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Singles Released This Week (April 29 – May 5)

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).


April 29
1964 • The Temptations • “I’ll Be In Trouble” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “The Girl’s Alright with Me”
1964 • The Temptations • “The Girl’s Alright With Me” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • [B-Side]
1966 • Episode Six • “I Hear Trumpets Blow” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “True Love Is Funny (That Way)”
1972 • Carpenters • “It’s Going To Take Some Time” • Easy Listening • A Song For You • “Flat Baroque”
1977 • The Jam • “In The City” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • In The City • “Takin’ My Love”
1979 • Van Halen • “Dance The Night Away” • Arena Rock • Van Halen II • “Outta Love Again”
1983 • Janet Jackson • “Say You Do” • Dance-Pop • Janet Jackson • “You’ll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)”
1983 • Pink Floyd • “Not Now John” [UK] • Prog Rock • The Final Cut • “The Hero’s Return Parts I And II”
1983 • Fun Boy Three • “Our Lips Are Sealed” [UK] • Ska Pop • Waiting • “Our Lips Are Sealed” [Urdu Version]
1991 • Marc Cohn • “Walking In Memphis” • Adult Contemporary • Marc Cohn • “Dig Down Deep”


April 30
1961 • Bobby Lewis • “Tossin’ And Turnin'” • Rock n Roll • Tossin’ And Turnin’ • “Oh Yes, I Love You”
1966 • The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” • Folk-Rock • Do You Believe In Magic • “Didn’t Want To Have To Do It”
1968 • Johnny Cash • “Folsom Prison Blues” • Country-Rock • At Folsom Prison • “The Folk Singer”
1968 • Stevie Wonder • “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” • Soul-Pop • For Once In My Life • “Why You Don’t You Lead Me To Love”
1976 • Kiss • “Flaming Youth” • Hard Rock • Destroyer • “God Of Thunder”
1976 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Silly Love Songs” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Wings At The Speed Of Sound • “Cook Of The House”
1976 • David Bowie • “TVC 15” [UK] • Glam Rock • Station To Station • “We Are The Dead”
1976 • Kiss • “God Of Thunder” • Hard Rock • Destroyer • [B-Side]
1981 • Air Supply • “The One That You Love” • Soft Rock • The One That You Love • “I Want To Give It All”
1982 • Stevie Nicks • “After The Glitter Fades” • Pop-Rock • Bella Donna • “Think About It”
1983 • Hall & Oates • “Family Man” • Blue-Eyed Soul • H20 • “Open All Night”
1997 • Tonic • “If You Could Only See” • Alt Rock/Post-Grunge • Lemon Parade • “If you Could Only See” [Acoustic Live]
2001 • R.E.M. • “Imitation Of Life” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • Reveal • “The Lifting” / “Beat A Drum”


May 01
1956 • Johnny Cash • “I Walk The Line” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Get Rhythm”
1964 • The Yardbirds • “I Wish You Would” [UK] • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “A Certain Girl”
1967 • Jimi Hendrix • “Hey Joe” • Psychedelic Rock • Are You Experienced? • “51st Anniversary”
1972 • Eagles • “Take It Easy” • Country-Rock • Eagles • “Get You In The Mood”
1977 • Donna Summer • “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)” • Soul Ballad • I Remember Yesterday • “I Feel Love”
1977 • The Police • “Fall Out” • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “Nothing Achieving”
1980 • Elton John • “Little Jeannie” • Pop-Rock • 21 At 33 • “Conquer The Sun”
1984 • Tina Turner • “What’s Love Got To Do With It” • Pop-Rock • Private Dancer • “Rock And Roll Widow”
1995 • The Rembrandts • “I’ll Be There For You” • Jangle Pop • LP • “Snippets”
2000 • Bob Dylan • “Things Have Changed” • Folk-Rock • Wonder Boys[Sndtrk] • “Blind Willie McTell” [Live]


May 02
1961 • Elvis Presley • “I Feel So Bad” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Wild In The Country”
1961 • Elvis Presley • “Wild In The Country” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1966 • Marvin Gaye • “Take This Heart Of Mine” • Soul-Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “Need Your Lovin’ – Want You Back”
1967 • The Four Tops • “7 Rooms Of Gloom” • Soul-Pop • Reach Out • “I’ll Turn To Stone”
1968 • The Marvelettes • “Here I Am Baby” • Soul-Pop • Sophisticated Soul • “Keep Off, No Trespassing”
1968 • Aretha Franklin • “Think” • Soul • Aretha Now • “You Send Me”
1969 • The Byrds • “Lay Lady Lay” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Old Blue”
1969 • Jethro Tull • “Living In The Past” [UK] • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Driving Song”
1969 • The Byrds • “Old Blue” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1972 • Michael Jackson • “I Wanna Be Where You Are” • Psychedelic Soul • Got To Be There • “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going”
1977 • Carpenters • “All You Get From Love Is A Love Song” • Easy Listening • Passage • “I Have You”
1981 • Hall & Oates • “You Make My Dreams” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Voices • “Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)”
1987 • Duran Duran • “Meet El Presidente” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Notorious • “Vertigo (Do The Demolition)”
2004 • The Who • “Real Good Looking Boy” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Then And Now • “Old Red Wine”


May 03
1966 • The Temptations • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” • Soul • Getting’ Ready • “You’ll Lose A Precious Love”
1968 • Episode Six • “Little One” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Wide Smiles”
1973 • Diana Ross • “Touch Me In The Morning” • Soul-Pop • Touch Me In The Morning • “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”
1974 • The First Class • “Beach Baby” [UK] • Power Pop • The First Class • “Both Sides Of The Story”
1976 • Eagles • “Life In The Fast Lane” • Country-Rock • Hotel California • “The Last Resort”
1979 • Joe Jackson • “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” • Post-Punk • Look Sharp! • “(Do The) Instant Mash”
1983 • Pink Floyd • “Not Now John” [Obscured Version]• Prog Rock • The Final Cut • “The Hero’s Return – Parts I And II”
1984 • Bruce Springsteen • “Dancing In The Dark” • Heartland Rock • Born In the U.S.A. • “Pink Cadillac”
1987 • Richard Marx • “Hold On To The Nights” • Soft Rock Ballad • Richard Marx • “Lonely Heart”
1988 • When In Rome • “The Promise” • New Wave Synth-Pop • When In Rome • “The Promise” [Dub]
1989 • The Doobie Brothers • “The Doctor” • Pop-Rock • Cycles • “Too High A Price”
1993 • Guns N’ Roses • “Civil War” [UK] • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion II • “Exclusive Interview With Slash”
1993 • Aerosmith • “Crazy” • Hard Rock • Get A Grip • “Gotta Love It”
1994 • Ace Of Base • “Don’t Turn Around” • Europop • Happy Nation • “Don’t Turn Around” [Groove Mix] / “Dancer In A Daydream”
1999 • Bryan Adams • “Cloud Number Nine” [UK] • Pop-Rock • On A Day Like Today • “Let’s Talk About Love” / “When You’re Gone (feat. Melanie C)”


May 04
1956 • Elvis Presley • “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” • Ballad • [Single] • “My Baby Left Me”
1979 • Elvis Costello & The Attractions • “Accidents Will Happen” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • Armed Forces • “Talking in the Dark” / “Wednesday Week”
1982 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do” • Pop-Rock • Picture This • “Whatever Happened To True Love”
1982 • Duran Duran • “Hungry Like The Wolf” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Rio • “Careless Memories” [Live]
1993 • Billy Idol • “Heroin” • Techno/Acid House • Cyberpunk • [Multiple Mixes]
2012 • Van Halen • “She’s The Woman” • Arena Rock • A Different Kind Of Truth • “Brown M&Ms”


May 05
1959 • Dion & The Belmonts • “I Wonder Why” • Doo Wop • Presenting Dion & The Belmonts • “Teen Angel”
1967 • Bob Dylan • “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Blonde On Blonde • [B-Side]
1967 • Bob Dylan • “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Blonde On Blonde • “Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine”
1967 • The Kinks • “Waterloo Sunset” [UK] • Brit Beat • Something Else By The Kinks • “Act Nice And Gentle”
1967 • Jimi Hendrix • “The Wind Cries Mary” [UK] • Rock Ballad • Are You Experienced? • “Highway Chile”
1967 • The Moody Blues • “Fly Me High” [UK] • Brit Beat • [Single] • “I Really Haven’t Got The Time”
1969 • The Beatles With Billy Preston • “Get Back” • Pop-Rock • Let It Be • “Don’t Let Me Down”
1969 • The Beatles With Billy Preston • “Don’t Let Me Down” • Blues-Rock • Hey Jude • [B-Side]
1972 • The Supremes And Four Tops • “Without the One You Love” [UK] • Soul-Pop • The Magnificent 7 • “Let’s Make Love Now”
1973 • Michael Jackson • “With A Child’s Heart” • Soul-Pop • Music And Me • “Morning Glow”
1981 • Talking Heads • “Houses In Motion” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Remain In Light • “Air”
1981 • The Who • “Don’t Let Go The Coat” • Power Pop • Face Dances • “You”
1990 • Billy Idol • “Cradle Of Love” • Hard Rock • Charmed Life • “311 Man”
1995 • Green Day • “She” • Neo-Punk • Dookie • [None]
1998 • Pearl Jam • “Wishlist” • Grunge Rock • Yield • “U” / “Brain Of J”
2008 • Matchbox Twenty • “These Hard Times” [UK] • Alt. Rock • Exile On Mainstream • “Bright Lights” [Live]

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Albums Released This Week (April 29 – May 5)

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):


April 29
1967 ● The Turtles —— Happy Together ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Ridin’ High ► Soul – Motown
1968 ● The Temptations —— The Temptations Wish It Would Rain ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● The Doors —— L. A. Woman ► Blues-Rock
1977 ● Alice Cooper —— Lace And Whiskey ► Ballad
1981 ● Van Halen —— Fair Warning ► Hard Rock
1983 ● The Replacements —— Hootenanny ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1985 ● Freddie Mercury —— Mr. Bad Guy ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Santana —— Beyond Appearances ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1989 ● Tom Petty —— Full Moon Fever ► Album Rock
1996 ● Buzzcocks —— All Set ► Punk-Rock
1996 ● Black Sabbath —— The Sabbath Stones ► Hard Rock
1997 ● The Ataris —— Anywhere But Here ► Pop-Punk
1997 ● Indigo Girls —— Shaming Of The Sun ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● The Kentucky Headhunters —— Stompin’ Grounds ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Twenty ► Southern Rock
2001 ● Prince —— Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● Mudcrutch —— Mudcrutch ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Kansas —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock
2008 ● Madonna —— Hard Candy ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● Steve Winwood —— Nine Lives ► Album Rock


April 30
1965 ● The Zombies —— Begin Here ► Baroque Pop
1969 ● Marvin Gaye —— M.P.G. ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● Thin Lizzy —— Thin Lizzy ► Hard Rock
1971 ● The Doobie Brothers —— The Doobie Brothers ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Paul McCartney & Wings —— Red Rose Speedway ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● J.J. Cale —— Okie ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Elton John —— Here And There ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Rastaman Vibration ► Roots Reggae
1977 ● The Moody Blues —— Caught Live + 5 [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock
1979 ● Sister Sledge —— We Are Family ► Disco
1982 ● A Flock Of Seagulls —— A Flock Of Seagulls ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1982 ● Cheap Trick —— One On One ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1984 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Junk Culture ► New Wave Synth Pop
1984 ● The Cure —— The Top ► Post-Punk
1986 ● Golden Earring —— The Hole ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Keel —— The Final Frontier ► Heavy Metal
1989 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Skynyrd’s Innyrds ► Southern Rock
1990 ● Billy Bragg —— The Internationale ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Boyz II Men —— Cooleyhighharmony ► New Jack Swing
1991 ● Joe Jackson —— Laughter & Lust ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1991 ● Yes —— Union ► Prog Rock
1992 ● Iced Earth —— Night Of The Stormrider ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1996 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Crash ► AA Pop-Rock
1996 ● The Cranberries —— To The Faithful Departed ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2002 ● Jethro Tull —— Living With The Past ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● The Specials —— More…Or Less: The Specials Live ► Ska Revival
2013 ● Iggy Pop & The Stooges —— Ready To Die ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2013 ● Spin Doctors —— If The River Was Whiskey ► Alt Pop-Rock


May 01
1961 ● Ben E. King —— Spanish Harlem ► Soul
1969 ● Joni Mitchell —— Clouds ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Bob Dylan —— Possum Belly Overalls ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Jeff Beck Group —— The Jeff Beck Group ► Blues-Rock
1975 ● James Taylor —— Gorilla ► Folk-Rock
1987 ● Deacon Blue —— Raintown [UK] ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1988 ● A-Ha —— Stay On These Roads ► Synth-Pop
1988 ● Fairground Attraction —— The First Of A Million Kisses ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Skiffle
1989 ● The Cure —— Disintegration ► Post-Punk
1990 ● Flotsam And Jetsam —— When The Storm Comes Down ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1990 ● Rory Gallagher —— Fresh Evidence ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Dixie Chicks —— Little Ol’ Cowgirl ► Country-Rock
1992 ● The Vaselines —— The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History ► Indie Pop-Rock
1995 ● T.I.S.M. —— Machiavelli And The Four Seasons ► Alt Pop-Rock
1998 ● Simple Minds —— Real Live 91 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2000 ● Bardot —— Bardot ► Pop/Girl Group
2001 ● Gram Parsons —— Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology ► Country-Rock
2001 ● Timothy B. Schmit —— Fed The Fire ► Country-Rock
2001 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Plan B ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Stevie Nicks —— Trouble In Shangri-La ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Beyond ► Alt. Rock
2007 ● Black Sabbath —— Live At Hammersmith Odeon ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Rush —— Snakes & Arrows ► Prog/Art Rock
2007 ● Warren Zevon —— Preludes:Rare And Unreleased Recordings ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Natalie Cole —— Original Album Series ► Soul-Pop


May 02
1967 ● Dean Martin —— Happiness Is Dean Martin ► Traditional Pop
1978 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— You’re Gonna Get It! ► Album Rock
1982 ● Rory Gallagher —— Jinx ► Blues-Rock
1983 ● New Order —— Power, Corruption & Lies ► Club/Dance
1988 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Melissa Etheridge ► Roots Rock
1989 ● The Stone Roses —— The Stone Roses ► Brit Pop
1991 ● Morbid Angel —— Blessed Are The Sick ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1995 ● Ian Anderson —— Divinities: Twelve Dances With God ► Prog Rock
1995 ● The Apples In Stereo —— Fun Trick Noisemaker ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop
2000 ● Asia —— Rare ► Prog Rock
2000 ● Primal Scream —— XTRMNTR ► Indie Rock
2000 ● Billy Joel —— 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● The Who —— The 1st Singles Box ► British Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam —— Live In NYC 12/31/92 ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam ► Hard Rock
2016 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Detour ► Country-Pop


May 03
1969 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Stand! ► Soul-Funk
1969 ● Nick Drake —— Five Leaves Left ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Status Quo —— Quo ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Aerosmith —— Rocks ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Motörhead —— The Golden Years [EP] ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● The Cure —— Pornography ► Post-Punk
1982 ● Modern English —— After The Snow ► Synth-Pop
1982 ● Frank Zappa —— Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch ► Art Rock
1988 ● Living Color —— Vivid ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Queensrÿche —— Operation: Mindcrime ► Heavy Metal
1988 ● Sade —— Stronger Than Pride [UK] ► Quiet Storm
1988 ● When In Rome —— When In Rome ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1988 ● Bruce Hornsby & The Range —— Scenes From The Southside ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Bananarama —— Pop Life ► New Wave Dance-Pop
1991 ● Jawbox —— Grippe ► Punk Rock/Post-Hardcore
1994 ● The Fall —— Middle Class Revolt ► Post-Punk
1994 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Where It All Begins ► Southern Rock
1994 ● Traffic —— Far From Home ► Prog Rock
2004 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Shine ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Limp Bizkit —— The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) ► Rap-Metal
2005 ● Nouvelle Vague —— Nouvelle Vague ► Soft Pop-Rock
2005 ● David Bowie —— The Collection ► Glam Rock
2009 ● Rush —— Retrospective III: 1989-2008 ► Prog/Art Rock
2011 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love ► Soul/Hip Hop
2013 ● Bob Dylan —— Fixin’ To Die ► Folk-Rock


May 04
1963 ● The Ventures —— Surfing ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1966 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Greatest Hits ► Soul – Motown
1966 ● Stevie Wonder —— Up-Tight (Everything’s Alright) ► Pop-R&B
1973 ● Yes —— Yessongs ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Billy Preston —— The Kids And Me ► Funk
1976 ● Gentle Giant —— Interview ► Prog Rock
1977 ● The Beatles —— Live At The Hollywood Bowl ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Frank Zappa —— Orchestral Favorites ► Art Rock
1982 ● 38 Special —— Special Forces ► Southern Rock
1982 ● Stevie Wonder —— Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I ► Pop-R&B
1984 ● Echo & The Bunnymen —— Ocean Rain ► Post-Punk
1984 ● Scorpions —— Love At First Sting ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1993 ● PJ Harvey —— Rid Of Me ► Indie Rock
1993 ● David Crosby —— Thousand Roads ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Jack Bruce —— Cities Of The Heart ► Prog Rock/Fusion
1994 ● Dark Funeral —— Dark Funeral ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1994 ● Curtis Mayfield —— Live In New York City ► Soul/Funk
1998 ● Therion —— Vovin ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal
1999 ● Black Label Society —— Sonic Brew ► Heavy Metal/Southern Rock
1999 ● Robbie Williams —— The Ego Has Landed ► Britpop/Dance-Pop
2000 ● David Crosby —— Live ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Ryan Adams —— Love Is Hell ► Acoustic Pop-Rock
2004 ● Styx —— Come Sail Away – The Styx Anthology ► Prog/Art Rock
2010 ● Toni Braxton —— Pulse ► Soul-Pop
2010 ● Extreme —— Take Us Alive ► Pop-Metal
2010 ● Tonic —— Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock
2010 ● Carole King & James Taylor —— Live At The Troubadour ► Folk-Rock


May 05
1971 ● The Rascals —— Peaceful World ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1973 ● Paul Simon —— There Goes Rhymin’ Simon ► Folk-Pop
1975 ● The James Gang —— Newborn ► Blues-Rock
1977 ● Parliament —— Live: P-Funk Earth Tour ► Funk
1978 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Stranger In Town ► Heartland Rock
1980 ● Saxon —— Wheels Of Steel ► Heavy Metal
1981 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Hard Promises ► Album Rock
1984 ● Sodom —— In The Sign Of Evil ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1986 ● The Style Council —— Home And Abroad ► Synth-Pop
1986 ● The Moody Blues —— The Other Side Of Life ► Prog Rock
1990 ● Sonia —— Everybody Knows ► Pop/MOR
1992 ● Gregg Alexander —— Intoxifornication ► Alt Pop-Rock
1992 ● Neville Brothers —— Family Groove ► Soul (New Orleans)
1992 ● Robert Palmer —— Addictions, Vol. 2 ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1996 ● Steve Earle —— I Feel Alright ► Alt. Country
1997 ● Meredith Brooks —— Blurring The Edges ► Alt Pop-Rock
1997 ● Humble Pie —— The Scrubbers Session ► Hard Rock
1997 ● Paul McCartney —— Flaming Pie ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Styx —— Return To Paradise ► Prog/Art Rock
1998 ● ALL —— Mass Nerder ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk
2003 ● Jack Bruce —— Jet Set Jewel ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2004 ● The Zombies —— As Far As I Can See… ► Art Rock
2014 ● Procol Harum —— Some Long Road ► Prog Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 28 – May 4)

Happy Birthday this week to:

April 28
1941 ● Ann-Margret / (Ann-Margret Olsson) → Swedish-American pop singer and stage, film and TV actress known more for her performances in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964) with Elvis Presley, Tommy (1975) as “Mrs. Walker” and over 60 other roles, also charted seven songs, including “I Just Don’t Understand” (#17, 1961) and “Love Rush” (Dance #8, 1979), continues to appear in movies and on TV into her late 70s
1941 ● Peter Anders / (Peter Andreoli) → Vocals and guitar for pop-rock trio The Videls, “Mr. Lonely” (#73, 1960), changed name to surf-pop The Trade Winds, “New York’s A Lonely Town” (#32, 1965), then to pop-rock The Innocence, “There’s Got To Be A Word!” (#34, 1966), also wrote songs in collaboration with Phil Spector
1943 ● Fantastic Johnny C. / (John Corley) → Gospel turned R&B/soul one hit wonder singer, “Boogaloo Down Broadway” (#7, R&B #5, 1968)
1945 ● John Wolters → Drummer for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits, died of liver cancer on 6/16/1997, age 52
1946 ● Beverly Ann Bivens → Co-founder and lead singer for folk-pop harmony group We Five (“You Were On My Mind,” #3, AC #1, 1965), left the music industry when the group broke up in 1967
1947 ● Peaches Barker / (Francine Hurd “Peaches” Barker) → One half of R&B/soul-pop vocal duo Peaches & Herb, “Let’s Fall In Love” (R&B #11, 1966), died on 8/13/2005, age 58
1949 ● Steve Gilpin → Co-founder and lead vocalist for Mi-Sex, one of the most popular New Wave bands in Australia and New Zealand from the 70s to the late 90s, “Computer Games (AUS #1, 1979), died following a car accident on 1/6/1992, age 42
1952 ● Chuck Leavell / (Charles Alfred Leavell) → Piano and keyboards for Southern rock giants The Allman Brothers Band, left in 1976 to co-found jazz-rock fusion Sea Level, “That’s Your Secret” (#50, 1978), session musician and keyboardist for Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and others
1953 ● Kim Gordon → Bassist for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1955 ● Eddie Jobson → Violin for Brit prog/avant-garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974) and prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976)
1956 ● Jimmy Barnes → Lead vocals for hugely popular Aussie pub rock/blues-rock Cold Chisel, “My Baby” (Mainstream Rock #32, 1981), then successful solo career with seven Australia #1 albums
1958 ● Enid Williams → Founding member, vocals and bass guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1966 ● Too Short / (Todd Shaw) → Successful solo 80-90s West Coast rap star, “The Ghetto” (Rap #3, 1990), came out of “early retirement” with “More Freaky Tales” (Rap #3, 1999) and subsequent solo and collaboration hits
1968 ● Daisy Berkowitz / (Scott Mitchell Putesky) → Guitarist and co-founder of industrial-pop-metal Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), later collaborated with alt rock Jack Off Jill
1968 ● Howard Donald → Drummer, pianist, singer and dancer for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, 1995), solo work, then reformed Take That, “Patience” (UK #1, 2006)
1973 ● Big Gipp / (Cameron Gipp) → Southern rapper, member of Goodie Mob, solo album plus collaborative work with Ali, Nelly, Outkast and others

April 29
1899 ● Duke Ellington / (Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington) → Jazz composer, 50-year bandleader, film score and stage musical writer/producer, unquestioned giant of American popular music, “Take The ‘A’ Train” (1941), died from lung cancer and pneumonia on 5/24/1974, age 75
1915 ● Donald Mills → Lead tenor vocals in six-decade jazz and pop quartet The Mills Brothers (“Cab Driver,” #23, Adult #3, 1968), best known for approximating instrument sounds with vocals, first as a novelty act in the vaudeville era of the 20s and later as the music behind their singing, continued to perform until he was the last remaining brother, then toured with his son until his death on 11/13/1999, age 84
1927 ● Big Jay McNeely / (Cecil James McNeely) → Early and influential tenor saxophonist whose “honking” style and flamboyant stage presence helped place the saxophone front and center in the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll before the electric guitar took over in the mid-50s, issued two dozen albums and several charting singles, including the instrumental “Deacon’s Hop” (R&B #1, 1949) and the ballad “There Is Something On Your Mind” (R&B Top 10, 1959), continued to record and tour, mostly in Europe, into the 10s, died from prostate cancer on 9/16/2018, age 91
1928 ● Carl Gardner → Lead tenor and 50-year soul vocalist, first for R&B/soul-doo wop The Robins, “Smokey Joe’s Café” (#79, R&B #10, 1955), then with offshoot soul-pop The Coasters as lead singer, “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1958) and “Charlie Brown” (#2, 1959), fronted the group until his death from a heart attack on 6/12/2011, age 83
1931 ● Lonnie Donegan / (Anthony James Donegan) → English rock ‘n’ roll pioneer singer who launched the skiffle craze, “Rock Island Line” (#8, 1956), plus over 30 UK Top 40 singles, died from a heart attack shortly before a scheduled appearance with The Rolling Stones in a memorial to George Harrison on 11/3/2002, age 71
1933 ● Willie Nelson / (Willie Hugh Nelson) → Country-pop songwriter turned Grammy-winning “outlaw” country superstar, “On The Road Again” (#20, Country #1, 1980)
1933 ● Rod McKuen / (Rodney Marvin McKuen) → The “unofficial poet laureate of America,” poet, lyricist, songwriter and bridge between the 50s Beat generation and the 70s New Age movement, released dozens of books of poetry and over 100 albums of vocal and spoken-word music, most of which was commercially successful if not critically-acclaimed, his over 1,500 songs were covered by Johnny Cash, The Kingston Trio, Barbara Streisand and many others, died from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia on 1/29/2015, age 81
1935 ● Otis Rush / (Otis Rush, Jr.) → Innovative and influential “West Side” Chicago blues guitarist, tenor singer and songwriter (“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” R&B #6, 1956), penned the oft-covered masterpiece “Double Trouble” (1958), from which Stevie Ray Vaughan derived his band’s name, inducted into the Blue Hall of Fame in 1984, won a Grammy Award in 1999 and named #53 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2015, died from complications of a 2003 stroke on 9/29/2018, age 83
1936 ● Albee Cracolici → Baritone vocals for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Mystics, “Hushabye” (1959)
1936 ● April Stevens / (Carol LoTempio) → Grammy-winning pop singer, duet with Nino Tempo (her brother Antonio), “Deep Purple” (#1, 1963)
1942 ● Emma Pought / (Emma Pought Patron) → With her teenage sister, Jannie and three other teens from her Spanish Harlem housing complex, founding member and lead/alto vocals in rare 50s R&B girl group The Bobbettes (“Mr. Lee,” #6, R&B #1, 1957), the first all-girl group to have a Top 10 hit (and an R&B #1), continued to record and perform into the 70s
1942 ● Klaus Voorman → Grammy-winning German musician, producer and artist, bassist for Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), session musician for the Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson and others, designed album covers for The Beatles (Revolver) and others
1942 ● Vincent Poncia, Jr. → Vocals and guitar for pop-rock trio The Videls, “Mr. Lonely” (#73, 1960), changed name to surf-pop The Trade Winds, “New York’s A Lonely Town” (#32, 1965), then to pop-rock The Innocence, “There’s Got To Be A Word!” (#34, 1966), also wrote songs in collaboration with Phil Spector
1943 ● Duane Allen → Vocals for long-running country/gospel/folk harmony quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira” (#5, Country #1, 1981)
1944 ● June LeBell / (June Wendie LeBell) → Professional concert soprano who became one of the first women to be hired as an on-air announcer and interviewer in the male-dominated commercial classical music radio industry, over a 30-year career became a revered and respected personality on WQXR in New York, died from ovarian cancer on 4/30/2017, age 73
1945 ● Tammi Terrell / (Thomasina Winifred Montgomery) → R&B/soul vocalist for Motown, performed solo and frequently in duets with Marvin Gaye, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967), died from a brain tumor on 3/16/1970, age 24
1945 ● Hugh Hopper → Founding member and bass guitarist for Canterbury-scene psych-art-jazz-prog rock fusion Soft Machine and other related bands in the 60s and 70s, collaborated with multiple artists in various progressive and experimental music projects, issued two obscure solo albums, died from leukemia on 6/7/2009, age 64
1947 ● Joel Larson → Session drummer with The Turtles, Lee Michaels and others, played with AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1947 ● Tommy James / (Thomas Gregory Jackson) → Frontman and lead vocals for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Michael Karoli → Founding member, guitarist and violinist for influential experimental/kraut rock Can, “I Want More” (UK #26, 1976), died from cancer on 11/17/2001, age 53
1953 ● King Boy D / (Bill Drummond) → South African-born, Scottish-raised experimental/ambient music composer and producer, record company executive and A&R man, writer, musician with punk-rock Big In Japan, formed art rock KLF, “3 A.M. Eternal” (#5, 1990)
1958 ● Simon Edwards → Guitarrón player for Brit neo-skiffle pop Fairground Attraction, “Perfect” (#80, UK #1, 1988)
1960 ● Phil King → Bass guitar and backing vocals for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1968 ● Carnie Wilson → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, “Release Me” (#1, 1990), daughter of The Beach BoysBrian Wilson
1969 ● Master P / (Percy Miller) → New Orleans-based hip hop/gangsta rap star, No Limit record company founder, “I Got The Hook Up” (#16, Rap #1, 1998)
1973 ● Mike Hogan → Bass and rhythm guitars for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)
1979 ● Joanne Velda O’Meara → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1979 ● Matt Tong → Drums and backing vocals for Brit indie rock Bloc Party, “The Prayer” (UK #4, 2007)
1980 ● Kian Egan → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1981 ● Tom Smith → Bass guitar for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)

April 30
1896 ● Rev. Gary Davis → Highly-regarded ragtime, folk, gospel and blues guitarist with a unique thumb-and-index-finger style, influenced Bob Dylan, Donovan and Taj Mahal, mentor to David Bromberg, Ry Cooder and Jorma Kaukonen, died following a heart attack on 5/5/1972, age 76
1917 ● Bea Wain / (Beatrice Ruth Wain) → Big Band-era singer with The Larry Clinton Orchestra, recorded four Number 1 hits, including “Heart And Soul” (1939) and “Deep Purple” (1939), left for a solo career after being voted most popular female vocalist in a Billboard college poll, hosted radio talk and music show “Mr. And Mrs. Music” with her husband, radio announcer André Baruch, in New York and Florida from the 40s to the 70s, died from congestive heart failure on 8/19/2017, age 100
1925 ● Johnny Horton → Country/honky tonk historical singer and songwriter, “The Battle of New Orleans” (#1, 1958), died in a car crash while returning home from a concert performance on 11/4/1960, age 35
1929 ● Will Holt → Singer, songwriter, lyricist and librettist, best known for a variety of Broadway shows, including Over Here!, Me And Bessie and Music Is, and for penning the Latin-tinged folk-pop song “Lemon Tree,” which was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary (#35, AC #12, 1962), among others, and use as an advertising jingle by aerosol furniture polish Lemon Pledge, died from Alzheimer’s disease on 5/31/2015, age 86
1930 ● Bill Buchanan → With partner Dickie Goodman, one half of the pioneering novelty “break in” song genre (prototype of later “sampling” technique) Buchanan & Goodman, “Flying Saucer, Pt. 1-2” (#3, 1956), songwriter and producer, died from cancer on 8/1/1996, age 34
1931 ● Peter La Farge / (Oliver Albee La Farge) → Native American-descendant 50s and 60s Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, contemporary of Bob Dylan, wrote or co-wrote numerous songs with Johnny Cash, including “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (Country #3, 1964), died of a Thorazine overdose on 10/27/1965, age 34
1936 ● Bobby Gregg / (Robert J. Grego) → Frontman for one hit wonder instrumental rock group Bobby Gregg And His Friends (“The Jam – Part I,” #29, R&B #14, 1962) and session drummer best known for playing on multiple Bob Dylan hits, including “Like A Rolling Stone” (#2, 1965), died of natural causes on 5/3/2014, age 78
1941 ● Johnny Farina → Electric guitar for pop-rock brother duo Santo & Johnny, best known for the guitar instrumental “Sleepwalk” (#1, 1959)
1943 ● Bobby Vee / (Robert Thomas Velline) → Early 60s teen idol pop singer with thirty-eight charting singles, ten of which reached the Top 20, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (#1, 1961), his career started when his garage band filled-in at a Fargo, ND dance for the deceased Buddy Holly the night after the Iowa plane crash that killed Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.R. “The Big Bopper’ Richardson in February 1959, continued to perform until contracting Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, died from complications of the disease on 10/24/2016, age 73
1944 ● Richard Shoff → Singer in light folk sunshine-pop, two hit wonder vocal trio The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (#9, 1966) and “Come Saturday Morning” (#17, 1970)
1945 ● Mimi Fariña / (Margarita Baez) → Folk singer/songwriter, duets with husband Richard Fariña in the early 60s, then solo after his death in a motorcycle accident, social activist, younger sister of Joan Baez, died of cancer on 7/18/2001, age 56
1947 ● Colonel Bruce Hampton / (Bruce Hampton) → Energetic guitarist, singer and frontman for several eclectic rock bands, widely recognized as an innovator in the creation of improvisational, genre-crossing jam-band music while fronting the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Code Talkers and others, over the decades his bands opened for jam band leaders The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Phish, Dave Matthews Band and many others, collapsed on stage toward the end of a 70th birthday concert in Atlanta and was pronounced dead on 5/1/2017, age 70
1948 ● Wayne Kramer → Guitarist for Detroit proto-punk/garage rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (#82, 1969), solo
1951 ● Des Tong → Bassist for Brit soft pop-rock Sad Cafe, “Every Day Hurts” (UK #3, 1979)
1953 ● Merrill Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1958 ● Wonder Mike / (Michael Anthony Wright) → Old school rapper and member of the hip hop trio The Sugarhill Gang, whose “Rapper’s Delight” (#36, R&B #4, 1980) became the first hip hop song to reach the Billboard Top 40
1962 ● Robert Reynolds → Founding member and bassist for Grammy-winning country-rock The Mavericks, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (Country #13, 1996)
1967 ● Turbo B / (Durron Maurice Bulter) → Frontman and rapper for electronic/beatbox Snap!, “The Power” (#2, Rap #1, 1990), then solo and co-founder of Centory
1968 ● Ben Ayres → Guitar and vocals for mixed-race, Indian/Brit dance-pop Cornershop, “Brimful Of Asha” (Dance #35, UK #1, 1998)
1969 ● Paulo “Destructor”, Jr. / (Paulo Xisto Pinto, Jr.) → Bassist and only remaining original member of Brazilian heavy metal/thrash metal Sepultura, “Roots Bloody Roots” (UK #19, 1996)
1971 ● Choc Dalyrimple / (Christopher Dalyrimple) → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995)
1971 ● Christopher Henderson → Guitarist for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1971 ● Darren Emerson → DJ, keyboards and tranceman for electro/trance/dance-pop Underworld, “Two Months Off” (Dance/Club #2, 2002)
1972 ● J.R. Richards → Songwriter and lead singer for melodic hard rock Dishwalla, “Counting Blue Cars” (#15, 1996), solo
1973 ● Jeff Timmons → Vocals for American adult contemporary pop-rock boy band 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#2, 2000)
1981 ● Justin Vernon → Singer, songwriter and founding member of Grammy-winning indie folk-pop Bon Iver, the 2012 Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album Bon Iver, Bon Iver
1982 ● Cleopatra Madonna Higgins → Vocals and songwriter for Brit R&B/dance-pop teen sibling girl-group Cleopatra, “Cleopatra’s Theme” (#26, 1998)
1982 ● Lloyd Banks / (Christopher Lloyd) → Rapper and vocals with 50 Cent and Tony Yayo in rap trio G-Unit, “Stunt 101” (#13, Rap #5, 2003), later solo, “On Fire” (#8, Rap #3, 2004)
1987 ● Nikki Webster → Aussie pop singer and model, “Strawberry Kisses” (Australian #2, 2001), sang at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics opening ceremony
1989 ● Baauer / (Harry Bauer Rodrigues) → Emo, dance and trap and bass music one hit wonder producer, “Harlem Shake” (#1, 2013)

May 01
1891 ● Charley Patton → The “Father of Delta Blues,” influential Mississippi Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, his “Pony Blues” (1929) is included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, died on 4/28/1934, age 43
1907 ● Kate Smith / (Kathryn Elizabeth Smith) → The “First Lady of Radio,” a contrello singer and media star in the 40s and 50s, best known for her booming renditions of “God Bless America”, died from diabetes-related respiratory arrest on 6/17/1986, age 79
1924 ● Big Maybelle / (Mabel Louise Smith) → R&B singer known for her early version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1955) and the hit “Candy” (R&B #11, 1956), died in a diabetic coma on 1/23/1972, age 47
1929 ● Sonny James / (James Hugh Loden) → The “Southern Gentleman”, country-pop crooner/songwriter, “Young Love” (#1, Country #1, 1957), scored a five-year run of 16 back-to-back #1 country hits (among 23 total #1’s and 72 country chart hits from the late 50s through the early 80s), died of natural causes on 2/22/2016, age 87
1930 ● Little Walter / (Marion Walter Jacobs) → Innovative blues harpist (“My Babe,” R&B #1, 1955) and the first to amplify the harmonica, developed the distorted echoing sound and became the only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee specifically for work with the harmonica, died from a coronary blood clot on 2/15/1968, age 37
1939 ● Judy Collins / (Judith Marjorie Collins) → Interpretative folk singer and occasional songwriter best known for her version of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” (#8, 1968)
1945 ● Rita Coolidge → Versatile Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher” (#2, 1977), backing vocals for Joe Cocker, Delaney & Bonnie and others, married to singer/actor Kris Kristofferson (1973 – 1980)
1945 ● Carson Whitsett → Keyboardist, songwriter and record producer, Stax and Malaco Records session musician, worked with or wrote songs for Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others, including the adult Contemporary hit “Why Not Me” for Fred Knobloch (#18, AC #1, 1980), died from brain cancer on 5/8/2007, age 62
1945 ● Reather Dixon / (Reather Dixon Turner) → With four other teens from her Spanish Harlem housing complex, founding member and lead/alto vocals in rare 50s R&B girl group The Bobbettes (“Mr. Lee,” #6, R&B #1, 1957), the first all-girl group to have a Top 10 hit (and an R&B #1), continued to record and perform into the 70s, died from cardiac arrest on 1/7/2014, age 69
1946 ● Jerry Weiss → Trumpet and flugelhorn player and founding member of jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), left by 1970 for an unsuccessful solo career
1946 ● Nick Fortuna → Bassist for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967)
1954 ● Ray Parker, Jr. → Guitarist, songwriter, producer and bandleader, sessions with The Spinners, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and others, formed Raydio in 1977, “Jack And Jill” (#8, 1978), wrote and performed the movie theme song “Ghostbusters” (#1, 1984)
1957 ● Rick Driscoll → Guitar and vocals for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1957 ● Steve Farris → Guitarist for 80s atmospheric pop-rock quartet Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” (#1, 1985)
1959 ● Phillip Smith → Saxophone for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1962 ● Owen Paul / (Owen Paul McGee) → Scottish pop-rock singer, “My Favourite Waste Of Time” (UK #3, 1986), sessions and touring with Mike + The Mechanics
1966 ● Johnny Colt → Original bassist for raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1990), left to form rock trio Brand New Immortals, then modern rock Train, “Drops Of Jupiter” (#5, 2001)
1967 ● Tim McGraw / (Samuel Timothy Smith) → Hugely popular Grammy-winning neo-traditional country star with 22 country #1 hits, including “It’s Your Love” (Country #1, 1997), husband of Faith Hill and son of former baseball pitcher Tug McGraw
1968 ● D’Arcy Wretsky-Brown → Bass guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996)
1970 ● Bernard Butler → Guitar and vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996), solo, duet with David McAlmont, “Yes” (UK #8, 1995)
1977 ● Dan Regan → Trombone and vocals for “Third Wave” ska/punk revival Reel Big Fish, “Set Out” (Alternative Rock #10, 1997), currently in hip hop side project under the pseudonym Black Casper
1978 ● Nick Traina / (Nicholas John Steel Toth) → Son of author Danielle Steel and lead singer for punk band Link 80, died from a self-administered morphine overdose on 9/20/1997, age 19
1978 ● Chris Kelly → Vocals for teenage rap sensation Kris Kross, “Jump” (#1, 1992), partner Chris Smith and he were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song, died from a suspected drug overdose on 5/1/2013, age 35

May 02
1924 ● Theodore Bikel → Austrian-American actor and respected folk singer/songwriter, appeared in numerous West End London and Broadway shows, feature films and TV shows, co-founded the Newport Folk Festival and issued multiple albums of mostly Jewish folk songs, current president of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America and former president of the Actor’s Equity
1929 ● Link Wray / (Frederick Lincoln Wray) → Rock and rockabilly guitarist and bandleader, “fuzz” and power chord guitar pioneer, “Rumble” (#16, 1958), Rolling Stone magazine’s 67th greatest guitarist of all time, died of heart failure on 11/5/2005, age 76
1933 ● Bunk Gardner / (John Gardner) → Reeds and woodwinds for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), backing band for Zappa‘s solo albums, reformed as Grandmothers in 80s
1936 ● Engelbert Humperdinck / (Arnold George Dorsey) → The “King of Romance”, MOR crooner and balladeer with 13 Adult Contemporary Top 10 hits, “After The Lovin'” (#8, 1977)
1944 ● Bob Henrit → Journeyman Brit drummer for art/hard rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), joined The Kinks in 1984, “Do It Again” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1984), session work for Dave Davies, Leo Sayer and others
1945 ● Bianca Jagger / (Bianca Perez-Morena De Macias Jagger) → Wife of Mick Jagger, social activist, actress, fashion icon
1945 ● Goldy McJohn / (John Raymond Goadsby) → Keyboards for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1945 ● Judge Dread / (Alexander Minto Hughes) → Blue-eyed ska and reggae singer with six UK Top 15 singles, including “Big Six” (UK #1, 1972) and a record 11 songs banned from the BBC, collapsed and died from a heart attack while leaving the stage following a performance in Canterbury, England on 3/13/1998, age 52
1945 ● Randy Cain → Vocals for “Philadelphia Sound” smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, “La-La (Means I Love You)” (#4, 1968), formed pop-soul Blue Magic, “Sideshow” (#8, R&B #1, 1974), died at home from undisclosed causes on 4/9/2009, age 63
1946 ● Lesley Gore / (Lesley Goldstein) → Girl Group-era solo teenage pop singer/songwriter who had four Top 10 hits when she was 17 years old, “It’s My Party” (#1, 1963), “Judy’s Turn To Cry” (#5, 1963), “She’s A Fool” (#5, 1963) and “You Don’t Own Me” (#2, 1964), continued to record and write songs into the 00s, hosted the PBS television series In The Life promoting LGBT issues, died from lung cancer on 2/16/2015, age 68
1948 ● Larry Gatlin / (Larry Wayne Gatlin) → Country-pop solo star in the 70s with 10 Country Top 40 hits, then frontman for Grammy-winning sibling trio The Gatlin Brothers, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You)” (Country #1, 1983) and 16 other Country Top 10 hits in the 80s and 90s, toured and performed as a trio into the 00s, continues to tour as a solo acoustic act in the 10s
1950 ● Lou Gramm / (Louis Grammatico) → Vocals for arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), then formed Christian-rock Lou Gramm Band
1951 ● John Glascock → Bassist in prog rock quintet Carmen, left in 1975 to join Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), died from complications of a genetic heart valve condition on 11/17/1979, age 28
1954 ● Prescott Niles → Bassist for pop-rock The Knack, “My Sharona” (#1, 1979)
1955 ● Jo Callis / (John William Callis) → Synthesizer, keyboards and guitar for punk rock Rezillos, wrote “Top Of The Pops” (UK #17, 1978), then joined New Wave synth-pop Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1961 ● Dr. Robert / (Bruce Robert Howard) → Lead singer, guitar, piano and songwriter for New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1962 ● Alain Johannes / (Alain Johannes Moschulski) → Multi-instrumentalist musician and founding member of 90s alt rock Eleven (“Rainbows End,” 1991), later producer for hard rock Queens Of The Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Arctic Monkeys and others
1967 ● David McAlmont → Brit pop-rock singer/songwriter, duet with Bernard Butler, “Yes” (UK #8, 1995)
1969 ● Ben Leach → Keyboards and synthesizer for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991), then joined electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1984 ● Rose Falcon → Singer and songwriter who wrote songs recorded by Faith Hill, country-rock harmony group Lady Antebellum (“Need You Now,” #2, Country #1, 2009) and others, her songs have been used in films, TV show and advertising commercials
1985 ● Lily Allen → Brit pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Smile” (#49, UK #1, 2006)

May 03
1903 ● Bing Crosby / (Harry Lillis Crosby) → Vastly popular multi-media megastar singer and actor with thousands of recorded songs, hundreds of albums and dozens of stage and screen roles, “White Christmas” (#1, 1942), died of a heart attack while golfing in Spain on 10/14/1977, age 74
1919 ● Pete Seeger → Folk singer and prolific songwriter, guitarist, banjoist, social and environmental activist, beloved American popular music icon and champion of traditional folk music, mentor to younger topical folkies Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Arlo Guthrie and others, played in folk-pop The Weavers, “Goodnight Irene” (#1, 1950), issued dozens of solo albums, wrote “Turn, Turn, Turn” (The Byrds, #1, 1965), “If I Had A Hammer” (Peter, Paul & Mary, #10, 1962) and other folk-pop and folk-rock hits, recorded and toured until the early 10s including with Bruce Springsteen and a Grammy winning album (Pete, 1996), died from natural causes on 12/27/2013, age 94
1921 ● Joe Ames / (Joseph Uric) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, “Rag Mop” (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, died of a heart attack on 12/22/2007, age 86
1928 ● Dave Dudlley / (David Pedruska) → The “Father of Truck Driving Music”, honky tonk singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Six Days On The Road” (#32, Country #2, 1963), died from a heart attack on 12/22/2003, age 75
1933 ● James Brown → The “Godfather of Soul”, flamboyant soul/funk singer, songwriter and bandleader, “It’s A Man’s World” (#8, 1968), died from pneumonia on 12/25/2006, age 73
1934 ● Frankie Valli / (Francis Castelluccio) → Lead vocals and frontman for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), solo, “Grease” (#1, 1978)
1944 ● Peter Staples → Bassist for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● John Richardson → Drums and vocals for glam-pop-rock The Rubettes, “Sugar Baby Love” (#37, UK #1, 1974)
1950 ● Mary Hopkin → Welsh folk-pop singer and early Apple Records artist, “Those Were The Days” (#2, 1968)
1951 ● Christopher Cross / (Christopher Geppert) → Grammy-winning, flash-in-the-pan pop-rock sing and songwriter with 6 Top 10 hits in three years, including “Arthur’s Theme” (#1, 1981)
1953 ● Bruce Hall → Second bassist for arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1959 ● David Ball → Multi-instrumentalist for New Wave synth-pop duo Soft Cell, “Tainted Love” (#8, 1982)
1964 ● Sterling Campbell → Drummer and session/touring musician, worked with numerous acts, including Cyndi Lauper, The B-52’s, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum and David Bowiee, with whom he toured for 14 years
1965 ● Simon Smith → Drummer for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, “Come Play With Me” (UK #10, 1992), the band released a single in every month of 1992 and earned 12 UK Top 30 hits, the only band with more than 10 new UK hits in one year
1969 ● Jay Darlington → Keyboardist for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997), toured with Oasis
1972 ● Josey Scott → Lead singer for rap-metal Saliva, “Always” (#51, Mainstream Rock #2, 2002), sang “Hero” with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, the theme song to the film Spider-Man (2002)
1977 ● Eric Church / (Kenneth Eric Church) → Country music singer, songwriter and avid advocate for marijuana legalization (“Smoke a Little Smoke”) with 18 Country Top 20 hits, including “Springsteen” (#19, Country #1, 2012)
1977 ● Joe Gooch → Blues-rock guitarist, joined Ten Years After (“I’d Love To Change The World,” Top 40, 1971) in 2003
1978 ● Paul Banks → English-American lead singer, guitarist and lyricist for post-punk revival Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver” (Alternative Rock #11, 2007)
1979 ● Danny Foster → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001)
1981 ● Farrah Franklin → Singer, actress and model with Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), fired after 5 months, now solo
1981 ● Father John Misty / (Joshua Tillman) → Folk and roots rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer, founding member of indie shoegaze band Saxon Shore in 2001, drummed for Grammy-nominated indie folk Fleet Foxes from 2008-2012, has released 15 LPs and Eps, thirteen as J. Tillman and four under the current moniker Father John Misty

May 04
1922 ● Glenn Snoddy / (Glenn Thomas Snoddy) → Nashville studio recording engineer who inadvertently created the distorted guitar amplification in 1961 that became known as the “fuzz tone” effect in all genres of electric music, but particularly in 60s rock music, including the early and familiar riff on The Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (#1, AUS #1, UK #1, 1965), later opened famed recording studio Woodland Sound in East Nashville and presided over recordings by Neil Young, Kansas, Tammy Wynette and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band until his retirement in 1990, died from undisclosed causes on 5/21/2018, age 96
1923 ● Mr. Skin / (Ed Cassidy) → Drummer in languid blues-folk-rock Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, then in 1967 co-founded psych rock/prog rock Spirit, “I Got A Line On You” (#25, 1968) with whom he’s played for nearly 50 years
1928 ● Maynard Ferguson → Canadian jazz trumpeter in Stan Kenton Orchestra and Morris Levy‘s Birdland Dream Band, formed his own band in 1969, “Gonna Fly Now” (#28, 1977), died from liver and kidney failure on 8/23/2006, age 78
1937 ● Dick Dale / (Richard Anthony Monsour) → The “King of the Surf Guitar”, pioneer of the single-note staccato picking technique, developed reverberation, frontman for surf rock The Del-Tones, “Let’s Go Trippin'” (#60, 1962)
1938 ● Tyrone Davis / (Tyrone Fettson) → Chicago-style smooth soul R&B singer with multiple hits in the 60s and 70s, including “Can I Change My Mind’ (#5, R&B #1, 1968) and “Turn Back The Hands Of Time” (#3, R&B #1) but continued to record into the 00s until he suffered a stroke and died five months later on 2/9/2005, age 66
1941 ● David LaFlamme → Violinist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, then founder/frontman for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969)
1941 ● Richard Burns → Guitarist for surf/hot-rod rock The Hondells, “Little Honda” (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Tammy Wynette / (Virginia W. Pugh) → The “First Lady of Country Music”, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, “Stand By Your Man” (Country #1, 1968) and 34 other Country #1 hits, paired with electro-pop cover/sampling band The KLF for “Justified and Ancient” (#11, Dance/Club #2, 1992), died of cardiac arrhythmia on 4/6/1998, age 55
1942 ● Nickolas Ashford → With wife Valerie Simpson, songwriting and R&B/pop duo Ashford & Simpson, “Solid” (#12, 1984), penned hits for Ray Charles, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (R&B #1, 1966), Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#7, 1968), Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (#1, 1970) and others, died from complications of throat cancer on 8/22/2011, age 69
1943 ● Ronnie Bond / (Ronald Bullis) → Drummer for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966), died on 11/13/1992, age 49
1944 ● Peggy Santiglia / (Margaret Santiglia) → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1945 ● Jojjie Wadenius / (Georg Wadenius) → Swedish-born bassist for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), later joined the Saturday Night Live house band, session work for Steely Dan, Diana Ross, Dr. John, David Sanborn and many others
1949 ● Zal Cleminson / (Alistair Cleminson) → Scottish guitarist for rock ‘n roll Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975), joined hard rock Nazareth in 1979
1951 ● Jackie Jackson / (Sigmund Esco Jackson) → With brother Michael, co-lead singer for R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), after Michael went solo stayed on with his other brothers as The Jacksons, “State Of Shock” (#3, 1984)
1951 ● Mick Mars / (Robert Alan Deal) → Lead guitarist for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989)
1951 ● Bruce Day → Bass guitar for Latino rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” (#4, 1970), joined pop-rock Pablo Cruise in 1977, “Love Will Find A Way” (#6, 1978), died on 6/30/1999, age 48
1952 ● Jacob Miller → Up-and-coming Jamaican reggae singer and lead vocalist for the reggae band Inner Circle until his death in a car accident on 3/23/1980, age 27
1956 ● Sharon Jones / (Sharon Lafaye Jones) → R&B/soul and funk singer, lead vocalist and frontwoman for revivalist funk band The Dap-Kings and eight albums starting in 1996, including the Grammy-nominated Give The People What They Want (2014), continued to perform (opened for two Hall & Oates tours in 2015) and record (issued two albums in 2016-16) until shortly before her death from pancreatic cancer on 11/18/2016, age 60
1959 ● Randy Travis / (Randy Traywick) → Neo-traditionalist country singer/songwriter with 16 Country #1 hits (among 29 Country Top 10s), including “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” (Country #1, 1990)
1961 ● Jay Hilda Aston → Singer and dancer for Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, “Making Your Mind Up” (UK #1, 1981)
1964 ● Gary Holt → Guitarist and chief songwriter for thrash metal Exodus (LP Fabulous Disaster, #39, 1989), since 2011 lead guitarist for thrash metal Slayer (“Hate Worldwide,” #2, 2009)
1970 ● Gregg Alexander → Singer, songwriter, solo artist, Grammy-winning producer and frontman for pop-rock The New Radicals, “You Get What You Give” (#36, Adult Top 40 #11, UK #5, 1998), wrote hits for Ronan Keating, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Enrique Iglesias and “The Game Of Love” (#5, 2002) for Santana and Michelle Branch
1972 ● Chris Tomlin / (Christopher Dwayne Tomlin) → Grammy-winning Contemporary Christian music star with multiple CCM hits, including “Our God” (#9, Christian #1, 2010)
1972 ● Mike Dirnt / (Michael Ryan Pritchard) → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004)
1979 ● Lance Bass → Bass vocals for teen dance-pop harmony boy band ‘N Sync, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000), film and TV actor, NASA-certified astronaut

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Singles Released This Week (April 22 – 28)

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

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

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


April 22
1966 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Green Grass” • Pop-Rock • Hits Again • “I Can Read Between The Lines”
1966 • The Troggs • “Wild Thing” • Garage Rock • Wild Thing • “With A Girl Like You”
1967 • The Who • “Pictures Of Lily” [UK] • Power Pop • [Single] • “Doctor, Doctor”
1969 • Bob Dylan • “Drifter’s Escape” • Folk-Rock • John Wesley Harding • [B-Side]
1969 • Bob Dylan • “I Threw It All Away” • Folk-Rock • Nashville Skyline • “Drifter’s Escape”
1972 • Bread • “Diary” • Soft Rock • Baby I’m-A Want You • “Down On My Knees”
1974 • Frank Zappa • “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” • Art Rock • Apostrophe (*) • “Cosmik Debris”
1975 • Elvis Presley • “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” • Country-Rock • Today • “Mr. Songman”
1982 • Laura Branigan • “Solitaire” [UK] • Electro-Pop • Branigan 2 • “If You Loved Me”
1982 • Rick James • “Dance Wit’ Me” • Funk • Throwin’ Doww • “Dance Wit’ Me (Part 2)”
1985 • U2 • “The Unforgettable Fire” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • The Unforgettable Fire • “A Sort Of Homecoming”
1998 • The Tragically Hip • “Ahead By A Century” • Jangle Pop • Trouble At The Henhouse • “Put It Off”
2014 • Blondie • “I Want To Drag You Around” • Dance-Pop • Ghosts Of Download • N/A


April 23
1965 • The Four Tops • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” • Soul-Pop • The Four Tops’ Second Album • “Sad Sourvenirs”
1968 • Laura Nyro • “Eli’s Coming” • Soft Rock • Eli And The Thirteenth Confession • “Sweet Blindness”
1971 • Carpenters • “Rainy Days And Mondays” • Easy Listening • Carpenters • “Saturday”
1975 • The Doobie Brothers • “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” • Gospel-Pop • Stampede • “Slat Key Soquel Rag”
1982 • The Clash • “Know Your Rights” [UK] • Punk-Rock • Combat Rock • “First Night Back In London”
1984 • The Human League • “The Lebanon” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Hysteria • “Thirteen”
1988 • Prince • “Alphabet St.” • Pop-Rock • Lovesexy • “Alphabet St.” [Remix]
1993 • Tina Turner • “I Don’t Wanna Fight” • Pop-Rock • What’s Love Got To Do With It [Sndtrk] • “Tina’s Wish”


April 24
1959 • The Drifters • “There Goes My Baby” • Soul • [Single] • “Oh My Love”
1967 • Pink Floyd • “Arnold Layne” • Prog Rock • [Single] • “Candy And A Currant Bun”
1967 • Bob Dylan • “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” • Folk-Rock • Blonde On Blonde • “Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine”
1967 • Bob Dylan • “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” • Folk-Rock • Blonde On Blonde • [B-Side]
1967 • The Doors • “Light My Fire” • Psychedelic Rock • The Doors • “The Crystal Ship”
1970 • The Supremes • “Up The Ladder To The Roof” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Right On • “Bill, When Are You Coming Back”
1970 • The Moody Blues • “Question” • Prog Rock • A Question Of Balance • “A Candle Of Life”
1972 • John Lennon • “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World” • Pop-Rock • Sometime In New York City • “Sisters, O Sisters”
1973 • The Byrds • “For Free” [UK] • Folk-Rock • The Byrds • [B-Side]
1981 • The Who • “Don’t Let Go The Coat” [UK] • Power Pop • Face Dances • “You”
2001 • The Isley Brothers • “Contagious” • Soul-Funk • Eternal • N/A


April 25
1955 • Elvis Presley • “Baby Let’s Play House” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “I’m Left, You’e Right, She’s Gone”
1970 • The Who • “The Seeker” • Hard Rock • Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy • “Here For More”
1970 • Freda Payne • “Band Of Gold” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “The Easiest Way To Fall”
1973 • Van Morrison • “Warm Love” • Folk-Rock • Hard Nose the Highway • “I Will Be There”
1974 • Steely Dan • “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” • Jazz-Rock • Pretzel Logic • “Any Major Dude Will Tell You”
1980 • Michael Jackson • “She’s Out of My Life” [UK] • Pop Ballad • Off The Wall • “Push Me Away” [The Jacksons]
1986 • Peter Gabriel • “Sledgehammer” • Prog Rock • So • “Don’t Break This Rhythm”
1988 • Madonna • “Spotlight” • Dance-Pop • You Can Dance • “Where’s The Party”
2000 • Pearl Jam • “Nothing As It Seems” • Grunge Rock • Binaural • “Insignificance”


April 26
1964 • Dionne Warwick • “Walk On By” • Pop-Soul • Make Way For Dionne Warwick • “Any Old Time of Day”
1969 • The Monkees • “Someday Man” • Pop-Rock • The Monkees Present • [B-Side]
1969 • The Monkees • “Listen To The Band” • Pop-Rock • The Monkees Present • “Someday Man”
1972 • America • “I Need You” • Folk-Rock • America • “Riverside”
1972 • Alice Cooper • “School’s Out” • Heavy Metal • School’s Out • “Gutter Cat”
1974 • Paper Lace • “The Night Chicago Died” [UK] • AM Pop • Paper Lace • “Can You Get It When You Want It”
1985 • Katrina And The Waves • “Walking On Sunshine” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Katrina And The Waves • “Do You Want Crying”
1999 • Coldplay • “Brothers & Sisters” • Alt. Pop Rock • Safety[EP] • “Easy To Please”


April 27
1964 • The Beatles • “Love Me Do” • Brit Beat • Introducing… The Beatles • “P.S. I Love You”
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “A World Without Love” • Pop Ballad • A World Without Love • “If I Were You”
1964 • The Beatles • “P.S. I Love You” • Brit Beat • Introducing…The Beatles • [B-Side]
1967 • Otis Redding • “Shake” • Soul • Live In Europe • “You Don’t Miss Your Water”
1973 • The Byrds • “Things Will Be Better” [UK] • Folk-Rock • The Byrds • “For Free”
1979 • David Bowie • “Boys Keep Swinging” [UK] • Glam Rock • Lodger • “Fantastic Voyage”


April 28
1964 • Elvis Presley • “What’d I Say” • Rock n Roll • Viva Las Vegas • [B-Side]
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Viva Las Vegas” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Viva Las Vegas • “What’d I Say?”
1967 • Elvis Presley • “That’s Someone You Never Forget” • Pop-Rock • Pot Luck • [B-Side]
1967 • Elvis Presley • “Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Double Trouble [Sndtrk] • “That’s Someone You Never Forget”
1976 • America • “Today’s The Day” • Folk-Rock • Hideaway • “Hideaway Part II”
1978 • Elvis Costello & The Attractions • “Pump It Up” [UK] • Punk-Rock • This Year’s Model • “Big Tears”
1979 • Rickie Lee Jones • “Chuck E.’s In Love” • Jazz-Pop • Rickie Lee Jones • “On Saturday Afternoons In 1963”

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Albums Released This Week (April 22 – 28)

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


April 22
1968 ● The Monkees —— The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Iron Butterfly —— Live ► Psychedelic Rock
1971 ● Merle Haggard —— Hag ► Country Classics
1971 ● The Temptations —— Sky’s The Limit ► Soul – Motown
1976 ● J. Geils Band —— Blow Your Face Out ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Heart —— Magazine ► Album Rock
1985 ● Prince —— Around The World In A Day ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● The Fall —— Shift-Work ► Post-Punk
1991 ● Alison Moyet —— Hoodoo [UK] ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1992 ● The Samples —— No Room ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1996 ● Stratovarius —— Episode ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1997 ● Asia —— Live ► Prog Rock
1997 ● Mary J. Blige —— Share My World ► Hip Hop Soul
1997 ● Son Volt —— Straightaways ► Alt. Country-Rock
1997 ● Boston —— Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock
1997 ● Chicago —— The Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997 ► Jazz-Rock
2002 ● Black Sabbath —— Symptom Of The Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970 – 1978 ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Black Label Society —— The Blessed Hellride ► Heavy Metal
2003 ● Matthew Sweet —— Kimi Ga Suki ► Power Pop
2003 ● Whitesnake —— Best! ► Arena Rock
2003 ● The Yardbirds —— Birdland ► Blues Rock
2003 ● Madonna —— American Life ► Dance-Pop
2007 ● Simple Minds —— Sunday Express – Live Volume 2 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2008 ● Whitesnake —— Good To Be Bad ► Arena Rock
2008 ● Elvis Costello And The Imposters —— Momofuku ► Roots Rock
2009 ● Carpenters —— 40/40 ► Easy Listening
2013 ● Whitesnake —— Made In Japan ► Arena Rock


April 23
1969 ● Joe Cocker —— With A Little Help From My Friends ► Blues-Rock
1971 ● The Rolling Stones —— Sticky Fingers ► Blues-Rock
1973 ● Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Down The Road ► Country-Rock
1976 ● The Ramones —— The Ramones ► Punk-Rock
1976 ● Burning Spear —— Marcus Garvey ► Reggae-Folk
1976 ● Gentle Giant —— Interview [UK] ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Jethro Tull —— Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young To Die [UK] ► Prog Rock
1976 ● The Rolling Stones —— Black And Blue ► Blues-Rock
1977 ● Judas Priest —— Sin After Sin ► Heavy Metal
1979 ● Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan At Budokan ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● Madness —— Complete Madness ► Ska
1985 ● Men at Work —— Two Hearts ► Synth-Pop
1985 ● Various Artists —— We Are The World (USA For Africa) ► Album Rock
1987 ● Death Angel —— The Ultra-Violence ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1987 ● Dave Mason —— Two Hearts ► Prog Rock
1990 ● Dead Milkmen —— Metaphysical Grafitti ► Punk-Rock
1990 ● Inspiral Carpets —— Life ► Indie Rock/Madchester
1991 ● Michael Bolton —— Time, Love & Tenderness ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Various Artists —— Deadicated ► Jam Bands
1991 ● Joe Walsh —— Ordinary Average Guy ► Blues-Rock
1996 ● Hootie & The Blowfish —— Fairweather Johnson ► Pop-Rock
1999 ● Babasónicos —— Miami ► Latin Rock/Rap
2002 ● The Knack —— Live From The Rock N Roll Funhouse ► Power Pop
2002 ● Wilco —— Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ► Alt. Country-Rock
2002 ● Elvis Costello —— When I Was Cruel ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2002 ● Supertramp —— Slow Motion ► Prog/Art Rock
2003 ● The Monkees —— The Best Of The Monkees ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Bob Dylan —— Together Through Life ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● Asia —— Omega ► Prog Rock
2012 ● Cilla Black —— Complete Cilla (1963-1973) ► Pop-Rock
2012 ● Peter Gabriel —— Live Blood ► Prog Rock


April 24
1968 ● Gary Puckett & The Union Gap —— Young Girl ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● David Bowie —— Diamond Dogs ► Glam Rock
1980 ● Cameo —— Cameosis ► Soul-Funk
1990 ● World Party —— Goodbye Jumbo ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Helloween —— Better Than Raw ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2000 ● Jessica Simpson —— Sweet Kisses [UK] ► Tenn Dance-Pop
2001 ● Janet Jackson —— All for You ► Pop-Soul
2001 ● The Bee Gees —— This Is Where I Came In ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Mark Knopfler & Emmy Lou Harris —— All The Roadrunning ► Country-Rock
2007 ● Patti Smith —— Twelve ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Lou Reed —— Hudson River Wind Meditations ► Art Rock


April 25
1969 ● The Moody Blues —— On The Threshold Of A Dream ► Psychedelic Rock
1975 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Stampede ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● 10cc —— Deceptive Bends ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Donna Summer —— Bad Girls ► Disco
1980 ● Black Sabbath —— Heaven And Hell ► Hard Rock
1985 ● Exodus —— Bonded By Blood ► Heavy Metal
1988 ● Soul Asylum —— Hang Time ► Alt. Rock/Garage Rock
1994 ● Blur —— Parklife ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
1994 ● David Bowie —— Santa Monica ’72 ► Glam Rock
1995 ● Bob Dylan —— MTV Unplugged ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● King Crimson —— THRAK ► Prog Rock
1995 ● Little Feat —— Ain’t Had Enough Fun ► Southern Rock
1996 ● Parliament —— Live 1976-93 ► Funk
2000 ● Toni Braxton —— The Heat ► Soul-Pop
2000 ● Blondie —— Livid [UK] ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2000 ● Donovan —— Summer Day Reflection Songs ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● Neil Young —— Silver & Gold ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Gutterflower ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2005 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Let Love In ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2006 ● Rush —— Gold ► Prog/Art Rock
2006 ● Bruce Springsteen —— We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions ► Folk-Rock


April 26
1970 ● The Supremes —— Right On ► Soul – Motown
1980 ● X —— Los Angeles ► Punk-Rock (L.A.)
1982 ● Bucks Fizz —— Are You Ready ► Europop-Dance
1982 ● Paul McCartney —— Tug Of War ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● “Weird Al” Yankovic —— “Weird Al” Yankovic ► Comedy/Parody
1985 ● Hooters —— Nervous Night ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1988 ● k. d. lang —— Shadowland ► Alt Country Rock
1988 ● Honeymoon Suite —— Racing After Midnight ► Arena Rock
1988 ● Frank Zappa —— Guitar ► Instrumental Rock
1989 ● Richard Marx —— Repeat Offender ► AA Pop-Rock
1991 ● The Bodeans —— Black And White ► Roots Rock
1991 ● Luther Vandross —— Power Of Love ► Smooth Soul
1993 ● The Fall —— The Infotainment Scan ► Post-Punk
1994 ● Johnny Cash —— American Recordings ► Traditional Country
1994 ● Live —— Throwing Copper ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock
1994 ● Fleetwood Mac —— In Chicago 1969 ► Electric Blues
1994 ● Jimi Hendrix —— Blues ► Blues-Rock
1999 ● Children Of Bodom —— Hatebreeder ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2004 ● The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1963-1965 ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● New Order —— Waiting For The Siren’s Call ► Alt Pop-Rock
2005 ● Cream —— Gold ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● Joni Mitchell —— Songs Of A Prairie Girl ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Devils & Dust ► Heartland Rock
2006 ● Soul Asylum —— Closer To The Stars: Best Oif The Twin/Tone Years ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2011 ● Steve Earle —— I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive ► Alt. Country
2011 ● The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1971-2006 ► Blues-Rock
2013 ● Chad & Jeremy —— Three In The Attic ► Folk-Pop


April 27
1968 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Dance To The Music ► Soul-Funk
1973 ● Weather Report —— Sweetnighter ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● Heatwave —— Hot Property ► Funk/Disco
1981 ● The Fall —— Slates [EP] ► Post-Punk
1983 ● The B-52’s —— Whammy! ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1987 ● Slade —— You Boyz Make Big Noize ► Hard Rock
1987 ● David Bowie —— Never Let Me Down ► Glam Rock
1987 ● R.E.M. —— Dead Letter Office ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Pat Benatar —— True Love ► Hard Rock/Jump Blues
1992 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Henry’s Dream ► Alt Rock
1992 ● XTC —— Nonsuch ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1993 ● Vince Neil —— Exposed ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1993 ● Porno For Pyros —— Porno For Pyros ► Alt Rock
1998 ● Massive Attack —— Mezzanine ► Trip-Hop
1998 ● Blind Guardian —— Nightfall In Middle-Earth ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1999 ● AFI —— Black Sails EP ► Hardcore Punk
2000 ● Immortal —— Damned In Black ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2004 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Naked ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Black Sabbath —— Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Patti Smith —— Trampin’ ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Carly Simon —— This Kind Of Love ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Fearless Love ► Roots Rock


April 28
1969 ● Chicago —— Chicago Transit Authority ► Jazz-Rock
1970 ● Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— What Love Has…Joined Together ► Soul – Motown
1980 ● Alice Cooper —— Flush The Fashion ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Grateful Dead —— Go To Heaven ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Marshall Crenshaw —— Marshall Crenshaw ► Power Pop
1992 ● Tracy Chapman —— Matters Of The Heart ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Annie Lennox —— Diva ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock
1995 ● Fair Warning —— Rainmaker ► Hard Rock
1997 ● Stratovarius —— Visions ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1998 ● Secret Chiefs 3 —— Second Grand Constitution And Bylaws, Hurqalya ► Experimental/Indie Rock
1998 ● Big Pun —— Capital Punishment ► Latino Rap
1998 ● Children Of Bodom —— Something Wild ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1998 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Before These Crowded Streets ► AA Pop-Rock
1998 ● Danny Wilde & The Rembrandts —— Spin This ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Don’t Stop The Carnival ► Folk-Rock
1998 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Live At The Fillmore East ► Psychedelic Rock
1998 ● The Monkees —— The Monkees Anthology ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Stevie Nicks —— Enchanted: The Works Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Yes —— Beyond & Before: BBC Recordings 1969-1970 ► Prog Rock
2002 ● Mark Knopfler —— A Shot At Glory [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
2009 ● The Black Crowes —— Warpaint Live ► Southern Rock
2009 ● Various Artists —— Playing For Change: Songs Around The World ► Worldbeat
2013 ● The Ramona Flowers —— Lust And Lies [EP] ► Dream Pop
2015 ● Eric Clapton —— Forever Man ► Blues-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

April 21
1919 ● Don Cornell → Smooth baritone pre-rock ‘n’ roll pop and easy listening singer with over 30 Top 40 hits between 1942 and 1955, including “Hold My Hand” (#2, UK #1, 1954) , died from emphysema and diabetes on 2/23/2004, age 84
1939 ● Ernie Maresca / (Ernest Peter Maresca) → 60s doo wop and rock ‘n’ roll songwriter whose résumé includes several hits for Dion, including “Runaround Sue” (#1, 1961), and a brief one hit wonder solo career, “Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)” (#6, 1962)
1943 ● Mars Bonfire / (Dennis Eugene McCrohan Edmonton) → Guitar and vocals for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, wrote “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Alan Warner → Founding member, guitars and backing vocals for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967), later wrote dozens of musical instrument instructions books
1947 ● Iggy Pop / (James Newell Osterberg) → Frontman and vocals for hard rock/proto-punk The Stooges, solo, Lust For Life (1977, Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums #147)
1947 ● John Weider → Guitar and violin for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), then bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), sessions and solo as a jazz-new age guitarist and singer/songwriter
1948 ● Paul Davis → Pop-rock and country-pop singer/songwriter (“I Go Crazy, #7, 1977), guest vocalist with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker, wrote several country hits for others, died of a heart attack on 4/22/2008, age 60
1951 ● Nicky Barclay / (Nicole Barclay) → Vocals, keyboards and songwriter in pioneering all-girl rock quartet Fanny (“Butter Boy,” #29, 1975), one of the earliest women-only rock bands and the first to release an album on a major record label (Fanny, Reprise, 1970), left the band in 1974 for an unsuccessful solo career but eventually played on albums by Barbra Streisand and Keith Moon and recorded and performed in the U.K. with former members of prog rock Procol Harum and blues-rock Rory Gallagher‘s band.
1958 ● Mike Barson → Keyboards for Brit punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, continues to record and perform with the band into the 10s
1959 ● Michael Timmins → Guitarist and songwriter for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane” (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1959 ● Robert Smith → Founder, frontman, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and only constant member of gloomy post-punk-pop The Cure, “Love Song” (#2, 1989), plus over 20 other Top 40 singles in his native UK
1960 ● John Maher → Drummer in early and seminal punk-pop Buzzcocks, “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” (UK #12, 1978), now sells and races Volkswagen cars
1963 ● Johnny McElhone / (John Francis McElhone) → Bassist for Scottish teen-aged post-punk alt rock Altered Images, “Happy Birthday” (UK #2, 1981), then joined Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1966 ● Michael Franti → Creator, frontman, chief poet, lead vocals and guitar for politically and socially active hip hop-funk-rock fusion Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Say Hey (I Love You),” #18, R&B #1, 2009)
1978 ● Brandon Steineckert → Drummer in screamo-tinged, post-hardcore punk The Used, “Under Pressure” (#48, 2005), left in 2006 to join punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)

April 22
1922 ● Charles Mingus → Universally-lauded jazz bassist, bandleader and composer, in his last months collaborated with Joni Mitchell on her tribute album Mingus, died from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on 1/5/1979, age 56
1927 ● Laurel Aitken / (Lorenzo Aitken) → The “Godfather of Ska,” Cuban-Jamaican singer whose 1958 single “Boogie In My Bones” was the first Jamaican popular music record released in the UK, became one of ska music’s leading artists in the 70s and continued to record and perform until his death from a heart attack on 7/17/2005, age 78
1931 ● Joe Cuba (Gilberto Miguel Calderón) / (Gilberto Miguel Calderón) → The “Father of Latin Boogaloo,” Puerto Rican-American conga drummer widely regarded as one of the creators of the Latin soul fusion of R&B and Cuban salsa instrumentation called “boogaloo,” which originated in New York City and became briefly popular in the late 60s, “Bang, Bang” (#63, 1966), died from a bacterial infection on 2/15/2009, age 77
1932 ● Isao Tomita → Analog synthesizer musician, composer and pioneer of space and electronic music, used electronic music sequencers to combine classical pieces with sci-fi themes, won four Grammy Awards for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing, died from cardiac failure on 5/5/2016, age 84
1936 ● Glen Campbell / (Glen Travis Campbell) → 60s session musician with the Wrecking Crew of top-notch musicians, recorded with The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, The Mamas & the Papas and others, member of the touring band for The Beach Boys in place of Brian Wilson in 1964-65, then Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist and singer/songwriter with dozens of Country Top 10 and Pop Top 40 hits, including “Rhinestone Cowboy” (#1, 1975), occasional actor and TV host throughout his music career, died after a long and publicized battle with Alzheimer’s disease on 8/8/2017, age 81
1937 ● Jack Nitzsche / (Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche) → Producer, arranger, session musician, solo singer/songwriter, “The Lonely Surfer” (#39, 1963), worked with Phil Spector in the early 60s, with Buffy Sainte-Marie co-wrote “Up Where We Belong” (#1, 1982) from the film An Officer And A Gentleman (1982), produced albums for The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and others, died after a heart attack on 8/25/2000, age 63
1939 ● Mel Carter → Soul-pop and Easy Listening singer with several minor hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart but with eight Adult Contemporary Top 40 hits, including “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (#8, AC #1, 1965)
1939 ● Simon Napier-Bell → Music industry journeyman bandmember, session musician, producer, songwriter, journalist and author, at one time or another served as manager for The Yardbirds, John’s Children, Marc Bolan, Japan, London, Asia, Ultravox, Boney M., Wham! and others
1944 ● Howard Wyeth → Session drummer for Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Robert Gordon, Link Wray and others, grandson of painter Noel Wyeth, died of a heart attack 3/27/1996, age 51
1944 ● Alan Gordon → Songwriter and musician noted for co-writing “Happy Together” by The Turtles (#1, 1967) and “Celebrate” by Three Dog Night (#15, 1970), and writing “My Heart Belongs To Me” by Barbra Streisand (#4, 1977), died from cancer on 11/22/2008, age 64
1946 ● Frankie Cannibal / (Francisco “Frankie Cannibal” Garcia) → Lead vocals for pioneering L.A. “East Side Sound” Mexican-American one hit wonder brown-eyed-soul/garage rock quartet Cannibal And The Headhunters (“Land Of A Thousand Dances,” #30, 1965), died from AIDS on 1/21/1996, age 49
1948 ● Larry Groce → Folk and children’s music singer/songwriter, radio DJ and voice-over artist remembered for his one hit wonder single “Junk Food Junkie” (#9, 1976), appeared on nine Disney albums between 1979 and 1990, founded and continues as host and music director of Mountain Stage, the live music program produced by West Virginia Public Radio and aired nationally on NPR
1950 ● Pete Carr / (Jesse Willard Carr) → Guitarist, session musician, producer and member of early Southern rock The Hour Glass with Gregg and Duane Allman, member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits by Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, recorded with Lenny LeBlanc in the soft rock duet LeBlanc & Carr (“Falling,” #13, 1977), played lead guitar on many hits songs, including Bob Seger‘s “Mainstreet” and Paul Simon‘s “Kodachrome”
1950 ● Peter Frampton → Blues-rock and pop-rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and bandleader for The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968), Humble Pie, “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972), Frampton’s Camel, 70s-80s solo superstar, “Show Me The Way” (#6, 1976), toured in 90s with Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band
1951 ● Paul Carrack → Journeyman keyboards, guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975), then New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981) and pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986), plus a single solo hit, “Don’t Shed A Tear” (#9, 1987)
1955 ● Arthur Baker → Club DJ and early hip-hop producer, including New Edition‘s “Candy Girl” (Dance/Club #17, R&B #1, 1983) and New Order‘s “Confusion” (Dance/Club #5, 1983), then Afrika Bambaataa‘s “Planet Rock” (#48, R&B #4, 1986), plus a solo hit, “Let There Be Love” (Dance/Club #14, 1991)
1956 ● Kenny Lyon → Guitarist and music producer, toured and recorded with multiple bands, most notably post-punk rock then teen-pop The Lemonheads (“Into Your Arms,” Modern Rock #1, 1993) and indie pop Brazzaville, produced albums for numerous indie groups, issued two solo albums and authored a novel, short stories and screenplays
1966 ● Kimberley Dahme → Current bassist (since 2002) for reunited 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), record producer
1969 ● Craig Logan → Bassist in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK #1, 1988), left in 1989 for a career as a producer, manager and EMI Records executive, worked with Tina Turner, Sade, Joe Cocker, Pink and others, founded Logan Media Entertainment in 2006
1974 ● Shavo Odadjian → Bassist for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, “Aerials” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1978 ● Jason Stollsteimer → Vocals, guitar, principle songwriter and producer for indie rock The Von Blondies, “C’mon C’mon” (Modern Rock #25, UK #21, 2004), since 2011 with The Hounds Below
1979 ● Daniel Johns → Frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1984 ● Amelle Berrabah → Vocalist who replaced co-founding member Mutya Buena in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

April 23
1936 ● Roy Orbison → Rockabilly-rooted, country-pop/rock ‘n’ roll quavering singer/songwriter, “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (#1, 1964) plus 22 more Top 40 hits, joined supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty in 1988 (“Handle With Care”, Mainstream Rock #2, 1988), died of a heart attack at the height of a career revival on 1/25/2005, age 52
1939 ● Ray Peterson → Four-octave pop-rock singer, “Tell Laura I Love Her” (#7, 1960), became Baptist minister in the 70s, died from cancer on 1/25/2005, age 65
1940 ● Dale Houston → With performing partner Grace Broussard in two hit wonder Dale & Grace (“I’m Leaving It Up To You,” #1, 1963 and “Stop And Think It Over,” #6, 1964), died from heart failure on 9/27/2007, age 67
1944 ● Sandra Dee / (Alexandra Zuck) → Occasional singer best known as the ingénue-playing, Golden Globe-winning film actress, star of the teen beach film Gidget (1959) and former wife of pop crooner Bobby Darin, died of renal failure on 2/20/2005, age 60
1945 ● John Allen → Lead guitar for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1949 ● John Miles → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Slow Down” (Dance/Club #2, UK #10, 1977), managed Tina Turner‘s tours and did session work for Alan Parsons Project, Jimmy Page and Joe Cocker
1951 ● Cliff Hugo / (Clifford Clyde Hugo) → Bass guitarist for Brit art/prog rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979), also worked with Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Melissa Manchester and others
1952 ● Narada Michael Walden → Drummer, vocalist, songwriter and producer, performed with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, session work for Jeff Beck, produced and/or wrote/co-wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Starship, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, solo career includes “I Shoulda Loved You” (R&B #4, 1980)
1953 ● Rob Dean → Guitarist for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1955 ● Captain Sensible / (Raymond Burns) → Co-founder, vocals, guitar and songwriting for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), solo
1960 ● David Gedge → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, “Come Play With Me” (UK #10, 1992), the band released a single in every month of 1992 and earned 12 UK Top 30 hits, the only band with more than 10 new UK hits in one year
1960 ● Steve Clark → Guitarist for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), died after a night of heavy boozing combined with prescription drugs on 1/8/1991, age 30
1964 ● Gen / (Simon Matthews) → Drummer for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Tommy DeCarlo → Current lead singer for arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), joined the band to replace deceased lead singer Brad Delp at the invitation of bandleader Tom Scholz, to whom DeCarlo sent Myspace tapes of himself covering Boston singles
1968 ● Paul Clifford → Bassist for Britpop The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe‘s “Dizzy” (UK #1, 1991)
1969 ● Stan Frazier → Vocals and DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1983 ● Taio Cruz → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer, occasional rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur, “Break Your Heart” (#1, 2010)

April 24
1923 ● Freddy Bienstock → Vienna-born music publishing executive whose Jewish family resettled in the U.S. in 1939, first worked in the 40s as a “song plugger” salesman for writers in the famous Bill Building in New York City, later as song screener for Elvis Presley and others, and beginning in the 60s as a publishing executive with several firms, including Carlin Music which continues and controls the rights to thousands of pop and rock songs, died on 9/20/2009, age 86
1933 ● Freddie Scott → R&B/soul singer, “Are You Lonely For Me” (1966), died 4/24/1933,, age 74
1937 ● Dick Kniss → Stand-up bass player and “fourth member” behind folk-pop trio Peter, Paul & Mary, also in John Denver‘s band in the 70s, co-wrote “Sunshine On My Shoulders” (#1, 1974), died from chronic pulmonary on 1/25/2012, age 74
1940 ● George Tomsco → Guitarist for Tex-Mex instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Fireballs, “Torquay” (#39, 1959)
1942 ● Barbra Streisand → Stage, film and TV actress, pop vocalist, “The Way We Were” (#1, 1974), “Woman In Love” (*#1, 1980) and 4 other US #1 pop hits
1943 ● Glen Dale / (Richard Garforth) → Guitars and vocals for Brit pop/rock harmony vocals The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1944 ● Bernard St. Clair Lee → Vocals for R&B/soul-disco The Hues Corporation, “Rock The Boat” (#1, 1974), one of the earliest disco hits, continued to perform with incarnations of the band until his death due to natural causes on 3/8/2011, age 66
1945 ● Doug Clifford → Drummer for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969)
1945 ● Robert Knight → Founder and frontman for R&B/harmony soul The Paramounts, “Free Me” (R&B #15, 1961), then 60s one hit wonder solo career, “Everlasting Love” (#13, 1967)
1947 ● Glenn Cornick → First bassist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), then formed Wild Turkey and later Paris
1947 ● Hubert Ann Kelly → Vocals for R&B/soul-disco The Hues Corporation, “Rock The Boat” (#1, 1974), one of the earliest disco hits
1948 ● Steve York → Bassist for Brit beat pop-rock Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964)
1951 ● Nigel Harrison → Bass player with New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979) from 1977-82, also a member of glam-rock quintet Silverhead
1954 ● Jack Blades → Bassist with hard rock Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984), then joined Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw (Styx) in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1955 ● Gary Cambra → Guitars and keyboards for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978)
1957 ● David J. / (David J. Haskins) → Bass and vocals for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979), solo and goth-pop Love And Rockets, “So Alive” (#3, 1989)
1958 ● Boris Williams → Drummer for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1960 ● Paula Yates → UK TV host (music shows The Tube and The Big Breakfast), ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, died from a heroin overdose on 9/17/2000, age 40
1963 ● Billy Gould → Bassist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Paul Ryder → Bassist for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Patty Schemel → Second drummer for grunge rock Hole, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998)
1967 ● Shannon Larkin → Drummer for hard rock/metal Ugly Kid Joe, then hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1968 ● Aaron Comess → Drummer for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1971 ● Jas Mann / (Jasbinder Singh Mann) → Brit record producer and one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Spaceman” (UK #1, 1996)
1974 ● Barry James Stock → Guitar and backing vocals for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, “Just Like You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1974 ● Brian Marshall → Bassist for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, “With Arms Wide Open” (#1, 2000)
1982 ● Kelly Clarkson → Pop singer and inaugural-season (2002) winner on American Idol, “Since U Been Gone” (#1, 2005)
1984 ● Tyson Ritter → Co-founder, lead vocals and bass guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)
1987 ● Ben Howard → Folk-pop singer (“Only Love,” AAA #6, UK #9, 2012) and two-time 2013 BRIT Award winner (Breakthrough Act and Solo Male Artist)

April 25
1913 ● Earl Bostic → Underappreciated jazz and R&B alto saxophonist, “Temptation” (R&B Top 10, 1948), died of a heart attack while performing on stage on 10/28/1965, age 52
1917 ● Ella Fitzgerald → The “First Lady of Song”, Grammy-winning six-decade jazz/R&B/scat mega-diva, “Mack The Knife” (#27, R&B #6, 1960), died from diabetes on 6/15/1996, age 79
1923 ● Albert King / (Albert Nelson) → Highly influential blues guitarist, one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” with B. B. King and Freddie King, “Cold Feet” (#67, R&B #20, 1968), died from a heart attack on 12/21/1992, age 69
1928 ● Jinny Osborn / (Virginia A. Cole) → Original member and tenor vocals with long lasting, close-harmony girl group The Chordettes, missed the recording of the mega-hit “Mr. Sandman (#1, UK #11, 1954) while raising a new daughter but sang lead on their second big hit, “Lollipop” (#2, R&B #3, 1958), died from cancer on 5/19/2003, age 75
1928 ● Vassar Clements → Innovative, Grammy-winning jazz, swing and bluegrass fiddler with over 30 solo albums and years of session and touring work with a broad array of artists, including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman‘s Old & In The Way,The Monkees and Jimmy Buffett, continued to perform until just prior to his death from lung and brain cancer on 8/16/2005, age 77
1932 ● Gator Jackson / (Willis “Gator” Jackson) → Soul-jazz saxophonist and bandleader known best for his “honking” style and close collaborations and short marriage to R&B diva Ruth Brown (“(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (#23, R&B #1, 1953), died following heart surgery on 10/25/1987, age 55
1932 ● Gene Gene the Dancing Machine / (Eugene Patton) → NBC Studios stagehand turned TV personality as a regular dancing skit performer on the absurdist talent search program The Gong Show (1976-78), whereon he would shuffle and sway to Count Basie‘s “Jumpin’ At The Woodside,” died from complications of diabetes on 3/9/2015, age 82
1933 ● Jerry Leiber → Lyricist, producer, record label owner and one-half of the Lieber & Stoller hit songwriting duo, co-wrote dozens of R&B, pop and rock classics, including “Hound Dog” (Elvis Presley, #1, 1956) “Yakety Yak” (The Coasters, #1, 1958) and “Love Potion #9” (The Searchers, #3, 1965), died from cardio-pulmonary failure on 8/22/2011, age 78
1943 ● Tony Christie → Brit pop singer, “I Did What I Did For Maria” (UK #2, 1971), in 2005 re-released his 1971 UK #18 single “Is This The Way To Amarillo” in support of Comic Relief, the song went to #1 on the UK chart 33 years after its original release
1944 ● Charlie Harper → Founder, frontman and vocals for early punk rockers UK Subs, “Stranglehold” (UK #26, 1979)
1945 ● Bjorn Ulvaeus → Guitar and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Mike Kogel → Lead singer for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1945 ● Stu Cook → Bassist for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969)
1946 ● Ronnie Gilbert → Founding member and basis for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, 1967)
1949 ● Mike Brown / (Michael Lookofsky) → Keyboards and songwriter for “baroque pop” The Left Banke, composed “Walk Away Renee” (#5, 1967) and “Pretty Ballerina” (#15, 1967), then formed pop-rock quartet Stories but left before the band’s “Brother Louie” became a US #1 hit in 1973, died from heart failure on 3/19/2015, age 66
1950 ● Steve Ferrone → Drummer for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), sessions
1955 ● David Sikes → Second bassist (1987-98) for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), then joined hard rock/arena pop Giuffria
1958 ● Fish / (Derek William Dick) → Vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), later solo and now radio DJ
1960 ● Paul Baloff → Heavy metal singer best known for his three stints as lead vocalist and songwriter for thrash metal Exodus (LP Fabulous Disaster, #39, 1989), died after he was removed from life support following a stroke-induced coma on 2/2/2002, age 41
1964 ● Andy Bell → Flamboyant, openly gay vocalist for Brit synth-pop duo Erasure, “Chains Of Love” (#12, UK #1, 1988) and 16 other UK Top 10 hits
1964 ● Maya Gilder → Keyboards for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1965 ● Eric Avery → Co-founding member and bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), toured with Garbage and Peter Murphy
1965 ● Simon Fowler → Vocals for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, “The Day We Caught The Train” (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1980 ● Jacob Underwood → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

April 26
1886 ● Ma Rainey / (Gertrude Pridgett) → The “Mother of the Blues,” early female blues singer and first to record, including the earliest version of “See See Rider” (1924), died from a heart attack on 12/22/1939, age 53
1919 ● Johnny Shines / (John Ned Shines) → Top slide guitarist and Delta blues singer, performed with Robert Johnson, Big Walter Horton, Willie Dixon and Robert Lockwood, Jr., died on 4/20/1992, age 72
1925 ● Jorgen Ingmann → Danish jazz guitarist turned one hit wonder instrumental pop Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitars, covered “Apache” (#2, 1961)
1938 ● Duane Eddy → Influential electric guitar pioneer, rockabilly star and “twangy” instrumental rocker with fifteen Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1963, including “Rebel Rouser” (#6, 1958), continues to perform into the 10s
1938 ● Maurice Williams → Frontman and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop The Zodiacs, “Stay” (#1, 1960), solo
1940 ● Giorgio Moroder / (Hansjörg Moroder) → Disco and synth-pop producer including Donna Summer, “Love To Love You Baby” (#1, 1976), film soundtrack composer for Midnight Express (1978), Flashdance (1983), Top Gun (1986) and others
1941 ● Claudine Clark → One hit wonder singer and composer who, unlike most 60s female pop stars, wrote her own hit song, “Party Lights” (#5, R&B #3, 1962)
1942 ● Bobby Rydell / (Robert Ridarelli) → Former teen idol pop singer, “Wild One” (#2, 1960), plus 17 other Top 40 hits, now successful nightclub and concert performer
1943 ● Gary Wright → Keyboards and vocals for Brit blues-rock Spooky Tooth, then synth-rock solo, “Dream Weaver” (#2, 1976)
1945 ● Tony Murray → Bassist for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Bucky Wilkin / (John Wilkin) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriting for country-tinged surf rock Ronny & The Daytonas, “G.T.O.” (#4, 1964)
1946 ● Vito Balsamo → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, “Unchained Melody” (1963)
1951 ● Nick Garvey → Bassist and songwriter for early pub rock Ducks Deluxe, then power pop/rock The Motors, “Airport” (UK #4, 1978)
1952 ● Neol Davies → Founder and guitarist for multi-racial 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1959 ● John Corabi → Journeyman heavy metal guitar and vocals, hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989), Ratt, others
1960 ● Roger Taylor → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982) and “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” (Dance/Club #1, 2001)
1961 ● Chris Mars → Drummer for alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1970 ● Ruth-Ann Boyle → Vocals for Brit breakbeat/trip-hop trio Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, 1997)
1970 ● T-Boz / (Tionne Tenese Watkins) → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994)
1971 ● Jay DeMarcus / (Stanley Wayne DeMarcus, Jr.) → Bassist and harmony vocals for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1975 ● Joey Jordison → Drummer for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1976 ● Jose Antonio Pasillas II → Drummer for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001)
1981 ● Ms. Dynamite / (Niomi McLean Daley) → Brit R&B/hip hop/garage singer and rapper, “It Takes More” (UK #7, 2002)
1982 ● Jonathan Lee → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)

April 27
1904 ● Syd Nathan → Music executive who contributed to the development of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll music through his ownership of King Records and its subsidiaries, which he founded in 1943 and brought obscure young artists to the national stage, including Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (“Work With Me Annie,” R&B #1, 1954) and James Brown (“Please, Please, Please,” R&B #6, 1956), who recorded on King through the 60s (“I Got You (I Feel Good),” #3, R&B #1, 1965), the label became the sixth largest record company in the US before the mid-60s payola scandal impacted sales, died from heart disease on 5/5/1968, age 63
1932 ● Maxine Brown → Vocals for 50s-60s country-folk harmony sibling vocal trio The Browns, “The Three Bells” (#1, 1959), solo
1932 ● Casey Kasem / (Kemil Amen Kasem) → Legendary and iconic radio DJ who confessed to not loving rock ‘n’ roll but built a long and lucrative career from it , creator and long-time host of one of the most popular syndicated music programs on radio, American Top 40, voice-over artist for TV commercials and shows (“Shaggy” of Scooby-Do cartoons), died from a degenerative neurological and muscular disease on 6/15/2014, age 82
1944 ● Cuba Gooding, Sr. → Lead vocals for R&B/romantic soul The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972) and eight other R&B Top 40 hits, found dead in his car on a busy street in a Los Angeles neighborhood on 4/20/2017, age 72
1947 ● Anne Peebles → R&B/Southern soul singer, “I Can’t Stand The Rain” (#38, R&B #6, 1973)
1947 ● Gordon Haskell → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, briefly with King Crimson, then sessions and solo, resurfaced in 2001 with “How Wonderful You Are” (UK #2, 2001) and a UK #2 album, Harry’s Bar
1947 ● Peter Ham → Guitar, vocals, chief songwriter and founding member of Brit beat The Iveys, which evolved into power pop Badfinger (“Day After Day,” #4, 1972), committed suicide amidst the band’s legal and financial troubles on 4/24/1975, age 27
1948 ● Kate Pierson → Bouffant-haired vocalist and frontwoman for campy alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1949 ● Clive Taylor → Bassist for Welsh pop-rock Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969)
1949 ● Herb Murrell → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1951 ● Ace Frehley / (Paul “Ace” Frehley) → Influential hard rock guitarist and vocals for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), solo, “New York Groove” (#13, 1979)
1954 ● Wally Palmar / (Volodymyr Palamarchuk) → Ukrainian-American founding member and lead vocalist for New Wave pop-rock The Romantics, “What I Like About You” (#49, 1980) and “Talking In Your Sleep” (#3, 1984), later played with Ringo Starr‘s All-Star Band and co-founded garage rock supergroup The Empty Hearts
1959 ● Marco Pirroni → Guitarist for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1959 ● Sheena Easton / (Sheena Shirley Orr) → Grammy-winning pop singer, “Morning Train (Nine To Five)” (#1, 1980) and James Bond movie theme song “For Your Eyes Only” (#4, 1981) and 11 other Top 40 singles, stage and TV actress
1969 ● Mica Paris / (Michelle Wallen) → Brit R&B/soul-pop singer, “My One Temptation” (#97, Adult Contemporary #8, 1989)
1972 ● Bob Coombes → Keyboards for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, “Alright/Time” (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Will Boyd → Bassist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1984 ● Patrick Stump → Lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007), solo
1984 ● Yonah Higgins → Vocals for Brit R&B/dance-pop teen sibling girl-group Cleopatra, “Cleopatra’s Theme” (#26, 1998)

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Singles Released This Week (April 15 – 21)

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

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

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


April 15
1965 • Jackie DeShannon • “What The World Needs Now” • Pop/Rock • This Is Jackie DeShannon • “I Remember The Boy”
1965 • The Supremes • “Back In My Arms Again” • Soul-Pop • More Hits By The Supremes • “Whisper You Love Me Boy”
1966 • Manfred Mann • “Pretty Flamingo” [UK] • Folk-Pop • Mann Made Hits • “You’re Standing By”
1966 • Simon & Garfunkel • “I Am A Rock” • Folk-Pop • Sounds Of Silence • “Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall”
1971 • The Supremes • “Nathan Jones” • Soul – Pop • Touch • “Happy (Is A Bumpy Road)”
1972 • The Rolling Stones • “Tumbling Dice” • Blues-Rock • Exile On Main Street • “Sweet Black Angel”
1976 • AC/DC • “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)” [UK] • Hard Rock • T.N.T. • “Can I Sit Next To You Girl”
1977 • Boz Scaggs • “Lido Shuffle” [UK] • Disco-Pop • Silk Degrees • “We’re All Alone”
1982 • Patti Austin (With James Ingram) • “Baby, Come To Me” • Love Ballad • Every Home Should Have One • “Solero” [Patti Austin]
1986 • Janet Jackson • “Nasty” • Dance-Pop • Control • “You’ll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)”
1991 • The Doobie Brothers • “Dangerous” • Pop-Rock • Brotherhood • “Our Love”
1993 • R.E.M. • “Everybody Hurts” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Automatic For The People • “Mandolin Strum”
1997 • Hanson • “MMMBop” • Teen Pop • Middle Of Nowhere • “Where’s The Love”
1997 • U2 • “Staring At The Sun” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Pop • “North and South of the River”
2005 • Black Eyed Peas • “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” • Pop Rap • Monkey Business • “Bend Your Back”
2013 • Poliça • “Tiff” • Dream Pop • Shulamith • [None]


April 16
1956 • Buddy Holly • “Love Me” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Blue Days – Black Nights”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Kiss Me Quick” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Suspicion”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Suspicion” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1967 • Aretha Franklin • “Respect” • Soul • I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You • “Dr. Feelgood”
1969 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “I’m Livin’ In Shame” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Let The Sunshine In • “I’m So Glad (I Got Someone Like You Around)”
1971 • The Rolling Stones • “Brown Sugar” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Sticky Fingers • “Bitch” / “Let It Rock”
1971 • Ringo Starr • “It Don’t Come Easy” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Early 1970”
1976 • The Rolling Stones • “Fool To Cry” [UK] • Power Ballad • Black And Blue • “Crazy Mama”
1977 • Bread • “Hooked On You” • Soft Rock • Lost Without Your Love • “Fly Away”
1983 • Journey • “Faithfully” • Pop-Rock • Frontiers • “Back Talk”
1984 • Duran Duran • “The Reflex” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Seven And The Ragged Tiger • “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)”
1988 • Hall & Oates • “Everything Your Heart Desires” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Ooh Yeah! • “Realove”
1990 • Billy Idol • “Cradle Of Love” [UK] • Hard Rock • Charmed Life • “311 Man”
2001 • Matchbox Twenty • “Mad Season” • Alt. Rock • Mad Season • “Long Day” / “Back 2 Good”
2001 • Dave Matthews Band • “The Space Between” • Alt. Rock/Pop-Rocck • Everyday • “I Did It”


April 17
1964 • Dave Clark Five • “Do You Love Me?” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Glad All Over • “Chaquita”
1970 • Marvin Gaye • “Abraham, Martin And John” [UK] • Soul – Pop • That’s The Way Love Is • “How Can I Forget”
1971 • The Rolling Stones • “Brown Sugar” • Blues-Rock • Sticky Fingers • “Bitch”
1972 • Elton John • “Rocket Man” • Pop-Rock • Honky Chateau • “Susie (Dramas)”
1973 • Eagles • “Tequila Sunrise” • Soft Country-Rock • Desperado • “Twenty-One”
1975 • John Lennon • “Stand By Me” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Rock ‘n’ Roll • “Move Over Ms. L”
1978 • ABBA • “Take A Chance On Me” • Euro-Pop • The Album • “I’m A Marionette”
1979 • Sister Sledge • “We Are Family” • Disco • We Are Family • “Easier To Love”
1980 • Pink Floyd • “Run Like Hell” • Prog Rock • The Wall • “Don’t Leave Me Now”
1982 • Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force • “Planet Rock” • Electro-Hip Hop • [Single] • “Planet Rock” [Instrumental]
1993 • Aerosmith • “Eat The Rich” • Hard Rock • Get A Grip • “Fever” / “Head First”
2010 • The Rolling Stones • “Plundered My Soul” • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “All Down The Line”


April 18
1963 • Marvin Gaye • “Pride And Joy” • Soul-Pop • That Stubborn Kinda Fella • “One Of Those Days”
1968 • The Temptations • “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)” • Soul-Pop • The Temptations Wish It Would Rain • “Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got”
1973 • The Hollies • “Jesus Was A Crossmaker” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “I Had A Dream”
1975 • Genesis • “The Carpet Crawlers” [UK] • Prog Rock • The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway • “The Waiting Room (Evil Jam)”
1977 • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band • “Mainstreet” • Heartland Rock • Night Moves • “Jody Girl”
1980 • Michael Jackson • “She’s Out of My Life” • Pop Ballad • Off The Wall • “Get On The Floor”
1983 • Tears For Fears • “Pale Shelter” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • The Hurting • “We Are Broken”
1987 • Genesis • “In Too Deep” • Prog Rock • Invisible Touch • “I’d Rather Be You”
1988 • Michael Jackson • “Dirty Diana” • Hard Rock • Bad • “Bad” [Dance Mix]
1995 • R.E.M. • “Strange Currencies” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Monster • “Strange Currencies” [Instrumental]


April 19
1963 • Johnny Cash • “Ring Of Fire” • Country-Pop • Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash • “I’d Still Be There”
1965 • Otis Redding • “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” • Soul Ballad • Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul • “I’m Depending On You”
1965 • The Beatles • “Ticket To Ride” • Jangle Pop • Help! • “Yes It Is”
1965 • Peter & Gordon • “True Love Ways” • Merseybeat • True Love Ways • “If You Wish”
1974 • Eagles • “Already Gone” • Country-Rock • On The Border • “Is It True?”
1977 • Weather Report • “Birdland” • Jazz-Rock Fusion • Heavy Weather • “Palladium”
1978 • Patti Smith Group • “Because The Night” • New Wave Punk-Rock • Easter • “God Speed”
1982 • 38 Special • “Caught Up In You” • Southern Rock • Special Forces • “Firestarter”
1984 • Laura Branigan • “Self Control” • Italo-Disco • Self Control • “Silent Partners”
1999 • Lou Bega • “Mambo No. 5” • Latin Dance-Pop • A Little Bit Of Mambo • “Beauty On The TV Screen”
2012 • Rush • “Headlong Flight” • Prog/Art Rock • Clockwork Angels • “Headlong Flight” [Album Version]


April 20
1958 • Buddy Holly • “Rave On” • Pop-Rock • Buddy Holly • “Take Your Time”
1966 • The Troggs • “Wild Thing” [UK] • Garage Rock • Wild Thing • “From Home”
1967 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” • Soul-Pop • United • “Give A Little Love”
1970 • Elvis Presley • “The Wonder Of You” • Country-Pop • [Single] • “Mama Liked Roses”
1970 • The Hollies • “I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Mad Professor Blyth”
1970 • Neil Young With Crazy Horse • “Cinnamon Girl” • Folk-Rock • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere • “Sugar Mountain”
1979 • George Harrison • “Love Comes To Everyone” [UK] • Pop-Rock • George Harrison • “Soft-Hearted Hana”
1979 • The Who • “Long Live Rock” [UK] • Hard Rock • Odds & Sods • “I’m The Face” / “My Wife”
1981 • Duran Duran • “Careless Memories” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Duran Duran • “Khanada”
1981 • The Human League • “The Sound Of The Crowd” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Dare • “The Sound of the Crowd (Add Your Voice)”
1981 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “The Waiting” • Album Rock • Hard Promises • “Nightwatchman”


April 21
1967 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Girls In Love” • Pop-Rock • New Directions • “Let’s Be More Than Friends”
1967 • The Yardbirds • “Little Games” [UK] • Blues Rock • Little Games • “Puzzles”
1972 • The Moody Blues • “Isn’t Life Strange” • Prog Rock • Seventh Sojourn • “After You Came”
1972 • Bill Withers • “Lean On Me” • Soul • Still Bill • “Better Off Dead”
1978 • Donna Summer • “Back In Love Again” [UK] • Disco-Funk • I Remember Yesterday • “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It”
1983 • Duran Duran • “The Reflex” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Seven And The Ragged Tiger • “New Religion”
1986 • Bob Dylan With The Heartbreakers • “Band Of The Hand” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Joe’s Death” [Instrumental]
1991 • AC/DC • “Are You Ready?” • Hard Rock • The Razor’s Edge • “Got You By The Balls”

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