Archive for June, 2014

Albums Released This Week (June 30 – July 6)

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

Jun 30


James Brown —— Live At the Apollo ► Soul >> 1963
Stephen Stills —— Stephen Stills 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Sly & The Family Stone —— Fresh ► Soul-Funk >> 1973
Kiss —— Love Gun ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Queen —— The Game ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Stephen Stills —— Right By You ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Big Country —— The Seer ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Madonna —— True Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Various Artists —— La Bamba [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Neil Young —— Life ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Biohazard —— Biohazard ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1990
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Come On Come On ► Country-Folk >> 1992
P.J. Harvey —— Dry ► Indie Rock >> 1992
Skinny Puppy —— Last Rights ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1992
Bonnie Tyler —— Natural Force ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1992
The Chills —— Soft Bomb ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
Strawberry Alarm Clock —— Anthology ► Psychedelic Pop >> 1993
The Clarks —— Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt ► Garage Rock >> 1994
Iron Savior —— Iron Savior ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Cowboy Junkies —— Miles From Our Home ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Plugged In & Live ► Soul-Funk >> 1998
Carpenters —— Reflections ► Easy Listening >> 1998
Extreme —— Running Gag ► Pop-Metal >> 1998
The Who —— Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► British Rock >> 2003
Wilco —— Wilco (The Album) ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2009
Jefferson Airplane —— The Woodstock Experience ► Psychedelic Rock >> 2009

Jul 01


Elvis Presley —— Loving You ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Jackie DeShannon —— Lonely Girl ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Band —— Music From Big Pink ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Cactus —— Cactus ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Donny Hathaway —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Summertime Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Otis Redding —— Tell The Truth ► Memphis Soul >> 1970
Trooper —— Trooper ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels —— Born To Rock ► Rockabilly >> 1977
The Korgis —— The Korgis ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
The Korgis —— Dumb Waiters ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Loudness —— Disillusion ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1984
Ray Davies —— Return To Waterloo [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Wham! —— Music From The Edge Of Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rory Gallagher —— Defender ► Blues-Rock >> 1987
Green Day —— 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
Rick Wakeman —— Black Nights At The Court Of Ferdinand IV ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Cannibal Corpse —— Butchered At Birth ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge >> 1991
East 17 —— Walthamstow ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Wolfstone —— Year Of The Dog ► Celtic Rock >> 1994
Blues Traveler —— Straight On Till Morning ► Alt Country Rock >> 1997
Limp Bizkit —— Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ ► Rap-Metal >> 1997
Roy Buchanan —— Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Shpongle —— Tales Of The Inexpressible ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Oasis —— Heathen Chemistry ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2002
Trooper —— Hits From Ten Albums ► Hard Rock >> 2010

Jul 02


The Jazz Crusaders —— Chile Con Soul ► Jazz Fusion >> 1965
The Jazz Crusaders —— Live At Newport ► Jazz Fusion >> 1966
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Rust Never Sleeps ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Foreigner —— 4 ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Imperial Bedroom ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Time —— Ice Cream Castle ► Funk >> 1984
Depeche Mode —— People Are People ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Lyle Lovett —— Lyle Lovett ► Alt. Country >> 1986
Devo —— Smooth Noodle Maps ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1990
Alice Cooper —— Hey Stoopid ► Heavy Metal/Shock Metal >> 1991
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Into The Great Wide Open ► Album Rock >> 1991
Crowded House —— Woodface ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Asia —— Arena ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Blues Traveler —— Live From The Fall ► Alt Country Rock >> 1996
Aerosmith —— O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Dave Matthews Band —— Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Kylie Minogue —— Aphrodite ► Dance-Pop >> 2010

Jul 03


Ronnie Wood —— Now Look ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Jacksons —— Triumph ► Soul/pop >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham —— Go Insane ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Allman Brothers Band —— Seven Turns ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Various Artists —— Am I Cool Or What? ► Soul-Jazz >> 1991
Cryptopsy —— None So Vile ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Blackmail —— Do Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep? ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock >> 2000
Various Artists —— G-A-Y ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Tha Alkaholics —— X.O. Experience ► West Coast Rap >> 2001

Jul 04


David Ackles —— American Gothic ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Neil Diamond —— Beautiful Noise ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Mission Of Burma —— Signals, Calls, And Marches ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Yazoo —— You And Me Both ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
The Prodigy —— Music For The Jilted Generation ► Electro-Industrial >> 1994
Funkdoobiest —— Brothas Doobie ► Latino Rap >> 1995
Foo Fighters —— Foo Fighters ► Grunge Rock >> 1995
Brother Cane —— Seeds ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Mogwai —— Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997) ► Cosmic Post-Rock >> 1997
Underoath —— Act Of Depression ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal >> 1999
Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek: Excess All Areas ► Blues-Rock >> 2000
Johnny Cash —— American V: A Hundred Highways ► Trad Country/Americana >> 2006
Blondie —— Panic Of Girls ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jul 05


Ray Charles —— Ray Charles At Newport ► Soul >> 1958
The Beach Boys —— Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
The Beach Boys —— Best Of The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Creedence Clearwater Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Cass Elliott —— Bubblegum, Lemonade, And… Something For Mama ► Bubblegum Pop >> 1969
Frank Zappa —— Waka/Jawaka ► Art Rock >> 1972
Bryan Ferry —— Another Time, Another Place ► Prog. Rock >> 1974
The Beach Boys —— 15 Big Ones ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Suicidal Tendencies —— Suicidal Tendencies ► Punk Metal >> 1983
Billy Squier —— Signs Of Life ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Björk —— Debut ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Smog —— Julius Caesar ► Alt Rock/Lo-Fi >> 1993
U2 —— Zooropa ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Hootie & The Blowfish —— Cracked Rear View ► Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Who —— Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B ► British Rock >> 1994
The Auteurs —— How I Learned To Love The Bootboys ► Glam Rock >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— The Essential Iron Maiden ► Heavy Metal >> 2005

Jul 06


MC5 —— High Time ► Garage Rock/Proto-Punk >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Surrender ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Trilogy ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Steely Dan —— Countdown To Ecstasy ► Jazz-Rock >> 1973
Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The B-52’s —— The B-52’s ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Public Image Ltd. —— This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get ► Post-Punk >> 1984
The Jacksons —— Victory ► Soul/pop >> 1984
Heart —— Heart ► Album Rock >> 1985
Supertramp —— The Autobiography Of Supertramp ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1986
Quiet Riot —— QR III ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Echo & The Bunnymen ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Grateful Dead —— In The Dark ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Todd Rundgren —— No World Order ► Art Rock >> 1993
Akinyele —— Vagina Diner ► Dirty Rap >> 1993
Miss Kitten & The Hacker —— Champagne ► Electro Pop >> 1998
Dokken —— The Very Best Of Dokken ► Heavy Metal >> 1999

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 29 – July 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 29

1942 ● Gilberto Gil (Moreira) → Brazilian “tropicalia” samba-salsa-pop-rock fusion singer and guitarist, Grammy-winning album Quanta Gente Veio Ver: Ao Vivo (1998), Minister of Culture for Brazil, 2003-2008
1943 ● Roger Ruskin Spear → Co-founder, kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toy instrumentalist for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968), died 1/18/1990
1945 ● Little Eva (Boyd) → Babysitter and maid for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who wrote her hit “The Loco-Motion” (#1, 1962) about her dancing while doing housework, died of cervical cancer on 4/10/2003
1948 ● Bill Kirchen → The “Dieselbilly King,” versatile rockabilly, boogie, Western swing, rock ‘n’ roll and trucking music guitarist with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), multiple solo albums including the Grammy-winning Word To The Wise (2010), frontman for several bands and tours/sessions with Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others
1948 ● Dervin Gordon → With twin brother Lincoln, Jamaican-born lead vocals for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Ian Paice → Drummer for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), the only constant member of the band since it formed in 1968, also played with hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1948 ● Lincoln Gordon → With twin brother Dervin, Jamaican-born guitarist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1953 ● Colin Hay → Co-founder, vocals and guitar for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once
1964 ● Steadman Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1978 ● Nicole Scherzinger → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group, then lead singer for dance-pop Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005), solo, “Baby Love” (Dance/Club #4, 2007), winner of Dancing With The Stars in 2010
1978 ● Sam Farrar → Bassist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), son of John Farrar of The Shadows (“Apache,” Worldwide #1, 1960)
1979 ● Richard Breen → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1983 ● Aundrea Aurora Fimbres → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)

Jun 30

1917 ● Lena Horne → Grammy-winning contemporary pop singer, stage, film and TV actress and nightclub entertainer, “Love Me Or Leave Me” (#19, 1955)
1936 ● Dave Van Ronk → Folk and acoustic blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, figurehead in the 60s Greenwich Village folk coffeehouse scene, influenced Bob Dylan and many other young folksters, died from complications of colon cancer surgery on 2/10/2002
1937 ● Lawrence Joel “Larry” Henley → Lead vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964)
1939 ● Tony Hatch → Composer, pianist, Pye Records staff songwriter, producer for The Searchers, David Bowie, the Montanas and others, wrote “Downtown” for Petula Clark (#1, 1964)
1943 ● Flo Ballard (Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman) → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#1, 1964), left in 1967 when Motown snubbed her and pushed Diana Ross to the front, tried to become a solo act but was largely unsuccessful, died of a heart attack on 2/22/1976
1944 ● Glenn Shorrock → Songwriter, lead vocals and co-founder of several top-level Aussie pop/rock bands, including Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), solo
1946 ● William “Billy” Brown → Vocals for R&B/soul trio The Moments, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to sweet soul Ray, Goodman & Brown, “Special Lady” (#5, R&B #1, 1979)
1949 ● Andy Scott → Guitar and synthesizer for neo-bubblegum/glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1951 ● Stanley Clarke → Virtuoso electric and acoustic jazz and jazz-rock fusion bassist, bandleader and solo, “Sweet Baby” (#19, R&B #6, 1981), collaborated with Chick Corea in fusion band Return To Forever, session work for Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and others, film score composer
1953 ● Hal Lindes → Guitarist and film score composer, joined post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Money For Nothing” (#1, 1985) in 1981, solo and session work
1956 ● Philip Adrian Wright → Joined synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981) in 1978 as “Director of Visuals”, learned keyboards, left the band in 1986 to pursue graphic design
1957 ● Doug Sampson → Original drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), left the band in 1977 to escape the rigors of constant touring and never played professionally again
1962 ● Julianne Regan → Vocals for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988)
1963 ● Yngwie Malmsteen → Swedish composer, bandleader and technically accomplished neo-classical heavy metal guitarist, pioneer of the lightning fast “shredding” technique, “Heaven Tonight” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1988)
1967 ● Peter James “Cammy” Camell → Bass and rhythm guitar for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Philip Anselmo → Lead vocals for alt heavy metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1969 ● Tom Drummond → Bassist for alt pop-rock trio Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Andrew Burrows → Drummer for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)
1983 ● Anton Gordon → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)
1983 ● Cheryl Cole (Cheryl Ann Tweedy) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002), judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008, solo, “Fight For This Love” (UK #1, 2009)
1984 ● Fantasia (Barrino) → R&B/soul singer, actress, “I Believe” (#1, 2004), the first debut single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart
1985 ● T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm) → R&B/hip hop MC and singer, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (#1, 2007)
1992 ● Lamb Lennon Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lynx, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)
1992 ● Lynx Vaughan Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lamb, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)

Jul 01

1915 ● Willie Dixon → The “Poet Laureate of the Blues,” vital Chicago blues pioneer, singer, songwriter and guitarist, composed over 500 songs, including recognized standards such as “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Little Red Rooster” and many others, major influence on blues-rockers, including The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, died of heart failure on 1/29/1992
1928 ● Bobby Day (Robert James Byrd) → R&B/doo wop vocals and songwriter with The Hollywood Flames, “Buzz Buzz Buzz” (#11, R&B #5, 1957), then solo, “Rockin’ Robin” (#2, R&B #1, 1958), later one half of the duo Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle” (#44, 1963), died of cancer on 1/27/1990
1933 ● Eddie Bond → Pioneer rockabilly star, singer and guitarist, “Rockin’ Daddy” (1956), toured on the Louisiana Hayride with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others, radio DJ
1939 ● Delaney Bramlett → Accomplished guitarist and songwriter, member of house band The Shindogs for TV pop music variety show Shindig, one half of husband/wife front for rock/soul revue Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, “Never Ending Song Of Love” (#13, 1971), worked with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason and George Harrison, died on 12/27/2008 from complications of gall bladder surgery
1942 ● Andraé Crouch → Grammy-winning, renowned and respected pioneer of contemporary gospel, singer, writer, producer, solo artist, “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” (R&B #69, 1980), collaborated with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna and others, film score composer and pastor
1945 ● Debbie Harry → Singer and frontwoman for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), solo, “In Love With Love” (#70, Dance/Club #1, 1987)
1946 ● June Monteiro → Singer for pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1948 ● John Ford → Bass and acoustic guitar for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), formed rock duo Hudson Ford with bandmate/drummer Richard Hudson, “Pick Up The Pieces” (UK #8, 1973), then punk rock The Monks, “Nice Legs Shame About Her Face” (UK #19, 1979)
1949 ● John Farnham → Hugely popular solo pop-rock singer and songwriter in his native Australia, “You’re The Voice” (#82, UK #6, 1987)
1951 ● Fred Schneider → Vocals and frontman for New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1952 ● Dan Akroyd → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Elwood Blues” in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979)
1952 ● Leon “Ndugu” Chancler → Jazz-funk drummer, percussionist and sessionman, worked The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson (drummed on “Billie Jean”, #1, 1983), Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Weather Report and many others
1956 ● Phil Solem → Singer, songwriter, co-founder of power pop Great Buildings, which became The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (#17, 1995), the theme song to the TV situation comedy Friends
1959 ● Edem Ephraim → With Dennis Fuller, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Fuller in a car collision on 1/21/1996
1960 ● Evelyn “Champagne” King → R&B/disco and post-disco singer, “Love Come Down” (#17, Dance/Club #1, 1982)
1960 ● Ted Key → Bassist for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986)
1963 ● Roddy Bottum → Keyboards for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Pol Burton → Drummer for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (UK#3, 1983)
1971 ● Adam MacDougall → Keyboards for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1971 ● Melissa “Missy” Elliott → Hugely successful, four time Grammy-winning female rapper and songwriter, “Work It” (#2, 2002), producer, wrote “If Your Girl Only Knew” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1996) for Aaliyah

Jul 02

1925 ● Marvin Rainwater (Percy) → One quarter Cherokee country, rockabilly and pop singer, “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” (#18, Country #3, 1957) and “Whole Lotta Woman” (#60, UK #1, 1958)
1926 ● Lee Allen → New Orleans-based rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and later rockabilly saxophonist, session work for Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Stray Cats, The Blasters and others, toured with The Rolling Stones, died
1936 ● Tom Springfield (Dion O’Brien) → Vocals and songwriting with sister Dusty Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962)
1937 ● Dee Palmer (David Palmer) → Classically-trained composer, arranger and keyboardist with long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), underwent male-to-female sex change operation in 2004
1939 ● Paul Williams → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), shot himself to death on 8/17/1973
1942 ● Leapy Lee (Graham Pulleybank) → One hit wonder Brit comedian and stage actor turned country-pop crossover singer, “Little Arrows” (#16, Country #11, 1968)
1945 ● Peter Cruikshank → Bassist for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1949 ● Roy “The Professor” Bittan → Keyboards and synthesizer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, session work for David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, others
1950 ● Duncan Mackay → Keyboards for glam rock Cockney Rebel, “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” (UK #1, 1975)
1952 ● Johnny Colla → Saxophone and guitar for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Pete Briquette → Bass and vocals for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1955 ● Jerry Hall → Fashion model and sometime actress known chiefly for her marriage to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in November 1990, ending in divorce in 1999
1956 ● Jeffrey Cooper → Backing vocals for synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990)
1957 ● Mike Anger → Bassist in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Ann-Marie Teresa Antionette “Annie” Ruddock → Vocals and saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1964 ● Roy Boulter → Drummer for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1965 ● Dave Parsons → Bassist for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (UK#3, 1983), joined alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) in 1992
1970 ● Monie Love (Simone Wilson) → Former protégé of Queen Latifah and member of Native Tongues hip hop collective, solo rapper, “It’s A Shame, My Sister” (#26, Dance/Club #2, 1991)
1974 ● Rocky Gray → Drummer for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003), played lead guitar for Christian metal Living Sacrifice and drums for other metal bands in his native Arkansas
1983 ● Michelle Branch → Teen pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All You Wanted” (#6, 2002) and duet with Carlos Santana, “The Game Of Love” (#5, 2002), then formed country-pop The Wreckers, “Leave The Pieces” (#34, Country #1, 2006)
1985 ● Ashley Michelle Tisdale → Model, actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever), solo, “It’s Alright, It’s OK” (Dance/Club #20, 2009)

Jul 03

1893 ● “Mississippi” John Hurt → Country-blues legend, guitarist, songwriter, first recorded in the 20s, then rediscovered in the 60s folk revival, died of a heart attack on 11/2/1966
1929 ● David Lynch → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died of cancer on 1/2/1981
1930 ● Tommy Tedesco → Top session guitarist, billed by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, worked on TV and film scores and recorded with The Association, The Beach Boys, Cher, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, Frank Zappa and numerous others, died from lung cancer on 11/10/1997
1936 ● Frederick Tupper Saussy III → American composer, musician, advertising executive, watercolor painter, author, high school English teacher, jazz recording artist and Nashville Symphony contributor best known as the songwriter and keyboardist for psych-pop The Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” (Top 20, 1969), later convicted of tax evasion and spent nearly 10 years as a fugitive before surfacing and turning himself in, became chapel music director and piano instructor for prisoners while serving his sentence in a California correctional facility, upon release wrote several books and resumed recording, died from a heart attack on 3/16/2007, two days before the release of his first CD and first new music album in 37 years, The Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar (2007)
1940 ● Fontella Bass → Gospel-rooted R&B/soul diva and pianist, “Rescue Me” (#4, R&B #1, 1965)
1940 ● Maureen Kennedy → Vocals for 60s all-girl Brit-pop ensemble The Vernon Girls, “Lover Please” (UK #16, 1962)
1943 ● Garland Jeffreys → African-American/Puerto Rican American rock, reggae and blues singer and songwriter, “Wild In The Street” (1973) and several solo albums
1943 ● Judith Durham → Vocals for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967), solo
1946 ● Victor Unitt → Guitarist with Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970), joined blues-rock The Pretty Things and appeared on the album Parachute (1970)
1947 ● Betty Buckley → Film (Carrie, 1976), TV (Eight Is Enough, 1977) and Broadway (Cats, 1983) actress, traditional pop and show tunes singer with 14 solo albums, plus cast recording of multiple Broadway shows
1948 ● Paul Barrere → Guitarist and songwriter for Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1949 ● John Verity → Guitarist for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), formed Phoenix and later Charlie, “It’s Inevitable” (Mainstream Rock #13, 1983), solo, producer
1949 ● Johnnie Wilder → Vocals in multinational, sophisticated disco-funk Heatwave, “Boogie Nights” (#2, 1977)
1950 ● Damon Harris → Joined Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations as tenor vocalist in 1971, Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), left in 1975 and formed disco Impact, “Give A Broken Heart A Break” (Disco #5, 1976), solo
1955 ● Mike Corby → Keyboards and guitars for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Isn’t It Time” (#13, 1977), left in 1978
1955 ● Neil Clark → Guitar for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985)
1957 ● Laura Branigan → Pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Gloria” (#2, 1982), actress, died of a brain aneurysm on 8/26/2004
1959 ● Stephen Pearcy → Lead vocalist for hard rock/glam and hair metal Ratt, “Round And Round” (#12, 1984)
1960 ● Vince Clarke (Vincent John Martin) → Keyboards, synthesizer and founding member of electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Dance/Club #26, 1982), left to form synth-pop duo Yaz (Yazoo in the UK), “Nobody’s Diary” (Dance/Club #1, 1983), then co-founded synth-pop duo The Assembly, “Never Never” (UK #4, 1983), then synth-dance duo Erasure, “Chains Of Love” (#12, Dance/Club #4, 1988) plus over 20 other Dance/Club hits
1968 ● Martyn Walsh → Bassist for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1969 ● Butterfly (Ishmael Butler) → Vocals and producer for hip hop rap-jazz fusion trio Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” (#15, R&B #5, 1993)
1969 ● Kevin Hearn → Keyboards, accordion and guitar for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1975 ● Javier Weyler → Drummer for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001), replacing Richard Cable who departed in 2003
1976 ● Shane Lynch → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)

Jul 04

1826 ● Stephen Foster → The “Father of American Music,” enduring 19th century popular music composer whose works are at the core of the American Songbook, his hundreds of titles include lasting standards such as “Oh, Susanna” (1849), “Camptown Races” (1850) and “Beautiful Dreamer” (1864)
1889 ● Joe Young → Tin Pan Alley and popular music lyricist, co-wrote “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” (1925) and the oft-covered pop standard “I’m Going to Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter,” a #5 hit for Fats Waller in 1935 and a #3 hit for Billy Williams in 1957, among others, died 4/21/1939
1911 ● Mitch Miller → Classical musician, then pop bandleader, arranger, singer, “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” (#1, 1955), head of A&R (artists and repertory) for Columbia Records pop division, TV show host
1934 ● Gilbert Lopez → Vocals in R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957)
1938 ● Bill Withers → Three-time Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Lean On Me” (#1, 1972) and “Just The Two Of Us” (#2, 1981)
1940 ● Dave Rowberry → Keyboards for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), died from a bleeding ulcer on 6/6/2003
1943 ● Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson → Guitar, harmonica and vocals for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968), died of a drug overdose on 9/3/1970
1943 ● Annette Beard Sterling Helton → Original member and vocalist for Motown R&B/pop girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963), left the group in 1964 for her family
1947 ● Jacques Morali → French producer and songwriter, produced over 65 albums, formed and managed gay disco troupe Village People, “YMCA” (#2, 1979), died of AIDS on 11/15/1991
1948 ● Jeremy Spencer → Early member and slide guitarist for blues-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Albatross” (UK #1, 1969), left the band abruptly during a 1971 tour to join the Children of God religious sect
1949 ● Gene Gunnels → Early drummer in 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), but left before the song became a hit
1950 ● David ‘Kid’ Jensen → Canadian-born, Danish descent radio DJ and TV personality, first for Radio Luxembourg in the late 60s and the BBC Radio 1 beginning in 1976, later Capital FM and other London stations
1951 ● Ralph Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1955 ● John Waite → Singer, songwriter and bassist for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), then arena rock Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (#1, 1989), then pop-rock balladeer solo, “Missing You” (#1, 1984)
1958 ● Kirk Pengilly → Guitar and vocals for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Matt Malley → Bassist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1964 ● Mark Slaughter → Vocals, guitar, keyboards, songwriter and frontman for pop-glam metal Slaughter, “Fly To The Angels” (#19, 1990), currently a voice-over actor and TV music composer
1970 ● Andy McClure → Drummer for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1971 ● Andrew Creeggan → Piano for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1972 ● William Goldsmith → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Modern Rock #1, 1999) quit the band in 1997
1978 ● Stephen McNally → Vocals and guitar for short-lived teen pop-rock trio BBMak, “Back Here” (#13, 2000)

Jul 05

1920 ● Smiley Lewis (Overton Amos Lemons) → New Orleans R&B guitarist, songwriter and booming-voiced singer, “I Hear You Knocking” (R&B #2, 1955), wrote “One Night” covered by Elvis Presley (#4, 1958), died from stomach cancer on 10/7/1966
1930 ● Mitch Jayne → Bluegrass radio DJ, then founding member, bassist and lyricist for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, “It’s About Time” (#92, 1971)
1941 ● Terry Cashman (Dennis Minoque) → The “Balladeer of Baseball,” one-time minor league player turned singer/songwriter with doo wop The Chevrons, “Lullabye” (1960) and pop duo Cashman & West, “American City Suite” (#27, 1972), co-produced several of Jim Croce‘s hits, then solo and best known for his minor hit “Talkin’ Baseball” (1981), which he has since recorded with custom lyrics for nearly every Major League Baseball franchise
1943 ● Robbie Robertson → Guitar, vocals and chief songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, “Showdown At Big Sky” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1987)
1945 ● Dick Scoppettone → Vocals for folk and sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1950 ● Andy Ellison → Guitar, vocals and frontman for Brit pop art/mod rock John’s Children, “Desdemona” (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor
1950 ● Huey Lewis (Hugh Anthony Craig III) → Leader and lead vocalist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1950 ● Michael Monarch → Original guitarist for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1956 ● Terry Chimes → Original drummer for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), played with Hanoi Rocks and toured with Black Sabbath before becoming a chiropractor
1959 ● Marc Cohn → Folk-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, “Walking In Memphis” (#13, 1991), Grammy winner for Best New Artist of 1991
1964 ● Antoinette “Toni” Halliday → Vocalist, lyricist. occasional guitarist and one half of the alt pop-rock duo Curve, “Coast Is Clear” (Modern Rock #12, 1991)
1969 ● Aled Richards → Drummer for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1973 ● Bengt Fredrik Lagerberg → Drummer for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1973 ● Joe (Joseph Lewis Thomas) → Gospel-based R&B/smooth soul singer, “Stutter” (#1, 2001), producer
1973 ● Roisin Murphy → Irish singer with dance/funk trip hop duo Moloko “Sing It Back” (Dance/Club #1, 1999), now solo, “Movie Star” (Dance #8, 2008)
1979 ● Shane Filan → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1980 ● Jason Wade → Guitar and vocals for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1985 ● Nick O’Malley → Bassist for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)
1986 ● Adam Young → Keyboards, vocals and founder/frontman for electronic emo-pop one man band Owl City, “Fireflies” (#1, 2009)

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Albums Released This Week (June 23 – 29)

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

Jun 23


Stevie Wonder —— Stevie At The Beach ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
The Byrds —— Byrdmaniax ► Country-Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Can —— Future Days ► Prog Rock/Ambient >> 1973
AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Angels —— No Exit ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass- Greatest Hits ► Soul-Pop >> 1979
ABBA —— Voulez-Vous ► Euro-Pop >> 1979
The Rolling Stones —— Emotional Rescue ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Bob Dylan —— Saved ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Tom Tom Club —— Tom Tom Club ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Fleetwood Mac —— Mirage ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Fleetwood Mac —— Jumping At Shadows ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Rod Stewart —— Every Beat Of My Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
David Bowie —— Labyrinth ► Glam Rock >> 1986
Peter Cetera —— Soliture/Solitaire ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Sammy Hagar —— I Never Said Goodbye ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Cliff —— Breakout ► Pop-Reggae >> 1992
Dr. John —— Goin’ Back To New Orleans ► New Orleans R&B >> 1992
The B-52’s —— Good Stuff ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1992
Elton John —— One, The ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Carcass —— Tools Of The Trade ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1992
Paul Weller —— Heavy Soul ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Billy Bragg & Wilco —— Mermaid Avenue ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Linda Ronstadt —— We Ran ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Tonic —— A Casual Affair: The Best Of Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 2009
Dinosaur Jr. —— Farm ► Alt. Rock >> 2009
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Life, Death, Live And Freedom ► Roots Rock >> 2009

Jun 24


The Rascals —— Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
The Beach Boys —— Endless Summer ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Average White Band —— Cut The Cake ► Funk >> 1975
James Taylor —— JT ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Jackson Browne —— Hold Out ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
The Replacements —— Stink ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Celtic Frost —— Morbid Tales ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal >> 1984
Soul Asylum —— Time’s Incinerator ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Elton John —— Reg Strikes Back ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
America —— Encore: More Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Marillion —— Holidays In Eden ► Prog Rock >> 1991
The House Of Love —— Audience With The Mind ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Opeth —— Morningrise ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1996
Testament —— Demonic ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Mötley Crüe —— Generation Swine ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Del Amitri —— Some Other Sucker’s Parade ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1997
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Live At The Roxy ► Roots Reggae >> 2003
Michael McDonald —— Motown ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2003
Mötley Crüe —— Saints Of Los Angeles ► Heavy Metal >> 2008

Jun 25


Chicago —— Chicago VI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1973
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention —— One Size Fits All ► Art Rock >> 1975
Alice Cooper —— Alice Cooper Goes To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Huey Lewis & The News —— Huey Lewis And The News ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Peter Criss —— Let Me Rock You ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Mike Oldfield —— Discovery ► Progressive Rock >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— Cleanse Fold And Manipulate ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1987
Deicide —— Deicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Moody Blues —— Keys Of The Kingdom ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Bonnie Raitt —— Luck Of The Draw ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Crystal Waters —— Surprise ► House/Dance-Pop >> 1991
Screaming Trees —— Dust ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Jay-Z —— Reasonable Doubt ► East Coast Rap >> 1996
King Crimson —— Thrakattak ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Kiss —— You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!! ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Aerosmith —— Classic Aerosmith: The Universal Masters Collection ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live At Budokan ► Hard Rock >> 2002

Jun 26


The Beatles —— A Hard Day’s Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Rolling Stones —— Flowers ► Rock n Roll >> 1967
Bad Company —— Bad Company ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Bob Dylan And The Band —— The Basement Tapes ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Grateful Dead —— Steal Your Face ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Trooper —— Two For The Show ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Queen —— Live Killers ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Icehouse —— Sidewalk ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Bad English —— Bad English ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Cameo —— Real Men Wear Black ► Soul-Funk >> 1990
The Chemical Brothers —— Exit Planet Dust ► Eletronica/Big beat >> 1995
Badly Drawn Boy —— The Hour Of Bewilderbeast ► Indie Folk-Rock >> 2000
Lou Reed —— American Poet ► Album Rock >> 2001
Simple Minds —— Early Gold ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2003
Paul Simon —— The Essential Paul Simon ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Pearl Jam —— Live At The Gorge 05/06 ► Hard Rock >> 2007

Jun 27


The Mothers Of Invention —— Freak Out! ► Art Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead —— From The Mars Hotel ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Motörhead —— No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hair Metal >> 1983
Lee Aaron —— Call Of The Wild ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Chaka Khan —— Destiny ► Funk >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— 20 Years Of Jethro Tull ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Ranking Roger —— Radical Departure ► Ska >> 1988
The B-52’s —— Cosmic Thing ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
Don Henley —— The End Of The Innocence ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Pete Townshend —— The Iron Man: A Musical ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Black Moon ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Beck —— One Foot In The Grave ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Gov’t Mule —— Gov’t Mule ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1995
Phish —— A Live One ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1995
Neil Young —— Mirror Ball ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Alison Moyet —— Singles ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bon Jovi —— These Days ► Arena Rock >> 1995
HammerFall —— Glory To The Brave ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Chuck Berry —— The Anthology ► Rock n Roll >> 2000
Bob Dylan —— Blues ► Folk-Rock >> 2006

Jun 28


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Come And Get These Memories ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mighty Garvey! ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Elton John —— Caribou ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Soft Boys —— Underwater Moonlight ► Post-Punk/Psych-Folk >> 1980
Jon Lord —— Before I Forget ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Men at Work —— Cargo ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
AC/DC —— Fly On The Wall ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Amy Grant —— Lead Me On ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1988
Da Brat —— Funkdafied ► G-Funk >> 1994
House Of Pain —— Same As It Ever Was ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— Gold Cobra ► Rap-Metal >> 2011
David Cook —— This Loud Morning ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jun 29


Pink Floyd —— A Saucerful Of Secrets ► Prog Rock >> 1968
Great White —— Once Bitten… ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Whitney Houston —— Whitney ► Pop >> 1987
Billy Idol —— Cyberpunk ► Electronica >> 1993
Blind Guardian —— Somewhere Far Beyond ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1992
Barbra Streisand —— Back To Broadway ► Easy Listening >> 1993
Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys —— Crazy Legs ► Rock n Roll >> 1993
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Liberator ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
Styx —— Brave New World ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1999
Alice In Chains —— Nothing Safe: Best Of The Box ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1999
Mötley Crüe —— Supersonic And Demonic Reloics ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Grand Funk Railroad —— Thirty Years Of Funk: 1969 – 1999 ► Hard Rock >> 1999
The Cure —— The Cure ► Post-Punk >> 2004
Rush —— Feedback ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2004
The Tragically Hip —— In Between Evolution ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Paul Simon —— The Studio Recordings, 1972-2000 ► Folk-Pop >> 2004
Indigo Girls —— Staring Down The Brilliant Dream ► Folk-Rock >> 2010

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 22 – 28)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 22

1936 ● Kris Kristofferson → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter, wrote “Me & Bobby McGee” (Janis Joplin, #1, 1971), solo artist, “Why Me” (#16, Country #1, 1973), film actor in many top films and roles, including A Star Is Born (1976) opposite Barbra Streisand, husband of folkie Rita Coolidge from 1973 to 1980
1937 ● Chris Blackwell → Highly-influential Brit music executive and producer, founder of fiercely independent Island Records, which forged the early careers of Traffic, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, U2 and countless other rock acts, founded Mango Records and Palm Records, currently oversees Jamaican resort properties and philanthropic organizations
1944 ● Peter Asher → With Gordon Waller, one half of the acclaimed British Invasion pop-rock duo Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love” (#1, 1964) and nine other Top 30 hits in the mid-60s, manager, record producer and one-time head of Apple Records
1947 ● Howard Kaylan → With long-time collaborator Mark Vollman, co-founder and vocals for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), formed Flo & Eddie with Vollman, continues with him in TV, film, radio and reconstituted Turtles projects
1948 ● Todd Rundgren → Guitarist, singer/songwriter, bandleader for pop-rock The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#71, 1969) and Utopia, “Set Me Free” (#27, 1980), solo, “I Saw The Light” (#16, 1972), member of The New Cars, “Not Tonight” (2006) and producer of albums by Meat Loaf, The Band, Badfinger and Grand Funk Railroad, among others
1949 ● Alan Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1953 ● Cyndi Lauper → Nasally-voiced, rag-tag early MTV star pop-rock girl solo singer, “Time After Time” (#1, 1983)
1956 ● Derek Forbes → Bassist for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1956 ● Green Gartside (Paul Julian Strohmeyer) → Wales-born founding member, frontman, songwriter, vocals and only constant member of left-wing post-punk then pop-punk Scritti Politti, “Perfect Way” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1985)
1957 ● Gary Beers → Bassist for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1958 ● Ruby Turner → Jamaican-born R&B/soul singer, backing vocals for R&B/reggae UB40 and Culture Club, then solo, “It’s Gonna Be Alright” (R&B #1, Dance/Club #5, 1989)
1959 ● Alan Anton → Bassist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Jimmy Somerville → Lead vocals and songwriter for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy” (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984), then vocals for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986)
1962 ● Stephen Vaughan → Bassist for alt rock/punk-revival trio PJ Harvey, “Sheela-Na-Gig” (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1964 ● Bobby Gillespie → Drummer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994), then founding member, guitar and vocals for jangle pop/dance fusion Primal Scream, “Movin’ On Up” (Modern Rock #2, 1992)
1964 ● Mike Edwards → Vocals for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1964 ● Richard Michael “Dicky” Barrett → Frontman and lead vocals for ska punk The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “The Impression That I Get” (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997), radio DJ, TV voice-over artist and announcer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show
1965 ● Tommy Cunningham → Drummer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1970 ● Steven Page → Guitar and vocals for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1973 ● Chris Traynor → Guitarist and co-founder of post-hardcore Orange 9mm, then joined alt heavy metal Helmet, “Exactly What You Wanted” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997), worked with alt-rock Bush, “The People That We love” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2001), studio soundtrack sessions for Blue Man Group, touring and sessions with Blur, Rival Schools, Katy Perry and others
1976 ● Sally Polihronas → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1981 ● Chris Urbanowicz → Guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)
1929 ● June Carter Cash (Valerie June Carter) → Singer, songwriter, actress and country music matriarch, The Carter Family, solo, “Jackson” (Country #2, 1967), duets with her husband Johnny, the “Man in Black”, died on 5/15/2003

Jun 23

1937 ● Niki Sullivan → Original member, rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Buddy Holly‘s backing group, The Crickets, co-wrote and/or sang on many of Holly‘s hit songs before leaving the band in 1957, died of a heart attack on 4/6/2004
1940 ● James Walter “Jimmy” Castor → Pop and funk saxophonist and singer, briefly replaced Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers, then fronted novelty/disco-funk Jimmy Castor Bunch, “Troglodyte (Caveman)” (#4, 1972), died from heart failure on 1/16/2012
1940 ● Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams-Wright) → Brit teen-idol pop singer, “What Do You Want” (UK #1, 1959) and 10 other UK Top 10 hits, successful TV, film and stage actor with multiple roles, largely unsuccessful financial advisor, died of a heart attack on 3/8/2003
1940 ● Stuart Sutcliffe → First Beatles bassist for 18 months in 1960-61, left the band and remained in Hamburg, Germany where he died from a brain hemorrhage on 4/10/1962
1941 ● Robert Hunter → Folk-bluegrass musician, singer, songwriter and poet best known as the Grateful Dead‘s lyricist, solo folk-country-rock artist
1944 ● Rosetta Hightower → Lead vocals for mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1955 ● Glenn Danzig (Anzalone) → Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and founder/bandleader for hardcore “horror” punk The Misfits, “Dig Up Her Bones” (1997), left in 1983 to form heavy/death metal Samhain and later blues-metal Danzig, now runs an adult-entertainment comics magazine
1956 ● Randall Darius Jackson → Session bass guitarist, bandmember for Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia, record producer, label executive, solo artist and now judge on popular TV show American Idol
1957 ● Lee John (John Leslie McGregor) → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1962 ● Richard Coles → Multi-instrumentalist for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986), now an ordained priest and BBC radio host
1962 ● Steve Shelley → Drummer for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1965 ● Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs → Guitar for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, left the band in 1999
1966 ● James MacPherson → Drummer for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993)
1966 ● Mark Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1975 ● Kate Victoria “KT” Tunstall → Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” (#20, Adult Top 40 #9, 2006)
1977 ● Jason Mraz → Grammy-winning contemporary pop-rock singer/songwriter, “I’m Yours” (#6, 2008)
1980 ● Jessica Taylor → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Antony Costa → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1984 ● Duffy (Aimée Ann Duffy) → Grammy-winning Welsh singer-songwriter, “Mercy” (Adult Top 40 #9, 2008)

Jun 24

1939 ● Paul “Oz” Bach → Founding member, bass guitar and backing vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), session work for Fred Neil, Tom Paxton, Linda Ronstadt and Steve Miller, among others, died of cancer on 9/21/1998
1944 ● Arthur Brown → Outlandish, theatrical, hellfire-bearing frontman for one hit wonder, psychedelic pop The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (#2, 1968), played the Priest in the rock film Tommy (1975)
1944 ● Charlie Whitney → Guitarist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971)
1944 ● Chris Wood → Founding member, saxophone and flute for folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and later reformed Traffic, sessions, died of pneumonia on 7/12/1983
1944 ● Jeff Beck → Highly influential, five-time Grammy-winning lead guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, replaced Eric Clapton in blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, multiple solo albums and singles, “People Get Ready” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1985), formed The Honeydrippers with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Nile Rodgers, “Sea Of Love” (#3, 1984), #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Great Guitarists of All-Time
1945 ● Colin Blunstone → Founding member and lead vocals in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), then solo, “Say You Don’t Mind” (UK #15, 1972), contributed lead vocals for several Alan Parsons Project tracks
1947 ● Mick Fleetwood → Founding member, part namesake and drummer for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1948 ● Patrick Moraz → Prog and jazz-rock keyboardist, replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes 1974-76, then 1978-1991 with The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams” (#9, 1986), solo
1949 ● John Illsley → Bass and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983)
1950 ● Derrick “Duckie” Simpson → Co-founder and only constant member of Grammy-winning, second generation reggae band Black Uhuru, album Anthem was the Best Reggae Album of 1984
1957 ● Astro (Terence Wilson) → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1959 ● Andy McCluskey → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1961 ● Curt Smith → Bass and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1961 ● Dennis Danell → Founding guitarist in Southern California punk revival band Social Distortion, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996), died from a brain aneurysm on 2/29/2000
1967 ● Jeff Cease → Lead guitar for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991), left in 1991
1967 ● Richard Zven Kruspe → Lead guitarist for heavy metal/industrial Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1970 ● Glen Medeiros → Teen idol poster-boy singer, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” (#12, UK #1, 1988) and duet with Bobby Brown, “She Ain’t Worth It” (#1, 1990)

Jun 25

1925 ● Clifton Chenier → The undisputed “King of Zydeco,” Creole accordion player, songwriter and bandleader, blended French and Cajun waltzes with New Orleans R&B, blues and jazz to create the exuberant, dance-happy sounds of zydeco, won a Grammy Award in 1983, recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship and inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame, died of diabetes-related kidney disease on 12/12/1987
1935 ● Eddie Floyd → R&B/Memphis soul singer/songwriter, co-founded proto-soul The Falcons, “You’re So Fine” (#17, R&B #2, 1959), then solo artist, “Knock On Wood” (#28, R&B #1, 1966) and staff writer/producer at Stax Records, co-wrote “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)” for Wilson Pickett (#13, R&B #1, 1966)
1939 ● Harold Melvin → Singer, pianist and bandleader for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (#3, 1972), suffered a stroke in 1996 and died on 3/24/1997
1940 ● Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles) → Original bassist for pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Go Now” (#1, UK #10, 1964), left in 1966 to become a carpenter, died of liver cancer on 5/15/2004
1943 ● Chris Huston → Teenage friend of John Lennon, in 1961 co-founded Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups that never charted in any Top 40, left in 1966 to tour with Joey Dee And The Starlighters, teamed up with The Rascals as producer and engineer, winning a gold disc for “Groovin'” (#1, 1967), later worked with The Who, Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren, War, Eric Burdon, Ben E. King and many others, currently an acoustic and building design consultant in Nashville
1945 ● Carly Simon → Grammy-winning pop-rock singer/songwriter, “You’re So Vain” (#1, 1973) and “Mockingbird” (#5, 1974), a duet with then-husband James Taylor
1946 ● Allen Lanier → Guitar and vocals for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1946 ● Ian McDonald → Co-founding member and multi-instrumentalist of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then co-founder of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left in 1979 for production, sessions and solo career
1952 ● Tim Finn → Singer/songwriter with brother Neil in for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980), left to form Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987) and Finn Brothers, “Won’t Give In” (UK #6, 2004)
1954 ● David Paich → Vocals and keyboards for Toto, “Hold The Line” (1978)
1963 ● George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) → Vocals and co-frontman for pop-revival, early boyband duo Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (#1, 1984), then Grammy-winning dance-pop solo career, “Faith” (#1, 1987) and 12 other Top 10 hits and three Dance/Club #1 singles
1968 ● Candyman (Candell Manson) → Los Angeles crossover rapper, backed Tone-Loc before going solo, “Knockin’ Boots” (#9, Rap #1, 1990)
1972 ● Mike Kroeger → Bassist for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1974 ● Mario Calire → Drummer for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), then Grammy-winning Latin salsa/hip hop/funk-rock blended Ozomatli, 2001 album Embrace The Chaos
1985 ● Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa → Mexican-American singer and songwriter, with sister Ashley in contemporary Latin pop-rock duo Ha*Ash, “No Te Quiero Nada” (Latin Pop #6, 2008)

Jun 26

1893 ● William Lee “Big Bill” Broonzy → Chicago blues pioneer, guitarist and prolific songwriter with over 300 titles, including standards such as “All By Myself” (1941) and “Key To The Highway” (1941)
1909 ● Colonel Tom Parker (Andreas Cornelius Van Kuijk) → Dutch-born entertainment impresario, manager for Gene Austin, Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow, then took over as Elvis Presley‘s manager in 1955, died from a stroke on 1/21/1997
1940 ● Billy Davis, Jr. → Founding member and vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), solo, Grammy-winning duet with wife Marilyn McCoo,”You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (#1, 1976)
1942 ● Larry Taylor → Bassist for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968)
1943 ● Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) → Brit R&B, jazz and pop-rock vocalist and keyboard player, “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde” (#7, UK #1, 1968)
1948 ● Richard McCarken → Bassist for Irish blues-rock power trio Taste, On The Boards album reached UK #18 in 1970
1950 ● Junior Daye → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1955 ● Ivan Julian → Guitarist and founding member of seminal punk/New Wave Richard Hell And The Voidoids, “Love Comes In Spurts” from the album Blank Generation (1977)
1955 ● Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Jones → Co-founder and lead guitarist of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), left in 1983 to form funk-punk Big Audio Dynamite, “V. Thirteen” (Dance/Club #15, 1987)
1956 ● Chris Isaak → Rockabilly and roots rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Wicked Game” (#6, 1990), occasional actor and TV talk show host
1957 ● Patty Smyth → Lead vocals for hard/arena rock Scandal, “The Warrior” (#7, 1984), left in 1984 for solo career, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (#2, 1992)
1959 ● Stef Burns → Guitarist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1960 ● Chris Duffy → Vocals in Welsh pop-rock duo Waterfront, “Cry” (#10, 1989)
1961 ● Terri Nunn → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1963 ● Harriet Wheeler → Vocals for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1966 ● Par Wiksten → Guitar and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1969 ● Colin Greenwood → Bassist for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1969 ● Mark Decloedt → Drummer for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Jussi Sydänmaa → Guitarist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1973 ● Gretchen Wilson → Country singer/songwriter, “Redneck Woman” (#22, Country #1, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Phillips → On-again, off-again lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for post-grunge Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1979 ● Ivan Nathan Followill → Drummer for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1979 ● Ryan Tedder → Songwriter, producer, founding member for self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, “Apologize” (#1, 2006), the most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1980 ● Jason Schwartzman → Drummer for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), TV and film actor plus solo music projects

Jun 27

1925 ● Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder) → Blues singer, guitarist and performer turned prolific rock and pop songwriter, wrote or co-wrote with collaborator and pianist Mort Shuman many memorable hits, including “Turn Me Loose” (Fabian, #9, 1959), “Teenager In Love” (Dion & The Belmonts, #5, 1959), “Save The Last Dance For Me” (The Drifters, #1, 1960), “Sweets For My Sweet” (The Drifters, #16, 1961), and “Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis Presley, #29, 1964), died from lung cancer on 3/14/1991
1942 ● Bruce Johnston (Benjamin Baldwin) → Guitar and vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo, wrote Grammy-winning “I Write The Songs” for Barry Manilow (#1, 1976)
1951 ● Gilson Lavis → Drummer in Chuck Berry‘s band, also toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton, then 1976-92 with New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981), now Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
1958 ● Lisa Germano → American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 1994 album Geek The Girl, session work for David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Simple Minds and others
1959 ● Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan → Country-pop singer, “What Part Of No” (Country #1, 1992) and 17 other Country Top 20 hits
1962 ● Michael Ball → Brit TV host, stage actor and pop singer, “Love Changes Everything” (UK #2, 1989)
1970 ● Laurence Colbert → Drummer for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, “Twisterella” (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1976 ● Leigh Nash → Singer for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1983 ● Evan David Taubenfeld → Lead guitarist and vocals with Avril Lavigne, “Complicated” #2, 2002), formed punk-pop The Black List Club in 2004

Jun 28

1902 ● Richard Rodgers → Stage, film and TV music composer and lyricist with over 900 titles and 43 musicals, collaborator with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein III on some of the best-known songs in popular music, died on 12/30/1979
1943 ● Bobby Harrison → Drummer for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), formed psych rock Freedom in 1968
1945 ● David Knights → Original bass guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), left in 1969
1959 ● Clint Boon → Keyboards for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992), formed The Clint Boon Experience in 1995
1963 ● Beverley Craven → Brit easy listening singer/songwriter and balladeer, “Promise Me” (UK #3, 1991) and “Holding On” (Adult Contemporary #30, 1992)
1963 ● Charles Clouser → Keyboardist and drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), producer and sound engineer for Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and others
1965 ● Saul Davis → Guitar and violin for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1966 ● Bobby Bare, Jr. → Country and roots rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, at age 8 received a Grammy nomination with his father, Bobby Bare, for the duet “Daddy What If” (#41, Country #2, 1974), frontman for alt country-rock Young Criminals Starvation League and indie rock Bare Jr.
1971 ● Ray Slijngaard → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1977 ● Mark Stoermer → Bass guitarist for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1979 ● Tim McCord → Bassist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1986 ● Kellie Dawn PicklerAmerican Idol runner-up and contemporary country/country-pop singer with eight Country Top 40 hits, including “Best Days Of Your Life” (Country #12, 2008) from the Country #1 (Pop #9) album Kellie Pickler

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Albums Released This Week (June 16 – 22)

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

Jun 16


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band —— Trout Mask Replica ► Avant-Gard >> 1969
Three Dog Night —— Golden Biscuits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Love Letters From Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Roxy Music —— Roxy Music ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Ringo Starr —— Bad Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Olivia Newton-John —— Grease [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1978
Carly Simon —— Come Upstairs ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Carpenters —— Made In America ► Easy Listening >> 1981
Ringo Starr —— Old Wave ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Smiths —— The Queen Is Dead ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Big Audio Dynamite II —— The Globe ► Dance-Rock >> 1991
Type O Negative —— Slow, Deep And Hard ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1991
Taj Mahal —— Taj’s Blues ► Folk-Blues >> 1992
Peter Cetera —— World Falling Down ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Michael Jackson —— HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Radiohead —— OK Computer ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Aaron Carter —— Aaron Carter ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1998
Neil Finn —— Try Whistling This ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Little Feat —— Under The Radar ► Southern Rock >> 1998
The Jellybricks —— Power This ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Shpongle —— Nothing Lasts…But Nothing Is Lost ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
George Harrison —— Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 2009

Jun 17


Elvis Presley —— Something For Everybody ► Pop-Rock >> 1961
Elvis Presley —— From Elvis In Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Eagles —— Eagles ► Country-Rock >> 1972
LaBelle —— Chameleon ► Funk >> 1976
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
David Gilmour —— David Gilmour ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Crush ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1985
The Replacements —— Pleased To Meet Me ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Van Halen —— For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Cher —— Love Hurts [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Foreigner —— Unusual Heat ► Arena Rock >> 1991
Ghost —— Temple Stone ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1994
Megadeth —— Cryptic Writings ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Blink-182 —— Dude Ranch ► Punk-Pop >> 1997
10,000 Maniacs —— Love Among The Ruins ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
38 Special —— Resolution ► Southern Rock >> 1997
Steve Winwood —— About Time ► Album Rock >> 2003
Finger Eleven —— Finger Eleven ► Alt. Rock >> 2003
Bryan Adams —— Live At The Budokan ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Sam Cooke —— Portrait of a Legend 1951 – 1964 ► Soul >> 2003
Bon Iver —— Bon Iver, Bon Iver ► Dream Pop >> 2011
Bob Dylan —— A Long Time A Growin’ – Volume 1-5 ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Jun 18


The Yardbirds —— Remember ► British Invasion >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Elvis: As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden ► Rock n Roll >> 1972
Donny Hathaway —— Extension Of A Man ► Soul >> 1973
Joe Walsh —— The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Brand X —— Unorthodox Behavior ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— John Cougar ► Roots Rock >> 1979
King Crimson —— Beat ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Pink Floyd —— Works ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Dolly Parton —— Burlap & Satin ► Country-Pop >> 1984
Rod Stewart —— Camouflage ► Blues-Rock >> 1984
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— From Her To Eternity ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1984
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— Dare To Be Stupid ► Comedy/Parody >> 1985
Alias —— Alias ► Hard Rock >> 1990
3rd Bass —— Derelicts Of Dialect ► Golden Age >> 1991
Cher —— Love Hurts ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Cher —— Love Hurts ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Patti Smith —— Gone Again ► Heartland Rock >> 1996
The Ramones —— Greatest Hits Live ► Punk-Rock >> 1996
Little Feat —— Live From Neon Park ► Southern Rock >> 1996
Primitive Radio Gods —— Rocket ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Toni Braxton —— Secrets ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
AFI —— Very Proud Of Ya ► Hardcore Punk >> 1996
Phish —— Ventura ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2013

Jun 19


Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Smokey Robinson —— Smokey ► Soul >> 1973
Marvin Gaye —— Marvin Gaye Live! ► Soul >> 1974
Trooper —— Thick As Thieves ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Blue Öyster Cult —— Mirrors ► Metal >> 1979
Oingo Boingo —— Only A Lad ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1981
Glenn Frey —— The Allnighter ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Waite —— Rover’s Return ► Power Pop >> 1987
Jimmy Page —— Outrider ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Reef —— Replenish ► Brit Pop >> 1995
Duran Duran —— Pop Trash ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2000
311 —— From Chaos ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
The Church —— Greatest Hits Acoustic ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2002

Jun 20


The Beatles —— Yesterday…And Today ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead —— Aoxomoxoa ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Otis Redding —— Love Man ► Memphis Soul >> 1969
Bob Dylan —— Before The Flood ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Neil Young —— Tonight’s The Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Foreigner —— Double Vision ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Peter Frampton —— Rise Up ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Scorpions —— World Wide Live ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Chicago —— Chicago 19 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1988
Bobby Brown —— Don’t Be Cruel ► New Jack Swing >> 1988
Prince —— Batman ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
The Allman Brothers Band —— Dreams ► Southern Rock >> 1989
Big Audio Dynamite —— F-Punk ► Dance-Rock >> 1995
Little Feat —— Chinese Work Songs ► Southern Rock >> 2000
The Clarks —— Let It Go ► Heartland Rock >> 2000
Ayreon —— Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal >> 2000
Gram Parsons —— The Complete Reprise Sessions ► Country-Rock >> 2006
Guster —— Ganging Up On The Sun ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Easy Street ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Counting Crows —— New Amersterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Live In Offenbach 1978 ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2011

Jun 21


The Byrds —— Mr. Tambourine Man ► Country-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall —— Bare Wires ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Deep Purple —— Deep Purple ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Buck Owens —— Ruby ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1971
Mick Taylor —— Mick Taylor ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Daylight Again ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
Carpenters —— Ketteiban (The Definitive) [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1982
Marilyn —— Despite Straight Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1985
Mötley Crüe —— Theatre Of Pain ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
White Lion —— Pride ► Hard Rock/Hair Metal >> 1987
Big Daddy Kane —— Long Live The Kane ► Golden Age Rap >> 1988
Anita Baker —— Compositions ► Quiet Storm >> 1990
Poison —— Flesh & Blood ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 1990
Uncle Tupelo —— No Depression ► Alt. Country >> 1990
Manic Street Preachers —— Gold Against The Soul ► Hard Rock >> 1993
James Taylor —— Best Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— Creepin On Ah Come Up ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Dance Naked ► Roots Rock >> 1994
Sinergy —— Beware The Heavens ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
The Jackson 5 —— Live At The Forum ► Soul – Motown >> 2010
The Chain Gang of 1974 —— Wayward Fire ► Electronic Pop >> 2011

Jun 22


Joni Mitchell —— Blue ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Touch Me In The Morning ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Cat Stevens —— Saturnight (Live In Tokyo) ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
Oingo Boingo —— Nothing To Fear ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1982
Marillion —— Clutching At Straws ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Robert Palmer —— Heavy Nova ► Adult Contemporary >> 1988
Manic Street Preachers —— New Art Riot ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Black Sabbath —— Dehumanizer ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Liz Phair —— Exile In Guyville ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Death —— Individual Thought Patterns ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Collective Soul —— Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid ► Southern Rock >> 1994
Ben Lee —— Grandpaw Would ► Indie Pop >> 1995
Gardenian —— Two Feet Stand ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1997
Anathema —— Alternative 4 ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal >> 1998
Genesis —— Genesis Archive 1967-75 ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Blackalicious —— A2G ► West Coast Rap >> 1999
Limp Bizkit —— Significant Other ► Rap-Metal >> 1999
The Pretenders —— Viva el Amor! ► Post-Punk >> 1999
Saint Etienne —— Sound Of Water ► Ambient/Trip Hop >> 2000
Wilco —— A Ghost Is Born ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2004
Heart —— Jupiter’s Darling ► Album Rock >> 2004
Scorpions —— Unbreakable ► Heavy Metal >> 2004
Ozzy Osbourne —— Scream ► Hard Rock >> 2010

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 15 – 21)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 15

1910 ● David Rose → Emmy-winning composer, pianist and orchestra leader whose best known compositions include the jazzy instrumental “The Stripper” (#1, 1962), wrote film scores for Hollywood and many TV shows, including Bonanza and Little House On The Prairie, led the house band for The Red Skelton Show for 21 years, died of natural causes on 8/23/1990
1921 ● Errol Garner → Virtuoso jazz and swing pianist, wrote the jazz standard, oft-covered and Grammy Hall of Fame song “Misty” (1954) and issued multiple jazz and jazz-pop albums, died of lung cancer on 1/2/1977
1929 ● Nigel Pickering → Rhythm guitar and vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died 5/5/2011
1937 ● Waylon Jennings → Grammy-winning “outlaw” country guitarist, singer and songwriter, started in the Buddy Holly Band, solo, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (#42, Country #1, 1978), formed mythic country supergroup The Highwaymen, “Highwayman” (Country #1, 1985), died on 2/13/2002
1941 ● Harry Nilsson → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Everybody’s Talkin” (#6, 1969) from the movie Midnight Cowboy, “Without You” (#1, 1972), died on 1/15/1994
1943 ● Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Phillipe Smet) → The “French Elvis”, major European pop star, “Mon Plus Beau Noel” (French #1, 2005), Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton and Foreigner‘s Mick Jones have played on his records
1943 ● Mervyn “Muff” Winwood → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), producer, record executive, older brother of Steve Winwood
1946 ● Artemios “Demis” Roussos → Operatic-voiced Greek singer and bassist with prog-rock Aphrodite’s Child, solo, “L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me” (Dance/Club #26, 1978)
1946 ● Leo Nocentelli → Guitarist in New Orleans soul-funk The Meters, “Chicken Strut” (1970), backing guitarist for Robert Palmer, Dr. John and others, continues to perform with the band and as solo artist through the 10s
1946 ● Neville “Noddy” Holder → Guitar and vocals for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984), TV actor, radio and TV presenter
1949 ● Michael “Sam” Lutz → Guitarist for Detroit rock ‘n’ roll band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Russell Hitchcock → Vocals for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Steve Walsh → Co-lead singer and keyboardist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977), then Streets
1954 ● Teresa Fay “Terri” Gibbs → Blind-from-birth child prodigy keyboardist and country-pop-gospel singer, “Somebody’s Knockin'” (#13, Country #8, 1980)
1956 ● Bernie Shaw → Canadian vocalist for Brit hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1956 ● David Hinds → Rhythm guitar and lead vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978)
1957 ● Brad Gillis → Guitarist in one hit wonder pop-rock Rubicon, “I’m Gonna Take Care Of Everything” (#28, 1978), then Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984) and Ozzy Osbourne‘s band
1958 ● Neil Arthur → Singer for New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1963 ● Scott Rockenfield → Drummer for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Michael Britt → Lead guitar and backing vocals for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1966 ● Rob Mitchell → Principal songwriter and lead guitarist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1969 ● Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) → Founding member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo rapper, “Check Yo Self” (#20, Rap #1, 1993)
1970 ● Chi Cheng → Chinese-American bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1976 ● Dryden Vera Mitchell → Vocals for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1976 ● Gary Lightbody → Guitar and vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)
1981 ● Billy Martin → Guitar and keyboards for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nadine Coyle → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

Jun 16

1913 ● Ben Raleigh → Prolific pop lyricist, wrote “Tell Laura I Love Her” for Ray Peterson (#7, 1960) and the theme song “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon show, died in a home fire on 2/26/1997
1939 ● Billy “Crash” Craddock → 50s teen-pop turned country-pop singer, “Rub It In” (#16, Country #1, 1974) and 18 other Country Top 20 singles in the 70s
1941 ● Lamont DozierMotown musical arranger and producer with the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, co-wrote many hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers and others
1942 ● Edward Levert → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973)
1942 ● John Rastill → Bassist for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1945 ● Ivan Lins → Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian jazz-pop vocalist
1946 ● Ian Matthews (Iain Matthew McDonald) → Irish guitarist and songwriter with renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), formed light pop-folk-rock Southern Comfort, “Woodstock” (#23, 1970), solo, “Shake It” (#13, 1979)
1949 ● Peppy Castro (Emil Thielheim) → Guitar and vocals for early psychedelic rock Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, 1967), later formed pop-rock Balance, “Breaking Away” (#22, 1981)
1950 ● James Smith → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1952 ● Gino Vannelli → Canadian soft rock singer/songwriter, “People Gotta Move” (#22, 1974) and “Living Inside Myself” (#6, 1981)
1953 ● Ian Mosley → Drummer for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1953 ● Malcolm Paul Mortimer → Drummer for Gentle Giant, Mick Jagger band, Ian Dury and others, session work
1954 ● Garrick “Garry” Roberts → Guitarist for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1958 ● Patrick Waite → With brother Junior, bass guitar and vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982), died from hereditary heart failure while in police custody for drug charges on 2/13/1993
1971 ● Tupac Amaru Shakur (Lesane Parish Crooks) → Dancer and rapper for Digital Underground, then solo gangsta rapper, “California Love” (#31, 1996), died on 9/13/1996 following a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip
1987 ● Diana DeGarmoAmerican Idol runner-up, Broadway actress, solo teen-pop singer, “Dreams” (#14, 2004)

Jun 17

1918 ● William Jefferson “Billy” Garland → Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter in the 40s, “Got Nothing On Me” (1945), died in a car accident on 3/16/1960
1930 ● Cliff Gallup → Guitarist for rockabilly Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (#7, 1956), died of a heart attack on 10/9/1988
1940 ● Chuck Rainey → Jazz and R&B/soul-funk bassist for King Curtis‘ band, “Memphis Soul Stew” (#33, 1967), session work with Aretha Franklin and many others
1942 ● Norman Kuhlke → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1943 ● Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus) → Highly successful adult contemporary/MOR singer, “I Write The Songs” (#1, 1976), songwriter, producer, conductor and stage performer
1944 ● Chris Spedding (Peter Robinson) → Brit rock and jazz guitarist with several solo albums and a lone single, “Motorbikin'” (UK Top 20, 1975), but mainly known for sessions and touring with Harry Nilsson, John Cale, Roxy Music, Elton John and others, Greedy Bastards
1947 ● Gregg Rolie → Keyboardist and founding member of Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970) , then original lead singing for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), currently frontman for the Gregg Rolie Band
1947 ● Paul Young → Singer and percussionist for Brit soft pop-rock Sad Café, “Every Day Hurts” (UK #3, 1979), then pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986), died of a heart attack on 7/15/2000
1957 ● Philip Chevron → Guitarist for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher) → Lead singer and songwriter for controversial hard core punk rock Dead Kennedys, “Too Drunk To F**k” (UK #31, 1980), leading figure of the Green Party in the US
1960 ● Michael Monroe (Matti Fagerholm) → Vocals for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, “Up Around The Bend” (1984)
1965 ● Richard Hynd → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1969 ● Kevin Thornton → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1972 ● Rikrok (Ricardo George Ducent) → London-born, Jamaican descent reggae singer and songwriter, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1983 ● Lee Ryan → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)

Jun 18

1938 ● Don “Sugarcane” Harris → Guitarist, pianist and half the 50s rock ‘n’ roll duo Don & Dewey, switched to electric violin and did session work for Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa and others, died from pulmonary disease on 11/30/1999
1942 ● Carl Radle → Bass guitarist for Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton band, Delaney & Bonnie, sessions for George Harrison, died of kidney failure on 5/30/1980
1942 ● Paul McCartney → The most successful rock composer of all time, with John Lennon co-wrote 21 US #1 and has over 30 US #1 singles as a solo artist and frontman for his band Wings
1942 ● Richard Perry → Highly successful and popular record producer with twelve gold discs, label owner (Planet Records, 1978-83), worked with Captain Beefheart, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand and others
1944 ● Richard Alden “Rick” Griffin → Cartoonist, graphic artist and pioneering designer of psychedelic posters and album covers, including work for the Grateful Dead, the Fillmore West, Jimi Hendrix and others, frequent contributor to Zap Comix magazine, died in a motorcycle accident on 8/18/1991
1952 ● Ricky Gazda → Trumpets for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1953 ● Jerome Smith → Rhythm guitar for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits, died on 8/4/2000 in a construction site accident
1961 ● Alison Moyet → Bluesy-voiced Brit pop-rock singer in synth-pop duo Yazoo, “Nobody’s Diary” (Dance/Club #1, 1983), solo, “Invisible” (#31, 1985)
1963 ● Darren Arthur “Dizzy” Reed → Keyboards for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988)
1969 ● Sice (Simon Rowbottom) → Guitarist and vocals for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1971 ● Nathan Morris → Baritone for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1973 ● Gary Stringer → Vocals for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow
1975 ● Sikk The Shocker (Vyshonne King Miller) → Vocals for gangsta rap trio The Real Untouchables (TRU), “I Always Feel Like” (#71, Rap #11, 1997), solo, “It Ain’t My Fault” (#18, R&B #5, Rap #1, 1998)

Jun 19

1902 ● Gaetano Alberto “Guy” Lombardo → Canadian-American easy listening violinist and bandleader, formed big band The Royal Canadians with three brothers and several other musicians in the 20s and became known for nearly 50 years of New Years Eve radio and then TV broadcasts, moonlighted as a hydroplane speedboat racer, won the Gold Cup and every other trophy in the field, died from a heart attack on 11/5/1977
1914 ● Lester Flatt → Legendary and musically prodigious bluegrass guitarist, cohort of Earl Scruggs in the Foggy Mountain Boys and in duo Flatt & Scruggs, died of heart failure on 5/11/1979
1936 ● Shirley Goodman → One half of 50s teen R&B/pop male-female contrasting duet-style Shirley & Lee, “Let The Good Times Roll” (#20, R&B #1, 1956), resurfaced as lead singer for one hit wonder, pre-disco dance-pop Shirley & Company, “Shame Shame Shame” (#12, 1974)
1936 ● Tommy DeVito → Founding member, guitarist and singer for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), left in 1971 and sold his stake in the group to cover gambling and tax debts
1939 ● Al Wilson → R&B/smooth soul vocalist, “Show and Tell” (#1, 1973), died of kidney failure on 4/21/2008
1942 ● Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane → Frontwoman and lead vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), joined the reformed The Mamas & The Papas in 1982
1944 ● Robin Box → Lead guitar for Brit pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1948 ● Nick Drake → Dark-themed, multi-instrumentalist Brit folk-rock singer/songwriter, notable album Pink Moon (1972), committed suicide on 11/25/1974
1950 ● Ann Wilson → With younger sister Nancy, co-frontwoman for hard AOR rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1953 ● Larry Dunn (Lawrence Dunhill) → Keyboards, synthesizer and musical director for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1957 ● Maxi Jazz (Maxwell Fraser) → Rapper in electronic house-pop club quartet Faithless, “Insomnia” (Dance/Club #1, 1997)
1959 ● Mark “Marty” DeBarge → With his sister and three brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1960 ● Dennis Fuller → With Edem Ephraim, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Ephraim in a car collision on 1/21/1996
1962 ● Paula Abdul → Former L. A. Laker cheerleader and rock/pop stage and video dance choreographer turned hugely successful dance-pop diva, “Opposites Attract” (#1, 1989) and five other US #1 hits, producer and judge on the TV show American Idol
1963 ● Simon Wright → Drummer for hard rock AC/DC starting in 1983, left in 1989 to join heavy metal Dio
1964 ● Brian Vander Ark → Frontman, guitar and vocals for alt/indie pop-rock The Verve Pipe, “The Freshmen” (#5, 1997)
1970 ● Brian “Head” Welch → Guitarist for Nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002), solo

Jun 20

1920 ● Danny Cedrone → Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist with Bill Haley & His Comets, played lead on all their hits including “Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955), died instantly from a broken neck after falling down a staircase on 6/7/1954 and never knew his role in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll
1924 ● Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins → Eleven-time Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist, songwriter, sessionman, producer and solo artist, “Yakety Axe” (Country #4, 1965), created the smoother “Nashville Sound” blending country and pop, died from a brain tumor on 6/30/2001
1928 ● Eric Dolphy → Avant garde “free jazz” flute, alto sax and clarinet musician, influenced jazz-rock fusionists, died suddenly from a diabetic coma on 6/29/1964
1936 ● Billy Guy → Bass singer for R&B/doo wop/soul-pop The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1958), solo comedy album plus producer, died in his sleep of a probable heart attack on 11/5/2002
1936 ● Mickie Most (Michael Peter Hayes) → Producer for The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Lulu and Jeff Beck, formed RAK Records in 1969 and issued hits for Hot Chocolate, Mud and Suzi Quatro, died of cancer on 5/30/2003
1937 ● Jerry Keller → One hit wonder pop singer/songwriter, “Here Comes Summer” (#14, UK #1, 1959), wrote several minors hit for others and soundtracks, TV commercial jingle vocalist
1942 ● Brian Wilson → Leader, keyboards, bass guitar, lead and backing harmony vocals and chief songwriter for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), referred by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “one of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music”
1945 ● Anne Murray → Grammy-winning, Nova Scotia-born country-pop and adult contemporary singer, “You Needed Me” (#1, 1978)
1948 ● Alan Longmuir → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1948 ● Don Airey → Long and varied journeyman career as keyboard sessionman and bandmember for Hammer, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Colosseum II, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and others, with Deep Purple since 2002
1949 ● Lionel Richie → Saxophone and vocals for R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978), then hugely successful R&B-pop/adult contemporary solo career beginning with “Endless Love” (#1, 1981), the first of 13 straight Top 10 hits, five of which were #1
1954 ● Michael Anthony (Sobolewski) → Founding member and only bassist for hard rock megastars Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), co-founded blues-funk-rock supergroup Chickenfoot in 2008, markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony
1958 ● Kelly Johnson → Founding member, vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981), died of spinal cancer on 7/15/2007
1958 ● Simon Underwood → Bassist for post-punk Pigbag, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag” (Dance/Club #56, UK #3, 1981)
1960 ● Chris Gibson → Percussion and vocals with brothers Patrick and Alex in R&B/disco-salsa The Gibson Brothers, “Cuba” (Dance/Club #9, 1979)
1960 ● John Taylor → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982) and “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” (Dance/Club #1, 2001), co-founded The Power Station, “Some Like It Hot” (#6, 1985) and mid-90s supergroup Neurotic Outsiders, “Jerk” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1996), plus solo, ” I Do What I Do” (Theme from 9-1/2 Weeks) (#23, 1986)
1968 ● Murphy Karges → Bassist for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie Osbourne White) → Bassist for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), later Nine Inch Nails touring band, A Perfect Circle and Goon Moon
1972 ● Chino Moreno → Vocals for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000), ranked #51 in Hit Parader magazine’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time
1979 ● Charlotte Hatherly → Founding member, guitar and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)

Jun 21

1932 ● Lalo Schifrin → Argentinean-born, Grammy-winning pianist, conductor composer and arranger of TV and film soundtracks, including “Mission: Impossible” (Adult Contemporary #7, 1968) and “Jaws” (Disco #5, 1976)
1942 ● Ocie Lee “O.C.” Smith → Jazz vocalist in Count Basie‘s band, then country-R&B-pop solo singer, “Little Green Apples” (#2, 1968), became a pastor and church leader, died on 11/23/2001
1944 ● Jon Hiseman → Brit jazz-rock drummer with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, left to form prog rock Colosseum, (album Valentyne Suite, 1969), recording engineer, producer and music publisher
1944 ● Miquel Vicens Danus → Bassist for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Ray Davies → Founding member, frontman, guitar, vocals and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock The Kinks, “Lola” (#9, 1970) and “Come Dancing” (#6, 1983)
1947 ● Joey Molland → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for Brit power pop Badfinger, “Come And Get It” (#7, 1970), has performed in various incarnations of the band for four decades
1949 ● Greg Munford → Lead vocals for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Joey Kramer → Long-time drummer for Grammy-winning, venerable 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)
1951 ● Alan Silson → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977)
1951 ● Nils Lofgren → Rock guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocals, joined Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse in 1968, from 1971 to 1974 recorded four albums with his own band, Grin, solo, “Valentine”, (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), joined Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band in 1984 and is a two-time member with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band
1957 ● Mark Brzezicki → Drummer for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), also stints with The Cult, Ultravox and Procol Harum, plus session work for The Pretenders, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others
1959 ● Kathy Mattea → Grammy-winning bluegrass and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Goin’ Gone” (Country #1, 1987) and 13 other Country Top 10 singles
1959 ● Marcella Detroit (Levy) → Back-up singer for Eric Clapton, then vocalist and songwriter in R&B/synth-pop duo Shakespear’s Sister, “Stay” (#4, 1992), sessions, solo
1967 ● Tim Simenon → Hip hop producer, co-produced for Neneh Cherry and Seal, composer and frontman for one man electronic/sampladelic Bomb The Bass, “Beat Dis” (Dance/Club #1, 1988)
1968 ● Sonique (Sonia Clarke) → Brit dance-pop diva and DJ, first with dance-pop acid house S’Express, “Theme From S’Express” (Dance/Club #1, 1988), then solo, “Feels So Good” (#8, Dance/Club #1, 2000)
1969 ● Pat Sansone → Multi-instrumentalist for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1975 ● Justin Cary → Bassist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1976 ● Mike Einziger → Guitarist for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1981 ● Brandon Flowers → Vocals and keyboards for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)

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Albums Released This Week (June 9 – 15)

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

Jun 09


Bonzo Dog Band —— Urban Spaceman ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy) >> 1969
King Crimson —— Earthbound ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Jeff Beck Group —— The Jeff Beck Group [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Monkey Island ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Moody Blues —— Octave ► Prog Rock >> 1978
The Rolling Stones —— Some Girls ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Nick Lowe —— Labour Of Lust ► Pub Rock >> 1979
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 ► Classical Fusion >> 1983
Peter Gabriel —— Plays Live ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Diana Ross —— Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1983
Eurythmics —— Touch Dance [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Genesis —— Invisible Touch ► Prog Rock >> 1986
Diana Ross —— Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ► Pop-Soul >> 1987
Del Amitri —— Change Everything ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Deicide —— Legion ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1992
Buzzcocks —— Chronology ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
David Lee Roth —— DLR Band ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Brandy Norwood —— Never Say Never ► Hip Hop-Soul >> 1998
John Fogerty —— Premonition ► Folk-Rock >> 1998

Jun 10


Patsy Cline —— The Patsy Cline Story ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Elvis Presley —— Paradise, Hawaiian Style [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
The Beach Boys —— Friends ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
LaBelle —— Moon Shadow ► Funk >> 1972
Eagles —— One Of These Nights ► Country-Rock >> 1975
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Uprising ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Rainbow —— Straight Between The Eyes ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Rod Stewart —— Body Wishes ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Kinks —— State Of Confusion ► British Rock >> 1983
Stevie Nicks —— The Wild Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
R.E.M. —— Fables Of The Reconstruction ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Talking Heads —— Little Creatures ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass —— Epicus Doomicus Metallicus ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1986
Hall & Oates —— Ooh Yeah! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Carcass —— Swansong ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1966
Heart —— Alive In Seattle ► Album Rock >> 2003
Annie Lennox —— Bare ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock >> 2003
Steely Dan —— Everything Must Go ► Jazz-Rock >> 2003
Radiohead —— Hail To The Thief ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
The Tubes —— Goin’ Down The Tubes ► Alt. Rock >> 2008

Jun 11


Them —— The Angry Young Them [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1965
Three Dog Night —— Suitable For Framing ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Procol Harum —— Broken Barricades ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Carpenters —— A Kind Of Hush ► Soft Rock >> 1976
The Knack —— Get The Knack ► Power Pop >> 1979
Burning Spear —— Social Living ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Def Leppard —— High ‘N’ Dry ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Live It Up ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Sugar Tax ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1991
Aaron Neville —— Warm Your Heart ► Pop-Soul >> 1991
Harem Scarem —— Mood Swings ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1993
Ash —— 1977 ► Punk-Pop >> 1996
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars —— T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power Of A Fully-Operational Mothership) ► Funk/Hip Hop >> 1996
The Tragically Hip —— In Violet Light ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Various Artists —— Melody [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Gregg Allman —— No Stranger To The Dark: The Best Of Gregg Allman ► Southern Rock >> 2002
The Who —— The Ultimate Collection ► British Rock >> 2002
Korn —— Untouchables ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2002
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Mojo ► Album Rock >> 2010

Jun 12


Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band —— Some Time In New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Bad Company —— Holy Water ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Fugazi —— Red Medicine ► Post Hardcore Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1995
Sloan —— One Chord To Another [Canada] ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1996
Asia —— Asia Live ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Roxy Music —— Concerto ► Prog Rock >> 2001
ZZ Top —— Vintage ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Electric Light Orchestra —— Zoom ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Coldplay —— Viva La Vida ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2008
The dB’s —— Falling Off The Sky ► Power Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs From The Laundromat ► Southern Rock >> 2012

Jun 13


The Yardbirds —— For Your Love ► British Invasion >> 1965
Carpenters —— A Song For You ► Soft Rock >> 1972
Jefferson Starship —— Red Octopus ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Beatles —— Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Cars —— Candy-O ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Joni Mitchell —— Mingus ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Donna Summer —— She Works Hard For The Money ► Disco >> 1983
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Texas Flood ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Elton John —— [Live] ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Paula Abdul —— Forever Your Girl ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Buzzcocks —— Let We Forget ► Punk-Rock >> 1988
Steel Pulse —— State Of Emergency ► Roots Reggae >> 1988
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— State Of The Heart ► Country-Folk >> 1989
Mariah Carey —— Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Paula Abdul —— Head Over Heels ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
The Police —— Live! ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bjork —— Post ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— Pulse ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Apocalyptica —— Plays Metallica By Four Cellos ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1996
Bon Jovi —— Crush ► Arena Rock >> 2000
B. B. King & Eric Clapton —— Riding With The King ► Blues >> 2000
Rory Gallagher —— Big Guns: The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Rush —— Grace Under Pressure Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2006
John Fogerty —— The Long Road Home – In Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006

Jun 14


The Beatles —— Beatles VI ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Aretha Franklin —— Aretha Now ► Soul >> 1968
Iron Butterfly —— In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Grateful Dead —— Workingman’s Dead ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Tarkus ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Simon & Garfunkel —— Greatest Hits ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Barclay James Harvest —— Everyone Is Everybody Else ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Todd Rundgren —— Initiation ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Chicago —— Chicago X ► Jazz-Rock >> 1976
Barbra Streisand —— Streisand Superman ► Easy Listening >> 1977
Blue Öyster Cult —— Cultosaurus Erectus ► Metal >> 1980
Pete Townshend —— All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Various Artists —— Metal Massacre ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Corey Hart —— Boy In The Box ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Status Quo —— Ain’t Complaining ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Billy Squier —— Hear & Now ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Mike Oldfield —— Amarok ► Progressive Rock >> 1990
Gloria Estefan —— Mi Terra ► Latin Pop >> 1993
The Palace Brothers —— There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Arrested Development —— Zingalamaduni ► Trad. Rap >> 1994
Foo Fighters —— In Your Honor ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Rarities ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers —— Too Good To Be True ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Oasis —— Time Flies…1994-2009 ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2010

Jun 15


The Temptations —— Getting’ Ready ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Jeremy Dormouse —— Toad ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Jackie DeShannon —— Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Messin’ ► Prog Rock >> 1973
John Denver —— Back Home Again ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
Bob Dylan —— Street Legal ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Dire Straits —— Communique ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1979
America —— Silent Letter ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Duran Duran —— Duran Duran ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Steve Miller —— Abracadabra ► Album Rock >> 1982
John Waite —— No Brakes ► Power Pop >> 1984
King Diamond —— Abigail ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Nirvana —— Bleach ► Grunge >> 1989
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live & Loud ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Pete Townshend —— Psychoderelict ► Prog Rock >> 1993
Neil Young —— Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Pansy Division —— Deflowered ► Punk/Queercore >> 1994
ZZ Top —— Concert Classics ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Dokken —— Erase The Slate ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Santana —— Supernatural ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1999
Fleetwood Mac —— Live In Boston ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Phish —— Undermind ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Chris Isaak —— Live At The Fillmore ► Adult Contemporary >> 2010

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