Archive for March, 2013

This Week’s Birthdays (March 31 – April 6)

<strong>Happy Birthday this week to:</strong>   <br />  
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<b>Mar 31</b> <br />    
1934 ● <strong>Shirley Jones</strong> → TV/screen actress and singer, played the tambourine-shaking mother (with real-life stepson <strong>David Cassidy</strong>) in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group <strong>The Partridge Family</strong>, “I Think I Love You” (#1, 1970) <br />
1935 ● <strong>Herb Alpert</strong> → Trumpeter, composer and bandleader for <strong>The Tijuana Brass</strong>, “This Guys In Love With You” (#1, 1968), A&amp;M Records founder and former executive <br />
1944 ● <strong>Rod Allen</strong> (Rodney Bainbridge) → Lead vocals and bassist in Brit pop-rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died on 1/10/2008 <br />
1946 ● <strong>G. Allan Nichol</strong> → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Al Goodman</strong> → Vocals in R&amp;B/soul trio <strong>The Moments</strong>, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to <strong>Ray, Goodman &amp; Brown</strong>, “Special Lady” (#5, 1979), died of heart failure on 7/27/2010 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Jon Poulos</strong> → Drummer for pop-horn-rock <strong>The Buckinghams</strong>, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), died on 3/26/1980 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Ralphs</strong> → Guitarist and founding member of glam-rock <strong>Mott The Hoople</strong>, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972) and hard rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BAD011″><strong>Bad Company</strong></a>, “Can’t Get Enough” (#5, 1974), solo <br />
1948 ● <strong>Thijs Van Leer</strong> → Founding member, organ and flute for Dutch prog rock band <strong>Focus</strong>, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971), solo classical and jazz-rock albums <br />
1953 ● <strong>Sean Hopper</strong> → Keyboards and vocals for pop-rock bar band <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LEW371″><strong>Huey Lewis &amp; The News</strong></a>, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Tony Brock</strong> → Drummer for mainstream pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WAI821″><strong>The Babys</strong></a>, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a>, <strong>Roy Orbison</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> and others <br />
1955 ● <strong>Angus Young</strong> → Schoolboy-uniformed co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter for power chord rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ACD101″><strong>AC/DC</strong></a&gt;, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1981) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Pat McGlynn</strong> → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop <strong>Bay City Rollers</strong>, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Paul Ferguson</strong> → Founding member and drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> industrial-dance-rock <strong>Killing Joke</strong>, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981) <br />
1959 ● <strong>Robert Holmes</strong> → Guitarist for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop-rock <strong>’Til Tuesday</strong>, “Voices Carry” (1985), then blues-rock <strong>Ultra Blue</strong> and a cappella doo wop quintet <strong>Street Magic</strong>, now freelance rock guitarist <br />
1971 ● <strong>Julian Deane</strong> → Guitarist for alt pub rock/blue-eyed soul <strong>Toploader</strong>, covered “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK Top 10, 2000) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Stefan Ilsdal</strong> → Swedish bassist for alt glam-rock/punk revival <strong>Placebo</strong>, “Pure Morning” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Tony Yayo</strong> (Marvin Bernard) → Haitian-American rapper with <strong>G-Unit</strong>, “Stunt 101” (#13, Rap #5, 2003) and solo, “So Seductive'” feat. 50 Cent (#48, Rap #12, 2005), convicted felon <br />
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<b>Apr 01</b> <br />    
1927 ● <strong>Amos Milburn</strong> → Boogie-blues piano master, singer and rock ‘n’ roll roots pioneer, “Chicken Shack Boogie” (R&B #1, 1948) and eight other R&B Top 10 hits, died following a stroke on 1/3/1980 <br />
1934 ● <strong>Jim Ed Brown</strong> → Vocals in 50s-60s country-folk harmony sibling trio <strong>The Browns</strong>, “The Three Bells” (#1, 1959), solo <br />
1939 ● <strong>Rudolph Isley</strong> → Vocals for six-decade R&amp;B/soul family group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ISL291″><strong>The Isley Brothers</strong></a>, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Alan Blakely</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock <strong>Brian Poole &amp; The Tremeloes</strong>, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), died of cancer on 6/1/1996 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil Margo</strong> → Drummer and vocalist for white doo-wop <strong>The Tokens</strong>, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961) <br />
1945 ● <strong>John Barbata</strong> → Drummer for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), joined <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Airplane</strong></a> in 1972 and remained through 1978 with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Starship</strong></a>, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), later sessions work <br />
1946 ● <strong>Ronald Frederick “Ronnie” Lane</strong> → Bass player, songwriter and vocals for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock <strong>The Small Faces</strong>, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), after <strong>Steve Marriott</strong> left and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a> and <strong>Ron Wood</strong> joined, renamed <strong>The Faces</strong>, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), formed rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Slim Chance</strong>, “How Come” (UK #5, 1974), collaborated with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOW571″><strong>Pete Townshend</strong></a> (<em>Rough Mix</em>, 1977) and issued several solo albums, died of multiple sclerosis on 6/4/1997  <br />
1947 ● <strong>M</strong> (Robin Scott) → <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop one hit wonder electro-dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Pop Muzik” (#1, 1979), producer and collaborator <br />
1948 ● <strong>Jimmy Cliff</strong> (James Chambers) → Pioneering ska and reggae singer, songwriter, bandleader, actor in the film <em>The Harder They Come</em> (1972) and singer of the title track, also “I Can See Clearly Now” (#18, 1993) <br />
1948 ● <strong>Simon Cowe</strong> → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock <strong>Lindisfarne</strong>, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Billy Currie</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> electro-synth-pop pioneers <strong>Ultravox</strong>, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles <br />
1954 ● <strong>Jeff Porcaro</strong> → Drummer for jazz-pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE241″><strong>Steely Dan</strong></a> in the mid-70s, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (#4, 1974), then sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/SCA331″><strong>Boz Scaggs</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ZEV651″><strong>Warren Zevon</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PIN421″><strong>Pink Floyd</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JAC471″><strong>Michael Jackson</strong></a> and many others, formed arena rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOT601″><strong>Toto</strong></a&gt;, “Africa” (#1, 1983), died on 8/5/1992 at age 38 of a heart attack from suspected cocaine use <br />
1958 ● <strong>D. Boon</strong> (Dennes Dale Boon) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for influential hardcore/punk rock trio <strong>The Minutemen</strong>, died in a car accident at the peak of the band’s underground popularity on 12/22/1985 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Mark White</strong> → Guitar and keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-dance-pop <strong>ABC</strong>, “The Look Of Love” (#18, 1982) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Susan Boyle</strong> → Amateur Scottish singer, “I Dreamed A Dream” (2009), whose out-of-nowhere rise to fame (and fortune) resulted from her appearance on the UK TV show <em>Britain’s Got Talent</em> <br />
1964 ● <strong>Leslie Langston</strong> → Bassist for alt rock <strong>Throwing Muses</strong>, “Dizzy” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1965 ● <strong>Peter O’Toole</strong> → Bassist for Irish rockers <strong>Hothouse Flowers</strong>, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Method Man</strong> (Clifford Smith) → Founding member and MC for 9-man hip hop group <strong>Wu-Tang Clan</strong>, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), then first and biggest solo star to emerge from the Clan, “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” (#3, Rap #1, 1995) <br />
1977 ● <strong>Simon White</strong> → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop <strong>Menswear</strong>, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Hannah Louise Spearitt</strong> → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop <strong>S Club 7</strong>, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001) <br />
1986 ● <strong>Hillary Scott</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for country-rock harmony group <strong>Lady Antebellum</strong>, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009), solo <br />
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<b>Apr 02</b> <br />    
1928 ● <strong>Serge Gainsbourg</strong> (Lucien Ginsburg) → French provocateur, ladies man and pop singer, duet with ingénue <strong>Jane Birkin</strong>, “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus” (#69, UK #1, 1970), the first foreign language UK chart topper, died of a heart attack on 3/2/1991 <br />
1939 ● <strong>Marvin Gaye</strong> (Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.) → Grammy-winning, highly talented and revered R&amp;B/soul pioneer, first with R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Moonglows</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; solo vocalist, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (#1, 1968), transformed to beloved social commentator, “What’s Goin’ On” (#1, 1973), shot dead by his father in a domestic dispute on 4/1/1984 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Leon Russell</strong> (Claude Russell Bridges) → Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, top sessionman for multiple top-name rock artists, bandleader, solo artist, “Tight Rope” (#11, 1972) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil “Parrot” Castrodale</strong> → First tenor for blue-eyed soul/doo wop the <strong>Reflections</strong>, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964) <br />
1943 ● <strong>Larry Coryell</strong> → Pioneer and virtuoso jazz-rock guitarist, played with <strong>Chico Hamilton</strong>, <strong>Chick Coryea</strong> and <strong>Gary Burton</strong>, formed fusion band <strong>The Eleventh House</strong>, multiple solo albums <br />
1946 ● <strong>Kurt Winter</strong> → Guitarist for Canadian rockers <strong>The Guess Who</strong>, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), joined in 1970 to replace founder <strong>Randy Bachman</strong>, co-wrote “Hand Me Down World” (#17, 1970), left in 1974 to start mattress business, died from kidney failure on 12/14/1997 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Emmylou Harris</strong> → Grammy-winning traditional- and neo-country singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, collaborator, solo artist , “Sweet Dreams” (Country #1, 1976) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Dave Bronze</strong> → Session and touring bassist for <strong>Robin Trower</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CLA701″><strong>Eric Clapton</strong></a>, <strong>Ray Davies</strong>. <strong>Belinda Carlisle</strong>, <strong>Procol Harum</strong> and many others <br />
1952 ● <strong>Leon Wilkeson</strong> → Bassist, backing vocals and occasional songwriting for raunchy Southern rockers <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LYN971″><strong>Lynyrd Skynyrd</strong></a>, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died from liver and lung failure on 7/27/2001 <br />
1953 ● <strong>David Robinson</strong> → Drummer for pop/rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Jonathan Richman &amp; The Modern Lovers</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop/guitar rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CAR801″><strong>The Cars</strong></a>, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Gregory Abbott</strong> → One hit wonder R&amp;B/soul-urban pop-quiet storm singer/songwriter, “Shake You Down” (#1, 1986) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Keren Jane Woodward</strong> → Founding member and vocals for hugely successful Brit synth-dance-pop girl group <strong>Bananarama</strong>, covered “Venus” (#1, 1986) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Garnett Silk</strong> (Garnett Damoin Smith)  → Rising star Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer and Rastafarian, “Hey Mama Africa” (UK #1, 1992), died trying to save his mother in an accidental house fire on 12/16/1996 <br />
1967 ● <strong>Greg Camp</strong> → Co-founding member, vocals and guitar for neo-garage/quirky <strong>Smash Mouth</strong>, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Chico</strong> (Yousseph Slimani) → Welsh Latin pop singer, “It’s Chico Time” (UK #1, 2006), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 season of the UK series <em>The X Factor</em>  <br />
1979 ● <strong>Jesse Carmichael</strong> → Keyboards for alt funk-rock <strong>Maroon 5</strong>, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Scott Cain</strong> → Australian singer and winner of the third Australian <em>Popstars</em> competition, “I’m Moving On” (Aus. #1, 2002) <br />
1983 ● <strong>Yung Joc</strong> (Jasiel A. Robinson) → Hardcore/gangsta rapper, “It’s Goin’ Down” (#3, 2006) <br />
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<b>Apr 03</b> <br />    
1922 ● <strong>Doris Day</strong> (Doris Von Kappelhoff) → Award-winning, virginal film heroine and family TV hostess, pop singer, “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” (#2, 1956) <br />
1928 ● <strong>Don Gibson</strong> → Traditional and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (#7, Country #1, 1958) plus over 40 other Country Top 25 hits between 1956 and 1978, died 11/17/2003 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Jimmy McGriff</strong> → Soul-jazz organist and bandleader, “All About My Girl” (#50, R&amp;B #12, 1963), died 5/24/2008 from complications of multiple sclerosis <br />
1938 ● <strong>Jeff Barry</strong> (Adelberg) → Brill Building pop-rock songwriter, singer, record producer, husband of noted songwriter <strong>Ellie Greenwich</strong>, with whom he co-wrote “Be My Baby” for <strong>The Ronettes</strong> (#2, 1963), “Leader Of The Pack” for <strong>The Shangri-Las</strong> (#1, 1964) and “I Can Hear Music” for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEA301″><strong>The Beach Boys</strong></a> (#24, 1969), among dozens of other 60s hits <br />
1938 ● <strong>Philippé Wynne</strong> (Walker) → Co-lead vocals for R&amp;B/soul <strong>The Spinners</strong>, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, died of a heart attack on a nightclub stage on 7/14/1984 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Jan Berry</strong> (William J.) → Singer in seminal surf music duo <strong>Jan &amp; Dean</strong>, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), died on 3/26/2004 after years of poor health following a 1966 auto accident <br />
1942 ● <strong>Billy Joe Royal</strong> → Light country-rock and pop singer, “Down In The Boondocks” (#9, 1965) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Wayne Newton</strong> → Stage and screen star, pop music solo act, “Danke Schoen” (#13, Adult Contemporary #3, 1963), consummate Las Vegas showman and local real estate tycoon <br />
1943 ● <strong>Joe Vann</strong> (Joseph Canzano) → Lead vocals for Italian-American doo wop <strong>The Duprees</strong>, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962), died 2/28/1984 <br />
1943 ● <strong>Richard Manuel</strong> → Canadian-born keyboardist and vocals for seminal roots rock <strong>The Band</strong>, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide in a Florida motel room following a performance on 3/4/1986 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Barry Pritchard</strong> → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop/rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died 1/11/1999 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Lois Wilkinson</strong> → With partner <strong>Andrea Simpson</strong>, one half of the British Invasion pop-rock girl duo <strong>The Caravelles</strong>, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” (#3, 1963) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Tony Orlando</strong> (Michael Anthony Orlando Casavitis) → AM Pop star singer, leader of the vocal group <strong>Dawn</strong>, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971), Las Vegas showroom icon <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dee Murray</strong> (David Murray Oates) → Bassist for numerous rock and pop acts, most notably the <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> band, died 1/15/1992 from a stroke after a long bout with cancer <br />
1949 ● <strong>Richard Thompson</strong> → Folk-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, founding member of renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo, duo with wife <strong>Linda</strong> <br />
1951 ● <strong>Mel Schacher</strong> → Bassist for garage rock legends <strong>? And The Mysterians</strong>, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966), then formed hard rock/early heavy metal power trio <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA521″><strong>Grand Funk Railroad</strong></a>, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Judie Tzuke</strong> (Judith Myers) → UK pop singer/songwriter, “Stay With Me Till Dawn” (1979) ranks #39 of 50 top songs in the <em>BBC Best of British – 50 Golden Years of Popular Music</em> from 2002 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Eddie Murphy</strong> → Stand-up comedian, comic screen actor (<em>Beverly Hills Cop</em>, 1984), <em>Saturday Night Live</em> cast member, sometime pop singer, “Party All The Time” (#2, 1985) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Mike Ness</strong> → Co-founder, lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for Southern California punk revival band <strong>Social Distortion</strong>, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Simon Raymonde</strong> → Bassist for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop <strong>Cocteau Twins</strong>, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Sebastian Bach</strong> (Bierk) → Canadian-born frontman and lead vocals for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal <strong>Skid Row</strong>, “I Remember You” (#6, 1989) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Matthew Priest</strong> → Drummer for goofball Brit power pop trio <strong>Dodgy</strong>, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996) <br />
1985 ● <strong>Leona Lewis</strong> → Contemporary R&amp;B singer/songwriter, “Bleeding Love” (#1, 2007), won the third series of Britain’s <em>The X Factor</em> in 2006, <em>Billboard</em> magazine’s “Top New Artist” for 2008 <br />
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<b>Apr 04</b> <br />    
1915 ● <strong>Muddy Waters</strong> (McKinley Morganfield) → Grammy-winning Chicago blues giant, “Mannish Boy” (R&amp;B #5, 1955), major inspiration for the British blues-rock explosion of the 60s, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine #17 Greatest Artist of All Time, died in his sleep from heart failure on 4/30/1983 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Margo Sylvia</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Tune Weavers</strong>, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957), died on 10/29/1991 <br />
1938 ● <strong>Declan Mulligan</strong> → Irish guitarist for pop-rock <strong>The Beau Brummels</strong>, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Hugh Masekela</strong> → South African jazz and pop trumpeter, composer and singer, best know for his instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass” (#1, 1968) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Major Lance</strong> → Chicago good-time R&amp;B/soul singer, “The Monkey Time” (#8, R&amp;B #2, 1963), died of heart failure on 3/9/1994 <br />
1940 ● <strong>Sharon Sheeley</strong> → Successful early rock ‘n’ roll songwriter, wrote “Poor Little Fool” for <strong>Ricky Nelson</strong> (#1, 1958) and “Somethin’ Else” for <strong>Eddie Cochran</strong> (#58, 1959), was Cochran’s “unofficial fiancé” and survived the taxi crash that killed Cochran in 1960, died on 5/17/2002 following a cerebral hemorrhage <br />
1945 ● <strong>Ian “Knox” Carnochan</strong> → Founding member and vocals for punk-rock <strong>The Vibrators</strong>, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Hill</strong> → Lead guitarist and backing vocals for Brit glam-metal <strong>Slade</strong>, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984) <br />
1948 ● <strong>David “Pick” Withers</strong> → Original drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/DIR281″><strong>Dire Straits</strong></a>, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983), left the band in 1982 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Berry Oakley</strong> → First bassist for Southern blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (#77, 1972), died in a motorcycle accident on 11/11/1973 <br />
1949 ● <strong>Franklin Delano Alexander “Junior” Braithwaite</strong> → Co-founding member and vocals for roots reggae <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>The Wailers</strong></a>, left Jamaica in 1964 to pursue a medical career in Chicago, returned in 1984 for a <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>Wailers</strong></a&gt; reunion album and tour, murdered on 6/2/1999 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Graeme Kelling</strong> → Guitarist in Scottish indie pop-rock <strong>Deacon Blue</strong>, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), died from pancreatic cancer on 6/10/2004 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Peter Haycock</strong> → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit blues-rock <strong>Climax Blues Band</strong>, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), now composes film scores <br />
1952 ● <strong>Gary Moore</strong> → Guitarist for Irish blues-rock band <strong>Skid Row</strong>, plus three short stints with hard rock <strong>Thin Lizzy</strong>, “Waiting For An Alibi” (UK #9, 1979), solo, “Still Got The Blues” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1990), found dead in his vacation hotel room in Spain on 2/6/2011 <br />
1962 ● <strong>Craig Adams</strong> → Bassist and songwriter for goth-rock <strong>The Sisters of Mercy</strong>, then hard rock/metal revival <strong>The Cult</strong>, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989) and <strong>The Mission</strong>, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990),  <br />
1963 ● <strong>David Gavurin</strong> → Guitarist for Brit alt-indie-rock <strong>The Sundays</strong>, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990) <br />
1964 ● <strong>Kid</strong> (Christopher Reid) → Comedian and vocals for mainstream message-rap duo <strong>Kid ‘N Play</strong>, “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#51, Rap #1, 1991) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike Starr</strong> → Original bassist for alterna-metal/hard rock <strong>Alice In Chains</strong>, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), died from an apparent methadone overdose on 3/8/2011 <br />
1968 ● <strong>Mark Yates</strong> → Guitarist for hard rock/heavy metal <strong>Terrorvision</strong>, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz</strong> → DJ for hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop masters the <strong>Beastie Boys</strong>, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Jill Scott</strong> → Actress (as Big Mama Thornton in <em>Hounddog</em>, 2007), poet, songwriter and R&amp;B/soul singer, “A Long Walk” (#43, R&amp;B #9, 2001) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Magnus Sveningsson</strong> → Bassist for Swedish pop-rock <strong>The Cardigans</strong>, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Kelly Price</strong> → R&amp;B/pop singer, backing vocals for <strong>Mariah Carey</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FRA541″><strong>Aretha Franklin</strong></a>, <strong>Faith Evans</strong>, <strong>Mase</strong> and <strong>Notorious B.I.G.</strong>, and solo, “Friend Of Mine” (#12, 1998) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Andre Dalyrimple</strong> → Vocals for urban R&amp;B/dance-club brother quartet <strong>Soul For Real</strong>, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995) <br />
1975 ● <strong>Phil A. Jimenez</strong> → Vocals and percussion for post-grunge <strong>Wheatus</strong>, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Lemar Obika</strong> → Brit R&amp;B/soul-pop singer, appeared on BBC TV talent show <em>Fame Academy</em>, “Dance (With You)” (UK #3, 2002) <br />
1980 ● <strong>Johnny Borrell</strong> → Guitar and vocals for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock <strong>Razorlight</strong>, “America” (UK #1, 2006) <br />
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1928 ● <strong>Tony Williams</strong> → Lead tenor for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Platters</strong>, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died 8/14/1992 of emphysema <br />
1929 ● <strong>Robert George “Joe” Meek</strong> → Brit 60s rock ‘n’ roll record producer, songwriter and film composer, produced <strong>The Tornados</strong>’ hit “Telstar” (#1, 1961) among others, committed suicide after murdering his landlady on 2/3/1967 <br />
1935 ● <strong>Peter “G” Grant</strong> → Brit movie actor turned rock band manager for <strong>The Nashville Teens</strong>, <strong>The Yardbirds</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LED921″><strong>Led Zeppelin</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEC441″><strong>Jeff Beck</strong></a> and others, co-founder of Swan Song Records, died on 11/22/1995 from a heart attack <br />
1939 ● <strong>Ronnie White</strong> → Founding member and vocalist for R&amp;B/soul-pop <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ROB351″><strong>The Miracles</strong></a>, who charted 18 Top 10 hits including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970), introduced <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WON221″><strong>Stevie Wonder</strong></a> to <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; chief Berry Gordy Jr., died of leukemia on 8/26/1995 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Dave Swarbrick</strong> → Violin, mandolin and vocals for renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo <br />
1942 ● <strong>Allan Clarke</strong> → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock harmony group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/HOL431″><strong>The Hollies</strong></a>, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Crispian St. Peters</strong> (Robin Peter Smith) → Folk-pop two hit wonder singer/songwriter, “The Pied Piper” (#4, UK #5, 1966) and “You Were On My Mind” (UK #2, 1967) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Nicholas Caldwell</strong> → Vocals for R&amp;B/soul quintet <strong>The Whispers</strong>, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&amp;B #1, 1980) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Holland</strong> → Drummer with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band <strong>Judas Priest</strong>, “Breaking The Law” (1980) <br />
1950 ● <strong>Agnetha “Anna” Faltskog-Ulvaeus</strong> → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop quartet <strong>ABBA</strong>, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976) <br />
1951 ● <strong>Everett Morton</strong> → Drummer for multi-racial Brit ska revival band <strong>The Beat</strong> (known as the <strong>English Beat</strong> in the US), “Hand’s Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Stan Ridgeway</strong> → Frontman and distinctive baritone vocalist for alt indie rock <strong>Wall Of Voodoo</strong>, “Mexican Radio” (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), then solo with “Goin’ Southbound” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Jacob Slichter</strong> → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock <strong>Semisonic</strong>, “Closing Time” (Modern Rock #4, 1998), authored book <em>So You Wanna Be A Rock &amp; Roll Star</em> (2004) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike McCready</strong> → Lead guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings <strong>Pearl Jam</strong>, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Paula Cole</strong> → Alt pop-rock dreamy 90s two hit singer/songwriter, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” (#8, 1997) and “I Don’t Want To Wait” (#11. 1997) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Pharrell Williams</strong> → Grammy-winning rapper, fashion designer, and with <strong>Chad Hugo</strong>, one half of the hit songwriting/production duo <strong>The Neptunes</strong>, responsible for multiple pop, hip hop and R&amp;B hits, including <strong>Britney Spears</strong>’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” (Dance/Club #4, 2001), worked with <strong>Mase</strong>, <strong>Nelly</strong> and <strong>Kelis</strong>, solo US #1 album <em>The Neptunes Present…Clones</em> <br />
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1927 ● <strong>Merle Haggard</strong> → Traditional country guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Mama Tried” (Country #1, 1968) and over 40 other Country #1 hits <br />
1944 ● <strong>John Stax</strong> → Original bassist for raunchy R&amp;B/blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> band <strong>The Pretty Things</strong>, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Tony Connor</strong> → Drummer for Brit interracial R&amp;B/soul-disco-funk <strong>Hot Chocolate</strong>, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Ralph Cooper</strong> → Drummer for Aussie light pop-rock <strong>Air Supply</strong>, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981) <br />
1953 ● <strong>Christopher Franke</strong> → German keyboardist and composer for atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock <strong>Tangerine Dream</strong> <br />
1960 ● <strong>Warren Haynes</strong> → Blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, sideman and bandleader, founding member of power trio/jam band <strong>Gov’t Mule</strong>, “Drivin’ Rain” (Mainstream Rock #33, 2002), played with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, <strong>David Allan Coe</strong>, the <strong>Dickie Betts Band</strong>, <strong>Phil Lesh & Friends</strong> and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA821″><strong>The Dead</strong></a> plus numerous session and special projects with <strong>Blues Traveler</strong>, <strong>Dave Matthews</strong>, <strong>John Mayall</strong> and others <br />
1962 ● <strong>Ian Peter “Stan” Cullimore</strong> → Guitarist for Brit jangle guitar pop-rock <strong>The Housemartins</strong>, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), author of children’s books <br />
1965 ● <strong>Black Francis</strong> (Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) → Guitarist and singer with influential alt melodic rock <strong>Pixies</strong>, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), formed <strong>Frank Black and the Catholics</strong> in 1993, reunited <strong>Pixies</strong> in 2004, plus over 10 solo albums. <br />
1968 ● <strong>Joe Gittleman</strong>  → Bassist for ska punk <strong>The Mighty Mighty Bosstones</strong>, “The Impression That I Get” (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997) and other bands, assistant professor of music at a Vermont college <br />
1978 ● <strong>Myleene Klass</strong> → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop <strong>Hear’Say</strong>, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), now TV host and model <br />

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Albums Released This Week (March 25 – 31)

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):

Mar 25


The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ U.S.A. ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Billy Preston —— The Wildest Organ In Town ► Soul >> 1966
John Cale —— Vintage Violence ► Art Rock >> 1970
Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
The Kinks —— The Kink Kronikles ► British Rock >> 1972
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Open Our Eyes ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
John Cale —— Slow Dazzle ► Art Rock >> 1975
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings At The Speed Of Sound ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Triumph —— Progressions Of Power ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Devo —— DEV-O LIVE ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1981
The Church —— The Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Joe Jackson —— Big World ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Cure —— Entreat ► Post-Punk >> 1991
Shakira —— Peligro ► New Jack Swing >> 1993
Powerman 5000 —— True Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Sleater-Kinney —— Call The Doctor ► Punk/Riot Grrl >> 1996
Daft Punk —— Homework ► House >> 1997
Dinosaur Jr. —— Hand It Over ► Alt. Rock >> 1997
Machine Head —— The More Things Change… ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1997
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Life After Death ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Rick Slick —— The Art Of Storytelling ► Rap >> 1999
The B-52’s —— Funplex ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows —— Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Raconteurs —— Consolers Of The Lonely ► Alt. Rock >> 2008

Mar 26


John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— John Mayall Plays John Mayall ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Kinks —— Percy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1971
The Mothers Of Invention —— Just Another Band From L.A. ► Art Rock >> 1972
ABBA —— Ring Ring ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Smokey Robinson —— A Quiet Storm ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1975
Santana —— Amigos ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Thin Lizzy —— Jailbreak ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Go West ► Disco >> 1979
Van Halen —— Women And Children First… ► Hard Rock >> 1980
The Oak Ridge Boys —— Fancy Free ► Country-Pop >> 1981
Keel —— Right To Rock, The ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Southern Accents ► Album Rock >> 1985
Van Halen —— 5150 ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Cross —— Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Digital Underground —— Sex Packets ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
Heart —— Brigade ► Album Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Rod Stewart —— Vagabond Heart ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Anal Cunt —— 40 More Reasons To Hate Us ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1996
Bonnie Tyler —— Free Spirit ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1996
Coldplay —— The Singles 1999-2006 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2007

Mar 27


Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Sentimental Journey ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night —— Seven Separate Fools ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1972
Ian Hunter —— You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic ► Album Rock >> 1979
David Gilmour —— About Face ► Prog Rock >> 1984
King Crimson —— Three Of A Perfect Pair ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Run-D.M.C. —— Run-D.M.C. ► Rap >> 1984
The Outfield —— Voices Of Babylon ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slint —— Spiderland ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1991
Silverchair —— Frogstomp ► Grunge >> 1995
Embrace —— Drawn From Memory ► Alt Rock/Post-Britpop >> 2000
Peter Cetera —— Another Perfect World ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bruce Springsteen —— Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City ► Heartland Rock >> 2001
Massive Attack —— Collected ► Trip-Hop >> 2006
Machine Head —— The Blackening ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2007
Stevie Nicks —— Crystal Visions – The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock >> 2007

Mar 28


The Rascals —— The Young Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1966
The Rolling Stones —— Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) ► Rock >> 1966
Led Zeppelin —— Houses Of The Holy ► Hard Rock >> 1973
10cc —— Look Hear? ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Al Jarreau —— Jarreau ► Jazz-Pop Vocal >> 1983
Roxette —— Joyride ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
En Vogue —— Funky Divas ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
The Divine Comedy —— Promenade ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Big L —— Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ► Hardcore Rap >> 1995
Sarah McLachlan —— The Freedom Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Wilco —— A.M. ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
Common —— Like Water For Chocolate ► Alt Hip Hop >> 2000
Various Artists —— Romeo Must Die: The Album [Sndtrk] ► R&B/funk-rap >> 2000

Mar 29


Diana Ross —— Diana! ► Soul >> 1971
The Jackson 5 —— Skywriter ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
King Crimson —— Starless And Bible Black ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Mott The Hoople —— The Hoople ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Charlie Daniels Band —— Saddle Tramp ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Supertramp —— Breakfast In America ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Billy Joel —— Glass Houses ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Iron Maiden —— The Number Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Slade —— Rogues Gallery ► Glam Rock >> 1985
Bobby McFerrin —— Simple Pleasures ► Pop-Reggae >> 1988
Little Feat —— Representing The Mambo ► Southern Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— Phobia ► British Rock >> 1993
Suede —— Suede ► Brit Pop >> 1993
GWAR —— This Toilet Earth ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1994
The Subdudes —— Annunciation ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Gamma Ray —— Power Plant ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999

Mar 30


The Kinks —— The Kink Kontroversy ► British Invasion >> 1966
Billy Preston —— Club Meeting ► Soul >> 1967
Peter Frampton —— Frampton ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Commodores —— Commodores ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Magazine —— Secondhand Daylight ► Post-Punk >> 1979
The Pretenders —— Extended Play ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Bryan Adams —— Into The Fire ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Erasure —— The Circus ► Alt. Dance/Synthpop >> 1987
Onyx —— Bacdafucup ► Hardcore Rap >> 1993
Pink Floyd —— The Division Bell ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Choking Victim —— No Gods, No Managers ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Aerosmith —— Honkin’ On Bobo ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Los Lonely Boys —— Los Lonely Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 2004

Mar 31


Three Dog Night —— It Ain’t Easy ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Deep Purple —— Machine Head ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Led Zeppelin —— Presence ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Paul McCartney & Wings —— London Town ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Genesis —— Duke ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Scorpions —— Animal Magnetism ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Culture Club —— From Luxury To Heartache ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Prince —— Sign ‘O’ The Times ► Soul-Funk >> 1987
The Smiths —— Louder Than Bombs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Thompson Twins —— Close To The Bone ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1987
Body Count —— Body Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Def Leppard —— Adrenalize ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen —— Human Touch ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen —— Lucky Town ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Céline Dion —— The Collection 1982-1988 ► Adult Pop >> 1997
Daz Dillinger —— Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back ► West Coast Rap >> 1998
Duran Duran —— Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1998
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Live: Architecture & Morality And More ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 2008

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 24 – 30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 24

1935 ● Carol Kaye (Everett) → Hugely prolific session bassist, played in over 10,000 recording sessions for Sam Cooke, Ritche Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and many others, performed on TV theme songs for Kojak, M*A*S*H, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza and others, music instruction author and teacher
1937 ● Billy Stewart → Scat-style R&B/jazz singer, “Summertime” (#10, R&B #7, 1966), died on 1/17/1970 along with three bandmembers when his car went off a bridge in North Carolina
1947 ● Mike Kellie → Drummer for hard rock/blues rock Spooky Tooth, later The Only Ones and Peter Frampton, sessions
1948 ● Lee Oskar → Danish harmonica player for R&B cover band The Creators, which became funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973), solo, heads a high-end harmonica manufacturing concern
1951 ● Dougie Thomson → Bassist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1960 ● Nena (Gabriele Susanne Kerner) → One hit wonder (in the US) German singer and actress, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984) and seven Top 10 hits in Germany, now a school principal
1970 ● Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason, Jr.) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1970 ● Sharon Corr → With two sisters and brother, violinist in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)

Mar 25

1934 ● Johnny Burnette → Rockabilly pioneer bandleader and singer, “You’re Sixteen” (#8, 1960), brother of Dorsey and father of Rocky, killed in a California lake boating accident on 8/14/1964
1938 ● Hoyt Axton → Country singer and songwriter, “Boney Fingers” (Country #8, 1974), wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and others, including “The Pusher” for Steppenwolf (1968) and “Joy To The World” for Three Dog Night (#1, 1971), TV actor (Bionic Woman and McCloud), died of a heart attack on 10/26/1999
1942 ● Aretha Franklin → The “Queen of Soul,” Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop super-diva, “Respect” (#1, 1967) and over 25 other Top 20 hits
1947 ● Duncan Browne → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Journey” (UK #23, 1972), died of cancer on 5/28/1993
1947 ● Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) → Grammy-winning pop-rock and rock ‘n’ roll mega-star with over 40 Top 25 hits, from “Crocodile Rock” (#1, 1973) to “Candle In The Wind 1997” (#1, 1997)
1947 ● Jack Hall → Bassist for soulful Southern rock Wet Willie, “Keep On Smilin'” (#10, 1974), brother of frontman and lead vocalist Jimmy Hall, died on 5/17/1989
1948 ● Michael Stanley (Gee) → Bassist for folk-rock Silk, then solo, then frontman for the underrated hard rock Michael Stanley Band, “In The Heartland” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1949 ● Nick Lowe → Songwriter, vocals, guitarist, producer, solo artist, “Cruel To Be Kind” (#12, 1979), bandleader for pub rock/proto-punk Brinsley Schwarz and trad rock ‘n’ roll Rockpile, “Teacher Teacher” (#51, 1981)
1949 ● Neil Jones → Guitarist for Welsh prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK#1, 1969)
1951 ● Maizie Williams → West Indian vocalist for R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978), solo
1960 ● Steve Norman → Guitar and saxophone for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1966 ● Jeff Healey → Blind Canadian blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, “Angel Eyes” (#5, 1989), lost his sight to a rare cancer when he was eight months old, died of cancer on 3/2/2008
1969 ● Cathy Dennis → R&B/dance-pop vocalist turned successful songwriter, “Touch Me All Night Long” (#2, 1991), co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002) and wrote other songs for Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and others
1971 ● Michael McKeegan → Bassist for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (UK#9, 1993)
1974 ● Finley Quaye → Scottish reggae/hip hop singer, “Dice” (Dance #18, 2004), winner of the 1998 BRIT award winner for best male solo artist
1975 ● Melanie Blatt → Vocals for Brit dance-pop-rock All Saints, “Never Ever” (UK #1, 1998)

Mar 26

1917 ● Rufus Thomas → Memphis R&B/funk-soul singer and comedian, “Do The Funky Chicken” (#28, R&B #5, 1970), father of R&B/soul singer Carla Thomas, died 12/15/2001 from heart failure
1936 ● Fred Parris → Leader and vocals for long-running R&B/doo wop The Five Satins, “In The Still Of The Night” (R&B #3, 1956)
1944 ● Diana Ross (Diane Earle) → Motown R&B/soul-pop diva, lead vocals and eventual frontwoman for The Supremes, “Baby Love” (#1, 1964), then highly successful solo career, “Endless Love” (#1, 1981) and 22 other Top 40 hits
1948 ● Richard Tandy → Keyboards for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1948 ● Steven Tyler (Steven Victor Tallarico) → Frontman and lead vocals for long-lived, Grammy-winning hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1949 ● Fran Sheehan → Bassist for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Teddy Pendergrass → Lead singer for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (#3, 1972), then successful solo career, “Love T.K.O.” (R&B #2, 1980), died on 1/13/2010 after colon cancer surgery
1953 ● Billy Lyall → Scottish keyboardist, vocalist and early member of teen pop boy band Bay City Rollers, then co-founded pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#1, 1974), worked with Alan Parsons Project, died of AIDS-related causes on 12/1/1989
1955 ● Martin Price → Record shop owner and founding member of electro-dance/acid house 808 State, “Bombadin” (Dance/Club #3, 1994)
1957 ● Paul Morley → Music journalist, former New Music Express writer, band manager, producer and founding member of avant garde synth-pop Art Of Noise, “Kiss” featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988)
1968 ● James Jonas Iha → Vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Chesney → Contemporary country star singer and songwriter, “Never Wanted Nothing More” (#22, Country #1, 2007), and 19 other Country #1 hits, married to Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002) film actress Renée Zellweger
1971 ● John Hendy → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits
1975 ● Juvenile (Terius Grey) → New Orleans-based Southern/gangsta rapper, member of the hip hop group Hot Boys, “I Need A Hot Girl” (R&B #23, 1999), then solo, “Slow Motion” (#1, 2004) featuring Soulja Slim
1981 ● Jay Sean (Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) → Anglo-Indian singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, beatboxer and Bhangra-R&B fusion pioneer with Rishi Rich Project, “Dance With You” (UK #12, 2003), then solo, “Down” (#1, 2009) with Lil’ Wayne

Mar 27

1934 ● Sarah Vaughan → Grammy-winning jazz singer, “Make Yourself Comfortable” (#6, 1955) and 8 other Top 20 hits, died 4/3/1990 from lung cancer
1947 ● Andrew Bown → Guitar and keyboards for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968), sessions and gigs with Status Quo and Pink Floyd
1950 ● Tony Banks → Founding member and keyboards for prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis,”Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), mildly successful solo career
1953 ● Walt Stocker → Lead guitarist for pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), toured with Rod Stewart and Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Billy McKenzie → Vocals for New Romantic art-glam-dance-pop The Associates, “Party Fears Two” (UK #9, 1982), committed suicide on 1/23/1997
1959 ● Andrew Farris → Keyboards with his two brothers in Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1960 ● Jackie Chambers → Vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1962 ● Derrick McKenzie → Drummer for Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1964 ● Clark Datchler → Vocals and songwriter for underappreciated, one hit wonder New Wave sophisti-pop Johnny Hates Jazz, “Shattered Dreams” (#2, 1988), solo
1965 ● Johnny April → Bassist for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, “It’s Been A While” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1970 ● Brendan Hill → Drummer for blues-rock jam quartet Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1970 ● Mariah Carey → Grammy-winning vocalist, songwriter and top selling 90s pop diva with five straight US #1 career-starting singles, plus Billboard Song of the Decade, “Fantasy” (#1, 2005)
1975 ● Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) → R&B/dance-pop vocalist and songwriter, former teen TV actress (Kids Incorporated) and teen pop Wild Orchid, now with hip-hop Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” (#3, 2005) and solo, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 2007)
1988 ● Jessie J (Jessica Ellen Cornish) → Blue-eyed soul, pop and hip hop genre-blending Brit singer and songwriter, “Domino” (#6, UK #1, 2012)

Mar 28

1937 ● Dean Webb → Mandolin for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, “It’s About Time” (#92, 1971)
1941 ● Charlie McCoy → Harmonica player and top Nashville sessionman, founding member of supergroup Area Code 615, solo career, “Boogie Woogie” (Country #22, 1974) plus member of country-rock Barefoot Jerry
1945 ● Charles “Chuck” Portz → Bassist for pop-rock The Turtles, “It Ain’t Me Babe” (#8, 1965), left in 1966 before the band reeled off 7 other Top 10 hits
1948 ● John Evan (Evans) → Keyboards for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973)
1948 ● Milan Williams → Keyboards, horns and guitar for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978) and “Nightshift” (#3, 1985), died of cancer on 7/9/2006
1949 ● Sarah Cecilia “Sally” Carr → Vocals for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971)
1955 ● Reba McEntire → Hugely successful traditional and contemporary country singer, songwriter and bandleader, scored 22 Country #1 hits including “Somebody” (#35, 2004), TV actress
1962 ● Geo Grimes → Bassist for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987), later with Deacon Blue and currently Simple Minds
1963 ● Andy Cousin → Bassist for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988), also played for The Mission UK, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990) and The Lucy Nation, “Alright” (1999) from the Austin Powers movie soundtrack
1965 ● Steve Turner → Founder, vocals and lead guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1969 ● James Atkin → Vocals and guitar for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1976 ● Dave Keuning → Guitar and backing vocals for synth-pop-rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1986 ● Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) → Electronic dance-pop singer, songwriter and fashion bug, “Just Dance” (#1, 2008) and “Poker Face” (Worldwide #1, 2008)

Mar 29

1930 ● Donny Conn (Donald Claps) → Vocals and drummer for novelty pop/rock ‘n’ roll The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1942 ● Eden Kane (Richard Graham Sarstedt) → Pre-Beatles teen pop Brit singer, “Well I Ask You” (UK #1, 1961)
1943 ● Chad Allan (Allan Kowbel) → Founding member, early frontman, lead vocals, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), solo artist, TV host
1943 ● Vangelis (Evangelos O. Papathanassiou) → Greek keyboardist and electronic music composer, “Chariots Of Fire” (#1, 1982), started with prog rock Aphrodite’s Child, “Rain And Tears” (UK #29, 1968), auditioned with Yes and collaborated with Jon Anderson in pop-rock Jon & Vangelis, “I’ll Find My Way Home” (#51, 1982) before turning to film scores
1944 ● Terry Jacks → Canadian pop singer/songwriter with former wife Susan Pesklevits in pop-rock duo the Poppy Family, “Which Way You Goin’, Billy? (#2, 1969), then solo, “Seasons In The Sun” (#1, 1974), now environmental activist
1945 ● John “Speedy” Keen → Drums, vocals and songwriter for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air” (#37, UK #1, 1969), died unexpectedly on 3/12/2002
1947 ● Bobby Kimball (Robert Toteaux) → Lead vocals and namesake for arena rock Toto, “Africa” (#1, 1982)
1949 ● Dave Greenfield → Keyboards for punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1949 ● Michael Brecker → Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer, collaborator with brother Randy in jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, “Sneakin’ Up Behind You” (#58, Disco #3, 1975), worked on over 700 albums with appearances for James Taylor, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton and countless others, member of the Saturday Night Live house band, died from complications of leukemia on 1/13/2007
1956 ● Patty Donahue → Lead singer for New Wave pop-rock The Waitresses, “I Know What Boys Like” (Mainstream Rock #23, 1982), died of lung cancer 12/6/1996
1959 ● Perry Farrell (Bernstein) → Founder, frontman and vocals for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then formed hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), created the Lollapalooza concert tour program
1967 ● John Popper → Frontman, singer and harpist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)

Mar 30

1913 ● Frankie Laine (Francesco LoVecchio) → “Mr. Rhythm,” American jazz-pop singer, his “I Believe”, (UK #1, 1953) spent 18 weeks at the top of the UK chart, plus “Moonlight Gambler” (#3, 1957) and six other US Adult Contemporary Top 10 hits, died of heart failure on 2/6/2007
1914 ● John Lee Curtis “Sonny Boy” Williamson → Virtuoso blues harmonica, the “Father of Modern Blues Harp”, “Shake The Boogie” (Race Records chart #4, 1947), murdered in Chicago on 6/1/1948 while walking home from a nightclub performance
1930 ● Rolf Harris → Aussie-born singer, artist, TV presenter and musician, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” (#3, 1963)
1941 ● Graeme Edge → Drummer and songwriter for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1972), solo with the Graeme Edge Band
1943 ● John “Jay” Traynor → Lead singer for first lineup of clean cut pop-rock vocal group Jay & The Americans, “She Cried” (#5, 1962), left for little-notice solo career, “Up And Over” (1966)
1943 ● Kenny Forssi → Bassist for underground cult folk-psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), died of a brain tumor on 1/10/1998
1945 ● Eric Patrick Clapton → Top-level blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968), Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, then long and acclaimed solo career, “I Shot The Sheriff” (#1, 1974) and “Tears In Heaven” (#2, 1992), various collaborations
1948 ● Jim “Dandy” Mangrum → Frontman and vocals for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (#25, 1974)
1950 ● Dave Ball → Guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, joining in 1971 to replace Robin Trower, played lead on the acclaimed Procol Harum Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra album, then formed hard rock Bedlam and played with Long John Baldry
1954 ● Lene Lovich (Lili-Marlene Premilovich) → New Wave quirky dance-pop singer, “Lucky Number” (UK#3, 1979) and “New Toy” (Dance/Club #19, 1981)
1955 ● Randy VanWarmer → One hit wonder singer and songwriter for others, “Just When I Needed You Most” (#4, 1979), died of leukemia on 1/12/2004
1962 ● MC Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell) → First mass audience rap star, “U Can’t Touch This” (#8, 1990), hip hop cultural icon, dancer, actor
1964 ● Tracy Chapman → Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Fast Car” (#6, 1988) and “Give Me One Reason” (#3, 1996)
1965 ● Tim Dorney → Keyboardist for Brit techno-pop Republica, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (Modern Rock #39, 1997)
1967 ● Martin “Ace” Kent → Guitarist for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1968 ● Céline Dion → French-Canadian pop singer, “Because You Loved Me” (#1, 1996) and 12 other Top 25 hits
1973 ● Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein → Club DJ and member of rap rock Crazy Town, “Butterfly” (#1, 2001), worked on albums with Blink 182, Madonna and Will Smith, died on 1/28/2009 of an accidental drug overdose
1976 ● Mark McClelland → Bass guitar and co-founder of Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006), later with Little Doses
1979 ● Norah Jones (Geethali N. J. Shankar) → Grammy-winning acoustic jazz-pop singer/songwriter and pianist, “Come Away With Me” (2002), daughter of sitarist Ravi Shankar
1979 ● Simon Webbe → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1980 ● Paul Wall (Paul Slayton) → Hip hop MC and DJ, hardcore rapper, “Girl” (Rhythmic Top 40 #3, 2006), also featured on “Grillz” (#1, 2005) by Nelly

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Albums Released This Week (March 18 – 24)

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):



Mar 18


Gene Vincent —— Gene Vincent Rocks! And The Blue Caps Roll ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
Peter, Paul & Mary —— Album 1700 ► Classic Folk >> 1967
Donna Summer —— A Love Trilogy ► Disco >> 1976
Iggy Pop —— The Idiot ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Grace Slick —— Dreams ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1980
The Beatles —— Anthology 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Aerosmith —— Nine Lives ► Hard Rock >> 1997
The Allman Brothers Band —— Hittin’ The Note ► Southern Rock >> 2003
Buzzcocks —— Buzzcocks ► Punk-Rock >> 2003



Mar 19


Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 1962
Jethro Tull —— Aqualung ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Cat Stevens —— Buddha And The Chocolate Box ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
America —— Hearts ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Kiss —— Dressed To Kill ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Doobie Brothers —— Takin’ It To The Streets ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
The Beach Boys —— L.A. (Light Album) ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Black Flag —— Who’s Got The 10 1/2? ► Punk-Rock/Hardcore >> 1986
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —— Rock The House ► Pop-Rap >> 1987
Ozzy Osbourne And Randy Rhoads —— Tribute ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Cowboy Junkies —— The Caution Horses ► Alt. Rock >> 1990
Depeche Mode —— Violator ► Synth-Pop >> 1990
Robert Plant —— Manic Nirvana ► Hard Rock >> 1990
George Strait —— Chill Of An Early Fall ► Classic Country >> 1991
Barenaked Ladies —— Born On A Pirate Ship ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
Jimmy Buffett —— Far Side Of The World ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Donovan —— Pied Piper ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Scorpions —— Sting In The Tail ► Heavy Metal >> 2010



Mar 20


The Temptations —— Meet The Temptations ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Elvis Presley —— Good Times ► Adult Contemporary >> 1974
Wild Cherry —— Wild Cherry ► Funk >> 1976
Praying Mantis —— Time Tells No Lies ► Heavy Metal (New Wave of British) >> 1981
Bell Biv Devoe —— Poison ► New Jack Swing >> 1990
Blue Aeroplanes —— Swagger ► Art Rock >> 1990
Iron Fire —— Thunderstorm ► Speed Metal >> 2000
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Abattoir Blues Tour ► Alt Rock >> 2007
Joss Stone —— Introducing Joss Stone ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2007



Mar 21


Al Green —— Back Up Train ► Soul (Southern) >> 1967
The Faces —— First Step ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Tangerine Dream —— Rubycon ► Art Rock/Electronic >> 1975
AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock [Australia] ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Slade —— Whatever Happened To Slade ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Pink Floyd —— The Final Cut ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Pixies —— Surfer Rosa ► Garage Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Tina Live In Europe ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Madonna —— Like A Prayer ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Bonnie Raitt —— Nick Of Time ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Alison Moyet —— Essex ► Synth-Pop >> 1994
Death —— Symbolic ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1995
The Tea Party —— The Edges Of Twilight ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Stevie Wonder —— Conversation Peace ► Pop-R&B >> 1995
Against All Authority —— 24 Hour Roadside Resistance ► Ska-Punk >> 2000
Patti Smith —— Gung Ho ► Heartland Rock >> 2000
Ben Harper —— Both Sides Of The Gun ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006



Mar 22


The Beatles —— Please Please Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles —— The Early Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Bob Dylan —— Bringing It All Back Home ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Temptations —— The Temptations Sing Smokey ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
Elvis Presley —— You’ll Never Walk Alone ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Eagles —— On The Border ► Country-Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Apostrophe (*) ► Art Rock >> 1974
The Soft Machine —— Bundles ► Jazz Fusion >> 1975
Elvis Presley —— The Sun Sessions ► Rock ‘N Roll >> 1976
The Beatles —— Reel Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Savatage —— The Dungeons Are Calling ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1984
Alcatrazz —— Disturbing The Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
John Paul Jones —— Scream For Help [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Anthrax —— Among The Living ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Morrissey —— Viva Hate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
White Zombie —— Make Them Die Slowly ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1989
Nine Inch Nails —— Head Like A Hole ► Industrial Metal >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— A Real Live One ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Cheap Trick —— Woke Up With A Monster ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1994
Yes —— Talk ► Prog Rock >> 1994
The Headstones —— Teeth And Tissue ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— B-Sides & Rarities ► Alt Rock >> 2005
Billy Idol —— Devil’s Playground ► Hard Rock >> 2005
Soundgarden —— Telephantasm ► Grunge >> 2011



Mar 23


Elvis Presley —— Elvis Presley ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
Dionne Warwick —— Dionne Warwick In Valley Of The Dolls ► Pop-Soul >> 1968
King Crimson —— Lark’s Tongues In Aspic ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Roxy Music —— For Your Pleasure ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Judas Priest —— Sad Wings Of Destiny ► Heavy Metal >> 1976
Genesis —— …And Then There Were Three… ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Kaya ► Roots Reggae >> 1978
Van Halen —— Van Halen II ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Journey —— Departure ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1980
ZZ Top —— Eliminator ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Ratt —— Out Of The Cellar ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Howard Jones —— Dream Into Action ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Fates Warning —— No Exit ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1988
Joni Mitchell —— Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
ZZ Top —— Recycler ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Fall —— Code: Selfish ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1992
Depeche Mode —— Songs Of Faith And Devotion ► Synth-Pop >> 1993
The Mothers Of Invention —— Ahead Of Their Time ► Art Rock >> 1993
Dwight Yoakam —— This Time ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1993
Everclear —— Sparkle And Fade ► Grunge-Punk >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— Virtual XI ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
A+ —— Hempstead High ► Pop-Rap >> 1999
Peter Pan Speedrock —— Killermachine ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Eric Clapton —— Me And Mr. Johnson ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Guns N’ Roses —— Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Lou Reed —— Animal Serenade ► Album Rock >> 2004



Mar 24


The Easybeats —— It’s 2 Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1966
Elton John —— Friends ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks —— Striking It Rich ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Slade —— Slade Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Pink Floyd —— The Dark Side Of The Moon [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Chicago —— Chicago VIII ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Nuthin’ Fancy ► Southern Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Overkill ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Talking Heads —— The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1982
Pet Shop Boys —— Please ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
The Rolling Stones —— Dirty Work ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
They Might Be Giants —— Apollo 18 ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Running Wild —— Black Hand Inn ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1994
Everclear —— White Trash Hell ► Grunge-Punk >> 1997
Journey —— Greatest Hits Live ► Arena Rock >> 1998

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 17 – 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 17

1919 ● Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) → Jazz pianist and bandleader turned pop singer, “Ramblin’ Rose” (#2, 1962) and 18 other Top 25 hits, TV host, died from lung cancer on 2/15/1965
1937 ● Adam Wade → R&B/pop vocalist, “Take Good Care Of Her” (#7, 1961), TV and film actor, voice-overs
1937 ● Louis Aldine “Dean” Mathis → Multi-instrumentalist and vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964)
1939 ● Clarence Collins → Co-founder and baritone for long-lived R&B/doo wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” (#4, 1958)
1940 ● Vito Picone → Frontman and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop vocal group The Elegants, “Little Star” (1958)
1941 ● Paul Lorin Kantner → Vocals and guitar for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit” (#8, 1967), then mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), KBC Band, solo
1944 ● Bob Johnson → Guitar and vocals for Brit folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat’ (UK#5, 1975)
1944 ● John B. Sebastian → Frontman, guitarist and singer/songwriter for folk-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966), then solo, “Welcome Back” (#1, 1976)
1944 ● Pat McAuley → Drummer and keyboards for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Patricia Anne “Patty” Boyd → Model, photographer and former wife of George Harrison (1966-77) and Eric Clapton (1979-89), possible inspiration for “I Need You” and “Layla,” among other Harrison and Clapton love songs
1946 ● Harold Brown → Co-founder and drummer for R&B/funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973), now Lowrider
1948 ● Fran Byrne → Drummer for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1948 ● Patrick Lloyd → Bassist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, UK #1, 1968)
1951 ● Scott Gorham → Guitarist for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1959 ● Mike Lindup → Keyboards for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1962 ● Clare Grogan → Frontwoman and vocals for Scottish post-punk alt rock Altered Images, “Happy Birthday” (UK #2, 1981), TV and film actress (Gregory’s Girl), VH1 presenter
1962 ● Janet Gardner → Founding member, rhythm guitar and vocals for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1962 ● Roxy Petrucci → Founding member and original drummer for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Michael Ivins → Bassist for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, “She Don’t Use Jelly” (#55, 1995)
1967 ● Billy Corgan → Frontman, songwriter, vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996), then Zwan and producer for Hole and others
1970 ● Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) → Founding member, vocals, guitar and songwriter for experimental alternative rock duo Ween, “Mutilated Lips” (1997)
1972 ● Melissa Auf der Maur → Second bassist for grunge rock Hole, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998), toured with Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, solo and various collaborations
1973 ● Caroline Corr → With two sisters and brother, drummer and vocals in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)
1975 ● Justin Hawkins → Flamboyant frontman, vocals, guitars and keyboards for glam rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Top 40 #35, 2004)
1976 ● Stephen Gately → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), died on 10/9/2009 from a pulmonary edema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition

Mar 18

1911 ● Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnett) → Comedian, TV actor (Petticoat Junction, 1960s), singer, multi-instrumentalist, country-pop songwriter and movie soundtrack composer, wrote over 400 songs and performed many of them on stage and screen, often as sidekick to Gene Autry, including “Ridin’ Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down),” died from leukemia on 2/16/1967
1936 ● Robert Lee Smith → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1938 ● Charley Pride → Grammy-winning country singer with 36 number one hits, including “I’d Rather Love You” (Country #1, 1971), the most successful African-American country star ever
1941 ● Wilson Pickett → Legendary R&B/soul and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, “In The Midnight Hour” (#21, 1968), died of a heart attack on 1/19/2006
1945 ● Eric Woolfson → Scottish songwriter, lyricist pianist, producer and co-creator of prog rock The Alan Parsons Project, “Games People Play” (#16, 1981), wrote musicals and released a solo album, died from kidney cancer on 12/2/2009
1947 ● Brian James “B.J.” Wilson → Drummer in R&B/blues The Paramounts, then prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), died at age 43 on 10/8/1990 after being in a coma for several months following a car accident
1948 ● Bobby Whitlock → Session musician for Stax Records then R&B/blue-eyed soul singer, member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Derek And The Dominos and George Harrison‘s backing band, session work on The Rolling StonesExile On Main Street album, retired to farm in Mississippi
1950 ● John Hartman → Co-founder and drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), left in 1979 but returned for 1987-1992
1959 ● Irene Cara (Irene T. Escalera) → R&B/disco-pop singer, “Flashdance…What A Feelin'” (#1, 1983), actress who played Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame (1983)
1961 ● Grantzberg Vernon “Grant” Hart → Drummer and songwriter for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, “Makes No Sense At All” (1985), solo
1963 ● Jeff LeBar → Guitarist for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990)
1963 ● Vanessa L. Williams → Model and disgraced Miss America winner turned successful actress and R&B/pop vocalist, “Save The Best For Last” (#1, 1992)
1964 ● Courtney Pine → Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician and composer of TV and film music, “Children Of The Ghetto” (UK Top 10, 1986), also worked with Charlie Watts, Mica Paris, Trevor Jones and Jazz Warriors
1966 ● Jerry Cantrell → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), solo, “My Song” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1998)
1967 ● Miki Berenyi → Guitar and lead vocals for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1967 ● Robert Harrison → Singer and guitarist for unheralded power pop Cotton Mather, “My Before And After” (1998), now fronts indie pop-rock Future Clouds & Radar
1970 ● Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) → First bona fide female rap star (with first gold LP by a female MC), “U.N.I.T.Y.” (#23, Hot Rap #2, 1993), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV and film actress, talk show host, eponymous cosmetics product line
1974 ● Stuart Zender → Bassist in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1977 ● Harold “Devin” Lima → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (“Lyte Funkie Ones” or “Low Frequency Oscillator”), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999), formed The Cadbury Diesel in 2007
1979 ● Adam Levine → Guitar and lead vocals for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)
1985 ● Marvin Humes → Vocals for Brit teen pop boy-band JLS (“Jack The Lad Swing”), “Everybody In Love” (Mainstream Top 40 #38, 2010)

Mar 19

1942 ● Robert “Robin” Luke → Teenage rock ‘n’ roll/teen idol singer, “Susie Darlin'” (#5, 1958), left singing in the mid-60s for a career in academia
1944 ● Tom Constanten → Classically-trained keyboardist and composer, member of the Grateful Dead from 1966-1970, remained in the Dead‘s periphery and has issued several collaborative albums with Robert Hunter and others
1946 ● Paul Atkinson → Guitarist in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), later became a recorded company A&R executive for Columbia and RCA, discovered ABBA, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest and Michael Penn, died on 4/1/2004 from liver and kidney failure at age 58
1946 ● Ruth Pointer → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Derek Longmuir → Drummer for Scottish teen-pop boy band Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1953 ● Billy Sheehan → Bass guitarist for pop-metal “shredder” band Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992), worked with Steve Vai and David Lee Roth
1953 ● Ricky Wilson → Guitarist and founding member (with sister Cindy) of New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989), died from AIDS/HIV on 10/12/1985
1955 ● Bruce Willis → Action film actor (Die Hard series) and occasional pop singer with two albums, two modest hits and a Top 5 single, “Respect Yourself” (#5, 1987)
1959 ● Terry Hall → Frontman and lead vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), left to form New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, “Really Saying Something” (Club #16, UK #5, 1982), formed The Colourfield, “Thinking Of You’ (UK #12, 1985)
1971 ● Jack Bessant → Bassist for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow

Mar 20

1936 ● Lee “Scratch” Perry (Rainford Hugh Perry) → Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and pioneer in the development of the “dub” subgenre of reggae music, worked with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Heptones and others
1937 ● Jerry Reed (Jerry Reed Hubbard) → The “Guitar Man,” Grammy-winning country singer and guitarist, “Amos Moses” (#8, 1971), sessionman, TV and screen actor (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), died from emphysema on 9/1/2008
1950 ● Carl Palmer → Progressive rock drummer and percussionist, first with Atomic Rooster, “The Devil’s Answer” (UK#4, 1971), then supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer, “From The Beginning” (#39, 1972), and later Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982)
1951 ● Jimmie Vaughan → Blues-rock guitarist and singer, founded Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986), solo, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, with whom he played occasionally and released one “duo album,” Family Style (1990), released just after Stevie Ray’s death on 8/27/1990
1953 ● Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) → Guitarist for punk-rock The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns” (Modern Rock #10, 1989), married to Cramps singer Lux Interior who died on 2/4/2009
1956 ● Alphonso “Phonso” Martin → Percussion and vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978), left in 1991 to pursue interests outside of music
1959 ● Owen If (Ian Frederick Rossiter) → Drummer for Brit electronic dance/rap Stereo MC’s, “Connected” (#20, Modern Rock #5, 1992)
1959 ● Richard Drummie → Guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, “King Of Wishful Thinking” (#8, 1990)
1961 ● Slim Jim Phantom (James McDonnell) → Drummer with rockabilly revival Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” (#3, 1983)
1967 ● David “Shutty” Shuttleworth → Drummer for hard rock/heavy metal Spoilt Bratz and Terrorvision, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999)
1968 ● Fredrik Schönfeldt → Guitars and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1972 ● Alexander Kapranos → Vocals for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1972 ● Michelle Lena “Shelly” Poole → Vocals for Brit pop sister duo Alisha’s Attic, “Indestructible” (UK #12, 1997), daughter of 60s pop-rocker Brian Poole
1976 ● Chester Bennington → Vocals for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1982 ● Nick Wheeler → Lead guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

Mar 21

1902 ● Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. → Innovative and influential Delta blues and gospel slide guitarist and vocalist, recorded first in the 30s and for the Library of Congress in 1941 but drifted into obscurity until being “rediscovered” in 1964 during the folk-blues revival, toured and recorded thereafter extensively, influenced Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Alan Wilson (Canned Heat) and others, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on 10/19/1988
1940 ● Solomon Burke → The “King of Rock & Soul,” Grammy-winning R&B/classic soul singer, “Got To Get You Off My Mind” (#22, R&B #1, 1965), died 10/10/2010 while flying from L.A. to a sold-out show in The Netherlands
1941 ● John Boylan → Songwriter and producer for Rick Nelson, The Association, The Dillards and others, managed Linda Ronstadt and handpicked her backing band in 1971, the session musicians who later became the Eagles
1943 ● Victor Anthony “Vivian” Stanshall → Eccentric 60s UK underground rock figure and founder of the comedy/satirical art rock outfit Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968), died in a fire at his home on 3/5/1995
1944 ● David Lindley → Top-rated session musician, recorded with Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart and others, key member of Jackson Browne‘s recording and touring band from 1971 to 1981, solo, “Mercury Blues” (Mainstream Rock #34, 1981)
1945 ● Rosemary “Sister Rose” and “Rosie Stone” Stewart → Platinum-wigged lead vocalist and keyboardist with her two brothers Sly and Freddie in funk-rock Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), solo and sessions for Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr and others
1946 ● Ray Dorset → Founder, guitarist, vocals and chief songwriter for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime” (#3, 1970), solo
1949 ● Eddie Money (Edward Joseph Mahoney) → Police trainee turned rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, “Two Tickets To Paradise” (#22, 1977) and “Walk On Water” (#9, 1988)
1950 ● Roger Hodgson → Founding member, frontman, keyboards, vocals and chief hit songwriter for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979), solo
1951 ● Conrad Lozano → Bassist for Tex-Mex roots/blues/country-rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Russell Thompkins, Jr. → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1953 ● Robert Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1956 ● Guy Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie psych-rock The House Of Love, “Shine On” (UK#20, 1990)
1957 ● John Reddington → Guitarist for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1958 ● Jonathan “Butch” Norton → Drums and vocals for L.A. indie rock Eels, “Novocaine For The Soul” (Modern Rock #1, 1997), then sessions and/or touring bands for Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Lisa Germano, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Rufus Wainwright and Lucinda Williams
1963 ● Sharon “Share” Pedersen Ross → Bassist for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Shawn Lane → Jazz-rock guitar virtuoso, joined Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas as a teenager, left for a solo career, sessions and collaborations including The Highwaymen, died from respiratory failure on 9/26/2003
1966 ● DJ Premier (Christopher Martin) → East Coast rap DJ and record producer, one half the hip hop duo Gang Starr, “Take It Personal” (Rap #1, 1992), recorded with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and others, founder and chief of Year Round Records
1967 ● Jonas “Joker” Berggren → Guitar and keyboards for Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1967 ● Maxim (Keith Palmer) → MC and vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1967 ● Sean Dickson → Lead guitar and vocals for Scottish alt rock Soup Dragons, covered The Rolling Stones‘ “I’m Free” (Modern Rock #2, 1990)
1968 ● Andrew Copeland → Guitar and vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1977 ● Mark Hamilton → Founding member, bass, synthesizer and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)
1978 ● Kevin Federline → Dancer, fashion model, tabloid fodder ex-husband of Britney Spears and pop-rap singer, “Lose Control” (2006)
1980 ● Deryck “Bizzy D” Whibley → Guitar and vocals for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1989 ● Rochelle Wiseman → Singer, actress and TV host, member of pre-fab teen dance-pop S Club 8, “Fool No More” (UK #4, 2003), left in 2007 to join electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, “Missing You” (UK #3, 2010)

Mar 22

1936 ● Roger Whittaker → Internationally-acclaimed baritone pop singer and songwriter, “The Last Farewell” (#19, 1975), TV actor
1941 ● Jeremy Clyde → One half of strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, “A Summer Song” (#7, 1964), TV actor
1943 ● George Benson → Grammy-winning jazz and R&B/pop guitarist and scat singer, “Give Me The Night” (R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Keith Relf → Guitars and vocals for hard rock Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), then prog rock Renaissance and hard rock Medicine Head, died from electrocution on 5/14/1976 while playing his electric guitar in his basement
1944 ● Christopher Stainton → Session keyboardist and songwriter, started with Joe Cocker, later worked with Eric Clapton, The Who, Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters and others
1944 ● Tony McPhee → Lead guitar and vocals for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1947 ● Harry Vanda → Dutch-born lead guitarist for pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1967), later with pop-rock Flash And The Pan
1947 ● Patrick Olive → Percussionist and bassist for R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1948 ● Andrew Lloyd Webber → Highly successful Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and composer of musicals, often as collaborator with Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976) and Phantom Of The Opera (1986)
1948 ● Randy Jo Hobbs → Bassist for pop-rock The McCoys, “Hang On Sloopy” (#1, 1965), then with blues-rock Johnny Winter band, died from a drug overdose on 8/5/1993
1957 ● Stephanie Mills → Broadway star (The Wiz, 1975) turned Grammy-winning R&B/pop-disco diva, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (#6, 1980)
1958 ● Peter Wylie → Singer and frontman for post-punk alt rock Wah!, “Story Of The Blues” (UK #3, 1982)
1963 ● Susanne Sulley → Vocals for synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1968 ● Mickey Dale → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1970 ● Andreas Johnson → Swedish pop-rock musician and songwriter, “Glorious” (UK #4, 1999)
1971 ● Steve Howell → Drummer for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994), now with Placebo
1979 ● Aaron Wright North → Guitarist for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999)
1980 ● Shannon Rae Bex → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006), solo
1981 ● Shawn Mims → Jamaican-descent rapper, “This Is Why I’m Hot” (#1, 2007)
1986 ● Amy Studt → Brit contemporary pop singer, first hit at age 15 with “Just A Little Girl” (UK #14, 2002) and “Misfit” (UK #6, 2003)

Mar 23

1917 ● Granville Henry “Stick” McGhee → Jump blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best know for the oft-covered blues and proto-typical rock ‘n’ roll song “Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” (R&B #3, 1949), younger brother of electric blues guitarist Brownie McGhee, died of lung cancer on 8/15/1961
1932 ● Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter) → Flamboyant Southern blues guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player, recorded over 50 albums plus guest appearances and collaborations, best known for “Sweet Blood Call” (1975), died following a stroke on 2/25/2012
1938 ● Irwin Jesse Levine → Pop-rock songwriter, co-wrote “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) for Gary Lewis & The Playboys plus “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando & Dawn and other top hits, died from renal failure on 1/21/1997
1942 ● Jimmy Miller → Record producer and occasional session drummer on albums and songs he produced for The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, the lone Blind Faith album, the Plasmatics, Primal Scream and others, including key albums by The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main St. (1972) and Goats Head Soup (1973), died 10/22/1994 from liver failure
1944 ● Michael Nyman → Composer, pianist, bandleader and librettist, wrote the soundtrack album to the Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993)
1949 ● Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek) → Guitar, frontman and songwriter for synth-pop/hard rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978), solo
1950 ● Phil Lanzon → Keyboardist for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), sessions and sideman for numerous rock acts
1952 ● David Bartram → Vocals for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1953 ● Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens) → Vocals for R&B/funk-dance Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good” (#3, 1974), then solo, “I Feel For You” (#3, 1984)
1966 ● Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan) → Frontman and lead singer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994), solo
1967 ● John Strohm → Drummer turned guitarist for indie rock/power pop Blake Babies, then for several other groups, including teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993) plus solo albums, now a lawyer
1968 ● Damon Albarn → Singer, songwriter and producer, first as frontman for alt rock then Britpop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994), then in virtual pop-rock dub band Gorillaz, “Feel Good Inc.” (#14, 2005)
1972 ● Beverly Knight → Brit R&B/soul singer, songwriter and producer, “Woulda Shoulda Coulda” (UK #10, 2002)

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Albums Released This Week (March 11 – 17)

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):



Mar 11


Manfred Mann —— Up The Junction [Sndtrk] ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1968
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Harry Chapin —— Heads And Tales ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Chicago —— Chicago VII ► Jazz-Rock >> 1974
Quiet Riot —— Metal Health ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Eric Clapton —— Behind The Sun ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Depeche Mode —— 101 ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1991
Annihilator —— Refresh The Demon ► Thrash Metal >> 1996
Blonde Redhead —— Fake Can Be Just As Good ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1997
dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea ► Avant Grunge >> 1997
Santana —— Live At The Fillmore ► Jazz Fusion >> 1997
Everclear —— Slow Motion Daydream ► Grunge-Punk >> 2003
Machine Head —— Hellalive ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2003



Mar 12


The Velvet Underground —— The Velvet Underground & Nico ► Alt. Rock >> 1967
Yoko Ono —— Fly ► Avant-Garde/Pop-Rock >> 1971
Parliament —— Chocolate City ► Funk >> 1975
The Rolling Stones —— Sucking In The Seventies ► Rock n Roll >> 1981
The Jam —— The Gift ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Alchemy: Dire Straits Live ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1984
Robyn Hitchcock —— Eye Of The Hurricane ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Prong —— Beg To Differ ► Thrash Metal >> 1990
Rick Astley —— Free ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
R.E.M. —— Out Of Time ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Céline Dion —— Falling Into You ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Kiss —— MTV Unplugged ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Sting —— Mercury Falling ► Pop-Rock >> 1996



Mar 13


Tyrannosaurus Rex —— A Beard Of Stars ► Psych Rock >> 1970
Hot Tuna —— Double Dose ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Slade —— We’ll Bring The House Down ► Hard Rock >> 1981
The Cars —— Heartbreak City ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Carly Simon —— My Romance ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Bad Religion —— Generator ► Punk Rock >> 1992
Selena —— Amor Prohibido ► Latin Dance-Pop >> 1994
Disco Inferno —— In Debt ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1995
The Hives —— A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T ► Garage Rock >> 1998
Eric Clapton —— Reptile ► Blues-Rock >> 2001
The Innocence Mission —— We Walked In Song ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2007
Neil Young —— Live At Massey Hall 1971 ► Folk-Rock >> 2007



Mar 14


Waylon Jennings —— Folk-Country ► Trad Country >> 1966
Brenda Lee —— Bye Bye Blues ► Country-Pop >> 1966
Justin Hayward And John Lodge —— Blue Jays ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Def Leppard —— On Through The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Joe Jackson —— Body And Soul ► New Wave Jazz-Pop >> 1984
Voivoid —— Rrröööaaarrr ► Thrash Metal >> 1986
Extreme —— Extreme ► Pop-Metal >> 1989
Level 42 —— Forever Now ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1994
Bonnie Raitt —— Longing In Their Hearts ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
2Pac —— Me Against The World ► Spoken Word Rap >> 1995
Collective Soul —— Collective Soul ► Southern Rock >> 1995
Annie Lennox —— Medusa ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock >> 1995
Poison —— Crack A Smile…And More! ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2000



Mar 15


Jay & The Americans —— Sands Of Time ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Smokey Robinson —— Pure Smokey ► Soul >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire —— That’s The Way Of The World ► Soul-Funk >> 1975
Kiss —— Destroyer ► Hard Rock >> 1976
The Band —— Islands ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Marvin Gaye —— Live At the London Palladium ► Soul >> 1977
Asia —— Asia ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Coverdale-Page —— Coverdale-Page ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Sammy Hagar —— Unboxed ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Mötley Crüe —— Mötley Crüe ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Blur —— 13 ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1999
Buju Banton —— Rudeboys Inna Ghetto ► Dancehall Reggae >> 2000
Los Lobos —— Live At The Fillmore ► Roots Rock >> 2005



Mar 16


The Kingston Trio —— Stereo Concert ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beach Boys —— Shut Down, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas —— King And Queen ► Soul >> 1967
Manfred Mann —— What A Mann ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
T. Rex —— Tanx ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Marvin Gaye —— I Want You ► Soul – Motown >> 1976
REO Speedwagon —— You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Bijelo Dugme —— Bitanga I Princeza ► Yugoslav Prog Rock >> 1979
The Who —— Face Dances ► British Rock >> 1981
The Smithereens —— Green Thoughts ► College Rock >> 1988
Kid Rock —— The Polyfuze Method ► Rap Rock >> 1993
The Cardigans —— Life ► Power Pop >> 1995
Morcheeba —— Big Clam ► Downtempo Trip-Hop >> 1998
Jeff Beck —— Who Else! ► Instrumental Rock >> 1999



Mar 17


Jackie DeShannon —— New Image ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Grateful Dead —— The Grateful Dead ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1967
The Rascals —— Freedom Suite ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Works, Vol. 1 ► Prog. Rock >> 1977
Elvis Costello —— This Year’s Model ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1978
Generation X —— Generation X ► Punk Rock >> 1978
Bad Company —— Desolation Angels ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Depeche Mode —— Black Celebration ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Ozzy Osbourne —— Just Say Ozzy ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Melissa Etheridge —— Never Enough ► Roots Rock >> 1992
k. d. lang —— Ingenue ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
No Doubt —— No Doubt ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Twisted Sister —— Big Hits and Nasty Cuts: The Best of Twisted Sister ► Hair Metal >> 1992
Hanson —— MMMBop ► Pop-Rock/Teen Pop >> 1996
The Dismemberment Plan —— The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified ► Post-Hardcore Punk >> 1997
Van Halen —— Van Halen III ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Paul McCartney —— Back In The World ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Bryan Adams —— 11 ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
Van Morrison —— Keep It Simple [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 2008

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 10 – 16)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 10

1903 ● Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke → Influential jazz pianist, coronetist and composer, proto-“cool jazz” soloist, “Singin’ The Blues” (1927), died of complications of alcoholism on 8/6/1931
1935 ● Dexter Tisby → Tenor singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (#8, 1954)
1940 ● Dean Torrence → One-half of the legendary surf-rock duo Jan & Dean, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), the pair had 16 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1966
1945 ● Pete Nelson (Lipscomb) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1947 ● Tom Scholz → Founder, guitarist and tape wizard for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Ted McKenna → Scottish drummer for Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975)
1954 ● Tina Charles (Hoskins) → Brit R&B/disco dance-pop singer, “I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)” (Disco #2, 1976)
1960 ● Gail Greenwood → Bassist for alt pop-rock Belly, “Feed The Tree” (#1, Modern Rock, 1993)
1962 ● Gary Clark → With brother Kit, founding member and vocals for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987)
1963 ● Jeff Ament → Bassist and vocals for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1964 ● Neneh Cherry (Neneh Mariann Karlsson) → Hip hop/dance-pop singer “Buffalo Stance” (#3, 1989), stepdaughter of jazz musician Don Cherry
1964 ● Patrick Kane → With brother Greg, vocals for Scottish contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1966 ● Dave Kusen → Drummer and backing vocals for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1966 ● Edie Brickell → Vocals and frontwoman for folk-pop Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, “What I Am” (# , 1989), married Paul Simon in 1992
1967 ● Susie Q (Susan Banfield) → Vocals in female rap/house music duo Cookie Crew, “Rok Da House” (UK #5, 1988)
1971 ● Doug Ardito → Bass and guitars for post-grunge hard rock Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1971 ● Timbaland (Timothy Zachery Moseley) → Rapper, “Up Jumps Da Boogie” (#12, Rap #1, 1997) and producer, with partner Magoo member of hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo, produced hits for Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls and others
1973 ● John Charles LcCompt → Guitarist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1975 ● Jerry Horton → Lead guitar for hard rock/heavy metal Papa Roach, “Scars” (#15, Mainstream Rock #4, 2005)
1977 ● Matthew Rubano → Bassist for melodic hardcore metal Taking Back Sunday, “Makedamnsure” (#48, 2006)
1977 ● Robin Thicke → Pop R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter, musician and sometime actor, “Lost Without U” (#14, 2007), son of actor and composer Alan Thicke
1978 ● Benjamin Burnley → Lead vocals, rhythm guitar and chief songwriter for post-grunge hard rock Breaking Benjamin, “So Cold” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2004)
1982 ● Jonathan Ansell → Tenor for Brit pop vocal quartet G4, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (UK #8, 2005), went solo when the troupe disbanded
1983 ● Carrie Underwood → Grammy-winning country-pop singer, songwriter and actress, “Inside Your Heaven” (#1, 2005), her album Some Hearts is the best selling solo female debut album in country music history

Mar 11

1903 ● Lawrence Welk → Iconic and beloved MOR easy listening/pop accordionist, bandleader, television host and impresario noted for his “champagne music” style, “Calcutta” (#1, 1961), died of pneumonia on 5/17/1992
1908 ● Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Ford “Rice” Miller) → Legendary blues singer/songwriter/harmonica player, recorded with Robert Johnson in the 1930s and Eric Clapton in the 1960s
1944 ● Ric Rothwell → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “A Groovy Kind Of Love” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Harvey “The Snake” Mandel → Blues-rock guitarist with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall and others, plus solo
1947 ● Derek “Blue” Weaver → Welsh keyboardist with early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969), replaced Rick Wakeman in folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), then pop-disco The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1978), the with the reformed Strawbs and session work for Stevie Wonder, Pet Shop Boys, Chicago, The Damned and others
1947 ● Mark Stein → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge, the Tommy Bolin band and Alice Cooper‘s band
1948 ● George Kooymans → Founder, vocals and guitar for Dutch hard rock Golden Earring, “Radar Love” (#13, 1974), over 40 hits and 30 gold and platinum albums in the Netherlands
1950 ● Bobby McFerrin → Grammy-winning virtuoso jazz, pop and classical vocalist, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (#1, 1988)
1950 ● Keith Diamond (Alexander) → Songwriter and record producer, worked with Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Donna Summer and others, wrote “Caribbean Queen” (#1, 1984) and other songs for Billy Ocean, died from a heart attack on 1/18/1997
1951 ● Katie Kissoon → Vocals with her brother in sibling easy listening/bubblegum pop duo Mac & Katie Kissoon, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (#20, 1971), then backing vocals/sessions for Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pet Shop Boys and others
1955 ● Catherina “Nina” Hagen → German bandleader, songwriter and post-punk dance-pop singer, “New York New York” (Dance/Club #9, 1984), now Christian music singer
1955 ● Flinto Chandia → Bassist in Brit pop one hit wonder Jimmy The Hoover, “Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)” (UK #18, 1983)
1957 ● Cheryl Lynn → R&B/disco multi-hit diva and former Gong Show winner, “Got To Be Real” (#12, R&B #1, 1978)
1961 ● Bruce Watson → Guitarist for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983)
1961 ● Mike Percy → Bassist and songwriter for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985)
1964 ● Vinnie Paul Abbott → With brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, co-founder and drummer in thrash metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994) and metal supergroup Damageplan, “Save Me” (Mainstream Rock #16, 2004), Darrell was murdered on stage by a deranged fan at a show in Columbus, OH on 12/8/2004 and Damageplan broke up, joined supergroup Hellyeah in 2006
1968 ● Lisa Loeb → Contemporary folk-pop singer, songwriter and actress, “Stay, I Missed You” (#1, 1994) from the soundtrack to Reality Bites (1994), voice-overs and children’s recordings
1969 ● Pete Droge → Post-grunge roots rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)” (Mainstream Rock #28, 1995)
1969 ● Rami Jaffee → Keyboardist for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996)
1979 ● Benji Madden (Benjamin Levi Combs) → With twin brother Joel, guitar and backing vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1979 ● Joel Madden (Joel Reuben Combs) → With twin brother Benji, lead vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1981 ● LeToya Nicole Luckett → Singer with Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), quit in 1999 and eventually started a solo career, “Torn” (#31, 2006)
1981 ● Russell Lissack → Lead guitar for indie pop-punk revival Bloc Party, “Helicopter” (Dance #5, 2006)

Mar 12

1917 ● Leonard Chess → Founder of the Chess record label, home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed. Chess died of a heart attack on October 16th 1969, aged 52.
1940 ● Al Jarreau → Seven-time, three-category (jazz, pop and R&B), four-decade Grammy-winning singer, “We’re In This Love Together” (#15, R&B #6, 1981)
1942 ● Brian O’Hara → Guitar and vocals for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964), committed suicide by hanging himself on 6/27/1999
1942 ● Larry Kaye (Kassman) → Vocals for white R&B/doo wop quartet The Quotations, “Imagination” (Top 40, 1961)
1946 ● Liza Minnelli → Stage and film actress, dancer and pop singer, “Cabaret” (1972), daughter of actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli
1948 ● James Taylor → Quintessential “sensitive” folk-pop/light rock singer/songwriter, “You’ve Got A Friend” (#1, 1971)
1948 ● Les Holyrod → Bassist for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977)
1949 ● Bill Payne → Keyboardist and songwriter for Southern-fired blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), session work with Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart and others, released debut solo album in 2005
1949 ● Mike Gibbins → Drummer with Brit power pop Badfinger, “Come And Get It” (#7, 1970), left in 1974 for session work, started solo career in 1998, died 10/4/2005 of natural causes
1951 ● Jack Green → Guitarist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1957 ● Marlon Jackson → Vocals for R&B/pop-soul brother group The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), pursued a largely unsuccessful, one hit solo career, “Don’t Go” (R&B#2, 1987), now sells real estate in Southern California and produces for the Black Family Channel on TV, twin brother Brandon died 24 hours after their premature birth
1957 ● Steve Harris → Bassist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1965 ● Coleen Nolan → Vocals for Irish girl group all-sibling pop group The Nolan Sisters, “I’m In The Mood For Dancing” (UK #3, 1980), TV host and author
1969 ● Graham Coxon → Guitarist for alt rock then Brit pop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994), solo
1975 ● Kelle Bryan → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, UK #3, 1993)
1977 ● Ben Kenney → Bassist for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001), session work and Ghetto Crush Industries record executive
1978 ● Claudio Sanchez → Lead singer and guitarist for alt prog rock Coheed And Cambria, “A Favor House Atlantic” (Modern Rock #13, 2004), creator of comic book series The Amory Wars, author
1979 ● Pete Doherty → Co-founder and vocals for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Babyshambles, former paramour of model Kate Moss
1986 ● Danny Jones → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, “All About You” (UK #1, 2005)

Mar 13

1913 ● Lightnin’ Slim (Otis V. Hicks) → Important Louisiana electric blues guitarist and singer, bridged country, blues and mainstream pop, “Rooster Blues” (R&B #23, 1959), stopped recording in the 1960s and worked in a Detroit foundry, rediscovered and resumed touring the U.S. and Europe in the early 70s before dying of stomach cancer on 7/27/1974
1933 ● Mike Stoller → Pianist, producer, record label owner and one-half of the Lieber & Stoller hit songwriting duo, co-wrote dozens of R&B, pop and rock classics, including “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak” and “Love Potion #9”
1939 ● Neil Sedaka → Pop singer, pianist and songwriter, “Calendar Girl” (#4, 1961), plus over 30 other Top 40 hits, co-wrote the film theme song “Where The Boys Are” for Connie Francis (#4, 1961)
1940 ● Daniel Bennie → Second tenor for blue-eyed soul/doo wop the Reflections, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964)
1942 ● Scatman John (John Larkin) → Stuttering jazz and R&B/dance-pop singer and pianist who combined scat singing with dance rhythms and turned his affliction into the international Top 10 hit “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)” (#60, Dance/Club #10, 1995), died from lung cancer on 12/3/1999
1949 ● Donald York → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1959 ● Greg Norton → Bassist for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, “Makes No Sense At All” (1985), solo
1959 ● Ronnie Rogers → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1960 ● Adam Clayton → Bassist for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1972 ● Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) → Sophisticated underground jazz-rap artist, “Take It Ez” (Rap #5, 1992) and “One Nine Nine Nine” (Rap #4, 1999)
1973 ● David Draiman → Lead vocals/songwriter for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1979 ● Toni Lundow → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

Mar 14

1922 ● Les Baxter → Pianist, easy listening/pop music composer, pioneer of “exotica” incorporating Polynesian and African sounds, “Poor People Of Paris” (#1, 1956), wrote the “Whistle” theme song to the TV show Lassie, died on 1/15/1996
1931 ● Phil Phillips (John Phillip Baptiste) → Louisiana R&B/blues and swamp pop one hit wonder singer, “Sea Of Love” (#2, 1959)
1933 ● Quincy Jones → Six decade music industry giant, bandleader, producer, songwriter, film score composer and record label executive, solo artist, “Stuff Like That” (#21, R&B #1, 1978), worked with Michael Jackson for Thriller and Off The Wall
1943 ● Jim Pons → Bassist for The Leaves, then pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), then with Frank Zappa‘s Mothers Of Invention
1945 ● Walter Parazaider → Saxophonist for pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972) and five #1 albums during the 1970s
1947 ● Jimmy O’Rourke → Guitarist and singer with blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1947 ● Jona Lewie (John Lewis) → Brit indie/pub rock keyboards, vocals and songwriter, Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs, “Seaside Shuffle” (UK #2, 1972), then solo, “Stop The Cavalry” (UK #3, 1980)
1947 ● Peter Skellern → Brit pianist and pop/easy listening singer and songwriter, “Your A Lady” (#50, UK #3, 1972)
1950 ● Rigdon Osmond “Rick” Dees III → Comedian, songwriter, musician, Los Angeles (KIIS-FM) radio DJ and host of the syndicated Weekly Top 40 Countdown, also known for the novelty-pop single “Disco Duck” (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Chris Redburn → Bassist for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1963 ● Mike Muir → Vocals for hardcore punk/thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized” (1994)
1963 ● Steve Lambert → Vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1969 ● Michael Bland → Session drummer for Prince (1989-96), Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg, Nick Jonas & The Administration
1970 ● Kristian Merrill Bush → Vocals and guitars for country-pop duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008)
1979 ● Jacques Brautbar → Guitarist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), professional photographer and collaborator in various music projects
1983 ● Jordan Taylor Hanson → Keyboards and vocals for teen pop-rock brother trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1988 ● Colby O’Donis (Colón) → Grammy-winning R&B/hip hop singer and songwriter, “What You Got” (#14, 2008) and “Just Dance” with Lady GaGa (#1, 2009), actor

Mar 15

1912 ● Sam John “Lightnin'” Hopkins → Texas country blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rolling Stone #71), “Mojo Hand” (1960), influenced many blues-rock guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, died of esophageal cancer on 1/30/1982
1922 ● Eddie Calvert → British solo trumpeter and instrumental composer, his biggest hit was “Oh, Mein Papa” (UK#1, 1953), died on 8/7/1978
1932 ● Arif MardinAtlantic Records producer and arranger, worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, Average White Band, Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones and others, died on 6/25/2006
1936 ● Howard Greenfield → Lyricist and songwriter, worked in the Brill Building in the 1960s, co-wrote dozens of hits, including “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” for Neil Sedaka (#1, 1962) and “Love Will Keep Us Together” for The Captain & Tennille, #1, 1970), co-wrote TV theme songs, including Bewitched, The Flying Nun and Hazel, died from complications due to AIDS on 3/4/1986
1940 ● Phil Lesh → Bassist and occasional lead vocals for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), the Dead spinoffs The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends
1941 ● Mike Love → Lead vocals and, since 1961, the only consistent member of surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966) and “Kokomo” (#1, 1988), lone solo album in 1981
1942 ● Hughie Flint → Drummer for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then blues-rock McGuinness Flint, “When I’m Dead And Gone” (#47, 1971)
1944 ● David Costell → Guitarist for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1944 ● Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) → Founder, frontman, vocals, guitar and keyboards for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969)
1946 ● Howard Scott → Co-founder and guitarist for R&B cover band The Creators, which became funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973)
1947 ● Hernandez Lugo → Bassist for garage rock ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder → Country-folk-blues-rock session guitarist, member of supergroups Rising Sons and later Little Village, Grammy-winning solo artist
1948 ● Stephen “Grizzly” Nisbett → Drums for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978), retired in 2001
1953 ● Preston Hubbard → Bassist for blues/swing revival Roomful Of Blues, then blues-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1955 ● Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge → With her four brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1955 ● Daniel “Dee” Snider → Frontman and vocals for heavy metal Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983), solo, radio DJ, VH1 DJ, TV reality show star
1962 ● Steve Coy → Drummer for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985)
1962 ● Terence Trent D’Arby (Howard) → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Wishing Well” (#1, 1988)
1963 ● Brett Michaels → Frontman, songwriter and vocals for hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1964 ● Rockwell (Kenneth Gordy) → One hit wonder R&B/pop singer, “Somebody’s Watching Me” (#2, 1984), son of Motown Records founder and executive Berry Gordy
1968 ● Jon Schaffer → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for heavy metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (Sales #3, 2008), nominated for “Riff Lord” at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
1968 ● Mark McGrath → Lead singer for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997), TV host on tabloid show Extra and Don’t Forget the Lyrics
1972 ● Mark Hoppus → Bassist for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.) → Rapper, songwriter, lead vocals and producer for hip hop Black Eyed Peas, “Where Is The Love” (#1, 2003), producer for Michael Jackson, U2, Britney Spears and others
1977 ● Mr. Hahn (Joseph Hahn) → Korean-American DJ and sampler for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)

Mar 16

1942 ● Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Clyde Crosby) → Progressive, “outlaw” country singer, wrote and recorded “Mr. Bojangles” (#77, 1968), a #9 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971
1948 ● Michael Bruce → Guitarist for glam/hard rock Alice Cooper band, “School’s Out” (#7, 1972), solo
1954 ● Jimmy Nail (James Bradford) → Brit TV actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Spender), novelist and pop singer/songwriter, “Ain’t No Doubt” (UK #1, 1992)
1954 ● Nancy Wilson → Co-frontwoman, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for hard rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Flavor Flav (William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.) → Court jester and rap vocals for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, “Fight The Power” (Rap #1, 1989)
1963 ● Stuart Kerr → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1966 ● H. P. Baxxter (Hans-Peter Geerdes) → Co-founder, frontman and vocals for German techno/dance/hardcore group Scooter, “Ramp! (The Logical Song)” (UK #2, 2001), the band is one of the most successful German pop-rock bands ever
1972 ● Andrew Dunlop → Guitarist for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1976 ● Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) → R&B/contemporary soul singer and songwriter, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (oops!)” (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Leena Peisa → Keyboards for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”

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