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Singles Released This Week (July 15 – 21)

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Albums Released This Week (July 15 – 21)

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


July 15
1966 ● The Yardbirds —— Roger The Engineer ► Blues Rock
1972 ● Neil Diamond —— Moods ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— We’re An American Band ► Hard Rock
1974 ● Rick Springfield —— Mission Magic! ► Power Pop
1980 ● Donnie Iris —— Back On The Streets ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● America —— A View From The Ground ► Folk-Rock
1983 ● Big Country —— The Crossing ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock
1985 ● The Damned —— Phantasmagoria ► Goth Rock
1986 ● Lionel Richie —— Dancing On The Ceiling ► Soul-Dance
1986 ● Spandau Ballet —— Through The Barricades ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1996 ● The Samples —— Outpost ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1996 ● Tonic —— Lemon Parade ► Alt/Roots Rock
1997 ● The Dandy Warhols —— …The Dandy Warhols Come Down ► Psych Rock
1997 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Surfacing ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Dwight Yoakam —— Under The Covers ► Alt Country-Rock
2003 ● April Wine —— Greatest Hits Live ► Arena Rock
2004 ● Eric Clapton —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock
2008 ● The Jellybricks —— Goodnight To Everyone ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2008 ● John Mellencamp —— Life, Death, Love And Freedom ► Roots Rock
2011 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— iTunes Live From SoHo [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2014 ● Judas Priest —— Redeemer Of Souls ► Heavy Metal
2014 ● Loverboy —— Unfinished Business ► Arena Rock


July 16
1971 ● Gentle Giant —— Acquiring The Taste [UK] ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Neil Young —— On The Beach ► Folk-Rock
1976 ● The Band —— The Best Of The Band ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— I Am ► Soul-Funk
1980 ● Rick James —— Garden Of Love ► Soul-Funk
1981 ● The Beach Boys —— Rare Early Recordings ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Warren Zevon —— The Envoy ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Sade —— Diamond Life [UK] ► Quiet Storm
1990 ● Curtis Mayfield —— Take It To The Streets ► Soul/Funk
1991 ● The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band —— Live Two Five ► Country-Rock
2000 ● Persuader —— The Hunter ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2002 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Busted Stuff ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● New Order —— Before & After – The BBC Sessions ► Alt Pop-Rock
2002 ● Simon & Garfunkel —— Live From New York City, 1967 ► Folk-Pop
2007 ● Motörhead —— Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live At Hamersmith ► Heavy Metal
2012 ● Elton John With Pnau —— Good Morning To The Night ► Pop-Rock
2014 ● Yes —— Heaven & Earth ► Prog Rock


July 17
1967 ● The Temptations —— With A Lot O’ Soul ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Bonzo Dog Band —— The Beast Of The Bonzos ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy)
1972 ● The Doors —— Full Circle ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Various Artists —— Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Judas Priest —— Screaming For Vengeance ► Heavy Metal
2000 ● A-Ha —— Minor Earth Major Sky ► Synth-Pop
2006 ● The Who —— Wire And Glass [EP] ► British Rock
2007 ● Colbie Callat —— Coco ► Alt Rock
2010 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Waiting For The Rest Of It [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2012 ● Jack Bruce —— Jack Bruce & His Big Band: Live 2012 ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2012 ● Soul Asylum —— Delayed Reaction ► Alt. Pop-Rock


July 18
1960 ● Miles Davis —— Sketches of Spain ► Improv Jazz
1961 ● Judy Garland —— Judy At Carnegie Hall ► Jazz Vocal
1964 ● The Ventures —— The Fabulous Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1966 ● The Byrds —— Fifth Dimension ► Country-Rock
1968 ● Grateful Dead —— Anthem Of The Sun ► Psychedelic Rock
1969 ● The Doors —— The Soft Parade ► Psych Rock
1973 ● Al Green —— Call Me ► Soul (Southern)
1980 ● Joy Division —— Closer ► Post-Punk
1980 ● Echo & The Bunnymen —— Crocodiles ► Post-Punk
1980 ● Willie Nelson —— Honeysuckle Rose ► Classic Country
1983 ● Rick Springfield —— Living In Oz ► Power Pop
1983 ● Paul Young —— No Parlez ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Run-D.M.C. —— Raising Hell ► Hip-Hop
1988 ● Vinnie Moore —— Time Odyssey ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion
1994 ● At The Gates —— Terminal Spirit Disease ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1995 ● Procol Harum —— The Long Goodbye ► Prog Rock
1995 ● Blondie —— Remixed Remade Remodeled: The Remix Project ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1995 ● The Ramones —— ¡Adiós Amigos! ► Punk-Rock
1999 ● American Head Charge —— Trepanation ► Heavy Metal/Nu Metal
2000 ● Soul-Junk —— 1956 ► Alt Rap/Indie Hip Hop
2000 ● Big Moe —— City Of Syrup ► Southern Rap
2000 ● The Casualities —— Stay Out Of Order ► Punk Rock/Street Punk
2002 ● Oakenfold —— Bunkka ► Electronic/Club-Dance
2005 ● The Human League —— Live At The Dome ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2006 ● Los Lonely Boys —— Sacred ► Folk-Rock


July 19
1966 ● Manfred Mann —— Pretty Flamingo ► Rock n Roll
1972 ● John Cale —— The Academy In Peril ► Art Rock
1977 ● Elvis Presley —— Moody Blue ► Adult Contemporary
1979 ● Mike Oldfield —— Exposed ► Progressive Rock
1982 ● Donna Summer —— Donna Summer ► Disco
1989 ● Alex Taylor —— Voodoo In Me ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● Mother Love Bone —— Apple ► Grunge Rock
1991 ● Carla Olson & Mick Taylor —— Too Hot For Snakes ► Blues-Rock
1993 ● Deborah Harry —— Debravation ► New Eave Dance-Pop
1994 ● Dave Edmunds —— Plugged In ► Roots/Pub Rock
1994 ● The Rolling Stones —— Voodoo Lounge ► Blues-Rock
2001 ● The Cars —— Shake It Up & Other Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2005 ● Carly Simon —— Moonlight Serenade ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Iggy Pop —— A Million In Prizes: The Anthology ► Alt. Rock / Post-Punk
2011 ● Limp Bizkit —— Icon ► Rap-Metal


July 20
1964 ● The Beatles —— Something New ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● The Doors —— Absolutely Live ► Blues-Rock
1972 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Long John Silver ► Psychedelic Rock
1973 ● Mott The Hoople —— Mott ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin —— Love Devotion Surrender ► Jazz Fusion
1976 ● Parliament —— The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein ► Funk
1979 ● REO Speedwagon —— Nine Lives ► Arena Rock
1981 ● The Ramones —— Pleasant Dreams ► Punk-Rock
1981 ● ZZ Top —— El Loco ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Graham Parker —— Burning Questions ► Pub Rock
1993 ● Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— The Anthology ► Album Rock
1993 ● The Rascals —— The Very Best Oif The Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1993 ● Cypress Hill —— Black Sunday ► Latino Rap
1998 ● Sparklehorse —— Good Morning Spider ► Dream Pop
1999 ● Robert Palmer —— Rhythm & Blues ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2000 ● Various Artists —— Punk-O-Rama Vol. 5 ► Punk Rock
2002 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Classic Masters ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Van Halen —— The Best Of Both Worlds ► Hard Rock
2005 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.02.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2005 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.03.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2005 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.04.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2005 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 04.05.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2006 ● Paul Simon —— Recorded As Jerry Landis ► Folk-Pop
2007 ● Jack Bruce —— Live In America ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2010 ● Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Rocksteady ► AA Pop-Rock


July 21
1962 ● Bobby Vee —— A Bobby Vee Recording Session ► Teen Idol
1971 ● Black Sabbath —— Master Of Reality ► Hard Rock
1972 ● T. Rex —— The Slider ► Glam Rock
1972 ● Rod Stewart —— Never A Dull Moment ► Blues-Rock
1973 ● Various Artists —— Live And Let Die [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Rory Gallagher —— Irish Tour ’74 ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Kiss —— The Originals ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Talking Heads —— More Songs About Buildings And Food ► New Wave Art-Rock
1979 ● Triumph —— Just A Game ► Arena Rock
1980 ● Chicago —— Chicago XIV ► Jazz-Rock
1981 ● Bryan Adams —— You Want It, You Got It ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● Shonen Knife —— Burning Farm ► Punk Pop
1984 ● Stryper —— The Yellow And Black Attack ► Heavy Metal/Christian
1986 ● Neil Young —— Landing On Water ► Folk-Rock
1987 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Appetite For Destruction ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Dio —— Dream Evil ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● Madonna —— Who’s That Girl [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop
1992 ● House Of Pain —— House Of Pain ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap
1992 ● Sonic Youth —— Dirty ► Indie Rock
1998 ● Anal Cunt —— Picnic Of Love ► Folk-Rock/Parody
2003 ● Nick Lowe —— Anthology ► Pub Rock
2008 ● Sister Sledge —— Absolutely Live! ► Disco
2009 ● Nick Lowe —— Brentford Trilogy Box Set ► Pub Rock
2009 ● Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs —— Under The Covers, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 14 – 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

July 14
1912 ● Woody Guthrie / (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie) → Legendary and highly influential American music giant, folk singer and songwriter, “This Land Is Your Land” (1940) and hundreds of others, died from complications of Huntington’s disease on 10/3/1967, age 55
1926 ● Lowman Pauling → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for gospel, jump blues and doo wop fusion quintet The “5” Royales, “Tears Of Joy” (R&B #9, 1957), co-wrote “Dedicated To The One I Love” (#81, 1961) which was covered by The Shirelles (#3, 1961) and The Mamas & The Papas (#2, 1967), also wrote or co-wrote hits for James Brown, Ray Charles and others, died while at work as a janitor in a Brooklyn, NY synagogue on 12/26/1973, age 47
1932 ● Del Reeves / (Franklin Delano Reeves) → Country music singer and songwriter with 25 Country Top 40 hits in the 60s and 80s, including “Girl On The Billboard” (Country #1, 1965), moved into music and artist management and discovered Billy Ray Cyrus in the 90s, continued to perform until just prior to his death from emphysema on New Year’s Day 2007, age 74
1938 ● Bob Scholl → Lead vocals for R&B/doo wop one hit wonder quintet The Mello-Kings, “Tonite, Tonite” (#77, 1957), died in a boating accident on 8/27/1975, age 37
1939 ● Vince Taylor / (Brian Maurice Holden) → Early and flamboyant Brit rock ‘n’ roll singer with The Playboys and solo, career cut short by drug and alcohol abuse and erratic behavior, served as the inspiration for David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust character and the Golden Earring song “Just Like Vince Taylor,” died from cancer on 8/28/1991, age 52
1945 ● Jim Gordon → Top session drummer in the 60s and 70s, co-wrote “Layla” (#10, 1972) with Eric Clapton, worked with The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, The Monkees, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and others, diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic serving a prison sentence since 1984 for murdering his mother
1948 ● Tommy Mottola → CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Records, mentored Hall & Oates, John (Cougar) Mellencamp, Diana Ross, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez, among others, ex-husband of dance-pop diva Mariah Carey
1952 ● Chris Cross / (Christopher St. John) → Bass and synthesizer for New Wave electro-synth-pop pioneers Ultravox, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles
1952 ● Bob Casale, Jr. → Guitarist and keyboardist for quirky 80s pop-rock Devo, “Whip It” (#14, 1980), left in the mid-80s for a career in music and TV sound engineering and production, worked with Police guitarist ‘Andy Summers and others, rejoined Devo bandmates in Mutato Muzika, died of heart failure on 2/17/2014, age 61
1965 ● Igor Khoroshev → Keyboardist replacing Rick Wakeman in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971), solo
1966 ● Ellen Reid → Keyboards and backing vocals for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1966 ● Tanya Donelly → Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist, co-founder of alt rock Throwing Muses, “Dizzy” (Modern Rock #8, 1989), guitar and vocals for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993) and alt pop-rock Belly, “Feed The Tree” (#1, Modern Rock, 1993), solo
1971 ● Nick McCabe → Lead guitar for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998), session work, now founder of The Black Ships
1975 ● Taboo / (Jaime Luis Gómez) → Rapper and singer with Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” (#3, 2005)
1975 ● Tiny Cottle-Harris / (Tameka Cottle-Harris) → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1987 ● Dan Reynolds → Frontman for Las Vegas-based indie pop-rock Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive,” #3, Rock #1, 2012)

July 15
1905 ● Dorothy Fields → Prolific, Oscar-winning stage and screen librettist/lyricist, wrote over 400 Broadway, age 68 tunes, first woman elected to Songwriters Hall of Fame, long-time collaborator with Jimmy McHugh, died of a stroke on 3/28/1974, age 68
1913 ● Cowboy Copas / (Lloyd Estel Copas) → Country music singer in the 40s and 50s with nine Country Top 10 songs and a lone crossover hit, “Alabam” (#63, Country #1, 1960), otherwise known for being killed in the same plane crash that took country star Patsy Cline‘s life on 3/5/1963, age 49
1936 ● H.B. Barnum / (Hidle Brown Barnum) → Child actor turned novelty song singer (as “Pee Wee” Barnum or just “Dudley”), pianist and songwriter for doo wop The Robins (“Quarter To Twelve”, 19578) and instrumental pop solo artist (“Lost Love,” #35, 1961), later produced records for Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes and others, and scored TV specials and advertising jingles
1939 ● Tommy Dee / (Tommy Donaldson) → San Bernardino, CA disc jockey, moved to Nashville to try a career as a country music songwriter and singer, best known for penning and recording, with Carol Kay and The Teen-Aires, “Three Stars” (#11, 1959), the pop-rock tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who died in an Iowa plane crash in February 1959, continued to write and record for various labels with limited success, dropped into obscurity in the 70s and died on 1/26/2007, age 68
1944 ● Millie Jackson / (Mildred Jackson) → R&B/soul singer “If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right” (1975)
1945 ● Peter Lewis → Lead guitar for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967)
1946 ● Linda Ronstadt → Lead vocals for folk-pop Stone Poneys, “Different Drum” (#13, 1967), then prolific and multi-genre, Grammy-winning country-pop-rock solo career, “You’re No Good” (#1, 1975), duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much” (#2, 1989) and 17 other Top 40 hits
1947 ● Ian McCredie → Guitarist for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971)
1947 ● Roky Erickson / (Roger Kynard Erickson) → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of legendary Austin, Texas acid/garage rock The 13th Floor Elevators (the first band to use the term “psychedelic rock” to describe their music – and their LSD/stoner lifestyle), the band’s 3-year stint led to four albums, seven singles and a lone charting hit (“You’re Gonna Miss Me,” #55, 1966), became an early casualty of LSD and other hallucinogens and entered a state mental institution to avoid imprisonment on drug charges after the band broke up in 1969, fronted his own bands and recorded and performed with others over the ensuing decades, all the while suffering from schizophrenia and paranoia, died from undisclosed causes on 5/31/2019, age 71.
1947 ● Peter Banks / (Peter William Brockbanks) → Original lead guitarist for prog rock pioneers Yes (1968-70), pushed out and co-founded prog-rock Flash, “Small Beginnings” (#29, 1972), went solo and performed with various bands and Yes offshoots and tribute bands until his death from heart failure on 3/7/2013, age 65
1948 ● Artimus Pyle / (Thomas Delmar Pyle) → Drummer for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), solo and sessions
1949 ● Trevor Horn → Bassist, songwriter and co-founder of New Wave synth-pop The Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star” (#40, 1979), producer, lead vocals and bassist for Yes, then full producer for such diverse acts as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and others
1951 ● Cool Ruler Isaacs / (Gregory Anthony Isaacs) → Jamaican superstar reggae singer with a languid, suave and sexy delivery that became known as “lovers rock,” recorded over 70 studio albums of material in his 30-year career, including Night Nurse (Reggae Albums #16, 2002) and many self-penned hit songs, died from lung cancer after years of drug abuse on 10/25/2010, age 59
1952 ● David Pack → Co-founder, guitarist principal songwriter and lead singer for pop-rock Ambrosia (“Biggest Part Of Me,” #3, 1980), also produced albums for multiple rock and pop artists (Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Vai and others) plus various concerts and events, including Bill Clinton‘s presidential inaugurations in 1993 and 1997, continues to tour and perform with Ambrosia and others into the 10s
1952 ● Jeff Carlisli → Founding member and guitarist for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, “Hold On Loosely” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981)
1952 ● Johnny Thunders / (John Genzale, Jr.) → Hard-living guitarist and vocalist for influential glam-rock/proto-punk New York Dolls (“Personality Crisis,” 1973), also fronted Brit punk The Heartbreakers and released several solo albums, died under suspicious circumstances but of a suspected methadone overdose on 4/23/1991, age 38
1953 ● Alicia Bridges → One hit wonder disco diva, “I Love The Night Life (Disco ‘Round)” (#5, 1978)
1956 ● Marky Ramone / (Marc Bell) → Drummer for seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” (#81, 1977)
1956 ● Satch Satriani / (Joe Satriani) → Guitar virtuoso, instructor and mentor, solo artist, brief bandmember of Mick Jagger‘s band (1988) and Deep Purple (1984), sessions, currently lead guitarist with blues-funk-rock supergroup Chickenfoot
1956 ● Ian Curtis → Singer, lyricist, guitarist and often frontman for post-punk/synth-pop Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Dance/Club #42, 1980), hung himself at home after succumbing to depression and epilepsy on 5/18/1980, age 23
1966 ● Jason John Bonham → Rock drummer and son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, performed with Zeppelin members individually and as a band on numerous occasions following his father death in 1980, toured and recorded with Paul Rodgers, UFO, Joe Bonamassa, Foreigner and others
1970 ● Chi Ling Dai Cheng → Bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1973 ● John Dolmayan → Drummer for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, “Aerials” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1977 ● Ray Toro → Lead guitar for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)
1983 ● Mark Anthony Myrie / (Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie)) → Jamaican dancehall reggae singer and Rastafarian, “Champion” (Dance #15, 1995)

July 16
1925 ● Cal Tjader / (Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr.) → Highly successful, Grammy-winning non-Latino Latin jazz drummer, vibraphonist and bandleader with eight charting albums in the 60s and 70s, including Soul Sauce (#52, R&B #8, 1965), credited with the early development of Latin rock and acid jazz, died of a heart attack while on tour in the Philippines on 5/5/1982, age 56
1927 ● Mindy Carson → Pre-rock ‘n’ roll traditional pop vocalist, often in duets with Guy Mitchell but with several charting songs of her own, including “Wake The Town And Tell The People” (#13, 1955), stopped recording and moved to Broadway musicals in the 60s
1939 ● Denise LaSalle / (Ora Denise Allen) → Contemporary urban blues singer and songwriter with over a hundred songwriting credits and several self-written hits R&B hits as a singer, including “Now Run And Tell That” (#46, R&B #3, 1972), “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” (#13, R&B #1, 1971) and the zydeco remake “My Tu-Tu” (UK #6, 1985), performed on the gospel and blues festival circuits, inducted to the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2015, reigned as the “Queen of the Blues” at her death from complications of leg amputation surgery on 1/8/2018, age 78
1940 ● Tony Jackson → Bass and vocals for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963), died from a variety of ailments related to long-term alcohol abuse on 8/18/2003, age 63
1942 ● Desmond Dekker / (Desmond Dacres) → Influential and first Jamaican ska/reggae star, singer and frontman for The Aces, “The Israelites” (#8, 1968), died of a heart attack on 5/25/2006, age 63
1944 ● Thomas Boggs → Drummer for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops (“The Letter,” #1, 1967), left the industry in the early 70s for a long career as a restaurateur, died of cancer on 5/5/2008, age 63
1949 ● Ray Major → Guitarist for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972), which became Mott in 1974 and British Lions in 1976
1952 ● Stewart Copeland → Drummer for Brit prog/avant-garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974), then co-founded post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983), solo under the pseudonym Klark Kent, collaborations and session work, classical music and film score composer
1961 ● Mark McEntee → Founder, co-frontman and guitarist for Aussie power pop Divinyls, “I Touch Myself” (#4, 1991)
1964 ● Polly Hancock → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Vote Elvis” (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1971 ● Edward Joel Kowalczyk → Lead vocals for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995), solo
1978 ● TJ / (Tito Joseph Jackson) → With brothers Tariano Adaryll “Taj” and Taryll Adren Jackson, vocals in R&B/urban soul trio 3T, “Anything” (#15, 1995), sons of Tito and nephews of Michael Jackson

July 17
1928 ● Vince Guaraldi / (Vincent Dellaglio) → Grammy-winning jazz pianist, bandleader and composer noted for penning the music and arrangements for the nearly all of the animated Peanuts television specials and films, including the signature “Linus & Lucy,” died from an aortic aneurysm on 2/6/1976, age 47
1938 ● Stanley Bronstein → Founding member and saxophonist for jazz-psych-rock Elephant’s Memory, “Mongoose” (Top 100, 1969), which became the backing band for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 70s, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album ‘Some Time In New York City’
1942 ● Gale Garnett / (Gale Zoë Garnett) → New Zealand-born Canadian pre-The Beatles one hit wonder pop singer with the Grammy-winning “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine” (#4, , 1964), later fronted psych-pop The Gentle Reign and became a journalist and TV actress
1942 ● Spencer Davis → Welsh guitarist and frontman for 60s British pop-rock The Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin'” (#7, 1966), producer
1945 ● Eric McCredie → Bassist for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (UK #1, 1971), died on 10/6/2007, age 62
1947 ● Abraham Laboriel, Sr. → Mexican-American session and tour bassist with over 4,000 recording s to his credit, including work with George Benson, Barbra Streisand, Chris Isaak, Elton John, Madonna and many others in nearly every genre, issued three solo albums
1947 ● Wolfgang Flür → Electronic percussion for German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1947 ● Mick Tucker → Drummer and backing vocals for glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973), died of leukemia on 2/14/2002, age 54
1948 ● Ron Asheton → Guitarist for influential proto-punk The Stooges, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (1969), #29 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, found dead in his home on 1/6/2009 having died of a heart attack a day or two earlier, age 60
1949 ● Geezer Butler / (Terence Butler) → Longtime bassist and lyricist for hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” (#61, 1970) and “Psycho Man” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998), founding member of heavy metal supergroup Heaven & Hell in 2006
1949 ● Mike Vale → Bassist for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966) and psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1950 ● Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub) → Poet, songwriter and folk-pop-jazz singer, “Poetry Man” (#5, 1974), backing vocals and collaborations with multiple other artists, died from complications of a brain hemorrhage on 4/26/2011, age 60
1952 ● Chet McCracken → Drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972)
1952 ● Nicolette Larson → Country-rock backing vocalist and country-pop solo artist, “Lotta Love” (#8, 1979), died from cerebral edema and liver failure on 12/16/1997, age 45
1957 ● Bruce Crump → Drummer for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (#42, 1979), then Gator Country
1963 ● Regina Belle → R&B-jazz-gospel singer/songwriter, Grammy-winning duet with Peabo Bryson, “A Whole New World” (#1, 1993)
1966 ● Lou Barlow → Bassist for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., “Start Choppin'” (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1967 ● Stokely Williams → Lead singer and drummer for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1970 ● Mandy Smith → Dance-pop singer, model, ex-wife of Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman whom she started dating in 1983 at age 13 (he was then 47) and married in 1989, divorced 1992, Wyman‘s son dated Mandy‘s mother.
1971 ● DJ Minute Mix / (Jarrett Cordes) → Innovative brother hip hop, smooth soul, urban R&B and prog rap duo P.M. Dawn, “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” (#3, Dance/Club #6, 1991), stepson of George Brown, founding member of soul/funk Kool & The Gang
1982 ● Natasha Hamilton → Vocals for Brit dance-pop vocal trio Atomic Kitten, “Whole Again” (UK #1, 2000)
1985 ● Tom Fletcher → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, “All About You” (UK #1, 2005)
1987 ● Jeremih / (Jeremy Felton) → Contemporary R&B/hip hop singer and songwriter with slow jam “Birthday Sex” (#4, R&B #1, 2009) and three other Top 20 hits

July 18
1909 ● Deek Watson / (Ivory Watson) → Founding member, tenor vocals, trumpet and guitar for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s, died on 11/4/1969, age 60
1924 ● Earl Beal → Founding member and baritone vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958), died on 3/22/2001, age 76
1929 ● Screamin’ Jay Hawkins / (Jelacy Hawkins) → Outrageously flamboyant early rock ‘n’ roll singer, pianist and stage performer, “I Put A Spell On You” (1956), died following surgery for an aneurysm on 2/12/2000, age 70
1931 ● Papa Dee Allen / (Thomas Sylvester Allen) → Percussion and vocals for laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, “Spill The Wine” (#3, 1970), died from a heart attack during a performance on 8/30/1988, age 57
1935 ● Johnny Funches → First tenor and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop, soul-funk and disco The Dells, “Stay In My Corner” (#10, R&B #1, 1968), died 1/23/1998, age 62
1938 ● Ian Stewart → Founding member and first keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, dismissed from the band in 1963 but continued as road manager and session pianist, died of a heart attack in his doctor’s waiting room on 12/12/1985
1939 ● Brian Auger → Underappreciated jazz-rock keyboardist, composer and bandleader The Trinity, Oblivion Express, solo
1939 ● Dion / (Dion DiMucci) → Doo wop, pop and rock ‘n’ roll vocalist, songwriter and bandleader, Dion & The Belmonts, solo, “Runaround Sue” (#1, 1961) and 19 other Top 40 in the 60s
1941 ● Martha Reeves → Vocals and frontwoman for Motown R&B/pop girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963), solo, Detroit city councilwoman
1941 ● Lonnie Mack / (Lonnie McIntosh) → Pioneering blues-rock guitarist, early user of the tremolo arm (“whammy bar”) on electric guitar and blue-eyed soul balladeer, his “Memphis” (#5, 1963) was only the fourth instrumental rock single to break the Billboard Top 5 and his album The Wham Of That Memphis Man! (1964) was Guitar World magazine’s #1 of 50 landmark albums of all time, died of natural causes on 4/21/2-016, age 74
1943 ● Robin MacDonald → Guitarist for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1945 ● Danny McCulloch / (Daniel Joseph McCulloch) → Guitarist for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Tim Lynch → Guitar, harmonica and vocals for eclectic rock ‘n’ roll/proto-punk cult band The Flamin’ Groovies, album Shake Some Action reached #142 on the Billboard 200 chart
1948 ● Cesar Zuiderwijk → Drummer for Dutch hard rock Golden Earring, “Radar Love” (#13, 1974), over 40 hits and 30 gold and platinum albums in the Netherlands
1948 ● Phil Harris → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1949 ● Craig Fuller → Singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founding member of country-rock Pure Prairie League, “Amie” (#27, 1973), left to serve a six month jail sentence for draft evasion, formed California light country-rock American Flyer (Let Me Down Easy,” #80, 1976) in the late 70s with Eric Kaz from Blues Magoos and Steve Katz from Blood, Sweat & Tears, joined Little Feat (“Let It Roll,” Rock #3, 1988) in 1987 and reformed PPL in 1996, continues to perform with variations of both bands
1949 ● Wally Bryson → Guitarist for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir“It’s Cold Outside” (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, “Go All The Way” (#5, 1972) and power pop Fotomaker, “Miles Away” (#63, 1978)
1950 ● Sir Richard Branson → Business magnate, founder and CEO of Virgin Group, which includes the Virgin Records label, Virgin Megastores and Virgin Atlantic Airways
1950 ● Glenn Hughes → Biker character in campy concept disco group The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1979), died of lung cancer on 3/4/2001, age 50
1954 ● Ricky Scaggs / (Richard Lee Scaggs) → Country-bluegrass megastar singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Highway 40 Blues” (Country #1, 1983), eleven time Grammy winner and 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year
1955 ● Terry Chambers → Co-founder and drummer for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1957 ● Julian Keith Levene → Roadie for prog rock Yes, then guitarist for an early lineup of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982) and later lead guitar and songwriter for post-punk Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983)
1958 ● Nigel Twist → Drummer for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Jack Irons → Journeyman drummer for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000), hard rock Eleven, “Reach Out” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1994) and post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999), sessions and tours for Neil Young, Joe Strummer and others
1975 ● Daron Malakian → Guitarist for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, “Aerials” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1978 ● Tony Fagenson → Drummer for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, “Inside Out” (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1982 ● Ryan Cabrera → Acoustic pop-rock guitarist and songwriter, “On The Way Down” (#15, 2004)

July 19
1925 ● Sue Thompson / (Eva Sue McKee) → Youthful-voiced, teen-audience novelty pop singer, “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” (#5, 1961), then mature country-pop duet and solo artist, “Big Mable Murphy” (Country #50, 1975)
1937 ● Karen J. Dalton / (Karen J. Cariker) → Relatively unknown but influential early 60s Greenwich Village singer/songwriter who interpreted country, pop, Motown, blues and traditional folk songs in a style that was often compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday, contemporary of and occasional collaborator with Fred Neil, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and the Holy Modal Rounders, died in obscurity from AIDS on 3/19/1993, age 55
1937 ● George Hamilton IV → Late 50s teen idol pop singer with 10 chart hits in four years, including “A Rose And A Baby Ruth” (#6, 1956), switched to country-pop and rockabilly in the 60s and charted 40 country hits through the 70s, including “Abilene” (#15, Country #1, 1963), toured and performed into the 00s, died following a heart attack on 9/17/2014, age 77
1941 ● Vikki Carr / (Florencia Cardona) → Pop vocalist, “It Must Be Him” (#3, 1966), then successful Latin-pop singer, including Grammy-winning album Cosas Del Amor (1991)
1944 ● Commander Cody / (George Frayne IV) → Vocals, keyboards and frontman for country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972)
1946 ● Alan Gorrie → Base and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Bernie Leadon → Guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals for country rock Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Ronstadt‘s backing band, which became country rock/L.A. rock Eagles, “One Of These Nights” (#1, 1975), quit in 1976 to pursue a solo career
1947 ● Brian May → Founding member and guitarist for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976) and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1, 1980), solo, “Driven By You” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1993), film score composer and astronomy author, #39 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
1948 ● Keith Godchaux → Keyboards and backing vocals for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973), duo with wife Donna, died following a car crash on 7/23/1980, age 32
1952 ● Allen Collins / (Larkin Allen Collins, Jr.) → Hard luck guitarist and founding member of raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Sweet Home Alabama,” #8, 1974), survived the October 20, 1977 plane crash that killed several bandmembers and crew, then co-founded Rossington-Collins Band (“Welcome Me Home,” Mainstream Rock #9, 1988), lost his first wife during pregnancy in 1980, became paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 1986 that killed his then-girlfriend, died from complications of pneumonia on 1/23/1990, age 37
1956 ● Nikki Sudden / (Adrian Godfrey) → Underrated post-punk songwriter and guitarist, journeyman lead singer for his own bands and side projects, including 80s post-punk Swell Maps and the Jacobites, died from a heart attack on 3/26/22006, age 49
1960 ● Kevin Haskins / (Kevin Michael Dompe) → Drummer for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979) and goth-pop Love And Rockets, “So Alive” (#3, 1989)
1968 ● Ged Lynch → Drummer for dance-pop Black Grape, “In The Name Of The Father” (UK #8, 1995)
1971 ● Urs Bühler → Tenor for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, “Unbreak My Heart” (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1976 ● Eric Prydz → Swedish DJ and dance-pop producer using a variety of project names, including Pryda, Sheridan, Dirty Funker and Moo, “Call on Me” (Dance/Club #29, 2004)
1979 ● Michelle Heaton → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

July 20
1933 ● Buddy Wayne Knox → Early rockabilly and “Tex-Mex” sound pioneer, wrote and performed “Party Doll” (#1, 1957), becoming the first artist to pen his own #1 hit in the rock ‘n’ roll era, died of lung cancer on 2/14/11999, age 65
1934 ● Bob Krasnow / (Robert Alan Krasnow) → Music industry executive with a long career at several key labels, started at King Records in the 50s, founded Blue Thumb in the 60s, expanded Warner Brothers into R&B in the 70s, revived Elektra Records in the 80s and 90s at one time or another worked with artists as varied as Captain Beefheart, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Björk and Metallica, died from organ failure on 12/11/2016, age 82
1943 ● Tony Joe White → Country-pop and swamp rock singer/songwriter known as the “Swamp Fox” for his growling singing and mix of country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll music, recorded a lone Top 10 hit, “Polk Salad Annie” (#8, 1969) but wrote the hits “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1970) for Brook Benton and “Steamy Windows” (#39, Dance #33, 1989) for Tina Turner plus songs covered by many rock and pop stars, including Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield, issued a final album, Bad Mouthin’ in September 2018 and died from a heart attack on 10/24/2018, age 74
1943 ● Dennis Yost → Founding member, drummer and lead singer for soft Southern rock The Classics IV (“Spooky,” #3, 1967 and “Stormy,” #5, 1968), kept the band going through the 70s after several band members left to eventually form Atlanta Rhythm Section, continued on the oldies circuit until he suffered a brain injury in a fall and died two years later from respiratory failure on 12/7/2008, age 65
1944 ● T.G. Sheppard / (Billy Neal Browder) → Urban country crossover singer, “I’ve Loved ‘Em Every One” (#37, Country #1, 1981)
1945 ● John Lodge → Bass and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967) and “Your Wildest Dreams” (#9, 1986)
1945 ● Kim Carnes → Throaty-voiced singer, Grammy-winning “Bette Davis Eyes” (#1, 1981), later country music songwriter
1946 ● Wendy Richard → One hit wonder pop singer, duet with Mike Sarne “Come Outside” (UK #1, 1962), longtime cast member of Brit TV soap opera Eastenders
1947 ● Carlos Santana → Guitarist, vocals, songwriter and frontman for Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970), solo, “Smooth” (#1, 1999), awarded eight Grammys for his Supernatural album (2000)
1947 ● Tony Thorpe → Lead guitar and vocals for glam rock/rock ‘n roll revival The Rubettes, “Sugar Baby Love” (UK #1, US #37, 1974)
1948 ● James Hooker / (James Hooker Brown, Jr.) → Founding member and pianist for Grammy-winning Southern rock Amazing Rhythm Aces (“Third Rate Romance,” #14, Country #11, CAN #1), after breakup in the early 80s joined Steve Winwood‘s touring band as keyboardist and co-wrote “Freedom Overspill” (#20, Main #4, UK #69, 1986), later led country/folk Nanci Griffith‘s backing band for 20 years and self-released several solo albums
1952 ● Jay Jay French / (John French Segall) → Guitarist for heavy metal Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983)
1955 ● Jem Finer / (Jemremy Max Finer) → Banjo for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1956 ● Paul Cook → Drummer for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977) and punk rock supergroup Greedy Bastards
1957 ● Merlina DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1958 ● Michael McNeil → Keyboards for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1959 ● James Irvin → Vocals for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1961 ● Martin Gore → Keyboards for electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990)
1962 ● Dig Wayne / (Timothy Wayne Ball) → Lead vocals for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Tim Kellett → Keyboards and trumpet for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986), then trip-hop/electronica trio Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, 1997)
1964 ● Chris Cornell / (Christopher John Boyle) → Frontman, lead vocals and guitar for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden (“Black Hole Sun,” Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), Audioslave (“Be Yourself,” #32, Mainstream Rock #1, 2005) plus five solo albums and numerous soundtrack contributions, hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room following a performance by a reformed Soundgarden on 5/17/2017, age 52
1966 ● Andrew Levy → Founding member, bassist, keyboards and songwriter for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, “Sometimes” (UK #11, 1997)
1966 ● Craig Gannon → Rhythm guitarist for 80s Scottish New Wave pop-rock Aztec Camera, jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1983) and indie rock The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (UK #10, 1984), now a television and film composer/producer and session guitarist for multiple artists
1966 ● Stone Gossard → Founding member and rhythm guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999), previously with grunge rock Green River and Mother Love Bone, solo
1969 ● Vitamin C / (Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick) → Co-founder, frontwoman and vocalist for punk-pop Eve’s Plum, “I Want It All” (Modern Rock #30, 1993), solo, “Smile” (#7, 1999), actress
1970 ● Sam Watters → Vocals for a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)
1971 ● Alison Krauss → Folk-bluegrass singer, songwriter and fiddler, “When You Say Nothing At All” (#53, Country #3, 1995), frontwoman for Union Station, winner of 1996 Rolling Stone‘s critic’s choice Best Country Artist, Grammy-winning collaboration album with Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant, Raising Sand (#2, 2007)
1971 ● DJ Screw / (Robert Earl Davis, Jr.) → Legendary Houston hip hop DJ who created the now-famous “chopped and screwed” mixing and DJ technique involving slowed down music, died of a prescription codeine overdose on 11/12/2000, age 29
1974 ● Andrew Tierney → With his younger brother, Mike, and two schoolmates, co-founder, vocals and keyboards in Motown-inspired Aussie teen-pop boyband Human Nature (“Everytime You Cry,” AUS #3, 1997), currently in residence on the Las Vegas Strip performing in a Motown-themed show
1978 ● Elliott Yamin → One hit wonder R&B/pop-neo-soul singer, “Wait For You” (#13, 2007), fifth season American Idol finalist
1980 ● Mike Kennerty → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing” (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

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Singles Released This Week (July 7 – 14)

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

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

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


July 08
1966 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “My Heart’s Symphony” • Brit Beat • (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture • “Tina (I Held You In My Arms)”
1968 • The Beach Boys • “Do It Again” • Pop-Rock • 20/20 • “Wake The World”
1972 • The Who • “Join Together” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Baby Don’t You Do It”
1975 • The Doobie Brothers • “Sweet Maxine” • Pop-Rock • Stampede • “Double Dealin’ Four Flusher”
1981 • R.E.M. • “Radio Free Europe” • Alt. Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Sitting Still”
1981 • R.E.M. • “Sitting Still” • Alt. Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1993 • 10,000 Maniacs • “Few And Far Between” • Folk-Rock • Our Time In Eden • “Candy Everybody Wants” / “To Sir With Love” / “Let The Mystery Be”
1996 • Cocteau Twins • “Violaine” [UK] • Dream Pop • Milk And Kisses • “Smile” / “Tranquil Eye”


July 09
1963 • Martha & The Vandellas • “Heat Wave” • Soul-Dance • Heat Wave • “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knockin’ Every Day)”
1964 • Sam Cooke • “Good Times” • Soul • Ain’t That Good News • “Tennessee Waltz”
1965 • Sonny & Cher • “I Got You Babe” • Baroque Pop • Look At Us • “It’s Gonna Rain”
1965 • The Four Tops • “It’s The Same Old Song” • Soul-Pop • The Four Tops’ Second Album • “Your Love Is Amazing”
1968 • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • “You’re All I Need To Get By” • Soul-Pop • You’re All I Need • “Two Can Have A Party”
1972 • King Harvest • “Dancing In The Moonlight” • Pop-Rock • Dancing In The Moonlight • “Lady, Come On Home”
1976 • David Bowie • “Suffragette City” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Stay”
1980 • Carly Simon • “Jesse” • Pop-Rock • Come Upstairs • “Stardust”
1985 • Sting • “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” • Pop-Rock • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles • “Another Day”
1990 • Madonna • “Hanky Panky” [UK] • Dance-Pop • I’m Breathless • “More”
1996 • Alanis Morissette • “You Learn” • Alt Pop-Rock • Jagged Little Pill • “You Oughta Know”


July 10
1964 • The Beatles • “A Hard Day’s Night” [UK] • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “Things We Said Today”
1964 • The Four Tops • “Baby I Need Your Loving” • Soul-Pop • The Four Tops • “Call On Me”
1964 • The Beatles • “Things We Said Today” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • A Hard Day’s Night • [B-Side]
1964 • Manfred Mann • “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” [UK] • Rock ‘n’ Roll • The Manfred Mann Album • “What You Gonna Do?”
1965 • Wilson Pickett • “In The Midnight Hour” • Soul • In The Midnight Hour • “I’m Not Tired”
1967 • The Monkees • “Pleasant Valley Sunday” • Pop-Rock • Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. • “Words”
1970 • The Who • “Summertime Blues” [UK] • Hard Rock • Live At Leeds • “Heaven And Hell”
1972 • Pink Floyd • “Free Four” • Prog Rock • Obscured By Clouds • “Stay”
1974 • America • “Tin Man” • Soft Rock • Holiday • “In The Country”
1975 • Kiss • “C’mon And Love Me” • Hard Rock • Dressed To Kill • “Getaway”
1981 • Rick James • “Super Freak” • Funk • Street Songs • “Super Freak (Part 2)”
1984 • Huey Lewis & The News • “If This Is It” • Pop-Rock • Sports • “Change Of Heart”
1985 • Prince & The Revolution • “Pop Life” • Pop-Rock • Around The World In A Day • “Hello”
1996 • Journey • “When You Love A Woman” • Pop-Rock • Trial By Fire • “Message Of Love”
2002 • Rush • “Secret Touch” • Prog/Art Rock • Vapor Trails • “Secret Touch” [Album Version]


July 11
1962 • The Marvelettes • “Beechwood 4-5789” • Soul-Pop • Playboy • “Someday, Someway”
1969 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “No Matter What Sign You Are” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Let The Sunshine In • “The Young Folks”
1969 • David Bowie • “Space Oddity” • Psychedelic Rock • Man Of Words/Man Of Music • “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud”
1970 • The Who • “Summertime Blues” • Hard Rock • Live At Leeds • “Heaven And Hell”
1972 • The Supremes • “Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love” • Soul-Pop • Floy Joy • “The Wisdom Of Time”
1975 • The Isley Brothers • “Fight The Power Part 1” [UK] • Soul-Funk • The Heat Is On • “Fight The Power Part 2”
1979 • Donna Summer • “Sunset People” • Disco • Bad Girls • “Our Love”
1980 • Cheap Trick • “Everything Works If You Let It” [UK] • Hard Rock • Roadie[Sndtrk] • “Heaven Tonight”
1988 • Michael Jackson • “Another Part Of Me” • Dance-Pop • Bad • “Another Part Of Me” [Instrumental]
2005 • R.E.M. • “Wanderlust” [UK] • Alt. Rock • Around The Sun • “The Outsiders”
2013 • Pearl Jam • “Mind Your Manners” • Punk Rock • Lightning Bolt • [None]


July 12
1963 • The Crystals • “Then He Kissed Me” • Girl Group Pop • [Single] • “Brother Julius”
1965 • The Beach Boys • “California Girls” • Pop-Rock • Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) • “Let Him Run Wild”
1966 • Chris Farlowe • “Out Of Time” • Power Ballad • The Art Of Chris Farlowe • “Baby Make It Soon”
1972 • Michael Jackson • “Ben” • Soul Ballad • Ben • “You Can Cry On My Shoulder”
1973 • Edgar Winter Group • “Free Ride” • Blues-Rock • They Only Come Out At Night • “When It Comes”
1977 • Brothers Johnson • “Strawberry Letter 23” • Funk • Right On Time • “Dancin’ And Prancin'”
1979 • KC & The Sunshine Band • “Please Don’t Go” • Love Ballad • Do You Wanna Go Party • “I Bet’cha Didn’t Know That”
1982 • Michael Jackson • “Human Nature” • Dance-Pop • Thriller • “Baby Be Mine”
1982 • Blondie • “War Child” [UK] • New Wave Pop-Rock • The Hunter • “Walk Like Me”
1983 • Frank Stallone • “Far From Over” • Dance-Rock • Staying Alive[Sndtrk] • “Waking Up”
1999 • David Gray • “Babylon” • Alt. Pop-Rock • White Ladder • “Lead Me Upstairs”
1999 • David Gray • “Babylon” [UK] • Alt. Pop-Rock • White Ladder • “Lead Me Upstairs” / “New Horizons”


July 13
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Don’t Be Cruel” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Hound Dog”
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Hound Dog” • Rockabilly • [Single] • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “I Should Have Known Better” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “A Hard Day’s Night” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “I Should Have Known Better”
1967 • The Byrds • “Lady Friend” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Old John Robertson”
1967 • The Byrds • “Old John Robertson” • Folk-Rock • The Notorious Byrd Brothers • [B-Side]
1968 • Steppenwolf • “Born To Be Wild” • Proto Metal • Steppenwolf • “Everybody’s Next One”
1974 • Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners • “Then Came You” • Philly Soul • New And Improved • “Just As Long As We Have Love”
1979 • Dire Straits • “Lady Writer” [UK] • New Wave/Post-Punk • Communiqué • “Where Do You Think You’re Going?”
1981 • Duran Duran • “Girls On Film” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Duran Duran • “Faster Than Light”
1982 • Glenn Frey • “The One You Love” • Pop-Rock • No Fun Aloud • “All Those Lies”
1992 • Genesis • “Jesus He Knows Me” [UK] • Prog Rock • We Can’t Dance • “Hearts On Fire”
1992 • Michael Jackson • “Jam” • Pop-Soul • Dangerous • “Rock With You” [Remix]
1992 • Nirvana • “Lithium” [UK] • Grunge • Nevermind • “Been A Son”
1992 • Madonna • “This Used To Be My Playground” [UK] • Dance-Pop • [Single] • “This Used To Be My Playground” [Long Version]


July 14
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Such A Night” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Elvis Is Back • “Never Ending”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Never Ending” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1967 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Jill” • Pop-Rock • Listen! • “New In Town”
1967 • David Bowie • “Love You Till Tuesday” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Did You Ever Have A Dream”
1970 • Elvis Presley • “I’ve Lost You” • Soft Rock • [Single] • “The Next Step Is Love”
1972 • The Hollies • “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Distant Light • “Cable Car”
1973 • The Isley Brothers • “That Lady (Part 1)” • Soul-Funk • 3 + 3 • “That Lady (Part 2)”
1976 • America • “Amber Cascades” • Folk-Rock • Hideaway • “Who Loves You”
1978 • The Moody Blues • “Steppin’ In A Slide Zone” [UK] • Prog Rock • Octave • “I’ll Be Level With You”
1978 • Bob Dylan • “Baby, Stop Crying” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Street Legal • “New Pony”
1980 • Michael Jackson • “Girlfriend” [UK] • Post-Disco Dance-Pop • Off The Wall • “Bless His Soul” [With The Jacksons]
1987 • Prince [With Sheena Easton] • “U Got The Look” • Soul-Funk • Sign ‘O’ The Times • “Housequake”
2003 • Jane’s Addiction • “Just Because” [UK] • Alt. Hard Rock • Strays • “Suffer Some” [Live]

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Albums Released This Week (July 8 – 14)

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


July 08
1968 ● Duster Bennett —— Smiling Like I’m Happy ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Canned Heat —— Halleujah ► Folk-Rock
1981 ● The Go-Go’s —— Beauty And The Beat ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1986 ● Ministry —— Twitch ► Industrial Metal
1987 ● Pete Townshend —— Another Scoop ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Zard —— Today Is Another Day ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● The Call —— The Best Of The Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1997 ● Emperor —— Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2000 ● Midnight Oil —— The Real Thing ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2003 ● David Lee Roth —— Diamond Dave ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Heart —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Heart ► Album Rock
2013 ● Jane’s Addiction —— Live In NYC ► Alt. Rock
2013 ● Warren Zevon —— Headless In Boston ► Pop-Rock
2014 ● Jerry Garcia Band —— Garcia Live Volume Four ► Roots Rock
2014 ● John Mellencamp —— Trouble No More Live At Town Hall ► Roots Rock
2016 ● Heart —— Beautiful Broken ► Album Rock


July 09
1983 ● Wham! —— Fantastic ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Public Image Ltd. —— This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get [UK] ► Post-Punk
1984 ● Elton John —— Breaking Hearts ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Billy Joel —— The Bridge ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Meat Puppets —— Forbidden Places ► Alt. Rock
1992 ● The Samples —— Underwater People ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1994 ● Whitesnake —— Whitesnake’s Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock
1996 ● I Mother Earth —— Scenery And Fish ► Alt. Rock
1996 ● REO Speedwagon —— Building The Bridge ► Arena Rock
2002 ● Counting Crows —— Hard Candy ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Styx —— At The River’s Edge: Live In St. Louis ► Prog/Art Rock
2013 ● Whitesnake —— Made In Britain/The World Record ► Arena Rock


July 10
1964 ● https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_BeatlesllThe Beatles —— A Hard Day’s Night [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Otis Redding —— Live In Europe ► Memphis Soul
1967 ● The Bar-Kays —— Soul Finger ► R&B Soul/Horn Rock
1967 ● The Shadows —— Jigsaw ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll
1967 ● The Yardbirds —— Little Games ► Blues Rock
1969 ● Tim Buckley —— Happy Sad ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Cher —— Foxy Lady ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Nilsson —— Son Of Schmilsson ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Chicago —— Chicago V ► Jazz-Rock
1974 ● Parliament —— Up For The Down Stroke ► Funk
1979 ● The Kinks —— Low Budget ► British Rock
1981 ● The Korgis —— Sticky George ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Tina Turner —— Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● N.R.B.Q. —— Honest Dollar ► Roots Rock
1993 ● Zard —— Yureru Omoi ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Coldplay —— Parachutes ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2001 ● Jack Bruce —— Shadows In The Air ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2001 ● The Calling —— Camino Palmero ► Post-Grunge Alt. Rock
2001 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Skin ► Roots Rock
2007 ● Kool & The Gang —— Still Kool ► Funk
2007 ● Stephen Stills —— Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968 ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● Queen —— The A-Z Of Queen, Volume 1 ► Glam Rock
2015 ● Yes —— Like It Is: Yes At The Messa Arts Center ► Prog Rock


July 11
1961 ● King Curtis —— Party Time ► Jazz-Soul
1968 ● The Doors —— Waiting For The Sun ► Psych Rock
1971 ● Procol Harum —— Broken Barricades ► Prog Rock
1975 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Fleetwood Mac ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● Village People —— Village People ► Disco
1980 ● Dexy’s Midnight Runners —— Searching For The Young Soul Rebels ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Ultravox —— Vienna ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1983 ● Shalamar —— The Look ► Disco
1988 ● Joy Division —— Substance ► Post-Punk
1989 ● Gloria Estefan —— Cuts Both Ways ► Latin Pop
1994 ● Eagles —— The Very Best Of The Eagles ► Country-Rock
1995 ● Kyuss —— …And The Circus Leaves Town ► Heavy Metal/Stoner Rock
1995 ● Motörhead —— Sacrifice ► Heavy Metal
1995 ● Shaggy —— Bombastic ► Dancehall Reggae
1999 ● The Sneetches —— Obscureyears ► Alt. Power Pop
2000 ● The Anti-Nowhere League —— Out Of Control ► Punk Rock
2000 ● Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Live At The Savoy, New York October 27, 1981 ► Southern Rock
2000 ● Everclear —— Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile ► Grunge-Punk
2000 ● Mötley Crüe —— New Tattoo ► Heavy Metal
2000 ● Kansas —— Somewhere To Elsewhere ► Prog/Arena Rock
2006 ● Phish —— Live In Brooklyn ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2006 ● Soul Asylum —— The Silver Lining ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2006 ● Yes —— Greatest Hits Live ► Prog Rock
2012 ● The Rolling Stones —— Live At The Tokyo Dome (Live 1990) ► Blues-Rock


July 12
1965 ● The Shadows —— The Sound Of The Shadows ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll
1971 ● Funkadelic —— Maggot Brain ► Funk
1978 ● Kenny Loggins —— Nightwatch ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Bananarama —— True Confessions ► New Wave Dance-Pop
1986 ● Eurythmics —— Revenge ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1994 ● Amorphis —— Tales From The Thousand Lakes ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1994 ● Alice Cooper —— The Last Temptation ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Marilyn Manson —— Portrait Of An American Family ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal
1994 ● Kansas —— The Kansas Boxed Set ► Prog/Arena Rock
1999 ● Witness —— Before The Calm ► Electronic/Lo-Fi
2004 ● The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1965-1967 ► Blues-Rock
2005 ● Rick Springfield —— The Day After Yesterday ► Power Pop
2011 ● Incubus —— If Not, When? ► Funk Metal


July 13
1964 ● The Beach Boys —— All Summer Long ► Sunshine Pop
1973 ● Bob Dylan —— Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Grateful Dead —— History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear’s Choice) ► Country-Rock
1973 ● Queen —— Queen [UK] ► Prog Rock
1983 ● Killing Joke —— Fire Dances ► Heavy Metal/Post-Punk
1984 ● Dio —— The Last In Line ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● 2 Live Crew —— Banned In The U.S.A. ► East Coast Rap
1990 ● Ian Gillan —— Naked Thunder ► Hard Rock
1992 ● George Harrison —— Live In Japan ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Toni Braxton —— Toni Braxton ► Soul-Pop
1993 ● Matthew Sweet —— Altered Beast ► Power Pop
1999 ● Gang Starr —— Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr ► East Coast Rap
1999 ● The Zombies —— Absoluetly The Best ► Art Rock
2004 ● Jimmy Buffett —— License To Chill ► Country-Rock
2010 ● The Innocence Mission —— My Room In The Trees ► Alt Pop-Rock
2010 ● Korn —— Korn III: Remember Who You Are ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2010 ● Sting —— Symphonicities ► Pop-Rock


July 14
1967 ● The Bee Gees —— Bee Gees’ 1st [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Supertramp —— Supertramp ► Prog/Art Rock
1977 ● Billy Preston —— A Whole New Thing ► Soul-Funk
1985 ● Elton John —— Your Songs ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Bob Dylan —— Knocked Out Loaded ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Megadeth —— Countdown To Extinction ► Heavy Metal
1992 ● Various Artists —— Songs From The Cool World [Sndtrk] ► Glam Rock
1994 ● Elliott Smith —— Roman Candle ► Indie Rock/Lo-Fi
1995 ● Sister Sledge —— Live In Concert ► Disco
1998 ● Ace Of Base —— Flowers ► Euro-Dance Pop
1998 ● The Beastie Boys —— Hello Nasty ► Rap
1998 ● Counting Crows —— Across A Wire: Live In New York City ► AA Pop-Rock
1998 ● The Knack —— Zoom ► Power Pop
1998 ● The Tragically Hip —— Phantom Power ► Folk-Rock
2007 ● The Church —— Deep In The Shallows: The Classic Singles Collection ► Alt. Power Pop
2009 ● Judas Priest —— A Touch Of Evil: Live ► Heavy Metal
2009 ● David Bowie —— VH1 Storytellers ► Glam Rock
2014 ● John Hiatt —— Terms Of My Surrender ► Roots Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 7 -13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

July 07
1909 ● Eddie Dean / (Edgar Dean Golsup) → One hit wonder country-western swing singer, songwriter and B-movie cowboy actor, issued numerous country singles with only one hit, “I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven” (Country #10, 1955), wrote several hits for others, including “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)” (Country #3, 1969) for Jerry Lee Lewis but starred in 19 Western-themed movies, died from emphysema on 3/4/1999, age 89
1913 ● Pinetop Perkins / (Joseph William Perkins) → Blues pianist and sideman on dozens of albums by blues music luminaries, issued his first solo album (After Hours) in 1988 at age 75, won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album at age 97 years (oldest winner ever) for a collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Joined At The Hip, died of a heart attack on 3/21/2011, age 97
1924 ● Mary Ford / (Iris Colleen Summers) → Singing partner and spouse of guitar legend of Les Paul, with whom she had multiple Top 10 duet hits, including “Vaya Con Dios” (#1, 1953), divorced in 1964 and died from cancer on 9/30/1977, age 53
1932 ● Joe Zawinul / (Josef Erich “Joe” Zawinul) → Jazz and fusion keyboardist and composer, early with Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis bands, co-founded Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo, died from a rare skin cancer on 9/11/2007, age 75
1933 ● J. J. Barrie → One hit wonder Canadian singer/songwriter, “No Charge” (UK #1, 1976)
1940 ● Ringo Starr / (Richard Starkey) → Drummer and occasional lead vocals for pop-rock The Beatles, replaced Pete Best in 1962, Rolling Stone magazine #5 best drummer of all-time, led his eponymous All-Star Band, solo albums, voice-over for children’s TV (Thomas The Tank Engine)
1941 ● Chan Romero / (Robert Lee Romero) → Rock ‘n’ roll musician and songwriter, penned his only hit, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (AUS #3, 1959) at age 17 but saw no chart action in the US, the song was later covered by The Swinging Blue Jeans (#21, UK #2, 1964), The Beatles and The Georgia Satellites (#45, Rock #13, 1988), among others
1941 ● Jim Rodford → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964), helped form The Zombies and co-founded hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), joined The Kinks in 1978 and stayed with them until their final dissolution in 1996, plays with The Kast Off Kinks
1944 ● Warren Entner → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968), managed Quiet Riot, Faith No More and Rage Against The Machine
1947 ● Rob Townsend → Drummer for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), later Medicine Head, Blues Band and session work
1947 ● Scar Hodo / (David Hodo) → Construction worker character for campy, suggestive gay pop-rock vocal man band The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1948 ● El Rhino / (Larry Reinhardt) → Guitarist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond, played in reunion performances of both bands and issued several solo albums until just before his death from cirrhosis of the liver on 1/2/2012, age 63
1961 ● The Doctor / (Clive Jackson) → Former London-based DJ and pancake-makeup frontman for psych rock Doctor And The Medics, covered Norman Greenbaum‘s “Spirit In The Sky” (#69, UK #1, 1986)
1962 ● Mark White → Bassist for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1963 ● Vonda Shepherd → Alt folk-pop singer/songwriter and TV actress on the 90s TV show Ally McBeal, featured prominently with live performances on the program, including “Searchin’ My Soul” (Adult Top 40 #10, 1998)
1966 ● Rick Kinchen → Bassist for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1981 ● Synyster Gates / (Brian Elwin Hamer, Jr.) → Lead guitar and backing vocals for pop/metal Avenged Sevenfold, “Bat Country” (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1988 ● Ilan Rubin → Drummer for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, “Last Train Home” (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1994 ● Ashton Irwin → Vocals in Aussie pop-punk boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer, “Amnesia” (#16, AUS #1, 2011) from their eponymous debut album (Worldwide #1, 2014)

July 08
1908 ● Louis Jordan → Premier jazz and early R&B saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter, the “King of the Jukebox” and the “Father of Rhythm and Blues,” had an influential run of 18 R&B #1 and nine cross-over-to-pop Top 10 hits between 1949 and ’59, including “G.I. Jive” (#1, R&B #1, 1944), died from a heart attack on 2/4/1975, age 66
1914 ● Billy Eckstine / (William Clarence Eckstine) → Swing bandleader and smooth baritone balladeer, formed the first be bop band in 1944, eventually featuring such future jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and others, duet with Sarah Vaughan, “Passing Strangers” (#82, 1957), suffered a heart attack and died two months later on 3/8/1993, age 78
1924 ● Johnnie Johnson → Legendary blues and rock ‘n’ roll piano player, sideman to Chuck Berry for over 25 years and co-arranger of many of Berry‘s hits, including “Johnny B. Goode” (#8, R&B #2, 1958), left the band in 1973 and drove a bus in St. Louis before returning to the music business in 1987 to work with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bob Weir‘s Ratdog and others, continued to record and perform until his death from a heart attack on 4/18/2005, age 80
1930 ● Earl Van Dyke → Principal keyboardist in Motown Records‘ house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motownn hit, died of prostate cancer on 9/18/1992, age 62
1930 ● Jerry Vale / (Genaro Louis Vitaliano) → High-tenor pop crooner with 31 Adult Contemporary Top 40 hits, including “Have You Looked Into Your Heart” (AC #1, 1964), died in his sleep from natural causes on 5/18/2014, age 83
1933 ● Stan Cornyn → The “King of Liner Notes,” long-time Warner Bros. music executive overseeing Frank Sinatra and multiple 50s popular artists, penned or edited the liner notes for countless albums, authored Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner Music Group (1980), produced several albums and mentored different rock acts, died from cancer on 5/11/2015, age 81
1935 ● Steve Lawrence / (Sidney Liebowitz) → Solo and with wife and singing partner Eydie Gormé in the pop/easy listening/adult contemporary duo Steve And Eydie, “Go Away Little Girl” (#1, 1963), Broadway, TV and film actor
1944 ● Jaimoe Johanson / (Johnny Lee Johnson) → Session and tour drummer with Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, then founding member, drums and percussion for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” (#2, 1973)
1944 ● Bill Deal → Frontman for blue-eyed soul/surf rock septet The Rhondels, an early “big band rock” outfit in the vein of Blood, Sweat & Tears but with only three significant singles, all in 1969, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” (#23), “I’ve Been Hurt” (#35) and “May I” (#39), left the industry in 1983 after the murder of his band manager following a concert in Richmond, VA, died on 12/10/2003, age 59
1945 ● Ricky Wolf → Vocals for one hit wonder psychedelic pop The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #4, 1967)
1956 ● Russell Christian → Saxophone and vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988)
1961 ● Andy Fletcher → Bass, synthesizer, co-founder, constant member and business manager of electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990)
1961 ● Graham Jones → Guitar and vocals for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1961 ● Toby Keith / (Toby Keith Covel) → Neo-traditionalist country singer/songwriter, post-9/11 politically charged “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” (#25, Country #1, 2002) and 34 other Country Top 10 hits
1962 ● Joan Osborne → Roots and contemporary rock singer/songwriter and solo artist, “One Of Us” (#4, 1995), toured with Dixie Chicks, Grateful Dead and Motown house band The Funk Brothers and appeared in the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
1970 ● Beck Hansen / (Bek David Campbell) → Multi-instrumentalist singer and crossover songwriter fusing rock, hip hop, blues and soul, “Loser” (#10, 1994) and later “Where It’s At” (#64, 1996) from the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-winning album Odelay
1971 ● Neil Mavers → Drums for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1985 ● Jamie Cook → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen alt/indie rock Arctic Monkeys, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Modern Rock #7, 2005)

July 09
1916 ● Norman Pickering / (Norman Charles Pickering) → Engineer, musician and inventor credited with improving the “pickup” that translates the information in a record groove into an analog signal for sound reproduction via the Pickering cartridge, died from cancer on 11/18/2015, age 99
1925 ● Alan Dale / (Aldo Sigismondi) → Immensely popular traditional pop and light rock ‘n’ roll singer in the 50s, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (#14, 1955), hosted his own TV and radio shows, died on 4/20/2002, age 76
1927 ● Ed Ames / (Ed Urick) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, “Rag Mop” (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, then as “Mingo” in the Daniel Boone TV series, then solo singer career, “My Cup Runneth Over” (#8, 1967)
1929 ● Lee Hazelwood → Country-pop singer, songwriter and producer, collaborated with rockabilly guitarist Duane Eddy on a number of hits, including “Rebel Rouser” (#6, 1958), wrote and produced the Nancy Sinatra hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” (#1, 1966), died of renal cancer on 8/4/2007, age 78
1940 ● John Salvato → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1941 ● Donald McPherson → Founding member and lead singer for R&B/soul The Main Ingredient, “I’m So Proud” (#49, R&B #13, 1971), died of leukemia on 7/4/1971 before the band’s breakout hit, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972), age 30
1946 ● Joe Micelli → Drums and percussion for blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1946 ● Bon Scott / (Ronald Belford Scott) → Scotland-born original frontman and lead vocals for Aussie power chord hard rock AC/DC, “Highway To Hell” (#47, 1979), drank himself to death on 2/19/1980, age 33
1947 ● Mitch Mitchell / (John Graham Mitchell) → Child actor and accomplished teenage jazz drummer turned rock stickman for pop-rock Georgie Fame (“The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde,” #7, CAN #1, UK #1, 1967) and then psych-rock Jimi Hendrix Experience (“Purple Haze,” US #65, UK #3, 1967), later in ITV’s Ready Steady Go! house band and various one-off projects, drummed in Hendrix Experience tribute tours and died in his sleep in a hotel room following one such show on 11/12/2008, age 61
1950 ● Gwen Guthrie → R&B/soul singer and songwriter, solo artist, “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent” (#42, Dance/Club #1, 1986), backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and others, died of uterine cancer on 2/3/1999, age 48
1952 ● Carlos Peron → Founding member and multi-instrumentalist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, “Oh Yeah” (#51, 1987), then solo
1953 ● Kate Garner → Vocals for quirky Brit New Wave synth-pop Haysi Fantayzee, “John Wayne Is Big Leggy” (UK #11, 1982)
1954 ● Debbie Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge and the disco anthem “We Are Family” (#2, 1979) plus ten other R&B Top 10 hits
1959 ● Jim Kerr → Vocals for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1959 ● Marc Almond → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop duo Soft Cell, “Tainted Love” (#8, 1982), formed euro-disco Marc & The Mambas in 1983 and solo since 1984
1964 ● Courtney Love / (Courtney Michelle Harrison) → Guitar and vocals for post-punk Babes In Toyland, formed and fronted grunge rock Hole in 1989, “Celebrity Skin” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998), solo, married Kurt Cobain from Nirvana on 2/24/1992, film actress in Sid And Nancy (1986) and The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1999)
1965 ● Frankie Bello / (Frank Joseph Bello) → Bassist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1965 ● Tom Hingley → Vocals for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1967 ● Dickon Hinchcliffe → Guitar and violin for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1967 ● Owen Paul → Guitar for Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (, 1998)
1971 ● Kelvin Grant → Vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (#10, 1982)
1975 ● Isaac Brock / (Isaac Christopher Brock) → Founding member, singer, guitarist and lyricist for indie rock Modest Mouse, “Float On” (Top 40 #32, 2004) and the album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (#1, 2007), also fronts a side project, indie rock Ugly Casanova
1975 ● Jack White / (John Anthony Gillis) → With wife Meg White, guitar and vocals in garage rock revival duo The White Stripes, 2007 Grammy-winning song “Icky Thump” (#26, 2007), side projects with power pop The Raconteurs and indie rock Dead Weather, produced country legend Loretta Lynn‘s comeback album Van Lear Rose (2004)
1976 ● Dan Estrin → Guitarist for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 2004)
1986 ● Kiely Alexis Williams → Vocals in R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” (#23, 2001)

July 10
1900 ● Mitchell Parish → Pop music lyricist and collaborator with Duke Ellington and numerous other top composers for multiple hits from the 20s to 50s, known best for penning the lyrics to Hoagy Carmichael‘s music for the American pop classic “Stardust,” one of the most recorded songs in history (originally “Star Dust,” 1927), died from natural causes on 3/31/1993, age 92
1933 ● Jumpin’ Gene Simmons / (Morris Eugene Simmons) → One hit wonder rockabilly singer and songwriter with the novelty song “Haunted House” (#11, 1964), Kiss frontman Gene Simmons (born Chiam Witz) took the name as a tribute to the singer, died after a long illness on 8/29/2006, age 73
1936 ● Johnny Griffith → Piano and keyboard session musician, member of The Funk Brothers, Motown Record‘s house band which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 11/10/2002, age 66
1939 ● Mavis Staples → Lead vocalist for four-sister R&B/soul-gospel act The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There” (#1, 1972)
1941 ● Ian Whitcomb → One hit wonder Brit singer/songwriter, “You Turn Me On” (#8, 1965), author of pre-rock history book After The Ball
1942 ● Ronnie James Dio / (Ronald James Padavona)) → Heavy metal vocalist and songwriter, frontman for Rainbow, “Since You’ve Been Gone” (#57, 1979) and “Stone Cold” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982), Black Sabbath (1979-82), “Turn Up The Night” (Mainstream Rock #24, 1982), founded heavy metal quintet Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1983), died from stomach cancer on 5/16/2010, age 67
1943 ● Jerry Miller → Guitarist for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967)
1944 ● Beaky Dymond / (John Dymond) → Rhythm guitar for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK #1, 1968), left in 1989 but rejoined the band on the oldies circuit in 2013
1947 ● Arlo Guthrie → Folk/rock singer/songwriter with three notable songs, the comic-monologue-song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (1967), “Coming Into Los Angeles” from the Woodstock festival and movie, and “The City Of New Orleans” (#18, 1972), son of folk legend Woody Guthrie
1948 ● John Whitehead → With Gene McFadden, one-half the soul music songwriting duo for Philadelphia International Records, co-wrote “Back Stabbers” for The O’Jays (#3, R&B #1, 1972) and other hits, including the disco smash “Ain’t’ No Stopping Us Now” (#13, R&B #1, 1979) for their own album McFadden & Whitehead (1979), died from in an unsolved but apparently mistaken-identity murder outside his home on 5/11/2004, age 55
1949 ● Dave Smalley → Founding member and lead vocals for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir, “It’s Cold Outside” (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, “Go All The Way” (#5, 1972)
1950 ● Greg Kihn → Pop/rock singer, songwriter and bandleader, Greg Kihn Band, “Jeopardy” (#2, 1983)
1953 ● Rik Emmett / (Richard Gordon Emmett) → Lead guitar and vocals for Canadian power rock trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983), left the band in 1988 to pursue a moderately successful solo career, rejoined in 2008, contributes to Guitar Player magazine and teaches music business at Humber College in Toronto
1954 ● Neil Tennant → Vocals for synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1958 ● Béla Anton Leoš Fleck → Innovative jazz-bluegrass (“blu-bop”) banjo player, first with New Grass Revival, “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (Country #37, 1989) then as bandleader for Grammy-winning progressive folk-bluegrass Béla Fleck And The Flecktones, “The Sinister Minister” (Best Pop Instrumental, 1997), session work and tours with Asleep At The Wheel, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and others
1959 ● Sandy West / (Sandra Sue Pesavento) → Drummer, singer, songwriter and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), died from cancer on 10/21/2006, age 47
1960 ● Martyn P. Casey → Keyboards for alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1962 ● Play Martin / (Christopher Martin) → With Christopher “Kid” Reid, one half of the positive-attitude hip hop musical duo Kid ‘N Play, “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#51, Rap #1, 1991), the duo branched into acting with film appearances and their own short-lived TV program
1964 ● Graham Lambert → Guitarist for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1965 ● Peter DiStefano → Guitarist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then co-founded hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), solo
1970 ● Gary LeVox → Vocals for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1970 ● Jason Orange → Vocals for teen pop quintet Take That, “Back For Good” (#7, UK #1, 1995) and seven other UK #1 hits including “Patience” (UK #1, 2006)
1974 ● Imelda May / (Imelda Clabby Higham) → Irish-born jazz-pop and neo-burlesque singer and guitarist, “Mayhem” (Ireland #24, 2010), plus sessions and backing vocals for Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Elton John and others
1976 ● Elijah Blue Allman → Guitarist, vocalist and songwriting for industrial/nu metal Deadsy, “The Elements” (1997), also worked with Orgy, Sugar Ray, Korn and others, son of Cher and Gregg Allman, currently a contemporary artist in L.A.
1980 ● Jessica Simpson → Tabloid-fodder film and reality TV actress, 90s dance-pop and 00s contemporary country-pop singer, “Irresistible” (#15, 2001), featured on MTV’s Newlyweds show with her husband and 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey

July 11
1929 ● Danny Flores → Saxophonist, songwriter and frontman for one hit wonder Tex-Mex pop-rock The Champs, wrote the Latin-flavored instrumental classic “Tequila” (#1, R&B #1, 1958) under the pseudonym Chuck Rio to avoid legal trouble with another record label, his “dirty” sax and repeated growling of the single-word lyric “tequila” are the highlights of the song, left the band in the early 60s, toured extensively across the West and recorded sporadically until his death from pneumonia on 9/19/2006, age 77
1931 ● Tab Hunter / (Arthur Kelm Gelien) → Actor in more than 40 movies and one hit wonder teen idol singer, “Young Love” (#1, 1957)
1931 ● Thurston Harris → One hit wonder rock ‘n’ roll singer “Little Bitty Pretty One” (#6, R&B #2, 1957), the song also charted with versions by Frankie Lymon and The Jackson 5, died from a heart attack on 4/14/1990, age 58
1932 ● Billy Davis / (Roquel Billy Davis) → Detroit R&B singer in an early version of The Four Tops and songwriter with several hits recorded by others, including “Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson (#7, R&B #1, 1959), produced “Rescue Me” for Fontella Bass (#4, R&B #1, 1965) among other hits, turned to advertising and produced the jingles “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony),” “”Things Go Better With Coke” and other jingles for Coca-Cola, died of natural causes on 9/2/2004, age 72
1938 ● Terry Garthwaite → With collaborator Toni Brown, co-frontwoman, guitar and vocals in folk-rock Joy Of Cooking, “Brownsville” (#66, 1971), solo
1946 ● John Lawton → Vocals for German prog rock and early heavy metal cult band Lucifer’s Friend, joined Brit prog rock Uriah Heep in 1976 as lead singer but returned to Lucifer’s Friend and other bands starting in 1980
1947 ● Jeff Hanna → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1947 ● John Holt / (Winston Holt) → Jamaican singer and prolific songwriter with ska and rocksteady vocal quartet The Paragons, wrote “The Tide Is High” (1969), which became a US and UK #1 for Blondie in 1980, died from colon cancer on 10/19/2014, age 67
1950 ● Bonnie Pointer / (Patricia Eva Pointer) → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand” (#2, 1981)
1953 ● Benjamin DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1953 ● Peter Brown → Electronic, disco, funk and dance-pop singer, songwriter and producer with seven charting hits between 1977 and 1982, including disco-funk “Dance With Me” (#88, R&B #5, 1977), co-wrote “Material Girl” for Madonna (#2, 1985), left the industry in the late 80s due to hearing loss
1957 ● Peter Murphy → Vocals for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1979), co-founded alt goth Dali’s Car, then solo, “Cuts You Up” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1990)
1959 ● Richie Sambora / (Richard Stephen Sambora) → Guitarist for pop-metal superstars Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1959 ● Suzanne Vega → Folk-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Luka” (#3, 1987)
1961 ● Adrian York → Piano for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1965 ● Scott Shriner → Bass and vocals for post-grunge alt pop-rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1966 ● Melanie Susan Appleby → Singer and actress, with older sister Kim in R&B/dance-pop duo Mel & Kim, “Respectable” (Dance/Club #1, 1986), died from pneumonia during cancer treatments on 6/18/1990, age 23
1969 ● Al Sobrante / (John Kiffmeyer) → Drummer for California punk rock Sweet Children, left the band in 1990 during its transition to post-grunge alt rock/punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004)
1975 ● Lil’ Kim / (Kimberly Denise Jones) → Hip hop actress, model and rapper, member of rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A., “Player’s Anthem” (#13, Rap #2, 1995), solo, “Not Tonight” (#6, Rap #2, 1997)
1975 ● Rick McMurray → Founding member, drummer and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)
1975 ● Samer El Nahhal → Bassist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners of 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1978 ● Kathleen Edwards → Critically-acclaimed Canadian-born light country and roots rock singer and songwriter, “The Cheapest Key” (2008), toured with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones

July 12
1895 ● Oscar Hammerstein II → Stage, film and TV music lyricist/librettist with over 800 titles, many of which are included in the Great American Songbook, collaborator with Richard Rogers on some of the best-known songs in popular music, died from stomach cancer on 8/23/1960, age 65
1928 ● Barbara Russell Cowsill → Matriarch and vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, died from emphysema on 1/31/1985, age 56
1939 ● Kenny Dino / (Kenneth J. Diono) → One hit wonder pop singer, “Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night” (#24, 1961), died from a heart attack while driving on Interstate 95 in Florida on 12/10/2009, age 70
1942 ● Swamp Dogg / (Jerry Williams, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed “musical genius” rock & soul songwriter, producer, soul artist, “Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe” (R&B #33, 1970)
1942 ● Steve Young → Influential but largely unknown singer, songwriter, pioneer of country-rock sounds and early contributor to the anti-establishment “outlaw country” movement in the 70s, wrote Waylon Jennings‘s anthemic “Lonesome On’ry and Mean” (1973) and other songs for Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson, issued two dozen albums and a lone charting hit, “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” (Country #84, 1984), best known for penning “Seven Bridges Road” which became a hit for the Eagles (#21, 1981) and a staple of their lives shows, sustained head injuries in a fall in 2015 and died 18 months later on 3/17/2016, age 73
1943 ● Christine McVie → Vocals and songwriter for Chicken Shack, then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), solo
1946 ● Jeff Christie → Frontman, lead vocals, bassist and chief songwriter for one hit wonder Brit light pop-rock Christie, “Yellow River” (#23, UK #1, 1970), continued to tour on the oldies circuit with various lineups through the 10s
1946 ● Peter Pye → Rhythm guitarist for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964)
1947 ● Wilko Johnson / (John Wilkinson) → Founding member and first lead guitar for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979), then founding member of blues-rock Solid Senders
1948 ● Walter Egan → One hit wonder singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Magnet And Steel” (#8, 1978), now a high school teacher
1949 ● Malcolm Jones → Bassist for one hit wonder pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), then Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1950 ● Eric “The Fox” Carr / (Paul Caravello) → Drummer for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976), died from cancer on 11/24/1991, age 41
1952 ● Liz Mitchell → West Indian vocalist for R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978)
1952 ● Philip Taylor Kramer → Bass guitar for Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), presumed a suicide when his body and wrecked car were discovered in a Malibu canyon four years after he disappeared on 2/12/1995, age 42
1953 ● Billy Alessi / (William Alessi) → With identical twin brother Bobby, vocals in one hit wonder pop-rock duo Alessi Brothers, “Oh, Lori” (UK #8, 1977)
1953 ● Bobby Alessi / (Robert Alessi) → With identical twin brother Billy, vocals in one hit wonder pop-rock duo Alessi Brothers, “Oh, Lori” (UK #8, 1977)
1956 ● Sandi Patty / (Sandra Faye Patty) → Often referred to as “The Voice”, Grammy-winning contemporary Christian music (CCM) and new age singer and pianist
1959 ● Ray Gillen → Journeyman rock vocalist for hard rock Black Sabbath, all-star project Phenomena II, blues-rock Badlands, “Dreams In The Dark” (Mainstream Rock #39, 1989), Tariff, and Sun Red Sun, died from AIDS on 12/1/1993, age 34
1962 ● Dan Murphy → Guitarist for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993)
1964 ● Tim Gane → Guitar and keyboards for experimental/electronic pop-rock Stereolab, “Ping Pong” (UK #45, 1994)
1967 ● John Petrucci → Virtuoso metal/”shredder” guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer, founding member and producer for progressive metal Dream Theater, “Pull Me Under” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992), included in GuitarOne magazine’s Top 10 greatest guitar shredders of all time
1972 ● Brett A. Reed → Original drummer in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995), left in 2010 to concentrate on side project psychobilly Devils Brigade
1976 ● Tracie Spencer → Teen pop singer, “In This House” (#3, 1990) and “It’s All About You (Not About Me)” (#18, 1999)
1984 ● Gareth Gates → Brit teen pop singer, TV’s Pop Idol runner up in 2002, “Unchained Melody” (#1, 2002)

July 13
1915 ● Hucklebuck Williams / (Paul Williams) → Saxophonist, composer and 40s bandleader with the first big R&B hit, “The Hucklebuck” (R&B #1, 1949) among eight other R&B Top 20 singles, became a member of the Atlantic Records house band and music director of James Brown‘s backing band in the 60s, opened a music booking business in the late 60s, died of natural causes on 9/14/2002, age 87
1923 ● Norma Zimmer → The last and best-known “Champagne Lady” from the Lawrence Welk Show and a Christian music singer on radio and TV and in various groups from the 50s through the 70s, including with Billy Graham, died on 5/10/2011, age 87
1935 ● Pete Escovedo → Mexican-American jazz and fusion percussionist with Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970), solo and leader of Latin big band Azteca
1942 ● Jay Uzzell → With brothers James and Moses and cousin George Wooten, vocals for R&B/doo wop The Corsairs, “Smoky Places” (#12, 1962)
1942 ● Roger McGuinn / (James Joseph McGuinn III) → Twelve-string Rickenbacker jingle-jangle guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), McGuinn-Clark & Hillman, “Don’t You Write Her Off” (#33, 1979), solo
1942 ● Stephen Bladd → Drummer for boogie-blues-rock ‘n roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982)
1942 ● Tom King / (Thomas R. King) → Founder, frontman, songwriter and lead guitarist for garage/horn rock The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me” (#5, 1966), producer and manager, died from heart failure on 4/23/2011, age 68
1946 ● Cheech Marin / (Richard Anthony Marin) → Mexican-American comedian, TV actor (Nash Bridges, 1996-2001), Disney voice artist and one half the stoner comedy team Cheech & Chong (album Big Bambu, #2, 1972), released two albums of bilingual children’s music, My Name Is Cheech, The School Bus Driver (1992) and Coast To Coast (1997)
1954 ● Thelma Louise Mandrell → Country-pop bassist and singer, played in sister Barbara Mandrell‘s band, The D-Rights, then solo, “Save Me” (Country #5, 1985)
1955 ● Mark “The Animal” Mendoza / (Mark Glickman) → Bassist for proto-punk The Dictators, joined heavy metal Twisted Sister in 1978, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983)
1958 ● Danny Gayol / (Rafael Bernardo Gayol) → Drummer for roots rock and adult pop BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1961 ● Lawrence Donegan → Bassist for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, “Young At Heart” (UK #1, 1983), then Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985), author and golf journalist
1966 ● Gerald Levert → Vocals and frontman for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, “Casanova” (#5, R&B #1, 1987), son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died of a heart attack on 11/10/2006, age 40
1969 ● Barney Greenway / (Mark Greenway) → Extreme metal singer for punk/grindcore Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Benediction
1974 ● Deborah Cox → Canadian R&B singer/songwriter, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” (#2, 1998)

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Singles Released This Week (July 1 – 7)

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

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

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


July 01
1963 • The Marvelettes • “My Daddy Knows Best” • Soul-Pop • The Marvelous Marvelettes • “Tie A String Around Your Finger”
1969 • The Rascals • “People Got To Be Free” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Freedom Suite • “My World”
1983 • Laura Branigan • “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” • Pop-Rock • Branigan 2 • “Mama”
1989 • Cher • “If I Could Turn Back Time” • Pop-Rock • Heart Of Stone • “Some Guys”
1991 • Pearl Jam • “Alive” • Grunge Rock • Ten • “Once” / “Wash”
1994 • Ace Of Base • “Don’t Turn Around” [UK] • Europop • Happy Nation • “Don’t Turn Around” [Stretch Version] / “Young And Proud”
1996 • Hootie & The Blowfish • “Tucker’s Town” • Pop-Rock • Fairweather Johnson • “Araby”
1997 • 10,000 Maniacs • “More Than This” • Folk-Rock • Love Among The Ruins • “More Than This” [Radio Edit] / “Beyond The Blue”


July 02
1961 • The Drifters • “Sweets For My Sweet” • Soul • [Single] • “Loneliness Or Happiness”
1965 • The Yardbirds • “Heart Full Of Soul” • Raga Rock • Having A Rave Up • “Steeled Blues”
1966 • The Capitols • “Cool Jerk” • Soul • Dance The Cool Jerk • “Hello Stranger”
1966 • The Rolling Stones • “Mother’s Little Helper” • Blues-Rock • Flowers • “Lady Jane”
1966 • The Rolling Stones • “Lady Jane” • Baroque Pop • Aftermath • [B-Side]
1971 • T. Rex • “Get It On” [UK] • Glam Rock • Electric Warrior • “There Was A Time”
1973 • Grand Funk Railroad • “We’re An American Band” • Blues-Rock • We’re An American Band • “Creepin'”
1976 • Elton John & Kiki Dee • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” [UK] • Pop Duet • [Single] • “Snow Queen”
1977 • Donna Summer • “I Feel Love” • Disco/Electro-Dance • I Remember Yesterday • “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)”
1978 • Donna Summer • “Last Dance” • Disco • [Single] • “With Your Love”
1984 • Cyndi Lauper • “She Bop” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “Witness”
1984 • Laura Branigan • “The Lucky One” • Pop-Rock • Self Control • “Breaking Out”


July 03
1964 • The Who (The High Numbers) • “Zoot Suit” [UK] • Brit R&B • [Single] • “I’m The Face”
1970 • Chicago • “25 Or 6 To 4” [UK] • Jazz-Rock • Chicago II • “Where Do We Go From Here”
1982 • The Jam • “Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • The Gift • “War” / “The Great Depression”
1983 • Elton John • “I’m Still Standing” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Too Low For Zero • “Earn While You Learn”
1995 • The Rolling Stones • “I Go Wild” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Voodoo Lounge • “I Go Wild” [Scott Litt Remix]


July 04
1966 • The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Summer In The City” • Folk-Rock • Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Butchie’s Tune”
1969 • The Rolling Stones • “Honky Tonk Women” [UK] • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
1969 • John Lennon • “Give Peace A Chance” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Remember Love”
1980 • Diana Ross • “Upside Down” [UK] • Disco • Diana • “Friend To Friend”
1986 • Run-D.M.C. • “Walk This Way” • Funk-Rap • Raising Hell • “King Of Rock”
1987 • Michael Jackson • “Liberian Girl” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Bad • “Girlfriend”
1995 • Deep Blue Something • “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” • Alt Rock/Jangle Pop • Home • “A Water Prayer” / “Sun”
2000 • Matchbox Twenty • “Bent” • Alt. Rock • Mad Season • “Push”


July 05
1958 • Buddy Holly • “Early In The Morning” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Now We’re One”
1960 • Elvis Presley • “A Mess Of Blues” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1960 • Elvis Presley • “It’s Now Or Never” • Ballad • Elvis’ Golden Records Volume 3 • “A Mess Of Blues”
1964 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “How Do You Do It?” • Merseybeat • Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying • “Away From You”
1969 • The Rolling Stones • “Honky Tonk Women” • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
1983 • Rick James • “Cold Blooded” • Electro-Funk • Cold Blooded • “Cold Blooded” [Instrumental]
1994 • The Rolling Stones • “Love Is Strong” • Blues-Rock • Voodoo Lounge • “The Storm” / “So Young”
2004 • Counting Crows • “Accidentally In Love” • Alt Pop-Rock • Shrek 2[Sndtrk] • “Miami” [live]


July 06
1973 • Queen • “Keep Yourself Alive” [UK] • Glam Rock • Queen • “Son And Daughter”
1976 • Brick • “Dazz” • Disco-Jazz Funk • Good High • “Southern Sunset”
1979 • The B-52’s • “Planet Claire” • Alt. Pop-Rock • The B-52’s • “Downtown”
1983 • The Doobie Brothers • “You Belong To Me” • Pop-Rock • Farewell Tour • “South City Midnight Lady”
1987 • Madonna • “Who’s That Girl” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Who’s That Girl[Sndtrk] • “White Heat”


July 07
1962 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Sweet Little Sixteen” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “How’s My Ex Treating You”
1967 • The Beatles • “All You Need Is Love” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
1967 • Dave Davies • “Death Of A Clown” [UK] • Folk-Rock • Something Else By The Kinks • “Love Me ‘Til The Sun Shines”
1967 • The Beatles • “Baby You’re A Rich Man” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Simon & Garfunkel • “Fakin’ It” • Folk-Pop • Bookends • “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies”
1969 • John Lennon • “Give Peace A Chance” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Remember Love”
1982 • Janet Jackson • “Young Love” • Post-Disco Dance-Funk • Janet Jackson • “The Magic Is Working”
1997 • Michael Jackson • “Ghosts” [UK] • New Jack Swing • Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix • “HIStory” [Double A-Side]

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