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Singles Released This Week (January 28 – February 3)

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).


January 28
1966 • The Small Faces • “Sha-La-La-La-Lee” • Britbeat • The Small Faces • “Grow Your Own”
1969 • Stevie Wonder • “My Cherie Amour” • Pop-R&B • My Cherie Amour • “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”
1972 • The Temptations • “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” [UK] • Soul – Motown • Solid Rock • “Gonna Keep on Tryin’ Till I Win Your Love”
1974 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Jet” • Power Pop • Band On The Run • “Mamunia”
1978 • Van Halen • “You Really Got Me” • Arena Rock • Van Halen • “Atomic Punk”
1981 • The Doobie Brothers • “Keep This Train A-Rollin'” • Pop-Rock • One Step Closer • “Just In Time”
1988 • Cher • “We All Sleep Alone” • Pop-Rock • Cher • “Working Girl”


January 29
1963 • Elvis Presley • “One Broken Heart For Sale” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • It Happened At The World’s Fair • “They Remind Me Too Much Of You”
1963 • Elvis Presley • “They Remind Me Too Much Of You” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • It Happened At The World’s Fair • [B-Side]
1964 • The Marvelettes • “He’s A Good Guy (Yes He Is)” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “Goddess Of Love”
1965 • Martha & The Vandellas • “Wild One” [UK] • Soul – Dance • Dance Party • “Dancing Slow”
1965 • The Zombies • “Tell Her No” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Zombies • “What More Can I Do”
1969 • Neil Diamond • “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” • Pop-Rock • Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show • “A Modern Day Version Of Love”
1970 • Elvis Presley • “Kentucky Rain” • Country Pop • [Single] • “My Little Friend”
1972 • Bread • “Everything I Own” • Soft Rock • Baby I’m-A Want You • “I Don’t Love You”
1973 • The Beach Boys • “Sail On Sailor” • Pop-Rock • Holland • “Only With You”
1982 • The Jam • “Town Called Malice” • Punk/Mod Revival • The Gift • “Precious”
1983 • Hall & Oates • “One On One” • Blue-Eyed Soul • H20 • “Art Of Heartbreak”
1990 • Crowded House • “I Feel Possessed” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Temple Of Low Men • “Mr. Tambourine Man ”
1998 • Aerosmith • “Taste Of India” • Hard Rock • Nine Lives • “Taste Of India” [Album Version]
2001 • U2 • “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” • Alt. Pop-Rock • All That You Can’t Leave Behind • “Big Girls Are Best”
2008 • Matchbox Twenty • “These Hard Times” • Alt. Rock • Exile On Mainstream • “These Hard Times” [Album Edit]


January 30
1961 • Patsy Cline • “I Fall To Pieces” • Country-Pop • Patsy Cline Showcase • “Lovin’ In Vain”
1964 • The Beatles • “Please Please Me” • Brit Beat • Introducing…The Beatles • “From Me To You”
1964 • The Beatles • “From Me To You” • Merseybeat • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • The Velvet Underground • “White Light/White Heat” • Proto Punk • White Light/White Heat • “Here She Comes Now”
1969 • The Temptations • “Runaway Child, Running Wild” • Psychedelic Soul • Cloud Nine • “I Need Your Lovin'”
1971 • Ike & Tina Turner • “Proud Mary” • Soul • Workin’ Together • “Funkier than a Mosquita’s Tweeter”
1973 • Al Green • “Call Me (Come Back Home)” • Southern Soul • Call Me • “What A Wonderful Thing Love Is”
1976 • The Isley Brothers • “For The Love Of You (Part 1 And 2)” [UK] • Soul-Funk • The Heat Is On • “You Walk Your Way”
1981 • Talking Heads • “Once In A Lifetime” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Remain In Light • “Seen And Not Seen”
1985 • Madonna • “Material Girl” • Dance-Pop • Like A Virgin • “Pretender”
1988 • George Harrison • “When We Was Fab” • Pop-Rock • Cloud Nine • “Zig Zag”
1989 • Madonna • “Keep It Together” • Dance-Pop • Like A Prayer • “Keep It Together” [Instrumental]
1991 • Wilson Phillips • “You’re In Love” • Pop-Rock • Wilson Phillips • “Hold On” [Live]


January 31
1957 • Ray Charles • “Ain’t That Love” • Soul • Ray Charles Sings • “I Want To Know”
1964 • The Hollies • “Stay” • Pop-Rock • Stay With The Hollies • “Now’s The Time”
1964 • Cilla Black • “Anyone Who Had A Heart” [UK] • Trad Pop • [Single] • “Just For You”
1966 • Marvin Gaye • “One More Heartache” • Soul – Motown • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “When I Had Your Love”
1967 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Ups And Downs” • Pop-Rock • Revolution! • “Leslie”
1975 • John Lennon • “#9 Dream” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Walls And Bridges • “What You Get”
1976 • Hall & Oates • “Sara Smile” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Daryl Hall & John Oates • “Soldering”
1977 • Elton John • “Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!)” • Pop-Rock • Blue Moves • “Chameleon”
1987 • Duran Duran • “Skin Trade” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Notorious • “We Need You”
1995 • Green Day • “When I Come Around” • Punk Rock • Dookie • “She” [Live]


February 01
1974 • Earth, Wind & Fire • “Mighty, Mighty” • Soul-Funk • Open Our Eyes • “Drum Song”
1980 • Blondie • “Call Me” • New Wave Pop-Rock • American Gigolo [Sndtrk] • “Call Me” [Instrumental]
1980 • The Romantics • “What I Like About You” • Power Pop • The Romantics • “First In Line”
1993 • R.E.M. • “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • Automatic For The People • “Get Up”
1999 • Blondie • “Maria” • New Wave Pop-Rock • No Exit • “Maria” [Alternate Mix]
2011 • R.E.M. • “Oh My Heart” • Alt. Rock • Collapse Into Now • “Harborcoat” [Live]


February 02
1962 • Tony Bennett • “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” • Easy Listening • [Single] • [B-Side]
1963 • The Supremes • “My Heart Can’t Take It No More” • Country-Pop • Supremes Sing Country Western And Pop • “You Bring Back Memories”
1968 • Genesis • “The Silent Sun” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Silent Sun • “That’s Me!”
1979 • Elvis Costello & The Attractions • “Oliver’s Army” [UK] • New Wave Post-Punk • Armed Forces • “My Funny Valentine”
1980 • Michael Jackson • “Off The Wall” • Dance-Pop • Off The Wall • “Get On The Floor”
1980 • Cheap Trick • “Way Of The World” [UK] • Power Pop • Dream Police • “Oh! Candy”
1981 • Talking Heads • “Once In A Lifetime” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Remain In Light • “Seen And Not Seen”
1981 • Duran Duran • “Planet Earth” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Duran Duran • “Late Bar”


February 03
1964 • The Beach Boys • “Fun, Fun, Fun” • Hot Rod Pop • Shut Down, Vol. 2 • “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”
1964 • The Beach Boys • “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” • Doo Wop • Shut Down, Vol. 2 • [B-Side]
1967 • Episode Six • “Love, Hate, Revenge” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Baby, Baby, Baby”
1967 • Herman’s Hermits • “There’s A King Of Hush” [UK] • Pop-Rock • There’s A King Of Hush • “Gaslite Street”
1967 • Martha & The Vandellas • “Jimmy Mack” • Soul – Dance • Watch Out! • “Third Finger, Left Hand”
1978 • Gerry Rafferty • “Baker Street” • Soft Rock • City To City • “Big Change In The Weather”
1979 • Sister Sledge • “He’s The Greatest Dancer” • Disco • We Are Family • “Somebody Loves Me”
1983 • Def Leppard • “Photograph” [UK] • Hard Rock • Pyromania • “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”
1986 • Mike + The Mechanics • “All I Need Is A Miracle” • Power Pop • Mike + The Mechanics • “You Are The One”
1987 • Smokey Robinson • “Just To See Her” • Soul – Pop • One Heartbeat • “I’m Gonna Leave You Like There’s No Tomorrow”
1997 • U2 • “Discothèque” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Pop • “Holy Joe”

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Albums Released This Week (January 28 – February 3)

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


January 28
1977 ● Gentle Giant —— Playing The Fool [UK] ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Sparks —— Terminal Jive ► Glam Rock
1980 ● J. Geils Band —— Love Stinks ► Blues-Rock
1983 ● Triumph —— Never Surrender ► Arena Rock
1985 ● David Lee Roth —— Crazy From The Heat ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Black Sabbath —— Seventh Star ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Lies, The Drugs, The Sex ► Hard Rock
1992 ● The Afghan Whigs —— Congregation ► Post-Punk
1994 ● Current 93 —— Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre ► Industrial/Experimental
1997 ● Pat Boone —— In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy ► MOR Jazz-Pop
1997 ● Built To Spill —— Perfect From Now On ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock
1997 ● Robert Palmer —— The Very Best Of Robert Palmer ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1998 ● Natalie Cole —— Super Best ► Soul-Pop
2003 ● Lou Reed —— The Raven ► Art Rock
2008 ● Adele Adkins —— 19 ► Blue-Eyed Soul


January 29
1969 ● Miles Davis —— Filles De Kilimanjaro ► Electric Jazz/Fusion
1977 ● Buzzcocks —— Spiral Scratch ► Punk-Rock
1982 ● Shalamar —— Friends ► Disco
1982 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Picture This ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Yello —— Stella ► Electro Synth-Pop
1990 ● Fish —— Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors ► Prog Rock
1991 ● The Divinyls —— Divinyls ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
1991 ● Gloria Estefan —— Into The Light ► Latin Pop
1991 ● Susanna Hoffs —— When You’re A Boy ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Screaming Trees —— Uncle Anesthesia ► Neo-Psychedelia
1991 ● Chicago —— Twenty 1 ► Jazz-Rock
1998 ● Prince —— The Truth ► Soul-Funk
1999 ● Blackmail —— Science Fiction ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock
2001 ● Natalie Cole —— Love Songs ► Soul-Pop
2013 ● Indians —— Somewhere Else ► Dream Pop
2016 ● Tedeschi Trucks Band —— Let Me Get By ► Blues-Rock


January 30
1961 ● The Kingston Trio —— Make Way ► Folk-Pop
1965 ● The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones No. 2 ► Blues-Rock
1968 ● The Velvet Underground —— White Light/White Heat ► Alt. Rock
1969 ● Moby Grape —— Moby Grape ’69 ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO)
1976 ● T. Rex —— Futuristic Dragon ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— Club Ninja ► Metal
1989 ● New Order —— Technique ► Alt Pop-Rock
1989 ● The Blue Nile —— Hats ► Synth/Dream-Pop
1989 ● The Shamen —— In Gorbachev We Trust ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych
1995 ● Free Kitten —— Nice Ass ► Indie Rock
1996 ● Ministry —— Filth Pig ► Industrial Metal
2001 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Greatest Hits ► Post-Punk New Wave
2007 ● Madonna —— The Confessions Tour ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● Lykke Li —— Youth Novels ► Dream Pop
2012 ● The Rolling Stones —— Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981) ► Blues-Rock


January 31
1966 ● Tony Bennett —— The Movie Song Album ► Easy Listening
1972 ● Al Green —— Let’s Stay Together ► Soul (Southern)
1976 ● Golden Earring —— To The Hilt ► Hard Rock
1983 ● Christopher Cross —— Another Page ► Pop-Rock, Soft
1994 ● Tori Amos —— Under The Pink ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● Curtis Mayfield —— BBC Radio 1 In Concert ► Soul/Funk
2000 ● Primal Scream —— XTRMNTR [UK] ► Indie Rock
2006 ● Jim Croce —— Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live ► Folk-Pop
2006 ● Ben E. King —— I’ve Been Around ► Soul
2006 ● Warren Zevon —— Reconsider Me: The Love Songs ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● Hannah Peel —— The Broken Wave ► Electronic Pop
2012 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo 2012 ► Pop-Rock
2012 ● Leonard Cohen —— Old Ideas ► Soft Rock


February 01
1967 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Surrealistic Pillow ► Psychedelic Rock
1970 ● The Doors —— Morrison Hotel ► Blues-Rock
1972 ● Neil Young —— Harvest ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● The Doobie Brothers —— What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● T. Rex —— Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders of Tomorrow ► Glam Rock
1979 ● Cheap Trick —— Cheap Trick At Budokan ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1980 ● Girl —— Sheer Greed ► Heavy Metal/Glam-Metal
1981 ● Earthstar —— Atomkraft? Nein, Danke! ► Kosmische Musik
1982 ● Simple Minds —— Celebration ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1983 ● Eric Clapton —— Money And Cigarettes ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Tesla —— The Great Radio Controversy ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Accept —— Objection Overruled ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal
1993 ● Paul McCartney —— Off The Ground ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Green Day —— Dookie ► Alt Pop-Rock
1994 ● Fugees —— Blunted On Reality ► Rap/Contemporary R&B
2000 ● Dr. John —— Duke Elegant ► New Orleans R&B
2000 ● The Beach Boys —— Greatest Hits Volume Three: Best of the Brother Years 1970–1986 ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Little Feat —— Extended Versions ► Southern Rock
2001 ● Jack Johnson —— Brushfire Fairy Tales ► AA Folk-Rock
2005 ● Brazilian Girls —— Brazilian Girls ► Electro-Dance
2005 ● Tina Turner —— All The Best ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● Jack Johnson —— Sleep Through The Static ► AA Folk-Rock


February 02
1976 ● Genesis —— A Trick Of The Tail [UK] ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Gimme Back My Bullets ► Southern Rock
1979 ● Stiff Little Fingers —— Inflammable Material ► Punk-Rock
1981 ● Iron Maiden —— Killers ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● Expose —— Exposure ► Dance-Pop
1987 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Midnight To Midnight ► Post-Punk New Wave
1987 ● The Style Council —— Cost Of Loving ► Synth-Pop
1988 ● Leonard Cohen —— I’m Your Man ► Soft Rock
1988 ● Lita Ford —— Lita ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Belly —— Star ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop
1993 ● Brian May —— Back To The Light ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Phish —— Rift ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1994 ● Pavement —— Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain ► Indie Rock/Noise Rock
1999 ● Built To Spill —— Keep It Like A Secret ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock
2010 ● Martha & The Muffins —— Delicate ► Indie Art-Rock


February 03
1964 ● The Beatles —— Twist And Shout ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● The Byrds —— Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde ► Country-Rock
1969 ● Jethro Tull —— This Was ► Prog Rock
1971 ● Harry Nilsson —— Love Story ► Traditional Pop
1976 ● Black Sabbath —— We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Rainbow —— Difficult To Cure ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Earth —— Earth 2 ► Drone Doom Rock
1995 ● Energy Orchard —— Pain Killer ► Alt Indie Rock
1997 ● Judas Priest —— The Best Of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● Texas —— White On Blonde ► Blues-Rock
1997 ● David Bowie —— Earthling ► Techno Rock
1998 ● Pearl Jam —— Yield ► Hard Rock
1998 ● Sister Sledge —— African Eyes ► Funk/Soul
1998 ● Various Artists —— Blues Brothers 2000 [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock
1998 ● Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ► Blues-Rock
2003 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Nocturama ► Alt Rock
2004 ● Incubus —— A Crow Left Of The Murder… ► Funk Metal
2014 ● Tina Turner —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock
2015 ● Bob Dylan —— Shadows In The Night ► Folk-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 27 – February 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

January 27
1885 ● Jerome Kern → Prolific and important theater, film and popular music composer who wrote more than 700 songs, including such American classics as “Ol’ Man River” (1927), “”Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (1933, and a #1 hit for The Platters in 1958) and “Long Ago (And Far Away)” (1944), died following cerebral hemorrhage on 11/11/1945, age 60
1918 ● Elmore James → The “King of the Slide Guitar,” highly influential blues slide guitarist, singer and songwriter, “It Hurts Me Too” (R&B #15, 1960), covered by Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band and many others, died from heart failure on 5/24/1963, age 45
1919 ● David Seville / (Rosdom Sipan “Ross” Bagdasarian) → Armenian-American actor, pianist, singer and songwriter, “Witch Doctor” (#1, 1958), creator of novelty pop Alvin & The Chipmunks, “The Chipmunk Song” (#1, 1958), died of a heart attack on 1/16/1972, age 52
1930 ● Bobby “Blue” Bland / (Robert Calvin Brooks) → R&B/soul-blues-gospel singer, product of the Memphis “street blues” scene and Lifetime Grammy winner, “That’s The Way Love Is” (#33, R&B #1, 1963) and 43 other R&B Top 40 hits, died from an undisclosed illness on 6/23/2013, age 83
1931 ● Rudy Maugeri → Baritone for Canadian R&B-to-pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954), died on 5/7/2004, age 73
1937 ● Bruce Tate → Founding member and tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Penguins, their enduring “Earth Angel” (#8, R&B #1, 1954) was one of the earliest R&B-to-pop crossover hits, died on 6/20/1973, age 36
1944 ● Kevin Coyne → Underappreciated Brit blues-rock singer, songwriter and bandleader, first with alt/art rock Siren and then solo, “Marlene” (1973), later focused on poetry, prose and painting, died of lung failure on 12/2/2004, age 60
1946 ● Nedra Talley → Backing vocals for pop-rock girl group The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (#2, 1963)
1948 ● Kim Gardner → Bassist in British Invasion pop-rock The Thunderbirds (with future Rolling Stone Ron Wood), then formed art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (#40, UK #3, 1971), then sessions and L.A. pub owner, died of cancer on 10/24/2001, age 53
1950 ● Mick Jackson / (Michael “Mick” Jackson) → Bass guitarist for London-based, teenage R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, “Everlasting Love” (UK #1, 1968) and four other UK Top 20 hits in the late 60s, fell into obscurity following the band’s break-up in the 70s
1951 ● Brian Downey → Drummer for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1951 ● Seth Justman → Keyboards and vocals for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, wrote “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1952 ● G.E. Smith / (George Edward “G.E.” Smith) → Guitarist, bandleader, performance director and session musician, lead guitar for Hall & Oates and musical director for Saturday Night Live, toured with Bob Dylan and Rogers Water’s The Wall Live band, did session work with David Bowie, Hot Tuna and many others
1955 ● Richard Young → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Southern honky tonk-blues-country rock Kentucky Headhunters, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (Country #8, 1990)
1957 ● Janick Robert Gers → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Wasting Love” (Mainstream Rock #15, 1992)
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert → Keyboards, guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983), formed The Other Two with husband Stephen Morris, “Selfish” (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1961 ● Margo Timmins → Lead vocalist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Martin Degville → Lead singer and co-writer for New Wave glam-punk Sigue Sigue Sputnik, “Love Missile F1-11” (Dance/Club #50, UK #3, 1986)
1964 ● Migi Drummond / (Miguel John Drummond) → Drummer for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Mike Patton → Vocals for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1968 ● Tricky / (Adrian Nicholas Matthews-Thaws) → Rap singer with innovative trip hop Massive Attack, “Safe From Harm” (Dance #32, 1991), then solo, “Milk” (UK #10, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski → Drummer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1971 ● Lil Jon / (Jonathan Smith) → Dirty South crunk movement rapper, producer and bandleader, “Lovers And Friends” (#3, 2004)
1972 ● Mark Owen → Lead vocals and primary songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, UK #1, 1995), plus ten other UK #1 hits, solo, “Child” (UK #3, 1996) and five other UK Top 30 hits

January 28
1922 ● Anna Ruby Gaye / (Anna Ruby Gordy) → Songwriter and record label executive, older sister of Motown Records‘ founder Berry Gordy Jr., co-founder and CEO of Anna Records, wife of soul great Marvin Gaye, their turbulent marriage and 1977 divorce were the subject of Gaye‘s Here, My Dear album (1978), co-wrote several songs with Gaye, including the Motown hit “Baby I’m For Real” by The Originals (#14, R&B #1, 1969), died from natural causes on 1/31/2014, age 92
1927 ● Ronnie Scott / (Ronald Schatt) → Influential Brit postwar jazz tenor saxophonist and night club owner/operator, co-proprietor of and frequent stand-up comedian at London’s prominent Jazz Club from 1959 until his death from an accidental overdose of barbiturates on 12/23/1996, age 69
1929 ● Acker Bilk / (Bernard Stanley Bilk) → Brit easy listening clarinetist with highest selling instrumental single of all time, “Stranger On The Shore” (#1, UK #2, 1962), the first #1 single by a British artist on the modern Billboard Hot 100 music chart, died from natural causes on 11/2/2014, age 85
1933 ● Sacha Distel / (Alexandre Distel) → French jazz-pop singer, guitarist, TV actor and songwriter, wrote Tony Bennett‘s “The Good Life” (#18, 1965), died following years of failing health on 7/22/2004, age 71
1941 ● King Tubby / (Osbourne Ruddock) → Jamaican electronics and sound engineer, pioneer in developing the “dub” subgenre of reggae music and remixes, shot dead in an apparent robbery outside his home on 2/6/1989, age 48
1943 ● Dick Taylor → Guitarist for The Rolling Stones until 1962, then moved to British Invasion raunchy rock ‘n roll The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1944 ● Marty Fried / (Martin Fried) → Drummer for two hit wonder folk-pop The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (#2, 1966) and “Turn Down Day” (#16, 1966), after breakup in 1968 returned to school for a law degree and practices as a bankruptcy attorney in Michigan in the 10s
1944 ● Chambers Keenan / (Brian Keenan) → Drummer for early Brit pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), then psychedelic soul-rock The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968), died of heart attack on 10/5/1985, age 41
1945 ● Robert Wyatt → Original drummer for psych-art-jazz-prog rock fusion Soft Machine, left to form Matching Mole, then solo career as a singer/songwriter, “Shipbuilding” (UK #36, 1983)
1946 ● Rick Allen → Bassist for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967)
1951 ● Billy Bass / (William Nelson) → Original bassist for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978), left for solo and session work
1959 ● Dave Sharp / (David Kitchingman) → Guitarist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1989), solo
1962 ● Sam Phillips / (Leslie Ann Phillips) → Backing vocalist turned Christian pop then alt rock singer/songwriter, “Holding On To The Earth” (Modern Rock #22, 1989), wife of T. Bone Burnett
1963 ● Dan Spitz → Lead guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993), brother of Black Sabbath bassist Dave Spitz
1968 ● DJ Muggs / (Lawrence Muggerud) → DJ for Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, “Insane In The Brain” (#19, 1994)
1968 ● Rakim / (William Michael Griffin, Jr.) → Rapper, hip hop duo with Eric B., “Move The Crowd” (Dance #3, 1988), author, poet, MC, solo, “When I B On The Mic” (Rap #20, 1999)
1968 ● Sarah McLachlan → Grammy-winning Canadian singer/songwriter, “Adia” (#3, 1998), organized the Lilith Fair music festival/tour for female musicians and groups
1971 ● Anthony Hamilton → Contemporary R&B/neo-soul singer, “You’ve Got The Love I Need,” the 2008 Grammy Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
1975 ● Lee Latchford-Evans → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK #14, 1997)
1976 ● Rick Ross / (William Leonard Roberts II) → American rapper (“Aston Martin Music,” #30, Rap #1, 2010), founded Maybach Music Group to release his own recordings, multiple collaborations with other artists and numerous legal issues for alleged copyright infringement, weapons charges and as a target in a drive-by shooting incident
1977 ● Joey Fatone → Baritone for teen dance-pop harmony boy band *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1977 ● Tweety Brown / (Raphael Brown) → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary duo Next, “Too Close” (#1, 1998)
1980 ● Nick Carter → Singer, songwriter, actor, lead vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997), older brother of Aaron Carter

January 29
1923 ● Ivo Robi? → Croatian film actor and pop music singer with domestic and international presence for over 50 years, best known for his collaboration with Bert Kaempfert, “Morgen” (“Tomorrow”) the German-language version of which became a hit #13 pop hit in the U.S. in 1959, an English version was a minor hit for Leslie Uggams and an instrumental version opened surf-rock The Ventures‘ first album, Walk, Don’t Run (1960), died from cancer on 3/9/2000, age 77
1934 ● Ann Cole / (Cynthia Coleman) → Early R&B, jump jazz and gospel singer voted Most Promising Female R&B Vocals in 1956 but had the misfortune of being ahead of her time, cut numerous songs on different labels in the 50s and 60s but had only one Pop chart hit, “Don’t Stop The Wedding” (#98, 1962) and three R&B chart Top 25 hits, including “In The Chapel” (R&B #14, 1957), confined to a wheelchair following a 1966 car accident and died on 11/30/1986, age 52
1934 ● Noel Harrison / (Noel John Christopher Harrison) → Actor, 50s Olympic skier, son of Brit actor Rex Harrison and pop singer with the Academy Award-winning “The Windmills Of Your Mind” (1968) and several other, minor U.S. hits, acted in films and on stage, produced movies and shows, and continued to record and perform until his career was ended by heart attack on 10/19/2013, age 79
1936 ● James Jamerson → Bassist in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 8/2/1983, age 47
1942 ● Claudine Longet → French singer, actress and socialite with several minor US singles, including “Hello, Hello” (#91, AC #8, 1967) but best known as the former wife of crooner Andy Williams and for her conviction in the misdemeanor negligent homicide of her boyfriend, Olympic skier Spider Sabich in 1976
1943 ● Mark Wynter / (Terrence Sydney Lewis) → Early 60s, pre-Beatles Brit pop-rock singer, “Venus In Blue Jeans” (UK #4, 1962)
1943 ● Tony Blackburn / (Anthony Kenneth Blackburn) → Brit light pop singer, “So Much Love” (UK Top 40, 1969), then pirate radio and first BBC Radio 1 disc jockey
1944 ● Andrew Loog OldhamThe Rolling Stones‘ first manager, producer and promoter, 1964-68, launched the Immediate Records label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits with artists like Jimmy Page, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, The Nice, Rod Stewart and others
1947 ● David Byron / (David Garrick) → Lead singer for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), fired for erratic behavior in 1976, went solo but died of alcohol-induced liver failure on 2/28/1985, age 38
1949 ● Tommy Ramone / (Tamás Erdélyi) → Hungarian-born record producer and musician, co-wrote songs and played drums for seminal punk rock band The Ramones (“Rockaway Beach,” #66, 1978) and later produced several of their albums plus those by other artists, died from bile duct cancer on 7/11/2014, age 65
1953 ● Louie Perez → Guitar and vocals for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), then Latin Playboys and Seguida
1954 ● Rob Manzoli → Vocals and guitar for Euro-dance-pop trio Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1992)
1961 ● David Baynton-Power → Drummer for Brit folk-pop alt rock James, “Laid” (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1961 ● Eddie Jackson → Bassist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1961 ● Pauline Henry → Lead vocals for dance-pop trio The Chimes, “1-2-3” (Dance/Club #1, 1990)
1962 ● Marcus Charles Vere → Synthesizer and keyboards for Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, “Living In A Box” (#17, 1987)
1964 ● Roddy Frame → Founder, leader, guitarist, singer and songwriter for Scot New Wave pop-rock Aztec Camera, “The Crying Scene” (Modern Rock #3, 1990)
1968 ● Richard Battersby → Drummer for hard rock/raunchy The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1996)
1981 ● Jonny Lang / (Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr.) → Teenage prodigy blues-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Still Rainin'” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1998)
1982 ● Adam Lambert → Flamboyant, androgynous stage actor, American Idol runner-up (2009) and neo-goth pop singer, “Whataya Want From Me” (#10, 2010)
1987 ● Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa → Mexican-American singer and songwriter, with sister Hanna in contemporary Latin pop-rock duo Ha*Ash, “No Te Quiero Nada” (Latin Pop #6, 2008)

January 30
1928 ● Mitch Leigh / (Irwin Michnick) → Pop music composer who transitioned from advertising jingles to Broadway musical composition and production, best known as part of the three-man team that wrote and produced the long-running (2,328 performances) show Man Of La Mancha (1965) and the now-standard song “The Impossible Dream,” died from natural causes on 3/16/2014, age 86
1936 ● Horst Jankowski → German pianist and composer of easy listening and light space rock pop pieces, “A Walk In The Black Forest” (#12, 1965), died of cancer on 6/29/1998, age 62
1941 ● Joe Terranova → Baritone and bass vocalist for rock ‘n roll Danny & The Juniors, “At The Hop” (#1, 1958)
1942 ● Marty Balin / (Martyn Jere Buchwald) → VFounding member, songwriter, vocals and guitar for San Francisco psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit” (#8, 1967), left the band in 1971 due to “lifestyle differences” and his aversion to the drug culture, rejoined in 1975 and led the transformation to mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship and wrote or co-wrote four Top 20 hits, including “Miracles” (#3, 1975), left again in 1978 for a mildly successful light pop-rock solo career, “Hearts” (#8, 1981), died from undisclosed causes on 9/27/2018, age 76
1943 ● Sandy Deane / (Sandy Yaguda) → Founding member and vocals for clean cut pop-rock Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965) and nine other Top 30 hits, continues to tour with the group on the oldies circuit into the 10s
1947 ● Steve Marriott → Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, founder and leader of Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), then blues-rock Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972) and solo, died in a house fire on 4/20/1991, age 44
1949 ● William King → Trumpet, guitar and synthesizers for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978) and “Nightshift” (#3, 1985)
1951 ● Andy Anderson / (Clifford Leon Anderson) → Session drummer briefly as a full member of post-punk goth rock The Curee, “Let’s Go To Bed” (Dance/Club #32, 1983), worked with Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, the Steve Hillage Band, Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield and others
1951 ● Marv Ross → Guitarist for sax pop-rock Quarterflash, “Harden My Heart” (#3, 1981)
1951 ● Phil Collins → Drums, piano, vocals and songwriter for prog-rock Genesis, “Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), then pop-adult contemporary solo career, “A Groovy Kind Of Love ” (#1, 1988), TV and stage actor
1952 ● Steve Bartek → At age 16 played flute and percussion on first album by Strawberry Alarm Clock but couldn’t join the band (too young), joined 80s New Wave ska-revival quirky synth-pop Oingo Boingo, “Weird Science” (Dance/Club #21, 1985)
1959 ● Jody Watley → Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, first as lead vocals for disco trio Shalamar, “The Second Time Around” (#8, 1979), then solo “Real Love” (#1, 1987), wrote “Sweet Sixteen” for Destiny’s Child, record producer, founder of Avitone Records, fashion designer and fitness DVD host
1959 ● Mark Eitzel → Guitarist, singer, chief songwriter and frontman for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear), disbanded AMC for a jazz-pop solo career
1959 ● Steve Augeri → Rock ballad and arena rock singer with multiple bands in the 80s, joined arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981) in 1998, resumed a solo career in 2010
1964 ● Angie Stone / (Angela Laverne Brown) → R&B/neo-soul singer, songwriter, keyboardist with urban soul-pop Vertical Hold, “Seems You’re Much Too Busy” (Top 40, 1993) then solo, “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” (Dance/Club #1, 2002), has written hits for Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo
1964 ● Marcel Karl Jacob → Swedish bass guitarist in hard rock/melodic metal Talisman and Last Autumn’s Dream, committed suicide on 7/21/2009, age 45

January 31
1906 ● The Honeydripper / (Roosevelt Sykes) → Boogie-blues piano player, known for pounding 8-bar rhythms and risqué lyrics, wrote several blues standards, including “Night Time Is The Right Time” (1937), died from a heart attack on 7/17/1983, age 77
1921 ● Mario Lanza / (Alfredo Arnold Cocozza) → Critically-acclaimed 1940s opera tenor, post-WW II film actor and 50s pop singer with “Drinking Song” (#1, 1955), the million-selling hit from his movie The Student Prince (1954), moved to Italy in 1956 and died of a pulmonary embolism on 10/7/1959, age 38
1928 ● Chuck Willis / (Harold Willis) → The “King of the Stroll”, R&B/blues-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his cover of “C.C. Rider” (#12, R&B #1, 1957), also wrote and recorded his own compositions, died from peritonitis on 4/10/1958, age 30
1932 ● Rick Hall / (Roe Erister Hall) → Alabama sharecropper’s son, founder and principal of FAME Studios and creator of the Southern soul blend of blues, country, R&B and gospel known as the Muscle Shoals sound, produced, co-produced or engineered multiple pop, soul and country hits for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Osmonds, Paul Anka and many others, awarded a Grammy Trustees lifetime achievement award in 2014, died from prostate cancer on 1/2/2018, age 85
1936 ● Marvin Junior → Lead baritone and lead vocals for 60-year R&B/doo wop, soul-funk and disco The Dells, “Oh What A Nite” (R&B #4, 1956) and the re-recording “Oh What A Night” (#10, R&B #1, 1969), continued to record and perform with the group through the early 10s, died in his sleep on 1/23/1998, age 77
1944 ● Charlie Musselwhite → Electric blues harmonica player and bandleader who came to prominence among other non-black blues artists in the Chicago blues movement of the 60s, over the decades released more than 20 albums and achieved recognition as “one of the top blues harp players of all time,” won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2014 for his collaboration LP with Ben Harper, Get Up! (2013)
1946 ● Terry Kath → Founder and guitarist for pop-rock/horn band Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), accidentally shot himself dead in game of Russian Roulette on 1/23/1978, age 31
1948 ● Paul Jabara → Lebanese-American stage and film actor, pop music singer and songwriter, wrote the Academy Award-winning “Last Dance” for Donna Summer (#3, 1978) and co-wrote “It’s Raining Men” for The Weather Girls (#46, Disco #1, 1982) among other hits, died from complications of AIDS on 9/29/1992, age 44
1951 ● K.C. Casey / (Harry Wayne Casey) → Founder and frontman for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1951 ● Phil Manzanera / (Philip Targett-Adams) → Lead guitarist from 1972-83 for prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976), then solo and collaborative work with Steve Winwood, David Gilmour and others, wrote 14-part radio program The A-Z Of Great Guitarists
1952 ● Curly Smith / (William Smith) → Drummer for hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, “Run Run Run” (#27, 1972), then sessions, played with reunited psych-rock Spirit and arena rock Boston between 1994 and 2000
1954 ● Adrian Vandenburg / (Adje Van Den Berg) → Dutch guitarist and co-writer for hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987), painter
1956 ● Johnny Rotten / (John Joseph Lydon) → Lead singer for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977), then founded post-punk Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983)
1961 ● Lloyd Cole → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985), solo
1964 ● Jeff Hanneman → Co-founder, lead guitar and songwriter for “Big Four” thrash metal Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” (#2, 2009), died from alcohol-induced liver failure on 5/2/2013, age 49
1966 ● Al Doughty / (Alan Jaworski) → Bassist for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1967 ● Chad Channing → First drummer for grunge rock Nirvana, played on debut indie label album Bleach, left the band in 1990, worked with The Methodists, East Of The Equator and Redband, now with Before Cars
1967 ● Fat Mike Burkett / (Michael John Burkett) → Founder and bassist for punk-pop NOFX and punk cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, founded independent record label Fat Wreck Chords and the 2004 anti-George W. Bush crusade Rock Against Bush
1967 ● Jason Cooper → Joined post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “The 13th” (Hot Dance #11, 1996) in 1995
1970 ● Minnie Driver / (Amelia Fiona Driver) → Grammy- and Emmy-nominated film and TV actress, singer and songwriter, light pop 2004 album Everything I’ve Got In My Pocket
1981 ● Justin Timberlake → Vocals for teen dance-pop harmony boy band *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000), multi-platinum solo vocalist, “Cry Me A River” (#3, 2003), TV actor, tabloid star
1987 ● Marcus Mumford → Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning Brit folk-rock Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait” (#12, Alt Rock #1, 2012)

February 01
1934 ● Bob Shane → Vocals and guitar for folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits
1937 ● Don Everly → Singer with younger brother Phil in folk-rock The Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (#1, 1958) plus more than 25 other Top 40 hits
1937 ● Dr. Hook / (Ray “Dr. Hook” Sawyer) → Frontman and vocals for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1938 ● Jimmy Carl Black / (James Inkanish, Jr.) → Drummer and vocals for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), toured with Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, died from lung cancer on 11/1/2008, age 70
1939 ● Del McCroury / (Delano Floyd McCroury) → Influential, Grammy-winning bluegrass musician and bandleader, winner of a National Heritage Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts and over 30 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, worked with such varied acts as Phish, The String Cheese Incident, Steve Earle and others
1939 ● Joe Sample / (Joseph Leslie Sample) → Jazz-fusion keyboardist and composer, founding member of 60s bluesy “hard bop” The Jazz Crusaders, which morphed into electric jazz-funk-pop The Crusaders in 1971, greatly increasing their reach and leading to several charting albums and a Top 40 hit, “Street Life” (#36, 1979), also recorded solo albums and did session work on numerous well-known albums, including Joni Mitchell‘s Court And Spark (#2, CAN #1, UK #20, 1974), Steely Dan‘s Aja (#3, UK #5, 1977) and Tina Turner‘s Private Dancer (#3, CAN #1, UK #2), died from mesothelioma on 9/12/2014, age 75
1947 ● Normie Rowe / (Norman John Rowe) → Top Australian pop singer of the early 60s, “Que Sera Sera” (AUS #1, 1965), drafted into military service and failed to regain his popularity following discharge
1948 ● Rick James / (James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.) → R&B/disco vocalist, dancer and bandleader, “Super Freak” (#16, 1981), plus 3 other R&B #1 hits in the 70s and 80s, found dead at home of cardiac failure on 8/6/2004, age 56
1950 ● Mike Campbell → Guitarist and long-time key collaborator with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), co-songwriter with Don Henley and others, producer, member of Mudcrutch
1951 ● Fran Christina → Drummer for blues-boogie-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1951 ● Rich Williams → One-eyed lead guitarist and occasional co-writer for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1976)
1957 ● Dennis Brown → The “Crown Prince of Reggae”, prolific reggae/lovers rock singer, “Money In My Pocket” (UK #14, 1977), died from complications of a heart attack and cocaine abuse on 7/1/1999, age 42
1964 ● Jani Lane / (John Kennedy Oswald) → Lead singer for glam-rock/pop-metal Warrant, “Heaven” (#2, 1989), solo
1964 ● Dwyane Goettel → Classically-trained keyboardist for Canadian avant-industrial rock Skinny Puppy (“Testure,” Dance/Club #19, 1989) and multiple spin-off/side projects, died from a heroin overdose on 8/23/1995, age 31
1968 ● Lisa Marie Presley → The “Princess of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” only child of Elvis, occasional TV actor and pop singer, “Lights Out” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2003), married Michael Jackson in 1994, divorced on 12/10/1995
1969 ● Patrick Wilson → Drummer for post-grunge alt pop-rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005), now fronts The Special Goodness and has toured with Elton John since 1994
1971 ● Ron Welty → Drummer for 90s punk revival The Offspring, “Gone Away” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997), left to form alt rock Steady Ground in 2003
1975 ● Big Boi / (Antwan Andre Patton) → Rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, half of hip hop duo OutKast, “Ms. Jackson” (#1, 2001) and “Hey Ya” (#1, 2004)
1978 ● Jeff Conrad → Drummer for pop-rock Big City Rock then power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002)
1990 ● Laura Marling → Brit neo-folk singer and songwriter, solo and collaboration with indie folk Noah And The Whale, “5 Years Time” (UK #7, 2007)
1994 ● Harry Styles → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011)

February 02
1927 ● Stan Getz / (Stanley Getz) → Renowned jazz tenor saxophonist known as “The Sound” for his light and lyrical melodies and improvisations, won eleven Grammy Awards, including one for the worldwide bossa nova hit “The Girl From Ipanema” (#5, 1964), died from liver cancer on 6/6/1991, age 64
1932 ● Arthur Lyman → The “King of Lounge Music,” jazz-pop and easy listening vibraphonist considered instrumental in crafting the sound of exotica, popularizing the relaxing faux-Polynesian music during the 50s and 60s with tunes like “Taboo” (#6, 1959) and “Yellow Bird” (#10, 1961), continued to perform until his death from throat cancer on 2/24/2002, age 70
1940 ● Alan Caddy → Guitarist for Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, then solo and sessions for Kiki Dee, The Pretty Things, Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield and others, died from the effects of long-term alcoholism on 8/16/2000, age 60
1940 ● Odell Brown → Soul, jazz and funk keyboardist, bandleader and session musician at Chess Records and other labels, played with Minnie Riperton, Curtis Mayfield and others, co-wrote and won two Grammy Awards with Marvin Gayee for “Sexual Healing” (#3, R&B #1, 1982), died on 5/3/2011, age 71
1941 ● Corey Wells / (Emil Lewandowski) → Co-founder and one of three lead vocalists for top-tier pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and ten other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1974, performed with various incarnations of the band until just before his death on 10/20/2015, age 74
1942 ● Graham Nash → Guitarist, singer and songwriter with pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966), left in 1968 to found Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Just A Song Before I Go” (#7, 1977), duets with David Crosby, solo
1943 ● Peter Macbeth / (Peter McGrath) → Bass guitar for Brit blue-eyed R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1945 ● Ronald Goodson → Trumpets for blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968), died 11/4/1980
1946 ● Homer Howard Bellamy → Guitar, mandolin and vocals for country-pop sibling duo The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976)
1947 ● Peter Lucia / (Peter P. Lucia, Jr.) → Drummer for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later co-wrote psych-pop “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Alan McKay → Guitarist for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1949 ● Ross Valory → Bassist in blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1974), then Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981)
1963 ● Eva Cassidy → Mixed-genre vocal interpreter of American classics and pop tunes including “Over The Rainbow” (1992), had three UK #1 albums posthumously, died from cancer on 11/2/1996
1964 ● Charlie Heather → Drummer for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1966 ● Robert DeLeo → Bassist for alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (#18, 1994)
1966 ● Steve Firth → Bassist for post-Brit-pop Embrace, “Natures Law” (Download #2, 2006)
1968 ● Bradley Nowell → Lead singer and guitarist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997), died from a heroin overdose on 5/25/1996, age 28
1969 ● John Spence → Original vocalist for “Third Wave” ska-rock No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997), committed suicide on 12/21/1987 before the band’s first audition with a record company
1971 ● Ben Mize → Drummer for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1975 ● Billy Mohler → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1977 ● Shakira / (Shakira Isabell Mebarak Ripoll) → Colombian-born R&B/contemporary pop singer, “Hips Don’t Lie” (worldwide #1, 2006)

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Singles Released This Week (January 21 – 27)

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).


January 21
1966 • Episode Six • “Put Yourself In My Place” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “That’s All I Want”
1972 • T. Rex • “Telegram Sam” [UK] • Glam Rock • The Slider • “Cadilac” / “Baby Strange”
1986 • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark • “If You Leave” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Pretty In Pink[Sndtrk] • “88 Seconds In Greensboro”
1991 • UB40 • “The Way You Do The Things You Do” • Reggae-Pop • [Single] • “Mispent Youth”
2008 • The Human League • “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” • New Wave Synth-Pop • [Single] • [None]


January 22
1964 • Sam Cooke • “(Ain’t That) Good News” • Soul-Gospel • Ain’t That Good News • “Basin Street Blues”
1965 • The Hollies • “Yes I Will (I’ll Be True to You)” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Nobody”
1965 • Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders • “The Game Of Love” [UK] • Garage Rock • Game Of Love • “Since You’ve Been Gone”
1977 • Hall & Oates • “Rich Girl” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Bigger Than The Both Of Us • “You’ll Never Learn”
1982 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Do You Believe In Love” • Pop-Rock • Picture This • “Is It Me”
1982 • Alabama • “Mountain Music” • Country-Rock • Mountain Music • “Never Be One”


January 23
1964 • The Temptations • “The Way You Do The Things You Do” • Soul-Pop • Meet The Temptations • “Just Let Me Know”
1965 • The Moody Blues • “Go Now!” • British Beat • Go Now! • “Lose Your Money”
1978 • Yvonne Elliman • “If I Can’t Have You” • Disco • Night Flight • “Good Sign”
1978 • Eruption • “I Can’t Stand The Rain” • Disco • Eruption • “Be Yourself”
1982 • Michael Jackson • “Thriller” • Disco-Funk • Thriller • “Things I Do For you”
1984 • Genesis • “Illegal Alien” [UK] • Prog Rock • Genesis • “Turn It On Again” [Live]
1984 • The Rolling Stones • “She Was Hot” • Blues-Rock • Undercover • “I Think I’m Going Mad”
1990 • Cher • “Heart Of Stone” • Pop-Rock • Heart Of Stone • “All Because Of You”
1990 • Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville • “All My Life” • Pop-Rock • Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind • “Shattered”
1996 • Smashing Pumpkins • “1979” • Alt Rock/Prog Rock • Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness • “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”


January 24
1966 • Peter & Gordon • “Woman” • Merseybeat • Woman • “Wrong From The Start”
1966 • Aretha Franklin • “Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door)” • Soul • Take It Like You Give It • “Hands Off”
1969 • Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations • “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations • “A Place In The Sun”
1973 • Bread • “Aubrey” • Soft Rock • Guitar Man • “Didn’t Even Know Her Name”
1977 • George Harrison • “Crackerbox Palace” • Pop-Rock • Thirty-Three & 1/3 • “Learning How to Love You”
1981 • Hall & Oates • “Kiss On My List” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Voices • “Africa”
1983 • Tears For Fears • “Change” • New Wave Synth-Pop • The Hurting • “The Conflict”
2009 • The XX • “VCR” [UK] • Dream Pop • XX • “Insects / You Got The Love”


January 25
1964 • The Bachelors • “Diane” • British Invasion • [Single] • “Happy Land”
1974 • The Hollies • “The Air That I Breathe” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Hollies • “No More Riders”
1981 • The Cars • “Gimme Some Slack” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Panorama • “Don’t Go To Pieces”
1984 • Christine McVie • “Got A Hold On Me” • Pop-Rock • Christine McVie • “Who’s Dreaming This Dream”
1985 • Prince • “Take Me With U” • Psychedelic Pop • Purple Rain • “Baby I’m A Star”
1988 • George Harrison • “When We Was Fab” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Cloud Nine • “Zig Zag”
1993 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Sex Type Thing” • Grunge Rock • Core • [None]
2011 • R.E.M. • “Überlin” • Alt. Rock • Collapse Into Now • “What’s The Frequency Kenneth” [Live]

January 27
No singles release data available for this date.


January 27
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Heartbreak Hotel” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “I Was The One”
1967 • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • “The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage” • Soul – Pop • Make It Happen • “Come Spy With Me”
1978 • ABBA • “Take A Chance On Me” [UK] • Euro-Pop • The Album • “I’m A Marionette”
1984 • Thompson Twins • “Doctor! Doctor!” • Synth-Pop • Into The Gap • “Nurse Shark”
1984 • Cyndi Lauper • “Time After Time” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “I’ll Kiss You”
1986 • The Bangles • “Manic Monday” • Pop-Rock • Different Light • “In A Different Light”
1997 • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones • “The Impression That I Get” • Reggae/Ska-Core • Let’s Face It • “At It Again”
1998 • Will Smith • “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” • Pop Rap • Big Willie Style • “Big Willie Style”
1998 • Shania Twain • “You’re Still The One” • Country-Pop • Come On Over • “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”

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Albums Released This Week (January 21 – 27)

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


January 21
1965 ● The Four Tops —— Four Tops ► Soul – Motown
1966 ● Them —— Them Again [UK] ► Garage Rock
1968 ● Canned Heat —— Boogie With Canned Heat ► Folk-Rock
1968 ● Simon & Garfunkel —— The Graduate [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Pop
1977 ● Ashford & Simpson —— So So Satisfied ► Soul/Quiet Storm
1980 ● Split Enz —— True Colours ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1983 ● Eurythmics —— Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1983 ● Loudness —— The Law Of The Devil’s Land ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal
1984 ● Bon Jovi —— Bon Jovi ► Hard Rock
1984 ● The Pretenders —— Learning To Crawl ► Post-Punk
1991 ● Motörhead —— 1916 ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● Slick Shoes —— Slick Shoes ► Pop Punk


January 22
1968 ● Aretha Franklin —— Lady Soul ► Soul
1968 ● Dr. John —— Gris-Gris ► Soul-Blues
1968 ● Spirit —— Spirit ► Psychedelic Rock
1982 ● The Church —— The Church ► Alt. Power Pop
1983 ● Weather Girls —— Success ► Soul
1991 ● Chagall Guevara —— Chagall Guevara ► Contemporary CCM
1991 ● Sting —— The Soul Cages ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Tommy Tutone —— Nervous Love ► Power Pop
2008 ● Buzzcocks —— 30 ► Punk-Rock


January 23
1967 ● The Supremes —— The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Family —— A Song For Me ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Rick Wakeman —— The Six Wives Of Henry VIII ► Prog Rock
1976 ● David Bowie —— Station To Station ► Glam Rock
1976 ● The Kinks —— Schoolboys In Disgrace ► Rock
1977 ● Pink Floyd —— Animals ► Prog Rock
1981 ● Joan Jett —— Bad Reputation ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Trust ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1989 ● Tone Loc —— L?c-ed After Dark ► Pop-Rap
1989 ● David Crosby —— Oh Yes I Can ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Stabbing Westward —— Wither Blister Burn & Peel ► Industrial Rock
2001 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Don’t Let Go ► Roots Rock
2007 ● Little Feat —— Rocky Mountain Jam ► Southern Rock
2007 ● John Mellencamp —— Freedom’s Road ► Roots Rock


January 24
1972 ● Cass Elliott —— Cass Elliott ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock
1972 ● Aretha Franklin —— Young, Gifted And Black ► Soul
1972 ● Michael Jackson —— Got To Be There ► Soul – Motown
1989 ● Debbie Gibson —— Electric Youth ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Skid Row —— Skid Row ► Heavy Metal
1994 ● Underworld —— Dubnobasswithmyhead ► Techno Trance
1995 ● David Crosby —— It’s All Coming Back To Me Now… ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Van Halen —— Balance ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Tha Alkaholics —— Firewater ► West Coast Rap
2007 ● Norah Jones —— Not Too Late ► Jazz-Pop Vocals
2012 ● Dion —— Tankful Of Blues ► Blues-Rock


January 25
1964 ● The Ventures —— The Ventures In Space ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1965 ● Cilla Black —— Cilla ► Brit Invasion Pop
1970 ● John Phillips —— John Phillips (John, The Wolf King Of L.A.) ► Country-Rock
1973 ● Little Feat —— Dixie Chicken ► Southern Rock
1973 ● Sparks —— A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing ► Glam Rock
1973 ● Kinks, The —— The Great Lost Kinks Album ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Cher —— Take Me Home ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Phil Collins —— No Jacket Required ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Touch ► Folk-Rock
1989 ● Gary Moore —— After The War ► Roots Rock (Irish)
1993 ● Kenny G —— The Collection ► Jazz-Pop
1994 ● Alice In Chains —— Jar Of Flies ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal
1994 ● Meat Puppets —— Too High To Die ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● New Kids On The Block —— Face The Music ► Teen Dance-Pop
1994 ● Peter Frampton —— A Day In The Sun ► Arena Rock
1996 ● Dimmu Borgir —— Stormblåst ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1998 ● Shpongle —— Are You Shpongled? ► Psychedelic Ambient
2000 ● D’Angelo —— Voodoo ► Neo-Soul/Funk
2000 ● Blindside —— A Thought Crushed My Mind ► Post Hardcore Punk
2000 ● Warren Zevon —— Life’ll Kill Ya ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Dark Tranquility —— Character ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal
2011 ● Charles Bradley —— No Time For Dreaming ► Soul-Funk
2011 ● Soul Asylum —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock


January 26
1970 ● Simon & Garfunkel —— Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Folk-Pop
1970 ● Harry Nilsson —— Nilsson Sings Newman ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Chicago —— Chicago II ► Jazz-Rock
1973 ● Deep Purple —— Who Do We Think We Are ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Elton John —— Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Generation X —— Valley Of The Dolls ► Punk Rock
1980 ● The Specials —— The Special AKA Live [EP] ► Ska Revival
1983 ● Berlin —— Pleasure Victim ► L. A. Synth-Pop
1987 ● Public Enemy —— Yo! Bum Rush the Show ► Hip Hop
1987 ● Janet Jackson —— Control: The Remixes ► Dance-Pop
1988 ● David Lee Roth —— Skyscraper ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► Prog Rock
1996 ● The Bouncing Souls —— Maniacal Laughter ► Punk Rock
1998 ● Nick Lowe —— Basher ► Pub Rock
1999 ● Foxy Brown —— Chyna Doll ► Hip Hop
1999 ● Napalm Death —— Words From The Exit Wound ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore
1999 ● Dan Swanö —— Moontower ► Progressive Death Metal
2005 ● The Church —— El Momento Descuidado ► Alt. Power Pop
2010 ● Beach House —— Teen Dream ► Dream Pop
2010 ● Mariah Carey —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● David Bowie —— A Reality Tour ► Glam Rock


January 27
1967 ● Golden Earring —— Winter-Harvest ► Hard Rock
1969 ● The Beach Boys —— 20/20 ► Pop-Rock
1981 ● Queen —— Flash Gordon [Sndtrk] ► Glam Rock
1982 ● The B-52’s —— Mesopotamia ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1983 ● John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— The Kid Inside ► Roots Rock
1984 ● Christine McVie —— Christine McVie ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● John Lennon And Yoko Ono —— Milk And Honey ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Frank Zappa —— Does Humor Belong In Music? ► Comedy Rock
1989 ● The Replacements —— Don’t Tell A Soul ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● Slaughter —— Stick It To Ya ► Hair Metal
1992 ● Therapy? —— Pleasure Death ► Alt Metal/Noise Rock
1995 ● The Human League —— Octopus ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1997 ● Reef —— Glow ► Brit Pop
1997 ● The Stranglers —— Written In Red ► Punk Rock
1998 ● Richard Carpenter —— Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor ► Easy Listening
1998 ● Dixie Chicks —— Wide Open Spaces ► Country-Rock
1999 ● Edguy —— Theater Of Salvation ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2004 ● Procol Harum —— One More Time ► Prog Rock
2004 ● Twista —— Kamikaze ► Midwest Rap
2004 ● The Cure —— Join The Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001 ► Post-Punk
2009 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Working On A Dream ► Heartland Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 20 – 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

January 20
1888 ● Lead Belly / (Huddie William Ledbetter) → Multi-instrumentalist, oft-covered country-blues-folk singer and songwriter, “Goodnight Irene” (1934), died of AMS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on 12/6/1949, age 61
1922 ● Ray Anthony → Trumpeter, bandleader relentless self-promoter and songwriter (“Dragnet” theme song, “The Bunny Hop,” and “Dancing In The Dark”) with a long and prosperous career in 40s and 50s big bands and various 60s-80s music enterprises, recorded the highest selling cover of the theme song from the TV series Peter Gunn (#8, 1959), continues into the 10s as a music label executive
1922 ● Piney Brown / (Perry Columbus) → Legendary but unheralded early R&B/blue, ages shouter, songwriter, bandleader and life-long devotee to the blues, issued several albums from the 50s to the 00s but never achieved commercial success or notoriety, died in a nursing home of natural causes on 2/5/2009, age 87
1924 ● Lee Pockriss / (Lee Julian Pockriss) → Songwriter with hit songs in multiple genres, best known for co-writing “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” for Brian Hyland (#1, 1960) and “Johnny Angel” for Shelley Fabares (#1, 1962), worked on Broadway musicals and wrote children’s songs for Sesame Street, died after a long illness on 11/14/2011, age 87
1924 ● Slim Whitman / (Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr.) → Country and gospel singer/songwriter with multiple US Country Top 10 hits, “Rose Marie” (UK #1, 1955), died of heart failure on 6/19/2013, age 89
1929 ● Jean-Jacques Perrey / (Jean Leroy) → French electronic music pioneer, early composer of electronic pop albums and user of the Moog synthesizer, his compositions were adapted for use in Disney theme parks, in episodes of The Simpsons and other TV programs, and as an aid to insomniacs which led to ambient music in the 80s, the last of his more than 30 albums, Destination Space (2007) was released when he was nearly 80 years old, died from lung cancer on 11/4/2016, age 87
1931 ● Earl Grant → Pianist, organist and pop and R&B singer with six albums and seven charting hits in the 50s and 60s, including “The End” (#7, 1957), died in a car accident at the peak of his popularity on 6/10/1970, age 31
1933 ● Ron Townson / (Ronald Townson) → Original member and tenor vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), stayed with the group until poor health forced his retirement in 1997, died at home of kidney failure on 8/2/2001, age 68
1942 ● William Powell → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973), died of cancer on 5/26/1977, age 35
1943 ● Rick Evans → Vocals and lyricist in folk-pop-rock one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, “In The Year 2525” (#1, 1969)
1945 ● Eric Stewart → Guitar, keyboards and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “A Groovy Kind Of Love” (#2, 1965), contemporary pop Hotlegs, “Neanderthal Man” (#22, 1970) and soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975)
1946 ● Jimmy Chambers → Singer with Brit-American R&B/dance-pop Londonbeat, “I’ve Been Thinking About You” (#1, 1991)
1947 ● George Grantham → Drummer with country-rock Poco, “Crazy Love” (#17, 1979)
1948 ● Melvin Pritchard → Drummer for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977), died of a heart attack on 1/28/2004, age 56
1952 ● Ian Hill → Bassist with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1952 ● Paul Stanley / (Stanley Harvey Eisen) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976) plus three solo albums
1960 ● Scott Thunes → Bassist with Frank Zappa‘s band from 1981 through 1988, also worked with Steve Vai and The Waterboys and currently plays with The Mother Hips
1965 ● Greg Kriesel → Bassist for punk/metal The Offspring, “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1965 ● Heather Small → Lead singer for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Tracii Guns / (Tracy Richard Ulrich) → Founder and guitarist for glam-metal L. A. Guns, “The Ballad Of Jayne” (#33, 1990) then hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988) and Motörhead, Contraband and Brides Of Destruction
1969 ● Nicky Wire / (Nicholas Allen Jones) → Bassist, lyricist and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1969 ● Tina O’Neill → Drummer for all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We’ve Got A Fuzz Box And We’re Gonna Use It), “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1971 ● Gary Barlow → Frontman, vocals, piano and chief songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, 1995), wrote sixteen UK Top 5 hits, eleven UK #1 singles and seven UK #1 albums for Take That, plus two UK #1 solo singles and a UK #1 solo album,
1978 ● Ratboy Wilson / (Sidney Wilson) → DJ and turntablist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1979 ● Rob Bourdon → Drummer for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Will Young → Pop singer and inaugural winner of UK TV’s Pop Idol show, “Anything Is Possible/Evergreen” (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Nathan Connolly → Lead guitar and backing vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)

January 21
1923 ● Frank Virtue → Founder, frontman and guitarist for one hit wonder instrumental pop-rock The Virtues (“Guitar Boogie Shuffle,” #5, R&B #27, 1959), later career as a record producer and recording engineer, died on 6/11/1994, age 71
1924 ● Benny Hill / (Alfred Hawthorne Hill) → English singer and comedian with a long-running slapstick comedy TV show and several charting comedy songs, including “Transistor Radio” (UK Top 30, 1961) and “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)” (UK #1, 1971), died from kidney failure on 4/20/1992, age 68
1924 ● Telly Savalas / (Aristotle Savalas) → Greek-American film star, TV actor (Kojak) and pop singer with two UK #1 songs and a non-charting take-off on his signature line “Who Loves Ya, Baby?”, died of cancer on 1/22/1994, age 70
1938 ● Wolfman Jack / (Robert Weston Smith) → Legendary gravel-voiced rock ‘n roll radio DJ and TV host, died of heart attack on 7/1/1995, age 57
1941 ● Placido Domingo / (Jose Placido Domingo Embil) → Grammy-winning opera tenor and conductor, member of The Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, 1994 Billboard #4 Album, In Concert
1941 ● Richie Havens / (Richard Pierce Havens) → Low-screen folk and R&B guitarist and songwriter, known primarily for his appearance at Woodstock ’69 and his cover of George Harrison‘s “Here Comes The Sun” (#16, 1971), died of a heart attack on 4/22/2013, age 72
1942 ● Mac Davis / (Morris Mac Davis) → 60s session guitarist turned 70s countrypolitan pop-rock crossover star, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” (#1, 1972), wrote “In The Ghetto” (#3, 1969) and “Don’t Cry Daddy” (#6, 1970) for Elvis Presley
1942 ● Edwin Starr / (Charles Edwin Hatcher) → Rough, tough and re-inventive R&B/soul-pop-disco singer, “25 Miles” (#6, 1969), then anthemic protest song “War” (#1, 1970), then disco hit “(Eye-To-Eye) Contact” (Disco #1, 1979), died from a heart attack on 4/2/2003, age 61
1945 ● Chris Britton → Guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Ibbotson → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock pioneers The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1947 ● Pye Hastings / (Julian Frederick Hastings) → Scot guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and 40-year frontman for venerable psych-jazz-rock Caravan, “Nine Feet Underground” (1971)
1948 ● Peter Kircher → Mid-80s drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1950 ● Billy Ocean / (Leslie Sebastian Charles) → Trinidad-born, UK-based R&B/dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Caribbean Queen” (#1, 1984)
1954 ● Nigel Glockler → Drummer for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxonn, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1956 ● Rob Brill → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Vic Reeves / (James Roderick Moir) → With Bob Mortimer, one half of Brit comedy/satire act Vic And Bob, then pop-rock The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe‘s “Dizzy” (UK #1, 1991)
1965 ● 3D / (Robert Del Naja) → Founding member, MC and singer for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, “Unfinished Sympathy” (UK #13, 1991)
1965 ● Jam Master Jay / (Jason William Mizell) → Founding member of premier hardcore rap trio Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way” (#4, 1986), murdered by an assassin on 10/30/2002, age 37
1966 ● Wendy James → Lead singer and Madonna-wannabe frontgal for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983), left for a solo career that included an mildly successful LP of songs written for her by Elvis Costello, Now Ain’t The Time For Your Tears (UK #43, 1993)
1972 ● Cat Power / (Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall) → Indie folk- and blues-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and occasional actor and model, album Moon Pix (1998)
1972 ● Tweet / (Charlene Keys) → R&B/soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Oops (Oh My)” featuring Missy Elliott (#7, R&B #1, 2002)
1973 ● Chris Kilmore → Turntables and keyboards for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1976 ● Emma Lee Bunton → Vocals and “Baby Spice” in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (#1, 1997)
1978 ● Nokio / (Tamir Ruffin) → Founder, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/urban soul-dance Dru Hill, “How Deep Is Your Love” (#3, 1998), producer for DMX, Torrey Carter and others
1980 ● Benjamin Moody → Guitarist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)

January 22
1931 ● Sam Cooke → Pioneering R&B/soul singer, songwriter, record executive and civil rights activist, “You Send Me” (#1, 1957), shot and killed during an altercation with his landlord on 12/11/1964, age 33
1938 ● Eugene Church → Singer and collaborator with Jesse Belvin as doo-wop The Cliques, solo as Eugene Church & The Fellows (“Pretty Girls Everywhere,” #36, R&B #6, 1958), later moved to gospel music, died from cancer on 4/3/1993 , age 55
1938 ● Joe Esposito / (Joseph Carmine Esposito) → Army-years buddy of Elvis Presley, became his right-hand man, road manager and key member of Elvis‘s entourage, the “Memphis Mafia,” played bit parts in several Elvis films in the 60s, later worked as road manager for Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, John Denver and others, co-authored six books about Elvis and attended Elvis look-alike conventions, died after a long period of failing health on 11/23/2016, age 78
1940 ● Mickie Harris / (Addie Harris) → Vocals for Brill Building pop, girl-group-defining The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1961), died of a heart attack on stage during an oldies circuit performance on 6/10/1982, age 42
1946 ● Malcolm McLaren → Brit performer, impresario and solo artist, “Double Dutch” (UK #3, 1983), manager of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls, died of cancer 4/8/2010, age 64
1949 ● Nigel Pegrum → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), then prog-rock Uriah Heep, art-rock Gnidrolog and folk-rock Steeleye Span, producer and session drummer
1949 ● Steve Perry / (Stephen Ray Pereira) → Lead singer for arena rock Journey beginning in 1977, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), then solo, “Oh, Sherrie” (#3, 1986), then re-formed Journey 1996, “When You Love A Woman” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1996)
1952 ● Teddy Gentry → Founding member, bass and background vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, 1982)
1960 ● Michael Hutchence → Founding member, lead singer, songwriter and 20-year frontman for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987), found dead in a Sydney hotel room after an apparent suicide on 11/22/1997, age 37
1965 ● Andrew Roachford → Frontman, vocals and keyboards for Brit urban contemporary R&B Roachford, “Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)” (# 25, UK #4, 1989)
1965 ● D.J. Jazzy Jeff / (Jeffrey Allen Townes) → R&B/hip hop artist, record producer, turntablist and actor, with Will Smith in duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” (#4, 1991)
1965 ● Steven Adler / (Michael Coletti) → Songwriter and drummer (1985-90) for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), then Road Crew and started Adler’s Appetite and Adler
1969 ● Marc Gay → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (#2, 1992)
1981 ● Ben Robert Moody → Founder, vocals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1981 ● Willa Ford / (Amanda Lee Williford Modano) → Dance-pop singer, songwriter, model, TV and film actress, “I Wanna Be Bad” (Top 40 Mainstream #11, 2001)
1985 ● Orianthi Panagaris → Aussie singer, songwriter and guitarist, “According To You” (#17, 2009), played for Prince and was Michael Jackson‘s lead guitarist for the ill-fated This Is It tour

January 23
1910 ● Django Reinhardt / (Jean Baptiste Reinhardt) → Belgian-born gypsy-blooded influential jazz guitar virtuoso, composer and bandleader (Quintette Du Hot Club De France with Stephane Grappelli), many of his popular works are jazz/swing standards, including “Minor Swing” and “Daphne,” died from a stroke on 5/16/1953, age 43
1932 ● Cyril Davies → One of the first harmonica players on the British blues scene, formed various skiffle and blues groups in the 50s and Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry in the 60s, club owner and R&B promoter, died from endocarditis on 1/7/1964, age 31
1940 ● Joe Dowell → Two hit wonder early 60s pop singer (“Wooden Heart,” #1, 1961 and “Little Red Rented Rowboat,” #23, 1962), later wrote and recorded his own songs without commercial success and launched a radio advertisement production company
1940 ● Jimmy Castor / (James Walter Castor) → Pop and funk saxophonist and singer, briefly replaced Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers, then fronted novelty/disco-funk Jimmy Castor Bunch, “Troglodyte (Caveman)” (#4, 1972), died from heart failure on 1/16/2012, age 72
1941 ● Buddy Buie / (Perry Carlton Buie) → Music producer, publisher and songwriter with over 340 titles penned alone or in collaborations with others, including the oft-covered pop classic “Spooky” (#3, 1967) by The Classics IV, formed, managed and produced Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section (“Imaginary Lover,” #7, 1978) and co-wrote most of their songs, produced albums for Wynonna Judd and Garth Brooks, died following a heart attack on 7/18/2015, age 74
1944 ● Jerry Lawson → Lead vocals, arranger and producer for a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), then solo, now with a cappella Talk Of The Town
1948 ● Anita Pointer → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1950 ● Bill Cunningham → Bass, piano and backing vocals for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Danny Federici → Over 40 year friendship and professional association with Bruce Springsteen, played keyboards for Bruce‘s Steel Mill, Child and The E Street Band, died of melanoma (skin cancer) on 4/17/2008, age 58
1953 ● Robin Zander → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1954 ● Richard Finch → Co-founder, producer and bassist for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1955 ● Reggie Calloway → Multi-instrumental founder and leader (with brother Vincent) of synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990), left to form bro-duo Calloway “I Wanna Be Rich” (#2, 1990)
1956 ● Ralph Carney → Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, first with artsy New Wave “Akron Sound” Tin Huey (covered “I’m A Believer,” 1979) then as a sessionman with a long list of studio credits, including multiple albums with Tom Waits plus recordings with The B-52’s, Elvis Costello, the Black Keys and many others, fell in his Oregon home and died the following day from head injuries on 12/16/2017, age 61
1957 ● Earl Falconer → Bass and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1971 ● Marc K. Nelson → R&B/urban and jazz fusion singer and songwriter, original member of Boyz II Men, left for solo career, “I Want You” (R&B #26, 1991)
1974 ● Kita / (Sampsa Astala) → Drummer for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1975 ● Nicholas Harmer → Bassist for indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)

January 24
1933 ● Zeke Carey / (Ezekial Carey) → Founding member and second tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959), died on 12/24/1999, age 66
1936 ● Doug Kershaw / (Douglas James Kershaw) → Cajun country-rock singer/songwriter, bandleader and fiddler, “Louisiana Man” (Country #10, 1961)
1936 ● Jack Scott / (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → Canadian rock ‘n roll, rockabilly and country-pop singer with eight U.S. Top 40 singles in less than 3 years, including “Burning Bridges” (#3, 1960)
1939 ● Ray Stevens / (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → Grammy-winning country-pop and often novelty singer, songwriter and producer, “Everything Is Beautiful” (#1, 1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville → New Orleans R&B/soul-funk singer, “Tell It Like It Is” (R&B #1, 1966), then formed The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989), then solo again, including duets with Linda Ronstadt, “Don’t Know Much” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1989)
1941 ● Michael Chapman → Critically acclaimed but commercially underrated Brit folk singer and songwriter best known for his “Postcards Of Scarborough” (1970) and an over 40 album catalog, continues to record and perform in the 10s
1941 ● Neil Diamond → Often called the “Jewish Elvis,” prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist “Cracklin’ Rose” (#1, 1970), plus dozens of Top 40 hits and those covered by others, from The Monkees (“I’m A Believer,” #1, 1966) to Deep Purple (“Kentucky Woman,” #38, 1968)
1947 ● Warren Zevon → Sardonic singer/songwriter with 15 solo albums and multiple Top 40 hits, including “Werewolves Of London” (#21, 1978), died from asbestos-related lung cancer on 9/7/2003, age 56
1949 ● John Belushi → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Joliet Jake” Blues in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979), died from drug overdose 3/5/1982, age 33
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) → One hit wonder singer/songwriter, started in early 70s folk-pop duo Matthew & Peter, then pop-rock solo “Break My Stride” (#5, 1983), now record producer
1958 ● Julian Miles “Jools” Holland → Pianist, producer, singer, composer and bandleader, including keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1963 ● Keech Rainwater → Drummer for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1974 ● Christopher River Hesse → Drummer for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Marazzi → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK #1, 2000)
1989 ● Calvin Goldspink → Vocals in pre-fab teen pop S Club Juniors (a spin-off of S Club 7), “One Step Closer” (UK #2, 2002) and six other UK Top 15 hits in two years, actor

January 25
1915 ● Ewan MacColl → Influential Brit folk revival singer, songwriter, poet and producer, wrote Grammy-winning “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” for Roberta Flack (#1, 1972), died from complications following heart surgery on 10/22/1989, age 74
1923 ● Rusty Draper / (Farrell H. “Rusty” Draper) → Pre-rock ‘n’ roll country and pop crossover star with five Top 20 hits in the 50s, including “The Shifting, Whispering Sands” (#3, 1955), continued with minor country hits in the 60s and dropped out of site by the 80s, died from pneumonia on 3/28/2003, age 80
1931 ● Stig Anderson → Songwriter, producer and manager for Swede superstar pop-rock ABBA, co-wrote several of their biggest hits, including “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1977), died of a heart attack on 9/12/1997, age 66
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) / (Jamesetta Hawkins) → Versatile Grammy-winning blues, gospel, R&B/soul and jazz singer, “Tell Mama” (#23, R&B #10, 1968) and the enduring ballad “At Last” (#47, R&B #2, 1961), died from complications of leukemia on 1/20/2012, age 73
1949 ● John Cooper Clarke → The “Bard of Salford”, performance poet laureate of the punk movement, “Gimmix” (UK #39, 1979), opened tours for the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello, continues to contribute to poetry journals
1950 ● Michael Cotten → Synthesizers for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978)
1953 ● Malcolm Green → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (UK #12, 1980)
1956 ● Andy Cox → Guitarist and co-founder of ska revivalist mixed-race The English Beat in 1978, then moved with bandmates to form Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy” (#1, 1989)
1958 ● Gary Tibbs → Actor and journeyman bass guitarist for Roxy Music, The Vibrators, post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982), Code Blue and The Fixx
1962 ● Peter Coyle → Vocals for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, “The First Picture Of You” (UK #15, 1983), solo
1963 ● Carl Fysh → Vocalist for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1971 ● China Wing Kantner → Daughter of Jefferson AirplaneGrace Slick and Paul Kantner, TV and film actress, former MTV VJ
1973 ● Chris Wilkie → Guitarist and vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, “Stars” (UK #15, 1996)
1977 ● Christian Ingebrigtsen → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK #1, 2000)
1981 ● Alicia Keys / (Alicia Auguello Cook) → Nine-time Grammy-winning R&B/neo-soul singer, “Fallin'” (#1, 2001) and ten other Top 40 hits, TV and film actress, philanthropist

January 26
1913 ● Jimmy Van Heusen / (Edward Chester Babcock) → Four-time Academy Award winning popular music composer, wrote or co-wrote dozens of pop hits in the 40s through 60s for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and others, including “Swingin’ On A Star” for Crosby (1944) and “My Kind Of Town” for Sinatra (1964), died from complications following a stroke on 2/6/1990, age 77
1922 ● Page Cavanaugh → Jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, popular 40s and 50s bandleader on radio, TV and films with a number of Top 40 hits, early purveyor of the jazz-pop sound now known as “smooth jazz,” continued to perform as a night club and lounge act into the 00s, died from kidney failure on 12/19/2008, age 86
1926 ● Ronnie Hilton / ((Adrian Hill) → Brit 50s pop crooner, “No Other Love” (UK #1, 1956) plus 21 other Top 40 hits during the onslaught of rock ‘n’ doll, BBC radio host of the weekly show Sounds of the Fifties, died of a stroke on 2/21/2001, age 75
1932 ● The Tall Texan / (Claude Gray) → Country music singer, songwriter and guitarist known for his contribution to the “Nashville sound” and the Countrypolitan movement that created the crossover genre blending country and pop music, scored 12 Country Top 40 hits including “I’ll Have Another Cup Of Coffee” (Country #3, 1961), continues to tour and perform on TV into the 10s
1934 ● Piano Smith / (Huey Pierce Smith) → New Orleans “good time” R&B/rock ‘n roll pianist, “Rockin’ Pneumonia” (R&B #5, 1957), wrote and played on Frankie Ford‘s “Sea Cruise” (#14, 1959)
1937 ● Alison Steele / (Ceil Loman) → Pioneering DJ known as “The Night Bird” on archetypical progressive rock station WNEW-FM (New York) from 1967 to 1979, inspiration for Jimi Hendrix‘s “Night Bird Flying,” music writer, producer and CNN correspondent, died from stomach cancer on 9/27/1995, age 56
1939 ● Marshall Lieb → Original member of short-lived, one hit wonder pop vocal trio The Teddy Bears (“To Know Him Is To Love Him,” #1, 1958) with Phil Spector, died from a heart attack on 3/15/2002, age 63
1943 ● Jean Knight / (Jean Caliste) → One hit wonder R&B/soul and funk singer, “Mr. Big Stuff” (#2, 1971), toured on the oldies circuit through the 00s
1945 ● Tyger Hutchings / (Ashley Stephen Hutchings) → Bassist for renowned Brit folk-rock revival bands Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969) and Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1946 ● Deon Jackson → One hit wonder 60s R&B/soul singer and songwriter, “Love Makes The World Go ‘Round” (#11, 1966), faded into the Chicago oldies circuit until his death from a brain hemorrhage on 4/18/2014, age 68
1948 ● Corky Laing / (Laurence Gordon Laing) → Drummer in pioneering hard rock/heavy metal band Mountain (“Mississippi Queen,” #21, 1970), then power trio West, Bruce & Laing, solo and collaborations
1949 ● Derek Holt → Guitar and keyboards for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1951 ● David Briggs → Guitarist and songwriter for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, wrote “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), now recording engineer and producer
1951 ● Andy Hummell → Bassist in quintessential power pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178), died from cancer on 7/19/2010, age 59
1952 ● Maurice Bacon → Drummer for London-based, teenage R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, “Everlasting Love” (UK #1, 1968) and four other UK Top 20 hits in the late 60s, fell into obscurity following the band’s break-up in the 70s
1953 ● Lucinda Williams → Underappreciated country-folk-roots rock singer and songwriter, “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” (1998) from the Grammy-winning album of the same name
1955 ● Eddie Van Halen / (Edward Lodewijk Van Halen) → Top rock guitarist, frontman, songwriter and vocals for hard rock megastars Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), solo, collaborations and film score compositions, uncredited guitar solo on Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” (#1, 1983)
1958 ● Anita Baker → Grammy-winning R&B/quiet storm singer, “Sweet Love” (#8, 1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan → Percussion, trombone and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1960 ● Charlie Gillingham → Keyboards for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock boy band Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (#1, 1984) and 6 other US Top 10 hits
1963 ● Jazzie B. / (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → DJ, mixmaster, producer and founding member of R&B/dance-pop Soul II Soul, “Back To Life” (#4, 1989)
1964 ● Susannah Melvoin → Vocalist, songwriter and actress, backing singer for Prince, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Wendy & Lisa
1966 ● Pim Jones → Guitarist for Scottish contemporary pop-rock Hipsway, “The Honeythief” (#19, 1986)
1970 ● Kirk Franklin → Contemporary gospel singer, songwriter and bandleader, “Looking For You” (#61, 2005)
1972 ● Ya Kid K / (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Belgian studio-based electro-dance-pop “house” music Technotronic, wrote lyrics and sang vocals on “Pump Up The Jam” (#2, 1989), solo

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Singles Released This Week (January 14 – 20)

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).


January 14
1969 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By” • Soul – Motown • Easy • “Satisfied Feelin'”
1969 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” • Psychedelic Pop • Hard ‘N’ Heavy (With Marshmallow) • “Without You”
1971 • The Temptations • “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” • Soul-Pop • Sky’s The Limit • “You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth”
1972 • David Bowie • “Changes” [UK] • Glam Rock • Hunky Dory • “Andy Warhol”
1982 • J. Geils Band • “Freeze-Frame” • Blues-Rock • Freeze-Frame • “Flamethrower”
1984 • Madonna • “Holiday” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “Think Of Me”
1992 • Michael Jackson • “Remember The Time” • Pop-Soul • Dangerous • “Black Or White” [Club Mix]
1993 • 10,000 Maniacs • “Candy Everybody Wants” • Folk-Rock • Our Time In Eden • “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
1996 • The Human League • “Stay With Me Tonight” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • [Single] • “Stay With Me Tonight” [Vocal Mix]
2003 • Counting Crows & Vanessa Carlton • “Big Yellow Taxi” • Country-Rock • Counting Crows: Films About Ghosts – The Best of… • [None]


January 15
1958 • The Champs • “Tequila” • Instrumental • [Single] • [B-Side]
1958 • The Champs • “Train To Nowhere” • Instrumental • [Single] • “Tequila”
1965 • The Supremes • “Come See About Me” [UK] • Soul – Motown • Where Did Our Love Go? • “(You’re Gone But) Always in My Heart”
1965 • The Who • “I Can’t Explain” [UK] • British Rock • The Who Sings My Generation • “Bald Headed Woman”
1969 • Carpenters • “Ticket To Ride” • Pop Ballad • Offering • “Your Wonderful Parade”
1971 • Carpenters • “For All We Know” • Soft Rock • Carpenters • “Don’t Be Afraid”
1971 • George Harrison • “My Sweet Lord” [UK] • Pop-Rock • All Things Must Pass • “What Is Life”
1972 • The Osmonds • “Down By The Lazy River” • Pop-Rock • Phase III • “He’s The Light Of The World”


January 16
1977 • Kansas • “Dust In The Wind” • Soft Rock • Point Of Know Return • “Paradox”
1981 • The Clash • “Hitsville U.K.” • Punk-Rock • Sandinista! • “Radio One”
1981 • John Lennon • “Woman” [UK] • Soft Rock • Double Fantasy • “Beautiful Boys” [Yoko Ono]
1982 • The Go-Go’s • “We Got The Beat” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Beauty And The Beat • “Can’t Stop The World”
1988 • Michael Jackson • “Man In The Mirror” • Dance-Pop • Bad • “Man In The Mirror” [Instrumental]


January 17
1966 • The 13th Floor Elevators • “You’re Gonna Miss Me” • Garage Rock • The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators • “Tried To Hide”
1969 • Elton John • “Lady Samantha” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “All Across The Havens”
1971 • David Bowie • “Holy Holy” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Black Country Roak”
1975 • Queen • “Now I’m Here” • Glam Rock • Sheer Heart Attack • “Lily of the Valley” [Single Edit]
1975 • Bob Dylan • “Tangled Up In Blue” • Folk-Rock • Blood On The Tracks • “If You See Her, Say Hello”
1977 • Glen Campbell • “Southern Nights” • Country-Pop • Southern Nights • “William Tell Overture”
1994 • Guns N’ Roses • “Estranged” • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion II • “The Garden”
1994 • Ace Of Base • “The Sign” [UK] • Euro Dance-Pop • The Sign • “The Sign” [Long Version] / “The Sign” [Dub Version]
2000 • 3 Doors Down • “Kryptonite” • Alt. Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge • The Better Life • “Kryptonite” [LP Version]


January 18
1978 • Warren Zevon • “Werewolves Of London” • Pop-Rock • Excitable Boy • “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner”
1994 • Beck • “Loser” • Alt Rock/Lo-Fi • Mellow Gold • “Steal My Body Home”
2008 • Matchbox Twenty • “All Your Reasons” • Alt. Rock • Exile On Mainstream • “How Far We’ve Come” / “Disease”


January 19
1962 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “I’ve Been Twistin'” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Ramblin’ Rose”
1962 • Marvin Gaye • “Sandman” • Soul • [Single] • “I’m Yours, You’re Mine”
1966 • Simon & Garfunkel • “Homeward Bound” • Folk-Pop • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme • “Leaves That Are Green”
1972 • Mott The Hoople • “Sweet Jane” • Glam Rock • All The Young Dudes • “Jerkin’ Crocos”
1973 • The Moody Blues • “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)” • Prog Rock • Seventh Sojourn • “For My Lady”
1979 • The Ramones • “She’s The One” [UK] • Punk-Rock • Road To Ruin • “I Wanna Be Sedated”
1979 • The Ramones • “I Wanna Be Sedated” [UK] • Punk-Rock • Road To Ruin • [B-Side]
1998 • Foo Fighters • “My Hero” • Grunge Rock • The Colour And The Shape • “Dear Lover”


January 20
1971 • Grateful Dead • “Truckin'” • Roots Rock • American Beauty • “Ripple”
1982 • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts • “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” • Hard Rock • I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll • “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got”
1984 • Echo & The Bunnymen • “The Killing Moon” • Post-Punk • Ocean Rain • “Do It Clean”

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