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Albums Released This Week (February 23 – March 1)

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):

Feb 23


Otis Redding —— The Dock Of The Bay ► Memphis Soul >> 1968
Manfred Mann —— Up The Junction [Sndtrk] ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1968
The Selector —— Too Much Pressure ► New Wave Ska Revival >> 1980
Sade —— Diamond Life ► Quiet Storm >> 1985
The Smiths —— The World Won’t Listen ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Van Halen —— Live: Right Here, Right Now ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Sister Sweetly ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Jack Bruce —— Somethin Els ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 1993
Derek & The Dominos —— Live At The Fillmore ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Various Artists —— Our Band Could Be Your Life: A Tribute To D Boon And The Minutemen ► Indie Rock >> 1996
ALL —— All ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk >> 1999
XTC —— Apple Venus Volume 1 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band —— The Mountain ► Bluegrass >> 1999
Blondie —— No Exit ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1999
Eminem —— The Slim Shady LP ► Hard Core Rap >> 1999

Feb 24


Fleetwood Mac —— Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Cactus —— One Way…Or Another ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Led Zeppelin —— Physical Graffiti ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Watch ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Rick Springfield —— Working Class Dog ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Europe —— Europe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1983
Lee Aaron —— Metal Queen ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Madness —— Divine Madness ► Ska Revival >> 1992
2 Unlimited —— Get Ready! ► Eurodance-Pop >> 1992
Bark Psychosis —— Hex ► Electronic/Ambient >> 1994
Cradle Of Filth —— The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal >> 1994
Gov’t Mule —— Dose ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1998
Jonathan Cain —— For A Lifetime ► Instrumental Piano Rock >> 1998
Train —— Train ► Alt. Rock >> 1998
Chaka Khan —— Dance Classics Of Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk >> 1999
Led Zeppelin —— Early Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume One ► Hard Rock >> 1999
Peter, Paul & Mary —— In These Times ► Folk-Pop >> 2003
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 02.28.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 07.15.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 07.29.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Van Morrison —— Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
The Church —— Coffee Hounds [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2009
Chris Isaak —— Mr. Lucky ► Adult Contemporary >> 2009

Feb 25


Barbra Streisand —— The Barbra Streisand Album ► Classic Pop >> 1963
Nick Drake —— Pink Moon ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Alice Cooper —— Billion Dollar Babies ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Dr. John —— In The Right Place ► New Orleans R&B >> 1973
Peter Gabriel —— Peter Gabriel [1] ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Al Di Meola —— Casino ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1978
Scorpions —— Lovedrive ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Against The Wind ► Heartland Rock >> 1980
Tears For Fears —— Songs From The Big Chair ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Midnight Oil —— Blue Sky Mining ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Spacemen 3 —— Recurring ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1991
Tori Amos —— Little Earthquakes ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1992
Cluster —— First Encounter Tour 1996 ► Electronic-Ambient >> 1997
James —— Whiplash ► Alt Pop/Rock >> 1997

Feb 26


Eric Andersen —— Today Is The Highway ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Beatles —— Hey Jude/The Beatles Again ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Anne Murray —— Straight, Clean And Simple ► Country-Pop >> 1971
Judas Priest —— Point Of Entry ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Great White —— Hooked ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Billy Idol —— Billy Idol: VH1 Storytellers ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Roy Buchanan —— Before And After ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
10,000 Maniacs —— Music From The Motion Picture ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Feb 27


Elvis Presley —— How Great Thou Art ► Southern Gospel >> 1967
Blue Öyster Cult —— On Your Feet Or On Your Knees ► Metal >> 1975
Yes —— Yesterdays ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Village People —— Macho Man ► Disco >> 1978
Desparate Bicycles —— Remorse Code ► Post-Punk/Psych Rock >> 1979
Dead Can Dance —— Dead Can Dance ► Post-Punk/Goth Rock >> 1984
XTC —— Oranges And Lemons ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
Bruce Dickinson —— Alive In Studio A ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Neil Young —— Dead Man ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
America —— Greatest Hits Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Triumph —— King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) ► Arena Rock >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Bad Religion —— The Gray Race ► Punk Rock >> 1997
CKY —— Volume 1 ► Alt. Rock/Alt. Metal >> 1999
Dave Matthews Band —— Everyday ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001

Feb 28


The Miracles —— The Fabulous Miracles ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Sam Cooke —— Mr. Soul ► Soul >> 1963
Van Morrison —— Moondance ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Styx —— Kilroy Was Here ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1983
The Ramones —— Subterranean Jungle ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
U2 —— War ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— In 3-D ► Comedy/Parody >> 1984
Queen —— The Works ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Indigo Girls —— Indigo Girls ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Eric Johnson —— Ah Via Musicom ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Yoko Ono —— Onobox ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen —— Greatest Hits ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Harry Nilsson —— Personal Bast: The Harry Nilsson Anthology ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Steve Earle —— Train A Comin’ ► Alt. Country >> 1995
Del Amitri —— Twisted ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Oasis —— Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2000
AC/DC —— Stiff Upper Lip ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Bob Dylan —— Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1968-1971 ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen —— Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 ► Heartland Rock >> 2006

Feb 29


Olivia Newton-John —— Come On Over ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
The Fall —— The Frenz Experiment ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1988
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— BTNHResurrection ► Gangsta Rap >> 2000
BloodHound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 2000
The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Steely Dan —— Two Against Nature ► Jazz-Rock >> 2000

Mar 01


Sam Cooke —— Ain’t That Good News ► Soul >> 1964
Elvis Presley —— Girl Happy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
The Rascals —— Search And Nearness ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Pink Floyd —— The Dark Side Of The Moon ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Camel —— Mirage ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Rush ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Jeff Beck —— Blow By Blow ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1975
Max Webster —— High Class In Borrowed Shoes ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Hollies —— A Crazy Steal ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Roxy Music —— Manifesto ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Robert Hunter —— Liberty ► Country-Rock >> 1988
Toto —— The Seventh One ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Ocean Colour Scene —— Ocean Colour Scene ► Brit Pop >> 1992
Cranberries —— Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Beck —— Mellow Gold ► Alt Rock >> 1994
DK Jamz —— The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack ► Atmospheric Ambient >> 1995
Tonic —— Live And Enhanced ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1999
Kathleen Edwards —— Back To Me ► Alt Country-Rock >> 2005
Jack Johnson —— In Between Dreams ► AA Folk-Rock >> 2005
Lucinda Williams —— Blessed ► Alt. Country >> 2011
Rhye —— Woman ► Downtempo Pop >> 2013

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This Week’s Bithdays (February 22 – 28)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 22

1923 ● Norman “Hurricane” Smith → World War II glider pilot and unsuccessful jazz musician, joined EMI as a sound engineer in 1959 and, among other bands, engineered almost 100 ‘Beatles songs and all early albums through to Rubber Soul, when he was promoted to producer, worked with Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Barclay James Harvest and others, switched to songwriting and recording as Hurricane Smith and had a UK #2 hit in 1971 (“Don’t Let it Die”), continued to record until his death from natural causes on 3/3/2008
1936 ● Ernie K-Doe (Ernest Kador, Jr.) → One hit wonder New Orleans R&B singer, “Mother-In-Law” (#1, 1961), died 7/5/2001 from kidney and liver failure
1938 ● Bobby Hendricks → R&B/doo wop solo singer with two minor chart singles, also with the Five Crowns, Swallows, The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960)
1943 ● Louise Lopez → Vocals for R&B/disco-dance-funk trio Odyssey, “Inside Out” (#12, 1982) and “Use It Up And Wear It Out” (UK #1, 1980)
1944 ● Michael Robert “Mick” Green → Renowned rock guitarist for pre-Beatles top Brit rock ‘n roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, “Shakin’ All Over” (UK #1, 1960), then Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964), died from heart failure on 1/11/2010
1945 ● Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) → Broadway actor and singer in the musical Hair, “Good Morning Starshine” (#3, 1969), died of cancer 2/12/2000
1953 ● Graham Lewis → Bassist for long-lived post-punk Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989)
1953 ● John B. “Sparko” Sparks → Bassist for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979)
1953 ● Nigel Planer → Brit stage, TV and film actor, charted with a cover of Traffic‘s “Hole In My Shoe” (UK #2, 1984)
1963 ● Rob Lambert → Saxophone for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1968 ● Bradley Nowell → Lead singer and guitarist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997), died from a heroin overdose on 5/25/1996
1973 ● Scott Phillips → Drummer for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, “With Arms Wide Open” (#1, 2000)
1974 ● James Blunt (James Hiller Blount) → Acoustic folk-pop singer, songwriter and former Army captain, “You’re Beautiful” (#1, 2006), first Brit atop the US charts since Elton John‘s “Candle In The Wind” in 1997
1978 ● Jennifer Frost → Vocals in Brit girl group pop quartet Precious, “Say It Again” (UK #6, 1999), replaced Kerry Katona in 2001 in pop trio Atomic Kitten, “The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)” (UK #1, 2002), now a TV host
1979 ● Tom Higgenson → Vocals for pop-rock Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah” (#1, 2007)

Feb 23

1943 ● Gordon Geoffrey Nugent → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups of the 60s that never charted in the Top 40 in the U.S. or U.K.
1944 ● Johnny Winter → Blues-rock guitarist (Rolling Stone #74), Rick Derringer band, Edgar Winter Blues Band, solo, “Johnny B. Goode” (#92, 1970)
1944 ● Mike Maxfield → Guitarist and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1946 ● Rusty Young → Vocals and pedal steel guitar for country-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#17, 1967), then mainstay member with Poco, “Crazy Love” (#17, 1979)
1949 ● Terry “Tex” Comer → Bassist for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1950 ● Steve Priest → Guitarist for glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1975) and three other mid-70s Top 10 hits
1952 ● Brad Whitford → Rhythm guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter 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)
1955 ● Howard Jones → Synth-pop-dance singer, songwriter and keyboardist, “No One Is To Blame” (#4, 1986)
1955 ● Zeke Manyika → Vocalist for Scottish post-punk/neo-pop dance-funk Orange Juice, “Rip It Up” (UK #8, 1983)
1958 ● David Sylvian (David Alan Batt) → Guitar, keyboards and vocals for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1962 ● Michael Wilton → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1963 ● Rob Collins → Keyboards for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), died in a car crash on 7/23/1996
1964 ● John Norum → Norwegian-born co-founder and rhythm guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1967 ● Chris Vrenna → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), then Grammy-winning sound engineer and producer for Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson and others
1971 ● Jett Beres → Bass and harmony vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Lars Olaf “Lasse” Johansson → Keyboards for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1977 ● Stuart Black → Bassist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)

Feb 24

1941 ● Joanie Sommers (Drost) → One hit wonder 60s teen pop vocalist, “Johnny Get Angry” (#7, 1962), then Pepsi commercial jingles
1942 ● Paul Jones (Paul Pond) → Harmonica and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964) and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo, actor and BBC radio presenter
1944 ● Nicky Hopkins → Session pianist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Steve Miller, Small Faces, The Who and others, died on 9/6/1994 from complications following intestinal surgery
1947 ● Lonnie Turner → Bassist for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1947 ● Rupert Holmes → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” (#1, 1979), wrote the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood
1948 ● Dennis Waterman → Brit TV and film actor and singer with the theme from UK TV show Minder, “I Could Be So Good For You” (UK #3, 1980)
1959 ● Colin Farley → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Michelle Shocked (Karen Michelle Johnston) → Urban/indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, “If Love Was A Train” (Modern Rock #20, 1988)
1973 ● Chris “3” Fehn → Percussionist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004), now bassist with noise metal Will Haven
1974 ● Charles Edward “Chad” Hugo → Multi-instrumentalist and one half of the funk-dance-rock hip hop band N.E.R.D., “She Wants To Move” (Dance #6, 2004) and hip hop production and writing duo The Neptunes, produced numerous #1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly
1974 ● Noah “Wuv” Bernardo, Jr. → Founding member and drummer of Grammy-nominated Christian metal band P.O.D., “Alive” (Modern Rock #2, 2001)
1978 ● John Nolan → Lead vocals and guitar for punk-pop Taking Back Sunday, “Makedamnsure” (#48, 2006), left to form emo-pop quartet Straylight Run
1983 ● Matt McGinley → Co-founder and drummer for alt hip hop/rap rock Gym Class Heroes, “Intramurals: Cupid’s Chokehold” (#4, 2007), solo

Feb 25

1932 ● Faron Young → The “Hillbilly Heartthrob”, country singer/songwriter, “Hello Walls” (#12, 1961), committed suicide on 12/10/1996
1942 ● Loy Bones (Roy Michaels) → With Stephen Stills and Richie Furay in the Au Go Go Singers, then co-founded alt country rock Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, “Good Old Rock ‘N’ Roll” (#21, 1969)
1943 ● George Harrison → Lead guitarist (Rolling Stone #21), singer and songwriter for The Beatles, wrote their hit “Something” (#1, 1969), then solo, “My Sweet Lord” (#1, 1970), died of cancer on 11/29/2001
1945 ● Elkie Brooks (Elaine Bookbinder) → Pop-rock singer in Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer, then solo, “Pearl’s A Singer” (UK #8, 1977)
1947 ● David Stensen → Original bassist for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1957 ● Dennis Diken → Drummer for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1957 ● Stuart “Woody” Wood → Bass guitar for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1959 ● Mike Peters → Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989), then solo and Dead Men Walking
1962 ● Pia Maiocco → Founding member and original bassist for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989), wife of influential guitar virtuoso Steve Vai
1965 ● Brian Baker → Bassist and sometime rhythm guitar for punk rock Minor Threat, then hardcore punk Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995)
1973 ● Justin Jeffre → Vocals for American adult contemporary pop-rock boy band 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#2, 2000)
1976 ● Daniel Powter → Canadian folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Bad Day” (#1, 2005)
1982 ● Robert Edward “Bert” McCracken → Lead vocals and songwriter for indie rock/screamo punk quartet The Used, “Under Pressure” (#41, 2005)

Feb 26

1926 ● Nancy Swain Overton → Popular music singer in Tommy Tucker’s Two Timers and Mel Torme’s The Meltones, joined pop girl group The Chordettes (“Mr. Sandman,” #1, 1954) in the 60s, married to jazz pianist/composer/arranger Hall Overton until his death in 1972, died from esophageal cancer on 4/5/2009
1928 ● Antoine “Fats” Domino → Rock ‘n’ roll singer, pianist, bandleader and songwriter, best-selling black artist of the 50s starting with “Ain’t That A Shame” (#10, R&B #1, 1955) and 33 Top 40 hits through 1962
1930 ● Chic Hetti (Carl Cicchetti) → Vocals and piano for novelty pop/rock ‘n’ roll The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1932 ● Johnny Cash → The “Man in Black,” super-legendary traditional and outlaw country singer, songwriter and guitarist with dozens of top country hits plus “A Boy Named Sue” (#2, 1969), died from respiratory failure 9/12/2003
1943 ● Paul Cotton → Stalwart member, guitarist, songwriter and vocals for country-rock Poco, wrote “The Heart Of The Night” (#20, Adult Contemporary #5, 1979)
1945 ● Bob “The Bear” Hite → Harmonica and vocals for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968), died 4/6/1981 from a heart attack
1945 ● Mitch Ryder (William Levise, Jr.) → Frontman and vocals for classic rock ‘n’ roll garage band The Detroit Wheels, “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly” (#4, 1966) and 25 albums as a solo artist since 1967
1947 ● Sandie Shaw (Sandra Goodrich) → Brit girl-group style pop singer, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#52, UK #1, 1967)
1950 ● Jonathan Cain → Keyboards for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), then Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (#1, 1989)
1953 ● Michael Bolton (Bolotin) → Solo pop-rock singer, then lead vocals for heavy metal Blackjack, then Grammy-winning solo soft pop-rock balladeer, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#1, 1990) and five Top 10 albums
1958 ● Steve Grant → Singer for Brit synth-dance-pop trio Tight Fit, covered “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (UK #1, 1982)
1960 ● Jaz Coleman → Vocals and keyboards for post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (#25, 1981)
1961 ● John Jon (Jonathan Hellyer) → Founding member and keyboards for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy” (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984)
1968 ● Tim Commerford → Bassist for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999), then alt metal Audioslave, “Doesn’t Remind Me” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1969 ● Timothy Brown → Bassist for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1971 ● Erykah Badu → Smooth R&B/neo-soul songwriter and vocalist, “On & On” (#12, Hot Dance #3, 1997)
1971 ● Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg → Swedish music songwriter and producer for Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC and Pink
1979 ● Corinne Bailey Rae → Grammy-winning R&B/neo-soul songstress, “Your Love Is Mine” (Dance/Club #4, 2007)

Feb 27

1927 ● Guy Mitchell (Albert Cernick) → International 50s pop singing star with multiple hits, last was “Heartaches By The Number” (#1, 1959), died of cancer on 7/1/1999
1948 ● Eddie Gray → Guitarist for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1950 ● Robert Balderrama → Guitarist for garage rock ? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1951 ● Steve Harley (Stephen Nice) → Frontman and lead singer for glam-rock Cockney Rebel, then solo, “Ballerina (Prima Donna)” (UK #51, 1983)
1954 ● Neil Schon → Guitarist for Latin-tinged rock Santana, “Everybody’s Everything” (#12, 1971), then lead guitar and frontman for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), sessions and stints with Bad English and Hardline
1955 ● Garry Christian → Lead vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988)
1957 ● Adrian Smith → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1959 ● Johnny Van Zant → Lead vocals and frontman for his own band, then replaced his older, deceased brother Ronnie in the reformed Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, issued solo “Brickyard Road” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1990), plays with older brother Donnie (formerly .38 Special) in hard Rock Van Zant
1960 ● Paul Humphreys → Keyboards and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1963 ● Nasty Suicide (Jan Stenfors) → Guitarist for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Up Around The Bend” (UK #61, 1984)
1964 ● Derek McKenzie → Founding member and guitarist for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1964 ● Ewen Vernal → Bassist for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), now with folk-rock Capercaillie
1965 ● David Boulter → Keyboards for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1971 ● Chilli (Rozonda Ocelean Thomas) → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994)
1972 ● Jeremy Dean → Keyboards for indie power pop band Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1973 ● Peter Andre (Andrea) → Greek Cypriot, Australia-raised blue-eyed R&B/soul revivalist singer and former actor, “Gimme Little Sign” (Aussie #3, 1992), then urban dance-pop “I Feel You” (UK #1, 1995)
1981 ● Josh Groban → Adult-oriented pop and classical singer, “Believe” (Adult Contemporary #1, 2004), top selling US artist in 2007

Feb 28

1939 ● John Fahey → Steel string acoustic folk guitarist (Rolling Stone #35), Takoma Records owner, died after open heart surgery on 2/22/2001
1940 ● Joe South (Souter) → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “Games People Play” (#12, 1969), session guitarist for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, wrote Deep Purple‘s “Hush” (#4, 1968) and Lynn Anderson’s “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (Adult Contemporary #5, 1970)
1941 ● Marty Sanders → Vocals for clean cut pop-rock Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965), plus nine other Top 30 hits
1942 ● Brian Jones → Founding member, first band leader and original guitarist for The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” (#1, 1966), left the band and drowned in his swimming pool on 7/3/1969 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol
1943 ● Barbara Acklin → R&B/Chicago soul vocalist and songwriter, “Love Makes A Woman” (#15, R&B #3, 1968), co-wrote “Have You Seen Her” for The Chi-Lites (#3, R&B #1, 1971) and MC Hammer (#4, 1990), died from pneumonia on 11/27/1998
1943 ● Donnie Iris (Dominic Ierace) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock The Jaggerz, “The Rapper” (#2, 1970), then briefly with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976), then solo, “Ah! Leah!” (#29, 1981)
1945 ● Ronnie Rosman → Keyboards for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966) and psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1952 ● Eddie “Kingfish” Manion → Saxophonist for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978), then with Bruce Springsteen‘s Seeger Sessions Band
1957 ● Cindy Wilson → Frontgal and vocals for New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1957 ● Ian Stanley → Keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1957 ● Phil Gould → Drummer for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1967 ● Marcus Lillington → Guitarist for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1969 ● Pat Monahan → Lead vocals for Grammy-winning roots rock/folk-pop Train, “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)”, (#5, 2001), solo and songwriting with Guy Chambers
1971 ● Nigel Godrich → Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer for Radiohead, Beck, U2, R.E.M. and others, plus lead singer with Thom Yorke‘s Atoms For Peace
1972 ● Danny McCormack → Bass and vocals for Brit hard/raunch rock The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1995)

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Albums Released This Week (February 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):

Feb 16


The Isley Brothers —— It’s Our Thing ► Soul-Funk >> 1969
Badfinger —— Magic Christian Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Simon & Garfunkel —— The Concert In Central Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1982
Possessed —— Seven Churches ► Heavy/Death Metal >> 1985
All About Eve —— All About Eve ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1988
Sting —— Nada Como El Sol…. ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Church —— Starfish ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1988
Death —— Spiritual Healing ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Einstürzende Neubatuten —— Tabula Rasa ► Industrial Electronica >> 1993
New Kids On The Block —— Greatest Hits ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1999

Feb 17


John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— A Hard Road ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
The Temptations —— Cloud Nine ► Soul >> 1969
AC/DC —— High Voltage [Australia] ► Hard Rock >> 1975
John Lennon —— Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Eagles —— Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) ► Country-Rock >> 1976
The Adverts —— Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush —— The Kick Inside ► Art Rock >> 1978
Eric Clapton —— Another Ticket ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
Willie Nelson —— Tougher Than Leather ► Outlaw Country >> 1983
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Budapest Live ► British Rock >> 1984
King Diamond —— Fatal Portrait ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Lee Aaron —— Lee Aaron ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Blink-182 —— Cheshire Cat ► Punk-Pop >> 1994
Massive Attack —— No Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1995
Ash —— Live At The Wireless ► Punk-Pop >> 1997
Spirit —— Made In Germany ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1997
Blood Duster —— Str8 Outta Northcote ► Heavy/Grind Metal >> 1998
Indigo Girls —— All That We Let In ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Family —— Live ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Eagles —— New Zealand Concert ► Country-Rock >> 2009

Feb 18


Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Tony Bennett —— I Wanna Be Around… ► Easy Listening >> 1963
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Manfred Mann’s Earth Band ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rory Gallagher —— Blueprint ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Kiss —— Kiss ► Hard Rock >> 1974
The Damned —— Damned, Damned, Damned [UK] ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Sham 69 —— Tell Us The Truth ► Punk Rock >> 1978
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Somewhere In Afrika ► British Rock >> 1983
Jackson Browne —— Lives In The Balance ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Ricky Martin —— Ricky Martin ► Latin Dance-Pop >> 1992
Live —— Secret Samadhi ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Radiohead —— The King Of Limbs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

Feb 19


The Rascals —— Once Upon A Dream ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Yes —— The Yes Album ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Split Enz —— Frenzy [NZ] ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Simple Minds —— The Breakfast Club [Sndtrk] ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
The Fall —— Extricate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dinosaur Jr. —— Green Mind ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
The Fixx —— Ink ► Techno-Pop >> 1991
Joni Mitchell —— Night Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
The Tragically Hip —— Road Apples ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Ace Of Base —— Happy Nation ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1993
Bruce Dickinson —— Skunkworks ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Humble Pie —— Back On Track ► Hard Rock >> 2002
The Cars —— Complete Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2002

Feb 20


Buddy Holly —— Buddy Holly ► Pop-Rock >> 1958
Elvis Presley —— Elvis Now ► Adult Contemporary >> 1972
Tangerine Dream —— Phaedra ► Art Rock >> 1974
Genesis —— A Trick Of The Tail ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Smiths —— The Smiths ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
Talk Talk —— The Colour Of Spring ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Fine Young Cannibals —— The Raw And The Cooked ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1989
Meat Beat Manifesto —— Storm The Studio ► Techno-Industrial >> 1989
Everything But The Girl —— The Language Of Life ► Electro-Pop >> 1990
Butthole Surfers —— Piouhgd ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1991
The Smiths —— Singles ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Murder Ballads ► Alt Rock >> 1996
Lou Reed —— Set The Twilight Reeling ► Hard Rock >> 1996

Feb 21


Blood, Sweat & Tears —— Child Is Father To The Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Temptations —— Masterpiece ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Status Quo —— On The Level ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Bad Company —— Run With The Pack ► Hard Rock >> 1976
David Coverdale —— White Snake ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Stranglers —— Live (X Cert) ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Mick Jagger —— She’s The Boss ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Elvis Costello —— King Of America ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Marc Cohn —— Marc Cohn ► Adult Contemporary >> 1991
Emperor —— In The Nightside Eclipse ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1994
Morrissey —— The World Of Morrissey ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Various Artists —— The Next Best Thing [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds —— X5 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012

Feb 22


The Supremes —— Supremes Sing Country Western And Pop ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
Ten Years After —— Stonedhenge ► Hard Rock >> 1969
David Crosby —— If I Could Only Remember My Name ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Suzi Quatro —— If You Knew Suzi ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Journey —— Frontiers ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1983
Ozzy Osbourne —— The Ultimate Sin ► Hard Rock >> 1986
The Chills —— Submarine Bells ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1990
The Auteurs —— New Wave ► Glam Rock >> 1993
Darkane —— Rusted Angel ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1999
The Byrds —— Live At The Fillmore – February 1969 ► Country-Rock >> 2000
The Apples In Stereo —— Look Away + 4 ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2000
John Waite —— Rough & Tumble ► Power Pop >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 15 – 21)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 15

1941 ● Brian HollandMotown musical arranger and producer with the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, co-wrote dozens of hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers and others, issued solo albums
1942 ● Glyn Johns → Recording engineer and producer, mixed The Who‘s Who’s Next album, worked with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The BeatlesLet It Be sessions, Joan Armatrading, Steve Miller, Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin
1944 ● Denny Zager → Vocals in folk-pop-rock one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, “In The Year 2525” (#1, 1969)
1944 ● Michael Charles “Mick” Avory → Drummer for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, “You Really Got Me” (#7, 1964)
1945 ● John Helliwell → Saxophonist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1947 ● David Brown → Bassist for Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970) and the Boz Scaggs band, died from liver and kidney failure on 9/4/2000
1951 ● Melissa Manchester → Folk-pop/adult contemporary singer and songwriter, “Midnight Blue” (#6, 1975), TV, film and stage actress
1954 ● David Ricketts → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop duo David & David, “Welcome To The Boomtown”(Top Rock #8, 1986), collaborated with Sheryl Crow
1959 ● Alistair “Ali” Campbell → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1960 ● Mikey Craig → Bassist for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#12, 1984)
1962 ● David Milner → With twin brother Mike, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, “Tribute (Right On)” (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1962 ● Mike Milner → With twin brother David, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, “Tribute (Right On)” (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1974 ● Mr. Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu) → Founder and lead vocalist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1974 ● Stuart Richardson → Bassist for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1976 ● Brandon Boyd → Co-founder and lead vocals for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001), solo albums and author
1976 ● Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. → Drummer for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1977 ● Brooks Wackerman → Drummer for funk-metal Infectious Grooves, in 2001 joined hardcore punk Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995), plus numerous side projects and sessions
1980 ● Conor Oberst → Frontman, guitarist, lead vocals and songwriter for indie rock Bright Eyes, “Lua” (Hot Singles #1, 2004)
1981 ● Olivia Theresa Longott → R&B/hip hop soul singer, member of G-Unit Records house band, vocalist on 50 Cent‘s “Candy Shop” (#1, 2005) plus two solo albums
1984 ● Gary Clark, Jr. → Acclaimed Texas blues, blues-rock and R&B guitarist and actor whom Jambase.com called “the future of Texas Blues,” his 2012 major-label debut LP Blak And Blu reached #6 in the U.S., the Netherlands and New Zealand, recorded with Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys and Foo Fighters, among others

Feb 16

1916 ● Bill Doggett → Piano jazz and organ-based R&B/honky tonk composer, arranger and performer of mostly instrumentals, his biggest and lasting hit being “Honky Tonk” (#2, R&B #1, 1956), died of a heart attack on 11/13/1996
1918 ● Patricia Marie “Patty” Andrews → Vocals in hugely popular pre-60s all-girl sibling pop vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (#6, 1941)
1925 ● Bobby Lewis → R&B/rock ‘n’ roll singer known for his signature hit “Tossin’ And Turnin'” (#1, 1961), had a second Top 10 hit in “One Track Mind” (#9, 1961) but faded thereafter, continues to perform in the 10s
1932 ● Otis Blackwell → Prolific early rock ‘n’ roll songwriter and producer, wrote “All Shook Up”, “Return To Sender”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Great Balls Of Fire” and “Fever”, among many other hits recorded by a multitude of artists, died from a heart attack on 5/6/2002
1934 ● Harold “Hal” Kalin → With twin brother Herbie, pop/rock ‘n’ roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, “When” (#5, 1958), first twins to score a #1 hit, died 8/24/2005 from injuries in an auto accident
1934 ● Herbert “Herbie” Kalin → With twin brother Hal, pop/rock ‘n’ roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, “When” (#5, 1958), first twins to score a #1 hit, died 7/21/2006 from a heart attack
1935 ● Sonny Bono (Salvatore Phillip Bono) → TV actor, musician, producer and singer with partner/wife in pop-rock Sonny & Cher, “I Got You Babe” (#1, 1965), elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA in 1988 and to the US Congress in 1994 (R-Cal.), died in a skiing accident on 1/5/1998
1949 ● Lyn Paul (Lynda Susan Belcher) → Vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (#7, 1972)
1956 ● James Ingram → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, songwriter, musician and producer with multiple hits, including the duet with Linda Ronstadt “Somewhere Out There” (#2, 1987) and solo “I Don’t Have The Heart” (#1, 1990)
1958 ● Ice-T (Tracy Morrow) → Grammy-winning R&B/hip hop producer and rapper, “New Jack Hustler” (Hot Rap Singles #3, 1991), founded rap metal Body Count and wrote lyrics to controversial song “Cop Killer” (1992), TV actor and host
1961 ● Andy Taylor → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982), left in 1985 to form Power Station, “Some Like It Hot” (#6, 1985), later joined hard rock Thunder, “Dirty Love” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1991)
1962 ● Tony Kiley → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1963 ● Chris Duarte → Texas blues-rock and jazz fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Cleopatra” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1997)
1965 ● Dave Lombardo → Co-founder and drummer for “Big Four” thrash metal Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” (#2, 2009)
1967 ● Damon Reece → Drummer for gloomy post-punk Echo & The Bunnymen, then space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992)
1971 ● Steven Houghton → Brit stage and TV actor, singer and songwriter, “Wind Beneath My Wings” (UK #3, 1997)
1977 ● Brad Walst → Bassist for Canadian alt rock/punk metal band Three Days Grace, “Just Like You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)

Feb 17

1902 ● Orville “Hoppy” Jones → Founding member, bass, vocals and string instruments for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), died 10/18/1944 at the height of the band’s popularity
1922 ● Tommy Edwards → One hit wonder R&B/soul singer, “It’s All In The Game” (#1, 1958), died after suffering a brain aneurysm on 10/22/1969
1939 ● John Leyton → Brit teen idol pop singer and actor, “Johnny Remember Me” (UK #1, 1961)
1940 ● Gene Pitney → Stalwart pop/rock singer, musician and sound engineer with multiple hits prior to and during the 60s British Invasion, including “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” (#4, 1962), wrote hits for others, including “Rubber Ball”, “He’s A Rebel” and “Hello Mary Lou”, died in his sleep on 4/5/2006 while on tour in the UK
1947 ● Dodie Stevens (Geraldine Ann Pasquale) → Girl-group era teenage pop one hit wonder singer, “Pink Shoe Laces” (#3, 1959)
1950 ● Rickey Medlocke → Founder and guitarist for Southern rock turned hard rock Blackfoot, “Highway Song” (#26, 1979), joined cross-town Jacksonville, FL rivals Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996
1966 ● Melissa Brooke-Belland → With sister Tracey Bryn, frontgal, vocals and guitar in college rock/indie pop-rock Voice Of The Beehive, “Scary Kisses” (Mainstream Top 40 #32, 1996), daughter of Bruce Belland of 50s pop vocal quartet The Four Preps
1967 ● Chanté Moore → Award-winning adult contemporary R&B singer, “Chante’s Got a Man” (#10, 1999), occasional stage actress and TV host
1972 ● Billie Joe Armstrong → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004)
1972 ● Taylor Hawkins → Drummer for Alanis Morrisette‘s touring band, in 1997 joined post-grunge Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1999)
1977 ● Chris Gentry → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1981 ● John Hassall → Bassist for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Yeti
1981 ● Paris Hilton → Socialite, heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, reality TV actress, fashion model, tabloid fodder, Internet sex tape star and sometime dance-pop singer, “Stars Are Blind” (#18, Dance/Club #1, 2006)
1982 ● Lupe Fiasco (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) → Record producer, music entrepreneur, MC and Grammy-winning rapper, “Superstar” (#10, 2007), CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment
1989 ● Stacey McClean → Vocals in pre-fab teen pop S Club Juniors (a spin-off of S Club 7), “One Step Closer” (UK #2, 2002) and six other UK Top 15 hits in two years

Feb 18

1933 ● Yoko Ono (Lennon) → Artist, poet, singer, bandleader of The Plastic Ono Band, widowed wife of Beatle John Lennon and mother of Sean Ono Lennon
1939 ● Bobby Hart (Robert Luke Harshman) → In collaboration with Tommy Boyce, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs
1941 ● Herman Santiago → Original lead vocals for The Premiers, which became influential R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” (R&B #1,1956), a song Santiago claimed to have written but lost his law suit (and millions of potential royalties)
1941 ● Irma Thomas (Lee) → The “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Grammy-winning R&B/soul diva, “Wish Someone Would Care” (#17, 1964)
1945 ● Jimmy Jewell → Backing band bassist for folk/pop duo Gallagher & Lyle, “I Wanna Stay With You” (#49, UK #6, 1976)
1947 ● Dennis De Young → Vocals and keyboards for prototypical arena rock band Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), solo
1948 ● Keith Knudsen → Drummer and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes” (#1, 1979), co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific in 1982, reunited with the Doobies in 1993, died from complications of pneumonia on 2/8/2005
1952 ● Judy Kay “Juice” Newton → Country-pop and roots-rock singer/songwriter, “Angel Of The Morning” (#4, 1981) and “Queen Of Hearts” (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Veronica “Randy” Crawford → R&B/soul-jazz singer with jazz-funk-rock The Crusaders, “Street Life” (#35, R&B #17, 1979), plus solo “”Give Me The Night” (Dance/Club #21, 1996)
1953 ● Derek Pellicci → Drummer for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979)
1953 ● Robbie Bachman → With his brothers Randy and Tim, drummer for Canadian hard rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), kept on as BTO after brother Randy left, was sued by Randy for rights to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive and BTO names/logos
1954 ● John Travolta → Actor and singer, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), duet with Olivia Newton-John, “You’re The One That I Want” (#1, 1978)
1955 ● Brian James → Guitarist for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), then goth-punk Lords Of The New Church, “Open You Eyes” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982) and Iggy Pop‘s touring band
1961 ● Jasper Stainthorpe → Bassist for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1965 ● Dr. Dre (Andre Romell Young) → Grammy-winning pioneer gangsta rap and G-funk hip hop artist, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” (#2, 1993), MTV rap show host
1966 ● Tommy Scott → Vocals for electronic/ambient house group Space, “Female Of The Species” (Modern Rock #15, 1996)
1970 ● Andy Williams → With twin brother Jez, drums and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, “Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)” (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, “There Goes The Fear” (UK #3, 2002)
1970 ● Jez Williams → With twin brother Andy, guitar and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, “Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)” (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, “There Goes The Fear” (UK #3, 2002)
1977 ● Sean Watkins → Guitarist for Grammy-winning contemporary folk/progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, “This Side” (Country #56, 2002), duo Fiction Family, supergroup Works Progress Administration and solo
1980 ● Regina Spektor → Russian-American anti-folk/alt-rock singer, songwriter and pianist, “Fidelity” (#51, 2006) and the #3 album Far (2006)

Feb 19

1924 ● Lee Marvin → Tough-guy TV and film actor in Cat Ballou (1965) and The Dirty Dozen (1967), scored a 1970 UK #1 single with “Wand’rin Star” from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon (1969), died on 8/29/1987 of a heart attack
1936 ● Bob Engemann → Vocals in close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Bobby Rogers → Tenor vocals R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, scored over 40 R&B Top 40 hits, including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970) as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1940 ● William “Smokey” RobinsonMotown singer, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, “The Tears Of A Clown” (#1, 1970), went solo in 70s and may be the top romantic soul/quiet storm singer of all time with more than a dozen R&B Top 10 hits, including “Being With You” (#2, R&B #1, 1981)
1942 ● Lenny Citrin → Vocals in New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1943 ● Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) → Three-octave pop solo singer and songwriter with four Top 10 hits in the 60s, including “Lightnin’ Strikes” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Paul Dean → Lead guitar for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1946 ● Pierre Van Den Linden → Original drummer for Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971), left in 1973 but returned for sessions and tours through the 00s
1947 ● Schuyler Larsen → Bassist with one hit wonder folk-sunshine pop Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (1967)
1948 ● Mark Andes → Journeyman bassist for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, “Run Run Run” (#27, 1972), light country rock Firefall, “You Are The Woman” (#9, 1976) and pop-rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986), then solo and sessions
1948 ● Tony Iommi → Pioneering and highly influential heavy metal guitarist and songwriter, founder and only constant member of hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” (#61, 1970) and “Psycho Man” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998) plus solo work, “Goodbye Lament” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2000)
1949 ● Eddie Hardin → Replaced Steve Winwood on keyboards when the latter left British Invasion pop/rock The Spencer Davis Group for Traffic in 1967
1950 ● Andy Powell → Guitarist for Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1954 ● Francis Buchholz → Bassist for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1956 ● Dave Wakeling → Co-founder, lead vocals and guitar for ska-pop The English Beat, “Hands Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then solo
1957 ● Falco (Johann Hölzel) → Austrian pop-rock singer, “Rock Me Amadeus” (#1, 1986), the first US #1 for an Austrian pop artist, died in a car crash on 2/6/1998
1960 ● Prince Markie Dee (Mark Morales) → Corpulent singer in novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), then solo “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)” (#64, Rap #1, 1993), producer for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Lisa Stansfield and others
1963 ● Seal (Seal Henry Samuel) → Award-winning Brit house music veteran turned soul-pop singer, “Kiss From A Rose” (#1, 1995)
1965 ● Jonathan Fishman → Drummer and songwriter for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), side project with funk-blues-rock Pork Tornado
1965 ● Kate Radley → Keyboards for space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992)
1969 ● Maniac (Sven Erik Kristiansen) → Lead vocals and songwriter for leading Norwegian black metal band Mayhem from 1986-1988 and 1994-2005, fired for alcohol-induced misbehavior and formed extreme metal Skitliv
1975 ● Daniel Adair → Former drummer for post grunge/alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000), now with Nickelback, “Gotta Be Somebody” (#10, 2008)
1986 ● Maria Mena → Norwegian pop/rock singer and songwriter, “You’re The Only One” (Top 40 Mainstream #25, 2004)

Feb 20

1898 ● Jimmy Yancey → Boogie-woogie pianist (Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, 1986), composer, lyricist, Chicago White Sox groundskeeper, died from a stroke on 9/17/1951
1925 ● Robert Altman → Award-winning satirical comedy film producer/director, MASH (1970) and Nashville (1975), his 14-year-old son penned the lyrics to “Suicide Is Painless”, the instrumental version of which became the “Theme From M.A.S.H.” for the TV show, died 11/20/2006 of complications from leukemia
1937 ● David Ackles → Dark folk-rock singer and songwriter, “Candy Man” (1970), died from lung cancer 3/2/1999
1937 ● Nancy Wilson → Grammy-winning jazz, R&B, blues, cabaret and adult contemporary pop “song stylist” diva, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” (#11, 1964)
1940 ● Barbara Ellis → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1941 ● Buffy Sainte-Marie → Canadian folk singer/songwriter “Universal Soldier” (1964), wrote “Up Where We Belong” for Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker (#1, 1982)
1943 ● Paul Leka → Songwriter, producer, composer and arranger, co-wrote “Green Tambourine” for The Lemon Pipers (#1, 1968) and the one hit wonder but enduring sports anthem “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” for pop-rock Steam (#1, 1969), died in a hospice on 10/12/2011
1944 ● Lew Soloff → Trumpeter for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1945 ● Alan Hull → Founding member, vocals, guitar and principal songwriter for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971), solo, died of a heart thrombosis on 11/17/1995
1946 ● John “Jerome” Geils, Jr. → Frontman and lead guitarist for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1950 ● Walter Becker → Bass guitar, vocals and co-songwriter for Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock duo Steely Dan, “Reelin’ In The Years” (#11, 1973) and nine other Top 30 hits
1951 ● Randy California (Randolph Craig Wolfe) → Guitar and vocals for jazz-psych-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), drowned in Hawaii on 1/2/1997 while trying to rescue his 12-year old son from a riptide
1954 ● Jon Brant → Bassist from 1981-88 for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988), sessions
1960 ● Kee Marcello (Kjell Hilding Lövbom) → Original guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986), solo
1960 ● Mark Riley → Frontman and singer for Latin-tinged jazz-dance-pop Matt Bianco, “Don’t Blame It On That Girl’ (UK #11, 1988)
1960 ● Robert Boustead → Bassist for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1963 ● Ian Brown → Frontman and vocals for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and solo, “Dolphins Were Monkeys” (UK #5, 2000)
1967 ● Kurt Cobain → Frontman, vocals, guitarist and chief songwriter for premier grunge rock Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (#6, 1992), committed suicide on 4/5/1994
1972 ● Neil Primrose → Drummer for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1975 ● Brian Littrell → Vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1977 ● Edwin Graham → Drummer for Brit hard rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Mainstream Top 40 #35, 2004)
1981 ● Edward Lay → Drummer for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)
1985 ● Yulia Olegovna Volkova → Singer for Russian teen-dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (Worldwide #1, 2002)
1988 ● Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) → Grammy-winning Barbadian dance-pop singer and songwriter, “SOS” (#1, 2006)

Feb 21

1933 ● Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) → Jazz-pop-soul and Broadway singer, “I Loves You Porgy” (#18, R&B #2, 1959), died of cancer on 4/21/2003
1942 ● Bob Allison (Bernard Colin Day) → Vocals in pop-rock duo and Eurovision contestants The Allisons, “Are You Sure” (UK #2, 1961)
1943 ● David Geffen → Founder of Asylum Records in 1971, signed Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Tom Waits, among others, founded Geffen Records in 1980 (Donna Summer, John Lennon, Aerosmith and others), co-founded Dreamworks Studios in 1994 with Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
1946 ● Paul Newton → Original bassist for hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1949 ● Jerry Harrison → Guitar and keyboards for pop/rock ‘n’ roll Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, then New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), since 1991 producer for Violent Femmes, General Public, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others
1951 ● Vince Welnick → Co-founder and keyboardist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), then Grateful Dead, Missing Man Show and sessions, committed suicide on 6/2/2006 following many years of depression
1952 ● Jean-Jacques Burel → Bass and vocals for punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1954 ● Mike Pickering → DJ, producer and record company recruiter, then founder and frontman for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1956 ● Lester Hunt → Guitar and backing vocals for re-formed Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1958 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter → Grammy-winning country-folk singer/songwriter, “Shut Up And Kiss Me” (Country #4, 1994)
1961 ● Rankin’ Roger (Charlery) → Co-founder and vocalist for ska revival The English Beat, “Hands Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then Special Beat, solo and sessions
1962 ● Mark Arm → Founder, vocals and rhythm guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● Michael Ward → Guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), sessions
1969 ● James Dean Bradfield → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1970 ● Eric Wilson → Bassist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1973 ● Justin Sane (Justin Geever) → Irish-American lead guitarist, singer and songwriter in punk rock Anti-Flag, “The Press Corpse” (Alt Rock #37, 2006)
1975 ● Wish Bone (Charles C. Scruggs) → Rapper and former member of Grammy-winning hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Crossroad” (#1, 1996), Thugline Records co-founder
1979 ● Jennifer Love Hewitt → Film and TV actress, producer, director and one hit wonder pop singer, “How Do I Deal” (#59, 1999)
1986 ● Charlotte Church (Reed) → Welsh actress, TV presenter and classical-turned-pop crossover singer/songwriter, “Crazy Chick” (UK #2, 2005)
1989 ● Corbin Bleu → Actor and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movie ever)

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Albums Released This Week (February 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):

Feb 09


The Mothers Of Invention —— Burnt Weeny Sandwich ► Art Rock >> 1970
ZZ Top —— Tejas ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Phil Collins —— Face Value ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
The Highwaymen —— Highwayman 2 ► Outlaw Country >> 1990
Deacon Blue —— Fellow Hoodlums [UK] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Jellyfish —— Spilt Milk ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1993
Mick Jagger —— Wandering Spirit ► Adult Contemporary >> 1993
Dinosaur Jr. —— Where You Been ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
Stratovarius —— Dreamspace ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1994
Bad Manners —— Rare & Fatty ► Ska Revival >> 1999
The Other Ones —— The Strange Remain ► Jam Band >> 1999
Elvis Presley —— Sunrise ► Rock n Roll >> 1999
Bad Company —— Hard Rock Live ► Hard Rock >> 2010

Feb 10


Dionne Warwick —— Presenting Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1963
The Troggs —— Trogglodynamite ► Garage Rock >> 1967
Buffalo Springfield —— Retrospective: The Best Of Buffalo Springfield ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1976
John Cale —— Church Of Anthrax ► Art Rock >> 1971
Carole King —— Tapestry ► Female Vocalist >> 1971
Carpenters —— Golden Double Deluxe [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1972
Dusty Springfield —— It Begins Again ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Judas Priest —— Stained Class ► Heavy Metal >> 1978
Van Halen —— Van Halen ► Hard Rock >> 1978
John Lennon —— Live In New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Manic Street Preachers —— Generation Terrorists ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Wet Wet Wet —— High On The Happy Side ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1992
Blur —— Blur ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1997
Gary Numan —— Exile ► Industrial Rock >> 1998
Yngwie Malmsteen —— Facing The Animal ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Massive Attack —— 100th Window ► Trip-Hop >> 2003
Kanye West —— The College Dropout ► Rap >> 2004
Carpenters —— Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition ► Easy Listening >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 2004

Feb 11


The Rolling Stones —— Between the Buttons ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Blue Öyster Cult —— Tyranny And Mutation ► Heavy Metal >> 1973
Jethro Tull —— Songs From The Wood ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Golden Earring —— N.E.W.S. ► Hard Rock >> 1984
The Firm —— The Firm ► British Rock >> 1985
Cowboy Junkies —— Black Eyed Man ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Cathedral —— Forest Of Equilibrium ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1992
Riders In The Sky —— Saturday Morning With Riders ► Western Swing/Pop >> 1992
The Church —— Almost Yesterday ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1997
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Beautiful World ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Anal Cunt —— I Like It When You Die ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1997
Hall & Oates —— Do It For Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
The Calling —— The Very Best Of The Calling ► Post-Grunge Alt. Rock >> 2011
Bob Dylan —— House Of The Rising Sun ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Feb 12


Brenda Lee —— Sincerely, Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1962
The Three Souls —— Soul Sounds ► Soul-Jazz >> 1965
The Allman Brothers Band —— Eat A Peach ► Southern Rock >> 1972
Olivia Newton-John —— Have You Ever Been Mellow ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Kinks —— Sleepwalker ► British Rock >> 1977
Bryan Adams —— Bryan Adams ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
XTC —— English Settlement ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
Various Artists —— Vision Quest [Sndtrk] ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1985
A Flock Of Seagulls —— The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Phish —— A Picture Of Nectar ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1992
Aphex Twin —— Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ► Electronica – Dark Ambient >> 1992
Voice Of The Beehive —— Sex & Misery [UK] ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— Milk And Kisses ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Sloan —— One Chord To Another ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1997
David Gray —— Lost Songs 95-98 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak —— Always Got Tonight ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Kingston Trio —— Twice Upon A Time ► Folk-Pop >> 2008

Feb 13


The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones, Now! ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night —— Around The World With Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Frampton Comes Alive! [UK] ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Thompson Twins —— Into The Gap ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Jermaine Jackson —— Precious Moments ► Soul-dance-pop >> 1986
The Black Crowes —— Shake Your Money Maker ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Gin Blossoms —— Congratulations…I’m Sorry ► Power Pop >> 1996
Jackson Browne —— Looking East ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Lucinda Williams —— West ► Alt. Country >> 2007
The Who —— Greatest Hits & More ► British Rock >> 2010

Feb 14


Neil Young —— Harvest ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Roy Harper —— Valentine ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Heart —— Dreamboat Annie ► Album Rock >> 1976
George Harrison —— George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Heart —— Bebe Le Strange ► Album Rock >> 1980
Various Artists —— Footloose [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Smiths —— Meat Is Murder ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Honeymoon Suite —— The Big Prize ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Elvis Costello —— Spike ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Tha Alkaholics —— Coast II Coast ► West Coast Rap >> 1995
Belly —— King ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop >> 1995
John Waite —— Temple Bar ► Power Pop >> 1995

Feb 15


Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Dionne Warwick —— The Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1965
The Monkees —— Instant Replay ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Buck Owens —— Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Burn ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Slade —— Old New Borrowed Blue ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Fly By Night ► Arena Rock >> 1975
America —— Harbor ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
The Knack —— …But The Little Girls Understand ► Power Pop >> 1980
Graham Nash —— Earth & Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Get Happy!! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Jimmy Page —— Death Wish II [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull And The London Symphony Orchestra —— A Classic Case ► Symphonic Rock >> 1985
Anathema —— Serenades ► Goth/Doom Metal >> 1993
Gloria Estefan —— Best Of Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1997
The Creatures —— Anima Animus ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1999
The Who —— BBC Sessions ► British Rock >> 2000
The Cure —— Bloodflowers ► Post-Punk >> 2000
Gov’t Mule —— Life Before Insanity ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2000
Tracy Chapman —— Telling Stories ► Folk-Rock >> 2000

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 8 – 14)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 08

1899 ● Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson → New Orleans blues and jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter, recognized as the first to play single-string guitar solos, “Tomorrow Night” (#19, R&B #7, 1948), died on 6/16/1970, sixteen months after being hit by a car and later suffering a stroke in the summer of 1969
1931 ● James Dean (Byron) → Actor, teen idol and cultural icon, signature films were Rebel Without A Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956), killed in a car crash at age 25 on a Salinas, CA highway on 9/30/1955
1941 ● Tom Rush → Early and influential, genre-defining singer/songwriter of folk, blues and light pop mix, his “No Regrets” (1968) is a folk-rock standard
1943 ● Creed Bratton (William Charles Schneider) → Guitarist for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968) plus thirteen other Top 40 hits, solo pop-rock artist, film and TV actor, including The Office
1946 ● Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra → Drummer for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968)
1946 ● Paul Wheatbread → Drummer for pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968)
1948 ● Danny Wayland “Dan” Seals → Guitar and vocals in folk-pop duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” (#2, 1976), then solo country star with eleven #1 country hits, brother of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts, died on 3/25/2009 of complications of mantle cell lymphoma
1961 ● Sam Llanas → Founder, guitar and vocals for roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1961 ● Vince Neil (Wharton) → Vocals for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989) and solo, “Sister Of Pain” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1993)
1962 ● Ken McCluskey → Harmonica and vocals for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1983)
1968 ● Tjinder Singh → Founding member, guitarist, vocals and songwriting for mixed-race, Indian/Brit dance-pop Cornershop, “Brimful Of Asha” (Dance #35, UK #1, 1998)
1971 ● Will Turpin → Bass and backing vocals for post-grunge alt rock Collective Soul, “Shine” (#11, Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1974 ● Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo → DJ for French progressive dance-pop duo Daft Punk, “Face To Face” (Dance/Club #1, 2004), remixed for Gabrielle and Chemical Brothers
1977 ● David Michael “Phoenix” Farrell → Bassist for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (#2, Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1980 ● Cameron Muncey → Guitarist for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1983 ● Jim Verraros → Pop-rock singer and entertainer, Top 10 finalist in first season of American Idol, solo singing career, “You Turn It On” (Dance/Club #21, 2005)
1985 ● Jeremy Davis → Bassist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)
1994 ● Nicole “Nikki” Yanofsky → Canadian jazz-pop singer, festival and TV entertainer, recorded “Gotta Go My Own Way” for High School Musical 2, has multiple hits including “I Believe” (Canada #1, 2010), sang the Canadian national anthem at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Feb 09

1939 ● Barry Mann (Iberman) → Grammy-winning Brill Building songwriter, often as collaborator with his wife, Cynthia Weil, issued novelty pop solo “Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” (#7, 1961), wrote “On Broadway”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Somewhere Out There” among other hits for varied rock and pop artists
1940 ● Brian Bennett → Composer, arranger and producer best known as the drummer for multiple early Brit rock ‘n’ roll bands including instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (worldwide #1, 1960) and pop-rock Cliff Richard & The Shadows, “Foot Tapper” (UK #1, 1963)
1942 ● Carole King (Carol Klein) → Brill Building composer with husband Gerry Goffin, pianist and solo Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, “I Feel The Earth Move” (#1, 1971), wrote or co-wrote nearly 120 pop hits recorded by herself and other artists, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “One Fine Day”
1942 ● Marcus Felton “Mark” Mathis → Multi-instrumentalist and vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964)
1943 ● Barbara Lewis → R&B/pop-soul singer and songwriter, “Baby I’m Yours” (#11, R&B #5, 1965)
1947 ● Earle R. “Joe” Ely → Country, honky tonk and rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter, first with The Flatlanders, then solo, “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1981), plus session and tour work with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Linda Ronstadt and Uncle Tupelo
1947 ● Major Harris → Philadelphia Sound smooth R&B/soul guitar and vocals with numerous groups including The Delfonics, then solo, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” (#5, R&B #1, 1975)
1951 ● Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas → Saxophonist for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1955 ● Jimmy Pursey → Founder, frontman and lead vocals for Brit punk rock Sham 69, “Hersham Boys” (UK #6, 1979)
1960 ● William “Holly” Johnson → Lead vocals and founding member of Brit New Wave pop-rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1963 ● Dave Rotheray → Guitarist for Brit alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1963 ● Travis Tritt → Grammy-winning, hatless country and Southern rock singer/songwriter with forty country chart hits and five #1s, including “Foolish Pride” (Country #1, 1994)
1964 ● Rachel Bolan → Founder, bassist and chief songwriter for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), also worked with Ace Frehley (of Kiss), Mötley Crüe and stoner metal Godspeed

Feb 10

1914 ● Larry Adler → Harmonica virtuoso, soloist with major symphony orchestras worldwide, session work varied artists from Fred Astaire to George Gershwin to Elton John, Kate Bush and Sting, fronted the 1994 all-star tribute album Glory Of Gershwin, died on 8/7/2001 of natural causes
1929 ● Jerry Goldsmith → Highly-regarded, prolific film score composer/conductor for movies and TV, including Dr. Kildare, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., died from cancer on 7/21/2004
1933 ● Don Wilson → Co-founder and guitarist for long-lived, unique-sound rock ‘n’ roll instrumental group The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960)
1939 ● Roberta Flack → Sweet-voiced, Grammy-winning R&B/pop-soul singer and songwriter with multiple hits including, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (#1, 1973), plus duets with Donny Hathaway including “Where Is The Love” (#5, 1972)
1940 ● Jimmy Merchant → Tenor vocals for influential R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” (R&B #1,1956)
1943 ● Ralph Stuart “Ral” DonnerElvis Presley sound-alike early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It)” (#4, 1961), died of cancer on 4/6/1984
1946 ● Clifford T. Ward → Brit folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Gaye” (UK #8, 1973), died from pneumonia on 12/18/2001
1949 ● Nigel Olsson → Drummer for Brit psych-pop Plastic Penny, “Everything I Am” (UK #6, 1968), then original drummer in the Elton John Band, sessions
1962 ● Cliff Burton → First bassist for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), was killed on 9/27/1986 when the band’s tour bus crashed in Sweden
1962 ● Robbie Neville → Next generation member (son and nephew) in New Orleans soul-funk sibling group The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989)
1963 ● Tony Reno (Niemistö) → Original drummer for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986), solo, now a computer technician
1977 ● Rosanna Tavarez → Vocals for pre-fab, all-girl, teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group

Feb 11

1914 ● Josh White → Influential folk revival and Piedmont blues guitarist and songwriter, recorded under pseudonyms “Pinewood Tom” and “Tippy Barton” in 30s, became a social activist for Afro-American musicians, hosted US and UK music TV shows, died during open heart surgery on 9/6/1969
1935 ● Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock) → Early and legendary rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly singer and bandleader with His Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (#7, 1956), died from a ruptured stomach ulcer on 10/12/1971
1939 ● Gerry Goffin → Brill Building songwriter and lyricist, with wife Carole King co-wrote over 20 classic pop-rock hits and six chart toppers, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (The Shirelles), “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (Bobby Vee) and “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva)
1940 ● Bobby “Boris” Pickett → One hit wonder novelty pop bandleader, singer and songwriter, “Monster Mash” (#1, 1962), died from complications of leukemia on 4/25/2007
1941 ● Earl Lewis → Bass vocals for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959), then The Five Echoes
1941 ● Sergio Mendes → Brazilian bossa nova, jazz and funk keyboardist and bandleader for Brasil ’66, “The Foot Of The Hill” (#6, 1968)
1946 ● Ray Lake → Guitarist for Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (R&B #28, UK #1, 1976)
1947 ● Derek Shulman → Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist for pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, “Kites” (UK #9, 1967), then founding member with brothers Ray and Phil of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant, senior executive positions with PolyGram, Atco and Roadrunner record companies
1950 ● Rochelle Fleming → Vocals in Philly R&B/disco female group First Choice, “The Player, Part 1” (R&B #7, 1974)
1953 ● Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin → Trumpet and flugelhorn for the Saturday Night Live house band, the Blues Brothers Band, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979) and hundreds of studio sessions with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Aerosmith and many others, died 6/8/2011 from lung cancer
1953 ● Neil Henderson → Joined Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971) in 1974, wrote “Rockin’ Soul” (Germany #31, 1974)
1962 ● Sheryl Crow → Former backing vocalist for Michael Jackson‘s “Bad” tour turned nine-time Grammy-winning roots rock singer/songwriter, “All I Wanna Do” (#2, 1994) and eight other Top 40 hits
1966 ● Tenor Saw (Clive Bright) → Early ragga and dancehall reggae singer, “Ring The Alarm” (1985), killed by a hit-and-run driver in August 1988
1967 ● Clay Crosse (Walter Clayton Crossnoe) → Contemporary Christian Music vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner, “I Will Follow Christ” (2000)
1969 ● Shovell (Andrew Lovell) → Jamaican-born percussionist for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1972 ● Craig Jones → Sampler and keyboardist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1974 ● D’Angelo (Michael Archer) → Early and influential 90s R&B/neo-soul singer, “Lady” (#10, 1996), Grammy-winner for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (#25, R&B #2, 2000)
1977 ● Mike Shinoda → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Brandy (Norwood) → Teen pop then R&B/neo-soul-pop star, “Sittin’ Up In My Room” (#2, 1996), songwriter, TV actress, record and film producer
1981 ● Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), solo artist and actress
1984 ● Aubrey O’Day → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)
1991 ● Never Shout Never (Christofer Drew Ingle) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band acoustic pop singer/songwriter, “Trouble” (Singles Sales #1, 2009)

Feb 12

1867 ● Leonard Garfield Spencer → Early American phonograph recording star singer, “A Hot Time In The Old Town” (ca. 1897) and “Arkansas Traveler” (1902), died on 12/15/1914
1915 ● Lorne Green (Lyon Himan Green) → Canadian-born CBC radio newscaster, actor (star of the NBC TV’s Bonanza), singer with the spoken-word ballad “Ringo” (#1, 1964), the second Canadian to have a US #1 single, died on 9/11/1987 from prostate cancer
1935 ● Gene McDaniels → R&B singer during the late 50s and early 60s development of classic soul music, “Tower of Strength” (#5, 1961) and five other Top 40 hits, wrote “Feel Like Makin’ Love” for Roberta Flack (#1, 1974)
1939 ● Ray Manzarek → Keyboards and backing vocals for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” (#1, 1968), member of supergroup Nite City and collaborations with Doors bandmate Robby Krieger, died of cancer on 5/20/2013
1942 ● Rick Frank → Founding member and drummer for jazz-psych-rock Elephant’s Memory, “Mongoose” (Top 100, 1969), which became the backing band for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 70s, worked with Lennon on his 1972 album Some Time In New York City
1946 ● Joe Schermie → Original bassist for pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971), left in 1973 to start pop-rock S. S. Fools and session work
1949 ● Stanley “Goober” Knight → Guitarist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (#25, 1974)
1950 ● Steve Hackett → Joined prog-rock Genesis, “Your Own Special Way” (#62, 1977) in 1971, left in 1977 for solo career and eventually prog rock supergroup GTR, “When The Heart Rules The Mind” (#14, 1986) with Steve Howe of Yes
1951 ● Gilbert “G.L.” Moore → Drummer and vocals for Canadian power rock trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983), owner of Metalworks Studios, Canada’s largest facility
1951 ● Vincent James → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (, , 1975)
1952 ● Michael McDonald → Blue-eyed soul/pop backing singer with Steely Dan, lead vocals for California pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Sweet Freedom” (#7, 1986)
1958 ● Grant McLennan → Bass, vocals and songwriter for Aussie alt pop-rock The Go-Betweens, “Was There Anything I Could Do?” (Modern Rock #16, 1988), then solo, died in his sleep at home in Brisbane, Australia on 5/6/2006
1958 ● Leslie “Fruitbat” Carter → Founder, namesake and guitarist for Brit indie rock Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, “The Only Living Boy In New Cross” (Modern Rock #26, 1992)
1959 ● Neil Conti → Percussion for Brit indie pop-rock Prefab Sprout, “If You Don’t Love Me” (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1959 ● Omar Hakim → Session and touring drummer for Carly Simon, then joined jazz-rock fusion Weather Report, then sessions for Sting, Dire Straits, Madonna, Miles Davis and others, plus two solo albums
1966 ● Gary Whelan → Drummer for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1966 ● Paul Crook → Session and tour guitarist, now with Meat Loaf, formerly with Anthrax and Sebastian Bach
1968 ● Chynna Phillips → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, “Release Me” (#1, 1990), daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas
1970 ● Jim Creeggan → Bassist for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1971 ● Kei Lewis → Keyboards and guitar for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1979 ● Jade Jones → Lead singer for Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)
1981 ● Lisa Haniigan → Irish vocalist with folk-rock the Damien Rice Band, “Cannonball” (UK #32, 2002), then singer/songwriter solo career, “Lille” (2008)
1987 ● O’Ryan (O’Ryan Omir Browner) → Urban teen R&B/dance-pop singer, “Take It Slow” (R&B #122, 2004), younger brother of Omarion

Feb 13

1919 ● Ernest Jennings “Tennessee Ernie” Ford → Country-pop singer and TV host who recorded over 100 albums from traditional country to gospel to early rock ‘n’ roll, “Sixteen Tons” (#1, 1955), died from liver failure on 10/17/1991
1920 ● Boudleaux Bryant → Prolific country and pop songwriter, with his wife Felice wrote “Rocky Top,” “Love Hurts,” “Bye Bye Love” (#2, 1957) and “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (#1, 1958) for The Everly Brothers, as well as “Raining In My Heart” for Buddy Holly, died on 6/25/1987
1923 ● Gene Ames (Urick) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, “Rag Mop” (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, died of cancer on 4/4/1997
1928 ● Dorothy McGuire → Vocals for immensely popular sibling singing trio the McGuire Sisters, “Sugartime” (#1, 1958)
1942 ● Peter Tork (Thorkelston) → Bass, rhythm guitar and occasional songwriter for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966)
1943 ● Bill Szymczyk → Technical engineer and rock and blues music producer, worked with J. Geils Band, James Gang, The Outlaws, Bob Seger, The Who and Edgar Winter Group among many others, including a long association with the Eagles, for whom he produced the album Long Road Out Of Eden in 2007
1944 ● Anthony “Reebop” Kwaku Baah → Nigerian percussionist and singer with Traffic, Can and Zahara, plus sessions for Steve Winwood and The Rolling Stones, and four solo LPs mixing traditional African sounds with dance-pop contemporary music, died from a cerebral hemorrhage on 1/12/1983
1945 ● King Floyd → New Orleans R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “Groove Me” (#6, 1970), died 3/6/2006 from complications of a stroke
1945 ● Roy Dyke → Drummer in 60s Brit pop-rock The Remo Four, then art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (#40, UK #3, 1971)
1950 ● Peter Gabriel → Founding member and leader of prog rock Genesis, left in 1976 to start art rock then successful mainstream pop solo career, “Sledgehammer” (#1, 1986)
1950 ● Roger Christian → Keyboards and vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988), left in 1987, died 3/8/1998 from a brain tumor
1951 ● Rod Dees → Bassist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1952 ● Edward John Gagliardi → Original bassist for arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left to form The Spys with Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood in 1978
1952 ● Paul Jeffreys → Bassist for glam-rock Cockney Rebel and later Be-Bop Deluxe, died with his new wife on the way to their honeymoon in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on 12/21/1988
1955 ● Donald Scott Smith → Original bassist for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981), drowned when swept overboard from his 11-metre sailboat near the Golden Gate Bridge on 10/30/2000
1956 ● Peter Hook → Bassist for post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983)
1957 ● Tony Butler → Bassist for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), sessions for The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and others
1958 ● Marc Fox → Percussion and vocals for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1961 ● cEvin Key (Kevin William Crompton) → Multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Canadian avant-industrial rock Skinny Puppy, “Testure” (Dance/Club #19, 1989)
1961 ● Henry Rollins (Henry Lawrence Garfield) → Singer, songwriter, MTV host, record producer and frontman for hardcore L.A. punk Black Flag and the Rollins Band
1961 ● Les Warner → Former drummer with hard rock/metal revival The Cult, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989), now with a Vegas hotel house band
1962 ● Rob Ellis → Producer, arranger and drummer for singer/songwriter P. J. Harvey, “50ft Queenie” (UK #27, 1993) including her alt rock/punk-revival trio PJ Harvey
1966 ● Frederick Brandon “Freedom” Williams → Lead vocals for dance-pop C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat” (#1, 1991), left for an unsuccessful solo career
1971 ● Sonia (Evans) → Brit pop singer, “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You” (UK #1, 1989) and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” (Adult Contemporary #13, 1992)
1972 ● Todd Harrell → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1974 ● Robbie Williams → Vocals for Brit teen dance-pop boy-band Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, 1995), then solo, “Millennium” (Adult Top 40 #22, 1999)
1976 ● Leslie Feist → Award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist with Broken Social Scene, “1 2 3 4” (UK #4, 2007), solo
1988 ● Aston Merrygold → Vocals for Brit teen pop boy-band JLS (Jack The Lad Swing), “Everybody In Love” (Mainstream Top 40 #38, 2010)

Feb 14

1922 ● Murray The K (Murray Kaufman) → Legendary rock ‘n’ roll impresario and radio DJ (WINS-am, WOR-FM, New York), self-appointed “Fifth Beatle” in the mid 60s, died of cancer on 2/21/1982
1931 ● Phyllis McGuire → Vocals for immensely popular sibling singing trio the McGuire Sisters, “Sugartime” (#1, 1958)
1937 ● Samuel Gene “Magic Sam” Maghett → Chicago blues guitarist and singer, “Feelin’ Good (We’re Gonna Boogie)” (1963), died 12/1/1969 from a heart attack
1943 ● Eric Andersen → Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, “Thirsty Boots” (1966), continues to tour and release occasional albums
1945 ● Vic Briggs → Lead guitar for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Doug Simril → Piano and guitar for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1974) and Boz Scaggs‘ backing band
1947 ● Tim Buckley → Folk-psych-prog-rock singer/songwriter, father of Jeff, died from a drug overdose on 6/29/1975
1950 ● Roger Fisher → Guitarist and founding member of hard rock Heart, “Magic Man” (#9, 1976), left in 1980 and in 1988 co-founded Canadian power ballad rock Alias, “More Than Words Can Say” (#2, 1990)
1951 ● Kenny Hyslop → Scottish journeyman drummer with glam-rock Slik, punk rock The Skids, synth-pop Simple Minds, “Don’t You, Forget About Me” (#1, 1985) and others
1963 ● D’wayne Wiggins → R&B and blues guitarist, producer, composer and community activist, with his brother, Raphael Saadiq> and cousin, Timothy Christian, founded R&B/dance Tony! Toni! Toné! (“Feels Good,” #9, R&B #1, 1990), developed and signed Destiny’s Child – the most successful girl group of all time – to his Grass Roots Entertainment label, worked with Alicia Keys, India Arie, Jamie Foxx and others, continues to tour with a reformed Tony! Toni! Toné!
1972 ● Rob Thomas → Lead singer and principal songwriter for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000), solo, vocals for Santana on pop-rock “Smooth” (#1, 1999)
1975 ● Scott Owen → Stand-up bassist, singer and occasional songwriter for Aussie rockabilly The Living End, “Prisoner Of Society” (Modern Rock #23, 1997)
1978 ● Ryan Griffiths → Lead guitarist for Aussie garage rock revival The Vines, “Get Free” (Mainstream Rock #27, 2002)

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Albums Released This Week (February 2 – 8)

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):

Feb 02


Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Gimme Back My Bullets ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Genesis —— A Trick Of The Tail [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Stiff Little Fingers —— Inflammable Material ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Iron Maiden —— Killers ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
The Style Council —— Cost Of Loving ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Expose —— Exposure ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Psychedelic Furs —— Midnight To Midnight ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1987
Lita Ford —— Lita ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Phish —— Rift ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1993
Belly —— Star ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop >> 1993
Pavement —— Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain ► Indie Rock/Noise Rock >> 1994
Built To Spill —— Keep It Like A Secret ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock >> 1999

Feb 03


The Beatles —— Twist And Shout ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Jethro Tull —— This Was ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Byrds —— Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde ► Country-Rock >> 1969
Harry Nilsson —— Love Story ► Traditional Pop >> 1971
Rainbow —— Difficult To Cure ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Earth —— Earth 2 ► Drone Doom Rock >> 1993
Energy Orchard —— Pain Killer ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1995
David Bowie —— Earthling ► Techno Rock >> 1997
Texas —— White On Blonde ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Various Artists —— Blues Brothers 2000 [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1998
Pearl Jam —— Yield ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Nocturama ► Alt Rock >> 2003
Incubus —— A Crow Left Of The Murder… ► Funk Metal >> 2004

Feb 04


The Strawbs —— Grave New World ► Prog. Rock >> 1972
Elvis Presley —— Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite ► Contemporary Adult Pop-Rock >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac —— Rumours ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Buggles —— The Age Of Plastic ► New Wave Power Pop >> 1980
The Ramones —— End Of The Century ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Porcupine ► Post-Punk >> 1983
Widespread Panic —— Space Wrangler ► Southern Rock >> 1988
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Talkin’ Blues ► Roots Reggae >> 1991
Alice In Chains —— Sap ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
Widespread Panic —— Bombs & Butterflies ► Southern Rock >> 1997
Silverchair —— Freak Show ► Grunge Rock >> 1997
Tony Bennett —— Tony Bennett On Holiday ► Easy Listening >> 1997
Various Artists —— Living In The 90s…Now ► Rock >> 2008
Cut Copy —— Zonoscope ► Electronic Pop >> 2011

Feb 05


Barclay James Harvest —— Once Again ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Minnie Riperton —— Stay In Love ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
The Bee Gees —— Spirits Having Flown ► Disco >> 1979
The Cure —— Boys Don’t Cry ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Queen —— Innuendo ► Glam Rock >> 1991
Nirvana —— Hormoaning ► Grunge >> 1992
Deep Purple —— Purpendicular ► Hard Rock >> 1996
The Church —— After Everything Now This ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2002
The Church —— El Momento Siguiente ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2007
Belinda Carlisle —— Voila ► Pop-Rock >> 2007

Feb 06


The Byrds —— Younger Than Yesterday ► Country-Rock >> 1967
Jefferson Starship —— Earth ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Simple Minds —— Sparkle In The Rain ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1984
Violent Femmes —— The Blind Leading The Naked ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1986
Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead —— Dylan & The Dead ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Adam Ant —— Manners & Physique ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Pastels —— Mobile Safari ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1995
Jeff Beck —— You Had It Coming ► Instrumental Rock >> 2001
The Apples In Stereo —— New Magnetic Wonder ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2007

Feb 07


The Four Seasons —— Born To Wander ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The James Gang —— Jesse Come Home ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Iggy Pop —— Soldier ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
Rush —— Moving Pictures ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Powerlight ► Soul-Funk >> 1983
Alan Parsons Project —— Ammonia Avenue ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Roy Orbison —— Mystery Girl ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones —— More Noise And Other Disturbances ► Ska-Metal >> 1992
Cake —— Motorcade Of Generosity ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 1994
Simple Minds —— Good News From The Next World ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1995
Carpenters —— Interpretations ► Easy Listening >> 1995
The Melvins —— The Crybaby ► Heavy Metal/Sludge Metal >> 2000
Ray Davies —— Other People’s Lives ► Pop-Rock >> 2006
Jack Johnson —— Sing-Alongs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George [Sndtrk] ► AA Folk-Rock >> 2006
Van Halen —— A Different Kind Of Truth ► Hard Rock >> 2012

Feb 08


Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Jimmy Smith —— Root Down ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1972
Peter Hammill —— The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Television —— Marquee Moon ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Poison —— Native Tongue ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 1993
Black Sabbath —— Cross Purposes ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Richard Marx —— Paid Vacation ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 1994
Stratovarius —— Fourth Dimension ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1995
Edguy —— Kingdom Of Madness ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
3 Doors Down —— The Better Life ► Post-Grunge Alt Metal >> 2000
Joni Mitchell —— Both Sides Now ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Asia —— Live At The Town & Country Club ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Steps —— Step One ► Britpop >> 2000
Massive Attack —— Heligoland ► Trip-Hop >> 2010
Jack Bruce —— Live At The Milky Way ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 2011

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