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Albums Released This Week (July 1 – 7)

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


July 01
1957 ● Elvis Presley —— Loving You ► Rock n Roll
1968 ● The Band —— Music From Big Pink ► Folk-Rock
1968 ● Jackie DeShannon —— Lonely Girl ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Traffic —— John Barleycorn Must Die ► Prog Rock
1970 ● Cactus —— Cactus ► Hard Rock
1970 ● Donny Hathaway —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul
1970 ● The Beach Boys —— Summertime Blues ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Otis Redding —— Tell The Truth ► Memphis Soul
1972 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Toulouse Street ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Jim Croce —— Life And Times ► Folk-Pop
1973 ● Golden Earring —— Moontan ► Hard Rock
1975 ● Trooper —— Trooper ► Hard Rock
1977 ● Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels —— Born To Rock ► Rockabilly
1979 ● The Korgis —— The Korgis ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● The Korgis —— Dumb Waiters ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Loudness —— Disillusion ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal
1985 ● Ray Davies —— Return To Waterloo [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Wham! —— Music From The Edge Of Heaven ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Rory Gallagher —— Defender ► Blues-Rock
1991 ● Cannibal Corpse —— Butchered At Birth ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1991 ● Green Day —— 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours ► Alt. Rock
1991 ● Rick Wakeman —— Black Nights At The Court Of Ferdinand IV ► Prog Rock
1993 ● East 17 —— Walthamstow ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● Wolfstone —— Year Of The Dog ► Celtic Rock
1996 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Southern Knights ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Blues Traveler —— Straight On Till Morning ► Alt Country Rock
1997 ● John Hiatt —— Little Head ► Roots Rock
1997 ● Limp Bizkit —— Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ ► Rap-Metal
1999 ● Roy Buchanan —— Live ► Blues-Rock
2001 ● Shpongle —— Tales Of The Inexpressible ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Oasis —— Heathen Chemistry ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
2010 ● Trooper —— Hits From Ten Albums ► Hard Rock
2014 ● 38 Special —— 10 Live! ► Southern Rock


July 02
1965 ● The Jazz Crusaders —— Chile Con Soul ► Jazz Fusion
1966 ● The Jazz Crusaders —— Live At Newport ► Jazz Fusion
1979 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Rust Never Sleeps ► Folk-Rock
1981 ● Foreigner —— 4 ► Arena Rock
1982 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Imperial Bedroom ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● The Time —— Ice Cream Castle ► Funk
1984 ● Depeche Mode —— People Are People ► Synth-Pop
1985 ● Carly Simon —— Spoiled Girl ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Lyle Lovett —— Lyle Lovett ► Alt. Country
1990 ● Devo —— Smooth Noodle Maps ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave
1991 ● Alice Cooper —— Hey Stoopid ► Heavy Metal/Shock Metal
1991 ● Crowded House —— Woodface ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Chris Whitley —— Living With The Law ► Blues-Rock
1991 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Into The Great Wide Open ► Album Rock
1992 ● David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Glenn Frey —— Glenn Frey Live ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Asia —— Arena ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Blues Traveler —— Live From The Fall ► Alt Country Rock
1996 ● Neil Young With Crazy Horse —— Broken Arrow ► Blues-Rock
2001 ● David Gray —— The EPs 1992-1994 ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Little River Band —— One Night In Mississippi ► Soft Rock
2002 ● Aerosmith —— O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Kansas —— The Ultimate Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock
2009 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King ► AA Pop-Rock
2010 ● Kylie Minogue —— Aphrodite ► Dance-Pop
2012 ● The Rolling Stones —— Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 ► Blues-Rock
2012 ● Duran Duran —— Diamond In The Mind: Live 2011, A ► New Wave Synth-Pop


July 03
1969 ● Fairport Convention —— Unhalfbricking ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Cilla Black —— Sweet Inspiration ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Ronnie Wood —— Now Look ► Hard Rock
1980 ● The Jacksons —— Triumph ► Soul/pop
1984 ● Lindsey Buckingham —— Go Insane ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Seven Turns ► Southern Rock
1991 ● Various Artists —— Am I Cool Or What? ► Soul-Jazz
1996 ● Cryptopsy —— None So Vile ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1996 ● Kool & The Gang —— State Of Affairs ► Funk
2000 ● Blackmail —— Do Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep? ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock
2000 ● Various Artists —— G-A-Y ► Dance-Pop
2001 ● Tha Alkaholics —— X.O. Experience ► West Coast Rap
2014 ● Richard Marx —— Beautiful Goodbye ► AA Pop-Rock


July 04
1972 ● David Ackles —— American Gothic ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● Neil Diamond —— Beautiful Noise ► Pop-Rock
1981 ● Mission Of Burma —— Signals, Calls, And Marches ► Post-Punk
1983 ● Yazoo —— You And Me Both ► Synth-Pop
1988 ● Kylie Minogue —— Kylie ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● The Prodigy —— Music For The Jilted Generation ► Electro-Industrial
1995 ● Brother Cane —— Seeds ► Hard Rock
1995 ● Foo Fighters —— Foo Fighters ► Grunge Rock
1995 ● Funkdoobiest —— Brothas Doobie ► Latino Rap
1997 ● Mogwai —— Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997) ► Cosmic Post-Rock
1999 ● Underoath —— Act Of Depression ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal
2000 ● Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek: Excess All Areas ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● Alice Cooper —— Dirty Diamonds ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Various Artists —— The Best Of Miami Vice [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Johnny Cash —— American V: A Hundred Highways ► Trad Country/Americana
2011 ● Blondie —— Panic Of Girls ► New Wave Pop-Rock


July 05
1958 ● Ray Charles —— Ray Charles At Newport ► Soul
1965 ● The Beach Boys —— Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) ► Pop-Rock
1966 ● The Beach Boys —— Best Of The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Tyrannosaurus Rex —— My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows ► Psychedelic Folk
1968 ● Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Creedence Clearwater Revival ► Folk-Rock
1969 ● Cass Elliott —— Bubblegum, Lemonade, And… Something For Mama ► Bubblegum Pop
1972 ● Frank Zappa —— Waka/Jawaka ► Art Rock
1974 ● Bryan Ferry —— Another Time, Another Place ► Prog. Rock
1976 ● The Beach Boys —— 15 Big Ones ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Suicidal Tendencies —— Suicidal Tendencies ► Punk Metal
1984 ● Billy Squier —— Signs Of Life ► Hard Rock
1993 ● U2 —— Zooropa ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1993 ● Björk —— Debut ► Alt Pop-Rock
1993 ● Smog —— Julius Caesar ► Alt Rock/Lo-Fi
1994 ● Hootie & The Blowfish —— Cracked Rear View ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● The Who —— Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B ► British Rock
1999 ● The Auteurs —— How I Learned To Love The Bootboys ► Glam Rock
2005 ● Iron Maiden —— The Essential Iron Maiden ► Heavy Metal
2005 ● Various Artists —— Music For Lonely Housewives ► Multiple Genres


July 06
1971 ● MC5 —— High Time ► Garage Rock/Proto-Punk
1971 ● Diana Ross —— Surrender ► Soul – Motown
1972 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Trilogy ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Steely Dan —— Countdown To Ecstasy ► Jazz-Rock
1973 ● Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play [UK] ► Prog Rock
1979 ● The B-52’s —— The B-52’s ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1981 ● Pat Benatar —— Precious Time ► Hard Rock
1984 ● The Jacksons —— Victory ► Soul/pop
1984 ● Public Image Ltd. —— This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get ► Post-Punk
1985 ● Heart —— Heart ► Album Rock
1986 ● Quiet Riot —— QR III ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Supertramp —— The Autobiography Of Supertramp ► Prog/Art Rock
1987 ● Echo & The Bunnymen —— Echo & The Bunnymen ► Post-Punk
1987 ● Grateful Dead —— In The Dark ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Akinyele —— Vagina Diner ► Dirty Rap
1993 ● Todd Rundgren —— No World Order ► Art Rock
1998 ● Miss Kitten & The Hacker —— Champagne ► Electro Pop
1999 ● Dokken —— The Very Best Of Dokken ► Heavy Metal
2013 ● New Order —— Live At Bestival 2012 ► Alt Pop-Rock
2018 ● Culture Club —— Tribes ► Pop-Soul


July 07
1969 ● Cream —— Best Of Cream ► Blues-Rock
1970 ● The Stooges —— Fun House ► Proto-Punk
1970 ● Ben E. King —— Rough Edges ► Soul
1972 ● Jimmy Cliff —— The Harder They Come [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Reggae
1973 ● Barry Manilow —— Barry Manilow I ► AM Pop
1974 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis ► Adult Contemporary
1977 ● Styx —— The Grand Illusion ► Prog/Art Rock
1977 ● Yes —— Going For The One ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Golden Earring —— No Promises…No Debts ► Hard Rock
1984 ● David Sylvian —— Brilliant Trees ► Ambient
1986 ● Steve Winwood —— Back In The High Life ► Album Rock
1986 ● David Lee Roth —— Eat ‘Em And Smile ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Eric B. and Rakim —— Paid in Full ► Hardcore Rap
1987 ● Laura Branigan —— Touch ► Dance-Pop
1987 ● Hoodoo Gurus —— Mars Needs Guitars ► Alt. Power Pop
1987 ● k. d. lang —— Angel With A Lariat ► Alt Country Rock
1987 ● Los Lobos —— By The Light Of The Moon ► Roots Rock
1987 ● Dwight Yoakam —— Hillbilly Deluxe ► Alt Country-Rock
1988 ● Iggy Pop —— Instinct ► Alt. Rock / Punl
1991 ● Robert Fripp —— Show Of Hands ► Art Rock
1991 ● Frank Zappa —— Beat The Boots ► Art Rock
1992 ● Dream Theater —— Images And Words ► Heavy Metal/Progressive
1992 ● Kansas —— Live At The Whisky ► Prog/Arena Rock
1997 ● Against All Authority —— Against All Authority ► Ska-Punk
1997 ● Dropkick Murphys —— Boys On The Docks ► Punk Rock
1998 ● Barenaked Ladies —— Stunt ► AA Pop-Rock
2005 ● Ringo Starr —— Choose Love ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Jeff Beck —— Live At B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill ► Instrumental Rock
2008 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Live 2006 ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Berlin —— All The Way In ► L. A. Synth-Pop

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 30 – July 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

June 30
1917 ● Lena Horne / (Lena Mary Calhoun Horne) → Grammy-winning contemporary pop singer, stage, film and TV actress and nightclub entertainer with a 70 year career from the Cotton Club in the 30s to Hollywood films in the 40s to blacklisting in the 50s to TV and Broadway in the 70s and 80s, recorded several charting hits, including “Love Me Or Leave Me” (#19, 1955), died from unspecified causes on 5/9/2010, age 92.
1936 ● Dave Van Ronk → Folk and acoustic blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, figurehead in the 60s Greenwich Village folk coffeehouse scene, influenced Bob Dylan and many other young folksters, died from complications of colon cancer surgery on 2/10/2002, age 65
1937 ● Larry Henley / (Lawrence Joel Henley) → Lead vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964) but better known as a Nashville songwriter with several Country #1 hits and for co-writing “Wind Beneath My Wings” (#1, 1989) for Bette Midler, died from complications of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases on 12/18/2014, age 77
1939 ● Tony Hatch → Composer, pianist, Pye Records staff songwriter, producer for The Searchers, David Bowie, the Montanas and others, wrote “Downtown” for Petula Clark (#1, 1964)
1940 ● Larry Hall / (Lawrence Kendall Hall) → One hit wonder pop singer with the debut hit “Sandy” (#15, 1960), left the industry after several unsuccessful follow-ups and became an Oregon cattle rancher, died from cancer on 9/24/1997, age 57
1943 ● Flo Ballard / (Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman) → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#1, 1964), left in 1967 when Motown snubbed her and pushed Diana Ross to the front, tried to become a solo act but was largely unsuccessful, died of a heart attack on 2/22/1976, age 32
1944 ● Glenn Shorrock → Songwriter, lead vocals and co-founder of several top-level Aussie pop/rock bands, including Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), solo
1946 ● Billy Brown / (William Brown) → Vocals for R&B/soul trio The Moments, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to sweet soul Ray, Goodman & Brown, “Special Lady” (#5, R&B #1, 1979)
1949 ● Andy Scott → Guitar and synthesizer for neo-bubblegum/glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1951 ● Stanley Clarke → Virtuoso electric and acoustic jazz and jazz-rock fusion bassist, bandleader and solo, “Sweet Baby” (#19, R&B #6, 1981), collaborated with Chick Corea in fusion band Return To Forever, session work for Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and others, film score composer
1953 ● Hal Lindes → Guitarist and film score composer, joined post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Money For Nothing” (#1, 1985) in 1981, solo and session work
1956 ● Philip Adrian Wright → Joined synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981) in 1978 as “Director of Visuals”, learned keyboards, left the band in 1986 to pursue graphic design
1957 ● Doug Sampson → Original drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), left the band in 1977 to escape the rigors of constant touring and never played professionally again
1962 ● Julianne Regan → Vocals for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988)
1963 ● Yngwie Malmsteen → Swedish composer, bandleader and technically accomplished neo-classical heavy metal guitarist, pioneer of the lightning fast “shredding” technique, “Heaven Tonight” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1988)
1967 ● Cammy Camell / (Peter James Camell) → Bass and rhythm guitar for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Philip Anselmo → Lead vocals for alt heavy metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1969 ● Tom Drummond → Bassist for alt pop-rock trio Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1979 ● Andrew Burrows → Drummer for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)
1983 ● Anton Gordon → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)
1983 ● Cheryl Cole / (Cheryl Ann Tweedy) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002), judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008, solo, “Fight For This Love” (UK #1, 2009)
1984 ● Fantasia / (Fantasia Barrino) → R&B/soul singer, actress, “I Believe” (#1, 2004), the first debut single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart
1985 ● T-Pain / (Faheem Rasheed Najm) → R&B/hip hop MC and singer, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (#1, 2007)
1992 ● Lamb Lennon Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lynx, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)
1992 ● Lynx Vaughan Gaede → With fraternal twin sister Lamb, one half of the white supremacist bubblegum teen pop/”hate rock” duo Prussian Blue, “I Will Bleed For You” (2004)

July 01
1915 ● Willie Dixon → The “Poet Laureate of the Blues,” vital Chicago blues pioneer, singer, songwriter and guitarist, composed over 500 songs, including recognized standards such as “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Little Red Rooster” and many others, major influence on blues-rockers, including The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, died of heart failure on 1/29/1992, age 76
1928 ● Bobby Day / (Robert James Byrd) → R&B/doo wop vocals and songwriter with The Hollywood Flames, “Buzz Buzz Buzz” (#11, R&B #5, 1957), then solo, “Rockin’ Robin” (#2, R&B #1, 1958), later one half of the duo Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle” (#44, 1963), died of cancer on 1/27/1990, age 62
1933 ● Eddie Bond → Pioneer rockabilly star, singer and guitarist, “Rockin’ Daddy” (1956), toured on the Louisiana Hayride with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others, radio DJ
1939 ● Delaney Bramlett → Accomplished guitarist and songwriter, member of house band The Shindogs for TV pop music variety show Shindig, one half of husband/wife front for rock/soul revue Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, “Never Ending Song Of Love” (#13, 1971), worked with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason and George Harrison died from complications of gall bladder surgery on 12/27/2008, age 69
1942 ● Andraé Crouch → The “Father of Modern Gospel,” Grammy-winning, renowned and respected pioneer of contemporary gospel, singer, writer, producer, solo artist, “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” (R&B #69, 1980), collaborated with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna and others, film score composer and pastor, died following a heart attack on 1/8/2015, age 72
1945 ● Debbie Harry → Singer and frontwoman for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), solo, “In Love With Love” (#70, Dance/Club #1, 1987)
1946 ● June Monteiro → Singer for pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1948 ● John Ford → Bass and acoustic guitar for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), formed rock duo Hudson Ford with bandmate/drummer Richard Hudson, “Pick Up The Pieces” (UK #8, 1973), then punk rock The Monks, “Nice Legs Shame About Her Face” (UK #19, 1979)
1949 ● John Farnham → Hugely popular solo pop-rock singer and songwriter in his native Australia, “You’re The Voice” (#82, UK #6, 1987)
1951 ● Fred Schneider → Vocals and frontman for New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1951 ● Victor Willis → Original member, lead singer, songwriter and policeman or naval officer character for campy, suggestive gay pop-rock vocal man band The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978), co-wrote most of the band’s hit songs and became embroiled in a copyright dispute after leaving in 1980, released a solo album in 2015 that had been recorded in 1979
1952 ● Dan Akroyd → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed “Elwood Blues” in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979)
1952 ● Ndugu Chancler / (Leon Chancler) → Grammy-winning jazz-funk drummer, percussionist and sought-after sessionman, worked The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson (drummed on “Billie Jean,” #1, 1983), Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Weather Report and many others on hundreds of albums, died from prostate cancer on 2/3/2018, age 65
1956 ● Phil Solem → Singer, songwriter, co-founder of power pop Great Buildings, which became The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (#17, 1995), the theme song to the TV situation comedy Friends
1959 ● Edem Ephraim → With Dennis Fuller, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, “London Nights” (UK #2, 1989), died with Fuller in a car collision on 1/21/1996, age 36
1960 ● Champagne King / (Evelyn King) → R&B/disco and post-disco singer, “Love Come Down” (#17, Dance/Club #1, 1982)
1960 ● Ted Key → Bassist for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986)
1963 ● Roddy Bottum → Keyboards for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Pol Burton → Drummer for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983)
1971 ● Adam MacDougall → Keyboards for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1971 ● Missy Elliott / (Melissa Elliott) → Hugely successful, four time Grammy-winning female rapper and songwriter, “Work It” (#2, 2002), producer, wrote “If Your Girl Only Knew” (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1996) for Aaliyah

July 02
1917 ● Murry Wilson / (Murry Gage Wilson) → Tough-love patriarch, business manager, co-producer and publisher for Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilsonn in the formative years of sunshine pop/surf rock The Beach Boys (“I Get Around,” #1, 1964), dismissed as manager by Brian in 1964 and died from a heart attack on 6/4/1973, age 55
1925 ● Marvin Rainwatef / (Marvin Percy) → One quarter Cherokee country, rockabilly and pop singer, “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” (#18, Country #3, 1957) and “Whole Lotta Woman” (#60, UK #1, 1958), age 88
1927 ● Lee Allen → Early rock ‘n’ roll tenor saxophonist and session musician in New Orleans in the 50s, played on many hits by Fats Domino (“I’m Walking,” #4, R&B #1, 1957), Little Richard (“Tutti Frutti,” #14, R&B #2, 1956) and others but found little success on his own except for “Walkin’ With Mr. Lee” (#54, 1958), performed with Fats Domino through the 70s, and with Stray Cats and The Blasters in the 80s, died on 10/18/1994, age 67
1936 ● Tom Springfield / (Dion O’Brien) → Vocals and songwriting with sister Dusty Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” (#20, 1962)
1937 ● Dee Palmer / (David Palmer) → Classically-trained composer, arranger and keyboardist with long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), underwent male-to-female sex change operation in 2004
1939 ● Paul Williams → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), shot himself to death on 8/17/1973, age 34
1942 ● Leapy Lee / (Graham Pulleybank) → One hit wonder Brit comedian and stage actor turned country-pop crossover singer, “Little Arrows” (#16, Country #11, 1968)
1945 ● Peter Cruikshank → Bassist for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1949 ● The Professor / (Roy Bittan) → Keyboards and synthesizer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, session work for David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, others
1950 ● Duncan Mackay → Keyboards for glam rock Cockney Rebel, “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” (UK #1, 1975)
1952 ● Johnny Colla → Saxophone and guitar for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Pete Briquette → Bass and vocals for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1955 ● Jerry Hall → Fashion model and sometime actress known chiefly for her marriage to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in November 1990, ending in divorce in 1999
1956 ● Jeffrey Cooper → Backing vocals for synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, “Operator” (#18, R&B #1, 1990)
1957 ● Mike Anger → Bassist in New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene” (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Annie Ruddock / (Ann-Marie Teresa Antoinette Ruddock) → Vocals and saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1964 ● Roy Boulter → Drummer for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1965 ● Dave Parsons → Bassist for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983), joined alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995) in 1992
1970 ● Monie Love / (Simone Wilson) → Former protégé of Queen Latifah and member of Native Tongues hip hop collective, solo rapper, “It’s A Shame, My Sister” (#26, Dance/Club #2, 1991)
1974 ● Rocky Gray → Drummer for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003), played lead guitar for Christian metal Living Sacrifice and drums for other metal bands in his native Arkansas
1983 ● Michelle Branch → Teen pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All You Wanted” (#6, 2002) and duet with Carlos Santana, “The Game Of Love” (#5, 2002), then formed country-pop The Wreckers, “Leave The Pieces” (#34, Country #1, 2006)
1985 ● Ashley Michelle Tisdale → Model, actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever), solo, “It’s Alright, It’s OK” (Dance/Club #20, 2009)

July 03
1878 ● George M. Cohan / (George Michael Cohan) → Heralded composer, playwright and entertainer known as the “Father of American musical comedy” and for publishing more than 300 songs, including enduring favorites “Give My Regards To Broadway” (1904), “The Yankee Doodle Boy” (1904) and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” (1906), created and produced over 50 Broadway musicals in the 10s and 20s, acted in and produced movie musicals in the 30s, died from cancer on 11/5/1942, age 64
1893 ● “Mississippi” John Hurt / (John Smith Hurt) → Dexterous country-blues guitarist and songwriter who might have passed in obscurity but for the 60s blues-folk revival, his 1964 recordings for the Library of Congress touched off a brief period in the spotlight that continued after his death from a heart attack on 11/2/1966, age 73
1929 ● David Lynch → Vocals for hugely successful R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958) and 13 other Top 20 hits between 1955 and 1967, died of cancer on 1/2/1981, age 51
1930 ● Tommy Tedesco → Top session guitarist, billed by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, worked on TV and film scores and recorded with The Association, The Beach Boys, Cher, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, Frank Zappa and numerous others, died from lung cancer on 11/10/1997, age 67
1934 ● Hot Dog Rog / (Roger Christian) → Songwriter and popular Los Angeles radio DJ in the 60s and 70s, co-wrote several surf-rock and hot rod songs and ballads, including “Little Deuce Coup” (#15, 1963) and “Don’t Worry Baby” (#24, 1964) with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” (#3, 1964) and “Dead Man’s Curve” ((#8, 1964) with Jan Berry of Jan & Dean, died from kidney and liver failure on 7/11/1991, age 57
1936 ● Frederick Tupper Saussy III → American composer, musician, advertising executive, watercolor painter, author, high school English teacher, jazz recording artist and Nashville Symphony contributor best known as the songwriter and keyboardist for psych-pop The Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” (#17, 1969), later convicted of tax evasion and spent nearly 10 years as a fugitive before surfacing and turning himself in, became chapel music director and piano instructor for prisoners while serving his sentence in a California correctional facility, upon release wrote several books and resumed recording, died from a heart attack on 3/16/2007, two days before the release of his first CD and first new music album in 37 years, The Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar (2007), age 70
1940 ● Maureen Kennedy → Vocals for 60s all-girl Brit-pop ensemble The Vernon Girls, “Lover Please” (UK #16, 1962)
1940 ● Fontella Bass → Gospel-rooted R&B/soul diva and pianist, “Rescue Me” (#4, R&B #1, 1965), left the music business in the mid-70s to raise her children, successfully sued for back royalties in the 90s, died following a heart attack on 12/26/2012, age 72
1943 ● Garland Jeffreys → African-American/Puerto Rican American rock, reggae and blues singer and songwriter, “Wild In The Street” (1973) and several solo albums
1943 ● Judith Durham → Vocals for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967), solo
1946 ● Victor Unitt → Guitarist with Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, “Apache Dropout” (UK #33, 1970), joined blues-rock The Pretty Things and appeared on the album Parachute (1970)
1947 ● Betty Buckley → Film (Carrie, 1976), TV (Eight Is Enough, 1977) and Broadway (Cats, 1983) actress, traditional pop and show tunes singer with 14 solo albums, plus cast recording of multiple Broadway shows
1948 ● Paul Barrere → Guitarist and songwriter for Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1949 ● John Verity → Guitarist for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), formed Phoenix and later Charlie, “It’s Inevitable” (Mainstream Rock #13, 1983), solo, producer
1949 ● Johnnie Wilder, Jr. → Co-founder and Lead vocals in multinational, sophisticated disco-funk Heatwave, “Boogie Nights” (#2, 1977), died in his sleep on 5/13/2006, age 56
1950 ● Damon Harris → Joined Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations as tenor vocalist in 1971, Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), left in 1975 and formed disco Impact, “Give A Broken Heart A Break” (Disco #5, 1976), solo
1952 ● Laura Branigan / (Laura Ann Branigan) → Grammy-winning 80s pop-rock singer, songwriter and actress with a pair of hits, “Gloria” (#2, 1982) and “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#12, AC #1, 1983) plus writing credits for soundtracks to Flashdance (1983) and Ghostbusters (1984) and TV and stage acting, died of a brain aneurysm on 8/26/2004, age 52
1952 ● Andy Fraser → Bassist and songwriter, briefly with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before co-founding power rock Free (“All Right Now,” #4, 1970) at age 16, wrote “Obama (Yes We Can)” for Barack Obama’s 2009 presidential campaign, his songs have been covered by Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart and others, died from cancer and AIDS on 3/16/2015, age 62
1955 ● Mike Corby → Keyboards and guitars for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Isn’t It Time” (#13, 1977), left in 1978
1955 ● Neil Clark → Guitar for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985)
1956 ● Stephen Pearcy → Lead vocalist for hard rock/glam and hair metal Ratt, “Round And Round” (#12, 1984)
1960 ● Vince Clarke / (Vincent John Martin) → Keyboards, synthesizer and founding member of electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Dance/Club #26, 1982), left to form synth-pop duo Yaz (Yazoo in the UK), “Nobody’s Diary” (Dance/Club #1, 1983), then co-founded synth-pop duo The Assembly, “Never Never” (UK #4, 1983), then synth-dance duo Erasure, “Chains Of Love” (#12, Dance/Club #4, 1988) plus over 20 other Dance/Club hits
1968 ● Martyn Walsh → Bassist for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1969 ● Butterfly / (Ishmael Butler) → Vocals and producer for hip hop rap-jazz fusion trio Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” (#15, R&B #5, 1993)
1969 ● Kevin Hearn → Keyboards, accordion and guitar for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1975 ● Javier Weyler → Drummer for Welsh alt rock/trad rock Stereophonics, “Have A Nice Day” (Modern Rock #26, UK #5, 2001), replacing Richard Cable who departed in 2003
1976 ● Shane Lynch → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)

July 04
1826 ● Stephen Foster → The “Father of American Music,” enduring 19th century popular music composer whose works are at the core of the American Songbook, his hundreds of titles include lasting standards such as “Oh, Susanna” (1849), “Camptown Races” (1850) and “Beautiful Dreamer” (1864), died following an accidental fall on 1/13/1864, age 37
1889 ● Joe Young → Tin Pan Alley and popular music lyricist, co-wrote “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” (1925) and the oft-covered pop standard “I’m Going to Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter,” a #5 hit for Fats Waller in 1935 and a #3 hit for Billy Williams in 1957, among others, died 4/21/1939, age 49
1911 ● Mitch Miller / (William Mitchell Miller) → Classical musician, then pop bandleader, arranger and singer, “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” (#1, 1955), later head of A&R (artists and repertory) for Columbia Records pop division and host of his own TV program that featured the “Sing Along With Mitch” concept based on the success of 20 such albums he released in the early 60s, died after a short illness on 7/31/2010, age 99
1934 ● Gilbert Lopez → Vocals in R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957)
1938 ● Bill Withers → Three-time Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Lean On Me” (#1, 1972) and “Just The Two Of Us” (#2, 1981)
1940 ● Dave Rowberry → Keyboards for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), died from a bleeding ulcer on 6/6/2003, age 62
1941 ● Dick Addrisi → With his older brother, Don, one-half the pop vocal duo The Addrisi Brothers, scored several minor hits in the 60s and 70s but found greater success as a songwriting team, including “Never My Love” for The Association (#2, 1967) which they recorded for themselves and reached #80 (AC #28) in 1977, continued to write and perform together until his brother’s death in 1984
1943 ● Annette Beard Sterling Helton → Original member and vocalist for Motown R&B/pop girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963), left the group in 1964 for her family
1943 ● Fred Wesley → Jazz and funk trombonist, music director and bandleader for James Brown‘s backing band, The J.B.’s, “Doing It To Death” (#22, R&B #1, 1973), also recorded and toured with funk Parliament and Funkadelic, Count Basie, Maceo Parker, De La Soul and others, currently a visiting artist/adjunct professor at Berklee College of Music and other schools
1943 ● Blind Owl Wilson / (Alan Wilson) → Guitar, harmonica and vocals for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968), died of a drug overdose on 9/3/1970, age 27
1947 ● Jacques Morali → French producer and songwriter, produced over 65 albums, formed and managed gay disco troupe Village People, “YMCA” (#2, 1979), died of AIDS on 11/15/1991, age 44
1948 ● Jeremy Spencer → Early member and slide guitarist for blues-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Albatross” (UK #1, 1969), left the band abruptly during a 1971 tour to join the Children of God religious sect
1949 ● Gene Gunnels → Early drummer in 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), but left before the song became a hit
1950 ● Kid Jensen / (David ‘Jensen) → Canadian-born, Danish descent radio DJ and TV personality, first for Radio Luxembourg in the late 60s and the BBC Radio 1 beginning in 1976, later Capital FM and other London stations
1951 ● Ralph Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1952 ● John Waite → Singer, songwriter and bassist for mainstream pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), then arena rock Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (#1, 1989), then pop-rock balladeer solo, “Missing You” (#1, 1984)
1958 ● Kirk Pengilly → Guitar and vocals for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Matt Malley → Bassist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1964 ● Mark Slaughter → Vocals, guitar, keyboards, songwriter and frontman for pop-glam metal Slaughter, “Fly To The Angels” (#19, 1990), currently a voice-over actor and TV music composer
1970 ● Andy McClure → Drummer for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1971 ● Andrew Creeggan → Piano for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1972 ● William Goldsmith → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly” (Modern Rock #1, 1999) quit the band in 1997
1978 ● Stephen McNally → Vocals and guitar for short-lived teen pop-rock trio BBMak, “Back Here” (#13, 2000)

July 05
1912 ● Mack David → Elder brother of composer Hal David, film and TV lyricist and songwriter with credits to over 1,000 songs, particularly those from the Disney films Cinderella (1950) and Alice In Wonderland (1951), plus Walk On The Wild Side (1963), Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) and Cat Ballou (1966) among others, co-wrote “Baby It’s You” (The Shirelles, #8, R&B #3, 1961), died from natural causes on 12/30/1993, age 81
1920 ● Smiley Lewis / (Overton Amos Lemons) → New Orleans R&B guitarist, songwriter and booming-voiced singer, “I Hear You Knocking” (R&B #2, 1955), wrote “One Night” covered by Elvis Presley (#4, 1958), died from stomach cancer on 10/7/1966, age 46
1930 ● Mitch Jayne / (Mitchell Franklin Jayne) → Bluegrass radio DJ, then founding member, bassist and lyricist for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, “It’s About Time” (#92, 1971)
1938 ● Snuff Garrett / (Thomas Lesslie Garrett) → Record label executive, DJ, TV host, producer and arranger, as A&R man for Liberty Records produced “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) for Gary Lewis & The Playboys and other hits in the 60s, left Liberty and started his own production company with acts including Sonny & Cher, Eddie Rabbitt, Vicki Lawrence, Tanya Tucker and others, died from cancer on 12/16/2015, age 76
1941 ● Terry Cashman / (Dennis Minoque) → The “Balladeer of Baseball,” one-time minor league player turned singer/songwriter with doo wop The Chevrons, “Lullabye” (1960) and pop duo Cashman & West, “American City Suite” (#27, 1972), co-produced several of Jim Croce‘s hits, then solo and best known for his minor hit “Talkin’ Baseball” (1981), which he has since recorded with custom lyrics for nearly every Major League Baseball franchise
1943 ● Robbie Robertson / (Jaime Royal Robertson) → Guitar, vocals and chief songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, “Showdown At Big Sky” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1987)
1945 ● Dick Scoppettone → Vocals for folk and sunshine-pop Harper’s Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1949 ● Doug Grassel / (Douglas Martin Grassel) → Rhythm guitarist in the Jerry Kasenetz/Jeffrey Katz ever-changing team of session musicians whose recordings were marketed as Ohio Express (“Yummy Yummy Yummy,” #4, 1968) and other fictional pop acts, continued to perform in various oldies-circuit groups until he died from fibrosis of the lungs on 9/21/2013, age 64
1950 ● Andy Ellison → Guitar, vocals and frontman for Brit pop art/mod rock John’s Children, “Desdemona” (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor
1950 ● Huey Lewis / (Hugh Anthony Craig III) → Leader and lead vocalist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1950 ● Michael Monarch → Original guitarist for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1956 ● Terry Chimes → Original drummer for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), played with Hanoi Rocks and toured with Black Sabbath before becoming a chiropractor
1959 ● Marc Cohn → Folk-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, “Walking In Memphis” (#13, 1991), Grammy winner for Best New Artist of 1991
1964 ● Toni Halliday / (Antoinette Halliday) → Vocalist, lyricist. occasional guitarist and one half of the alt pop-rock duo Curve, “Coast Is Clear” (Modern Rock #12, 1991)
1969 ● Aled Richards → Drummer for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK #3, 1998)
1973 ● Bengt Fredrik Lagerberg → Drummer for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1973 ● Joe / (Joseph Lewis Thomas) → Gospel-based R&B/smooth soul singer, “Stutter” (#1, 2001), producer
1973 ● Roisin Murphy → Irish singer with dance/funk trip hop duo Moloko “Sing It Back” (Dance/Club #1, 1999), now solo, “Movie Star” (Dance #8, 2008)
1979 ● Shane Filan → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1980 ● Jason Wade → Guitar and vocals for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1982 ● Dave Haywood → Guitar, mandolin and songwriter for country-rock harmony group Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009)
1985 ● Nick O’Malley → Bassist for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)
1986 ● Adam Young → Keyboards, vocals and founder/frontman for electronic emo-pop one man band Owl City, “Fireflies” (#1, 2009)

July 06
1892 ● Jack Yellen / (Jack Selig Yellen) → Lyricist and screenwriter best known for penning the lyrics to pop music standards “Ain’t She Sweet” (1927) and “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1929) plus several Hollywood musicals, board member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1951 to 1969, died from natural causes on 4/17/1991, age 99
1911 ● LaVerne Sophia Andrews → Vocals and dance routines in hugely popular pre-60s all-girl sibling pop vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (#6, 1941), died on 5/8/1967, age 55
1924 ● Louie Bellson / (Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni) → Influential jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, industry executive and music educator credited with developing the use of two base drums, performed with Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others, fronted his own bands and recorded extensively through the 00s, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease on 2/14/2009, age 84
1925 ● Bill Haley / (William John Clifton Haley) → Early rock ‘n’ roll guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader (Bill Haley & The Comets) whose “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955) was the first rock ‘n’ roll song to reach #1 on the pop chart thus is considered the birth of the rock ‘n’ roll era, died from alcoholism and a brain tumor on 2/9/1981, age 55
1927 ● Fluff Freeman / (Alan Freeman, MBE) → Australian radio DJ, relocated to London in 1957 and became a popular on-air personality for the BBC and other stations over the next five decades, including as host of the Pick Of The Pops program from 1961 to 2000, died from pneumonia on 11/27/2006, age 79
1931 ● Della Reese / (Delloreese Patricia Early) → Gospel, jazz, blues and pop singer, “Don’t You Know?” (#2, 1959), TV game show panelist, talk-show host and ordained minister
1931 ● Della Reese / (Delloreese Patricia Early) → Ordained minister with California congregation, R&B/jazz-pop diva with several Top 40 hits, including “Don’t You Know?” #2, R&B #1, 1959), TV talk show host (Della, 1969-70), guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, guest appearances on dozens of TV sitcoms, film star in multiple films with Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and others, star of the TV religious supernatural drama Touched By An Angel (1994-2003), died from undisclosed causes (but likely complications of diabetes) on 11/19/2017, age 86
1932 ● Big Dee Irwin / (DiFosco T. Ervin Jr.) → Pop singer and songwriter with doo wop The Pastels (“Been So Long,” #24, R&B #4, 1958), then one hit wonder solo career and a duet version of “Swinging On A Star” with Little Eva (#38, UK #7, 1963), wrote songs for Ray Charles, Bobby Vinton, The Hollies and others, died from heart failure on 8/27/1995, age 63
1937 ● Gene Chandler / (Eugene Dixon) → R&B/doo wop and soul-pop singer with The Dukays, whose “Duke Of Earl” (#1, 1962) was credited to him as a solo artist, then solo, “Get Down” (R&B #3, 1979)
1939 ● Jet Harris / (Terence Harris) → Bassist for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960), then pop-rock duo with Tony Meehan, “Diamonds” (UK #1, 1963), died from throat cancer on 3/18/2011, age 71
1942 ● Izora Armstead / (Izora Rhodes Armstead) → One half of the plus-sized, late 70s R&B backing vocal duo Two Tons O’ Fun, which became one hit wonder disco-pop duo The Weather Girls and recorded the Hi-NRG, gay club anthem “It’s Raining Men” (#46, Dance #1, UK #2, 1982), continued to record and perform until her death from heart failure on 9/16/2004, age 62
1943 ● Jan BradleyChess Records one hit wonder R&B/soul singer with the Curtis Mayfield song “Mama Don’t Lie” (#14, R&B #8, 1963), wrote her own songs with marginal success and left the industry to raise a family and become a social worker
1945 ● Rik Elswit → Guitarist for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1947 ● Libby Titus / (Elizabeth Jurist) → Singer/songwriter with two unnoticed solo albums but with multiple credits as a writer and co-writer of numerous pop hits, including the now-standard “Love Has No Pride” by Linda Ronstadt (Adult Contemporary #23, 1973), worked with Burt Bacharach in the 70s, provided backing vocals for Martin Mull, Bonnie Raitt and others, produced albums with and for Dr. John and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and had relationships with both, co-founded the New York Rock And Soul Review with Fagen and married him in 1993
1949 ● Michael Shrieve → Drummer and composer for Latin-rock Santana (“Black Magic Woman,” #4, 1970), known for his “electrifying” drum solo on “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock when he was age 20, contributed music and lyrics to four songs on the Caravanserai album (#8, 1972), left in 1974 for solo career and various jazz and fusion projects, plus session work, including The Rolling Stones‘ album Emotional Rescue (#1, 1980), later composed soundtracks for several movies, among them Apollo 13 (1995)
1949 ● Phylis Hyman → Silky voiced R&B/quiet storm ballad and light dance singer, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” (R&B #9, 1981), committed suicide via a drug overdose hours before a scheduled performance at New York’s Apollo Theater on 6/30/1995, age 46
1952 ● David Smith → Singer for Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (UK #1, 1976)
1952 ● Graham Oliver → Guitarist for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983), solo
1953 ● Nanci Griffith → Grammy-winning country-folk (“folkabilly”) singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Lone Star State Of Mind” (Country #36, 1987)
1959 ● John Keeble → Drummer for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1961 ● Robert Heaton → Drummer and songwriter for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985), died from pancreatic cancer on 11/4/2004, age 43
1963 ● Tim Bricheno → Guitarist for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988), goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, “Temple Of Love” (UK #3, 1992), later XC-NN and The Mission
1965 ● Eddie Campbell → Keyboards for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1969 ● Michael Grant → Vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1975 ● 50 Cent / (Curtis J. Jackson III) → Controversial rapper, survived 2000 murder attempt to release “In Da Club” (#1, 2003) and 12 other Top 40 hits, Grammy-winning song “Crack A Bottle” with Eminem and others in 2009
1979 ● Nic Cester / (Nicholas John Cester) → Guitarist, lead vocals and songwriter for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● D. Woods / (Wanite Woodgett) → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)
1987 ● Kate Nash → Brit indie pop singer, songwriter and pianist, “Foundations” (UK #2, 2007)

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Singles Released This Week (June 24 – 30)

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

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

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


June 24
1967 • Jefferson Airplane • “White Rabbit” • Psychedelic Rock • Surrealistic Pillow • “Plastic Fantastic Lover”
1967 • The Who • “Pictures Of Lily” • Power Pop • [Single] • “Doctor, Doctor”
1972 • Neil Young & Graham Nash With The Stray Gators • “War Song” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “The Needle And The Damage Done”
1974 • Lynyrd Skynyrd • “Sweet Home Alabama” • Southern Rock • Second Helping • “Take Your Time”
1974 • The Doobie Brothers • “Eyes Of Silver” • Pop-Rock • What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits • “You Just Can’t Stop It”
1985 • Dire Straits • “Money For Nothing” • New Wave/Post-Punk • Brothers In Arms • “Love Over Gold” [Live]
1997 • Shawn Colvin • “Sunny Came Home” • Folk-Rock • A Few Small Repairs • “What I Get Paid For”
1997 • Sister Hazel • “All For You” • Indie Rock/Jangle Pop • Somewhere More Familiar • “Happy”


June 25
1963 • The Temptations • “Farewell My Love” • Soul • [Single] • “May I Have This Dance”
1970 • The Supremes • “Everybody’s Got The Right To Love” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “But I Love You More”
1971 • The Who • “Won’t Get Fooled Again” [UK] • Hard Rock • Who’s Next • “I Don’t Even Know Myself”
1980 • Diana Ross • “Upside Down” • Disco • Diana • “Friend To Friend”
2007 • Rush • “The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)” • Prog/Art Rock • Snakes & Arrows • [None]


June 26
1964 • Nashville Teens • “Tobacco Road” [UK] • Garage Rock • Tobacco Road • “I Like It Like That”
1964 • The Rolling Stones • “It’s All Over Now” [UK] • Blues-Rock • 12 X 5 • “Good Times, Bad Times”
1976 • Peter Frampton • “Baby, I Love Your Way” • Arena Rock • Frampton Comes Alive! • “It’s A Plain Shame”
1979 • The Clash • “Gates Of The West” • Punk-Rock • The Cost Of Living • “Groovy Times”
1982 • The Go-Go’s • “Vacation” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Vacation • “Beatnik Beach”
1990 • Madonna • “Hanky Panky” • Dance-Pop • I’m Breathless • “More”


June 27
1973 • Aerosmith • “Dream On” • Power Ballad • Aerosmith • “Somebody”
1980 • Kiss • “Talk To Me” [UK] • Hard Rock • Dynasty • “She’s So European”
1983 • Bananarama • “Cruel Summer” [UK] • New Wave Dance-Pop • Bananarama • “Cairo”
1986 • The Monkees • “That Was Then, This Is Now” • Pop-Rock • Then & Now…The Best Of The Monkees • “(Theme From) The Monkees”


June 28
1968 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Some Things You Never Get Used To” [UK] • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “You’ve Been So Wonderful To Me”
1968 • The Small Faces • “The Universal” [UK] • Psychedelic Folk • [Single] • “Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass”
1968 • The Moody Blues • “Voices In The Sky” [UK] • Prog Rock • In Search Of The Lost Chord • “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume”
1973 • America • “Muskrat Love” • Soft Rock • Hat Trick • “Cornwall Blank”
1974 • Andy Kim • “Rock Me Gently” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Andy Kim • “Rock Me Gently” [Instrumental]
1974 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Band On The Run” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Band On The Run • “Zoo Gang”
1988 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Perfect World” • Pop-Rock • Small World • “Slammin'”
1993 • Michael Jackson • “Will You Be There” • Pop-Soul • Dangerous • “Will You Be There” [Instrumental]
1993 • Kim Wilde • “If I Can’t Have You” [UK] • Disco • [Single] • “Never Felt So Alive”
1999 • R.E.M. • “Suspicion” • Electro-Pop • Up • “Perfect Circle”


June 29
1960 • Buddy Holly • “True Love Ways” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “That Makes It Tough”
1962 • The Contours • “Do You Love Me” • Rock ‘n’ Soul • Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) • “Move Mr. Man”
1967 • Dusty Springfield • “The Look Of Love” • Jazz-Pop • [Single] • “Give Me Time (L’Amore Se Ne Va)”
1979 • David Bowie • “D.J.” [UK] • Funk-Rock • Lodger • “Repetition”
1979 • Supertramp • “Breakfast In America” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • Breakfast in America • “Gone Hollywood”
1981 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)” • Album Rock • Hard Promises • “Gator On The Lawn”
1986 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Doing It All For My Baby” • Pop-Rock • Fore! • “Naturally”
1987 • Bananarama • “I Heard A Rumor” • New Wave Dance-Pop • Wow! • “Clean Cut Boy”
1989 • Richard Marx • “Right Here Waiting” • AA Pop-Rock • Repeat Offender • “Wait For The Sunrise”


June 30
1970 • Chicago • “25 Or 6 To 4” • Jazz-Rock • Chicago II • “Where Do We Go From Here”
1972 • The Supremes • “Automatically Sunshine” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Floy Joy • “Precious Little Things”
1978 • Genesis • “The Day The Light Went Out” [UK] • Prog Rock • And Then There Were Three • “B-Side”
1978 • The Human League • “Being Boiled” [UK] • Electro-Synth-Pop • [Single] • “Circus Of Death”
1978 • Genesis • “Many Too Many” [UK] • Prog Rock • And Then There Were Three • “The Day The Light Went Out” / “Vancouver”

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Albums Released This Week (June 24 – 30)

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


June 24
1968 ● The Rascals —— Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1974 ● The Beach Boys —— Endless Summer ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Average White Band —— Cut The Cake ► Funk
1977 ● James Taylor —— JT ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● The Who —— The Kids Are Alright [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
1980 ● Jackson Browne —— Hold Out ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● The Replacements —— Stink ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Celtic Frost —— Morbid Tales ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal
1986 ● Soul Asylum —— Time’s Incinerator ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1988 ● Elton John —— Reg Strikes Back ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Marillion —— Holidays In Eden ► Prog Rock
1991 ● America —— Encore: More Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● The House Of Love —— Audience With The Mind ► Indie Rock
1996 ● Opeth —— Morningrise ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal
1997 ● Del Amitri —— Some Other Sucker’s Parade ► Alt Pop-Rock
1997 ● Mötley Crüe —— Generation Swine ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● Testament —— Demonic ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
2003 ● Michael McDonald —— Motown ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2003 ● Dion —— New Masters ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Live At The Roxy ► Roots Reggae
2008 ● Mötley Crüe —— Saints Of Los Angeles ► Heavy Metal
2008 ● Peter Gabriel & Various Artists —— Big Blue Ball ► Prog Rock
2014 ● Phish —— Fuego ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2014 ● The Band —— Carter Barron Amphitheater Washington, DC, July 17th, 1976 ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— The Record Plant ’77 ► Album Rock
2016 ● Neil Young With Promise Of The Real —— Earth ► Folk-Rock


June 25
1968 ● Elvis Presley —— Speedway ► Rock n Roll
1971 ● Supertramp —— Indelibly Stamped ► Prog/Art Rock
1973 ● Chicago —— Chicago VI ► Jazz-Rock
1973 ● Aretha Franklin —— Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) ► Soul
1975 ● Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention —— One Size Fits All ► Art Rock
1976 ● Alice Cooper —— Alice Cooper Goes To Hell ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Huey Lewis And The News ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Peter Criss —— Let Me Rock You ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Mike Oldfield —— Discovery ► Progressive Rock
1987 ● Skinny Puppy —— Cleanse Fold And Manipulate ► Alt. Rock – Industrial
1990 ● Deicide —— Deicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1990 ● Dusty Springfield —— Reputation ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Crystal Waters —— Surprise ► House/Dance-Pop
1991 ● The Moody Blues —— Keys Of The Kingdom ► Prog Rock
1991 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Luck Of The Draw ► Blues-Rock
1996 ● Jay-Z —— Reasonable Doubt ► East Coast Rap
1996 ● Screaming Trees —— Dust ► Neo-Psychedelia
1996 ● King Crimson —— Thrakattak ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Kiss —— You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!! ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Aerosmith —— Classic Aerosmith: The Universal Masters Collection ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Live At Budokan ► Hard Rock
2013 ● Natalie Cole —— Natalie Cole En Espanol ► Soul-Pop
2013 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Garcia Live Volume Two ► Roots Rock
2013 ● Heart —— Original Album Classics ► Album Rock


June 26
1961 ● The Ventures —— The Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1964 ● The Beatles —— A Hard Day’s Night ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● The Rolling Stones —— Flowers ► Rock n Roll
1970 ● Free —— Fire And Water ► Hard Rock
1974 ● Bad Company —— Bad Company ► Hard Rock
1975 ● Bob Dylan And The Band —— The Basement Tapes ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● Trooper —— Two For The Show ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Grateful Dead —— Steal Your Face ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Queen —— Live Killers ► Glam Rock
1984 ● Icehouse —— Sidewalk ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1989 ● Bad English —— Bad English ► Arena Rock
1990 ● Cameo —— Real Men Wear Black ► Soul-Funk
1995 ● The Chemical Brothers —— Exit Planet Dust ► Eletronica/Big beat
1995 ● Dire Straits —— Live At The BBC ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
2000 ● Badly Drawn Boy —— The Hour Of Bewilderbeast ► Indie Folk-Rock
2001 ● Lou Reed —— American Poet ► Album Rock
2002 ● Bobby Patterson —— How Do You Spell Love? (The Paula Recordings 1971-1973) ► Texas Soul
2003 ● Simple Minds —— Early Gold ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2007 ● Nick Lowe —— At My Age ► Pub Rock
2007 ● Pearl Jam —— Live At The Gorge 05/06 ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Paul Simon —— The Essential Paul Simon ► Folk-Pop


June 27
1966 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Freak Out! ► Art Rock
1974 ● Grateful Dead —— From The Mars Hotel ► Psychedelic Rock
1981 ● Motörhead —— No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal
1983 ● Twisted Sister —— You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hair Metal
1985 ● Lee Aaron —— Call Of The Wild ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Chaka Khan —— Destiny ► Funk
1988 ● Ranking Roger —— Radical Departure ► Ska
1988 ● Jethro Tull —— 20 Years Of Jethro Tull ► Prog Rock
1989 ● Don Henley —— The End Of The Innocence ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● The B-52’s —— Cosmic Thing ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1989 ● Pete Townshend —— The Iron Man: A Musical ► Prog Rock
1992 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Black Moon ► Prog Rock
1994 ● Beck —— One Foot In The Grave ► AA Pop-Rock
1995 ● Gov’t Mule —— Gov’t Mule ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
1995 ● Alison Moyet —— Singles ► AA Pop-Rock
1995 ● Phish —— A Live One ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1995 ● Bon Jovi —— These Days ► Arena Rock
1995 ● Neil Young Featuring Pearl Jam —— Mirror Ball ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● HammerFall —— Glory To The Brave ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2000 ● Whitesnake —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Whitesnake ► Arena Rock
2000 ● Chuck Berry —— The Anthology ► Rock n Roll
2000 ● Heart —— Greatest Hits: 1985-1995 ► Album Rock
2006 ● Whitesnake —— Gold ► Arena Rock
2006 ● Bob Dylan —— Blues ► Folk-Rock
2011 ● Queen —— Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977-1982) ► Glam Rock


June 28
1963 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Come And Get These Memories ► Soul – Motown
1968 ● Manfred Mann —— Mighty Garvey! ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Elton John —— Caribou ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● The Soft Boys —— Underwater Moonlight ► Post-Punk/Psych-Folk
1982 ● Jon Lord —— Before I Forget ► Hard Rock
1983 ● Men at Work —— Cargo ► Synth-Pop
1985 ● AC/DC —— Fly On The Wall ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Public Enemy —— It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back ► Hip-Hop
1988 ● Amy Grant —— Lead Me On ► Pop-Rock/Christian
1990 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Bonnie Raitt Collection, The ► Blues-Rock
1994 ● Da Brat —— Funkdafied ► G-Funk
1994 ● House Of Pain —— Same As It Ever Was ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap
1994 ● Leonard Cohen —— Cohen Live: Leonard Cohen In Concert ► Soft Rock
1999 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— Radio One Sessions ► Post-Punk New Wave
2011 ● David Cook —— This Loud Morning ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock
2011 ● Limp Bizkit —— Gold Cobra ► Rap-Metal
2011 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Live At The Greek Theater 1982 ► Pop-Rock


June 29
1967 ● Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band —— Safe As Milk ► Psychedelic Rock
1968 ● Pink Floyd —— A Saucerful Of Secrets ► Prog Rock
1987 ● Whitney Houston —— Whitney ► Pop
1987 ● Great White —— Once Bitten… ► Heavy Metal
1992 ● Blind Guardian —— Somewhere Far Beyond ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1993 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Liberator ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Barbra Streisand —— Back To Broadway ► Easy Listening
1993 ● Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys —— Crazy Legs ► Rock n Roll
1993 ● Billy Idol —— Cyberpunk ► Electronica
1999 ● Alice In Chains —— Nothing Safe: Best Of The Box ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal
1999 ● Mötley Crüe —— Supersonic And Demonic Reloics ► Heavy Metal
1999 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Thirty Years Of Funk: 1969 – 1999 ► Hard Rock
1999 ● Styx —— Brave New World ► Prog/Art Rock
2004 ● The Tragically Hip —— In Between Evolution ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● The Cure —— The Cure ► Post-Punk
2004 ● Rush —— Feedback ► Prog/Art Rock
2004 ● Paul Simon —— The Studio Recordings, 1972-2000 ► Folk-Pop
2008 ● David Bowie —— iSelect ► Glam Rock
2009 ● Steely Dan —— The Very Best Of Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock
2010 ● Indigo Girls —— Staring Down The Brilliant Dream ► Folk-Rock
2015 ● Neil Young With Promise Of The Real —— The Monsanto Years ► Folk-Rock


June 30
1963 ● James Brown —— Live At the Apollo ► Soul
1971 ● Stephen Stills —— Stephen Stills 2 ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Fresh ► Soul-Funk
1975 ● The Beach Boys —— Good Vibrations – Best Of The Beach Boys ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● Kiss —— Love Gun ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Queen —— The Game ► Glam Rock
1984 ● Stephen Stills —— Right By You ► Folk-Rock
1986 ● Big Country —— The Seer ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock
1986 ● Madonna —— True Blue ► Dance-Pop
1987 ● Various Artists —— La Bamba [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
1987 ● Neil Young With Crazy Horse —— Life ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Biohazard —— Biohazard ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1992 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Come On Come On ► Country-Folk
1992 ● The Chills —— Soft Bomb ► Alt Indie Rock
1992 ● Skinny Puppy —— Last Rights ► Alt. Rock – Industrial
1992 ● Bonnie Tyler —— Natural Force ► Pop Vocals (Female)
1993 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Hat Full Of Stars ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Strawberry Alarm Clock —— Anthology ► Psychedelic Pop
1994 ● The Clarks —— Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt ► Garage Rock
1997 ● Iron Savior —— Iron Savior ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1998 ● Lucinda Williams —— Car Wheels on a Gravel Road ► Country-Rock
1998 ● Carpenters —— Reflections ► Easy Listening
1998 ● Cowboy Junkies —— Miles From Our Home ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Extreme —— Running Gag ► Pop-Metal
1998 ● Megadeth —— Live Trax ► Brash Metal
1998 ● Bobby Patterson —— I’d Rather Eat Soup ► Texas Soul
1998 ● Cheap Trick —— Hits Of Cheap Trick ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1998 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Plugged In & Live ► Soul-Funk
2003 ● The Who —— Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► British Rock
2006 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Rolling Stone Original [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2008 ● David Bowie —— Live Santa Monica ’72 ► Glam Rock
2008 ● The Zombies —— Odessey and Oracle: 40th Anniversary Concert ► Baroque Pop
2009 ● Wilco —— Wilco (The Album) ► Alt. Country-Rock
2009 ● Jefferson Airplane —— The Woodstock Experience ► Psychedelic Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

June 23
1907 ● Eddie Pola / (Sydney Edward Pollacsek) → Radio and TV program producer, actor and songwriter best known for co-writing several enduring pop tunes with George Wyle, including “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” (1963), retired from the industry and taught elementary school music, died on 111/3/1995, age 88
1929 ● June Carter Cash / (Valerie June Carter) → Singer, songwriter, actress and country music matriarch, The Carter Family, solo, “Jackson” (Country #2, 1967), duets with her husband Johnny, the “Man in Black”, died on 5/15/2003, age 73
1933 ● Lazy Lester / (Leslie Carswell Johnson) → Louisiana blues musician, guitarist, percussionist, harmonica player and key figure in the development of swamp blues, a blend of blues, Cajun, zydeco and country influences, played and recorded alongside Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins and others, his songs have been recorded by next generation blues rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dave Edmunds, Dwight Yoakam and others, appeared in concert with B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt and other blues musicians at Radio City Music Hall in New York and on the subsequent documentary film, Lightning In A Bottle (2004), played harmonica in a 2018 Geico Insurance TV ad that first aired just before his death from cancer on 8/22/2018, age 85
1937 ● Niki Sullivan → Original member, rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Buddy Holly‘s backing group, The Crickets, co-wrote and/or sang on many of Holly‘s hit songs before leaving the band in 1957, died of a heart attack on 4/6/2004, age 66
1938 ● Alan Vega / (Boruch Alan Bermowitz) → Singer and guitarist with Martin Rev in highly influential, confrontational, proto-punk/minimalist duo Suicide, their eponymous debut album (1977) is considered a landmark of electronic music and a precursor to post-punk industrial rock, died in his sleep on 7/16/2016, age 78
1940 ● Stuart Sutcliffe / (Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe) → First Beatles bassist for 18 months in 1960-61, left the band when the others returned to England in July 1961 and remained in Hamburg, Germany where he died from a brain hemorrhage on 4/10/1962, age 21
1940 ● Adam Faith / (Terence Nelhams-Wright) → Brit teen-idol pop singer, “What Do You Want” (UK #1, 1959) and 10 other UK Top 10 hits, successful TV, film and stage actor with multiple roles, later became a largely unsuccessful financial advisor, died of a heart attack on 3/8/2003
1941 ● Robert Hunter → Folk-bluegrass musician, singer, songwriter and poet best known as the Grateful Dead‘s lyricist, solo folk-country-rock artist
1944 ● Rosetta Hightower / (Rosetta Jeanette Hightower) → Lead vocals for mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962), left the group in the late 60s for session work in England with Joe Cocker, John Lennon and others, died from a brain hemorrhage on 8/2/2014, age 70
1945 ● Paul Goddard → Founding member and bassist for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section (“Imaginary Lover, #7, 1978), died from cancer on 4/29/2014, age 68
1955 ● Glenn Danzig / (Glenn Allen Anzalone) → Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and founder/bandleader for hardcore “horror” punk The Misfits, “Dig Up Her Bones” (1997), left in 1983 to form heavy/death metal Samhain and later blues-metal Danzig, now runs an adult-entertainment comics magazine
1956 ● Randall Darius Jackson → Session bass guitarist, bandmember for Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia, record producer, label executive, solo artist and now judge on popular TV show American Idol
1957 ● Lee John / (John Leslie McGregor) → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1960 ● Brendan O’Brien → Former Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist and sessionman turned highly regarded and successful record producer and music company executive, worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, won a Grammy Award for Bruce Springsteen‘s The Rising (2002) and produced thirteen other Billboard #1 albums
1962 ● Richard Coles → Multi-instrumentalist for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986), now an ordained priest and BBC radio host
1962 ● Steve Shelley → Drummer for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1965 ● Bonehead Arthurs / (Paul Arthurs) → Guitar for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, left the band in 1999
1966 ● James MacPherson → Drummer for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993)
1966 ● Mark Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, “Just The One” (UK #12, 1995)
1975 ● KT Tunstall / (Kate Victoria Tunstall) → Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” (#20, Adult Top 40 #9, 2006)
1977 ● Jason Mraz → Grammy-winning contemporary pop-rock singer/songwriter, “I’m Yours” (#6, 2008)
1980 ● Jessica Taylor → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Antony Costa → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1984 ● Duffy / (Aimée Ann Duffy) → Grammy-winning Welsh singer-songwriter, “Mercy” (Adult Top 40 #9, 2008)

June 24
1921 ● Peggy DeCastro → Eldest of three sisters who formed the 50s Cuban-American pop singing trio The DeCastro Sisters (“Teach Me Tonight,” #2, 1954), left in the 60s for a mediocre solo career but continued to perform with her sisters and various other members until her death from lung cancer on 3/6/2004, age 82
1933 ● Rosalie Sorrels / (Rosalie Ann Stringfellow) → Influential folk singer-songwriter and social activist who performed at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, at Woodstock in 1969 and at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1972 but never achieved commercial success despite inspiring younger artists in the 70s and 80s, appearing on National Public Radio (NPR) on numerous occasions and recorded over 20 folk albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Last Go ‘Round (2005), died from colon cancer and complications of dementia on 6/11/2017, age 83
1939 ● Oz Bach / (Paul Bach) → Founding member, bass guitar and backing vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), session work for Fred Neil, Tom Paxton, Linda Ronstadt and Steve Miller, among others, died of cancer on 9/21/1998, age 59
1944 ● Arthur Brown → Outlandish, theatrical, hellfire-bearing frontman for one hit wonder, psychedelic pop The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (#2, 1968), played the Priest in the rock film Tommy (1975)
1944 ● Charlie Whitney → Guitarist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971)
1944 ● Jeff Beck → Highly influential, five-time Grammy-winning lead guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, replaced Eric Clapton in blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, multiple solo albums and singles, “People Get Ready” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1985), formed The Honeydrippers with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Nile Rodgers, “Sea Of Love” (#3, 1984), #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Great Guitarists of All-Time
1944 ● Chris Wood → Founding member, saxophone and flute for folk-psych-rock Traffic, “Paper Sun” (#94, UK #5, 1967), joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and later reformed Traffic, sessions, died of pneumonia on 7/12/1983, age 39
1945 ● Colin Blunstone → Founding member and lead vocals in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), then solo, “Say You Don’t Mind” (UK #15, 1972), contributed lead vocals for several Alan Parsons Project tracks
1947 ● Mick Fleetwood → Founding member, part namesake and drummer for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1948 ● Patrick Moraz → Prog and jazz-rock keyboardist, replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes 1974-76, then 1978-1991 with The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams” (#9, 1986), solo
1950 ● Duckie Simpson / (Derrick Simpson) → Co-founder and only constant member of Grammy-winning, second generation reggae band Black Uhuru, album Anthem was the Best Reggae Album of 1984
1957 ● Astro / (Terence Wilson) → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1959 ● Andy McCluskey → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1961 ● Curt Smith → Bass and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1961 ● Dennis Danell → Founding guitarist in Southern California punk revival band Social Distortion, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996), died from a brain aneurysm on 2/29/2000, age 38
1967 ● Jeff Cease → Lead guitar for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991), left in 1991
1967 ● Richard Zven Kruspe → Lead guitarist for heavy metal/industrial Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1970 ● Glen Medeiros → Teen idol poster-boy singer, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” (#12, UK #1, 1988) and duet with Bobby Brown, “She Ain’t Worth It” (#1, 1990)

June 25
1918 ● Sid Tepper → Songwriter and collaborator with Roy C. Bennett, with whom he wrote over 300 songs, including “Red Roses For A Blue Lady” for Vaughn Monroe (#4, 1948), “The Young Ones” for Cliff Richard (UK #1, 1962) and over 40 for ‘Elvis Presley, died from natural causes on 4/24/2015, age 96
1925 ● Clifton Chenier → The undisputed “King of Zydeco,” Creole accordion player, songwriter and bandleader, blended French and Cajun waltzes with New Orleans R&B, blues and jazz to create the exuberant, dance-happy sounds of zydeco, won a Grammy Award in 1983, recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship and inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame, died of diabetes-related kidney disease on 12/12/1987, age 62
1934 ● Ron Lundy / (Fred Ronald Lundy) → Radio disc jockey who held the midday shift at WABC (New York) – the most successful Top 40 radio station ever – from 1965 until the station switched to talk radio in 1982, moved to WCBS-FM and remained there until his retirement in 1997, died from a heart attack on 3/15/2010, age 75
1935 ● Eddie Floyd → R&B/Memphis soul singer/songwriter, co-founded proto-soul The Falcons, “You’re So Fine” (#17, R&B #2, 1959), then solo artist, “Knock On Wood” (#28, R&B #1, 1966) and staff writer/producer at Stax Records, co-wrote “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)” for Wilson Pickett (#13, R&B #1, 1966)
1939 ● Harold Melvin → Singer, pianist and bandleader for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (#3, 1972), suffered a stroke in 1996 and died on 3/24/1997, age 57
1940 ● Clint Warwick / (Albert Clinton Eccles) → Original bassist for pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Go Now” (#1, UK #10, 1964), left in 1966 to become a carpenter, died of liver cancer on 5/15/2004, age 63
1943 ● Chris Huston → Teenage friend of John Lennon, in 1961 co-founded Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups that never charted in any Top 40, left in 1966 to tour with Joey Dee And The Starlighters, teamed up with The Rascals as producer and engineer, winning a gold disc for “Groovin'” (#1, 1967), later worked with The Who, Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren, War, Eric Burdon, Ben E. King and many others, currently an acoustic and building design consultant in Nashville
1945 ● Carly Simon → Grammy-winning pop-rock singer/songwriter, “You’re So Vain” (#1, 1973) and “Mockingbird” (#5, 1974), a duet with then-husband James Taylor
1946 ● Ian McDonald → Co-founding member and multi-instrumentalist of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then co-founder of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), left in 1979 for production, sessions and solo career
1946 ● Allen Lanier → Founding member, songwriter, guitar and vocals for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976), also contributed music to Patti Smith, The Clash and others, died from lung disease on 8/14/2013, age 67
1952 ● Tim Finn / (Brian Timothy Finn) → Singer/songwriter with brother Neil in for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980), left to form Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987) and Finn Brothers, “Won’t Give In” (UK #6, 2004)
1954 ● David Paich → Vocals and keyboards for Toto, “Hold The Line” (1978)
1963 ● George Michael / (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) → Vocals and co-frontman for pop-revival, early boyband duo Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (#1, 1984), then mature Grammy-winning dance-pop solo career, “Faith” (#1, 1987) and 12 other Top 10 hits and three Dance/Club #1 singles, died from heart failure on 12/25/2016, age 53
1968 ● Candyman / (Candell Manson) → Los Angeles crossover rapper, backed Tone-Loc before going solo, “Knockin’ Boots” (#9, Rap #1, 1990)
1972 ● Mike Kroeger → Bassist for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1974 ● Mario Calire → Drummer for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), then Grammy-winning Latin salsa/hip hop/funk-rock blended Ozomatli, 2001 album Embrace The Chaos
1985 ● Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa → Mexican-American singer and songwriter, with sister Ashley in contemporary Latin pop-rock duo Ha*Ash, “No Te Quiero Nada” (Latin Pop #6, 2008)

June 26
1893 ● Big Bill Broonzy / (William Lee Broonzy) → Pioneering Chicago blues guitarist and prolific songwriter with over 300 titles, including standards such as “All By Myself” (1941) and “Key To The Highway” (1941), died from throat cancer on 8/15/1958, age 65
1909 ● Colonel Tom Parker / (Andreas Cornelius Van Kuijk) → Dutch-born entertainment impresario, manager for Gene Austin, Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow, then took over as Elvis Presley‘s manager in 1955, died from a stroke on 1/21/1997, age 87
1940 ● Billy Davis, Jr. → Founding member and vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), solo, Grammy-winning duet with wife Marilyn McCoo,”You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (#1, 1976)
1942 ● Larry Taylor → Bassist for blues-rock/boogie-rock Canned Heat, “Going Up The Country” (#11, 1968)
1943 ● Georgie Fame / (Clive Powell) → Brit R&B, jazz and pop-rock vocalist and keyboard player, “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde” (#7, UK #1, 1968)
1948 ● Richard McCarken → Bassist for Irish blues-rock power trio Taste, On The Boards album reached UK #18 in 1970
1949 ● John Illsley → Bass and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983)
1950 ● Junior Daye → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (, , 1975)
1955 ● Ivan Julian → Guitarist and founding member of seminal punk/New Wave Richard Hell And The Voidoids, “Love Comes In Spurts” from the album Blank Generation (1977)
1955 ● Mick Jones / (Michael Geoffrey Jones) → Co-founder and lead guitarist of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982), left in 1983 to form funk-punk Big Audio Dynamite, “V. Thirteen” (Dance/Club #15, 1987)
1956 ● Chris Isaak → Rockabilly and roots rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Wicked Game” (#6, 1990), occasional actor and TV talk show host
1957 ● Patty Smyth → Lead vocals for hard/arena rock Scandal, “The Warrior” (#7, 1984), left in 1984 for solo career, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (#2, 1992)
1959 ● Stef Burns → Guitarist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1960 ● Chris Duffy → Vocals in Welsh pop-rock duo Waterfront, “Cry” (#10, 1989)
1961 ● Terri Nunn → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (#1, 1986)
1963 ● Harriet Wheeler → Vocals for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1966 ● Par Wiksten → Guitar and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1969 ● Colin Greenwood → Bassist for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1969 ● Mark Decloedt → Drummer for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Jussi Sydänmaa → Guitarist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1973 ● Gretchen Wilson → Country singer/songwriter, “Redneck Woman” (#22, Country #1, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Phillips → On-again, off-again lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for post-grunge Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1979 ● Ivan Nathan Followill → Drummer for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1979 ● Ryan Tedder → Songwriter, producer, founding member for self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, “Apologize” (#1, 2006), the most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1980 ● Jason Schwartzman → Drummer for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), TV and film actor plus solo music projects
1993 ● Ariana Grande (Butera) / (Ariana Grande-Butera) → Broadway and TV actor, voice artist and pop singer with seven Top 10 hits in the 10s including “Problem” (#2, 2014)

June 27
1925 ● Doc Pomus / (Jerome Felder) → Blues singer, guitarist and performer turned prolific rock and pop songwriter, wrote or co-wrote with collaborator and pianist Mort Shuman many memorable hits, including “Turn Me Loose” (Fabian, #9, 1959), “Teenager In Love” (Dion & The Belmonts, #5, 1959), “Save The Last Dance For Me” (The Drifters, #1, 1960), “Sweets For My Sweet” (The Drifters, #16, 1961), and “Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis Presley, #29, 1964), died from lung cancer on 3/14/1991, age 65
1942 ● Bruce Johnston / (Benjamin Baldwin) → Guitar and vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo, wrote Grammy-winning “I Write The Songs” for Barry Manilow (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Joey Covington / (Joseph Edward Michno) → Session and touring drummer in the mid-60s, joined psych-rock Jefferson Airplane in 1969 and co-wrote the band’s last chart hit “Pretty As You Feel” (#60, 1972), left in the early 70s but continued in the San Francisco music scene, co-wrote “With Your Love” (#6, 1976) for Jefferson Starship and worked in a reformed Quicksilver Messenger Service and other Bay-area revival and all-star bands, died in a head-on car collision on 6/4/2013, age 67
1951 ● Gilson Lavis → Drummer in Chuck Berry‘s band, also toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton, then 1976-92 with New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981), now Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
1958 ● Lisa Germano → American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 1994 album Geek The Girl, session work for David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Simple Minds and others
1958 ● Jeffrey Lee Pierce → Hard-living guitarist, singer and founder of 80s L.A. alt punk rock/cowpunk The Gun Club, left for a brief solo career but returned in 1987, died from a drug addiction-related brain hemorrhage on 3/31/1996, age 37
1959 ● Loretta Lynn / (Loretta Lynn Morgan) → Country-pop singer, “What Part Of No” (Country #1, 1992) and 17 other Country Top 20 hits
1962 ● Michael Ball → Brit TV host, stage actor and pop singer, “Love Changes Everything” (UK #2, 1989)
1970 ● Laurence Colbert → Drummer for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, “Twisterella” (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1976 ● Leigh Nash → Singer for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1983 ● Evan David Taubenfeld → Lead guitarist and vocals with Avril Lavigne, “Complicated” #2, 2002), formed punk-pop The Black List Club in 2004

June 28
1902 ● Richard Rodgers → Stage, film and TV music composer and lyricist with over 900 titles and 43 musicals, collaborator with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein III on some of the best-known songs in popular music, died on 12/30/1979, age 77
1936 ● Cathy Carr / (Angelina Catherine Cordovano) → USO-tour and Big Band vocalist, later one hit wonder languid pop singer with her rendition of “Ivory Tower” (#2, 1956), continued to record through the 60s with little notice, died from unspecified causes on 11/22/1988, age 52
1943 ● Bobby Harrison → Drummer for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), formed psych rock Freedom in 1968
1945 ● David Knights → Original bass guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), left in 1969
1959 ● Clint Boon → Keyboards for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992), formed The Clint Boon Experience in 1995
1963 ● Beverley Craven → Brit easy listening singer/songwriter and balladeer, “Promise Me” (UK #3, 1991) and “Holding On” (Adult Contemporary #30, 1992)
1963 ● Charles Clouser → Keyboardist and drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), producer and sound engineer for Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and others
1965 ● Saul Davis → Guitar and violin for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1966 ● Bobby Bare, Jr. → Country and roots rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, at age 8 received a Grammy nomination with his father, Bobby Bare, for the duet “Daddy What If” (#41, Country #2, 1974), frontman for alt country-rock Young Criminals Starvation League and indie rock Bare Jr.
1971 ● Ray Slijngaard → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1977 ● Mark Stoermer → Bass guitarist for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1979 ● Tim McCord → Bassist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1986 ● Kellie Dawn PicklerAmerican Idol runner-up and contemporary country/country-pop singer with eight Country Top 40 hits, including “Best Days Of Your Life” (Country #12, 2008) from the Country #1 (Pop #9) album Kellie Pickler

June 29
1901 ● Nelson Eddy / (Nelson Ackerman Eddy) → Classically-trained baritone pop and opera crossover singer and movie actor with nearly 300 recordings and 19 films, often with singing partner Jeanette MacDonald, died hours after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while performing in Florida on 3/6/1967, age 65
1910 ● Frank Loesser / (Frank Henry Loesser) → Tony- and Oscar-winning Broadway and film composer, wrote the lyrics and music to Guys And Dolls and How To Success In Business Without Really Trying, wrote “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (1944), the Academy Awards best song of the year, died from lung cancer on 7/26/1969, age 59
1911 ● Bernard Herrmann / (Max Herrmann) → Innovative, Academy Award-winning film score composer best known for composing the music to Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Taxi Driver and dozens of other films, and the theme songs to The Twilight Zone and Have Gun – Will Travel, died in his sleep on 12/24/1975, age 64
1935 ● Johnnie Richardson → One half of the R&B vocal duo Johnnie & Joe, “Over The Mountain, Across The Sea” (#8, R&B #3, 1957) and two other R&B Top 20 hits in 1957, played the oldies circuit and recorded a 1982 album, died following a stroke on 10/25/1988, age 53
1936 ● Leonard Lee → One half of 50s teen R&B/pop male-female contrasting duet-style Shirley & Lee, “Let The Good Times Roll” (#20, R&B #1, 1956), a solo career following a split from Shirley Goodman met with little success, became a social worker and died of a heart attack on 10/23/1976, age 40
1938 ● Billy Storm / (William Hamlin Jones) → Frontman for 50s-60s rock ‘n’ roll Billy Storm & The Valiants, “I’ve Come Of Age” (#28, 1959)
1940 ● Larry Brown / (Lawrence Russell Brown) → Lyricist and composer, wrote or co-wrote numerous pop hits, including “C’mon Marianne” (#9, 1967) for The Four Seasons, “I Woke Up In Love This Morning” (#13, 1971) for The Partridge Family, and “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando And Dawn
1942 ● Gilberto Gil / (Gilberto Moreira) → Brazilian “tropicalia” samba-salsa-pop-rock fusion singer and guitarist, Grammy-winning album Quanta Gente Veio Ver: Ao Vivo (1998), Minister of Culture for Brazil, 2003-2008
1943 ● Roger Ruskin Spear → Co-founder, kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toy instrumentalist for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968), died 1/18/1990
1945 ● Little Eva / (Eva Boyd) → Babysitter and maid for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who wrote her hit “The Loco-Motion” (#1, 1962) about her dancing while doing housework, died of cervical cancer on 4/10/2003, age 57
1948 ● Bill Kirchen → The “Dieselbilly King,” versatile rockabilly, boogie, Western swing, rock ‘n’ roll and trucking music guitarist with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), multiple solo albums including the Grammy-winning Word To The Wise (2010), frontman for several bands and tours/sessions with Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others
1948 ● Dervin Gordon → With twin brother Lincoln, Jamaican-born lead vocals for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Ian Paice → Drummer for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), the only constant member of the band since it formed in 1968, also played with hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1948 ● Lincoln Gordon → With twin brother Dervin, Jamaican-born guitarist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968)
1953 ● Colin Hay → Co-founder, vocals and guitar for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once
1954 ● Billy Hinsche → High school classmate and member of teenage bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Dean Paul Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr., “I’m A Fool” (#17, 1965), later became a session and touring guitarist for The Beach Boys and the brother-in-law of Carl Wilson
1964 ● Steadman Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1978 ● Nicole Scherzinger → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group, then lead singer for dance-pop Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005), solo, “Baby Love” (Dance/Club #4, 2007), winner of Dancing With The Stars in 2010
1978 ● Sam Farrar → Bassist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), son of John Farrar of The Shadows (“Apache,” Worldwide #1, 1960)
1979 ● Richard Breen → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1983 ● Aundrea Aurora Fimbres → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006)

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Singles Released This Week (June 17 – 23)

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

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).


June 17
1964 • The Supremes • “Where Did Our Love Go” • Soul-Pop • Where Did Our Love Go • “He Means The World To Me”
1966 • The Hollies • “Bus Stop” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Bus Stop • “Don’t Run And Hide”
1966 • The Zombies • “Indication” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “How We Were Before”
1969 • Elvis Presley • “Clean Up Your Own Backyard” • Pop • [Single] • “The Fair Is Moving On”
1971 • The Who • “Won’t Get Fooled Again” • Hard Rock • Who’s Next • “I Don’t Even Know Myself”
1976 • Blondie • “X Offender” • New Wave Post-Punk • Blondie • “In The Sun”
1978 • The Clash • “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais” [UK] • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “The Prisoner”
1985 • Huey Lewis & The News • “The Power Of Love” • Pop-Rock • Back To The Future (Sndtrk) • “Bad Is Bad”
1985 • Bryan Adams • “Summer Of ’69” • Uptempo Rock • Reckless • “The Best Was Yet To Come”
1991 • The Moody Blues • “Say It With Love” [UK] • Prog Rock • Keys Of The Kingdom • “Lean On Me (Tonight)”
1997 • Third Eye Blind • “Semi-Charmed Life” • Post-Grunge • Third Eye Blind • “Tattoo Of The Sun”
1997 • Sugar Ray • “Fly” • Rock-Ska Fusion • Floored • “Fly” [Acapella]


June 18
1963 • Elvis Presley • “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Please Don’t Drag That String Around”
1965 • Marvin Gaye • “Pretty Little Baby” • Soul • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) • “Now That You’ve Won Me”
1971 • The Rolling Stones • “Street Fighting Man” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Beggars Banquet • “Surprise Surprise”
1973 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Live And Let Die” • Symphonic Rock • Live And Let Die[Sndtrk] • “I Lie Around”
1975 • Earth, Wind & Fire • “That’s The Way Of The World” • Soul-Funk • That’s The Way Of The World • “Africano”
1975 • Queen • “You’re My Best Friend” [UK] • Glam Rock Ballad • A Night At The Opera • “’39”
1976 • Led Zeppelin • “Candy Store Rock” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Presence • “Royal Orleans”
1984 • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds • “In The Ghetto” • Blue-Eyed Soul • From Her To Eternity • “The Moon Is In The Gutter”
1984 • The Human League • “Life On Your Own” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Hysteria • “The World Tonight”
1986 • David Lee Roth • “Yankee Rose” • Hard Rock • Eat ‘Em And Smile • “Shyboy”
1991 • Van Halen • “Poundcake” • Heavy Metal • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge • “Pleasure Dome”


June 19
1953 • Ray Charles • “Mess Around” • Rock n Soul • [Single] • “Funny (But I Still Love You)”
1961 • Chubby Checker • “Let’s Twist Again” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
1964 • The Animals • “The House Of The Rising Sun” [UK] • Blues-Rock • The Animals • “Talkin’ ‘Bout You”
1967 • Jimi Hendrix • “Purple Haze” • Psychedelic Rock • Are You Experienced? • “The Wind Cries Mary”
1970 • Elton John • “Rock And Roll Madonna” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Grey Seal”
1972 • Carpenters • “Goodbye To Love” • Soft Rock • A Song For You • “Crystal Lullaby”
1981 • Hall & Oates • “You Make My Dreams” [UK] • Blue-Eyed Soul • Voices • “Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)”
1991 • The Kinks • “Better Things” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Give The People What They Want • “Massive Reductions”


June 20
1957 • Buddy Holly • “Words Of Love” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues”
1964 • The Beatles • “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “I’ll Cry Instead” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”
1974 • Steely Dan • “Pretzel Logic” • Jazz-Rock • Pretzel Logic • “Through With Buzz”
1974 • Queen • “Seven Seas Of Rhye” • Glam Rock • Queen II • “See What a Fool I’ve Been”
1975 • Natalie Cole • “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” • Dance-Pop • Inseparable • “Joey”
1975 • Elton John • “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy • “House Of Cards”
1980 • The Rolling Stones • “Emotional Rescue” [UK] • Dance-Rock • Emotional Rescue • “Down In The Hole”
1986 • Steve Winwood • “Higher Love” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Back In The High Life • “And I Go”
1987 • Los Lobos • “La Bamba” • Chicano Roots Rock • La Bamba (Sndtrk) • “Chalena”
1988 • Patti Smith • “People Have The Power” [UK] • Heartland Rock • Dream Of Life • “Wild Leaves”
1989 • The B-52’s • “Love Shack” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Cosmic Thing • “Channel Z”
1993 • Aerosmith • “Cryin'” • Power Ballad • Get A Grip • “Walk On Down”


June 21
1955 • Johnny Cash • “Hey, Porter” • Country-Rock • [Single] • “Cry! Cry! Cry!”
1955 • Johnny Cash • “Cry! Cry! Cry!” • Country-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • Aretha Franklin • “(No, No) I’m Losing You” • Soul • Soul Sister • [B-Side]
1965 • Aretha Franklin • “Sweet Bitter Love” • Soul • Soul Sister • “(No, No) I’m Losing You”
1968 • Deep Purple • “Hush” [UK] • Heavy Metal • Shades Of Deep Purple • “One More Rainy Day”
1976 • Elton John & Kiki Dee • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” • Pop Duet • [Single] • “Snow Queen”
1976 • The Bee Gees • “You Should Be Dancing” • Disco • Children Of The World • “Subway”
1991 • Guns N’ Roses • “You Could Be Mine” • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion II • “Civil War”
2010 • Pearl Jam • “Amongst The Waves” • Grunge Rock • Backspacer • “The End”
2013 • Blondie • “A Rose By Any Name” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Ghosts Of Download • “” [None]


June 22
1951 • Hank Williams Sr. • “Hey, Good Lookin'” • Country Classics • [Single] • “My Heart Would Know”
1971 • Elvis Presley • “I’m Leavin'” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single} • “Heart Of Rome”
1973 • David Bowie • “Life On Mars?” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “The Man Who Sold the World”
1973 • Earth, Wind & Fire • “Evil” • Soul-Funk • Head To The Sky • “Clover”
1974 • Andy Kim • “Rock Me Gently” • Pop-Rock • Andy Kim • “Rock Me Gently” [Instrumental]
1981 • Foreigner • “Urgent” • Hard Rock • 4 • “Girl On The Moon”
1988 • A-ha • “The Living Daylights” [UK] • New Wave/Synth-Pop • Stay On These Roads • “The Living Daylights” [Instrumental]
1999 • Christine Aguilera • “Genie In A Bottle” • Dance-Pop • Christine Aguilera • “We’re A Miracle”


June 23
1959 • Elvis Presley • “A Big Hunk O’ Love” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “My Wish Came True”
1959 • Elvis Presley • “My Wish Came True” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • The Miracles • “The Tracks Of My Tears” • Soul Ballad • Going To A Go-Go • “A Fork In The Road”
1967 • Scott McKenzie • “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” [UK] • Folk-Pop • Voice Of Scott McKenzie • “What’s The Difference”
1972 • Electric Light Orchestra • “10538 Overture” [UK] • Prog. Rock • No Answer • “First Movement (Jumping Biz)”
1972 • Johnny Nash • “I Can See Clearly Now” • Reggae Pop • I Can See Clearly Now • “How Good It I”
1975 • The Amazing Rhythm Aces • “Third Rate Romance” • Southern Rock • Stacked Deck • “Mystery Train”
1975 • AC/DC • “High Voltage” • Hard Rock • High Voltage • “Soul Stripper”
1975 • Elton John • “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” • Pop-Rock • Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy • “House Of Cards”
1978 • Eddie Money • “Two Tickets To Paradise” • Power Pop • Eddie Money • “Don’t Worry”
1979 • Donna Summer • “Bad Girls” • Disco • Bad Girls • “On My Honor”
1980 • The Rolling Stones • “Emotional Rescue” • Dance-Rock • Emotional Rescue • “Down In The Hole”
1980 • Pink Floyd • “Comfortably Numb” • Prog Rock • Delicate Sound Of Thunder • “Hey You”
1986 • Madonna • “Papa Don’t Preach” [UK] • Dance-Pop • True Blue • “Ain’t No Big Deal”
1987 • Madonna • “Who’s That Girl” • Dance-Pop • Who’s That Girl[Sndtrk] • “White Heat”
1992 • Sting With Eric Clapton • “It’s Probably Me” • Pop-Rock • Lethal Weapon 3[Sndtrk] • “It’s Probably Me” [Album Edit]
1996 • Matchbox Twenty • “Real World” • Alt. Rock • Yourself Or Someone Like You • “Long Day” [Live] / 3AM [Live]

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Albums Released This Week (June 17 – 23)

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):


June 17
1961 ● Elvis Presley —— Something For Everybody ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Elvis Presley —— From Elvis In Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1972 ● Eagles —— Eagles ► Country-Rock
1976 ● LaBelle —— Chameleon ► Funk
1977 ● Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● David Gilmour —— David Gilmour ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Crush ► New Wave Synth Pop
1987 ● The Replacements —— Pleased To Meet Me ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Natalie Cole —— Everlasting ► Soul-Pop
1991 ● Cher —— Love Hurts [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Foreigner —— Unusual Heat ► Arena Rock
1991 ● Van Halen —— For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Ghost —— Temple Stone ► Neo-Psychedelia
1997 ● 38 Special —— Resolution ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Blink-182 —— Dude Ranch ► Punk-Pop
1997 ● Megadeth —— Cryptic Writings ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Love Among The Ruins ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Year Of The Horse ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Peter Gabriel —— Long Walk Home [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock
2003 ● Sam Cooke —— Portrait of a Legend 1951 – 1964 ► Soul
2003 ● Finger Eleven —— Finger Eleven ► Alt. Rock
2003 ● Bryan Adams —— Live At The Budokan ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Steve Winwood —— About Time ► Album Rock
2008 ● Judas Priest —— Nostrodamus ► Heavy Metal
2008 ● Rick Springfield —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Springfield ► Power Pop
2011 ● Bon Iver —— Bon Iver, Bon Iver ► Dream Pop
2013 ● Bob Dylan —— A Long Time A Growin’ – Volume 1-5 ► Folk-Rock
2014 ● David Gray —— Mutineers ► AA Pop-Rock


June 18
1971 ● The Yardbirds —— Remember ► Blues Rock
1972 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis: As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden ► Rock n Roll
1973 ● Donny Hathaway —— Extension Of A Man ► Soul
1973 ● Joe Walsh —— The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Brand X —— Unorthodox Behavior ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— John Cougar ► Roots Rock
1982 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Mirage ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● King Crimson —— Beat ► Prog Rock
1983 ● Pink Floyd —— Works ► Prog Rock
1984 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— From Her To Eternity ► Post-punk Alt Rock
1984 ● Dolly Parton —— Burlap & Satin ► Country-Pop
1984 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Goodbye Cruel World ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Rod Stewart —— Camouflage ► Blues-Rock
1985 ● “Weird Al” Yankovic —— Dare To Be Stupid ► Comedy/Parody
1990 ● Alias —— Alias ► Hard Rock
1991 ● 3rd Bass —— Derelicts Of Dialect ► Golden Age
1991 ● Cher —— Love Hurts ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Blondie —— Beautiful: The Remix Album ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1996 ● Beck —— Odelay ► AA Pop-Rock
1996 ● Primitive Radio Gods —— Rocket ► Alt. Rock
1996 ● AFI —— Very Proud Of Ya ► Hardcore Punk
1996 ● Toni Braxton —— Secrets ► Soul-Pop
1996 ● Little Feat —— Live From Neon Park ► Southern Rock
1996 ● The Ramones —— Greatest Hits Live ► Punk-Rock
1996 ● Patti Smith —— Gone Again ► Heartland Rock
2001 ● Iggy Pop —— Beat ‘Em Up ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2002 ● Yes —— Symphonic Live ► Prog Rock
2013 ● Phish —— Ventura ► Prog Rock/Jam Band


June 19
1970 ● Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown
1973 ● Smokey Robinson —— Smokey ► Soul
1974 ● Marvin Gaye —— Marvin Gaye Live! ► Soul
1978 ● Trooper —— Thick As Thieves ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Lowell George —— Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here ► Country-Rock
1979 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— Mirrors ► Metal
1981 ● Oingo Boingo —— Only A Lad ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1984 ● Glenn Frey —— The Allnighter ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● The Rolling Stones —— Rewind (1971-1984) ► Blues-Rock
1987 ● John Waite —— Rover’s Return ► Power Pop
1988 ● Jimmy Page —— Outrider ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Cher —— Heart Of Stone ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Reef —— Replenish ► Brit Pop
2000 ● Duran Duran —— Pop Trash ► AA Pop-Rock
2001 ● 311 —— From Chaos ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2001 ● Loverboy —— Live, Loud And Loose (1982 – 1986) ► Arena Rock
2002 ● The Church —— Greatest Hits Acoustic ► Alt. Power Pop
2012 ● Richard Marx —— A Night Out With Friends ► Pop Acoustic


June 20
1966 ● The Beatles —— Yesterday…And Today ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Cher —— 3614 Jackson Highway ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Cher —— Chastity [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Aretha Franklin —— Soft And Beautiful ► Soul
1969 ● Grateful Dead —— Aoxomoxoa ► Psychedelic Rock
1969 ● Otis Redding —— Love Man ► Memphis Soul
1974 ● Bob Dylan & The Band —— Before The Flood ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Neil Young —— Tonight’s The Night ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● Foreigner —— Double Vision ► Arena Rock
1980 ● Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● Peter Frampton —— Rise Up ► Arena Rock
1985 ● Scorpions —— World Wide Live ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1988 ● Bobby Brown —— Don’t Be Cruel ► New Jack Swing
1988 ● Iggy Pop —— Instinct [UK] ► Alt. Rock / Punk
1988 ● Chicago —— Chicago 19 ► Jazz-Rock
1989 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Dreams ► Southern Rock
1989 ● Prince —— Batman ► Dance-Pop
1995 ● Big Audio Dynamite —— F-Punk ► Dance-Rock
1995 ● Dusty Springfield —— A Very Fine Love ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Ayreon —— Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal
2000 ● The Clarks —— Let It Go ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Little Feat —— Chinese Work Songs ► Southern Rock
2006 ● Counting Crows —— New Amersterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall ► AA Pop-Rock
2006 ● Guster —— Ganging Up On The Sun ► AA Pop-Rock
2006 ● Gram Parsons —— The Complete Reprise Sessions ► Country-Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam —— Live At Easy Street ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Madonna —— I’m Going To Tell You A Secret ► Dance-Pop
2011 ● Weather Report —— Live In Offenbach 1978 ► Jazz-Rock Fusion


June 21
1965 ● The Byrds —— Mr. Tambourine Man ► Country-Rock
1968 ● John Mayall —— Bare Wires ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Deep Purple —— Deep Purple ► Hard Rock
1971 ● Buck Owens —— Ruby ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield
1979 ● Mick Taylor —— Mick Taylor ► Blues-Rock
1982 ● ABC —— The Lexicon Of Love ► Dance-Pop
1982 ● Carpenters —— Ketteiban (The Definitive) [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1982 ● Crosby, Stills & Nash —— Daylight Again ► Folk-Rock
1985 ● Marilyn —— Despite Straight Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1985 ● Mötley Crüe —— Theatre Of Pain ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● Judas Priest —— Priest…Live! ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● White Lion —— Pride ► Hard Rock/Hair Metal
1988 ● Big Daddy Kane —— Long Live The Kane ► Golden Age Rap
1990 ● Anita Baker —— Compositions ► Quiet Storm
1990 ● Poison —— Flesh & Blood ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1990 ● Uncle Tupelo —— No Depression ► Alt. Country
1993 ● Manic Street Preachers —— Gold Against The Soul ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— Creepin On Ah Come Up ► Gangsta Rap
1994 ● John Mellencamp —— Dance Naked ► Roots Rock
1994 ● James Taylor —— Best Live ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● Sinergy —— Beware The Heavens ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2005 ● John Hiatt —— Master Of Disaster ► Roots Rock
2005 ● New Order —— Best Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock
2010 ● The Jackson 5 —— Live At The Forum ► Soul – Motown
2011 ● The Chain Gang of 1974 —— Wayward Fire ► Electronic Pop


June 22
1971 ● Joni Mitchell —— Blue ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Diana Ross —— Touch Me In The Morning ► Soul – Motown
1974 ● Cat Stevens —— Saturnight (Live In Tokyo) ► Folk-Pop
1982 ● Oingo Boingo —— Nothing To Fear ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1987 ● Marillion —— Clutching At Straws ► Prog Rock
1988 ● Robert Palmer —— Heavy Nova ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1990 ● Manic Street Preachers —— New Art Riot ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Black Sabbath —— Dehumanizer ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Liz Phair —— Exile In Guyville ► Indie Rock
1993 ● Death —— Individual Thought Patterns ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1994 ● Collective Soul —— Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid ► Southern Rock
1995 ● Ben Lee —— Grandpaw Would ► Indie Pop
1997 ● Gardenian —— Two Feet Stand ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1998 ● Anathema —— Alternative 4 ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal
1998 ● Genesis —— Genesis Archive 1967-75 ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Blackalicious —— A2G ► West Coast Rap
1999 ● Natalie Cole —— Snowfall On The Sahara ► Soul-Pop
1999 ● Limp Bizkit —— Significant Other ► Rap-Metal
1999 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Shrine ’69 ► Blues-Rock
1999 ● The Pretenders —— Viva el Amor! ► Post-Punk
2000 ● Saint Etienne —— Sound Of Water ► Ambient/Trip Hop
2004 ● Motörhead —— Inferno ► Heavy Metal
2004 ● Scorpions —— Unbreakable ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
2004 ● Wilco —— A Ghost Is Born ► Alt. Country-Rock
2004 ● Heart —— Jupiter’s Darling ► Album Rock
2004 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Memphis Blues ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2010 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Live From Freedom Hall ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Scream ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Yes —— Fly From Here ► Prog Rock


June 23
1964 ● Stevie Wonder —— Stevie At The Beach ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● The Byrds —— Byrdmaniax ► Country-Rock
1972 ● Jethro Tull —— Living In The Past [UK] ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Can —— Future Days ► Prog Rock/Ambient
1977 ● AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock ► Hard Rock
1979 ● ABBA —— Voulez-Vous ► Euro-Pop
1979 ● The Angels —— No Exit ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— Teddy Pendergrass- Greatest Hits ► Soul-Pop
1980 ● Bob Dylan —— Saved ► Folk-Rock
1980 ● The Rolling Stones —— Emotional Rescue ► Blues-Rock
1981 ● Tom Tom Club —— Tom Tom Club ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1985 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Jumping At Shadows ► Blues-Rock
1986 ● Peter Cetera —— Soliture/Solitaire ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● David Bowie —— Labyrinth ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Rod Stewart —— Every Beat Of My Heart ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Sammy Hagar —— I Never Said Goodbye ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Carcass —— Tools Of The Trade ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1992 ● Dr. John —— Goin’ Back To New Orleans ► New Orleans R&B
1992 ● Glenn Frey —— Strange Weather ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● The B-52’s —— Good Stuff ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1992 ● Jimmy Cliff —— Breakout ► Pop-Reggae
1992 ● Elton John —— The One ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Billy Bragg & Wilco —— Mermaid Avenue ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Sparks —— Plagarism ► Glam Rock
1997 ● Paul Weller —— Heavy Soul ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1998 ● Linda Ronstadt —— We Ran ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Farm ► Alt. Rock
2009 ● Tonic —— A Casual Affair: The Best Of Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock
2009 ● Cheap Trick —— The Latest ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2009 ● John Mellencamp —— Life, Death, Live And Freedom ► Roots Rock
2014 ● Peter Gabriel —— Back To Front: Live In London ► Prog Rock
2015 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987 ► Roots Rock

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