blues” for The 5th Dimension (#1, 1969), “And When I Die” for Blood, Sweat & Tears (#2, 1969) and “Stoney End” for Barbra Streisand (#6, 1971), died of ovarian cancer on 4/8/1997
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Guitarist and principal songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote “Take It On The Run” (#5, 1981), left in 1989 for unsuccessful solo career
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Bassist in oddball Brit punk-rock Tenpole Tudor, “Who Killed Bambi” (UK #6, 1979)
1958 ● Denise Dufort → Founding member, vocals and drums for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → Virtuoso jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, one of the “Young Lions” and a major figure in jazz since the 1980s, his album Standard Time, Vol. 1 (1987) is one of five Grammy-winning albums
1966 ● Tim Cross → Bassist in post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1971 ● Mark Morriss → Lead singer for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996), solo
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Guitarist for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Mexican-American smooth rapper, “Suga Suga” (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Bassist for indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop singer, “So Sick” (#1, 2005) and “Miss Independent” (#7, 2008), the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B song
1987 ● Zachary Efron → Actor and singer, “Troy Bolton” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

Oct 19
1940 ● Larry Chance (Figueiredo) → Lead vocals and frontman for white R&B/doo wop The Earls, “Remember Then” (#24, 1963), still performing on the oldies circuit
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → Guitar and vocals in legendary reggae group The Wailers, left in 1974 for solo career, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” (1978), murdered by intruders in his home on 9/11/1987
1944 ● George McCrae → R&B/soul-disco singer and songwriter, “Rock Your Baby” (#1, 1974), Rolling Stone magazine’s #1 song for 1974
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley (Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson) → Grammy-winning country-pop singer, “Harper Valley PTA” (#1, 1968) and six Country Top 10 hits, switched to gospel music in the late 70s
1946 ● Keith Reid → Chief lyricist with prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), theater management executive
1947 ● Wilbert Hart → Vocals in pioneering “Philadelphia Sound” smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, “La-La (Means I Love You)” (#4, 1968), still tours and records with various lineups
1948 ● Patrick Simmons → Guitar and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), only consistent member during the band’s 40-plus year history
1955 ● Nino DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Karl Wallinger → Keyboardist for pop-rock The Waterboys, then guitar and vocals for World Party, “Way Down Now” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), wrote “She’s The One” for Robbie Williams (UK #1, 1999)
1960 ● Daniel “Woody” Woodgate → Drummer for punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1960 ● Jennifer-Yvette Holliday → R&B/pop singer and Tony-winning actress in the stage version of Dreamgirls (1981), won Grammy Award for “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (#22, R&B #1, 1982)
1966 ● Sinitta Renay Malone → Anglo-American R&B/dance-pop singer, “Toy Boy” (Dance/Club #19, UK #4, 2005), sometime stage actress
1972 ● Prakazrel “Pras” Michel → Rapper with R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996), solo, “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mýa (#15, 1998)
1976 ● Pete Loeffler → Lead guitarist and lead singer in alt metal sibling trio Chevelle, “The Clincher” (Mainstream Rock #3, 2005)

Oct 20
1885 ● “Jelly Roll” Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Early and pivotal jazz pianist and composer credited for writing many of the earliest jazz songs, including “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926), died from asthma on 7/10/1941
1937 ● Wanda Jackson → The “Queen of Rockabilly” and later country-pop singer, “Right Or Wrong” (#29, Country #9, 1961) and “Fancy Satin Pillows” (Country #13, 1970)
1939 ● Jay Siegel → Vocals in blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O’Rourke) → The “Golden Girl of British Pop,” child prodigy singer and actress whose meteoric rise to stardom in Britain was followed by a quick descent into bankruptcy and obscurity with five years, “Secret Love” (UK #4, 1963), died of a heart attack on 5/19/2011
1942 ● John Carter (Sheakespeare) → Session musician and founding member of Brit folk-pop trio The Ivy League, “Funny How Love Can Be” (UK #8, 1965), left to write and produce for pre-fab psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), co-wrote “Little Bit O’ Soul” for The Music Explosion (#2, 1967), “Beach Baby” for The First Class (#4, 1974) and other hits
1945 ● Ric Lee → Drummer for British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1949 ● Larry Gonsky → Co-founder and keyboards for one hit wonder pop-rock Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” (#1, 1972)
1950 ● Tom Petty → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for roots rock Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “The Waiting” (#19, Mainstream Rock #1, 1981), solo, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), member of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, “Handle With Care” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1988) and Mudcrutch
1951 ● Al Greenwood → Founding member and keyboardist for British-American arena rock band Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left to form The Spys and session work
1958 ● Mark King → Bass guitar and vocals in jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1958 ● Ricky Byrd → Guitarist with post-punk/hard rock Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (#1, 1982)
1964 ● David Ryan → Drummer in post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Jim “Soni” Sonefeld → Drums and vocals for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995)
1965 ● Norman Blake → Guitar and vocals in Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1971 ● Daniellle Jane “Dannii” Minogue → Aussie pop superstar, actress, model and gay rights activist, “Love And Kisses” (UK Singles #8, Australia #4, 1991) and “Begin To Wonder” (Dance/Club #14, 2003), younger sister of Kylie Minogue
1971 ● Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) → Hugely controversial but successful gangsta rapper, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (#1, 2004) and 8 other Top 40 hits plus multiple Rap Top 10 singles
1977 ● Nicholas Hodgson → Drummer in indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1978 ● Paul Wilson → Bassist for Irish indie-rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie → Highly influential bebop and modern jazz trumpet virtuoso, Grammy-winning soloist and orchestra leader, instrumental in the development of Afro-Cuban jazz, died of pancreatic cancer on 1/6/1993
1925 ● Isaiah “Doctor” Ross → The “Harmonica Boss,” blues/boogie singer and one-man band guitarist, drummer and harmonica player, “Chicago Breakdown” (1953), won Grammy Ward for his album Rare Blues (1981), died on 9/28/1993
1936 ● Sheila Jones → Vocals for English pop non-sister trio The Kaye Sisters, “Ivory Tower” (UK #20, 1956)
1937 ● Norman Wright → Tenor vocals in R&B/doo wop The Del Vikings, “Come Go With Me” (#4, 1957)
1940 ● Jimmy Beaumont → Vocals and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz) → South African keyboards, vocals, songwriter, singer and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), then founded prog/pop-rock Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo and producer
1941 ● Steve “The Colonel” Cropper → Guitarist, songwriter, producer, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962) and The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979), ranks #36 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Country-blues-rock guitarist, first with The Butterfield Blues Band then solo, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (#3, 1976)
1943 ● Ron Elliott → Songwriter and lead guitarist for pop-rock The Beau Brummels, wrote “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964), solo, sessions and production work
1945 ● Kathy YoungOne hit wonder teen-pop singer, “A Thousand Stars” (#3, 1961)
1946 ● Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) → Founding member and lead singer for punk-rock The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns” (Modern Rock #10, 1989), died on 2/4/2009 from a burst artery
1946 ● Lee Loughnane → Founding member, trumpeter and songwriter in horn-pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), continues with the group in a leadership role
1947 ● Tetsu Yamauchi → Bassist for early hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), then for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970)
1952 ● Brent Mydland → Fourth and longest serving keyboardist for Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), died from a drug overdose on 7/26/1990
1953 ● Charlotte Irene Caffey → Singer, songwriter and bassist for New Wave pop-punk girl group The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat”, (#2, 1982), the most successful all-female pop and rock band of all time and the only one to play their own instruments and write their own songs
1954 ● Eric Faulkner → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine) → Punk-folk-pop poet musician and author, frontman for Barnstormer, worked with John Otway and TV Smith
1957 ● Julian Cope → Author, poet, antiquary, musician, electro-pop-psychedelia guitarist and songwriter for The Teardrop Explodes, “Reward” (UK #6, 1981), then solo, “World Shut Your Mouth” (#84, UK #19, 1986)
1957 ● Steve “Luke” Lukather → Guitarist for arena pop-rock Toto, “Hold The Line” (#5, 1978), producer, solo
1959 ● Rose McDowall → Vocals for punk-goth-pop Strawberry Switchblade, “Since Yesterday” (UK #5, 1984)
1961 ● Peter Olsson → Original bassist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1971 ● Jade Jagger → Jewelry designer, jet-set socialite and only child of Mick Jagger and former wife Bianca, half-sister to six other Jagger offspring
1971 ● Tony Mortimer → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits

Oct 22
1939 ● Ray Jones → Early bassist for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964), died 1/22/2009
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Tex-Mex rock ‘n roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought The Law” (#9, 1959), found dead on 7/18/1966 in a car parked outside his Hollywood apartment
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Cast member on the original Mickey Mouse Club, then teen idol, singer, “Tall Paul” (#7, 1959) and beach party film actress in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and others
1945 ● Leslie West (Weinstein) → Guitarist in pioneering hard rock/heavy metal band Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), then power trio West, Bruce & Laing, continues to front various Mountain reincarnations through 2010
1946 ● Eddie Brigati → Vocals and songwriter in blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967)
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → Synthesizer for New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978), solo and sessions
1956 ● Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator) → Singer, guitarist and frontman for nihilistic punk rock The Dead Boys, then New Wave post-punk The Wanderers and goth rock The Lords Of The New Church, power pop solo career and movie actor
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Bassist in punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, “Backwater” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding (Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “The Person You Are” (Modern Rock #8, 1991), author
1968 ● Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop singer, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne (Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Wall In Your Heart” (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Guitar, keyboards and vocals in teen pop-rock trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)

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Albums Released This Week (October 10 – 16)

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):


Oct 10

Brenda Lee —— This Is…Brenda ► Country-Pop >> 1960
The Monkees —— The Monkees ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Simon & Garfunkel —— Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme ► Folk-Pop >> 1966
Elvis Presley —— Clambake ► Pop-Rock/Country-Pop >> 1967
The Kinks —— Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) ► British Rock >> 1969
Frank Zappa —— Hot Rats ► Art Rock >> 1969
King Crimson —— In The Court Of The Crimson King ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Pink Floyd —— Atom Heart Mother ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Renaissance —— Ashes Are Burning ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Deep Purple —— Come Taste The Band ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Manfred Mann —— Chance ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Thin Lizzy —— Chinatown ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Bruce Springsteen —— The River ► Album Rock >> 1980
UB40 —— Present Arms In Dub ► Reggae-Dub >> 1981
Kiss —— Creatures Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Triumph —— Stages ► Arena Rock >> 1985
John Lennon —— Imagine: John Lennon ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
U2 —— Rattle And Hum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
George Harrison —— The Best Of Dark Horse (1976-1989) ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Truth In A Structured Form ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Jesus Lizard —— Liar ► Alt Rock/Noise Rock >> 1992
Suede —— Dog Man Star ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Annihilator —— King Of The Kill ► Thrash Metal >> 1994
Peter Frampton —— Frampton Comes Alive! II ► Arena Rock >> 1995
Fleetwood Mac —— Time ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Blackmail —— Blackmail ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock >> 1997
Catch 22 —— Alone In A Crowd ► Post-Punk/Third Wave Ska >> 2000
The Tubes —— Tubes World Tour 2001 ► Alt. Rock >> 2000
Jimmy Buffett —— Take The Weather With You ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Radiohead —— In Rainbows ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007


Oct 11

Johnny Cash —— Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar ► Country-Rock >> 1957
Santana —— Caravanserai ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1972
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Good Earth ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Billy Joel —— Streetlife Serenade ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Donna Summer —— Four Seasons Of Love ► Disco >> 1976
Hot Tuna —— Hoppkorv ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Hall & Oates —— Beauty On A Back Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kansas —— Point Of Know Return ► Arena Rock >> 1977
Lionel Richie —— Can’t Slow Down ► Soul-Dance >> 1983
Simply Red —— Picture Book ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven ► Glam-rock >> 1985
Pet Shop Boys —— Introspective ► Club Dance >> 1988
Ministry —— The Land Of Rape And Honey ► Industrial Metal >> 1988
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Ragged Glory ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Jackson Browne —— I’m Alive ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Great Big Sea —— Up ► Folk-Rock/Celtic Rock >> 1995
Pet Shop Boys —— Nightlife ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1999


Oct 12

Aretha Franklin —— Aretha In Paris ► Soul >> 1968
Genesis —— Selling England By The Pound ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The Who —— Odds & Sods ► British Rock >> 1974
Rick James —— Fire It Up ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Rod Stewart —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
U2 —— October ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Big Bam Boom ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions —— Rattlesnakes ► AA Pop-Rock/Synth >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
George Clinton —— Hey, Man, Smell My Finger ► Funk/Hip Hop >> 1993
Midnight Oil —— 20,000 Watt R.S.L. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Fatboy Slim —— You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby ► Brit-Hop >> 1998
Chicago —— Chicago XXVI: Live In Concert ► Jazz-Rock >> 1999
Eric Clapton —— Clapton Chronicles: The Best Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Duran Duran —— Astronaut ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2004


Oct 13

Manfred Mann —— Manfred Mann’s Greatest Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Herbie Hancock —— Head Hunters ► Fusion >> 1973
Triumph —— Triumph ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— 52nd Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Carpenters —— Christmas Portrait ► Soft Rock >> 1978
XTC —— Go 2 ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
AC/DC —— If You Want Blood You’ve Got It ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Elton John —— Victim Of Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS —— INXS ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1980
Sting —— …Nothing Like The Sun ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Ace Frehley —— Trouble Walkin’ ► Pop-Metal >> 1989
Prince & The New Power —— The Love Symbol Album ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Mudhoney —— Piece Of Cake ► Grunge Rock >> 1992
East 17 —— Steam ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
Bob Dylan & The Band —— Bootleg Series, Vol. 4, The: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
James —— Millionaires ► Alt Pop/Rock >> 1999


Oct 14

Tyrannosaurus Rex —— Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages ► Psych Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Jethro Tull —— War Child ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive II ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Ultravox —— Ha!-Ha!-Ha! ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1977
David Bowie —— Heroes ► Glam Rock >> 1977
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Faces ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
Prince —— Controversy ► Dance-Pop >> 1981
Zapp —— Zapp II ► P-Funk >> 1982
Cyndi Lauper —— She’s So Unusual ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Jam —— Snap! ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
INXS —— Listen Like Thieves ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Iron Maiden —— Live After Death ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 81>85 ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Wang Chung —— Mosaic ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1986
Jimmy Page And Robert Plant —— No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant Unledded ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Donovan —— Sutras ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Duran Duran —— Medazzaland ► Synth-Pop >> 1997
ZZ Top —— Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box ► Blues-Rock >> 2003


Oct 15

Elvis Presley —— Elvis’ Christmas Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Otis Redding —— Complete And Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul ► Soul >> 1966
Yes —— Yes ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— Jackson 5 Christmas Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
The Band —— Moondog Matinee ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac —— Mystery To Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Neil Young —— Time Fades Away ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Toto —— Toto ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Donna Summer —— On The Radio ► Disco >> 1979
Ultravox —— Quartet ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
Richard & Linda Thompson —— Shoot Out The Lights ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
XTC —— The Big Express ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1984
Talking Heads —— Stop Making Sense ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1984
Julian Lennon —— Valotte ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Motörhead —— Nö Sleep At All ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Morrissey —— Bona Ditch ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Ride —— Nowhere ► Dream Pop/Shoegazing >> 1990
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Dramarama —— Vinyl ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1991
Dio —— Angry Machines ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
The Tubes —— Genius Of America ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
The Monkees —— Justus ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Counting Crows —— Recovering The Satellites ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
Bad Company —— Stories Told & Untold ► Hard Rock >> 1996
In Flames —— Whoracle ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997


Oct 16

The Supremes —— A Bit Of Liverpool ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Cher —— All I Really Want To Do ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Live In Europe ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Aretha Franklin —— You ► Soul >> 1975
Thin Lizzy —— Johnny The Fox ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Elton John —— A Single Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics —— In The Garden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Thin Lizzy —— Life Live ► Hard Rock >> 1983
ZZ Top —— Afterburner ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
All About Eve —— Scarlet And Other Stories ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1989
Erasure —— Wild! ► Alt. Dance >> 1989
Goo Goo Dolls —— Hold Me Up ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1989
Paul Simon —— The Rhythm Of The Saints ► Folk-Pop >> 1990
Buju Banton —— Stamina Daddy ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1992
Suggs —— The Lone Ranger ► Reggae-Pop/Ska >> 1995
Tears For Fears —— Raoul And The Kings Of Spain ► Synth-Pop >> 1995
All Saints —— Saints & Sinners ► Electronic Dance-Pop >> 2000
Ozzy Osbourne —— Down To Earth ► Hard Rock >> 2001
New Order —— Get Ready ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
Michael McDonald —— In The Spirit: A Christmas Album ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2001
R.E.M. —— R.E.M. Live ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007

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