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Singles Released This Week (July 29 – August 4)

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

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

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


July 29
1966 • Manfred Mann • “Just Like A Woman” [UK] • Folk-Pop • As Is • “I Wanna Be Rich”
1970 • The Kinks • “Lola” • Folk-Rock • Lola Vs. The Powerman & The Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 • “Mindless Child Of Motherhood”
1972 • Bread • “The Guitar Man” • Soft Rock • Guitar Man • “Just Like Yesterday”
1972 • Electric Light Orchestra • “10538 Overture” • Prog. Rock • No Answer • “First Movement (Jumping Biz)”
1973 • Elton John • “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” [UK] • Glam Rock • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road • “Jack Rabbit” / “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)”
1985 • Tina Turner • “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” • Power Ballad • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome[Sndtrk] • “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” [Instrumental]
1987 • Guns N’ Roses • “Nightrain” • Hard Rock • Appetite For Destruction • “Reckless Life”
1991 • Metallica • “Enter Sandman” [UK] • Heavy Metal • Metallica • “Stone Cold Crazy”
1996 • Céline Dion • “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” • Power Ballad • Falling Into You • “The Power Of The Dream”
2011 • Jane’s Addiction • “Irresistible Force” • Alt. Hard Rock • The Great Escape Artist • [None]


July 30
1969 • The Temptations • “I Can’t Get Next To You” • Soul-Funk • Puzzle People • “Running Away (Ain’t Gonna Help You)”
1971 • George Harrison • “Bangla-Desh” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Concert For Bangladesh • “Deep Blue”
1979 • George Harrison • “Faster” [UK] • Pop-Rock • George Harrison • “Your Love Is Forever”
1996 • Pearl Jam • “Who You Are” • Grunge Rock • No Code • “Habit”


July 31
1964 • Martha & The Vandellas • “Dancing In The Street” • Soul-Dance • [Single] • “There He Is (At My Door)”
1964 • Cilla Black • “It’s For You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “He Won’t Ask Me”
1968 • Iron Butterfly • “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” • Psychedelic Rock • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida • “Iron Butterfly Theme”
1970 • The Supremes • “Everybody’s Got The Right To Love” [UK] • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “But I Love You More”
1972 • Elton John • “Honky Cat” • Pop-Rock • Honky Chateau • “Slave”
1972 • Michael Martin Murphey • “Geronimo’s Cadillac” • Country-Rock • Geronimo’s Cadillac • “Boy From The Country”
1977 • Kiss • “Hooligan” • Hard Rock • Love Gun • [B-Side]
1977 • Meat Loaf • “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” • Rock Ballad • Bat Out Of Hell • “For Crying Out Loud”
1977 • Kiss • “Love Gun” • Hard Rock • Love Gun • “Hooligan”
1978 • Bob Dylan • “Baby, Stop Crying” • Folk-Rock • Street Legal • “New Pony”
1978 • Aerosmith • “Come Together” • Hard Rock • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band[Sndtrk] • “Kings And Queens”
1981 • George Harrison • “Teardrops” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Somewhere In England • “Save The World”
1985 • Madonna • “Dress You Up” • Dance-Pop • Like A Virgin • “Shoo-Bee-Doo”


August 01
1960 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “John Henry” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes”
1963 • Roy Orbison • “Blue Bayou” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Mean Woman Blues”
1972 • Elvis Presley • “It’s A Matter Of Time” • Country-Pop • Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Vol. 3 • [B-Side]
1972 • Eagles • “Witchy Woman” • Country-Rock • Eagles • “Early Bird”
1972 • Elvis Presley • “Burning Love” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Vol. 3 • “It’s A Matter Of Time”
1980 • David Bowie • “Ashes To Ashes” • Glam Rock • Scary Monsters • “It’s No Game (Pt. 1)”
1984 • Stevie Wonder • “I Just Called To Say I Love You” • Pop-R&B • The Woman In Red • “I Just Called To Say I Love You” [Instrumental]
1985 • Sting • “Love Is The Seventh Wave” [UK] • Jazz-Rock • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles • “Consider Me Gone” [Live]
1989 • Madonna • “Cherish” • Pop Shuffle • Like A Prayer • “Supernatural”
2002 • Matchbox Twenty • “Bright Lights” • Alt. Rock • More Than You Think You Are • “Disease” [Live] / “Bright Lights” [Live]


August 02
1967 • Dave Davies • “Death Of A Clown” • Folk-Rock • Something Else By The Kinks • “Love Me ‘Til The Sun Shines”
1968 • The Bee Gees • “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Idea • “Kitty Can”
1969 • Three Dog Night • “Easy To Be Hard” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Suitable For Framing • “Dreaming Isn’t Good For You”
1971 • Paul & Linda McCartney • “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” • Pop-Rock • Ram • “Too Many People”
1974 • Barry White • “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” [UK] • Smooth Soul • Can’t Get Enough • “Just Not Enough”
1978 • Boston • “Don’t Look Back” • Arena Rock • Don’t Look Back • “The Journey”
1982 • Rush • “New World Man” • Prog/Art Rock • Signals • “Vital Signs” [Live]
1984 • Thompson Twins • “You Take Me Up” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Into The Gap • “Passion Planet”
1990 • Jane’s Addiction • “Three Days” • Alt. Rock • Ritual De Lo Habitual • “Stop!” [Double A-Side]
1990 • Jane’s Addiction • “Stop!” • Funk-Metal • Ritual De Lo Habitual • “Three Days” [Double A-Side]


August 03
1962 • Aretha Franklin • “Try A Little Tenderness” • Soul • The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin, • “Just For A Thrill”
1967 • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas • “Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone” • Soul-Dance • Riding High • “One Way Out”
1973 • Edgar Winter Group • “Free Ride” [UK] • Blues-Rock • They Only Come Out At Night • “When It Comes”
1982 • Don Henley • “Johnny Can’t Read” • Pop-Rock • I Can’t Stand Still • “Long Way Home”
1999 • Santana Feat. Rob Thomas • “Smooth” • Jazz-Rock Fusion • Supernatural • “El Farol”


August 04
1964 • The Kinks • “You Really Got Me” [UK] • Garage Rock • The Kinks • “It’s All Right”
1966 • The Temptations • “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” • Soul • [Single] • “You’re Not An Ordinary Girl”
1967 • The Small Faces • “Itchycoo Park” [UK] • Britbeat • [Single] • “I’m Only Dreaming”
1972 • 10cc • “Donna” [UK] • Doo Wop Parody • 10cc • “Hot Rock Sun”
1972 • Procol Harum • “Conquistador” [UK] • Prog Rock • Procol Harum Live: In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra • “A Salty Dog”
1976 • The Doobie Brothers • “Wheels Of Fortune” • Pop-Rock • Takin’ It To The Streets • “Slat Key Soquel Rag”

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Albums Released This Week (July 29 – August 4)

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


July 29
1969 ● The Byrds —— Preflyte ► Country-Rock
1977 ● Rose Royce —— Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom ► Disco/Funk
1980 ● Hall & Oates —— Voices ► Pop-Rock
1981 ● Little Feat —— Hoy! Hoy! ► Southern Rock
1996 ● Hoover —— A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular ► Dream Pop/Electronic Trip Hop
1997 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— The Art Of War ► Gangsta Rap
1997 ● Alice Cooper —— A Fistful Of Alice ► Hard Rock
1999 ● GZA/Genius —— Beneath The Surface ► East Coast Rap
2003 ● Carpenters —— Carpenters Perform Carpenters ► Easy Listening
2003 ● Little Feat —— Down Upon The Suwannee River ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Alice Cooper —— Along Came A Spider ► Hard Rock
2008 ● The Kingston Trio —— Turning Like Forever: Rarities Vol. 2 ► Folk-Pop
2008 ● Rick Springfield —— Venus In Overdrive ► Power Pop
2014 ● Eric Clapton —— The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale ► Blues-Rock
2014 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Hypnotic Eye ► Album Rock


July 30
1965 ● The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads ► Blues-Rock
1968 ● Buffalo Springfield —— Last Time Around ► Folk-Rock
1969 ● Miles Davis —— In A Silent Way ► Electric Jazz/Fusion
1969 ● Moby Grape —— Truly Fine Citizen ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO)
1979 ● Chic —— Risque ► Disco
1986 ● Cutting Crew —— Broadcast ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Hometown Girl ► Country-Folk
1990 ● The Cavedogs —— Joyrides For Shut-Ins ► Power Pop
1991 ● The Psychedelic Furs —— World Outside ► Post-Punk New Wave
1991 ● Widespread Panic —— Widespread Panic ► Southern Rock
1993 ● Amorphous Androgynous —— Tales Of Ephidrina ► Ambient Techno
1996 ● Alice In Chains —— Unplugged ► Acoustic Metal
1996 ● The Human League —— Soundtrack To A Generation ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1996 ● Republica —— Republica ► Punk Rock/Techno-Pop
1996 ● Sublime —— Sublime ► Alt. Rock
2001 ● Cast —— Beetroot ► Britpop
2002 ● Roxy Music —— Ladytron ► Prog Rock
2002 ● Bruce Springsteen —— The Rising ► Heartland Rock


July 31
1967 ● The Rascals —— Goovin’ ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1981 ● Journey —— Escape ► Prog/Art Rock
1981 ● Eddie Rabbitt —— Step By Step ► Country -Pop
1991 ● Fugazi —— Steady Diet Of Nothing ► Post Hardcore Rock ‘N’ Roll
2000 ● Ronan Keating —— Ronan ► Euro Dance-Pop
2001 ● Judas Priest —— Demolition ► Heavy Metal
2001 ● Little River Band —— Where We Started From ► Soft Rock
2006 ● Rory Gallagher —— Live At Montreux ► Blues-Rock
2007 ● Korn —— Untitled Album ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2007 ● Little River Band —— Forever Gold ► Soft Rock
2007 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Live Trax ► AA Pop-Rock
2012 ● Phish —— Chicago ’94 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2015 ● Tony Banks —— A Chord Too Far ► Prog Rock


August 01
1960 ● Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop
1960 ● Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop
1969 ● Jethro Tull —— Stand Up ► Folk-Rock
1969 ● Bonzo Dog Band —— Tadpoles ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy)
1972 ● Scorpions —— Lonesome Crow ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1982 ● Aerosmith —— Rock And A Hard Place ► Hard Rock
1983 ● Bette Midler —— No Frills ► Pop-Rock Vocals
1986 ● Bruce Hornsby & The Range —— The Way It Is ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Little Feat —— Let It Roll ► Southern Rock
1994 ● Bryan Adams —— So Far So Live ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● AFI —— Answer That And Stay Fashionable ► Hardcore Punk
1995 ● Pinetop Perkins —— Got My Mojo Workin’ ► Paino Blues
1995 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Barometer Soup ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Deadsy —— Deadsy ► Synth Rock/Nu Metal
2000 ● Big L —— The Big Picture ► Hardcore Rap
2001 ● Carpenters —— As Time Goes By ► Easy Listening
2006 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Pure Jerry: Coliseum, Hampton, VA, November 9, 1991 ► Roots Rock
2006 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— iTunes Originals ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2006 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Live At Wrigley Field ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Steely Dan —— Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection ► Jazz-Rock


August 02
1965 ● Sonny & Cher —— Look At Us ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Fillmore East: June 1971 ► Art Rock
1973 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis ► Contemporary Adult Pop-Rock
1978 ● Boston —— Don’t Look Back ► Arena Rock
1983 ● Jackson Browne —— Lawyers In Love ► Folk-Rock
1986 ● Vinnie Vincent Invasion —— Vinnie Vincent Invasion ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal
1986 ● Poison —— Look What The Cat Dragged In ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1987 ● Midnight Oil —— Diesel And Dust ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1988 ● Dwight Yoakam —— Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room ► Alt Country-Rock
1994 ● Immature —— Playtyme Is Over ► Pop-Rap
1994 ● Various Artists —— Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute To Neil Young ► Acoustic Rock
1998 ● Carly Simon —— Greatest Hits Live ► Pop-Rock
1999 ● Talking Heads —— 12 X 12 Original Remixes ► New Wave Art-Rock
2004 ● Jimi Hendrix —— Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● The Tubes —— Wild In London ► Alt. Rock
2005 ● Michael Penn —— Mr. Hollywood, Jr., 1947 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2011 ● John Hiatt —— Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns ► Roots Rock
2011 ● Screaming Trees —— Last Words: The Final Recordings ► Neo-Psychedelia


August 03
1959 ● Brenda Lee —— Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang! ► Country-Pop
1969 ● Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Green River ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Canned Heat —— Future Blues ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Stevie Wonder —— Innervisions ► Pop-R&B
1979 ● Talking Heads —— Fear Of Music ► New Wave Art-Rock
1980 ● Cilla Black —— Especially For You ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Peter Frampton —— The Art Of Control ► Arena Rock
1987 ● Def Leppard —— Hysteria ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Babes In Toyland —— To Mother ► Hard Rock/Riot Grrl
1992 ● The Hollywood Flames —— The Hollywood Flames ► Doo-Wop
1992 ● Uncle Tupelo —— March 16-20, 1992 ► Alt. Country-Rock
1992 ● The Beach Boys —— Summer In Paradise ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● INXS —— Welcome To Wherever You Are ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Buju Banton —— Voice Of Jamaica ► Dancehall Reggae
1993 ● Sheryl Crow —— Tuesday Night Music Club ► Blues-Rock
1998 ● Kylie Minogue —— Mixes ► Dance-Pop
1999 ● Basement Jaxx —— Remedy ► Progressive House
1999 ● Alison Krauss —— Forget About It ► Bluegrass
1999 ● The Pietasters —— Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 6 ► Ska/Soul
1999 ● REO Speedwagon —— The Ballads ► Arena Rock
2009 ● Cilla Black —— The Definitive Collection (A Life in Music) ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● The Black Crowes —— Croweology ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Gov’t Mule —— Mulennium ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock


August 04
1967 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha Arrives ► Soul
1972 ● Michael Jackson —— Ben ► Soul Ballad
1975 ● Rainbow —— Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Slayer —— Haunting The Chapel ► Heavy Metal
1992 ● Gin Blossoms —— New Misrable Experience ► Power Pop
1992 ● Donovan —— Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Pink Floyd —— 1967: The First Three Singles ► Prog Rock
1998 ● Dimmu Borgir —— Godless Savage Garden ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2003 ● Kraftwerk —— Tour De France Soundtracks ► Techno-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 28 – August 3)

Happy Birthday this week to:

July 28
1901 ● Rudy Vallée / (Hubert Prior Vallée ) → Hugely popular 1930s crooner and vaudeville entertainer, often singing through a megaphone, “Stein Song” (The University Of Maine)” (#1, 1930), became a film, radio stage and TV performer in the 50s, 60s and 70s, died from cancer on 7/3/1986, age 84
1915 ● Frankie Yankovic → The “King of Polka,” Grammy-winning and hugely popular Slovenian-American polka musician, composer, radio DJ, TV host and bandleader with over 200 albums in a five decade recording and performing career, died from heart failure on 10/14/1998, age 83
1935 ● Simon Dee / (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd) → British TV personality and radio DJ, twice-weekly BBC TV chat show Dee Time during the 60s with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix and Lulu, died of bone cancer on 8/29/2009, age 74
1938 ● George Cummings → Steel guitar for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1940 ● Philip Proctor → Comedian, small-role TV actor, voice actor and member of 60s/70s eclectic, satiric, surrealistic radio-friendly comic quartet The Firesign Theatre, the group’s nearly 40 albums were cult hits, particluarly for college audiences, lent his voice to roles in multiple cartoons, video games and movies, including Toy Story, Rugrats and PlayStation games
1943 ● Michael Bloomfield → Celebrated blues-rock guitarist for urban electric blues The Butterfield Blues Band, formed blues/psych rock/jazz fusion Electric Flag in 1967, played with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills on the remarkable Super Session album, solo and multiple collaborations, #22 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, died of a heroin overdose on 2/15/1981, age 37
1943 ● Richard Wright → Founding member, keyboards, vocals and songwriter for of space rock Pink Floyd, “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” (#1, 1979), dismissed from the band by frontman Roger Waters in 1980 but returned after Waters left in 1987, solo, died of cancer on 9/15/2008, age 65
1946 ● Jonathan Edwards → Light folk-rock and country-pop one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Sunshine” (#4, 1971)
1948 ● Jerry Casale / (Gerald Casale) → Founding member, bassist, synthesizer player, video director and “chief strategist” for quirky 80s pop-rock Devo, “Whip It” (#14, 1980), also produced videos for The Cars, Rush, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden and others, directed TV commercials for Diet Coke, Miller Lite, Honda and others
1949 ● Simon Kirke → Drummer for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970) and hard rock Bad Company, “Can’t Get Enough” (#5, 1974), session work for Jim Capaldi, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood and many others
1949 ● Steve Peregrine Took → Founding partner, bass and percussion for psych rock Tyrannosaurus Rex, was fired for drug abuse and bizarre behavior shortly before former partner Marc Bolan and the band hit it big as proto-glam rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), died after choking on a cocktail cherry on 10/27/1980, age 31
1949 ● Peter Doyle → Guitar and vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (#7, 1972), died 10/13/2001, age 52
1954 ● Steven J. Morse → Canadian rock and jazz-rock fusion guitarist, founder of acclaimed Southern instrumental rock fusion band Dixie Dregs, issued several solo albums, divided time between hard rock Kansas and hard rock Deep Purple from 1994-2009
1962 ● Rachel Sweet → Teenage rock ‘n’ roll singer who signed to Stiff Records at age 18, “Everlasting Love” (#32, 1981), issued several other singles and became a TV host
1965 ● Nick Banks → Drummer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1972 ● Dan Warton → Drummer for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1980 ● Noel Sullivan → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), refocused on musical theater following the group’s disbandment in 2003
1986 ● Jaoby Dakota Shaddix → Lead singer for hard rock/heavy metal Papa Roach, “Scars” (#15, Mainstream Rock #4, 2005)
1990 ● Soulja Boy / (DeAndre Cortez Way) → Rapper, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (#1, 2007), record producer

July 29
1916 ● Charlie Christian / (Charles Henry Christian) → Swing, bebop and cool jazz guitarist in the 30s and 40s, early and very important guitarist who influenced the development of the electric guitar as a solo instrument, played with Benny Goodman, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and others, died from tuberculosis on 3/2/1942, age 25
1918 ● Frank Miller → Guitar and vocals in influential but unheralded 50s folk trio The Easy Riders, co-wrote their big hit, the oft-covered “Marianne” (#3, 1957) and continued to write and record as a solo artist and in groups with other folk luminaires until retirement in the late 60s
1923 ● Jim Marshall / (James Charles Marshall) → The “Father of Loud” and pioneer of guitar amplification with iconic products used by Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and countless others from garage bands to superstars, often in a “Marshall stack” or wall of black, vinyl-clad cabinets mounted one atop the other, founded and led his company, Marshall Amplification well into his eighties, now considered one of the four major contributors to the development of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, died from cancer on 4/5/2012, age 88
1930 ● Jim Stewart → Part-time country music fiddler who co-founded Stax Records in Memphis with his sister, Estelle Axton, and recorded and published some of the top Southern soul and Memphis soul acts of the 60s and 70s, including house band Booker T. & The MG’s, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Staple Singers and many others
1933 ● Randy Sparks / (Lloyd A. Sparks) → Folk and pop musician and founder of iconic folk revival band The New Christy Minstrels (“Green, Green,” #14, AC #3, 1963), the group had 12 charting albums in the 60s, including the Grammy-winning Introducing The New Christy Minstrels (#19, 1962), still leads and performs with the band into the 10s
1938 ● Marvin Ingram / (Marvin Inabnett) → Founding member and high tenor singer for clean-cut light pop vocal quartet The Four Preps, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)” (#2, 1958) and 6 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1961, left the group in 1966 and died on 3/7/1999, age 60
1946 ● Neal Doughty → Co-founder, songwriter, keyboards and only constant member of arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1947 ● Carlo Santanna → Guitar for pop/rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1953 ● Geddy Lee / (Gary Lee Weinrib) → Bassist, lead vocals and founding member of Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1953 ● Patty Scialfa / (Vivienne Patricia Scialfa) → Backing vocals for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, solo, wife of The Boss since 6/8/1991
1959 ● John Sykes → Guitarist for Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy (1982-83), then hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987), then formed hard rock Blue Murder, solo
1962 ● Martin McCarrick → Guitar for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (, 1993)
1966 ● Martina McBride / (Martina Mariea Schiff) → Grammy-winning country/country-pop singer and songwriter known as the “Celine Dion of Country Music, charted twenty Country Top 10, seven Top 40 and five Adult Contemporary hits through 2016, including “I Love You” (#24, Country #1, AC #1, 1999)
1966 ● Miles Hunt → Frontman, guitar and vocals for alt rock The Wonder Stuff, “Welcome To The Cheap Seats” (Modern Rock #28, UK #8, 1992), TV host
1967 ● Chris Gorman → Drummer for alt pop-rock Belly, “Feed The Tree” (#1, Modern Rock, 1993), now a commercial photographer
1972 ● Simon Jones → Bassist for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)
1973 ● Wanya Jermaine Morris → Lead vocals for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)
1977 ● Danger Mouse / (Brian Joseph Burton) → Multi-instrumentalist musician, Grammy-winning producer and songwriter, released the mashup album The Grey Album in 2004 combining The BeatlesWhite Album (1968) with rapper Jay-Z‘s The Black Album (2003), co-founded alt. neo-soul Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy” (#2, 2006), produced albums for Gorillaz, Beck, The Black Keys and U2

July 30
1926 ● Christine McGuire → Vocals for immensely popular sibling singing trio the McGuire Sisters, “Sugartime” (#1, 1958)
1936 ● Buddy Guy / (George Guy) → Pioneering and highly influential Chicago blues guitarist and singer, “Stone Crazy” (R&B #12, 1962), #30 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1938 ● Kookie Byrnes / (Edward Byrne Breitenberger) → TV actor (played the character Gerald Lloyd Kookson III on 77 Sunset Strip) and one hit wonder novelty-pop singer, “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb” (#4, 1959), a take-off from his character’s constant combing of his pompadour
1940 ● Big Jack Johnson / (Jack N. Johnson) → Contemporary Delta blues guitarist, songwriter and bandleader with a dozen critically acclaimed electric blues albums, many with social activism themes, died from an undisclosed illness on 3/14/2001, age 60
1941 ● Paul Anka → Canadian-born teen idol/contemporary pop/easy listening crooner and songwriter, “Lonely Boy” (#1, 1959), wrote the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Tom Jones‘ “She’s A Lady” (#2, 1971) and the lyrics to Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way” (#11, 1969)
1944 ● Chris Darrow → Highly-skilled and sought-after multi-instrumentalist L.A. session musician, co-founded 60s American eclectic folk-rock cult band Kaleidoscope, replaced Jackson Browne in country-rock the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Mr. Bojangles,” #9, 1971), worked in Linda Ronstadt‘s backing band, recorded several solo albums and did studio work for James Taylor, Helen Reddy and many others, continues to record and produce folk- and country-rock music into the 10s
1945 ● David Sanborn → Influential jazz-pop saxophonist with the blues-rock The Butterfield Blues Band, jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, “Sneakin’ Up Behind You” (#58, Disco #3, 1975), Grammy-winning solo career, “Bang Bang” (#53, Adult Contemporary #23, 1992), session work for David Bowie, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and others
1946 ● Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond → Early bass guitarist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), left the band in 1975 to return to his avocation, painting, but made several appearances with the band over the decades
1949 ● Hugh Nicholson → Guitarist and songwriter for Scottish freakbeat/psych-pop The Poets, “She Blew A Good Thing” (#45, R&B #2, 1966), then Scottish pop-rock Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970) and pop-rock Blue, “Gonna Capture Your Heart” (#88, UK #18, 1977)
1949 ● Joyce Jones → Singer for Philly R&B/disco female vocal group First Choice, “The Player, Part 1” (R&B #7, 1974)
1956 ● Phil Fearon → Jamaican-born guitarist and singer for R&B/funk-pop Galaxy, “Dancing Tight” (1983), independent label record company executive
1957 ● David Joseph → Keyboards and lead vocals for North London-based R&B/disco-funk boy band Hi-Tension, “British Hustle” (UK #8, 1978)
1957 ● Rat Scabies / (Chris Millar) → Founding member and drummer for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), solo and collaborations
1958 ● Kate Bush / (Catherine Bush) → Hugely successful Brit alt pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Wuthering Heights” (UK #1, 1978) and “Love And Anger” (Modern Rock #1, UK #38, 1990)
1959 ● Vaughn Toulouse / (Vaughn Cotillard) → Lead vocals for New Wave ska-pop Department S, “Is Vic There?” (#67, UK #22, 1981), died from AIDS related illness on 8/22/1991, age 32
1963 ● Tex Axile / (Anthony Doughty) → Keyboards for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983)
1966 ● Jyoti Mishra → India-born frontman, composer and multi-instrumentalist for one man band, one hit wonder alt dance-pop White Town, “Your Woman” (#23, UK #1, 1997)
1968 ● Louise Wener → Vocals for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1968 ● Sean Moore → Drummer for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1970 ● MC Trouble / (LaTasha Sheron Rogers) → First female rapper signed to Motown Records, issued one album and a minor hit (“(I Wanna) Make You Mine,” Rap #15, 1990), while recording her second album died in her sleep from heart failure during an epileptic seizure on 6/4/1991, age 20
1971 ● Brad Hargreaves → Drummer for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (#4, 1997)
1977 ● Ian Watkins → Singer for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1980 ● Seth Avett → With brother Scott, frontman and guitarist in progressive folk-rock quartet The Avett Brothers (Ain’t No Man,” AAA #1, Alt Rock #28, 2016)

July 31
1923 ● Ahmet Ertegun → Turkish immigrant who co-founded and became chief executive of Atlantic Records, a dominant force in jazz, R&B and pop/rock and a prime force in moving Black American music into the mainstream, fell and struck his head on a concrete floor backstage at a Rolling Stones benefit concert for the Clinton Foundation and died seven weeks later on 12/14/2006, age 83
1931 ● Kenny Burrell / (Kenneth Earl Burrell) → Bebop, cool jazz and electric blues guitarist with dozens of solo albums and multiple collaborations with Lena Horne, B. B. King, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Smith and many others, currently professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA‘s Herb Alpert School of Music
1932 ● Morey Carr → Vocals for novelty pop/rock ‘n’ roll The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1938 ● Bonnie Brown / (Bonnie Jean Brown) → Vocals for 50s-60s country-folk smooth harmony sibling trio The Browns (“The Three Bells,” #1, Country #1, 1959), retired from the music business in 1967 and died from lung cancer on 7/16/2016, age 77
1939 ● John West → Electric organ (“Cordovox”) for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1942 ● Daniel Boone / (Peter Charles Green) → Britbeat pop singer with a number of minor hits in the 60s as lead vocals for The Beachcombers and The Bruisers, or as a solo artist with the pseudonyms Peter Stirling and Lee Stirling, then became one hit wonder pop-rock singer with “Beautiful Sunday” (#15, UK #21, 1972)
1943 ● Lobo / (Roland Kent Lavoie) → Country-folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist with several AM Top 40 hits in the 70s, including “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo” (#5, AC #1, UK #4, 1971) and “I’d Love You To Want Ne” (#2, AC #1, UK #5, 1972), continued to tour and record into the 10s
1946 ● Gary Lewis / (Gary Harold Lee Levitch) → Frontman, drums and vocals for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968, son of comedian/actor Jerry Lewis
1947 ● Karl Green → Guitarist for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1951 ● Carlo Karges → Guitarist for German pop-rock band Nena, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984)
1953 ● Hugh McDowell → Cello for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1957 ● Daniel Ash → Guitarist for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979) and goth-pop Love And Rockets, “So Alive” (#3, 1989) , solo
1958 ● Bill Berry → Drummer for influential post-punk R.E.M., “The One I Love” (#9, 1987), left the band in 1997 to work his hay farm in Georgia
1960 ● Malcolm Ross → Guitarist for Scot New Wave pop-rock Aztec Camera, “The Crying Scene” (Modern Rock #3, 1990)
1963 ● Fatboy Slim / (Norman Quentin Leo Cook) → Bassist for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), DJ and remixer for electronic dance-pop Beats International, “Dub Be Good To Me” (Dance/Pop #1, 1990), founder of acid jazz Freak Power, “Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out” (UK #29, 1993), dance-pop Pizzaman and Brit-hop producer and solo artist, “The Rockafeller Skank” (#72, UK #6, 1998)
1964 ● Fuzz Townsend / (Robert Townsend) → Drummer for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1964 ● Jim Corr → With three sisters, guitars and keyboards in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)
1971 ● John 5 / (John Lowery) → Guitarist for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), five solo instrumental guitar albums, sessions for Garbage, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne and Lynyrd Skynyrd
1978 ● Will Champion → Drummer for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1981 ● M. Shadows / (Matthew Sanders) → Lead vocalist and songwriter for pop/metal Avenged Sevenfold, “Bat Country” (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)

August 01
1898 ● Morris Stoloff → Violinist, composer and arranger, wrote and performed “Moonglow” (#1, 1956), the love theme from the film Picnic (1956), arranged film scores for several other movies, including Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), died 4/16/1980, age 81
1929 ● Samuel Charters → Grammy-winning music historian, record producer, musician, poet and widely published author of books on blues and jazz music, his first book, The Country Blues (1959) and accompanying album of the same name are credited with inspiring the folk music revival of the early 60s and injecting forgotten blues artists into the consciousness of dozens of blues-rock artists like The Allman Brothers Band, Cream and The Rolling Stones, died from bone marrow cancer on 3/18/2015, age 85
1930 ● Lionel Bart / (Lionel Begleiter) → Brit pop music songwriter and musical composer, best known for writing the theme song to the James Bond film From Russia With Love (1966) and the hit musical Oliver!, wrote commercial jingles and staged other musicals until his death from cancer on 4/3/1999, age 68
1931 ● Ramblin’ Jack Elliott / (Elliot Charles Adnopoz) → Influential country-folk guitarist, one time protégé of folk legend Woody Guthrie, played in Bob Dylan‘s Rolling Thunder Revue and with Pete Seeger, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and others, Grammy-winning blues album A Stranger Here in 2009
1941 ● Rock Scully / (Rock Robert Scully) → San Francisco rock promoter and manager for psych/folk rock/jam band Grateful Dead (“Truckin’,” #64, 1970) from 1965 to 1985, during which he negotiated the band’s first contract with Warner Brothers and helped orchestrate the transformation from a loose folk and bluegrass outfit to one of rock music’s most memorable and enduring acts, died from lung cancer on 12/16/2014, age 73
1942 ● Jerry Garcia / (Jerome John Garcia) → Founding member, lead guitarist, vocals, songwriter and de facto frontman for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), solo and various collaborations, died from a drug-related heart attack on 8/9/1995, age 53
1946 ● Boz Burrell / (Raymond Burrell) → Bassist for prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), founding member of hard rock supergroup Bad Company, “Can’t Get Enough” (#5, 1974), died following a heart attack on 9/21/2006, age 60
1947 ● Rick Anderson → Bassist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978)
1947 ● Rick Coonce → Drummer for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968), left the band in 1971 and moved to Canada to become a farmer and social worker, died from heart failure on 2/25/2011, age 63
1949 ● Jim Carroll → Author, poet, punk rock bandleader, “People Who Died” (#51, 1980), wrote the autobiography The Basketball Diaries, which became a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio (1995), died from a heart attack on 9/11/2009, ager 60
1951 ● Tim Bachman → With his brothers Randy and Robbie, guitarist for Canadian hard rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974), left in 1974 to pursue a music production career
1951 ● Tommy Bolin → Underrated and short-lived blues-rock guitarist, first with hard rock Zephyr, then with jazz-rock fusion drummer Billy Cobham on the classic Spectrum album, replaced Joe Walsh in the James Gang, joined Deep Purple in 1972 to replace Ritchie Blackmore, left for solo career, died of a heroin overdose on 12/4/1976, age 25
1953 ● Robert Cray → Grammy-winning contemporary blues guitarist and vocalist , “Smoking Gun” (#22, Mainstream Rock #2, 1986)
1958 ● Michael Penn → Late-80s pop/rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “No Myth” (#13, 1989), brother of actor Sean Penn
1958 ● Robert Buck → Guitarist and songwriter with folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992), also played in folk-pop John & Mary with other bandmates, died from liver disease on 12/19/2000, age 42
1959 ● Joe Elliott → Vocals for hard rock/Brit New Wave of Heavy Metal band Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), formed hard rock Down ‘N’ Outz in 2009
1960 ● Chuck D. / (Carlton Douglas Ridenhour) → Rapper and vocals for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, “Fight The Power” (Rap #1, 1989), author, producer
1960 ● Suzi Gardner → Guitar and vocals for all-girl post-punk/grunge band L7, “Pretend We’re Dead” (Alt Rock #8, 1992)
1963 ● Coolio / (Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.) → Musician, reality TV show actor, producer and rapper, “Gangsta’s Paradise” (#1, 1995)
1964 ● Adam Duritz → Piano, guitar, vocals, songwriting and frontman for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), solo, producer and record company executive
1964 ● Nick Christian Sayer → Guitarist for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, “Baby I Don’t Care” (, 1983)
1968 ● Dan Donegan → Guitarist for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1970 ● Kenwyn House → Guitar for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow
1978 ● Dhani Harrison → Guitarist and son of George Harrison, completed his father’s final album, Brainwashed, after his death in 2001, now founder, lead guitar and vocals for alt rock Thenewno2
1981 ● Ashley Angel / (Ashley Ward Parker) → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

August 02
1935 ● Hank Cochran / (Garland Perry “Hank” Cochran) → Country-pop music songwriter with seven charting hits of his own in the 60s-80s but better known for penning hits for Patsy Cline (“I Fall To Pieces,” #12, AC #6, Country #1, 1961) and Eddy Arnold (“Make The World Go Away,” #6, AC #1, Country #1, 1965), and songs covered by dozens of artists, including Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt and Norah Jones, died from pancreatic cancer on 7/15/2010, age 75
1937 ● Garth Hudson / (Eric Garth Hudson) → Canadian organist, keyboardist and saxophonist for seminal roots rockers The Band, “Chest Fever” (1968), sessions and solo
1939 ● Edward Patten → Vocals in R&B/soul-pop family quartet Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1941 ● Doris Coley / (Doris Coley Kenner-Jackson) → Vocals for first 60s girl-group to achieve national prominence, The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1961), died of breast cancer 2/4/2000, age 58
1941 ● Andrew Steele → Drummer for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968), then Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle With You” (#6, 1973), died 4/18/2005, age 63
1943 ● Kathy Lennon → With her sisters, vocals in semi-religious pop vocal quartet The Lennon Sisters (“Tonight You Belong To Me,” #15, 1956), performed regularly on TV variety shows, including The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1968, continues to record and perform as a trio in the 10s
1946 ● John Fleck / (John Fleckenstein) → Bass guitarist (1965-1966) for influential garage/psych rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), then briefly with garage/proto-punk The Standells, “Dirty Water” (#11, 1966)
1948 ● Andrew Fairweather Low → Welsh roots rock guitarist, songwriter and singer, founding member of early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969), then frontman for hard rock Fair Weather, “Natural Sinner” (UK #6, 1970), solo and sessions plus backing bands for The Who, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bill Wyman and others
1949 ● “Fat Larry” James / (Larry E. James) → Drummer, singer and frontman for R&B/soul-funk Fat Larry’s Band, “Act Like You Know” (Dance/Club #24, 1982), died on 12/5/1987 of a heart attack
1950 ● Ted Turner / (David Alan Turner) → Dual lead guitar and vocals for Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972), session work for George Harrison, Billy Preston, Al Stewart and others
1951 ● Joe Lynn Turner / (Joseph Linquito) → Guitar, vocals for hard rock Fandango, joined Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in 1981 as lead vocalist, “Stone Cold” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982), left in 1985 for solo career, “Endlessly” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1985), joined Deep Purple briefly, “King Of Dreams” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990), solo
1951 ● Andrew Gold → Pop and light rock (L. A. sound) singer/songwriter, “Lonely Boy” (#7, 1977), session musician for James Taylor, Carly Simon, Nicolette Larson and others, died in his sleep on 6/3/2011, age 59
1953 ● Donnie Munro / (Donaidh Rothach) → Lead guitar and vocals for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995), solo
1957 ● Butch Vig / (Bryan Vigorson) → Founding member and drummer for Scottish-American alt rock Garbage, “Stupid Girl” (Dance/Club #5, 1996), recording engineer and producer for Nirvana‘s Nevermind album (1991), Sonic Youth, The Smashing PumpkinsGish (1991), L7, Soul Asylum and others
1957 ● Mojo Nixon / (Neill Kirby McMillan, Jr.) → Satirical comedy/novelty singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child” (Modern Rock #16, 1989)
1959 ● Johnny Kemp → Bahamian R&B/dance-pop singer, songwriter and session vocalist whose biggest hit, “Just Got Paid” (#10, R&B #1, 1988) was nominated for a Grammy Award, found floating off a beach and presumed drowned in an accident on 4/16/2015, age 55
1961 ● Apollonia / (Patricia Kotero) → One of several female singers and musicians associated with Prince, lead actress in the film Purple Rain (1984), replaced singer Vanity in dance-pop trio Vanity 6 which was rechristened Apollonia 6 (“Sex Shooter” Dance/Club #32, 1984) plus solo a mildly successful solo career (“Since I Fell For You,” Dance/Club #6, 1988)
1961 ● Pete De Freitas → Drummer for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, “Enlighten Me” (Modern Rock #8, 1990), died in a motorcycle accident on 6/14/1989, age 27
1962 ● Lee Mavers → Guitar and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1965 ● Al Macaulay → Drummer for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1970 ● Zelma Davis → Vocals for dance-pop C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat” (#1, 1991)

August 03
1917 ● Les Elgart → Swing, dance and jazz-pop bandleader, with his brother, Larry, recorded the original version of “Bandstand Boogie,” the theme song long-running teen dance show American Bandstand, withdrew from performing in the late 60s, died from heart failure on 7/29/1995, age 78
1921 ● Richard Adler → Lyricist, composer and producer of acclaimed 50s Broadway shows, with songwriting partner Jerry Ross created several hit songs, among them “Rags To Riches” (Tony Bennett, #1, 1953) and “Whatever Lola Wants” (Sarah Vaughan, #6, 1955), following Ross‘s death in 1955 continued to write and co-write but had little commercial success, died from natural causes on 6/21/2012, age 90
1924 ● Gordon Stoker → Vocals and piano for premier Southern gospel backing group The Jordanaires, worked behind Elvis Presley for 25 years, backed Patsy Cline and other Nashville country stars, died after a long illness on 3/27/2013, age 88
1926 ● Tony Bennett / (Anthony Dominic Benedetto) → Fourteen-time Grammy-winning pop and easy listening singer, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” (#19, 1962) and eight other Top 40 singles and four other Adult Contemporary Top 10 hits
1929 ● Arthur Wood → Original keyboardist with Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1936 ● Kenny Hodges → Bass and backing vocals for folk-sunshine-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died from viral pneumonia on 1/29/2013, age 76
1938 ● Terry Wogan / (Sir Michael Terrence Wogan) → Irish-born BBC radio and TV personality, Radio 2 host of various programs over nearly 40 years, including Wake Up To Wogan and Eurovision Song Contest
1939 ● Jimmy Nicol → Drummer and temporary member of The Beatles for nine Australian gigs in June 1964 at the height of Beatlemania, sitting in after Ringo Starr collapsed and was hospitalized on 6/3/964 with tonsillitis, returned to obscurity when Ringo rejoined the band on 6/14/1964
1941 ● Beverly Lee → Vocals for first 60s girl-group to achieve national prominence, The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1961)
1946 ● John Foley York → Bassist for The Byrds replacing departed Chris Hillman in 1968, “Lay Lady Lay” (#132, 1969), solo and various collaborations and Byrds spin-offs
1949 ● B .B. Dickerson / (Morris Dickerson) → Bassist for laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, “Spill The Wine” (#3, 1970), continued with spin-off Lowrider Band
1951 ● John Graham → Guitarist for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1953 ● Ian Bairnson → Guitarist for soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#1, 1974)
1953 ● Randy Scruggs → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter, producer and session player, solo artist, “It’s Only Love” (Country #67, 1998), son of legendary country/bluegrass great Earl Scruggs
1956 ● Kirk Brandon → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for Brit post-punk/goth/indie rock Spear Of Destiny, “Strangers In Our Town” (Dance/Club #40, 1987)
1959 ● Martin Atkins → Session drummer and member of post-punk Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983), fronted industrial music collective Pigface, worked in industrial metal band Ministry, “I Wanted To Tell Her” (Dance/Club #13, 1983), Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999) and post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (#25, 1981), Invisible Records founder and chief executive
1963 ● Ed Roland → Founder, primary songwriter, guitarist and engineer/producer for post-grunge alt rock Collective Soul, “Shine” (#11, Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1963 ● James Hetfield → Co-founder, rhythm guitar, chief songwriter and lead vocals for Grammy-winning heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#16, 1991), ranked #24 in Hit Parader magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time
1966 ● Dean Sams → Keyboards and backing vocals for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1966 ● Shirley Manson → Scottish lead vocalist for Scottish-American alt rock Garbage, “Stupid Girl” (Dance/Club #5, 1996)
1967 ● Skin / (Deborah Anne Dyer) → Vocals for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1971 ● DJ Spinderella / (Deidra Muriel Roper) → Vocals for female hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#13, 1991)
1973 ● Stephen Carpenter → Guitar for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1985 ● Brent Kutzle → Bass guitar and cello for self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, “Apologize” (#1, 2006), most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1985 ● Holly Blake-Arnstein → Lead vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, “He Loves U Not” (#2, 2000)

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Singles Released This Week (July 22 – 28)

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

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

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


July 22
1963 • The Beach Boys • “Surfer Girl” • Surf Ballad • Surfer Girl • “Little Deuce Coupe”
1963 • The Beach Boys • “Little Deuce Coupe” • Hot Rod Rock • Surfer Girl • [B-Side]
1983 • The Hollies • “Stop! In The Name Of Love” [UK] • Pop-Rock • What Goes Around • “Musical Pictures”
1999 • Len • “Steal My Sunshine” • Indie Pop/Trip Hop • You Can’t Stop The Bum Rush • “It’s Down to This” / “Drunc’n Moves ”
1999 • Days Of The New • “Enemy” • Alt. Acoustic Rock • Days of the New II • “Enemy” [Album Edit]


July 23
1962 • Marvin Gaye • “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” • Soul • That Stubborn Kinda Fellow • “It Hurt Me Too”
1965 • Wilson Pickett • “In The Midnight Hour” [UK] • Soul • In The Midnight Hour • “I’m Not Tired”
1965 • The Beatles • “I’m Down” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • The Beatles • “Help!” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “I’m Down”
1965 • The Marvelettes • “Danger! Heartbreak Dead Ahead” • Soul-Pop • The Marvelettes’ Greatest Hits • “Your Cheating Ways”
1973 • Cher • “Half-Breed” • Pop-Rock • Half-Breed • “Melody”
1976 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Let ‘Em In” • Pop-Rock • Wings At The Speed Of Sound • “Beware My Love”
1977 • Foreigner • “Cold As Ice” • Arena Rock • Foreigner • “I Need You”
1980 • Pointer Sisters • “He’s So Shy” • Soul • Special Things • “Movin’ On”
1981 • The Moody Blues • “The Voice” • Prog Rock • Long Distance Voyager • “22,000 Days”
1982 • Pink Floyd • “When The Tigers Broke Free” [UK] • Symphonic Rock • [Single] • “Bring The Boys Back Home”
1982 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Workin’ For A Livin'” • Pop-Rock • Picture This • “Working For A Livin'” [Live]
1984 • The Cars • “Drive” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Heartbreak City • “Stranger Eyes”
1985 • Madonna • “Into The Groove” • Dance-Pop • Like A Virgin • “Shoo_Bee_Doo”
1990 • Mariah Carey • “Vision Of Love” [UK] • R&B-Dance • Mariah Carey • “Sent From Above”
2001 • The Human League • “All I Ever Wanted” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Secrets • “All I Ever Wanted” [Remix]
2001 • R.E.M. • “All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)” • Alt. Rock • Reveal • “165 Hillcrest”


July 24
1961 • The Temptations • “Oh Mother Of Mine” • Soul/Doo-Wop • [Single] • “Romance Without Finance”
1964 • The Zombies • “She’s Not There” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Begin Here • “You Make Me Feel Good”
1964 • The Rolling Stones • “It’s All Over Now” • Blues-Rock • 12 X 5 • “Good Times, Bad Times”
1967 • The Beach Boys • “Heroes And Villains” • Pop-Rock • Smiley Smile • “You’re Welcome”
1967 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Reflections” • Soul-Pop • Reflections • “Going Down For The Third Time”
1970 • Matthews Southern Comfort • “Woodstock” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Later That Same Year • “Scion”
1976 • Jefferson Starship • “With Your Love” • Soft Rock • Spitfire • “Switchblade”
1980 • Billy Joel • “Don’t Ask Me Why” • Pop-Rock • Glass Houses • “C’etait Toi (You Were The One)”
1981 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)” [UK] • Album Rock • Hard Promises • “Gator On The Lawn”
1984 • George Michael • “Careless Whisper” [UK] • Pop Ballad • Make It Big • “Careless Whisper” [Instrumental]
2006 • Snow Patrol • “Chasing Cars” [UK] • Alt. Rock • Eyes Open • “Play Me Like Your Own Hand”


July 25
1966 • The Supremes • “You Can’t Hurry Love” • Soul-Pop • The Supremes A Go-Go • “Put Yourself In My Place”
1973 • The Doobie Brothers • “China Grove” • Pop-Rock • The Captain & Me • “Evil Woman”
1974 • Barry White • “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” • Smooth Soul • Can’t Get Enough • “Just Not Enough”
1977 • The Doobie Brothers • “Little Darling (I Need You)” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Livin’ On The Fault Line • “Losin’ End”
1986 • Cutting Crew • “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Broadcast • “For The Longest Time”


July 26
1960 • Sam Cooke • “Chain Gang” • Soul • [Single] • “I Fall In Love Every Day”
1963 • The Miracles • “Mickey’s Monkey” • Soul-Pop • Doin’ Mickey’s Monkey • “Whatever Makes You Happy”
1965 • Martha & The Vandellas • “You’ve Been In Love Too Long” • Soul-Dance • [Single] • “Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)”
1966 • Marvin Gaye • “Little Darling, I Need You” • Soul-Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “Hey Diddle Diddle”
1967 • The Kinks • “Waterloo Sunset” • Brit Beat • Something Else By The Kinks • “Two Sisters”
1969 • Johnny Cash • “A Boy Named Sue” • Country Classics • At San Quentin • “San Quentin”
1974 • The Rolling Stones • “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)” [UK] • Blues-Rock • It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll • “Through The Lonely Nights”
1979 • The Clash • “Gates Of The West” • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “Groovy Times”
1979 • The Clash • “I Fought The Law” • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
1982 • Pink Floyd • “When The Tigers Broke Free” • Symphonic Rock • [Single] • “Bring The Boys Back Home”
1985 • Thompson Twins • “Lay Your Hands On Me” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Here’s To Future Days • “The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)”


July 27
1959 • The Miracles • “Bad Girl” • Doo-Wop Ballad • [Single] • “I Love Your Baby”
1968 • The Who • “Magic Bus” • Psychedelic Rock • Magic Bus • “Someone’s Coming”
1974 • The Rolling Stones • “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)” • Blues-Rock • It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll • “Through The Lonely Nights”
1981 • The Human League • “Love Action (I Believe In Love)” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Dare • “Hard Times”


July 28
1958 • The Everly Brothers • “Devoted To You” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1958 • The Everly Brothers • “Bird Dog” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Devoted To You”
1965 • Bob Dylan • “Like A Rolling Stone” • Folk-Rock • Highway 61 Revisited • “Gates Of Eden”
1969 • Grand Funk Railroad • “Time Machine” • Blues-Rock • On Time • “High On A Horse”
1971 • George Harrison • “Bangla-Desh” • Pop-Rock • The Concert For Bangladesh • “Deep Blue”
1971 • The Hollies • “Hey Willie” • Brit Beat • [Single] • “Row The Boat Together”
1972 • Mott The Hoople • “All The Young Dudes” [UK] • Glam Rock • All The Young Dudes • “One Of The Boys”
1976 • Kiss • “Beth” • Heavy Metal • Destroyer • [B-Side]
1976 • Kiss • “Detroit Rock City” • Hard Rock • Destroyer • “Beth”
1979 • Michael Jackson • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” • Disco • Off The Wall • “I Can’t Help It”
1983 • Billy Joel • “Tell Her About It” • Pop-Rock • An Innocent Man • “Easy Money”
1986 • Janet Jackson • “When I Think Of You” • Pop-Soul • Control • “Pretty Boy”

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Albums Released This Week (July 22 – 28)

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


July 22
1966 ● John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Stevie Wonder —— Fulfillingness’ First Finale ► Pop-R&B
1974 ● Commodores —— Machine Gun ► Soul-Funk
1977 ● Elvis Costello —— My Aim Is True ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1986 ● Amy Grant —— The Collection ► Pop-Rock/Christian
1987 ● LL Cool J —— Bigger And Deffer ► Hip-Hop
1996 ● Disco Inferno —— Technicolour ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental
1997 ● Kreator —— Outcast ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1997 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— In The Name Of Love ► Soul-Funk
2003 ● Gavin DeGraw —— Chariot ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2003 ● Jane’s Addiction —— Strays ► Alt. Rock
2003 ● Cheap Trick —— Special Case ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2003 ● Kiss —— Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Chairlift —— Does You Inspire You ► Dream Pop
2008 ● Counting Crows —— iTunes Live From Soho ► AA Pop-Rock
2008 ● Black Sabbath —— The Rules Of Hell ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu Live ► Folk-Rock
2013 ● The Rolling Stones —— Hyde Park Live (Live 2013) ► Blues-Rock
2014 ● Bobby Patterson —— I Got More Soul! ► Texas Soul


July 23
1965 ● The Moody Blues —— The Magnificent Moodies ► Blues-Rock
1965 ● The Supremes —— More Hits By The Supremes ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● The Moody Blues —— Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ► Psychedelic Rock
1973 ● Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Joan Baez —— Gracias A La Vida ► Folk-Pop/Latin
1982 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— This One’s For You ► Soul-Pop
1982 ● Various Artists —— The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop
1984 ● Sammy Hagar —— VOA ► Arena Rock
1984 ● Rick Springfield —— Hard To Hold ► Power Pop
1991 ● Color Me Badd —— C.M.B. ► New Jack Swing
1991 ● DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —— Homebase ► Pop-Rap
1991 ● The Innocence Mission —— Umbrella ► Alt Pop-Rock
1996 ● Fiona Apple —— Tidal ► Alt Pop-Rock
1996 ● The Black Crowes —— Three Snakes And One Charm ► Southern Rock
2012 ● Procol Harum —— MMX ► Prog Rock


July 24
1967 ● The Beach Boys —— The Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Yes —— Time And A Word [UK] ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Jon Anderson —— Olias Of Sunhillow ► Prog Rock
1990 ● Timothy B. Schmit —— Tell Me The Truth ► Country-Rock
1990 ● Dread Zeppelin —— Un-Led-Ed ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Nils Lofgren —— Crooked Line ► Roots Rock
2001 ● Cake —— Comfort Eagle ► Alt Rock/College Rock
2001 ● Eddie Money —— The Best Of Eddie Money ► Album Rock
2001 ● NSYNC —— Celebrity ► Dance-Pop
2001 ● Ringo Starr —— The Anthology…So Far ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Curtis Mayfield —— Soul Legacy ► Soul/Funk
2004 ● Joni Mitchell —— The Beginning Of Survival ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● The Antlers —— Undersea ► Dream Pop


July 25
1966 ● The Troggs —— From Nowhere…The Troggs [UK] ► Garage Rock
1966 ● The Troggs —— Wild Thing ► Garage Rock
1969 ● Yes —— Yes [UK] ► Prog Rock
1970 ● Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Cosmo’s Factory ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Donovan —— Open Road ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Cat Stevens —— Foreigner ► Folk-Pop
1980 ● AC/DC —— Back In Black ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— TP ► Soul-Pop
1983 ● Metallica —— Kill ‘Em All ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● 2 Live Crew —— The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are ► East Coast Rap
1986 ● Loudness —— Lightning Strikes ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal
1988 ● Kim Carnes —— View From The House ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Kool & The Gang —— Everything’s Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More ► Funk-Soul
1989 ● The Beastie Boys —— Paul’s Boutique ► Rap
1989 ● Alice Cooper —— Trash ► Hard Rock
1989 ● The Bee Gees —— One ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Boredoms —— Chocolate Synthesizer ► Noise Rock
1995 ● 311 —— 311 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1995 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— E. 1999 Eternal ► Gangsta Rap
2000 ● Dark Tranquility —— Haven ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal
2000 ● Béla Fleck And The Flecktones —— Outbound ► Jazz Fusion
2000 ● Dion —— Deja Nu ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Loverboy —— Get Lucky ► Arena Rock
2006 ● Tom Petty —— Highway Companion ► Album Rock


July 26
1965 ● Buck Owens —— Before You Go ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield
1968 ● The Moody Blues —— In Search Of The Lost Chord ► Psychedelic Rock
1973 ● ZZ Top —— Tres Hombres ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Robert Wyatt —— Rock Bottom ► Art Rock
1979 ● The Clash —— The Clash ► Punk
1981 ● Bucks Fizz —— Bucks Fizz ► Europop-Dance
1982 ● The Human League —— Love And Dancing [EP] ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1982 ● The League Unlimited Orchestra —— Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop
1983 ● Asia —— Alpha ► Prog Rock
1985 ● John Waite —— Mask Of Smiles ► Power Pop
1989 ● Katrina & The Waves —— Break Of Hearts ► New Wave/Jangle Pop
1993 ● Odeta Adams —— Evolution ► Jazz-Pop Fusion
1994 ● Ani DiFranco —— Out Of Range ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● The Aquabats —— The Return Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival


July 27
1969 ● Pink Floyd —— More [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock
1972 ● The Temptations —— All Directions ► Soul – Motown
1973 ● The New York Dolls —— New York Dolls ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Sweet —— Sweet ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Genesis —— Genesis Live ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Grateful Dead —— Terrapin Station ► Album Rock
1979 ● AC/DC —— Highway To Hell ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Stevie Nicks —— Bella Donna ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Madonna —— Madonna ► Dance-Pop
1983 ● Neil Young And The Shocking Pinks —— Everybody’s Rockin’ ► Rockabilly
1984 ● Mark Knopfler —— Comfort And Joy [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
1987 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— In My Tribe ► Folk-Rock
1987 ● Triumph —— Surveillance ► Arena Rock
1989 ● The Bodeans —— Home ► Roots Rock
1992 ● Sloan —— Peppermint ► Alt Indie Rock
1993 ● The Smashing Pumpkins —— Siamese Dream ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— All The Greatest Hits Live ► Album Rock
1994 ● Metallica —— Ride The Lightning ► Heavy Metal
1998 ● Dying Fetus —— Killing On Adrenaline ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1999 ● At The Drive-In —— Vaya ► Punk Rock
1999 ● Nick Lowe —— The Doings ► Pub Rock
1999 ● Eric Clapton —— Blues ► Blues-Rock
2004 ● 38 Special —— Drivetrain ► Southern Rock
2004 ● Pearl Jam —— Live At Benaroya Hall ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Scissor Sisters —— Scissor Sisters ► Dance-Techno Pop
2009 ● Bob Dylan —— The Collection ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● Ringo Starr —— Live At The Greek Theater 2008 ► Pop-Rock


July 28
1965 ● John Coltrane —— Live In Paris ► Contemporary Jazz
1972 ● Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Schmilsson [UK] ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Black Sabbath —— Sabotage ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Rainbow —— Down To Earth ► Arena Rock
1980 ● Zapp —— Zapp ► P-Funk
1986 ● R.E.M. —— Lifes Rich Pageant ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1989 ● Various Artists —— The Bridge: A Tribute To Neil Young ► Alt Rock
1992 ● Barenaked Ladies —— Gordon ► AA Pop-Rock
1992 ● Mary J. Blige —— What’s The 411? ► Hip Hop Soul
1992 ● Morrissey —— Your Arsenal ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1997 ● Company Flow —— Funcrusher Plus ► Experimental Rap
1998 ● Mary J. Blige —— The Tour ► Hip Hop Soul
1998 ● Tommy Tutone —— Tutone.rtf ► Power Pop

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

July 21
1922 ● Kay Starr / (Katherine LaVerne Starks) → Successful 30s and 40s Big Band jazz-pop singer who migrated to country-pop and early rock ‘n’ roll during the 50s with even more success, including two #1 hits, “Wheel Of Fortune” (#1, 1952) and “The Rock And Roll Waltz” (#1, UK #1, 1956), continued to record and perform to a loyal following well after her style went out and well into her 80s, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on 11/3/2016, age 94
1942 ● Kim Vincent Fowley → Singer-songwriter, producer, disc jockey and band manager, best known for putting together the all-girl punk/hard rock The Runaways (“Cherry Bomb,” 1976), died from bladder cancer on 1/15/2015, age 72
1943 ● Henry McCullough → Irish guitarist in early folk-rock Sweeney’s Men and with Joe Cocker in the 60s, best known for his work with Paul McCartney‘s Wings in the 70s and his guitar solo on “My Love” (#1, 1973), continued to record and perform into the 10s, suffered a heart attack in 2012 and died four years later on 7/14/2016, age 72
1945 ● Mike Wilsh / (Michael Wilshaw) → Bass, keyboards and backing vocals for early 60s Brit pop The Four Pennies, “Juliet” (UK #1, 1964), the most important British Invasion era act with no chart presence in the US
1945 ● Rosie Hamlin / (Rosalie Hamlin) → 15-year old lead singer and principal songwriter in one hit wonder light pop/rock Rosie And The Originals, “Angel Baby” (#5, 1960), left the industry for motherhood in the early 60s but had her song covered by John Lennon and included on his posthumous 1986 album Menlove Avenue, died from “ill health” on 3/30/2017, age 71
1946 ● Bean Whitwam / (Barry “Bean” Whitwam) → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Cat Stevens / (Stephen Demitri Georgiou, now Yusuf Islam) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Peace Train” (#7, 1971) and 10 other US Top 40 hits, converted to Muslim in 1977
1953 ● Eric Bazilian → Co-founder, guitarist and vocals for 80s MTV pop-rock The Hooters, “And We Danced” (#21, Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1955 ● Taco / (Taco Ockerse) → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer, “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (#4, 1983)
1955 ● Howie Epstein → Bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), died of a drug overdose on 2/23/2003, age 47
1961 ● Jim Martin / (James Blanco Martin) → Guitarist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1962 ● Lee Aaron / (Karen Lynn Greening) → Award-winning Canadian pop, rock, jazz and singer/songwriter and guitarist with Broken Social Scene, “1 2 3 4” (UK #4, 2007), solo
1969 ● Emerson Hart → Founder, guitar and vocals for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1974 ● Terry Caldwell → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits
1981 ● Blake Lewis → Beatboxer and American Idol runner-up, “How Many Words” (Dance/Club #8, 2008)

July 22
1924 ● Margaret Whiting → Adult Contemporary, traditional popular and country music singer (“Only Love Can Break A Heart,” #96, AC #4, 1967), TV actress on variety shows, sitcoms and music history documentaries, daughter of Richard Whiting, composer of pop music standards, including “Hooray For Hollywood” and “The Good Ship Lollipop,” died from natural causes on 1/10/2011, age 86
1937 ● Chuck Jackson → R&B/pop-soul singer with doo wop The Del-Vikings, “Come Go With Me” (#4, 1957) and solo, “Any Day Now” (#23, R&B #2, 1962)
1940 ● Thomas Wayne / (Thomas Wayne Perkins) → One hit wonder R&B/doo wop balladeer, “Tragedy” (#5, 1959), brother of Elvis Presley‘s guitarist, Luther Perkins, died in a Memphis car accident on 8/15/1971, age 31
1941 ● George Clinton → Principal architect and frontman of “P-Funk”, the R&B/soul-funk sound of the interchangeable bands Parliament and Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1941 ● Estelle Bennett → With her sister, Ronnie Bennett Spector and cousin Nedra Talley, vocals for Phil Spector-produced pop girl group The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (#2, 1963), suffered from mental and physical problems for many years until her death from colon cancer on 2/11/2009, age 67
1943 ● Bobby Sherman → 60s and 70s pop-rock teen idol singer, “Little Woman” (#3, 1969), regular on TV music variety show Shindig!, TV actor on sit com Here Come The Brides
1944 ● Rick Davies / (Richard Davies) → Founder, keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist – and only original and still active member – of Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, composed or co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including “The Logical Song” (#6, UK #7, 1979), worked as a solo artist during periods when Supertramp was on hiatus, including in the 10s
1947 ● Don Henley / (Donald Hugh Henley) → Drummer, vocalist and songwriter, member of Linda Ronstadt‘s early 70s backing band, with his bandmates formed L.A. sound/country rock Eagles, “One Of These Nights” (#1, 1975), co-wrote and/or sang lead vocals on ten Top 10 hits before embarking in 1980 on a Grammy-winning solo career with five Top 25 albums and four Top 10 hits, including “The Boys Of Summer” (#5, Mainstream Rock #1, 1984), continues to tour and record with the Eagles and as a solo act, and contributes to social and political causes into the 10s
1949 ● Alan Menken → With songwriting team partner/lyricist Howard Ashman, Academy Award-winning and 8-time Oscar composer and producer for stage and screen, co-wrote “Under The Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989), the title song to Beauty And The Beast (1991) and “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin (1992)
1956 ● Mick Pointer → Founding member and original drummer for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), left to form prog rock Arena
1957 ● Dennis Greaves → Guitar and lead vocals for Brit blues-rock/”mod revival” quartet Nine Below Zero, Don’t Point Your Finger album reached #56 on the UK album chart
1961 ● Keith Sweat → R&B/soul-New Jack swing singer, “Nobody” (#3, 1996), radio DJ, producer
1963 ● Emily Saliers → Guitar and vocals in indie-folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine” (#52, Modern Rock #26, 1989)
1964 ● Will Calhoun → Drummer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), sessions
1967 ● Pat Badger → Bassist for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991)
1971 ● Chris Helme → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, “Love Is The Law” (UK #3, 1997)
1973 ● Daniel Jones → Vocals, keyboards and sequencer, one-half of Australian dance-pop duo Savage Garden, “Truly Madly Deeply” (#1, 1998), now producer for Aussie pop-rock acts
1973 ● Rufus Wainwright → Canadian-American folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rolling Stone magazine’s 1998 Best New Artist, son of folk musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, brother of Martha Wainwright, album Release The Stars was US #23 in 2007

July 23
1929 ● Jack Richardson → Canadian record producer and Juno Award winner, produced all of The Guess Who‘s big albums and hits, including “American Woman” (#9, 1970), plus Alice Cooper‘s album Muscle Of Love (#10, 1973), Bob Seger‘s Night Moves (#8, 1977) and albums by Badfinger, Poco, Rough Trade, Starz and others, later became a college professor in music industry arts, died on 5/13/2011, age 81
1933 ● Bert Convy / (Bernard Whalen Convy) → Vocals in early rock ‘n’ roll The Cheers, their hit “(Bazoom) I Need Your Lovin'” (#3, 1954) was the first chart hit for the songwriting team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and one of the first hits by a white rock ‘n’ roll group, later became a Broadway stage performer (Fiddler On The Roof, 1964), a 60s and 70s television game show panelist (To Tell The Truth, Match Game, Password and others) and TV series guest star (Bewitched, Hawaii Five-O and others), died from a heart attack on 7/15/1991, age 58
1935 ● Cleveland “Cleve” Duncan / (Cleve Duncan) → Founding member and lead vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Penguins, their enduring “Earth Angel” (#8, R&B #1, 1954) was one of the earliest R&B-to-pop crossover hits, died on 11/7/2012, age 77
1942 ● Madeline Bell → R&B and pop-rock singer, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” (#26, 1968), joined Brit pop-rock Blue Mink, “Melting Pot” (UK #3, 1970), also session backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Kiki Dee and others
1943 ● Joe Santollo → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962), died from a heart attack as the band was preparing for a reunion tour on 6/3/1981, age 37
1944 ● Dino Danelli → Drums and vocals for blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967), then pop-rock Bulldog, power pop Fotomaker, “Miles Away” (#63, 1978), Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul and The New Rascals
1946 ● Andy Mackay → Saxophone and woodwinds for prog rock Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (#30, 1976), sessions and teaching
1947 ● David Essex / (David Albert Cook) → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, one hit wonder in the U.S., “Rock On” (#5, 1973), but with 19 UK Top 40 singles (including two #1s)
1948 ● John Hall → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock Orleans, “Still The One” (#5, 1976), sessions and touring, solo, “Power” (1979), now a member of the U.S. Congress (NY-D-19th)
1950 ● Blair Thornton → Guitarist for Canadian hard pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974)
1952 ● Janis Siegel → Vocals for Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1954 ● Marisa DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1964 ● Nick Menza → Drummer for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Rob Dickinson → Vocals for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1965 ● Slash / (Saul Hudson) → Lead guitar for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), side project Slash’s Snakepit caused him to leave the band for good in 1997, formed Velvet Revolver in 2002 with ex-GNR bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, “Fall To Pieces” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1971 ● Chad Gracey → Drummer for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995), co-founded post-grunge The Gracious Few in 2009
1971 ● Dalvin DeGrate → Vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993)
1973 ● Fran Healy → Guitar and vocals for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (#36, UK #10, 2000) plus 11 other UK Top 40 hits
1980 ● Steve Jocz → Drummer for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1980 ● Tenitra Michelle Williams → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), solo , “The Greatest” (Dance/Club #1, 2008)

July 24
1941 ● Barbara Jean Love → Vocals for pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1942 ● Heinz Burt → Bassist for Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados,”Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, solo, died from complication of a neural disease on 4/7/2000, age 57
1944 ● Jim Armstrong → Guitarist for Northern Irish R&B/garage rock Them, Here Comes The Night” (#24, UK #2, 1965), since then in multiple Irish rock bands, including Truth, Light, The Belfast Blues Band and Jim Armstrong Band
1944 ● Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin / (Lawrance Padilla) → Solo artist and core member of 60s spoken-word, proto-rap group The Last Poets, credited with establishing the foundation for hip hop music and often called the “Grandfather of Rap,” influential works include The Lost Poets eponymous debut album (#29, Soul #3, 1970) and his solo album, Hustler’s Convention (1973), both combining spoken poetry and “toasting” – rhythmic chanting and talking over a simple beat – with jazz and funk music, died after a long battle with lung cancer on 6/4/2018, age 73
1947 ● Alan Whitehead → Founding member and drummer for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Chris Townson → Drummer and founding member of Brit pop art/mod rock John’s Children, “Desdemona” (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor, died of cancer on 2/10/2008, age 60
1948 ● Kim Berly / (Kimball Meyer) → Founding member and drummer in Canadian pop-rock trio The Stampeders (“Sweet City Woman,” #8, CAN #1 , 1971), left in 1978 but reformed the band in the 90s and continues to tour and perform into the 10s
1951 ● Lynval Golding → Rhythm guitar and vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), left to co-found New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, “Really Saying Something” (Club #16, UK #5, 1982)
1951 ● Gypie Mayo / (John Philip Cawhra) → Guitarist and songwriter for the mid-70s lineup of Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, co-wrote the hit single “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979) with Nick Lowe, played in the reborn Yardbirds from 1996 to 2004, died from undisclosed causes on 10/23/2013, age 62
1953 ● Diaper Man / (Garry Shider) → Guitarist, backing vocals, co-songwriter and musical director for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978) and the P-Funk All-Stars, solo and collaborations, died of cancer on 6/16/2010, age 56
1957 ● Larry Gott → Guitarist for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1958 ● Mick Karn / (Anthony Michaelides) → Bassist and saxophone for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, “Ghosts” (UK #5, 1982)
1961 ● Paul Geary → Drummer for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), manager for Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Creed and others
1969 ● J.Lo / (Jennifer Lynn Lopez) → Dancer, TV and film actress (Selena, 1997), R&B/dance-pop singer, “If You Had My Love”( #1, 1999), record producer and fashion designer, #1 on People magazine’s 2007 list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics
1986 ● Pete Reilly → Lead guitarist for Scottish retro-rock/ska punk The View, “Same Jeans” (UK #3, 2007)

July 25
1894 ● Walter Brennan / (Walter Andrew Brennan) → World War I veteran and country-pop singer with four charting singles in the early 60s, including “Old Rivers” (#5, AC #2, Country #3, 1962), but best known as three-time Grammy-winning actor on stage and film, and as Grampa Amos on TV’s The McCoys in the late 50s, died from emphysema on 9/21/1974, age 80
1925 ● Benny Benjamin / (William Benjamin) → Session drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a stroke on 4/20/1969, age 43
1942 ● Bruce Woodley → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” (#2, 1967), penned the unofficial national anthem “I Am Australian” (1987)
1943 ● Jim McCarty → Drummer and vocals for blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), left and co-founded prog-folk-rock Renaissance in 1969, then played acoustic guitar for prog rock Illusion, solo albums and reformed Yardbirds
1943 ● Tom Dawes → Bass guitar and vocals for upbeat folk-pop, two hit wonder The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (#2, 1966) and “Turn Down Day” (#16, 1966), later headed his own advertising agency and wrote jingles for 7Up, Coca-Cola and Alka-Seltzer (“plop, plop, fizz, fizz”), died from complications of heart surgery on 10/13/2007, age 64
1946 ● José Chepitó Areas → Nicaraguan original member and percussionist for Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970)
1948 ● Steve Goodman → Grammy-winning folk and folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote “The City Of New Orleans” (covered by Arlo Guthrie, #18, 1972) and issued 12 solo albums, died of leukemia on 9/20/1984, age 36
1950 ● Mark Clarke → Journeyman bassist, sessions and/or touring with prog rock Colosseum, hard rock Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), Natural Gas, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Billy Squier, The (reformed) Monkees, Mountain, Ian Hunter and others
1951 ● Verdine White → Bass and vocals for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1953 ● Gary Shaugnessy → Guitarist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation (“Sad Sweet Dreamer,” #14, UK #1, 1975)
1955 ● Randy Bewley → Co-founding member and guitarist for Athens, GA-based seminal post-punk college rock Pylon (“Gyrate, “Dance/Club #41, 1981), later in several other local bands and music teacher, died following a heart attack on 2/25/2009, age 53
1958 ● Thurston Moore → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, “100%” (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1973 ● Ladybug Mecca / (Mary Ann Vieira) → 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), solo

July 26
1928 ● Joe Jackson / (Joseph Walter Jackson) → Former R&B guitarist, professional boxer and steelworker turned patriarch and manager of Motown pop-soul The Jackson 5 and later the solo careers of his son Michael Jackson and daughter Janet Jackson, known for his abusive treatment of his wife and children, who dismissed him as their manager in 1983 but publicly forgave him over the years, died from pancreatic cancer on 6/27/2018, age 89
1937 ● Al Banks → Soaring falsetto lead vocals for Philly R&B/doo wop The Turbans, “When You Dance” (#33, R&B #3, 1955), joined the reconstituted Drifters in 1972, died 7/7/1977, age 39
1938 ● Bobby Hebb → R&B/soul-pop singer and songwriter, “Sunny” (#2, 1966), died of lung cancer on 8/3/2010, age 72
1940 ● Dobie Gray (Lawrence Darrow Brown) → Versatile singer with Top 40 hits in four genres, R&B “The ‘In’ Crowd” (#13, R&B #11, 1965), pop “Drift Away” (#5, 1973), disco “You Can Do It” (#37, 1979) and country “That’s One To Grow On” (Country #35, 1986), died from complications following cancer surgery on 12/6/2011, age 71
1941 ● Brenton Wood / (Alfred Jesse Smith) → Two hit wonder R&B/soul-pop vocalist, “Gimme Little Sign” (#9, 1967) and “The Oogum Boogum Song” (#19, 1967)
1941 ● Darlene Love / (Darlene Wright) → Lead vocals for Phil Spector girl group The Blossoms, sang lead on “He’s A Rebel” (#1, 1962), which was credited to The Crystals, another Spector group, also sang backing vocals on “Monster Mash” (Bobby “Boris” Pickett, #1, 1962), “Johnny Angel” (Shelley Fabares, #1, 1962), and several hits credited to The Ronettes, including “Be My Baby” (#4, 1963), plus hits by Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys and many others
1941 ● Neil Landon / (Patrick Cahill) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1943 ● Mick Jagger / (Michael Philip Jagger) → Frontman, lead singer and songwriter for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar” (#1, 1971), duet with David Bowie, “Dancing In The Street” (#7, 1985) and solo, “Don’t Tear Me Up” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1993)
1943 ● Andrea True / (Andrea Truden) → Adult film star in 70s and 80s who moonlighted as a disco-era dance-pop singer with two Top 40 hits, “More, More, More” (#4, 1976) and “N.Y., You Got Me Dancing” (#27, Dance/Club #4, 1977), died from heart failure on 11/7/2011, age 68
1949 ● Roger Meddows Taylor → Founding member, drummer, songwriter and vocals for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976) and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1, 1980), wrote and sang “Radio Ga Ga” (#16, 1984), solo
1961 ● Andy Connell → Founder and keyboards for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987), previously played with post-punk The Immediates and New Wave funk A Certain Radio, producer
1961 ● Gary Cherone → Co-founder and lead vocals for hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), joined hard rock Van Halen in 1996 as lead vocalist, “Humans Being” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo
1962 ● Miranda Joyce → Saxophone and vocals for Brit all female ska/pop-rock The Belle Stars, “Sign Of The Times” (UK #3, 1983) and “Iko Iko” (#14, 1989)
1963 ● Scott Francis Crago → Session drummer, worked with Eagles since 1994, plus appearances for Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and others
1967 ● Headliner / (Timothy Barnwell) → DJ and rapper for progressive funk-soul-blues hip hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1980 ● Brown Sound / (Dave Baksh) → Guitarist for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004), quit in 2006 to form his own band Brown Brigade
1984 ● Alexandra Parks → Winner of the BBC talent contest show Fame Academy in 2003, “Maybe That’s What It Takes” (UK #3, 2003) from the UK #5 album Introduction (2003)

July 27
1920 ● Homer / (Henry D. Haynes) → With musical partner Kenneth C. Burns, one half the satirical country-pop radio and TV comedy/music duo Homer & Jethro, parodied country and pop hits and won a Grammy Award for “The Battle Of Kookamonga” (#14, 1959) , their take on Johnny Horton‘s #1 hit “The Battle Of New Orleans,” continued to perform with Burns until just prior to his death from a heart attack on 8/7/1971, age 51
1922 ● Bob Thiele → Jazz and jazz-pop record producer and record label executive, founded Signature and worked for Decca, Impulse, ABC/Bluesway, Flying Dutchman and others, co-wrote and produced “What A Wonderful World” for Louis Armstrong (#116, UK #1, 1967), worked with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and countless others, died from kidney failure on 1/30/1996, age 73
1927 ● Bob Morse → Baritone vocals in 50s a cappella jazz-pop quartet The Hi-Lo‘s, the group had three Top 20 albums in 1957 – Suddenly It’s The Hi-Lo’s (#13), Ring Around Rosie (#14) and Now Hear This (#19), continued touring until his death on 4/27/2001, age 73
1927 ● Guy Carawan → Folk musician and musicologist best known for introducing the black spiritual “We Shall Overcome” to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the American civil rights movement in 1960, the song has since become the standard for protests around the world, died from complications of dementia on 5/2/2015, age 87
1928 ● Harvey Fuqua → Founder and frontman for 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, “Sincerely” (R&B #1, 1955), then Motown A&R director and producer, died of a heart attack on 7/6/2010, age 81
1930 ● Andy White → Scot session drummer with a long resume of 60s performances, among others Tom Jones‘ “It’s Not Unusual” (#10, UK #1, 1965) and Herman’s Hermit‘s “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” (#1, 1965), became a “5th Beatle” when he subbed for Ringo Starr on The Beatles‘ “Love Me Do” (#1, 1964 / UK #17, 1962), retired in 1975 to move to the U.S. to teach Scottish pipe drumming, died from a stroke on 11/9/2015, age 85
1933 ● Nick Reynolds → Founding member, vocals and guitar for definitive folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits, died from respiratory complications on 10/1/2008, age 75
1943 ● Allan Ramsey → Bassist for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1944 ● Bobby Gentry / (Roberta Lee Streeter) → Grammy-winning country-pop and adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Ode to Billy Joe” (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Andy McMaster → Keyboards for early pub rock Ducks Deluxe, then power pop/rock The Motors, “Airport” (UK #4, 1978)
1949 ● H-Bomb / (Henry Weck) → Drummer for one hit wonder rock band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Maureen McGovern → Adult contemporary pop singer, “The Morning After” (#1, 1973) from the movie The Poseidon Adventure and the Academy Award-winning “We May Never Love This Way Again” from The Towering Inferno (1974)
1949 ● Rory Macdonald / (Roderick Macdonald) → Bass and vocals for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995) and 13 albums
1950 ● Mick Vaughan / (Michael Vaughan) → Guitarist for pop/rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1953 ● Suzi Carr → Vocals for mellow adult pop-rock cover trio Will To Power, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” (#1, 1988)
1960 ● Conway Savage → Bassist for alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Karl Mueller → Bassist for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993), died from throat cancer on 6/17/2005, age 41
1964 ● Rex Brown → Bassist in alt metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994)
1967 ● Juliana Hatfield → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontwoman for indie rock/power pop Blake Babies, solo, “My Sister” (Modern Rock #1, 1993) and “Spin The Bottle (#39, 1994)
1973 ● Abe Cunningham → Drummer for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1974 ● Pete Yorn / (Peter Joseph Yorn) → Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter, “For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)” (Modern Rock #28, 2001) from the critically-acclaimed debut album Musicforthemorningafter (2001)

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Singles Released This Week (July 15 – 21)

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

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

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


July 15
1966 • The Zombies • “Indication” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “How We Were Before”
1972 • The Rolling Stones • “All Down The Line” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Exile On Main Street • [B-Side]
1972 • The Rolling Stones • “Happy” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Exile On Main Street • “All Down The Line”
1976 • Eagles • “Life In The Fast Lane” [UK] • Country-Rock • Hotel California • “The Last Resort”
1977 • The Jam • “All Around The World” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Carnaby Street”
1981 • George Harrison • “Teardrops” • Pop-Rock • Somewhere In England • “Save The World”
1984 • John Lennon • “I’m Stepping Out” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Milk & Honey • “Sleepless Night” [Yoko Ono]
1991 • Extreme • “More Than Words” [UK] • Acoustic Ballad • Pornografitti • “Nice Place To Visit”
1993 • R.E.M. • “Nightswimming” [UK] • Baroque Pop • Automatic For The People • “Losing My Religion” [Live]
1997 • The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase • “Mo Money Mo Problems” • East Coast Rap • Life After Death • “Mo Money Mo Problems” [Instrumental]
2003 • Jane’s Addiction • “Just Because” • Alt. Hard Rock • Strays • “Suffer Some” [Live]
2003 • Eagles • “Hole In The World” • Country-Rock • The Very Best Of • “Hole In The World” [Video]


July 16
1965 • The Supremes • “Nothing But Heartaches” • Soul-Pop • More Hits By The Supremes • “He Holds His Own”
1965 • Sonny & Cher • “I Got You Babe” [UK] • Baroque Pop • Look At Us • “It’s Gonna Rain”
1968 • The Temptations • “Please Return Your Love To Me” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “How Can I Forget”
1973 • Elton John • “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” • Glam Rock • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road • “Jack Rabbit” / “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)”
1976 • The Bee Gees • “You Should Be Dancing” [UK] • Disco • Children Of The World • “Subway”
1991 • Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch Featuring Loletta Holloway • “Good Vibrations” [UK] • Pop-Rap • Music For The People • “Wild Side” [Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch]
2001 • David Gray • “Sail Away” [UK] • Folktonica • White Ladder • “Sail Away” [Remix]


July 17
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1962 • Elvis Presley • “She’s Not You” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello”
1965 • The Righteous Brothers • “Unchained Melody” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Just Once In My Life • “Hung On You”
1967 • The Beatles • “Baby You’re A Rich Man” • Pop-Rock • Magical Mystery Tour • [B-Side]
1967 • The Beatles • “All You Need Is Love” • Pop-Rock • Magical Mystery Tour • “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
1972 • Bread • “Mother Freedom” • Soft Rock • Baby I’m-A Want You • “Live In Your Love”
1973 • Paul Simon • “Loves Me Like A Rock” • Folk-Pop • There Goes Rhymin’ Simon • “Learn How To Fall”
1978 • Donna Summer • “Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus” • Disco • [Single] • “Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus (Part 2)”
1995 • R.E.M. • “Tongue” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • Monster • “Tongue” [Instrumental]
1995 • Hootie & The Blowfish • “Only Wanna Be With You” • Pop-Rock • Cracked Rear View • “Use Me” / “Only Wanna Be With You” [Live]


July 18
1960 • The Ventures • “Walk, Don’t Run” • Rock ‘n’ Roll Instrumental • Walk, Don’t Run • “Home”
1966 • Simon & Garfunkel • “The Dangling Conversation” • Folk-Pop • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme • “Bright Green Pleasure Machine”
1966 • The Beach Boys • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” • Pop-Rock • Pet Sounds • “God Only Knows”
1966 • The Beach Boys • “God Only Knows” • Pop Ballad • Pet Sounds • [B-Side]
1966 • Simon & Garfunkel • “Bright Green Pleasure Machine” • Baroque-Pop • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme • [B-Side]
1975 • David Bowie • “Fame” [UK] • Glam Rock • Young Americans • “Right”
1975 • Carpenters • “Solitaire” • Easy Listening • [Single] • “Love Me For What I Am”
1980 • Talking Heads • “Cities” [UK] • Funk-Rock • Fear Of Music • “Cities” [Live]
1984 • Prince & The Revolution • “Let’s Go Crazy” • R&B-Pop • Purple Rain • “Erotic City”
1988 • The Beach Boys • “Kokomo” • Calypso-Pop • Still Cruisin’ • “Tutti Frutti” [Little Richard]
1994 • Hootie & The Blowfish • “Hold My Hand” • Pop-Rock • Cracked Rear View • “I Go Blind”
2000 • Pearl Jam • “Light Years” • Grunge Rock • Binaural • “Grievance” / “Soon Forget”


July 19
1952 • Hank Sr. Williams • “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” • Country-Cajun • Honky Tonkin’ • “Window Shopping”
1954 • Elvis Presley • “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” • Rockabilly • [Single] • [B-Side]
1954 • Elvis Presley • “That’s All Right” • Rockabilly • {Single] • “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”
1965 • The Beatles • “I’m Down” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • The Beatles • “Help!” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “I’m Down”
1968 • The Beach Boys • “Do It Again” [UK] • Pop-Rock • 20/20 • “Wake The World”
1968 • The Hollies • “Do the Best You Can” • Pop-Rock • Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse • “Elevated Observations”
1968 • The Moody Blues • “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)” • Symphonic Rock • Days Of Future Passed • “Another Morning”
1972 • The Doobie Brothers • “Listen To The Music” • Pop-Rock • Toulouse Street • “Toulouse Street”
1993 • Billy Joel • “The River Of Dreams” [UK] • Pop-Rock • River Of Dreams • “The Great Wall Of China”
1993 • Tears For Fears • “Cold” [UK] • Synth-Pop • Elemental • “New Star”
1993 • Madonna • “Rain” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Erotica • “Open Your Heart”


July 20
1959 • Buddy Holly • “Peggy Sue Got Married” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”
1964 • The Beatles • “And I Love Her” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “If I Fell”
1964 • The Beatles • “If I Fell” • Pop Ballad • Something New • [B-Side]
1987 • Michael Jackson • “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” • Pop Ballad • Bad • “Baby Be Mine”
1995 • Pink Floyd • “Wish You Were Here” [Live][UK] • Prog Rock • Pulse • “Coming Back to Life” / “Keep Talking”


July 21
1958 • Eddie Cochran • “Summertime Blues” • Rockabilly • C’mon Everybody • “Love Again”
1961 • The Supremes • “Buttered Popcorn” • Soul-Pop • Meet The Supremes • “Who’s Lovin’ You”
1978 • 10cc • “Dreadlock Holiday” [UK] • Art Pop-Rock • Bloody Tourists • “Nothing Can Move Me”
1986 • Huey Lewis & The News • “Stuck With You” • Pop-Rock • Fore! • “Don’t Ever Tell Me That You Love Me”
1992 • Nirvana • “Lithium” • Grunge • Nevermind • “Been A Son” / “Curmudgeon”
1994 • The Pretenders • “I’ll Stand By You” • Post-Punk • Last of The Independents • “Rebel Rock Me”

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