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Singles Released This Week (February 25 – March 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).


February 25
1966 • The Yardbirds • “Shapes Of Things” • Pychedelic Rock • Having A Rave Up • “I’m Not Talking”
1969 • Elvis Presley • “Memories” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Charro”
1971 • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • “I Don’t Blame You At All” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “Oh Baby Baby I Love You”
1972 • The Supremes • “Floy Joy” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Floy Joy • “This Is The Story”
1974 • Queen • “Seven Seas Of Rhye” [UK] • Glam Rock • Queen II • “See What a Fool I’ve Been”
1978 • Genesis • “Follow You Follow Me” • Prog Rock • And Then There Were Three • “Inside And Out”
1985 • Paul Young • “Everytime You Go Away” • Pop-Rock • The Secret Of Association • “This Means Anything”
1987 • Madonna • “La Isla Bonita” • Dance-Pop • True Blue • “La Isla Bonita” [Remix]
2009 • AC/DC • “Anything Goes” • Hard Rock • Black Ice • “Big Jack”


February 26
1965 • The Moody Blues • “I Don’t Want To Go On Without You” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Time Is On My Side”
1965 • Marvin Gaye • “I’ll Be Doggone” • Soul-Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “You’ve Been A Long Time Coming”
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “The Last Time” [UK] • Country-Rock • Out Of Our Heads • “Play With Fire”
1986 • The Rolling Stones • “Harlem Shuffle” • Blues-Rock • Dirty Work • “Had It With You”
1990 • Alannah Myles • “Black Velvet” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Alannah Myles • “If You Want To”
1991 • Madonna • “Rescue Me” • Dance-Pop • Immaculate Collection, The • “Rescue Me” [Alternate Mix]


February 27
1961 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “What’d I Say” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Good Luck Charm” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Anything That’s Part Of You”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Anything That’s Part Of You” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Simon & Garfunkel • “At The Zoo” • Folk-Pop • Bookends • “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”
1981 • The Who • “You Better You Bet” • Pop-Rock • Face Dances • “The Quiet One”
1984 • Berlin • “No More Words” • New Wave Dance-Pop • Love Life • “Rumor Of Love”
1990 • Wilson Phillips • “Hold On” • Pop-Rock • Wilson Phillips • “Over And Over”
1996 • Alanis Morissette • “Ironic” • Alt Pop-Rock • Jagged Little Pill • “Forgiven”


February 28
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “A World Without Love” [UK] • Pop Ballad • A World Without Love • “If I Were You”
1966 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Kicks” • Garage Rock • Midnight Ride • “Shake It Up”
1968 • Elvis Presley • “U.S. Male” • Country-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Elvis Presley • “Stay Away” • Country-Rock • [Single] • “U.S. Male”
1969 • The Hollies • “Sorry Suzanne” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Not That Way At All”
1969 • Episode Six • “Mozart Vs. The Rest” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Jack D’Or”
1971 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” • Pop-Rock • Wild Life • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” [Instrumental]
1975 • George Harrison • “Dark Horse” [UK] • Pop-Funk • Dark Horse • “Hari’s on Tour (Express)”
1975 • Elton John • “Philadelphia Freedom” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II • “I Saw Her Standing There”
1981 • Rush • “Limelight” • Prog/Art Rock • Moving Pictures • “YYZ”
1985 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “Don’t Come Around Here No More” • Album Rock • Southern Accents • “Trailer”
1995 • Blues Traveler • “Run-Around” • Blues-Rock • Four • “Save His Soul”
2005 • R.E.M. • “Electron Blue” • Alt. Rock • Around The Sun • “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” [Live]


February 29
1968 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Forever Came Today” • Soul-Pop • Reflections • “Time Changes Things”
2000 • Dixie Chicks • “Goodbye Earl” • Country-Pop • Fly • “Stand By Your Man”


March 01
1963 • Marvin Gaye • “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” [UK] • Soul • That Stubborn Kinda Fellow • “It Hurt Me Too”
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” • Pop Ballad • Frankie And Johnny • [B-Side]
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Frankie And Johnny” • Traditional Roots Music • Frankie And Johnny • “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me”
1968 • Elton John • “I’ve Been Loving You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Here’s To The Next Time”
1976 • AC/DC • “T.N.T.” • Hard Rock • T.N.T. • “I’m A Rocker”
1976 • Kiss • “Shout It Out Loud” • Hard Rock • Destroyer • “Sweet Pain”
1984 • Tina Turner • “I Can’t Stand The Rain” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Private Dancer • “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” [Live]
2011 • The Cars • “Sad Song” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Move Like This • “Blue Tip”


March 02
1963 • The Beatles • “There’s A Place” • Brit Beat • Please Please Me • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “Twist And Shout” • Brit Beat • Introducing…The Beatles • “There’s A Place”
1964 • Freddie & The Dreamers • “You Were Made For Me” • Rock n Roll • Three At The Top • “Send A Letter To Me”
1972 • The Chi-Lites • “Oh Girl” • Soul • A Lonely Man • “Being In Love”
1973 • T. Rex • “20th Century Boy” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Free Angel”
1982 • Triumph • “Magic Power” [UK] • Arena Rock • Allied Forces • “Fight The Power”
1985 • Triumph • “Fight The Good Fight” [UK] • Arena Rock • Allied Forces • [B-Side]
1985 • Madonna • “Crazy For You” • Pop Ballad • Vision Quest[Sndtrk] • “No More Words”
1992 • Nirvana • “Come As You Are” • Grunge • Nevermind • “Drain You” [Live]
1992 • Nirvana • “Come As You Are” [UK] • Grunge • Nevermind • “Endless, Nameless”
1998 • Days Of The New • “The Down Town” • Alt. Acoustic Rock • Days Of The New • “The Down Town” [LP Version]
2004 • Matchbox Twenty • “All I Need” • Alt. Rock • More Than You Think You Are • “Push” / “If You’re Gone”


March 03
1969 • James Taylor • “Carolina In My Mind” • Folk-Pop • James Taylor • “Taking It In”
1969 • The Beach Boys • “I Can Hear Music” • Pop-Rock • 20/20 • “All I Want To Do”
1979 • Frank Zappa • “Bobby Brown (Goes Down)” • Art Rock • Sheik Yerbouti • “Stick It Out”
1979 • Foreigner • “Women” • Arena Rock • Head Games • “The Modern Day”
2000 • Madonna • “American Pie” • Dance-Pop • The Next Best Thing • “American Pie” [Richard ‘Humpty’ Vission Radio Mix]

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Albums Released This Week (February 25 – March 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):


February 25
1963 ● Barbra Streisand —— The Barbra Streisand Album ► Classic Pop
1972 ● Nick Drake —— Pink Moon ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Alice Cooper —— Billion Dollar Babies ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Dr. John —— In The Right Place ► New Orleans R&B
1974 ● Aretha Franklin —— Let Me In Your Life ► Soul
1977 ● Peter Gabriel —— Peter Gabriel [1] ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Al Di Meola —— Casino ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● Scorpions —— Lovedrive ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1980 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Against The Wind ► Heartland Rock
1985 ● Tears For Fears —— Songs From The Big Chair ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1990 ● Midnight Oil —— Blue Sky Mining ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Spacemen 3 —— Recurring ► Neo-Psychedelia
1992 ● Tori Amos —— Little Earthquakes ► AA Pop-Rock
1997 ● Cluster —— First Encounter Tour 1996 ► Electronic-Ambient
1997 ● James —— Whiplash ► Alt Pop/Rock
2008 ● Janet Jackson —— Discipline ► Pop-Soul
2014 ● Heart —— Fanatic Live From Caesar’s Colosseum ► Album Rock


February 26
1965 ● Eric Andersen —— Today Is The Highway ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● The Beatles —— Hey Jude/The Beatles Again ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● Anne Murray —— Straight, Clean And Simple ► Country-Pop
1981 ● Judas Priest —— Point Of Entry ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● Thompson Twins —— Set ► Post-Punk Dance-Pop
1991 ● Great White —— Hooked ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Motörhead —— 1916 ► Heavy Metal
1991 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Capitol Collectors Series ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Norah Jones —— Come Away With Me ► Jazz-Pop Vocals
2002 ● Billy Idol —— Billy Idol: VH1 Storytellers ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Roy Buchanan —— Before And After ► Blues-Rock
2013 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Music From The Motion Picture ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Dig In Deep ► Blues-Rock


February 27
1961 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha (With The Ray Bryant Combo) ► Soul
1967 ● Elvis Presley —— How Great Thou Art ► Southern Gospel
1975 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— On Your Feet Or On Your Knees ► Metal
1975 ● Yes —— Yesterdays ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Village People —— Macho Man ► Disco
1979 ● Desparate Bicycles —— Remorse Code ► Post-Punk/Psych Rock
1984 ● Dead Can Dance —— Dead Can Dance ► Post-Punk/Goth Rock
1985 ● Sade —— Diamond Life ► Quiet Storm
1989 ● XTC —— Oranges And Lemons ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1995 ● PJ Harvey —— To Bring You My Love ► Indie Rock
1995 ● Bruce Dickinson —— Alive In Studio A ► Heavy Metal
1996 ● Babble —— Ether ► Electro Dance-Pop
1996 ● America —— Greatest Hits Live ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● The Band —— High On The Hog ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Curtis Mayfield —— People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story ► Soul/Funk
1996 ● Triumph —— King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) ► Arena Rock
1996 ● Neil Young —— Dead Man ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Frank Zappa —— The Lost Episodes ► Prog rock/Jazz Fusion
1997 ● Bad Religion —— The Gray Race ► Punk Rock
1999 ● CKY —— Volume 1 ► Alt. Rock/Alt. Metal
2001 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Everyday ► AA Pop-Rock
2001 ● Cheap Trick —— Silver ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2006 ● Tears For Fears —— Secret World – Live In Paris ► New Wave Synth-Pop


February 28
1963 ● Sam Cooke —— Mr. Soul ► Soul
1963 ● The Miracles —— The Fabulous Miracles ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Van Morrison —— Moondance ► Folk-Rock
1983 ● U2 —— War ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1983 ● The Ramones —— Subterranean Jungle ► Punk-Rock
1983 ● Styx —— Kilroy Was Here ► Prog/Art Rock
1984 ● “Weird Al” Yankovic —— In 3-D ► Comedy/Parody
1984 ● Queen —— The Works ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Various Artists —— Pretty In Pink [Sndtrk] ► Post-Punk New Wave
1989 ● Indigo Girls —— Indigo Girls ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Eric Johnson —— Ah Via Musicom ► Blues-Rock
1990 ● Little River Band —— Get Lucky ► Soft Rock
1992 ● Yoko Ono —— Onobox ► New Wave Art-Rock
1995 ● Del Amitri —— Twisted ► Alt Pop-Rock
1995 ● Harry Nilsson —— Personal Bast: The Harry Nilsson Anthology ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Steve Earle —— Train A Comin’ ► Alt. Country
1995 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Greatest Hits ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Oasis —— Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
2000 ● AC/DC —— Stiff Upper Lip ► Hard Rock
2001 ● Bob Dylan —— Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● Judas Priest —— Angel Of Retribution ► Heavy Metal
2005 ● The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1968-1971 ► Blues-Rock
2006 ● Elvis Costello —— My Flame Burns Blue ► Orchestral Jazz
2006 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 ► Heartland Rock
2006 ● Talking Heads —— Bonus Rarities And Outtakes ► New Wave Art-Rock


February 29
1976 ● Olivia Newton-John —— Come On Over ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● The Fall —— The Frenz Experiment ► Post-Punk
1988 ● The Clash —— The Story Of The Clash, Volume 1 ► Punk
2000 ● BloodHound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies ► Post-Punk Alt Metal
2000 ● The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek ► Southern Rock
2000 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— BTNHResurrection ► Gangsta Rap
2000 ● Steely Dan —— Two Against Nature ► Jazz-Rock


March 01
1964 ● Sam Cooke —— Ain’t That Good News ► Soul
1965 ● Elvis Presley —— Girl Happy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1968 ● Golden Earring —— Miracle Mirror ► Hard Rock
1971 ● The Rascals —— Search And Nearness ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1974 ● Camel —— Mirage ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Rush —— Rush ► Hard Rock
1975 ● Jeff Beck —— Blow By Blow ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion
1977 ● Max Webster —— High Class In Borrowed Shoes ► Hard Rock
1978 ● The Hollies —— A Crazy Steal ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Roxy Music —— Manifesto ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Elton John —— Lady Samantha ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Neil Young —— Where The Buffalo Roam [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Robert Hunter —— Liberty ► Country-Rock
1988 ● Toto —— The Seventh One ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● Ocean Colour Scene —— Ocean Colour Scene ► Brit Pop
1993 ● Cranberries —— Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1994 ● Beck —— Mellow Gold ► Alt Rock
1995 ● DK Jamz —— The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack ► Atmospheric Ambient
1999 ● Tonic —— Live And Enhanced ► Alt/Roots Rock
2005 ● Cher —— Gold ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Kathleen Edwards —— Back To Me ► Alt Country-Rock
2005 ● Jack Johnson —— In Between Dreams ► AA Folk-Rock
2011 ● Lucinda Williams —— Blessed ► Alt. Country
2013 ● Rhye —— Woman ► Downtempo Pop


March 02
1973 ● Todd Rundgren —— A Wizard, A True Star ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● The Doobie Brothers —— The Captain And Me ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Steely Dan —— Pretzel Logic ► Jazz-Rock
1983 ● Bananarama —— Deep Sea Skiving ► New Wave Dance-Pop
1987 ● Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Through The Looking Glass ► Post-Punk Alt Rock
1992 ● Tears For Fears —— Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Steve Earle —— Essential Steve Earle ► Alt. Country
1999 ● Dimmu Borgir —— Spiritual Black Dimensions ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2004 ● Cheap Trick —— The Essential Cheap Trick ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2010 ● John Hiatt —— The Open Road ► Roots Rock


March 03
1967 ● The Walker Brothers —— Images ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Laura Nyro —— Eli And The Thirteenth Confession ► Soft Rock
1972 ● Stevie Wonder —— Music Of My Mind ► Pop-R&B
1972 ● Gary Glitter —— Glitter ► Glam Rock
1972 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Black Magic ► Soul – Motown
1977 ● Bad Company —— Burnin’ Sky ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Patti Smith —— Easter ► New Wave Punk-Rock
1978 ● Frank Zappa —— Zappa in New York ► Art Rock
1979 ● Frank Zappa —— Sheik Yerbouti ► Art Rock
1986 ● Metallica —— Master Of Puppets ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● The Firm —— Mean Business ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Boogie Down Productions —— Criminal Minded ► East Coast Rap
1989 ● De La Soul —— 3 Feet High And Rising ► Hip-Hop
1989 ● Triumph —— Classics ► Arena Rock
1992 ● David Byrne —— Uh-Oh ► Prog Rock
1992 ● The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy —— Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury ► Alt Hip-Hop
1997 ● Apollo 440 —— Electro Glide In Blue ► Electronic
1997 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Boatman’s Call ► Alt Rock
1997 ● U2 —— Pop ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Madonna —— Ray Of Light ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● The Black Crowes —— Warpaint ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! ► Alt Rock
2009 ● U2 —— No Line On The Horizon ► Alt. Pop-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 24 – March 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

February 24
1941 ● Joanie Sommers / (Joan Drost) → One hit wonder 60s teen pop vocalist, “Johnny Get Angry” (#7, 1962), then Pepsi commercial jingles
1942 ● Paul Jones / (Paul Pond) → Harmonica and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964) and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo, actor and BBC radio presenter
1944 ● Nicky Hopkins / (Nicholas Christian Hopkins) → Session pianist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Steve Miller, Small Faces, The Who and others, died from complications following intestinal surgery on 9/6/1994, age 50
1946 ● Butch McDade / (David Hugh McDade) → Founding member and drummer for Grammy-winning 70s roots rock Amazing Rhythm Aces (“Third Rate Romance,” #14, Country #11, CAN #1, 1975), after break-up in the 80s performed session work and toured with others until the Aces reunited in 1994, died of cancer just four years later on 11/29/1998, age 52
1947 ● Rupert Holmes → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” (#1, 1979), wrote the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood
1947 ● Lonnie Turner / (Leonard Lewis Turner) → Co-founding member and bassist from 1966-1969 and 1975-1979 in blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973), also played with Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Tommy Tutone and others, died from lung cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease on 4/28/2013, age 66
1948 ● Dennis Waterman → Brit TV and film actor and singer with the theme from UK TV show Minder, “I Could Be So Good For You” (UK #3, 1980)
1949 ● Howie Blauvelt / (Howie Arthur Blauvelt) → Bass guitarist with Billy Joel in three obscure 60s bands, The Echoes, The Lost Souls and The Hassles before joining hard rock Ram Jam (“Black Betty,” #18, 1977), died from a heart attack on 10/25/1993, age 44
1950 ● George Thorogood → Frontman for long-time boogie-blues-rock group The (Delaware) Destroyers, “Bad To The Bone” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982)
1955 ● Steve Jobs / (Steven Paul Jobs) → Immeasurably influential technology entrepreneur and industry visionary whose company, Apple, Inc. changed the music business through products such as the iPod, iTunes, and iPhone, died from complications of pancreatic cancer on 10/5/2011, age 56
1959 ● Colin Farley → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Michelle Shocked (Karen Michelle Johnston) → Urban/indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, “If Love Was A Train” (Modern Rock #20, 1988)
1973 ● 3 / (Christopher Michael Fehn) → Percussionist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004), now bassist with noise metal Will Haven
1974 ● Chad Hugo / (Charles Edward Hugo) → Multi-instrumentalist and one half of the funk-dance-rock hip hop band N.E.R.D., “She Wants To Move” (Dance #6, 2004) and hip hop production and writing duo The Neptunes, produced numerous #1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly
1974 ● Wuv Bernardo / (Noah Bernardo, Jr.) → Founding member and drummer of Grammy-nominated Christian metal band P.O.D., “Alive” (Modern Rock #2, 2001)
1978 ● John Nolan → Lead vocals and guitar for punk-pop Taking Back Sunday, “Makedamnsure” (#48, 2006), left to form emo-pop quartet Straylight Run
1983 ● Matt McGinley → Co-founder and drummer for alt hip hop/rap rock Gym Class Heroes, “Intramurals: Cupid’s Chokehold” (#4, 2007), solo

February 25
1932 ● Faron Young → The “Hillbilly Heartthrob”, country music singer, songwriter and movie actor with twenty-two Country Top 5 hits, including “Hello Walls” (#12, Country #1, 1961), died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds on 12/10/1996, age 64
1941 ● Sandy Bull / (Alexander Bull) → Multi-instrumental folk, rock and world music composer whose eclectic blends of folk and pop with Eastern influences presaged psychedelic music of the late 60s, left the industry for a time in the 70s due to drug problems, returned in the 80s and continued to record until his death from lung cancer on 4/11/2001, age 60
1942 ● Loy Bones / (Roy Michaels) → With Stephen Stills and Richie Furay in the Au Go Go Singers, then co-founded alt country rock Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, “Good Old Rock ‘N’ Roll” (#21, 1969)
1943 ● George Harrison → Lead guitarist (Rolling Stone #21), singer and songwriter for The Beatles, wrote their hit “Something” (#1, 1969), then solo, “My Sweet Lord” (#1, 1970), died of cancer on 11/29/2001
1945 ● Elkie Brooks / (Elaine Bookbinder) → Pop-rock singer in Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer, then solo, “Pearl’s A Singer” (UK #8, 1977)
1947 ● David Stensen → Original bassist for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1953 ● Reggie Lucas / (Reginald Grant Lucas) → Musician, songwriter and record producer, first as guitarist with Miles Davis‘s early 70s electric jazz fusion band and later with jazz-funk Mtume and in a songwriting and production partnership with bandleader James Mtume, with whom he co-wrote several hits, including Stephanie Mill‘s disco “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (#6, AC #12, R&B #5, UK #4, 1980), produced most of Madonna‘s 1983 debut album, Madonna (#8) and the hit “Borderline” (#10, Dance #4, UK #2, 1983), suffered a heart attack in 1991 and dropped out of the music industry, died of heart disease on 5/19/2018, age 65
1957 ● Dennis Diken → Drummer for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1957 ● Woody Wood / (Stuart Wood) → Bass guitar for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1959 ● Mike Peters / (Michael Leslie Peters) → Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989), then solo and Dead Men Walking
1962 ● Pia Maiocco → Founding member and original bassist for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989), wife of influential guitar virtuoso Steve Vai
1965 ● Brian Baker → Bassist and sometime rhythm guitar for punk rock Minor Threat, then hardcore punk Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995)
1973 ● Justin Jeffre → Vocals for American adult contemporary pop-rock boy band 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#2, 2000)
1976 ● Daniel Powter → Canadian folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Bad Day” (#1, 2005)
1982 ● Robert Edward “Bert” McCracken → Lead vocals and songwriter for indie rock/screamo punk quartet The Used, “Under Pressure” (#41, 2005)

February 26
1928 ● Fats Domino / (Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr.) → Early rock ‘n’ roll star and top rival to Elvis Presley in the 50s, combined rhythm and blues, boogie woogie and dance hall piano chops to create “Ain’t That A Shame” (#10, R&B #1, 1955) and 33 other Top 40 hits through 1962, lost his New Orleans home and memorabilia, including a National Medal of Arts, to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, died from natural causes on 10/24/2017, age 89
1930 ● Chic Hetti / (Carl Cicchetti) → Vocals and piano for novelty pop/rock ‘n’ roll The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1932 ● Johnny Cash / (J. R. Cash) → The “Man in Black,” one if the most influential musicians of the 20th century, super-legendary traditional and outlaw country singer, songwriter and guitarist with over 100 charting country singles plus two dozens crossover hits including “Ring Of Fire” (#17, Country #1, 1963) and “A Boy Named Sue” (#2, Adult #1, Country #1, 1969), died from respiratory failure 9/12/2003, age 71
1943 ● Paul Cotton → Stalwart member, guitarist, songwriter and vocals for country-rock Poco, wrote “The Heart Of The Night” (#20, Adult Contemporary #5, 1979)
1945 ● Mitch Ryder / (William Levise, Jr.) → Frontman and vocals for classic rock ‘n’ roll garage band The Detroit Wheels, “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly” (#4, 1966) and 25 albums as a solo artist since 1967
1945 ● Bob “The Bear” Bear / (Robert Ernest Hite) → Harmonica and vocals for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968), died from a heroin-induced heart attack on 4/6/1981, age 36
1947 ● Sandie Shaw / (Sandra Goodrich) → Brit girl-group style pop singer, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#52, UK #1, 1967)
1950 ● Jonathan Cain → Keyboards for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), then Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (#1, 1989)
1953 ● Michael Bolton / (Michael Bolotin) → Solo pop-rock singer, then lead vocals for heavy metal Blackjack, then Grammy-winning solo soft pop-rock balladeer, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#1, 1990) and five Top 10 albums
1958 ● Steve Grant → Stage dancer, male model and session singer recruited to front pre-fab Brit synth-dance-pop trio Tight Fit to support the cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (UK #1, 1982) and several other UK hits for a brief period of stardom, after disbandment in 1984 returned to appearing in theater productions
1960 ● Jaz Coleman / (Jeremy Coleman) → Vocals and keyboards for post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (#25, 1981)
1961 ● John Jon / (Jonathan Hellyer) → Founding member and keyboards for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy” (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984)
1968 ● Tim Commerford → Bassist for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999), then alt metal Audioslave, “Doesn’t Remind Me” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1969 ● Timothy Brown → Bassist for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1971 ● Erykah Badu → Smooth R&B/neo-soul songwriter and vocalist, “On & On” (#12, Hot Dance #3, 1997)
1971 ● Max Martin / (Martin Karl Sandberg) → Swedish music songwriter and producer for Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC and Pink
1979 ● Corinne Bailey Rae → Grammy-winning R&B/neo-soul songstress, “Your Love Is Mine” (Dance/Club #4, 2007)
1982 ● Nate Ruess → Lead vocalist for indie pop-rock Fun (“We Are Young,” #1, 2011), recorded with Pink (“Just Give Me A Reason,” #1, 2013) then started solo career in 2015 (“Nothing Without Love,” Rock #6, 2015)

February 27
1948 ● Eddie Gray → Guitarist for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1950 ● Robert Balderrama → Guitarist for garage rock ? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1951 ● Steve Harley / (Stephen Nice) → Frontman and lead singer for glam-rock Cockney Rebel, then solo, “Ballerina (Prima Donna)” (UK #51, 1983)
1954 ● Neil Schon → Guitarist for Latin-tinged rock Santana, “Everybody’s Everything” (#12, 1971), then lead guitar and frontman for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), sessions and stints with Bad English and Hardline
1955 ● Garry Christian → Lead vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988)
1957 ● Adrian Smith → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1959 ● Johnny Van Zant → Lead vocals and frontman for his own band, then replaced his older, deceased brother Ronnie in the reformed Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, issued solo “Brickyard Road” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1990), plays with older brother Donnie (formerly .38 Special) in hard Rock Van Zant
1960 ● Paul Humphreys → Keyboards and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1963 ● Nasty Suicide / (Jan Stenfors) → Guitarist for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Up Around The Bend” (UK #61, 1984)
1964 ● Derek McKenzie → Founding member and guitarist for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1964 ● Ewen Vernal → Bassist for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), now with folk-rock Capercaillie
1965 ● David Boulter → Keyboards for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1971 ● Chilli / (Rozonda Ocelean Thomas) → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994)
1972 ● Jeremy Dean → Keyboards for indie power pop band Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1973 ● Peter Andre / (Peter Andrea) → Greek Cypriot, Australia-raised blue-eyed R&B/soul revivalist singer and former actor, “Gimme Little Sign” (Aussie #3, 1992), then urban dance-pop “I Feel You” (UK #1, 1995)
1981 ● Josh Groban → Adult-oriented pop and classical singer, “Believe” (Adult Contemporary #1, 2004), top selling US artist in 2007

February 28
1934 ● Giorgio Gomelsky → Georgian-born rock impresario, band manager, songwriter and producer, owned The Crawdaddy Club in London and hired The Rolling Stones as house band, managed The Yardbirds and other 60s Brit rock bands, guided early prog rock bands like The Soft Machine, 10cc and their 70s musical cousins, Gong and John McLaughlin, died from colon cancer on 1/13/2016, age 81
1938 ● Ed Cobb / (Edward C. Cobb) → Founding member and bass 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 wrote and/or produced Grammy-wining and gold record songs for others, including the Standells‘ “Dirty Water” (#11, 1966) and Soft Cell‘s “Tainted Love” (#8, 1982), toured with incarnations of The Four Preps into the 90s, died from leukemia on 9/19/1999, age 61
1939 ● John Fahey → Steel string acoustic folk and roots music guitarist (Rolling Stone #35), Takoma Records owner, died after undergoing sextuple bypass heart surgery on 2/22/2001, age 61
1940 ● Joe South / (Joe Souter) → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “Games People Play” (#12, 1969), session guitarist for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, wrote Deep Purple‘s “Hush” (#4, 1968) and Lynn Anderson’s “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (Adult Contemporary #5, 1970), age 72
1941 ● Marty Sanders / (Martin Kupersmith) → Vocals for clean cut pop-rock Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965), plus nine other Top 30 hits
1942 ● Brian Jones / (Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones) → Founding member, first band leader and original guitarist for The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” (#1, 1966), was fired from the band he started and drowned in his swimming pool while under the influence of drugs and alcohol less than a month later on 7/3/1969, age 27
1943 ● Donnie Iris / (Dominic Ierace) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock The Jaggerz, “The Rapper” (#2, 1970), then briefly with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976), then solo, “Ah! Leah!” (#29, 1981)
1943 ● Barbara Acklin → R&B/Chicago soul vocalist and songwriter, “Love Makes A Woman” (#15, R&B #3, 1968), co-wrote “Have You Seen Her” for The Chi-Lites (#3, R&B #1, 1971) and MC Hammer (#4, 1990), died from pneumonia on 11/27/1998, age 55
1944 ● Storm Thorgerson / (Storm Elvin Thorgerson) → Commercial graphic designer and childhood friend of Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters, Syd Barrett and David Gilmour, his firm designed the cover for the band’s The Dark Side Of The Moon album (1973) and covers for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Al Stewart, The Cranberries and many others, worked in graphic design until his death from an unspecified cancer on 4/18/2013, age 69
1945 ● Ronnie Rosman → Keyboards for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966) and psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1946 ● Don Ciccone → Founding member, bassist and songwriter for 60s pop-rock The Critters, wrote their biggest hit, “Mr. Dieingly Sad” (#17, 1966), later sang with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and managed and played bass for Tommy James & The Shondells, died from unspecified causes on 10/8/2016, age 70
1952 ● Kingfish Manion / (Eddie “Kingfish” Manion) → Saxophonist for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978), then with Bruce Springsteen‘s Seeger Sessions Band
1957 ● Cindy Wilson → Frontgal and vocals for New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1957 ● Ian Stanley → Keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1957 ● Phil Gould → Drummer for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1967 ● Marcus Lillington → Guitarist for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1969 ● Pat Monahan → Lead vocals for Grammy-winning roots rock/folk-pop Train, “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)”, (#5, 2001), solo and songwriting with Guy Chambers
1971 ● Nigel Godrich → Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer for Radiohead, Beck, U2, R.E.M. and others, plus lead singer with Thom Yorke‘s Atoms For Peace
1972 ● Danny McCormack → Bass and vocals for Brit hard/raunch rock The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1995)

February 29
1904 ● Jimmy Dorsey → Reed player and Swing era Big Band leader with brother Tommy and on his own with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, multiple Top 40 hits including his last, “So Rare” (#2, 1957), died from throat cancer on 6/12/1957, age 53
1916 ● Dinah Shore / (Francis Rose Shore) → Popular 1940s big band then 50s pop singer with 80 consecutive charting hits, including “Whatever Lola Wants” (#12, 1955), film actress and four decade TV music variety and talk show host, died from ovarian cancer on 2/24/1994, age 77
1940 ● Gretchen Christopher → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1944 ● David Briggs → Rock album producer known primarily for his work with Neil Young and Young‘s backing band Crazy Horse from the 60s to the 90s, produced many of Young‘s albums, including Tonight’s The Night (1975), also worked with Spirit, Nils Lofgren and others,, died from lung cancer on 11/26/1995, age 51
1948 ● Ruby Wilson → The “Queen of Beale Street,” Memphis blues, soul and gospel singer with 10 solo albums and multiple recordings with Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes and The Four Tops, among others, performed in B. B. King‘s nightclub, on cruises and in several movies and TV commercials, suffered a heart attack and died four weeks later on 8/12/2016, age 68
1972 ● Saul Williams → Spoken-word rapper known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop, “NiggyTardust” (2007)
1976 ● Ja Rule / (Jeffrey Atkins) → Murder, Inc. label rapper, “Always On Time” (#1, 2002), actor and convicted felon

March 01
1904 ● Glenn Miller / (Alton Glenn Miller) → Immensely popular Big Band-era swing and jazz composer, bandleader, trombonist and movie actor, wrote dozens of popular swing hits, including “In The Mood” (#1, 1940), “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (Top 5, 1940) and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (#1, 1941), died during a tour of Western Europe to entertain U.S. troops when the transport plane in which he was flying disappeared over the English Channel during bad weather on 12/15/1944, age 40
1927 ● Harry Belafonte / (Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr.) → The “King of Calypso,” entertainer, social activist, humanitarian and 50s pop and adult contemporary singer, “Banana Boat Song” (#5, 1956) plus five other Top 20 hits
1939 ● Warren Davis → Vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1942 ● Jerry Fisher → Vocals for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1944 ● Mike D’Abo / (Michael David d’Abo) → Singer, songwriter and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), wrote The Foundations‘ “Build Me Up Buttercup” (#3, 1969) and Rod Stewart‘s “Handbags & Gladrags” (#42, 1972)
1944 ● Roger Daltrey → Lead singer for venerable hard rock The Who, “Who Are You” (#14, 1978) and solo, “After The Fire” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1946 ● Tony Ashton / (Edward Anthony Ashton) → Vocals and keyboards in 60s Merseybeat quintet The Remo Four, backed George Harrison on his Wonderwall Music soundtrack album (1968), co-founded early 70s art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke (“Resurrection Shuffle,” #40, UK #3, 1971), briefly joined prog rock Family and collaborated with Deep Purple‘sJon Lord on a number of projects, turned to art and writing in the 90s and died from cancer on 5/28/2001, age 55
1947 ● Burning Spear / (Winston Rodney) → Two-time Grammy-winning roots-reggae singer, songwriter, Rastafarian preacher and bandleader with eleven Top 20 charting world and reggae music albums
1947 ● Alan Thicke / (Alan Willis Jeffrey Thicke) → Canadian songwriter, stage and screen actor with multiple credits, producer and TV show host, co-wrote Bill Champlin‘s minor hit “Sara” (1978), composed TV theme songs, including Diff’rent Strokes (1978) and The Facts Of Life (1979), hosted The Thicke Of The Night talk show (1983-84) and starred in the sitcom Growing Pains (1985-1992), died from an aortic dissection on 12/13/2016, age 69
1950 ● Dave Marsh → Rock music critic, magazine editor, author and radio talk show host, founding editor of music magazine Creem, wrote for The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and other music magazines, credited with coining the term “punk rock” in 1971, serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selection committee
1957 ● Jon Carroll → Singer in one hit wonder folk-pop Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (1976)
1958 ● Nik Kershaw → Singer, songwriter, jazz-funk guitarist and 80s teen idol, “Wouldn’t It Be Good” (#46, UK #4, 1984), producer
1962 ● Bill Leen → Bassist and co-founder of power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1962 ● Peter Stephenson → Founding member and keyboards in Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1963 ● Christina Bergmark → Keyboards and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1963 ● Rob Affuso → Drummer for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989)
1969 ● Davydd Leuan → Drummer for Welsh electro-psych rock Super Furry Animals, “Northern Lites” (UK #11, 1999)
1973 ● Ryan Peake → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1987 ● Ke$ha / (Kesha Rose Sebert) → Dance-pop rapper with Flo Rida, “Right Round”, (#1, 2009) and solo, “Tik Tok” (#1, 2010)
1994 ● Justin Bieber → Canadian teen idol pop singer and the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Baby” (#5, 2010)

March 02
1900 ● Kurt Weill → German stage producer and composer, frequently in collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, co-wrote the stage production The Threepenny Opera and the now-standard “Mack The Knife” which was covered by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin (#1, 1959), Frank Sinatra, The Psychedelic Furs and several others, died after suffering a heart attack on 4/3/1950, age 50
1917 ● Desi Arnaz, Sr. → Musician and bandleader who helped popularize conga music in the US by adding Latin-Cuban themes to Big Band pop in the 40s, then became the beloved character Ricky Ricardo opposite his wife, Lucille Ball on the enduring 50s-60s I Love Lucy series, died from lung cancer on 12/2/1986, age 69
1938 ● Lawrence Payton → Tenor vocals and songwriter for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), on died 6/20/1997, age 59
1941 ● Keith Potger → Founding member, guitar and vocals for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967) and The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (#7, 1972)
1942 ● Lou Reed / (Lewis Allan Reed) → Founding member, singer, songwriter and guitarist for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light, White Heat” (1968), then renowned four decade solo career, “Walk On The Wild Side” (#16, 1973), died from liver failure on 10/27/2013, age 71
1943 ● Tony Meehan / (Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan) → Drummer for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960), died after an accidental fall at home in London on 11/28/2005, age 62
1948 ● Larry Carlton / (Larry Eugene Carlton) → Grammy-winning jazz-rock fusion guitarist with The Crusaders (1971-76), session work for Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and others, composed the theme to the TV show Hill Street Blues and recorded several acclaimed solo albums
1948 ● Rory Gallagher → Hugely underrated Irish blues-rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist with eleven solo studio albums plus sessions work, died from complications of a liver transplant on 6/14/1995, age 47
1950 ● Helmut Köllen → Bassist with cousin Jürgen Fritz in German prog rock trio Triumvirat, a lone and posthumous solo album was released in late 1977 after he died from carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a car in his garage with the engine running listening to cassette tapes of the work-in-progress on 5/3/1977, age 27
1950 ● Karen Carpenter → Vocals and drums for pop sibling act The Carpenters, three US #1 hits including “Close To You” (#1, 1970), died from anorexia nervosa on 2/4/1983, age 32
1955 ● Dale Bozzio / (Dale Consalvi) → Former Playboy bunny and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, “Walking In L.A.” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1983)
1955 ● Jay Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1956 ● John Cowsill → Drums and vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, member of 80s one hit wonder pop-rock Tommy Tutone (“867-5309/Jenny,” #4, 1982), currently touring with The Beach Boys
1956 ● Lips / (Steve Kudlow) → Canadian guitarist, vocalist and founding member of heavy metal Anvil with friend Robb Reiner in 1978
1956 ● Mark Evans → Original bassist for power rock AC/DC, “Let There Be Rock” (#154, 1977), quit in 1977 after becoming tired of tour schedule
1962 ● Jon Bon Jovi / (John Fancis Bongiovi) → Vocals and frontman for pop metal/hard rock Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987), then solo, “Blaze Of Glory” (#1, 1990), then reformed Bon Jovi, “Always” (#4, 1994) and moved into country-Heartland rock, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Adult Top 40 #6, 2006)
1967 ● Dennis Seaton → Lead vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1971 ● Method Man / (Clifford Smith) → Founding member and MC for 9-man hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), then first and biggest solo star to emerge from the Clan, “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” (#3, Rap #1, 1995)
1977 ● Chris Martin → Guitar, vocals and piano for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1985 ● Luke Pritchard → Lead vocalist and guitarist with Brit-pop-rock The Kooks, “Always Where I Need To Be” (Alt Rock #22, 2008)

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Singles Released This Week (February 18 – 24)

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).


February 18
1966 • The Hollies • “I Can’t Let Go” • Pop-Rock • The Hollies (Beat Group!) • “I’ve Got A Way Of My Own”
1966 • Donovan • “Josie” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Fairytale • “Little Tin Soldier”
1966 • The Hollies • “I Can’t Let Go” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Hollies (Beat Group!) • “Running Through The Night”
1966 • The Byrds • “It Won’t Be Wrong” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Turn, Turn, Turn • [B-Side]
1970 • Rare Earth • “Get Ready” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Get Ready • “Magic Key”
1972 • Johnny Nash • “Stir It Up” [UK] • Reggae Pop • I Can See Clearly Now • “Ooh Baby You’ve Been Good To Me”
1972 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Wild Life • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” [Instrumental]
1972 • Gilbert O’Sullivan • “Alone Again (Naturally)” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Save It”
1974 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Jet” • Power Pop • Band On The Run • “Let Me Roll It”
1974 • Kiss • “Nothin’ To Lose” • Hard Rock • Kiss • “Love Theme From KISS”
1976 • George Harrison • “True Love” • Pop-Rock • Thirty-Three & 1/3 • “Pure Smokey”
1984 • Hall & Oates • “Adult Education” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Rock “n” Soul Part 1 • “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”
1984 • Hall & Oates • “Adult Education” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Rock ‘N’ Soul Part 1 • “Maneater”
1985 • Julian Lennon • “Say You’re Wrong” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Valotte • “Big Mama”
1987 • Prince • “Sign ‘O’ The Times” • Soul-Funk • Sign ‘O’ The Times • “La, La, La, He, He, Hee”
1992 • Guns N’ Roses • “November Rain” [UK] • Power Ballad • Use Your Illusion I • “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
2003 • Pearl Jam • “Love Boat Captain” • Grunge Rock • Riot Act • “Love Boat Captain” [Live] / “Other Side”
2004 • 311 • “Love Song” • Alt. Pop-Rock • 50 First Dates[Sndtrk] • “Love Song” [Alternate Mix]


February 19
1966 • The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Daydream” • Folk-Rock • Daydream • “Night Owl Blues”
1971 • Paul McCartney • “Another Day” [UK] • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Oh Woman, Oh Why”
1973 • Tony Orlando & Dawn • “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” • Sunshine Pop • [Single] • “I Can’t Believe How Much I Love You”
1982 • Stevie Wonder • “Do I Do” • Pop-R&B • Original Musiquarium • “Rocket Love”
1990 • Tears For Fears • “Advice For The Young At Heart” • New Wave Synth-Pop • The Seeds Of Love • “Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams”
1991 • R.E.M. • “Losing My Religion” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Out Of Time • “Rotary Eleven”
1998 • Van Halen • “Without You” • Arena Rock • Van Halen III • “Without You” [Album Version]
2008 • Steve Winwood • “Dirty City” • Album Rock • Nine Lives • “Dirty City” [Album Version]


February 20
1964 • Marvin Gaye • “You’re A Wonderful One” • Soul-Pop • Marvin Gaye • “When I’m Alone I Cry”
1969 • Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations • “I’ll Try Something New” • Soul-Pop • Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations • “The Way You Do the Things You Do”
1970 • John Lennon • “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Who Has Seen The Wind?” [Yoko Ono]
1976 • Genesis • “Entangled” • Prog Rock • A Trick Of The Tail • “A Trick Of The Tail”
1979 • The Cars • “Good Times Roll” • New Wave Pop-Rock • The Cars • “All Mixed Up”
1981 • Rick James • “Give It To Me Baby” • Funk • Street Songs • “Don’t Give Up on Love”
1985 • Simple Minds • “Don’t You (Forget About Me) ” • New Wave Alt.-Pop • The Breakfast Club [Sndtrk] • “A Brass Band in African Chimes”
1989 • Paula Abdul • “Forever Your Girl” • Dance-Pop • Forever Your Girl • “Next To You”
1995 • Elton John • “Believe” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “The One” [Live]
1996 • Céline Dion • “Because You Loved Me” • Pop Ballad • Falling Into You • “I Don’t Know”
2000 • U2 • “Walk On” • Alt. Pop-Rock • All That You Can’t Leave Behind • “Walk On” [Album Version]


February 21
1964 • The Rolling Stones • “Not Fade Away” [UK] • Rock n Roll • England’s Newest Hit Makers • “Little By Little”
1966 • The Rascals • “Good Lovin'” • Blue-Eyed Soul • The Young Rascals • “Mustang Sally”
1969 • Neil Young • “The Loner” • Folk-Rock • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere • “Sugar Mountain”
1970 • Edison Lighthouse • “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Every Lonely Day”
1972 • Led Zeppelin • “Four Sticks” • Hard Rock • Led Zeppelin IV • [B-Side]
1972 • Led Zeppelin • “Rock And Roll” • Hard Rock • Led Zeppelin IV • “Four Sticks”
1975 • David Bowie • “Young Americans” • Glam Rock • Young Americans • “Knock On Wood”
1977 • Aerosmith • “Kings And Queens” • Hard Rock • Draw The Line • “Critical Mass”
1984 • The Go-Go’s • “Head Over Heels” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Talk Show • “Good For Game”
1985 • Glenn Frey • “Sexy Girl” • Pop-Rock • The Allnighter • “Better In The U.S.A.”
1989 • Cher & Peter Cetera • “After All” • Pop-Rock • Heart Of Stone • “Dangerous Times”
2000 • The Smashing Pumpkins • “Stand Inside Your Love” • Hard Rock • Machina/The Machines Of God • “Speed Kills”
2002 • U2 • “Electrical Storm” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • [Single] • “New York”


February 22
1955 • The Cardinals • “The Door Is Still Open To My Heart” • Doo-Wop • The Doo-Wop Box, Vol. 2 • “Misirlou”
1960 • The Miracles • “Way Over There” • Soul/Doo_wop • Hi, We’re The Miracles • “(You Can) Depend On Me”
1963 • Martha & The Vandellas • “Come And Get These Memories” • Soul – Dance • Come And Get These Memories • “Jealous Lover”
1966 • Nancy Sinatra • “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” • Pop-Rock • Boots • “The City Never Sleeps At Night”
1971 • Paul McCartney • “Another Day” • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Oh Woman, Oh Why”
1977 • Kiss • “Rocket Ride” • Hard Rock • Alive II • “Tomorrow and Tonight”
1982 • John (Cougar) Mellencamp • “Hurts So Good” • Roots Rock • American Fool • “Close Enough”
1993 • Madonna • “Bad Girl” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Erotica • “Erotica”


February 23
1957 • Fats Domino • “I’m Walkin'” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Here Stands Fats Domino • “I’m In The Mood For Love”
1971 • Elvis Presley • “Where Did They Go, Lord” • Gospel-Pop • [Single] • “Rags To Riches”
1973 • Bruce Springsteen • “Blinded By The Light” • Heartland Rock • Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey • “The Angel”
1979 • The Clash • “English Civil War” [UK] • Punk-Rock • Give ‘Em Enough Rope • “Pressure Drop”
1979 • George Harrison • “Blow Away” [UK] • Pop-Rock • George Harrison • “Soft Touch”
1980 • Blondie • “Atomic” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Eat To The Beat • “Die Young, Stay Pretty”
1985 • Madonna • “Material Girl” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Like A Virgin • “Pretender”
1987 • Freddie Mercury • “The Great Pretender” • Glam-Pop • [Single] • “Exercises In Free Love”
1993 • Aerosmith • “Livin’ On The Edge” • Hard Rock • Get A Grip • “Don’t Stop” / “Can’t Stop Messin'”
1998 • Genesis • “Not About Us” • Prog Rock • Calling All Stations • “Turn It On Again” [Live]
1998 • Madonna • “Frozen” • Dance-Pop • Ray Of Light • “Shanti/Ashtangi”
1999 • Elton John & Leann Rimes • “Written In The Stars” • Country-Pop • Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida • [Multiple]
1999 • Barenaked Ladies • “It’s All Been Done” • Power Pop • Stunt • “One Week”
2007 • Pearl Jam • “Love, Reign O’er Me” • Alt Rock/Symphonic Rock • [Digital Download] • [None]


February 24
1967 • The Turtles • “Happy Together” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Happy Together • “We’ll Meet Again”
1967 • The Supremes • “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” [UK] • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “There’s No Stopping Us Now”
1970 • The Jackson 5 • “ABC” • Soul-Pop • ABC • “The Young Folks”
1975 • Elton John • “Philadelphia Freedom” • Pop-Rock • Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II • “I Saw Her Standing There”
1978 • The Jam • “News Of The World” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Aunties And Uncles (Impossible Youth)” / “Innocent Man”
1996 • The Wallflowers • “One Headlight” • AA Pop-Rock • Bringing Down The Horse • “6th Avenue Heartache” / “Angel On My Bike”
1998 • Alanis Morissette • “Uninvited” • Alt Pop-Rock • City Of Angels: Music From The Motion Picture • “” [None]
1998 • Fastball • “The Way” • Alt Pop-Rock • All The Pain Money Can Buy • “Are You Ready For The Fallout?”
2006 • Jack Johnson • “Upside Down” • AA Folk-Rock • Sing-Alongs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George[Sndtrk] • “Breakdown”

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Albums Released This Week (February 18 – 24)

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):


February 18
1963 ● Tony Bennett —— I Wanna Be Around… ► Easy Listening
1963 ● Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop
1964 ● Aretha Franklin —— Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington ► Soul
1966 ● Junior Walker & The All-Stars —— Soul Session ► Soul
1966 ● The Supremes —— I Hear A Symphony ► Soul – Motown
1967 ● The Ventures —— Guitar Freakout ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1972 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Manfred Mann’s Earth Band ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Rory Gallagher —— Blueprint ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Kiss —— Kiss ► Hard Rock
1977 ● The Damned —— Damned, Damned, Damned [UK] ► Punk-Rock
1977 ● Hall & Oates —— No Goodbyes ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Sham 69 —— Tell Us The Truth ► Punk Rock
1983 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Somewhere In Afrika ► British Rock
1986 ● Jackson Browne —— Lives In The Balance ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Live —— Secret Samadhi ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock
2003 ● Styx —— Cyclorama ► Prog/Art Rock
2011 ● Radiohead —— The King Of Limbs ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2016 ● Iggy Pop —— Leaves Of Grass ► Alt. Rock / Punk


February 19
1968 ● The Rascals —— Once Upon A Dream ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1971 ● Yes —— The Yes Album ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Split Enz —— Frenzy [NZ] ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1985 ● Simple Minds —— The Breakfast Club [Sndtrk] ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1990 ● The Fall —— Extricate ► Post-Punk
1990 ● Peter Wolf —— Up To No Good ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul
1991 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Green Mind ► Alt. Rock
1991 ● The Fixx —— Ink ► Techno-Pop
1991 ● The Tragically Hip —— Road Apples ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Joni Mitchell —— Night Ride Home ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● Ace Of Base —— Happy Nation ► Euro-Dance Pop
1996 ● Bruce Dickinson —— Skunkworks ► Heavy Metal
2002 ● Humble Pie —— Back On Track ► Hard Rock
2002 ● The Cars —— Complete Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2013 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Garcia Live Volume One ► Roots Rock
2014 ● Richard Marx —— Now And Forever: The Ballads ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock
2016 ● Yoko Ono —— Yes, I’m A Witch Too ► Electronic Alternative
2016 ● Mavis Staples —— Livin’ On A High Note ► Roots Soul


February 20
1958 ● Buddy Holly —— Buddy Holly ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis Now ► Adult Contemporary
1974 ● Tangerine Dream —— Phaedra ► Art Rock
1976 ● Genesis —— A Trick Of The Tail ► Prog Rock
1984 ● The Smiths —— The Smiths ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1986 ● Talk Talk —— The Colour Of Spring ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1989 ● Fine Young Cannibals —— The Raw And The Cooked ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1989 ● Meat Beat Manifesto —— Storm The Studio ► Techno-Industrial
1990 ● Everything But The Girl —— The Language Of Life ► Electro-Pop
1991 ● Butthole Surfers —— Piouhgd ► Post-Punk Hardcore
1995 ● The Smiths —— Singles ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1996 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Murder Ballads ► Alt Rock
1996 ● Lou Reed —— Set The Twilight Reeling ► Hard Rock
2001 ● The Monkees —— Music Box ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Leonard Cohen —— Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 ► Soft Rock


February 21
1968 ● Blood, Sweat & Tears —— Child Is Father To The Man ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● The Temptations —— Masterpiece ► Soul – Motown
1975 ● Status Quo —— On The Level ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Bad Company —— Run With The Pack ► Hard Rock
1977 ● David Coverdale —— White Snake ► Hard Rock
1979 ● The Stranglers —— Live (X Cert) ► Punk-Rock
1985 ● Mick Jagger —— She’s The Boss ► Adult Contemporary
1986 ● Elvis Costello —— King Of America ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Marc Cohn —— Marc Cohn ► Adult Contemporary
1994 ● Emperor —— In The Nightside Eclipse ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1995 ● Morrissey —— The World Of Morrissey ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Various Artists —— The Next Best Thing [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop
2012 ● Simple Minds —— X5 ► New Wave Alt. Pop


February 22
1965 ● The Supremes —— Supremes Sing Country Western And Pop ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● Ten Years After —— Stonedhenge ► Hard Rock
1971 ● David Crosby —— If I Could Only Remember My Name ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Suzi Quatro —— If You Knew Suzi ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ► New Wave Synth Pop
1983 ● Journey —— Frontiers ► Prog/Art Rock
1984 ● Elvis Costello And Richard Harvey —— G.B.H. [Sndtrk] ► Orchestral Soundtrack
1986 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— The Ultimate Sin ► Hard Rock
1989 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Jed ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
1990 ● The Chills —— Submarine Bells ► Alt Indie Rock
1993 ● The Auteurs —— New Wave ► Glam Rock
1999 ● Darkane —— Rusted Angel ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
2000 ● The Apples In Stereo —— Look Away + 4 ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop
2000 ● The Byrds —— Live At The Fillmore – February 1969 ► Country-Rock
2011 ● John Waite —— Rough & Tumble ► Power Pop


February 23
1968 ● Otis Redding —— The Dock Of The Bay ► Memphis Soul
1968 ● Manfred Mann —— Up The Junction [Sndtrk] ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1980 ● The Selector —— Too Much Pressure ► New Wave Ska Revival
1987 ● The Smiths —— The World Won’t Listen ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1993 ● Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Sister Sweetly ► AA Pop-Rock
1993 ● Jack Bruce —— Somethin Els ► Prog Rock/Fusion
1993 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Superstar Car Wash ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
1993 ● Van Halen —— Live: Right Here, Right Now ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Derek & The Dominos —— Live At The Fillmore ► Blues-Rock
1996 ● Various Artists —— Our Band Could Be Your Life: A Tribute To D Boon And The Minutemen ► Indie Rock
1999 ● Eminem —— The Slim Shady LP ► Hard Core Rap
1999 ● ALL —— All ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk
1999 ● Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Eufaula ► Southern Rock
1999 ● The Specials —— Blue Plate Specials Live ► Ska Revival
1999 ● XTC —— Apple Venus Volume 1 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1999 ● Blondie —— No Exit ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1999 ● Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band —— The Mountain ► Bluegrass


February 24
1968 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac ► Blues-Rock
1970 ● Funkadelic —— Funkadelic ► Funk
1971 ● Cactus —— One Way…Or Another ► Hard Rock
1975 ● Led Zeppelin —— Physical Graffiti ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Watch ► Prog Rock
1981 ● Rick Springfield —— Working Class Dog ► Power Pop
1983 ● Europe —— Europe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal
1984 ● Lee Aaron —— Metal Queen ► Hard Rock
1989 ● Ringo Starr —— Starr Struck: Best Of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● 2 Unlimited —— Get Ready! ► Eurodance-Pop
1992 ● Madness —— Divine Madness ► Ska Revival
1994 ● Bark Psychosis —— Hex ► Electronic/Ambient
1994 ● Cradle Of Filth —— The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal
1998 ● Jonathan Cain —— For A Lifetime ► Instrumental Piano Rock
1998 ● Gov’t Mule —— Dose ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
1998 ● Train —— Train ► Alt. Rock
1999 ● Chaka Khan —— Dance Classics Of Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk
1999 ● Led Zeppelin —— Early Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume One ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Golden Earring —— Millbrook U.S.A. ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Peter, Paul & Mary —— In These Times ► Folk-Pop
2004 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 02.28.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2004 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 07.15.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2004 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 07.29.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2004 ● Rick Springfield —— Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance ► Power Pop
2009 ● The Church —— Coffee Hounds [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop
2009 ● Chris Isaak —— Mr. Lucky ► Adult Contemporary
2009 ● Van Morrison —— Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl ► Folk-Rock
2015 ● Rick Springfield —— Stripped Down ► Power Pop

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 17 – 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

February 17
1902 ● Hoppy Jones / (Orville Jones) → Founding member, bass, vocals and string instruments for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), de facto leader due to his seniority and ability to control egos of younger members, died from a cerebral hemorrhage at the height of the band’s popularity after collapsing on stage in New York City during a performance on 10/18/1944, age 42
1922 ● Tommy Edwards / (Thomas J. Edwards) → One hit wonder R&B/soul singer, “It’s All In The Game” (#1, 1958), died after suffering a brain aneurysm on 10/22/1969, age 47
1939 ● John Leyton → Brit teen idol pop singer and actor, “Johnny Remember Me” (UK #1, 1961)
1940 ● Gene Pitney → Stalwart pop/rock singer, musician and sound engineer with multiple hits prior to and during the 60s British Invasion, including “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” (#4, 1962), also wrote hits for others, including “Rubber Ball”, “He’s A Rebel” and “Hello Mary Lou”, died in his sleep on 4/5/2006 while on tour in the UK
1947 ● Dodie Stevens / (Geraldine Ann Pasquale) → Girl-group era teenage pop one hit wonder singer, “Pink Shoe Laces” (#3, 1959)
1949 ● Doyle Bramhall → Austin, Texas blues-rock drummer, played with Jimmie Vaughan in several bands in the 60s, formed The Nightcrawlers with Texas rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and wrote or co-wrote several songs for SRV, played with both Vaughans on their 1990 album Family Style, died from a heat attack on 11/12/2011, age 62
1950 ● Rickey Medlocke → Founder and guitarist for Southern rock turned hard rock Blackfoot, “Highway Song” (#26, 1979), joined cross-town Jacksonville, FL rivals Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996
1966 ● Melissa Brooke-Belland → With sister Tracey Bryn, frontgal, vocals and guitar in college rock/indie pop-rock Voice Of The Beehive, “Scary Kisses” (Mainstream Top 40 #32, 1996), daughter of Bruce Belland of 50s pop vocal quartet The Four Preps
1967 ● Chanté Moore → Award-winning adult contemporary R&B singer, “Chante’s Got a Man” (#10, 1999), occasional stage actress and TV host
1970 ● Tim Mahoney → Lead guitarist for hip hop/reggae/punk rock fusion band 311, “Love Song” (#59, Modern Rock #1, 200$)
1972 ● Billie Joe Armstrong → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004)
1972 ● Taylor Hawkins → Drummer for Alanis Morissette‘s touring band, in 1997 joined post-grunge Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1999)
1974 ● Bryan White → Country-pop crossover singer and songwriter with eight Country Top 10 and four Country #1 hits, seven of which crossed-over to the lower pop charts, including “I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore” (#101, Country #4, 1996), currently crowd-funding a new independent album through Kickstarter
1977 ● Chris Gentry → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1978 ● Svein Berge → Norwegian electronic musician and one half of the duo Royksopp (“Do It Again,” Dance #1, 2014), worked on several remixes for Coldplay, Depeche Mode and others
1981 ● John Hassall → Bassist for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Yeti
1981 ● Paris Hilton → Socialite, heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, reality TV actress, fashion model, tabloid fodder, Internet sex tape star and sometime dance-pop singer, “Stars Are Blind” (#18, Dance/Club #1, 2006)
1982 ● Lupe Fiasco / (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) → Record producer, music entrepreneur, MC and Grammy-winning rapper, “Superstar” (#10, 2007), CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment
1988 ● Arin Ilejay / (Richard Arin Ilejay) → Former drummer for metalcore Confide and heavy metal Avenged Sevenfold, “Bat Country” (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1989 ● Stacey McClean → 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
1991 ● Ed Sheeran → Indie folk-pop and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, started with self-issued releases in 2005 before signing with Atlantic Records in 2011, since then has charted eight UK Top 10 singles, including “Thinking Out Loud” (#2, UK #1, 2014)

February 18
1914 ● Pee Wee King / (Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski) → Early country-pop crossover singer and songwriter known for co-writing the country music standard “The Tennessee Waltz” (Country #3, 1948) and for three crossover hits in the early 50s, including “Slow Poke” (#1, Country #1, 1951), died following a heart attack on 3/7/2000, age 86
1933 ● Yoko Ono → Artist, poet, singer, bandleader of The Plastic Ono Band, widowed wife of Beatle John Lennon and mother of Sean Ono Lennon
1934 ● Skip Battin / (Clyde Raybould Battin) → Bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros., New Riders Of The Purple Sage, plus session work for several other country-rock bands into the 90s, a solo album Topanga Skyline, recorded in 1973, was issued in 2012 after his death from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on 7/6/2003, age 69
1939 ● Bobby Hart / (Robert Luke Harshman) → In collaboration with Tommy Boyce, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs
1939 ● Bobby Taylor / (Robert Edward Taylor) → R&B/soul singer, songwriter and frontman for doo wop Little Daddy & The Bachelors and later Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, with whom he recorded a lone Top 30 hit, “Does Your Mama Know About Me? (#29, R&B #5, 1968), his Vancouver bandmate, Tommy Chong, went on to become a well-known comedian, also known as the producer who discovered and nurtured The Jackson 5 for Motown Records, died from cancer on 7/22/2017, age 78
1941 ● Herman Santiago → Original lead vocals for The Premiers, which became influential R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” (R&B #1,1956), a song Santiago claimed to have written but lost his law suit (and millions of potential royalties)
1941 ● Irma Thomas / (Irma Lee) → The “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” acclaimed and Grammy-winning R&B/soul diva, “Wish Someone Would Care” (#17, 1964), never achieved the commercial success of her artistic peers, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, continues to record and perform into the 10s
1941 ● David Blue / ((David Stuart Cohen) → Greenwich Village folk revival singer, songwriter and record producer with seven solo albums in the 60s and 70s, participated in Bob Dylan‘s Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid-70s, and appeared in several movies and stage shows before dying from a heart attack while jogging in New York City on 12/2/1982, age 41
1945 ● Jimmy Jewell → Backing band bassist for folk/pop duo Gallagher & Lyle, “I Wanna Stay With You” (#49, UK #6, 1976)
1947 ● Dennis De Young → Vocals and keyboards for prototypical arena rock band Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), solo
1948 ● Keith Knudsen → Drummer and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes” (#1, 1979), co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific in 1982, reunited with the Doobies in 1993, died from complications of pneumonia on 2/8/2005, age 56
1952 ● Juice Newton / (Judy Kay Newton) → Country-pop and roots-rock singer/songwriter, “Angel Of The Morning” (#4, 1981) and “Queen Of Hearts” (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Randy Crawford / (Veronica Crawford) → R&B/soul-jazz singer with jazz-funk-rock The Crusaders, “Street Life” (#35, R&B #17, 1979), plus solo “”Give Me The Night” (Dance/Club #21, 1996)
1953 ● Derek Pellicci → Drummer for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979)
1953 ● Robbie Bachman → With his brothers Randy and Tim, drummer for Canadian hard rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1, 1974), kept on as BTO after brother Randy left, was sued by Randy for rights to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive and BTO names/logos
1954 ● John Travolta → Actor and singer, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), duet with Olivia Newton-John, “You’re The One That I Want” (#1, 1978)
1955 ● Brian James → Guitarist for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), then goth-punk Lords Of The New Church, “Open You Eyes” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982) and Iggy Pop‘s touring band
1961 ● Jasper Stainthorpe → Bassist for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1965 ● Dr. Dre / (Andre Romell Young) → Grammy-winning pioneer gangsta rap and G-funk hip hop artist, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” (#2, 1993), MTV rap show host
1966 ● Tommy Scott → Vocals for electronic/ambient house group Space, “Female Of The Species” (Modern Rock #15, 1996)
1970 ● Andy Williams → With twin brother Jez, drums and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, “Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)” (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, “There Goes The Fear” (UK #3, 2002)
1970 ● Jez Williams → With twin brother Andy, guitar and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, “Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)” (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, “There Goes The Fear” (UK #3, 2002)

February 19
1924 ● Lee Marvin → Tough-guy TV and film actor in Cat Ballou (1965) and The Dirty Dozen (1967), scored a 1970 UK #1 single with “Wand’rin Star” from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon (1969), died of a heart attack on 8/29/1987, age 63
1936 ● Bob Engemann → Vocals in close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Smokey Robinson / (William Robinson) → Motown singer, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, “The Tears Of A Clown” (#1, 1970), went solo in 70s and may be the top romantic soul/quiet storm singer of all time with more than a dozen R&B Top 10 hits, including “Being With You” (#2, R&B #1, 1981)
1940 ● Bobby Rogers / (Robert Edward Rogers) → Tenor vocals in R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, scored over 40 R&B Top 40 hits, including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970) as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, died on 3/3/2013, age 73
1942 ● Lenny Citrin → Vocals in New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1943 ● Lou Christie / (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) → Three-octave pop solo singer and songwriter with four Top 10 hits in the 60s, including “Lightnin’ Strikes” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Paul Dean → Lead guitar for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1946 ● Pierre Van Den Linden → Original drummer for Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971), left in 1973 but returned for sessions and tours through the 00s
1947 ● Schuyler Larsen → Bassist with one hit wonder folk-sunshine pop Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (1967)
1948 ● Mark Andes → Journeyman bassist for jazz-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, “Run Run Run” (#27, 1972), light country rock Firefall, “You Are The Woman” (#9, 1976) and pop-rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986), then solo and sessions
1948 ● Tony Iommi → Pioneering and highly influential heavy metal guitarist and songwriter, founder and only constant member of hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” (#61, 1970) and “Psycho Man” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998) plus solo work, “Goodbye Lament” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2000)
1949 ● Eddie Hardin → Replaced Steve Winwood on keyboards when the latter left British Invasion pop/rock The Spencer Davis Group for Traffic in 1967
1950 ● Andy Powell → Guitarist for Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1954 ● Francis Buchholz → Bassist for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1956 ● Dave Wakeling → Co-founder, lead vocals and guitar for ska-pop The English Beat, “Hands Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then solo
1957 ● Falco / (Johann Hölzel) → Austrian pop-rock singer, “Rock Me Amadeus” (#1, 1986), the first US #1 for an Austrian pop artist, died in a car crash on 2/6/1998, age 39
1960 ● Prince Markie Dee / (Mark Morales) → Corpulent singer in novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), then solo “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)” (#64, Rap #1, 1993), producer for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Lisa Stansfield and others
1963 ● Seal / (Seal Henry Samuel) → Award-winning Brit house music veteran turned soul-pop singer, “Kiss From A Rose” (#1, 1995)
1965 ● Jonathan Fishman → Drummer and songwriter for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), side project with funk-blues-rock Pork Tornado
1965 ● Kate Radley → Keyboards for space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992)
1969 ● Maniac / (Sven Erik Kristiansen) → Lead vocals and songwriter for leading Norwegian black metal band Mayhem from 1986-1988 and 1994-2005, fired for alcohol-induced misbehavior and formed extreme metal Skitliv
1975 ● Daniel Adair → Former drummer for post grunge/alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000), now with Nickelback, “Gotta Be Somebody” (#10, 2008)
1986 ● Maria Mena → Norwegian pop/rock singer and songwriter, “You’re The Only One” (Top 40 Mainstream #25, 2004)

February 20
1898 ● Jimmy Yancey → Boogie-woogie pianist (Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, 1986), composer, lyricist, Chicago White Sox groundskeeper, died from a stroke on 9/17/1951, age 53
1925 ● Robert Altman → Award-winning satirical comedy film producer/director, MASH (1970) and Nashville (1975), his 14-year-old son penned the lyrics to “Suicide Is Painless”, the instrumental version of which became the “Theme From M.A.S.H.” for the TV show, died of complications from leukemia on 11/20/2006, age 81
1937 ● Nancy Wilson → Grammy-winning jazz, R&B, blues, cabaret and adult contemporary pop “song stylist” diva, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” (#11, 1964)
1937 ● David Ackles → Unheralded but influential folk-rock singer and songwriter, noted for his album American Gothic (1970) and the minor hit “Candy Man” (1970), fans include Elvis Costello, Elton John and Phil Collins, died from lung cancer on 3/2/1999, age 62
1940 ● Barbara Ellis → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1941 ● Buffy Sainte-Marie → Canadian folk singer/songwriter “Universal Soldier” (1964), wrote “Up Where We Belong” for Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker (#1, 1982)
1943 ● Paul Leka → Songwriter, producer, composer and arranger, co-wrote “Green Tambourine” for The Lemon Pipers (#1, 1968) and the one hit wonder but enduring sports anthem “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” for pop-rock Steam (#1, 1969), died in a hospice on 10/12/2011, age 68
1944 ● Lew Soloff → Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and sometime actor best known for his years with jazz/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears (“Spinning Wheel,” #2, 1969), recorded with George Benson, Maynard Ferguson and multiple jazz bands and ensembles over a 50+ year career, died from a heart attack on 3/8/2015, age 71
1945 ● Alan Hull → Founding member, vocals, guitar and principal songwriter for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971), solo, died of a heart thrombosis on 11/17/1995, age 50
1946 ● J. Geils / (John Warren Geils, Jr.) → Frontman and lead guitarist for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982), died at home from natural causes on 4/11/2017, age 71
1950 ● Walter Becker → Bass guitar, vocals and co-songwriter for Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock duo Steely Dan, “Reelin’ In The Years” (#11, 1973) and nine other Top 30 hits, died from undisclosed causes on 9/3/20917, age 67
1951 ● Randy California / (Randolph Craig Wolfe) → Guitar and vocals for jazz-psych-rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1969), drowned in Hawaii while trying to rescue his 12-year old son from a riptide on 1/2/1997, age 45
1953 ● Poison Ivy / (Kristy Wallace) → Guitarist for punk-rock The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns” (Modern Rock #10, 1989), married to Cramps singer Lux Interior who died on 2/4/2009
1960 ● Kee Marcello / (Kjell Hilding Lövbom) → Original guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986), solo
1960 ● Mark Riley → Frontman and singer for Latin-tinged jazz-dance-pop Matt Bianco, “Don’t Blame It On That Girl’ (UK #11, 1988)
1960 ● Robert Boustead → Bassist for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1963 ● Ian Brown → Frontman and vocals for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and solo, “Dolphins Were Monkeys” (UK #5, 2000)
1967 ● Kurt Cobain → Frontman, vocals, guitarist and chief songwriter for premier grunge rock Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (#6, 1992), committed suicide on 4/5/1994, age 27
1972 ● Neil Primrose → Drummer for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1975 ● Brian Littrell → Vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1977 ● Edwin Graham → Drummer for Brit hard rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Mainstream Top 40 #35, 2004)
1981 ● Edward Lay → Drummer for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)
1985 ● Yulia Olegovna Volkova → Singer for Russian teen-dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (Worldwide #1, 2002)
1988 ● Rihanna / (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) → Grammy-winning Barbadian dance-pop singer and songwriter, “SOS” (#1, 2006)

February 21
1891 ● Karl L. King → Marching music bandmaster and composer best known for composing the music to the march music standard “Barnum And Bailey’s Favorite” (1913) and many other pieces, died from diverticulitis on 3/31/1971, age 80
1930 ● Allan Williams / (Allan Richard Williams) → Liverpool night club owner, impresario and first manager of the young and raw but talented band that would become The Beatles during the 14-week stint in Hamburg he arranged in 1960, lost his job when the band returned to Germany in 1961, later co-founded a Beatles festival in Liverpool and appeared at Beatles conventions worldwide until his death from natural causes on 12/30/2016, age 86
1933 ● Nina Simone / (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) → Jazz-pop-soul and Broadway singer, “I Loves You Porgy” (#18, R&B #2, 1959), died of cancer on 4/21/2003, age 70
1938 ● Bobby Charles (Guidry) / (Robert Charles Guidry) → Cajun-American singer, songwriter and pioneer of the South Louisiana sound known as “swamp pop,” wrote “See You Later, Alligator” for Bill Haley & His Comets (#6, 1956) and “Walking To New Orleans” for Fats Domino (#6, R&B #2, 1960), appeared with The Band on The Last Waltz album (1978) but not in the subsequent film, played with Paul Butterfield’s Better Days and other roots-rock acts in the 70s but largely disappeared from view in the 80s, died from diabetes on 1/14/2010, age 71
1942 ● Bob Allison / (Bernard Colin Day) → Vocals in pop-rock duo and Eurovision contestants The Allisons, “Are You Sure” (UK #2, 1961)
1943 ● David Geffen → Founder of Asylum Records in 1971, signed Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Tom Waits, among others, founded Geffen Records in 1980 (Donna Summer, John Lennon, Aerosmith and others), co-founded Dreamworks Studios in 1994 with Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
1946 ● Paul Newton → Original bassist for hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1949 ● Jerry Harrison → Guitar and keyboards for pop/rock ‘n’ roll Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, then New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), since 1991 producer for Violent Femmes, General Public, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others
1951 ● Vince Welnick → Co-founder and keyboardist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), then Grateful Dead, Missing Man Show and sessions, committed suicide on 6/2/2006 following many years of depression, age 55
1952 ● Jean-Jacques Burel → Bass and vocals for punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1954 ● Billy Earheart → Founding member and keyboardist for Grammy-winning Southern rock Amazing Rhythm Aces (“Third Rate Romance,” #14, Country #11, CAN #1), left the Aces in 1985 to join Hank Williams Jr.‘s Bama Band for 21 years and work sessions for other top artists on nearly 200 albums, reunited with the Aces in 1994 and continues to tour and record into the 10s
1954 ● Mike Pickering → DJ, producer and record company recruiter, then founder and frontman for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1956 ● Lester Hunt → Guitar and backing vocals for re-formed Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1958 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter → Grammy-winning country-folk singer/songwriter, “Shut Up And Kiss Me” (Country #4, 1994)
1961 ● Ranking Roger / (Roger Charlery) → Co-founder and vocalist for ska revival The English Beat, “Hands Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then Special Beat, solo and sessions
1962 ● Mark Arm → Founder, vocals and rhythm guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● Michael Ward → Guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), sessions
1969 ● James Dean Bradfield → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1970 ● Eric Wilson → Bassist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1973 ● Justin Sane / (Justin Geever) → Irish-American lead guitarist, singer and songwriter in punk rock Anti-Flag, “The Press Corpse” (Alt Rock #37, 2006)
1975 ● Wish Bone / (Charles C. Scruggs) → Rapper and former member of Grammy-winning hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Crossroad” (#1, 1996), Thugline Records co-founder
1979 ● Jennifer Love Hewitt → Film and TV actress, producer, director and one hit wonder pop singer, “How Do I Deal” (#59, 1999)
1986 ● Charlotte Churh / (Charlotte Maria Reed) → Welsh actress, TV presenter and classical-turned-pop crossover singer/songwriter, “Crazy Chick” (UK #2, 2005)
1989 ● Corbin Bleu / (Corbin Bleu Reivers) → Actor and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movie ever) and charting pop singer, “Push It To The Limit” (#17, 2006)

February 22
1896 ● Nacio Brown / (Ignacio Herb “Nacio” Brown) → Film score composer in the earliest years of sound, worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and frequently with lyricist Arthur Freed, wrote or co-wrote the music to hundreds of songs, including well-known movies soundtrack tunes such as “You Stepped Out Of A Dream” (1940) and “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952), died on 9/28/1964, age 68
1923 ● Hurricane Smith / (Norman Smith) → World War II glider pilot and unsuccessful jazz musician, joined EMI as a sound engineer in 1959 and, among other bands, engineered almost 100 Beatles songs and all early albums through to Rubber Soul, when promoted to producer, worked with Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Barclay James Harvest and others, switched to songwriting and recording as Hurricane Smith and had a UK #2 hit in 1971 (“Don’t Let it Die”), continued to record until his death from natural causes on 3/3/2008, age 85
1927 ● Guy Mitchell / (Albert Cernick) → Croatian-American pre-rock ‘n’ roll pop singer and TV show host with nine Top 10 and 21 other chart hits, the last being “Heartaches By The Number” (#1, 1959), died from complications of cancer surgery on 7/1/1999, age 72
1936 ● Ernie K-Doe / (Ernest Kador, Jr.) → One hit wonder New Orleans R&B singer, “Mother-In-Law” (#1, 1961), died from kidney and liver failure on 7/5/2001, age 65
1938 ● Bobby Hendricks → R&B/doo wop solo singer with two minor chart singles, also with the Five Crowns, Swallows, The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960)
1943 ● Louise Lopez → Vocals for R&B/disco-dance-funk trio Odyssey, “Inside Out” (#12, 1982) and “Use It Up And Wear It Out” (UK #1, 1980)
1944 ● Mick Green / (Michael Robert Green) → Renowned rock guitarist for pre-Beatles top Brit rock ‘n roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, “Shakin’ All Over” (UK #1, 1960), then Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964), died from heart failure on 1/11/2010, age 65
1945 ● Oliver / (William Oliver Swofford) → Broadway actor and singer in the musical Hair, “Good Morning Starshine” (#3, 1969), died of cancer 2/12/2000, age 55
1953 ● Graham Lewis → Bassist for long-lived post-punk Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989)
1953 ● Nigel Planer → Brit stage, TV and film actor, charted with a cover of Traffic‘s “Hole In My Shoe” (UK #2, 1984)
1953 ● Sparko Sparks / (John B. Sparks) → Founding member and first bassist for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979)
1955 ● Jon Brant → Bassist from 1981-88 for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988), sessions
1963 ● Rob Lambert → Saxophone for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1973 ● Scott Phillips → Drummer for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, “With Arms Wide Open” (#1, 2000)
1974 ● James Blunt / (James Hiller Blount) → Acoustic folk-pop singer, songwriter and former Army captain, “You’re Beautiful” (#1, 2006), first Brit atop the US charts since Elton John‘s “Candle In The Wind” in 1997
1978 ● Jennifer Frost → Vocals in Brit girl group pop quartet Precious, “Say It Again” (UK #6, 1999), replaced Kerry Katona in 2001 in pop trio Atomic Kitten, “The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)” (UK #1, 2002), now a TV host
1979 ● Tom Higgenson → Vocals for pop-rock Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah” (#1, 2007)

February 23
1940 ● Rick Stevens / (Donald Charles Stevenson) → Nephew of bluesman Ivory Joe Hunter and lead singer for R&B soul/funk horn band Tower Of Power on their Bump City album and the hit “You’re Still A Young Man” (#29, R&B #24, 1972), convicted of the drug-hazed murder of three men in 1976 and served 36 years in prison, paroled in 2012 and recorded several unremarkable solo albums, died from liver cancer on 9/8/2017, age 77
1943 ● Gordon Nugent / (Gordon Geoffrey Nugent) → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups of the 60s that never charted in the Top 40 in the U.S. or U.K.
1944 ● Mike Maxfield → Guitarist and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1944 ● Johnny Winter / (John Dawson Winter III) → Respected blues-rock guitarist (Rolling Stone magazine #74), first in the Rick Derringer band, then his brother’s Edgar Winter Blues Band and solo, “Johnny B. Goode” (#92, 1970), produced three Grammy-winning blues albums for Muddy Waters in the late 70s, died from emphysema-related pneumonia in a Swiss hotel room while on tour on 7/16/2014, age 70
1946 ● Rusty Young → Vocals and pedal steel guitar for country-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#17, 1967), then mainstay member with Poco, “Crazy Love” (#17, 1979)
1949 ● Tex Comer / (Terry Comer) → Bassist for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1950 ● Steve Priest → Guitarist for glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1975) and three other mid-70s Top 10 hits
1952 ● Brad Whitford → Rhythm guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1954 ● Jimmy Nail / (James Bradford) → Brit TV actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Spender), novelist and pop singer/songwriter, “Ain’t No Doubt” (UK #1, 1992)
1955 ● Howard Jones → Synth-pop-dance singer, songwriter and keyboardist, “No One Is To Blame” (#4, 1986)
1955 ● Zeke Manyika → Vocalist for Scottish post-punk/neo-pop dance-funk Orange Juice, “Rip It Up” (UK #8, 1983)
1956 ● Paul O’Neill → Music promoter, band manager and guitarist for heavy metal Savatage (“Edge Of Thorns”, Mainstream Rock #26, 1993), later founded and led progressive metal/art rock Trans-Siberian Orchestra (“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo, 12/24,” Mainstream #29, 1998), a band best known for its extravagant metal-rock takes on holiday music, found dead in a Florida motel room while on tour on 4/5/2017, age 61
1958 ● David Sylvian / (David Alan Batt) → Guitar, keyboards and vocals for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1962 ● Michael Wilton → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1963 ● Rob Collins → Keyboards for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), died in a car crash on 7/23/1996, age 33
1964 ● John Norum → Norwegian-born co-founder and rhythm guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1967 ● Chris Vrenna → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), then Grammy-winning sound engineer and producer for Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson and others
1971 ● Jett Beres → Bass and harmony vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Lasse Johansson / (Lars Olaf Johansson) → Keyboards for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1977 ● Stuart Black → Bassist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)

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Singles Released This Week (February 11 – 17)

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).


February 11
1966 • The Supremes • “My World Is Empty Without You” [UK] • Soul-Pop • I Hear A Symphony • “Everything Is Good About You”
1966 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “La La La” [UK] • Merseybeat • Girl On A Swing • “Without You”
1966 • Peter & Gordon • “Woman” [UK] • Merseybeat • Woman • “Wrong From The Start”
1975 • KC & The Sunshine Band • “Get Down Tonight” • Disco-Funk • KC & The Sunshine Band • “You Don’t Know”
1977 • David Bowie • “Sound And Vision” • Glam Rock • Low • “A New Career in a New Town”
1981 • Eric Clapton • “I Can’t Stand It” • Blues-Rock • Another Ticket • “Black Rose”
1988 • 38 Special • “Second Chance” • Rock Ballad • Rock & Roll Strategy • “Comin’ Down Tonight”
1997 • Aerosmith • “Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)” • Hard Rock • Nine Lives • “Fail Together”
1997 • Madonna • “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” • Orchestral Pop • Evita • “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” [Miami Remix]
2003 • Pearl Jam • “Save You” • Grunge Rock • Riot Act • “Other Side”
2008 • R.E.M. • “Supernatural Superserious” • Alt. Rock • Accelerator • “Airliner”


February 12
1958 • The Monotones • “The Book Of Love” • Doo Wop • [Single] • “You Never Loved Me”
1966 • The Rolling Stones • “19th Nervous Breakdown” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Sad Day”
1971 • T. Rex • “Hot Love” [UK] • Glam Rock • Bolan Boogie • “Woodland Rock / ”
1976 • Carpenters • “There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)” • Easy Listening • A Kind Of Hush • “(I’m Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You”
1980 • The Clash • “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” • Punk-Rock • London Calling • “London Calling”
1982 • Dazz Band • “Let It Whip” • Post-Disco Funk • Keep It Live • “Everyday Love”


February 13
1965 • The Who • “I Can’t Explain” • Power Pop • The Who Sings My Generation • “Bald Headed Woman”
1967 • The Beatles • “Penny Lane” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Double A-Side]
1967 • The Beatles • “Strawberry Fields Forever” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Penny Lane” [Double A-Side]
1977 • Kiss • “Calling Dr. Love” • Hard Rock • Rock And Roll Over • “Take Me”
1983 • Donna Summer • “The Woman In Me” • Disco • Donna Summer • “Livin’ In America”
1989 • Michael Jackson • “Leave Me Alone” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Bad • “Human Nature”
1995 • Madonna • “Bedtime Story” • Dance-Pop • Bedtime Stories • “Survival”


February 14
1961 • Sam Cooke • “That’s It – I Quit – I’m Movin’ On” • Soul • [Single] • “What Do You Say”
1966 • Bob Dylan • “One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)” • Folk-Rock • Blonde On Blonde • “Queen Jane Approximately”
1966 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Sure Gonna Miss Her” • Pop-Rock • Hits Again • “I Don’t Wanna Say Goodnight”
1967 • The Turtles • “Happy Together” • Pop-Rock • Happy Together • “Like The Seasons”
1976 • The Bellamy Brothers • “Let Your Love Flow” • Country-Pop • Let Your Love Flow • “Inside My Guitar”
1977 • Jimmy Buffett • “Margaritaville” • Gulf and Western • Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes • “Miss You So Badly”
1982 • Michael Jackson • “Beat It” • Dance-Pop • Thriller • “Get On The Floor”
1984 • Deniece Williams • “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” • Dance-Pop • Let’s Hear It For The Boy • “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” [Instrumental]
1988 • AC/DC • “Heatseeker” • Hard Rock • Blow Up Your Video • “Go Zone”
1994 • Cocteau Twins • “Bluebeard” [UK] • Dream Pop • Four-Calendar Café • “Three Swept”
2007 • Billy Joel • “All My Life” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “You’re My Home”


February 15
1959 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Lovin’ Up A Storm” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Big Blon’ Baby”
1963 • The Marvelettes • “Locking Up My Heart” • Doo Wop • The Marvelous Marvelettes • “Forever”
1965 • The Beatles • “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” • Country-Rock • Beatles For Sale • [B-Side]
1965 • The Beatles • “Eight Days A Week” • Pop-Rock • Beatles For Sale • “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party”
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Joshua Fit The Battle” • Gospel/Traditional • His Hand In Mine • “Known Only To Him”
1966 • The Beatles • “What Goes On” • Country-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1966 • The Beatles • “Nowhere Man” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “What Goes On”
1974 • David Bowie • “Rebel Rebel” • Proto-Punk • Diamond Dogs • “Queen Bitch”
1980 • Talking Heads • “I Zimbra” [UK] • Afro-Pop • Fear Of Music • “Paper”
1980 • David Bowie • “Alabama Song” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Space Oddity”
1980 • The Cars • “It’s All I Can Do” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Candy-O • “Candy-O”
1983 • Madonna • “Borderline” • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “Think of Me” / “Physical Attraction”
1988 • Belinda Carlisle • “I Get Weak” • Pop-Rock • Heaven On Earth • “Should I Let You In?”
1991 • Michael Jackson • “Give In To Me” [UK] • Rock Ballad • Dangerous • “Dirty Diana / Beat It”
1992 • Van Halen • “Right Now” • Arena Rock • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge • [None]
1994 • Soundgarden • “Spoonman” • Grunge • Superunknown • “Cold Bitch”
2006 • David Gilmour • “On An Island” • Prog Rock • On An Island • “On An Island” [Album Version]


February 16
1967 • The Four Tops • “Bernadette” • Soul-Pop • Reach Out • “I Got A Feeling”
1968 • The Hollies • “Jennifer Eccles” • Pop-Rock • Evolution • “Try It”
1968 • Jethro Tull • “Sunshine Day” [UK] • Prog Rock • [Single] • “Aeroplane”
1969 • The Isley Brothers • “It’s Your Thing” • Soul-Funk • It’s Your Thing • “Don’t Give It Away”
1970 • The Supremes • “Up The Ladder To The Roof” • Soul-Pop • Right On • “Bill, When Are You Coming Back”
1992 • Guns N’ Roses • “November Rain” [UK] • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion I • “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
1998 • Shania Twain • “You’re Still The One” [UK] • Country-Pop • Come On Over • “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”


February 17
1958 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Breathless” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Down The Line”
1958 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Down The Line” • Rockabilly • [Single] • [B-Side]
1967 • The Beatles • “Penny Lane” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Double A-Side]
1967 • The Beatles • “Strawberry Fields Forever” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Penny Lane” [Double A-Side]
1968 • The Monkees • “Valleri” • Psychedelic Pop • The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees • “Tapioca Tundra”
1968 • The Monkees • “Tapioca Tundra” • Psychedelic Pop • The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees • [B-Side]
1968 • Bobby Goldsboro • “Honey” • Pop Ballad • Honey • “Danny”
1972 • The Stylistics • “Betcha By Golly, Wow” • Philly Soul • The Stylistics • “Ebony Eyes”
1972 • Michael Jackson • “Rockin’ Robin” • Soul-Pop • Got To Be There • “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone”
1976 • Bob Dylan • “Mozambique” • Pop-Rock • Desire • “Oh, Sister”
1978 • The Clash • “Clash City Rockers” [UK] • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “Jail Guitar Doors”
1979 • Michael Jackson • “We’re Almost There” • Dance-Pop • Off The Wall • “Take Me Back”
1989 • The Bangles • “Eternal Flame” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Everything • “Straight From The Heart”
1997 • The Bee Gees • “Alone” • Pop-Rock • Still Waters • “Rings Around The Moon”

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