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Singles Released This Week (March 25 – 31)

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).


March 25
1967 • Neil Diamond • “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” • Pop-Rock • Just For You • “You’ll Forget”
1969 • Elvis Presley • “How Great Thou Art” • Gospel-Pop • [Single] • “His Hand In Mine”
1974 • Linda Ronstadt • “When Will I Be Loved?” • Pop-Rock • Heart Like A Wheel • “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
1974 • Carpenters • “I Won’t Last A Day Without You” • Easy Listening • A Song For You • “One Love”
1977 • Elvis Costello • “Less Than Zero” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • My Aim Is True • “Radio Sweetheart”
1996 • Foo Fighters • “Big Me” • Alt Power Pop • Foo Fighters • “Floaty” / “Gas Chamber”
2005 • Jack Johnson • “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” • AA Folk-Rock • In Between Dreams • “Free”


March 26
1965 • Peter & Gordon • “True Love Ways” [UK] • Merseybeat • [Single] • “If You Wish”
1968 • Elvis Presley • “We Call On Him” • Gospel Ballad • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Elvis Presley • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” • Gospel Ballad • [Single] • “We Call On Him”
1970 • The Allman Brothers Band • “Midnight Rider” • Southern Rock • Idlewild South • “Whipping Post”
1973 • Elton John • “Daniel” • Pop-Rock • Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player • “Skyline Pigeon”
1973 • Elton John • “Skyline Pigeon” • Pop- Ballad • [Single] • [B-Side]
1975 • Little Feat • “Spanish Moon” • Country-Rock • Feats Don’t Fail Me Now • “Down The Road”
1976 • Blondie • “X Offender” [UK] • New Wave Post-Punk • Blondie • “In The Flesh”
1977 • Foreigner • “Feels Like The First Time” • Arena Rock • Foreigner • “Woman, Oh Woman”
1982 • Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder • “Ebony And Ivory” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Tug Of War • “Rainclouds”
1983 • Duran Duran • “Is There Something I Should Know?” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • [Single] • “Faith in this Colour”
1984 • R.E.M. • “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • Reckoning • “King Of The Road”
1986 • Madonna • “Live To Tell” • Pop Ballad • True Blue • “Live To Tell” [Instrumental]
2006 • The Fray • “How To Save A Life” • AA Pop-Rock • How To Save A Life • “She Is”


March 27
1965 • The Zombies • “She’s Coming Home” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “I Must Move”
1969 • The Supremes • “The Composer” • Soul-Pop • Let The Sunshine In • “The Beginning Of The End”
1971 • Bread • “If” • Soft Rock • Manna • “Take Comfort”
1976 • ABBA • “Fernando” [UK] • Euro-Pop • Greatest Hits • “Tropical Loveland”
1978 • Lynyrd Skynyrd • “You Got That Right” • Southern Rock • Street Survivors • “Ain’t No Good Life”
1980 • Dire Straits • “Skateaway” • New Wave/Post-Punk • Making Movies • “Solid Rock”
1981 • John Lennon • “Watching The Wheels” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Double Fantasy • “Yes, I’m Your Angel” [Yoko Ono]


March 28
1966 • Dusty Springfield • “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” [UK] • Traditional Pop • [Single] • “Every Ounce Of Strength”
1968 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” • Soul – Motown • You’re All I Need • “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl”
1969 • Mary Hopkin • “Goodbye” [UK] • Folk-Pop • [Single] • “Sparrow”
1973 • Led Zeppelin • “The Ocean” • Hard Rock • Houses Of The Holy • “Over The Hills And Far Away”
1973 • The Doobie Brothers • “Long Train Runnin'” • Pop-Rock • The Captain & Me • “Without You”
1975 • 10cc • “Life Is A Minestrone” [UK] • Art Pop-Rock • The Original Soundtrack • “Channel Swimmer”
1978 • Donna Summer • “Rumour Has It” • Disco • Once Upon A Time… • “Say Something Nice”
1991 • AC/DC • “Are You Ready?” [UK] • Hard Rock • The Razor’s Edge • “Got You By The Balls”


March 29
1968 • Fleetwood Mac • “Black Magic Woman” [UK] • Blues-Rock • The Pious Bird of Good Omen • “The Sun Is Shining”
2002 • Rush • “One Little Victory” • Hard Rock/Metal • Vapor Trails • “Earthshine”


March 30
1961 • The Ventures • “Lullaby Of The Leaves” • Rock n Roll Instrumental • Another Smash!!! • “Ginchy”
1973 • 10cc • “Rubber Bullets” [UK] • Art Pop-Rock • 10cc • “Waterfall”
1976 • Donna Summer • “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” • Disco • A Love Trilogy • “Wasted”
1979 • Triumph • “Lay It On The Line” • Arena Rock • Just A Game • “American Girls”
1979 • Supertramp • “The Logical Song” [UK] • Prog/Art Rock • Breakfast in America • “Just Another Nervous Wreck”
2011 • Jane’s Addiction • “End To The Lies” • Alt. Rock • The Great Escape Artist • [Digital Download]


March 31
1958 • Chuck Berry • “Johnny B. Goode” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Around & Around”
1996 • Michael Jackson • “They Don’t Care About Us” • Dance-Pop • HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I • “Rock With You” [Radio Mix]

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Albums Released This Week (March 25 – 31)

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):


March 25
1963 ● The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ U.S.A. ► Pop-Rock
1966 ● Billy Preston —— The Wildest Organ In Town ► Soul
1968 ● Stevie Wonder —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-R&B
1970 ● John Cale —— Vintage Violence ► Art Rock
1970 ● Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys ► Psychedelic Rock
1972 ● The Kinks —— The Kink Kronikles ► British Rock
1972 ● Jesse Colin Young —— Together ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Open Our Eyes ► Soul-Funk
1975 ● John Cale —— Slow Dazzle ► Art Rock
1976 ● Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings At The Speed Of Sound ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Triumph —— Progressions Of Power ► Arena Rock
1981 ● Devo —— DEV-O LIVE ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave
1982 ● The Church —— The Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop
1986 ● Joe Jackson —— Big World ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1991 ● The Cure —— Entreat ► Post-Punk
1993 ● Shakira —— Peligro ► New Jack Swing
1994 ● Powerman 5000 —— True Force ► Heavy Metal
1996 ● Sleater-Kinney —— Call The Doctor ► Punk/Riot Grrl
1997 ● The Notorious B.I.G. —— Life After Death ► Gangsta Rap
1997 ● Daft Punk —— Homework ► House
1997 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Hand It Over ► Alt. Rock
1997 ● Machine Head —— The More Things Change… ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
1997 ● Matthew Sweet —— Blue Sky On Mars ► Power Pop
1998 ● Simple Minds —— The Early Years 1977-1978 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1999 ● Rick Slick —— The Art Of Storytelling ► Rap
2002 ● Iron Maiden —— Rock In Rio ► Heavy Metal
2003 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo Rama ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Pure Jerry: Merriweather Post Pavilion, September 1 & 2, 1989 – 2005 ► Roots Rock
2008 ● Counting Crows —— Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ► AA Pop-Rock
2008 ● The Raconteurs —— Consolers Of The Lonely ► Alt. Rock
2008 ● The B-52’s —— Funplex ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2013 ● Iron Maiden —— Maiden England ’88 ► Heavy Metal
2013 ● Simple Minds —— Celebrate: The Greatest Hits ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2013 ● Eagles —— The Studio Albums 1972-1979 ► Country-Rock
2014 ● Jack Bruce —— Silver Rails ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2016 ● Judas Priest —— Battle Cry ► Heavy Metal


March 26
1965 ● John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— John Mayall Plays John Mayall ► Blues-Rock
1971 ● The Kinks —— Percy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
1972 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Just Another Band From L.A. ► Art Rock
1973 ● ABBA —— Ring Ring ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Smokey Robinson —— A Quiet Storm ► Soul/Quiet Storm
1976 ● Thin Lizzy —— Jailbreak ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Santana —— Amigos ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● Village People —— Go West ► Disco
1980 ● Van Halen —— Women And Children First… ► Hard Rock
1981 ● The Oak Ridge Boys —— Fancy Free ► Country-Pop
1985 ● Keel —— The Right To Rock ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Southern Accents ► Album Rock
1986 ● Van Halen —— 5150 ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Cross —— Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Digital Underground —— Sex Packets ► Pop-Rap
1990 ● Heart —— Brigade ► Album Rock
1991 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Rod Stewart —— Vagabond Heart ► Blues-Rock
1996 ● Anal Cunt —— 40 More Reasons To Hate Us ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore
1996 ● Mark Knopfler —— Golden Heart ► Roots Rock
1996 ● Bonnie Tyler —— Free Spirit ► Pop Vocals (Female)
1996 ● The Monkees —— Missing Links, Volume Three ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Whitesnake —— Restless Heart ► Arena Rock
2007 ● Coldplay —— The Singles 1999-2006 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2007 ● David Gray —— Shine: The Best Of The Early Years ► AA Pop-Rock
2007 ● Elton John —— Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits ► Pop-Rock
2012 ● Iron Maiden —— En Vivo! ► Heavy Metal


March 27
1967 ● The Yardbirds —— The Yardbirds Greatest Hits ► Blues Rock
1967 ● Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Ringo Starr —— Sentimental Journey ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Three Dog Night —— Seven Separate Fools ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1976 ● Jesse Colin Young —— On The Road ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Ian Hunter —— You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic ► Album Rock
1984 ● Run-D.M.C. —— Run-D.M.C. ► Rap
1984 ● David Gilmour —— About Face ► Prog Rock
1984 ● King Crimson —— Three Of A Perfect Pair ► Prog Rock
1989 ● The Outfield —— Voices Of Babylon ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Slint —— Spiderland ► Experimental/Indie Rock
1995 ● Silverchair —— Frogstomp ► Grunge
2000 ● Embrace —— Drawn From Memory ► Alt Rock/Post-Britpop
2001 ● Peter Cetera —— Another Perfect World ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City ► Heartland Rock
2003 ● Natalie Cole —— Anthology ► Soul-Pop
2006 ● Massive Attack —— Collected ► Trip-Hop
2007 ● Machine Head —— The Blackening ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
2007 ● Stevie Nicks —— Crystal Visions – The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● PJ Harvey & John Parish —— A Woman A Man Walked By ► Indie Rock


March 28
1966 ● The Rolling Stones —— Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) ► Rock
1966 ● The Rascals —— The Young Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1973 ● Led Zeppelin —— Houses Of The Holy ► Hard Rock
1977 ● Golden Earring —— Contraband ► Hard Rock
1980 ● 10cc —— Look Hear? ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Al Jarreau —— Jarreau ► Jazz-Pop Vocal
1983 ● Frank Zappa —— Baby Snakes [Sndtrk} ► Art Rock
1983 ● Frank Zappa —— The Man From Utopia ► Art Rock
1985 ● ‘Til Tuesday —— Voices Carry ► Synth-Pop
1986 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Like A Rock ► Heartland Rock
1991 ● Roxette —— Joyride ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● En Vogue —— Funky Divas ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● The Divine Comedy —— Promenade ► Brit Pop
1995 ● Big L —— Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ► Hardcore Rap
1995 ● Glenn Frey —— Solo Collection ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Sarah McLachlan —— The Freedom Sessions ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Wilco —— A.M. ► Alt. Country-Rock
2000 ● Common —— Like Water For Chocolate ► Alt Hip Hop
2000 ● Cherry Twister —— At Home With Cherry Twister ► Power Pop
2000 ● Various Artists —— Romeo Must Die: The Album [Sndtrk] ► R&B/funk-rap


March 29
1969 ● Quicksilver Messenger Service —— Happy Trails ► Psychedelic Rock
1971 ● Diana Ross —— Diana! ► Soul
1973 ● The Jackson 5 —— Skywriter ► Soul – Motown
1974 ● Mott The Hoople —— The Hoople ► Hard Rock
1974 ● King Crimson —— Starless And Bible Black ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Charlie Daniels Band —— Saddle Tramp ► Southern Rock
1979 ● Supertramp —— Breakfast In America ► Prog/Art Rock
1982 ● Sparks —— Angst In My Pants ► Glam Rock
1985 ● Slade —— Rogues Gallery ► Glam Rock
1988 ● Bobby McFerrin —— Simple Pleasures ► Pop-Reggae
1989 ● Little Feat —— Representing The Mambo ► Southern Rock
1992 ● Otis Redding —— Remember Me ► Memphis Soul
1993 ● Suede —— Suede ► Brit Pop
1993 ● The Kinks —— Phobia ► British Rock
1994 ● GWAR —— This Toilet Earth ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1994 ● Phish —— Hoist ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1994 ● The Subdudes —— Annunciation ► Blues-Rock
1999 ● Gamma Ray —— Power Plant ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2005 ● Judy Collins —— Portrait Of An American Girl ► Folk-Pop
2011 ● Whitesnake —— Forevermore ► Arena Rock
2011 ● Bob Dylan —— All The Best: Dylan ► Folk-Rock


March 30
1966 ● The Kinks —— The Kink Kontroversy ► British Invasion
1967 ● Billy Preston —— Club Meeting ► Soul
1969 ● The Bee Gees —— Odessa ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Miles Davis —— Bitches Brew ► Jazz-Rock
1975 ● Peter Frampton —— Frampton ► Arena Rock
1977 ● The Commodores —— Commodores ► Soul-Funk
1979 ● Magazine —— Secondhand Daylight ► Post-Punk
1981 ● The Pretenders —— Extended Play ► Post-Punk
1987 ● Erasure —— The Circus ► Alt. Dance/Synthpop
1987 ● Bryan Adams —— Into The Fire ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● PJ Harvey —— Dry ► Indie Rock
1993 ● Onyx —— Bacdafucup ► Hardcore Rap
1994 ● Pink Floyd —— The Division Bell ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Choking Victim —— No Gods, No Managers ► Hardcore Punk
2004 ● Janet Jackson —— Damita Jo ► Pop-Soul
2004 ● Los Lonely Boys —— Los Lonely Boys ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Aerosmith —— Honkin’ On Bobo ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert At Philharmonic Hall ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● The Who —— Then And Now ► British Rock
2007 ● The Yardbirds —— Live At B. B. King’s Blues Club ► Blues Rock
2010 ● The Band —— Live In Tokyo 1983 ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● Rush —— Time Stand Still: The Collection ► Prog/Art Rock


March 31
1970 ● Three Dog Night —— It Ain’t Easy ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1972 ● Deep Purple —— Machine Head ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Led Zeppelin —— Presence ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Heatwave —— Central Heating ► Funk/Disco
1978 ● Paul McCartney & Wings —— London Town ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Scorpions —— Animal Magnetism ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1980 ● Genesis —— Duke ► Prog Rock
1986 ● Culture Club —— From Luxury To Heartache ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1987 ● Prince —— Sign ‘O’ The Times ► Soul-Funk
1987 ● The Smiths —— Louder Than Bombs ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Thompson Twins —— Close To The Bone ► New Wave Dance-pop
1992 ● Body Count —— Body Count ► Heavy Metal
1992 ● Def Leppard —— Adrenalize ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Human Touch ► Heartland Rock
1992 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Lucky Town ► Heartland Rock
1997 ● Céline Dion —— The Collection 1982-1988 ► Adult Pop
1998 ● Daz Dillinger —— Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back ► West Coast Rap
1998 ● Duran Duran —— Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2008 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Live: Architecture & Morality And More ► New Wave Synth Pop
2009 ● Cheap Trick —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Cheap Trick ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2009 ● Leonard Cohen —— Live In London ► Soft Rock
2015 ● Ringo Starr —— Postcards From Paradise ► Pop-Rock
2015 ● Van Halen —— Tokyo Dome Live In Concert ► Hard Rock
2017 ● Bob Dylan —— Triplicate ► Folk-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 24 – 30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

March 24
1912 ● Nervous Norvus / (Jimmy Drake) → Two hit wonder pop singer/songwriter whose song “Transfusion” (#6, 1956) about blood loss following car crashes is perhaps the strangest Top 40 hit of all time, fell back into obscurity after his second hit “Ape Call” (#24, 1956) and died from cirrhosis of the liver on 7/24/1958, age 56
1922 ● Dave Appell → Pioneer music business executive, session band frontman, producer, publisher and arranger, worked with Cameo/Parkway records in the 50s and early 60s as a writer and frontman for the label’s house band, The Applejacks (“Mexican Hat Rock,” #16, 1958), co-wrote “Let’s Twist Again” (#8, 1961) for Chubby Checker and “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961) for The Dovells, among other hits, co-produced “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando And Dawn, died from natural causes on 11/18/2014, age 92
1935 ● Carol Kaye / (Carol Kaye Smith) → Hugely prolific session bassist, played in over 10,000 recording sessions for Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and many others, performed on TV theme songs for Kojak, M*A*S*H, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza and others, music instruction author and teacher
1936 ● Don Covay / (Donald James Randolph) → R&B, rock and soul singer and songwriter, scored a Top 10 R&B hit with “See Saw” (#44, R&B #5, 1965) and charted twelve other minor hits but is best known for penning “Chain Of Fools” (#2, R&B #1, 1968) for Aretha Franklin, plus dozens of other songs for Gene Vincent, Connie Francis, Steppenwolff, Bobbie Womack, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones and others, died from a stoke on 1/31/2015, age 78
1937 ● Billy Stewart → Scat-style R&B/jazz singer, “Summertime” (#10, R&B #7, 1966), died along with three bandmembers when his car went off a bridge in North Carolina on 1/17/1970, age 32
1938 ● Holger Czukay / (Holger Schüring) → German musician and co-founder of early krautrock/avant-garde pop-rock Can, “Spoon” (GER #6, 1971) and “I Want More” (UK #26, 1976), noted for pioneering ambient and “world music” genres and developing sampling as a recording technique, recorded and performed for decades until his death from undisclosed causes on 9/5/23017, age 79
1941 ● Michel Masser / (Michael William Masser) → Stockbroker-turned-composer, songwriter and producer of pop music, wrote or co-wrote dozens of hits for Diana Ross (“Touch Me In The Morning,” #1, 1973), Whitney Houston (“Greatest Love Of All,” #1, 1986), Natalie Cole (“Miss You Like Crazy,” #7, 1989) and others, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, died three years following a major stroke on 7/9/2015, age 74
1946 ● Colin Petersen → Australian drummer, record producer and erstwhile child actor, grade school classmate of Barry Gibb and acquaintance of Maurice Gibb, joined pop-rock The Bee Gees (“I Started A Joke,” #6, 1968) in 1967 as drummer and first non-Gibb family bandmember, fired in August 1969 over partnership dispute and lost his rights to royalties in a court case, produced several albums for various artists in the 70s and disappeared from the music industry
1947 ● Mike Kellie → Drummer for hard rock/blues rock Spooky Tooth, later The Only Ones and Peter Frampton, sessions
1948 ● Lee Oskar → Danish harmonica player for R&B cover band The Creators, which became funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973), solo, heads a high-end harmonica manufacturing concern
1949 ● Nick Lowe → Songwriter, guitarist, producer, solo artist (“Cruel To Be Kind,” #12, 1979) with 14 albums, bandleader for pub rock/proto-punk Brinsley Schwarz and trad rock ‘n’ roll Rockpile (“Teacher Teacher,” #51, 1981), produced albums for Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and others
1951 ● Dougie Thomson / (Douglas Campbell Thomson) → Bassist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1960 ● Nena / (Gabriele Susanne Kerner) → One hit wonder (in the US) German singer and actress, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984) and seven Top 10 hits in Germany, now a school principal
1964 ● Zetro / (Steve Souza) → Vocalist for thrash metal bands Exodus (LP Fabulous Disaster, #39, 1989), Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet and, more recently, Hatriot with his two sons
1970 ● Pasemaster Mase / (Vincent Mason, Jr.) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1970 ● Sharon Corr → With two sisters and brother, violinist in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)
1974 ● Chad Butler → Co-founding member and drummer for alt rock/CCM Switchfoot (“Dare you To Move,” #17, 2004)

March 25
1923 ● Bonnie Guitar / (Bonnie Buckingham) → One of the earliest female country-pop crossover singers with “Dark Moon” (#6, Country #14, 1957) plus eight other Country Top 40 hits, co-founded Dolton Records to energize her own music but instead brought R&B/doo wop The Fleetwoods (“Come Softly To Me,” #1, 1959) and instrumental/surf-rockThe Ventures (“Walk Don’t Run,” #2, 1960) to national prominence, as an audio engineer, record producer and label executive in the 60s was an extremely rare female in the top echelons of a vastly male-dominated music industry, largely retired in the 70s but performed occasionally until shortly before her death from natural causes on 1/12/2019, age 95
1934 ● Johnny Burnette / (John Joseph Burnette) → Rockabilly pioneer bandleader and singer, “You’re Sixteen” (#8, 1960), brother of Dorsey and father of Rocky, killed in a California lake boating accident on 8/14/1964, age 30
1938 ● Hoyt Axton / (Hoyt Wayne Axton) → Country singer and songwriter, “Boney Fingers” (Country #8, 1974), wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and others, including “The Pusher” for Steppenwolf (1968) and “Joy To The World” for Three Dog Night (#1, 1971), TV actor (Bionic Woman and McCloud), died of a heart attack on 10/26/1999, age 61
1942 ● Aretha Franklin / (Aretha Louise Franklin) → The undisputed “Queen of Soul,” Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning R&B/soul super-diva whose bold and influential style was rooted in gospel but blended jazz, rock, pop and later classical, charted more than 100 Billboard singles, 17 Top 10 pop hits and 20 R&B #1 hits, including her signature “Respect” (#1, R&B #1, 1967), which became an anthem for the civil rights, feminist and counterculture movements, performed for three presidential inaugural programs and topped Rolling Stones’ “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” (2010), died from pancreatic cancer on 8/16/2018, age 76
1946 ● Peter Daltrey / (Peter James Daltrey) → Co-founder, chief lyricist, lead vocals and keyboards for 60s Brit psych-rock cult band Kaleidoscope (“Flight From Ashiya,” 1967) and its successor band, Fairfield Parlour (“Bordeaux Rose,” 1970), following the band’s dissolution released several modest solo albums and collaborated with Ayreon, Clifford T. Ward and Damien Youth, contributed to Kaleidoscope archival releases and is currently working on a pictorial book and TV documentary of the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
1947 ● Brinsley Schwarz → Guitarist, frontman and namesake for early 70s pub-rock Brinsley Schwarz, briefly with roots rock Ducks Deluxe and later co-founded proto-punk The Rumour (which would become Graham Parker‘s backing band), continues to perform with Ducks Deluxe into the 10s
1947 ● Elton John / (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) → Grammy-winning pop-rock and rock ‘n’ roll mega-star with over 40 Top 25 hits, from “Crocodile Rock” (#1, 1973) to “Candle In The Wind 1997” (#1, 1997)
1947 ● Jack Hall → Bassist for soulful Southern rock Wet Willie, “Keep On Smilin'” (#10, 1974), brother of frontman and lead vocalist Jimmy Hall, died on 5/17/1989, age 42
1947 ● Duncan Browne → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Journey” (UK #23, 1972), died of cancer on 5/28/1993, age 46
1948 ● Michael Stanley / (Michael Stanley Gee) → Bassist for folk-rock Silk, then solo, then frontman for the underrated hard rock Michael Stanley Band, “In The Heartland” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1949 ● Neil Jones → Guitarist for Welsh prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969)
1951 ● Maizie Williams → West Indian vocalist for R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978), solo
1960 ● Steve Norman → Guitar and saxophone for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1966 ● Jeff Healey → Blind Canadian blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, “Angel Eyes” (#5, 1989), lost his sight to a rare cancer when he was eight months old, died of cancer on 3/2/2008, age 41
1969 ● Cathy Dennis → R&B/dance-pop vocalist turned successful songwriter, “Touch Me All Night Long” (#2, 1991), co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002) and wrote other songs for Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and others
1971 ● Michael McKeegan → Bassist for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (, 1993)
1974 ● Finley Quaye → Scottish reggae/hip hop singer, “Dice” (Dance #18, 2004), winner of the 1998 BRIT award winner for best male solo artist
1975 ● Juvenile / (Terius Gray) → New Orleans-based Southern/gangsta rapper, member of the hip hop group Hot Boys, “I Need A Hot Girl” (R&B #23, 1999), then solo, “Slow Motion” (#1, 2004) featuring Soulja Slim
1975 ● Melanie Blatt → Vocals for Brit dance-pop-rock All Saints, “Never Ever” (UK #1, 1998)
1988 ● Ryan Lewis → DJ, musician, producer and professional photographer/videographer, one half of the Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (Best Rap Song Grammy, #1, R&B #1, 2012) and oft-partner with rapper Macklemore in other projects

March 26
1917 ● Rufus Thomas → Memphis R&B/funk-soul singer and comedian, “Do The Funky Chicken” (#28, R&B #5, 1970), father of R&B/soul singer Carla Thomas, died from heart failure on 12/15/2001, age 84
1921 ● Julie Harris → Oscar- and BAFTA-winning British costume designer whose work included James Bond films and The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night and Help!, for which she later quipped “I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked,” died following a brief illness on 5/30/2015, age 94
1934 ● Alan Arkin → American actor, director, musician and singer, scored a Top Ten hit as a member of folk-pop The Tarriers, “Cindy, Oh Cindy” (#9, 1956), starred in dozens of films and TV movies and series, including Catch 22 (1970) and Edward Scissorhands (1990)
1936 ● Fred Parris → Leader and vocals for long-running R&B/doo wop The Five Satins, “In The Still Of The Night” (R&B #3, 1956)
1944 ● Diana Ross / (Diane Ernestine Earle Ross) → Motown R&B/soul-pop diva, lead vocals and eventual frontwoman for The Supremes, “Baby Love” (#1, 1964), then highly successful solo career, “Endless Love” (#1, 1981) and 22 other Top 40 hits
1946 ● Johnny Crawford / (John Ernest Crawford) → Child character actor, original Mouseketeer on TV’s Mickey Mouse Club, co-star of Western series The Rifleman, short-lived teen-pop singer with four Top 40 hits in 1962-63, including “Cindy’s Birthday” (#8, 1962), continued to act on TV through the 90s in various bit parts
1948 ● Ned Doheny → West Coast singer/songwriter, first artist signed to David Geffen‘s Asylum Records label, solo albums featured guests such as Glen Frey, Don Henley and Linda Ronstadtt, limited commercial success in the U.S. but significant popularity in Japan, wrote or co-wrote several minor chart hits plus songs covered by Chaka Khan, Average White Band and Dave Mason
1948 ● Richard Tandy → Keyboards for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1948 ● Steven Tyler / (Steven Victor Tallarico) → Frontman and lead vocals for long-lived, Grammy-winning hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1949 ● Fran Sheehan → Bassist for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1949 ● Vicki Lawrence / (Vicki Ann Axelrad) → Actress, comedienne, TV game show panelist and one hit wonder singer, “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1950 ● Teddy Pendergrass → Lead singer for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (#3, 1972), then successful solo career, “Love T.K.O.” (R&B #2, 1980), died on 1/13/2010 after colon cancer surgery
1953 ● Billy Lyall / (William Lyall) → Scottish keyboardist, vocalist and early member of tartan-clad, teen-pop boy band Bay City Rollers, then co-founded pop-rock Pilot (“Magic,” #1, 1974) and worked with the Alan Parsons Project before dying from AIDS-related causes on 12/1/1989, age 36
1955 ● Martin Price → Record shop owner and founding member of electro-dance/acid house 808 State, “Bombadin” (Dance/Club #3, 1994)
1957 ● Paul Morley → Music journalist, former New Music Express writer, band manager, producer and founding member of avant-garde synth-pop Art Of Noise, “Kiss” featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988)
1968 ● James Jonas Iha → Vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Chesney → Contemporary country star singer and songwriter, “Never Wanted Nothing More” (#22, Country #1, 2007), and 19 other Country #1 hits, married to Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002) film actress Renée Zellweger
1971 ● John Hendy → 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 ● Jay Sean / (Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) → Anglo-Indian singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, beatboxer and Bhangra-R&B fusion pioneer with Rishi Rich Project, “Dance With You” (UK #12, 2003), then solo, “Down” (#1, 2009) with Lil’ Wayne

March 27
1921 ● Philip Chess / (Fiszel Czyz) → Polish-born radio and music entrepreneur, Chess Records co-founder with brother Leonard, influential figure in the development of rock ‘n’ roll, electric blues and blues-rock, signed John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and others, died at home on 10/18/2016, age 95
1934 ● Sarah Vaughan → Grammy-winning jazz singer, “Make Yourself Comfortable” (#6, 1955) and 8 other Top 20 hits, died from lung cancer on 4/3/1990, age 56
1940 ● Derrick Morgan → The “King of Ska,” Jamaican singer and pre-reggae, first-wave ska artist, held the top seven spots on the Jamaican pop music chart for one week in 1965, recorded the first song in the rocksteady genre, “Tougher Than Tough,” in 1966 and the first reggae song, “Seven Letters,” in 1967, produced albums for up-and-coming reggae artists Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and others, continues to perform in ska/reggae oldies shows into the 10s
1941 ● Bunny Sigler / (Walter Sigler) → Pop, R&B and soul songwriter and producer whose work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff made him instrumental in creating the Philly Sound of the 70s soul music, fronted the house band Instant Funk and had several chart hits of his own, including “Let Me Party With You (Part 1)” (#43, R&B #8, 1978) while producing music for The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and others, died following a heart attack on 10/6/2017, age 76
1942 ● Smitty Smith / (Michael Smith) → Early lineup drummer for hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965), left in 1967 due to creative differences with frontman Paul Revere Dick and the band’s management, returned for the band’s hit “Indian Reservation” (#1, 1971) and moved to Hawaii following their final dissolution in 1975, died from internal bleeding on 3/5/2001, age 58
1947 ● Andy Bown / (Andrew Steven Bown) → Guitar and keyboards for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968), sessions and gigs with Status Quo and Pink Floyd
1950 ● Tony Banks / (Anthony George Banks) → Founding member and keyboards for prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis,”Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), mildly successful solo career
1953 ● Wally Stocker / (Walter Frederick Stocker) → Lead guitarist for pop-rock The Babys, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), toured with Rod Stewart and Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1956 ● Wix Wickens / (Paul Wickens) → Brit multi-instrumentalist singer, composer, session and touring musician, worked with ‘Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Damned, Boy George, David Gilmour and others, member of Paul McCartney‘s touring band since 1989
1957 ● Billy Mackenzie → Vocals for New Romantic art-glam-dance-pop The Associates, “Party Fears Two” (UK #9, 1982), committed suicide on 1/23/1997, age 39
1959 ● Andrew Farris → Keyboards with his two brothers in Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Need You Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1960 ● Jackie Chambers → Vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1962 ● Derrick McKenzie → Drummer for Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1964 ● Clark Datchler → Vocals and songwriter for underappreciated, one hit wonder New Wave sophisti-pop Johnny Hates Jazz, “Shattered Dreams” (#2, 1988), solo
1965 ● Johnny April → Bassist for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, “It’s Been A While” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1970 ● Brendan Hill → Drummer for blues-rock jam quartet Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1970 ● Mariah Carey → Grammy-winning vocalist, songwriter and top selling 90s pop diva with five straight US #1 career-starting singles, plus Billboard Song of the Decade, “Fantasy” (#1, 2005)
1975 ● Fergie / (Stacy Ann Ferguson) → R&B/dance-pop vocalist and songwriter, former teen TV actress (Kids Incorporated) and teen pop Wild Orchid, now with hip-hop Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” (#3, 2005) and solo, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 2007)
1988 ● Jessie J / (Jessica Ellen Cornish) → Blue-eyed soul, pop and hip hop genre-blending Brit singer and songwriter, “Domino” (#6, UK #1, 2012)
1990 ● Kimbra Lee Johnson → Grammy-winning New Zealand electropop and R&B singer, “Somebody That I Used To Know” with Gotye (Worldwide #1, 2011)

March 28
1890 ● Paul Whiteman → Early Big Band jazz-pop ensemble leader whose star-studded outfits influenced future performers, his versatile dance bands were immensely popular in the 20s and 30s and performed various genres in each show, the slower version of his hit “Ol’ Man River” (#1, 1928) won a posthumousGrammy Award in 2006, died from a heart attack on 12/29/1967, age 77
1915 ● Jay Livingston → Prolific stage and screen songwriter, in collaboration with lyricist Ray Evans wrote songs for over 100 films and stage productions, including three Academy Award winners, “Buttons and Bows” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) and “Que Será, Será” (“Whatever Will Be, Will Be”) (1956), also co-wrote the theme music to the TV shows Bonanza and Mr. Ed, among others, died from natural causes on 10/17/2001, age 86
1937 ● Dean Webb → Mandolin for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, “It’s About Time” (#92, 1971)
1941 ● Charlie McCoy → Harmonica player and top Nashville sessionman, founding member of supergroup Area Code 615, solo career, “Boogie Woogie” (Country #22, 1974) plus member of country-rock Barefoot Jerry
1945 ● Chuck Portz / (Charles Portz) → Bassist for pop-rock The Turtles, “It Ain’t Me Babe” (#8, 1965), left in 1966 before the band reeled off 7 other Top 10 hits
1948 ● John Evan / (John Evans) → Keyboards for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973)
1948 ● Milan B. Williams → Founding member, keyboards and backing vocals for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk The Commodores (“Three Times A Lady,” #1, 1978 and “Nightshift,” #3, 1985), left the band in 1989 after allegedly refusing to appear on stage in South Africa, died from cancer on 7/9/2006, age 58
1949 ● Sally Carr / (Sarah Cecilia Carr) → Vocals for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971)
1955 ● Reba McEntire → Hugely successful traditional and contemporary country singer, songwriter and bandleader, scored 22 Country #1 hits including “Somebody” (#35, 2004), TV actress
1962 ● Geo Grimes → Bassist for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987), later with Deacon Blue and currently Simple Minds
1963 ● Andy Cousin → Bassist for goth-rock All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (UK #10, 1988), also played for The Mission UK, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990) and The Lucy Nation, “Alright” (1999) from the Austin Powers movie soundtrack
1965 ● Steve Turner → Founder, vocals and lead guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, “Suck You Dry” (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1966 ● Salt / (Cheryl James) → Vocals for female hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#13, 1991)
1969 ● James Atkin → Vocals and guitar for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1976 ● Dave Keuning → Guitar and backing vocals for synth-pop-rock The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (#10, 2005)
1986 ● Lady Gaga / (Stefani Germanotta) → Electronic dance-pop singer, songwriter and fashion bug, “Just Dance” (#1, 2008) and “Poker Face” (Worldwide #1, 2008)

March 29
1918 ● Pearl Bailey → Well-known and respected but modest-selling Broadway, TV and Hollywood actress and blues-jazz-pop singer, scored a hit with “Takes Two To Tango” (#7, 1952), issued the Grammy-wining soundtrack album Porgy And Bess (#8, 1959), won a Tony Award for the title role in Hello, Dolly! (1967) and was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988, died from coronary artery disease on 8/17/1990, age 72
1930 ● Donny Conn / (Donald Claps) → Vocals and drummer for novelty pop/rock ‘n’ roll The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1940 ● Astrud Gilberto → Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer, won Grammy Award for 1965 Record of the Year “The Girl From Ipanema” (#5, Easy Listening #1, 1964), issued over 30 albums and a dozen singles in several languages through the 80s
1942 ● Eden Kane / (Richard Graham Sarstedt) → Pre-Beatles teen pop Brit singer, “Well I Ask You” (UK #1, 1961)
1943 ● Chad Allan / (Allan Kowbel) → Founding member, early frontman, lead vocals, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), solo artist, TV host
1943 ● Vangelis / (Evangelos O. Papathanassiou) → Greek keyboardist and electronic music composer, “Chariots Of Fire” (#1, 1982), started with prog rock Aphrodite’s Child, “Rain And Tears” (UK #29, 1968), auditioned with Yes and collaborated with Jon Anderson in pop-rock Jon & Vangelis, “I’ll Find My Way Home” (#51, 1982) before turning to film scores
1944 ● Terry Jacks → Canadian pop singer/songwriter with former wife Susan Pesklevits in pop-rock duo the Poppy Family, “Which Way You Goin’, Billy? (#2, 1969), then solo, “Seasons In The Sun” (#1, 1974), now environmental activist
1945 ● Speedy Keen / (John Keen) → Drums, vocals and songwriter for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air” (#37, UK #1, 1969), died unexpectedly on 3/12/2002, age 56
1945 ● Hardy Fox / (Hardy Winfred Fox Jr.) → Frontman, chief composer and creative wizard in avant-garde, non-conformist collective The Residents, over 45 years and more than 70 albums developed a deep cult following for the group’s deconstruction of popular songs and surreal, experimental music, all the while maintaining members’ anonymity through full masks, outrageous costumes, public denials and ever-changing pseudonyms, continued to record and provide creative direction until just before his death from brain cancer on 10/30/2018, age 73
1947 ● Bobby Kimball / (Robert Toteaux) → Lead vocals and namesake for arena rock Toto, “Africa” (#1, 1982)
1949 ● Dave Greenfield → Keyboards for punk-rock The Stranglers, “Strange Little Girl” (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1949 ● Michael Brecker → Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer, collaborator with brother Randy in jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, “Sneakin’ Up Behind You” (#58, Disco #3, 1975), worked on over 700 albums with appearances for James Taylor, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton and countless others, member of the Saturday Night Live house band, died from complications of leukemia on 1/13/2007, age 57
1956 ● Patty Donahue → Lead singer for New Wave pop-rock The Waitresses, “I Know What Boys Like” (Mainstream Rock #23, 1982), died of lung cancer 12/6/1996, age 40
1959 ● Perry Farrell / (Perry Bernstein) → Founder, frontman and vocals for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then formed hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), created the Lollapalooza concert tour program
1967 ● John Popper → Frontman, singer and harpist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1981 ● PJ Morton / (Paul Morton) → Singer and keyboardist in idiosyncratic soul-pop Maroon 5 (“Makes Me Wonder,” #1, 2007) and ten other Top 10 hits, also solo work and side projects

March 30
1913 ● Frankie Laine / (Francesco LoVecchio) → “Mr. Rhythm,” American jazz-pop singer, his “I Believe”, (UK #1, 1953) spent 18 weeks at the top of the UK chart, plus “Moonlight Gambler” (#3, 1957) and six other US Adult Contemporary Top 10 hits, died of heart failure on 2/6/2007, age 93
1914 ● Sonny Boy Williamson / (John Lee Curtis Williamson) → The “Father of the Modern Blues Harp,” virtuoso blues harmonica player “Shake The Boogie” (Race Records chart #4, 1947), murdered while walking home from a nightclub performance in Chicago on 6/1/1948, age 34
1930 ● Rolf Harris → Aussie-born singer, artist, TV presenter and musician, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” (#3, 1963)
1941 ● Graeme Edge → Drummer and songwriter for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1972), solo with the Graeme Edge Band
1943 ● Kenny Forssi → Original bassist for underground cult folk-psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), died of a brain tumor on 1/10/1998, age 54
1944 ● Ronnie Rice → Lead vocals and keyboards in Chicago-based, British Invasion-styled soft rock The New Colony Six, “Things I’d Like To Say” (#16, 1969), continues to perform in the Chicago area into the 10s
1945 ● Eric Clapton / (Eric Patrick Clapton) → Top-level blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968), Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, then long and acclaimed solo career, “I Shot The Sheriff” (#1, 1974) and “Tears In Heaven” (#2, 1992), various collaborations
1948 ● Jim “Dandy” Mangrum / (James Mangrum) → Frontman and vocals for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (#25, 1974)
1950 ● Dave Ball → Guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, joining in 1971 to replace Robin Trower, played lead on the acclaimed Procol Harum Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra album, then formed hard rock Bedlam and played with Long John Baldry
1951 ● Matthew Kelly → Valet and tour assistant for soul/funk The Bar-Kays, “Soul Finger” (#17, R&B #3, 1967), which also served as Stax Records‘ in-house session group and Otis Redding‘s backing band, died in the Wisconsin plane crash that killed Redding and four Bar-Kays bandmembers on 12/10/1967, age 16
1954 ● Lene Lovich / (Lili-Marlene Premilovich) → New Wave quirky dance-pop singer, “Lucky Number” (, 1979) and “New Toy” (Dance/Club #19, 1981)
1955 ● Randy VanWarmer → One hit wonder singer and songwriter for others, “Just When I Needed You Most” (#4, 1979), died of leukemia on 1/12/2004. age 48
1962 ● MC Hammer / (Stanley Kirk Burrell) → First mass audience rap star, “U Can’t Touch This” (#8, 1990), hip hop cultural icon, dancer, actor
1964 ● Tracy Chapman → Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Fast Car” (#6, 1988) and “Give Me One Reason” (#3, 1996)
1965 ● Tim Dorney → Keyboardist for Brit techno-pop Republica, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (Modern Rock #39, 1997)
1966 ● Joey Castillo → Drummer for hard rock/stoner metal Queens Of The Stone Age, “No One Knows” (#51, Mainstream Rock #5, 2002), left in 2012 and replaced Jason Bonham in California Breed in 2013
1967 ● Ace Kent / (Martin Kent) → Guitarist for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1968 ● Céline Dion → French-Canadian pop singer, “Because You Loved Me” (#1, 1996) and 12 other Top 25 hits
1973 ● DJ AM / (Adam Goldstein) → Club DJ and member of rap rock Crazy Town, “Butterfly” (#1, 2001), worked on albums with Blink 182, Madonna and Will Smith, died of an accidental drug overdose on 1/28/2009, age 36
1976 ● Mark McClelland → Bass guitar and co-founder of Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006), later with Little Doses
1979 ● Norah Jones / (Geethali N. J. Shankar) → Grammy-winning acoustic jazz-pop singer/songwriter and pianist, “Come Away With Me” (2002), daughter of sitarist Ravi Shankar
1979 ● Simon Webbe → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, “Too Close” (UK #1, 2001)
1980 ● Paul Wall / (Paul Slayton) → Hip hop MC and DJ, hardcore rapper, “Girl” (Rhythmic Top 40 #3, 2006), also featured on “Grillz” (#1, 2005) by Nelly

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Singles Released This Week (March 18 – 24)

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

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

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


March 18
1963 • The Temptations • “I Want A Love I Can See” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “The Further You Look The Less You See”
1965 • The Temptations • “It’s Growing” • Soul-Pop • The Temptations Sing Smokey • “What Love Has Joined Together”
1966 • Crispian St. Peters • “The Pied Piper” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Follow Me • “Sweet Dawn My True Love”
1967 • The Monkees • “A Little Bit You, A Little Bit Me” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”
1967 • The Who • “Happy Jack” • Power Pop • A Quick One • “Whiskey Man”
1967 • The Monkees • “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1977 • The Clash • “White Riot” [UK] • Punk-Rock • The Clash • “1977”
1977 • The Kinks • “Sleepwalker” • British Rock • Sleepwalker • “Full Moon”
1985 • Tears For Fears • “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Songs From The Big Chair • “Pharaohs”
1986 • Whitney Houston • “Greatest Love Of All” • Pop-R&B • [Single] • “Thinking About You”


March 19
1965 • The Supremes • “Stop! In The Name Of Love” [UK] • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “I’m In Love Again”
1971 • Jethro Tull • “Hymn 43” • Prog Rock • Aqualung • “Mother Goose”
1974 • Aerosmith • “Same Old Song And Dance” • Hard Rock • Get Your Wings • “Pandora’s Box”
1975 • America • “Sister Golden Hair” • Folk-Rock • Hearts • “Midnight”
1980 • Ambrosia • “Biggest Part Of Me” • Pop-Rock • One Eighty • “Livin’ On My Own”
1987 • Kim Wilde • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” • Hi-NRG • Another Step • “Loving You”
1993 • R.E.M. • “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Automatic For The People • “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
1995 • Tracy Chapman • “Give Me One Reason” • Blues-Rock • New Beginning • “The Rape Of The World”
1996 • Madonna • “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” • Dance-Pop • Something To Remember • “Over And Over”
1996 • Spacehog • “In The Meantime” • Alt Rock/Glam Rock • Resident Alien • “To Be a Millionaire…Was It Likely?”


March 20
1964 • Dave Clark Five • “Bits And Pieces” • Rock n Roll • Glad All Over • “All Of The Time”
1964 • The Beatles • “You Can’t Do That” [UK] • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “Can’t Buy Me Love” [UK] • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “You Can’t Do That”
1967 • The Supremes • “The Happening” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “All I Know About You”
1972 • Paul Simon • “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” • Folk-Pop • Paul Simon • “Congratulations”
1973 • Jim Croce • “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” • Boogie-woogie • I Got A Name • “A Good Time Man Like Me Ain’t Got No Business (Singin’ The Blues)”
1978 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “With A Little Luck” • Synth Pop • London Town • “Medley: Backwards Traveller / Cuff Link”
1990 • Madonna • “Vogue” • House Dance-Pop • I’m Breathless • “Keep It Together”


March 21
1966 • The Beach Boys • “Sloop John B” • Pop-Rock • Pet Sounds • “You’re So Good To Me”
1969 • Frank Sinatra • “My Way” [UK] • Jazz-Pop • The Very Good Years • “Blue Lace”
1969 • Simon & Garfunkel • “The Boxer” • Folk-Pop • Bridge Over Troubled Water • “Baby Driver”
1970 • The Who • “The Seeker” [UK] • Hard Rock • Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy • “Here For More”
1972 • REO Speedwagon • “157 Riverside Avenue” • Arena Rock • R.E.O. Speedwagon • “Five Men Were Killed Today”
1978 • Elton John • “Ego” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Flinstone Boy”
1987 • U2 • “With Or Without You” • Alt. Pop-Rock • The Joshua Tree • “Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)” / “Walk To The Water”
1989 • Madonna • “Like A Prayer” • Dance-Pop • Like A Prayer • “Act Of Contrition”
1995 • Pearl Jam • “Not For You” • Grunge Rock • Vitalogy • “Out Of My Mind”
1997 • Michael Jackson • “Blood On The Dance Floor” • Dance-Pop • Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix • “Dangerous” [Club Mix]


March 22
1957 • Elvis Presley • “All Shook Up” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”
1957 • Elvis Presley • “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” • Rockabilly • [Single] • [B-Side]
1963 • The Bee Gees • “The Battle Of The Blue And The Grey” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “The Three Kisses Of Love”
1968 • The Hollies • “Jennifer Eccles” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Evolution • “Open Up Your Eyes”
1968 • Procol Harum • “Quite Rightly So” [UK] • Prog Rock • Shine On Brightly • “In The Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence”
1969 • The Who • “Pinball Wizard” [UK] • Power Pop • Tommy • “Dogs Part Two”
1971 • John Lennon • “Power To The People” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Touch Me”
1974 • Gerry And The Pacemakers • “Remember (The Days of Rock and Roll)” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “There’s Still Time”
1976 • Stevie Wonder • “Sir Duke” • Dance-Funk • Songs In The Key Of Life • “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”
1976 • Aerosmith • “Back In The Saddle” • Hard Rock • Rocks • “Nobody’s Fault”
1981 • AC/DC • “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” • Hard Rock • For Those About To Rock We Salute You • “T.N.T.” [Live]
1985 • Tears For Fears • “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Songs From The Big Chair • “Pharaohs”
1993 • Peter Gabriel • “Blood Of Eden” [UK] • Prog Rock • Us • “Mercy Street”
1999 • Aphex Twin • “Windowlicker” [UK] • IDM/Breakbeat • [Single] • “Nannou”


March 23
1960 • Elvis Presley • “Fame And Fortune” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1960 • Elvis Presley • “Stuck On You” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Fame And Fortune”
1964 • The Beatles • “Thank You Girl” • Merseybeat • The Beatles’ Second Album • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” • Brit Beat • Introducing…The Beatles! • “Thank You Girl”
1973 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “My Love” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Red Rose Speedway • “The Mess” [Live At The Hague]
1979 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Goodnight Tonight” [UK] • Disco-Pop • [Single] • “Daytime Nighttime Suffering”
1983 • Laura Branigan • “Solitaire” • Electro-Pop • Branigan 2 • “I’m Not The Only One”
1984 • Thompson Twins • “You Take Me Up” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Into The Gap • “Passion Planet”
1987 • Huey Lewis & The News • “I Know What I Like” • Pop-Rock • Fore! • “Forest For The Trees”
1987 • Genesis • “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” • Prog Rock • Invisible Touch • “In The Glow Of The Night (Part One)”
1991 • Extreme • “More Than Words” • Acoustic Ballad • Pornografitti • “More Than Words” [Remix]


March 24
1958 • Sam Cooke • “Lonely Island” • Soul • [Single] • [B-Side]
1958 • Sam Cooke • “You Were Made For Me” • Soul • [Single] • “Lonely Island”
1964 • Aretha Franklin • “Soulville” • Soul • Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington • “Evil Gal Blues”
1967 • The Yardbirds • “Little Games” • Blues Rock • Little Games • “Puzzles”
1974 • Grand Funk Railroad • “Bad Time” • Blues-Rock • All The Girls In The World Beware!! • “Good And Evil”
1977 • Fleetwood Mac • “Dreams” • Pop-Rock • Rumours • “Songbird”
1978 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “With A Little Luck” [UK] • Synth Pop • London Town • “Backwards Traveller” / “Cuff Link”

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Albums Released This Week (March 18 – 24)

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


March 18
1958 ● Gene Vincent —— Gene Vincent Rocks! And The Blue Caps Roll ► Rock n Roll
1967 ● Peter, Paul & Mary —— Album 1700 ► Classic Folk
1976 ● Donna Summer —— A Love Trilogy ► Disco
1977 ● Iggy Pop —— The Idiot ► Proto Punk
1978 ● Big Star —— Third/Sister Lovers ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Grace Slick —— Dreams ► Psychedelic Rock
1991 ● Ike & Tina Turner —— Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner ► Soul
1995 ● Peter Gabriel —— Birdy [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Gary Numan & Tubeway Army —— The Premier Hits ► Synth-Pop
1996 ● The Beatles —— Anthology 2 ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Aerosmith —— Nine Lives ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Buzzcocks —— Buzzcocks ► Punk-Rock
2003 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Hittin’ The Note ► Southern Rock
2013 ● Sparks —— Two Hands, One Mouth: Live In Europe ► Art Rock
2016 ● Iggy Pop —— Post Pop Depression ► Alt. Rock / Punk


March 19
1962 ● Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock
1962 ● Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock
1962 ● Aretha Franklin —— The Electrifying Aretha Franklin ► Soul
1971 ● Jethro Tull —— Aqualung ► Prog Rock
1971 ● Leonard Cohen —— Songs Of Love And Hate ► Contemporary Folk
1974 ● Cat Stevens —— Buddha And The Chocolate Box ► Folk-Pop
1975 ● America —— Hearts ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Kiss —— Dressed To Kill ► Hard Rock
1975 ● The Who —— Tommy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
1976 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Takin’ It To The Streets ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Natalie Cole —— I Love You So ► Soul-Pop
1979 ● The Beach Boys —— L.A. (Light Album) ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Black Flag —— Who’s Got The 10 1/2? ► Punk-Rock/Hardcore
1987 ● DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —— Rock The House ► Pop-Rap
1987 ● Ozzy Osbourne And Randy Rhoads —— Tribute ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Depeche Mode —— Violator ► Synth-Pop
1990 ● Cowboy Junkies —— The Caution Horses ► Alt. Rock
1990 ● Robert Plant —— Manic Nirvana ► Hard Rock
1991 ● George Strait —— Chill Of An Early Fall ► Classic Country
1996 ● Barenaked Ladies —— Born On A Pirate Ship ► AA Pop-Rock
2000 ● The Who —— Blues To The Bush ► British Rock
2002 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Far Side Of The World ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Donovan —— Pied Piper ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● David Bowie —— The Best Of David Bowie, 1980/1987 ► Glam Rock
2010 ● Scorpions —— Sting In The Tail ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock


March 20
1964 ● The Temptations —— Meet The Temptations ► Soul – Motown
1974 ● Elvis Presley —— Good Times ► Adult Contemporary
1976 ● Wild Cherry —— Wild Cherry ► Funk
1981 ● Praying Mantis —— Time Tells No Lies ► Heavy Metal (New Wave of British)
1986 ● Anita Baker —— Rapture ► Quiet Storm
1987 ● Peter Wolf —— Come As You Are ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul
1990 ● Bell Biv Devoe —— Poison ► New Jack Swing
1990 ● Blue Aeroplanes —— Swagger ► Art Rock
2000 ● Iron Fire —— Thunderstorm ► Speed Metal
2000 ● Eddie Money —— Complete Eddie Money Live ► Album Rock
2000 ● Duran Duran —— The Essential Collection ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2006 ● Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies To Violaine, Volume 1: Singles And Extended Plays 1982-1990 ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies To Violaine, Volume 2: Singles And Extended Plays 1993-1996-1990 ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Abattoir Blues Tour ► Alt Rock
2007 ● Joss Stone —— Introducing Joss Stone ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul)


March 21
1967 ● Al Green —— Back Up Train ► Soul (Southern)
1970 ● The Faces —— First Step ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Tangerine Dream —— Rubycon ► Art Rock/Electronic
1976 ● Brothers Johnson —— Look Out For #1 ► Funk
1977 ● Slade —— Whatever Happened To Slade ► Hard Rock
1977 ● AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock [Australia] ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Rose Royce —— Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! ► Disco/Funk
1983 ● Pink Floyd —— The Final Cut ► Prog Rock
1988 ● Pixies —— Surfer Rosa ► Garage Rock
1988 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Southern By The Grace of God: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour 1987 ► Southern Rock
1988 ● Tina Turner —— Tina Live In Europe ► Pop-Rock
1989 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Nick Of Time ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Madonna —— Like A Prayer ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● Alison Moyet —— Essex ► Synth-Pop
1995 ● Death —— Symbolic ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1995 ● The Tea Party —— The Edges Of Twilight ► Blues-Rock
1995 ● Stevie Wonder —— Conversation Peace ► Pop-R&B
2000 ● Against All Authority —— 24 Hour Roadside Resistance ► Ska-Punk
2000 ● NSYNC —— No Strings Attached ► Dance-Pop
2000 ● Led Zeppelin —— Latter Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume Two ► Hard Rock
2000 ● Patti Smith —— Gung Ho ► Heartland Rock
2006 ● Ben Harper —— Both Sides Of The Gun ► AA Pop-Rock


March 22
1963 ● The Beatles —— Please Please Me ► Pop-Rock
1965 ● Bob Dylan —— Bringing It All Back Home ► Folk-Rock
1965 ● The Beatles —— The Early Beatles ► Pop-Rock
1965 ● The Temptations —— The Temptations Sing Smokey ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● Elvis Presley —— You’ll Never Walk Alone ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Eagles —— On The Border ► Country-Rock
1974 ● Frank Zappa —— Apostrophe (‘) ► Art Rock
1975 ● The Soft Machine —— Bundles ► Jazz Fusion
1975 ● Jesse Colin Young —— Songbird ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● Elvis Presley —— The Sun Sessions ► Rock ‘N Roll
1982 ● Iron Maiden —— The Number Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● The Beatles —— Reel Music ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● The Go-Go’s —— Talk Show ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Savatage —— The Dungeons Are Calling ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal
1985 ● Alcatrazz —— Disturbing The Peace ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● John Paul Jones —— Scream For Help [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock
1987 ● Anthrax —— Among The Living ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1988 ● Morrissey —— Viva Hate ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1989 ● White Zombie —— Make Them Die Slowly ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1990 ● Nine Inch Nails —— Head Like A Hole ► Industrial Metal
1993 ● Iron Maiden —— A Real Live One ► Heavy Metal
1994 ● Cheap Trick —— Woke Up With A Monster ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1994 ● Yes —— Talk ► Prog Rock
1995 ● The Headstones —— Teeth And Tissue ► Hard Rock
2005 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— B-Sides & Rarities ► Alt Rock
2005 ● Billy Idol —— Devil’s Playground ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Soundgarden —— Live On I-5 ► Grunge Rock


March 23
1956 ● Elvis Presley —— Elvis Presley ► Rock n Roll
1959 ● Bobby Darin —— That’s All ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Dionne Warwick —— Dionne Warwick In Valley Of The Dolls ► Pop-Soul
1973 ● Roxy Music —— For Your Pleasure ► Prog Rock
1973 ● King Crimson —— Lark’s Tongues In Aspic ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Judas Priest —— Sad Wings Of Destiny ► Heavy Metal
1978 ● Genesis —— …And Then There Were Three… ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Kaya ► Roots Reggae
1979 ● Van Halen —— Van Halen II ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Journey —— Departure ► Prog/Art Rock
1982 ● Rick Springfield —— Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet ► Power Pop
1983 ● ZZ Top —— Eliminator ► Blues-Rock
1984 ● Ratt —— Out Of The Cellar ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● Howard Jones —— Dream Into Action ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1988 ● Fates Warning —— No Exit ► Heavy Metal/Progressive
1988 ● Joni Mitchell —— Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● ZZ Top —— Recycler ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● The Fall —— Code: Selfish ► Post-Punk
1993 ● Dwight Yoakam —— This Time ► Alt Country-Rock
1993 ● Depeche Mode —— Songs Of Faith And Devotion ► Synth-Pop
1993 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Ahead Of Their Time ► Art Rock
1995 ● Everclear —— Sparkle And Fade ► Grunge-Punk
1998 ● Iron Maiden —— Virtual XI ► Heavy Metal
1999 ● A+ —— Hempstead High ► Pop-Rap
1999 ● Gov’t Mule —— Live…With A Little Help From Our Friends, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
1999 ● Mark Knopfler —— Metroland [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
1999 ● Elton John & Various Artists —— Elton John And Tim Rice’s Aida ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Peter Pan Speedrock —— Killermachine ► Punk Rock
2001 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Shining Star ► Roots Rock
2003 ● Eddie Money —— Let’s Rock ‘N Roll The Place ► Album Rock
2004 ● Ringo Starr —— Tour 2003 ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Eric Clapton —— Me And Mr. Johnson ► Blues-Rock
2004 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Lou Reed —— Animal Serenade ► Album Rock
2004 ● Triumph —— A Night Of Triumph ► Arena Rock
2015 ● Kansas —— Miracles Out Of Nowhere ► Prog/Arena Rock


March 24
1966 ● The Easybeats —— It’s 2 Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1969 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Mothermania ► Prog Rock
1971 ● Elton John —— Friends [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks —— Striking It Rich ► Country-Rock
1972 ● Slade —— Slade Alive! ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Pink Floyd —— The Dark Side Of The Moon [UK] ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Weather Report —— Mysterious Traveller ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1975 ● Chicago —— Chicago VIII ► Jazz-Rock
1975 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Nuthin’ Fancy ► Southern Rock
1979 ● Motörhead —— Overkill ► Heavy Metal
1980 ● The Beach Boys —— Keepin’ The Summer Alive ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Talking Heads —— The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock
1986 ● Pet Shop Boys —— Please ► Dance-Pop
1986 ● The Rolling Stones —— Dirty Work ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● They Might Be Giants —— Apollo 18 ► Alt. Rock
1994 ● Running Wild —— Black Hand Inn ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1997 ● Everclear —— White Trash Hell ► Grunge-Punk
1997 ● Supertramp —— Some Things Never Change ► Prog/Art Rock
1998 ● NSYNC —— NSYNC ► Dance-Pop
1998 ● The Specials —— Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent ► Ska Revival
1998 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— Heaven Forbid ► Metal
1998 ● Journey —— Greatest Hits Live ► Arena Rock
2008 ● The Who —— Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
2009 ● Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks —— Tangled Tales ► Country-Rock
2009 ● Indigo Girls —— Poseidon And The Bitter Bug ► Folk-Rock
2015 ● Van Morrison —— Diuets: Reworking The Catalogue ► Folk-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 17 – 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

March 17
1919 ● Nat King Cole / (Nathaniel Adams Coles) → Jazz pianist and bandleader turned pop singer, “Ramblin’ Rose” (#2, 1962) and 18 other Top 25 hits, TV host, father of soul-pop singer Natalie Cole and actress/producer Carole “Cookie” Cole, died from lung cancer on 2/15/1965, age 55
1937 ● Adam Wade → R&B/pop vocalist, “Take Good Care Of Her” (#7, 1961), TV and film actor, voice-overs
1937 ● Dean Mathis / (Louis Aldine Mathis) → Multi-instrumentalist and vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” (#2, 1964)
1937 ● Vincent Marcellino → Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist who scored a Top Ten hit fronting The Tarriers (“Cindy, Oh Cindy,” #9, 1956) with bandmate and future actor Alan Arkin, later sang with relatively unknown folksinger Fred Neil for an album of duets, Tear Down The Walls (1964) which launched Neil‘s career, issued several obscure solo albums, continues to perform and record
1938 ● Zola Mae Taylor / (Zoletta Lynn Taylor) → R&B, blues and soul singer and original female member of hugely successful doo wop quintet The Platters (“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” #1, 1958), left the band before legal infighting began in the mid-60s but became entangled in an 80s public soap opera as one of three women claiming to be 50s teen idol Frankie Lymon‘s widow, died from pneumonia following several strokes on 4/30/2007, age 69
1939 ● Clarence Collins → Co-founder and baritone for long-lived R&B/doo wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” (#4, 1958)
1941 ● Paul Kantner / (Paul Lorin Kantner) → Founding member, vocals and guitar for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit,” #8, 1967) and mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship (“Miracles,” #3, 1975), which he fronted in various incarnations for 40 years, died from complications following a heart attack on 1/28/2016, age 74
1944 ● Bob Johnson → Guitar and vocals for Brit folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat’ (, 1975)
1944 ● John B. Sebastian → Frontman, guitarist and singer/songwriter for folk-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966), then solo, “Welcome Back” (#1, 1976)
1944 ● Pat McAuley → Drummer and keyboards for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Patty Boyd / (Patricia Anne Boyd) → Model, photographer and former wife of George Harrison (1966-77) and Eric Clapton (1979-89), possible inspiration for “I Need You” and “Layla,” among other Harrison and Eric Clapton love songs
1946 ● Harold Brown → Co-founder and drummer for R&B/funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973), now Lowrider
1948 ● Fran Byrne → Drummer for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1948 ● Patrick Lloyd → Bassist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, UK #1, 1968)
1951 ● Scott Gorham → Guitarist for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1953 ● Kenny Lyons / (Kenneth Leo Lyons) → Founding member and first bassist for Southern hard rock .38 Special (“Caught Up In You,” #10, 1982) on their debut album but left before its release and faded into relative obscurity, died from undisclosed causes in a North Carolina medical center on 5/20/2012, age 59
1959 ● Mike Lindup → Keyboards for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1962 ● Clare Grogan → Frontwoman and vocals for Scottish post-punk alt rock Altered Images, “Happy Birthday” (UK #2, 1981), TV and film actress (Gregory’s Girl), VH1 presenter
1962 ● Janet Gardner → Founding member, rhythm guitar and vocals for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1962 ● Roxy Petrucci → Founding member and original drummer for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Michael Ivins → Bassist for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, “She Don’t Use Jelly” (#55, 1995)
1967 ● Billy Corgan → Frontman, songwriter, vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996), then Zwan and producer for Hole and others
1970 ● Gene Ween / (Aaron Freeman) → Founding member, vocals, guitar and songwriter for experimental alternative rock duo Ween, “Mutilated Lips” (1997)
1972 ● Melissa Auf der Maur → Second bassist for grunge rock Hole, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998), toured with Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, solo and various collaborations
1973 ● Caroline Corr → With two sisters and brother, drummer and vocals in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, “Breathless” (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)
1975 ● Justin Hawkins → Flamboyant frontman, vocals, guitars and keyboards for glam rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Top 40 #35, 2004)
1976 ● Stephen Gately → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), died from a pulmonary edema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition on 10/9/2009, age 33
1990 ● Hozier / (Andrew Hozier-Byrne) → Irish indie-rock, soul and blues singer/songwriter, wrote and performed Grammy Song Of The Year nominee “Take Me To Church” (#2, 2013)

March 18
1911 ● Smiley Burnette / (Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnett)) → Comedian, TV actor (Petticoat Junction, 1960s), singer, multi-instrumentalist, country-pop songwriter and movie soundtrack composer, wrote over 400 songs and performed many of them on stage and screen, often as sidekick to Gene Autry, including “Ridin’ Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down),” died from leukemia on 2/16/1967, age 55
1929 ● George Scott → Blind from birth original member and vocals for spiritually-uplifting, five-time Grammy-winning gospel group Blind Boys Of Alabama, recorded more than 50 albums with the group over 70-plus years, retired from touring a year before his death from heart failure on 3/9/2005, age 76
1936 ● Robert Lee Smith → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1938 ● Carl Gottlieb → Screen and TV scriptwriter with credits including Jaws (1977) and episodes of All In The Family (1971-79), sometime actor, Writers Guild of America board member and co-author of two David Crosby autobiographies, Long Time Gone (1989) and Since Then (2006)
1938 ● Charley Pride / (Charley Frank Pride) → Grammy-winning country singer with 36 number one hits, including “I’d Rather Love You” (Country #1, 1971), the most successful African-American country star ever
1941 ● Wilson Pickett → Legendary R&B/soul and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, “In The Midnight Hour” (#21, 1968), died of a heart attack on 1/19/2006, age 64
1942 ● Helen Gathers → With four other teens from her Spanish Harlem housing complex, founding member and baritone vocals in rare 50s R&B girl group The Bobbettes (“Mr. Lee,” #6, R&B #1, 1957), the first all-girl group to have a Top 10 hit (and an R&B #1), left the group in the late 60s and disappeared from the music industry, died from cancer on 2/13/2011, age 68
1943 ● Dennis Linde → Nashville-based country and pop music singer and songwriter with over 200 songs recorded by others, best known for penning Elvis Presley‘s hit “Burning Love” (#2, 1972) and Dixie Chicks‘ “Goodbye Earl” (#19, Country #13, 2000), wrote or co-wrote songs for Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and many others, died from pulmonary fibrosis on 12/22/2006, age 63
1945 ● Eric Woolfson / (Eric Norman Woolfson) → Scottish songwriter, lyricist pianist, producer and co-creator of prog rock The Alan Parsons Project, “Games People Play” (#16, 1981), wrote musicals and released a solo album, died from kidney cancer on 12/2/2009
1947 ● B.J. Wilson / (Brian James Wilson) → Drummer in R&B/blues The Paramounts, then prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), fell into a coma following a car accident and died several months later on 10/8/1990, age 43
1948 ● Bobby Whitlock / (Robert Stanley Whitlock) → Session musician for Stax Records then R&B/blue-eyed soul singer, member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Derek And The Dominos and George Harrison‘s backing band, session work on The Rolling StonesExile On Main Street album, retired to farm in Mississippi
1950 ● John Hartman → Co-founder and drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), left in 1979 but returned for 1987-1992
1959 ● Irene Cara (Irene T. Escalera) → R&B/disco-pop singer, “Flashdance…What A Feelin'” (#1, 1983), actress who played Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame (1983)
1960 ● James McMurtry → Texas rock, folk-rock and Americana singer, songwriter, occasional actor, guitarist and bandleader with twelve solo albums including Complicated Game (US Indie Rock #39, 2015) and a single hit, “Painting By Numbers” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1989), appeared in the film Daisy Miller (1974) and the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989), member of country-rock supergroup Buzzin’ Cousins with John Mellencamp, John Prine, Joe Ely and Dwight Yoakam
1961 ● Grant Hart / (Grantzberg Vernon Hart) → Founding member, co-songwriter and drummer for early post-punk hardcore trio Hüsker Dü (“Makes No Sense At All,” UK Indie #2, 1985), after breakup formed hard rock Nova Mob in 1988 and released several solo al ums in the 90s and 00s, died from liver cancer on 9/13/2017, age 56
1963 ● Jeff LeBar → Guitarist for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990)
1963 ● Vanessa L. Williams → Model and disgraced Miss America winner turned successful actress and R&B/pop vocalist, “Save The Best For Last” (#1, 1992)
1964 ● Courtney Pine → Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician and composer of TV and film music, “Children Of The Ghetto” (UK Top 10, 1986), also worked with Charlie Watts, Mica Paris, Trevor Jones and Jazz Warriors
1966 ● Jerry Cantrell → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), solo, “My Song” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1998)
1967 ● Miki Berenyi → Guitar and lead vocals for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1967 ● Robert Harrison → Singer and guitarist for unheralded power pop Cotton Mather, “My Before And After” (1998), now fronts indie pop-rock Future Clouds & Radar
1970 ● Queen Latifah / (Dana Elaine Owens) → First bona fide female rap star (with first gold LP by a female MC), “U.N.I.T.Y.” (#23, Hot Rap #2, 1993), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV and film actress, talk show host, eponymous cosmetics product line
1974 ● Stuart Zender → Bassist in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1977 ● Devin Lima / (Harold Lima) → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (“Lyte Funkie Ones” or “Low Frequency Oscillator”), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999), formed The Cadbury Diesel in 2007
1979 ● Adam Levine → Guitar and lead vocals for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)
1979 ● Shola Ama / (Mathurian Campbell) → Brit soul-pop singer, “You’re The One I Love” (UK #3, 1997)
1985 ● Marvin Humes → Vocals for Brit teen pop boy-band JLS (“Jack The Lad Swing”), “Everybody In Love” (Mainstream Top 40 #38, 2010)

March 19
1928 ● Tom Paley / (Allan Thomas Paley) → Guitarist, banjo and fiddle player who worked with Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly in the 50s, then co-founded and became the witty showman of folk revival stalwarts The New Lost City Ramblers, the band issued 11 albums, performed nationally and is widely credited with spearheading the old-time music craze of the late 50s and early 60s, his music influenced Bob Dylan and he later mentored Jerry Garcia and Ry Cooder on the acoustic guitar and collaborated with others in various folk music projects, died from failing health on 9/30/2017, age 89
1937 ● Frogman Henry / (Clarence Henry) → R&B/blues and soul singer with a trademark croak to his singing, best exemplified on “Ain’t Got No Home” (#20, R&B #3, 1956), scored two other Top 20 hits, including “But I Do” (#4, R&B #9, 1961), opened for 18 Beatles concerts in the U.S., continues to perform at various New Orleans conventions into the 10s
1944 ● Tom Constanten → Classically-trained keyboardist and composer, member of the Grateful Dead from 1966-1970, remained in the Dead‘s periphery and has issued several collaborative albums with Robert Hunter and others
1946 ● Ruth Pointer → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1946 ● Paul Atkinson → Guitarist in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), later became a recorded company A&R executive for Columbia and RCA, discovered ABBA, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest and Michael Penn, died from liver and kidney failure on 4/1/2004, age 58
1952 ● Derek Longmuir → With his older brother, Alan, founding member and drummer for Scottish tartan-clad, teen-pop 70s boy group Bay City Rollers, left the music industry in 1981 after appearing on all nine BCR albums, worked as a hospital nurse until convicted of possessing child pornography (a charged he and his family denied), later reinstated to the nursing registry
1953 ● Billy Sheehan → Bass guitarist for pop-metal “shredder” band Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992), also worked with Steve Vai and David Lee Roth
1953 ● Phil Mitchell / (Philip Henry Mitchell) → Bass guitarist since 1989 for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979)
1953 ● Ricky Wilson / (Ricky Helton Wilson) → Guitarist and founding member (with sister Cindy) of New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989), died from AIDS/HIV on 10/12/1985, age 32
1955 ● Bruce Willis → Action film actor (Die Hard series) and occasional pop singer with two albums, two modest hits and a Top 5 single, “Respect Yourself” (#5, 1987)
1959 ● Terry Hall → Frontman and lead vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), left to form New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, “Really Saying Something” (Club #16, UK #5, 1982), formed The Colourfield, “Thinking Of You’ (UK #12, 1985)
1971 ● Jack Bessant → Bassist for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, “Place Your Hands” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow

March 20
1906 ● Ozzie Nelson / (Oswald George Nelson) → Bandleader, radio host and TV actor, director and producer, fronted swing/easy listening The Ozzie Nelson Band in the 30s and 40s (“And Then Some,” #1, 1935) with his wife, Harriet on second vocal, developed and produced The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet (with their sons, David and Ricky) on radio in 1944 and moved to TV in 1952, appeared on TV for a final time in 1973 and died from liver cancer on 6/3/1975, age 69
1917 ● Dame Vera Lynn / (Vera Lynn Welch) → Enormously popular World War II-era touring singer and actress whose career continued after the war with hits in the 50s (“Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart,” #1, UK #10, 1952) and a UK #1 album in 2009 (We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best Of Vera Lynn), making her the oldest living artist with a top-ranked album ever
1922 ● Larry Elgart / (Lawrence Joseph Elgart) → 40s-50s swing, dance and jazz-pop bandleader, with his brother, Les, recorded the original version of “Bandstand Boogie,” the theme song long-running teen dance show American Bandstand, and later rode the disco wave with his own medley composition, “Hooked On Swing” (#31, AC #20, 1982), died from natural causes on 8/29/2017, age 95
1935 ● Sam Lay → Chicago blues, jazz and rock drummer and vocalist, performed and recorded with many blues greats, including Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, joined The Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-60s, recorded and toured with Bob Dylan and the Chess Records All-Stars and has issued several albums of his own since 1969, his home movies of fellow blues performers in various Chicago venues in the 50s and 60s were featured in the PBS special History Of The Blues (2003)
1936 ● Lee “Scratch” Perry / (Rainford Hugh Perry) → Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and pioneer in the development of the “dub” subgenre of reggae music, worked with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Heptones and others
1937 ● Joe Rivers → 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
1937 ● Jerry Reed / (Jerry Reed Hubbard) → The “Guitar Man,” Grammy-winning country singer and guitarist, “Amos Moses” (#8, 1971), sessionman, TV and screen actor (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), died from emphysema on 9/1/2008, age 71
1940 ● Rod Lauren / (Rod Lawrence Strunk) → One hit wonder pop singer (“If I Had A Girl,” #31, 1960), nightclub entertainer, bit part TV actor and one role B-movie star (The Crawling Hand, 1963), husband and suspected murderer of Filipino TV actress Nida Blanca, left the Philippines in 2002 and fought extradition from the U.S., committed suicide by jumping from a second-story hotel balcony on 6/12/2007, age 67
1941 ● Vito Picone → Frontman, lead singer and one of two remaining original members of teenage doo wop quintet The Elegants (“Little Star,” #1, R&B #1, 1958), bit-part TV and film actor (Goodfellas, The Sopranos and others, most recently hosts a New York City weekly nostalgia and music variety radio program
1942 ● Robin Luke / (Robert Luke) → One hit wonder teen pop/rockabilly singer and songwriter, “Susie Darlin'” (#5, 1958), later earned a Ph.D. in business administration and headed the Marketing Department at Missouri State University
1950 ● Carl Palmer → Progressive rock drummer and percussionist, first with Atomic Rooster, “The Devil’s Answer” (, 1971), then supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer, “From The Beginning” (#39, 1972), and later Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982)
1951 ● Jimmie Vaughan → Blues-rock guitarist and singer, founded Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986), solo, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, with whom he played occasionally and released one “duo album,” Family Style (1990), released just after Stevie Ray’s death on 8/27/1990
1956 ● Phonso Martin / (Alphonso Martin) → Percussion and vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978), left in 1991 to pursue interests outside of music
1959 ● Owen If / (Ian Frederick Rossiter) → Drummer for Brit electronic dance/rap Stereo MC’s, “Connected” (#20, Modern Rock #5, 1992)
1959 ● Richard Drummie → Guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, “King Of Wishful Thinking” (#8, 1990)
1961 ● Slim Jim Phantom / (James McDonnell) → Drummer with rockabilly revival Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” (#3, 1983)
1967 ● Shutty Shuttleworth / (David Shuttleworth) → Drummer for hard rock/heavy metal Spoilt Bratz and Terrorvision, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999)
1968 ● Fredrik Schönfeldt → Guitars and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1972 ● Alexander Kapranos → Vocals for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1972 ● Shelly Poole / (Michelle Lena Poole) → Vocals for Brit pop sister duo Alisha’s Attic, “Indestructible” (UK #12, 1997), daughter of 60s pop-rocker Brian Poole
1976 ● Chester Bennington → Vocals for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001), found dead in his home from a suspected suicide on 7/20/2017, age 41
1982 ● Nick Wheeler → Lead guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

March 21
1902 ● Son House, / (Eddie James House, Jr.) → Innovative and influential Delta blues and gospel slide guitarist and vocalist, recorded first in the 30s and for the Library of Congress in 1941 but drifted into obscurity until being “rediscovered” in 1964 during the folk-blues revival, toured and recorded thereafter extensively, influenced Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Alan Wilson (Canned Heat) and others, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on 10/19/1988, age 86
1923 ● Mort Lindsey / (Morton Lippman) → Orchestra leader, TV and film soundtrack composer, pianist and musical director for Judy Garland‘s four-time Grammy-winning concert album Judy At Carnegie Hall (#1, 1961) and Barbra Streisand‘s 1967 TV concert A Happening In Central Park, won two Emmy’s as the 25-year musical director for The Merv Griffin Show (1962-1986), died following a long illness on 5/4/2012, age 89
1930 ● Otis Spann → Chicago blues keyboardist and guitarist, member of Muddy Waters‘ band from 1952 to 1968 while concurrently working as a session musician for Chess Records and on solo albums, worked with B. B. King, Eric Clapton, James Cotton and others, died from liver cancer on 4/24/1970, age 40
1940 ● Solomon Burke → The “King of Rock & Soul,” early and influential Grammy-winning R&B/classic soul singer, “Got To Get You Off My Mind” (#22, R&B #1, 1965) and 14 other R&B Top 20 hits but never achieved the recognition afforded peers James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, died from a suspected pulmonary embolism onboard a commercial airliner while flying from Washington, DC to a sold-out show in The Netherlands on 10/10/2010, age 70
1941 ● John Boylan → Songwriter and producer for Rick Nelson, The Association, The Dillards and others, managed Linda Ronstadt and handpicked her backing band in 1971, the session musicians who later became the Eagles
1943 ● Vivian Stanshall / (Victor Anthony Stanshall) → Eccentric 60s UK underground rock figure and founder of the comedy/satirical art rock outfit Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968), died in a fire at his home on 3/5/1995, age 52
1944 ● David Lindley → Top-rated and sought-after session musician, co-founded 60s American eclectic folk-rock cult band Kaleidoscope, recorded with Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart and others, key member of Jackson Browne‘s recording and touring band from 1971 to 1981, solo, “Mercury Blues” (Mainstream Rock #34, 1981)
1945 ● Sister Rose (aka Rosie Stone) Stewart / (Rosemary Stewart) → Platinum-wigged lead vocalist and keyboardist with her two brothers Sly and Freddie in funk-rock Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), solo and sessions for Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr and others
1946 ● Ray Dorset → Founder, guitarist, vocals and chief songwriter for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime” (#3, 1970), solo
1949 ● Eddie Money / (Edward Joseph Mahoney) → Police trainee turned rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, “Two Tickets To Paradise” (#22, 1977) and “Walk On Water” (#9, 1988)
1950 ● Roger Hodgson → Founding member, frontman, keyboards, vocals and chief hit songwriter for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979), solo
1951 ● Conrad Lozano → Bassist for Tex-Mex roots/blues/country-rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Russell Thompkins, Jr. → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1953 ● Robert Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1956 ● Guy Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie psych-rock The House Of Love, “Shine On” (, 1990)
1957 ● John Reddington → Guitarist for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1957 ● Sean Dickson → Founding member, vocals and lead guitar for Scottish alt rock/indie dance-pop The Soup Dragons, “I’m Free” (#79, Modern Rock #2, UK #5, 1990), after 1995 disbandment formed alt rock The High Fidelity
1958 ● Butch Norton / (Jonathan Norton) → Drums and vocals for L.A. indie rock Eels, “Novocaine For The Soul” (Modern Rock #1, 1997), then sessions and/or touring bands for Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Lisa Germano, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Rufus Wainwright and Lucinda Williams
1963 ● Share Ross / (Sharon Pedersen Ross) → Bassist for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Shawn Lane → Jazz-rock guitar virtuoso, joined Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas as a teenager, left for a solo career, sessions and collaborations including with outlaw country The Highwaymen, died from respiratory failure on 9/26/2003, age 40
1966 ● DJ Premier / (Christopher Martin) → East Coast rap DJ and record producer, one half the hip hop duo Gang Starr, “Take It Personal” (Rap #1, 1992), recorded with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and others, founder and chief of Year Round Records
1967 ● Joker Berggren / (Jonas Berggren) → Guitar and keyboards for Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1967 ● Maxim / (Keith Palmer) → MC and vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1968 ● Andrew Copeland → Guitar and vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1977 ● Mark Hamilton → Founding member, bass, synthesizer and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)
1978 ● Kevin Federline → Dancer, fashion model, tabloid fodder ex-husband of Britney Spears and pop-rap singer, “Lose Control” (2006)
1980 ● Bizzy D Whibley / (Deryck Whibley) → Guitar and vocals for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1989 ● Rochelle Humes / (Rochelle Wiseman Humes) → Singer, actress and TV host, member of pre-fab teen dance-pop S Club 8, “Fool No More” (UK #4, 2003), left in 2007 to join electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, “Missing You” (UK #3, 2010)

March 22
1916 ● George Wyle / (Bernard Weissman) → Orchestra leader and composer, wrote the theme song to 60s TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island, musical director for 70s variety program The Flip Wilson Show, served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers from 1979-2003, died on 5/2/2003, age 87
1930 ● Steven Sondheim → Eight-time Tony and Grammy award-winning composer and lyricist best known for writing A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and other music theater shows, wrote the lyrics to West Side Story, Gypsy and other films, wrote multiple hit songs, including “Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)” for Madonna (Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1991)
1932 ● Juke Boy Bonner / (Weldon Bonner) → Texas blues guitarist, harmonica player, singer and poet who recorded numerous singles and several albums of mostly original material, including his best material on Arhoolie Records in the 60s, but never broke through to commercial success, died from cirrhosis of the liver on 6/29/1978, age 46
1936 ● Roger Whittaker → Internationally-acclaimed baritone pop singer and songwriter, “The Last Farewell” (#19, 1975), TV actor
1937 ● Johnny Ferguson → 50s Nashville disc jockey turned transatlantic one hit wonder country-pop singer with a cover version of John D. Loudermilk‘s “Angela Jones” (Top 30, 1960)
1941 ● Jeremy Clyde → One half of strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, “A Summer Song” (#7, 1964), TV actor
1943 ● George Benson → Grammy-winning jazz and R&B/pop guitarist and scat singer, “Give Me The Night” (R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Keith Relf → Guitars and vocals for hard rock Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965), then prog rock Renaissance and hard rock Medicine Head, died from electrocution while playing his electric guitar in his basement on 5/14/1976, age 33
1944 ● Christopher Stainton → Session keyboardist and songwriter, started with Joe Cocker, later worked with Eric Clapton, The Who, Bryan Ferry,
Roger Waters and others
1947 ● Harry Vanda → Dutch-born lead guitarist for pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1967), later with pop-rock Flash And The Pan
1947 ● Patrick Olive → Percussionist and bassist for R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1948 ● Andrew Lloyd Webber → Highly successful Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and composer of musicals, often as collaborator with Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976) and Phantom Of The Opera (1986)
1948 ● Randy Jo Hobbs → Bassist for pop-rock The McCoys, “Hang On Sloopy” (#1, 1965), then with blues-rock Johnny Winter band, died from heart failure caused by years of drug abuse on 8/5/1993, age 45
1957 ● Stephanie Mills → Broadway star (The Wiz, 1975) turned Grammy-winning R&B/pop-disco diva, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (#6, 1980)
1958 ● Peter Wylie → Singer and frontman for post-punk alt rock Wah!, “Story Of The Blues” (UK #3, 1982)
1963 ● Susanne Sulley → Vocals for synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1968 ● Mickey Dale → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1970 ● Andreas Johnson → Swedish pop-rock musician and songwriter, “Glorious” (UK #4, 1999)
1971 ● Steve Howell → Drummer for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, “Barney (…And Me)” (Alt Rock #30, 1994), now with Placebo
1979 ● Aaron Wright North → Guitarist for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999)
1980 ● Shannon Rae Bex → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, “Show Stopper” (#8, 2006), solo
1981 ● Shawn Mims → Jamaican-descent rapper, “This Is Why I’m Hot” (#1, 2007)
1986 ● Amy Studt → Brit contemporary pop singer, first hit at age 15 with “Just A Little Girl” (UK #14, 2002) and “Misfit” (UK #6, 2003)

March 23
1917 ● Stick McGhee / (Granville Henry McGhee) → Jump blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for the oft-covered blues and proto-typical rock ‘n’ roll song “Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” (R&B #3, 1949), younger brother of electric blues guitarist Brownie McGhee, died of lung cancer on 8/15/1961, age 44
1925 ● Herb Hardesty / (Herbest Hardesty) → New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll tenor saxophonist noted for his work with Fats Domino and solos on nearly every hit song, including “I’m Walking” (#4, R&B #1, 1957), also recorded or toured with Lloyd Price, Tony Bennett, Tom Waits and others over 50 years, performed with Dr. John in various New Orleans festivals until just a few years before his death from cancer on 12/3/2016, age 91
1932 ● Louisiana Red / (Iverson Minter) → Flamboyant Southern blues guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player, recorded over 50 albums plus guest appearances and collaborations, best known for “Sweet Blood Call” (1975), died following a stroke on 2/25/2012, age 79
1938 ● Irwin Jesse Levine → Pop-rock songwriter, co-wrote “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) for Gary Lewis & The Playboys plus “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971) and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando & Dawn and other top hits, died from renal failure on 1/21/1997, age 58
1940 ● Janis Martin → The “Female Elvis,” early and pioneering country/rock ‘n’ roll singer and guitarist with the teenaged hit on Sun Records, “Will You Willyum” (#38, 1956) with the B-side, “Drugstore Rock And Roll” becoming a rockabilly classic, left the industry in the late 50s to raise her son and manage a country club until the rockabilly revival of the 80s, died from lung cancer on 9/3/2007, age 67
1942 ● Jimmy Miller → Record producer and occasional session drummer on albums and songs he produced for The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, the lone Blind Faith album, the Plasmatics, Primal Scream and others, including key albums by The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main St. (1972) and Goats Head Soup (1973), died from liver failure on 10/22/1994, age 52
1944 ● Michael Nyman → Composer, pianist, bandleader and librettist, wrote the soundtrack album to the Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993)
1944 ● Tony McPhee → Lead guitar and vocals for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1947 ● Ray Phiri / (Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri) → South African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga guitarist and vocalist best known for his collaborations with Paul Simon on the Graceland (#3, 1986) and The Rhythm Of The Saints (#4, 1990) albums and on worldwide tours that included The Concert In Central Park (1991) and an appearance on Saturday Night Live, died from lung cancer on 7/12/2017, age 70
1948 ● Cindy Scott / (Sundray Kay Tucker) → Performed and recorded under both her stage (Scott) and birth (Tucker) names, early member of 60s doo wop girl group The Ordettes, released “What Are You Doin’ To Me” as Cindy Scott & The Cousins, sang backing vocals for Stevie Wonder, recorded as a solo artist on various indie labels through the 00s, sister of Lynda Laurence (of The Supremes) and cousin of Tammi Terrell and Bunny Sigler
1949 ● Ric Ocasek / (Richard Otcasek) → Guitar, frontman and songwriter for synth-pop/hard rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978), solo
1950 ● Phil Lanzon → Keyboardist for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972), sessions and sideman for numerous rock acts
1952 ● David Bartram → Vocals for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1953 ● Chaka Khan / (Yvette Marie Stevens) → Vocals for R&B/funk-dance Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good” (#3, 1974), then solo, “I Feel For You” (#3, 1984)
1953 ● Phil Keaggy → Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian music guitarist and vocalist, co-founded psych-rock power trio Glass Harp in the 60s, converted to Christianity in the 70s and released over 50 albums of CCM and mainstream pop-rock music, continues to perform with Glass Harp in Ohio and the Northeast into the 10s
1958 ● El Duce Hoke / (Eldon Hoke) → Drummer and lead singer for pioneer 80s “shock-” and “rape rock” metal band The Mentors, known for their chauvinistic, filthy lyrics and crude production, died from coroner-termed “misadventure” (hit by a freight train) on 4/19/1997, age 39
1966 ● Marti Pellow / (Mark McLachlan) → Frontman and lead singer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (#41, UK #1, 1994), solo
1967 ● John Strohm → Drummer turned guitarist for indie rock/power pop Blake Babies, then for several other groups, including teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993) plus solo albums, now a lawyer
1968 ● Damon Albarn → Singer, songwriter and producer, first as frontman for alt rock then Britpop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994), then in virtual pop-rock dub band Gorillaz, “Feel Good Inc.” (#14, 2005)
1971 ● Abe Laboriel / (Abraham Laboriel, Jr.) → Berklee College of Music graduate and session and tour drummer for Steve Vai, Seal, k.d. lang, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and others, son of renowned bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr.
1972 ● Beverly Knight → Brit R&B/soul singer, songwriter and producer, “Woulda Shoulda Coulda” (UK #10, 2002)

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Albums Released This Week (March 11 – 17)

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):


March 11
1968 ● Manfred Mann —— Up The Junction [Sndtrk] ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1970 ● Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Harry Chapin —— Heads And Tales ► Folk-Pop
1974 ● Chicago —— Chicago VII ► Jazz-Rock
1975 ● Alice Cooper —— Welcome To My Nightmare ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Weather Report —— Black Market ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1977 ● T. Rex —— Dandy In The Underworld ► Glam Rock
1983 ● Quiet Riot —— Metal Health ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● Eric Clapton —— Behind The Sun ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Depeche Mode —— 101 ► Synth-Pop
1996 ● Annihilator —— Refresh The Demon ► Thrash Metal
1997 ● dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea ► Avant Grunge
1997 ● Blonde Redhead —— Fake Can Be Just As Good ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock
1997 ● Heart —— These Dreams: Greatest Hits ► Album Rock
1997 ● Santana —— Live At The Fillmore ► Jazz Fusion
2003 ● Everclear —— Slow Motion Daydream ► Grunge-Punk
2003 ● Machine Head —— Hellalive ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
2003 ● The Clash —— The Essential Clash ► Punk
2016 ● The Cars —— The Elektra Years 1978 – 1987 ► New Wave Pop-Rock


March 12
1967 ● The Velvet Underground —— The Velvet Underground & Nico ► Alt. Rock
1971 ● Yoko Ono —— Fly ► Avant-Garde/Pop-Rock
1975 ● Parliament —— Chocolate City ► Funk
1978 ● Bob Dylan —— Masterpieces ► Folk-Rock
1980 ● Billy Joel —— Glass Houses ► Pop-Rock
1981 ● The Rolling Stones —— Sucking In The Seventies ► Rock n Roll
1982 ● The Jam —— The Gift ► Punk-Rock
1984 ● Berlin —— Love Life ► L. A. Synth-Pop
1984 ● Dire Straits —— Alchemy: Dire Straits Live ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
1985 ● Kool & The Gang —— Kool & The Gang At Their Best ► Funk-Soul
1990 ● Robyn Hitchcock —— Eye Of The Hurricane ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● Prong —— Beg To Differ ► Thrash Metal
1991 ● R.E.M. —— Out Of Time ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Rick Astley —— Free ► Dance-Pop
1992 ● Céline Dion —— Falling Into You ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Kiss —— MTV Unplugged ► Hard Rock
1996 ● Sting —— Mercury Falling ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Rod Stewart —— Human ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Indigo Girls —— Become You ► Folk-Rock
2013 ● Eric Clapton —— Old Sock ► Blues-Rock


March 13
1970 ● Tyrannosaurus Rex —— A Beard Of Stars ► Psych Rock
1978 ● Hot Tuna —— Double Dose ► Folk-Rock
1981 ● Slade —— We’ll Bring The House Down ► Hard Rock
1984 ● The Cars —— Heartbeat City ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1987 ● The Fleshtones —— Fleshtones vs. Reality ► Punk-Rock
1990 ● Carly Simon —— My Romance ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● Bad Religion —— Generator ► Punk Rock
1994 ● Selena —— Amor Prohibido ► Latin Dance-Pop
1995 ● Disco Inferno —— In Debt ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental
1995 ● Janet Jackson —— janet. Remixed ► Pop-Soul
1998 ● The Hives —— A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T ► Garage Rock
2001 ● Natalie Cole —— The Best Of Natalie Cole ► Soul-Pop
2001 ● Eric Clapton —— Reptile ► Blues-Rock
2007 ● The Innocence Mission —— We Walked In Song ► Alt Pop-Rock
2007 ● Eddie Money —— Wanna Go Back ► Album Rock
2007 ● Neil Young —— Live At Massey Hall 1971 ► Folk-Rock


March 14
1966 ● Waylon Jennings —— Folk-Country ► Trad Country
1966 ● Brenda Lee —— Bye Bye Blues ► Country-Pop
1975 ● Justin Hayward And John Lodge —— Blue Jays ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Def Leppard —— On Through The Night ► Hard Rock
1984 ● Joe Jackson —— Body And Soul ► New Wave Jazz-Pop
1986 ● Voivoid —— Rrröööaaarrr ► Thrash Metal
1989 ● Extreme —— Extreme ► Pop-Metal
1994 ● Level 42 —— Forever Now ► New Wave Synth Pop
1994 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Longing In Their Hearts ► Blues-Rock
1995 ● 2Pac —— Me Against The World ► Spoken Word Rap
1995 ● Collective Soul —— Collective Soul ► Southern Rock
1995 ● A Flock Of Seagulls —— The Light At The End Of The World ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1995 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— A Boy Named Goo ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
1995 ● Annie Lennox —— Medusa ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock
1995 ● Matthew Sweet —— 100% Fun ► Power Pop
1995 ● Various Artists —— Encomium: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin ► Hard Rock
2000 ● Poison —— Crack A Smile…And More! ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
2000 ● Elton John —— The Road To El Dorado [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— All Time Greatest Hits ► Southern Rock
2006 ● A Flock Of Seagulls —— We Are The 80s ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2006 ● Black Sabbath —— Greatest Hits 1970-1978 ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Queen —— Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973-1976) ► Glam Rock


March 15
1969 ● Jay & The Americans —— Sands Of Time ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Smokey Robinson —— Pure Smokey ► Soul
1975 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— That’s The Way Of The World ► Soul-Funk
1976 ● Kiss —— Destroyer ► Hard Rock
1977 ● Procol Harum —— Something Magic ► Prog Rock
1977 ● The Band —— Islands ► Folk-Rock
1977 ● Marvin Gaye —— Live At the London Palladium ► Soul
1982 ● Asia —— Asia ► Arena Rock
1988 ● Talking Heads —— Naked ► New Wave Art-Rock
1990 ● Robert Palmer —— Pretty Woman [Sndtrk] ► Adult Contemporary
1993 ● Coverdale-Page —— Coverdale-Page ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Sammy Hagar —— Unboxed ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Mötley Crüe —— Mötley Crüe ► Heavy Metal
1994 ● Matthew Sweet —— Son Of Altered Beast [EP] ► Power Pop
1999 ● Blur —— 13 ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
2000 ● Buju Banton —— Rudeboys Inna Ghetto ► Dancehall Reggae
2005 ● Los Lobos —— Live At The Fillmore ► Roots Rock
2005 ● Eagles —— Eagles ► Country-Rock
2005 ● Steely Dan —— Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz With Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock


March 16
1959 ● The Kingston Trio —— Stereo Concert ► Folk-Pop
1964 ● The Beach Boys —— Shut Down, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Otis Redding & Carla Thomas —— King And Queen ► Soul
1968 ● Manfred Mann —— What A Mann ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● T. Rex —— Tanx ► Glam Rock
1976 ● Marvin Gaye —— I Want You ► Soul – Motown
1978 ● REO Speedwagon —— You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish ► Arena Rock
1979 ● Bijelo Dugme —— Bitanga I Princeza ► Yugoslav Prog Rock
1979 ● The Fall —— Live At The Witch Trials ► Post-Punk
1981 ● The Who —— Face Dances ► British Rock
1988 ● The Smithereens —— Green Thoughts ► College Rock
1988 ● The Who —— Who’s Better, Who’s Best ► British Rock
1993 ● Kid Rock —— The Polyfuze Method ► Rap Rock
1995 ● The Cardigans —— Life ► Power Pop
1998 ● Morcheeba —— Big Clam ► Downtempo Trip-Hop
1998 ● Simple Minds —— Neapolis ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1999 ● Jeff Beck —— Who Else! ► Instrumental Rock
2004 ● Jackson Browne —— The Very Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● Madonna —— MDNA ► Dance-Pop
2015 ● Mark Knopfler —— Tracker ► Roots Rock


March 17
1958 ● Bill Haley And His Comets —— Rockin’ Around The World ► Rock ‘n’ Roll
1967 ● Jackie DeShannon —— New Image ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Grateful Dead —— The Grateful Dead ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO)
1969 ● The Rascals —— Freedom Suite ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1973 ● Pink Floyd —— The Dark Side Of The Moon ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Works, Vol. 1 ► Prog. Rock
1978 ● Elvis Costello —— This Year’s Model ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1978 ● Generation X —— Generation X ► Punk Rock
1979 ● Bad Company —— Desolation Angels ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Depeche Mode —— Black Celebration ► Synth-Pop
1990 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Just Say Ozzy ► Hard Rock
1992 ● No Doubt —— No Doubt ► Ska-Pop
1992 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Never Enough ► Roots Rock
1992 ● k. d. lang —— Ingenue ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● No Doubt —— The Beacon Street Collection ► Ska-Pop
1992 ● Twisted Sister —— Big Hits and Nasty Cuts: The Best of Twisted Sister ► Hair Metal
1995 ● Elton John —— Made In England ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Hanson —— MMMBop ► Pop-Rock/Teen Pop
1997 ● The Dismemberment Plan —— The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified ► Post-Hardcore Punk
1998 ● Van Halen —— Van Halen III ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Paul McCartney —— Back In The World ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● Bryan Adams —— 11 ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● Van Morrison —— Keep It Simple [UK] ► Folk-Rock
2009 ● Nick Lowe —— Quiet Please: The New Best Of Nick Lowe ► Pub Rock
2014 ● Rod Stewart —— Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night ► Pop-Rock

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