Archive for September, 2018

Singles Released This Week (October 1 – 7)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).



October 01
1963 • Elvis Presley • “Witchcraft” • Latin Rock • Fun In Alcapulco • [B-Side]
1963 • Elvis Presley • “Bossa Nova Baby” • Latin Rock • Fun In Alcapulco • “Witchcraft”
1965 • The Byrds • “She Don’t Care About Time” • Folk-Rock • Turn, Turn, Turn • [B-Side]
1965 • The Byrds • “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)” • Folk-Rock • Turn, Turn, Turn • “She Don’t Care About Time”
1969 • The Byrds • “Ballad Of Easy Rider” • Folk-Rock • Ballad Of Easy Rider • “Oil In My Lamp”
1974 • Harry Chapin • “Cat’s In The Cradle” • Folk-Pop • Verities & Balderdash • “Vacancy”
1985 • Sting • “Fortress Around Your Heart” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles • “Shadows In The Rain”
1988 • Tracy Chapman • “Baby Can I Hold You” • Folk-Rock • Tracy Chapman • “Across The Lines”
1990 • Wilson Phillips • “Impulsive” • Pop-Rock • Wilson Phillips • “The Dream Is Still Alive”
1992 • R.E.M. • “Drive” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Automatic For The People • “Winged Mammal Theme”


October 02
1969 • Shocking Blue • “Venus” • Psychedelic Pop • At Home • “Hot Sand”
1970 • T. Rex • “Ride A White Swan” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Is It Love?”
1974 • The Doobie Brothers • “Nobody” • Pop-Rock • The Doobie Brothers • “Flying Cloud”
1978 • Pointer Sisters • “Fire” • Soul • Energy • “Love Is Like A Rolling Stone”
1980 • Dire Straits • “Tunnel Of Love” • New Wave/Post-Punk • Making Movies • “Tunnel of Love, Part 2”
1984 • Prince • “America” • Soul-Funk • Around The World In A Day • “Girl”
1987 • Billy Idol • “Mony Mony” • Hard Rock • Vital Idol • “311 Man”
1991 • Bryan Adams • “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” • Pop-Rock • Waking Up The Neighbors • “It’s Only Love”


October 03
1980 • The Police • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Zenyatta Mondatta • “A Sermon”
1980 • Supertramp • “Take The Long Way Home” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • Breakfast in America • “From Now On”
1981 • Triumph • “Allied Forces” • Arena Rock • Allied Forces • “Hot Time In This City Tonight”
1983 • Genesis • “That’s All!” • Prog Rock • Genesis • “Second Home By The Sea”
1987 • Guns N’ Roses • “Welcome To The Jungle” • Hard Rock • Appetite For Destruction • “Mr. Brownstone”
2000 • Matchbox Twenty • “If You’re Gone” • Alt. Rock • Mad Season • N/A


1963 • The Marvelettes • “As Long As I Know He’s Mine” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “Little Girl Blue”
1963 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” [UK] • Ballad • How Do You Like It? • “It’s Alright”
1966 • The New Vaudeville Band • “Winchester Cathedral” • Pop • [Single] • “Wait For Me Baby”
1969 • It’s A Beautiful Day • “White Bird” • Psychedelic (SFO) • It’s A Beautiful Day • “Wasted Union Blues”
1974 • John Lennon • “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Walls And Bridges • “Beef Jerky”
1975 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Letting Go” • Pop-Rock • Venus And Mars • “You Gave Me The Answer”
1984 • Hall & Oates • “Out Of Touch” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Big Bam Boom • “Cold, Dark & Yesterday”
1988 • The Beach Boys • “Kokomo” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Still Cruisin’ • “Tutti Frutti” [Little Richard]
1994 • Green Day • “Welcome To Paradise” • Punk Rock • Dookie • N/A


October 05
1962 • The Beatles • “P.S. I Love You” [UK] • Brit Beat • Please Please Me • [B-Side]
1962 • The Beatles • “Love Me Do” [UK] • Brit Beat • Please Please Me • “P.S. I Love You”
1973 • The Who • “5:15” • British Rock • Quadrophenia • “Water”
1976 • The Doobie Brothers • “It Keeps You Runnin'” • Pop-Rock • Takin’ It To The Streets • “Turn It Loose”
1979 • Kool & the Gang • “Ladies’ Night” • Disco-Funk • Ladies’ Night • “Too Hot”
1980 • Queen • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” • Glam Rock • The Game • “We Will Rock You” [Live}
1981 • U2 • “Gloria” • Alt. Pop-Rock • October • “I Will Follow” [Live]
1982 • The Time • “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” • Soul-Funk • What Time Is It? • “I Don’t Wanna Leave You”
1983 • Michael Jackson • “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” • Dance-Pop • Thriller • “Working Day And Night” [The Jacksons]
1987 • Sammy Hagar • “Eagles Fly” • Hard Rock • I Never Said Goodbye • “Hands And Knees”
1987 • Michael Jackson • “Smooth Criminal” • Dance-Pop • Bad • “Smooth Criminal” [Instrumental]
1992 • Spin Doctors • “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” • Alt Pop-Rock • Pocket Full of Kryptonite • “What Time Is It?/Freeway Of Plains” [Live]
1992 • The Cure • “A Letter To Elise” • Pop-Rock • Wish • “The Big Hand”
1996 • The Cardigans • “Lovefool” • Pop-Rock • First Band On The Moon • “Nasty Sunny Beam”


October 06
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Love Me Tender” • Soft Ballad • Elvis • “Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)”
1965 • The Yardbirds • “I’m A Man” • Blues Rock • Having A Rave Up • “Still I’m Sad”
1965 • The Supremes • “I Hear A Symphony” • Soul – Motown • I Hear A Symphony • “Who Could Ever Doubt My Love”
1966 • Martha & The Vandellas • “I’m Ready For Love” • Soul – Dance • [Single] • “He Doesn’t Love Her Anymore”
1966 • Episode Six • “I Can See Through You” • Brit Pop-Rock • [Single] • “When I Fall In Love”
1969 • The Beatles • “Something” • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Come Together” [Double A-Side]
1969 • The Beatles • “Come Together” • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Something” [Double A-Side]
1970 • Elvis Presley • “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” • Pop Ballad • That’s The Way It Is • “Patch It Up”
1977 • Aerosmith • “Draw The Line” • Hard Rock • Draw The Line • “Bright Light Fright”
1978 • The Moody Blues • “Driftwood” • Prog Rock • Octave • “I’m Your Man”
1981 • Journey • “Don’t Stop Believin'” • Power Ballad • Escape • “Natural Thing”
1982 • Madonna • “Everybody” • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “Everybody” [Instrumental Version]
1986 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Hip To Be Square” • Pop-Rock • Fore! • “Some Of My Lies Are True”
1992 • Elton John • “The Last Song” • Pop-Rock • The One • “The Man Who Never Died” [Remix]
1996 • Matchbox Twenty • “Back 2 Good” • Alt. Rock • Yourself Or Someone Like You • N/A
1998 • Eagle-Eye Cherry • “Save Tonight” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Desireless • “Conversation”
2003 • Blondie • “Good Boys” • New Wave Pop-Rock • The Curse Of Blondie • N/A


October 07
1963 • Freddie & The Dreamers • “I’m Telling You Now” • Merseybeat • [Single] • “What Have I Done to You?”
1964 • The Beefeaters • “Please Let Me Love You” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Don’t Be Long”
1966 • The Moody Blues • “Boulevard De La Madelaine” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)”
1966 • The Hollies • “Stop! Stop! Stop!” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Stop! Stop! Stop! • “It’s You”
1966 • The Hollies • “Stop! Stop! Stop!” • Pop-Rock • Stop! Stop! Stop! • “It’s You”
1969 • The Jackson 5 • “I Want You Back” • Soul – Pop • Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 • “Who’s Lovin’ You”
1971 • Hot Tuna • “Been So Long” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Candy Man”
1972 • Michael Jackson • “Got To Be There” • Soul – Motown • Got To Be There • “Maria (You Were the Only One)”
1977 • Queen • “We Are The Champions” • Glam Rock • News Of The World • “We Will Rock You”
2006 • Pearl Jam • “Gone” • Grunge Rock • Pearl Jam • “Come Back” [Live] / “Gone” [Live]

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Albums Released This Week (October 1 – 7)

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):


October 01
1960 ● Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll
1961 ● Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll
1969 ● The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock
1975 ● Rory Gallagher —— Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● John Mellencamp (Johnny Cougar) —— Chestnut Street Incident ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock
1977 ● The Runaways —— Waitin’ For The Night ► Punk Rock
1978 ● Rory Gallagher —— Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock
1979 ● Slade —— Return To Base ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock
1982 ● Marvin Gaye —— Midnight Love ► Soul
1984 ● U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock
1984 ● Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk
1984 ● Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Romeo Void —— Instincts ► Post-Punk
1984 ● The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock
1986 ● John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● Dannii Minogue —— Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle
1990 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Elton John —— The Very Best of Elton John [1990] ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1991 ● Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk
1993 ● Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1994 ● Natalie Cole —— Holly & Ivy ► Soul-Pop
1994 ● Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1995 ● East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop
1996 ● Matchbox Twenty —— Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock
1996 ● Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore
1996 ● Thompson Twins —— Greatest Hits ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1996 ● Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk
1996 ● Nirvana —— From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge
1997 ● Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock
1999 ● Eighteen Visions —— No Time For Love ► Metalcore
2001 ● Kylie Minogue —— Fever ► Dance-Pop
2001 ● Elton John —— Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Matthew Sweet —— To Understand: The Early Recordings Of Matthew Sweet ► Power Pop
2002 ● Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
2004 ● Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Domage ► Jazz Rock
2007 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Best Of The Psychedelic Furs ► Post-Punk New Wave


October 02
1961 ● The Ventures —— The Colorful Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1964 ● The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock
1964 ● The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock
1971 ● Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country
1971 ● J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock
1973 ● Barry White —— Stone Gon’ ► Soul
1975 ● Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock
1978 ● Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock
1978 ● Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae
1981 ● The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1984 ● The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock
1984 ● Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1984 ● Sheena Easton —— A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock
1989 ● Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock
1990 ● Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop
1995 ● Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
1995 ● Iron Maiden —— The X Factor ► Heavy Metal
2000 ● Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock
2001 ● Machine Head —— Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
2001 ● The Rembrandts —— Lost Together ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Billy Joel —— The Essential Billy Joel ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Matchbox Twenty —— Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock
2007 ● Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● John Fogerty —— Revival ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock
2012 ● Motörhead —— The Wörld Is Ours – Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else ► Heavy Metal
2012 ● The Tragically Hip —— Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● Heart —— Fanatic ► Album Rock
2012 ● Van Morrison —— Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock
2015 ● Janet Jackson —— Unbreakable ► Pop-Soul


October 03
1960 ● The Kingston Trio —— The Last Month Of The Year ► Folk-Pop
1968 ● Merle Haggard —— Mama Tried ► Classic Country
1975 ● George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● The Who —— The Who By Numbers ► British Rock
1977 ● Electric Light Orchestra —— Out Of The Blue ► Prog. Rock
1977 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis In Concert ► Adult Contemporary
1980 ● Diamond Head —— Lightning To The Nations ► Heavy Metal (Brit New Wave)
1980 ● The Police —— Zenyatta Mondatta ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1981 ● Lindsey Buckingham —— Law And Order ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Genesis —— Genesis ► Prog Rock
1988 ● Keith Richards —— Talk Is Cheap ► Hard Rock
1989 ● Otis Day & The Knights —— Shout ► Soul
1989 ● Jack Bruce —— A Question Of Time ► Prog Rock/Fusion
1989 ● Tracy Chapman —— Crossroads ► Folk-Rock
1989 ● Mark Knopfler —— Last Exit To Brooklyn [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
1989 ● Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville —— Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● Blind Guardian —— Tales From The Twilight World ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1991 ● Scarface —— Mr. Scarface Is Back ► Gangsta Rap
1994 ● The Cranberries —— No Need To Argue ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1994 ● Brenda Lee —— The Very Best With Love ► Country-Pop
1994 ● Twisted Sister —— Live At Hammersmith ► Hair Metal
1995 ● Mariah Carey —— Daydream ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Radiohead —— Kid A ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Luis Miguel —— Vivo ► Latin Pop
2000 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Sibling Rivalry ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Paul Simon —— You’re The One ► Folk-Pop
2005 ● New Order —— Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock
2005 ● Cream —— Royal Albert Hall May 2-3-5-6, 2005 ► Blues-Rock
2006 ● Evanescence —— The Open Door ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal
2006 ● Hall & Oates —— Home For Christmas ► Pop-Rock


October 04
1971 ● Frank Zappa —— 200 Motels [Sndtrk] ► Art Rock
1974 ● John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Rod Stewart —— Smiler ► Album Rock
1975 ● Elton John —— Rock Of The Westies ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Trooper —— Untitled ► Hard Rock
1982 ● The Associates —— Sulk ► New Wave/New Romantic
1982 ● Culture Club —— Kissing To Be Clever ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1982 ● Hall & Oates —— H20 ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Jefferson Starship —— Winds Of Change ► Arena Rock
1984 ● Barbra Streisand —— Emotion ► Easy Listening
1988 ● Ultramagnetic MC’s —— Critical Beatdown ► East Coast Rap
1988 ● Anita Baker —— Giving You The Best That I Got ► Quiet Storm
1988 ● Eddie Money —— Nothing To Lose ► Album Rock
1991 ● Savatage —— Streets: A Rock Opera ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal
1993 ● Entombed —— Wolverine Blues ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1993 ● Dannii Minogue —— Get Into You ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● Bon Jovi —— Cross Road ► Arena Rock
1994 ● Accept —— Death Row ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal
1994 ● The dB’s —— Paris Avenue ► Power Pop
1994 ● Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble —— Music For The Native Americans ► Roots Rock
1994 ● R.E.M. —— R.E.M.: Singles Collected ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1999 ● Bloodhound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies [UK] ► Post-Punk Alt Metal
1999 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Best Of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Re-Mastered ► Hard Rock
1999 ● David Bowie —— Hours ► Glam Rock
1999 ● The Clash —— From Here To Etrenity: Live ► Punk
2004 ● The Church —— Beside Yourself ► Alt. Power Pop
2005 ● Little Feat —— Barnstormin’ Live, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock
2005 ● Bonnie Raitt —— The Essentials ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● Talking Heads —— Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock
2010 ● Blondie —— At The BBC ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2011 ● Indigo Girls —— Beauty Queen Sister ► Folk-Rock


October 05
1968 ● Muddy Waters —— Electric Mud ► Electric Blues
1970 ● Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin III ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Elton John —— Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Bryan Ferry —— These Foolish Things ► Prog. Rock
1973 ● The Rolling Stones —— No Stone Unturned ► Blues-rock
1979 ● The Police —— Reggatta De Blanc ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1979 ● Joe Jackson —— I’m The Man ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1979 ● The Who —— Quadrophenia [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
1980 ● Killing Joke —— Killing Joke ► Heavy Metal
1981 ● Einstürzende Neubatuten —— Kollaps ► Industrial Electronica
1981 ● Saxon —— Denim And Leather ► Heavy Metal
1981 ● Depeche Mode —— Speak & Spell ► Synth-Pop
1984 ● J. Geils Band —— You’re Getting’ Even While I’m Getting’ Odd ► Blues-Rock
1985 ● Mike + The Mechanics —— Mike + The Mechanics ► Brit Pop-Rock
1987 ● Terence Trent D’Arby —— Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby ► Pop-R&B
1987 ● Belinda Carlisle —— Heaven On Earth ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Legend ► Southern Rock
1990 ● Galaxie 500 —— This Is Our Music ► Dream Pop
1990 ● The Go-Go’s —— Greatest ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● American Music Club —— Everclear ► Roots Rock
1991 ● Heart —— Rock The House Live! ► Album Rock
1992 ● Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Twice Upon A Time: The Singles ► Alt. Rock
1992 ● Bonnie Tyler —— Angel Heart ► Pop Vocals (Female)
1993 ● The Afghan Whigs —— Gentlemen ► Post-Punk
1993 ● Belinda Carlisle —— Real ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Def Leppard —— Retro Active ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Redd Kross —— Phaseshifter ► Alt. Power Pop
1993 ● Uncle Tupelo —— Anodyne ► Alt. Country
1996 ● Republica —— Republica [UK] ► Punk Rock/Techno-Pop
1998 ● Ash —— Nu-Clear Sounds [UK] ► Punk-Pop
1999 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Breakdown ► Roots Rock
1999 ● Brenda Lee —— Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree ► Country-Pop
1999 ● XTC —— Homespun ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1999 ● The Band —— The Best Of The Band, Vol. II ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Korn —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2004 ● Soul Asylum —— After The Flood: Live From The Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2004 ● R.E.M. —— Around The Sun ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2006 ● Son Volt —— Okemah & The Melody Of Riot ► Alt. Country-Rock
2012 ● The Stranglers —— Giants ► Punk-Rock


October 06
1969 ● Jack Bruce —— Songs For A Tailor ► Prog Rock/Fusion
1972 ● Genesis —— Foxtrot ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Jesse Colin Young —— Song for Juli ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● Hawkwind —— Hawklords – 25 Years On ► Heavy Metal
1978 ● Rachel Sweet —— Fool Around ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1982 ● Lionel Richie —— Lionel Richie ► Soul-Dance
1983 ● George Strait —— Right Or Wrong ► Classic Country
1986 ● A-Ha —— Scoundrel Days ► Synth-Pop
1986 ● Metal Church —— The Dark ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1992 ● R.E.M. —— Automatic For The People ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1992 ● Joan Baez —— Play Me Backwards ► Folk-Pop
1992 ● Soul Asylum —— Grave Dancer’s Union ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1992 ● The Tragically Hip —— Fully Completely ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Songs Of Freedom ► Roots Reggae
1997 ● Aphex Twin —— Come To Daddy ► Electronica – Dark Ambient
1998 ● Manu Chao —— Clandestino ► Latin Reggae
1998 ● Son Volt —— Wide Swing Tremelo ► Alt. Country-rock
1998 ● John Mellencamp —— John Mellencamp ► Roots Rock
2002 ● Kansas —— Device-Voice-Drum ► Prog/Arena Rock
2008 ● Oasis —— Dig Out Your Soul ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
2008 ● The Clash —— Live At Shea Sadium ► Punk
2008 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 ► Folk-Rock
2009 ● Everclear —— In A Different Light ► Grunge-Punk
2009 ● Kiss —— Sonic Boom ► Hard Rock


October 07
1963 ● The Beach Boys —— Little Deuce Coupe ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● XTC —— 3D EP ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1978 ● Dire Straits —— Dire Straits ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
1978 ● Heart —— Dog & Butterfly ► Album Rock
1981 ● Loverboy —— Get Lucky ► Arena Rock
1982 ● Supertramp —— …Famous Last Words… ► Prog/Art Rock
1983 ● John Cougar Mellencamp —— Uh-Huh ► Roots Rock
1985 ● Cilla Black —— Surprisimngly Cilla ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Slayer —— Reign In Blood ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Talking Heads —— True Stories ► New Wave Art-Rock
1987 ● Exodus —— Pleasures Of The Flesh ► Heavy Metal
1993 ● Metal Church —— Hanging In The Balance ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1996 ● The Shamen —— Hempton Manor ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych
1997 ● Janet Jackson —— The Velvet Rope ► Pop-Soul
1997 ● Everclear —— So Much For The Afterglow ► Grunge-Punk
1997 ● Leonard Cohen —— More Of The Best Of Leonard Cohen ► Soft Rock
1997 ● Blondie —— Picture This Live ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1997 ● Steve Earle —— El Corazón ► Alt. Country
1997 ● The Four Tops —— The Ultimate Collection ► Soul – Motown
1997 ● R.E.M. —— R.E.M.: In The Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985-1989 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2003 ● Gov’t Mule —— The Deepest End: Live In Concert ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2003 ● Mötley Crüe —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Mötley Crüe ► Heavy Metal
2003 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Live In Auburn, WA ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● Styx —— 21st Century Live ► Prog/Art Rock
2006 ● Twisted Sister —— A Twisted Christmas ► Hair Metal
2008 ● Natalie Cole —— Caroling, Caroling: Christmas With Natalie Cole ► Holiday Soul-Pop
2008 ● The Pretenders —— Break Up The Concrete ► Post-Punk
2014 ● Jackson Browne —— Standing In The Breach ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Norah Jones —— Little Broken Hearts ► Jazz-Pop Vocals

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 30 – October 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 30
1913 ● Cholly Atkins / (Charles Atkinson) → Vaudeville performer, legendary Cotton Club and Apollo Theater choreographer and Swing-era tap dancer with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others, parlayed freelance work as dance instructor for 50s R&B groups into the full-time, in-house choreographer position for Motown Records, designed trademark moves and gestures for The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5 and others, continued to teach dance until his death from pancreatic cancer on 4/19/2003, age 89
1917 ● Buddy Rich / (Bernard Rich) → Virtuoso jazz drummer known as the “King of the Drum Solo” over a seven decade career in big band, bop, swing and straight jazz, highly influential to dozens of jazz and rock drummers, scored eleven Jazz Top 20 albums between 1967 and 1981, died from heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor on 4/2/1987, age 69
1933 ● Cissy Houston / (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, “Think It Over” (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis / (John Royce Mathis) → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, “Chances Are” (#1, 1957) and “Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin / (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died from unknown causes on 2/1/2009, age 68
1942 ● Frankie Lymon / (Franklin Joseph Lymon) → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968, age 25
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002, age 59
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Wedding Bell Blues” (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963), retired from the group in the mid-90s
1947 ● Marc Bolan / (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977, age 29
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1953 ● Deborah Allen / (Deborah Lynn Thurmond) → Country-pop backing singer for Roy Orbison and Tennessee Ernie Ford, then three Country Top 10 duet singles with Jim Reeves (including “Oh, How I Miss You Tonight,” Country #6, 1979) and an 80s solo stint with 11 charting Country singles and a lone crossover hit, “Baby I Lied” (#26, Country #4, 1983), continued to record and write songs for others into the 10s
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, “Forget Me Nots” (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, “Time And Tide” (#26, 1988) and “Drunk On Love” (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1958 ● Biggie Tembo / (Tembo Marasha) → Zimbabwean singer and frontman for influential The Bhundu Boys, the band created “jit” music mixing rock ‘n’ roll and traditional chimurenga music into a dance-pop World beat that gained international recognition in the 80s and one charting U.S. album, Pamberi! (World Music Albums #15, 1990), fired from the band in 1990, tried unsuccessfully to launch a solo career, committed suicide by hanging on 7/30/1995, age 36
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1964 ● Trey Anastasio / (Ernest Joseph Anastasio III) → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1965 ● Matt Fallon / (Matthew Frankel) → Original lead vocalist for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), left in 1987 to pursue an unsuccessful solo career
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)
1986 ● Ben Lovett → Welsh multi-instrumentalist and member of Grammy-winning Brit folk-rock Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait” (#12, Alt Rock #1, 2012)

October 01
1913 ● Charles Randolph Grean → Songwriter and producer, worked with various big bands in the 40s, wrote or co-wrote several hits in the 50s, including novelty pop “The Thing” for Phil Harris (#1, 1950), “I Dreamed” for his wife, Betty Johnson (#12, 1956) and Leonard Nimoy, lost a plagiarism lawsuit against him for the music to “I Dreamed” which was alleged to have copied Fred Spielman‘s “Rendezvous” from 1953, died from natural causes on 12/20/2003, age 90
1927 ● Buddy McRae / (Floyd McRae) → Founding member and second tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop The Chords, one of the earliest black groups to cross over to the pop charts with “Sh-Boom” (#9, R&B #3, 1954), died on 3/19/2013, age 85
1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, “Macarthur Park” (#2, 1968), died of Hodgkin’s disease on 10/25/2002, age 72
1932 ● Albert Collins → The “Master of the Telecaster,” influential electric blues singer and guitarist, “Get Your Business Straight” (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live ’92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993, age 61
1934 ● Geoff Stephens → Brit songwriter and record producer, created US one hit wonder The New Vaudeville Band with a collection of studio musicians to record his Grammy-winning novelty pop hit “Winchester Cathedral” (#1, UK #4, 1966) and several other minor hits in the UK, also wrote hits for The Holliess, Tom Jones, Hot Chocolate, David Soul and many others
1935 ● Julie Andrews / (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (#66, 1965)
1940 ● Steve O’Rourke → Booking agent turned band manager for space/psych/prog rock Pink Floyd following the departure of founding member Syd Barrett in 1968, continued to manage the group’s affairs while pursuing a parallel career as an historic race car driver, died from a stroke on 10/30/2003, age 63
1942 ● Herb Fame / (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince‘s backing band
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1944 ● Toubo Rhoad / (Herbert Rhoad) → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), died while on tour with the group on 12/8/1988, age 44
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love?” (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979, age 33
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1947 ● Jane Dornacker → Rock vocalist and stand-up comedienne turned TV traffic reporter, early member of camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes (“She’s A Beauty,” #10, 1978), died in a news traffic helicopter crash in New York City on 10/22/1986 , age 39
1948 ● Cub Koda / (Michael Koda) → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died from kidney failure on 7/5/2000, age 51
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006, age 58
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” (1986), solo, “7 Seconds” (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1976 ● Richard Oakes → Guitarist for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal / (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, “Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

October 02
1933 ● David Somerville → Canadian singer and songwriter, co-founder and original lead singer for pop vocal group The Diamonds, “Little Darlin'” (#2, 1957) and fourteen other Top 40 hits between 1956 and 1961, co-wrote the theme song to TV drama series The Fall Guy (1981-1986) with show producer Glen Larson of The Four Preps, with whom he toured in the 80s, died from cancer on 7/14/2015, age 81
1935 ● René Herrera → Mexican-American singer and, with René Ornelas, one half of the Tejano-pop duo René y René with two minor 60s hits, “Angelito” (“Little Angel”) (#43, 1964) and “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)” (AC #14, 1969), one of the first Chicano acts on American Bandstand in 1964, retired in 1969 for a career in banking, died from cancer on 12/20/2005, age 70
1938 ● Nick Gravenites → Blues, rock and folk guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, worked with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin‘s Kozmic Blues Band, joined The Butterfield Blues Band and founded blues-rock Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, wrote the score to the film The Trip (1967) and produced the music to the film Steelyard Blues (1973), inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003
1939 ● Lolly Vegas / (Candido Vasquez-Vegas) → With brother Patrick, co-founder, guitar and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died 3/4/2010, age 70
1941 ● Ron Meagher → Co-founder and bassist in pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter best known for his 8 minute epic, “American Pie” (#1, 1971), the song inspired by and a tribute to the death of Buddy Holly
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → Bassist, vocals and songwriter for power pop quartet The Iveys, “Maybe Tomorrow” (#67, 1968), left before the band changed its name and became Badfinger
1947 ● Skip Konte / (Frank Konte) → Record producer, movie score writer and pop-rock keyboardist, joined The Blues Image in 1967 and co-wrote “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), left in 1973 to join pop-rock Three Dog Night (“Joy To The World,” #1, 1971), formed KonteMedia and produced the sci-fi movie Meridian in 2010
1949 ● Richard Hell / (Richard Lester Meyers) → Bassist, singer and songwriter, one of the original New York punk rockers, co-founded punk-rock Television, then fronted The Voidoids, “Blank Generation” (1977), now an author
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Bass, backing vocals and one of two constant members of prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis, “Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), fronts side project Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting / (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → Lead vocals, bass guitar and songwriter for post-punk The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983), then highly successful solo career, “Fortress Around Your Heart” (#1, 1985) and five other Top 20 hits and 11 Grammy Awards
1952 ● John Otway → Novelty folk-rock cult singer/songwriter, “Really Free” (UK #27, 1977) with Wild Willy Barrett and “Bunsen Burner” (UK #9, 2002)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul balladeer, “You Are My Lady” (#12, R&B #1, 1985) and nine other R&B #1 hits
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, guitarist and pop-rock solo singer, “C’est La Vie” (#2, 1987), producer and writer for Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Smash Mouth and others
1960 ● Al Connelly → Guitarist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1962 ● Claude McKnight / (Claude V. McKnight, III) → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Siggi Baldursson / (Sigtryggur Baldursson) → Drummer in Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1967 ● Bud Gaugh / (Floyd I. Gaugh IV) → Drums and percussion for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1967 ● Gillian Welch → Country, bluegrass and light roots-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, released multiple albums with musical partner David Rawlings, including Grammy-nominated The Harrow & The Harvest (#20, Indie Albums #3, 2011)
1969 ● Badly Drawn Boy / (Damon Gough) → Alternative rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, “You Were Right” (UK #9, 2002)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Backing vocals in hip hop/urban rap quintet Az Yet, “Last Night” (#9, R&B #1, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany Renee Darwish → Late 80s teen queen and bubblegum pop singer, “Could’ve Been” (#1, 1987) and “I Think We’re Alone Now” (#1, 1987)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1973 ● Lene / (Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted) → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
1973 ● Proof / (DeShaun Holton) → Detroit rapper, high school chum of Eminem and member with him of the hip hop collective D12 (aka Dirty Dozen), “My Band” (#6, 2004) plus several solo and collaborative projects, died from gunshot wounds at a nightclub shooting on 4/11/2006, age 32

October 03
1938 ● Eddie Cochran / (Edward Raymond Cochran) → Pioneering rockabilly singer, songwriter, influential power chord guitarist and up-and-coming rock star, “Summertime Blues” (#8, 1958) and two other Top 40 hits, died in a car crash while on tour in England on 4/17/1960, age 21
1940 ● Alan O’Day / (Alan Earle O’Day) → One hit wonder pop rock singer, “Undercover Agent” (#1, UK #43, 1977), also wrote hit songs for Helen Reddy (“Angie Baby,” #1, 1974) and co-wrote The Righteous Brothers (“Rock And Roll Heaven,” #3, 1974), turned to TV in the 80s and co-wrote over 100 songs for the Muppet Babes series, died from brain cancer on 5/17/2013, age 72
1941 ● Chubby Checker / (Ernest Evans) → Grammy-winning R&B/pop singer and early 60s dance-craze instigator, “The Twist” (#1, 1960 and 1962), the only song to hit #1 in the US singles charts twice, plus 17 other Top 40 hits
1941 ● Lenny Waronker → Record producer and former CEO of Warner Bros. Records, worked with Maria Muldaur, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, The Doobie Brothers and multiple other 70s rock bands, partner with DreamWorks development team
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Guitarist for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1946 ● P. P. Arnold / (Patricia Ann Cole) → L.A.-born gospel and R&B/soul singer recruited from motherhood to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in 1964, left the band for a London-based solo career including a Mick Jagger produced debit album, The First Lady Of Immediate (1967) and several UK-only cover hits plus backing work with the Small Faces, Humble Pie, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel and others into the 00s
1947 ● Ben Cauley → Trumpet player and founding member of soul/funk The Bar-Kays, “Soul Finger” (#17, R&B #3, 1967), which also served as Stax Records‘ in-house session group and Otis Redding‘s backing band, survived the December 1967 plane crash that killed Redding and four bandmates, reformed the The Bar-Kays and backed Isaac Hayes on his landmark album, Hot Buttered Soul (1969), continued to perform until his death on 9/21/2015 , age 68
1947 ● John Perry Barlow → Montana cattle rancher, poet, Republican politician and internet political activist known for three decades of championing freedom and inclusion in cyberspace, as well as for co-writing nearly 30 songs for psych-rock/jam band Grateful Dead, mostly with his high school chum and Dead guitarist Bob Weir, including “Black-Throated Wind” (1972) and “Throwing Stones” (1987), served on the board of Electronic Frontier Foundation and was a Harvard University fellow at the time of his death after several years of declining health on 2/7/2018, age 70
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for pop duo Buckingham Nicks, joined pop-rock Fleetwood Mac in 1974, wrote “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), then solo, “Trouble” (#9, 1981), producer
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → Jazz, blues and funk saxophonist and singer, first with R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975), then solo, “Every Generation” (R&B #12, 1980), sessions for Ramsey Lewis, Hugh Masekela, Sister Sledge and others
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Grammy-winning Texas blues-rock guitar master, “Crossfire” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1983), died in a helicopter crash following a show in Wisconsin on 8/27/1990, age 35
1961 ● Robbie Jaymes → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1962 ● Tommy Lee / (Tommy Lee Bass) → Drummer in hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989), founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, “Get Naked” (2000) and other solo work, former spouse of actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson
1965 ● Neil Sims → Drummer for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Guitarist for at pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1967 ● Chris Collingwood → Singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and founding member of power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → Lead vocals for rock/ska No Doubt, “Underneath It All” (#3, 2002), then solo, “Hollaback Girl” (#1, 2005) from the 2004 worldwide Top 10 album Love, Angel, Music, Baby, fashion designer
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Vocals in pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Arie / (India Arie Simpson) → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul singer and songwriter, “Little Things” (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears / (Jason Sellards) → Vocals dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Drums, percussion and backing vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1983 ● Danny O’Donoghue → Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in teen-pop boy band Mytown, “Body Bumpin'” (Canada #12, 2000) then Celtic folk-pop-rock The Script, “Breakeven” (#12, 2010)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Reality TV series actress and teen-dance-pop singer, “Pieces Of Me” (#5, 2004), fodder for tabloid magazines

October 04
1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke → Country-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Walk On By” (#5, Country #1, 1961), named by Billboard magazine as the most popular country song of all time
1937 ● Pirkle Lee Moses, Jr. → Lead vocals for Chicago doo wop The El Dorados, “At My Front Door” (#17, R&B #1, 1955), fronted various incarnations of the group until his death on 12/6/2000, age 63
1944 ● Marlena Davis → Vocals in mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962), left the group in late 1963 for a career as an executive secretary, died from lung cancer on 2/25/1993, age 48
1944 ● Larry Collins / (Lawrence Collins) → Gyrating rockabilly guitarist and falsetto singer, with his older sister, Lorrie, one half of the teen rockabilly duo The Collins Kids, their flashy Western wear and stage antics were well-suited to early TV variety shows in the 50s and earned them a spot on Tex Ritter‘s weekly Town Hall Party, after she eloped in 1961 turned to writing country-pop songs, including “Delta Dawn for Tanya Tucker (#72, Country #6, 1972) and Helen Reddy (#1, AC#1, 1973), The Collins Kids‘ multiple rockabilly and country-pop songs did not chart but are nonetheless appreciated by enthusiasts and still available, reunited in 1992 and performed with Lorrie at rockabilly festivals until her death from complications of a fall on 8/4/2018, age 76
1947 ● Jim Fielder → Bassist for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1952 ● Jody Stevens → Drummer and last surviving original member of power pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178), currently a studio engineer
1957 ● Barbara K. / (Barbara Kooyman MacDonald) → With then-husband Pat MacDonald, one half of one hit wonder alt country-folk-pop duo Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (#19, 1986), following divorce in 1995 pursued a solo music career mixed with social activism
1959 ● Chris Lowe → Keyboards for synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Juan Jon Secada / (Juan Secada) → Cuban-American R&B and pop singer and songwriter, “Just Another Day” (#5, 1992), two albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Latin Pop Performance
1965 ● Leo Barnes → Saxophone for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1977 ● Richard Reed Parry → Multi-instrumentalist member of Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)
1984 ● Lena Katina / (Elena Sergeevna Katina) → Singer in Russian teen pop duo t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (#20, UK #1, 2003), solo

October 05
1907 ● Mrs. Miller / (Elva Ruby Connes) → Undeniably unique, improbably humorous and oddly catchy novelty pop singer with an off-key, warbling, faux-operatic delivery on renditions of light pop, jazz and easy listening hits, including “Yellow Submarine,” “The Girl From Ipanema” and “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” scored two Top 100 hits and a Top 20 album (Mrs. Miller’s Greatest Hits, #15, 1966) before disappearing into obscurity the early 70s, died on 7/5/1997, age 89
1911 ● Maxine King / (Maxine Elliott Driggs Thomas) → Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, “The Hut-Sut Song” (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show and holiday specials thereafter, died from natural causes at age 92 on 5/13/2009, age 97
1924 ● Bill Dana / (William Szathmary) → TV actor, comedian and screenwriter, created the character José Jiménez and the comedy single “The Astronaut” (Top 20, 1961)
1935 ● Margie Singleton / (Margaret Louis Ebey) → Popular country duet and solo singer, “Keeping Up With The Joneses” (Country #5, 1964) and four other Country Top 20 hits
1936 ● Wydell Jones / (George Jones Jr.) → Lead vocals and songwriter for doo-wop The Edsels, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” (#21, 1961), died from cancer on 9/27/2008, age 71
1937 ● Carlo Mastrangelo → Bass and later lead vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, “A Teenager In Love” (#5, 1959), continued after frontman Dion DiMucci left in 1960 as The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961), performed with the group until just prior to his death from cancer on 4/4/2016, age 78
1939 ● Abi Ofarim / (Abraham Reichstadt) → Israeli guitarist, vocalist and dancer, one half the folk-pop-rock husband/wife duo Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafella” (UK #1, 1968)
1941 ● Arlene Smith → Vocals for early R&B/pop girl group trio The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, R&B #2, 1958), one of the definitive songs of the genre
1941 ● Wally Lester → Vocals in R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1942 ● Richard Street → Lead vocals from 1971 to 1993 for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, Grammy-winning “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), his unfinished autobiography was published after his death from a pulmonary embolism on 2/27/2013, age 70
1943 ● Steve Miller → Guitarist, singer, songwriter and frontman for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973), now teaches college music courses
1945 ● Brian Connolly → Vocals for glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973), died of kidney and liver failure after years of alcoholism on 2/10/1997, age 51
1947 ● Brian Johnson → Lead vocals for Brit glam-rock Geordie, “All Because Of You” (UK #6, 1972), joined AC/DC replacing deceased lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, “Back In Black” (#37, 1981)
1948 ● Tawl Ross / (Lucius “Tawl” Ross) → Rhythm guitar for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978)
1948 ● Carter Cornelius → Singer, musician and member of sibling R&B/soul-pop Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, “Treat Her Like A Lady” (#3, R&B #20, 1971) and “Too Late To Turn Back Now” (#2, R&B #5, 1972) and seven other charting hits in the mid-70s, went into seclusion with a religious sect in the late 70s and died from a heart attack on 11/7/1991 , age 43
1949 ● B.W. Stevenson / (Louis Charles Stevenson III) → One hit wonder country-pop singer, “My Maria” (#9, 1973), died during heart valve surgery on 4/28/1988, age 38
1950 ● Fast Eddie Clarke / (Edward Allan Clarke) → Lightning-fingered guitarist and vocalist in the classic lineup of speed-metal MotörheadFastway, died from pneumonia on 1/10/2018, age 67
1951 ● Bob Geldof → Frontman, guitar, singer and songwriter for Irish New Wave punk-pop Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, UK #1, 1980) plus 8 other UK Top 20 hits, Live Aid founder/promoter, author, and political activist
1952 ● Harold Faltermeyer / (Harald Faltermeier) → Grammy-winning German synth-pop keyboardist, producer and composer, co-wrote the themes from the movies Beverly Hills Cop “Axel F” (#3, 1985) and Top Gun, session work with Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Billy Idol, Cheap Trick and others
1953 ● Russell Craig Mael → With brother Ron, vocals and frontman for quirky pop-rock Sparks, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” (UK #2, 1974) and “Just Got Back From Heaven” (Dance/Club #7, 1989)
1957 ● Lee Thompson → Sax and vocals for punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1960 ● Paul Heard → Keyboards and programming for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1964 ● Dave Dederer → Co-founder, bass and vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Presidents Of The United States Of America, “Lump” (Mainstream Rock #7, 1995), later with web/mobile media company Melodeo
1964 ● Matthew Sweet → Power pop guitarist and songwriter, “Girlfriend” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992), collaborated with The Bangles‘ singer Susanna Hoffs on two albums, Under The Covers, (2006) and Vol. 2 (2009), featuring covers of 60s and 70s pop-rock hits
1974 ● Heather Headley → Trinidadian R&B/soul, calypso, reggae and soca singer, “In My Mind” (Dance/Club #1, 2006), Broadway stage actress, The Lion King (1997) and Aida (1998)
1977 ● Kele Le Roc / (Kelly Biggs) → Brit pop, garage and R&B/soul singer, “Little Bit Of Lovin'” (UK #8, 1998), backing vocals for Shy FX and Curtis Lynch, Jr.
1978 ● James Valentine → Guitarist for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)
1980 ● Paul Anthony Thomas → Bass guitar for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nicola Roberts → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

October 06
1917 ● Bob Neal → Memphis country and pop radio DJ, music talent agent, Elvis Presley‘s second manager, resigned in favor of Colonel Tom Parker in early 1955
1940 ● Jerry Heller / (Gerald E. Heller) → Music impresario best known for managing early rap stars N.W.A. and introducing gangsta rap to a mainstream audience, co-founded Ruthless Records with rapper Eazy-E in 1987, N.W.A. and the label eventually fell into acrimony that continued up to his lawsuit against NBC Universal and others for the negative portrayal of his character in the film Straight Outta Compton (2015) about N.W.A. and the rise of rap music, died after a heart attack on 9/2/2016, age 75
1942 ● Neil Korner → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1945 ● Robin Shaw / (Robin George Scrimshaw) → Session vocalist recruited to pre-fab British Invasion pop-rock The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (Top 10, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970) and later pop-rock The First Class, “Beach Baby” (#4, UK #13, 1974)
1946 ● Millie Small / (Millicent Dolly May Small ) → Jamaican one hit wonder “bluebeat” reggae/ska singer, “My Boy Lollipop” (#2, 1964), the first international ska hit
1949 ● Thomas McClary → Guitarist for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978), left for a solo career in gospel music
1949 ● Bobby Farrell / (Roberto Alfonso Farrell) → West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978), left for a solo career in 1988 and later fronted his own version of the band, Bobby Farrell’s Boney M, died in his sleep from a heart attack on 12/30/2010, age 61
1951 ● Gavin Sutherland → Bass guitar and vocals for folk-rock sibling duo The Sutherland Brothers, “(I Don’t Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway” (#48, 1973), then joined with an obscure rock band to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, “The Arms Of Mary” (#81, UK #5, 1975)
1951 ● Kevin Cronin → Lead vocals, rhythm guitar and songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980) and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● David Hidalgo → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo, side projects and session work, also member of supergroup Los Super Seven and the Latin Playboys
1958 ● Tim Mooney → Drummer for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1960 ● Richard Jobson → Lead singer in New Wave art-punk-rock The Skids, “Into The Valley” (UK #10, 1979), later producer, TV host, film director and screenwriter
1961 ● Tim Burgess → Drummer for new wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1966 ● Tommy Stinson → Lead guitar for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), solo, sessions, played with Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum, The Old 97’s and others
1982 ● William Pierce Butler → Multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)

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Singles Released This Week (September 24 – 30)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

(Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


September 24
1957 • Elvis Presley • “Treat Me Nice” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1957 • Elvis Presley • “Jailhouse Rock” • Rock n Roll • Jailhouse Rock • “Treat Me Nice”
1967 • The Rolling Stones • “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” • Blues-Rock • Flowers • “Who’s Driving Your Plane”
1968 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey” • Soul – Motown • You’re All I Need • “You Ain’t Livin’ Till You’re Lovin'”
1970 • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • “The Tears Of A Clown” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “Promise Me”
1978 • Donna Summer • “MacArthur Park” • Disco • Live And More • “Once Upon A Time” [Live]
1983 • Prince • “1999” • Funk-Dance • 1999 • “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
1984 • Julian Lennon • “Too Late For Goodbyes” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Valotte • “Let Me Be”
2007 • Bob Dylan • “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” [Remix] • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” [Original]


September 25
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “Get Off My Cloud” • Rock n Roll • December’s Children (And Everybody’s) • “I’m Free”
1965 • Fontella Bass • “Rescue Me” • Soul • [Single] • “The Soul Of A Man”
1972 • Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” • Pop-Soul • Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway • “Be Real Black For Me”
1979 • The Cars • “It’s All I Can Do” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Candy-O • “Got a Lot on My Head”
1981 • Hall & Oates • “Private Eyes” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Private Eyes • “Tell Me What You Want”
1981 • Diana Ross • “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” • Soul-Pop • Why Do Fools Fall In Love • “Think I’m In Love”
1989 • Belinda Carlisle • “Leave A Light On” • Pop-Rock • Runaway Horses • “Shades Of Michaelangelo”


September 26
1962 • The Temptations • “Paradise” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “Slow Down Heart”
1964 • The Rolling Stones • “Time Is On My Side” • Blues-Rock • 12 X 5 • “Congratulations”
1966 • Aretha Franklin • “Cry Like A Baby” • Soul • Soul Sister • “Swanee”
1967 • Elvis Presley • “You Don’t Know Me” • Country-Pop • Clambake • [B-Side]
1967 • Elvis Presley • “Big Boss Man” • Blues-Rock • Clambake • “You Don’t Know Me”
1967 • The Temptations • “(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It’s You That I Need” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “Don’t Send Me Away”
1969 • The Byrds • “Wasn’t Born To Follow” • Folk-Rock • The Notorious Byrd Brothers • “Child Of The Universe”
1969 • Bread • “It Don’t Matter To Me” • Soft Rock • Bread • “Call On Me”
1969 • The Hollies • “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Cos You Like To Love Me”
1977 • Billy Joel • “Just The Way You Are” • Soft Rock • The Stranger • “Get It Right The First Time”
1984 • Prince & The Revolution • “Purple Rain” • Soul-Pop-Gospel • Purple Rain • “God”
1986 • Boston • “Amanda” • Arena Rock • Third Stage • “My Destination”
1994 • The Rolling Stones • “You Got Me Rocking” • Blues-Rock • Voodoo Lounge • “Jump On Top Of Me”


September 27
1963 • Cilla Black • “Love Of The Loved” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Shy Of Love”
1963 • Chad & Jeremy • “Yesterday’s Gone” [UK] • Folk-Pop • Yesterday’s Gone • “Lemon Tree”
1968 • The Hollies • “Listen To Me” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Do The Best You Can”
1968 • The Hollies • “Listen To Me” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Do The Best You Can”
1974 • Elvis Presley • “It’s Midnight” • Adult Contemporary • [Single] • [B-Side]
1978 • Dr. Hook • “Sharing the Night Together” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “You Make My Pants Want to Get Up and Dance”
1980 • Hall & Oates • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Voices • “Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)”
1988 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Small World” • Pop-Rock • Small World • “Small World (Part One & Two)”
1989 • Billy Joel • “We Didn’t Start The Fire” • Pop-Rock • Storm Front • “House Of Blue Light”
1994 • Madonna • “Secret” • Dance-Pop • Bedtime Stories • “Let Down Your Guard”
1997 • Everclear • “I Will Buy You A New Life” • Grunge Rock • So Much For The Afterglow • “Like A California King”
2004 • R.E.M. • “Leaving New York” [UK] • Alt. Rock • Around The Sun • “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville [Live]”


September 28
1959 • Brenda Lee • “Sweet Nothin’s” • Teen Pop • Brenda Lee • “Weep No More My Baby”
1972 • The Temptations • “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” • Soul – Funk • All Directions • “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” [Instrumental]
1981 • The Kinks • “Destroyer” • British Rock • Give The People What They Want • “Back To Front”
1981 • The Human League • “Open Your Heart” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Dare • “Non-Stop”
1996 • LeAnn Rimes • “Unchained Melody” • Country Pop • [Single] • [B-Side]


September 29
1967 • Procol Harum • “Homburg” [UK] • Baroque Rock • Procol Harum • “Good Captain Clack”
1975 • Elton John • “Island Girl” • Pop-Caribbean • Rock Of The Westies • “Sugar On The Floor”
1981 • Kenny Rogers • “Lady” • Country-Pop • [Single] • “Sweet Music Man”
1983 • Billy Joel • “Uptown Girl” • Pop-Rock • An Innocent Man • “Careless Talk”
1986 • Madonna • “True Blue” [Extended Dance Version] [UK] • Dance-Pop • [Single] • “Holiday” [Full Length Version]
1993 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Wicked Garden” • Grunge Rock • Core • N/A
2003 • Fountains Of Wayne • “Stacy’s Mom” • Power Pop • Welcome Interstate Managers • “Trains and Boats and Planes”


September 30
1964 • Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston • “What Good Am I Without You” • Soul • Take Two • “I Want You ‘Round”
1965 • The Temptations • “My Baby” • Soul-Pop • Temptin’ Temptations • “Don’t Look Back”
1965 • The Temptations • “Don’t Look Back” • Soul-Pop • Temptin’ Temptations • [B-Side]
1968 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Love Child” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “Will This Be The Day”
1971 • Isaac Hayes • “Theme From Shaft” • Soul • Shaft [Sndtrk] • “Café Regio’s”
1975 • Elvis Presley • “Pieces Of My Life” • Pop Ballad • Today • [B-Side]
1975 • Elvis Presley • “Bringing It Back” • Country-Rock • Today • “Pieces Of My Life”
1979 • Kiss • “Sure Know Something” • Hard Rock • Dynasty • “Dirty Livin'”
1982 • Marvin Gaye • “Sexual Healing” • Soul • Midnight Love • “Sexual Healing [Instrumental]”
1985 • Tears For Fears • “I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Songs From The Big Chair • “Sea Song”
1985 • Simple Minds • “Alive And Kicking” [UK] • New Wave Alt.-Pop • Once Upon A Time • “Alive And Kicking” [Instrumental]
1993 • The Smashing Pumpkins • “Today” • Alt/Grunge Rock • Siamese Dream • “Apathy’s Last Kiss”
1997 • Bob Dylan • “Make You Feel My Love” • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “N/A”
2002 • Matchbox Twenty • “Disease” • Alt. Rock • More Than You Think You Are • “N/A”
2002 • The Rolling Stones • “Don’t Stop” • Blues-Rock • Forty Licks • “Miss You”
2003 • Ozzy Osbourne & Kelly Osbourne • “Changes” • Dance-Pop • Changes • “No More Tears”

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Albums Released This Week (September 24 – 30)

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):


September 24
1965 ● The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock
1973 ● Roy Orbison —— Milestones ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal
1979 ● Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock
1981 ● Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk
1984 ● The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock
1984 ● David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock
1984 ● Depeche Mode —— Some Great Reward [UK] ► Synth-Pop
1989 ● Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1990 ● Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1990 ● AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge
1991 ● A Tribe Called Quest —— The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap
1991 ● Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock
1991 ● The Cult —— Ceremony ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Kid ‘N Play —— Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap
1991 ● John Prine —— The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Thompson Twins —— Queer ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1991 ● Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock
1991 ● James Taylor —— New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● Led Zeppelin —— The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock
1996 ● Weezer —— Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop
1996 ● Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock
1996 ● Zumpano —— Goin’ Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop
1996 ● Elton John —— Love Songs [Eur] ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Frank Zappa —— Läther ► Orchestral Rock
1998 ● Frank Zappa —— Mystery Disc ► Art Rock
2002 ● Elvis Presley —— Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits ► Rock n Roll
2002 ● Linda Ronstadt —— The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Jesse Colin Young —— Songs For Christmas ► Holiday Folk-Rock
2002 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— A Long Day’s Night ► Metal
2002 ● Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country
2002 ● Peter Gabriel —— Up ► Prog Rock
2007 ● PJ Harvey —— White Chalk ► Indie Rock
2007 ● New Order —— iTunes Originals – New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock
2009 ● Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock
2010 ● Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop
2013 ● Cher —— Closer To The Truth ► Pop-Rock
2013 ● Gov’t Mule —— Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2013 ● Various Artists —— And I’ll Scratch Yours ► Prog Rock


September 25
1965 ● The Ventures —— The Ventures A Go-Go ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1967 ● The Doors —— Strange Days ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Gladys Knight & The Pips —— Nitty Gritty ► Soul
1970 ● Ringo Starr —— Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock
1974 ● J. Geils Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Village People —— Cruisin’ ► Disco
1978 ● The Beach Boys —— M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Gang Of Four —— Entertainment! ► Post-Punk
1979 ● The Buzzcocks —— Singles Going Steady ► Punk-Rock
1979 ● Barry Manilow —— One Voice ► AM Pop
1981 ● The Creatures —— Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock
1982 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Forever Now ► Post-Punk New Wave
1988 ● They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln ► Alt. Rock
1989 ● The Sugarcubes —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● The Replacements —— All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● Carly Simon —— Have You Seen Me Lately ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1990 ● Grateful Dead —— Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock
1990 ● The Vaughan Brothers —— Family Style ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● John Cale —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock
1994 ● Melt-Banana —— Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock
1995 ● Harem Scarem —— Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal
1995 ● David Bowie —— 1. Outside ► Industrial Rock
2000 ● Kylie Minogue —— Light Years ► Dance-Pop
2000 ● David Bowie —— Bowie At The Beeb ► Glam Rock
2000 ● Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis —— You Win Again ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● Yes —— House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues ► Prog Rock
2001 ● The Strokes —— Is This It ► Punk Revival
2001 ● 38 Special —— A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock
2001 ● Ryan Adams —— Gold ► Folk-Rock
2001 ● The Innocence Mission —— Small Planes ► Alt Pop-Rock
2001 ● The Knack —— Normal As The Next Guy ► Power Pop
2007 ● Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening ► Roots Rock
2007 ● Foo Fighters —— Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ► Grunge Rock
2007 ● Deborah Harry —— Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2007 ● Steve Earle —— Washington Square Serenade ► Alt. Country
2007 ● Joni Mitchell —— Shine ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● No Doubt —— Push And Shove ► Ska-Pop
2015 ● David Bowie —— Five Years (1969-1973) ► Glam Rock
2015 ● Don Henley —— Cass County ► Country-Rock


September 26
1969 ● The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk
1972 ● J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Jim Croce —— Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits ► Folk-Pop
1974 ● John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1989 ● Daniel Lanois —— Acadie ► Alt. Rock
1989 ● Thompson Twins —— Big Trash ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1990 ● Kool & The Gang —— The Ballad Collection ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● Kool & The Gang —— The Dance Collection ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● Massive Attack —— Protection ► Trip-Hop
1995 ● AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock
1995 ● Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk
1995 ● The Velvet Underground —— Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock
2000 ● Good Charlotte —— Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk
2000 ● John Hiatt —— Crossing Muddy Waters ► Roots Rock
2000 ● Mark Knopfler —— Sailing To Philadelphia ► Roots Rock
2000 ● Soul Asylum —— Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Matthew Sweet —— Time Capsule: Best Of 90/00 ► Power Pop
2000 ● Styx —— Arch Allies: Live At Riverport ► Prog/Art Rock
2006 ● Janet Jackson —— 20 Y.O. ► Pop-Soul
2006 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock
2011 ● The Smiths —— The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2011 ● Pink Floyd —— Discovery ► Prog Rock


September 27
1968 ● Chad & Jeremy —— The Ark ► Folk-Pop
1968 ● Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock
1972 ● Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop
1975 ● Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop
1982 ● The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Post-Punk
1982 ● Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop
1984 ● Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop
1986 ● Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1986 ● New Order —— The John Peel Sessions I ► Alt Pop-Rock
1986 ● Billy Squier —— Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock
1989 ● Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance
1994 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● Walter Becker —— 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock
1994 ● Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock
1994 ● Brandy Norwood —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing
1994 ● The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock
1994 ● R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1994 ● Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1996 ● Sasha & John Digwood —— Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance
1999 ● Cocteau Twins —— BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish)
2001 ● Billy Joel —— Opus 1-10 Fantasies & Delusions – Music for Solo Piano ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Big Star —— In Space ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Toni Braxton —— Libra ► Soul-Pop
2005 ● John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock
2005 ● Robert Palmer —— Legend: Live On Stage ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2005 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Heartbreak Beat ► Post-Punk New Wave
2005 ● The Everly Brothers —— Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● The Band —— The Musical History [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● Eric Clapton —— Clapton ► Blues-Rock
2011 ● Everclear —— Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk
2011 ● Machine Head —— Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
2011 ● Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop
2011 ● Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop
2011 ● Youth Lagoon —— The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop
2013 ● Rush —— Vapor Trails Remixed ► Prog/Art Rock


September 28
1973 ● Slade —— Sladest ► Glam Rock
1973 ● Status Quo —— Hello! ► British Rock
1976 ● Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B
1978 ● Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock
1983 ● Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock
1987 ● Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop
1987 ● Alice Cooper —— Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock
1987 ● Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1988 ● MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop
1992 ● Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore
1993 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Live Seeds ► Alt Rock
1993 ● The Police —— Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1993 ● Paul Simon —— Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop
1998 ● PJ Harvey —— Is This Desire? ► Indie Rock
1998 ● Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop
1999 ● Creed —— Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge
1999 ● Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening
1999 ● The Church —— Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop
1999 ● Indigo Girls —— Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● The Specials —— Ghost Town Live ► Ska Revival
1999 ● Sting —— Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock
1999 ● ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock
2004 ● Buzzcocks —— The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock
2004 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky Live ► Roots Rock
2004 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 ► Roots Rock
2004 ● Iggy Pop —— Ultimate Live ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2004 ● Mark Knopfler —— Shangri-La ► Roots Rock
2004 ● Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul)
2009 ● Mariah Carey —— Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Slade —— Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock
2009 ● Tina Turner —— Tina Live ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Gin Blossoms —— No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop
2010 ● Soundgarden —— Telephantasm ► Grunge Rock
2010 ● The Doobie Brothers —— World Gone Crazy ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Neil Young —— Le Noise ► Folk-Rock


September 29
1971 ● The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown
1972 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock
1977 ● Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Kool & The Gang —— Celebrate! ► Disco-Funk
1980 ● Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B
1981 ● Carly Simon —— Torch ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock
1986 ● The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Post-Punk
1986 ● Iron Maiden —— Somewhere In Time ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop
1986 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop
1986 ● Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock
1987 ● The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock
1992 ● Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal
1992 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Aretha Franklin —— Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings ► Soul
1992 ● Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock
1995 ● Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock
1997 ● The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk
1997 ● Simple Minds —— The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1997 ● The Verve —— Urban Hymns ► Psych Rock/Britpop
1997 ● The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock
1998 ● AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk
1998 ● Judas Priest —— 98 Live Meltdown ► Heavy Metal
1998 ● Peter Wolf —— Fool’s Parade ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul
1998 ● Elvis Costello And Burt Bacharach —— Painted From Memory ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Joni Mitchell —— Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock
2009 ● Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal
2009 ● Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock
2009 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— God & Guns ► Southern Rock


September 30
1963 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● Rare Earth —— Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1970 ● Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul – Motown
1972 ● Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Gary Moore —— Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish)
1979 ● Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock
1985 ● Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska
1985 ● Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop
1985 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock
1987 ● Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock
1991 ● Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM
1991 ● Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock
1991 ● Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock
1991 ● Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● R.E.M. —— The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1992 ● Natalie Cole —— Twin Best Now ► Soul-Pop
1994 ● Lake Of Tears —— Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal
1994 ● The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll
1996 ● Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock
1997 ● Bob Dylan —— Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop
1997 ● Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk
2002 ● Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop
2002 ● Mark Knopfler —— The Ragpicker’s Dream ► Roots Rock
2002 ● The Rolling Stones —— Forty Licks ► Blues-Rock
2003 ● Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country
2003 ● Bonnie Raitt —— The Best Of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003 ► Blues-Rock
2003 ● Sting —— Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock
2008 ● Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock
2008 ● Dion —— Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● James Taylor —— Covers ► Folk-Rock
2008 ● Tina Turner —— Tina!/The Collected Recordings ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● Kool & The Gang —— Back To Back ► Funk
2013 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Unvarnished ► Hard Rock
2013 ● Rush —— The Studio Albums 1989-2007 ► Prog/Art Rock
2014 ● Melissa Etheridge —— This Is M.E. ► Roots Rock
2014 ● Lucinda Williams —— Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone ► Alt. Country
2014 ● Bryan Adams —— Tracks Of My Years ► Pop-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 23
1926 ● John Coltrane → Highly influential jazz saxophonist, composer and pioneer of the free jazz movement of jazz without limits, played in others’ bands before forming his own quartet in the 60s and creating innovative and expressive albums such as Giant Steps (1960), My Favorite Things (1961) and A Love Supreme (1965), won a posthumous Grammy Award in 1981 for the 1962 album recording Bye Bye Blackbird, died from liver disease on 1/17/1967, age 40
1930 ● Ray Charles / (Ray Charles Robinson) → Soul music pioneer who fused R&B, gospel and blues in the 50s and country, R&B and pop in the 60s, won twelve Grammy Awards and scored over thirty Top 40 hits, including “Hit The Road Jack” (#1, 1961), his posthumous album Genius Loves Company (#1, 2004) became Grammy “Album of the Year” for 2004 voted #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” died from lung cancer on 6/10/2004, age 73
1935 ● Les McCann / (Leslie Coleman McCann) → Jazz pianist and singer known for his cool piano jazz in the early 60s, easily crossed over to R&B, soul, funk and jazz-rock fusion in the late 60s and 70s with “Compared To What” (#85, 1970) and several multi-chart albums, including Swiss Movement (#29, R&B #2, Jazz #1, 1970), suffered a stroke in the 90s but continued to record into the 00s
1939 ● Roy Buchanan → The “best unknown guitarist in the world,” influential but commercially underappreciated blues-rock guitarist, session musician and solo artist with two gold records among over 15 studio and live albums, pioneered the “Telecaster sound” on the iconic electric guitar, one of Guitar Player magazine’s “50 Greatest Tones of All-Time,” hanged himself in a Virginia jail cell after being arrested for public drunkenness on 8/14/1988, age 48
1940 ● Tim Rose → Influential folk-rock singer and songwriter who found greater commercial success in the UK than in his native US, best known for his version of the post-apocalyptic folk-rock standard “Morning Dew” (1967), died from a heart attack during intestinal surgery on 9/24/2002, age 62
1942 ● Jeremy Steig → Acclaimed jazz flutist, artist, graphic designer and early force in jazz-rock fusion as frontman for Jeremy & The Satyrs and on dozens of solo albums featuring Jan Hammer, Eddie Gomez and others,, his “Howlin’ For Judy” (1970) was sampled by the Beastie Boys on “Sure Shot” (Dance #48, 1994), died from cancer on 4/13/2016, age 73
1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Grammy-winning Spanish smooth romantic crooner, “Begin The Beguine” (#1, 1981), one of the top 10 best selling artists in history
1943 ● Steve Boone → Bassist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1965), record producer and studio owner
1943 ● Wallace Scott → With twin brother Walter, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Walter Scott → With twin brother Wallace, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● John Banks → Drummer for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, died on 4/20/1988
1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor (mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show) and moonlighting pop singer, “My Dad” (#6, 1962)
1945 ● Ron Bushy → Drummer for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)
1946 ● Duster Bennett / (Anthony Bennett) → British blues-rock harmonica player and one man band, “Jumping At Shadows” (1968), session musician and early 70s member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, died in a car crash on 3/26/1976, age 29
1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1947 ● Dan Grolnick → Jazz and pop pianist, member of jazz-rock fusion bands Steps Ahead and Dreams in the 70s and 80s, as a session musician played on numerous albums by top 80s artists, including The Brecker Brothers, Steely Dan and Linda Ronstadt, continued to record and perform with his own bands and as a sessionman until his death from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on 6/1/1996, age 48
1948 ● Dangerous Dan Toler / (Dan Toler) → Rhythm and lead guitarist as a member of his own bands and with Dickie Betts & Great Southern in the 70s, the Gregg Allman Band and The Allman Brothers Band in the 80s, joined supergroup The Renegades of Southern Rock in the 90s and collaborated with John Townsend in several projects in the 90s and 00s, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on 2/25/2013, age 64
1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → The Boss, Grammy-winning heartland rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for The E Street Band, “Glory Days” (#5, 1985), #23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1970 ● Ani DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1972 ● Jermaine Dupri / (Jermaine Dupri Mauldin) → Producer, songwriter and rapper, “The Party Continues” (#29, Rap #6, 1998), discovered and managed teen hip hop duo Kris Kross, founder of So So Def Recordings, producer for Xscape, Da Brat, Mariah Carey and others
1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)
1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

September 24
1893 ● “Blind Lemon” Jefferson / (Henry Jefferson) → The “Father of Texas Blues,” pioneering blues singer, guitarist and composer, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (1927) has been covered by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, B. B. King, Peter, Paul & Mary and others, died from a heart attack on 12/15/1929
1909 ● Carl Sigman → Songwriter best known for penning the English lyrics and title to “What Now My Love” (Sonny & Cher, #4, UK #13, 1966), for adding the lyrics to the theme music to the movie Love Story (1970) to create the hit “Where Do I Begin?’ (Andy Williams, #9, AC #1, UK #4, 1971) and for co-writing the swing jazz and pop standard “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (Glenn Miller Orchestra, #4, 1940), died at home from natural causes on 9/26/2000, age 91
1919 ● Jack Costanzo / (Jack James Costanzo) → Chicago-born Italian-American drummer, composer and bandleader known as “Mr. Bongo” for his decades-long contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz-pop, played and toured with Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, Perez Prado and other Big Band and jazz-pop bands in the 40 and 50s, formed his own band in the 50s and recorded multiple albums through to 2005, appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Harum Scarum (1965), died from an aortic aneurysm on 8/18/2018, age 98
1931 ● Anthony Newley → Stage, screen and TV actor, singer, pop songwriter, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (Grammy Award Song of the Year 1963), co-wrote the lyrics to “Goldfinger” from the James Bond movie, co-wrote and starred in the stage musical Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, died from renal cancer on 4/14/1999, age 67
1933 ● Mel Taylor → Longtime drummer for rock ‘n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960), died of lung cancer on 8/11/1996, age 62
1935 ● Shep Sheppard / (James Sheppard) → Founder and frontman for early 60s R&B doo wop, one hit wonder trio Shep And The Limelites (“Daddy’s Home,” #2, 1961), died from gunshot wounds during a possible carjacking on the Long Island Expressway on 1/24/1970, age 34
1938 ● Steve Douglas / (Steve Kreisman) → Reed instrument session musician for Phil Spector, member of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians and best known for his saxophone on albums by Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and others, produced Mink DeVille‘s Le Chat Bleu (1980) album, died from a heart attack on 4/19/1993, age 54
1940 ● Bibbs Allbut / (Barbara Allbut) → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1941 ● Linda McCartney / (Linda Louise Eastman) → Photographer, animal rights activist, vegetarian food company founder, keyboardist for pop-rock Wings and solo albums with her husband Paul McCartney, died from breast cancer on 4/17/1998, age 56
1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Jiggs Allbut / (Phyllis Allbut) → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Carson Osten → Co-founder and bassist in psych/garage rock band The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970), left to become a writer, artist, product and character design manager for The Walt Disney Company
1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock quintet Fotheringay, then renowned folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), sessions and tours with Robert Plant, Elton John, George Harrison, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys and others, solo albums
1946 ● Kjell Asperud → Drummer for Anglo-Norwegian one hit wonder rock band Titanic, instrumental “Sultana” (UK #5, 1971)
1962 ● Cedric Dent → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Clown Crahan / (Shawn Crahan) → Co-founder, DJ, turntablist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1971 ● Marty Cintron → Vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (#5, 1996)
1971 ● Peter Salisbury → Drummer for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)

September 25
1925 ● Russ Solomon / (Russell Malcolm Solomon) → High school drop-out and founder of Tower Records, which grew from a neighborhood storefront in Sacramento, CA to a $1 billion-plus, 200 store, industry-dominant global empire selling music, books and videos with a club-like buying “experience,” the chain succumbed to Internet piracy, discounters and a crushing debt load and liquidated in 2006, died while reportedly drinking whisky and watching the Academy Awards program on TV on 3/4/2018, age 92
1930 ● Shel Silverstein / (Sheldon Allan Silverstein) → Novelty songwriter, comedian, film and TV actor, cartoonist and prolific author of children’s books, penned several hits for others, including “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash (#2, 1969) and “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” for Dr. Hook (#6, 1972), plus songs covered by outlaw country star Tompall Glaser, former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, roots rock My Morning Jacket and others, died of a heart attack on 5/10/1999, age 68
1933 ● Ian Tyson / (Ian Dawson Tyson) → Canadian singer and guitarist in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, solo with several acclaimed albums, now a rancher in Alberta
1933 ● Erik Darling → Folk-pop multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and influential figure on the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of the late 50s and early 60s, member of folk-pop The Tarriers (“The Banana Boat Song,” #4, R&B #14, 1957), The Weavers and The Rooftop Singers (“Walk Right In,” #1, AC #1, Country #23, R&B #4, 1963), continued to record and perform in various folk-related projects until his death from complications due to lymphoma on 8/3/2008, age 74
1939 ● Sweet Joe / (Jesse Russell) → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1942 ● Dee Dee Warwick / (Delia Mae Warwick) → Sister of Dionne Warwick, cousin of Whitney Houston and two-time Grammy nominee R&B/soul singer with a dozen minor pop hits and two R&B Top 10 from 1963 to 1975, including “I Want to Be with You” (#41, R&B #9, 1966) and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking)” (#70, R&B #9, 1970), performed sporadically with her sister after the 80s, died following a long illness on 10/18/2008, age 66
1943 ● Jules Alexander / (Gary Alexander) → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1943 ● John Locke / (John Tilden Locke) → Keyboards for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), left to join hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), died from cancer on 8/4/2006, age 62
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1946 ● The Bear / (Jerry Penrod) → Early bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), left to join overpublicized, underperforming pre fab hard rock supergroup Rhinoceros, “Apricot Brandy” (#46, 1969)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for folk/psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), wrote “Alone Again Or” (#99, 1967), solo, died of a heart attack on 12/25/1998, age 62
1947 ● John Fiddler → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1947 ● Cecil Womack → R&B/soul and gospel singer, songwriter and record producer, scored a R&B Top Ten hit with his brothers as soul/pop The Valentinos, “Lookin’ For A Love” (#72, R&B #8, 1962) on Sam Cooke‘s SAR Records, later recorded duets with second wife Linda Womack (daughter of Sam Cooke) as Womack & Womack (“Baby I’m Scared Of You,” R&B #25, 1984) and co-wrote songs for others, including “Love T.K.O.” for Teddy Pendergrass (#44, R&B #2, 1980) and “I Just Want To Satisfy” for The O’Jays (#101, R&B #15, 1982), died from unknown causes on 2/1/2013, age 65
1955 ● Steve Severin → Bassist for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Kiss Them For Me”, (#23, 1991), solo
1955 ● Zucchero / (Adelmo Fornaciari) → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, “Donne” (1985) and “Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)” with Paul Young (Italy #1, UK #4, 1991), has performed collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Bono and others
1968 ● The Fresh Prince / (William Carroll Smith) → Rapper in PG-rated pop-rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” (#1, 1998), TV and film star
1974 ● Wamma Edwards / (Richie Edwards) → Guitar technician turned full-time bassist for glam-rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (#35, UK #2, 2003) and successor band Stone Gods
1975 ● Dec Donnelly / (Declan Donnelly) → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), “Lets Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1980 ● T.I. / (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) → Grammy-winning MC, rapper, songwriter, “Live Your Life” (#1, 2008), co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, producer, film actor, convicted felon

September 26
1898 ● George Gershwin / (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, Tin Pan Alley stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, best known for his jazz-influenced classical composition “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924) and the opera Porgy And Bess (1934), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937, age 38
1918 ● The Cool Ghoul / (John Zacherle) → TV and radio host for shows broadcasting horror movies, voice actor and one hit wonder pop-rock novelty singer, “Dinner With Drac” (Top Ten, 1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins / (Martin David Robertson) → Country music legend and crossover phenomenon, “El Paso” (#1, Country #1, 1960) plus 11 other Top 40 pop singles and 39 other Country Top 10 hits, died following a heart attack on 12/8/1982, age 57
1926 ● Julie London / (Nancy Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956), released 32 albums of pop and jazz covers but is better known as an actress and co-star of TV drama Emergency! (1972-77), suffered a stroke in the late 90s, lived in declining health for several years before dying on 10/18/2000, age 74
1931 ● George Chambers → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968)
1940 ● Red Jones / (Creadel Jones) → Original member and bass vocals in Chicago R&B/smooth soul The Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her?,” #, R&B #1, 1972), left the group in 1982 and died on 8/25/1994, age 53
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982, age 40
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as frontman with art rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1975), then solo, “Kiss And Tell” (#31, 1988) and 13 UK Top 20 albums through 2010
1947 ● Lynn Anderson / (Lynn Rene Anderson) → Country-pop vocalist best known for the Grammy-winning “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (#3, Country #1, 1970), plus 17 other Country Top 10 hits among over 50 overall Top 40 singles, died from cardiac arrest on 7/30/2015, age 67
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Grammy-winning country-pop then soft rock singer, “You’re The One That I Want” with John Travolta (#1, 1978) and “Physical” (#1, 1981), film actress
1951 ● Stuart Tosh / (Stuart MacIntosh) → Drummer for Scottish soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#5, 1974), also recorded and toured with 10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel
1954 ● César Rosas → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and de facto frontman for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987) and Los Super Seven, sessions and side projects
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Teenage lead guitarist in the last incarnations of Jefferson Airplane, stayed on with pop-rock Jefferson Starship, “Miracles (#3, 1975), co-wrote “Jane” (#14, 1980), now performs and records New Age world music
1955 ● Carlene Carter / (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country and roots-rock singer and songwriter, “Every Little Thing” (Country #3, 1993), daughter of Johnny Cash‘s wife June Carter Cash
1958 ● Darby Crash / (Jan Paul Beahm) → Lead singer for early L.A. punk rock The Germs, “Lexicon Devil” (1979), died from a suicidal heroin overdose on 12/7/1980, age 22
1961 ● Cindy Herron / (Cynthia Ann Herron) → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Lead singer and guitarist in Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, “Missing” (#2, 1995), solo
1964 ● Nikki French / (Nicola French) → Brit pop and adult contemporary one hit wonder singer and dancer, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (#2, UK #5, 1995)
1967 ● Shannon Hoon → Frontman and lead vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), died from a heroin overdose on 10/21/1995, age 28
1972 ● Paul Draper → Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Singer and songwriter in hugely successful R&B/urban soul a cappella quartet Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian / (Christina Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Dip It Low” (#5, 2004)

September 27
1898 ● Vincent Millie Youmans → Broadway and film composer who worked with every major lyricist of his day and composed the music to dozens of enduring hit songs, including “Tea For Two” (1925) and “Carioca” (1933), retired after contracting tuberculosis in 1934 and died from the disease on 4/5/1946, age 48
1922 ● Raymond Edwards → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958), continued to tour with the group until his death on 3/4/1997, age 74
1936 ● Don Cornelius / (Donald Cortez Cornelius) → R&B/soul music promoter and producer, created and hosted the highly influential dance/music TV show Soul Train from 1971 to 1993, the first and most successful TV show featuring African-American musicians, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2/1/2012, age 75
1937 ● Buddy Emmons / (Buddy Gene Emmons) → Influential, virtuoso peddle steel guitarist, popularized the instrument for jazz, swing, folk and country-rock genres, recorded with a diverse number of top artists, including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan, performed on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts, fronted the Redneck Jazz Explosion in the 70s and issued several solo albums, died on 7/21/2015, age 77
1941 ● Don Nix → Songwriter, musician, arranger and author, saxophonist in Stax Records first house band The Mar-Keys (later Booker T. & The MG’s), wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”, producer for Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others
1942 ● Alvin Stardust / (Bernard William Jewry) → Assumed the name of deceased frontman Shane Fenton (born John Theakstone) and led early 60s Britpop Shane Fenton And The Fentones, “Cindy’s Birthday” (UK #19, 1962), changed his name and reemerged as glam rock Alvin Stardust in the early 70s, “Jealous Mind” (UK #1, 1974) and 10 other UK Top 40 hits, continued to perform until just before his death from prostate cancer on 10/23/2014
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), then formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie and Tim, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), then Ironhorse, “Sweet Lui-Louise” (#36, 1979) and Union, solo plus CBC radio host
1947 ● Barbara Dickson → Scottish folk-pop singer, “Answer Me” (UK Top 10, 1976) and a duet with Elaine Paige, “I Know Him So Well” (UK #1, 1985), TV and stage actress
1947 ● Meat Loaf / (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Hard-edged iconic pop-rock singer and occasional actor, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978) and Grammy-winning “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (#1, 1993), released the phenomenally successful Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare / (Robert Shakespeare) → Reggae bassist and, with Sly Dunbar, one half of the studio duo Riddim Twins, produced albums for Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer and others, recorded with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and others
1953 ● Greg Ham → Saxophone, flute and keyboards for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once, found dead in his Melbourne home on 4/19/2012, age 58
1958 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol singer, “Hey Deanie” (#7, 1978), half brother of TV actor and Partridge Family character David Cassidy
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Vocals for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1975 ● Lee Brennan → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1982 ● Lil Wayne / (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” teenaged member of hip hop groups The B.G.’z and Hot Boys, Grammy-winning solo career, “Lollipop” (#1, 2008)
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Canadian teen-pop singer and “skatepunk” icon , “Complicated” (#2, 2002) and “Girlfriend” (#1, 2007), fashion designer, actress

September 28
1901 ● Ed Sullivan / (Edward Vincent Sullivan) → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974, age 73
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010, age 86
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011, age 85
1935 ● Koko Talor / (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, “Wang Dang Doodle” (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009, age 73
1937 ● Guitar Hughes / (Joe Hughes) → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard‘s group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died after a heart attack on 5/20/2003, age 65
1938 ● Ben E. King / (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960) and solo, “Stand By Me” (#1, 1961), toured and performed until shortly before his death from coronary problems on 4/30/2015, age 76
1939 ● Tommy Boyce / (Sidney Thomas Boyce) → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs, struggled with depression for years before committing suicide on 11/23/1994, age 55
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas / (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Founding member and electric organ for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black”(#4, UK #2, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band, at the peak of the band’s popularity and after his new bride’s death in a car accident, committed suicide on 5/20/1967, age 23
1944 ● Anne Briggs / (Anne Patricia Briggs) → Influential but commercially unremarkable and reclusive Brit folk revival singer and songwriter, her style influenced a generation if British female folkies including Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson and Norma Waterson, and her songs were covered or interpreted by Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin (“Black Mountain Side,” 1968), among others, left the industry for obscurity in the early 70s because she didn’t like the sound of her recorded voice
1944 ● Mike Post / (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song “Hill Street Blues” (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1944 ● Tommy Tate → Southern R&B/soul singer with the Imperial Show Band and Stax RecordsThe Nightingales in the 60s, thereafter a modest solo career, his lone hit being “School Of Life” (R&B #22, 1972) but continued to record and perform in cult status through the 00s
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, “Walking Back to Happiness” (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and Jew’s harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera / (Carlos Michael Pinera) → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1951 ● Norton Buffalo / (Phillip Jackson) → Blues and country-rock harmonica player, songwriter, singer and bandleader, toured with ‘Commander Cody, sessions for Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop and others, member of the Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like An Eagle” (#2, 1977), frontman for The Stampede and later The Knockouts, died from cancer on 10/30/2009, age 58
1952 ● Andy Ward / (Andrew John Ward) → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, “I Won’t Let You Down” (UK #3, 1982), then solo, “I Should Have Know Better” (UK #1, 1984)
1953 ● Kenie Burke / (Kenneth Burke) → With his four siblings, backing singer in the “First Family of Soul,” Chicago R&B/soul The Five Stairsteps, “O-o-h Child” (#7, R&B #14, 1970), after disbandment in 1977 session work for Dark Horse Records and worked with Billy Preston and George Harrison, issued several solo albums and R&B/disco singles in the 80s, continued to record into the 90s
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, “Tangled In The Web” (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1957 ● Mari Wilson / (Mari Macmillan Ramsay Wilson) → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, “Just What I Always Wanted” (, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1960 ● Jennifer Rush / (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, “The Power Of Love” (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Doggen / (Tony “Doggen” Foster) → Guitarist in Julian Cope‘s backing band, with trip hop Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1966 ● Ginger Fish / (Kenneth Robert Wilson) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1968 ● Sean Levert → Vocals for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, “Casanova” (#5, R&B #1, 1987), son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died from sarcoidosis while in jail on child support charges on 3/30/2008, age 39
1969 ● DeVante Swing / (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, “Dream All Day” (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1977 ● Young Jeezy / (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, “Soul Survivor” (#4, 2005), member of Boyz ‘N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, “With Love” (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

September 29
1907 ● Gene Autry / (Orvon Grover Autry) → The “Singing Cowboy” on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#1, Country #1, 1949), owned hotels, broadcasting stations, oil wells and a major league baseball team, died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998, age 91
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, iconic and scandalous rock ‘n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr’s Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1962 ● R. J. Vealey / (Robert Jason Vealey) → Drummer for the 90s lineup of Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “So Into You” (#7, 1977), died from a heart attack moments after finishing a free midday performance with the band in Florida on his daughter’s first birthday, 11/13/1999, age 37
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1967 ● Brett Anderson → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)

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Singles Released This Week (September 17 – 23)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

(Note: This is a work-in-progress. We are updating the database every week, so check back frequently for updates. And tell your friends about DrRock.com!)

(Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


September 17
1963 • Aretha Franklin • “Skylark” • Soul • Laughing On The Outside • “You’ve Got Her”
1964 • The Supremes • “Baby Love” • Soul – Pop • Where Did Our Love Go? • “Ask Any Girl”
1973 • Led Zeppelin • “D’Yer Mak’er” • Hard Rock • Houses Of The Holy • “The Change”
1973 • Carpenters • “Top Of The World” • Easy Listening • A Song For You • “Heather”
1982 • The Clash • “Straight To Hell” • Punk-Rock • Combat Rock • “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
1982 • George Thorogood • “Bad To The Bone” • Blues-Rock • Bad To The Bone • “No Particular Place To Go”
1990 • Hall & Oates • “So Close” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Change Of Season • “Realove”
1991 • Guns N’ Roses • “Don’t Cry” • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion I • “Don’t Cry”
1998 • Goo Goo Dolls • “Slide” • Alt Rock • Dizzy Up The Girl • N/A
2002 • Santana Feat. Michelle Branch • “The Game Of Love” • Jazz-Rock Fusion • Shaman • “Come To My World”


September 18
1964 • Sam Cooke • “That’s Where It’s At” • Soul • [Single] • “Cousin Of Mine”
1979 • Eagles • “Heartache Tonight” • Country-Rock • The Long Run • “Teenage Jail”
1983 • Kiss • “Lick It Up” • Hard Rock • Lick It Up • “Dance All Over Your Face”
1993 • Ace Of Base • “All That She Wants” • Europop • Happy Nation • “Fashion Party”
2000 • Foo Fighters • “Breakout” • Grunge • There Is Nothing Left To Lose • “Stacked Actors”
2013 • Pearl Jam • “Sirens” • Grunge Rock • Lightning Bolt • N/A


September 19
1966 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “The Great Airplane Strike” • Pop-Rock • The Spirit Of ’67 • “In My Community”
1967 • The Bee Gees • “Massachusetts” • Pop-Rock • Horizontal • “Barker Of The UFO”
1969 • The Beatles • “Golden Slumber/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty” • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Trash Can”
1973 • America • “Ventura Highway” • Folk-Rock • Homecoming • “Saturn Nights”
1980 • The Police • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Zenyatta Mondatta • “Friends”
1984 • Kiss • “Heaven’s On Fire” • Hard Rock • Animalize • “Lonely Is The Hunter”
1986 • Kim Wilde • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” [UK] • Hi-NRG • Another Step • “Loving You”
1988 • Duran Duran • “I Don’t Want Your Love” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Big Thing • “I Don’t Want Your Love” [Album Version]


September 20
1957 • Buddy Holly • “Everyday” • Pop Ballad • Buddy Holly • [B-Side]
1957 • Buddy Holly • “Peggy Sue” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Everyday”
1963 • Marvin Gaye • “Can I Get A Witness” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby”
1973 • The Rolling Stones • “Angie” • Power Ballad • Goats Head Soup • “Silver Train”
1982 • Tears For Fears • “Mad World” • New Wave Synth-Pop • The Hurting • “Ideas As Opiates”
1985 • Simple Minds • “Alive And Kicking” • New Wave Alt.-Pop • Once Upon A Time • “Up On The Catwalk” [Live Version]
1987 • Whitesnake • “Is This Love” • Hard Rock • Whitesnake • “Bad Boys”


September 21
1959 • The Isley Brothers • “Shout (Part 1)” • Soul-Funk • Shout! • “Shout (Part 2)”
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “I Don’t Want To See You Again” • Merseybeat • I Don’t Want To See You Again • “I Would Buy You Presents”
1968 • Jimi Hendrix • “All Along The Watchtower” • Psychedelic Rock • Electric Ladyland • “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp”
1971 • Elvis Presley • “It’s Only Love” • Adult Contemporary • [Single] • “The Sound Of Your Cry”
1977 • The Doobie Brothers • “Echoes Of Love” • Pop-Rock • Livin’ On The Fault Line • “There’s A Light”
1979 • Rupert Holmes • “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” • Pop-Rock • Partners In Crime • “Drop It”
1989 • Thompson Twins • “Sugar Daddy” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Big Trash • “Monkey Man”
1995 • Gin Blossoms • “Til I Hear From You” • Power Pop • Empire Records [Sndtrk] • N/A
1995 • No Doubt • “Just A Girl” • New Wave Alt Pop-Rock • Tragic Kingdom • “Different People”


September 22
1954 • Elvis Presley • “Good Rockin’ Tonight” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Ask Me” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Ain’t That Loving You Baby”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Ain’t That Loving You Baby” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • The Miracles • “My Girl Has Gone” • Soul – Motown • Going To A Go-Go • “Since You Won My Heart”
1967 • The Moody Blues • “Love And Beauty” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Leave This Man Alone”
1967 • The Hollies • “King Midas in Reverse” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse • “Water On The Brain”
1967 • Procol Harum • “Homburg” • Baroque Rock • Procol Harum • “Good Captain Clack”
1973 • Elvis Presley • “For Ol’ Times Sake” • Country-Pop • Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake • [B-Side]
1973 • Elvis Presley • “Raised On Rock” • Pop-Rock • Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake • “For Ol’ Times Sake”
1975 • The Isley Brothers • “For The Love Of You (Part 1 And 2)” • Soul-Funk • The Heat Is On • “You Walk Your Way”
1980 • The Rolling Stones • “She’s So Cold” • Blues-Rock • Emotional Rescue • “Send It To Me”
1996 • The Wallflowers • “The Difference” • AA Pop-Rock • Bringing Down The Horse • “I Wish I Felt Nothing / God Don’t Make Lonely Girls [live]”
1997 • Elton John • “Candle In The Wind 1997” • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight”
1997 • Elton John • “Candle In The Wind 1997” [UK] • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight”
1997 • The Rolling Stones • “Anybody Seen My Baby?” • Blues-Rock • Bridges To Babylon • “Anybody Seen My Baby?” [Soul Solution Remix Edit]
1998 • Madonna • “The Power Of Good-Bye” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Ray Of Light • “Little Star” [Double A-Side]
1998 • Barenaked Ladies • “One Week” • AA Pop-Rock • Stunt • “When You Dream”
1998 • Madonna • “The Power Of Good-Bye” • Dance-Pop • Ray Of Light • “Mer Girl”


September 23
1966 • The Rolling Stones • “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Flowers • “Who’s Driving Your Plane”
1968 • The Monkees • “Porpoise Song” • Pop-Rock • Head • “As We Go Along”
1969 • The Marvelettes • “That’s How Heartaches Are Made” • Soul – Motown • In Full Bloom • “Rainy Morning”
1972 • 10cc • “Donna” • Art Pop-Rock • 10cc • “Hot Rock Sun”
1973 • Jim Croce • “I Got A Name” • Folk-Pop • I Got A Name • “Alabama Rain”
1974 • John Lennon • “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” • Pop-Rock • Walls And Bridges • “Beef Jerky”
1977 • David Bowie • “Heroes” • Glam Rock • Heroes • “V-2 Schneider”
1977 • The Clash • “Complete Control” [UK] • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “City Of The Dead”
1986 • Billy Idol • “To Be A Lover” • Hard Rock • Whiplash Smile • “All Summer Single”
1986 • The Pretenders • “Don’t Get Me Wrong” • Post-Punk • Get Close • “Dance!”
1996 • Counting Crows • “Angels Of The Silences” • Alt. Rock • Recovering The Satellites • “Recovering The Satellites”
1998 • Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach • “Toledo” • Pop-Rock • Painted From Memory • N/A

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