Archive for September, 2015

Albums Released This Week (September 28 – October 4)

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):

Sep 28


Status Quo —— Hello! ► British Rock >> 1973
Slade —— Sladest ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
Alice Cooper —— Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Live Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1993
The Police —— Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop >> 1993
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
Sting —— Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Indigo Girls —— Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Creed —— Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1999
The Church —— Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Buzzcocks —— The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky Live ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Shangri-La ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Slade —— Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Mariah Carey —— Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Tina Turner —— Tina Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Gin Blossoms —— No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden —— Telephantasm ► Grange Rock >> 2010

Sep 29


The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kool & The Gang —— Celebrate! ► Disco-Funk >> 1980
Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds —— The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
The Verve —— Urban Hymns ► Psych Rock/Britpop >> 1997
AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk >> 1998
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Painted From Memory ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Joni Mitchell —— Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— God & Guns ► Southern Rock >> 2009

Sep 30


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Rare Earth —— Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Gary Moore —— Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1978
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
R.E.M. —— The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Natalie Cole —— Twin Best Now ► Soul-Pop >> 1992
The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Lake Of Tears —— Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
Bob Dylan —— Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
The Rolling Stones —— Forty Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— The Ragpicker’s Dream ► Roots Rock >> 2002
Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Sting —— Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
James Taylor —— Covers ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Kool & The Gang —— Back To Back ► Funk >> 2011
Lucinda Williams —— Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone ► Alt. Country >> 2014
Melissa Etheridge —— This Is M.E. ► Roots Rock >> 2014
Bryan Adams —— Tracks Of My Years ► Pop-Rock >> 2014

Oct 01


Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Rory Gallagher —— Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Rory Gallagher —— Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Slade —— Return To Base ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Romeo Void —— Instincts ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Dannii Minogue —— Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle >> 1990
10,000 Maniacs —— Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Natalie Cole —— Holly & Ivy ► Soul-Pop >> 1994
Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Nirvana —— From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge >> 1996
Thompson Twins —— Greatest Hits ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Matchbox Twenty —— Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Eighteen Visions —— No Time For Love ► Metalcore >> 1999
Kylie Minogue —— Fever ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Elton John —— Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Matthew Sweet —— To Understand: The Early Recordings Of Matthew Sweet ► Power Pop >> 2002

Oct 02


The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Barry White —— Stone Gon’ ► Soul >> 1973
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Sheena Easton —— A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— The X Factor ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
The Rembrandts —— Lost Together ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Machine Head —— Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Matchbox Twenty —— Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007
John Fogerty —— Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Van Morrison —— Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Tragically Hip —— Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock >> 2012

Oct 03


The Kingston Trio —— The Last Month Of The Year ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
Merle Haggard —— Mama Tried ► Classic Country >> 1968
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Who —— The Who By Numbers ► British Rock >> 1975
Elvis Presley —— Elvis In Concert ► Adult Contemporary >> 1977
The Police —— Zenyatta Mondatta ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Diamond Head —— Lightning To The Nations ► Heavy Metal (Brit New Wave) >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham —— Law And Order ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Genesis —— Genesis ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Keith Richards —— Talk Is Cheap ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Tracy Chapman —— Crossroads ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville —— Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mark Knopfler —— Last Exit To Brooklyn [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Jack Bruce —— A Question Of Time ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 1989
Otis Day & The Knights —— Shout ► Soul >> 1989
Blind Guardian —— Tales From The Twilight World ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1990
Scarface —— Mr. Scarface Is Back ► Gangsta Rap >> 1991
Twisted Sister —— Live At Hammersmith ► Hair Metal >> 1994
The Cranberries —— No Need To Argue ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Brenda Lee —— The Very Best With Love ► Country-Pop >> 1994
Mariah Carey —— Daydream ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Radiohead —— Kid A ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Luis Miguel —— Vivo ► Latin Pop >> 2000
Paul Simon —— You’re The One ► Folk-Pop >> 2000
New Order —— Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Evanescence —— The Open Door ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2006

Oct 04


Frank Zappa —— 200 Motels ► Art Rock >> 1971
Rod Stewart —— Smiler ► Album Rock >> 1974
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Elton John —— Rock Of The Westies ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Trooper —— Untitled ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Hall & Oates —— H20 ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Associates —— Sulk ► New Wave/New Romantic >> 1982
Jefferson Starship —— Winds Of Change ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Barbra Streisand —— Emotion ► Easy Listening >> 1984
Ultramagnetic MC’s —— Critical Beatdown ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
Anita Baker —— Giving You The Best That I Got ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Savatage —— Streets: A Rock Opera ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1991
Dannii Minogue —— Get Into You ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Entombed —— Wolverine Blues ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Bon Jovi —— Cross Road ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Accept —— Death Row ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1994
Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble —— Music For The Native Americans ► Roots Rock >> 1994
The dB’s —— Paris Avenue ► Power Pop >> 1994
R.E.M. —— R.E.M.: Singles Collected ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Clash —— From Here To Etrenity: Live ► Punk >> 1999
Bloodhound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies [UK] ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 1999
The Church —— Beside Yourself ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2004
Little Feat —— Barnstormin’ Live, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Beauty Queen Sister ► Folk-Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 27 – October 3)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 27

1922 ● Raymond Edwards → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1936 ● Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius → R&B/soul music promoter and producer, created and hosted the highly influential dance/music TV show Soul Train from 1971 to 1993, the first and most successful TV show featuring African-American musicians, died on 2/1/2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
1937 ● Buddy Emmons → Influential, virtuoso peddle steel guitarist, popularized the instrument for jazz, swing, folk and country-rock genres, recorded with a diverse number of top artists, including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan, performed on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts, fronted the Redneck Jazz Explosion in the 70s and issued several solo albums, died on 7/21/2015
1941 ● Don Nix → Songwriter, musician, arranger and author, saxophonist in Stax Records first house band The Mar-Keys (later Booker T. & The MG’s), wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”, producer for Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Bernard William Jewry) → Assumed the name of deceased frontman Shane Fenton (born John Theakstone) and led early 60s Britpop Shane Fenton And The Fentones, “Cindy’s Birthday” (UK #19, 1962), changed his name and reemerged as glam rock Alvin Stardust in the early 70s, “Jealous Mind” (UK #1, 1974) and 10 other UK Top 40 hits
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), then formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie and Tim, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), then Ironhorse, “Sweet Lui-Louise” (#36, 1979) and Union, solo plus CBC radio host
1947 ● Barbara Dickson → Scottish folk-pop singer, “Answer Me” (UK Top 10, 1976) and a duet with Elaine Paige, “I Know Him So Well” (UK #1, 1985), TV and stage actress
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Hard-edged iconic pop-rock singer and occasional actor, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978) and Grammy-winning “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (#1, 1993), released the phenomenally successful Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy
1953 ● Greg Ham → Saxophone, flute and keyboards 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, found dead in his Melbourne home on 4/19/2012
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist and, with Sly Dunbar, one half of the studio duo Riddim Twins, produced albums for Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer and others, recorded with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and others
1958 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol singer, “Hey Deanie” (#7, 1978), half brother of TV actor and Partridge Family character David Cassidy
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1967 ● Brett Anderson → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Vocals for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1975 ● Lee Brennan → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” teenaged member of hip hop groups The B.G.’z and Hot Boys, Grammy-winning solo career, “Lollipop” (#1, 2008)
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Canadian teen-pop singer and “skatepunk” icon , “Complicated” (#2, 2002) and “Girlfriend” (#1, 2007), fashion designer, actress

Sep 28

1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, “Wang Dang Doodle” (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960) and solo, “Stand By Me” (#1, 1961), still touring and recording in 2011
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, “Walking Back to Happiness” (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1951 ● Norton Buffalo (Phillip Jackson) → Blues and country-rock harmonica player, songwriter, singer and bandleader, toured with ‘Commander Cody, sessions for Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop and others, member of the Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like An Eagle” (#2, 1977), frontman for The Stampede and later The Knockouts, died on 10/30/2009 from cancer
1952 ● Andy Ward → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, “I Won’t Let You Down” (UK #3, 1982), then solo, “I Should Have Know Better” (UK #1, 1984)
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, “Tangled In The Web” (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, “The Power Of Love” (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1968 ● Sean Levert → Vocals for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, “Casanova” (#5, R&B #1, 1987), son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died from sarcoidosis while in jail on child support charges on 3/30/2008
1977 ● Young Jeezy (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, “Soul Survivor” (#4, 2005), member of Boyz ‘N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, “With Love” (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author

Sep 29

1907 ● Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry → The “Singing Cowboy” on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#1, Country #1, 1949), died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, iconic and scandalous rock ‘n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1937 ● Joe “Guitar” Hughes → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard‘s group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died 5/20/2003 after a heart attack
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, 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, committed suicide on 11/23/1994 after years of struggle with depression
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Electric organ 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 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song “Hill Street Blues” (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and Jew’s harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr’s Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1957 ● Mari Wilson → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, “Just What I Always Wanted” (, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1966 ● Tony “Doggen” Foster → Guitarist in Julian Cope‘s backing band, with trip hop Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1969 ● DeVante Swing (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, “Dream All Day” (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Sep 30

1913 ● Cholly Atkins (Charles Atkinson) → Vaudeville performer, legendary Cotton Club and Apollo Theater choreographer and Swing-era tap dancer with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others, parlayed freelance work as dance instructor for 50s R&B groups into the full-time, in-house choreographer position for Motown Records, designed trademark moves and gestures for The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5 and others, continued to teach dance until his death from pancreatic cancer on 4/19/2003
1917 ● Buddy Rich → Virtuoso jazz drummer known as the “King of the Drum Solo” over a seven decade career in big band, bop, swing and straight jazz, highly influential to dozens of jazz and rock drummers, scored eleven Jazz Top 20 albums between 1967 and 1981, died from heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor on 4/2/1987
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, “Think It Over” (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, “Chances Are” (#1, 1957) and “Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died 2/1/2009 from unknown causes
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Wedding Bell Blues” (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, “Forget Me Nots” (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, “Time And Tide” (#26, 1988) and “Drunk On Love” (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1965 ● Matt Fallon (Frankel) → Original lead vocalist for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), left in 1987 to pursue an unsuccessful solo career
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Oct 01

1927 ● Floyd “Buddy” McRae → Founding member and second tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop The Chords, one of the earliest black groups to cross over to the pop charts with “Sh-Boom” (#9, R&B #3, 1954), died on 3/19/2013
1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, “Macarthur Park” (#2, 1968), died of cancer on 10/25/2002
1932 ● Albert Collins → The “Master of the Telecaster,” influential electric blues singer and guitarist, “Get Your Business Straight” (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live ’92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (#66, 1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince‘s backing band
1944 ● Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), died on 12/8/1988 while on tour with the group
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love?” (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979
1947 ● Jane Dornacker → Rock vocalist and stand-up comedienne turned TV traffic reporter, early member of camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes (“She’s A Beauty,” #10, 1978), died in a news traffic helicopter crash in New York City on 10/22/1986
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died on 7/5/2000 from kidney failure
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” (1986), solo, “7 Seconds” (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, “Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

Oct 02

1933 ● David Somerville → Canadian singer and songwriter, co-founder and original lead singer for pop vocal group The Diamonds, “Little Darlin'” (#2, 1957) and fourteen other Top 40 hits between 1956 and 1961, co-wrote the theme song to TV drama series The Fall Guy (1981-1986) with show producer Glen Larson of The Four Preps, with whom he toured in the 80s, died from cancer on 7/14/2015
1938 ● Nick Gravenites → Blues, rock and folk guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, worked with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin‘s Kozmic Blues Band, joined The Butterfield Blues Band and founded blues-rock Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, wrote the score to the film The Trip (1967) and produced the music to the film Steelyard Blues (1973), inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003
1939 ● Lolly Vasquez → With brother Patrick, co-founder, guitar and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died 3/4/2010
1941 ● Ron Meagher → Co-founder and bassist in pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter best known for his 8 minute epic, “American Pie” (#1, 1971), the song inspired by and a tribute to the death of Buddy Holly
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → Bassist, vocals and songwriter for power pop quartet The Iveys, “Maybe Tomorrow” (#67, 1968), left before the band changed its name and became Badfinger
1947 ● Frank “Skip” Konte → Record producer, movie score writer and pop-rock keyboardist, joined The Blues Image in 1967 and co-wrote “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), left in 1973 to join pop-rock Three Dog Night (“Joy To The World,” #1, 1971), formed KonteMedia and produced the sci-fi movie Meridian in 2010
1949 ● Richard Hell (Meyers) → Bassist, singer and songwriter, one of the original New York punk rockers, co-founded punk-rock Television, then fronted The Voidoids, “Blank Generation” (1977), now an author
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Bass, backing vocals and one of two constant members of prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis, “Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), fronts side project Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → Lead vocals, bass guitar and songwriter for post-punk The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983), then highly successful solo career, “Fortress Around Your Heart” (#1, 1985) and five other Top 20 hits and 11 Grammy Awards
1952 ● John Otway → Novelty folk-rock cult singer/songwriter, “Really Free” (UK #27, 1977) with Wild Willy Barrett and “Bunsen Burner” (UK #9, 2002)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul balladeer, “You Are My Lady” (#12, R&B #1, 1985) and nine other R&B #1 hits
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, guitarist and pop-rock solo singer, “C’est La Vie” (#2, 1987), producer and writer for Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Smash Mouth and others
1960 ● Al Connelly → Guitarist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1962 ● Claude V. McKnight, III → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson → Drummer in Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Floyd I. “Bud” Gaugh IV → Drums and percussion for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1967 ● Gillian Welch → Country, bluegrass and light roots-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, released multiple albums with musical partner David Rawlings, including Grammy-nominated The Harrow & The Harvest (#20, Indie Albums #3, 2011)
1969 ● Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough) → Alternative rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, “You Were Right” (UK #9, 2002)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Backing vocals in hip hop/urban rap quintet Az Yet, “Last Night” (#9, R&B #1, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany Renee Darwish → Late 80s teen queen and bubblegum pop singer, “Could’ve Been” (#1, 1987) and “I Think We’re Alone Now” (#1, 1987)
1973 ● Proof (DeShaun Holton) → Detroit rapper, high school chum of Eminem and member with him of the hip hop collective D12 (aka Dirty Dozen), “My Band” (#6, 2004) plus several solo and collaborative projects, died from gunshot wounds at a nightclub shooting on 4/11/2006
1973 ● Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content

Oct 03

1938 ● Eddie Cochran → Rockabilly pioneer singer, songwriter and influential power chord guitarist, “Summertime Blues” (#8, 1958), died in a car crash while on tour in England on 4/17/1960
1941 ● Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) → Grammy-winning R&B/pop singer and early 60s dance-craze instigator, “The Twist” (#1, 1960 and 1962), the only song to hit #1 in the US singles charts twice, plus 17 other Top 40 hits
1941 ● Lenny Waronker → Record producer and former CEO of Warner Bros. Records, worked with Maria Muldaur, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, The Doobie Brothers and multiple other 70s rock bands, partner with DreamWorks development team
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Guitarist for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1947 ● Ben Cauley → Trumpet player and founding member of soul/funk The Bar-Kays, “Soul Finger” (#17, R&B #3, 1967), which also served as Stax Records‘ in-house session group and Otis Redding‘s backing band, survived the December 1967 plane crash that killed Redding and four bandmembers, reformed the The Bar-Kays and backed Isaac Hayes on his landmark album, Hot Buttered Soul (1969), continued to perform until his death on 9/21/2015
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for pop duo Buckingham Nicks, joined pop-rock Fleetwood Mac in 1974, wrote “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), then solo, “Trouble” (#9, 1981), producer
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → Jazz, blues and funk saxophonist and singer, first with R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975), then solo, “Every Generation” (R&B #12, 1980), sessions for Ramsey Lewis, Hugh Masekela, Sister Sledge and others
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Grammy-winning Texas blues-rock guitar master, “Crossfire” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1983), died in a helicopter crash on 8/27/1990 following a show in Wisconsin
1961 ● Robbie Jaymes → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1962 ● Tommy Lee (Bass) → Drummer in hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989), founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, “Get Naked” (2000) and other solo work, former spouse of actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson
1965 ● Neil Sims → Drummer for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Guitarist for at pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1967 ● Chris Collingwood → Singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and founding member of power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → Lead vocals for rock/ska No Doubt, “Underneath It All” (#3, 2002), then solo, “Hollaback Girl” (#1, 2005) from the 2004 worldwide Top 10 album Love, Angel, Music, Baby, fashion designer
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Vocals in pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Aire Simpson → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul singer and songwriter, “Little Things” (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) → Vocals dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Drums, percussion and backing vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1983 ● Danny O’Donoghue → Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in teen-pop boy band Mytown, “Body Bumpin'” (Canada #12, 2000) then Celtic folk-pop-rock The Script, “Breakeven” (#12, 2010)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Reality TV series actress and teen-dance-pop singer, “Pieces Of Me” (#5, 2004), fodder for tabloid magazines

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Albums Released This Week (September 21 – 27)

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):

Sep 21


Billy Preston —— Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Foghat —— Boogie Motel ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cheap Trick —— Dream Police ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1979
Sheena Easton —— You Could Have Been With Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1982
Janet Jackson —— Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul >> 1982
America —— Perspective ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Various Artists —— Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 ► Mixed Rock >> 1987
Phish —— Lawn Boy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1990
Indigo Girls —— Nomads Indians Saints ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
ABBA —— Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1992
Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Sting —— Demolition Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Scorpions —— Face The Heat ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Nirvana —— In Utero ► Grunge >> 1993
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Bad Religion —— Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge —— Yes I Am ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Skunk Anansie —— Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Diabolical Masquerade —— Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
The Church —— A Box Of Birds ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Essential Live Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Pete Townshend —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Tori Amos —— To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Monkees —— The Headquarters Sessions ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Green Day —— American Idiot ► Alt. Rock >> 2004
John Fogerty —— Déjà Vu All Over Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
John Waite —— The Hard Way ► Power Pop >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Il Sogno ► String Quartet >> 2004

Sep 22


The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Funkadelic —— Funkadelic ► Funk >> 1970
Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Alice Cooper —— Constrictor ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Lyle Lovett —— Step Inside This House (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Extreme —— III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Elton John —— The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Goo Goo Dolls —— Dizzy Up The Girl ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1998
Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Millencolin —— Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk >> 1998
Chris Isaak —— Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Cilla Black —— Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
David Gilmour —— Live in Gdańsk ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Various Artists —— Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock >> 2009

Sep 23


The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Easybeats —— Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
Isaac Hayes —— Hot Buttered Soul ► Soul >> 1969
The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Who —— The Story Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1976
Steely Dan —— Aja ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Carpenters —— Passage ► Soft Rock >> 1977
Blondie —— Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
The Human League —— Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
Three Dog Night —— 20 Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Jackson Browne —— The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
John Waite —— When You Were Mine ► Power Pop >> 1997
Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Gin Blossoms —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 2003
Joni Mitchell —— The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Alice Cooper —— The Eyes Of Alice Cooper ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Triumph —— Live At The US Festival ► Arena Rock >> 2003
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— North ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit —— Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal >> 2003
Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
John Mellencamp —— Plain Spoken ► Roots Rock >> 2014

Sep 24


The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Roy Orbison —— Milestones ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1991
The Cult —— Ceremony ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Kid ‘N Play —— Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap >> 1991
A Tribe Called Quest —— The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap >> 1991
John Prine —— The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
James Taylor —— New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Thompson Twins —— Queer ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Led Zeppelin —— The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Zumpano —— Goin’ Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1996
Elton John —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Weezer —— Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 1996
Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Elvis Presley —— Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 2002
Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Blue Öyster Cult —— A Long Day’s Night ► Metal >> 2002
Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Peter Gabriel —— Up ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Linda Ronstadt —— The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
New Order —— iTunes Originals – New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2007
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009
Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2010
Peter Gabriel —— And I’ll Scratch Yours ► Prog Rock >> 2013
Gov’t Mule —— Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2013

Sep 25


The Doors —— Strange Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Cruisin’ ► Disco >> 1978
The Beach Boys —— M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Barry Manilow —— One Voice ► AM Pop >> 1979
The Buzzcocks —— Singles Going Steady ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Creatures —— Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs —— Forever Now ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1982
They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
The Sugarcubes —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Replacements —— All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Vaughan Brothers —— Family Style ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Grateful Dead —— Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1990
John Cale —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock >> 1992
Melt-Banana —— Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock >> 1994
David Bowie —— Outside ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Harem Scarem —— Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1995
Yes —— House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Kylie Minogue —— Light Years ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Van Morrison —— You Win Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Ryan Adams —— Gold ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Strokes —— Is This It ► Punk Revival >> 2001
The Knack —— Normal As The Next Guy ► Power Pop >> 2001
The Innocence Mission —— Small Planes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
38 Special —— A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Foo Fighters —— Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ► Grunge Rock >> 2007
Deborah Harry —— Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Joni Mitchell —— Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Steve Earle —— Washington Square Serenade ► Alt. Country >> 2007

Sep 26


The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
Thompson Twins —— Big Trash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Kool & The Gang —— The Ballad Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Kool & The Gang —— The Dance Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Massive Attack —— Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
David Bowie —— Outside ► Art Rock >> 1995
The Velvet Underground —— Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum —— Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Good Charlotte —— Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk >> 2000
Mark Knopfler —— Sailing To Philadelphia ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Matthew Sweet —— Time Capsule: Best Of 90/00 ► Power Pop >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd —— Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths —— The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

Sep 27


Chad & Jeremy —— The Ark ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Billy Squier —— Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1986
New Order —— The John Peel Sessions I ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Walter Becker —— 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock >> 1994
Brandy Norwood —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Sasha & John Digwood —— Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers —— Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Big Star —— In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Toni Braxton —— Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Eric Clapton —— Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2010
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Everclear —— Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk >> 2011
Machine Head —— Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2011
Youth Lagoon —— The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 20 – 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 20

1917 ● Johnny Allen → Grammy-winning arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer, worked with both Motown and Stax Records for artists including The Temptationss, Stevie Wonder and The Staple Singers, co-wrote the “Theme From Shaft” (#1, 1971) with Isaac Hayes and shared the Best Instrumental Arrangement award at the 14th Grammy Awards in 1972, continued to perform in various jazz bands into his 90s, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2014
1930 ● Eddie Bo (Edwin Joseph Bocage) → New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk pianist, singer and prolific songwriter, released over 50 singles, including “Hook And Sling” (R&B #13, 1969) and the seminal funk song “Check Your Bucket,” wrote for and recorded with Art Tatum, Etta James and The Neville Brothers, among others, his “I’m Wise” was covered by Little Richard as “Slippin’ And Slidin'” (#33, R&B #2, 1956), May 22 is “Eddie Bo Day” in New Orleans, died following a heart attack on 3/18/2009
1945 ● “Sweet Pea” Atkinson → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), solo
1946 ● Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) → Guitarist and songwriter with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977)
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963), retired from the group in the mid-90s
1948 ● John Panozzo → Drummer for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), died on 7/16/1996 from cirrhosis of the liver
1948 ● Chuck Panozzo → Bassist for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)
1954 ● Tony Destra → Original drummer for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990), left in 1985 to join glam-metal Britny Fox, “Long Way To Love” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1988), died in car accident on 2/8/1987
1957 ● Alannah Currie → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983), now a sculptural art-furniture artist
1960 ● Robert “Cowboy” Wiggins → MC and vocals for hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, “The Message” (R&B #4, 1982), the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died from complications of cocaine addiction on 9/8/1989
1960 ● David Hemingway → Lead vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), then co-founded alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Portuguese guitarist and songwriter for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), solo, various collaborations and frontman for several hard rock bands
1967 ● Gunnar Nelson → With twin brother Matthew, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1967 ● Matthew Nelson → With twin brother Gunnar, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Bassist in seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Drummer for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1981 ● Keith Semple → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

Sep 21

1923 ● Jimmy Young (Leslie Ronald Young) → Pop singer, “Unchained Melody” (UK #1, 1955) and BBC Radio 2 DJ from 1973 to 2002
1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), sessions
1934 ● Leonard Cohen → Influential and oft-covered Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Bird On The Wire” (1969), Grammy-winning Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters (2007)
1936 ● Dickey Lee (Royden Dickey Lipscomb) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Patches” (#6, 1962), then migrated to country music in the 70s and had 16 Country Top 40 hits, including “Rocky” (Country #1, 1975)
1943 ● David Hood → Bassist, session musician and founding member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits byAretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, also toured with Traffic in the 70s and produced songs by Cher and Willie Nelson, among others
1947 ● Don Felder → Lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for country-rock and pop Eagles, composed music to “Hotel California” (#1, 1976), solo and collaborations with former bandmates
1949 ● Colin Gibson → Brit bassist and composer, started with psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the 60s, later joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and did session work for Stefan Grossman, Alvin Lee, Steve Howe and others, co-wrote a UK TV sitcom and film soundtracks, collaborates and produces various projects into the 10s
1952 ● David Gregory → Lead guitarist for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1954 ● Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor → Drummer for punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), during periods away from the band did session work and collaborations
1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Vocals for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987)
1967 ● Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) → Five time Grammy-winning country-pop crossover star, “Breathe” (#2, 1999) and eight Country #1 hits, Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult Contemporary artist for 2009
1967 ● Timmy T (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance “freestyle” performer, “One More Try” (#1, 1991)
1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Drummer for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Jon Brooks → Drummer for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)
1968 ● Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1972 ● David Silveria → Drummer for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Frontman and vocals for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, now fronts Beady Eye
1973 ● Jimmy Constable → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1977 ● Sam Rivers → Bassist for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “My Way” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1977 ● The-Dream (Terius Youngdell Nash) → Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter and record producer, “Shawty Is A 10” (#17, 2007), co-wrote “Baby” for Justin Bieber (#5, 2010), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” for Beyoncé (#1, 2008) and other hit songs
1989 ● Jason Derülo (Desrouleaux) → R&B/urban soul singer/songwriter, actor and dancer, “Watcha Say” (#1, 2009)

Sep 22

1905 ● Roy “Pop” Lewis Sr. → With his wife and four of their children in the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel,” the Dove Award-winning singing and cornball comedy skit group The Lewis Family, toured nationally and issued over 60 albums of gospel music before his death on 3/23/2004
1913 ● Alvin LeRoy Holmes → Pop instrumental bandleader, film score composer and arranger, Smile (1975) and other films, died 7/27/1986
1930 ● Joni James (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Traditional pop vocalist, “You Are My Love” (#6, 1954) and sixteen other Top 40 hits in the 50s
1931 ● George Chambers → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1942 ● Mike Patto → Lead vocals and keyboards for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, “Feelin’ Bad” (#132, 1969), later co-founded hard rock Boxer but died of cancer on 3/4/1979 before the band gained momentum
1943 ● Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder singer, “Mickey” (#1, 1982), dancer, choreographer, actress and filmmaker
1944 ● Sam Pace → Tenor vocals in R&B soul vocal group The Esquires (“Get On Up,” #11, 1967), died following a long illness on 1/7/2013
1944 ● Roger Nicholls → Nuclear power plant physicist turned eight-time Grammy-winning rock and pop music recording engineer for Steely Dan, John Denver, Frank Zappa, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Estefan, Bela Fleck and many other major acts, pioneered the now-commonplace technique of “digital drum replacement” by inventing the Wendel sampling computer, died from pancreatic cancer on 4/9/2011
1951 ● David Coverdale → Songwriter and lead vocals for Deep Purple in 1974-76, recorded two solo albums and formed hard rock/hair metal Whitesnake in 1977, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) and six other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1952 ● Mark Panker → Guitarist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Vocals for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1956 ● Debby Boone → Grammy-winning Christian and inspirational pop music singer, “You Light Up My Life” (#1, 1977), daughter of 50s pop crooner Pat Boone
1956 ● Doug Wimbish → Bassist for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988) and Sugarhill Records studio session musician
1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Singer/songwriter, bassist and founder of post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), toured with Talking Heads as lead singer in 1996, solo
1957 ● Nick Cave → Aussie singer, songwriter and bandleader for goth-rock pioneers The Birthday Party, then alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), formed garage rock Grinderman in 2007
1957 ● Peter Jones → Bassist for punk rock Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983), currently owns a ceramic art studio
1958 ● Joan Jett (Larkin) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), then founded and fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock N’ Roll (#1, 1981)
1958 ● Peter Nelson → Bassist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)
1965 ● Adam Cairns → Guitar and vocals for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (, 1993)
1966 ● Rhett Forrester → Lead vocals for 80s New York-based heavy metal Riot plus solo albums and collaborations with blues-metal guitarist Jack Starr and several second-tier metal bands, murdered in an apparent carjacking/shooting in Atlanta on 1/22/1994
1975 ● Mystikal (Michael Tyler) → Dirty South rapper, “Danger (Been So Long)” (#14, Rap #3, 2001) with five solo albums and multiple collaborations as featured artist
1982 ● Billie (Lianne Piper) → Singer and TV actress, “Because We Want To” (UK #1, 1998), the youngest (age 16) artist to debut at #1 on the UK charts

Sep 23

1930 ● Ray Charles (Robinson) → Soul music pioneer who fused R&B, gospel and blues, won 12 Grammy Awards and scored over 30 Top 40 hits, including “Hit The Road Jack” (#1, 1961), 2004 #1 album Genius Loves Company, #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, died from lung cancer on 6/10/2004
1939 ● Roy Buchanan → Grossly underrated blues-rock guitarist, issued over 15 albums, hanged himself in a Virginia jail cell after being arrested for public drunkenness on 8/14/88
1940 ● Tim Rose → Underappreciated but influential folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Morning Dew” (1967), died on 9/24/2002 from a heart attack during intestinal surgery
1943 ● John Banks → Drummer for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, died on 4/20/1988
1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Grammy-winning Spanish smooth romantic crooner, “Begin The Beguine” (#1, 1981), one of the top 10 best selling artists in history
1943 ● Steve Boone → Bassist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1965), record producer and studio owner
1943 ● Wallace Scott → With twin brother Walter, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Walter Scott → With twin brother Wallace, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor (mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show) and moonlighting pop singer, “My Dad” (#6, 1962)
1946 ● Anthony “Duster” Bennett → British blues-rock harmonica player and one man band, “Jumping At Shadows” (1968), session musician and early 70s member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, died in a car crash on 3/26/1976
1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1948 ● ‘”Dangerous” Dan Toler → Rhythm and lead guitarist as a member of his own bands and with Dickie Betts & Great Southern in the 70s, the Gregg Allman Band and The Allman Brothers Band in the 80s, joined supergroup The Renegades of Southern Rock in the 90s and collaborated with John Townsend in several projects in the 90s and 00s, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on 2/25/2013
1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → The Boss, Grammy-winning heartland rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for The E Street Band, “Glory Days” (#5, 1985), #23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1970 ● Ani DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1972 ● Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin) → Producer, songwriter and rapper, “The Party Continues” (#29, Rap #6, 1998), discovered and managed teen hip hop duo Kris Kross, founder of So So Def Recordings, producer for Xscape, Da Brat, Mariah Carey and others
1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)
1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

Sep 24

1893 ● “Blind Lemon” Henry Jefferson → The “Father of Texas Blues,” pioneering blues singer, guitarist and composer, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (1927) has been covered by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, B. B. King, Peter, Paul & Mary and others, died from a heart attack on 12/15/1929
1931 ● Anthony Newley → Stage, screen and TV actor, singer, pop songwriter, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (Grammy Award Song of the Year 1963), co-wrote the lyrics to “Goldfinger” from the James Bond movie, co-wrote and starred in the stage musical Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, died on 4/14/1999 from renal cancer
1933 ● Mel Taylor → Longtime drummer for rock ‘n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), died on 8/11/1996 of lung cancer
1935 ● James “Shep” Sheppard → Founder and frontman for early 60s R&B doo wop, one hit wonder trio Shep And The Limelites (“Daddy’s Home,” #2, 1961), died from gunshot wounds during a possible carjacking on the Long Island Expressway on 1/24/1970
1940 ● Barbara “Bibbs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1941 ● Linda McCartney (Linda Louise Eastman) → Photographer, animal rights activist, vegetarian food company founder, keyboardist for pop-rock Wings and solo albums with her husband Paul McCartney, died from breast cancer on 4/17/1998
1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Carson Osten → Co-founder and bassist in psych/garage rock band The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970), left to become a writer, artist, product and character design manager for The Walt Disney Company
1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock quintet Fotheringay, then renowned folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), sessions and tours with Robert Plant, Elton John, George Harrison, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys and others, solo albums
1946 ● Kjell Asperud → Drummer for Anglo-Norwegian one hit wonder rock band Titanic, instrumental “Sultana” (UK #5, 1971)
1962 ● Cedric Dent → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Shawn “Clown” Crahan → Co-founder, DJ, turntablist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1971 ● Marty Cintron → Vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)
1971 ● Peter Salisbury → Drummer for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)

Sep 25

1933 ● Ian Tyson → Canadian singer and guitarist in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, solo with several acclaimed albums, now a rancher in Alberta
1939 ● “Sweet” Joseph Russell → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1943 ● John Locke → Keyboards for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), left to join hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), died 8/4/2006
1943 ● Gary “Jules” Alexander → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for folk/psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), wrote “Alone Again Or” (#99, 1967), solo, died of a heart attack on 12/25/1998
1946 ● Jerry “The Bear” Penrod → Early bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), left to join overpublicized, underperforming pre fab hard rock supergroup Rhinoceros, “Apricot Brandy” (#46, 1969)
1947 ● John Fiddler → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1955 ● Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, “Donne” (1985) and “Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)” with Paul Young (Italy #1, UK #4, 1991), has performed collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Bono and others
1955 ● Steve Severin → Bassist for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), solo
1968 ● Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith → Rapper in PG-rated pop-rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” (#1, 1998), TV and film star
1974 ● Richie “Wamma” Edwards → Guitar technician turned full-time bassist for glam-rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (#35, UK #2, 2003) and successor band Stone Gods
1975 ● Declan “Dec” Donnelly → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), “Lets Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1980 ● T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) → Grammy-winning MC, rapper, songwriter, “Live Your Life” (#1, 2008), co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, producer, film actor, convicted felon
1985 ● Diana “Wynter” Gordon → Dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dirty Talk” (Dance #1, 2010), co-wrote “Sugar” for Flo Rida (#5, 2009)

Sep 26

1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937
1918 ● John “The Cool Ghoul” Zacherle → TV and radio host for shows broadcasting horror movies, voice actor and one hit wonder pop-rock novelty singer, “Dinner With Drac” (Top Ten, 1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country music legend and crossover phenomenon, “El Paso” (#1, Country #1, 1960) plus 11 other Top 40 pop singles and 39 other Country Top 10 hits, died on 12/8/1982 following a heart attack
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956), died on 10/18/2000 due to declining health several years after suffering a stroke
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as frontman with art rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1975), then solo, “Kiss And Tell” (#31, 1988) and 13 UK Top 20 albums through 2010
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocalist, best know for Grammy-winning “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (#3, Country #1, 1970), plus 17 other Country Top 10 hits among over 50 overall Top 40 singles, died from cardiac arrest on 7/30/2015
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Grammy-winning country-pop then soft rock singer, “You’re The One That I Want” with John Travolta (#1, 1978) and “Physical” (#1, 1981), film actress
1951 ● Stuart Tosh (MacIntosh) → Drummer for Scottish soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#5, 1974), also recorded and toured with 10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel
1954 ● César Rosas → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and de facto frontman for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987) and Los Super Seven, sessions and side projects
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Teenage lead guitarist in the last incarnations of Jefferson Airplane, stayed on with pop-rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles (#3, 1975), co-wrote “Jane” (#14, 1980), now performs and records New Age world music
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country and roots-rock singer and songwriter, “Every Little Thing” (Country #3, 1993), daughter of Johnny Cash‘s wife June Carter Cash
1958 ● Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) → Lead singer for early L.A. punk rock ,strong>The Germs, “Lexicon Devil” (1979), died on 12/7/1980 from a suicidal heroin overdose
1961 ● Cindy Herron → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Lead singer and guitarist in Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, “Missing” (#2, 1995), solo
1964 ● Nicola “Nikki” French → Brit pop and adult contemporary one hit wonder singer and dancer, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (#2, UK #5, 1995)
1967 ● Shannon Hoon → Frontman and lead vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), died on 10/21/1995 from a heroin overdose
1972 ● Paul Draper → Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Singer and songwriter in hugely successful R&B/urban soul a cappella quartet Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dip It Low” (#5, 2004)

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Albums Released This Week (September 14 – 20)

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):

Sep 14


Doris Day —— The Doris Day Christmas Album ► Holiday Pop >> 1964
The Byrds —— (Untitled) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Supertramp —— Crisis? What Crisis? ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Faith No More —— Introduce Yourself ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Mick Jagger —— Primitive Cool ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Meat Beat Manifesto —— Armed Audio Warfare ► Techno-Industrial >> 1990
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Prince —— The Hits/The B-Sides ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Teddy Pendergrass —— A Little More Magic ► Soul-Pop >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millennium ► Soul-Funk >> 1993
Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Squeeze —— Some Fantastic Place ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea [UK] ► Avant Grunge >> 1996
Luis Miguel —— Amarte Es Un Placer ► Latin Pop >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B ► Retro Rock >> 1999
Gov’t Mule —— Deja Voodoo ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2004
Joni Mitchell —— Dreamland ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Alice Cooper —— School’s Out And Other Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Get Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 2008
David Gray —— Draw The Line ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Weezer —— Hurley ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2010

Sep 15


Johnny Cash —— Sings Hank Williams ► Classic Country >> 1960
Otis Redding —— Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul ► Memphis Soul >> 1965
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Takes Off ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1966
The Kinks —— Something Else By The Kinks ► British Rock >> 1967
The Band —— Cahoots ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Bobby Womack —— Communication ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Fireball ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Grand Funk Railroad —— Phoenix ► Hard Rock >> 1972
John Denver —— Rocky Mountain High ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Poco —— Crazy Eyes ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Frank Zappa —— Studio Tan ► Art Rock >> 1978
Huey Lewis & The News —— Sports ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Blood & Chocolate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Ric Ocasek —— This Side Of Paradise ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Donna Summer —— All Systems Go ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Ramones —— Halfway To Sanity ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rick Wakeman —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Michael Penn —— Free-For-All ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Bad 4 Good —— Refugee ► Heavy Metal/Teen Metal >> 1992
New Edition —— Home Again ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
America —— Human Nature ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Marilyn Manson —— Mechanical Animals ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1998
Death —— Sound Of Perseverance ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
The Human League —— The Very Best Of The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2003
Ace Frehley —— Anomaly ► Pop-Metal >> 2009

Sep 16


Neil Diamond —— Just For You ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —— Easy ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Sugar ‘N’ Spice ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Baby, It’s Me ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane —— Rough Mix ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1977
Rory Gallagher —— Top Priority ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— Nothing Matters (And What If It Did) ► Roots Rock >> 1980
Gary Numan —— Warriors ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1983
Deep Purple —— Perfect Strangers ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Kiss —— Asylum ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Marshall Crenshaw —— Downtown ► Power Pop >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
The Waterboys —— This Is The Sea ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Lizzy Borden —— Visual Lies ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Eazy-E —— Eazy-Duz-It ► Gangsta Rap >> 1988
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jonathan Richman —— I, Jonathan ► College Rock >> 1992
Gloria Estefan —— Exitos De Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club ► Afro-Cuban Jazz >> 1997
Brooks & Dunn —— The Greatest Hits Collection ► Country-Rock >> 1997
Death In Vegas —— Scorpio Rising ► Electronic Pop >> 2002
Joss Stone —— The Soul Sessions ► Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2003

Sep 17


Manfred Mann —— The Manfred Mann Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Colosseum —— Colosseum Live ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1971
Rick Springfield —— Comic Book Heroes ► Power Pop >> 1973
Scorpions —— In Trance ► Heavy Metal >> 1975
Ringo Starr —— Ringo’s Rotogravure ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Act I ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Doobie Brothers —— One Step Closer ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Phil Lynott —— The Phil Lynott Album ► Album Rock >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage ► New Wave Ska Pop >> 1984
Thompson Twins —— Here’s To Future Days ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1985
Yes —— Big Generator ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 ► Classical Fusion >> 1987
Cocteau Twins —— Heaven Or Las Vegas ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Mariah Carey —— Emotions ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Ozzy Osbourne —— No More Tears ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge >> 1991
Steve Earle —— Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator ► Alt. Country >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
KMFDM —— Money ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Cake —— Fashion Nugget ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 1996
The Cardigans —— First Band On The Moon ► Power Pop >> 1996
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Goo Goo Dolls —— Bang! [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Natalie Cole —— Ask A Woman Who Knows ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— Kill To Get Crimson ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Berlin —— Animal ► L. A. Synth-Pop >> 2013
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Wise Up Ghost ► Funk >> 2013

Sep 18


Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal >> 1978
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock >> 1983
The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Easybeats —— The Definitive Series ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1992
At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Fantastic Plastic Machine —— Luxury ► Trip Hop >> 1998
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Alice Cooper —— Dragontown ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 1 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 2 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 3 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 4 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 5 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
The Knack —— Premium Gold Collection ► Power Pop >> 2001
Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Free —— Chronicles ► Hard Rock/Blues-Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock >> 2007
Paul Simon —— Live In New York City ► Folk-Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones ► Southern Rock >> 2012

Sep 19


Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul >> 1961
Mick Jagger —— Performance [Sndtrk] ► Rock >> 1970
Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Linda Ronstadt —— Living In The USA ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— Blue Bell Knoll ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop >> 1988
David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Tragically Hip —— Day For Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— London ’66-’67 [EP] ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Hardcore Punk >> 2000
Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop >> 2000
The Church —— Of Skins And Heart/Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Despite Our Differences ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2006
The Black Crowes —— Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into The Fog ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Jane’s Addiction —— Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 2006

Sep 20


The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Jane’s Addiction —— Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1988
BulletBoys —— BulletsBoys ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1988
Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1991
Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Cilla Black —— Through The Years ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Jamiroquai —— 1999 Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1999
Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop [UK] ► Electronic Dance Mix >> 1999
Yes —— The Ladder ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus ► Alt Rock >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk >> 2005
Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam Twenty ► Hard Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 13 – 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 13

1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”, Grammy-winning singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader for the Blue Grass Boys, solo, “Gotta Travel On” (Country #15, 1959), died 9/9/1996 after suffering a stroke in April
1925 ● Mel Torme → Nicknamed the “Velvet Fog,” Grammy-winning jazz-pop nightclub and showroom singer , “Lover’s Roulette” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1967)
1933 ● Lewie Steinberg → Original bass player in Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962), session work outside Stax
1935 ● Bruce Lundvall → Wannabe jazz musician turned career record company executive, first at Columbia Records where he built the label’s jazz roster, later with the Elektra/Musician (jazz) and Manhattan (pop) labels, and, starting in 1984 and continuing for 25 years, as the head of Blue Note Records, where he revived the brand and signed artists such as Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves, died during surgery related to Parkinson’s disease on 5/19/2015
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Saxophonist with top notch Brit progressive jazz-rock band If
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas (David Thomsett) → Canadian-born lead singer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Keyboards, saxophone and flute for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Peter Cetera → Original member, bassist, lead vocals and songwriter for jazz-rock-pop fusion Chicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (#4, 1977), solo, “Glory Of Love” (#1, 1986) and four other Top 40 singles, producer
1952 ● Don Was (Donald Fagenson) → Vocals and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stevie Nicks, The Barenaked Ladies and many others
1952 ● Randy Jones → Vocals (and cowboy character) for campy R&B/disco suggestively gay Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → Bass singer, arranger and music director in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978), TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1954 ● Steven John Kilbey → Bass and lead vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1957 ● Joni Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1961 ● Dave Mustaine → Original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for heavy metal Metallica, fired in 1983 and became founder, chief songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr, third skinman in Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), unofficial member of The Who since 1996, collaborations with Paul Weller, The Waterboys, The Icicle Works and others
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Drums and percussion for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), sessions
1967 ● Timothy S. “Ripper” Owens → Lead singer (1996-2003) for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, left to join heavy/thrash metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (#3, 2008)
1972 ● Matt Everitt → Drummer for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Guitar for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1977 ● Fiona Apple (Maggart) → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (#21, 1996) was voted Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, now a cult artist
1983 ● James Bourne → Co-founder, singer and songwriter in Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)
1993 ● ‘Niall James Horan → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011)

Sep 14

1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Elvis Presley‘s hit “Heartbreak Hotel” (#1, 1956), died on 4/9/1997 from drowning in her bath at home after a suspected heart attack
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Bassist, co-founder and constant member of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1947 ● Jon “Bowzer” Bauman → Vocals for rock ‘n’ roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1949 ● Steve Gaines → Guitar for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), wrote “I Know A Little” (1977), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977
1949 ● Fred “Sonic” Smith → Lead guitarist for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (1969), married punk singer and poet Patti Smith in 1980, died 11/4/1994 from heart failure
1949 ● Edward C. King → Guitarist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), replaced Leon Wilkeson on bass in raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), switched to guitar when Wilkeson returned to the band and created the signature triple-guitar attack sound, left in 1976 but returned to the reunited band in 1987, left for good due to health problems in 1996
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Guitarist for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), formed Back Street Crawler, died on 3/19/1976 from a heart attack resulting from drug abuse on a New York/L.A. commercial flight
1954 ● Barry Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family
1955 ● Steve Berlin → Saxophonist and keyboardist for all-American roots rock The Blasters, in 1984 joined Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), sessions and collaborations
1959 ● Morten Harket → Lead vocals in Norwegian synth-poppers A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), solo
1967 ● John Power → Bass and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Bassist for Pacific Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Joined alt rock/Britpop Pulp as second guitarist in 1995, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), now produces avant-garde films
1972 ● Nas (Nasir Jones) → Self-appointed “King of New York,” acclaimed and influential hip hop performer and East Coast rapper, “If I Ruled The World” (#53, Rhythmic Top 40 #8, 1996), US #1 album Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → Vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop and jazz-pop singer and songwriter, “Rehab” (#9, 2007), died from unknown causes at her London home on 7/23/2011

Sep 15

1903 ● Roy Acuff → The “King of Country Music,” singer, fiddler and country music promoter credited with “mainstreaming” early country music, co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, which signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of heart failure on 11/23/1992
1928 ● Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley → High school band director turned renowned, Grammy-winning alto jazz saxophonist, bandleader and solo artist, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (#11, R&B #2, 1967), died of a stroke on 8/8/1975
1931 ● Jac Holzman → Music business executive, founded Elektra Records in 1950 and started other important music labels, signed fledging acts such as The Doors, Carly Simon, Bread and others, went on to various music industry executive positions, including stints with Time-Warner, Sony and Panavision
1933 ● Pat Barrett → High tenor for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → Frontman and vocals for early rock & roll/surf pioneers The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1942 ● Lee Dorman → Bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond, died of unknown causes at home on 12/21/2012
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish drummer in the backing band for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976), died 3/17/2008 after hitting his head on a glass door and suffering a slit throat from a shard of broken glass
1956 ● Jaki Graham → UK star but US one hit wonder R&B/dance-pop singer, “Ain’t Nobody” (Dance/Club #1,1994)
1958 ● Tim Whelan → Guitar for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Michel “Mitch” Dorge → Drummer, songwriter and producer for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → 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
1976 ● Kingsley “KG” Goldsmith → Lead vocals for Brit R&B/swingbeat soul boy band MN8, “I’ve Got A Little Something For You” (UK #2, 1995)
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Drummer for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)

Sep 16

1913 ● Florence Greenberg → New Jersey housewife who parlayed an unlikely hit record by an unknown teen group, The Shirelles (“I Met Him On A Sunday” #49, 1958) into an improbable career as a music executive and owner of Scepter Records, the leading independent label of the 60s and home to Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, B.J. Thomas and many others, sold out and retired in 1976, died from complications of a stoke on 11/2/1995
1925 ● Riley B. “B.B.” King → The reigning “King of the Blues” and important electric guitarist, “The Thrill Is Gone” (#15, R&B #1,1970), influenced countless electric blues and rock guitarists, #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, died in his sleep on 5/14/2015
1941 ● Joe Butler → Drummer for 60s hit making folk-rock quartet The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Bernard Calvert → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Winston Grennan → The “Master Drummer of Jamaica,” session drummer and bandleader credited with creating the “One Drop” ska and rocksteady-based beat that underlies reggae music and the “Flyers” beat that precursed reggae, worked with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and many other top reggae, ska, soul and pop acts, died from cancer on 10/27/2000
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul girl group The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack” (#45, 1964), left to join R&B/pop-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”” (#2, 1964)
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), replaced deceased Keith Moon in 1979 in The Who, “You Better You Bet” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1981)
1948 ● Ron Blair → Original bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3, 1981), left in 1982 for session career and rejoined in 2002
1950 ● David Bellamy → With brother Homer, one half of country-pop The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976) and 35 other Country Top 40 hits
1953 ● Alan Leslie Barton → Guitarist for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984), joined pop-rock Smokie in 1986 as guitarist and lead vocalist, died 3/23/1995 when the band’s tour bus crashed in Germany
1954 ● Colin Newman → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for art/punk then post-punk then electronic Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989), solo artist, producer and co-founder of the Swim Records label
1956 ● Dave Blood (Schultise) → Ph.D. candidate in economics at Purdue University turned punk rock bassist in punk quartet Dead Milkmen, left the band in 1995 to move to Serbia to work and study, returned to the U.S. in the aftermath of the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, committed suicide by drug overdose on 3/10/2004
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → Guitar and vocals for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1962 ● Stephen Jones → Founder, guitarist, vocals and frontman of Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996), solo, novelist
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock singer and songwriter, “Right Here Waiting” (#1, 1987) turned Grammy-winning adult contemporary balladeer, “Dance With My Father” (Song of the Year 2003)
1964 ● Dave “The Snake” Sabo → Co-founder and lead guitar for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), teenage friend of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and original lead guitarist in JBJ‘s band
1968 ● Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz) → Multi-talented, Grammy-winning Latin dance-pop (“tropical salsa”) singer, “I Need To Know” (#3, 1991), film actor
1969 ● Justine Frischmann → Co-founder guitar and vocals for alt rock/Britpop Suede, left for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), now an abstract painter
1976 ● Shannon Noll → Australian pop-rock singer, runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), ten consecutive Aussie Top 10 singles, including “What About Me?” (Aus #1, 2004)
1976 ● Tina Barrett → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1977 ● Musiq Soulchild (Talib Johnson) → R&B/neo-soul, funk, blues and gospel fusion hip hop artist, “Halfcrazy” (#16, 2002)
1981 ● Christopher Cester → Drummer and backing vocals for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Ketevan “Katie” Melua → Jazz-pop/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nine Million Bicycles” (UK #5, 2005), album Piece By Piece (Jazz Albums #3, 2006)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Singer and songwriter in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), actor

Sep 17

1923 ● Hiram King “Hank” Williams → The “Father of Contemporary Country Music” with 35 oft-covered Country Top 10 hits, including “Hey, Good Lookin'” (Country #1, 1951), died in his limo en route to a show on 1/1/1953
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll bassist in Elvis Presley‘s backing band and his own Bill Black Combo, “Smokie” (1959), died 10/21/1965
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → Lead vocals for one hit wonder blue-eyed doo wop quintet The Mystics, “Hushabye” (#20, 1959)
1939 ● LaMonte McLemore → Founding member and vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), professional photographer for Playboy, Jet, Ebony, Harper’s Bizarre and others
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer 1972-74, session drummer for Sammy Hagar and David Soul, drowned in his backyard swimming pool on 6/5/1990
1950 ● John Waldo “Fee” Waybill → Lead singer and songwriter for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), producer for Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and others
1953 ● Steve Williams → Drummer for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1959 ● Will Gregory → Vocals and synthesizer with Alison Goldfrapp in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1961 ● Ty Tabor → Lead guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1962 ● Benjamin “BeBe” Winans → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with sister CeCe (Priscilla), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Thank You” (Dance/Club #6, 1998)
1962 ● Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann → Australian screenwriter, film director and one hit wonder novelty-pop/spoken word artist, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (#45, Adult Top 40 #10, 1999), directed Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008)
1966 ● Doug E. Fresh (Douglas E. Davis) → Rapper, producer and pioneering beat boxer known as “The Human Beat Box” for his near-perfect imitations of drum machines and effects using his mouth, lips, gums and throat, frontman for hip hop Get Fresh Crew, “The Show” (Hip Hop #3, 1985) and solo, “Freaks/I-ight (Alright)” (Dance #3, 1994)
1968 ● Anastacia Lyn Newkirk → R&B/dance-pop singer, “One Day In Your Life” (Dance/Club #1, 2002)
1968 ● John Penney → Vocals for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1968 ● Lord Jamar (Lorenzo Dechalus) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1969 ● Adam Devlin (Gorecki) → Guitarist and songwriter for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1969 ● Keith Flint → Vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1970 ● Vinnie (Vincent Brown) → Vocals and sampling for pop-rap crossover trio Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.” (#6, 1991) and Grammy-winning Poverty’s Property, Best Rap Album for 1995
1976 ● Maile Misajon → 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
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Drummer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)
1979 ● Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) → Southern rapper, singer/songwriter and MC, “Low” feat. T-Pain (#1, 2007)
1985 ● Jonathan Jacob Walker → Bassist for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Sep 18

1933 ● James Frederick “Jimmie” Rodgers → Pop and easy listening singer, “Honeycomb” (#1, 1957) and 13 other Top 40 hits in the late 50s and 1960s
1940 ● Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Pretty-boy teen idol pop singer, “Venus” (#1, 1959) and 11 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1962, then film actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1945 ● Alan King → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1949 ● Kerry Livgren → Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for prog/heartland rock Kansas, wrote “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977) and “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, solo
1950 ● Mike Hossack → Drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), died from cancer on 3/12/2012
1951 ● Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin) → Bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of a drug overdose on 6/5/2002
1961 ● Martin “Frosty” Beedle → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1962 ● Richard Walmsley → Writer and producer with electro-dance-pop The Beatmasters, “Warm Love” (Dance #16, 1990), the trio also produced hits for Cookie Crew, Yazz and P.P. Arnold, and albums for Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and others
1965 ● John David Dunlop → Canadian guitarist, composer, producer and music recording engineer, lead guitarist for hard rock The Full Nine and, since 2008, power trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983)
1966 ● Ian “Spike” Spice → Co-founder and drummer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1966 ● Nigel Clarke → Lead singer and bassist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1967 ● Mike Heaton → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1967 ● Ricky Bell → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)

Sep 19

1921 ● Billy Ward (Robert L. Williams) → Child prodigy pianist and frontman, vocals and arranger for The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man” (#1, 1951), died 2/16/2002
1931 ● Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → R&B/soul and early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), plus comeback track “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1979) and 21 other Top 40 hits, died from complications of spiral meningitis on 4/9/1998
1934 ● Brian Epstein → Music entrepreneur, record store owner, manager of The Beatles from 1962 until his death, managed other Liverpool acts including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Cyrkle, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on 8/27/1967
1935 ● Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) → Bass guitarist, arranger and vocalist for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), died of cancer on 12/24/2000
1937 ● Paul Siebel → Greenwich Village folk scene singer/songwriter and guitarist known solely for other artist’s cover versions of his songs, including “Louise” and “Any Day Woman,” dropped out of sight in the 70s after issuing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums
1940 ● Bill Medley → Blue-eyed soul singer and, with Bobby Hatfield, one half of hugely successful pop-rock duo The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (#4, 1965), solo career including the Grammy-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1940 ● Paul Williams → Grammy-winning pop songwriter, wrote “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (#4, 1971) for Three Dog Night, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” (#2, 1970) and “Rainy Days And Mondays” (#2, 1971) for the Carpenters, solo act pop singer (“Waking Up Alone,” #60, 1972) and actor
1940 ● Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) → Canadian singer in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, wrote “You Were On My Mind” for folk-pop We Five (#32, 1965)
1941 ● “Mama” Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → Vocals and percussion for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1, 1966), died of a heart attack in Harry Nilsson‘s London apartment on 7/29/1974
1942 ● Danny Kalb → Folk- and blues-rock guitarist, composer and songwriter, co-founded jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966), solo career with numerous albums and collaborations
1942 ● Freda Payne → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Band of Gold” (#3, 1970), TV and film actress
1943 ● Mike Arnone → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1945 ● David Bromberg → Multi-string instrumentalist and blues-folk and roots rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971), now owns a violin sales and repair shop
1946 ● John Coghlan → Drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, “Cry” (#16, 1985) and joined art-rock/synth-pop Art Of Noise in 1998, now a music video producer.
1949 ● Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) → Iconic 60s model and later stage, screen and TV actress, one hit wonder pop singer, “Here I Go Again” (UK #17, 1976)
1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Canadian record producer, guitarist and composer, produced Peter Gabriel‘s So and U2‘s The Joshua Tree, also albums by Brian Eno, Bob Dylan and others, solo album Acadie (1990)
1952 ● Nile Rodgers → Guitarist, co-founder and co-writer for R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), influential record producer, composer and arranger, produced albums for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Mick Jagger (She’s The Boss) and others, died from pneumonia after and all-star “tribute” show in Japan on 4/18/1996
1957 ● Rusty Egan → Drummer for New Wave power pop The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978) and New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey”(UK #8, 1981), London nightclub DJ
1958 ● Carmelita Rosanna “Lita” Ford → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), pop-metal solo career, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)
1963 ● Jarvis Crocker → Singer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1964 ● Patricia Lynn “Trisha” Yearwood → Grammy-winning country singer, “How Do I Live” (#23, Country #2, 1996) and 28 other Country Top 40 hits, TV and occasional film actress, cookbook editor
1969 ● Candy Dulfer → Dutch alto saxophonist, “On & On” (Smooth Jazz #13, 2009), sessions and backing bands for Van Morrison, Prince and others, collaborated with Dave Stewart, “Lily Was Here” (UK #6, 1990)
1971 ● Paul Winterhart → Drummer for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Alan Jay “A. Jay” Popoff → Frontman and vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy” (#51, Mainstream Rock #6, 1999)
1974 ● Jimmy Fallon → Stand-up comedian, film and TV actor, awards show host, former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedy/satire music singer/songwriter with the Grammy-nominated album The Bathroom Wall (#47, 2002)
1977 ● Ryan Dusick → Drummer for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)

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Albums Released This Week (September 7 – 13)

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):

Sep 07


Earth, Wind & Fire —— Another Time ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Join Hands ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Matt Johnson —— Burning Blue Soul ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Kool & The Gang —— As One ► Disco >> 1982
Mercyful Fate —— Don’t Break The Oath ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Jethro Tull —— Under Wraps ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Queensrÿche —— The Warning ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Pet Shop Boys —— Actually ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Mike Oldfield —— Islands ► Progressive Rock >> 1987
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Toto —— Kingdom Of Desire [UK] ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1992
John Mellencamp —— Human Wheels ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Belle & Sebastian —— The Boy With The Arab Strap ► Chamber Pop >> 1998
Buzzcocks —— Modern ► Punk-Rock >> 1999
Agnostic Front —— Riot, Riot, Upstart ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Christine McVie —— In The Meantime ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Matthew Sweet —— Living Things ► Power Pop >> 2004
Cilla Black —— Cilla All Mixed Up ► Dance-Pop >> 2009
Natalie Cole —— The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 2010

Sep 08


Gene Vincent —— A Gene Vincent Record Date ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Natural Resources ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
The Jackson 5 —— Third Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
LaBelle —— LaBelle ► Funk >> 1971
Mott The Hoople —— All The Young Dudes ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Bigger Than The Both Of Us ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bunny Wailer —— Blackheart Man ► Roots Reggae >> 1976
Styx —— Pieces Of Eight ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
David Bowie —— Stage ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Dave Edmunds —— Tracks On Wax 4 ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush —— Never For Ever ► Prog Rock >> 1980
The Cure —— …Happily Ever After ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Peter Gabriel —— Security ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The B-52’s —— Bouncing Off The Satellites ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Human League —— Crash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Mr. Mister —— Go On… ► L. A. New Wave >> 1987
Rush —— Hold Your Fire ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Pink Floyd —— A Momentary Lapse Of Reason ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Sam Phillips —— The Indescribable Wow ► AltRock/Secular >> 1988
Bad Religion —— Suffer ► Punk Rock >> 1988
Screaming Trees —— Sweet Oblivion ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1992
Marilyn Manson —— Antichrist Superstar ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1996
The Crystal Method —— Vegas ► Electronic/Industrial >> 1997
Hole —— Celebrity Skin ► Grunge >> 1998
The Church —— Hologram Of Baal ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1998
Blonde Redhead —— In An Expression Of The Inexpressible ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1998
Tristania —— Beyond The Veil ► Heavy Metal/Gloom Metal >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— Dance Of Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Washed Out —— Life Of Leisure [EP] ► Electronica >> 2009
Phish —— Joy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Phish —— Party Time ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Queen —— Queen: Live At The Rainbow ’74 ► Glam Rock >> 2014

Sep 09


Marvin Gaye —— Recorded Live On Stage ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Fleetwood Mac —— Then Play On ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
John Lennon —— Imagine ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
John Sebastian —— Tarzana Kid ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Signals ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Dexy’s Midnight Runners —— Don’t Stand Me Down ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Earth, Sun, Moon ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Barnes —— Two Fires ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1990
Cross —— Blue Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Dire Straits —— On Every Street ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Catherine Wheel —— Like Cats And Dogs ► Alt Rock/Shoegazing >> 1996
Natalie Cole —— Stardust ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
Amy Grant —— Behind The Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1997
Incubus —— S.C.I.E.N.C.E. ► Funk Metal >> 1997
Frank Black And The Catholics —— Frank Black And The Catholics ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
John Mayer —— Heavier Things ► Folk-Pop >> 2003
John Mayer —— Continuum ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Natalie Cole —— Still Unforgettable ► Soul-Pop >> 2008

Sep 10


Carpenters —— Golden Prize [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1971
Eric Clapton —— Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Randy Newman —— Good Old Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Roxy & Elsewhere ► Art Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bob Dylan —— Hard Rain ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— Songs In The Attic ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Diana Ross —— Silk Electric ► Soul – Motown >> 1982
Bill Drummond —— The Man ► Folk-Pop >> 1986
Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Jethro Tull —— Catfish Rising ► Prog Rock >> 1991
John Cale —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Art Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Solace ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
John Mellencamp —— Mr. Happy Go Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 1996
R.E.M. —— New Adventures In Hi-Fi ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
Rush —— Test For Echo ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1996
Alison Moyet —— The Essential Alison Moyet ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Alison Moyet —— Hometime ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Clash —— 5 Album Studio Set ► Punk >> 2013
The Clash —— Sound System ► Punk >> 2013

Sep 11


Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1964
Chad & Jeremy —— Of Cabbages And Kings ► Folk-Pop >> 1967
The Beach Boys —— Smiley Smile ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Bruce Springsteen —— The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ► Album Rock >> 1973
Gentle Giant —— Giant For A Day ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Foreigner —— Head Games ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Ultravox —— Rage In Eden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Falco —— Falco 3 ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
Triumph —— The Sport Of Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— Crest Of A Knave ► Prog Rock >> 1987
The Temptations —— Together Again ► Soul >> 1987
Melissa Etheridge —— Brave And Crazy ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Eurythmics —— We Too Are One ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Warrant —— Cherry Pie ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— Under The Red Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Stephen Stills —— Stills Alone ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Blur —— The Great Escape ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Belinda Carlisle —— A Man And A Woman ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Mariah Carey —— Butterfly ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Steps —— Step One [UK] ► Britpop >> 1998
Boz Scaggs —— Dig It ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Mariah Carey —— Glitter [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Love And Theft ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
Nickelback —— Silver Side Up ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2001
Dave Matthews Band —— Away From The World ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2012
The Knack —— Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos ► Power Pop >> 2012
Bob Dylan —— Tempest ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Clash —— The Clash Hits Back ► Punk >> 2013

Sep 12


Brenda Lee —— “Let Me Sing” ► Country-Pop >> 1963
The Rolling Stones —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— G.I.T.: Get It Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Fighting ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Electric Light Orchestra —— A New World Record ► Prog. Rock >> 1976
Chicago —— Chicago XI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
XTC —— Black Sea ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
David Bowie —— Scary Monsters ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Simple Minds —— Sister Feelings Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Sons And Fascination ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Saga —— Heads Or Tales ► Prog. Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Labour Of Love ► Reggae-Pop >> 1983
The dB’s —— Like This ► Power Pop >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— VIVIsectVI ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Aerosmith —— Pump ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Annihilator —— Never, Neverland ► Thrash Metal >> 1990
Disco Inferno —— D. I. Go Pop ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1994
Lenny Kravitz —— Circus ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Big Audio Dynamite —— Planet B.A.D. ► Post-Punk Alt. Rock >> 1995
Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Stina Nordenstam —— Dynamite ► Pop-Rock/Dream Pop >> 1996
Sloan —— Between The Bridges ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1999
Christina Aguilera —— Mi Reflejo ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
At The Drive-In —— Relationship Of Command ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Bloodrock —— Triptych ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Simple Minds —— Black & White 050505 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2005
David Gray —— Life in Slow Motion ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005
R.E.M. —— And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2006
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— The Day Bear Bryant Died ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Face The Promise ► Album Rock >> 2006
Peter Frampton —— Fingerprints ► Arena Rock >> 2006
Everclear —— Welcome To The Drama Club ► Grunge-Punk >> 2006
Metallica —— Death Magnetic ► Heavy Metal >> 2008

Sep 13


Manfred Mann —— My Little Red Book Of Winners! ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
Bobby Darin —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ronnie Wood —— I’ve Got My Own Album To Do ► Hard Rock >> 1974
LaBelle —— Nightbirds ► Funk >> 1974
Rose Royce —— Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Disco >> 1976
Kate Bush —— The Dreaming ► Art Rock >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Stevie Wonder —— In Square Circle ► Pop-R&B >> 1985
Tanita Tikram —— Ancient Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Smiths —— Rank ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jeff Healey Band —— See The Light ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Foreign Affair ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Shamen —— Boss Drum ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 1992
The Cure —— Show ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blues Traveler —— Four ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Eric Clapton —— From The Cradle ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Various Artists —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Curtis Mayfield —— Live ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready To Die ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
Peter Gabriel —— Secret World Live ► Prog Rock >> 1994
The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine Songtrack ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Spin Doctors —— Nice Talking To Me ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Bonnie Raitt —— Souls Alike ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Phil Collins —— Going Back ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Aerosmith —— The Essential Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2011
Nick Lowe —— The Old Magic ► Pub Rock >> 2011
Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center ► Blues-Rock >> 2011
Bush —— The Sea Of Memories ► Grunge Rock >> 2011
Alice Cooper —— Welcome 2 My Nightmare ► Hard Rock >> 2011

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