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Albums Released This Week (June 27 – July 3)

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

Jun 27


The Mothers Of Invention —— Freak Out! ► Art Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead —— From The Mars Hotel ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Motörhead —— No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hair Metal >> 1983
Lee Aaron —— Call Of The Wild ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Chaka Khan —— Destiny ► Funk >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— 20 Years Of Jethro Tull ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Ranking Roger —— Radical Departure ► Ska >> 1988
The B-52’s —— Cosmic Thing ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
Don Henley —— The End Of The Innocence ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Pete Townshend —— The Iron Man: A Musical ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Black Moon ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Beck —— One Foot In The Grave ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Gov’t Mule —— Gov’t Mule ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1995
Phish —— A Live One ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1995
Neil Young —— Mirror Ball ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Alison Moyet —— Singles ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bon Jovi —— These Days ► Arena Rock >> 1995
HammerFall —— Glory To The Brave ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Chuck Berry —— The Anthology ► Rock n Roll >> 2000
Heart —— Greatest Hits: 1985-1995 ► Album Rock >> 2000
Bob Dylan —— Blues ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Queen —— Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977-1982) ► Glam Rock >> 2011

Jun 28


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Come And Get These Memories ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mighty Garvey! ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Elton John —— Caribou ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Soft Boys —— Underwater Moonlight ► Post-Punk/Psych-Folk >> 1980
Jon Lord —— Before I Forget ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Men at Work —— Cargo ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
AC/DC —— Fly On The Wall ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Amy Grant —— Lead Me On ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1988
Bonnie Raitt —— Bonnie Raitt Collection, The ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Da Brat —— Funkdafied ► G-Funk >> 1994
House Of Pain —— Same As It Ever Was ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap >> 1994
The Psychedelic Furs —— Radio One Sessions ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 1999
Limp Bizkit —— Gold Cobra ► Rap-Metal >> 2011
David Cook —— This Loud Morning ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jun 29


Pink Floyd —— A Saucerful Of Secrets ► Prog Rock >> 1968
Great White —— Once Bitten… ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Whitney Houston —— Whitney ► Pop >> 1987
Billy Idol —— Cyberpunk ► Electronica >> 1993
Blind Guardian —— Somewhere Far Beyond ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1992
Barbra Streisand —— Back To Broadway ► Easy Listening >> 1993
Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys —— Crazy Legs ► Rock n Roll >> 1993
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Liberator ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
Styx —— Brave New World ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1999
Alice In Chains —— Nothing Safe: Best Of The Box ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1999
Mötley Crüe —— Supersonic And Demonic Reloics ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Grand Funk Railroad —— Thirty Years Of Funk: 1969 – 1999 ► Hard Rock >> 1999
The Cure —— The Cure ► Post-Punk >> 2004
Rush —— Feedback ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2004
The Tragically Hip —— In Between Evolution ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Paul Simon —— The Studio Recordings, 1972-2000 ► Folk-Pop >> 2004
David Bowie —— iSelect ► Glam Rock >> 2008
Steely Dan —— The Very Best Of Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock >> 2009
Indigo Girls —— Staring Down The Brilliant Dream ► Folk-Rock >> 2010

Jun 30


James Brown —— Live At the Apollo ► Soul >> 1963
Stephen Stills —— Stephen Stills 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Sly & The Family Stone —— Fresh ► Soul-Funk >> 1973
Kiss —— Love Gun ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Queen —— The Game ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Stephen Stills —— Right By You ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Big Country —— The Seer ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Madonna —— True Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Various Artists —— La Bamba [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Neil Young —— Life ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Biohazard —— Biohazard ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1990
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Come On Come On ► Country-Folk >> 1992
Skinny Puppy —— Last Rights ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1992
Bonnie Tyler —— Natural Force ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1992
The Chills —— Soft Bomb ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
Strawberry Alarm Clock —— Anthology ► Psychedelic Pop >> 1993
Cyndi Lauper —— Hat Full Of Stars ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Clarks —— Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt ► Garage Rock >> 1994
Iron Savior —— Iron Savior ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Lucinda Williams —— Car Wheels on a Gravel Road ► Country-Rock >> 1998
Cheap Trick —— Hits Of Cheap Trick ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1998
Bobby Patterson —— I’d Rather Eat Soup ► Texas Soul >> 1998
Megadeth —— Live Trax ► Brash Metal >> 1998
Cowboy Junkies —— Miles From Our Home ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Plugged In & Live ► Soul-Funk >> 1998
Carpenters —— Reflections ► Easy Listening >> 1998
Extreme —— Running Gag ► Pop-Metal >> 1998
The Who —— Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► British Rock >> 2003
Goo Goo Dolls —— Rolling Stone Original [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2006
David Bowie —— Live Santa Monica ’72 ► Glam Rock >> 2008
Wilco —— Wilco (The Album) ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2009
Jefferson Airplane —— The Woodstock Experience ► Psychedelic Rock >> 2009

Jul 01


Elvis Presley —— Loving You ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Jackie DeShannon —— Lonely Girl ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Band —— Music From Big Pink ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Cactus —— Cactus ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Donny Hathaway —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Summertime Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Otis Redding —— Tell The Truth ► Memphis Soul >> 1970
Trooper —— Trooper ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels —— Born To Rock ► Rockabilly >> 1977
The Korgis —— The Korgis ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
The Korgis —— Dumb Waiters ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Loudness —— Disillusion ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1984
Ray Davies —— Return To Waterloo [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Wham! —— Music From The Edge Of Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rory Gallagher —— Defender ► Blues-Rock >> 1987
Green Day —— 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
Rick Wakeman —— Black Nights At The Court Of Ferdinand IV ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Cannibal Corpse —— Butchered At Birth ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
East 17 —— Walthamstow ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Wolfstone —— Year Of The Dog ► Celtic Rock >> 1994
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Southern Knights ► Southern Rock >> 1996
John Hiatt —— Little Head ► Roots Rock >> 1997
Blues Traveler —— Straight On Till Morning ► Alt Country Rock >> 1997
Limp Bizkit —— Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ ► Rap-Metal >> 1997
Roy Buchanan —— Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Shpongle —— Tales Of The Inexpressible ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Oasis —— Heathen Chemistry ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2002
Trooper —— Hits From Ten Albums ► Hard Rock >> 2010

Jul 02


The Jazz Crusaders —— Chile Con Soul ► Jazz Fusion >> 1965
The Jazz Crusaders —— Live At Newport ► Jazz Fusion >> 1966
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Rust Never Sleeps ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Foreigner —— 4 ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Imperial Bedroom ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Time —— Ice Cream Castle ► Funk >> 1984
Depeche Mode —— People Are People ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Lyle Lovett —— Lyle Lovett ► Alt. Country >> 1986
Devo —— Smooth Noodle Maps ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1990
Alice Cooper —— Hey Stoopid ► Heavy Metal/Shock Metal >> 1991
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Into The Great Wide Open ► Album Rock >> 1991
Crowded House —— Woodface ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Glenn Frey —— Glenn Frey Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Asia —— Arena ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Blues Traveler —— Live From The Fall ► Alt Country Rock >> 1996
David Gray —— The EPs 1992-1994 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Aerosmith —— O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Little River Band —— One Night In Mississippi ► Soft Rock >> 2002
Kansas —— The Ultimate Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock >> 2002
Dave Matthews Band —— Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Kylie Minogue —— Aphrodite ► Dance-Pop >> 2010
The Rolling Stones —— Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 ► Blues-Rock >> 2012

Jul 03


Cilla Black —— Sweet Inspiration ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Ronnie Wood —— Now Look ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Jacksons —— Triumph ► Soul/pop >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham —— Go Insane ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Allman Brothers Band —— Seven Turns ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Various Artists —— Am I Cool Or What? ► Soul-Jazz >> 1991
Cryptopsy —— None So Vile ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Kool & The Gang —— State Of Affairs ► Funk >> 1996
Blackmail —— Do Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep? ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock >> 2000
Various Artists —— G-A-Y ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Tha Alkaholics —— X.O. Experience ► West Coast Rap >> 2001
Richard Marx —— Beautiful Goodbye ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2014

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 26 – July 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 26

1893 ● William Lee “Big Bill” Broonzy → Pioneering Chicago blues guitarist and prolific songwriter with over 300 titles, including standards such as “All By Myself” (1941) and “Key To The Highway” (1941), died from throat cancer on 8/15/1958, age 65
1909 ● Colonel Tom Parker (Andreas Cornelius Van Kuijk) → Dutch-born entertainment impresario, manager for Gene Austin, Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow, then took over as Elvis Presley‘s manager in 1955, died from a stroke on 1/21/1997, age 87
1940 ● Billy Davis, Jr. → Founding member and vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), solo, Grammy-winning duet with wife Marilyn McCoo,”You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (#1, 1976)
1942 ● Larry Taylor → Bassist for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968)
1943 ● Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) → Brit R&B, jazz and pop-rock vocalist and keyboard player, “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde” (#7, UK #1, 1968)
1948 ● Richard McCarken → Bassist for Irish blues-rock power trio Taste, On The Boards album reached UK #18 in 1970
1950 ● Junior Daye → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (, , 1975)
1955 ● Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Jones → Co-founder and lead guitarist of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), left in 1983 to form funk-punk Big Audio Dynamite, “V. Thirteen” (Dance/Club #15, 1987)
1955 ● Ivan Julian → Guitarist and founding member of seminal punk/New Wave Richard Hell And The Voidoids, “Love Comes In Spurts” from the album Blank Generation (1977)
1956 ● Chris Isaak → Rockabilly and roots rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Wicked Game” (#6, 1990), occasional actor and TV talk show host
1957 ● Patty Smyth → Lead vocals for hard/arena rock Scandal, “The Warrior” (#7, 1984), left in 1984 for solo career, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (#2, 1992)
1959 ● Stef Burns → Guitarist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1960 ● Chris Duffy → Vocals in Welsh pop-rock duo Waterfront, “Cry” (#10, 1989)
1961 ● Terri Nunn → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1963 ● Harriet Wheeler → Vocals for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1966 ● Par Wiksten → Guitar and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1969 ● Colin Greenwood → Bassist for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1969 ● Mark Decloedt → Drummer for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Jussi Sydänmaa → Guitarist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1973 ● Gretchen Wilson → Country singer/songwriter, “Redneck Woman” (#22, Country #1, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Phillips → On-again, off-again lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for post-grunge Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1979 ● Ivan Nathan Followill → Drummer for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1979 ● Ryan Tedder → Songwriter, producer, founding member for self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, “Apologize” (#1, 2006), the most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1980 ● Jason Schwartzman → Drummer for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), TV and film actor plus solo music projects
1993 ● Ariana Grande (Butera) → Broadway and TV actor, voice artist and pop singer with seven Top 10 hits in the 10s inckuding “Problem” (#2, 2014)

Jun 27

1925 ● Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder) → Blues singer, guitarist and performer turned prolific rock and pop songwriter, wrote or co-wrote with collaborator and pianist Mort Shuman many memorable hits, including “Turn Me Loose” (Fabian, #9, 1959), “Teenager In Love” (Dion & The Belmonts, #5, 1959), “Save The Last Dance For Me” (The Drifters, #1, 1960), “Sweets For My Sweet” (The Drifters, #16, 1961), and “Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis Presley, #29, 1964), died from lung cancer on 3/14/1991, age 65
1942 ● Bruce Johnston (Benjamin Baldwin) → Guitar and vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo, wrote Grammy-winning “I Write The Songs” for Barry Manilow (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Joey Covington (Joseph Michno) → Session and touring drummer in the mid-60s, joined psych-rock Jefferson Airplane in 1969 and co-wrote the band’s last chart hit “Pretty As You Feel” (#60, 1972), left in the early 70s but continued in the San Francisco music scene, co-wrote “With Your Love” (#6, 1976) for Jefferson Starship and worked in a reformed Quicksilver Messenger Service and other Bay-area revival and all-star bands, died in a head-on car collision on 6/4/2013, age 67
1951 ● Gilson Lavis → Drummer in Chuck Berry‘s band, also toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton, then 1976-92 with New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981), now Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
1958 ● Lisa Germano → American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 1994 album Geek The Girl, session work for David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Simple Minds and others
1958 ● Jeffrey Lee Pierce → Hard-living guitarist, singer and founder of 80s L.A. alt punk rock/cowpunk The Gun Club, left for a brief solo career but returned in 1987, died from a drug addiction-related brain hemorrhage on 3/31/1996, age 37
1959 ● Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan → Country-pop singer, “What Part Of No” (Country #1, 1992) and 17 other Country Top 20 hits
1962 ● Michael Ball → Brit TV host, stage actor and pop singer, “Love Changes Everything” (UK #2, 1989)
1970 ● Laurence Colbert → Drummer for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, “Twisterella” (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1976 ● Leigh Nash → Singer for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1983 ● Evan David Taubenfeld → Lead guitarist and vocals with Avril Lavigne, “Complicated” #2, 2002), formed punk-pop The Black List Club in 2004

Jun 28

1902 ● Richard Rodgers → Stage, film and TV music composer and lyricist with over 900 titles and 43 musicals, collaborator with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein III on some of the best-known songs in popular music, died on 12/30/1979, age 77
1936 ● Cathy Carr (Angelina Catherine Cordovano) → USO-tour and Big Band vocalist, later one hit wonder languid pop singer with her rendition of “Ivory Tower” (#2, 1956), continued to record through the 60s with little notice, died from unspecified causes on 11/22/1988, age 52
1943 ● Bobby Harrison → Drummer for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), formed psych rock Freedom in 1968
1945 ● David Knights → Original bass guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), left in 1969
1959 ● Clint Boon → Keyboards for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992), formed The Clint Boon Experience in 1995
1963 ● Beverley Craven → Brit easy listening singer/songwriter and balladeer, “Promise Me” (UK #3, 1991) and “Holding On” (Adult Contemporary #30, 1992)
1963 ● Charles Clouser → Keyboardist and drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), producer and sound engineer for Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and others
1965 ● Saul Davis → Guitar and violin for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1966 ● Bobby Bare, Jr. → Country and roots rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, at age 8 received a Grammy nomination with his father, Bobby Bare, for the duet “Daddy What If” (#41, Country #2, 1974), frontman for alt country-rock Young Criminals Starvation League and indie rock Bare Jr.
1971 ● Ray Slijngaard → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1977 ● Mark Stoermer → Bass guitarist for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1979 ● Tim McCord → Bassist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1986 ● Kellie Dawn PicklerAmerican Idol runner-up and contemporary country/country-pop singer with eight Country Top 40 hits, including “Best Days Of Your Life” (Country #12, 2008) from the Country #1 (Pop #9) album Kellie Pickler

Jun 29

1901 ● Nelson Eddy → Classically-trained baritone pop and opera crossover singer and movie actor with nearly 300 recordiings and 19 films, often with singing partner Jeanette MacDonald, died hours after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while performing in Florida on 3/6/1967, age 65
1910 ● Frank Loesser → Tony- and Oscar-winning Broadway and film composer, wrote the lyrucs and music to Guys And Dolls and How To Success In Business Without Really Trying, wrote “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (1944), the Academy Awards best song of the year, died from lung cancer on 7/26/1969, age 59
1911 ● Bernard Herrmann → Innovative, Academy Award-winning film score composer best known for composing the music to Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Taxi Driver and dozesn of other films, and the theme songs to The Twilight Zone and Have Gun – Will Travel, died in his sleep on 12/24/1975, age 64
1935 ● Johnnie Richardson → One half of the R&B vocal duo Johnnie & Joe, “Over The Mountain, Across The Sea” (#8, R&B #3, 1957) and two other R&B Top 20 hits in 1957, played the oldies circuit and recorded a 1982 album, died following a stroke on 10/25/1988, age 53
1936 ● Leonard Lee → One half of 50s teen R&B/pop male-female contrasting duet-style Shirley & Lee, “Let The Good Times Roll” (#20, R&B #1, 1956), a solo career following a split from Shirley Goodman met with little success, became a social worker and died of a heart attack on 10/23/1976, age 40
1938 ● Billy Storm → Frontman for 50s rock ‘n’ roll Billy Storm & The Valiants, “I’ve Come Of Age” (#28, 1959)
1940 ● L. Russell “Larry” Brown → Lyricist and composer, wrote or co-wrote numerous pop hits, including “C’mon Marianne” (#9, 1967) for The Four Seasons, “I Woke Up In Love This Morning” (#13, 1971) for The Partridge Family, and “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando And Dawn
1942 ● Gilberto Gil (Moreira) → Brazilian “tropicalia” samba-salsa-pop-rock fusion singer and guitarist, Grammy-winning album Quanta Gente Veio Ver: Ao Vivo (1998), Minister of Culture for Brazil, 2003-2008
1943 ● Roger Ruskin Spear → Co-founder, kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toy instrumentalist for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968), died 1/18/1990
1945 ● Little Eva (Boyd) → Babysitter and maid for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who wrote her hit “The Loco-Motion” (#1, 1962) about her dancing while doing housework, died of cervical cancer on 4/10/2003, age 57
1948 ● Ian Paice → Drummer for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), the only constant member of the band since it formed in 1968, also played with hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1948 ● Bill Kirchen → The “Dieselbilly King,” versatile rockabilly, boogie, Western swing, rock ‘n’ roll and trucking music guitarist with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), multiple solo albums including the Grammy-winning Word To The Wise (2010), frontman for several bands and tours/sessions with Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others
1948 ● Lincoln Gordon → With twin brother Dervin, Jamaican-born guitarist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Dervin Gordon → With twin brother Lincoln, Jamaican-born lead vocals for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1953 ● Colin Hay → Co-founder, vocals and guitar for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once
1954 ● Billy Hinsche → High school classmate and member of teenage bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Dean Paul Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr., “I’m A Fool” (#17, 1965), later became a session and touring guitarist for The Beach Boys and the brother-in-law of Carl Wilson
1964 ● Steadman Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1978 ● Sam Farrar → Bassist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), son of John Farrar of The Shadows (“Apache,” Worldwide #1, 1960)
1978 ● Nicole Scherzinger → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group, then lead singer for dance-pop Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005), solo, “Baby Love” (Dance/Club #4, 2007), winner of Dancing With The Stars in 2010
1979 ● Richard Breen → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1983 ● Aundrea Aurora Fimbres → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)

Jun 30

1917 ● Lena Horne → Grammy-winning contemporary pop singer, stage, film and TV actress and nightclub entertainer with a 70 year career from the Cotton Club in the 30s to Hollywood films in the 40s to blacklisting in the 50s and to TV and Broadway in the 70s and 80s, , recorded several charting hits, inclduing “Love Me Or Leave Me” (#19, 1955), died from unspecified causes on 5/9/2010, age 92
1936 ● Dave Van Ronk → Folk and acoustic blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, figurehead in the 60s Greenwich Village folk coffeehouse scene, influenced Bob Dylan and many other young folksters, died from complications of colon cancer surgery on 2/10/2002, age 65
1937 ● Lawrence Joel “Larry” Henley → Lead vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964) but better known as a Nashville songwriter with several Country #1 hits and for co-writing “Wind Beneath My Wings” (#1, 1989) for Bette Midler, died from complications of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases on 12/18/2014, age 77
1939 ● Tony Hatch → Composer, pianist, Pye Records staff songwriter, producer for The Searchers, David Bowie, the Montanas and others, wrote “Downtown” for Petula Clark (#1, 1964)
1940 ● Larry Hall → One hit wonder pop singer with the debut hit “Sandy” (#15, 1960), left the industry after several unsuccessful follow-ups and became an Oregon cattle rancher, died from cancer on 9/24/1997, age 57
1943 ● Flo Ballard (Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman) → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#1, 1964), left in 1967 when Motown snubbed her and pushed Diana Ross to the front, tried to become a solo act but was largely unsuccessful, died of a heart attack on 2/22/1976, age 32
1944 ● Glenn Shorrock → Songwriter, lead vocals and co-founder of several top-level Aussie pop/rock bands, including Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), solo
1946 ● William “Billy” Brown → Vocals for R&B/soul trio The Moments, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to sweet soul Ray, Goodman & Brown, “Special Lady” (#5, R&B #1, 1979)
1949 ● Andy Scott → Guitar and synthesizer for neo-bubblegum/glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1951 ● Stanley Clarke → Virtuoso electric and acoustic jazz and jazz-rock fusion bassist, bandleader and solo, “Sweet Baby” (#19, R&B #6, 1981), collaborated with Chick Corea in fusion band Return To Forever, session work for Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and others, film score composer
1953 ● Hal Lindes → Guitarist and film score composer, joined post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Money For Nothing” (#1, 1985) in 1981, solo and session work
1956 ● Philip Adrian Wright → Joined synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981) in 1978 as “Director of Visuals”, learned keyboards, left the band in 1986 to pursue graphic design
1957 ● Doug Sampson → Original drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), left the band in 1977 to escape the rigors of constant touring and never played professionally again
1962 ● Julianne Regan → Vocals for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988)
1963 ● Yngwie Malmsteen → Swedish composer, bandleader and technically accomplished neo-classical heavy metal guitarist, pioneer of the lightning fast “shredding” technique, “Heaven Tonight” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1988)
1967 ● Peter James “Cammy” Camell → Bass and rhythm guitar for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Philip Anselmo → Lead vocals for alt heavy metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1969 ● Tom Drummond → Bassist for alt pop-rock trio Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Andrew Burrows → Drummer for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)
1983 ● Cheryl Cole (Cheryl Ann Tweedy) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002), judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008, solo, “Fight For This Love” (UK #1, 2009)
1983 ● Anton Gordon → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)
1984 ● Fantasia (Barrino) → R&B/soul singer, actress, “I Believe” (#1, 2004), the first debut single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart
1985 ● T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm) → R&B/hip hop MC and singer, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (#1, 2007)
1992 ● Lynx Vaughan Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lamb, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)
1992 ● Lamb Lennon Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lynx, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)

Jul 01

1915 ● Willie Dixon → The “Poet Laureate of the Blues,” vital Chicago blues pioneer, singer, songwriter and guitarist, composed over 500 songs, including recognized standards such as “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Little Red Rooster” and many others, major influence on blues-rockers, including The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, died of heart failure on 1/29/1992, age 76
1928 ● Bobby Day (Robert James Byrd) → R&B/doo wop vocals and songwriter with The Hollywood Flames, “Buzz Buzz Buzz” (#11, R&B #5, 1957), then solo, “Rockin’ Robin” (#2, R&B #1, 1958), later one half of the duo Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle” (#44, 1963), died of cancer on 1/27/1990, age 62
1933 ● Eddie Bond → Pioneer rockabilly star, singer and guitarist, “Rockin’ Daddy” (1956), toured on the Louisiana Hayride with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others, radio DJ
1939 ● Delaney Bramlett → Accomplished guitarist and songwriter, member of house band The Shindogs for TV pop music variety show Shindig, one half of husband/wife front for rock/soul revue Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, “Never Ending Song Of Love” (#13, 1971), worked with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason and George Harrison died from complications of gall bladder surgery on 12/27/2008, age 69
1942 ● Andraé Crouch → The “Father of Modern Gospel,” Grammy-winning, renowned and respected pioneer of contemporary gospel, singer, writer, producer, solo artist, “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” (R&B #69, 1980), collaborated with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna and others, film score composer and pastor, died following a heart attack on 1/8/2015, age 72
1945 ● Debbie Harry → Singer and frontwoman for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), solo, “In Love With Love” (#70, Dance/Club #1, 1987)
1946 ● June Monteiro → Singer for pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1948 ● John Ford → Bass and acoustic guitar for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), formed rock duo Hudson Ford with bandmate/drummer Richard Hudson, “Pick Up The Pieces” (UK #8, 1973), then punk rock The Monks, “Nice Legs Shame About Her Face” (UK #19, 1979)
1949 ● John Farnham → Hugely popular solo pop-rock singer and songwriter in his native Australia, “You’re The Voice” (#82, UK #6, 1987)
1951 ● Victor Willis → Original member, lead singer, songwriter and policeman or naval officer character for campy, suggestive gay pop-rock vocal man band The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978), co-wrote most of the band’s hit songs and became embroiled in a copyright dispute after leaving in 1980, released a solo album in 2015 that had been recorded in 1979
1951 ● Fred Schneider → Vocals and frontman for New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1952 ● Leon “Ndugu” Chancler → Jazz-funk drummer, percussionist and sessionman, worked The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson (drummed on “Billie Jean”, #1, 1983), Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Weather Report and many others
1952 ● Dan Akroyd → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Elwood Blues” in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979)
1956 ● Phil Solem → Singer, songwriter, co-founder of power pop Great Buildings, which became The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (#17, 1995), the theme song to the TV situation comedy Friends
1959 ● Edem Ephraim → With Dennis Fuller, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Fuller in a car collision on 1/21/1996, age 36
1960 ● Ted Key → Bassist for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986)
1960 ● Evelyn “Champagne” King → R&B/disco and post-disco singer, “Love Come Down” (#17, Dance/Club #1, 1982)
1963 ● Roddy Bottum → Keyboards for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Pol Burton → Drummer for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983)
1971 ● Melissa “Missy” Elliott → Hugely successful, four time Grammy-winning female rapper and songwriter, “Work It” (#2, 2002), producer, wrote “If Your Girl Only Knew” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1996) for Aaliyah
1971 ● Adam MacDougall → Keyboards for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)

Jul 02

1917 ● Murry Wilson → Tough-love patriarch, business manager, co-producer and publisher for Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilsonn in the formative years of sunshine pop/surf rock The Beach Boys (“I Get Around,” #1, 1964), dismissed as manager by Brian in 1964 and died from a heart attack on 6/4/1973, age 55
1925 ● Marvin Rainwater (Percy) → One quarter Cherokee country, rockabilly and pop singer, “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” (#18, Country #3, 1957) and “Whole Lotta Woman” (#60, UK #1, 1958), age 88
1927 ● Lee Allen → Early rock ‘n’ roll tenor saxophonist and session musician in New Orleans in the 50s, played on many hits by Fats Domino (“I’m Walking,” #4, R&B #1, 1957), Little Richard (“Tutti Frutti,” #14, R&B #2, 1956) and others but found little success on his own except for “Walkin’ With Mr. Lee” (#54, 1958), performed with Fats Domino through the 70s, and with Stray Cats and The Blasters in the 80s, died on 10/18/1994, age 67
1936 ● Tom Springfield (Dion O’Brien) → Vocals and songwriting with sister Dusty Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962)
1937 ● Dee Palmer (David Palmer) → Classically-trained composer, arranger and keyboardist with long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), underwent male-to-female sex change operation in 2004
1939 ● Paul Williams → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), shot himself to death on 8/17/1973, age 34
1942 ● Leapy Lee (Graham Pulleybank) → One hit wonder Brit comedian and stage actor turned country-pop crossover singer, “Little Arrows” (#16, Country #11, 1968)
1945 ● Peter Cruikshank → Bassist for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1949 ● Roy “The Professor” Bittan → Keyboards and synthesizer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, session work for David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, others
1950 ● Duncan Mackay → Keyboards for glam rock Cockney Rebel, “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” (UK #1, 1975)
1952 ● Johnny Colla → Saxophone and guitar for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Pete Briquette → Bass and vocals for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1955 ● Jerry Hall → Fashion model and sometime actress known chiefly for her marriage to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in November 1990, ending in divorce in 1999
1956 ● Jeffrey Cooper → Backing vocals for synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990)
1957 ● Mike Anger → Bassist in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Ann-Marie Teresa Antionette “Annie” Ruddock → Vocals and saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1964 ● Roy Boulter → Drummer for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1965 ● Dave Parsons → Bassist for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983), joined alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) in 1992
1970 ● Monie Love (Simone Wilson) → Former protégé of Queen Latifah and member of Native Tongues hip hop collective, solo rapper, “It’s A Shame, My Sister” (#26, Dance/Club #2, 1991)
1974 ● Rocky Gray → Drummer for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003), played lead guitar for Christian metal Living Sacrifice and drums for other metal bands in his native Arkansas
1983 ● Michelle Branch → Teen pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All You Wanted” (#6, 2002) and duet with Carlos Santana, “The Game Of Love” (#5, 2002), then formed country-pop The Wreckers, “Leave The Pieces” (#34, Country #1, 2006)
1985 ● Ashley Michelle Tisdale → Model, actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever), solo, “It’s Alright, It’s OK” (Dance/Club #20, 2009)

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Albums Released This Week (June 20 – 26)

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

Jun 20


The Beatles —— Yesterday…And Today ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Cher —— 3614 Jackson Highway ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Grateful Dead —— Aoxomoxoa ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Cher —— Chastity [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Otis Redding —— Love Man ► Memphis Soul >> 1969
Bob Dylan —— Before The Flood ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Neil Young —— Tonight’s The Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Foreigner —— Double Vision ► Arena Rock >> 1978
Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Peter Frampton —— Rise Up ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Scorpions —— World Wide Live ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Chicago —— Chicago 19 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1988
Bobby Brown —— Don’t Be Cruel ► New Jack Swing >> 1988
Prince —— Batman ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
The Allman Brothers Band —— Dreams ► Southern Rock >> 1989
Big Audio Dynamite —— F-Punk ► Dance-Rock >> 1995
Dusty Springfield —— A Very Fine Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Little Feat —— Chinese Work Songs ► Southern Rock >> 2000
The Clarks —— Let It Go ► Heartland Rock >> 2000
Ayreon —— Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal >> 2000
Gram Parsons —— The Complete Reprise Sessions ► Country-Rock >> 2006
Guster —— Ganging Up On The Sun ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Madonna —— I’m Going To Tell You A Secret ► Dance-Pop >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Easy Street ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Counting Crows —— New Amersterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Live In Offenbach 1978 ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2011

Jun 21


The Byrds —— Mr. Tambourine Man ► Country-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall —— Bare Wires ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Deep Purple —— Deep Purple ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Buck Owens —— Ruby ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1971
Mick Taylor —— Mick Taylor ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Daylight Again ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
Carpenters —— Ketteiban (The Definitive) [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1982
Marilyn —— Despite Straight Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1985
Mötley Crüe —— Theatre Of Pain ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
White Lion —— Pride ► Hard Rock/Hair Metal >> 1987
Big Daddy Kane —— Long Live The Kane ► Golden Age Rap >> 1988
Anita Baker —— Compositions ► Quiet Storm >> 1990
Poison —— Flesh & Blood ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 1990
Uncle Tupelo —— No Depression ► Alt. Country >> 1990
Manic Street Preachers —— Gold Against The Soul ► Hard Rock >> 1993
James Taylor —— Best Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— Creepin On Ah Come Up ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
John Mellencamp —— Dance Naked ► Roots Rock >> 1994
Sinergy —— Beware The Heavens ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
New Order —— Best Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
John Hiatt —— Master Of Disaster ► Roots Rock >> 2005
The Jackson 5 —— Live At The Forum ► Soul – Motown >> 2010
The Chain Gang of 1974 —— Wayward Fire ► Electronic Pop >> 2011

Jun 22


Joni Mitchell —— Blue ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Touch Me In The Morning ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Cat Stevens —— Saturnight (Live In Tokyo) ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
Oingo Boingo —— Nothing To Fear ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1982
Marillion —— Clutching At Straws ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Robert Palmer —— Heavy Nova ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1988
Manic Street Preachers —— New Art Riot ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Black Sabbath —— Dehumanizer ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Liz Phair —— Exile In Guyville ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Death —— Individual Thought Patterns ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Collective Soul —— Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid ► Southern Rock >> 1994
Ben Lee —— Grandpaw Would ► Indie Pop >> 1995
Gardenian —— Two Feet Stand ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1997
Anathema —— Alternative 4 ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal >> 1998
Genesis —— Genesis Archive 1967-75 ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Blackalicious —— A2G ► West Coast Rap >> 1999
Limp Bizkit —— Significant Other ► Rap-Metal >> 1999
Natalie Cole —— Snowfall On The Sahara ► Soul-Pop >> 1999
The Pretenders —— Viva el Amor! ► Post-Punk >> 1999
Saint Etienne —— Sound Of Water ► Ambient/Trip Hop >> 2000
Wilco —— A Ghost Is Born ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2004
Heart —— Jupiter’s Darling ► Album Rock >> 2004
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Scorpions —— Unbreakable ► Heavy Metal >> 2004
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Live From Freedom Hall ► Southern Rock >> 2010
Cyndi Lauper —— Memphis Blues ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2010
Ozzy Osbourne —— Scream ► Hard Rock >> 2010
Yes —— Fly From Here ► Prog Rock >> 2011

Jun 23


Stevie Wonder —— Stevie At The Beach ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
The Byrds —— Byrdmaniax ► Country-Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Can —— Future Days ► Prog Rock/Ambient >> 1973
AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Angels —— No Exit ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass- Greatest Hits ► Soul-Pop >> 1979
ABBA —— Voulez-Vous ► Euro-Pop >> 1979
The Rolling Stones —— Emotional Rescue ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Bob Dylan —— Saved ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Tom Tom Club —— Tom Tom Club ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Fleetwood Mac —— Mirage ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Fleetwood Mac —— Jumping At Shadows ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Rod Stewart —— Every Beat Of My Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
David Bowie —— Labyrinth ► Glam Rock >> 1986
Peter Cetera —— Soliture/Solitaire ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Sammy Hagar —— I Never Said Goodbye ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Cliff —— Breakout ► Pop-Reggae >> 1992
Dr. John —— Goin’ Back To New Orleans ► New Orleans R&B >> 1992
The B-52’s —— Good Stuff ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1992
Elton John —— The One ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Glenn Frey —— Strange Weather ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Carcass —— Tools Of The Trade ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1992
Paul Weller —— Heavy Soul ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Billy Bragg & Wilco —— Mermaid Avenue ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Linda Ronstadt —— We Ran ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Tonic —— A Casual Affair: The Best Of Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 2009
Dinosaur Jr. —— Farm ► Alt. Rock >> 2009
Cheap Trick —— The Latest ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 2009
John Mellencamp —— Life, Death, Live And Freedom ► Roots Rock >> 2009
Peter Gabriel —— Back To Front: Live In London ► Prog Rock >> 2014

Jun 24


The Rascals —— Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
The Beach Boys —— Endless Summer ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Average White Band —— Cut The Cake ► Funk >> 1975
James Taylor —— JT ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
The Who —— The Kids Are Alright [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1979
Jackson Browne —— Hold Out ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
The Replacements —— Stink ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Celtic Frost —— Morbid Tales ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal >> 1984
Soul Asylum —— Time’s Incinerator ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Elton John —— Reg Strikes Back ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
America —— Encore: More Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Marillion —— Holidays In Eden ► Prog Rock >> 1991
The House Of Love —— Audience With The Mind ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Opeth —— Morningrise ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1996
Testament —— Demonic ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Mötley Crüe —— Generation Swine ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Del Amitri —— Some Other Sucker’s Parade ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1997
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Live At The Roxy ► Roots Reggae >> 2003
Michael McDonald —— Motown ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2003
Dion —— New Masters ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Peter Gabriel —— Big Blue Ball ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Mötley Crüe —— Saints Of Los Angeles ► Heavy Metal >> 2008
The Band —— Carter Barron Amphitheater Washington, DC, July 17th, 1976 ► Folk-Rock >> 2014
Phish —— Fuego ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2014

Jun 25


Elvis Presley —— Speedway ► Rock n Roll >> 1968
Chicago —— Chicago VI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1973
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention —— One Size Fits All ► Art Rock >> 1975
Alice Cooper —— Alice Cooper Goes To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Huey Lewis & The News —— Huey Lewis And The News ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Peter Criss —— Let Me Rock You ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Mike Oldfield —— Discovery ► Progressive Rock >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— Cleanse Fold And Manipulate ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1987
Deicide —— Deicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Dusty Springfield —— Reputation ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Moody Blues —— Keys Of The Kingdom ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Bonnie Raitt —— Luck Of The Draw ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Crystal Waters —— Surprise ► House/Dance-Pop >> 1991
Screaming Trees —— Dust ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Jay-Z —— Reasonable Doubt ► East Coast Rap >> 1996
King Crimson —— Thrakattak ► Prog Rock >> 1996
Kiss —— You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!! ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Aerosmith —— Classic Aerosmith: The Universal Masters Collection ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live At Budokan ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Natalie Cole —— Natalie Cole En Espanol ► Soul-Pop >> 2013
Heart —— Original Album Classics ► Album Rock >> 2013

Jun 26


The Ventures —— The Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1961
The Beatles —— A Hard Day’s Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Rolling Stones —— Flowers ► Rock n Roll >> 1967
Bad Company —— Bad Company ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Bob Dylan And The Band —— The Basement Tapes ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Grateful Dead —— Steal Your Face ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Trooper —— Two For The Show ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Queen —— Live Killers ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Icehouse —— Sidewalk ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Bad English —— Bad English ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Cameo —— Real Men Wear Black ► Soul-Funk >> 1990
The Chemical Brothers —— Exit Planet Dust ► Eletronica/Big beat >> 1995
Dire Straits —— Live At The BBC ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1995
Badly Drawn Boy —— The Hour Of Bewilderbeast ► Indie Folk-Rock >> 2000
Lou Reed —— American Poet ► Album Rock >> 2001
Bobby Patterson —— How Do You Spell Love? (The Paula Recordings 1971-1973) ► Texas Soul >> 2002
Simple Minds —— Early Gold ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2003
Nick Lowe —— At My Age ► Pub Rock >> 2007
Paul Simon —— The Essential Paul Simon ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Pearl Jam —— Live At The Gorge 05/06 ► Hard Rock >> 2007

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 19 – 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 19

1902 ● Gaetano Alberto “Guy” Lombardo → Canadian-American easy listening violinist and bandleader, formed big band The Royal Canadians with three brothers and several other musicians in the 20s and became known for nearly 50 years of New Years Eve radio and then TV broadcasts, moonlighted as a hydroplane speedboat racer, won the Gold Cup and every other trophy in the field, died from a heart attack on 11/5/1977, age 75
1914 ● Lester Flatt → Legendary and musically prodigious bluegrass guitarist, cohort of Earl Scruggs in the Foggy Mountain Boys and in duo Flatt & Scruggs, died of heart failure on 5/11/1979, age 64
1925 ● Charlie Drake (Charles Edward Spungall) → Brit comedian, children’s songwriter, TV actor and BBC program host, and (in the U.S.) one hit wonder novelty song singer, “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back” (#21, UK #14, 1962), died in his sleep on 12/23/2006, age 81
1936 ● Tommy DeVito → Founding member, guitarist and singer for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), left in 1971 and sold his stake in the group to cover gambling and tax debts
1936 ● Shirley Goodman → One half of 50s teen R&B/pop male-female contrasting duet-style Shirley & Lee, “Let The Good Times Roll” (#20, R&B #1, 1956), resurfaced as lead singer for one hit wonder, pre-disco dance-pop Shirley & Company, “Shame Shame Shame” (#12, 1974), died on 7/5/2005, age 69
1939 ● Al Wilson → R&B/smooth soul vocalist, “Show and Tell” (#1, 1973), died of kidney failure on 4/21/2008, age 68
1942 ● Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane → Frontwoman and lead vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), joined the reformed The Mamas & The Papas in 1982
1944 ● Robin Box → Lead guitar for Brit pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1945 ● Robert Palmer, Jr. → Musician, journalist, author and rock music critic, played clarinet in 60s jazz-rock The Insect Trust, covered rock music for the New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s and 80s, produced blues albums and published books in the 80s and 90s, died from liver disease on 11/20/1997, age 52
1948 ● Nick Drake → Dark-themed, multi-instrumentalist Brit folk-rock singer/songwriter, notable album Pink Moon (1972), committed suicide on 11/25/1974, age 26
1950 ● Ann Wilson → With younger sister Nancy, co-frontwoman for hard AOR rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1953 ● Larry Dunn (Lawrence Dunhill) → Keyboards, synthesizer and musical director for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1957 ● Maxi Jazz (Maxwell Fraser) → Rapper in electronic house-pop club quartet Faithless, “Insomnia” (Dance/Club #1, 1997)
1959 ● Mark “Marty” DeBarge → With his sister and three brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1960 ● Dennis Fuller → With Edem Ephraim, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Ephraim in a car collision on 1/21/1996, age 36
1962 ● Paula Abdul → Former L. A. Laker cheerleader and rock/pop stage and video dance choreographer turned hugely successful dance-pop diva, “Opposites Attract” (#1, 1989) and five other US #1 hits, producer and judge on the TV show American Idol
1963 ● Simon Wright → Drummer for hard rock AC/DC starting in 1983, left in 1989 to join heavy metal Dio
1964 ● Brian Vander Ark → Frontman, guitar and vocals for alt/indie pop-rock The Verve Pipe, “The Freshmen” (#5, 1997)
1970 ● Brian “Head” Welch → Guitarist for Nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002), solo
1976 ● Scott Avett → Founding member, lead vocals and multiple instruments for 90s-00s folk-rock The Avett Brothers, currently pits and runs an art gallery in North Carolina
1983 ● Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) → Rapper and songwriter, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with Ryan Lewis as the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the pair had back-to-back debut singles, “Can’t Hold Us” (#1, 2011) and “Thrift Shop” (#1, 2013), and four Grammy Awards in 2014

Jun 20

1907 ● Jimmy Driftwood (James Corbitt Morris) → Legendary and prolific country, folk-pop and roots rock songwriter, wrote thousands of songs (of which some 300 were recorded), often with American history themes such as the oft-covered “The Battle Of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton, #1, 1959), died of a heart attack on 7/12/1998, age 91
1920 ● Donato Joseph “Danny” Cedrone → Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist with Bill Haley & His Comets, played lead on all their hits including “Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955), died instantly from a broken neck after falling down a staircase on 6/7/1954 at age 34 and never knew his role in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll
1924 ● Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins → Eleven-time Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist, songwriter, sessionman, producer and solo artist, “Yakety Axe” (Country #4, 1965), created the smoother “Nashville Sound” blending country and pop, died from a brain tumor on 6/30/2001, age 77
1928 ● Eric Dolphy → Avant garde “free jazz” flute, alto sax and clarinet musician, influenced jazz-rock fusionists, died suddenly from a diabetic coma on 6/29/1964, age 36
1936 ● Billy Guy → Bass singer for R&B/doo wop/soul-pop The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1958), solo comedy album plus producer, died in his sleep of a probable heart attack on 11/5/2002, age 66
1936 ● Mickie Most (Michael Peter Hayes) → Producer for The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Lulu and Jeff Beck, formed RAK Records in 1969 and issued hits for Hot Chocolate, Mud and Suzi Quatro, died of cancer on 5/30/2003, age 66
1937 ● Jerry Keller → One hit wonder pop singer/songwriter, “Here Comes Summer” (#14, UK #1, 1959), wrote several minors hit for others and soundtracks, TV commercial jingle vocalist
1942 ● Brian Wilson → Leader, keyboards, bass guitar, lead and backing harmony vocals and chief songwriter for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), referred by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “one of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music”
1945 ● Anne Murray → Grammy-winning, Nova Scotia-born country-pop and adult contemporary singer, “You Needed Me” (#1, 1978)
1948 ● Alan Longmuir → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1948 ● Don Airey → Long and varied journeyman career as keyboard sessionman and bandmember for Hammer, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Colosseum II, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and others, with Deep Purple since 2002
1949 ● Lionel Richie → Saxophone and vocals for R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978), then hugely successful R&B-pop/adult contemporary solo career beginning with “Endless Love” (#1, 1981), the first of 13 straight Top 10 hits, five of which were #1
1954 ● Michael Anthony (Sobolewski) → Founding member and only bassist for hard rock megastars Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), co-founded blues-funk-rock supergroup Chickenfoot in 2008, markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony
1958 ● Simon Underwood → Bassist for post-punk Pigbag, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag” (Dance/Club #56, UK #3, 1981)
1958 ● Kelly Johnson → Founding member, vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981), died of spinal cancer on 7/15/2007, age 49
1960 ● John Taylor → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982) and “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” (Dance/Club #1, 2001), co-founded The Power Station, “Some Like It Hot” (#6, 1985) and mid-90s supergroup Neurotic Outsiders, “Jerk” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1996), plus solo, ” I Do What I Do” (Theme from 9-1/2 Weeks) (#23, 1986)
1960 ● Chris Gibson → Percussion and vocals with brothers Patrick and Alex in R&B/disco-salsa The Gibson Brothers, “Cuba” (Dance/Club #9, 1979)
1967 ● Jerome Fontamillas → Guitars, keyboards and vocals with several industrial and alt rock bands in the 90s, in 2000 joined Grammy-winning alt rock/Christian rock Switchfoot, “Meant To Live” (#18, Modern Rock #5, 2004)
1968 ● Murphy Karges → Bassist for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie Osbourne White) → Bassist for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), later Nine Inch Nails touring band, A Perfect Circle and Goon Moon
1972 ● Chino Moreno → Vocals for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000), ranked #51 in Hit Parader magazine’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time
1979 ● Charlotte Hatherly → Founding member, guitar and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)

Jun 21

1926 ● Nick Noble (Nicholas Valkan) → Pop and easy listening singer with several Top 40 hits in the 50s and 60s, including “A Fallen Star” (#22, 1957) and a minor but near-career reviving country-pop crossover hit, “Stay With Me” (AC #38, Country #40, 1978), died on 3/24/2012, age 85
1932 ● Lalo Schifrin → Argentinean-born, Grammy-winning pianist, conductor, composer and arranger of TV and film soundtracks, including “Mission: Impossible” (Adult Contemporary #7, 1968), “Jaws” (Disco #5, 1976) and the theme song to Mannix (1967-1975), also worked with Clint Eastwood to compose the scores to several films in the Dirty Harry series
1942 ● Ocie Lee “O.C.” Smith → Jazz vocalist in Count Basie‘s band, then country-R&B-pop solo singer, “Little Green Apples” (#2, 1968), later became a pastor and church leader, died on 11/23/2001, age 59
1944 ● Miquel Vicens Danus → Bassist for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Jon Hiseman → Brit jazz-rock drummer with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, left to form prog rock Colosseum, (album Valentyne Suite, 1969), recording engineer, producer and music publisher
1944 ● Ray Davies → Founding member, frontman, guitar, vocals and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock The Kinks, “Lola” (#9, 1970) and “Come Dancing” (#6, 1983)
1946 ● Brenda Holloway → Second-tier Motown Records R&B/soul singer, “Every Little Bit Hurts” (#13, 1964), left the label in the late 60s for “religious reasons” and to raise a family, released a one-off gospel album in 1980, returned to recording and performing on the revival circuit and continues as of 2015
1947 ● Joey Molland → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for Brit power pop Badfinger, “Come And Get It” (#7, 1970), has performed in various incarnations of the band for four decades
1949 ● Greg Munford → Lead vocals for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Joey Kramer → Long-time drummer for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1951 ● Alan Silson → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977)
1951 ● Nils Lofgren → Rock guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocals, joined Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse in 1968, from 1971 to 1974 recorded four albums with his own band, Grin, solo, “Valentine”, (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), joined Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band in 1984 and is a two-time member with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band
1957 ● Mark Brzezicki → Drummer for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), also stints with The Cult, Ultravox and Procol Harum, plus session work for The Pretenders, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others
1959 ● Marcella Detroit (Levy) → Back-up singer for Eric Clapton, then vocalist and songwriter in R&B/synth-pop duo Shakespear’s Sister, “Stay” (#4, 1992), sessions, solo
1959 ● Kathy Mattea → Grammy-winning bluegrass and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Goin’ Gone” (Country #1, 1987) and 13 other Country Top 10 singles
1967 ● Tim Simenon → Hip hop producer, co-produced for Neneh Cherry and Seal, composer and frontman for one man electronic/sampladelic Bomb The Bass, “Beat Dis” (Dance/Club #1, 1988)
1968 ● Sonique (Sonia Clarke) → Brit dance-pop diva and DJ, first with dance-pop acid house S’Express, “Theme From S’Express” (Dance/Club #1, 1988), then solo, “Feels So Good” (#8, Dance/Club #1, 2000)
1969 ● Pat Sansone → Multi-instrumentalist for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1975 ● Justin Cary → Bassist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1976 ● Mike Einziger → Guitarist for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1981 ● Brandon Flowers → Vocals and keyboards for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1985 ● Lana Del Ray (Elizabeth Grant) → Model, guitarist and trip hop/house singer, “Summertime Sadness” (#6, 2012)

Jun 22

1913 ● Dotty Todd (Doris Dabb) → With her husband in one hit wonder pop singing duo Art & Dotty Todd, “Chanson D’Amour” (“Love Song”) (#6, 1958), continued to perform on radio and in Las Vegas cabarets until retiring in 1980, died from natural causes on 10/10/2007, age 87
1927 ● Remo Delmo Belli → Creator of the less expensive, more durable synthetic drumhead cover in the late 50s, which launched thousands of 60s garage bands and fueled the rock ‘n’ roll boom, died from pneumonia on 4/25/2016, age 88
1930 ● Roy Drusky → Countrypolitan music singer and songwriter with twelve Country Top 10 hits in the 60s and 70s but only one crossover single, “Three Hearts In A Triangle” (#35, Country #2, 1961), died from lung cancer on 9/23/2004, age 74
1936 ● Kris Kristofferson → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter, wrote “Me & Bobby McGee” (Janis Joplin, #1, 1971), solo artist, “Why Me” (#16, Country #1, 1973), film actor in many top films and roles, including A Star Is Born (1976) opposite Barbra Streisand, husband of folkie Rita Coolidge from 1973 to 1980
1937 ● Chris Blackwell → Highly-influential Brit music executive and producer, founder of fiercely independent Island Records, which forged the early careers of Traffic, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, U2 and countless other rock acts, founded Mango Records and Palm Records, currently oversees Jamaican resort properties and philanthropic organizations
1942 ● Eumir Deodato → Brazilian multi-instrumentalist producer and arranger known for mixing rock, R&B/funk and heavy Latin influences in a crossover orchestral jazz sound, scored several instrumental pop and disco dance-pop hits in the 70s and 80s, including a rendition of “Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)” (#2, 1973), also arranged and produced hundreds of albums for multiple artists over three decades through the 00s
1944 ● Bill Thompson → Manager for psychedelic rock Jefferson Airplane (“Somebody To Love,” #5, 1967) through successful but turbulent times from 1968 to 1972, stayed with the band members for various solo projects, including folk-rock Hot Tuna (LP Burgers, 1972) and reformation as electric folk/pop-rock Jefferson Starship (“Miracles,” #3, 1975) and spinoff pop-rock Starship (“We Built This City,” #1, 1985), died of a heart attack on 1/12/2015, age 70
1944 ● Peter Asher → With Gordon Waller, one half of the acclaimed British Invasion pop-rock duo Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love” (#1, 1964) and nine other Top 30 hits in the mid-60s, manager, record producer and one-time head of Apple Records
1947 ● Howard Kaylan → With long-time collaborator Mark Vollman, co-founder and vocals for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), formed Flo & Eddie with Vollman, continues with him in TV, film, radio and reconstituted Turtles projects
1948 ● Todd Rundgren → Guitarist, singer/songwriter, bandleader for pop-rock The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#71, 1969) and Utopia, “Set Me Free” (#27, 1980), solo, “I Saw The Light” (#16, 1972), member of The New Cars, “Not Tonight” (2006) and producer of albums by Meat Loaf, The Band, Badfinger and Grand Funk Railroad, among others
1949 ● Alan Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1953 ● Cyndi Lauper → Nasally-voiced, rag-tag early MTV star pop-rock girl solo singer, “Time After Time” (#1, 1983)
1956 ● Derek Forbes → Bassist for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1956 ● Green Gartside (Paul Julian Strohmeyer) → Wales-born founding member, frontman, songwriter, vocals and only constant member of left-wing post-punk then pop-punk Scritti Politti, “Perfect Way” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1985)
1957 ● Gary Beers → Bassist for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1958 ● Ruby Turner → Jamaican-born R&B/soul singer, backing vocals for R&B/reggae UB40 and Culture Club, then solo, “It’s Gonna Be Alright” (R&B #1, Dance/Club #5, 1989)
1959 ● Alan Anton (Alizojvodic) → Bassist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Jimmy Somerville → Lead vocals and songwriter for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy” (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984), then vocals for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986)
1962 ● Stephen Vaughan → Bassist for alt rock/punk-revival trio PJ Harvey, “Sheela-Na-Gig” (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1964 ● Bobby Gillespie → Drummer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994), then founding member, guitar and vocals for jangle pop/dance fusion Primal Scream, “Movin’ On Up” (Modern Rock #2, 1992)
1964 ● Richard Michael “Dicky” Barrett → Frontman and lead vocals for ska punk The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “The Impression That I Get” (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997), radio DJ, TV voice-over artist and announcer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show
1964 ● Mike Edwards → Vocals for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Tommy Cunningham → Drummer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1970 ● Steven Page → Guitar and vocals for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1973 ● Chris Traynor → Guitarist and co-founder of post-hardcore Orange 9mm, then joined alt heavy metal Helmet, “Exactly What You Wanted” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997), worked with alt-rock Bush, “The People That We love” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2001), studio soundtrack sessions for Blue Man Group, touring and sessions with Blur, Rival Schools, Katy Perry and others
1976 ● Sally Polihronas → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1981 ● Chris Urbanowicz → Guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)

Jun 23

1907 ● Eddie Pola (Sydney Edward Pollacsek) → Radio and TV program producer, actor and songwriter best known for co-writing several enduring pop tunes with George Wyle, including “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” (1963), retired from the industry and taught elementary school music, died on 111/3/1995, age 88
1929 ● June Carter Cash (Valerie June Carter) → Singer, songwriter, actress and country music matriarch, The Carter Family, solo, “Jackson” (Country #2, 1967), duets with her husband Johnny, the “Man in Black”, died on 5/15/2003, age 73
1937 ● Niki Sullivan → Original member, rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Buddy Holly‘s backing group, The Crickets, co-wrote and/or sang on many of Holly‘s hit songs before leaving the band in 1957, died of a heart attack on 4/6/2004, age 66
1940 ● James Walter “Jimmy” Castor → Pop and funk saxophonist and singer, briefly replaced Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers, then fronted novelty/disco-funk Jimmy Castor Bunch, “Troglodyte (Caveman)” (#4, 1972), died from heart failure on 1/16/2012, age 72
1940 ● Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams-Wright) → Brit teen-idol pop singer, “What Do You Want” (UK #1, 1959) and 10 other UK Top 10 hits, successful TV, film and stage actor with multiple roles, later became a largely unsuccessful financial advisor, died of a heart attack on 3/8/2003
1940 ● Stuart Sutcliffe → First Beatles bassist for 18 months in 1960-61, left the band when the others returned to England in July 1961 and remained in Hamburg, Germany where he died from a brain hemorrhage on 4/10/1962, age 21
1941 ● Robert Hunter → Folk-bluegrass musician, singer, songwriter and poet best known as the Grateful Dead‘s lyricist, solo folk-country-rock artist
1944 ● Rosetta Hightower → Lead vocals for mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962), left the group in the late 60s for session work in England with Joe Cocker, John Lennon and others, died from a brain hemorrhage on 8/2/2014, age 70
1955 ● Glenn Danzig (Anzalone) → Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and founder/bandleader for hardcore “horror” punk The Misfits, “Dig Up Her Bones” (1997), left in 1983 to form heavy/death metal Samhain and later blues-metal Danzig, now runs an adult-entertainment comics magazine
1956 ● Randall Darius Jackson → Session bass guitarist, bandmember for Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia, record producer, label executive, solo artist and now judge on popular TV show American Idol
1957 ● Lee John (John Leslie McGregor) → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1960 ● Brendan O’Brien → Former Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist and sessionman turned highly regarded and successful record producer and music company executive, worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, won a Grammy Award for Bruce Springsteen‘s The Rising (2002) and produced thirteen other Billboard #1 albums
1962 ● Steve Shelley → Drummer for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1962 ● Richard Coles → Multi-instrumentalist for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986), now an ordained priest and BBC radio host
1965 ● Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs → Guitar for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, left the band in 1999
1966 ● James MacPherson → Drummer for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993)
1966 ● Mark Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1975 ● Kate Victoria “KT” Tunstall → Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” (#20, Adult Top 40 #9, 2006)
1977 ● Jason Mraz → Grammy-winning contemporary pop-rock singer/songwriter, “I’m Yours” (#6, 2008)
1980 ● Jessica Taylor → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Antony Costa → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1984 ● Duffy (Aimée Ann Duffy) → Grammy-winning Welsh singer-songwriter, “Mercy” (Adult Top 40 #9, 2008)

Jun 24

1921 ● Peggy DeCastro → Eldest of three sisters who formed the 50s Cuban-American pop singing trio The DeCastro Sisters (“Teach Me Tonight,” #2, 1954), left for a mediocre solo career but continued to perform with her sisters and various other members until her death from lung cancer on 3/6/2004, age 82
1939 ● Paul “Oz” Bach → Founding member, bass guitar and backing vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), session work for Fred Neil, Tom Paxton, Linda Ronstadt and Steve Miller, among others, died of cancer on 9/21/1998, age 59
1944 ● Chris Wood → Founding member, saxophone and flute for folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and later reformed Traffic, sessions, died of pneumonia on 7/12/1983, age 39
1944 ● Charlie Whitney → Guitarist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971)
1944 ● Jeff Beck → Highly influential, five-time Grammy-winning lead guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, replaced Eric Clapton in blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, multiple solo albums and singles, “People Get Ready” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1985), formed The Honeydrippers with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Nile Rodgers, “Sea Of Love” (#3, 1984), #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Great Guitarists of All-Time
1944 ● Arthur Brown → Outlandish, theatrical, hellfire-bearing frontman for one hit wonder, psychedelic pop The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (#2, 1968), played the Priest in the rock film Tommy (1975)
1945 ● Colin Blunstone → Founding member and lead vocals in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), then solo, “Say You Don’t Mind” (UK #15, 1972), contributed lead vocals for several Alan Parsons Project tracks
1947 ● Mick Fleetwood → Founding member, part namesake and drummer for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1948 ● Patrick Moraz → Prog and jazz-rock keyboardist, replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes 1974-76, then 1978-1991 with The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams” (#9, 1986), solo
1949 ● John Illsley → Bass and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983)
1950 ● Derrick “Duckie” Simpson → Co-founder and only constant member of Grammy-winning, second generation reggae band Black Uhuru, album Anthem was the Best Reggae Album of 1984
1957 ● Astro (Terence Wilson) → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1959 ● Andy McCluskey → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1961 ● Curt Smith → Bass and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1961 ● Dennis Danell → Founding guitarist in Southern California punk revival band Social Distortion, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996), died from a brain aneurysm on 2/29/2000, age 38
1967 ● Jeff Cease → Lead guitar for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991), left in 1991
1967 ● Richard Zven Kruspe → Lead guitarist for heavy metal/industrial Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1970 ● Glen Medeiros → Teen idol poster-boy singer, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” (#12, UK #1, 1988) and duet with Bobby Brown, “She Ain’t Worth It” (#1, 1990)

Jun 25

1918 ● Sid Tepper → Songwriter and collaborator with Roy C. Bennett, with whom he wrote over 300 songs, including “Red Roses For A Blue Lady” for Vaughn Monroe (#4, 1948), “The Young Ones” for Cliff Richard (UK #1, 1962) and over 40 for ‘Elvis Presley, died from natural causes on 4/24/2015, age 96
1925 ● Clifton Chenier → The undisputed “King of Zydeco,” Creole accordion player, songwriter and bandleader, blended French and Cajun waltzes with New Orleans R&B, blues and jazz to create the exuberant, dance-happy sounds of zydeco, won a Grammy Award in 1983, recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship and inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame, died of diabetes-related kidney disease on 12/12/1987, age 62
1934 ● Fred Ronald “Ron” Lundy → Radio disc jockey who held the midday shift at WABC (New York) – the most successful Top 40 radio station ever – from 1965 until the station switched to talk radio in 1982, moved to WCBS-FM and remained there until his retirement in 1997, died from a heart attack on 3/15/2010, age 75
1935 ● Eddie Floyd → R&B/Memphis soul singer/songwriter, co-founded proto-soul The Falcons, “You’re So Fine” (#17, R&B #2, 1959), then solo artist, “Knock On Wood” (#28, R&B #1, 1966) and staff writer/producer at Stax Records, co-wrote “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)” for Wilson Pickett (#13, R&B #1, 1966)
1939 ● Harold Melvin → Singer, pianist and bandleader for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (#3, 1972), suffered a stroke in 1996 and died on 3/24/1997, age 57
1940 ● Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles) → Original bassist for pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Go Now” (#1, UK #10, 1964), left in 1966 to become a carpenter, died of liver cancer on 5/15/2004, age 63
1943 ● Chris Huston → Teenage friend of John Lennon, in 1961 co-founded Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups that never charted in any Top 40, left in 1966 to tour with Joey Dee And The Starlighters, teamed up with The Rascals as producer and engineer, winning a gold disc for “Groovin'” (#1, 1967), later worked with The Who, Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren, War, Eric Burdon, Ben E. King and many others, currently an acoustic and building design consultant in Nashville
1945 ● Carly Simon → Grammy-winning pop-rock singer/songwriter, “You’re So Vain” (#1, 1973) and “Mockingbird” (#5, 1974), a duet with then-husband James Taylor
1946 ● Ian McDonald → Co-founding member and multi-instrumentalist of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then co-founder of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left in 1979 for production, sessions and solo career
1946 ● Allen Lanier → Founding member, songwriter, guitar and vocals for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976), also contributed music to Patti Smith, The Clash and others, died from lung disease on 8/14/2013, age 67
1952 ● Tim Finn → Singer/songwriter with brother Neil in for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980), left to form Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987) and Finn Brothers, “Won’t Give In” (UK #6, 2004)
1954 ● David Paich → Vocals and keyboards for Toto, “Hold The Line” (1978)
1963 ● George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) → Vocals and co-frontman for pop-revival, early boyband duo Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (#1, 1984), then Grammy-winning dance-pop solo career, “Faith” (#1, 1987) and 12 other Top 10 hits and three Dance/Club #1 singles
1968 ● Candyman (Candell Manson) → Los Angeles crossover rapper, backed Tone-Loc before going solo, “Knockin’ Boots” (#9, Rap #1, 1990)
1972 ● Mike Kroeger → Bassist for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1974 ● Mario Calire → Drummer for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), then Grammy-winning Latin salsa/hip hop/funk-rock blended Ozomatli, 2001 album Embrace The Chaos
1985 ● Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa → Mexican-American singer and songwriter, with sister Ashley in contemporary Latin pop-rock duo Ha*Ash, “No Te Quiero Nada” (Latin Pop #6, 2008)

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Albums Released This Week (June 13 – 19)

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

Jun 13


The Yardbirds —— For Your Love ► Blues Rock >> 1965
Carpenters —— A Song For You ► Soft Rock >> 1972
Jefferson Starship —— Red Octopus ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Beatles —— Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Natalie Cole —— Natalie Live! ► Soul-Pop >> 1978
The Cars —— Candy-O ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Joni Mitchell —— Mingus ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Donna Summer —— She Works Hard For The Money ► Disco >> 1983
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Texas Flood ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Criminal Tango ► British Rock >> 1986
Elton John —— Elton John Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Paula Abdul —— Forever Your Girl ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Buzzcocks —— Let We Forget ► Punk-Rock >> 1988
Steel Pulse —— State Of Emergency ► Roots Reggae >> 1988
Kon Kan —— Move To Move ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— State Of The Heart ► Country-Folk >> 1989
Mariah Carey —— Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Fear Factory —— Demanufacture ► Industrial Metal >> 1995
Paula Abdul —— Head Over Heels ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Alanis Morrisette —— Jagged Little Pill ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
The Police —— Live! ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bjork —— Post ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— Pulse ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Apocalyptica —— Plays Metallica By Four Cellos ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1996
Bon Jovi —— Crush ► Arena Rock >> 2000
B. B. King & Eric Clapton —— Riding With The King ► Blues >> 2000
Rory Gallagher —— Big Guns: The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Rush —— Grace Under Pressure Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2006
John Fogerty —— The Long Road Home – In Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006

Jun 14


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

Jun 15


The Temptations —— Getting’ Ready ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Jeremy Dormouse —— Toad ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Jackie DeShannon —— Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Messin’ ► Prog Rock >> 1973
John Denver —— Back Home Again ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
Bob Dylan —— Street Legal ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Dire Straits —— Communique ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1979
America —— Silent Letter ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Duran Duran —— Duran Duran ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Steve Miller —— Abracadabra ► Album Rock >> 1982
John Waite —— No Brakes ► Power Pop >> 1984
King Diamond —— Abigail ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Nirvana —— Bleach ► Grunge >> 1989
Ozzy Osbourne —— Live & Loud ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Pete Townshend —— Psychoderelict ► Prog Rock >> 1993
Neil Young —— Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Pansy Division —— Deflowered ► Punk/Queercore >> 1994
ZZ Top —— Concert Classics ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Dokken —— Erase The Slate ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Cheap Trick —— Music For Hangovers ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1999
Santana —— Supernatural ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1999
Fleetwood Mac —— Live In Boston ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Phish —— Undermind ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Queen —— The Singles Collection: Volume 2 ► Glam Rock >> 2009
Chris Isaak —— Live At The Fillmore ► Adult Contemporary >> 2010
John Mellencamp —— On Rural Route 7609 ► Roots Rock >> 2010

Jun 16


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band —— Trout Mask Replica ► Avant-Gard >> 1969
Three Dog Night —— Golden Biscuits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Love Letters From Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Roxy Music —— Roxy Music ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Ringo Starr —— Bad Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Olivia Newton-John —— Grease [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1978
Carly Simon —— Come Upstairs ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Carpenters —— Made In America ► Easy Listening >> 1981
Ringo Starr —— Old Wave ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Smiths —— The Queen Is Dead ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Big Audio Dynamite II —— The Globe ► Dance-Rock >> 1991
Type O Negative —— Slow, Deep And Hard ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1991
Taj Mahal —— Taj’s Blues ► Folk-Blues >> 1992
Peter Cetera —— World Falling Down ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Michael Jackson —— HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Radiohead —— OK Computer ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Aaron Carter —— Aaron Carter ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1998
Neil Finn —— Try Whistling This ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Little Feat —— Under The Radar ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Ringo Starr —— Vertical Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Jellybricks —— Power This ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Shpongle —— Nothing Lasts…But Nothing Is Lost ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
George Harrison —— Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Don Henley —— The Very Best Of Don Henley ► Country-Rock >> 2009
James Taylor —— Before This World ► Folk-Rock >> 2015

Jun 17


Elvis Presley —— Something For Everybody ► Pop-Rock >> 1961
Elvis Presley —— From Elvis In Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Eagles —— Eagles ► Country-Rock >> 1972
LaBelle —— Chameleon ► Funk >> 1976
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
David Gilmour —— David Gilmour ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Crush ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1985
Natalie Cole —— Everlasting ► Soul-Pop >> 1987
The Replacements —— Pleased To Meet Me ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Van Halen —— For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Cher —— Love Hurts [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Foreigner —— Unusual Heat ► Arena Rock >> 1991
Ghost —— Temple Stone ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1994
Megadeth —— Cryptic Writings ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Blink-182 —— Dude Ranch ► Punk-Pop >> 1997
10,000 Maniacs —— Love Among The Ruins ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
38 Special —— Resolution ► Southern Rock >> 1997
Peter Gabriel —— Long Walk Home [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Steve Winwood —— About Time ► Album Rock >> 2003
Finger Eleven —— Finger Eleven ► Alt. Rock >> 2003
Bryan Adams —— Live At The Budokan ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Sam Cooke —— Portrait of a Legend 1951 – 1964 ► Soul >> 2003
Rick Springfield —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Springfield ► Power Pop >> 2008
Bon Iver —— Bon Iver, Bon Iver ► Dream Pop >> 2011
Bob Dylan —— A Long Time A Growin’ – Volume 1-5 ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Jun 18


The Yardbirds —— Remember ► Blues Rock >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Elvis: As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden ► Rock n Roll >> 1972
Donny Hathaway —— Extension Of A Man ► Soul >> 1973
Joe Walsh —— The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Brand X —— Unorthodox Behavior ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— John Cougar ► Roots Rock >> 1979
King Crimson —— Beat ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Pink Floyd —— Works ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Dolly Parton —— Burlap & Satin ► Country-Pop >> 1984
Rod Stewart —— Camouflage ► Blues-Rock >> 1984
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— From Her To Eternity ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1984
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Goodbye Cruel World ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— Dare To Be Stupid ► Comedy/Parody >> 1985
Alias —— Alias ► Hard Rock >> 1990
3rd Bass —— Derelicts Of Dialect ► Golden Age >> 1991
Cher —— Love Hurts ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Patti Smith —— Gone Again ► Heartland Rock >> 1996
The Ramones —— Greatest Hits Live ► Punk-Rock >> 1996
Little Feat —— Live From Neon Park ► Southern Rock >> 1996
Primitive Radio Gods —— Rocket ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Toni Braxton —— Secrets ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
AFI —— Very Proud Of Ya ► Hardcore Punk >> 1996
Yes —— Symphonic Live ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Phish —— Ventura ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2013

Jun 19


Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Smokey Robinson —— Smokey ► Soul >> 1973
Marvin Gaye —— Marvin Gaye Live! ► Soul >> 1974
Trooper —— Thick As Thieves ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Blue Öyster Cult —— Mirrors ► Metal >> 1979
Lowell George —— Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Oingo Boingo —— Only A Lad ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1981
Glenn Frey —— The Allnighter ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Rolling Stones —— Rewind (1971-1984) ► Blues-Rock >> 1984
John Waite —— Rover’s Return ► Power Pop >> 1987
Jimmy Page —— Outrider ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Cher —— Heart Of Stone ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Reef —— Replenish ► Brit Pop >> 1995
Duran Duran —— Pop Trash ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2000
311 —— From Chaos ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
The Church —— Greatest Hits Acoustic ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2002
Richard Marx —— A Night Out With Friends ► Pop Acoustic >> 2012

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 12 – 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 12

1909 ● Archie Bleyer → Bandleader, pop recording artist (“The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane”, #26, 1954), producer (The Everly Brothers), Cadence Records owner (Andy Williams, The Chordettes, Johnny Tillotson, Lenny Welch and others), died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease on 3/20/1989, age 79
1914 ● Bill Kenny → The “Godfather of Doo-Wop,” guitarist and tenor vocals for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s and followed with a successful solo career and host of his own musical variety show, died from respiratory illness on 3/23/1978, age 63
1928 ● Vic Damone (Victor Rocco Farinola) → Prototypical Italian/American crooner, “On The Street Where You Live” (#4, 1958), TV variety-show host and film actor
1932 ● Charlie Feathers → Influential but unheralded blues, country and rockabilly singer and songwriter, early fixture at Sun Records where he recorded several singles and co-wrote Elvis Presley‘s “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” (Country #1, 1955), left for rivals Meteor and King Records in the late 50s and cut several now-classic rockabilly singles, died following a stroke on 8/29/1998, age 66
1941 ● Roy Harper → Brit songwriter and folk-psych-rock singer, lead vocals on Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” (1975), Led Zeppelin‘s “Hat’s Of To Roy Harper” is a tribute to him
1941 ● Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea → Grammy-winning jazz and electric jazz fusion pianist/synthesizer musician, composer, bandleader, played with Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin and others, solo
1942 ● Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff) → Lead and tenor vocals for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961), then blue-eyed Philly soul singer, “1-2-3” (#2, R&B #11, 1965)
1943 ● Reg Presley (Reginald Maurice Ball) → Lead singer for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966), used royalties from his composition “Love Is All Around” (Wet Wet Wet, Adult Contemporary #8, 1994) to fund research into crop circles and other paranormalities and publish a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, in 2002, died from lung cancer on 2/4/2013, a age 69
1944 ● Howard Cowart → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Barry Bailey → Lead guitarist for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” (#7, 1978)
1949 ● John Wetton → Bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), King Crimson, Roxy Music, Asia
1951 ● Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson) → Drummer for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1951 ● Brad Delp → Lead vocals for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in New Hampshire on 3/9/2007, age 55
1952 ● Peter Farndon → Bassist for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982), fired from the band in late 1982, died from a drug overdose on 4/14/1983, age 30
1952 ● Jamieson “Junior” Brown → Country-rock bandleader and guitarist known for playing a “gut-steel” hybrid of electric and lap steel guitars, played with Asleep At The Wheel, solo albums since 1990
1953 ● Rocky Burnette → Rowdy, high energy rockabilly revival singer and songwriter, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” (#8, 1980), son of legendary Johnny
1959 ● John Linnell → Keyboards, accordion and saxophone for alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1960 ● Michael Hausman → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop-rock ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (#8, 1985), artist manager
1960 ● Meredith Ann Brooks → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Bitch” (#2, 1997)
1962 ● Grandmaster Dee (Drew Carter) → Vocals for rap/R&B “new jack swing” Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984) from the acclaimed album Escape
1965 ● Robin Wilson → Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), solo
1968 ● Bobby Sheehan → Bassist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995), died of a drug overdose on 8/20/1999, age 31
1969 ● Bardi Martin → Bassist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1972 ● Bounty Killer (Rodney Basil Price) → Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, “Deadly Zone” (#79, Rap #8, 1998)
1977 ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst) → Self-taught blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Blue On Black” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1979 ● Robyn (Robin Miriam Carlsson) → Swedish dance/pop singer, “Do You Know (What It Takes)” (#7, 1997)

Jun 13

1934 ● Uriel Jones → Drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 3/24/2009, age 74
1940 ● Bobby Freeman → Dance craze R&B/soul-pop singer, “Do You Want To Dance” (#5, 1958)
1941 ● Marv Tarplin → Session guitarist and songwriter for Motown Records, collaborated with Smokey Robinson, co-wrote and played on many R&B hits, including “Tracks Of My Tears” (#16, R&B #2, 1965) for The Miracless, left Motown in 1973 to work with Robinson in his solo career for the next 35 years, died from unspecified causes on 9/30/2011 , age 70
1942 ● James Carr → Underappreciated R&B/Southern soul singer, “Dark End Of The Street” (#77, R&B #10, 1967), died of lung cancer on 1/17/2001, age 58
1943 ● Arlester “Dyke” Christian → Bassist, singer and frontman for 60s R&B/funk Dyke And The Blazers, the early backing band for The O’Jays, wrote “Funky Broadway” for Wilson Pickett (#8, Soul #1, 1967), had several minor hits with his band until he was shot to death on a Phoenix, AZ street on 3/13/1971, age 27
1943 ● Esther Ofarim → One half of Israeli folk-pop-rock vocal duo Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafeller” (UK #1, 1968)
1947 ● John Kahn → Bass guitarist and session musician in the 60s and 70s for Mike Bloomfield, Brewer & Shipley, Maria Muldaur and others, best known for his 25 year collaboration with the Grateful Dead‘s Jerry Garcia in multiple projects, including The Jerry Garcia Band, bluegrass Old & In The Way, acoustic duo Garcia & Kahn plus other efforts with Merle Saunders and Howard Wales, died in his sleep on 5/30/1996, age 48
1949 ● Dennis Locorriere → Guitarist for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1951 ● Howard Leese → Guitar and keyboards for hard rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1954 ● Jorge Santana → Bandleader and guitarist for Latino rock Malo, “Sauvecito” (#18, 1972)
1954 ● Robert “Bo” Donaldson → Pop-rock singer, keyboardist, trumpeter and frontman for The Heywoods, “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Rolf Brendel → Drummer for German pop-rock band Nena, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984)
1963 ● Robbie Merrill → Bassist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1963 ● Paul DeLisle → Bassist for neo-garage/quirky Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1968 ● David Gray → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Babylon” (Adult Top 40 #8, 2000)
1968 ● Deneice Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1969 ● Søren Rasted → Co-founder, keyboards and drum machine for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content, solo, producer, actor
1970 ● Rivers Cuomo → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1978 ● Jason Paul “J” Brown → Vocals for pre-fabricated hip hop dance-pop boy band quintet Five, “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, UK #4, 1998)
1981 ● Kymberley Marsh → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), quit the group in 2002 to pursue an acting career
1985 ● Raz-B (De’Mario Monte Thornton) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Jun 14

1909 ● Burl Ives → Grammy-winning, grandfatherly folk singer, “A Little Bitty Tear” (#9, 1962), stage and screen actor, writer, radio personality, died from mouth cancer on 4/14/1995, age 85
1929 ● Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman) → Child-prodigy classical pianist turned jazz-pop artist and Tony Award-winning composer for Broadway and films, wrote music for multiple stage hits, including “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Big Spender” for Sweet Charity (1966), and the latter for Shirley Bassey (UK #21, 1967), scored music for the films Father Goose (1964), Power (1986) and others, periodically recorded solo albums and charted a lone hit, “Chloe” (Disco #8, 1975), died from a heart attack on 11/18/2004, age 75
1931 ● Junior Walker (Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr.) → Saxophonist and founder/frontman for R&/pop-soul Junior Walker & The All Stars, “Shotgun” (#4, 1965), solo and sessions, died of cancer on 11/23/1995, age 64
1936 ● Renaldo “Obie” Benson → Vocals for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), co-wrote Marvin Gaye‘s hit “What’s Goin’ On” (#2, 1971), died of lung cancer on 7/1/2005, age 69
1937 ● Charles Curtis “Chuck” Berghofer → Jazz and pop bassist, as a member of several 60s jazz ensembles played with Jack Shelton, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and other luminaries, member of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians, played the bass solo on Nancy Sinatra‘s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” (#1, 1966), appeared on numerous film soundtracks, recently worked with Christine Aguilera, Michael Feinstein and others
1943 ● Dewey Lindon “Spooner” Oldham → Keyboardist, songwriter and session musician, worked at FAME and Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama and appears on hundreds of songs and albums, including hits by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge and countless others, co-wrote “Cry Like A Baby” for The Box Tops (#2, 1968), moved to Los Angeles in the 80s and continues to record and tour with artists including Neil Young and Drive-By Truckers
1945 ● Rod Argent → Founding member, songwriter and keyboardist for underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), frontman for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), now a TV and film composer
1947 ● Barry “The Fish” Melton → Co-founder and original guitarist for psych-country-protest-rock Country Joe & The Fish, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” (1967), later co-founded San Francisco neo-psych-rock supergroup The Dinosaurs, retired public defender in California
1949 ● Jim Lea → Bass, piano, violin, vocals and songwriting for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1949 ● Alan White → Drummer for Plastic Ono Band and John Lennon, “Instant Karma!” (#3, 1970), played with George Harrison and joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force, replaced Bill Bruford in 1972 in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983) and has played on every Yes album since
1958 ● Nick Van Ede → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, wrote “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1961 ● Boy George (George O’Dowd) → Androgynous frontman and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#1, 1984), solo, “The Crying Game” (#15, 1993)
1963 ● Chris DeGarmo → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Matt Freeman → Bassist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)
1969 ● MC Ren (Lorenzo Patterson) → Member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo, “Same Old Shit” (Rap #11, 1993)
1970 ● Chris Chaney → Bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990)
1971 ● Billie Myers → Pop, jazz and world music singer/songwriter, “Kiss The Rain” (#15, 1998)
1983 ● Siobhan Donaghy → Vocals in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Jun 15

1910 ● David Rose → Emmy-winning composer, pianist and orchestra leader whose best known compositions include the jazzy instrumental “The Stripper” (#1, 1962), wrote film scores for Hollywood and many TV shows, including Bonanza and Little House On The Prairie, led the house band for The Red Skelton Show for 21 years, died of natural causes on 8/23/1990, age 80
1921 ● Errol Garner → Virtuoso jazz and swing pianist, wrote the jazz standard, oft-covered and Grammy Hall of Fame song “Misty” (1954) and issued multiple jazz and jazz-pop albums, died of lung cancer on 1/2/1977, age 55
1929 ● Nigel Pickering → Founding member, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died from liver cancer on 5/5/2011, age 81
1937 ● Waylon Jennings → Grammy-winning “outlaw” country guitarist, singer and songwriter, started in the Buddy Holly Band, solo, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (#42, Country #1, 1978), formed mythic country supergroup The Highwaymen, “Highwayman” (Country #1, 1985), died from complications of diabetes on 2/13/2002, age 64
1941 ● Harry Nilsson → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Everybody’s Talkin” (#6, 1969) from the movie Midnight Cowboy, and “Without You” (#1, 1972), died of heart failure on 1/15/1994, age 52
1943 ● Mervyn “Muff” Winwood → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), producer, record executive, older brother of Steve Winwood
1943 ● Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Phillipe Smet) → The “French Elvis”, major European pop star, “Mon Plus Beau Noel” (French #1, 2005), Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton and Foreigner‘s Mick Jones have played on his records
1944 ● Eddie Hinton → Songwriter, session guitarist and 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 by Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, wrote the Dusty Springfield hit “Breakfast in Bed” (#91, 1969) and other songs, died from a heart attack on 7/28/1995, age 51
1946 ● Neville “Noddy” Holder → Guitar and vocals for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984), TV actor, radio and TV presenter
1946 ● Leo Nocentelli → Guitarist in New Orleans soul-funk The Meters, “Chicken Strut” (1970), backing guitarist for Robert Palmer, Dr. John and others, continues to perform with the band and as solo artist through the 10s
1946 ● Artemios “Demis” Roussos → Operatic-voiced Greek singer and bassist with prog-rock Aphrodite’s Child, solo, “L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me” (Dance/Club #26, 1978)
1946 ● Janet Lennon → With her sisters, vocals in semi-religious pop vocal quartet The Lennon Sisters (“Tonight You Belong To Me,” #15, 1956), performed regularly on TV variety shows, including The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1968, continues to record and perform as a trio in the 10s
1949 ● Michael “Sam” Lutz → Guitarist for Detroit rock ‘n’ roll band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Meri Wilson (Edgmon) → Model, sometime actress and one hit wonder singer/songwriter known for her double entendre smash “Telephone Man” (#18, UK #6, 1977), recorded one album of additional novelty-pop songs with mixed reviews and returned to singing jingles and modeling, died in a one car accident on an icy Georgia road on 12/28/2002, age 53
1949 ● Russell Hitchcock → Vocals for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Steve Walsh → Co-lead singer and keyboardist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977), then Streets
1954 ● Teresa Fay “Terri” Gibbs → Blind-from-birth child prodigy keyboardist and country-pop-gospel singer, “Somebody’s Knockin'” (#13, Country #8, 1980)
1956 ● Bernie Shaw → Canadian vocalist for Brit hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1956 ● David Hinds → Rhythm guitar and lead vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978)
1957 ● Brad Gillis → Guitarist in one hit wonder pop-rock Rubicon, “I’m Gonna Take Care Of Everything” (#28, 1978), then Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984) and Ozzy Osbourne‘s band
1958 ● Neil Arthur → Singer for New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1963 ● Scott Rockenfield → Drummer for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Michael Britt → Lead guitar and backing vocals for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1966 ● Rob Mitchell → Principal songwriter and lead guitarist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1969 ● Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) → Founding member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo rapper, “Check Yo Self” (#20, Rap #1, 1993)
1970 ● Chi Cheng → Chinese-American bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1976 ● Gary Lightbody → Guitar and vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)
1976 ● Dryden Vera Mitchell → Vocals for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1981 ● Billy Martin → Guitar and keyboards for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nadine Coyle → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

Jun 16

1913 ● Ben Raleigh → Prolific pop lyricist, wrote “Tell Laura I Love Her” for Ray Peterson (#7, 1960) and the theme song “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon show, died in a home fire on 2/26/1997, age 83
1934 ● Carl Burnett → Frontman and lead vocals for late doo wop era one hit wonder Little Caesar & The Romans, “Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)” (#9, 1961)
1939 ● Billy “Crash” Craddock → 50s teen-pop turned country-pop singer, “Rub It In” (#16, Country #1, 1974) and 18 other Country Top 20 singles in the 70s
1941 ● Lamont DozierMotown Records‘ musical arranger and producer with the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, co-wrote many hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers and others
1942 ● John Rostill → Composer and bassist, early career in backing bands for touring artists including The Everly Brothers and Tommy Roe plus a stint in the Zoot Money Quartet (with future Police guitarist Andy Summers), joined instrumental pop-rock The Shadows (“Foot Tapper,” UK #1, 1963) in the early 60s, wrote or co-wrote a number of hits for The Shadows and other artists, including “Let Me Be There” for Olivia Newton-John (#6, 1973), died from electrocution in his home recording studio on 11/26/1973, age 31
1942 ● Edward Levert → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973)
1945 ● Rudolph “Chip” Damiani → Founding member and drummer for 60s Boston-based garage rock The Remains (“Don’t Look Back,” 1966), the band received critical acclaim, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Hullabaloo, and opened for The Beatless’ 1966 tour but gained little commercial success and disbanded in 1966, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 2/23/2014, age 68
1945 ● Ivan Lins → Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian jazz-pop vocalist with a 40-year recording history and multiple covers of his compositions by a diverse and growing group of artists, including Elle Fitzgerald, Sting, Dave Grusin, Michael Bublé and many others
1946 ● Ian Matthews (Iain Matthew McDonald) → Irish guitarist and songwriter with renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), formed light pop-folk-rock Southern Comfort, “Woodstock” (#23, 1970), solo, “Shake It” (#13, 1979)
1949 ● Peppy Castro (Emil Thielheim) → Guitar and vocals for early psychedelic rock Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, 1967), later formed pop-rock Balance, “Breaking Away” (#22, 1981)
1950 ● James Smith → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1952 ● Gino Vannelli → Canadian soft rock singer/songwriter, “People Gotta Move” (#22, 1974) and “Living Inside Myself” (#6, 1981)
1953 ● Ian Mosley → Drummer for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1953 ● Malcolm Paul Mortimer → Drummer for Gentle Giant, Mick Jagger band, Ian Dury and others, session work
1954 ● Garrick “Garry” Roberts → Guitarist for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1958 ● Patrick Waite → With brother Junior, bass guitar and vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982), died from hereditary heart failure while in police custody for drug charges on 2/13/1993, age 34
1971 ● Tupac Amaru Shakur (Lesane Parish Crooks) → Dancer and rapper for Digital Underground, then solo gangsta rapper, “California Love” (#31, 1996), died following a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on 9/13/1996, age 25
1987 ● Diana DeGarmoAmerican Idol runner-up, Broadway actress, solo teen-pop singer, “Dreams” (#14, 2004)

Jun 17

1902 ● Sammy Fain (Feinberg) → Broadway show songwriter and film score composer, penned the music for endearing popular songs, including “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” (1937) and “Tender Is The Night” (1962), won Oscars for “Secret Love” (1953) and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” (1955), scored film soundtracks for Alice In Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), April Love (1957) and the Broadway shows Hellzapoppin’ (1938), Christine (1960) and others, died from a heart attack on 12/6/1989, age 87
1910 ● Clyde Julian “Red” Foley → Pioneer country-pop crossover star in the post-WWII era with 56 Country Top 10 hits and 13 Pop Top 40 hits from 1944 to 1956, including “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” (#1, Country #1, 1950), continued to record and perform until his death from a heart attack after a show in Indiana on 9/19/1968, age 58
1916 ● Hamilton H. “Terry” Gilkyson III → Folk-pop singer and songwriter, wrote “The Cry Of The Wild Goose” (#1, 1950) for Frankie Lane and songs used by other artists, sang with The Weavers on “On Top Of Old Smokey” (#2, 1953), formed influential but unheralded folk trio The Easy Riders in the mid-50s and co-wrote their big hit, the oft-covered “Marianne” (#3, 1957), wrote songs that were used in Disney films, died from complications of an aneurysm on 10/15/1999 , age 83
1918 ● William Jefferson “Billy” Garland → Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter in the 40s, “Got Nothing On Me” (1945), died in a car accident on 3/16/1960, age 41
1930 ● Cliff Gallup → Guitarist for rockabilly Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (#7, 1956), died of a heart attack on 10/9/1988, age 58
1937 ● Fred Farran → With his identical twin brother, Ed and brothers Tom and Scott Herrick, singer in pop cover quartet The Arbors (“The Letter,” #20, 1969), stayed as a group after their fame ran out and wrote and recorded commercial jingles for three decades thereafter, died of pneumonia on 8/29/2011, age 74
1937 ● Edward Farran → With his identical twin brother, Fred and brothers Tom and Scott Herrick, singer in pop cover quartet The Arbors (“The Letter,” #20, 1969), coached rock and pop singers with voice lessons and wrote and sang commercial jingles for three decades thereafter, died of kidney failure on 1/2/2003, age 65
1939 ● Dave Alldred → Drummer in 50s Tex-Mex rockabilly The Rhythm Orchids with Buddy Knox, “Party Doll” (#1, 1957), co-wrote “Click Clack” (#28, 1958) and performed the song and others in the pop band Dickey Doo & The Don’ts, continued to perform in the 90s
1940 ● Chuck Rainey → Jazz and R&B/soul-funk bassist for King Curtis‘ band, “Memphis Soul Stew” (#33, 1967), session work with Aretha Franklin and many others
1942 ● Norman Kuhlke → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1943 ● Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus) → Highly successful adult contemporary/MOR singer, “I Write The Songs” (#1, 1976), songwriter, producer, conductor and stage performer
1944 ● Chris Spedding (Peter Robinson) → Brit rock and jazz guitarist with several solo albums and a lone single, “Motorbikin'” (UK Top 20, 1975), but mainly known for sessions and touring with Harry Nilsson, John Cale, Roxy Music, Elton John and others, Greedy Bastards
1947 ● Gregg Rolie → Keyboardist and founding member of Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970) , then original lead singing for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), currently frontman for the Gregg Rolie Band
1947 ● Paul Young → Singer and percussionist for Brit soft pop-rock Sad Café, “Every Day Hurts” (UK #3, 1979), then pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986), died of a heart attack on 7/15/2000, age 53
1951 ● Lenny LeBlanc → Guitarist, session musician, songwriter and one half of the light pop-rock duo LeBlanc & Carr (“Falling,” #13, 1977), as part of the Muscle Shoals Studios (Alabama) house band recorded with numerous top artists, including The Supremes, Ricky Scaggs, Roy Orbison, Amy Grant and others, switched to Christian music in the 80s and continues to record and produce music
1957 ● Philip Chevron → Guitarist for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher) → Lead singer and songwriter for controversial hard core punk rock Dead Kennedys, “Too Drunk To F**k” (UK #31, 1980), leading figure of the Green Party in the US
1960 ● Michael Monroe (Matti Fagerholm) → Vocals for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, “Up Around The Bend” (1984)
1965 ● Richard Hynd → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1969 ● Kevin Thornton → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1972 ● Rikrok (Ricardo George Ducent) → London-born, Jamaican descent reggae singer and songwriter, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1981 ● Ben Kweiler → Former teenage frontman for 90s post-grunge Radish, then solo, “Wasted & Ready” (Modern Rock #29, 2002) and two acclaimed Indie Top 10 albums, Ben Kweiler (#1, 2006 and Changing Horses (#8, 2009)
1983 ● Lee Ryan → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1987 ● Kendrick Lamar Duckworth → Grammy-winning hip hop solo artist (“Swimming Pools (Drank),” #17, Rap #1, 2012) and member of West Coast rap collaborative supergroup Black Hippy
1989 ● Simone Battle → Actress and singer, The X Factor finalist in 2011 and member of pop girl group G.R.L. (“Ugly Heart,” #107, UK #11, 2014), committed suicide by hanging on 9/5/2014, age 25

Jun 18

1913 ● Sammy Cahn (Samuel Cohen) → LA-based musician, songwriter and Tin Pan Alley-style lyricist for romantic films and Broadway shows, wrote or co-wrote dozens of popular songs, including the enduring and oft-covered “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (Vaughan Moore, #1, 1946), collaborated on multiple hits by Frank Sinatra, including “All The Way” (#1, 1957), died from congestive heart failure on 1/15/1993, age 79
1938 ● Don “Sugarcane” Harris → Guitarist, pianist and half the 50s rock ‘n’ roll duo Don & Dewey, switched to electric violin and did session work for Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa and others, died from pulmonary disease on 11/30/1999, age 61
1942 ● Carl Radle → Bass guitarist for Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton band, Delaney & Bonnie, sessions for George Harrison, died of kidney failure on 5/30/1980, age 37
1942 ● Richard Perry → Highly successful and popular record producer with twelve gold discs, label owner (Planet Records, 1978-83), worked with Captain Beefheart, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand and others
1942 ● Paul McCartney → The most successful rock composer of all time, with John Lennon co-wrote 21 US #1 and has over 30 US #1 singles as a solo artist and frontman for his band Wings
1944 ● Richard Alden “Rick” Griffin → Cartoonist, graphic artist and pioneering designer of psychedelic posters and album covers, including work for the Grateful Dead, the Fillmore West, Jimi Hendrix and others, frequent contributor to Zap Comix magazine, died in a motorcycle accident on 8/18/1991, age 47
1944 ● Sandy Posey → Session vocalist for Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge (backing vocals on “When A Man Loves A Woman,” #1, 1966) and others, then pop singer, “Born A Woman” (#12, 1966) and three more Top 40 hits in the 60s, turned to countrypolitan pop in the 70s and scored six Country Top 40 hits, continued to record and perform into the 00s
1952 ● Ricky Gazda → Trumpets for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (“Talk To Me,” 1978) and later as a member of The Miami Horns, the touring and session recording horn section that backed Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, <, Sheryl Crow and many others
1953 ● Jerome Smith → Rhythm guitar for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits, died in a construction site accident on 7/28/2000, age 47
1961 ● Alison Moyet → Bluesy-voiced Brit pop-rock singer in synth-pop duo Yazoo, “Nobody’s Diary” (Dance/Club #1, 1983), solo, “Invisible” (#31, 1985)
1963 ● Darren Arthur “Dizzy” Reed → Keyboards for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988)
1969 ● Sice (Simon Rowbottom) → Guitarist and vocals for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1971 ● Nathan Morris → Baritone for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1973 ● Ray LaMontagne → Folk, folk-rock and folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist with five studio LPs, including Gossip In The Grain (#3, 2008), and multiple singles (“Beg, Steal Or Borrow,” AAA #1, 2010)
1973 ● Gary Stringer → Vocals for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow
1975 ● Sikk The Shocker (Vyshonne King Miller) → Vocals for gangsta rap trio The Real Untouchables (TRU), “I Always Feel Like” (#71, Rap #11, 1997), solo, “It Ain’t My Fault” (#18, R&B #5, Rap #1, 1998)
1976 ● Blake Shelton → Country-pop crossover singer, songwriter and TV show star, “Austin” #18, Country #1, 2001) and 19 other Country #1 hits plus 13 other Pop Top 40 hits, judge of music competition shows Nashville Star, Clash Of The Choirs and The Voice

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Albums Released This Week (June 6 – 12)

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

Jun 06


Moby Grape —— Moby Grape ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1967
The Soft Machine —— Third ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
Looking Glass —— Looking Glass ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
David Bowie —— The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Carpenters —— Horizon ► Soft Rock >> 1975
The Rolling Stones —— Made In The Shade ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
The Cars —— The Cars ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Toyah —— The Blue Meaning ► Punk Rock >> 1980
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Juju ► Post-Punk >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs —— Talk, Talk, Talk ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 1981
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Allies ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Randy Travis —— Storms Of Life ► Trad Country >> 1986
Heart —— Bad Animals ► Album Rock >> 1987
Scritti Politti —— Provision ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1988
The Moody Blues —— Sur La Mer ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Van Morrison —— Avalon Sunset ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— In Step ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Queen —— The Miracle ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Jackson Browne —— World In Motion ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Laura Branigan —— The Best Of Branigan ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Paul Revere & The Raiders —— The Essential Ride ’63-’67 ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
The Innocence Mission —— Glow ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum —— Let Your Dim Light Shine ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Belle & Sebastian —— Tigermilk ► Chamber Pop >> 1996
The Gathering —— Nighttime Birds ► Alt Rock/Prog Metal >> 1997
Steely Dan —— Members Edition ► Jazz-Rock >> 1998
Alice Cooper —— Brutal Planet ► Hard Rock >> 2000
The Tragically Hip —— Music @ Work ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Steve Earle —— Transcendental Blues ► Alt. Country >> 2000
Coldplay —— X&Y ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2005
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— The River In Reverse ► Jazz-Soul >> 2006
Cheap Trick —— Rockford ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 2006
Iron Maiden —— From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of: 1990-2010 ► Heavy Metal >> 2011
New Order —— Total: From Joy Division To New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2011

Jun 07


Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles —— Live! ► Jazz Fusion >> 1972
Cilla Black —— In My Life ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Lou Rawls —— All Things In Time ► Soul (Philly) >> 1976
The Beatles —— Rock & Roll Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Stray Cats —— Built For Speed ► Rockabilly >> 1982
Chicago —— Chicago 16 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1982
The Fleshtones —— Hexbreaker! ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
EPMD —— Strictly Business ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
Tiamat —— Sumerian Cry ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Tears For Fears —— Elemental ► Synth-Pop >> 1993
Boston —— Walk On ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Paul Weller —— Stanley Road ► Rock ‘N’ Soul >> 1995
Robert Miles —— Dreamland ► Electro-Dream Trance >> 1996
Therion —— Crowning Of Atlantis ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Paul Butterfield’s Better Days —— Live At Winterland Ballroom ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Mike + The Mechanics —— Rewired ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bush —— The Best Of ’94 – ’99 ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
My Morning Jacket —— Evil Urges ► Indie Rock/Neo-Psychedlia >> 2008
Alice Cooper —— Old School: 1964-1974 ► Hard Rock >> 2011

Jun 08


Marvin Gaye —— The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye ► Soul – Motown >> 1961
The Ventures —— Ventures Play The Country Classics ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1963
Bob Dylan —— Self Portrait ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Bobby Womack —— The Facts Of Life ► Soul-Funk >> 1973
Trooper —— Knock ‘Em Dead Kid ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Back To The Egg ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Survivor —— Eye Of The Tiger ► Album Rock >> 1982
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Hyaena ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Bob Dylan —— Empire Burlesque ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
José José —— En Las Buenas…Y En Las Malas ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Urge Overkill —— Saturation ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1993
Van Morrison —— Too Long In Exile ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Faith No More —— Angel Dust ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Black Sabbath —— Forbidden ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Brandy Norwood —— Never Say Never ► New Jack Swing >> 1998
The Delgados —— Peloton ► Indie Pop-Rock >> 1998
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Californication ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1999
Def Leppard —— Euphoria ► Hard Rock >> 1999
The Apples In Stereo —— Her Wallpaper Reverie ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1999
Donna Summer —— Coming Generation: The Complete Recordings 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock/Psych Pop >> 2004
Various Artists —— Girls With Guitars ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
The Calling —— Two ► Post-Grunge Alt. Rock >> 2004

Jun 09


Bonzo Dog Band —— Urban Spaceman ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy) >> 1969
King Crimson —— Earthbound ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Jeff Beck Group —— The Jeff Beck Group [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Monkey Island ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Moody Blues —— Octave ► Prog Rock >> 1978
The Rolling Stones —— Some Girls ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Nick Lowe —— Labour Of Lust ► Pub Rock >> 1979
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 ► Classical Fusion >> 1983
Peter Gabriel —— Plays Live ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Diana Ross —— Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1983
Eurythmics —— Touch Dance [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Genesis —— Invisible Touch ► Prog Rock >> 1986
Goo Goo Dolls —— Goo Goo Dolls ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1987
Diana Ross —— Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ► Pop-Soul >> 1987
Del Amitri —— Change Everything ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Deicide —— Legion ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1992
Buzzcocks —— Chronology ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
David Lee Roth —— DLR Band ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Brandy Norwood —— Never Say Never ► Hip Hop-Soul >> 1998
John Fogerty —— Premonition ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Black Sabbath —— Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Elvis Costello —— Secret, Profane & Sugarcane ► Country-Rock >> 2009
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Secret, Profane & Sugarcane ► Roots Rock >> 2009

Jun 10


Patsy Cline —— The Patsy Cline Story ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Elvis Presley —— Paradise, Hawaiian Style [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
The Beach Boys —— Friends ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
LaBelle —— Moon Shadow ► Funk >> 1972
Eagles —— One Of These Nights ► Country-Rock >> 1975
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Uprising ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Rainbow —— Straight Between The Eyes ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Rod Stewart —— Body Wishes ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Kinks —— State Of Confusion ► British Rock >> 1983
Stevie Nicks —— The Wild Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
R.E.M. —— Fables Of The Reconstruction ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Talking Heads —— Little Creatures ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass —— Epicus Doomicus Metallicus ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1986
Hall & Oates —— Ooh Yeah! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Carcass —— Swansong ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1966
Heart —— Alive In Seattle ► Album Rock >> 2003
Annie Lennox —— Bare ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock >> 2003
Steely Dan —— Everything Must Go ► Jazz-Rock >> 2003
Radiohead —— Hail To The Thief ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Fountains Of Wayne —— Welcome Interstate Managers ► Power Pop >> 2003
Walter Becker —— Circus Money ► Jazz-Rock >> 2008
The Tubes —— Goin’ Down The Tubes ► Alt. Rock >> 2008
Black Sabbath —— 13 ► Hard Rock >> 2013
The Who —— Quadrophenia Live In London ► British Rock >> 2014

Jun 11


Them —— The Angry Young Them [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1965
The Ventures —— Go With The Ventures! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1966
Three Dog Night —— Suitable For Framing ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Procol Harum —— Broken Barricades ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Carpenters —— A Kind Of Hush ► Soft Rock >> 1976
The Knack —— Get The Knack ► Power Pop >> 1979
Burning Spear —— Social Living ► Roots Reggae >> 1980
Def Leppard —— High ‘N’ Dry ► Hard Rock >> 1981
REO Speedwagon —— Good Trouble ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Live It Up ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Sugar Tax ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1991
Natalie Cole —— Unforgetable…With Love ► Soul-Pop >> 1991
Aaron Neville —— Warm Your Heart ► Pop-Soul >> 1991
Harem Scarem —— Mood Swings ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1993
Ash —— 1977 ► Punk-Pop >> 1996
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars —— T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power Of A Fully-Operational Mothership) ► Funk/Hip Hop >> 1996
David Bowie —— Heathen ► Glam Rock >> 2002
The Tragically Hip —— In Violet Light ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Various Artists —— Melody [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Gregg Allman —— No Stranger To The Dark: The Best Of Gregg Allman ► Southern Rock >> 2002
The Who —— The Ultimate Collection ► British Rock >> 2002
Korn —— Untouchables ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2002
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Mojo ► Album Rock >> 2010
Queen —— Icon ► Glam Rock >> 2013
Goo Goo Dolls —— Magnetic ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2013

Jun 12


Chuck Berry —— Chuck Berry Is On Top ► Rock n Roll >> 1959
Bo Diddley —— Go Bo Diddley ► Blues-Rock >> 1959
Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band —— Some Time In New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Howard Jones —— Human’s Lib ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Gregg Allman —— Just Before The Bullets Fly ► Southern Rock >> 1988
Bad Company —— Holy Water ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Fugazi —— Red Medicine ► Post Hardcore Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1995
Sloan —— One Chord To Another [Canada] ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1996
Peter Gabriel —— OVO (Millennium Dome Show) [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Asia —— Asia Live ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Roxy Music —— Concerto ► Prog Rock >> 2001
ZZ Top —— Vintage ► Prog Rock >> 2001
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Wired ► Art Rock >> 2001
Electric Light Orchestra —— Zoom ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Steely Dan —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock >> 2007
Coldplay —— Viva La Vida ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2008
The dB’s —— Falling Off The Sky ► Power Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs From The Laundromat ► Southern Rock >> 2012

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