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Albums Released This Week (August 27 – September 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):

Aug 27


Stevie Wonder —— I Was Made To Love Her ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Donna Summer —— Love To Love You Baby ► Disco >> 1975
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Roaring Silence ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
ZZ Top —— Deguello ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
Alan Parsons Project —— Eve ► Prog Rock >> 1979
The B-52’s —— Wild Planet ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
Billy Squier —— Emotions In Motion ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Depeche Mode —— Some Great Reward ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Mica Paris —— So Good ► Urban Contemporary >> 1988
Garth Brooks —— No Fences ► Country-Pop >> 1990
Brenda Lee —— Anthology (1956-1980) ► Country-Pop >> 1991
Bad English —— Backlash ► Arena Rock >> 1991
Alison Moyet —— Hoodoo ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1991
Jerry Garcia Band —— Jerry Garcia Band ► Album Rock >> 1991
Pearl Jam —— Ten ► Hard Rock >> 1991
A+ —— Latch-Key Child ► Pop-Rap >> 1996
Pearl Jam —— No Code ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Boston —— Corporate America ► Arena Rock >> 2002
Coldplay —— A Rush Of Blood To The Head ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2002

Aug 28


Merle Haggard —— Branded Man ► Country Classics >> 1967
Marvin Gaye —— Let’s Get It On ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Mike Oldfield —— Hergest Ridge ► Instrumental >> 1974
Michael Jackson —— 0 ► Soul Ballad >> 1975
Devo —— Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1978
The Moody Blues —— The Present [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Stevie Wonder —— The Woman In Red ► Pop-R&B >> 1984
The Beach Boys —— Still Cruisin’ ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mortification —— Scrolls Of The Megilloth ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal >> 1992
Morrissey —— Southpaw Grammar ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Robbie Williams —— Swing When You’re Winning ► Jazz-Pop Vocals >> 2000
The Beach Boys —— Still Cruisin’ ► Pop-Rock >> 1989

Aug 29


Tony Bennett —— A Time For Love ► Easy Listening >> 1966
The Supremes —— Greatest Hits ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Stevie Wonder —— My Cherie Amour ► Pop-R&B >> 1969
Split Enz —— Dizrythmia ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1977
Iggy Pop —— Lust For Life ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1977
Jethro Tull —— A [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Warren Zevon —— Sentimental Hygiene ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
The Innocence Mission —— The Innocence Mission ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1989
Elton John —— Sleeping With The Past ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Rolling Stones —— Steel Wheels ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Palace Brothers —— Days In The Wake ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Heart —— The Road Home ► Album Rock >> 1995
Sarah Brightman —— La Luna ► Classical Crossover >> 2000
Eric Clapton —— Back Home ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After: Live At Town Hall ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2011

Aug 30


Bob Dylan —— Highway 61 Revisited ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Byrds —— Sweetheart Of The Rodeo ► Country-Rock >> 1968
The Beach Boys —— Surf’s Up ► Surfer >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— Tattoo You ► Rock n Roll >> 1981
Hughes/Thrall —— Hughes/Thrall ► Hard Rock >> 1982
XTC —— Mummer ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1983
Miami Sound Machine —— Eyes Of Innocence ► Pop-Dance >> 1984
Boz Scaggs —— Other Roads ► Pop-Soul >> 1988
REO Speedwagon —— The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken ► Arena Rock >> 1990
Oasis —— Definitely Maybe ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
Luis Miguel —— Segundo Romance ► Latin Pop >> 1994
Herbert Grönemeyer —— Mensch ► Pop-Rock/German >> 2002
Asia —— Silent Nation ► Prog Rock >> 2004
Death Cab For Cutie —— Plans ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005

Aug 31


The Ventures —— Going To The Ventures’ Dance Party! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1962
Dionne Warwick —— Make Way For ► Pop-Soul >> 1964
The Supremes —— Where Did Our Love Go? ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Dionne Warwick —— 0 ► Pop-Soul >> 1967
Neil Young —— After The Gold Rush ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Sunflower ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Dr. John —— The Sun, Moon & Herbs ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— Goats Head Soup ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Donna Summer —— Live And More ► Disco >> 1978
The Gun Club —— Fire Of Love ► Punk-Psychobilly >> 1981
Carly Simon —— Hello Big Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Michael Jackson —— Bad ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Charles & Eddie —— Duophonic ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Mike Oldfield —— Tubular Bells II ► Progressive Rock >> 1992
Garth Brooks —— In Pieces ► Country-Pop >> 1993
The Divine Comedy —— Fin de Siècle ► Brit Pop/Baroque Pop >> 1998
Dixie Chicks —— Fly ► Country-Rock >> 1999
Stabbing Westward —— What Do I Have To Do? ► Industrial Rock >> 2003
The Black Crowes —— Before The Frost…Until The Freeze ► Southern Rock >> 2009

Sep 01


The Hollies —— Hear! Here! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Crusade ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Cat Stevens —— Teaser And The Firecat ► Folk-Pop >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Blues For Allah ► Album Rock >> 1975
Rush —— A Farewell To Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1977
10cc —— Bloody Tourists ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Molly Hatchet —— Molly Hatchet ► Southern Rock >> 1978
Styx —— Pieces Of Eight ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— A ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Simple Minds —— Empires And Dance ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1980
Hall & Oates —— Private Eyes ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Tina Turner —— Break Every Rule ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Document ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Mötley Crüe —— Dr. Feelgood ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Thomas Anders —— Down On Sunset ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Ramones —— Mondo Bizarro ► Punk-Rock >> 1992
Lighthouse Family —— Ocean Drive ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1995
Buzzcocks —— I Don’t Mind The Buzzcocks ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
Ace Of Base —— Cruel Summer ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1998
Tonic —— Head On Straight ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 2002

Sep 02


Brenda Lee —— Too Many Rivers ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Thin Lizzy —— Bad Reputation ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Van Der Graaf —— The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Ronnie Wood —— 1234 ► Hard Rock >> 1981
The Moody Blues —— The Present ► Prog Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Baggariddim ► Reggae-Pop >> 1985
Billy Joel —— Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Jeffrey Osbourne —— Emotional ► Soul-Pop >> 1986
Level 42 —— Guaranteed ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1991
David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Zard —— Hold Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Sepultura —— Chaos A.D. ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
The Blood Divine —— Awaken ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1996
Neneh Cherry —— Man ► Trip Hop >> 1996
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Universal ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1996
Genesis —— Calling All Stations ► Prog Rock >> 1997
War —— Colección Latina ► Funk >> 1997
Joe Jackson —— Heaven & Hell ► Classical Pop >> 1997
Amon Amarth —— The Avenger ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1999
The Innocence Mission —— Befriended ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2003

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 26 – September 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 26

1903 ● Jimmy “Mr Five by Five” Rushing → Short and stout blues/jazz “shouter” and singer, lead vocals for the Count Basie band, died on 6/8/1972 of leukemia
1940 ● Nik Turner → Founding member, saxophonist, flautist and composer for space rock pioneers Hawkwind, “Silver Machine” (UK #3, 1972), Sphynx and Space Ritual
1941 ● Chris Curtis → Drummer and vocals for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963), died 2/28/2005 following a long illness
1942 ● Vic Dana → Tap dancer turned vocalist in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959), then solo, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (#10, 1965)
1944 ● Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker → Drummer for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light, White Heat” (1968)
1948 ● Jet Black (Brian Duffy) → Drummer in punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1948 ● Valerie Simpson → With husband Nickolas Ashford, songwriting and R&B/pop duo Ashford & Simpson, “Solid” (#12, 1984), penned hits for Ray Charles, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (R&B #1, 1966), Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#7, 1968), Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (#1, 1970) and others
1949 ● Leon Redbone (Dickran Gobalian) → Cyprus-born, baritone jazz/blues/ragtime singer and interpreter of early 20th century popular songs and Tin Pan Alley songwriters, “Seduced” (#72, 1981) and album Double Time (#38, 1977)
1949 ● Richard “Dick” Cowsill → Road manager 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, twin brother of bandmember Bob Cowsill
1949 ● Bob 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, his twin brother Richard “Dick” Cowsill was the road manager for the group
1952 ● Billy Rush → Songwriter and producer for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1954 ● Michael Chetwood → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1954 ● Steve Wright → BBC Radio 2 disc jockey in the weekday afternoon time slot since 1999
1957 ● John O’Neill → Guitarist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, “My Perfect Cousin” (UK #9, 1980), co-founded hard/alt rock That Petrol Emotion, “Groove Check” (Dance/Club #12, 1989)
1960 ● Branford Marsalis → Jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and oldest of the four musical Marsalis brothers, played with Art Blakely, Herbie Hancock, his brother Wynton, and Sting, led Jay Leno’s Tonight Show band, formed his own record label in 2002 for his own albums and those of others
1965 ● Annie Holland → Bassist for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1966 ● Shirley Manson → Scottish lead vocalist for Scottish-American alt rock Garbage, “Stupid Girl” (Dance/Club #5, 1996)
1966 ● Dan Vickrey → Guitarist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1967 ● Jeff Tweedy → Co-founder, singer, songwriter and guitars for seminal roots rock trio Uncle Tupelo, after its breakup founded alt country-rock Wilco, “Outasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1969 ● Adrian Young → Drummer for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)

Aug 27

1937 ● Phil Shulman → Multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion) for pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, “Kites” (UK #9, 1967), then founding member of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant
1942 ● Daryl Dragon → With wife Toni Tennille, keyboards and vocals in 70s MOR/light pop-rock duo The Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” (#1, 1975), previously toured with and played on early 70s albums by The Beach Boys
1944 ● John Voorhis “Tim” Bogert III → Bassist and vocals for hard psych rock/proto-metal Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#6, 1968), formed boogie-rock Cactus in 1972 and “super” trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, “Superstition” (1973), sessions and tours, solo albums, teaching, Vanilla Fudge reunions
1945 ● Malcolm “Duke” Allured → Drummer for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1949 ● Jeff Cook → Co-founder, vocals, lead guitar, keyboards and fiddle for country-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, Country #1, 1981) and 31 other Country #1 hits
1951 ● Kevin Kavanaugh → Keyboards for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1953 ● Alex Lifeson (Zivojinovich) → Guitarist, backing vocals and founding member of Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1956 ● Glen Matlock → Bassist and songwriter for the original lineup of punk rock Sex Pistols, “Anarchy In The U.K.” (1976), left in 1977 and replaced by Sid Vicious, formed New Wave power pop The Rich Kids and other bands with limited success, joined the reformed Sex Pistols in 1996
1961 ● Yolanda Adams → Four-time Grammy-winning R&B/gospel singer, “Open My Heart” (#57, Gospel #1, 1999), Billboard magazine’s #1 gospel artist of the 00s, radio host
1970 ● Tony Kanal → Bassist for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1972 ● Jimmy Pop (James Moyer Franks) → Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter for alt rock/comedy/satire Bloodhound Gang, “The Bad Touch” (Modern Rock #6, 1999)
1975 ● Mase (Mason Durell Betha) → Hip hop entertainer, songwriter and rapper, duet with Kelly Price, “Feel So Good” (#5, Rap #1, 1997), also worked with Puff Daddy, Blackstreet and others, leads an international ministry
1979 ● Jonathan Siebels → Co-founder and guitarist for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, “Inside Out” (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1979 ● Sarah Neufeld → Violinist for Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007), side project is six-piece instrumental rock group Bell Orchestre
1986 ● Mario (Dewar Bennett) → R&B/pop singer and songwriter, “Let Me Love You” (#1, 2004), film actor, fashion model and philanthropist

Aug 28

1931 ● John Perkins → Lead singer for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1939 ● Clemente “Clem” Cattini → Drummer for Brit rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, “Shakin’ All Over” (UK #1, 1960) and The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), then top session drummer who’s played on over 40 UK #1 hits by artists such as Bay City Rollers, Hot Chocolate, Tom Jones, The Seekers and T. Rex, reformed The Tornados in the 90s
1942 ● Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. → Founding member and guitarist for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light/White Heat” (1968), died of cancer on 8/30/1995
1942 ● Ken Andrew → Drummer for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971)
1943 ● Anne Margot “Honey” Lantree → Female drummer for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964)
1943 ● David Soul (Solberg) → Folk singer turned 70s TV actor (cop show Starsky & Hutch) turned pop singer, “Don’t Give Up On Us” (#1, 1977)
1948 ● Daniel Seraphine → Founding member and drummer for pop-rock/horn band http://bit.ly/CHI201, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), left in 1990 and became a theatrical producer, formed Chicago Transit Authority in 2010
1949 ● Martin Lamble → Founding member and original drummer for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), died on 5/14/1969 when the band’s equipment truck crashed after a show in Birmingham, England
1949 ● Hugh Cornwell → Guitar and vocals punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982) plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits, some time TV actor, author, solo career with seven albums, session work
1951 ● Wayne Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1952 ● Dave Hlubek → Co-founder and lead guitar for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979)
1961 ● Kim Appleby → Singer and actress, with younger sister Melanie in R&B/dance-pop duo Mel & Kim, “Respectable” (Dance/Club #1, 1986)
1965 ● Shania Twain (Eileen Regina Edwards) → Five-time Grammy-winning, Canadian-born country-pop megastar singer/songwriter, “You’re Still The One” (#2, 1998) from the album Come On Over, the best-selling album of all time by a female artist in any genre
1969 ● Mary Anna McCartney → Professional photographer and television documentary producer, daughter of Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman McCartney
1969 ● Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black → Film actor (School Of Rock, 2003), comedian and musician, one half of the comedy/rock cult duo Tenacious D with Kyle Gass, “POD (The Pick Of Destiny)” (#57, UK #20, 2006)
1974 ● Peter Turner → Bassist in prog/alt rock Elbow, “Grounds For Divorce” (UK #19, 2008) from the Mercury Music Prize-winning album The Seldom Seen Kid
1978 ● Max Collins → Co-founder and bassist for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, “Inside Out” (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1982 ● Margaret LeAnn Rimes → Teenage country-pop crossover star, “Blue” (#26, Country #10, 1996), has since won multiple Grammy Awards and issued 14 albums and six Top 40 singles
1986 ● Florence Welch → Pop, soul and baroque genre-bending singer/songwriter and frontwoman for Florence + The Machine, “Dog Days Are Over” (#21, 2010)

Aug 29

1920 ● Charlie “Bird” Parker → Virtuoso, pioneering and influential jazz/bebop saxophonist and composer, died of a heart attack on 3/12/1955, tributes in song include Weather Report (“Birdland”, 1976), Steely Dan (“Parker’s Band”) and the chirping bird guitar sound created by Duane Allman and heard on “Mountain Jam” and at the end of “Layla”
1924 ● Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) → Often called the “Queen of the Blues,” widely popular 40s-50s blues, jazz, and R&B singer, “What A Difference A Day Made” (#8, 1959), died 12/14/1963 from a barbiturate overdose
1943 ● Dick Halligan → Keyboards, flute and vocals for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1945 ● Chris Copping → Bassist and organist for English beat The Paramounts, “Poison Ivy” (#35, 1964), joined prog/psych rock Procol Harum in 1969, “Conquistador” (#16, 1972), later with Astrid Monday and art-rock Gnidrolog
1953 ● Rick Downey → Tour drummer for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, played on the tour that resulted in the Extraterrestrial Live album (#29, 1982) and the subsequent The Revölution By Night (#93, 1983)
1958 ● Michael Jackson → The “King of Pop,” singer, songwriter, cultural icon and pre-teen front for R&B/pop-soul sibling band The Jackson Five, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), went solo in 1971, “Billie Jean” (#1, 1983) and 11 other US #1 hits and 9 US Top 10 albums, the most successful pop entertainer of all time, died on 6/25/2009 from heart failure
1958 ● Elizabeth Fraser → Vocals for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop Cocteau Twins, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990)
1959 ● Sadenia “Eddi” Reader → Singer and songwriter for Brit neo-skiffle pop Fairground Attraction, “Perfect” (#80, UK #1, 1988), solo
1963 ● Jerry Fehily → Drummer for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1967 ● Anton Newcombe → Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, founder and frontman for eclectic indie rock/neo-psychedelic The Brian Jonestown Massacre, with over a dozen albums to date, including Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request (1996), an homage to The Rolling Stones psych-rock album (1967)
1969 ● Me’Shell NdegeOcello (Mary Johnson) → Singer/songwriter, rapper, bassist and R&B/neo-soul and jazz-pop vocalist, duet with John (Cougar) Mellencamp, “Wild Night” (#3, 1994) plus solo, “Who Is He And What Is He To You? (Dance/Club #1, 1996)
1970 ● Carl “Groove” Martin → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (#2, 1992)
1971 ● Alex Griffin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1975 ● Kyle Cook → Guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000)
1980 ● David Desrosiers → Bassist and backing vocals for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)

Aug 30

1935 ● John Phillips → Known as “Papa John,” singer, songwriter, guitarist, founder and frontman for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1,1966), died of heart failure on 3/18/2001
1939 ● John Peel (Ravenscroft) → Offshore pirate station Radio London DJ, then from 1967 to 2004 the longest serving BBC Radio 1 and most influential British DJ ever, died in Peru of a heart attack on 10/25/2004
1941 ● John McNally → Founder, guitarist and singer for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1943 ● Robert Crumb → Artist, comic book and album cover illustrator, founder of the satirical and subversive underground comix movement, developed the “Keep on truckin'” and “Fritz the Cat” characters
1944 ● Charles “Chuck” Colbert → Bassist for pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1950 ● Micky Moody → Guitarist in Brit blues-rock Juicy Lucy, covered Bo Diddley‘s classic “Who Do You Love” (UK #14, 1970), left in 1973 for session work, in 1978 joined Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) but left for solo career and sessions
1951 ● Dana (Rosemary Brown Scallon) → Irish folk-pop singer, won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with the worldwide hit “All Kinds Of Everything” (UK #1, 1970), in the 90’s shifted to Christian pop music, “As We Lay” (#59, 1997)
1952 ● Kenny Andrews → Singer in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978)
1953 ● Stephen Graham “Horace” Panter → Bassist for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), then pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994) and The Specials reunion concert, author and special needs teacher
1954 ● Ron Beitle → Drummer with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976)
1958 ● Martin Jackson → Drummer with post-punk Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides” (UK #41, 1978)and for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987) plus other Manchester New Wave bands
1961 ● Keith McKenzie → Drummer for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebenezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992), died 5/22/1991
1963 ● Paul Oakenfold → Dance-pop “house” music pioneer and DJ, toured with U2, Perfecto Records founder, producer and remixer for Happy Mondays, Simply Red, M People, New Order, Stone Roses and U2
1964 ● Robert Clivillés → Songwriter, vocals, producer and one half of the R&B/electro-dance-pop team C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (#1, 1990)
1966 ● Peter Cunnah → Lead singer for 90s techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993), solo
1971 ● Lars Frederiksen → Danish-American guitarist and vocalist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995), producer
1986 ● George Ryan Ross III → Lead guitarist and singer for alt rock/pop punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Aug 31

1918 ● Alan Jay Lerner → Grammy-winning stage, screen and pop music lyricist and librettist, songwriting partner of Frederick Loewe, co-wrote dozens of Broadway shows and movies including Brigadoon (1947), My Fair Lady (1956) and Camelot (1960), died from lung cancer on 6/14/1986
1939 ● Jerry Allison → Drummer in rock ‘n’ roll Buddy Holly & The Crickets, “That’ll Be The Day” (#1, 1957), after splitting with Holly became de factor leader of The Crickets, but their success was limited
1940 ● Wilton Felder → Founding member and saxophonist with The Jazz Crusaders (The Crusaders after 1971), “Street Life” (#36, 1979), solo and session work on electric bass
1944 ● Roger Dean → English artist and album cover designer for Asia, Atomic Rooster, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Uriah Heep, Yes and others
1945 ● George Ivan “Van” Morrison → Northern Irish singer, songwriter, musician and poet, started as lead singer for Irish garage rock Them, “Here Comes The Night” (#24, UK #2, 1965), then a long and prolific blue eyed soul/rock solo career, “Brown Eyed Girl” (#10, UK #8, 1967) and over 40 albums plus six Grammy Awards
1948 ● Rudolf Schenker → Founder (at age 16), rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1955 ● Anthony Thistlethwaite → Multi-instrumentalist for Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues” (Modern Rock #3, 1988), sessions, solo
1957 ● Gina Schock → Drummer 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
1957 ● Glenn Tilbrook → Songwriter, guitar and vocals for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981)
1959 ● Tony DeFranco → Lead singer for teen bubblegum-pop sibling quintet The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1961 ● Bruce Guthro → Lead vocals and guitar for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1963 ● Larry Waddell → Keyboards for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1967 ● Gerard Love → Bassist for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1969 ● Jeff Russo → Guitarist for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Debbie Gibson → Teen pop singer-songwriter, “Foolish Beat” (#1, 1988) and seven other Top 25 hits in the late 80s, actress
1977 ● Craig Nicholls → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for Aussie garage rock revival The Vines, “Get Free” (Mainstream Rock #27, 2002)
1977 ● Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) → Guitarist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)

Sep 01

1927 ● Tommy Evans → Bass vocals for R&B/doo wop The Drifters, “Fools Fall In Love” (#69, R&B #10, 1957)
1933 ● Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins) → Early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and pop singer, “It’s Only Make Believe” (#1, 1958), then 70s and 80s country superstar, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” (Country #1, 1981) and over 50 other Country #1 hits, died suddenly from an abdominal aneurysm on 6/5/1993
1944 ● Archie Bell → Frontman for R&B/Philly soul and funk Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up” (#1, 1968) and twelve additional R&B Top 40 singles
1945 ● Peter Hewson → Vocals for Brit pop-rock Chicory Tip, “Son Of My Father” (UK #1, 1972), one of the first hit singles to prominently feature a Moog synthesizer
1946 ● Barry Gibb → Vocals and guitar for pop-rock then disco sibling trio The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1977), as a songwriter wrote or co-wrote dozens of Top 40 hits, including a Number 1 song in each decades from the 60s to the 00s
1946 ● Greg Errico → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), toured Weather Report in 1973, played with David Bowie‘s band in 1974, has toured or played with numerous other rock and funk acts, including Santana, the Jerry Garcia Band, Tower of Power, and Journey
1949 ● Russell Field → Guitarist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1955 ● Bruce Foxton → Bass, vocals and songwriter for Brit punk-rock/mod revival The Jam, “Town Called Malice” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1982) and the reformed late 80s version of Irish punk rock Stiff Little Fingers
1957 ● Gloria Estefan (nee Fajardo) → Seven-time Grammy-winning Cuban/American singer and songwriter, lead vocals for Latin dance-pop Miami Sound Machine, “Anything For You” (#1, 1988), solo with multiple Top 10 hits, including salsa/disco revival “Oye!” (Dance/Club #1, 1998)
1960 ● Cass Lewis → Bassist for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1965 ● Craig McLachlan → Aussie TV actor and pop singer, covered Bo Diddley‘s “Mona” (UK #2, 1990)
1970 ● DJ Spigg Nice → DJ and rapper for gangsta rap The Lost Boyz, “Music Makes Me High” (#51, Dance/Club #3, Rap #5, 1996)
1973 ● J.D. Fortune (Jason Dean Bennison) → Canadian singer and winner of the 2005 CBS reality TV series Rock Star: INXS, since then has fronted Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Pretty Vegas” (#37, Hot Digital #9, 2005)
1976 ● Babydaddy (Scot Hofman) → Bassist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1976 ● Peter Brown → Drummer for post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)
1984 ● Joseph Mark Trohman → Guitarist for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (August 20 – 26)

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):


Aug 20


Harmonia —— Deluxe ► Krautrock/Kosmische Musik >> 1975
Kiss —— Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 1 ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Kiss —— Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Bob Dylan —— Slow Train Coming ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Heart —— Passionworks ► Album Rock >> 1983
Asia —— Astra ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Queensrÿche —— Empire ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Black Sabbath —— TYR ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Notorious ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Luis Miguel —— Nada Es Igual ► Latin Pop >> 1996
Boards Of Canada —— Music Has The Right To Children ► Techno-Ambient >> 1998
The Black Crowes —— Live ► Southern Rock >> 2002


Aug 21


Etta James —— Tell Mama ► Soul >> 1968
The Nice —— Nice ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Chillliwack —— Wanna Be A Star ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Metallica —— The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Various Artists —— Dirty Dancing [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Jethro Tull —— Rock Island ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Alice In Chains —— Facelift ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1990
Prince —— Graffiti Bridge ► Funk-Pop >> 1990
Rainbow —— Stranger To Us All ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Palace Music —— Viva Last Blues ► Indie Rock/Country-Rock >> 1995
Oasis —— Be Here Now ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1997
Paul McCartney —— Liverpool Sound Collage ► Electronica/Ambient >> 2000
John Waite —— Figure In A Landscape ► Power Pop >> 2001
The Damned —— Grave Disorder ► Goth Rock >> 2001


Aug 22


Herbie Hancock —— Man-Child ► Fusion >> 1975
Manfred Mann —— Nightingales & Bombers ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Dennis Wilson —— Pacific Ocean Blue ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Depeche Mode —— Construction Time Again ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
L.A. Guns —— Cocked & Loaded ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Portishead —— Dummy ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
Marvin Gaye —— Anthology ► Soul – Motown >> 1995
King Crimson —— B’Boom: Official Bootleg – Live In Arentina ► Prog Rock >> 1995
The Gathering —— Mandylion ► Alt Rock/Prog Metal >> 1995
Buju Banton —— Unchained Spirit ► Dancehall Reggae >> 2000
The Marshall Tucker Band —— Live On Long Island 04-18-80 ► Southern Rock >> 2006


Aug 23


Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Are You Experienced? ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
Fleetwood Mac —— Mr. Wonderful ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Tygers Of Pang Yang —— Wild Cat ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Yazoo —— Upstairs At Eric’s ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
Ratt —— Ratt [EP] ► Glam Metal >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger ► Art Rock/Contemporary Orchestral >> 1984
Diana Ross —— Eaten Alive ► Smooth Soul >> 1985
Various Artists —— Now That’s What I Call Music 7 ► Rock >> 1986
Bad Company —— Dangerous Age ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Jane’s Addiction —— Nothing’s Shocking ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
Jeff Buckley —— Grace ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Dinosaur Jr. —— Without A Sound ► Alt. Rock >> 1994
Symphony X —— The Damnation Game ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal >> 1995
Gardenian —— Soulburner ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1999


Aug 24


Jeff Beck Group —— Truth ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
R.E.M. —— Chronic Town [EP] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Rainbow —— Bent Out Of Shape ► Hard Rock >> 1983
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— The Lonesome Jubilee ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Corey Hart —— Young Man Running ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Kylie Minogue —— Greatest Hits ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Tha Alkaholics —— 21 & Over ► West Coast Rap >> 1993
Annihilator —— Set The World On Fire ► Thrash Metal >> 1993
Shaggy —— Midnite Lover ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1997
Moloko —— I Am Not A Doctor ► Electronic/Dance >> 1998
Christina Aguilera —— Christina Aguilera ► Dance-Pop >> 1999
Lou Bega —— A Little Bit Of Mambo ► Latin Pop/Mambo >> 1999
Donovan —— Beat Café ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Steve Earle —— The Revolution Starts Now ► Alt. Country >> 2004


Aug 25


Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston —— Take Two ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Grand Funk Railroad —— On Time ► Hard Rock >> 1969
The Kinks —— Everybody’s In Show Biz ► British Rock >> 1972
The Allman Brothers Band —— Brothers And Sisters ► Southern Rock >> 1973
Bruce Springsteen —— Born To Run ► Album Rock >> 1975
The Replacements —— Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
The Time —— What Time Is It? ► Funk >> 1982
Alice Cooper —— Zipper Catches Skin ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Hooters —— One Way Home ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Metallica —— …And Justice For All ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Danny O’Keefe —— Redux ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Garth Brooks —— Beyond The Season ► Country Christmas >> 1992
The Wallflowers —— The Wallflowers ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
The Brian Jones Massacre —— Methodrone ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Rammstein —— Sehnsucht ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1997
Gamma Ray —— Somewhere Out In Space ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Everclear —— Live From Toronto ► Grunge-Punk >> 1998
Nicole Wray —— Make It Hot ► Urban Contemporary >> 1998
Lauryn Hill —— The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill ► Neo-Soul/Hip Hop >> 1998
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock >> 1998


Aug 26


The Walker Brothers —— Portrait ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing And Perform “Funny Girl” ► Soul >> 1968
The Supremes —— Live At London’s Talk Of The Town ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
Marvin Gaye —— In The Groove ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
Otis Redding —— Historic Performances Recorded At The Monterey International Pop Festival ► Memphis Soul >> 1970
Grateful Dead —— Dead Set ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
The Cure —— The Head On The Door ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Blur —— Leisure ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1991
Amy Grant —— House Of Love ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1994
Tha Alkaholics —— Likwidation ► West Coast Rap >> 1997
Creed —— My Own Prison ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Peter Frampton —— Now ► Arena Rock >> 2003
Warren Zevon —— The Wind ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Little Feat —— Join The Band ► Southern Rock >> 2008

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 19 – 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 19

1939 ● Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker → Drummer for blues-rock super-trio Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968), super-trio Blind Faith (US #1 album Blind Faith, 1969), founded jazz-blues-rock fusion Ginger Baker’s Air Force, producer and solo
1940 ● Johnny Nash → Reggae-pop vocalist who was a major force in the mainstreaming of reggae music in the early 70s, “I Can See Clearly Now” (#1, 1972)
1940 ● Roger Cook → British pop music songwriter and performer, as Jonathan was one half the pop vocal duo David & Jonathan, “Michelle” (#18, Adult Contemporary #3, 1966), collaborated with Roger Greenway (aka David) to pen dozens of pop-rock hit singles, including “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” (The Hollies, #2, 1972) and “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (The New Seekers, #7, 1971)
1943 ● Billy J. Kramer (William Howard Ashton) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964) and four other Top 40 singles in 1964
1945 ● Ian Gillan → Heavy metal vocalist, joined hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973) in 1969 but left in 1973, sang lead on the Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) concept album and Broadway show soundtrack, solo and frontman for the Ian Gillan Band and Gillan, joined Black Sabbath in 1984, reunited with Deep Purple in late-1984
1948 ● Elliott Lurie → Co-founder, guitarist and singer/songwriter for one hit wonder pop-rock Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” (#1, 1972), now a movie music composer and arranger
1948 ● Susan Jacks (Pesklevits) → Canadian pop singer/songwriter with former husband Terry Jacks in pop-rock duo The Poppy Family, “Which Way You Goin’, Billy? (#2, 1969), then solo and songwriting
1951 ● John Deacon → Bassist and songwriter for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976), wrote or co-wrote “Stone Cold Crazy,” “You’re My Best Fiend,” “Another One Bites The Dust” (#1, 1980) and others, retired from the music business in the 90s
1963 ● Joey Tempest (Joakim Larsson) → Vocals for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1966 ● Lee Ann Womack → Grammy-winning traditional country and pop crossover singer/songwriter, “I Hope You Dance” (#14, Country #1, 2000), actress
1970 ● Fat Joe (Joseph Cartagena) → Hip hop entertainer and entrepreneur, East Coast/gangsta/Latino rapper, “What’s Luv” (#2, 2002), founder and CEO of hip hop record label Terror Squad Entertainment
1970 ● MC Eric (Eric Martin) → Vocals for Belgian studio-based electro-dance-pop “house” music Technotronic, “Pump Up The Jam” (#2, 1989), solo, producer, teacher
1980 ● Darius Campbell-Danesh → Scottish stage actor, UK TV Popstars contestant in 2001 and folk-pop singer, “Colourblind” (UK #1, 2002)
1983 ● Melissa “Missy” Higgins → Australian pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Where I Stood” (Adult Top 40 #6, Aussie #10, 2006)
1989 ● Lil’ Romeo (Percy Miller, Jr.) → Pre-teen rapper, “My Baby” (#3, Rap #1, 2001), actor and host of his own Nickelodeon TV show Romeo, son of hardcore rapper Master P (Percy Miller)

Aug 20

1923 ● “Gentleman” Jim Reeves → Country guitarist and singer, early purveyor of the “Nashville sound” combining country with pop sounds, first country-pop crossover hit, “He’ll Have to Go” (#2, Country #1, 1960) and over 70 other Country Top 20 hits, died in a single-engine plane crash on 7/31/1964
1931 ● Paul Robi → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died of cancer on 2/1/1989
1934 ● Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow → Peddle steel guitarist, songwriter and session musician, original member of Flying Burrito Brothers, worked with Joan Baez, Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt and many others, solo, died 1/6/2007 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease
1940 ● John Lantree → Bassist for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964)
1941 ● David Brock → Co-founder, guitarist, bassist, songwriter and musical focus for space rock pioneers Hawkwind, “Silver Machine” (UK #3, 1972), solo
1942 ● Isaac Hayes → Hugely influential R&B/soul artist, producer, composer, first as an in-house session musician, songwriter and record producer for Memphis-based Stax Records, later as a Grammy-winning solo artist and soundtrack composer, “Theme From Shaft” (#1, 1972), early rapper, “Ike’s Rap” (R&B Top 10, 1986), film actor, TV voice-over star as the character “Chef” on South Park, died 8/10/2008 following a stroke
1944 ● “Uncle” John Turner → Drums and percussion for electric Texas blues-rock Johnny Winter Band, “Illustrated Man” (Mainstream Rock #36, 1991), later in Krackerjack with Stevie Ray Vaughan, sessions and tours with B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins and others, died 7/26/1997
1944 ● John Povey → Rhythm guitar for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1946 ● Ralf Hütter → Co-founder, lead singer, keyboardist and de facto leader of German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1947 ● James Pankow → Trombonist, brass instrument arranger, songwriter and constant member of for pop-rock/horn band Chicago, wrote “Make Me Smile” (#9, 1970), “Colour My World” (#7, 1970), “Just You “N” Me” (#4, 1973) and others
1948 ● Robert Plant → Renowned and venerable rock vocalist and lyricist for hard rock Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” (#4, 1969), solo, “Big Log” (#20, Mainstream Rock #6, 1983), formed The Honeydrippers with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers, “Sea Of Love” (#3, 1984), Grammy-winning collaboration album with country singer Alison Krauss, Raising Sand (#2, 2007), #1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 readers’ poll of the Best Lead Singers of All Time
1949 ● Phil Lynott → Irish singer, songwriter, bassist and bandleader for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976), solo, founded and fronted hard rock Grand Slam, died 1/4/2006 after falling into a coma following a drug overdose
1952 ● Doug Fieger → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for power pop The Knack, “My Sharona” (#1, 1979), died of cancer on 2/14/2010
1952 ● John Hiatt → Respected but commercially-neglected folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist, “Slow Turning” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1988), wrote songs covered by Paula Abdul, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Aaron Neville, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt and many others
1954 ● Barry Johnson → Bassist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1966 ● “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott → With brother Vincent Paul Abbott, co-founder and guitarist in thrash metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994) and supergroup Damageplan, “Save Me” (Mainstream Rock #16, 2004), died from gunshot wounds on 12/8/2004 when a man stormed the stage and began firing shots at the band and crowd
1970 ● Fred Durst → Co-founder, lead vocals and frontman for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “Nookie” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1999), producer, music video director, solo
1979 ● Jamie Cullum → Brit jazz-pop and easy listening singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, “These Are The Days” (UK #12, 2004)
1992 ● Demetria “Demi” Lovato → Singer, songwriter, musician and actress, played “Mitchie Torres” in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock (2008), pop solo singer, “Here We Go Again” (#15, 2009)

Aug 21

1904 ● William Allen “Count” Basie → Renowned nine-time Grammy-winning swing era jazz, blues and swing pianist, composer and bandleader, “April In Paris” (#28, R&B #8, 1956), led his Count Basie Orchestra for nearly 50 years, died on 4/26/1984 of pancreatic cancer
1938 ● Kenny Rogers → Grammy-winning, multi-genre singer and songwriter, vocals for folk-pop The New Christy Minstrels, “Green, Green” (#14, 1963), frontman for country-pop The First Edition, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” (#6, 1969), prolific solo career with dozens of pop and country Top 10 hits, including “Lucille” (#5, 1977), “Lady” (#1, 1980), producer, TV and film actor, entrepreneur and restaurateur
1941 ● Tom Coster → Keyboards and piano for San Francisco psych-jazz-rock “cosmic R&B” The Loading Zone, joined Latin-tinged rock Santana in 1972, “She’s Not There” (#27, 1977), since 1978 has fronted various jazz fusion combos
1944 ● Jackie DeShannon (Sharon Lee Myers) → Early female rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter, toured with The Beatles in 1964, co-wrote songs with Jimmy Page and Randy Newman, moved to folk-pop sounds in the late-60s, wrote and sang “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” (#4, 1969), co-wrote Grammy-winning “Bette Davis Eyes” for Kim Carnes (#1, 1981)
1947 ● Carl Giammarese → Guitarist and co-founder of Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), continues to front the band on the oldies circuit
1952 ● Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) → Frontman and principal songwriter of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), actor, film score composer, radio host, solo and frontman for The Mescaleros, died of a heart attack on 12/22/2002
1952 ● Glenn Hughes → Bass and vocals for Brit hard rock Trapeze, left in 1973 to join Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), sang for Black Sabbath on the Seventh Star album (1986), various solo and collaboration albums, currently fronts hard rock supergroup Black Country Communion
1954 ● Nick Kane → Lead guitar for Grammy-winning country-rock The Mavericks, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (Country #13, 1996)
1954 ● Steve Smith → Drummer for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981) during the band’s peak years in the late-70s and early 80s, founded fusion group Vital Information in 1983, joined fusion group Steps Ahead in 1986, in 2001 voted into the Top 25 Drummers of All Time list in Modern Drummer magazine
1957 ● Budgie (Peter Edward Clarke) → Drummer for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), side project The Creatures, “Right Now” (UK #14, 1983), toured with John Cale, sessions
1958 ● Kim Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1961 ● David Morales → DJ, Grammy-winning remixer, producer and post-disco house music pioneer, “Needin’ U” (Dance/Club #1, 1998)
1967 ● Serj Tankian → Vocals for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, “Aerials” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1968 ● Geraldine “Dina” Carroll → Successful late-80s and 90s Brit soul-pop and dance-pop singer of Scottish and African American descent, “Don’t Be A Stranger” (UK #3, 1993) and “Special Kind Of Love” (Dance/Club #4, 1993)
1971 ● Liam “Master H.” Howlett → MC and vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996), producer and music DJ
1979 ● Kelis (Rogers) → Urban contemporary R&B vocalist, “Milkshake” (#3, Dance/Club #1, 2003), former spouse of rapper Nas
1984 ● Melissa Schuman → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000), solo, actress

Aug 22

1917 ● John Lee Hooker → Boogie-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Boogie Chillen” (R&B #1, 1948) and “Boom Boom” (#60, R&B #16, 1962), develop the “talking blues” style, recorded over 100 albums, won four Grammys between 1989 and 1997, died of natural causes on 6/21/2001
1926 ● Bob Flanigan → Founding member, bassist, trombonist and tenor for jazz/barbershop/pop harmony vocal quartet The Four Freshmen, “Graduation Day” (#17, 1956), died of congestive heart failure on 5/15/2011
1936 ● Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins → Louisiana “swamp rock” and rockabilly pioneer, “Susie Q” (#27, R&B #7, 1957), AM pop record producer including John Fred & His Playboy Band‘s “Judy In Disguise (#1, 1968), died of colon cancer on 2/13/2010
1939 ● Fred Milano → Tenor vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, “A Teenager In Love” (#5, 1959), continued after frontman Dion DiMucci left in 1960 as The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961), still performing in the 10s
1942 ● Joseph Chambers → Guitarist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1945 ● Ron Dante (Carmine Granito) → Singer, songwriter, session musician and vocals for “virtual” bubblegum-pop studio bands The Detergents, “Leader Of The Laundromat” (#19, 1965), TV cartoon show-based The Archies, “Sugar Sugar” (#1, 1967) and one hit wonder The Cuff Links, “Tracy” (#9, 1969), commercial jingle vocalist (McDonald’s “You deserve a break today”), producer for Barry Manilow (“I Write The Songs,” #1, 1976), Cher, John Denver and others, Broadway show producer
1946 ● Gary “Mutha” Withem → Keyboards for pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968), teaches high school music near San Diego
1947 ● Donna Jean Godchaux (Thatcher) → Session backing vocalist, sang with the Grateful Dead from 1972 to 1979 (only woman ever officially billed as a Grateful Dead bandmember), also vocals for Robert Hunter and the Jerry Garcia Band, released a self-titled album with her husband and former Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux
1956 ● Chris Biondo → Backing band guitarist, bassist and producer for Eva Cassidy, mixed-genre vocal interpreter of American classics and pop tunes including “Over The Rainbow” (1992), he produced all three of her posthumous UK #1 albums
1958 ● Ian Mitchell → Nine-month stint as bassist and vocals for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976), then co-founded pop-rock Rosetta Stone, the Ian Mitchell Band and La Rox, none of which were successful except outside the US and UK
1958 ● Vernon Reid → Guitarist and songwriter for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), sessions
1961 ● Debbi Peterson → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock girl-group The Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian” (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Roland Orzabal → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1963 ● James DeBarge → With his sister and three brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1963 ● Myra Ellen “Tori” Amos → Alternative rock keyboardist and forefront of the 90s singer/songwriter revival, reestablished the piano as a rock instrument, “Cornflake Girl” (Modern Rock #1, UK #4, 1994)
1967 ● Layne Staley → Lead singer and co-lyricist for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), died from a “speedball” injection of heroin and cocaine on 4/5/2002
1969 ● Steve Cradock → Guitarist for mod revival Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, “The Day We Caught The Train” (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles, concurrently a member of Paul Weller‘s backing band
1972 ● Paul Douchette → Former drummer and later rhythm guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000)
1973 ● Howie D. (Dorough) → Vocals, guitar and percussion for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997), solo, occasional TV actor
1978 ● Jean-Francoise “Jeff” Stinco → Lead guitar for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)

Aug 23

1900 ● Malvina Reynolds → Folk-pop singer, songwriter and political activist, wrote “Little Boxes” for Pete Seeger (#70, 1964), “What Have They Done To The Rain?” for The Searchers (#29, 1965), songs covered by Joan Baez, Judy Collins and others, and children’s songs and material for the TV show Sesame Street, died on 3/17/1978
1912 ● Gene Kelly → Broadway and film actor, dancer and adult pop singer, a dominant force in Hollywood musical films of the 40s and 50s, best known for his lead role in the highly-regarded Singin’ In The Rain (1952), died in his sleep on 2/2/1996
1936 ● Rudy Lewis → Lead vocals from 1960-1964 for R&B/soul-doo wop The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (#5, 1963), died in his sleep the night before the group recorded “Under The Boardwalk” (#4, 1964) without him
1941 ● Pete Shannon (Harris) → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1942 ● Anthony Micale → Lead vocal for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964)
1942 ● Roger Greenway → British pop music songwriter and performer, as David was one half the pop vocal duo David & Jonathan, “Michelle” (#18, Adult Contemporary #3, 1966), collaborated with Roger Cook (aka Jonathan) to pen dozens of pop-rock hit singles, including “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” (The Hollies, #2, 1972) and “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (The New Seekers, #7, 1971)
1943 ● Michael Arthur “Mick” Burt → Drummer backing Brit novelty pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979)
1945 ● Pete Fornatale → Award-winning early progressive FM radio DJ, first at WFUV-fm (Fordham University, New York) and, beginning in 1969, on trendsetting WNEW-fm, returned to WFUV in 2001, hosts Sirius satellite program, author
1946 ● Keith Moon → Legendary, exuberant and innovative drummer for hard rock The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967), recorded one solo album which was issued posthumously, voted #2 in a 2001 readers’ poll by Rolling Stone magazine for the Best Drummers of All Time, died after ingesting an overdose of alcohol withdrawal pills on 9/7/1978
1946 ● Jim Sohns → Founding member and vocals for Chicago blues-pop-rock Shadows of Knight, “Gloria” (#10, 1965), continues to front incarnations of the band on the oldies circuit
1947 ● George McCorkle → Founding member and guitarist for Southern rock The Marshall Tucker Band, wrote “Fire On The Mountain” (#38, 1975), left the band in 1984 for a songwriting career, issued a solo album in 1999, died of cancer on 6/29/2007
1949 ● Rick Springfield (Richard Springthorpe) → Australian-born singer/songwriter, “Jessie’s Girl” (#1, 1981) plus 14 other Top 40 hits, TV soap opera actor (Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital), author
1951 ● Jimmy Wayne “Jimi” Jamison → Vocalist for pop-rock Target, joined hard AOR/arena rock Survivor in 1984, “Burning Heart” (#2, 1985), co-wrote and sang “I’m Always Here”, the theme from the TV show Baywatch, solo, charity organizer and fundraiser
1951 ● Mark Hudson (Salerno) → Member of sibling musical trio The Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974), producer/writer for Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, others
1953 ● Bobby G. (Robert Alan Gubby) → Vocals for Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, “Making Your Mind Up” (UK #1, 1981)
1954 ● Mark Avsec → Keyboardist, songwriter and producer, toured with funk-rock Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976), co-founded, managed, produced and wrote or co-wrote all the music for pop-rock Donnie Iris & The Cruisers, “Ah! Leah!” (#29, 1980), played with the James Gang, became an intellectual property attorney specializing in music copyrights
1959 ● Edwyn Collins → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, frontman for Scottish neo-pop revival Orange Juice, “Rip It Up” (UK #8, 1984), then power pop solo career, “A Girl Like You” (#32, UK #4, 1994), TV actor and producer
1961 ● Dean DeLeo → Guitarist for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994), during STP breaks co-founded spin-off bands Talk Show and Army Of Anyone
1962 ● Shaun Ryder → Vocals for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992), co-founded alt Brit-pop Black Grape, “England’s Irie” (UK #6, 1996), TV actor
1964 ● Pebbles (Perri Alette McKissack Nixon) → Backing vocals for R&B/soul-funk Con Funk Shun, “Ffun” (#23, R&B #1, 1978), then dance-pop solo, “Mercedes Boy” (#2, 1988), discovered and managed R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994), one of the most successful female groups of all time
1967 ● Cedella Marley → With her two brothers and sister, vocals for five time Grammy-winning reggae-pop Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (Mainstream Rock #16, 1988), executive with Tuff Gong International records, fashion designer
1970 ● River Jude Phoenix → Teen icon, film and TV actor, starred in Stand By Me (1986) and 14 other films plus numerous TV movies and programs, singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for alt folk-rock Aleka’s Attic, “Too Many Colors” (1990), died of a drug overdose on 10/31/1993
1974 ● Shifty Shellshock (Seth Brooks Binzer) → Frontman for rap rock Crazy Town, “Butterfly” (#1, 2001)
1978 ● Julian Casablancas → Guitar and vocals for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1979 ● Richared Neville → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1981 ● Natalie Horler → Vocals in German Euro-dance trio Cascada, “Everytime We Touch” (#10, 2005) and “Evacuate the Dancefloor” (#25, UK #1, 2009)
1986 ● Skyblu (Skyler Austen Gordy) → With his uncle, Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), one half the electropop, hip house duo LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem” (worldwide #1, 2011), grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy

Aug 24

1905 ● Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup → Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote numerous blues songs covered by others, including “That’s Alright (Mama)”, Elvis Presley‘s first Sun Records single in 1954, died nearly penniless from a heart attack on 3/28/1974
1915 ● Wynonie Harris → Blues shouter and humorous, ribald R&B singer in the 40s and 50s, covered “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948) and is considered a forerunner of rock ‘n’ roll, died on 6/14/1969 from throat cancer
1929 ● William Winfield → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop critically recognized but commercially little known The Harptones, “Life Is But A Dream” (1955), continues to sing with the group on the oldies circuit
1938 ● David Freiberg → Vocals and guitar for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), sessions for David Crosby, Mickey Hart and others, toured with and joined Jefferson Airplane and stayed with the group went it morphed into Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), left in 1984
1938 ● Mason Williams → Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, won a Grammy Award for his instrumental classical/folk-rock “Classical Gas” (#2, 1968), comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and other TV programs, poet and author of several books
1939 ● Ernest Wright, Jr. → Vocals for R&B/doo wop Little Anthony And The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” (#4, 1958), still touring with two other remaining members of the group
1940 ● Anthony Michael “Tony” Secunda → Businessman, promoter and manager for The Moody Blues (“Go Now!”, #1, 1965), The Move, Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” #5, 1967) and T. Rex (“Bang A Gong (Get It On),” #10, 1971), also discovered Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders, died of a heart attack on 2/12/1995
1942 ● Jimmy Soul (James McCleese) → Teenaged gospel singer turned two hit wonder R&B/soul vocalist with a calypso-tinged, “Twistin’ Mathilda” (#2, 1962) and the rollicking “If You Wanna Be Happy” (#1, 1963), died from a heart attack on 6/25/1988
1943 ● John Cipollina → Founder and trendsetting lead guitarist for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), formed hard rock Copperhead and played with numerous other rock bands, #32 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, died on 5/29/1989 from emphysema
1944 ● James Brady → Singer in light folk sunshine-pop, two hit wonder vocal trio The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (#9, 1966) and “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970)
1945 ● Ken Hensley → Keyboards and guitar for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), fronted or played with numerous hard rock bands over the past 30 years, composed the rock opera Blood On The Highway (2006) and wrote two books, one about Uriah Heep and the other an autobiography
1945 ● Malcolm “Molly” Duncan → Tenor saxophonist and founding member of Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), sessions and tours with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Tom Petty and others
1945 ● Randy Silverman → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1947 ● Jim Fox → Co-founder, drummer and only constant member of underrated hard rock The James Gang, “Funk #49” (#59, 1970) and “Walk Away” (#51, 1971), also played with oldies revival lineups of 60s garage/horn rock The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me” (#5, 1966)
1948 ● Jean-Michel Jarre → Pioneering French electronic synth-pop and ambient music composer, “Oxygene Part IV” (UK #4, 1979) and album Chronologie (#10, UK #9, 1993)
1951 ● Danny Joe Brown → Lead vocals for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979), died from effects of diabetes and a stroke on 3/10/2005
1951 ● Michael DeRosier → Session drummer and later full-time member of hard rock Heart, “Magic Man” (#9, 1976), left in 1982 to join Boston-offshoot AOR/arena rock Orion The Hunter, “So You Ran” (#58, 1984), joined former Heart bandmates in 1988 to co-found AOR/hard rock Alias, “More Than Words Can Say” (#2, 1990)
1955 ● Jeffrey Daniel → Dancer on Soul Train music TV show, tapped to replace session singers and dancers in pre-fab disco/pop Shalamar, “The Second Time Around” (#8, Dance/Club #1, 1980), now a British TV host
1956 ● Matt Aitken → Member of the multi-hit UK songwriting/production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), “Respectable” (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987)
1961 ● Colin Angus → Guitar and vocals for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992), died 5/22/1991
1961 ● Mark Bedford → Bassist for punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1963 ● John Bush → Lead vocals for L.A. heavy metal Armored Saint, left in 1990 for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1968 ● Andreas Kisser → Guitarist for Brazilian heavy metal/thrash metal Sepultura, “Roots Bloody Roots” (UK #19, 1996), sessions and film soundtracks
1970 ● Krystyn Robyn Osborn → Vocalist and chief songwriter for country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)

Aug 25

1918 ● Leonard Bernstein → Talented composer, conductor, pianist, director of the New York Philharmonic, wrote the music to many Broadway shows, including West Side Story (1957), died 10/14/1990 from pneumonia
1933 ● Wayne Shorter → Leading jazz and fusion saxophonist and composer, played with the Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1964, co-founded jazz/rock fusion Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo
1941 ● Christopher Augustine → Drummer for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (#6, 1967)
1942 ● Walter Williams → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973)
1944 ● Alan Parker → Lead guitar and vocals for Brit Invasion pop-rock Dave Clark Five, “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, 1965) and 11 other Top 25 hits in the US
1947 ● Pete Arnesen → Piano for glam rock/rock ‘n roll revival The Rubettes, “Sugar Baby Love” (UK#1, US #37, 1974)
1949 ● Gene “The Demon” Simmons (Chaim Witz) → Bass, vocals and frontman for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), released two solo albums, producer, talent scout, entrepreneur, author and film and TV actor
1950 ● Willy De Ville (William Boray) → Guitar, vocals and frontman for blue-eyed soul/roots rock/punk rock Mink De Ville, “Storybook Love” (1987), solo and collaborations with notable blues and R&B stars, died of pancreatic cancer on 8/7/2009
1951 ● James Warren → Co-founder, bassist and vocalist for New Wave pop-rock The Korgis, “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” (#18, 1980)
1951 ● Rob Halford → Vocals for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1952 ● Geoff Downes → Founding member and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop The Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star” (#40, 1979), joined prog rock Yes for one album (Drama, 1980), left to form prog/pop-rock Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982), solo
1954 ● Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick McManus) → Innovative, eclectic, multi-genre songwriter, singer and pub rock/punk/New Wave guitarist, frontman for The Attractions, “Veronica” (#19, 1989), 17 US Top 40 albums, has recorded classical-, jazz- and adult pop-based albums
1961 ● Billy Ray Cyrus → Once touted as the “Next Elvis,” country-pop one hit wonder crossover singer, debut single “Achy Breaky Heart” (#4, 1992) spawned the worldwide “line dance” craze, debut album Some Gave All spent 17 weeks on the US album chart, father of actress Miley Cyrus
1962 ● Vivian Patrick Campbell → Guitarist with hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), Dio and Whitesnake
1963 ● Candida Doyle → Keyboard and backing vocals for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1965 ● Erik Dahlgren → Drummer for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1966 ● Terminator X (Norman Rogers) → Rapper and DJ for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, “Fight The Power” (Rap #1, 1989), solo, producer, retired to his South Carolina ostrich stud farm in 2003
1969 ● Luke Scott → Guitarist in Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996)
1987 ● Amy MacDonald → Scottish soft folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over” (UK #48, 2010)
1988 ● Alexandra Burke → Brit R&B/neo-soul and electro-pop singer, won the 2008 UK talent show The X Factor, debut single “Hallelujah” (UK #1, 2008) plus four other UK Top 10 hits in two years
1988 ● Ray Quinn → English TV soap opera actor, dancer and singer, runner-up in the 2006 UK talent show The X Factor, “Doing It My Way” (UK #1, 2007)

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Albums Released This Week (August 13 – 19)

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):

Aug 13


Gene Vincent —— Bluejean Bop! ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
The Beatles —— Help! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
King Curtis —— Everybody’s Talkin’ ► Southern Soul >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Pronounced, Leh-nerd Skin-nerd ► Southern Rock >> 1973
Chicago —— Chicago 13 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1979
Don Henley —— I Can’t Stand Still ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Twisted Sister —— Love Is For Suckers ► Hair Metal >> 1987
Pixies —— Bossanova ► Garage Rock >> 1990
Duran Duran —— Liberty ► Synth-Pop >> 1990
Brooks & Dunn —— Brand New Man ► Country-Rock >> 1991
Kid Creole & The Coconuts —— You Shoulda Told Me You Were…. ► Dance-Rock >> 1991
Sheena Easton —— No Strings ► Standards >> 1993
Akinyele —— Put It In Your Mouth ► Dirty Rap >> 1996

Aug 14


The Rolling Stones —— 5 X 5 ► British Invasion >> 1964
Al Green —— Al Green Gets Next To You ► Soul >> 1971
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells —— Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues ► Electric Blues >> 1974
Roberta Flack —— Killing Me Softly ► Pop-Soul >> 1973
Brenda Lee —— Feels So Right ► Country-Pop >> 1985
The Heart Throbs —— Cleopatra Grip ► Indie Pop >> 1990
Motörhead —— March Ör Die ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Godspeed You Black Emperor! —— F♯ A♯ ∞ ► Instrumental/Experimental >> 1997

Aug 15


Chad & Jeremy —— Distant Shores ► Folk-Pop >> 1966
Fleetwood Mac —— Pious Bird Of Good Omen ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Band —— Rock Of Ages ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Rod Stewart —— Atlantic Crossing ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Led Zeppelin —— In Through The Out Door ► Hard Rock >> 1979
America —— Alibi ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
The Kinks —— Give The People What They Want ► British Rock >> 1981
The Pretenders —— Pretenders II ► Post-Punk >> 1981
AC/DC —— Flick Of The Switch ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Cheap Trick —— Next Position Please ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1983
Dio —— Sacred Heart ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Michelle Shocked —— Short, Sharp, Shocked ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Southern Culture On The Skids —— Dirt Track Date ► Rockabilly >> 1995
Garbage —— Garbage ► Art Rock >> 1995
Blind Melon —— Soup ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Korn —— Follow The Leader ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1998
Blue October —— Consent To Treatment ► Indie Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2000

Aug 16


The Rolling Stones —— Gimme Shelter ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
The Temptations —— The Temptations Do The Temptations ► Soul – Motown >> 1976
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Freaky Styley ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1985
Miami Sound Machine —— Primitive Love ► Pop-Dance >> 1985
Mayhem —— Deathcrush ► Norwegian Black Metal >> 1987
The Ethiopians —— Dread Prophecy ► Rocksteady >> 1989
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Mother’s Milk ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1989
ALL —— Breaking Things ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk >> 1993
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— After The Storm ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Prince —— Come ► Funk-Pop >> 1994
Barenaked Ladies —— Maybe You Should Drive ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Neil Young —— Sleeps With Angels ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Tricky —— Juxtapose ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1999

Aug 17


Miles Davis —— Kind Of Blue ► Improv Jazz >> 1959
The Band —— Stage Fright ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
XTC —— Drums And Wires ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
W.A.S.P. —— W.A.S.P. ► Glam Metal >> 1984
Tom Waits —— Franks Wild Years ► Blues-Rock >> 1987
New Order —— Substance ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Cannibal Corpse —— Eaten Back To Life ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Call —— Red Moon ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Take That —— Take That & Party ► Pop-Rock/Boyband >> 1992
Mariah Carey —— Music Box ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bad Brains —— Rise ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1993
Tina Arena —— In Deep ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Front Line Assembly —— Re-wind ► Industrial Rock >> 1998
Blur —— The 10 Year Limited Edition Anniversary Box Set ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1999
The Moody Blues —— Strange Times ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— The Final Frontier ► Heavy Metal >> 2010

Aug 18


Burning Spear —— Man In The Hills ► Roots Reggae >> 1976
The Who —— Who Are You ► British Rock >> 1978
Yes —— Drama ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Wall Of Voodoo —— Dark Continent ► Post-Punk >> 1981
ABBA —— ABBA Live ► Euro-Pop >> 1986
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Kicking Against The Pricks ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1986
Debbie Gibson —— Out Of The Blue ► Pop-Rock/Dance-Pop >> 1987
Aerosmith —— Permanent Vacation ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Eric Clapton —— Unplugged ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Phranc —— Goofyfoot ► Folk-Rock/Surf Rock >> 1995
At The Drive-In —— Acrobatic Tenement ► Post-Hardcore >> 1996
At The Drive-In —— In/Casino/Out ► Punk Rock >> 1998
Graham Coxon —— The Sky Is Too High ► Indie Rock/Lo-Fi >> 1998

Aug 19


The Beach Boys —— The Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Carpenters —— Close To You ► Soft Rock >> 1970
Nilsson —— Pussy Cats ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— So Far ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends ► Prog Rock >> 1974
The Manhattan Transfer —— Coming Out ► Jazz-Pop >> 1976
The Doobie Brothers —— Livin’ On The Fault Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Scarecrow ► Roots Rock >> 1985
Arthur Brown With Jimmy Carl Black —— Brown, Black & Blue ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— The Fire Inside ► Album Rock >> 1991
Sneaker Pimps —— Becoming X ► Electronic-Dance/Trip Hop >> 1996
Fleetwood Mac —— The Dance ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Alison Moyet —— Hometime [UK] ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 12 – 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 12

1920 ● Percy Mayfield → R&B balladeer and songwriter, solo artist, “Please Send Me Someone To Love” (R&B #1, 1950), wrote “Hit The Road Jack” for Ray Charles (#1, 1961), died 8/11/1984 of a heart attack
1926 ● Joe Jones → New Orleans R&B singer, songwriter and arranger, pianist for B. B. King, solo artist, “You Talk To Much” (#3, 1960), record producer and manager for various R&B acts, including girl group The Dixie Cups, died 11/27/2005 following heart bypass surgery
1929 ● Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens → Country music megastar singer, songwriter and guitarist, pioneer of the “Bakersfield sound” blending country and pop, “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” (#25, Country #1, 1965) and 19 other Country #1 hits, The Beatles covered his “Act Naturally” (#47, 1965), bandleader for The Buckaroos, TV host (Hee Haw), died 3/24/2006 after lengthy illnesses
1948 ● Ron Mael → With brother Russell Mael, keyboardist for quirky pop-rock Sparks, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” (UK #2, 1974) and “Just Got Back From Heaven” (Dance/Club #7, 1989)
1949 ● Mark Knopfler → Frontman, lead guitar, songwriter and vocals for post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1979), solo, Notting Hillbillies
1950 ● Craig Douglas (Terence Perkins) → Early Brit pop-rock singer, “Only Sixteen” (UK #1, 1959) plus nine other UK Top 40 singles
1950 ● Kid Creole (Thomas August Darnell Browder) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for multi-genre, big band-style Latin-tinged pop-rock Kid Creole & The Coconuts, “It’s A Wonderful Thing, Baby” (Dance Club #18, UK #4, 1982)
1953 ● Jerry Speiser → Drummer 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
1954 ● Pat Metheny → Seventeen-time Grammy-winning jazz-rock fusion guitarist, composer and bandleader, sessions and side projects with David Bowie, Gary Burton, Chick Corea and many others
1958 ● Jürgen Dehmel → Bassist for German pop-rock band Nena, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984)
1961 ● Roy Hay → Guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#1, 1984) plus seven other UK top 10 singles
1963 ● Sir Mix-A-Lot (Anthony Ray) → Hip hop MC, producer and rapper, “Baby Got Back” (#1, 1992) which one a Grammy for Best Rap Performance
1968 ● Paul Tucker → Keyboards for Brit R&B/Northern soul duo Lighthouse Family,”Lifted” (UK #4, 1996) and 9 other UK Top 40 hits
1969 ● Tanita Tikaram → Brit folk-pop singer and songwriter, “Twist In My Sobriety” (Modern Rock #25, UK #22, 1988)

Aug 13

1940 ● Sean James “John” Stokes → Vocals with Irish folk-pop-rock The Bachelors, “Diane” (#10, UK #1, 1964)
1947 ● David Ivor St. Hubbins → Fictional character (lead singer and rhythm guitarist) played by Michael McKean in the “mock-rock” parody band Spinal Tap from the movie This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
1948 ● Tony Santini (Scott Powell) → Vocals with rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na, TV actor, physician
1949 ● Cliff Fish → Original bassist 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
1949 ● Jonathan Arendt → Bassist 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
1951 ● Dan Fogelberg → Quintessential 70s-80s country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Part Of The Plan” (#31, 1975) and “Leader Of The Band” (#9, Adult Contemporary #1, 1982), political and environmental activist, died 12/16/2007 from prostate cancer
1958 ● Feargal Sharkey → Guitarist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, “My Perfect Cousin” (UK #9, 1980), solo, “A Good Heart” (#74, UK #1, 1985)
1959 ● Danny Bonaduce → Vocals and bass guitar in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group The Partridge Family, “I Think I Love You” (#1, 1970), producer, reality TV show host and panelist
1959 ● Mark Nevin → Vocals and songwriter for Brit neo-skiffle pop Fairground Attraction, “Perfect” (#80, UK #1, 1988)
1959 ● Michael Bradley → Bassist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, “My Perfect Cousin” (UK #9, 1980)
1964 ● Håkan Jan “Ian” Haugland → Drummer for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1984 ● Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith → Vocals for Miami-based R&B/hip-hop quartet Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me” (#7, 2005)
1984 ● James Morrison (Catchpole) → Award-winning Brit soul-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “You Give Me Something” (UK #5, 2006) from his first album Undiscovered, which debuted at #1 on the UK albums chart

Aug 14

1926 ● Armando “Buddy” Greco → Jazz-pop pianist and singer, member of Benny Goodman‘s band in the mid-40s, then solo career, covered “Mr. Lonely” (#64, 1962) and issued over 60 albums and 100 singles, still touring in the 00s
1940 ● Darrell “Dash” Crofts → Guitar, mandolin, vocals and songwriting for 70s light pop-rock duo Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (#6, 1972) and “Diamond Girl” (#6, 1973)
1941 ● David Crosby → Guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965) and folk-pop Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Just A Song Before I Go” (#7, 1977), collaborated with Graham Nash, “Immigration Man” (#36, 1972), then solo career with albums including Wind On The Water (#6, 1975) and singles including “Drive My Car” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1989)
1941 ● Lionel Morton → Vocals and rhythm guitar for early 60s Brit pop The Four Pennies, “Juliet” (UK #1, 1964), the most important British Invasion era act with no chart presence in the US
1946 ● Larry Graham → Bassist for R&B/soul-funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), then founder/frontman funk band Graham Central Station
1947 ● George Newsome → Vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1947 ● Maddy Prior → Lead vocals for Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1948 ● Bruce Thomas → Bassist for Elvis Costello‘s backing band The Attractions, “Pump It Up” (UK #24, 1978), session work and author
1951 ● Bob “Slim” Dunlap → Lead guitar for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), solo
1956 ● Sharon Bryant → Lead vocals for R&B/soul urban contemporary Atlantic Starr, “When Love Calls” (R&B #5, 1979), solo, sessions
1960 ● Sarah Brightman → Brit classical-pop-Broadway crossover singer and actress, dancer and vocals for disco Hot Gossip “I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper” (UK #6, 1978), played Jemima in Cats (1981) and Christine Daaé in Phantom Of The Opera (1986), solo, “Harem” (Dance/Club #1, 2003)
1963 ● Jez Willis → Partner/producer in Brit dance-pop duo Utah Saints, “Something Good” (UK #4, 1992)
1965 ● Mark Collins → Guitarist for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991) and three UK #1 albums
1970 ● Kevin Cadogan → Lead guitar for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1974 ● Ana Matronic (Lynch) → Vocals and frontwoman for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1974 ● Simon Dawbarn → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gee’s‘s “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 ● Ed Harcourt → Multi-instrumentalist Brit chamber pop singer/songwriter, “All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed” (UK #35, 2003)

Aug 15

1896 ● Léon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen) → Russian inventor of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments and which he debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1928, died 11/3/1993
1911 ● Buster Brown (Wayman Glasco) → One hit wonder R&B/blues singer and harmonica player, “Fanny Mae” (#38, R&B #1, 1960), died 1/31/1976
1925 ● Bill Pinkney → Co-founder and first tenor for R&B/soul-doo wop The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (#5, 1963), died on 7/4/2007 after a heart attack and was the last surviving member of the group’s original lineup
1933 ● Bobby Helms → Country-pop singer and guitarist with the perennial “Jingle Bell Rock” (#6, 1958), died from emphysema on 6/19/1997
1933 ● Floyd Ashman → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1938 ● Nesbert “Stix” Hooper → Jazz-fusion drummer with The Jazz Crusaders (The Crusaders after 1971), “Street Life” (#36, 1979), solo, sessions
1938 ● Sheila “Shan” Palmer → Vocals for English pop trio The Kaye Sisters, “Ivory Tower” (UK #20, 1956)
1942 ● Peter York → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), then Eric Clapton‘s short lived Powerhouse, solo, organized the “Superdrumming” series of shows with different bandmembers
1946 ● Jimmy Webb → Grammy-winning professional rock composer and lyricist, wrote “Up Up and Away” for The 5th Dimension (#7, 1967), “MacArthur Park” for Richard Harris (#2, 1968), “Galveston” for Glen Campbell (#4, 1969), producer and film score arranger
1948 ● Kate Taylor → Folk-rockabilly singer/songwriter and guitarist, covered “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)” (#49, 1977), sister of folk-pop legend James Taylor
1950 ● Joey Spampinato → Founding member, bassist, vocals and songwriting for 40-year cult roots rock bar band NRBQ (New Rhythm And Blues Quintet)
1950 ● Tom Aldrich → Journeyman rock drummer for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973), then bluesy hard rock The Pat Travers Band, “New Age Music” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1981), later with Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Whitesnake and others
1961 ● Matt Johnson → Founder, frontman, vocals, songwriter and only constant member of eclectic alt pop-dance-rock The The, “Dogs Of Lust” (Modern Rock #2, 1993), solo
1962 ● Marcia Schofield → Keyboards from 1987-90 for 35+ year punk and post-punk The Fall, “There’s A Ghost In My House” (UK #30, 1987), left for a career as a palliative care doctor
1972 ● Michael “Mikey” Graham → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)
1984 ● David Welsh → Lead guitar for mainstream/piano rock The Fray, “How To Save A Life” (#3, 2006)
1989 ● Joe Jonas → Lead singer with brothers Nick and Kevin in pre-fab Disney Channel teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008)

Aug 16

1915 ● Al Hibbler → Baritone jazz-pop-R&B singer, first with Duke Ellington‘s orchestra in the 40s, “Do Nothin’ Til You Here From Me” (#6, 1944), then solo, “Unchained Melody” (#3, 1955), died 4/24/2001
1931 ● Eydie Gormé (Edith Gormezano) → Broadway and TV actress, nightclub and Vegas showroom entertainer, Grammy-winning traditional pop singer, “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” (#7, 1963), wife and singing partner of crooner Steve Lawrence
1942 ● Barbara George → One hit wonder New Orleans R&B singer with her self-penned crossover hit, “I Know (You Don’t Love Me Know More)” (#3, 1961), died 8/10/2006
1942 ● Robert “Squirrel” Lester → Tenor vocals for smooth R&B/Chicago soul The Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her?” (#3, 1971), died 1/21/2010
1945 ● Gary Loizzo → Guitar/vocals and founder, pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1945 ● Kevin Ayers → Eccentric singer/songwriter and original bassist for Brit psych-art-jazz-prog rock fusion Soft Machine, switched to guitar and solo in 1969, has issued more than a dozen albums over 40 years
1946 ● Gordon “Snowy” Fleet → Drummer for Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1967)
1948 ● Barry Hay → Lead vocals and frontman for Dutch hard rock Golden Earring, “Radar Love” (#13, 1974), over 40 hits and 30 gold and platinum albums in the Netherlands
1949 ● Scott “Rock Action” Asheton → Drummer for hard rock/proto-punk The Stooges, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (1969), sessions
1949 ● William “Sputnik” Spooner → Guitarist and founder of camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), solo
1953 ● James “J. T.” Taylor → Lead singer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” (#1, 1981), left in 1988 for a largely unsuccessful solo career
1957 ● Tim Farriss → Guitarist for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1958 ● Madonna (Madonna Louise Victoria Ciccone) → Film actress, record producer, entrepreneur and dance-pop megastar, “Like A Virgin” (#1, 1984), best selling female rock artist of the 20th century and second (behind Barbra Streisand) top selling US female artist of all time
1960 ● Chris Pedersen → Drummer for eclectic alt rock pop-ska-punk-folk fusion Camper Van Beethoven, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (1985)
1964 ● Matt Lukin → Bassist for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● MC Remedee (Debbie Pryce) → Vocals in female rap/house music duo Cookie Crew, “Rok Da House” (UK #5, 1988)
1972 ● Emily Burns Erwin Robison → Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and founding member of country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006), formed Court Yard Hounds in 2010 with sister and former Dixie Chicks bandmate Martie Erwin Maguire
1980 ● Bob Hardy → Bassist for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1980 ● Vanessa Lee Carlton → One hit wonder “new era” female pop-rock singer/songwriter, “A Thousand Miles” (#5, 2002)

Aug 17

1919 ● Georgia Gibbs (Frieda Lipschitz) → Jazz-pop and R&B vocalist, first as a radio show singer and later as a widely popular 50s novelty pop artist, covered and bested LaVern Baker‘s “Tweedlee Dee” (#2, 1955), died of leukemia on 12/9/2006
1933 ● Max Dinning → One hit wonder pop singer, “Teen Angel” (#1, 1959), died from an alcoholism-related heart attack on 3/22/1986
1939 ● Ed Saunders → Poet, social activist, environmentalist and bandleader for 60s underground rock The Fugs, author of numerous books including The Family (1971) about Charles Manson and the Tate-LaBianca murders and a nine-volume collection America: A History In Verse (started in 1998)
1942 ● Tommy West (Picardo) → Singer/songwriter, producer, and one half of the pop rock songwriting duo and folk-pop group Cashman & West, “American City Suite” (#27, 1972), produced albums for Jim Croce, Mary Travers, Henry Gross and others
1944 ● John “The Chief” Seiter → Drums and vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967)
1947 ● Gary Talley → Guitar for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967), then session work in Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta
1949 ● John “Sib” Hashian → Drummer for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), after leaving the band sued leader Tom Scholz for back royalties and settled out of court
1953 ● Kevin Rowland → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), solo career after the band broke up in 1987, reformed in 2003
1955 ● Colin Moulding → Bassist 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
1957 ● Ron Strykert → Co-founder, vocals and guitar 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
1958 ● Belinda Carlisle → Co-founder and lead vocals 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, started a solo career following The Go-Go’s breakup, “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” (#1, 1987), wrote autobiography Lips Unsealed (2010) which reached #27 on the New York Times bestseller list
1962 ● Gilbert “Gilby” Clarke → Rhythm guitarist, replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991 as lead guitar for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “November Rain” (#3, 1992), left in 1994 for solo career and sessions with Slash’s Snakepit, Heart, MC5 and others
1964 ● Maria McKee → Co-founder and lead vocals for roots rock Lone Justice, “Shelter” (#47, Mainstream Rock #26, 1986), dissolved the band in favor of a solo career, “Show Me Heaven” (Adult Contemporary #28, UK #1, 1990) plus sessions
1965 ● Steve Gorman → Drummer for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1966 ● Jill Cunniff → Bassist and vocals for all-girl alt rock/hip hop Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye” (#36, 1996)
1969 ● Donnie Wahlberg → Vocals for early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990), TV and film actor, brother of NKOTB bandmate and fellow actor Mark Wahlberg
1969 ● Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1977 ● Claire Richards → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK #14, 1997)
1979 ● Mike Lewis → Guitarist for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)

Aug 18

1918 ● Gilbert Vandine “Cisco” Houston → Traditional folk singer and guitarist, Woody Guthrie‘s traveling companion and harmony vocalist, died of cancer on 4/29/1961 shortly after career-boosting TV performances and appearance at the 1960 Newport Folk Festival
1925 ● Sonny Til (Earlington Carl Tilghman) → Lead singer and frontman for early R&B/doo wop vocal group The Orioles, “Crying In The Chapel” (#11, R&B #1, 1953), doo wop and “bird group” trendsetters, died 12/9/1981 of heart failure complicated by diabetes
1939 ● Johnny Preston (Courville) → Two hit wonder pop-rock singer discovered by J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, “Running Bear” (#1, 1960) and “Cradle Of Love” (#7, 1960), died of heart failure on 3/4/2011
1939 ● Maxine Brown → Underrated R&B/soul vocalist, “All In My Mind” (#19, 1960) and several other charting singles in the 60s
1944 ● Carl Wayne (Colin David Tooley) → Founding member and lead singer for Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), left for a pop music, cabaret and TV theme song career, joined The Hollies in 2003, died of cancer on 8/31/2004
1945 ● Barbara Ann Harris → Singer for pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Sara Dash → Founding member of 60s doo wop girl group The Bluebelles, which morphed into disco-funk Labelle, “Lady Marmalade” (#1, 1975), released four solo albums and the disco hit, “Sinner Man” (#71, Dance/Club #9, 1978), session singer for Laura Nyro, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Rolling Stones and others, toured with Keith Richards
1949 ● Nigel Griggs → Bassist for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980)
1950 ● Dennis Elliott → Original drummer for Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left in 1992 to pursue a career in wood sculpting
1951 ● John Rees → Bass and backing vocals 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
1952 ● Patrick Swayze → TV and film actor, Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990), one hit wonder pop singer, “She’s Like The Wind” (#3 , 1987), died from pancreatic cancer on 9/14/2009
1953 ● Marvin Isley → Bass guitar for six-decade, multi-generation R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973), died 6/6/2010 from complications of diabetes
1967 ● Bob Elias → Drummer in pop-glam metal Slaughter, “Fly To The Angels” (#19, 1990) and the Las Vegas production of Blue Man Group
1967 ● Dan Peters → Founding member and drummer for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● Tracy Tracy (Catell) → Peroxide-blonde lead vocals for indie pop-rockers The Primitives, “Crash” (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1969 ● Everlast (Erik Francis Schrody) → Irish-American rapper and singer-songwriter, founding member of one hit wonder hip hop trio House Of Pain, “Jump Around” (#3, Rap #5, 1992), left for blues-rock/hip hop solo career, “What It’s Like” (#13, Mainstream Rock #1, 1998), then hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra
1971 ● Richard D. James → Influential acid/ambient electronic music composer and performer under the pseudonym Aphex Twin, “Windowlicker” (Dance #15, 1999)
1976 ● Dirk Lance (George Alex Katunich) → Original bassist for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001), left in 2003 to pursue video game development, joined jam/funk Willie’s Nerve Clinic in 2006
1983 ● Mika (Michael Penniman) → Lebanese-American pop singer and musician popular everywhere but North America, “Grace Kelly” (UK #1, 2007) and six other UK Top 20 singles

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Albums Released This Week (August 6 – 12)

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):

Aug 06


The Beatles —— Help! [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Pat Benatar —— Crimes Of Passion ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Prince —— Purple Rain ► Album Rock >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Species Deceases ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Dramarama —— Live At The China Club ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1990
Harem Scarem —— Harem Scarem ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1991
Yes —— Yesyears ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Modest Mouse —— Interstate 8 ► Alt. Rock >> 1996

Aug 07


Brenda Lee —— All The Way ► Country-Pop >> 1961
The Byrds —— The Byrd’s Greatest Hits ► Country-Rock >> 1967
The Moody Blues —— A Question Of Balance ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
Stevie Wonder —— Signed, Sealed And Delivered ► Pop-R&B >> 1970
King Curtis —— Live At The Fillmore West ► Soul >> 1971
Roberta Flack —— Roberta Flack ► Pop-Soul >> 1978
Black Sabbath —— Born Again ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Loudness —— Hurricane Eyes ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1987
Jellyfish —— Bellybutton ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Jon Bon Jovi —— Blaze Of Glory ► Arena Rock >> 1990
Extreme —— Extreme II: Pornograffitti ► Pop-Metal >> 1990
The Fall —— Extricate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1995
Rory Gallagher —— BBC Sessions ► Blues-Rock >> 1999

Aug 08


Bob Dylan —— Another Side Of Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 1964
The Yardbirds —— Over, Under, Sideways, Down ► British Invasion >> 1966
The Beatles —— Revolver ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Electric Light Orchestra —— Xanadu [Sndtrk] ► Prog. Rock >> 1980
Debbie Harry —— Koo Koo ► New Eave Dance-Pop >> 1981
Robert Cray —— Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
N.W.A. —— Straight Outta Compton ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Citizen King —— Brown Bag ► Alt Rock/Punk Hop >> 1995
Moonspell —— Wolfheart ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1995
Ben Folds Five —— Ben Folds Five ► Indie Rock/Piano Rock >> 1995
De La Soul —— Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump ► Alt Rap >> 2000
The Moody Blues —— Hall Of Fame ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Shaggy —— Hot Shot ► Dancehall Reggae >> 2000
Bad Company —— Live In Albuquerque 1976 ► Hard Rock >> 2006

Aug 09


John Sebastian —— The Four Of Us ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Minnie Riperton —— Perfect Angel ► Soul-Pop >> 1974
Grand Funk Railroad —— Good Singin’, Good Playin’ ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— An Innocent Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Motörhead —— Orgasmatron ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Danzig —— Danzig ► Heavy Metal/Blues Metal >> 1988
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band —— Workin’ Band ► Country-Rock >> 1988
Julian Cope —— Autogeddon ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Machine Head —— Burn My Eyes ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1994
Therion —— Theli ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1996
Stephen Stills —— Man Alive! ► Folk-Rock >> 2005

Aug 10


Elvis Presley —— Elvis For Everyone ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
Ten Years After —— Undead ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
The Mothers Of Invention —— Weasels Ripped My Flesh ► Art Rock >> 1970
Rod Stewart —— Sing It Again Rod ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Michael Jackson —— Off The Wall ► Dance-Pop >> 1979
Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucia —— Friday Night In San Francisco ► Flamenco-Jazz >> 1981
Rufus —— Stompin’ At The Savoy ► Funk >> 1983
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Red Hot Chili Peppers ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1984
Five Star —— Between The Lines ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Winger —— Winger ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
White Lion —— Big Game ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Jamiroquai —— Emergency On Planet Earth ► Acid Jazz/Funk >> 1993
Billy Joel —— River Of Dreams ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Robert Earl Keen, Jr. —— Gringo Honeymoon ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Brenda Lee —— 20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection ► Country-Pop >> 1999
The Innocence Mission —— Birds Of My Neighborhood ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1999
Machine Head —— The Burning Red ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1999
Dark Tranquility —— Projector ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1999
Ace Troubleshooter —— Ace Troubleshooter ► Pop Punk >> 2000
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Crosby & Nash ► Folk-Rock >> 2004

Aug 11


Elvis Presley —— Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 3 ► Rock n Roll >> 1963
The Kinks —— Kinda Kinks ► British Invasion >> 1965
Donovan —— Barabajagal ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Klaatu —— Klaatu ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Vanity 6 —— Vanity 6 ► Dance-Pop >> 1982
Pat Travers —— Blues Tracks ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
The Flaming Lips —— Hit To Death In The Future Head ► Neo-Psychedlia >> 1992
Dr. John —— Anutha Zone ► New Orleans R&B >> 1998
The Beach Boys —— Endless Harmony Soundtrack ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Anti-Nowhere League —— Scum ► Punk Rock >> 1998

Aug 12


The Kinks —— The Kinks Greatest Hits! ► British Rock >> 1966
Big Brother & The Holding Company —— Big Brother & The Holding Company ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Big Brother & The Holding Company —— Cheap Thrills ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Roberta Flack —— Chapter Two ► Pop-Soul >> 1970
Luther Vandross —— Never Too Much ► Smooth Soul >> 1981
Queensrÿche —— Queensrÿche ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Neil Young —— Old Ways ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Paul Simon —— Graceland ► Folk-Pop >> 1986
Metallica —— Metallica ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Luis Miguel —— Romances ► Latin Pop >> 1997
Pat Benatar —— Good King Bad ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Extreme —— Saudades De Rock ► Pop-Metal >> 2008

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