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Singles Released This Week (October 29 – November 4)

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 differece from its US counterpart).


October 29
1963 • Dion • “Drip Drop” • Rock N Roll • [Single] • “No One’s Waiting For Me”
1965 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “Walk Hand In Hand” [UK] • Merseybeat • [Single] • “Dreams”
1965 • The Who • “My Generation” [UK] • British Rock • The Who Sings My Generation • “Out In The Street” [US]
1973 • John Lennon • “Mind Games” • Pop-Rock • Mind Games • “Meat City”
1973 • Grand Funk Railroad • “Walk Like A Man” • Blues-Rock • We’re An American Band • “The Railroad”
1976 • Elton John • “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Blue Moves • “Shoulder Holster”
1982 • Supertramp • “It’s Raining Again” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • …Famous Last Words… • “Bonnie”
1983 • Hall & Oates • “Say It Ain’t So” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Rock “n” Soul Part 1 • “Kiss On My List”
1983 • Hall & Oates • “Say It Ain’t So” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Rock “n” Soul Part 1 • “Did It In A Minute”
1984 • Don Henley • “The Boys Of Summer” • Pop-Rock • Building The Perfect Beast • “A Month Of Sundays”
1985 • Elton John • “Nikita” [UK] • Soft Rock • Ice On Fire • “The Man Who Never Died”
1985 • Rush • “Mystic Rhythms” • Prog/Art Rock • Power Windows • “Middletown Dreams”
1996 • 311 • “All Mixed Up” • Rap-Rock • 311 • “Hydroponic”


October 30
1957 • Elvis Presley • “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Jailhouse Rock [EP] • [None]
1965 • Donovan • “Turquoise [UK]” [UK] • Folk-Pop • [Single] • “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”
1968 • Marvin Gaye • “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” • Soul – Motown • In The Groove • “You’re What’s Happening (In The World Today)”
1970 • Gilbert O’Sullivan • “Nothing Rhymed” • Soft Rock • [Single] • “Everybody Knows”
1972 • John Denver • “Rocky Mountain High” • Country-Pop • Rocky Mountain High • “Spring”
1978 • Blondie • “Hanging On The Telephone” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Parallel Lines • “Will Anything Happen”
1981 • Queen & David Bowie • “Under Pressure” [UK] • Glam Rock • Hot Space • “Soul Brother” [Queen]
1981 • The Police • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Ghost In The Machine • “Flexible Strategies”
1984 • Bruce Springsteen • “Born In the U.S.A.” • Heartland Rock • Born In the U.S.A. • “Shut Out The Light”
1995 • Oasis • “Wonderwall” • Alt. Pop-Rock • (What’s The Story) Morning Glory • “Round Are Way”
1995 • Madonna • “You’ll See” • Dance-Pop • Something To Remember • “Verás”


October 31
1963 • The Miracles • “I Gotta Dance To Keep From Cryin'” • Soul – Motown • Doin’ Mickey’s Monkey • “Such Is Love, Such Is Life”
1963 • The Supremes • “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” • Soul – Motown • Where Did Our Love Go • “Standing At The Crossroads Of Love”
1969 • The Beatles • “Something” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Come Together” [Double A-Side]
1969 • The Moody Blues • “Watching And Waiting” • Symphonic Rock • To Our Children’s Children’s Children • “Out And In”
1969 • The Beatles • “Come Together” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Something” [Double A-Side]
1972 • Elvis Presley • “Separate Ways” • Adult Contemporary • [Single] • “You Were Always On My Mind”
1972 • Elvis Presley • “Always On My Mind” • Adult Contemporary • [Single] • [B-Side]
1975 • Queen • “Bohemian Rhapsody” • Glam Rock • A Night At The Opera • “I’m In Love With My Car”
1975 • 10cc • “I’m Not In Love” • Art Pop-Rock • The Original Soundtrack • “Channel Swimmer”
1977 • Cheap Trick • “I Want You To Want Me” • Power Pop • In Color • “Oh Boy” [Instrumental]
1982 • Hall & Oates • “Maneater” • Blue-Eyed Soul • H20 • “Delayed Reaction”
1983 • Genesis • “Home By The Sea” • Prog Rock • Genesis • “Second Home By The Sea”
1988 • The La’s • “There She Goes” [UK] • Power Pop • The La’s • “Come In, Come Out”
1995 • Alanis Morissette • “Hand In My Pocket” • Alt Pop-Rock • Jagged Little Pill • “Right Through You” [Live Acoustic] / “Forgiven” [Live Acoustic]
2006 • U2 & Green Day • “The Saints Are Coming” • Alt. Pop-Rock • U218 Singles • “The Saints Are Coming” [Live]
2009 • Pearl Jam • “Just Breathe” • Grunge Rock • Backspacer • “Got Some”


November 01
1960 • Elvis Presley • “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “I Gotta Know”
1960 • Elvis Presley • “I Gotta Know” • Doo-Wop Ballad • [Single] • [B-Side]
1963 • The Rolling Stones • “I Wanna Be Your Man” [UK] • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Stoned”
1963 • Freddie & The Dreamers • “You Were Made For Me” [UK] • Rock n Roll • Sing_Along Party • “Send A Letter To Me”
1965 • Aretha Franklin • “You Made Me Love You” • Soul • Soul Sister • “There Is No Greater Love”
1974 • Supertramp • “Dreamer” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • Crime Of The Century • “Bloody Well Right”
1976 • Kiss • “Hard Luck Woman” • Rock Ballad • Rock And Roll Over • “Mr. Speed”
1976 • Elton John • “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” • Pop-Rock • Blue Moves • “Shoulder Holster”
1977 • Supertramp • “Babaji” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • Even In The Quietest Moments • “From Now On”
1977 • Billy Joel • “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” • Pop-Rock • The Stranger • “Everybody Has A Dream”
1980 • Boz Scaggs • “Miss Sun” • Pop-Rock • Hits! • “Simone”
1982 • Duran Duran • “Rio” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Rio • “The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)”
1983 • The Rolling Stones • “Undercover Of The Night” • Blues-Rock • Undercover • “All The Way Down”
1985 • Survivor • “Burning Heart” • Album Rock • Rocky IV (Sndtrk) • “Feels Like Love”
1985 • Sting • “Russians” • Pop-Rock • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles • “Gabriel’s Message”
1992 • Ace Of Base • “All That She Wants” [UK] • Europop/Reggae • Happy Nation • “Fashion Party”
1993 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Creep” • Arena Rock • Core • “Crackerman / Where the River Goes”


November 02
1962 • Aretha Franklin • “Trouble In Mind” • Soul • [Single] • “God Bless The Child”
1966 • The Temptations • “(I Know) I’m Losing You” • Soul – Motown • With A Lot O’ Soul • “I Couldn’t Cry If I Wanted To”
1967 • Pink Floyd • “Flaming” • Psychedelic Rock • The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn • “The Gnome”
1973 • Billy Joel • “Piano Man” • Pop-Rock • Piano Man • “You’re My Home”
1981 • Tears For Fears • “Suffer The Children” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • [Single] • “Wino”
1981 • The Police • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Ghost In The Machine • “Shambelle”
1985 • John (Cougar) Mellencamp • “Small Town” • Roots Rock • Scarecrow • “Small Town” [Acoustic]
1999 • Genesis • “The Carpet Crawlers 1999” • Prog Rock • Turn It On Again: The Hits • “Follow You, Follow Me / Turn It On Again”


November 03
1955 • The Platters • “The Great Pretender” • Doo Wop • [Single] • “I’m Just a Dancing Partner”
1967 • The Hollies • “Dear Eloise” • Pop-Rock • Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse • “When Your Lights Turned On”
1970 • The Marvelettes • “Marionette” • Soul – Motown • The Return Of The Marvelettes • “After All”
1972 • The Supremes • “Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Floy Joy • “Love It Came To Me This Time”
1979 • Michael Jackson • “Rock With You” • Pop-Disco • Off The Wall • “Workin’ Day and Night”
1984 • Duran Duran • “Wild Boys” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Arena • “(I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement”
1987 • Prince • “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Sign ‘O’ The Times • “Hot Thing”
1992 • Whitney Houston • “I Will Always Love You” • Pop Ballad • The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album • “Jesus Loves Me”
1995 • Bonnie Raitt & Bryan Adams • “Rock Steady” • Pop-Rock • Road Tested • “Thing Called Love” [Bryan Adams]


November 04
1964 • Marvin Gaye • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “Forever”
1966 • The Yardbirds • “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” • Psychedelic Rock • [Single] • “The Nazz Are Blue”
1966 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “Girl On A Swing” [UK] • Merseybeat • [Single] • “Fool To Myself”
1970 • The Hollies • “Gasoline Alley Bred” • Pop-Rock • Moving Finger • “Dandelion Wine”
1980 • REO Speedwagon • “Keep On Loving You” • Power Ballad • Hi Infidelity • “Follow My Heart”
1983 • Simple Minds • “Waterfront” [UK] • New Wave Alt.-Pop • Sparkle In The Rain • “Hunter And The Hunted”
1985 • Mike + The Mechanics • “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” • British Rock • Mike + The Mechanics • “Par Avion”
1985 • Mike + The Mechanics • “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” [UK] • British Rock • Mike + The Mechanics • “I Get The Feeling”
1989 • The Rolling Stones • “Rock And A Hard Place” • Blues-Rock • Steel Wheels • “Cook Cook Blues”
1991 • R.E.M. • “Radio Song” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • Out Of Time • “Love Is All Around” [Live]
1996 • Michael Jackson • “Stranger In Moscow” [UK] • Dance-Pop • HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I • “Off The Wall”

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Albums Released This Week (October 29 – November 4)

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


October 29
1962 ● The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ Safari ► Hot Rod
1966 ● Neil Diamond —— The Feel Of Neil Diamond ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● The Byrds —— Ballad Of Easy Rider ► Country-Rock
1973 ● Dave Mason —— It’s Like You Never Left ► Prog Rock
1974 ● David Bowie —— David Live ► Glam Rock
1976 ● Frank Zappa —— Zoot Allures ► Art Rock
1976 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Best Of The Doobie Brothers ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● ABBA —— Greatest Hits Vol. 2 ► Euro-Pop
1981 ● Rush —— Exit…Stage Left ► Arena Rock
1982 ● Donald Fagen —— The Nightfly ► Jazz-Rock
1982 ● Pat Benatar —— Get Nervous ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Welcome To The Pleasuredome ► New Wave Club/Dance
1984 ● Bryan Adams —— Reckless ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Depeche Mode —— Some Great Reward ► Synth-Pop
1985 ● Rush —— Power Windows ► Arena Rock
1990 ● The Beautiful South —— Choke ► Alt Pop-Rock
1990 ● Freddie Jackson —— Do Me Again ► Soul
1990 ● Paul McCartney —— Tripping The Live Fantastic ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Big Daddy Kane —— Prince Of Darkness ► Golden Age Rap
1991 ● The New York Rock And Soul Revue —— Live At The Beacon ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP [US] ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Wilco —— Being There ► Alt. Country-Rock
1996 ● Natalie Cole —— A Celebration Of Christmas ► Holiday Soul-Pop
1996 ● Ghostface Killah —— Ironman ► Rap-soul
1996 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Greatest Hits Live ► Soul-Funk
1996 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Time Flies…The Best Of ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Joni Mitchell —— Hits ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Joni Mitchell —— Misses ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● The Who —— Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 ► British Rock
1996 ● Yes —— Keys To The Ascension ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Iggy Pop —— Nude & Rude: The Best Of Iggy Pop ► Alt. Rock / Post-Punk
1996 ● Various Artists —— Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 ► Festival Rock
2002 ● New Order —— International ► Alt Pop-Rock
2002 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 13 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2002 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 14 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2002 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 15 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2002 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 16 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2002 ● Whitesnake —— Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection ► Arena Rock
2002 ● Nirvana —— Nirvana ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2007 ● Queen —— Queen Rock Momtreal ► Glam Rock
2010 ● Mariah Carey —— Merry Christmas II You ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Bryan Adams —— Bare Bones ► Pop-Rock
2013 ● Nick Lowe —— A Seasonal Selection For All The Family ► Pub Rock
2013 ● James Taylor —— The Essential James Taylor ► Folk-Rock


October 30
1967 ● Buffalo Springfield —— Buffalo Springfield Again ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Elton John —— Tumbleweed Connection ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● The Temptations —— The Temptations Christmas Card ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● The Who —— Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy ► British Rock
1971 ● Pink Floyd —— Meddle ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Stevie Wonder —— Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants ► Pop-R&B
1981 ● Spandau Ballet —— Journeys To Glory ► New Wave Synht-Pop
1983 ● Mercyful Fate —— Melissa ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● Anthrax —— Spreading The Disease ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1987 ● George Michael —— Faith ► Dance-Pop
1989 ● Joe Satriani —— Flying In A Blue Dream ► Instrumental
1989 ● Wet Wet Wet —— Holding Back The River ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1990 ● Big Daddy Kane —— Taste Of Chocolate ► Golden Age Rap
1990 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Feeding Frenzy ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Roxy Music —— Heart Still Beating ► Prog Rock
1995 ● Pulp —— Different Class ► Britpop
2000 ● Blur —— Blur: The Best Of ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
2001 ● Bane —— Give Blood ► Hardcore Punk
2001 ● Tracy Chapman —— Collection ► Folk-Rock
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 6 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2001 ● Michael Jackson —— Invincible ► Dance-Pop
2006 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Decades Rock Live: Bonnie Raitt And Friends ► Blues-Rock
2007 ● Ben E. King —— Love Is Gonna Get You ► Soul
2007 ● Eagles —— Long Road Out Of Eden ► Country-Rock
2012 ● Rod Stewart —— Merry Christmas, Baby ► Holiday Pop
2012 ● Three Dog Night —— One ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2012 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Psychedelic Pill ► Hard Rock
2015 ● Trey Anastasio —— Paper Wheels ► Jam Band/Guitar Rock


October 31
1964 ● Bob Dylan —— Carnegie Hall ► Folk
1966 ● Elvis Presley —— Spinout ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Phil Ochs —— Pleasures Of The Harbor ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Donna Summer —— Once Upon A Time… ► Disco
1978 ● Smokey Robinson —— Smokin’ ► Quiet Storm
1980 ● Klaus Schulze —— Dig It ► Space Rock
1983 ● Cocteau Twins —— Head Over Heals ► Folk-Rock
1983 ● Paul McCartney —— Pipes Of Peace ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Possessed —— Beyond The Gates ► Heavy/Death Metal
1986 ● Roxette —— Pearls Of Passion ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Bug ► Alt. Rock
1988 ● Soundgarden —— Ultramega OK ► Grunge Rock
1988 ● Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP [Russia] ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Carpenters —— Loveliness ► Easy Listening
1989 ● Grateful Dead —— Built To Last ► Album Rock
1990 ● Naked Raygun —— Raygun…Naked Raygun ► Punk Rock
1991 ● Ice Cube —— Death Certificate ► Gangsta Rap
1994 ● ABBA —— Thank You For The Music ► Euro-Pop
1994 ● Frank Zappa —— Civilization Phaze III ► 20th Century Classical
1995 ● Paul Siebel —— Paul Siebel ► Country-Folk
1995 ● Julian Cope —— 20 Mothers ► Alt Pop-Rock
1995 ● Foreigner —— Mr. Moonlight ► Arena Rock
1995 ● Curtis Mayfield —— Live At The Bitter End ► Soul/Funk
1996 ● Slipknot —— Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. ► Heavy Metal/Funk Metal
2000 ● U2 —— All That You Can’t Leave Behind ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Bob Dylan —— The Essential Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Anthology: Through the Years ► Album Rock
2006 ● The Fags —— Light ‘Em Up ► Alt. Power Pop
2006 ● Phil Lesh & Friends —— Live At The Warfield ► Country-Rock
2006 ● Phish —— Colorado ’88 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2006 ● Triumph —— Extended Versions: Triumph ► Arena Rock
2006 ● The Who —— Endless Wire ► British Rock
2008 ● Richard Marx —— Emotional Remains ► AA Pop-Rock
2008 ● Richard Marx —— Sundown ► AA Pop-Rock


November 01
1963 ● Elvis Presley —— Fun In Acapulco ► Rock n Roll
1965 ● The Supremes —— Merry Christmas ► Soul – Motown
1965 ● The Temptations —— Temptin’ Temptations ► Soul – Motown
1968 ● Canned Heat —— Living The Blues ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Grateful Dead —— American Beauty ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales —— Hooteroll? ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1971 ● Billy Joel —— Cold Spring Harbor ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Slade —— Slayed? ► Hard Rock
1972 ● The Hollies —— Romany ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Elvis Presley —— Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Vol. 3 ► Rock n Roll
1972 ● James Taylor —— One Man Dog ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Roxy Music —— Stranded ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Kraftwerk —— Autobahn ► Techno-Rock
1974 ● Scorpions —— Fly To The Rainbow ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1974 ● Poco —— Cantamos ► Country-Rock
1975 ● The Band —— Northern Lights-Southern Cross ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● James Taylor —— Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
1977 ● Queen —— News Of The World ► Glam Rock
1979 ● Carpenters —— Special Series [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1979 ● Hall & Oates —— X-Static ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Simple Minds —— Real To Real Cacophony ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1979 ● Aerosmith —— Night In The Ruts ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Jefferson Starship —— Freedom At Point Zero ► Arena Rock
1981 ● Simple Minds —— Themes For Great Cities 79/81 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1982 ● Phil Collins —— Hello, I Must Be Going! ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Cocteau Twins —— Treasure ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Harry Connick, Jr. —— 20 ► Piano Jazz
1988 ● Ratt —— Reach For The Sky ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal
1990 ● The Shamen —— En-Tact ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych
1990 ● Big Audio Dynamite II —— Kool-Aid ► Dance-Rock
1990 ● Steve Earle —— The Hard Way ► Alt. Country
1991 ● Grateful Dead —— Infrared Roses ► Psychedelic Rock
1992 ● Sade —— Love Deluxe [UK] ► Quiet Storm
1994 ● Nirvana —— MTV Unplugged In New York ► Grunge
1994 ● The Black Crowes —— Amorica ► Southern Rock
1994 ● Mariah Carey —— Merry Christmas ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Carly Simon —— Letters Never Sent ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Aerosmith —— Big Ones ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Four Chords And Several Years Ago ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Tom Petty —— Wildflowers ► Album Rock
1995 ● John Hiatt —— Live From Austin, TX ► Roots Rock
1995 ● Incubus —— Fungus Amongus ► Funk Metal
1996 ● East 17 —— Around The World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far ► Dance-Pop
1997 ● Kylie Minogue —— Inpossible Princess ► Dance-Pop
1999 ● Carbon Leaf —— Ether-Electrified Porch Music ► AA Alt Rock
1999 ● Westlife —— Westlife [UK] ► Teen Pop/Boy Band
2004 ● James Taylor —— James Taylor: A Christmas Album ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● The Tragically Hip —— Hipeponymous ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● Nirvana —— Silver: The Best In The Box ► Grunge
2005 ● Santana —— All That I Am ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
2011 ● Blouse —— Blouse ► Indie Rock/Neo-Psychedelia
2011 ● The Beach Boys —— The Smile Sessions ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● Journey —— Greatest Hits 2 ► AOR Rock


November 02
1967 ● Cream —— Disraeli Gears ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Willy And The Poor Boys ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Yes —— Time And A Word ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● John Lennon —— Mind Games ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Miles Davis —— Water Babies ► Jazz/Be-Bop Fusion
1978 ● The Police —— Outlandos d’Amour ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1978 ● Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Marianne Faithfull —— Broken English ► AA Pop-Rock
1979 ● The Damned —— Machine Gun Etiquette ► Punk-Rock
1980 ● Rory Gallagher —— Stage Struck ► Blues-Rock
1981 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Re-ac-tor ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Long After Dark ► Album Rock
1987 ● Bryan Ferry —— Bete Noire ► Prog. Rock
1987 ● George Harrison —— Cloud Nine ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Paul McCartney —— All The Best! ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Bad Religion —— No Control ► Punk Rock
1992 ● Madness —— Madstock! ► Ska Revival
1992 ● The Smiths —— …Best II ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1992 ● The Smiths —— Best…I ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1992 ● Pink Floyd —— Shine On ► Prog Rock
1993 ● Bryan Adams —— So Far So Good ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Kate Bush —— The Red Shoes ► Art Rock
1993 ● Dixie Chicks —— Shouldn’t Have Told You That ► Country-Rock
1993 ● k. d. lang —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Alt Country Rock
1993 ● The Band —— Jericho ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● The Bee Gees —— Size Isn’t Everything ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Frank Zappa —— The Yellow Shark ► 20th Century Classical
1998 ● Bright Eyes —— Letting Off The Happiness ► Indie Rock/Emo
1998 ● Oasis —— The Masterplan ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
1998 ● Aretha Franklin —— Greatest Hits ► Soul
1998 ● Genesis —— The Way We Walk, Vols. 1-2: The Shorts And Longs ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Bane —— It All Comes Down To This ► Hardcore Punk
1999 ● Mariah Carey —— Rainbow ► Pop-Rock
1999 ● Counting Crows —— This Desert Life ► AA Pop-Rock
1999 ● The Lovin’ Spoonful —— Live At The Hotel Seville ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Poco —— Running Horse ► Country-Rock
2004 ● Jethro Tull —— Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● 7 Walkers —— 7 Walkers ► Swampadelic Funk
2010 ● No Doubt —— Icon ► Ska-Pop
2010 ● Weezer —— Death To False Metal ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop
2010 ● Elvis Costello —— National Ransom ► Country-Rock


November 03
1965 ● Elvis Presley —— Harum Scarum ► Rock n Roll
1966 ● The Easybeats —— Volume 3 ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1969 ● Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Cream Of The Crop ► Soul
1970 ● Diana Ross —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul – Motown
1973 ● Hall & Oates —— Abandoned Luncheonette ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Neil Diamond —— Jonathan Livingston Seagull [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● America —— History: America’s Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
1977 ● Triumph —— Rock & Roll Machine ► Arena Rock
1978 ● The Jam —— All Mod Cons ► Punk-Rock
1979 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Back On The Right Track ► Soul-Funk
1980 ● ABBA —— Super Trouper ► Euro-Pop
1980 ● Whitesnake —— Live…In The Heart Of The City ► Arena Rock
1980 ● Neil Young —— Hawks & Doves ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● The Church —— Temperature Drop In Down Town Winterland [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop
1986 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Your Funeral…My Trial ► Post-punk Alt Rock
1986 ● Kool & The Gang —— Forever ► Dance-Pop
1986 ● Kim Wilde —— Another Step ► Hi-NRG
1986 ● John Lennon —— Menlove Ave. ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— American Dream ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Rage Against The Machine —— Rage Against The Machine ► Rap-Metal
1992 ● Bon Jovi —— Keep The Faith ► Arena Rock
1992 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Grand Funk Railroad ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Elton John —— Greatest Hits 1976–1986 ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Angra —— Angels Cry ► Heavy Metal/Brazilian Metal
1997 ● Front Line Assembly —— [FLA]vour Of The Week ► Industrial Rock
1997 ● Queen —— Queen Rocks ► Glam Rock
1998 ● Beck —— Mutations ► AA Pop-Rock
1998 ● Eddie Money —— Greatest Hits Live: The Encore Collection ► Album Rock
1998 ● The Shamen —— UV ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych
1998 ● The Bee Gees —— One Night Only ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● The Rolling Stones —— No Security ► Blues-Rock
1998 ● Duran Duran —— Greatest ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2000 ● Vintersorg —— Cosmic Genesis ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal
2009 ● Foo Fighters —— Greatest Hits ► Grunge Rock
2009 ● Weezer —— Raditude ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop
2009 ● Nirvana —— Live In Reading ► Grunge
2009 ● REO Speedwagon —— Not So Silent Night…Christmas With REO Speedwagon ► Arena Rock


November 04
1966 ● The Rolling Stones —— Got Live If You Want It! ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— The Allman Brothers Band ► Southern Rock
1969 ● David Bowie —— Man Of Words/Man Of Music ► Glam Rock
1970 ● David Bowie —— The Man Who Sold The World ► Glam Rock
1973 ● Passport —— Hand Made ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1975 ● The Temptations —— House Party ► Soul – Motown
1976 ● Jean-Luc Ponty —— Imaginary Voyage ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1977 ● The Ramones —— Rocket To Russia ► Punk-Rock
1977 ● Rod Stewart —— Foot Loose & Fancy Free ► Blues-Rock
1981 ● Black Sabbath —— Mob Rules ► Hard Rock
1983 ● Paul Simon —— Hearts And Bones ► Folk-Pop
1984 ● Hawkwind —— This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic ► Space Rock
1985 ● Hawkwind —— Anthology, Vol. 1 ► Space Rock
1985 ● Sade —— Promise [UK] ► Quiet Storm
1985 ● Barbra Streisand —— The Broadway Album ► Easy Listening
1985 ● The Clash —— Cut The Crap ► Punk
1986 ● Megadeth —— Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● They Might Be Giants —— They Might Be Giants ► Alt. Rock
1986 ● The Pretenders —— Get Close ► Post-Punk
1987 ● Sinead O’Connor —— The Lion And The Cobra ► Alt Pop-Rock
1991 ● Cocteau Twins —— The Box Set ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Aphex Twin —— Richard D. James Album ► Electronica – Dark Ambient
1997 ● Asia —— Live In Philadelphia ► Prog Rock
1997 ● Bad Manners —— Heavy Petting ► Ska Revival
1997 ● Harmonia —— Tracks And Traces ► Krautrock/Kosmische Musik
1997 ● Jane’s Addiction —— Kettle Whistle ► Alt. Rock
1997 ● Richard Marx —— Greatest Hits ► AA Pop-Rock
1997 ● Soundgarden —— A-Sides ► Grunge Rock
1997 ● Spice Girls —— Spiceworld ► Dance-Pop
1997 ● Shania Twain —— Come On Over ► Country-Pop
1997 ● The Beach Boys —— The Pet Sounds Sessions ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Evanescence —— Origin ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal
2000 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Peakin’ At The Beacon ► Southern Rock
2002 ● Iron Maiden —— BBC Archives ► Heavy Metal
2002 ● Iron Maiden —— Beast Over Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal
2002 ● Iron Maiden —— Best Of The ‘B’ Sides ► Heavy Metal
2002 ● Iron Maiden —— Edward The Great ► Heavy Metal
2003 ● Coldplay —— Live 2003 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2003 ● Iggy Pop —— Skull Ring ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2003 ● Ben E. King —— Person To Person: Live At The Blue Note ► Soul
2003 ● Little River Band —— Streams Of Success ► Soft Rock
2003 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Afterglow ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● Stephen Stills —— Turnin’ Back The Pages ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● Peter Gabriel —— Hit ► Prog Rock
2003 ● Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits 2 ► Heartland Rock
2004 ● Queen —— Queen On Fire – Live At The Bowl ► Glam Rock
2004 ● The Rolling Stones —— Live Licks ► Blues-Rock
2008 ● Led Zeppelin —— The Definitive Collection ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Lou Reed —— Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse ► Hard Rock
2008 ● ZZ Top —— Live From Texas ► Blues-Rock
2014 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Southbound ► Pop-Rock
2014 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete ► Folk-Rock
2014 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Raw ► Folk-Rock
2014 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Appetite For Democracy ► Hard Rock
2014 ● Neil Young —— Storytone ► Orchestral Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 28 – November 3)

Happy Birthday this week to:

October 28
1927 ● Cleo Laine / (Clementine Dinah Campbell) → Grammy-winning, highly-regarded jazz-pop scat vocalist in husband Johnny Dankworth‘s Big Band and as a solo performer, “You’ll Answer To Me” (UK #5, 1961), stage actress
1936 ● Charlie Daniels / (Charles Edward Daniels) → Country and Southern rock legend, bandleader, guitarist and fiddler, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (#3, 1979) with albums and singles in six decades from 1961
1937 ● Graham Bond → Early and important but underappreciated Brit R&B/blues-rock musician, first with Blues Incorporated, fronted the Graham Bond Organization with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a London tube train on 5/8/1974, age 36
1939 ● Jim Post → Singer and songwriter with his wife Cathy Conn in one hit wonder folk-pop duo Friend & Lover with the inspirational pop hit “Reach Out Of The Darkness” (#10, 1968), they disbanded and divorced after failing to find a follow-up hit, continued to write and perform folk music in the Chicago area into the 10s
1940 ● Jay Proctor → Founder and frontman for integrated Philly soul-pop Jay & The Techniques, “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” (#6, R&B #8, 1967), plus two other Top 40 hits in the 60s and two disco singles in the 70s
1941 ● Curtis Lee → Early pop-rock ‘n’ roll one hit wonder singer, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (#7, 1961)
1941 ● Hank Marvin / (Brian Robson Rankin) → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1942 ● Raymond Steinberg → Baritone for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #6, 1964)
1945 ● Wayne Fontana / (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock band The Mindbenders (“Game Of Love,” #1, 1965), then solo (“Pamela Pamela,” UK #11, 1967), took his stage name from D. J. Fontana, Elvis Presley‘s longtime drummer, still performing on the oldies circuit
1947 ● George Glover → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1948 ● Telma Louise Hopkins → TV sitcom actress and former light-pop backing vocalist in Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 20 hits
1953 ● Desmond Child / (John Charles Barrett) → Grammy-winning songwriter and producer with 70 Top 40 singles, frontman for Desmond Child & Rouge, “Our Love Is Insane” (#50, 1979), then wrote and produced for Kiss, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Cher, Michael Bolton, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson and others
1957 ● Stephen Morris → Drummer for post-punk Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Dance/Club #42, UK #13, 1980), then New Wave electro-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance/Club #5, 1983) and The Other Two, “Selfish” (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1958 ● William Reid → Guitarist, composer and lead singer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1959 ● Neville Henry → Saxophone in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1963 ● Eros Ramazzotti  / (Eros Luciano Walter Ramazzotti ) → Hugely-successful Italian pop singer and songwriter with over 70 million albums sold worldwide in a 30-year career but few in the US, recorded duets with Cher, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin and others
1969 ● Ben Harper / (Benjamin Chase Harper) → Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter with an unusual and effective mix of blues, folk-rock, funky soul and pop that garnered three Grammys, including Best Traditional Soul Gospel album in 2005, and several charting singles (“Steal My Kisses,” #15, 2000)
1972 ● Brad Paisley → Country and Southern rock crossover singer, songwriter and guitarist, charted 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 25 on the Hot Country Songs list, 16 of which reached Country #1 with a record 10 consecutive singles in the top spot, including “Remind Me” (#17, Country #1, 2011)

October 29
1922 ● Neal Hefti → Jazz composer/arranger who wrote charts for Earl Hines, Count Basie and others and played trumpet with Woody Herman‘s First Herd, but best known for penning TV’s “Batman Theme” (#35, 1966) and the title song and soundtrack to The Odd Couple (1968), died of throat cancer on 10/11/2008, age 85
1937 ● Sonny Osborne → With his older brother, Bobby, one half of the influential bluegrass act The Osborne Brothers, “Rocky Top” (Country #33, 1967), the song was voted the official state song of Tennessee and one of two the brothers recorded, the other being “My Old Kentucky Home” (Country #69, 1970)
1944 ● Denny Laine / (Brian F. A. Hines) → First lead guitarist and vocals for The Moody Blues, “Go Now” (#10, 1965), left to join Ginger Baker’s Air Force and then Paul McCartney‘s Wings, “Band On The Run” (#1, 1974), solo since the early 80s
1944 ● Robbie Van Leeuwen → Guitar and backing vocals in Dutch one hit wonder pop-rock Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970)
1945 ● Melba Moore / (Beatrice Melba Smith) → R&B/soul-disco singer, “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” (Dance/Club #2, 1982), Tony Award-winning Broadway stage actress
1945 ● Mick Gallagher → Brit organist, bandmember and session musician, with blues-rock The Animals and psych-pop Skip Bifferty in the 60s, proto-punk Ian Dury And The Blockheads and punk-rock The Clashh in the 70s and 80s, worked with Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, currently tours with The Blockheads and John Steele‘s The Animals And Friends
1946 ● Peter Green / (Peter Greenbaum) → Blues-rock guitarist and songwriter, replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1966, co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 as a blues-rock band, wrote “Oh Well” (#55, UK #2, 1969) and other early hits, left in 1970 and suffered psychiatric problems through the 70s, returned to limited collaborations and sessions in the 80s , ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1948 ● Ricochet Reynolds / (Ricky Lee Reynolds) → Guitarist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973), continued with the band into the 00s
1949 ● David Paton → Scottish bassist, singer and songwriter with soft pop-rock Pilot, wrote “Magic” (#1, 1974), solo and session work
1954 ● Stephen Luscombe → Multi-instrumentalist in New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1955 ● Roger O’Donnell → Session keyboardist with New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twin, Berlin and The Psychedelic Furs, in 1987 joined post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Love Song” (#2, 1989) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, solo
1955 ● Kevin Dubrow → Co-founder and lead singer in heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot (“Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” #31, 1984), died from a cocaine overdose on 11/25/2007, age 52
1961 ● Steven Randall “Little Randy” Jackson / (Douglas Martinez) → Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and youngest member of R&B/pop-soul brother act The Jackson 5, co-wrote “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” (#6, 1979)
1962 ● Einar Orn Benediktsson → Vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Peter Timmins → Drummer in Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1969 ● Doug “S.A.” Martinez / (Douglas Vincent Martinez) → Lead vocals and turntables for hip hop/reggae/punk rock fusion band 311, “Love Song” (#59, Modern Rock #1, 200$)
1969 ● Roni Size / (Ryan Owen Granville Williams) → Brit record producer and DJ, founder and frontman for hip hop drum and bass act Reprazent, Mercury Music Prize-winning album New Forms (1997)
1970 ● Toby Smith → Keyboards in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999), currently manager and producer for indie pop The Hoosiers, “Worried About Ray” (UK #5, 2007)
1984 ● Chris Baio → Bassist for indie Afro-pop/rock Vampire Weekend, “Cousins” (Alt Rock #18, 2009)

October 30
1908 ● Patsy Montana / (Ruby Rose Blevins) → Country singer, songwriter and occasional actress, the first female country music artist to have a million-selling record (“I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” 1935), died of cancer on 5/3/1996, age 87
1925 ● Teo Macero / (Attilio Joseph Macero) → Jazz musician, composer and record producer who produced three of the best-selling and groundbreaking jazz albums of all time, Dave Brubeck‘s Time Out (1959) and Miles DavisKind Of Blue (1959) and Bitches Brew (1970), also issued several solo albums, played in various jazz ensembles and projects, and produced TV and film soundtracks, including Martin Scorsese‘s The Blues, died in his sleep on 2/19/2008, age 82
1931 ● Dick Gautier / (Richard Gautier) → Nightclub singer, small -role TV sitcom actor, game show panelist and Tony Award nominated actor, portrayed the vain rock ‘n’ roll star in the Broadway version of Bye, Bye Birdie (1960), died from pneumonia on 1/13/2016, age 85
1934 ● Ray Smith → One hit wonder rockabilly and teen-pop singer, “Rockin’ Little Angel” (#22, 1960, the biggest hit for little Judd Records, owned by Sun Records‘ owner Sam Phillips‘ brother, Jud), continued to record and perform in the U.S. and Canada without success, committed suicide on 11/29/1979, age 45
1939 ● Edward “Eddie” Holland Jr. / (Edward Holland, Jr.) → With brother Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, one third of the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, co-wrote dozens of hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board and others, producer and solo artist, “Jamie” (#30, R&B #6, 1962)
1939 ● Grace Slick / (Grace Barnett Wing) → Singer, songwriter and lead vocals for 60s psych-rock The Great Society, then Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967) and 70s/80s arena rock Jefferson Starship, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” (#1, 1987)
1939 ● Norman West / (Norman Richard West, Jr.) → Original member in R&B/soul vocal quartet The Soul Children, “I’ll Be The Other Woman” (#36, R&B #3, 1973), the group did not meet the expectations of Isaac Hayes and other Stax Records executives who created the group to offset the loss of departed duo Sam & Dave
1941 ● Otis “Big Daddy” Williams / (Otis Miles, Jr.) → Co-founder and baritone for The Elgins, which became R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), still performs with the group as the only original member
1945 ● Henry Winkler / (Henry Franklin Winkler) → Emmy-winning stage and TV actor, film director and producer, played the character Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on retro-50s sitcom Happy Days in the 70s
1946 ● Chris Slade / (Christopher Rees) → Welsh drummer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), also played or toured with Gary Moore, The Firm, AC/DC, Uriah Heep and others
1947 ● Timothy B. Schmit → Folk then country-rock bassist, first with Poco, left in 1977 to join Eagles, “New Kid In Town” (#1, 1977), sessions and solo, “Boys Night Out” (#25, 1987)
1949 ● David Green → Bassist in Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1960 ● Byron Burke → Vocals in R&B/house urban-dance Ten City, “Right Back To You” (Dance #1, 1989)
1960 ● Joey Belladonna / (Joseph Belladini) → Lead singer for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993), solo
1962 ● Geoff Beauchamp → Guitarist in Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, “Cross My Heart” (Dance/Club #10, 1988)
1963 ● Jerry DeBorg → Guitarist in techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Gavin Rossdale → Lead singer and rhythm guitar for alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) and Institute, “Bullet-Proof Skin” (Mainstream Rock #26, 2005), solo, married to Gwen Stefani
1969 ● Snow / (Darrin O’Brien) → Juno Award-winning Canadian reggae-rapper, “The Informer” (#1, 1993)
1970 ● Tommy Walter → Co-founder, bassist and songwriter for indie rock Eels, “Novocaine For The Soul” (Modern Rock #1, 1997), then founded alt-rock Abandoned Pools, “The Remedy” (Modern Rock #27, 2002)
1973 ● Maurizio Lobina → Keyboards for Italian dance-pop trio Eiffel 65, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (#6, 1999)
1976 ● Kassidy Lorraine Osborn → Vocals in country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)
1989 ● Vanessa White → Vocals in electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, “Missing You” (UK #3, 2010)

October 31
1912 ● Dale Evans / (Lucille Wood Smith) → “Queen of the Cowgirls” and beloved country-and-western entertainer with her third husband, singing cowboy Roy Rogers, wrote the signature song “Happy Trails To You” and co-starred in 28 films with her husband and on the popular 50s TV series The Roy Rogers Show, died from congestive heart failure on 2/7/2001, age 88
1926 ● Sir Jimmy Savile → Radio DJ, dance hall manager, music impresario, actor, TV host, first (1964) and last (2006) host of BBC’s Top of the Pops program, died from pneumonia on 10/29/2011, age 84
1927 ● Anita Kerr → Country-pop and easy listening vocalist, composer and bandleader, fronted Grammy-winning The Anita Kerr Singers and contributed to country music’s pop-oriented “Nashville Sound” in the 60s by providing backing vocals on scores of albums by top artists, collaborated with Rod McKuen on mood-music albums in the 60s, wrote and produced film soundtracks in the 80s
1937 ● Tom Paxton → Greenwich Village folk singer and songwriter, “The Last Thing On My Mind” (1964) and the children’s song “Goin’ To The Zoo” (1964), still touring and recording in the 10s
1939 ● Farka Touré / (Ali Ibrahim Touré) → The “African John Lee Hooker,” talented and renowned Malian singer, multi-instrumentalist and world music recording artist with dozens of albums in several languages, blended African rhythmic and musical traditions that evoke the origins North American blues, ranked #76 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” died from bone cancer of 3/7/2006, age 66
1940 ● Eric Griffiths → Guitarist in the original lineup of skiffle/rock ‘n’ roll band The Quarrymen, precursor to The Beatles, left in 1958 to join the Merchant Navy, died from pancreatic cancer on 1/29/2005, age 64
1945 ● Rik Kenton → Bassist in Brian Ferry-led art/glam/prog rock Roxy Music (“Virginia Plan,” UK #4, 1972) in the early 70s, left for a brief solo career then founded 80s mixed race, reggae-pop-rock Savage Progress (“My Soul Unwraps Tonight,” 1984)
1945 ● Russ Ballard → Guitarist and songwriter in hard/art rock Argent, wrote “God Gave Rock And Roll To You” (1973), solo career and songwriter for other artists, including Three Dog Night‘s “Liar” (#7, 1971) and Hot Chocolate‘s “So You Win Again” (#31, 1977)
1952 ● Tony Bowers → Bassist for Brit blues-rock Blind Eye, punk rock Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, and soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986)
1952 ● Bernard Edwards → Bassist, co-founder, co-writer and producer for top R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), produced albums for ABC, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart and others, died from pneumonia after an all-star “tribute” show in Japan on 4/18/1996, age 43
1961 ● Larry Mullen. Jr. → Drummer for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Johnny Marr / (John Martin Maher) → Guitarist and songwriter for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984), post-punk supergroup Electronic, “Getting Away With It” (Dance/Club #7, 1990), The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs
1963 ● Mikkey Dee / (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) → Drummer and songwriter in theatrical rock King Diamond, left in 1992 to join punk-metal Motörhead, “Born To Raise Hell” (UK #47, 1994)
1964 ● Colm O’Ciosoig → Drummer for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1965 ● Annabella Lwin / (Myint Myint Aye) → Vocals in New Wave Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy” (#22, 1982)
1966 ● Ad-Rock / (Adam Horovitz) → Guitarist and rapper in hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1967 ● Adam Schlesinger → Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist in power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1968 ● Al Mackenzie → Multi-instrumentalist in techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993)
1968 ● Alistair McErlaine → Guitarist in Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1968 ● Vanilla Ice / (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Ice Ice Baby” (first hip hop single to hit #1, 1990)
1970 ● Linn Berggren / (Malin Berggren) → Vocals in Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1980 ● Charles Moniz → Canadian drummer for hardcore punk rock Grade, later bassist for Avril Lavigne band
1981 ● Frank Iero / (Frank Anthony Iero, Jr.) → Rhythm guitarist and vocalist in 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006), vocals for Leathermouth
1982 ● Gabriela Irimia → Romanian singer with her twin sister Monica in one hit wonder dance-pop duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK #2, 2002)
1982 ● Monica Irimia → Romanian singer with her twin sister Gabriella in one hit wonder dance-pop duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK #2, 2002)

November 01
1903 ● Don Robey → Record label owner, producer and songwriter whose influence over the development of R&B/pop was immeasurable, launched or managed the careers of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Mama Thornton, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Memphis Slim, Little Junior Parker and many others through his Peacock and Duke labels (the first African-American to own a successful record label), sold to ABC/Dunhill in 1973 and died of a heart attack on 6/16/1975, age 71
1936 ● Andre Williams / (Zephire Andre Williams) → The “Father of Rap,” R&B, blues and rock ‘n roll musician whose talking-style vocals were an early precursor of hip hop/rap music (“Bacon Fat,” R&B # 9, 1957 and “Cadillac Jack,” R&B #46, 1968), co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” covered by The Five Du-Tones, James & Bobby Purify (#25, 1967) and Ike & Tina Turner, continued to record and perform into the 10s
1937 ● “Whisperin'” Bill Anderson / (James William Anderson III) → Prolific and respected country music singer/songwriter, TV personality and Sirius XM radio host with 29 Country Top 10 hits from 1960 to 1979 and seven crossover country-pop singles, including “Still” (#8, Country #1, 1963), over 400 of his songs have been recorded and released by other artists
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” (#1, 1966), fell into a coma after being shot in an attempted robbery and died a year later on 11/5/1989, age 49
1944 ● Kinky Freidman / (Richard S. Freidman) → The “Jewish Cowboy,” irreverent country-rock satirist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys, novelist, journalist and would-be politician
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK #1, 1973)
1946 ● Rick Grech / (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), supertrio Blind Faith (US #1 album Blind Faith, 1969), Traffic, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, died from alcohol-related kidney failure on 3/17/1990, age 43
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings, including The Bee Gees, Michael Bublé, Clay Aiken, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and many others
1950 ● Dan Peek → Multi-instrumental singer and songwriter for folk-pop America, wrote “Lonely People” (#5, 1974), later moved to Contemporary Christian pop music, died in his sleep on 7/24/2011, age 60
1951 ● Ronald Bell / (Khalis Bayyan) → Founding member, saxophonist, songwriter and singer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → Guitarist for pop-rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-pop singer/songwriter, “Give Me Back My Heart” (Country #13, 1987), three-time Grammy Award winner, former husband of actress Julia Roberts
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Bassist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1962 ● Mags Furuholmen → Guitar and keyboards for Norwegian synth-pop A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Drummer for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), lost his left arm in an auto accident in England in 1984 but continued with custom-constructed acoustic and electronic drumkits
1966 ● Willie D / (William Dennis) → Vocals in controversial gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo, “Dear God” (Rap #4, 2002)
1967 ● Sophie B. Hawkins → Eclectic rock, pop, jazz, R&B and African music singer and songwriter, “As I Lay Me Down” (#6, 1995)
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards and percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK #10, 1989)
1975 ● Bo Bice / (Harold Elwin “Bo” Bice, Jr.) → Husky-voiced American Idol runner-up, pop/rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Inside Your Heaven” (#2, 2005)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → Backing vocals in Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), stage actress

November 02
1929 ● Amar G. Bose, Ph.D. / (Amar Gopal Bose) → MIT graduate student, audio engineer and classical music lover, visionary engineer, inventor and billionaire entrepreneur whose namesake company, the Bose Corporation, is synonymous with top-quality audio systems and residential and automotive speakers, his company introduced the revolutionary 901 Series of home speaker systems, the Bose Wave radio, “sound docks” and noise-cancelling headphones, died from undisclosed causes on 7/12/2013, age 83
1931 ● Phil Woods → Four-time Grammy-winning alto saxophonist, in touring bands for Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman in the 50s, fronted his own bands in the 60s, then session work for Billy Joel (alto sax solo on “Just The Way You Are”), Steely Dan (“Doctor Wu”), Paul Simon (“Have A Good Time”) and others, continued to record and perform until just before his death from emphysema on 9/29/2015, age 83
1937 ● Speedo Carroll / (Earl Carroll) → Singer and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, “Speedo” (#17, R&B #3, 1955), left in 1963 to join The Coasters and performed with the group through the 80s, now on the oldies circuit
1938 ● Jay Black / (David Blatt) → Lead vocals and de facto frontman for clean-cut, pop-rock vocal group Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1944 ● Keith Emerson / (Keith Noel Emerson) → Influential and accomplished progressive rock keyboardist, first with 60s Brit prog rock The Nice (“America,” 1968) then as founding member of prog rock supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer (“Lucky Man,” #48, 1971), and later as a moderately successful solo artist and in Emerson, Lake & Powell and short-lived 3, issued a final studio album, The Three Fates Project in 2012 and was about to launch a tour of Japan when he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on 3/10/2016, age 71
1945 ● J.D. Souther / (John David Souther) → Country-rock singer and songwriter, session musician and producer for Linda Ronstadt, co-wrote hits for the Eagles, including “New Kid In Town” (#1, 1977), member of the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, solo “You’re Only Lonely” (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Chip Hawkes / (Leonard Hawkes) → Bass and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of pop singer Chesney Hawkes
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul singer, “Right Back Where We Started From” (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Fred Fairbrass → Guitarist for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Drummer for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang / (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian singer and songwriter, started as country-pop and shifted to adult contemporary and dance-pop, “Constant Craving” (#38, Adult Contemporary #2, 1992)
1962 ● Ron McGovney → Original bassist for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), left in 1982 after several demo recordings but before the band’s first true album
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Bassist in hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Drummer in electronic/acid-house 808 State, “Pacific State” (, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Fieldy Arvizu / (Reginald Arvizu) → Bassist for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist and songwriter for indie power pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1974 ● Nelly / (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Grammy-winning hip hop vocalist, “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” (#7, 2000), record producer, music entrepreneur and record label CEO
1975 ● Chris Walla → Guitarist for indie pop-rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)

November 03
1930 ● Mable John → Underrated R&B, blues and gospel singer, the first female vocalist signed by Berry Gordy to his Tamla label (which preceded Motown Records by two years), left after several unsuccessful singles, recorded for Stax Records (“Your Good Thing Is About To End,” #95, R&B #6, 1966) and sang in Ray Charles‘ backing group, The Raelettes
1933 ● John Barry / (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Grammy- and Academy Award-winning film score composer for 11 James Bond films and others, including the theme song to Born Free (1966) and the soundtrack to Dances With Wolves (1989), died from a heart attack on 1/30/2011, age 77
1934 ● Bill Arhos → Creator and long-time executive producer of Austin City Limits, the PBS musical variety show that introduced much of America to the sound of redneck rock and progressive country music, and became the longest-running live concert program on television and the only TV show to receive the National Medal of Arts, died from heart disease on 4/11/2015, age 80, age 80
1941 ● Brian Poole → Lead singer and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), solo, daughters Karen and Shellie formed Alisha’s Attic in the 90s.
1941 ● Billy Bumble / (R. C. Gamble) → Frontman for the touring version of novelty pop/rock B. Bumble & The Stingers, the collection of Rendezvous Records session musicians whose light rock instrumental covers of classical pieces included “Bumble Boogie” (#21, 1961) and “Nut Rocker” (#23, UK #1, 1962), left the music industry in 1965 and eventually became a college professor of economics, died on 8/2/2008, age 66
1943 ● Bert Jansch → Scottish acoustic blues and folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, 60s duo with John Renbourn then co-founded folk-rock group Pentangle (“Light Flight,” UK #43, 1970), continued to record and perform as a solo artist, in collaborative projects and with various lineups of Pentangle until his death from lung cancer on 10/5/2011, age 67
1945 ● Bobby LaKind / (Robert Jay LaKind) → Lighting stagehand turned percussionist and backing vocals for blue-eyed soul/pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes” (#1, 1979), gained songwriting co-credits on the band’s reunion album, Cycles (#17, 1989) but left shortly thereafter due to terminal colon cancer, which claimed his life on 12/24/1992, age 47
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist for early Brit rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, survived the 1966 car crash that killed Johnny Kidd, quit The Pirates in 1968 to co-found hard rock Deep Purple, fired in 1969 and pursued a solo career and founded/fronted hard rock Warhorse, Flying Fox and Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee / (Thomas De Generes) → Guitarist in blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu / (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish pop singer and songwriter, “To Sir With Love” (#1, 1967), actress, TV host, continues performing in 2011
1953 ● Van Stephenson / (Van Wesley Stephenson) → Pop-rock singer and songwriter with three charting hits in the 80s, including “Modern Day Delilah” (#22, 1984), co-founded country-rock Blackhawk (“There You Have It,” #41, Country #4, 1998) in 1992 on guitar and backing vocals, left the band to fight skin cancer but died from the disease on 4/9/2001, age 47
1954 ● Adam Ant / (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Singer and frontman for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1983), film and TV actor
1960 ● James Prime → Keyboards for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1960 ● Maff Ashman / (Matthew Ashman) → Underrated post-punk and New Wave guitarist with an early lineup of Adam And The Ants (“Goody Two-Shoes,” #12, 1982), left in 1980 to form Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow (“I Want Candy,” #22, 1982), later co-founded post-punk Chiefs Of Relief and punk-revival Agent Provocateur, died from complications of diabetes on 11/11/1995, age 35
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Guitar and vocals for Brit neo-psychedelic rock Icicle Works, “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” (#37, 1984)
1962 ● Marilyn / (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance-pop singer, “Calling Your Name” (UK #4, 1983)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Guitarist in Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles / (Roberto Concina) → Italian dream-house DJ, composer, producer and electronica musician, “Children” (Dance/Club #1, 1996)
1973 ● Mick Thomson → Lead guitarist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1976 ● Ras / (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Vocals in Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)
1980 ● Dan Marsala → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/post-hardcore Story Of The Year, “Anthem Of Our Dying Day” (Modern Rock #10, 2004)

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Singles Released This Week (October 22 – 28)

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 22
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “Get Off My Cloud” [UK] • Rock n Roll • December’s Children (And Everybody’s) • “The Singer Not The Song”
1968 • Simon & Garfunkel • “Hazy Shade Of Winter” • Folk-Pop • Bookends • “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her”
1982 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “You Got Lucky” • Album Rock • Long After Dark • “Between Two Worlds”
1991 • Bonnie Raitt • “I Can’t Make You Love Me” • Adult Contemporary • Luck Of The Draw • “Come To Me”
1996 • Van Halen • “Me Wise Magic” • Arena Rock • Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I • “Why Can’t This Be Love”
1999 • Blondie • “No Exit” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • No Exit • N/A
2008 • Guns N’ Roses • “Chinese Democracy” • Hard Rock • Chinese Democracy • “Shackler’s Revenge”


October 23
1961 • The Valadiers • “Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam)” • Soul • [Single] • “Take A Chance”
1962 • Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers • “My Bonnie” • Britbeat • [Single] • “The Saints”
1964 • The Kinks • “All Day And All Of The Night” [UK] • British Invasion • Kinks-Size • “I Gotta Move”
1967 • The Beach Boys • “Wild Honey” • Pop-Rock • Wild Honey • “Wind Chimes”
1970 • The Byrds • “Chestnut Mare” • Folk-Rock • (Untitled) • “Just A Season”
1970 • Mick Jagger • “Memo From Turner” • Hard Rock • Performance [Sndtrk] • “Natural Magic”
1972 • Bread • “Baby I’m-A Want You” • Soft Rock • Baby I’m-A Want You • “Truckin'”
1979 • Gloria Gaynor • “I Will Survive” • Disco • Love Tracks • “Substitute”
1981 • Genesis • “Keep It Dark” • Prog Rock • Abacab • “Naminanu / Abacab”
1982 • Billy Idol • “White Wedding, Pt. 1” • Hard Rock • Billy Idol • “White Wedding, Pt. 2”
1984 • Janet Jackson • “Fast Girls” • Dance-Pop • Dream Street • “French Blue”
1989 • Janet Jackson • “Rhythm Nation” • New Jack Swing • Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 • “Rhythm Nation” [Instrumental]


October 24
1966 • Donovan • “Mellow Yellow” • Psychedelic Pop • Mellow Yellow • “Sunny South Kensington”
1969 • John Lennon • “Cold Turkey” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)” [Yoko Ono]
1970 • T. Rex • “Ride A White Swan” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Is It Love?”
1974 • Aerosmith • “Train Kept A-Rollin'” • Hard Rock • Get Your Wings • “Spaced”
1975 • John Lennon • “Imagine” [UK] • Soft Pop • [Single] • “Working Class Hero”
1978 • Bob Dylan • “Changing Of The Guards” • Folk-Gospel • Street Legal • “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)”
1978 • The Bee Gees • “Too Much Heaven” [UK] • Soul-Disco • Spirits Having Flown • “Rest Your Love on Me”
1978 • Linda Ronstadt • “Ooh Baby Baby” • Pop-Rock • Living In The U.S.A. • “Blowing Away”
1979 • Pat Benatar • “Heartbreaker” • Hard Rock • In The Heat Of The Night • “My Clone Sleeps Alone”
1980 • Kool & The Gang • “Celebration” [UK] • Disco-Funk • Celebrate! • “Morning Star”
1980 • David Bowie • “Fashion” • Funk Rock • Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) • “Scream Like A Baby”
1981 • The Jam • “Absolute Beginners” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Tales from the Riverbank”
1983 • Pat Benatar • “Love Is A Battlefield” • Hard Rock • Live From Earth • “Hell Is For Children” [Live Version]
1983 • Billy Idol • “Rebel Yell” • Hard Rock • Rebel Yell • “Crank Call”
1984 • Frankie Goes To Hollywood • “Relax” [UK] • Hi-NRG Club/Dance • Welcome To The Pleasuredome • “One September Monday”
1989 • Madonna • “Oh Father” • Baroque Pop Ballad • Like A Prayer • “Pray For Spanish Eyes”
1994 • Nirvana • “About A Girl” • Grunge-Rock • Bleach • “Something in the Way” [Live]
1994 • Brownstone • “If You Love Me” • Soul/Pop • From The Bottom Up • “If You Love Me” [Remix]


October 25
1962 • The Marvelettes • “Strange I Know” • Soul – Motown • The Marvelous Marvelettes • “Too Strong To Be Strung Along”
1966 • Episode Six • “Lucky Sunday” [UK] • Brit Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Mr. Universe”
1967 • The Monkees • “Daydream Believer” • Psychedelic Pop • The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees • “Goin’ Down”
1967 • The Monkees • “Goin’ Down” • Pop-Rock • Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. • [B-Side]
1967 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “In And Out Of Love” • Soul-Pop • Reflections • “I Guess I’ll Always Love You”
1969 • The Temptations • “Cloud Nine” • Soul – Motown • Cloud Nine • “Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)”
1974 • The Rolling Stones • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” • Blues-Rock • It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll • “You’ll Lose A Precious Love”
1974 • Barry White • “You’re the First, The Last, My Everything” [UK] • Soul • Can’t Get Enough • “More Than Anything, You’re My Everything”
1974 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Junior’s Farm” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Sally G”
1984 • Pat Benatar • “We Belong” • Soft Rock • Tropico • “Suburban King”
1988 • Bucks Fizz • “Heart Of Stone” • Pop-Rock • The Story So Far • “Here’s Looking At You”
1993 • Pearl Jam • “Go” • Grunge Rock • Vs. • “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” [Acoustic] / “Alone”


October 26
1964 • The Beach Boys • “The Warmth Of The Sun” • Pop-Rock • Shut Down, Vol. 2 • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beach Boys • “Dance, Dance, Dance” • Pop-Rock • Today! • “The Warmth Of The Sun”
1965 • Elvis Presley • “Puppet On A String” • Pop-Rock • Girl Happy • “Wooden Heart”
1970 • Elton John • “Your Song” • Pop-Rock • Elton John • “Take Me To The Pilot”
1973 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Helen Wheels” • Pop-Rock • Band On The Run • “Country Dreamer”
1974 • Jethro Tull • “Bungle In The Jungle” [UK] • Prog Rock • War Child • “Back Door Angels”
1979 • Marianne Faithfull • “The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan” • New Wave Pop • [Single] • “Brain Drain”
1984 • Duran Duran • “Wild Boys” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Arena • “(I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement”
1992 • Guns N’ Roses • “Yesterdays” [UK] • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion II • “Yesterdays” [Live]
1993 • Gin Blossoms • “Found Out About You” • Jangle Pop • New Miserable Experience • “Hey Jelousy”


October 27
1957 • The Crickets • “Oh, Boy!” • Rock n Roll • The “Chirping” Crickets • “Not Fade Away”
1963 • The Marvelettes [The Darnells] • “Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “Come On Home”
1964 • The Supremes • “Come See About Me” • Soul – Motown • Where Did Our Love Go? • “(You’re Gone But) Always in My Heart”
1972 • Elton John • “Crocodile Rock” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player • “Elderberry Wine”
1973 • The Who • “Love, Reign O’er Me” • British Rock • Quadrophenia • “Water”
1975 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Venus and Mars/Rock Show” • Pop-Rock • Venus And Mars • “Magneto and Titanium Man”
1978 • The Cars • “My Best Friend’s Girl” • New Wave Pop-Rock • The Cars • “Moving In Stereo”
1981 • Queen & David Bowie • “Under Pressure” • Glam Rock • Hot Space • “Soul Brother” [Queen]
1997 • Madonna • “You Must Love Me” • Dance-Pop • Selections From Evita • “Rainbow High”
1998 • Natalie Imbruglia • “Torn” • AA Pop-Rock • Left Of The Middle • “Sometimes”


October 28
1963 • The Beach Boys • “In My Room” • Doo Wop Ballad • Surfer Girl • [B-Side]
1963 • The Beach Boys • “Be True To Your School” • Pop-Rock • Little Deuce Coup • “In My Room”
1978 • Billy Joel • “My Life” • Pop-Rock • 52nd Street • “52nd Street”
1984 • Tina Turner • “Private Dancer” • Pop-Rock • Private Dancer • “Nut Bush City Limits”
1993 • 10,000 Maniacs • “Because The Night” • Folk-Rock • MTV Unplugged • “Stockton Gala Days”

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Albums Released This Week (October 22 – 28)

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 22
1965 ● Donovan —— Fairytale [UK] ► Folk-Rock
1969 ● Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin II ► Hard Rock
1974 ● Kiss —— Hotter Than Hell ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Night Moves ► Heartland Rock
1976 ● Elton John —— Blue Moves ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Led Zeppelin —— The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Cher —— Prisoner ► Pop-Disco
1984 ● The Cure —— Concert: The Cure Live ► Post-Punk
1984 ● Paul McCartney —— Give My Regards To Broad Street ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller —— Classical Gas ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— No Rest For The Wicked ► Hard Rock
1990 ● A-Ha —— East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon ► Synth-Pop
1990 ● Pet Shop Boys —— Behavior ► Electro-pop/Dance
1991 ● Death —— Human ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1991 ● Matthew Sweet —— Girlfriend ► Power Pop
1991 ● Various Artists —— Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Tina Turner —— Simoly The Best ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Arc ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Weld ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Gov’t Mule —— Live From Roseland Ballroom ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
1996 ● Phil Collins —— Dance Into The Light ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Journey —— Trial By Fire ► Prog/Art Rock
1996 ● Van Halen —— Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I ► Hard Rock
1998 ● The Dillenger Escape Plan —— Under The Running Board ► Heavy Metal/Mathcore
2001 ● The Cranberries —— Wake Up And Smell The Coffee ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2002 ● Foo Fighters —— One By One ► Grunge Rock
2002 ● Various Artists —— VH1 Divas Las Vegas ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Santana —— Shaman ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
2002 ● Rod Stewart —— It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook ► Traditional Pop
2007 ● Ray Davies —— Working Man’s Café ► Pop-Rock
2012 ● Richard Marx —— Christmas Spirit ► AA Pop-Rock


October 23
1970 ● Genesis —— Trespass ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Frank Zappa —— Chunga’s Revenge ► Art Rock
1972 ● Al Green —— I’m Still in Love With You ► Soul (Southern)
1976 ● Harry Chapin —— On The Road To Kingdom Come ► Folk-Pop
1979 ● Hyman, Phyllis —— You Know How To Love Me ► Disco/Soul-Pop
1981 ● Sammy Hagar —— Standing Hampton ► Arena Rock
1981 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Almost Blue ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1983 ● Willie Nelson —— Without A Song ► Outlaw Country
1984 ● Janet Jackson —— Dream Street ► Pop-Soul
1984 ● Wham! —— Make It Big ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Iggy Pop —— Blah Blah Blah ► Alt. Rock / Punk
1988 ● Various Artists —— Miami Vice III [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Terence Trent D’Arby —— Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack Of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) ► Pop-R&B
1989 ● Roy Orbison —— Black & White Night Live ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● Deep Purple —— Slaves And Masters ► Hard Rock
1995 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Ozzmosis ► Hard Rock
2000 ● PJ Harvey —— Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea ► Indie Rock
2000 ● Atomic Kitten —— Right Now ► Dance-Pop
2001 ● Incubus —— Morning View ► Funk Metal
2001 ● Toni Braxton —— Snowflakes ► Soul-Pop
2001 ● Bush —— Golden State ► Grunge Rock
2001 ● Gov’t Mule —— The Deep End, Vol. 1 ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2001 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Live In Chicago 12.19.98 At The United Center ► AA Pop-Rock
2006 ● Martin Briley —— It Comes In Waves ► Pop-Rock/Power Pop
2006 ● PJ Harvey —— The Peel Sessions: 1991-2004 ► Indie Rock
2007 ● Robert Plant & Alison Krauss —— Raising Sand ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● Mötley Crüe —— Carnival Of Sins: Live, Vols. 1-2 ► Heavy Metal
2007 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr: Live At Soundstage ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Heart —— Dreamboat Annie Live ► Album Rock
2007 ● Neil Young —— Chrome Dreams II ► Folk-Rock
2008 ● David Bowie —— Glass Spider Live ► Glam Rock
2015 ● Rod Stewart —— Another Country ► Pop-Rock


October 24
1971 ● Don McLean —— American Pie ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● Grateful Dead —— Grateful Dead (Live Skull & Roses) ► Country-Rock
1975 ● Roxy Music —— Siren ► Prog Rock
1975 ● John Lennon —— Shaved Fish ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Rory Gallagher —— Calling Card ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Organisation ► New Wave Synth Pop
1980 ● Cheap Trick —— All Shook Up ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1981 ● Billy Idol —— Don’t Stop ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Stryper —— To Hell With The Devil ► Heavy Metal/Christian
1986 ● Warren Zevon —— A Quiet, Normal Life: The Best Of Warren Zevomn ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Dead Can Dance —— The Serpent’s Egg ► Folk-Pop
1991 ● Brenda Lee —— A Brenda Lee Christmas ► Country-Pop
1994 ● Silver Jews —— Starlite Walker ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock
1995 ● The Smashing Pumpkins —— Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness ► Hard Rock
1995 ● 20 Fingers —— 20 Fingers ► Dance-Pop
1995 ● Anthrax —— Stomp 442 ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1995 ● John Hiatt —— Walk On ► Roots Rock
1995 ● Indigo Girls —— 1200 Curfews ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Simply Red —— Life ► Alt Pop-Rock
1995 ● David Bowie —— The Buddha Of Suburbia ► Glam Rock
1995 ● The Pretenders —— The Isle Of View ► Post-Punk
1995 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— It’s A Mystery ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Linkin Park —— Hybrid Theory ► Hard Rock
2000 ● Christina Aguilera —— My Kind Of Christmas ► Dance-Pop
2000 ● Richard Marx —— Days In Avalon ► AA Pop-Rock
2000 ● Spin Doctors —— Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective ► Alt Pop-Rock
2011 ● Bob Dylan —— Beyond Here Lies Nothin’: The Collection ► Folk-Rock
2011 ● Paul Simon —— Songwriter ► Folk-Pop


October 25
1968 ● Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock
1969 ● Pink Floyd —— Ummagumma ► Prog Rock
1971 ● Jeff Beck Group —— Rough And Ready ► Blues-Rock
1971 ● Chicago —— At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) ► Jazz-Rock
1971 ● The Doors —— Other Voices ► Blues-Rock
1972 ● Poco —— A Good Feelin’ to Know ► Country-Rock
1973 ● Carpenters —— GEM II [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1974 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Natty Dread ► Roots Reggae
1975 ● Paul Simon —— Still Crazy After All These Years ► Folk-Pop
1976 ● Al Di Meola —— Land Of The Midnight Sun ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1976 ● Joe Walsh —— You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha ► Soul
1984 ● Culture Club —— Waking Up With The House On Fire ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1985 ● The Cars —— Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1986 ● Howard Jones —— One To One ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1986 ● The Police —— Every Breath You Take: The Singles ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1988 ● The Traveling Wilburys —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Frank Zappa —— You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 ► Art Rock
1994 ● Common Sense —— Resurrection ► Underground Rap
1994 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Here Come The Psychedelic Furs: B-Sides And Lost Grooves ► Post-Punk New Wave
1994 ● Madonna —— Bedtime Stories ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● Joni Mitchell —— Turbulent Indigo ► Folk-Rock
1994 ● Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits ► Heartland Rock
1996 ● The Brian Jones Massacre —— Thank God For Mental Illness ► Neo-Psychedelia
1996 ● Madonna —— Evita [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop
1999 ● Faithless —— Sunday 8PM/Saturday 3AM ► Trip-hop/Dance
2004 ● PJ Harvey —— iTunes Originals – PJ Harvey ► Indie Rock
2004 ● Manfred Mann —— 2006 ► Hard Rock
2005 ● Berlin —— 4Play ► L. A. Synth-Pop
2005 ● Jerry Garcia —— Garcia Plays Dylan ► Roots Rock
2005 ● Bette Midler —— Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook ► Female Vocalist
2005 ● Aerosmith —— Rockin’ The Joint ► Hard Rock
2005 ● Duran Duran —— Live From London ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2010 ● Devon Allman’s Honeytribe —— Space Age Blues ► Blues-Rock
2010 ● Kansas —— The Essential Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock


October 26
1967 ● Sam & Dave —— Soul Men ► Soul
1973 ● Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye —— Diana & Marvin ► Soul
1974 ● Neil Diamond —— Serenade ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● The Fall —— Dragnet ► Post-Punk
1981 ● J. Geils Band —— Freeze-Frame ► Blues-Rock
1984 ● Gary Numan —— Berserker ► New Wave Synth Pop
1985 ● Glenn Frey —— Miami Vice [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Meat Loaf —— Live At Wembley ► Arena Rock
1989 ● Hooters —— Zig Zag ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1992 ● Sade —— Love Deluxe ► Quiet Storm
1993 ● Ben E. King —— Shades Of Blue ► Soul
1993 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— MTV Unplugged ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● The Clash —— Super Black Market Clash ► Punk
1993 ● The Cure —— Paris ► Post-Punk
1993 ● The Velvet Underground —— Live MCMXCIII ► Alt. Rock
1994 ● Blur —— The Special Collectors Edition ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
1998 ● Napalm Death —— Words From The Exit Wound [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore
1998 ● The Stranglers —— Coup De Grace ► Punk Rock
1999 ● Genesis —— Turn It On Again: The Hits ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Akinyele —— Aktapuss ► Dirty Rap
1999 ● B*Witched —— Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group
1999 ● Bush —— The Science Of Things ► Grunge Rock
1999 ● Incubus —— Make Yourself ► Funk Metal
1999 ● Phil Lesh & Friends —— Love Will See You Through ► Country-Rock
1999 ● Robert Palmer —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Robert Palmer ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1999 ● Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Looking Forward ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● The Band —— Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Hall & Oates —— Our Kind Of Soul ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Live At Wolf Trap ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Leonard Cohen —— Dear Heather ► Soft Rock


October 27
1967 ● Dusty Springfield —— Where Am I Going? ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Ten Years After —— Ten Years After ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Johnny Winter —— Second Winter ► Blues-Rock
1971 ● Ten Years After —— A Space In Time ► Blues-Rock
1972 ● Stevie Wonder —— Talking Book ► Pop-R&B
1975 ● Angel —— Angel ► Heavy Metal
1975 ● Bobby Womack —— Safety Zone ► Smooth Soul
1978 ● Slade —— Slade Alive, Vol. 2 ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Motörhead —— Bomber ► Heavy Metal
1980 ● Hawkwind —— Levitation ► Space Rock
1981 ● Ringo Starr —— Stop And Smell The Roses ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Prince —— 1999 ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● George Harrison —— Gone Troppo ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— Heaven Only Knows ► Soul-Pop
1983 ● Bob Dylan —— Infidels ► Folk-Rock
1985 ● Celtic Frost —— To Mega Therion ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● XTC —— Skylarking ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1987 ● Robbie Robertson —— Robbie Robertson ► Roots Rock
1992 ● Michael Nesmith —— Tropical Campfires ► Country-Rock
1992 ● AC/DC —— Live ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Bob Dylan —— Good As I Been To You ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Loves You ► Psychedelic Rock
1992 ● Neil Young —— Harvest Moon ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Ayreon —— The Final Experiment ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal
1997 ● John Lennon —— Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of JoHn Lennon ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Simon & Garfunkel —— Old Friends ► Folk-Pop
1998 ● The Afghan Whigs —— 1965 ► Post-Punk
1998 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Merry Christmas…Have A Nice Life ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Phish —— The Story Of The Ghost ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1998 ● Bryan Adams —— On A Day Like Today ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● R.E.M. —— Up ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● The Haunted —— Made Me Do It ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
2008 ● Genesis —— Turn It On Again: The Hits – The Tour Collection ► Prog Rock
2009 ● Gov’t Mule —— By A Thread ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2009 ● Jack Johnson —— En Concert ► AA Folk-Rock
2009 ● Carly Simon —— Never Been Gone ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Spandau Ballet —— Once More ► New Wave Synht-Pop
2009 ● Stephen Stills —— Live At Shepherd’s Bush ► Folk-Rock
2009 ● R.E.M. —— Live At The Olympia ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2009 ● Sting —— If On A Winter’s Night… ► Pop-Rock
2014 ● The Who —— The Who Hits 50! ► British Rock


October 28
1966 ● The Kinks —— Face To Face ► British Rock
1969 ● Golden Earring —— Eight Miles High ► Hard Rock
1977 ● The Sex Pistols —— Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols ► Punk-Rock
1977 ● Neil Young —— Decade ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Rush —— Hemispheres ► Prog/Art Rock
1982 ● The Dream Syndicate —— The Days Of Wine And Roses ► Alt Pop-Rock
1983 ● Nick Heywrd —— North Of A Miracle ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1985 ● Oingo Boingo —— Dead Man’s Party ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1985 ● Bob Dylan —— Biograph ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Mike + The Mechanics —— Living Years ► Brit Pop-Rock
1989 ● Deborah Harry —— Def, Dumb & Blonde ► New Eave Dance-Pop
1991 ● Richard Marx —— Rush Street ► AA Pop-Rock
1991 ● Genesis —— We Can’t Dance ► Prog Rock
1991 ● Queen —— Greatest Hits II ► Glam Rock
1993 ● Bob Dylan —— World Gone Wrong ► Folk-Rock
1994 ● Millencolin —— Tiny Toons ► Euro-punk
1996 ● The Beatles —— Anthology 3 ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● The Aquabats —— The Fury Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival
1997 ● Asia —— Live in Koln ► Prog Rock
1997 ● Judas Priest —— Jugulator ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 ► AA Pop-Rock
1997 ● Michael McDonald —— Blue Obsession ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1997 ● Eddie Money —— Shakin’ With The Money Man ► Album Rock
1997 ● Phish —— Slip Stitch And Pass ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1997 ● Kiss —— Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions ► Hard Rock
1999 ● Tina Turner —— Twenty Four Seven ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● David Gray —— A New Day at Midnight ► AA Pop-Rock
2003 ● HIM —— A-Sides ► Hard Rock
2003 ● The Moody Blues —— December ► Prog Rock
2003 ● R.E.M. —— In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2008 ● School Of Seven Bells —— Alpinisms ► Dream Pop
2008 ● The Cure —— 4:13 Dream ► Post-Punk

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

October 22
1936 ● Bruce Belland → Founding member and lead singer for clean-cut light pop vocal quartet The Four Preps, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)” (#2, 1958) and 6 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1961, later co-starred on the TV sitcom Ozzie And Harriet, wrote several songs for other artists and produced network TV game shows, continued to tour with incarnations of The Four Preps into the 00s
1939 ● Ray Jones → Early bassist for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964), died 1/22/2009, age 60
1942 ● Bobby Fuller / (Robert Gaston Fuller) → Tex-Mex rock ‘n roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader of the Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought The Law” (#9, 1959), found dead from unexplained causes in a car parked outside his Hollywood apartment on 7/18/1966, age 23
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Singer, film and TV actress, child cast member on the original Mickey Mouse Club, then teen idol singer, “Tall Paul” (#7, 1959) and beach party film actress in several genre-creating beach films, including Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and others, died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis on 4/8/2013, age 70
1945 ● Leslie West / (Leslie Weinstein) → Guitarist in pioneering hard rock/heavy metal band Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), then power trio West, Bruce & Laing, continues to front various Mountain reincarnations through 2010
1946 ● Eddie Brigati / (Edward Brigati, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967)
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → Synthesizer for New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978), solo and sessions
1956 ● Stiv Bators / (Steven John Bator) → Punk then power pop singer, guitarist and frontman, first for early and nihilistic punk rock The Dead Boys, then New Wave post-punk The Wanderers and later goth rock The Lords Of The New Church, suffered internal injuries when hit by a taxi in a Paris intersection and died several days later on 6/4/1990, age 33
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Bassist in punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, “Backwater” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding / (William Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “The Person You Are” (Modern Rock #8, 1991), authorBob Dylan
1968 ● Shaggy / (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop singer, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne / (Shelby Lynne Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Wall In Your Heart” (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1976 ● Jonathan Foreman → Co-founder, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for alt rock/Christian rock Switchfoot, “Meant To Live” (#18, Modern Rock #5, 2004)
1983 ● Plan B / (Benjamin Paul Balance-Drew) → Rapper, R&B/neo soul singer, songwriter, actor and film director, released the critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (UK #30, 2006) and followed with The Defamation Of Strickland Blues (UK #1, 2010), had small roles in multiple films, wrote and directed the hip hop musical Ill Manners (2012) and its accompanying UK #1 soundtrack
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Guitar, keyboards and vocals in teen pop-rock trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)

October 23
1919 ● Katie Lee / (Kathryn Louise Lee) → Folk singer with a dozen albums, mostly about Western U.S. cowboys and rivers, author of several books on similar subjects, and environmental activist best known for her decades-long opposition to the construction and ongoing presence of the Glen Canyon Dam in Northern Arizona, her music and narration were featured on a Smithsonian Institute Folkways compilation album, Songs And Stories From Grand Canyon (2005), died from undisclosed causes on 11/1/2017, age 98
1930 ● Boozoo Chavis / (Wilson Chavis) → Accordion maestro and one of the principal architects of the modern Zydeco sound, the music created by French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, refused to play publicly following his single, the first Zydeco hit “Paper In My Shoe” (1954) but returned in 1984 to tour and record until just prior to his death from complications of a heart attack on 5/5/2001, age 70
1937 ● Yvonne Staples → Backing singer and business manager for father-daughters family gospel then mainstream R&B vocal group The Staple Singers (“I’ll Take You There,” #1, 1972 and two other Top 5 hits), eschewed the limelight but was a recognized stalwart behind the scenes for the group and various solo acts, including her sister, Mavis, for nearly 40 years, retired in the 10s and died from colon cancer on 4/10/2018, age 80
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → With sister Inez, one half of the one hit wonder R&B/soul duo Inez & Charlie Foxx, “Mockingbird” (#7, 1963), died from leukemia on 9/18/1998, age 58
1940 ● Ellie Greenwich / (Eleanor Louise Greenwich) → Brill Building pop music songwriter, singer and producer, wrote or co-wrote multiple hit songs (often with Phil Spector or husband Jeff Barry), including “Be My Baby” for The Ronettes (#2, 1963), “Chapel Of Love” for The Dixie Cups (#1, 1964) and “Hanky Panky” for Tommy James & The Shondells (#1, 1966), died of a heart attack on 8/26/2009, age 68
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → With sister Rosa Lee Hawkins and cousin Joan Marie Johnson, vocals in 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1947 ● Greg Ridley → Co-founder and bassist for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, left in 1969 to co-found Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972) and “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972), left music in 1975 but returned for Humble Pie reunions after 2001, died of pneumonia on 11/19/2003, age 56
1949 ● Würzel Burston / (Michael Burston) → Guitarist for early punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), left the band for solo career, died from heart disease on 7/9/2011, age 61
1953 ● Pauline Black → Vocals in New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Grammy-winning, pioneering roots-country singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Streets Of Bakersfield” (Country #1, 1988) and 13 other Country Top 10 hits
1957 ● Kelly Marie / (Jacqueline McKinnon) → Scottish R&B/disco-pop vocalist, “Feels Like I’m In Love” (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic / (Alfred Matthew Yankovic) → Grammy-winning comedian, multi-instrumentalist and song parodist, “Eat It” (#12, 1984) parodying Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” and “White & Nerdy” (#9, 2006) parodying “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Bassist in thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “I’ll Hate You Better” (Mainstream Rock #34, 1993) and side project funk-metal Infectious Grooves, joined Ozzy Osbournes band in 1994 and Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Guitarist in Brit-pop rockers Embrace, “Gravity” (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1986 ● Miguel / (Miguel Jontel Pimentel) → R&B/pop soul singer and guitarist with seven R&B Top 10 hits as a solo or featured artist, including “Adorn” (#17, R&B #1, 2012)

October 24
1911 ● Sonny Terry / (Saunders Terrell) → Blues and folk harmonica player, developed the “whoopin'” style, session man for Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others, Broadway and TV actor, died of natural causes on 3/11/1986, age 74
1930 ● The Big Bopper / (Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, Jr.) → Booming-voiced early rock ‘n’ roll DJ, singer and bandleader, “Chantilly Lace” (#6, 1958), died along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in an Iowa plane crash on the night of 2/3/1959, age 28
1936 ● Bill Wyman / (William George Perks) → Three-decade bassist for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar” (#1, 1971), issued solo albums in the 70s, co-founded supergroup Willie And The Poor Boys in the 80s, quit The Stones and now fronts The Rhythm Kings featuring Albert Lee and Peter Frampton
1936 ● Fast Fingers Dawkins / (Jimmy Dawkins) → Blues guitarist and mellow-voiced singer known as a pioneer of the aggressive, percussive “West Side” Chicago blues style, recorded and toured with Otis Rush, Andrew “Big Voice” Odom and others, his debut album Fast Fingers (1969) won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the Hot Club of France in 1971 as the year’s top album, died of undisclosed causes on 4/10/2013, age 76
1937 ● Santo Farina → Steel guitarist in Italian-American one hit wonder brother duo Santo & Johnny, pop-rock guitar instrumental “Sleepwalk” (#1, 1959)
1942 ● Donald W. Gant → Singer, songwriter and record producer, one half of pop-rock duo The Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” (#17, 1969), produced albums for Jimmy Buffett, Lefty Frizzell and others, died following a serious boating accident on 3/15/1987, age 44
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Singer, guitarist and vocal arranger in folk-sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967), then record producer for Van Morrison, Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen and others
1946 ● Jerry Edmonton / (Gerald McCrohan) → Drummer in Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), died in a car accident on 11/29/1993, age 47
1947 ● Robert Edgar Broughton → Singer, guitarist and frontman for Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970)
1948 ● Barry Ryan / (Barry Sapherson) → Singer with identical twin brother in pop Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), solo, “Eloise” (UK #1, 1968), currently a professional photographer
1948 ● Buffin Griffin / (Terence Dale Griffin) → Drummer in early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), producer for The Cult, Hanoi Rocks, Nirvana and others, including BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel
1948 ● Paul Ryan / (Paul Sapherson) → Singer and songwriter with identical twin brother in pop vocal duo Paul & Barry Ryan, “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), wrote his brother’s solo hit, “Eloise” (UK #1, 1968), left the industry and managed a chain of hairdressing salons until his death from lung cancer on 11/29/1992, age 44
1949 ● Tiny Tavares / (Perry Lee Tavares) → Cape Verdean-American singer with his four brothers in R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976), continued to tour into the 10s
1962 ● Debbie Googe → Bassist for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1969 ● Rob Green → Drummer in blue-eyed soul revival and trad rock Toploader, “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK #7, 2000)
1970 ● Alonza Bevan → Bassist for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1970 ● Eds Chesters / (Edward Daniel Chesters) → Drummer for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1978 ● Sabrina Washington → Lead vocals in “UK urban” R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, “One Night Stand” (Dance/Club #4, 2004), solo and TV actress
1979 ● Ben Gillies → Co-founder and drummer for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1980 ● Monica / (Monica Arnold) → R&B/urban contemporary singer, “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” (#7, R&B #1, 1995) and seven other Top 10 hits
1983 ● Adrienne Bailon → Hip hop soul and R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001) and Disney pre-fab dance-pop Cheetah Girls, “Strut” (#53, 2006), TV host and film actress
1986 ● Drake / (Aubrey Drake Graham) → Canadian R&B/hip hop vocalist, “Find Your Love” (#5, 2010) and six other Top 40 hits, TV actor

October 25
1912 ● Minnie Pearl / (Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon) → Country music singer and comedian with more than 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry and 22 years on the seminal country music TV variety program Hee Haw, known for her signature price-tagged straw hat and folksy mountain demeanor, scored one Country Top 10 hit (“Giddyup Go – Answer,” Country #10, 1966) but influenced countless younger female artists, died following a massive stroke on 3/4/1996, age 83
1924 ● Earl Palmer → R&B, rock and pop session drummer who played on thousands of songs by Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Monkees and others, on scores of albums by Duane Eddy, Taj Mahal, Tim Buckley and others, and on dozens of film scores (Hud, How To Stuff A Wild Bikini and others) and TV theme songs (77 Sunset Strip, Green Acres, The Partridge Family and others), one of the first session musicians elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), died following a long illness on 9/19/2008, age 78
1937 ● Jeanne Black → Country music TV variety show singer and Las Vegas nightclub act, brushed fame as a one hit wonder country-pop singer, “He’ll Have To Stay” (#4, Country #6, R&B #11, 1960), the answer song to Jim Reeve‘s “He’ll Have To Go” (#2, Country #1, 1960), died peacefully on 10/23/2014, age 76
1941 ● Helen Reddy → Aussie TV actress and light pop/adult contemporary singer with eleven Top 20 hits in the 70s including the Grammy-winning “I Am Woman” (#1, 1971)
1943 ● Roy Lynes → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968), continues to perform with tribute bands Quo Vadis and Statoz Quo
1944 ● Jon Anderson / (John Roy Anderson) → Keyboards, songwriter, lead vocals and founding member of archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes (“Roundabout,” #13, 1971) and various off-shoots and side projects through the 00s, plus solo work (“Cage Of Freedom,” Mainstream Rock #17, 1984) and collaborations
1944 ● Taffy Nivert Danoff → Vocals in one hit wonder light pop-rock Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (#1, 1976)
1946 ● John Hall → Drummer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1947 ● Glenn Tipton → Lead guitarist for popular and influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” (#67, Mainstream Rock #4, 1982) plus the 2009 Grammy-winning album Dissident Aggressor
1950 ● Chris Norman → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for glam-pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977), left in 1982 for solo career, “Midnight Lady” (Germany #1, 1986)
1951 ● Richard Lloyd → Guitar and vocals for early and influential punk-rock Television, “Marquee Moon” (1977), solo, producer and guitar teacher
1955 ● Matthias Jabs → Guitarist in German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984), still with the band in 2010
1957 ● Robbie McIntosh → Session guitarist and bandleader, played in The Pretenders (“Back On The Chain Gang,” #5, 1983) from 1982 to 1987 and Paul McCartney‘s Wings in the 90s
1960 ● Chrissy Amphlett / (Christinae Amphlett) → Vocals for Aussie power pop Divinyls, “I Touch Myself” (#4, 1991), co-wrote “Science Fiction” (AUS #13, 1982), included in 2001 as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time by the Australian Performing Right Association (APRA), died after a long fight with breast cancer on 4/21/2013, age 52
1961 ● Chad Smith → Drummer in funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1961 ● Pat Sharp / (Patrick Sharpin) → Brit TV host and radio DJ (BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Radio Mercury)
1963 ● John Leven → Bassist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1965 ● Nick Thorpe → Bassist for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Speech / (Todd Thomas) → Vocals and MC for African-centric, progressive hip hop/funk-soul-blues Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992), solo
1970 ● Ed Robertson / (Lloyd Edward Robertson) → Guitarist for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1981 ● “Romeo” then “Young Rome” / (Jerome Isaac Jones) → Rapper, singer for L.A. pre-teen R&B/pop-rap Immature, “Never Lie” (#5, 1994), then name change to Imx, “Stay The Night” (#23, 1999), actor
1984 ● Katy Perry / (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) → Contemporary dance-club/pop-rock singer and songwriter, “I Kissed A Girl” (#1, 2008), TV and voice actress
1985 ● Ciara Princess Harris → The “First Lady of Crunk & B,” contemporary R&B/soul-pop dancer and vocalist, “Goodies” (#1, 2004), actress and fashion model

October 26
1911 ● Mahalia Jackson → The “Queen of Gospel,” vastly influential gospel superstar singer, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” (#69, 1958), three-time Grammy winner, civil rights activist and philanthropist, died from heart failure on 1/27/1972, age 60
1913 ● Charlie Barnet → Jazz saxophonist, composer and leader of a early racially-integrated band, noted for penning more than twenty-five Billboard chart hits in the Swing era between 1939 and 1946, including “Cherokee,” “Redskin Rhumba” and “Skyliner,” married 11 times, the final one lasting 33 years, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia on 9/4/1991, age 77
1929 ● Neal Matthews → Vocals in country-gospel-pop backing quartet The Jordanaires, recorded with Elvis Presley (1957-1972), Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, Merle Haggard and others, died of a heart attack on 4/21/2000, age 70
1936 ● Al Casey / (Alvin Wayne Casey) → Piano and guitar with early rocker Duane Eddy‘s Rebels, wrote Eddy‘s early hit “Ramrod” (#27, R&B #17, 1958) and co-wrote “Forty Miles Of Bad Road” (#9, 1959), issued several mostly instrumental solo albums in the 60s and scored three minor chart singles, including ” Surfin’ Hootenanny” (#48, 1963), turned to session work as a member of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians and recorded with numerous top artists, owned a Los Angeles music store for 20 years, retired in 1993 and died on 9/17/2006, age 69
1938 ● Jabo Starks / (John Henry Starks) → Blues, funk and soul drummer who grew up playing with blues artists in clubs on the Deep South “chitlin’ curcuit” then joined Bobby Bland‘s band in 1959 and played on numerous soul/gospel hits, including “Turn On Your Lovelight” (#28, R&B #2, 1961, left in 1965 to join James Brown‘s band (“Sex Machine,” #2, R&B #15, 1970) for whom he toured and recorded as the lone drummer or in tandem with Clyde Stubblefield for a decade, later joined B. B. King‘s touring band and reunited with Stubblefield as The Funkmasters in the 90s and played with him on two albums and multiple James Brown tribute shows, died from complications of leukemia and other blood disorders on 5/1/2018, age 79
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Bassist for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Michael Piano → Singer in light folk sunshine-pop, two hit wonder vocal trio The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (#9, 1966) and “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970)
1946 ● Keith Hopwood → Guitarist in British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1951 ● Bootsy Collins / (William Earl Collins) → R&B/funk bassist, singer and songwriter, with James Brown band in the 60s and Parliament-Funkadelic in the 70s, frontman for Bootsy’s Rubber Band, “Bootzilla” (R&B #1, 1978)
1951 ● Maggie Roche / (Magaret Roche) → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1952 ● David Was / (David Weiss) → Lyricist, keyboardist and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer, music journalist and theme song composer
1953 ● Keith Strickland → Guitars, keyboards and occasional drums for New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1962 ● Steve Wren → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Natalie Merchant → Lead vocals and songwriting for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992), left in 1993 for solo career, “Carnival” (#10, 1995)
1965 ● Judge Jules / (Julius O’Riordan) → UK dance music remixer, producer and radio DJ, first with pirate radio Kiss FM and since 1987 with BBC Radio 1 in various time slots
1967 ● Keith Urban → New Zealand-born Nashville contemporary country-pop crossover guitarist, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner, “Sweet Thing” (#30, Country #1, 2008)
1978 ● Mark Barry → Vocals for short-lived teen pop-rock trio BBMak, “Back Here” (#13, 2000), now a personal fitness trainer
1981 ● Guy Sebastian → Australian adult contemporary/soul-pop singer/songwriter, winner of the first Australian Idol series, “Angels Brought Me Here” (Australian #1, 2003)
1986 ● Schoolboy Q / (Quincy Matthew Hanley) → Hip hop singer and recording artist, originally with self-anointed supergroup Black Hippy, since 2009 solo singer with the debut hit album Oxymoron (#1, Rap #1, R&B #1, CAN #1, 2014) and the single “Studio” (#38, Rap #5, R&B #10, 2014)

October 27
1924 ● Gary Chester / (Cesario Gurciullo) → Top-rated session drummer from doo wop to rock and pop, co-author of two instruction books on drumming, worked with the Coasters, The Monkees, Dionne Warwick, Country Joe McDonald, Van Morrison and many others on hundreds of albums and thousands of songs, died 8/17/1987, age 62
1924 ● Bonnie Lou / (Mary Joan Okum) → Pioneering country-pop, rockabilly and early rock ‘n’ roll singer and later TV show host with several crossover hits and the early rocker “Daddy O” (#14, 1955), dubbed “Queen” of the country music Midwestern Hayride program on NBC-TV through the early 70s, died in her sleep on 12/8/2015, age 91
1933 ● Floyd Cramer → Country-pop/easy listening “Nashville sound” pianist with the unique “slip-note” style, issued several hit singles (including “Last Date,” #2, 1960) and albums of instrumental covers, worked as a session musician with Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of lung cancer on 12/31/1997, age 64
1942 ● Melvin Lee Greenwood → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “God Bless The USA” (Country #7, 1984) re-released in October 2001 (#16, Country #16, 2001) and 18 other Country Top 10 singles plus a Grammy Award
1945 ● Mark Ryan → Bass guitarist for early 70s lineup of psych-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service (“Fresh Air,” #49, 1970), later in funk-rock Bodacious D.F. with ex-Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin
1945 ● Dick Dodd / (Joseph Richard Dodd, Jr.) → Original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club beginning in 1955, formed instrumental surf rock The Bel-Airs and played drums on the regional hit “Mr. Moto” (1961), joined garage/proto-punk The Standells in 1964 as drummer and sang lead vocals on “Dirty Water” (#11, 1966), toured with the group occasionally until dying of cancer on 11/29/2013, age 68
1948 ● Byron Allred → Keyboards in blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1949 ● Gary Tallent → Bassist in Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, producer, sessions, record company executive
1949 ● Clifford Antone → Club owner, record label executive and one of the architects of the Austin, TX blues music scene, founded Antone’s blues club in 1975 and featured blues artists such as B. B. King, Fats Domino, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others, chief executive of independent label Antone’s Records and university lecturer, died from unspecified causes on 5/23/2006, age 56
1951 ● K.K. Downing / (Kenneth Downing, Jr.) → Lead guitarist for popular and influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” (#67, Mainstream Rock #4, 1982) plus the 2009 Grammy-winning album Dissident Aggressor
1953 ● Peter Dodd → Guitarist with New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1956 ● Hazell Dean / (Hazell Dean Poole) → Brit dance-pop singer and H-NRG artist, “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)” (Dance/Club #8, 1983) and two other Dance/Club Top 20 hits
1958 ● Simon LeBon → Lead singer and lyricist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982), still recording in 2011
1967 ● Scott Weiland Kline / (Scott Richard Kline) → Founding member and lead vocals for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994), died in his sleep after years of drug abuse on 12/3/2015, age 48
1984 ● Kelly Osbourne → Reality TV actress, socialite and teen-pop-rock singer, “Papa Don’t Preach” (Mainstream Rock #25, UK #3, 2002), daughter of metal superstar Ozzy and manager-wife Sharon Osbourne, fashion designer, TV judge and host

October 28
1927 ● Cleo Laine / (Clementine Dinah Campbell) → Grammy-winning, highly-regarded jazz-pop scat vocalist in husband Johnny Dankworth‘s Big Band and as a solo performer, “You’ll Answer To Me” (UK #5, 1961), stage actress
1936 ● Charlie Daniels / (Charles Edward Daniels) → Country and Southern rock legend, bandleader, guitarist and fiddler, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (#3, 1979) with albums and singles in six decades from 1961
1937 ● Graham Bond → Early and important but underappreciated Brit R&B/blues-rock musician, first with Blues Incorporated, fronted the Graham Bond Organization with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a London tube train on 5/8/1974, age 36
1939 ● Jim Post → Singer and songwriter with his wife Cathy Conn in one hit wonder folk-pop duo Friend & Lover with the inspirational pop hit “Reach Out Of The Darkness” (#10, 1968), they disbanded and divorced after failing to find a follow-up hit, continued to write and perform folk music in the Chicago area into the 10s
1940 ● Jay Proctor → Founder and frontman for integrated Philly soul-pop Jay & The Techniques, “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” (#6, R&B #8, 1967), plus two other Top 40 hits in the 60s and two disco singles in the 70s
1941 ● Curtis Lee → Early pop-rock ‘n’ roll one hit wonder singer, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (#7, 1961)
1941 ● Hank Marvin / (Brian Robson Rankin) → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1942 ● Raymond Steinberg → Baritone for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #6, 1964)
1945 ● Wayne Fontana / (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock band The Mindbenders (“Game Of Love,” #1, 1965), then solo (“Pamela Pamela,” UK #11, 1967), took his stage name from D. J. Fontana, Elvis Presley‘s longtime drummer, still performing on the oldies circuit
1947 ● George Glover → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1948 ● Telma Louise Hopkins → TV sitcom actress and former light-pop backing vocalist in Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 20 hits
1953 ● Desmond Child / (John Charles Barrett) → Grammy-winning songwriter and producer with 70 Top 40 singles, frontman for Desmond Child & Rouge, “Our Love Is Insane” (#50, 1979), then wrote and produced for Kiss, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Cher, Michael Bolton, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson and others
1957 ● Stephen Morris → Drummer for post-punk Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Dance/Club #42, UK #13, 1980), then New Wave electro-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance/Club #5, 1983) and The Other Two, “Selfish” (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1958 ● William Reid → Guitarist, composer and lead singer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1959 ● Neville Henry → Saxophone in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1963 ● Eros Ramazzotti  / (Eros Luciano Walter Ramazzotti ) → Hugely-successful Italian pop singer and songwriter with over 70 million albums sold worldwide in a 30-year career but few in the US, recorded duets with Cher, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin and others
1969 ● Ben Harper / (Benjamin Chase Harper) → Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter with an unusual and effective mix of blues, folk-rock, funky soul and pop that garnered three Grammys, including Best Traditional Soul Gospel album in 2005, and several charting singles (“Steal My Kisses,” #15, 2000)
1972 ● Brad Paisley → Country and Southern rock crossover singer, songwriter and guitarist, charted 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 25 on the Hot Country Songs list, 16 of which reached Country #1 with a record 10 consecutive singles in the top spot, including “Remind Me” (#17, Country #1, 2011)

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Singles Released This Week (October 15 – 21)

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 15
1960 • The Miracles • “Shop Around” • Soul – Motown • Hi! We’re The Miracles • “Who’s Lovin’ You”
1968 • Stevie Wonder • “For Once In My Life” • Soul – Motown • For Once In My Life • “Angie Girl”
1969 • The Kinks • “Victoria” • British Rock • Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) • “Mr. Churchill Says”
1970 • The Supremes • “Stoned Love” • Soul – Motown • Shine On Me • “Shine On Me”
1971 • The Who • “Let’s See Action” [UK] • British Rock • [Single] • “When I Was A Boy”
1972 • The Isley Brothers • “Work To Do” • Soul-Funk • Brother, Brother, Brother • “Beautiful”
1973 • Elton John • “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” • Pop-Rock • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road • “Screw You”
1984 • The Cars • “Hello Again” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Heartbreak City • “Hello Again” [Dub Version]
1988 • Duran Duran • “I Don’t Want Your Love” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Big Thing • “I Don’t Want Your Love” [Album Version]


October 16
1957 • Elvis Presley • “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)” [UK] • Holiday Rock n Roll • Elvis Sings Christmas Songs [EP] • “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
1974 • The Supremes • “Baby Love” [UK] • Soul – Pop • Where Did Our Love Go? • “Ask Any Girl”
1984 • R.E.M. • “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” • Jangle Pop-Rock • Reckoning • “Catapult” [Live]
1989 • Prince With Sheena Easton • “The Arms Of Orion” • Dance-Pop • Batman • “I Love U In Me”
1995 • The Human League • “Don’t You Want Me” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Greatest Hits • “Don’t You Want Me” [Snap! Remix]
1995 • Everything But The Girl • “Missing [Todd Terry Remix]” • Alt Rock/Dance-Pop • [Single] • “Missing” [Remix]


October 17
1961 • The Tokens • “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” • Doo Wop • The Lion Sleeps Tonight • “Tina”
1969 • The Band • “Up On Cripple Creek” • Roots Rock • The Band • “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
1971 • The Temptations • “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” • Soul – Motown • Solid Rock • “Gonna Keep on Tryin’ Till I Win Your Love”
1977 • Slade • “My Baby Left Me/That’s Alright Mama” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “O.H.M.S.”
1983 • Duran Duran • “Union Of The Snake” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Seven And The Ragged Tiger • “Secret Oktober”
1984 • The Go-Go’s • “Turn To You” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Talk Show • “I’m With You”
1989 • Kiss • “Hide Your Heart” • Hard Rock • Hot In The Shade • “Betrayed”
1994 • Ace Of Base • “Living In Danger” • Europop/Reggae • Happy Nation • “Living In Danger” [D House Mix]
1994 • Pink Floyd • “High Hopes” • Prog Rock • The Division Bell • “Marooned”


October 18
1968 • Jimi Hendrix • “All Along The Watchtower” [UK] • Psychedelic Rock • Electric Ladyland • “Long Hot Summer Night”
1975 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Letting Go” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Venus And Mars • “You Gave Me The Answer”
1977 • Rush • “Closer To The Heart” • Arena Rock • A Farewell To Kings • “Madrigal”
1982 • Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney • “The Girl Is Mine” • Dance-Pop • Thriller • “Can’t Get Outta the Rain”
1984 • Bryan Adams • “Run To You” • Pop-Rock • Reckless • “I’m Ready”
1990 • C+C Music Factory • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” [Radio Version] • Dance-Pop • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” [Instrumental]
1994 • Eagles • “Get Over It” • Country-Rock • Hell Freezes Over • “Get Over It” [Live]


October 19
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Paralyzed” • Rock n Roll • Elvis [EP] • [None]
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Love Me” • Rock n Roll • Elvis [EP] • [None]
1966 • The Miracles • “(Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need” • Soul – Pop • Away We A Go-Go • “Save Me”
1967 • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • “I Second That Emotion” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “You Must Be Love”
1970 • Neil Young With Crazy Horse • “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” • Folk-Rock • After The Gold Rush • “Birds”
1984 • A-ha • “Take On Me” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Hunting High And Low • “Love Is Reason”
1987 • Rush • “Time Stand Still” • Prog/Art Rock • Hold Your Fire • “High Water”
1998 • Cher • “Believe” • Dance-Pop • Believe • “Believe” [Alt Mix]


October 20
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “Maybe I’m A Fool” • Soul • [Stereo Seven Single] • “It Ain’t Necessarily So”
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “All Night Long” • Soul • [Stereo Seven Single] • “Sweet Lover”
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “Won’t Be Long” • Soul • [Stereo Seven Single] • “Love Is The Only Thing”
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “Who Needs You?” • Soul • [Stereo Seven Single] • “Right Now”
1961 • Aretha Franklin • “Today I Sing The Blues” • Soul • [Stereo Seven Single] • “(Blue) By Myself”
1964 • The Yardbirds • “Good Morning Little School Girl” [UK] • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “I Ain’t Got You”
1967 • The Byrds • “Change Is Now” • Folk-Rock • The Notorious Byrd Brothers • [B-Side]
1967 • The Byrds • “Goin’ Back” • Folk-Rock/Baroque Pop • The Notorious Byrd Brothers • “Change Is Now”
1969 • John Lennon • “Cold Turkey” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)” [Yoko Ono]
1978 • Elvis Costello & The Attractions • “Radio Radio” • New Wave Pop-Rock • This Year’s Model • “Tiny Steps”
1980 • John Lennon • “(Just Like) Starting Over” • Pop-Rock • Double Fantasy • “Kiss Kiss Kiss”
1986 • Duran Duran • “Notorious” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Notorious • “Winter Marches On”
1989 • 10,000 Maniacs • “You Happy Puppet” • Folk-Rock • Blind Man’s Zoo • “Gun Shy” [Acoustic Version]
1998 • U2 • “Sweetest Thing” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Where The Streets Have No Name • “Stories For Boys” [Live]


October 21
1958 • Elvis Presley • “I Got Stung” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1958 • Elvis Presley • “One Night” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “I Got Stung”
1966 • The Yardbirds • “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” [UK] • Psychedelic Rock • [Single] • “Psycho Daisies”
1973 • Albert Hammond • “It Never Rains In Southern California” • Pop-Rock • It Never Rains In Southern California • “Anyone Here in the Audience”
1974 • Queen • “Killer Queen” • Glam Rock • Sheer Heart Attack • “Flick Of The Wrist”
1977 • The Jam • “The Modern World” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • This Is The Modern World • “Sweet Soul Music/Back in My Arms Again/Bricks and Mortar””
1978 • The Jam • “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” • Punk/Mod Revival • All Mod Cons • “So Sad About Us”
1980 • Bruce Springsteen • “Hungry Heart” • Heartland Rock • The River • “Held Up Without A Gun”
1986 • Janet Jackson • “Control” • Dance-Pop • Control • “Fast Girls / Pretty Boy”
1991 • U2 • “The Fly” • Dance-Rock • Achtung Baby • “Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1”
1991 • Genesis • “No Son Of Mine” • Prog Rock • We Can’t Dance • “Living Forever”
1996 • Toni Braxton • “Un-Break My Heart” • Soul Ballad • Secrets • “Un-Break My Heart” [Spanish Version]
1997 • Donna Lewis & Richard Marx • “At The Beginning” • Adult Contemporary Pop • Anastasia Original Soundtrack [Sndtrk] • “At The Beginning” [Instrumental]

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